Grown Up Conversations – October 8 – Video

It’s October – Embrace the seasons of life – it’s only a season.

Today’s topic: Don’t Test God – Try Him

A booby trap is a bait that is set up to intentionally attract an innocent victim to either kill, or to harm them. The truth is, we are always knowingly or unknowingly in danger of booby traps.

It’s beyond any human being’s capability to be alert and watchful twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; all the time. As human beings we may have the capacity to stay awake 24 hours but do we have the capability to do so?

That’s why we need God’s protection from hidden traps – God neither naps nor sleep. If there was any time we need God’s protection is today. The Lord is our safe hiding place and our covering.

Buying face masks, gown, gloves, hand sanitizers, or staying in the safety of your home are no guarantee that you are protected from deadly hidden traps.

It’s a blessing to feel assured that God is keeping watch over us day and night even when we are unaware of His presence. In sickness and in health – God is a present help. He’s just one prayer away.

When you choose to make the Lord your hiding place there shall no evil catch up to you for He gives His angels full responsibility of you. We all know how dangerous hidden traps are – don’t risk becoming victims.

Don’t allow the discomfort of being in a relationship with God cause you to run back to what God has already delivered you from many times before.

When we have God’s covering, evil cannot live in God’s presence – it’s like having a lifetime insurance. It’s unimaginable the evil that creeps us around in the night, the objects that come from nowhere and fly pass us by day, and the tragedies we escape when using the highways and public places.

Be strong and do not let your heart give in to fear. When you make God your secret dwelling place you will sleep well at nights because He is your keeper.

Proverbs 14:30 “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body.”

Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. DO NOT BE AFRAID, DO NOT DISCOURAGED, for the LORD your God will be with you WHEREVER YOU GO.”

Grown Up Conversations – October 7 – Video

It’s October – Embrace the seasons of life – it’s only a season.

Today’s topic: The Village got Awfully Quiet

So many times, we ask God – ‘Why then has all this happened to me?’ Then the Lord answers – “Have I not sent you.” None of us on live an island all by ourselves. Growing up among the villagers teach us to lean on each other making us stronger. God never intended us to live like hermits.

Village life gives us purpose and meaning. When we support each other – incredible things happen. When we compete with each other – the village goes awfully quiet.

Relationships thrive best when there’s open communication. Our relationship with God goes the same way as we do in other relationships – communicate your feelings.

When we arrive at wanting answers to life’s unanswered questions listening to the clues and cues lead to truth. A clue is anything that helps to steer you in solving a problem. And the cue prompts you to know when to act.

When God allows you to take the lead in your village it means he has full confidence that you can get the job done. Leading a family requires you to have a forgiving heart and the fortitude of a solider. The courage to stand in the frontline of a village where the arrows can come from any direction. It requires skill in warfare strategies.

Can you save your family if yours is the weakest clan and the least in your generation? Absolutely! If God is with you! We can accomplish nothing without God.

African Proverb “When there’s no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”

May God bless all those who simply want to do better and feel better despite the pain and the load she carries. When you know your potential you become consistent and your vision becomes clearer.

Tunnel vision sees beyond where the village ends and shines the light where others may have fallen. Be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded.

Let’s light a candle for all the villagers who need a light to guide them through the dark times. Quote: “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

Learn to appreciate every single person in the village. The village is a place where you don’t meet people by accident. There’s always a reason.

We are all in this together. When we understand that we are all struggling – there’s no competition. How we make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

Someone once said, “People of vision see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, think the unthinkable, and do the impossible.”

Grown Up Conversations – October 6 – Video

It’s October – Embrace the seasons of life – it’s only a season.

Today’s Topic: You can totally do this

We often measure success by the numbers shown on our bank accounts or by our material possessions. It’s easy to secretly think in your heart that your power and strength of your hands have made you wealthy. It is good to cautiously remember that everything we have is the LORD who have made us enjoy it.

It’s really no secret that God wants to bless all of us and for us to have great success. God’s eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

When God can trust you with your success story – He will bless the very socks off your feet. He is God all by Himself. When you share your story of how many obstacles and hurdles you overcame because the LORD stood with you and give you strength someone else will be inspired.

You are not outnumbered, you are not the underdog, you are not the feeblest among them, you are not the black sheep of the family, you are not the least educated. God’s Word states that He knows the plans He has for you. He will prosper you and give you hope and a bright future.

Walk with God and obey him. Don’t tell me that God cannot work with less to bring the strong and mighty down. If God is giving the orders – you are on the winning side. At the end of it the outcome was already made in Heaven. God helps us deal with whatever may cause us the most pain.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases His mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness.

Numbers 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”

Jesus/God/LORD is not a religion – it’s all about a relationship with the Creator. God wants to stretch His currency – faith.

You can totally do this. You are NOT outnumbered. You’re NOT the black sheep of the family. You are NOT the least educated. You are simply in a season. Some seasons last three years others may last forty years but all seasons MUST change.

Grown Up Conversations – Monday October 5 – Video

It’s October – Embrace the seasons of life – it’s only a season

Mothers

Mothers are God’s gifts to humanity and the anxiety of a mother often gets recorded in her prayers. Her prayers are more important than the countless meals she prepares for her brood. What a comfort it was for me to know that no matter wherever I traveled or lived, I had a praying mother.

To all mothers/caregivers, there’s no crisis too weighty for you to take to God. We all have our limitations when it comes to carrying our own personal loads. We are natural caregivers and givers must learn to set limits. A little reminder – Only Christ can do all things.

Sometimes one defeat can hit us like a tornado. Satan does a great job in keeping our attention on that one defeat totally forgetting the other victories we have won. To me that sounds like a strategic setup by the devil who is absolutely not our cheerleader.

Refuse to cave in to the anxiety he creates. Let your prayers attract God’s attention. Then go to lunch with your friends – just do anything to ignore Satan’s sideshows. Whatever you focus on will continue to be intensified.

God does not expect you to carry the weight of your losses. The cross will be too heavy, and you will be tempted to curse God and die. Keeping it real is finding the courage to focus on what gives you strength and not your discouragements.

You may feel like an unsung hero but in God’s eyes He’s been listening and recording your wins. A praying mother is an asset to any family. Ask Jesus to cover you and all that concerns you while He fixes ‘IT”. Jesus loves you and He will never risk losing you by being unfaithful or disloyal to you.

Cheers to all our unsung mothers/caregivers who fight battles that nobody else knows about. Embrace the season – it’s only a season. You are simply an incredible human being performing multiple roles with no fanfare.

You were once a little girl with big dreams and if God has kept you here – He still believes you can accomplish it. Don’t disappoint yourself.

Quotes: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.”

“If you are offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on!”

Grown Up Conversations – Thursday – Video

This week I shared  four (4) chapters from my book Grown Up Conversations. I totally enjoyed sharing with you and I hope you did too. Thanks to everyone who interacted and made the conversations very interesting.

There’s NO me WITHOUT you.

This week we looked at four chapters:

  • Stop! Look! Listen
  • Don’t take the Bait
  • The Bitter Root

Today’s Topic: Overwhelmed with Fear

I’ve learned that sometimes in life that you can’t ever expect everything to go the way you planned. Sometimes, you can have a well-thought-out day and then the unexpected happens throwing you a curve ball leaving you in a quandary  – “Where did this come from?”  The question isn’t whether or not life will throw you a curveball – it’s just a matter of when.

I’ve been blindsided so many times with varied curve balls and yet through them all I have become a better version of myself because with God there are no other plans but Plan A. We as humans think there are many plans as the letters in the alphabet but with God – His plan is always THE ONLY PLAN which is Plan A.

When you are exhausted from life throwing you curve ball after curve ball watch out for those whacky, crazy emotions that send you sobbing in a corner. Patience is defined as having the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting anxious.

Quote: “Strength isn’t about how much you can handle BEFORE you break. It’s about how much you can ENDURE AFTER you’ve been broken.”

You may not know what to do but God always knows what to do. You may be mocked and made fun of, but God hasn’t left your side. You may have been tossed around but you will never be broken. You will survive the hits and misses just like the countless other times when there were curve balls.

Proverbs 4:23-27 “Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip. Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.”

Overwhelmed by Fear?

  1. Be cautious what you deposit in your heart that’s where life starts
  2. Slow down on your responses
  3. Avoid  reckless chatter – white lies and gossip
  4. Stay focus and leave wicked schemes behind

FINALLY, IGNORE ALL SIDESHOWS DISTRACTIONS AND DRAMAS!!!

Prayer Time: Jesus, thank You for Your Word which is like a light guiding me where to walk and a two-edged sword carefully cutting away at the things that cause me to stumble into fear. Teach me to avoid reckless chatter and all sideshows distractions. Thank you when I do not know what to do, I can depend on You leading the way. In Jesus Name, Amen

****** This concludes four chapters from my book GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS. Do not forget to order your copy today.

Grown Up Conversations – WEDNESDAY – Video

Chapter taken from my book GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS.

Today’s Topic: The Bitter Root

Bitterness handcuffs us to memories of the past, sickens us to the core, and blurs our vision. We are encouraged to make every effort to live in peace with everyone and see no bitter root grows up to cause trouble.

I am grateful for all the lemon experiences I had in my life they accelerated my wildest dream supplying lemonade to the world.

Every day we are faced with tough situations that can make us react differentlysome people might be sad, others might be upset, and then there are others who can become easily angered and violent.

But even though we share some of these emotions which are normal because we are human, it becomes inexcusable to hold on to these crazy reactions for any amount of time. They simply go against a healthy lifestyle.

Quote: ‘People will throw stones at you, don’t throw them back, collect them and build an empire.”

Stay committed to your goal in life. There will always be difficulties along the way but hold on to the lemons and show others what you can do with them.

Never let anyone’s opinions make you question what God has told you in secret. Keep building until your dream speaks for itself.

Ephesians 12:15 “Make sure no one misses out on God’s wonderful kindness. Don’t let anyone become bitter and cause trouble for the rest of you.”

  1. Do everything you can to get along with each other and with God’s help make peace quickly
  2. Stay alert for undesirable feelings of bitterness. Bitterness aggressively reduces you to a person you no longer know
  3. Bitterness satisfies a short-term appetite. The need for going after revenge. It’s an impulsive action where no amount of tears can erase your thoughtless actions.  

When the root is bitter, the fruit must be sour. In two three days bitterness grows and produces disturbing thoughts. Let it go! Don’t continue to pamper the hurt about something that was done to you in the past.

Sometimes peace is better than proving you are right. It’s okay to have a five minutes meltdown but it’s never okay to stay in that unhealthy mindset.

Let go of the anger as soon as possible because it can lead you to sin. Sin is when you know what’s right, but you choose not to do it.

Don’t keep friends with people who have a short temper because they can easily drag you into their problems or even pick a fight with you.

PRAYER TIME: Father, thank you for giving me an incredible amount of forgiveness and grace. Teach me to be quick to forgive and be graceful enough to show empathy to others. Help me to keep a sharp eye on any root of bitterness. Let me not miss out on Your wonderful kindness. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Excerpts taken from my book GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS – order yours now!

Grown Up Conversations – TUESDAY

Chapters taken from my book GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS

Today’s Topic: Don’t Take the Bait

There are fights you will win and fights you will lose, but every fight doesn’t need an active participant. One great benefit to having a personal relationship with God – He coaches you in a fight. Sometimes, the LORD says, “Do not go to war for I am NOT among you, lest you be defeated before your enemies.” And there are times when He says, “Go in and take possession.”

Many times, in the heat of the moment, we’re eager to put up a fight for justice. We climb the mountain of resentment before even talking it over with God. Choose to be patient. Be mature. Every fight doesn’t need an active participant. The enemies we see today, we will see them no more if we allow God to coach us.

No matter what we face in life let’s make sure we don’t let go of God’s hand. We need God every minute of the day. Never underestimate your relationship with God. God walks besides you. Goes before you. Walks behind you.

Stop striving! Stop fighting! Relax! Put your arguments to rest. Leave them with God and watch God put an end to everything without your help.

Exodus 14:14 “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

There’s no one who can understand us like God. He knows what you are going through and all He asks of you is to be still. Life comes with struggles, trials, and pain whether you are rich or poor – they will show up sometime. Whether you are prepared or caught napping – they will come. Don’t lose confidence in God – He’s an on-time God.

It takes real faith in God to believe that this is not how your story will end on a battlefield. Don’t take Satan’s bait to go and fight on your own. When darkness seems to hide His face continue to rest in His unchanging ways. There’s Christ for every crisis. There’s a message designed for every mess. There’s a crown for every frown. .

PRAYER TIME: Father, I sincerely thank you that I am not called to be an active participant in every fight. Thank you for coaching me so I can sleep well at nights. I will stop striving, fighting, and wanting others to hear my side of the story. I enjoy relaxing in Your Presence where I feel safe from all the attacks of the evil one. In Jesus Name, Amen

***** Order your copy of GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS TODAY!

Grown Up Conversations – It’s MONDAY

It’s Monday morning, welcome to Grown Up Conversations. My name is June Doyle. I am the author of the book Grown Up Conversations published May 2020. I’m grateful to God for His favor despite the epidemic that crippled the entire world. For a first time author Grown Up Conversations has super exceeded my expectations.

This week I will be sharing with you – FOUR (4) chapters from my book GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS with some ADDED flavours.  

Today’s chapter: Stop! Look! Listen!

Step 1: Read my post

Step 2: Scripture time

Step 3: Prayer Time

As grown ups every day we make important life’s decisions that can have lasting effects on us and our generations to follow. Have you ever heard the advice – “Don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry?” If you go shopping around for love on an underfed love tank, it’s likely you will suffer from emotional eating, which makes you increase your baggage weight.

It’s no fun getting into any relationship that produces mental, physical, and/or emotional abuse and consequently living with tons of regret for the rest of your life. Don’t go shopping for love when you are either hungry, desperate, or lonely. It is far better to stay single than to be found making excuses for someone’s behavior.  

Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Quote: “A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.”

We can learn every time we make a mistake but if that mistake keeps repeating itself then it’s no longer a mistake but a decision. Everyone deserves second chances but definitely not for the same mistake.

Stop! Look! Listen! Use your eyes, use your ears, and then use your feet. Your past will keep repeating itself until you learn from it.

Be big enough to admit your mistakes, smart enough to learn from them, and brave enough to know it’s not the end. Refuse to live with shame, criticism, hostility, fear, or insecurity.

Be good to yourself – we all made choices that maybe weren’t the greatest. But everyday we get a fresh start to be better than we were yesterday – just don’t keep making the same mistake.

Get up, get dressed in your boots of strength and coat of dignity. Don’t eat the bread of idleness. You cannot move forward if you do not take responsibility for your choices.

Isaiah 1:18-20 God encourages us to – “Come now, let us reason together.” God wants to listen to your case/predicament. He is a reasonable Father. Go ahead and reason it out with God.

PRAYER Time: Father, I have made You too small in my eyes – forgive me for shopping around on an underfed love tank. Teach me to be careful how I live making the most of every new day, because the days are evil. Let me never rush into relationships because of loneliness, rebound, or unfed emotions. I refuse to live with shame, criticism, hostility, fear, or insecurity from this day onwards. Thank you, Lord, for loving me. In Jesus Name, Amen

***** Do NOT forget to order your copy of GROWN UP CONVERSATIONS TODAY.

Woo Hoo! It’s FRIDAY!

We made it! It’s FRIDAY! In spite of all that has been happening we pause to give God thanks for bringing us to the end of another working week.

Every little thing gonna be alright. Life is short so we will laugh while we still have teeth.

It’s time to laugh.

Cheers to another great weekend. Enjoy today and share a smile.