A Grateful Heart…

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Keep your heart open to the flow of blessings as you consciously practice gratitude for ALL that you have, ALL that you already are and ALL that is.
Be grateful 365! 💖

Mindful Monday: Love Everything About You

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You may think that you’re a complete hot mess. The mess inside that makes you seem like you are smothered with dirt and mud on the outside. You may think that you are not lovable because you ARE this “mess”. That your existence, purpose and gifts are not valued. But that is far from the truth. You are NOT this mess nor are you meant to be defined by it. The truth is that unless you start to unconditionally love, accept and OWN your own “mess” that you feel inside, you will never feel completely loved and accepted by anyone else on the outside. When you learn to accept that your “mess” is really your “message” that will change your life in an utmost powerful way even if you don’t think so at first, AND that it is this mess that supports you to change other lives as well, you will have been victorious in this game of life. Don’t deny your own mess. Don’t deny the gifts you have been given. Don’t deny the purpose you have been given. Instead OWN it all. Because ALL parts of YOU are deserving of your own love and acceptance first. Don’t deny the darkness you have been given because even the darkness has its purpose. The darkness is what leads you to witness the light of God inside. Shine that light on your darkness. Let that light lead you to shine brighter amidst your inner chaos. Allow yourself to flourish by accepting and honoring more of you today than you did yesterday or even just a moment ago.

Because YOU are lovable. NO. MATTER. WHAT. 💜

Happy Earth Day!

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Many people all over the world are celebrating Earth Day today. Earth is everywhere. Above us. Below us. All around us. Even inside of us. We are as much a part of our divine Mother Earth as she is a part of us. We are not separate from her even if we may somehow believe that we are. When we realize that we are a living, breathing manifestation of this beautiful Earth, we can shift our relationship with her. As we begin to fall in love with Mother Earth, we will start to realize that there really is no separation between ourselves and her. It is Mother Earth and her nature that supports us in discovering our own true nature. Take a moment today to step on the soil of our true Mother and notice that she loves us and cherishes our entire BEing without ever judging us. Take a moment to stand barefooted in nature and feel your connection to the roots of Mother Earth deepen. Take a moment to celebrate the beauty of this glorious Mother that we were all created from not just today but everyday. Send Mother Earth some of your heart-felt gratitude and you will feel her love bounce right back to you a million-fold. Enjoy the blessing of being here surrounded by the magnificence of this Mother and all of her glory. May you relish every day of your existence here with our dear Mother.

Love to you all. Happy Earth Day!

 

Celebrating my birthday and finishing strong!

This morning started off a bit emotionally for me as I reflected upon the last 39 years of my life and how far I have come. And I was so full. So full of tears, prayerful intentions and infinite gratitude for this precious life of mine that I can love so deeply.

I remember my last few birthdays not being so enjoyable as I was ailing each time with one illness or another. I appreciate my vitality and well-being so much more today because of this.

So I must say: Thank You God that I can now appreciate the light because of all the darkness that I was blessed to journey through. Thank You God for the infinite love and support that comes to me from multiple avenues and directions. Thank You God for the people and resources that become readily available as soon as I set an intention to positively shift my life. Thank You God for helping me expand my capacity to not only love others, but to love myself first as the beautiful light that you created me to be. I know that these words alone are not enough to thank You for all of this and much more. They will never be because You are just that AMAZING and GREAT, dear God!

12 years later, I’m still in awe of the best gift I ever received from God on my birthday, my daughter Reyah. She is my life, comfort, joy and everything! I feel blessed to share my birthday with her! And of course, the best thing about my daughter growing up is that we often get called sisters! Anything that makes me seem younger, I will gladly receive that!! 😉

Today, I am savoring our shared birthday and this delicious life!!

FarahReyah

Dance to the rhythm of your life!

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Your music.
Your beat.
Your song.
Your voice.
Your heart.
Your soul.
Your life.
It is unlike any other.
No other life is nor will ever be like yours.
Because your life is uniquely your own.
Only you know its purpose.
Only you know its pace.
March courageously in your life.
To the beat of your own drum.
To the love in your heart space.
To the flow of your soul.
Your music lives deep inside.
It awaits your impassioned call.
Seek it.
Claim it.
Love it.
Embrace it.
Become one with the soulful music inside.
Growth. Expansion. Renewal. Joy.
All is possible when you are married to the music inside.
Let the music of your soul take control.
Let the music of your soul be revived.
Let the music of your soul set you free.
Don’t let your music die inside.
Let yourself move to the beat of your own truth.
Let yourself dance to the rhythm of your life.

💜 Farah Joy

Discovering My Strength Amid Life’s Challenges

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“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

-Bernice Johnson Reagon

My first reaction to life’s challenges isn’t always a positive one. Such was the case with certain events I encountered in the past year, particularly in the last several months. But the quote above by Bernice Johnson Reagon genuinely offers profound wisdom for people like me who find it difficult to battle life’s everyday challenges. Admittedly, life’s challenges do throw me way out of my comfort zone just when life is flowing so smoothly. But if I look at the deeper meaning behind those challenges, they provide me with a multitude of opportunities to face my fears and to rediscover myself, my purpose, my strengths and my weaknesses. These challenges allow me to refocus on my relationship with the Divine and to find ways to strengthen my faith — the faith that sometimes wavers when I’ve hit rock bottom and I can only see darkness all around me. And I sometimes forget that there is a comfort and peace that is waiting for me if only I open my heart to receive it, if only I allow God to bear my burdens, if only I become still and listen, if only I put my complete trust in God and His timing.

Paralyzed is how I felt amid some of my trials and tribulations recently. It was as if my life had come to a halt and all of my aspirations were delayed. It seemed as though all of the difficult events were controlling my life and in which direction my life would now be led. I had allowed myself to be defined by my problems and the uncontrollable challenges of my life. There were many days when the tears wouldn’t stop streaming down my face and there were countless moments when I sat in utter self-doubt, even questioning God’s ways, wondering about the turmoil and why my world was so shaken up all of the sudden. Despite the doubts and questions that had begun to creep in, God saved me yet again. Through it all, God was my strength. He reminded me that I could lean on Him when I couldn’t lean on my own understanding. He brought me back to Him because He knows that I belong only to Him. He knows that I will always be tranquil when I allow myself the time to experience His real presence. God knows that peace is promised when I deepen my knowledge of Him through nature, through others who are fighting a harder battle than I am, through the people who are ever-ready to shower me with their love, through my trials and tribulations, through His word, through acknowledging His beautiful attributes, through prayer and through my sincere efforts to become still.

During my moments of stillness, I was privileged to feel the close and authentic presence of the Divine. It was in the quietude that the small still voice within began to change into an audible whisper to bring forth God’s love and wisdom. God whispered His beautiful truth into my ears when it was least expected. He enlightened me to open my heart and see the world with eyes of love, to heal my body and all the brokenness that resides in my heart and to be brutally honest with myself so that I can dance gracefully with my soul. He afforded me with innumerable opportunities to shift my consciousness, to continually be aware of how to better myself, to count my blessings no matter what the circumstances and to believe in the abundant beauty of the Universe. Every demanding experience, every trial of faith and every adverse event that I encountered couldn’t have been survived without God’s endless love that was poured into my life. He didn’t give me everything that I WANTED but He sure did give me everything that I NEEDED in my moments of hardship. And the most precious gift that I received was my very own best friend named God who was ever-present in each and every chaotic situation I faced. It is said that people will abandon you, fail you and break your heart but God will never do that because He only loves and forgives.

So I want to take a moment now to thank my beloved God for blessing my life with His magnificent miracles. I’m so very grateful for God’s gentle nudges that remind me to stay centered while I continue to journey through this challenging phase of my life. I now stand stronger than before and more faithful than ever with only praise and glory in my heart for the Almighty and Omnipresent Creator of ALL.

 

Thoughtful Thursday: Life is too short

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Life is too short. I often personally have to remind myself of how unpredictable life can be and sometimes, the reminders are so naturally manifested as I’m going about my day. We never know what will happen from this moment to the next. All it takes is a second for our world to turn inside out. All the plans for the future that we make in life to feel like we are somehow in control may never be accomplished. All the dreams we wish to fulfill may be left unrealized. We may be surrounded by our loved ones in this very moment and in an instant they may vanish from our lives. Yet how often do we tell our loved ones what they mean to us and how grateful we are for them? How often do we willingly forgive those people that have betrayed or hurt us at some point in our life? How often do we remember that our loved ones will not remain in our lives forever? People have an innate tendency to take life and the people in our life for granted. We may lash out in anger and express some harsh remarks to someone we love over a trivial situation or even stop talking to them. And we may think that tomorrow we will apologize or reconcile with them. But we forget that tomorrow is not promised and it may be too late to make amends.

So while we are still living our life, let us…

…never stop saying “I love you” to those that are near and dear to us and most importantly, show them how important they are or how much we love them.

…never stop saying “thank you” to those people that are truly blessings in our life.

…not lose sight of all the people that we have encountered in our life and be grateful for the lessons that we have learned from all of them.

…appreciate the people in our life for who they are as well as for the time we have spent together with them even if they are not around as much.

…forgive those that have wronged us and put all those unpleasant memories behind us.

…rekindle bonds that have been severed before it’s too late to say “I’m sorry”.

…enjoy every moment and live every day as if was our last.

And remember, we often don’t realize the value of someone until we lose them. A moment now spent cherishing those around us, loving and forgiving them can make a difference in our own life. This thing called life is just that it goes by so quickly and tomorrow may not be ours to see. All we really have is this moment to express our love so why not start now?

When it rains, it pours.

As a child, I remember singing the nursery rhyme, “Rain, rain, go away, come again another day” and it almost felt like I could shoo away the rain clouds and they would disappear instantly. But that has not been the case recently while some massive storm clouds have been hovering over my life. Over the last few weeks, I’ve found myself in some very heavy downpours. It’s true that when it rains, it pours. There have been times when the rain would start suddenly without warning. And sometimes, just when I thought the storm was nearing an end, it would only get worse! Life is so simple but amid the raging storms of life, it can seem so complicated.

The truth is that it’s always raining somewhere. When the rain is headed my way and I wonder when the pain and heavy moments would end, I only know that by weathering these storms, I will come out stronger than before. So I continue to cling to my faith even when I feel so hopeless and helpless because I know that there will always be a beautiful rainbow after the rain.

As I was enduring my own trials, I stumbled upon the words below and was reminded of a friend who has had his share of storms and times of distress lately. Knowing just a part of what he is going through, I could not have conveyed these words any better to him myself:

“I wish I had a big yellow umbrella
that would keep away all the rain in your life.
I would hold it over your head,
and the drops would splash, splash, splash
and you would never even feel it.

But I don’t have a big yellow umbrella…
so I’ll walk through the rain with you.”

-Holley Gerth

It is said that “Friends are the umbrellas in the storms of life.” Sometimes, your friends may need you to walk with them during the storms they face and other times, they may just want to walk alone. Nonetheless, a little bit of support and encouragement goes a long way.

So who will you walk with through the rain?

Thoughtful Thursday: Be The Change

Be the change you wish to see in the world

My life is about meeting and surpassing my own expectations. It is about embracing the change that results from the choices I make daily to do better than I did the day before. I am not competing with anyone, but myself. Each day that I awaken is not the same and brings along a multitude of opportunities for change within myself. There are many that choose to not consider change as a blessing in their lives. It is when I encounter those that are change-resistant that I end up telling myself this:

“What others say, think or feel doesn’t matter. YOU have the potential to create so go for it. By doing this, YOU will be the change that you eagerly wish to see in this world. ”

To inspire change in the lives of others, I must will to inspire change within my own.

As I reflect on this, my purpose here on earth is reaffirmed. I want to leave this world better than when I found it, leading quietly by example.

Dear God

Dear God,

Thank you for this day. Tomorrow is not promised and I seem to repeatedly forget this. There are a million unanswered questions in my heart about tomorrow and a void is left where those answers belong. I am easily tempted to fill that void with my frustration and anger. On those days that are so painful to walk through, I need to remember that there is a lesson in each experience that You offer me – the lessons that teach me to be more faithful to You. I wish to follow Your lead but very often, during my agonizing trials and tests of faith, I become oblivious of Your genuinely loving whispers and lose hope; that is when I want to seek you the most. Oh, how I forget that You are the Most High, the Almighty – the One whose love can fill the void in my heart. It is during these distressful times that my fears become bigger than my faith — when the light seems to keep getting further out of reach and all I want to do is give up. But then I remember that it is also during these times that when I choose to step outside of my circumstances, I find myself surrendering all of my worries, doubts and fears to You. When I just let it be and return to You, something truly miraculous happens. It is in this void that I find Your grace and Your divine utterance simply reminds me that this precious grace is enough, that Your love and guidance is enough for me to keep striving forward. You continue to work in my life to fill my emptiness so that every moment of my every day is meaningful. My journey remains blessed with Your daily miracles and I find myself wanting to go on, believing in Your miracles and Your way.

Please be present in my heart all the way through. For everything in my life, I thank you!

Love always,
Me

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