GAURDING YOUR HEART

Good morning

So today, I just wanted to share what I learned in my moment of Quiet Time. The topic talked about “Gaurding Your Heart” and the verse of the day was Proverbs 4: 23:

“Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. -Proverbs 4:23 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/pro.4.23.NASB

The pastor directing the sermon for the morning, asking the question “What are we consuming?” Thinking about it, most times, I’m consuming things that make me feel good and that’s ok. But, I’m learning that I need to consume more of God. I watch a lot of YouTube and social media and Netflix, but I don’t consume enough of God’s Word, time with Him, and time in prayer.

Starting today, I made a reminder for myself to consume in the Word, and in good things. 2020 is still a year of learning for me. And I’m learning so much about myself everyday. I’m not perfect, I have flaws, and that’s what makes me special. 🥰

Ok, it’s time for me to go. I’ll leave with you this scripture as well as Phil. 4:8 and Matt. 6:33 for you to indulge in:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
‭‭-Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/php.4.8.nasb

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
‭‭-Matthew‬ ‭6:33‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/mat.6.33.nasb

Until next time…

❤️

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Good morning

In the midst of all the sadness from yesterday and reading the Word (that is important), I forgot to say thank you to you all for the 102 followers!!!!!

This is motivation and inspiration for me to continue to write and create more posts and stories for “The Gabby Diaries.” I shared my blog with my classmates in the course I’m taking now, and thanks to their words of encouragement, just like you guys, it’s the boost I need to keep doing my best to blog and engage with everyone. So again, a HUGE thank you 😊😊😊😊😊!!!!

Ok, it’s time for me to be productive and brainstorm some more ideas and work on my projects.

Until next time…

❤️

GOD WAS TRYING TO SPEAK TO ME

Good morning

Today’s post will start with this question:

Do you guys ever wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep and can never figure out why?

Well, this was one of those moments, and after that, today may be a slow day for me to focus on work. Let’s rewind back to last Monday. I had received news from my mom that my friend Mary, and her sister Stephanie, just lost their mother the previous evening. Then, this past Monday, my friend Jasmine informed me that our friends Whitney and Kim had lost their mother Sunday night. And finally, I woke up this morning to a sea of text messages from both Jasmine and Paris that Jasmine had gotten into a car accident early this morning.

Here’s the crazy part, the hours that the accident occurred, were the same hours that I was up battling an upset stomach and sinus issues. From 12AM until 4AM, I was up, drinking tea, watching Coffee and Bible Time, all the while asking myself:

“Why can’t I go back to sleep?”

When I read the text, I sat down and started to put it all together. Maybe God was trying to tell me that something wasn’t right and I didn’t listen. And after being hit with bad news back to back, my mind was starting to think negatively. That’s when I opened the Bible app and today’s reading helped give me clarity:

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NASB‬‬
https://www.bible.com/100/php.4.8.nasb

Instead of going into panic and worry, I should have trusted Him to know that she was ok, and that she’s going to be ok. I should have trusted Him to know that even though everyone was going through a rough time, God was going to help them get through it. I guess all the bad news clouded my mind and caused me to switch my way of thinking, that I forgot that if I focus on good things and trust in the Lord, I have nothing to worry about.

Don’t worry, she is fine. She’s going to Urgent Care to get checked out. I’ll keep you guys posted. But it’s amazing how God works and you don’t realize it sometimes.

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: JAN./FEB. 2020

Good evening 🌙

We are now in the third month of 2020. Now, we ask the questions:

  • Where have I been?
  • How have I been?
  • What is going on in my life?

It’s update time!

Let’s start back in January, shall we?

JAN. 2020:

  • January 1st through January 7th: I started the week, fighting off seasonal allergies. Unfortunately, it’s normal for me since I have chronic sinusitis. I rang in the New Year with Mom, in front of the television, eating chili dip, and googling over adorable labrador puppies that were just born. Thank you, Life With Labradors, on YouTube. I am forever grateful to you. Then, I turned 29 on January 2nd. Dad and I spent the day watching documentaries on Netflix, the classics on Disney+, and had a pizza party and a Starbucks tea with Mom and my brother. The rest of the week, my sinuses were clearing, my health was getting better, and I preparing to start back to work.
  • January 8th through January 31st: Once my health was back on track, I was preparing for a new chapter in my life. I was starting online classes at Ashford University to pursue my BA in Communication Studies. I ended the month, celebrating both my birthday and my friend’s birthday with a Girls’ Night Out at Krab Kingz, and we continued our adventure to Hotbox Cookies and Insomnia Cookies. We finished the night on a good note with laughs, giggles, plans, and goals for the remainder of this year and the new year to come.

FEB. 2020:

  • February 1st through February 14th: Took a trip to MetroPCS to have Mom switched back, and had to put my ZTE phone to rest, and turned to another phone, the Alcatel 3v. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! At this point, I aced my first course, and now going through my next class: An Introduction to Communication 101.
  • February 15th through February 29th: I took this time to reflect on my health- mentally, physically, spiritually. I’ve also been reflecting on my performance at work, as well as my performance in school. I’m brainstorming and outlining the passions and goals that I want to accomplish this year and in the next five years. I made this weekend the final weekend that I indulge in my bad habits, and start working on healthier habits for myself.

So how can I sum up 2020 so far? January was my month of healing and preparation. February was my month of reflecting, learning, and growing. My word for the year is BALANCE; I think it’s going to be my word for this year, and maybe a little longer. Because I have a mental illness, I remember that giving myself some form of structure helped me stay more motivated and healthier in the past. I’m now at a place where I’m trying to balance things in my life so that I’m more productive and managing my time wisely so that I have enough time to do what I need to do.

We’re now entering spring, which is a time of new beginnings, a fresh start, and warmer weather, which can help me start to get out of these winter blues. So, where have I been? Mostly work, home, and online school. How have I been? I was in a funk, but I’m taking things one day at a time. What projects are coming up in the future? I’m a creative Capricorn, brainstorming, editing, and making boss moves.

Until next time

 

 

02|01|20

Good evening 🌙

We are now in February. So let me just give you an update on how January went for me:

January 01- 07: New Year’s and My Birthday Week. Unfortunately, I got sick with my seasonal allergies for that entire week, so I spent it on the couch. 😷🤧🤒😴

January 08- 14: Came back from birthday vacation, and prepared myself for online classes, a new workout routine, and getting my health back together for 2020 🍎🍏🍓🥑🥒🥕

January 09-31: Been getting into the groove of maintaining a schedule that works for me while I’m working and taking classes online. And ended the month with a Girls Night to Krab Kingz, Hot Box Cookies, and Insomnia Cookies 🍪

So…what has January taught me? In 3 words…

✨Rest

✨Reset

✨Recharge

I’m going to take those 3 words and apply them to my schedule more while I’m in school. Right now, school is going great. I’ll have another update for you guys once this class is over, 3 weeks down, 2 to go. Just wanted to let you all know that I’m ok. But now, let me get some sleep.

Until next time….

01.08.20

Good evening 🌙

It’s been a little bit of a struggle getting back in the groove of things since coming back from vacation.

Today was even more hectic than yesterday. I have a project I’ve been working on since the week BEFORE Christmas, and let’s just say, they wanted it done today…TODAY! Unfortunately, it didn’t get 100% finished today, but I at least got to the halfway point. One of the goals I made for myself this year was not to let work frustrate me. If I get things done, I get them done. Whatever doesn’t get done, can wait until the following day or week, when I have a new pair of eyes and a fresh mindset to take on the challenge. So, today was one of those days I looked at my work, and told myself that it can wait until morning. And I went home.

Stress was one of my major triggers towards my health last year, and I’m not going to let it get me down this year 😊😊😊.

Well, time for bed. Mom and I had Tucano’s to celebrate my birthday and let’s just say, it was the perfect way to end a work day like this one ♥️.

Until next time…

01.07.20

Good evening 🌙

I’m back and ready to learn, recharge, and gyst 😊

I am glad to announce that I am 💯 from this past week. After spending days in my living room, on the couch, drinking tea, orange juice, and taking multiple medicine and vitamins, I was able to get back on the grind and back to work.

I still giggle when I look back at the week before. Here I was, prepared to have an epic birthday week, doing things I’ve always planned on doing, making big moves, getting off to a fresh start in the new year. Then, it hit me full force, I think I went through at least 2 full boxes of Kleenex, and 7 portable packets of tissues that were originally meant to last me in case of a slight emergency. 🤧😷🤒

To play things safe, I’m still eating Ramen noodles for lunch, and drinking mostly hot water with lemon juice, and a variety of teas: Detox, Green, and Passion. More exciting news, I am now a full time student, going after her BA of Arts & Science in Communication Studies. Classes start next week on Tuesday, and even better, everything is online. That was one of the things that worried me, how my work schedule would affect me going to school. But thanks the wonderful world of technology, it can be done.

So birthday gift for myself? An abundance of office supplies to keep motivated and upbeat. Colorful notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters. Like I’m a little kid again, staying in the office supplies aisle in the store. You could shopping for hours and I wouldn’t move from that spot. I’m so excited and anxious at the same time, but more excited than anything. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍. Let’s see, 2020 is off to a pretty good start so far…

Sorry for rambling. Time for me to settle in for the night. Pleasant dreams 😴😴😴😴

Until next time…