"Your soul is the power and core of who you are, Feed it Well. Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul."- Dorothy Day
Soul Food consists of Forgiveness, Direction, Confidence, and Perseverance.
Forgiveness allows you to move on from the past, focusing on the future. Adding a dash of direction, guiding you step by step. Sprinkled with Confidence, allowing you to act on the belief that you can accomplish more. Finishing off with Perseverance, so that through the journey you won't abandon the promise during the process.
Forgiveness: is the intentional and voluntary process by which you accept responsibility for an action or word, make amends, and keep no record of wrong for the future. Forgiveness does not happen without your intentional and voluntary participation.
When you think of the word forgiveness, you automatically think about forgiveness as it relates to others. Though, one important aspect of forgiveness is forgiving yourself.
Forgiving yourself requires you to first accept that whatever you have done or said will never keep God from loving you. (Romans 8:38-39) Take the necessary steps to forgive yourself for anything you have done in the past. Forgiving yourself requires you to acknowledge the things you've done or said, why they were wrong, and what can you do in the future to keep from repeating the same mistakes. The importance of forgiving yourself is so that you can clearly see yourself how God see's you. If you continuously doubt yourself and feel that you're not good enough, you'll never reach your full potential. As you constantly remind yourself of your past failures and shortcomings, you rob yourself of seeing past those things and into the future planned for you. Stop looking at where you are and focus on where you should be. The past has a way of holding a lot of people back to the point where they never move forward. Yes, learn from the past, but do not live in the past. When asking God for forgiveness, He's merciful to forgive and then He remembers no more (Hebrews 8:12). If God will forgive you, then definitely you should forgive you. Your past, does not control your future, unless you allow it to.“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past” (Isaiah 43:18)
Direction: Using wisdom to follow God's plan to reach your Destiny. "And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it." (Habakkuk 2:2) It's impossible to know where you are going, without a plan on how to get there. It is a great idea to create a list/plan of things you want to accomplish. Allow God's word to be a light unto your path. When I first decided to create my blog, I let Him direct my path from which program to use all the way to the logistics of when and what I would post. I've created plans in all areas of my life. In my degree program I make plans for how to complete assignments, I have began making a plan for my finances each month, and I even plan for upcoming business endeavors. This not only allows you to view your goals on paper, but it also helps you stay accountable for what you set out to accomplish. Take the time to find a quiet place to work and get started! Write the Vision and make it plain!
Confidence: To act on the belief that who God created you to be, you will be and everything that He says you will have, you will have. Not because of your ability, but because of His. You cannot achieve all the things you want in life if you do not first believe that it can happen. Confidence is a combination of words and action, you cannot only say it will happen, but your actions must follow. Confidence is having no fear of what might get in your way, but having all Faith in His plans for you. It's important to remember not to mistake confidence for pride, the confidence is in God's work, not our own. Despite what others may have to say about you, you have to believe that what God says about you is more important. On your journey to accomplishing all that you can, there will be obstacles and what seems like giants in your way, but when they come keep in mind that you can defeat them all. Believe that you can and you will succeed!
Perseverance: Enduring the seasons of life with the daily reminder that no matter what, all things work together for your good. We all will go through different seasons in life, some are amazing and some are very rough. We cannot predict everything that will occur in our life. All we can do is trust that for whatever reason things do happen, the most amazing thing about it is that God has already given us victory over the situation. We just have to trust Him through the process and not let our Faith go because we are going through a trying season.The Bible describes for us in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that there will be a time for everything. We have to understand that Jesus was blameless and perfect and He was crucified, so who are we to not have to endure trials and tribulations throughout life as well. We need trying times to build our Faith, to learn how to fully surrender to God, and to gain experience. Seasons give us testimonies that we will be able to use to help someone we meet in the future. There has never been a time I had to endure something that I did not have to use to help someone else. Learn to weather any season by living a life of perseverance. No matter what, don't give up on the promise through the process.
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Clarissa C. Burton, M.S.W
Devoted to guiding others toward living a life they don't need a vacation from.