Monday, August 31, 2009

One Mile in MY Shoes!

Yesterday felt like a family reunion. I saw some faces I hadn't seen in several years. I realized as I looked across the room that everyone of these faces has had a WALK in their lives. They have had some happy times and some that has made them quite sad. But through it all, the Glory of the Lord still seemed evident.

Each one of us has had areas in our lives were we have grown and have learned something vital about our own character. We have had to "Walk It Out" in faith and know that our trials were only temporary.

When I look back at some of the issues I have had to face, I realize that it was by God's grace that I was able to make it to the finish line. I had to overcome some major obstacles, stand in the midst of the fiery furnace and still say, "My God is well ABLE.". I know that I have not arrived in every area of my life, but I believe that I am pressing towards the mark and I am not where I used to be.

I don't let guilt bring me down but I walk in purpose, knowing that I must do better to be better. I kneel before the Lord and ask that He forgive me as I forgive but I always throw in a request for more grace and mercy, when I fall short.

I have learned not to judge a thing before it's time (1 Corin 4:5) because that may be the very thing that I struggle with or stumble over. And that some things only come out by fasting and prayer (Mark 9:29). So I use these tools to help me continue to walk.

Many of us have a story to tell about how the Lord has brought us through and how we have overcome. Some of us have walked miles in our journey to make it to the finish line, some have had some rough terrain and stormy weather, some are still on the path and believing God to bring them to an expected end. WE can all see the joy and pain in our walks of Faith. We can all testify and say that although we now rejoice in our trials, "It is not easy to walk a mile in these shoes."

Keep Walking,

Shoes by Carlos Santana ~ Poetry

Monday, August 24, 2009

Walk The Talk!!!

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by FAITH, not by sight.)

Hello Ladies,

This month the Lord as been pressing upon me to "Walk the Talk".

As an avid faith talker, I now need to truly be a faith walker. I do not believe that I am alone in experiencing situations where I have had to come to God in humility and trust Him alone to take me through my trials.

If you are professing to have faith, you must put some work behind it. Faith without works is dead! You have to trust beyond what you see and see what you believe. You have to close your eyes to the circumstances and open them in the spirit. I know that my spirit is willing but sometimes my flesh is sooo weak. I stagger when I think about everything that I have going on in my life. But when I get in the spirit, my walk becomes stronger because I know that these things are bringing me to an expected end.

This week I have learned:

If I speak abundance, I must have faith in the One who provides all of my needs according to His riches in Glory. He does not desire that I suffer any lack, so my faith is strengthened when I know that He is taking care of me.

If I speak that I am more than a conqueror, then I must have faith to overcome any situation that arises. I have to fight in the spirit and know that He is fighting my battles in the natural.

If I speak that I have faith that can move mountains, then I cannot stagger at the molehill in front of me, especially because my God is bigger than any mountain I know.

As the CEO of FaithWithHeels, I have to continue to believe the Lord for every need, every thought, every blog and the very existence of my being. I cannot slack on the duties and instruction that He has given me concerning FWHs. I admit that I have some trepidation and reservation about being on the front lines but if God is with me, who can be against me?

I often have to remind myself that is not me but Him that I am promoting and that through Faith I can accomplish anything that He has designed for me. Through Faith I can see beyond the natural and into the Spiritual. Through Faith I can change my outlook on any situation and know that He will never leave me.

I am Walking what I am Talking and living it out loud. I encourage each of you to take some time to see the vision, write it and make it plain, then walk it out.

In the meantime, KEEP WALKING!

Shoes by Guiseppi Zanotti

Friday, August 14, 2009

Steppin' Out!

This is my spirit.

Okay so I am in this boat that the Lord has provided for me to reach my dreams. I am rowing along and taking my time, well really procrastinating, as I move forward towards the destination. I can see where I want to go, but it seems soooo far away and this rowing thing is not for me. I mean if you put me in a boat Jesus, at least put a motor on it. It IS the 21st century! I could be there by now. So I am rowing and rowin and rowi and row and ro and r, well I stopped. Boy am I tired. Jesus do you see where I am at, in the middle of nowhere, doing nothing and no one is passing by to help me. Great! Now the sun is going down and I know I am too far from the destination to make up the lost time now. Plus, there are these bugs flying around and the sun is beaming on me and all I smell is salt water and I am hungry and I don't have anyone to talk to, and, and, and...

And this is my spirit in Faith.

From where I am sitting, I could WALK faster than I am rowing. It really doesn't look THAT far and I HAVE done some water walking before. It's the God in Me, I can do this. I know that I am a conqueror in Jesus. Get moving cause it's really getting dark. That's it, I AM steppin' out.

For the past few weeks, I had been receiving telephone calls from an organization, who wanted to work with aspiring entrepreneurs to help them organize their businesses, develop a plan for their businesses and train them in leadership. I had not responded to the calls because of my inner fear about cost, time and expended energy to attend these classes. But thank you Jesus, I am glad that I did.

I am often hesitant at first because I didn't really see what was in store for me. This was going to take a lot of time, that I don't have and I really have no money to attend these sessions. Plus I work full time. But all I knew was that I had been dreaming of my business, knew exactly what I desired for my business and knew I wanted to get there. And even with great possibilities in front of me, I quit rowing. I just stopped everything that really had been blessing me to go forth.

Well this telephone call was right on time. The woman I spoke with invited me to a 6 session training class that helps businesses structure themselves to help others. Again I hesitated because I didn't have the funds to pay for this type of training, although I was highly intrigued and wanted to go very badly. Something told me to just say, "Yes". So I said, "Yes". Once I hung up the phone, thoughts came to me, discouraging me and telling me to decline the offer. But God said, "NO, you are going".

I called the woman back just because I was curious about the cost, if it was too high, I would definitely have to decline. But she said, "Paid in Full by our organization, you just have to show up." My jaw hit the floor. "Really, what's the catch?", I thought. But there is not catch. Because I attended some other workshops and I agreed, they are investing in me to help me, so I can help others. They are even giving me mentors and coaches to help me become all that I can be.

Longstory/short - I am sooooo glad that I stepped out of the boat and chose to "Walk On Water". I will share more about this great assignment and adventure because there are some great business owners, you will have to meet. They are my new BFFs.

The moral of this story is: When you have fear in the face of some great opportunities, that is the time for you to begin steppin' out. You will always be able to do great things through Him, but you have go to trust HIM when He says, "COME".

Keep Walking,

Shoes are Flosier by Aldo

Monday, August 3, 2009

Keep Walking

Hey Y'all,

I have been so distracted that I just looked up and realized that it is August already and the year is also to an end. While I have made some strides in certain areas of my life, I feel like I am on a treadmill in other areas. I have put a lot of things on the back burner, in the drawer and under the laundry to avoid facing them, doing them or even completing them. And I know that this is not what the Lord has for me. Last week I felt like Jonah, I was sitting on my bed and I actually said, I know what you want me to do but I don't feel ready to do it. So I started doing something else. I actually ran from what I knew He wanted me to do. Guess what, I still had to do the God thing.
I have used these distractions to keep me from truly pursuing my dreams: Lack of money, rejection, fear, hard work, the list goes on and on. While I speak externally the things that I want, I have failed to connect the natural and spiritual. I am speaking out loud,"they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", but I am looking at my check book and the shoes I want and feeling most inadequate. I am saying, "Perfect Love casts out all fear", but I have been completely afraid.
But now it is time for me to face the things that the Lord has put within me.

Because I am a helper by nature, my goal is always to be of assistance whenever I can. I totally enjoy being involved in activities and the lives of others, so I take on projects and initiate activities that may not necessarily have anything to do with what I am supposed to be doing with MiVida. But I declare that a change is coming.

I woke up yesterday and decided that it was time to make that change. I am like a child with medicine, I have to take it in one big gulp.
  • I cleaned my room. Hallelujah. You can actually walk around. I am going to set up an office in the family room so that everything will be out of my resting place and I can rest. I need you to hold me to it.

  • I joined the gym. Yes, believe it. The goal is to feel better about me. To wake up alive and not need "5 more minutes please". I know the weight has kept me from standing in front of people. I am admitting it. So, much encouragement is needed.

  • I changed my hairstyle. Do I like it? Maybe. But I am stepping out of insanity. I can't keep doing the same thing, with the same result. No more insanity, I am doing something different.

  • I started planning our next FaithWithHeels events. I made some calls, got some rejections (there is that word again) but got some exciting, favorable results. I am an overcomer. Ladies look out because I think you will be surprised and excited.

  • I am planning for my future. Financially and personally. I am organizing my business and putting some pieces in order so that I can move forward in faith.

I still have a few things on my to-do list but as I accomplish my goals, I will be able to see my progress. I am walking in faith. I have to keep walking. I have to stay in this place, this secret place for a while. I am a woman of faith. I am using the Light to dispel the darkness that was creeping up around me.

Take some time today to make a list for yourself. Shed the things that are holding you back. Take one step forward and stand firm. Take another, then just Keep Walking.

God is Blessing,
MiVida es de Oro!
My Life is Golden!!!!!