Seek Him Through Every Season Even If You Feel Great…

The last two weeks have been absolutely crazy. There have been many ups and downs. Great moments, but a few challenging points showed up along the way. I was not able to write last week because the time just evaporated out of thin air. I wish I could tell you where the time went, but I have no idea. Well… I actually do know where I spent the time. 🙂

Overview of Life

The two weeks consisted of not feeling the greatest, but also some incredible breakthroughs..
– emotional swings are gone
Fearless Women Ministry gathering
– 5 hour zoom (with 1.5 hour break)
– extremely upset at dentist w/ cavities (never happens, typically a champ)
– brain waves higher than typical, but a week later they are lower 🙂
– plant shopping & dinner w/ a friend
– Met people at Starbucks 2x
– memory lacking & super distractible
– went to a house fire church for 1st time
SNJ Millennials networking event

The past two weeks have been extremely busy as you can see above in the general overview. I am excited with all that is going on, but trying to get a hold of everything. For the past year, I have been laying low and focusing on neurofeedback and my brain. I have felt that I have been in a winter season. I have done other things, but very few activities.

In-depth View of the Weeks

During these few weeks, I have felt amazing and on top of the world. It is so easy to forget that He has brought us into these wonderful situations. He is always with us and we tend to not remember that. It is so important to be with Him when you are on that mountain top. A year ago, I was just trying to get through my day. There were so many challenges that I hope no one else has to go through. It was difficult and I relied on Him. I never thought I would have been able to do all the things I’ve listed a year ago…

There have also been some challenges during this time. I was extremely tired and had more headaches than I have. I had a few days of doing very little and just being on my phone. I wish I was seeking God, but I wasn’t. It is easy to sit in your feelings and not seek Him first.

House Fire Church Experience

When I went to the house fire church there was a lot of prayer and Holy Spirit. I absolutely loved it. One of the ladies there said that I am in a spring season and how there will be rain. Rain is a necessary thing in spring, so the flowers can blossom. That famous saying… “April showers bring May flowers”. She was saying to stay joyful even when the rain hits.

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11 NIV

The Spring Season

This resonated with me so so so much. I have felt that I have been in a winter season for the past year and that I am currently entering into a spring season. At the beginning of the spring season is when the rain comes. I am stepping into what God has been calling me to and there will be challenges, but I have to have the joy of the Lord. And we have the joy of the Lord when we seek Him.

I am excited for this new season of life and I am working on praying multiple times a day. I want to seek Him first above everything that I may have to do in a day. This world will say they are the most important, but truth is… nothing is as important as He is.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all the things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

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Resting is Key

Constantly doing,
Constantly rushing,
Constantly hurrying…
But why?

Life is more than the hustle and bustle right? I find myself overdoing it and constantly doing something. When I have nothing to do, I feel I am doing something wrong. But why?? I am working on learning about rest and the Sabbath. A quote that has come into my life recently blew my mind. It is so true and wanted to share it with y’all.

People expect us to be busy, overworked. It’s become a status symbol in our society — if we are busy, we’re important, if we’re not busy, we’re almost embarrassed to admit it

Steven Covey, First Things First

Recently, my neurofeedback sessions have been leaving me with more energy than typical. A huge blessing!! I am still tired after the session, but I am capable of doing things. After neurofeedback sessions, I work on not doing too much and overloading my brain. I want my brain to have the ability to relax and learn what we are teaching it through the neurofeedback session. The last thing I wish to do is to bombard my brain. But how do we do that when it seems unnatural to take a rest??

I’ve been learning that everything comes back to this one word…time. It’s so easy to get caught in the cycle of thinking of everything that we “need” to do and how to fit everything into our schedules. Life is supposed to be packed right?!?!

This leads me into thinking and questioning…

What would Jesus do? He lived on this earth and busyness has always been a thing. It’s gotten worse and worse throughout the years. Snail mail has evolved into instant messages through our cellular devices; work no longer stays at work, you can now take it everywhere you go due to laptops; and so much more!

I did a little deep dive into the Bible and found the passage below. We are directed to go to Him to rest. Rest is something that is rarely found in the society in which we live today. We are to give Him everything that we are experiencing, so that He can fill us back up. He will give us the rest that our souls desire. Absolutely beautiful

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 NLT

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Rare Disease Day 2022

Rare disease day is a special day for everyone who has a rare disease or knows of someone with a rare disease. There are over 300 million people living with a rare disease. Some rare diseases do not have names and/or treatment options. To find out more info about rare disease day please visit: https://www.rarediseaseday.org

Welcome back to the blog!!

Hello!! It’s been way too long since I have written a blog post. In writing this, God has just shown me what He has done in my life over the past 22 years. I am so thankful with where God has me and everything that I have had to go through. Not everything has been easy, but He has a greater purpose than I could ever imagine. He uses everything for His good! If you have any questions about what I have gone through or literally anything, I would be more than happy to answer! I love sharing my story with others 🙂

My Story

Wait, you were born with a rare disease??

-yes, it is called Alpha Mannosidosis. It’s a lysosomal storage disease meaning there is buildup of toxic materials in the cells body due to an enzyme deficiency. My body was essentially missing one enzyme and that particular enzyme created an issue with all the cells.

How could something like this happen?

-it’s due to genes. It’s a genetic disease. My parents had a 25% chance of having a kid with Alpha Mannosidosis due to having the same mutation on the MAN2B1 gene. Crazy stuff, I know!!

What happens overtime with this disease?

-Alpha Mannosidosis is a progressive disease meaning, it will become worse overtime. I personally have had symptoms of: hearing loss, cognitive issues, memory issues, processing issues, balance issues, muscle issues, bone issues, etc… This disease can lead to being in a wheelchair and having difficulties communicating and everything becoming more difficult.

Yours doesn’t seem to be progressing, why??

-There are treatments that are not technically fixes due to still being in trials, but I was given a bone marrow transplant to stop the disease from progressing. It was a long path, but was worth it. My life changed forever and I’m so thankful that I had to go through that rough journey.

Is bone marrow transplant the only option?

-yes and no. In the US, bone marrow transplant is the only option. In other countries, people get enzyme replacement therapy. The downside to that is it is a continual process and is super expensive.

How long ago was your bone marrow transplant and do you have any challenges to this day?

-18 years ago as of October and yes I do. I have had some bone issues, but majority of my challenges are more focused on my brain. The bone marrow transplant stopped the disease from progressing, but whatever was done was done. I have challenges related to my memory, processing, and a few other things.

Will these challenges ever go away?

-simple answer is we do not know. Right now, I am doing a therapy called neurofeedback and it’s essentially training  my brain how to act. There’s been so many advances in the idea of neuroplasticity and how one day I may have the possibility of having no issues related to my brain. I have prayed about this, given healing within my dreams and people have also told me that God told them that I will be completely healed. We are believing that one day I will be healed.

Whenever I see you, you have a huge smile and an amazing joy about you, how is that if you’ve gone through all this stuff?

-One answer for this… God. He has done so much that would be way too much to write within this. He has taken me from the bottom of bottoms and has given me everything that I would ever need. I have experienced the fruits of the spirit because of leaning to Him in everything. 

What would you say has been the best thing to happen to you?

-there are millions of things that happen to us every single day. I would say that it was God bringing me to church through my best friend and meeting me where I was. Not many people know this, but I’ve always wanted to remember something from when I was younger. I have absolutely no memory due to what I was born with. My memory even from a few years ago is nonexistent. But when I went to church with my best friend 3.5 years ago, God showed me a little snippet of when I was in the hospital. I was looking at myself and I was as happy as could be. My parents said that I was always a happy kid in the hospital. They couldn’t believe it, but to me it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary because I was new to this thing we call life. 

Before you go…

I just want to leave y’all with this.

I am a child of God who happened to be born with Alpha Mannosidosis. Of course the journey has been hard, but we all have challenges of our own. We are all unique and that is absolutely amazing. God has created us to work together in this world. Rare disease day is just another day, but this day shows us that even when we are different we still have our own strengths. 

Heart Posture

Welcome

Hey there! So glad you stopped by!! If this is your first time, I am writing an encouragement type of blog every Monday. I also post every Friday about something God has placed on my heart or just about how my week has been. If you like what you see, make sure to give this blog post a like and give me a follow, so you don’t miss anything!

Before you start reading, I just wanted to tell you that you matter and you have a purpose. It may be hard to know that exactly right now, but I know that God has placed you exactly where He wants to. He will help you through everything. God has created you and loves you so much!

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.

1 John 3:1 NLT

Before I continue…

Have you ever thought about the way life works? Are you experiencing life through the worlds lens or Gods lens? Do you know what happens when you focus on God? How do you respond to things that happen in your life?

I know these questions can be a tad daunting and that is okay. You don’t have to know the answers to these questions. We simply won’t know the answers to every question, but they are good to ask every now and then. Depending on the season of life you find yourself in, you may have different answers than if you were in a different season.

For me, there have been coming my way and I have noticed HUGE differences in the way I respond to these various situations that are happening. This is fairly new to me and I am still working to figure it out. My heart has dramatically changed and I can only say it was because of God. I have spent more time with God and learning about Him in the past year than ever before. It is still a work in progress, but God has transformed me in a way that is unexplainable.

Example #1

When I worked and attended my previous church, I tithed. I did this out of doing it because the Bible says to do so. I was following the motions without having a certain feeling about it. I was doing it, to do it and hopefully please God in the process of doing so. This is a dangerous place to be and I never understood until recently.

This past weekend, I gave a gift ($20) I received as a tithe to my current church. I felt the need to give the entire amount I had received, even though it was a pretty small. In doing this, I saw a HUGE change with my heart posture. When tithing this time, I had a joy and an excitement to me that I hadn’t expected. I just wanted to give back to God. He has been moving so much in my life and I only wanted to show Him how thankful I am. I do not have a job at the moment and I just felt like I needed to give what I received back to my Father.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV

Example #2

For the past year, I have not been taking classes due to some medical challenges I have been experiencing. When I have taken classes previously, I have signed up for the required classes. I felt no emotion in doing this. I was not happy nor was I sad. I was just signing up for the classes to ensure I had a spot in the classes that would work with my schedule for the following semester. Not much to it.

I am planning on going back in the spring and feel led by God to do so. Since I have left, I have added a minor in psychology to my marketing major. Yes, it is a good combo, but not for the reason you may be thinking. I found out I don’t enjoy marketing and God is leading me into psychology. With this new minor in psychology, I have some psychology classes to take. I have never been so excited and joyful to be signing up for classes.

God has been teaching me patience and learning to trust His timing. These classes that I have signed up for are both online and don’t have a meeting time. My schedule is likely to change by the spring and this helps to ease the anxiety I may have faced if I had to be in classes at a certain time.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6 NIV

Before You Go

In the examples I have given, I hope this shows you what happens when we are near to God and learning about Him daily. This week, I want to encourage you to take a look at where your heart is. You can look into the categories of tithing, serving, learning about Him, your response to various events, and giving.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Galatians 5:22-26 NIV

Lucky 13

Tomorrow is a special day for me. It would be what I call my second birthday. You might be thinking it’s the day that I accepted Jesus into my life, but it is not. This day came way before that ever happened! October 16th marks the day that I received my bone marrow transplant. This procedure essentially changed my life forever.

Born Rare

I was born rare. We are all different and that is amazing! We should not be the same because that would be super boring!! During my early years of growing up, I had many difficulties. I was not meeting the developmental markers that kids typically meet. My parents knew something was up and I am so thankful they did not give up. Eventually they got a diagnosis of me having Alpha Mannosidosis at 3.5 years old.

Alpha-mannosidosis is a rare genetic disorder characterized by a deficiency of the enzyme alpha-D-mannosidase…The symptoms and severity of the disorder are highly variable. Symptoms may include distinctive facial features, skeletal abnormalities, hearing loss, intellectual disability, and dysfunction of the immune system. 

Cited from: www.rarediseases.org

Every person who has this rare disease, has a different variation. It is similar to autism as it has a spectrum of its own. Some are worse than what I dealt with while others are better than what I dealt with. This disease progresses and overtime it will affect bones, the brain, and muscles.

Decisions, Decisions…

There are not many treatment options. Today, in certain countries you can either do a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) and/or Enzyme Replacement Therapy (ERT). In the US at that time and to this day, the only option is BMT. My parents had to make the decision to go forward with a BMT or let the disease run its course for the rest of my life. BMTs are very risky and my parents knew that going into this. If they had gone with not doing anything, there was a possibility of me being in a wheel chair, not communicating, psychosis, etc. My parents knew the risk of going the BMT route, but saw the opportunity it would give me in possibly having a somewhat normal life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

And so with that, I had a BMT a year after my diagnosis at 4.5 years old. I was the 13th person in the world to receive a BMT for Alpha Mannosidosis. My memory has been affected with what I was born with, so I have no memory of the BMT. I have one memory that God gave me while being in the hospital and that was me smiling. Alpha Mannosdosis has severely impacted my memory. I am quite happy to not remember being in the hospital during that time and to have that happy moment from God.

Life Today

It has been (almost) 18 years since that BMT and I am so grateful, thankful, and joyful that my parents chose to go with having me go through it. This was most likely the hardest decision of their lives. It has impacted my life for the greater good and now is allowing me to impact people around the world. Even though, there have been many ups, downs, twists, and turns I have been granted a life that seemed very much impossible.

I do still have some challenges to this day, but that’s due to the Alpha Mannosidosis progression that happened before the transplant. I have also been in several car accidents and they did not help with what I was already experiencing. Even though my life is not the ‘normal’ that everyone faces, I am thankful for the life God has given me and everything that He has put into my path.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, and I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

I am constantly doing different things whether it be with my church, cooking, reading, writing, spending time with friends, or speaking about Alpha Mannosidosis. This would not have been possible if I never received the bone marrow transplant (almost) 18 years ago and I am so excited to keep doing the things that no one in my family thought I would be capable of doing.

Faith & Friends

This past weekend, I went on a retreat with my university’s Chi Alpha group. We spent the weekend learning, praying, worshipping, and fellowshipping with one another. I personally had an amazing time and loved every single part of this weekend trip.

Cars & Traveling

We traveled about three hours away from our university and I was not 100% sure how the car ride was going to go. I get a lot of car anxiety (been in three accidents) and so cars are not my forte. I gotta tell ya, its really fun going in a car with three other friends and traveling together! We stopped for food and everything. Even though it was longer than I am used to, I had no worries about being in the car.

During the retreat, they focused heavily on the idea of idols. Which to me is kinda funny because my first time reading through the New Testament, God was speaking idols/idolatry to me. I honestly thought that was the only thing that the New Testament was about; boy I was wrong!! To me, idols are more about celebrities or anyone who is popular and following everything they do. I was very confused when I was reading about idolatry. My definition was somewhat correct, but somewhat not…

Idolatry

This weekend, we dove into what idols really are. One question that was asked was, “What would you see in the mirror when you looked back at yourself?” Harry Potter was being referenced in this instance. The question comes from Dumbledore when looking into the magical mirror that shows deepest, most desperate desire of our hearts.

When I ponder and ask God about this question, I get ‘love’. I am still working on unpacking what this word means and asking God about this. I believe I desire to love people in the correct ways. I have received love and want to be able to express love to other people in a way they can receive it. So what would you see?

Continuing on with idols, there are four sources in which they stem from. This was very fascinating to me due to knowing very little before this retreat! The idols get broken down into Power, Control, Comfort, and Acceptance. They are pretty self-explanatory, but were very mind opening for me. The ‘love’ word that comes to mind would fall into the control category for me. I want to be able to control the way in which I can love people and hope they receive it the way in which I want them to.

Silence & Solitude

We wrapped up the weekend with some alone time with God. We practiced an exercise that allows us to go into the presence of God and to help us learn how to listen to Gods voice. I really enjoyed this exercise and have put it below. It has been adapted from Bridgetown Church

  1. Relax: Let your mind and body calm down. Try slowly reading through a psalm, attending to your breath, or repeating a simple prayer.
  2. Surrender and Detach: Sometimes called yielding or surrender, practice releasing your anxieties, the circumstances of your life, and your will over to God in prayer.
  3. Look: The heart of prayer is looking at God, looking at you in love. Spend time considering, looking at, contemplating God. Look beyond the other thoughts that crop up, redirecting your mind as needed back to the Father.
  4. Listen: It’s been said that the primary posture of a disciple of Jesus is sitting at his feet and listening. God has direct access to your mind–in the stillness, listen to what the Lord might be saying to you.
  5. Love: End your time by resting in God’s love, anchoring yourself in the peace of his presence.

Here are some pictures from this past weekend!

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Stop & Learn

Story Time

This past week has been. reset. Last Wednesday, I broke my toe next to the pinky toe. I highly recommend not breaking a toe. The second and hopefully last bone I break! Through this experience, I have learned that all ten toes are needed and such a blessing from God. I’ve had to change some things up, so I wouldn’t overdo it with my broken toe. I wanted to ensure healing could happen and did not want to put any extra strain on this toe.

Is It Really an Inconvenience?

This whole situation really got me thinking. Why is it when bad things happen in life we think it’s an inconvenience? Maybe breaking your toe is an inconvenience at first, but maybe this particular instance was supposed to teach me a lesson and to convenience something further within my life? It definitely felt like an inconvenience at first, but I want to encourage you to take a step back and see if you can learn any lessons from life’s inconveniences.

Breaking a toe at 7am is without a doubt an inconvenience when you look at it from the lens of the day just beginning. But a week later, it is feeling better. It still hurts, but I can put weight on it and walk normally. I now see that this span of time has taught me about preparing for the season ahead. I know, I know…it sounds crazy. Let me explain!!

Teachings

Let’s go on a walk down what God has been sharing with me during this past week. If I didn’t lean into Him, I never would have known. On Sunday, we had a family gathering for my grandfather’s birthday! It ended up being a great celebration and a monumental lesson from God.

One of our locations for celebrating was at the park. There were three total locations for the day! Before going to the park, I heard God whisper to me about bringing my camera to the park. And in being an obedient daughter, I brought my camera. It was actually a fantastic activity that did not involve lots of walking for me and my broken toe! I got to capture nature and the family having fun. I have put some of the pictures below.

Fun fact, I haven’t taken pictures since January and that was my second time using a camera since high school (6 years ago). To say the least, I do not know what I am doing. In this moment, God was unfolding something special. Later that night, I looked at the pictures and felt God helped me with this photoshoot. He then went on to tell me, “I am setting you free. Be the authentic, quirky, creative, purpose driven girl I’ve made you to be.”

I am very excited to start taking more pictures and using the gifts God has given me. We all have gifts. We have to be willing to learn and trust God in everything He has planned for our lives.

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Goals vs. God’s Calling

The Good Old Days

Do you have any fond September memories? Maybe it’s a reminder about school starting. Maybe it’s a reminder of the seasons changing. Maybe it’s a reminder that the holidays are right around the corner. Whatever it may be, September is a month of reminders and change.

Not sure about you, but when I think of September, the first two things that pop into my head are: that somewhat popular song Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day & the year is slowly coming to an end.

In case you haven’t listened to Wake Me Up When September Ends, you can click here. There’s a lot of nostalgia with this song. It’s a classic. Now listening to it when older and paying attention to the lyrics, may I suggest listening to something a tad more upbeat afterwards!? 🙃

2022 is Fast Approaching

Now onto why I am actually writing this! Somehow eight months have flown right by us in a blink of an eye. Is time moving fast for anyone else or it only me? I literally have no idea how this time thing happened. Please let me know if you can explain this to me!!

My life isn’t super interesting with a job or school work. Due to where I am finding myself with my brain challenges, working or going to school wouldn’t be the best thing for me at the moment. Instead of these activities, I’ve been taking care of my dog, preparing healthy plant-based and gluten-free meals, reading, and going to my doctors appointments. Yet, with barely doing anything, time has flown by.

With time flying by, I thought this would be a fantastic time to reflect on what has happened this past year and create a plan of some sort for the next few months. Looking back at some of the goals I set in January, I now see that life kind of took a sharp turn and changed everything I planned.

My Goals vs. God’s Timing

My goals consisted of expanding Uncovering Joy and growing my personal social media. Life happened and these things are not being focused on. God has been moving and has put me on a completely different path. Through this, I really realized the goals I had set were ones I created. You’re probably thinking … But that’s how goals are created. Yes, but no.

Let me explain real quick. Us creating goals is more of a worldly perspective. It is so easy to think of the world view points. As I was writing this, God convicted me of having the worldly view for setting goals. It is so easy for us to create goals for the things that we want to achieve in this world, but are they the things God is calling us to do?

You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Psalm 16:11

When we make our own paths of what we want, we are deviating from the path God has us on. The way we should go about the things we are pursuing is through prayer. This is honestly something I am still working on to this day. I want to do all this stuff, but is it what God is calling me to do?

Praying for Guidance

I started writing this post primarily to create new goals, but God really transformed my heart on this one. There are so many things I would love to do or want to be involved with. I really desire to stay on the path that God wants me on. Here is a list of what I am praying about in the season in which I find myself in.

  • Being a leader in the Alpha Mannosidosis community and how to carry this out
  • Continuing education for my bachelors degree
  • Bible college for Ministry Leadership
  • Marketing consultancy for new businesses/nonprofits

As I am praying for these different topics, I am continuing to read scripture and worshipping God. He will give us revelations that will help us figure out what He wants us to do. While I was writing this, I had gotten a peace from Him. That to me was a sign that I am doing what He wants me to do. It can be a little tricky navigating how to set goals and learning what He wants us to do.

I am constantly learning and want to share my thoughts with y’all. I would love to hear what you have to say about this topic! If you guys need any prayer for your calling or anything in general, please let me know below in the comments. As always … enjoy the day, God’s way!

Faith Over Fear – Youth

Over the next few weeks in this series “Faith Over Fear”, I will be speaking about recent times in my life when I’ve had to trust in God that He would provide and not let me fail in the things He has told me. No matter what I thought, I had to throw that away and trust in His timing alone.

The Fall

Large crowds aren’t my thing.
Loud noises aren’t my thing.
Conversing with others is difficult.
Staying alert is difficult.

Let’s go on a field trip back in time to the fall. I was praying and God was placing all of these various things on my heart. A few months go by since writing those things down and someone at church had asked me if I ever thought about doing youth. I have personally always wanted to do youth, but the timing had never been right. I look back at what I had written in my journal back in the fall and what did I find?? Youth at church.

I completely forgot God had me write down youth. It was a huge surprise for me to find that written down in my notebook. Since Youth has always been something I’ve wanted to do, I start praying. I was specifically asking for a month to start going to Youth. I had gotten June and of course I got excited because that was only a few months away. It then set in… How am I going to do that in the state I am in right now? So, I asked for a few more days and God kept telling me June. 

Youth! Cool, But How?

I was going to have to learn how to have faith that I would be okay for Youth. Youth is a combination of connecting with the students, being in a stimulating environment, and a few hours long. At this point, I was working on finding a new doctor for my brain stuff and wasn’t really sure where I’d be in June. I knew I wouldn’t be able to do this on my own and that I would have to completely trust God on this one.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13 NKJV

As the months passed I was experiencing spaciness, tons of headaches, and “drunk” states. In all honestly, this wasn’t new. I started going to my new doctor consistently and I would say that my brain was healing during these months. Typically, my symptoms will get worse and then they will just disappear one day.

June 2nd

Are we ready God for Youth?? June 2nd was the first Wednesday of June, and it was gooooo time! The day consisted of a lower scale headache (good sign!!) and excitement. I was feeling amazing going into Youth. I spoke to some people just to fill them in with my current situation. I was unable to do one thing at Youth, but was able to do everything else without getting overwhelmed, being tired, or increasing my headache.

Youth on June 2nd was such a miracle from God. June 3rd was my birthday and I felt it was a birthday present from God. On my birhtday, I woke up with so much joy and peace from my Father. In this whole thing, He showed me that when I do the things He desires for me to do He will create a way. Things may seem impossible at the time, but if it’s God will, He will make a way.

Where We Are Now

I have been at Youth for over a month and a half now. I have only had one day where I was extremely tired and had to sit down for a tad. The experience of Youth is like nothing else and it is something that I would love to do for as long as God wants me doing it. Each week I go, God shows me something different and I am so grateful for everything that He is working on doing in my life and the lives around me.

I am not getting overwhelmed
I am not getting upset.
I am experiencing joy.
I am experiencing His presence.

All because of trusting in His promises

It may be hard to trust what He is telling you, but He keeps His promises. This has taught me the importance of trusting in His timing and giving Him the glory in all situations.

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalm 27:14 NIV

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Unleash the Power Within Day 3

Slowly getting back into the groove of writing. Had a quick digression yesterday, but we are back to the Unleash the Power Within recap that I have been doing for the past couple of posts.

Hmmmm so day 3 was a super powerful day. The title of this day was Transformation. That title just sounds so intriguing!! Day 3 was a rather emotional draining day, but it was completely worth it. Here are some quotes 🙂

If you change what you associate pain to and what you associate please to — you can change your life.” -Tony Robbins

“Whatever you attach “I am” to you will become with enough emotion and will live that way.” -Tony Robbins

“The strongest force in human personality is need to stay consistent with how we define ourselves.” -Tony Robbins

The morning and early afternoon activities on the third day were setting up the stage for the Dickens Process. This was honestly one of my favorite parts of the seminar. To sum up with this process is, it is where you take limiting beliefs and turn those into beliefs that will serve your life. There are a lot of emotions that go on through this process, but when it is completed you feel amazing and it was a big celebration afterwards. Here’s a little outline of my limiting beliefs and how I changed them:

  • My challenges stop me from achieving what I wish –> My challenges allow me to have a new perspective and allow me to grow
  • My life is too complicated and complex for others to fully understand –> My life is inspiring and powerful.
  • My story won’t help others and isn’t powerful. –> My story will help others and give hope.

Wow today definitely was more of a emotional day. It was completely worth it. In the moment, I was not a fan of the Dickens Process, but it was life changing. I was able to imagine what would happen in life if I kept with those limiting beliefs I mentioned above. It was amazing to see the impact of the stories we tell ourselves. I now know I am free from those limiting beliefs and will be able to achieve the impossible.

Excited about the future possibilities.
Sandy is tired from all the noise she is experiencing while in my room during UPW.

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