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Chronos Time v. Kairos Time

ORIGINAL POST 6/15/2021

REVISED AND REPOSTED:

Last week on the blog I discussed the difference between busy work v life’s work and how a large percentage of our time on earth will be spent working, so it’s important to make sure you are doing your life’s work and not just busy work. If you missed the post, be sure to check it out.

This week I want to explore the definition of time and go a little deeper on the topic of how we spend our time. I recently became more aware of the concept of two types of time, Kairos Time and Chronos Time

According to Wikipedia, Kairos is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, criticalproper or opportune moment or time for action while Chronos refers to chronological or sequential time.  

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Good Idea v God Idea

REVISED AND REPOSTED: 
ORIGINAL BLOG POSTED ON 6/1/2021

A couple of years ago, I was on an interview and I was asked, “What do you think is the difference between a good idea and God’s idea?”  The interviewer felt like all good things come from God so if it’s a good idea then move forward with it. 

At the time, I didn’t have a clear point of view of a good idea versus a God idea, but several months later it became crystal clear what the difference was. So in this blog post, I will share the revelation that I received regarding a good idea v. God idea.

As entrepreneurs and business owners, we usually have more ideas than the average person, and many ideas could be considered good ideas. The question then is, as believers in business how do we determine whether to move forward with a good idea and whether the idea is a God thing or simply a good thing!   

The biggest way to know the difference is to recognize the difference between a good idea and a God idea:  

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Prayer + Fasting

There is no denying prayer is powerful.  I outlined the power of prayer in my post last week, but certain things can only be accomplished, completed, attained through the powerful spiritual discipline of both prayer and fasting!

This week’s vlog, I share Prayer + Fasting:  The Power of Praying and Fasting. 

Quick Summary:

The main benefit of prayer is it is a direct line to our Creator.  It is the way we get to communicate with God.  God not only hears us, but He listens to us and He answers our prayers.  

The main benefit of fasting is it strengthens us Spiritually and allows us to hear clearly from God.  

When you practice both prayer and fasting you are communicating with God and hearing clearly from God and that is a powerful thing! 

Benefits of Prayer

There are so many benefits to prayer! I outlined several of the benefits in the Power of Prayer vlog, but for this post, I’m focusing on the fact that prayer is our key communication method with our Heavenly Father.  When we pray we are in direct communication with God and He hears us, listens to us, and answers our prayers. How wonderful is that?!

Benefits of Fasting

Fasting is the Spiritual principle of abstaining from food for an extended period of time. That time could be an hour, a day, a week. it depends on how you are led.  

The main key is that you are abstaining from physical food.  Some people fast from social media, sugar, etc, but that is more of a sacrifice than a true fasting so when I say fasting I mean fasting from food.  

There are many benefits to fasting.  One of the biggest benefits is the fact that it decreases our desires of the flesh and increases our desires of our spirit, so practicing the discipline of fasting allows us to grow spiritually.  

In addition, fasting nurtures the fruit of self-discipline from the fruit of the Spirit.  It allows us to grow in being self-discipline.  It allows us to have self-control which is an important fruit of the Spirit.  

Benefits of Prayer and Fasting

The combination of prayer and fasting is like a super power!  In fact, scripture says in Matthew [17:21] that certain things will only be accomplished with the combination of prayer and fasting.  

When you activate the spiritual discipline of prayer (communication with God) and the spiritual discipline of fasting (decreasing flesh and increasing spirit so you can hear clearly from God) all things become possible. 

Invitation to the Faith Activation Club

You’re invited to join us for the Faith Activation Club. It’s not just a journey, but an EXPERIENCE that will include prayer, fasting, and journaling in a safe, sacred container of support.

If you desire to GROW spiritually, personally, and in your business, you are invited to join us in the Faith Activation Club, membership is open now to March 28th.

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The Power of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important and powerful spiritual principles that can impact your life and your business. 

This week’s vlog, I share 3 keys to having a powerful and impactful prayer life!

Quick Summary:

The 4 Keys to a Powerful and Impactful Prayer Life include:

1. Communication

2. Communion

3. Connection

4. Consistency


1. Communication

Prayer is the key way to build relationship with God.  The A.C.T.S. method is a framework that you can use for prayer and includes:  

  • A-  Adoration–  Offering God praise for who He is
  • C-  Confession- We have all sinned and fallen short.  Prayer gives you an opportunity to confess your sins to God and repent.   
  • T-  Thanks–  Giving thanks for all God has done, all God is doing and all God will do.  Having an attitude of Gratitude is God’s will for us.
  • S- Specific–  Make your request specific.  Matthew 7:7 says to “Ask”  so ask for specific things when you are making a prayer request.

2. Communion

Communion is defined as the sharing of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level. 

3. Connection

Prayer allows you to connect with God in a personal and private way.  

4. Consistency

Prayer is most effective when it’s consistent.  The Bible teaches to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians [5:16]-18) 

Invitation to the Faith Activation Club

You’re invited to join us for the Faith Activation Club. It’s not just a journey, but an EXPERIENCE that will include prayer, fasting, and journaling in a safe, sacred container of support.

If you desire to GROW spiritually, personally, and in your business, you are invited to join us in the Faith Activation Club, membership is open now to March 28th.  

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Activate Your Faith

We have all been given a “measure” of FAITH, but are we actively working to strengthen our faith?  

Firstly, let’s define faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, faith is the substance of things HOPED for, the evidence of things NOT SEEN.  Faith requires ACTION because faith without works is DEAD!  

This week’s vlog, I share 3 spiritual principles that will help you STRENGTHEN your FAITH!

Quick Summary:

Are you ACTIVATING your FAITH?  Discover 3 Spiritual disciplines that allow you to STRENGTHEN and ACTIVATE your FAITH:

  1. Prayer-  The act of consistently communicating with God
  2. Fasting-  Allows you to decrease your flesh and increase your spirit 
  3. Guided Journaling-  Allows you to hear from the Holy Spirit.   

1. Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important spiritual disciplines because it allows you to communicate with the creator of you and all things.  Prayer is simply a conversation with God.  Sometimes people are intimidated with prayer, especially in public settings, but if we look at it as a simple conversation and we communicate authentically then there is no need to be intimidated.  

You can strengthen your faith by having a consistent prayer habit and praying authentically from your heart whether it’s a public or private prayer.  Make prayer personal to you.

2. Fasting

One of the biggest benefits of fasting is CLARITY!   The act of not eating for an extended period of time can help to decrease your FLESH and increase your SPIRIT.  A key strategy when fasting is to replace the times when you would have been eating physical food with eating spiritual food like worship songs, sermons, or spiritual podcasts. Doing these things to replace eating during your time of fasting helps to STRENGTHEN your FAITH!

Decide what works best for you to be consistent with fasting. Whether it’s for 1 day, 21 days, 1 hr a day, or 12 hrs a day, pick what you feel led to do and start to practice the spiritual discipline of FASTING!

3. Guided Journaling

Guided journaling is a great way to hear from the Holy Spirit. It offers an opportunity to REFLECT, allows you to PROCESS your thoughts, feelings and emotions; and to track your PROGRESS as you GROW spiritually!

Invitation to the Faith Activation Club

You’re invited to join us for the Faith Activation Club. It’s not just a journey, but an EXPERIENCE that will include prayer, fasting, and journaling in a safe, sacred container of support.

If you desire to GROW spiritually, personally, and in your business, you are invited to join us in the Faith Activation Club starting on Thursday, March 14th at 12 pm ET.

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The Heart to Hear From God

As a believer in business, one of the things that we strongly desire is to hear from God for instructions, guidance, and direction for life and for business.  However, sometimes it can be unclear whether you are hearing from God.  

In this week’s vlog I share 3 ways to be open to hear from God and it’s all connected with having a heart to hear from God. 

Quick Summary:

Do you have a heart to hear from God? Here are three ways to be open to hear from God for life and business:

  1. Open your spiritual ear 
  2. Know how God speaks to you personally 
  3. Understand how you receive what you hear. Recognize if you are being obedient.

3 Ways to Be Open to Hear from God for Life and Business:

1. Ear- Open Your Spiritual Ear

Open Your Spiritual Ear.  It’s not a coincidence that the word “ear” is in the middle of “heart”.  In order to hear from God you have to open your “spiritual ear”, so you can hear!  Ways to open your spiritual ear include:

  • Remove Distractions
  • Be Still 
  • Create Space and time to hear from God

2. Hear- Know How You Hear From God

God is speaking all the time, it’s just up to you to know how He specifically speaks to you.  Some examples of how God speaks include:

  • His written word-  The Bible
  • His spoken word-  The Holy Spirit 
  • Nature- weather, sun, moon, trees, water 
  • Patterns-  Colors, numbers, 3x 

3. Heart- The Texture of Your Heart Matters

The texture of your heart plays a role in how you receive a word from God.  The two textures are:

  • Soft Heart–  Able to hear a word from God because your heart is soft (sympathetic, kind nature)
  • Hardened Heart-  Can’t hear from God because your heart is hardened (Matthew [13:15]).  With a hardened heart, your spiritual ears can’t hear, spiritual eyes can’t see and you don’t recognize God and can’t turn to God. 

Do you have a heart to hear from God?

  • Is your Spiritual ear open?
  • How do you hear from God?
  • How is what you hear received?

Scripture Reference

  • Be still (Psalm [46:10])
  • The texture of your heart (Ezekiel [36:26])
  • A hardened heart (Matthew [13:15])

Invitation to the Faith Activation Club

You’re invited to join us for the Faith Activation Club.  It’s not just a journey, but an EXPERIENCE that will include prayer, fasting, and journaling in a safe, sacred container of support.

If you desire to GROW spiritually, personally, and in your business, you are invited to join us in the Faith Activation Club starting on Thursday, March 14th at 12 pm ET.

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Become v. Outcome

As a woman of faith in business or a believer in business, you probably have a God-given dream, vision or goal.  We all have an outcome we are desiring and looking forward to, but it usually doesn’t happen immediately! 

One of the hardest things to do is to TRUST God for the outcome of that dream, vision, or goal.  And TRUST the process so you can become the person that God created you to be so you can have the outcome that God designed for you. 

In this week’s vlog I share, Become v. Outcome, the importance of trusting the process. 

Quick Summary:

Joseph’s story shows us that a process is required before your dream, vision, or goal reaches fruition. This requires us to have to trust God’s timing and trust the process including:

  1. Hold on to your God-given dream, vision, and goal
  2. Trust God’s process (if He allowed it to happen it will be for your good)
  3. Trust God’s timing (it can take years for your dream, vision or goal to manifest)
  4. God has a plan and your purpose is a part of God’s plan

Story of Joseph

  • Joseph had a dream that he will be influential, powerful, and a leader that his brothers would bow down to
  • Joseph shared his dream with his brothers
  • Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and thrown in a pit
  • Joseph was sold into slavery and became a slave in Potiphar’s house
  • Potiphar’s wife falsely accuses Joseph of rape
  • Joseph is thrown in prison 
  • Joseph used his gift of dream interpretation to help his prison mates who were the chief cup bearer and the chief chef
  • Joseph was called out of prison to use his gift of dream interpretation to interpret Pharoah’s (the King of Egypt) dream
  • Joseph is appointed the second in charge to Pharoah
  • Joseph’s brothers who betrayed him end up bowing down to him 
In order for Joseph to become the leader that God called him to be, he had to go through the process.


God is responsible for producing the outcome (vision, dream, goal) you are responsible for being obedient and trusting God no matter what your current situation may look like. 

Despite being:

  • Betrayed
  • Enslaved
  • Lied on
  • Imprisoned
  • Forgotten

Joseph’s dream still came to pass!

It was a process that took many years before it reached fruition.  Key things to remember from the story of Joseph:

  1. Hold on to your God-given dream, vision, or goal
  2. Trust God’s process (if He allowed it to happen it will be for your good)
  3. Trust God’s timing (it can take years before you see your dream, vision or goal reach fruition)
  4. God has a plan and your purpose is a part of God’s plan

Scripture Reference

Story of Joseph-  Genesis 37-50

Invitation to the Faith Activation Club

You’re invited to join us for the Faith Activation Club.  It’s not just a journey, but an EXPERIENCE that will include prayer, fasting, and journaling in a safe, sacred container of support.

If you desire to GROW spiritually, personally, and in your business, you are invited to join us in the Faith Activation Club starting on Thursday, March 14th at 12 pm ET.

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You Are Well Able

We all face obstacles, challenges, and difficult circumstances, but as believers in business, we know we also have the ability to OVERCOME any obstacle that we may face.  

This week on the VLOG I share that YOU are well able to face your challenges and overcome with FAITH! Watch the video or read the post below:

Quick Summary:

No matter what situation you may be facing right now:

  • REALIZE that YOU are well ABLE
  • KNOW that the Lord is with YOU
  • FEAR NOT
  • TRUST that God will allow you to OVERCOME

Caleb's Declaration to the Israelites

We can learn from the story of Caleb and Joshua about overcoming obstacles.  Caleb looked past the circumstances in the promised land.  The others negatively reported:

  • The people are strong
  • The city is walled and the wall is great
  • The land was inhibited by their enemies (Amalekites)
  • The mountains were inhibited
  • The sea was inhibited 

But Caleb looked past the circumstances in the land and declared:

  • Let us go up at once and posses it
  • We are well able to overcome it

The group continued to be negative and stated:

  • The people are GIANTS
  • We are GRASSHOPPERS in their eyes

The Israelites were devastated because of the bad report, but another person had a good perspective like Caleb. Joshua said:

  • The Lord delights in us, He will bring us into this land, and give it to us
  • The Lord is with us
  • Fear not

The only two people in that generation who eventually made it to the promised land were Joshua and Caleb.  The two individuals who had a POSITIVE perspective.  

Practical Lessons:

  1. REALIZE that YOU are well ABLE
  2. KNOW that the Lord is with YOU
  3. FEAR NOT
  4. TRUST that God will allow you to OVERCOME

Scripture References:

  • Numbers 13:1-33
  • Numbers 14:1-10

Invitation to The Power of Faith Virtual Event

Did you know that YOU have the power to MOVE any mountain, CALM any storm and SLAY any giant in your LIFE through the power of FAITH?

Learn how to identify, resolve, and overcome the Blessing Blockers (self-doubt, fear, procrastination, distraction, etc.) that stand in your way and ACTIVATE your FAITH at the Power of Faith Virtual Event on Friday, February 23rd at 11 am ET.

Plus, meet and network with other faith-based women entrepreneurs and business owners. Your ticket includes the best-selling book, “90-Day Activate Your Faith Journal: Strengthen Your Faith By Overcoming Blessing Blockers“.

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How to Overcome Mountains, Storms, and Giants in Life and Business

Life is full of difficult circumstances that feel like mountains, storms and giants.  The good news is we have the ability to overcome any obstacle that we may face in life. 

This week on the VLOG I share how to overcome the mountains, storms, and giants of life and business. Watch the video or read the post below:

Quick Summary:

The circumstances that we face in life and business usually fall under the following categories:

  1. Mountains–  The obstacles that appear in our path
  2. Storms–  The situations that feel overwhelming 
  3. Giants–  The people who are difficult and hard to deal with 
We have the ability to overcome the impossible obstacles, hard situations, and difficult people by turning to God, trusting God, and confidently moving forward in life and in business. 

Mountains

Mountains are defined as the things that seem to be impossible to manage or overcome.  

We can learn about mountains from the story of the Israelites and the Red Sea (Exodus 14:1-32).  When they were being pursued by the king’s army and the only way out was to move forward into the sea, they were instructed by Moses (their leader) to not be afraid, be brave because the Lord will save them.

So they bravely moved forward through the Red sea and God opened up the water so that they could walk on dry ground.  

When the Egyptians tried to follow them they were swallowed up by the water and drowned.  

From this experience the Israelites knew without a doubt that the Lord had saved them and worshiped Him and trusted Him. 

SUMMARY: 

When you’re facing a mountain in your life or business where things look impossible turn to God, get instructions from Him, and move forward.  Then you will experience the goodness of God for yourself. 

Storms

Storms are defined as the situations that are hard or difficult to deal with.  

We can learn about how to deal with the storms in our lives from the story of the disciples caught in a storm with Jesus (Matthew 8: 23-27).  Jesus and the disciples were on a boat and a severe storm happened.  

During the storm Jesus was asleep.  The disciples were so scared that they woke Jesus up and said, “Save Us!”

Jesus response was, “Why are you so fearful and have no faith?” He then went on to quiet the storm and the sea became calm.  

The disciples were astonished by how easily Jesus calmed the raging storm.  

SUMMARY:

When Jesus is in the midst of your situation, there is no need to worry.  You can have the peace of Jesus and sleep through the storm or the power of Jesus to calm the storm.  When you trust and believe, God can handle anything. 

Giants

A giant is defined as a person who is in power or has influence that you are having a difficult time with.  

We can learn about giants from the story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58).  The Israelites were being threatened by a giant named Goliath.  

The king said he would give great wealth, his daughter, and tax exemption to any man that kills Goliath.  

David felt like he could slay the giant, so King Saul sent for him and offered to give him the equipment to fight Goliath (sword, armor, etc.).  

David refused Saul’s equipment and opted for a stone and sling shot.  

With the stone and sling shot, David was able to slay the giant and win the battle.  

SUMMARY:

When you are confident in God, confident in the ability He has given you, and not intimidated, you can defeat any giant in your life as long as you remain true to you, authentic, bold, and courageous. 

Scripture References:

Mountains–  Israelites and the Red Sea (Exodus 14:1-32)

Storms–  The disciples caught in a storm with Jesus (Matthew 8: 23-27)

Giants- David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:1-58)

Invitation to The Power of Faith Virtual Event

Did you know that YOU have the power to MOVE any mountain, CALM any storm or SLAY any giant in your LIFE through the power of FAITH?

Learn how to identify, resolve, and overcome the Blessing Blockers (self-doubt, fear, procrastination, distraction, etc.) that stand in your way and ACTIVATE your FAITH at the Power of Faith Virtual Event on Friday, February 23rd at 11 am ET.

Plus, meet and network with other faith-based women entrepreneurs and business owners. Your ticket includes the best-selling book, “90-Day Activate Your Faith Journal: Strengthen Your Faith By Overcoming Blessing Blockers“.

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The Power of EVEN Faith

Introducing the Women Faith + Business Vlog.  Each week I will be sharing a faith-based message that can be applied to life and business.  

This week I share about the Power of EVEN Faith.

How many times have you found yourself saying even if this happened, even though I did that, or even now I don’t about the circumstances or opportunities that have shown up in your life? Those thoughts or words created doubt in your life, but what if you used even if, even though, and even now statements to activate your faith in God instead of questioning it.

Watch the video or read the post to discover 3 types of “Even” Faith that allow you to confidently EXPECT the goodness of God in ANY situation. 

Quick Summary:

 
THE 3 TYPES OF EVEN FAITH:

  • EVEN IF you think things may not go the way you’re hoping, trust God is going to be with you and He will protect you.
  • EVEN THOUGH it’s not in your time, trust God’s perfect timing.
  • EVEN NOW when it seems impossible, know that nothing is impossible for God.

"Even If" Faith

The inspiration for EVEN IF Faith comes from the story of the 3 faithful Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.  

When faced with the circumstance of a new law set by King Nebuchadnezzar that everyone had to worship the golden image that he created, and whoever did not worship the image would be put to death by fiery furnace, the Hebrew boys had to make a DECISION to remain faithful to God and His ways.  

They knew it was not right to worship any other gods or bow down to images, so they refused!  

They had confidence that God would deliver them from the fiery furnace, but EVEN IF He didn’t they would not serve the god of King Nebuchadnezzar or worship the golden image.  

Because of their decision they were cast in the fire, but the fire did not consume them and God was with them.

They had EVEN IF Faith!  Even if it doesn’t turn out the way we are believing, we will be obedient to God and TRUST Him!

"Even Though" Faith

The inspiration for EVEN THOUGH Faith comes from the story of Abram and Sarai. God promised Abram that he would be the father of many descendants. Abram BELIEVED! 

But after a longtime Sarai did not conceive, so Sarai took things into her own hands and convinced Abram to sleep with their servant Hagar. Abram agreed and they conceived a son, Ishmael.  

However, Ishmael was not the son that God had promised.  God had promised that Sarai would conceive and through Abram and Sarai would be the many descendants.

Sarai and Abram continued to wait on God, but questions whether in his and his wife’s old age they would be able to have a son, finally Sarai has Isaac in her 90’s!  Even at this age God made it possible.  

Abram and Sarai had EVEN THOUGH Faith and knew that God keeps His promises and NOTHING is impossible for God. So EVEN THOUGH they were older and waited so many years, and made mistakes, God kept His promise to them. 

"Even Now" Faith

The inspiration for EVEN NOW Faith comes from the story of Lazarus.  Lazarus was a friend of Jesus who was very sick.  His sisters, Mary and Martha called for Jesus to help their brother because he was so sick.

Jesus took His time in going to Lazarus and Lazarus died.  When Jesus finally made it there, Martha said, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that EVEN NOW God will give you whatever you ask.”

Jesus replied and said, “Your brother will rise again!” Martha had to BELEIVE that Jesus could raise her brother from the dead EVEN NOW after he had been dead for several days!

Martha and Mary had to have EVEN NOW Faith!

Scripture References:

  • “Even if” Faith–  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego- Daniel 3:1-30
  • “Even though” Faith–  Abram and Sarai- Genesis 15:1-6, Genesis 16:1-4, Genesis 17:1-22
  • “Even now” Faith–  Lazarus- John 11:1-45

Invitation to Power of Faith Virtual Event

Did you know that YOU have the power to MOVE any mountain, CALM any storm or SLAY any giant in your LIFE through the power of FAITH?

Learn how to identify, resolve, and overcome the Blessing Blockers (self-doubt, fear, procrastination, distraction, etc.) that stand in your way and ACTIVATE your FAITH at the Power of Faith Virtual Event on Friday, February 23rd at 11 am ET.

Plus, meet and network with other faith-based women entrepreneurs and business owners. Your ticket includes the best-selling book, “90-Day Activate Your Faith Journal: Strengthen Your Faith By Overcoming Blessing Blockers“.

Click on the button below to join us for the Power of Faith Virtual Event! 

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