Stress leads to personal inventory and change.

IMG_0491Funny how life throws you curve balls.  Little unexpected events that make you re-think everything.  If you follow this blog, you probably noticed that I haven’t been posting as much content lately.  The reason is simple.  I’ve been busy doing a personal inventory, as a result of my hospital stay.  It has led me to some startling revelations.

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Anger & Effort. Boss in the middle. Day 11 prayer challenge.

IMG_0461So today, I woke up and prayed.  I will be honest and tell you that I did it in bed again  and I don’t remember getting a specific word from God.  Maybe He didn’t want to talk to me this morning?  Maybe I should work on getting out of bed and getting in my “war room”?  I did however, decide to focus on two things.  Anger & Effort.

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Wet noodle brain. Boss in the middle. – Prayer challenge day 9. Wrap up.

IMG_0455I am writing to reflect on my last post.  I just re-read it and first of all, I don’t know why I was surprised God could give me a message in 6 minutes.  I mean, He’s God.  He can do anything.  I should have said, “surprisingly, I heard God’s message.”

The other thing I thought about was the fact that I am really tired right now.  After traveling through two time zones and having to re-adjust, the thoughts in my mind Have turned negative and angry.  I started thinking about going to work tomorrow and every negative thing about my job was pouring into my head.  My thoughts ended with me wondering if my local church was hiring…

Right then, I pinpointed my frustrations to me being tired, as opposed to my job being horrible.  I have a really good job and career.  I am grateful and blessed.  My hope is to fall asleep very soon so that I can get back in my “war room” tomorrow morning.  And if you don’t get the “war room” reference, please rent and watch the movie.  I know that Christian movies can be a little cheesy at times, because they can make any kind of miracle happen.  It’s a movie.  But I liked this one.

My message for tonight is that leaders need sleep.  Only you know how much you personally need.  For me, 6 hours gets it done.  I can’t sleep longer than that.  However much sleep you need, make sure you get it in.  Or you may as well prepare to have a sub-par day, with negative thoughts coming out of nowhere.

You’re defenses against the obstacles of this world are not as strong, when your mind is operating like a wet noodle.

Pay attention to God’s little messages. Boss in the middle. – Day 9 prayer challenge.

IMG_0453So this morning, I am traveling back home.  I was in my hotel room, praying on the bed when I fell back asleep for a few minutes.  I did pray, but I only got about 6 minutes of praying done.  Surprisingly, God still gave me a message.

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Worrying about other people? Boss in the middle. Day 8 prayer challenge. – Wrap up

IMG_0451I’m not really sure what to say here. Today was a good day. I got a lot of things done and was able to network with some folks, at an event we had for my job. It was actually a pretty easy day. I guess that’s OK. I’m very calm, pretty even keeled.

One thing I noticed today is, I’m not concerned with certain things that used to concern me a great deal. Mostly, I’m talking about other people’s perception of me.

Worrying about other people and how they feel about you can make you more stressed out than you need to be.  It can actually make you physically sick.

You can’t change them anyway.

I noticed this today as someone in my circle was stressing out about something they really didn’t have to worry about.  In the past, I may have joined them in their frustration, but I’m becoming more confident in my own thoughts and emotions.

I’d like to think it’s because I know better.  But, I’m sure it also has a lot to do with the daily prayer challenge.

Have you started yet?

NO EXCUSES. Boss in the middle. Day 8 prayer challenge.

IMG_0448For those of you keeping score, yes, I missed day 7.  I certainly talked to God during the day, it just wasn’t the first thing in the morning.  I’m not going to beat myself up and I’m not going to give any excuses.  I’m back at it today, which is the most important part of failing.  Getting back to it.  I have a lot of reasons I could use to justify missing my time with God, but basically, I need to plan better.  I need to start incorporating extra time into my mornings.  It all starts the night before.

Anyway, today’s prayer time was good.  It was nice and quiet.  The only thing I have to note during my silent time today, is that I feel God’s presence and I believe He will be with me.

I truly have a sense of calm that has been giving me courage in situations where I normally would have fear and anxiety.  It’s like I am constantly living in the reality of God’s power.  A rediscovered persepective.

The issues of this world are so small when compared to the size of God.

It’s an awesome feeling.  I’ll check back in tonight.

Also, I’m getting a lot of cool supporting words of encouragement from some of you, so thank you!

Start your own prayer challenge and let me know how it goes in the comment section of any of my posts.