PERSISTENT PRAYER

Good morning.

It is now Tuesday, and I’m back with another morning Quiet Time for you all. Today’s reading comes from the Verse of the Day, which is Mark 11: 24.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
Mark 11:24 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/mrk.11.24.NASB

THE READING: Today’s lesson talks about persistent prayer and pray by faith. The lesson starts off by saying the things that God wants to do for us. The first thing is that He wants to fulfill our desires. We pray over the different areas of our life that we want to grow and flourish in. But the other thing that God wants for us is for us to lean on Him, and build a relationship with Him. Today’s lesson really hit home for me because this is an area in my faith walk that I’m still improving on, and that is prayer. I have moments where I do pray every day, and then I fall off track. I forget to come back to my prayer journal or just say a prayer before I go to sleep.

The lesson continues on to say that Christ promised us that we will receive whatever we ask for in prayer, as long as we believe. Our faith is the only condition to our prayer. We should never base our prayers on the circumstances around us, but that we need to base them on the power and character of God. The scripture tells us that we should “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). When praying for difficult situations, we should not be discouraged by what we see. The answer may take longer than we expect.

REFLECTION: For me, I think this is where my anxiety kicks in at times, because I’ll pray for something that I want to happen in my life, only to see the negative results. A great example of this was when I was playing the comparison game with my blog. After I finished writing a post, I went straight over to my stats section, only to find that I had 1 or 2 visitors since the post went up. After checking throughout the day, I only got a small number of views. Now, I just write my blog posts because I enjoy writing, and I enjoy helping my audience. Most times, I write my posts because I enjoy writing. I think for me, not checking the stats and caring about them was my way of walking by faith, not by sight. I prayed to God about my blog a while back, and now, I’m going to do my part and just write.

CONCLUSION: The reading goes on to say that we need to persevere in prayer. Jesus says to pray persistently, day and night. By doing this, God will answer us as long as we do not lose faith. We can pray about anything that is consistent with the character and will of God. If we pray due to our selfish ambitions, then that contradicts God’s character. When praying, we need to surrender our will to God.

And there you have it, another morning Quiet Time to go with your cup of coffee or tea. I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. Let me know how these Quiet Time posts are working out for you. If you have any ideas, feel free to share them with me in the comments down below. I’ll return to check in with you all later.

Until next time…

IS REST YOUR FRIEND?

Good evening

So, after work was over, I was going to tackle the task of cleaning the apartment. Well, that did not happen. Instead, I took a day off. But, after reading my devotional for the evening, I think I need to incorporate rest into my routine more.

The plan I’m reading talks about finding rest, and day 1 talked about making rest your friend. During the week, reflect over the past few days. Did you include rest during those times?

I took time to think and write down how each day has been this week. Everyday was the same, I was scattered, my mind was all over the place, I wasn’t focused on work like I should have been, little things kept bothering throughout the day. And when I was feeling tired, I fought the feeling instead of taking that time to rest.

My sleep pattern was decent for three days out the week, I only worked out for one day this week, and my eating patterns…I’m not going into depth with that. But, I can say that these past days were…blah. Other than working on school and the blog, I think I’m feeling the affect everyone felt when they started working from home, when the days feel like they’re meshing together.

I think I’ll take some time to practice resting this weekend, and create a new schedule to make it effective. I can’t keep having days or weeks like this. And rest is important, so I need to prioritize it into my life. That’s one of the reasons why my health level isn’t where it should be, because I’m not getting enough rest.

Starting tonight, I’m going to get more rest. 😴😴😴😴😴. Here are the scriptures from the reading: Gen. 2-3 & Matt. 11: 28-30:

By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Genesis 2:2‭-‬3 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/gen.2.2-3.NASB

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls . For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/mat.11.28-30.NASB

Well, it’s late and it’s time for me to hit the sack. Hope you all are staying safe and taking care of yourselves during these times. I’ll check in with you tomorrow.

Until next time…

❤️

JUST WAIT

Good morning

Hope everyone had a good night’s sleep last night. Still a little groggy after staying up late from finishing up my video project, but I was able to turn everything and it is complete. I’m back with my morning Quiet Time segment. Today’s lesson talks about waiting. The Verse of the Day, and the scripture for the lesson comes from Phil. 2:13.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
-Philippians 2:13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/php.2.13.NASB

MAKE THE BEST OF IT: The reading went more in depth, saying that a time of waiting is a part of transformation. It made me think, Mom came by and asked me how work was going. I told it was going ok. Then she asked me “Do you love what you do?” Let’s just say my answer was not the one that she was looking for, and based on my response, you’ll understand why I’m working hard learning and studying all that my classes have to offer. Mom shook her head (like any mother would) and said “Try to make the best of it.”

BURNOUT: During this time of the pandemic, I have been putting in effort with my schoolwork because it’s what I LOVE to do, I have been putting in effort with my blog and other passions because it’s what I LOVE to do, but when it comes to work, I guess I’m only putting in half the effort. Maybe because I’m experiencing burnout after working with the company for eight years. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m not really helping anyone there like I am on the blog. My friend Jasmine and I had this conversation on Friday about how we’re living paycheck to paycheck, that our jobs no longer fulfill us like we thought they would.

JUST WAIT: This is where the waiting comes in. I have so many goals and dreams I want to accomplish once I get my BA in Communication Studies. I want to turn my passion of blogging into a full-time career. I’m reading the articles, I’m taking notes, I even purchased my domain last year to be more serious. As I look back on all of that now, I think God is still telling me to wait. I feel like I’m ramble to Him constantly, and He places his hands firmly on my shoulders and whispers “Wait, I have something better for you.” And the truth is…it’s hard to wait. Right now, I’m trying hard to wait for something to happen or wait for Him to tell me what my next move should be before taking another step.

This is still my season of waiting, I’m doing what I need to do as far as doing homework for class, and getting up every morning to work in my living room for eight hours. I’m trying really hard not to complain because after reading the lesson, and taking some time to reflect, I understand that He wants me to wait, and He is working in my favor for better things that will all be worth the wait in the end. So I say all of this to say that this is our time of waiting, waiting for our transformation. We don’t know when these times are going to clear up. But we are going to come out of this changed for the better. It’s going to start small, but over time, the transformation will be so big, you’ll be glad you went through your waiting period.

Let’s enjoy this time of waiting together. Hope you all enjoyed this morning’s Quiet Time, and I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

❤️

CREATING A SIMPLE SELF-CARE ROUTINE

Good morning and Happy Friday!

I thought I share with you all a more updated version of one of my past post on creating a self-care routine. To read that post, click here. Now some of you may have added this to your list of resolutions for this year, which is to focus on taking better care of yourself, and creating a self-care routine.

However…

Some of us are always on the go, that we forget to take care of ourselves or we create a self-care routine, but we don’t put it into practice. That’s where I come in.

We are now in September, and I still have yet to create an effective self-care routine or practice any form of self-care, other than working out. And being active is still something I’m working on. For today’s post, I’m going to help you create a self-care routine, whether you’re new to the topic or you’re familiar with it and just aren’t sure how to get started. Let’s dive in, shall we?

CREATE A BRAIN DUMP OR MIND-MAP: Write down whatever comes to your mind when you think of self-care. I’ll give you an example of how I would do this mind-map or brain-dump:

When I think of “Self-Care” I think of:

  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Joggers, sweatpants, & leggings
  • Jenner Aiko
  • Summer Walker
  • Ariana Grande
  • Best friends
  • Sushi- California Roll
  • Pot stickers
  • Journaling
  • Disney classics
  • Books/Audiobooks
  • Candles
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Facials
  • Sketching
  • Writing
  • Pinterest/Wordpress/WeHeartIt

Ok, now I know this list looks a little overwhelming, so I apologize. I was on a roll. But now you have an idea of what to do for this part.

PICK 3-5 THINGS THAT ARE SIMPLE TO PRACTICE:   Ok, now go through your mind-map or brain-dump and pick three to five items that you think you can do in your self-care routine. I’ll give you an example using my brain-dump from before.     

So out of the items I wrote down, here are my five items to do in my self-care routine:

  • Spa Day (Manicure, Pedicure, Facial, etc)
  • Sushi/Pot Stickers
  • Disney Classics Marathon
  • Journal
  • Talk/Text Friends for Hours

Three of these things I’m already doing during the week, the other two, I forget to make time for and these things get neglected. I talk to my friends, I love Disney, and I am addicted to sushi. But I slowed down on my journaling and neglected treating myself like a princess. I should make myself look and feel pretty for me, even if I’m not going anywhere fancy. Now, you can pick just three things, you can pick five things, and if you want to make it really simple, you just start off with one item on your list to be your self-care routine.

PICK A DAY FOR YOUR NEW SIMPLE ROUTINE: Now that you’ve decided on what to practice for your self-care, pick a day that works best for you. For instance, I feel like the days that work best for me are Fridays and Saturdays. If I’m on vacation or it’s a holiday, I take full advantage of those days as well. If you’re like me, you do everything self-care during your birthday week. Last year, and the year before, I took the entire week of my birthday off, and spent days pampering myself, hanging out with family and friends, and spending time being the big kid that I am with Disney.

I hope today’s post help you get started on your self-care routine. If you ever need help and want to use this post as a guide, feel free to save it so you can go back to it if you need to. Be kind to yourself and to others.

Until next time…

❤️

A MUCH NEEDED DO-OVER

Good evening

Just wanted to give you an update on how things have been in my life. Let’s start with health:

I’m starting over on “Road to 200” due to things spiralling out of control due to stress, over-thinking, fear, laziness, and feeling overwhelmed…

All of these things while keeping a smile on my face…

Eating patterns were…horrible for the most part. Dad and I both came to the conclusion that we have to do better. So I took time to edit my goals for my health and taking my time slowly changing my unhealthy habits. Tomorrow will be the official Day 1, where I’m not only being honest with you all, but with myself as well as I face the good, the bad, and the ugly of being unhealthy during a pandemic.

Work is…work. I’m going through the motions. I get up, do the same thing over and over again. Still not feeling fulfilled, but mature because I know it’s a responsibility to keep a job, pay rent and bills, and be an adult. But, I say no more.

I aced my media writing class, and probably had some issues with my video submission for my week 1 discussion board. Not to mention, I have to write 3 proposal letters for my writing assignment, only having 1 completed so far. For the past few days after the video disaster, I’ve constantly been overthinking about how I’m doing in this class, and it’s causing me to feel stressed and overwhelmed. Tomorrow, I’ll come back fresh, and rethink how I can approach future writing assignments.

Due to class, work, health, and life, I took a small hiatus from the blog to prioritize some things. Long story short, I need to better time-block my day. I have my planner out where I can see it, I’ve made my intentions for the week, and wrote down action plans to get more accomplished. For now, I need to get some sleep since I didn’t sleep well last night.

I’ll leave you all with this peaceful Verse of the Day, found in Zephaniah 3:17.

The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Zephaniah 3:17 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/zep.3.17.NASB

Until next time…

❤️

MONTHLY REFLECTIONS: AUG. 2020

Good evening

Hope everyone is enjoying this Sunday. Just wanted to share today’s Verse of the Day as well as what my goals are for the new month.

So what will August have in store for me?

PHYSICAL HEALTH 💪🏾- Dad and I are starting our week off right, and taking time during the week to workout together. Mom said she’ll still come over so we can all workout together. Still researching to see what’s the ideal weight for me after I reach 200 pounds. Project Road to 200 starts now.

MENTAL HEALTH 🧘🏾‍♀️- I’m improving on taking time to listen to my body. But August, I want to work on checking my emotions. Through journaling and writing, I think I’ll be able to have a better understanding of why certain triggers occur or why do I find myself stuck in a never-ending cycle. It’s time for me to really start the healing process.

BLOGGING 💻- I’m proud of myself for sticking with my blogging. Currently planning and creating content, all while taking in special notes from my current class. I’m acing this class at the end of this week. “The Gabby Diaries” is still going strong, let’s keep it up!

FINANCIAL 💰- NO SPENDING CHALLENGE has started. Only buy what I need, not what I want. Ultimate goal is to create an emergency fund for a rainy day, or a tropical storm. Plus, it’s better to learn how to live on less and save more right?

CREATIVE PROJECTS 🎨- Blogging was the start of it, but 2020 is still a year of learning and improving on my crafts. I love art and I love learning new things. So August, I’ve got some projects I want to share with you. More to come on “The Gabby Diaries.”

Well, that’s what August looks like for me. So let me take some time to take care of myself and prepare for all the wonderful things I have in store.

Until next time …

❤️

MENTAL HEALTH & TAKING BREAKS

Good evening!

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July weekend. I know I did, I took today and yesterday off from work. With that being said, I thought this would be a great post.

So, Gabby, why did you decide to extend your three day weekend to a five day weekend?

To be honest… I needed a break!

It all started last Monday, I woke up later due to a rough night of sleeping with an intense migraine that did not subside until 3AM. Yes, I suffer from chronic migraines, but they only get severe when it’s “My Monthly Gift” (I know, T.M.I- my apologies). This was one of those moments.

So, after suffering from a migraine, trying to balance a HUGE workload, and wrapping up my final week of my previous class, I started feeling overwhelmed, to the point that I walked away from my workstation for five minutes, rubbed my eyes and my face, screamed in a pillow, and started back working again- yes, IT WAS INTENSE!

On Tuesday, I requested the time off. At first, I was questioning my decision: Should I do this? Do I deserve it? It took an hour phone conversation with my friend Jasmine to help me realize that I needed to do it:

“Gabby, you’re one of the most creative people I know. You’re working a job, and taking classes to pursue something bigger and better. You’ve reached a point where you’ve done nothing but work, work, work, that you forgot to take time for yourself. It’s ok, you deserve this time off. Enjoy it!”

And that’s what I did.

Friday started off with journaling, reading, and spending the rest of the day with Mom as we enjoyed “Hamilton” on DisneyPlus (IT WAS AWESOME!!!). Not to mention, I received the IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD, which was not only a highlight to my day but the inspiration I needed to keep blogging. Saturday and Sunday were spent cleaning and decluttering parts of my life, while Monday and today were spent trying to recharge and rest after a weekend of “My Gift”- migraine is slowly starting to subside now.

Long story short, this taught me that it’s ok to take breaks, whether it’s an extra two days to a three day weekend, or a week to just get away from it all. It’s a reminder for me that I still need to slow down sometimes. I should write a mantra or manifesto for myself involving BALANCE and SLOWING DOWN.

Question for the evening: Have you had days or weeks that overwhelmed you to the point that you needed to take a break? If so, what did you do?

Ok, sorry for rambling. Just thought I put this out there and share this with you all. I’m going to try and read or listen to an audiobook to help ease my migraine…. or just sleep 😴

Until next time…

❤️