Getting to Happy
I had the honor of speaking at my church, Point of Light Church, at the Giving Thanks Conference.
My topic was “Remembering God During the Hard Times.” The night before as I was putting my notes together I realized I’d been on a journey this past year.
I have spent the past year on a journey to peace. God has put the people I needed in my life to help me along the way and hold me accountable to myself as I was on this journey.
I was actually nerves at first. Yes nerves. Because I was opening up and allowing everyone under the sound of my voice to here about the pain, the suffering, and heartache I’d endured over the past 20 something years.
I believe God was like “I got you girl” because once I started talking and sharing my story, it was as if I was in the zone. And I knew somebody needed to hear my message.
Seven steps were revealed to me of the things that I was doing on my journey. I didn’t start doing all seven at once, but pretty early into the journey I was doing all these things.
Today, I want to share with you one of the steps I was taking on my Journey to Peace…
Each night before bed, I would journal. Now, I’ve been journaling since I was a teenager. And I can show you right now some of those journals. You probably remember the small one that came with a key where it was two pages per week. Today I like the ones that have the pretty covers and paper inside.
So, every night I’d write in my journal. Now I didn’t write what was pissing me off, what someone had done to me, or how I’d been wronged, you know negative stuff. I used this journal as a place to give thanks everyday.
Even when you’re going through a storm, there is always something you can be thankful for if you think about it. So here’s how I started my journal entry each day:
- Thursday, December 5, 2013
- Today, I am grateful for…
Then I would list want I was thankful for. Some days I’d give thanks for things like:
- Utilities being on
- All the bills being paid
- My son going to private school
- Not having a truck note
- Inner Peace
Starting out I didn’t have Inner Peace. I was writing and giving thanks as if I already had Inner Peace.
What I didn’t realize is that I was believing and showing faith in God giving me what my heart desired. I didn’t know at the time that the things we want, the things we’re passionate about and want to have happen in our life are the things God has implanted in us. So God gave my gifts and passions to me.
I didn’t make the connection with God and this all happening until some time later. I was just trying to get some peace.
I remember facing some life decisions and my brother asking me, “Felicia, what do you want?” And I kept saying, “I don’t know.” And he kept asking, “Felicia, what do you want?” Finally, I said, “I just want peace.”
Remember, I’m journaling every night giving thanks for having inner peace, but I hadn’t made the connection. And then one day, about 6 months later, I realized I had Inner Peace.
Here’s what I learned, God is able. And here’s what God told me, “You don’t have to save everybody else. SAVE YOURSELF.” Now I was the person that was always asking believers, “how do I know when God is talking to me?” But I definitely heard when he told me to save myself.
I asked for Peace. I was asking God for peace by writing it in my journal every night. I got Inner Peace. There is a difference in the two. God giving me Inner Peace is him saying, “You don’t tell me how to bless you!”
I wanted to share this message today because I know there are a lot of women out there going through something. I don’t know what it is, but what I do know is it’s attacking women and preventing them from being Truly Rich from the inside and out. It’s affecting women in their personal life and in their business.
Whether you’re going through something or even if you’re not sure if you’re going through something, I want to encourage you to start journaling and giving thanks everyday. Allow that mindset shift from negativity to being positive to transform your life and business.
I’d love to hear about your journeys and things that you are thankful for today. Please share.
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