NEW YEAR, NEW JOURNEY
After celebrating a year of healing on my ‘Journey to Wholeness’, I’m excited to be facing a new year with....yes!....another journey. I’m sure none of you will be surprised to know that I have chosen to go on a ‘Joyful Journey’....So perfect for all of us this year, 2019 is going to be fantastic!!
2018 - A VERY BLESSED YEAR!
With the shock of getting a diagnosis of ‘Cancer’ last year, just as I was about to set my goals and desires for the year, I felt like my choices were taken away and I was ‘given’ a uphill road to travel!
Pulled out of my comfort zone into a world I knew nothing about, I felt the need to turn to my Heavenly Father for strength, guidance and healing.
Even though it was a very hard experience, I feel like it turned out to be a very blessed year. I’m grateful for the lessons learned and the relationship that I built with my Savior, Jesus Christ.
This year I wouldn’t want to journey anywhere without my Savior close by my side, so even though it’s a ‘Joyful Journey’.... just know that it will be so because I am inviting the One, that can make All our experiences a JOY!
I want to share with you what I call the JOY Principle. It has helped to change my life and my expectations for my future. This principle is so simple but so profound! It is....that we can’t live or experience the life we really desire if the Lord is not the top priority or focus of all our efforts and experiences along the way.
J - Jesus First - Jesus Christ is the first person to place our thoughts, focus and desires.
O - Others Second - Other people in our life are blessed when our focus is on Christ.
Y - Yourself Last - You will receive the righteous desires of your heart when you have sought Christ’s help and have desired blessings that will help and lift others.
I am so grateful that I have learned this principle. It has helped me to overcome many challenges. Just by applying simple principles along on this path we will find that we can quickly find the JOY....BLISS....and HAPPINESS that we are seeking.
Take an honest look at the life that you are living at this moment. Is something missing? As I look at my life, I see that it is good and I am happy, but I also see that I can improve. There are areas that need my attention, things I need to do to elevate my efforts and focus. I remember times when there was nothing but chaos in my life and I wasn’t happy and neither was anyone else!
Chaos comes from so many things, our choices, our circumstances, other’s choices, demands, unfulfilled dreams, health concerns, loneliness, whatever is in turmoil, disorder or confusion...that disruption to our progress is CHAOS.
So many of us are actually trying to endure our lives of chaos...hoping that somewhere along the way things will change....and we can finally be happy. We all long for a little joy, peace or happiness to come into our lives, but don’t realize that we can have that happiness and that JOY now!
Journey with me! For I know that you too seek to move out of the chaos that ties you down to confusion and hopelessness...and even darkness; and open up to something truly magical...something that you have hidden inside.
The purpose of mortal life is for all people to have joy..... “Men are that they might have joy.” 2 Nephi 2:25 On this journey we will learn how others have, “....lived after the manner of happiness” 2 Nephi 5:27 You too, can have the JOY you are seeking....it can be your expectation and your ‘Joyful Journey’.
What are your expectations this year? Bring them with you, let’s take a look at how you can overcome the mountains of fear, doubt, and despair and find the valley of peace, love and joy.
Here is a fun exercise for the week:
Create your desires by drawing, or doodling your expectations. On the left of your worksheet you will illustrate the chaos you want to overcome and leave behind. On the right, you will illustrate what expectation would you like to reach to feel ‘joyful’ and happy with your life.
Don’t worry about if you can draw or not. Drawing skills are not important at this point...it’s about getting your thoughts and desires out on paper. As mortals....to be totally successful in our efforts, we need visuals to remind us where we are and where we want to go. Be sure to add in the steps that will get you to your desired expectation.
Only you need to know what the ‘doodles’ represent. Do several if you need, to get the details right, so that you are happy with your visual.
Study the ‘Expectation’ drawing above. Notice the symbols are simple but visually they convey the message I wanted to send out.
What is your ‘Expectation’?
You will want to take some time to think about what the vision of your ‘Expectation’ would be. It will be good to write it all out on the 5 Step VisionMapping Worksheet, first… then visualize it with symbols before you try to create it in imagery.
You will find your worksheets in the column to the right. Just download and Dream BIG!
I’ll be sharing more steps to this exercise with each blog so that you can begin to turn your world around....JOY is just around the corner.
God has BIG plans for you...Let’s do it!