Have you ever noticed that everyone’s idea of being blessed and favored is a little different. Have you noticed that everyone’s idea of what life is differs? It does in fact seem to be that each one of is indeed living in our own private Idaho. Each one of our experiences, whether shared or personal, is markedly different from even another person perceiving the same event. This has been documented and explored throughout the ages from crime scenes to biblical stories. I think it is safe to say that each person’s experience of any given moment can be likened to what we know of snowflakes….no two are exactly same. I myself find comfort in this. I don’t necessarily want to be subjected to someone else’s idea of what is good or bad. I prefer to decide that for myself. If it sounds like I am believing that I have some level of control level over my experiences it’s because I believe I do. I believe we all do. I have noticed each person’s experience has much to do with the parameters they set for themselves in the way of beliefs. Your personal beliefs about life, God, children, spouses, finances and even food can limit your experiences or set you free to receive the abundance that is available and waiting to rain down on you.
To test this theory I condensed this line of thinking down to one sentence or theme. Life is… It is very general and encompasses all of your human experiences. I bet if you take a couple seconds to think about someone you know you can figure out how they would finish that sentence just based on their words, attitudes and experiences. I love to tune in to a bravo reality show and guess the themes of the people on the shows. It’s couch potato psychology 101 but so much fun and surprisingly easy to see how they would most likely finish the sentence Life is…Take a moment to explore your thoughts and experiences and do it for yourself as if you are one of those beloved bravolebrities. Some common themes are Life is in chaotic, I am powerless. Life is a test. Life is a neverending job/hard work. Life is tragic. Life is serving others. Life is a series of tests. Life is about enduring challenges. Life is deprivation and suffering. Life is… ( fill in the blank) is your theme or your set of parameters for the creation of your experiences. The great news?? You can change it at any time!! Looking back over the 20 some years that I have been raising children I can see that my theme has been all over the place. Life is…scary, hard, unpredictable, a burden, draining, expensive, heartbreaking…and on and on. I have since learned that having a handle on my “theme” makes all the difference in the world. Years ago, when I was seeking to follow a “spiritual and holistic path” I found it very confusing that most of the leaders and teachers of this community struggles within their own lives in one form or another and the majority were not thriving or abundant in most of their experiences. Could it be that the underlying belief of having to be a servant or a martyr is keeping all their blessings at bay? I am not sure but I would say a revamp of the Life is… theme would make a huge difference in the quality of their lives. When you believe life is a calling to serve and suffer for the good of others even when you call in blessings and abundance they are only allowed to be a fraction of a fraction of what is actually available to you. Your life is theme can severely limit what is possible in your life if you are not intentionally using it to create the life you want. Contrary to popular belief, you can create the kind of life you desire. Setting your Life is… theme is just the beginning.
Every morning before I get out of bed I run through all of my blessings and gratitude. I proclaim that we are favored, guided, surrounded, protected, provided for etc… I have an entire 10 minute practice I set in motion blessing my day, my life, my family. Now I add each morning “Thank you that Life is…” I change it up a little each time but it is usually something like “FUN, limitless, a gift, A blessing, a gift, light, easy, overflowing with abundance and wealth, joy, peace love and friendship, surrounded, protected and provided for in abundance. Who doesn’t like this framework? It makes a 100% difference in the way your life unfolds. Try it. Imagine if you were inadvertently believing that life is hard, its about work, nothings comes free etc… Even if you were praying to be highly favored you can only be favored within the parameters of this theme. Highly favored might play out as having all your bills paid each month after working your butt off at a dead end grinding job day in and day out. Yay! So blessed… ugh.. At least no one is going to take your house away. That is settling at it’s ugliest. Dream big people! If your theme was Life is… a gift of overflowing abundance and blessings you might be debt free as well as having a great house, not having to work, having healthy happy, responsible beautiful, children, money left over to spoil them and take them on great vacations in 5 star hotels around the world with your sexy, successful, sweet husband who loves and cherishes you… The sky is the limit. See how there can be levels to being blessed and favored based on what you believe is possible or “normal”? Take the limits off of the blessings you can receive. I am not too knowledgeable about the bible but I am a Joel Osteen Sirius radio addict. I love the Ephesians 3:20 passage
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us…
By choosing to declare that life is limitless and an exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond blessing you take the restrictions off of what God can do in your life.
Joel says, “God wants to do exceedingly
abundantly above and beyond all you can imagine! He wants to pour out His favor
on you and open up opportunities that will boggle your mind!”
I like that! Sign me up for that one! Boggle away!
Make sure that you are not setting your Life is… theme inadvertently through your old beliefs and worries. Each morning intentionally proclaim what you want your life to be without limitations, doubt or restrictions. Proclaim BIG! Then sit back, arms open wide, big fat Cheshire cat smile on your face and receive all that God pours out to you when you proclaim it, allow it and expect it.
"Take the limits off and dare to believe that God has wonderful things in store for you"