Plan A or Plan B ?

By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21, NIV

Sitting in a meeting doodling a proposal for a sure project was crafted. The drafted proposal was presented to a few friends for review. They unanimously it endorsed success. Timelines and networking began. On the day of the launch, unsettledness hovered over me like a dark cloud. 

In attempt to understand what my heart was saying, I sat down to read the scriptures and pray. In reflection clarity was attained. I had not prayed about this project. The approval of man was sought not God. In the January 2019 blog the focused scripture was Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Is an initial consultation with God important?

How many times have you set out to complete a task and found yourself praying for God to accept your desired goals after the fact? Think about Abraham’s question presented to God in Genesis 17:18 “So Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael were acceptable to you!”” (CSB)

Submitting your ideas as you seek God’s will guarantees guidance for building sustainability for any plan in construction. Why consider a Plan B when Plan A is available? The purposes and plans for you are accessible.

In your creativity, marketing for any form of business, ministry or recreation pray, reflect and listen for the purpose of the Lord’s will the source of success. Consider, presenting your ideas to the Lord first.    

Prayer Focus: Lord, help us to be driven by your purpose and plan for our lives.

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Strategy for Successful Living

By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Matthew 6:33 (NIV)

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season has ended, and the first month of the New Year is generally the best (if not perfect) time to reflect upon assessing previous goals and plans and consider new ideas/activities, especially for those who view life as functioning in a competitive world that measures value by success.  Numerous “self-help” guides are promoted and sold, with steps guaranteeing success in nearly every venture (health, wealth, relationships, etc.). However, the bestselling book ever (the Bible) offers timeless principles that result in immeasurable as well as measurable benefits when implemented properly.

History has proven we can accomplish anything we imagine… remember the Tower of Babel?  So why are we surprised when the ingenuity and technology of man can draft and construct the unimaginable? My question is does man always consult God first?

There are many times in my life when I have prepared and executed plans, but later felt “swamped” in doubt regarding the ability or means to successfully complete the project.  Have you ever worried about having enough resources to pursue goals? What about more necessities such as food, clothing, and or shelter?  I have, especially when the process of “doing life” distracted my focus from my heavenly Father, who knows what we all need always. Let’s look further at ways to access the unlimited storehouse of blessings from our good Father, who in love and wisdom cares and provides for all His creation, even “the fowls of the air” and “the lilies of fields”.

What happens when my calendar is overloaded with many tasks? I miss private appointments with the One who is the greatest Supplier.

There are occasions when I discover that my relationship with God has been compromised. How? By missing too many scheduled “God and me” appointments, those times I intended to meet God in quiet spaces to nourish my spirit, mind and body, and align harmoniously with the will of God.  During achieving other personal, family, and professional goals, we can overlook the importance of maintaining quality time in our personal relationship with the Father.

Typically, when I am not in sync with the Holy Spirit life becomes imbalanced . . . sometimes filled with anxiety and weariness, which can open doors to confusion and chaos. This year, I would like to challenge you to practice the best strategy for successful living (by seeking God first each day, as Jesus did in Mark 1:35). Time spent in the presence of God is a direct link to a life that is constantly refreshed and full of joy, with clear discernment and direction that can guide you to accomplishing the unthinkable.

Although we are in a world filled with options beyond our imagination, consulting with the Creator first is most important to ensure we are in the will of God for our lives.

Jesus reveals the simple, yet profound approach necessary to receive daily needs/provision and other things we seek. In Matthew 6:25-34, He repeatedly told the disciples not to worry.  In other words, don’t allow the concerns of life to consume your mind.   Chronic worry leads us to do one of two things: operate independently (thinking we have the power to achieve in our own strength), or drown in fear. Both reactions are fueled by lack of faith.

When our thoughts and emotions are not fully yielded in the presence of God, worry produces anxiety which can affect our physical as well as spiritual and mental health affecting general well-being, inhibiting fruitfulness. Worry fragments the mind, depleting it of faith, hope and trust in the Father, and diminishes our sensitivity to the voice of God.

Instead of dwelling on past or current problems that you are unable to remedy, it is best to leave them at the altar, and focus on Bible reading, prayer, and worship. In sacred spaces, it is a safe place where we are reminded that God Is our Provider as we fully submit to Him.

Prayer focus:

During reassessment of your visions, goals, and resolutions include quiet spaces in your schedule to maintain your intimacy with God, who is the Creator, Provider and Sustainer of a truly successful life.  In these spaces, you are reaffirmed, negativity is silenced, and your insight into the will of God for your life is clarified.  Value your time with God more than tangible assets such as money in the bank and accolades… rest assured that He knows your needs and desires.

Lord, help us  to keep our appointment each day with  you as we serve, expand and accomplish the Unthinkable.

“With God, there’s always an appointed time for things, and when you put Him first, trust in His timing, and keep the faith, miracles happen!”
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A Little Heaven On Earth — Trinity Wholeness Ministries

It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group conversation. There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease a feature of the Go Red Campaign. They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How […]

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A Little Heaven On Earth

It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group 45445-i am my belovedsconversation.   There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease  a feature of the Go Red Campaign.  They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How can we foster the atmosphere of love?

45453-love-comes-from-godThis month I found myself preoccupied with many items on my schedule. One in particular was preparation for our church couple’s ball. I watched and listened to others shopping, discussing gift exchanges . . . it was like Christmas all over. It made me wonder what the world would be like if the same efforts of love were practiced everyday ,as expressed on holidays that symbolize love.  Sure there are different types of love; however, just imagine what the world would be like.  Would it be . . . heaven on earth?

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Today’s society need more love demonstrated to dismiss the effects of the works of the devil. Random acts of kindness will give our world hope and point many to Christ.  Extend  an hand of compassion  and  draw others with love and kindness. I challenge you to accept the invitation to love others as Christ loves you – unconditionally.inVITATION TO LOVE

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Hold Fast

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrew 10:23 NLT

It is exactly a year ago today, that I read Hebrew 10:23. I thought Lord, what are you saying?  During reflection my mind experienced a bobblehead motion; as I read the passage over and over with memories of 2017 flashing in my mind. The handwritten date on the page startled me and my head literally juddered like a bobblehead.  Yes, like the figurine with the disproportionately large head. It was as if my head  swiveled back and forth as if on a spring . . . at least that is what it felt like.

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The bobblehead motion resembles wavering of one’s faith in regard to trusting God.  You might be trusting God for a promotion, health and healing, for a spouse in crisis or the salvation of a love one. Perhaps, you are in a crisis or need to make a major decision.  Is your faith wavering in a bobblehead motion?  How often does your faith resemble a bobblehead figurine?

In 2018 keep a firm posture in faith. Remember God never fails.  Guard your heart with God’s word, which will strengthen your focus. The take home point is for you to  allow the  Word to prevent a state of doublemindedness. While your eyes remain on the prize, unlike a distracted bobblehead.  It is my prayer my dear brothers and sisters, that you stand firm.

Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the will and work of the Lord, because your labor will not be in vain (I Cor. 15:58 NIV).  God is at work.

 

 

 

 

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Self-Advocacy : Keys to Life

KarynthiaHearing the words “you have cancer” can almost knock the breath out of you. . . I know.  The memory is vivid as if it were today when I received the call with the biopsy report.  It was important not to become isolated, but to encircle myself with family and friends to help me remember the command in Joshua 1:9 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

There will be days you will only be able to meditate on segments of the passage.  For example, today it might be   “Do not be afraid” is resonating – hold on to it!  Perhaps, tomorrow and the day after you will reflect on” don’t be discouraged  . . . hold on.  If you are unable to read ask someone to play the scripture on the CD player.  Feed you faith to minimize fear and doubt.  Apply action steps to your faith.

Certainly, obtaining education, resources and support are essential to increase quality of life during the journey of cancer. Did you know?1 in 8In light of the statistics that state 1 in 8 persons will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, we must continue education beyond the officially designated month of  breast cancer awareness to encourage self-advocacy. (For more on self-advocacy watch video with Monica on Bridges CTN TV CH 39  see video below.)

The urgency is clear.  The statistics reveal that although more Caucasians are diagnosed, more African Americans die from breast cancer.  Support ongoing breast cancer community education, as early detection makes a huge difference in terms of successful treatment and saving lives.

Please continue to sound the alarm to encourage early detection with breast exams and mammograms, and to practice healthy lifestyle behaviors (organic/fresh fruits and vegetables in diet, regular exercise, and reading labels on cleaning and body fragrance/skin care products to avoid toxic content).

Be assured the presence of God is near you to travel with you on the journey of self-advocacy and restoration . Sisters, you are stronger than you think. You are not alone.  We are here, to be help you on this journey.

Prayer:  Lord, I submit those who are experiencing doubt, guilt confusion about their diagnosis that you would comfort  and encircle them with friends and family. Release strength to enable them to fight and take action toward self -advocacy.

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Don’t Quit!

By Karynthia A. Glasper-Phillips

Recently, I found myself discouraged, troubled and in a state of nearly fainting. Yes, it can happen to the best of us on this faith walk.  In a moment of silence, I was reminded of my hope in God.  The rekindling of my strength became evident as I reflected on the faithfulness of God.  I regained my footing on the solid rock , leveling my walk-in victory.

You might be feeling incapacitated, nearly knocked out during this season of your life . . . “Don’t Quit”.  My friends take a moment and become refreshed in Galatians 6:9 to prevent being weary in well doing: for in due season you will reap a harvest, if you faint not.  blog header play to win

Whatever, your struggle might be (family matters, finances, employer issues, discouragement, or health concerns) that is weighing you down remember the adversary is not after you – but your faith.  Don’t allow your situation(s) to force you to give up.

Allow the power of the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate you to become “strong in the power of God’s might” (Eph. 6:10). That scripture reminds us that we cannot survive within our own strength. So. lean into the presence of the most  high God.

If you have a task that appears insurmountable, perhaps too difficult to achieve. . . know that God has the blueprint. Consult the master, stop leaning on your own understanding and wait on the Lord.

In your waiting, be like an eagle and learn to fly above the storm instead of settling in the storm.

Don’t quit praying,

Don’t quit fasting,

Don’t quit believing,

Don’t quit confessing,

Don’t quit serving,

Don’t quit loving, and

Don’t quit trusting God.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run,and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” –Isaiah 40:31

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Linger with me, Lord Jesus

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By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips

We all know how it feels to be distant from someone we love and to have them stop by unexpected.  Yes, indescribable joy. What a refreshing sensation, so sweet we begin to wish it would linger , reclaiming time missed together; perhaps, squandered . . . overlooked busy doing life.  Likewise, God wants time with us. We were created by God for relationship (fellowship). Matthew 6:33, reminds us to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”Where have you been? The many sleepless nights, and countless day hours spent  chasing your goals?

slAll of what you are seeking is available for you. Easily attainable, if you consider scheduling time with God the master planner of life.

You can experience a lingering presence of the Spirit of God in “Quiet Time” as you listen to Solveig Leithaug new CD release “TIME” and ignite  fresh faith in God’s presence. Listen to her music, as you read your bible, pray and ponder God’s sovereignty.

I would like to introduce Solveig Leithaug to you to experience a Dove Award-winning recording artist an internationally loved singer-songwriter and masterful guitar player. Her gentle-yet-powerful gift for writing and communicating a song catches listeners by surprise and invites them into the joys and challenges that have refined her artistically and spiritually.

With fifteen solo recordings, including her newest release Time (spring 2017), and three best-selling children’s CD’s to her credit, Solveig consistently breaks new ground with each release. Her music is a brilliant blend of heart and art, fitting for a wide variety of events and venues of all sizes.

Award-winning songwriter Gloria Gaither comments on Solveig’s music: “Listening to Solveig singing is like the pure vibrations of an innocent soul. She bypasses our cynical scar tissue and stylistic prejudices and goes–like the laughter of a child–straight to the heart.”

An ordained minister since 1994, Solveig is a commentary writer for Thomas Nelson’s Women of Destiny Bible and contributed devotionals for Thomas Nelson’s 2012 Gaither Homecoming Bible. She currently serves as a founding board member for Compassion International in their Nordic region.

Summarizing her goal as an artist, Solveig states: “Whether performing with a band, full orchestra and choir, or alone with my guitar, my prayer has always been that my music will be an artistic bridge of hope, connecting the listener to their Creator.”In addition to her roles as an actively touring artist, and songwriter, Solveig is first a wife to Jim, a mom and a stepmom. Her family resides near Nashville, Tennessee.

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Crossroads of Life

 

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)

kp_page_3-2Crossroads are places where decisions must be made. The route one selects can determine the path directly to an intended destination, an interruption or perhaps an extended journey.  Similarly, the old year of 2016 and the New Year 2017 crossed paths in a split moment; as the years met, many reviewed past events and others previewed their future.

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All too often, it is at this juncture that one embraces a sense of celebration along with a hidden presence of sadness and guilt. Why the two emotions?  There is relief that we are moving into a new year, but the heaviness of grief may often be apparent because of incomplete or never attempted resolutions during the previous year.

As Christians, some of the main resolutions we make from year to year are: “I will read my Bible and pray more consistently”; “I will exercise, rest, and take better care of my temple (body); etc.  Thus, those of us who do not have positive results from our intentions may become paralyzed by failure.

We all have responsibilities that are often re-routed or incomplete for a variety of reasons. In the areas of personal care of our spirit, mind and body, God does not “beat us up” because we didn’t keep resolutions such as reading our Bible and or praying for at least one hour each day on a consistent basis. We self-inflict pain of disappointment.

Spiritual Renewal

prayerIt is certain that God created us for worship and fellowship, but many of us can and do put restraints on our personal time with God. When this is the case, we grieve spiritually and emotionally, which inhibits the necessary physical energy to read and pray for even brief periods of time.

It also affect momentum toward other goals.  Don’t be too hard on yourself when this happens; remember that “His mercies are new every morning”

I would like to encourage you to start with the “trinity rule of thumb”: three minutes of prayer, three minutes of reading scripture, and three minutes of praise and worship; then reflect on the scripture passage one or more times during the day.

It is not the quantity of time, but the quality of time given to complete attention on building a relationship with the Father.  If you commit to this time sequence you will soon realize that three minutes in these areas creates a hunger/desire to extend your time as you began to linger in the presence of God through prayer, reading and worship.  The more intimate you become with the Father, the more you will become open and obedient to His leading regarding your spiritual , physical and mental well-being one step at a time .  What will you do to improve your life?

“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
    The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

  Proverbs 27:12  NLT

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Health Moment Flashpoint

Caring for our temples (bodies) is important and essential for completing our journey toward purpose in 2017. Preventative health care of our temples mind and body are demonstrated in balanced living. I have found that the more consistent you are in building a relationship and learning to trust God, the more empowered you are to attain worthwhile and achievable goals, such as establishing/re-establishment of mental and physical health and other positive lifestyle changes.

Crossroad Questions

Imagine you are at a railroad crossing, a train is coming, and the  scripture above from Proverbs 27:12 crosses your mind: what decision will you make, what route will you choose? How will you determine to move beyond resolutions to positive results? The New Year positions us at a “flashpoint” to adopt healthier lifestyles, accept or reject new opportunities to complete or start new goals, dreams, and chances to fulfill callings, destiny, and responsibilities. Share your comments with TWM.

In addition to  implementing the “trinity rule of thumb” for spiritual renewal, begin physical self-care by scheduling a physical exam.  Sisters practice monthly self-breast exams and if age appropriate get your mammogram. Lastly, take a 20 minute walk every day for a “Fresh Start in 2017”.

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Resilience from Inside

kp_page_3-2Based on first-hand experiences and observations during health coaching    sessions with clients I have observed that Spiritual Wellness is an internalized individualistic stance based in your values and beliefs. These values and beliefs become the core of a person, whether learned at home, church or other religious settings. Values can be retained consciously and subconsciously having positive or negative impact on the purpose of one’s life.        Karynthia  Phillips

How you persevere is a reflection of the status of the health of your spirit. How often do you check the status of your spirit’s wellness? How often do you ensure appropriate development of your spirit? Are you exposed to positive influences for spiritual maturity?  The health of the spirit is based upon one’s spiritual core values in relationship with God, with self, and with others.

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Self-care of the spirit provides the mind and body refreshing fortitude throughout the day by reflecting on scriptures and similar positive affirmations that become embedded over time. The spirit is like a repository for the mind, providing meditation, reflection and reminders to sustain and often guide you on your journey. During the daily self-care of your spirit embrace what is wholesome and let go of what is detrimental.  Hopefully, you gravitate towards things that are positive and helpful for your spirit.

The practice of self-care of the spirit also empowers the mind to engage the performance of the body. Think about it; have you ever desired to lose weight, change careers, or make a major decision? You probably were demobilized until you reached deep inside of your spirit, and identified a hidden word or phrase that reversed your attitude of doubt and unrest, stimulating strength to activate your faith. This change of focus enlivens your mind to strategize ways in which you can be physically strengthened to take positive action.

saturday-self-care-spirit-shareThere are many voices on the topic of  spiritual wellness; however, I am approaching this from a biblical perspective to affirm that a healthy spirit requires daily maintenance to ensure stamina for the journey of life. Spiritual wellness is foundational to one becoming mindful of their entire body. Remember our body  is the temple of the living God (I Cor. 6:19), which includes mind,spirit and body.

Jesus himself took time to steal away to be spiritually refreshed to continue his work on behalf of God and humanity (Mark1:35).

Look with me at a story of change. A client of mine desired to lose weight, and she spent massive amounts of money on different diets and procedures, yet found herself back to point A: obese and unhappy. During our first consultation I listened and wrote down what she said; I then showed her a list of 20 negative statements she had made. Long story short, we started lifestyle modifications with assessing the health of her spirit, then journaling to document and rid toxins of the spirit. resources-for-spirit-mind-body This was followed by regeneration of spirit with scriptures and positive affirmation, renewal of the mind, and changes to food and exercise options.

She lost weight and maintains what is optimal for her, with a sense of happiness; more importantly, she realizes that the challenge was centered on what she was feeding her spirit. She understands now the importance of balanced living. The source of achieving any positive goal begins with a healthy spirit, which affects one’s perspective like a magnet that unifies spirit, mind and body.

“Self-care is not by CHANCE it is a CHOICE.”

Karynthia Phillips

Strength for the journey is not purchased. It requires identifying the importance of self-care of your spirit as a part of your daily routine. It requires you to slow down and giving time to yourself. Understanding the connection between spirit, mind and body will open new dimensions of hope and renewal in your life.

The first step is learning to love yourself as you love others, realizing that healthy self-care is not selfish.

 

Karynthia Phillips is an ordained minister, health coach and family practitioner

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You can request a checklist and affirmation brochure from Karynthia@Trinitywholenessministries.com.  *Watch for Part Two of this blog, which will contain suggestions on how to embrace self-care as women of influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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