Comfort Zones Are Misleading

Can I please, pretty please, have a moment of silence?

I am officially blogging again.

…And the crowd goes…YAY!!!

Don’t give me that look. 

It is hard sitting, staring at a blinking cursor. Your desk covered in ideas but none will render enough clarity to warrant a blog post.

…Sigh…

Now that I got that out of the way… :o) I want you to consider comfort zones.

Comfort Zone | Dana Pittman

What is your initial reaction? 

Power Move #2: Decide What You Want

Have you lost your way?

Then this short “series” is for you. At least, I hope it will give you a little guidance. We started with “Make Room for Your Blessing” now for Power Move #2…

 

Decide What You Want

This step may seem a little off since I have you deciding before praying (Power Move #3…coming next week). Stick with me here. I believe we should decide what we want in this particular case because many of us know what we are to do. We know the desires that linger in our hearts. We know every excuse we have fabricated to keep us from taking the next step.

For many of us it is not…what we want…but why we have allowed excuses…hard times…doubt…to keep us from our best selves.

Am I barking up the right tree?

What do you want? Really want?

Spilling your guts is not necessary. You don’t have to create the master of all master plans. But you must decide. MUST.

Failure to decide will leave were you are now…lost.
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Bryant H. McGill”]Change will never happen when people lack the ability and courage to see themselves for who they are.[/pullquote3]



[fancy_header3 variation=”silver”]REFLECTION[/fancy_header3]

Grab your journal and write out what you want for your life. If that’s too much to consider, instead write what would your ideal day.

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Power Move #1: Make Room for Your Blessing

Have you ever stopped and looked around only to find yourself where you don’t want to be?


I have. Recently my prayer for clarity brought me to remove myself from anything and everything I thought to be a distraction. For over a month I limited my internet interactions. And I attended only those meetings and events that required my presence.

In this place of limited distractions I prayed. I sought God’s direction. Relaxed. Slept (yes…your girl was tired!). I called people instead of waiting for a Facebook update. I shared private moments of encouragement instead of posting on Twitter.

In the beginning it was hard. Extremely hard. But now after finding myself “back” for a month I miss the quiet space I had.

I saw a glimpse of what I want more of…

 

[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal” cite=”Wikipedia”]Power moves are moves loosely defined as relying on speed, momentum, and acrobatic elements for performance.[/pullquote3]

 

Power Move…

It’s time to make a power move. A move which will cause me to shift my life from where I am to where I want to be.

During my hiatus, I could see the vision in those quiet moments. It was clear. And having those moments made staying put impossible. My soul just can’t fathom staying still with what I know to be true.

However, with this reality comes knowing I have a lot of work to do.

As a fan of Zig Ziglar, I can hear him say “Plan. Prepare. Expect.” And Mr. Ziglar (in my head) that is exactly what I’ll do.

I plan to share my journey with you all. This makes me a little hesitant. Because I’m like you in that “What ifs” can cause me to second guess…halt my progress…and oh heck….

I make excuses.

There I said it.

[pullquote3 align=”center” variation=”teal” cite=”James 1:17 MSG”]Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. [/pullquote3]

Make Room for Your Blessing

 

Are you with me?

Do you have a dream, a passion, a desire that you’d like to live right here, right now in your life?

Let’s begin by making room in our lives for the blessing. This means if…

…You want to write a book.

You have to clear space in your schedule to write.  You may need to coordinate with your spouse or a sitter. You may need to scout a coffee house to write. You may need to buy a book or two on the process. You may want to find a coach.

…You want to live your healthiest life.

You need to find a workout plan. You may need to reevaluate your eating. You may need to find a buddy or two to keep you accountable. You may need to step on that scale to see where you’re starting (so you can make plans for where you are going).

…You want to grow closer to God.

You have to make room for God in your day-to-day life. You may need to dust off your bible and seek Him in the Word. You may need to start journaling. You may want to go on a retreat. You may want to increase your time in prayer.

 

As you can see, there are always options but to begin you have to begin.


[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal” cite=”Dana Pittman”]…to realize your purpose you have to begin… [/pullquote1]
[fancy_header3 variation=”silver” textColor=”#000000″]Reflection[/fancy_header3]

What will you do today to realize your purpose?

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“Yes He Is” Moments

I was sent a book by publisher. The book is scheduled for release in May or June and it talks about the journey to finding faith of your own. I’m just beginning the book but the thought has always been one close to my heart. I’ve always called it “borrowed faith”. 
[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”deepblue” cite=”Luke 17:5 NASB”]The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!'[/pullquote3]

Borrowed Faith

What is “borrowed faith”? Well, it’s when you see others around you growing in their faith. As you look on you see God’s favor. Whether it’s a healing, financial blessing, peace, joy or any type of breakthroughs you can attribute to his or her faith in God. And as you eagerly look on you begin to believe “if God did it for her then He can do it for me”.

Now witnessing this is amazing. It helps us to learn more and more about our Father. However, wagering on the breakthroughs and answered prayers of others can only take us but so far.

At some point we have to look at our own walk. Or the perceived power behind that blessing loses its appeal.

Does this mean that God is not good? No, He’s still good.

Does this mean that the blessing is less real? No, it is very real. However, I’d like to believe that the power in it is much more real to the direct recipient than a spectator. [pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal”]”Yes He Is” moments are the ones that get us through the tough times.[/pullquote3]

 

“Yes He Is” Moments

For example, as a child I loved the congregational song that said…”I know God is a good God…” and the church would sing “Yes He is.” This would go on and on. Tambourines clanging. Clapping hands. Tapping toes. Rocking bodies. All attesting to the goodness of God.

My heart would like to believe that each person as they sing has a story in mind. A time that God showed His goodness. And their hearts are racing at that recall which gives the rise of their voice its melodic tone.

As a child I sat next to my grandmother, with her soft soprano voice not missing a beat. But I had no story. No memories that I could recall.

To me it was a song. A good song that I still love but at that time I had no memories to draw upon. Thus, as time went on and I really needed to have the faith to believe in the goodness of God I would draw a blank.

I had my grandmother’s words. I heard sermons from pastors. I had heard testimony after testimony. But I, Dana, had no “Yes He Is” moment.

Beloved, those “Yes He Is” moments are the ones that get us through the tough times.

When we have more bills than money.

When our children are on our last nerves.

When our hearts are broken.

When we are waiting for God to show us His goodness…once again.

You see, as we wait our past “Yes He Is” moments is what sustains us. And borrowed faith just won’t do.

I am still reading the book anticipating all that the authors will share. As I read, I think of my “Yes He Is” moments and how I began to accumulate them to help me when hope was all I had. Hope…that God would once again show up and show me His goodness. [pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal”]And borrowed faith just won’t do.[/pullquote3]

Beloved, this is why I mentor women. This is way I teach. This is why I write. This is why I can tap my toe and sing “Yes He Is”. Because I know…KNOW…God is good. I tried Him. I know Him. I would not want to spend a single day without Him.

I pray you can say the same. And if not…let me know.

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Photo Credit Anissat.

[fancy_header3 variation=”teal”]Reflection[/fancy_header3]

Do you journal your “Yes He Is” moments? If so, how is it helpful? If not, give it a try. And if you’re stuck…visit your bible and search for moments when God told someone to build an altar. 

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Selfish to Selfless

I’m selfish.

I’d like to think it’s because I grew up in an environment of limited resources. We had a small house, which meant I shared a room with my two sisters for most of our childhood. And for many of those years we shared a bed. At one time we had five people sleeping in one full size bed.

Wow…that takes me down memory lane.

In sharing a room with my sisters it meant I shared nearly everything. And sharing everything ignited something in my gut that said “I want my own.”

I wanted my own space.

My own bed.

My own room.

My own stuff.

I’m not writing to say this is right or wrong. I’m taking you on a short journey. You see, during my social hiatus I had time to think. A lot of time to think. Who knew I spent so much time on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and such. But I did.

Again, I’d like to think it was because it was necessary. Don’t all the big gurus in business and online like to dictate what is necessary to grow a business, or an audience.

For the sake of keeping this post focused I’ll admit I started blogging because I was selfish. I wanted my own space. My own platform. My own stuff.

Man…this post is making me sweat.

In defense of my reasoning, I want to believe it’s for a good reason. Actually, a great reason. I know why I am here. [highlight1 variation=”teal”]I know my purpose[/highlight1]. But knowing and actually believing you are living that existence is sometimes fuzzy.

It’s fuzzy because to live our purpose we are told you have to do this…and do that…be here…go there. You know the drill.

So I did this…and I did that…I went there…and so on. But when I stopped to take it all in I was no closer than when I began. At least it felt that way in my heart. Until I realized I was doing a whole lot yet was I trusting and believing that He would be true to His promise?

Oh man…I’m really sweating now.

[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal” cite=”Jeremiah 29:11″]For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.[/pullquote3] (Read it.)

The Plan

In a nutshell, my purpose and His plans must be one. In my life I want nothing less than His greatest hope and desires for my life.

I could take us down a long journey and chat about God’s sovereignty, free will, our part in the mix. But the truth is we don’t know half of what we think we know. I mean “we” as human beings.

The word says His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8). Thus, to my logical brain this means just when I think I have Him all figured out….WHAM… Think again.

This is the story of life. [pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”right” variation=”teal”]But the truth is we don’t know half of what we think we know.[/pullquote1]

So what does this mean Dana?

In my time away I spent more time reading, praying, spending time with my family. I spent more time with people. I slowed down and let the moments be the moments. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Today, I can say my selfish reasons for blogging have changed. This doesn’t mean I have it all figured out. However, my heart’s desire is to know and understand what it means to serve.

We can let our lives be that of a servant in many ways. I want this blog to be an extension of my service in my daily life. I serve many women whether in my time, my listening, my loving on them, my being the source of tough love. I serve when I teach, I mentor, I write, I speak.

I am still doing a whole lot. But I am now trusting and believing that He has me exactly where I need to be. That I’m reaching those that need to read this. That I’m living the plan He has for me.

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal”]We can’t get so busy doing that we are not in relationship with God.[/pullquote1]

But…

This is a HUGE but…

My trust and belief is anchored to my relationship with Him. We can’t get so busy doing that we are not in relationship with God. Things get wacky, distorted, unbalanced when we take our eyes off of Christ.

My time has been greatly beneficial. I pray the meditations of my heart have been pleasing and acceptable in His sight. This is my public declaration to be (truly be) about my Father’s business.

Stay tuned…

[signoff]

 

 

Week 4: Distractions

Every morning I wake and try to read and pray before my feet hit the floor. Because if I don’t…I’ll find myself distracted.

Distractions by Dana Pittman

I’m sure I’m not alone in the matter. We homeschool, work from home, and I find my list of To-Do’s takes on a life of its own. Yet, today while listening to scripture I found a verse very intriguing…

31 Days of Love: Pattern of Love

My morning reading brought a new picture to mind. This picture gave me a clear visual of what my life should resemble. What your life should resemble, that is, if you care to live a life of love.

 

31 Days of Love by Dana Pittman

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31 Days of Love has stretched and pulled me in one million and one directions. Over a week ago, I decided to plant us in 1 John 4:7-21 to try to calm my runaway thoughts.  But as I spent time reading and re-reading this passage I realized it is full of wonderful goodness yet it still left me with the same question…What is love?