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Welcome to “A Women’s Heart” Empowerment podcast brought to you from Voices of Encouragement, LLC.
I am so excited you chose to join me today.
My name is Edna Howard and I am the founder and Chief and Encouragement Officer of Voices of Encouragement, LLC.
Today I would like to talk with you about uplifting information that can help you bounce back and climb out of that negative rut. Today I will give you the tools to help you make a shift of yours Perspective, Attitude, and Choice. What I like to call my PAC method of bouncing back in life.
As we move through this life things are going to get on us and in us that we don’t want to stay (like anger, resentfulness, bitterness, or unforgiveness) these all weigh us down (it is trying to run with a ball and chain). For example, you get an attitude with a coworker, friend, or family member who you feel did wrong by you or perhaps a series of small little negative occurrences that have happened throughout your day, week, month (in fact the bible tells us in scripture Songs of Solomon 2:15 that “It is the little foxes that spoil the vine”).
At some point you look up and realize that you have been carrying anger, resentment, and bitterness longer than you had anticipated -- now every time you think about it you get mad and then you meditate on what you can do to make it better and then you do nothing and now it has a strong hold in your spirit and you flat out got an attitude about the situation.
Now you might be saying no this has never happen to me – and if that is you then this podcast isn’t for you (but listen anyway you may walk away with a gold nugget or two). But for those of you who have had this happen to them at some point in your life then todays podcast message is for you. It is designed to give you encouragement that could help you get your life (GET YOUR LIFE GIRL) and position to bounce back and take leap to brighten you outlook.
Over the years I have discovered that when I start to become negative it is because I have held on to something negative. It just doesn’t serve me, it makes me more sarcastic and cynical, and downright mean spirited.
I’m sharing this with you because I believe that it could help you get out of your immediate rut and begin to find your focus again –
The method I am about to share with you can help you snap out of the fog and bounce back to being that “Powerful Purpose Driven Women on a Mission” God intended you to be. The method is called: PAC – the acronym stands for:
Ok let’s get started the: P stands for Perspective
First, you need to stop and get in a quiet place. Next you need to close your eyes and take a deep breath. Now you need to begin to change your perspective about the situation or situations that have occurred. Remember that everything good or bad that we encounter is designed to serve us and move us closer to what God has purposes us to become for Him (biblically it tells us in scripture Romans 8:28 that “All things work for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose”). Sometimes it is a lesson we are learning about others or other times it something we are learning about ourselves. Never the less it is all a lesson. So, to change your perspective ask yourself these questions to help you shift.
1. What practical steps have I taken to calm the noise in my spirit? (for example, have you prayed for guidance, have search the bible for scriptures to help you overcome?)
2. What change needs to be accepted and initiated?
Scripture read with an open heart will help your shift your perception of any situation
A is for Attitude
You need an attitude adjustment and that will have to come from the inside out (which means you bring about what you think about) if you have been meditating on the situation it is affecting your spirit and your perception of life. (Scripture Philippians 4:8 tells us in the bible to meditate on what is good, excellent and praiseworthy etc.)
So, I encourage you to meditate on the good in your life, start a grateful journal – keep it by your bed and before going to sleep at night write down three things you are grateful for. Pray to God for forgiveness, ask for him to fill you with his love and light so others can see the Him in you, ask him to help you see life through His eyes and go to sleep. (Best attitude adjustment ever)
Lastly, C for Choice. I look at life as a series of events. We have a choice to stamp each event in our lives as either positive or negative. I will say it again we have a choice to stamp every event in our lives as positive or negative. Guess what? You are in charge of how you move through this life and how you engage with other people. When things don’t go our way or someone does something that takes you to that place you don’t want to go – YOU have control over how you respond to every situation. So take control and choose to move forward past any pain or anger that may have lived in your spirit, decide to extend some grace, mercy, and forgiveness toward those who may have wronged you. The bible tells us in scripture Philippians 4:6 to “Be Anxious for nothing” and Galatians 5:25 “If we live in the spirit let us also walk in the spirit”
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other”
In closing let me recap what we learned today
Until we meet again remember Ephesians 4:11 “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called”
Have a Triple P Week:
Positive and Productive