Lett's Set A Spell
Spiritual leaders, mental health counselors and life coaches usually agree that the best way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Recognizing that we are thinking negatively is usually easy but elevating our thoughts can be challenging, even difficult.
Thoughts that are not constructive seem to grow in our minds and also creep into our conversations, especially when we harbor an undercurrent of discontent in our lives. But what if our negative thoughts and uncomfortable circumstances are really “wake-up” calls to force us to change our consciousness and transform our lives?
In our prayers we may be proclaiming, “God, please stop the pain,” when it was God who allowed the pain to get our attention. The saying “no pain, no gain” was made popular by exercise gurus, but it applies to the mental and emotional as well as the physical. Out of chaos a greater sense of order eventually emerges. Due to various crises, different opportunities open up and new possibilities develop.
DURING RECENT YEARS I have been forced to come face to face with my negative feelings about myself. As I watched my booming book business suffer sales losses due to more economic issues and less consumer spending back in 2008 I eventually realized that my success must not be based on whether people buy my book.
My self-esteem was severely challenged and my ego was sufficiently humbled! However, through writing, processing with close friends, praying, meditating and communing with nature, I accepted that I am a child of God and will be shown each phase of my divine mission. Embracing reinvention I focused on writing, reading, getting healthier and catching up on lots of things in the office, around the house and in the yard.
I took some time to look at how to use my talents in a way that would be more fulfilling to me and more beneficial to others. Eventually I marketed myself more as a speaker, and that led to the next frontier whereas most of my income now comes from offering keynotes on workshops on reinvention, marketing, social media, etc.
THROUGH BUILDING FAITH I now trust that job assignments will continue to come my way. I constantly read my favorite verse from The Bible, Isaiah 40:31:
“Those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength,
they will mount up with wings like eagles,
they will run and not be weary;
they will walk and not faint.”
While waiting on the Lord, we need to be aware of what could be sent by God for us. Remember the man standing on the roof waiting for the Lord to rescue her from the flood?
Each time someone came by ... one with a rowboat and then another with a motorboat ... and finally a rescue helicopter .... he said, “Thanks, but no thanks! I’m waiting for the Lord to save me!” Eventually, the waters consumed him and he drowned.
He went to Heaven and there she asked the Lord “I had complete faith that You would save me? Why didn’t You?”
God replied, “I sent two boats and a helicopter! What more did you want?”
In waiting upon the Lord, I have found a sense of prosperity and peace that does not come from a regular paycheck or steady income. Through the months that turned into years of often feeling led into the wilderness without any clear direction, I have learned more about accepting myself and being available for God’s next assignment. I have focused on forgiving others, healing relationships and being grateful for my many blessings.
Meanwhile, I am waiting for more to be revealed…
AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest;” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections about Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.” Lett can be reached at (919) 258-9299 or LettsSetaSpell@aol.com.