Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
Urban culture has given names for different people and their state in life. One that has taken off lately is THOT. People have used it on reality tv and street corners all across the nation. This term is used as a put-down, but I think we should take this word and make it positive. So, I'm going to discuss 3 benefits of being THOT.
1. Relentless- When you are THOT you have to keep going, you have to know your goal and be unstoppable until you reach it. A good THOT keeps going and doesn't take no for an answer. Setbacks become spring boards for greatness.
2. Recognize other THOT's around you- Learn to gravitate to those of like mind. You can accomplish more when you team up with people who are trying to accomplish the same kind of goals as you. The synergy of the group helps you to reach your goals and have accountability in the process.
3. Remember- Take the time to remember where you have come from. See the advances you have made and celebrate milestones along the way. This helps with momentum and finishing well. Nothing is more harmful to THOT than hitting a roadblock and giving up before you reach your desired destination.
So, being THOT can have its benefits. You learn how to keep going, use accountability, and celebrate small victories along the way. Urban culture has said that THOT is- That (garden tool) Over There. But, I believe the real meaning of THOT is- That Hustler Over There. So, stand, and when you have done all, stand again dressed in your armor ready for battle against anything or anyone that's trying keep you from living your best life.
Peace and Blessings,
U. L. Muhammad
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
On this journey of life we can think we got it made and have arrived at our best selves. But life has a funny way of reminding us we are still in process. In 2014 I learned some key lessons that will bless me for years to come. We have heard the scripture many times that God will work it out for our good. But, this came alive for me in many ways. I hope by me sharing how revelation came to me, you will be encouraged when you are faced with your challenging areas. Know that you are not alone and it will work out for your good. Here are 3 Life Lessons Learned in 2014:
- Let go of people and places that no longer serve you- Sometimes we want to hold on to people who aren't holding onto us. We want the best for them, we spend countless hours praying, speaking positive affirmations over them, encouraging them, and most of all enabling them. But, I learned that only when we step back and allow God to be their saviour can real transformation occur in their lives. I had to let go of some people, I had to let go of some familiar places that kept me stuck in a cycle of co-dependence, shame, guilt, and toxicity. It was hard and I had to grieve my losses, but they were replaced with healthier, affirming people and places in my life.
- Give people the benefit of the doubt- I was already using this lesson in my life, but was shocked when I realized there was an area it was not being utilized. The place of previous hurt. I realized I was judging and viewing some in an old lens. It was those who represented a previous hurt, disappointment, betrayal or abandonment. It wasn't unforgiveness I was experiencing, but thinking they were still in a place they had long departed from. This lesson was hard because sometimes we also judge people based on other peoples experiences with them, instead of using our own judgment and current encounter with them. People grow all the time. I'm not the person I was years ago. Even when we exhibit similar behaviours it doesn't mean we are the same.
- Perception is everything- How we see a thing, is how it will be for us. We have to learn to gather all the evidence and check things out before jumping to conclusions and assumptions. We have to keep our mouths off of situations and people without all the facts. It doesn't matter who tells you something, verify before you pass judgment or an opionion. It will save you a lot of pain, drama, and confusion.
Peace & Blessings~ U.L. Muhammad
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
We are in the first month of 2015 and some have already set their 2015 goals and others may be in the process or haven't started yet. I wanted to give you 4 mistakes to avoid when setting your goals for 2015:
Let the planning begin...
- Setting Other People's Goals- Make sure you are setting the goals you plan on reaching. You may have family and friends who think you should set certain goals, but remember you are the one doing the work and have to achieve them. Set realistic goals that you desire.
- Not Reviewing Your Progress- Take the time to review what you have accomplished is a good way to see where you need to go and a great source of encouragement. This is also a good time to review your short term goals and celebrate victories and accomplishments. Update your goals and amend goals that no longer work for you.
- Setting "Negative" Goals- Negative goals can put you in the wrong mindset for success. Reframe your goals in a positive light and tone to ensure you have the energy, drive, and correct mindset to see them through.
- Setting too Many Goals- Use quality not quantity rule when setting goals. Write out your 6 month and then 12 month goals and then narrow them down to 3. Once you have accomplished those, then move down your list to the next set of goals.
Let the planning begin...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Sunday, October 19, 2014
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
Peace and Blessings- U. L. Muhammad
Thursday, June 12, 2014
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
“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 13:5-6There 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!?!