Sunday, October 19, 2014

Failure is a Gift!

In life we will fail at something. What some of us have learned is to be ashamed of that failure. But, in reality we are to embrace it and learn from it. Through our challenges we can transition to a better version of ourselves, we can step out in faith into a new path, or we can let it show us who we really are. When we learn to accept our challenges and allow them to teach & grow us we see that what we thought was "Failure" was actually a gift and blessing. #Coreworkulm

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Thursday, June 12, 2014

While You're Trying to Figure it Out, God Has Already Worked It Out!

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
Two of the questions that stress people out the most is  "why" and "what's next". We are trying to figure out "why" something happened or "what's next" for us to do. We can spend days, weeks, months, and years pondering these two questions which can lead to many problems in our lives. They can lead to high blood pressure, immune system disorders, shingles, diabetes, depression, and anxiety. Our intellect assures us that God knows the answer, but we can't stop the crazy, confusing thoughts from whirling around in our heads.
There is a solution to this dilemma.
Here are some ways you can find peace and figure out what God wants you to know in this season:
1.) Know who God is- If we don't know who God is or how God works, its hard for us to trust in him. We learn God by reading his word, the Bible. We learn what the scriptures tell us about God and his promises for us. Deuteronomy 31:8 tells us- The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” But, if we don't know God's word we can't hold onto precious scriptures that can help in our time of need.
2.) Incorporate daily spiritual practices- Learning the discipline of incorporating daily spiritual practices is essential in our lives. Just like we have schedules for other things we do, we have to schedule our time with God. Spiritual practices is time that's set apart for reading and meditating on scripture, praise/ worship, prayer and meditation. Having these spiritual practices as part of our lives during challenging times gives us have a place of safety and refuge. What would normally have us in a state of confusion and panic, we will handle with wisdom, peace, and confidence.
3.) Get it out of you- Whatever our questions or frustrations, we need to get them out of our head and deal with them. Releasing the issue by writing in a journal, telling a wise friend or accountability partner, or going to therapy can help us see things from a different perspective. The giants in our lives can decrease in size and we realize it's nothing but something small. Writing, talking it out and sealing the situation with prayer leaves you feeling renewed and valued.
4.) Let it be- Sometimes the problem is we are trying to figure something out or are worried about what's going to happen next, when that's not where our focus should be. We can be consumed with what's next or why this or that happened instead of focusing on the solutions or issues God wants for us. There are moments when we need to take a cleansing breath and be with the Spirit of God. This will help us calm down and brings clarity. Learn the art of letting it be until God reveals what's next. Be still and see how naturally things work out for you. Learning to flow with the Spirit of God will ease many loads and lead to peace and prosperity. There are some things we don't need to make happen. 
The ways to figure out what's next and why something has happened is learning who and how to trust God. When we incorporate knowledge, faith, and obedience, we will have everything we need. So, the next time you're wondering what to do follow the steps above. You may find in that moment everything you need to know. And you'll see that a life in God has you knowing not only what's next, but what to do NOW!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What the Heck is Going On?

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6
There are times in our lives when we wonder, “What the heck is God doing?” When we have served and dedicated our lives to the work of the Kingdom and all hell breaks loose in our lives. During these times, we have to learn how to get to a place of peace and contentment to make it through the tough times until things get better. This sounds simple, but actually living it out can be very difficult. Especially when everything in our lives looks contrary to the promises of God that we have been holding onto. Well, I’m going to share some things I learned on my journey through the desert places- the place of humbling.

  1. Stay Close to the Father- It can be easy to let your prayer life and devotional time slip due to stress and frustration. But, keep pushing to incorporate and set aside time to be in the presence of God, through praise, worship, devotions and prayer. Don't worry about consistency, just do it when you can. The more you set aside some time, the more consistent you will become.
  2. Be real with your emotions- Trying to stuff your emotions and acting like all is well, when in reality it’s not, will cause a moment in time when all of the emotions you have been trying to control will come to the surface, and watch out! No telling what can happen and who can be your unintended target. Allow yourself  to acknowledge them, be with them for a moment and allow the Holy Spirit to heal them.
  3. Find someone to tell the whole truth to- A lot of times when we’re going through we have what I call our cover story- What we tell to people, but the truth is very different. There has to be at least one person you trust enough to tell the whole truth to. Hopefully this is a person of God and has wisdom. They can help to illuminate some truths that you maybe couldn’t see and help you to navigate through the sea of emotions and issues.
  4. Speak God’s truth continuously over your situation- Speak God’s life giving scripture as affirmations over your life. Stop focusing on worst case scenarios and begin to say and think best case scenarios. Allow the good that can come out of your situation to be your mantra. What I found, was the more I did this, the more great things began to materialize in my life. I began to see the miracles of the everyday and see things from a different perspective.
    We will face challenging situations as long we're on this earth, but it’s how we face them that will determine how bearable they will be. Keep believing in God and have a moment by moment reliance on the Spirit of God. This will increase your dependence and faith in God. Hold on and know this too will pass and you will learn What the heck is going on!?!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Don't Sweat the Small Things

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; (Romans 5:3 NIV)

Life is constantly throwing us mountain top experiences, curve balls, and valley dwelling. These situations can cause great transformation within and without. As we live a life in the Spirit we allow the greatest good to be manifested. I'm not saying everything will end with the happy ending you expected, but through the situation you will become a better you from what the situation was here to teach you. It's all about perspective. When you head in a difficult situation knowing that the result is going to be for your good, it helps you to have a more positive outlook.

The is a miracle waiting for you right now, whether you are on the mountaintop or in the valley. Have faith knowing God is for you and this is only temporary. So, head up and chest out as you walk in confidence knowing God Got You! Don't allow the small things to trip you up, breeze through them with ease and know they are preparing you for the more challenging situations.

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Today Is Your Day!

Today is your day for a miracle. The miracle is it's the day of your renewal. The day you drop the baggage, excuses, and drama. The day you embrace everything that will make your life great. So, today get still and allow the Holy Spirit to speak the truth of who you are. Not all your faults and shortcomings, but all the things that make you unique and fabulous. Today you aren't going to depend on anyone to make your life work, it's all on you to make the choices to help you realize your dreams.

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Don't Believe the Hype! Am I a Hot Mess or Am I Perfect?

We can get can get conflicting messages from our spiritual leaders and teachers. There are some who focus on how much of a wretched person we are. Nobodies trying tell somebody, a hot mess, broken and lowly. Which keeps us in a low self- esteem, low self- worth mentality. We are never enough, so we give up and shirk personal responsibility for our lives. We become the victim who is constantly being taken advantage of, which creates bitterness, laziness, manipulation, self pity, and depression. And on the other spectrum some spiritual leaders and teachers focus on how perfect we are, all is well, We are right in what we do, our first mind is always right, and listen to our heart, it's always right. Which can lead to arrogance, superiority, delusion, self-righteousness, being judgmental of others, and the mind-set that everyone is hating on us, is jealous, and is the problem in our lives. This can make us create lives of paranoia, self-neglect, perfectionism, addictive behaviors, loneliness, and burnout. I believe we can be both depending on where we are spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, and relationally.

God sees us as his perfect creation. But, our belief systems, thoughts, heart, and actions may not be. These are the things within us which need healing. Life can influence all of these things and make us move away from who God created us to be. Both teachings can lead us to a place of fantasy and not living in authenticity and truth. We become not enough or too much. How can an all loving God have us in either state? God is about wholeness and balance. So, we must begin the process of the "Great Shift". Shifting our minds to see ourselves as we are in Christ. We are God's perfect creation needing to awaken to all we are in God. We have power, authority, and wisdom. But all of this can only be tapped into as we tap into The Source. In Him we move and have our being. This means we move in the flow of God. In the God flow is where perfection, peace, joy, love, forgiveness, trust, and wholeness resides. When we're flowing with God we wake up and live in the present moment where all are needs are met and the answers to every situation is a thought and encounter away.

So, don't believe the hype, you are wonderfully and beautifully made. And you can have a life that's a hot mess. But, when you acknowledge God in all your ways, surrender to God's plan for your life, and realize the Spirit of God is within you leading you to all truth. Then you will proclaim and live out the truth of "I am God 's perfect creation who needs healing in areas of my life."

As we bring 2013 to a close I hope you embrace this truth and begin to shift your being to live your best life.

Happy New Year!

Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad