The Secret Behind Visions / Dreams Rarely Discovered

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Have you ever had a dream/ vision come true? One you desired; one God gave you; or a vision while you were awake?

I started writing this a few weeks ago and just couldn’t seem to finish it. “What was I missing?” I kept asking myself. There is more to what I want to say than what I was seeing on the pages.

Examining my own life. . . As a child my sleep dreams were nightmares. Never anything good. I would be running from something; trying to find something in my sleep.

In spite of negative sleep dreams there was a time in my life I had a vision. I was in high school and they were having tryouts for the school twirler team. As I watched I was surprised at what my eyes saw: me twirling a baton on this huge field.

I had never thought nor attempted to do any physical extra curricular activity, but I made the team. The vision came true. I looked forward to being out there on the field with the team. I was the first African American to integrate the Caucasian twirler team.

It started out as my desire to be a part of this team. I wanted to see if I could do it, and I did. Once I succeeded it was no big deal. As a matter of fact, I remember thinking, “Success! Is that all there is to it?”

Why did I feel this way? What is it about succeeding at it that lost its excitement? Why wasn’t it important to me?

I accomplished something historically notable that would go down in the history of the school. Others thought it was great but all I wanted to do was to stand out, to be someone.

Reflecting on my thoughts and attitude from the past reminded me of what happened to Joseph (a biblical story I read). Joseph went to sleep, had a dream; woke up and shared his dream. It was not just one night, one dream, but two dreams. Joseph thought that it was about him elevating himself but it was bigger than that.

Joseph’s dreams were prophetic (of things to come), but he thought it was about him. My vision was about me. Different methods yet with a purpose. Victory happened quicker for me but took years for Joseph’s dreams to come true.

Why do some have vision and others have dreams? I don’t know. It happens. We later find out from Joseph’s story that his dream was for a greater purpose, to save a nation from famine. Joseph thought it was about him and being bowed down to by his family.

As a child I was having dreams but they were fearful. So if God had used dreams to move me to act to tryout for that team, perhaps he knew it would take more than that.

Why give me a vision, knowing my attitude would be the same as Joseph’s initially? What I thought and Joseph thought did not change God’s plan. Joseph was to be used for God’s purpose and I was to be used for God’s purpose.

So then what was my purpose? To integrate a team. To prepare a teenager to act confidently in the future. To be used by God when moved by God. A big deal then turned out to be steps to God’s greater good.

What Joseph and I had in common: we both were proud, self centered and thought it was really about us. My victory did not acknowledge God, didn’t even know who He was and yet still divinely used by Him.

“Father, I pray for the readers of this to take a deeper look into their life of accomplishments and successes; that they will truly connect to the greater purpose for their lives.”

Let me know what you think.

Keep the Faith,
Blondie Clayton

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Exposing The Hidden Financial Enemies Most People Reject

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“Overspending is often the result of trying to fill an emotional hole with objects. Focus on what really matters.” Dave Ramsay



Keep the faith,

Blondie Clayton

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Encouragement Comes In Strange Ways

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Encouragement

“God, you are my anchor in the wind of life. I trust you that as I experience the winds of life that I can stand against it because you are on my side.”

Who is holding you down? Are you moving forward in your life? Are you feeling anxious, incomplete, stuck or just can’t figure what is going on?

Staring out my bedroom window. It’s 1:45 p.m. watching the trees swaying to the movement of the wind. The swings on the swing set move slightly. I can see parts of the set. . .The netting is flapping to the wind. It has broken loose. Couldn’t hold on. It gave in. . .broke.

One of the chairs to the backyard table set has blown over. An invasive species of weeds has taken over my backyard. The tarp over the rabbit hutches blows the length of the ropes holding it and no further. The tarp is torn in places. It is the casualty of days past when conditions were unfavorable. If this tarp wasn’t tied down it would blow away. . .

As I watch I am reminded of my life’s journey: blown to and fro but able to hold on; torn but not ripped apart; times of staying in the safety zone, not willing to rock the boat.

My life is driven by something I can’t see but I know it exist. I can’t see the wind at work but I see the consequences. Sometimes we need an anchor and other times we let the wind carry us forth. What keeps me from being blown away, from being unstable?

Silently I ponder: “It’s you, Lord. You are the invisible wind behind my life. I can’t reach out and touch you physically, but I see your work and I surrender not out of fear but reverence.”

What are you looking for? Is it happiness? What do you want to happen in your life? What’s missing? Are you ready to make changes?

Never underestimate the power of what you can’t see.

Let me know what you think.

Keep the faith,
Blondie Clayton

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The Keys to Being Happy

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Bee Happy

Do you know what it means to be happy? Why is it something most people want but never seem to find it? Could it be they really don’t know what would make them happy?

I was never happy as a child growing up. I was always sad inside. I never smiled. I never got excited about anything. I saw life from the troubles of parent’s separation, living from relative to relative, the struggles of my caregivers.

These early circumstances of my life taught me to be guarded. Don’t get too happy because disappointment follows. If I had a happy moment, sadness always set in, put a damper on those laughing, joyful times.

What was wrong with me? I never figured it out. I grew up accepting that being happy was not for me to have, so don’t fret over something you can’t understand.

My views on being happy led me to think that it happens when everything is perfect in your life: having things, money, cars, good health, friends, lifestyle. . . But is that really what being happy is all about?

What I have discovered, there are many ideas on being happy and what one can do to be happy. Some think being happy is being the best you can be; liking what you do; thinking happy thoughts; finding your purpose in life and work; being yourself; being grateful; wealth. . . the list goes on.

But will any of this make you happy? Sometimes what makes you happy is something you never thought you would be doing, but it’s a God thing.

Where do you start to be on the road to being happy? If you have been blessed to own much, have much in your life and you still are not happy, then it is not about the things. If you have grown up without, then you may first have to experience having to weed out your true desires.

I remember asking myself: “What would make me happy?” I listed a few things but that wasn’t it. It maybe a question you need to ask over and over. When you ask, examine your feelings. Are you feeling peace or anxiety? If you are feeling anxiety, then that may not be your happiness hot spot.

You will find that there are some things that will make you feel happy momentarily but won’t last; such as your husband making your favorite dessert. There is happiness there, but it fades once the dessert is eaten and another day comes.

Being happy starts with you uncovering what would make you happy. Again, I ask, what would make you happy? You may have to ask yourself this question over and over.

Perhaps being happy can be summed up for some in these words:
“Happy [blessed, considered fortunate, to be admired] is the man who finds [skillful and godly] wisdom, and the man who gains understanding and insight [learning from God’s word and life’s experiences]. . .” Proverbs 3:13 (AMP)

Again, I ask, what will make you happy?

“Lord, give us the wisdom to chase after that which is forever and to let go of that which has no savor, that brings no peace.”

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Become Courageous – – One Step At A Time

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Courageous

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Take A Stand For What You Believe . . . Even If No One Is On Your Side

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Stand of Trees

“I delight myself in you, giving thanks for your emotional healing.” As I sat down to finally write again after two weeks of lost desire, I cannot help but repeat these words over and over.

What was wrong with me? Why wasn’t the faucet flowing? There was a transition taking place. I got lost in what I thought was my direction only to run to a dead end.

In that place I had to evaluate me and who my joy was rooted in. I have asked the Lord to help me to delight in Him. I have desired to share His wonders, His goodness, and His ways working in my life moment by moment.

“What really is important to me? Why is it important to me?” And the word came to reveal that my heart has turned toward what has infinite duration. What do I mean by that? Doing what will change people’s lives forever, equipping others to serve others. That is where my passion lies.

I started this journey to share my life experiences and how God has revealed himself to a hard heart (mine). What could wipe away the pain; what could make me feel alive; fill me with such joy and peace . . . God’s love.

What about you? What is it that you love? What are you passionate about? If you are having a moment where it looks like nothing is happening, that you are stuck, frustrated, or not sure what God wants . . . His direction. Be still and wait upon Him.

Where do you start? Admit where you are, what you are feeling, to a trusted friend, or a spouse. If you don’t feel you have that person around, or you are reluctant to share, then write it down. It will help you to get clarity.

It is okay to cry out in your private moment, to lift your voice up in prayer, asking for help, His guidance. If it means you have to abandon something you started and have invested your time in, you are not a failure, but wise. Your choice would be to keep kicking at a wall that is impossible to come down, or to heed the wall and learn from the wall. Why is the wall there? Perhaps it’s because you are off track, and it is there to stop you from going in the direction you are headed.

Walls and roadblocks have purpose. They do not have to be permanent if we understand why they are there.

Where are you in your spiritual walk? Is it just a name? Is God your pilot or co-pilot? Or are you your own god? It’s what we think we know that can hurt us the most.

Let me know how I can help.

Keep the faith,

Blondie Clayton

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If Your Life Garden Has Weeds, It’s Time For Them To Go!

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(Printed by Permission of Cheryl Anderson)

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Are you entertaining anything right now that could be affecting where you want to go in your personal life, or business? Do you recognize that there are roadblocks taking place in your life? Have you taken the time to dig deeper to see what is going on and how it is hindering your progress?

You could have some weeds that have sneaked in unnoticed and have set up camp, leaving you wondering what is going on.

Let’s see what some of your weeds could be: fear, bad attitude, bitterness, poor eating habits, laziness, doubt, procrastination, neglected relationships, etc.

A weed is a plant out of place and not intentionally sown, or a plant growing where it is overlooked until it becomes a problem.

For example, if you let the weed of bitterness remain it will move to resentment, revenge and hate. Is that what you want? Weeds growing in your life garden will choke out your joy, peace and block your progress.

If you choose to do nothing to correct the weeds growing in your life garden, you are giving it permission to be there and do whatever it wants.

There are consequences to allowing a weed to pop up and go unchecked, or ignored. A weed left to its own it will steal your well being.

How do you begin removing weeds in your life? Identify them, make a list, and begin one by one to modify, pluck up, or totally replace. Let’s say fear is a weed. Meditate on where the fear is coming from. Pray and ask the Lord to show you His light, His truth. If the weed is poor-eating, educate yourself on how to eat healthy and practice it.

More tips on getting those weeds under control:

1. Meditate on cause
2. Pray
3. Think of a new habit to replace the old one with
4. Resist the temptation to return to old habits
5. Practice the new habit till it takes root
6. Be persistent
7. Be patient
8. Commit and don’t turn back

Let me know how you’re doing pulling up the weeds in your life garden.

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Your Destiny Is Already Set. . . Stop Fighting It!

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Your Destiny

Growing up I had no vision of ever being a writer. There are so many more capable writers than I; those who have studied Journalism, worked with magazines, have had the training and gained the expertise to be recognized for their knowledge and skill.

I was sharing with some writers recently how I would have been the least likely to do what I do today. I didn’t know I had it in me to write, but I have discovered my passion to share my life lessons and teaching through my experiences.

It started with my first book: Why Me? Journaling My Way to Wholeness. The story is about my triumphant journey through my traumatic life experiences into wholeness.

When I was about 10 years old, I recall hearing a voice from what seemed like heaven at the time, saying I would write about my experiences one day but I never paid much attention to it.

Nothing about my schooling would have been a clue to anyone that I would end up writing.

I wrote about an experience that changed the course of my life. I discovered a spiritual intervention in my life that moved me to face my demons. I saw the power of the spirit to affect my life through simple truths and I thought if that could happen for me, then why not share it with anyone who will listen.

Little did I know my past prevented my future and that I had to deal with the past if I was going to connect to my destiny, my purpose.

Today I do things I never thought of, or could have dreamed was possible. Because my purpose has overtaken me.

To think I wrote to heal my wounded soul from childhood experiences and that has been taken to another level of teaching others how to release the soul to receive their spiritual healing.

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Can I Just Be Real For A Moment?

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Be Real

Today I finally sat down to pen something for you. So far I have written several different thoughts and tossed them as incomplete. Don’t really know where I want to go. I do know I want to be encouraging, positive and Spiritual. That I do know.

Perhaps in my indecision there is a lesson to be learned. There are times in life that you need to be silent, particularly when something troubles you, is eating away at you, but still do what you’ve got to do. Yes, there is something eating away at me right about now. And it is better to leave it in silence, rather than to write or speak it here.

Never share anything that bothers you until you have prayed for God to give you direction. You can sound off about anger issues and have to eat those words later. I have had my moments and you probably have to, where you were sorry you spoke too soon.

People deserve to hear how you handle situations rather than you sounding off about them. If you have nothing to say but a complaint, then keep it to yourself; others don’t deserve to have you blast them with your filth. They have enough of their own to contend with.

Things that cause anger should be left in silent meditation and prayer for as long as it takes to work through to where you need to be in the situation . . . hopefully, that should be a place of control and tact.

Life is not without challenges of all types. Are you going to let those hindrances overcome you, cause you not to follow through on your responsibility? I could have said nothing but it would not have helped you to stay the course, or know that it is okay to be vulnerable.

Because you are bothered by something, or someone, doesn’t mean you have to bow to the roadblock, but find a way to take the roadblock and create something positive. I have chosen to write to you anyway, that through my experience you might find the hope and inspiration to conquer your demon this day.

What I have come to recognize in every situation I face, that God indeed is in charge and that things that rattle my tree are meant to toughen me for the long journey ahead. So look at stuff that bothers or attempts to cripple where you are going as lessons rather than detours that hang you up. Get over it and get moving. You will be glad you did. Next time you will say, “Bring it On!”

Let me know what you think.

Keep the faith,
Blondie Clayton

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So I Hung In There . . .

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Hang-in-there

“When the student is ready the teacher will come.” I have heard this statement throughout the course of my life, and have had experiences which certainly bear it out. Those teachers may not be a person directly but teachings which you are now ready to receive and apply to your life’s journey.

Have you discovered that life is full of learning, growing and changing moments? For example, have you encountered people who just seem to rub you the wrong way? Or there is something about them that you just can’t seem to connect with? Perhaps it is someone you just don’t like.

The teachers may not always look the way we want them to look. They may not always have a pleasing or pleasant entrance, but they do have purpose.

What do we do in situations like this? Oftentimes we disconnect or avoid those types. These do not get to become a part of our circle of friends, do they? Why? Because your choices for your circle are only those you are in some type of harmony with, or have some common interest.

Are those people sent to upset your harmonious existence, or is there something which has allowed your paths to cross for a reason you may not understand, or is it to help you to get over something about you that maybe holding you captive?

Well, what does that have to do with “When the student is ready, the teacher will come?” We can either look at life’s challenges as barriers, or we can see them as a student, embracing them as teaching moments. Another way to look at it, a teacher comes as you grow to take you to the next level of transformation, to make you better.

Years ago I worked with this client as a ghost writer, writing his book. He was 85 years old. I was excited about helping, we agreed on a price and the writing began. A few months into it, I began to see some patterns. He wanted me to read out loud to him at each session. It was then I discovered he didn’t read well. It meant that what I wrote for him I had to then read it back to him.

Quite frankly, I felt I had been deceived. I wanted to return the fee and quit but there was something about his mission and his dream that I felt I had to help him finish; so I hung in there. I lost patience, but prayed silent prayers to remind myself that I was working for a higher purpose.

As our work together continued I began to notice feelings of frustration and anger rising up. I found myself struggling to contain myself, but with God’s help I managed to put those feelings in check. Why was all of this happening? I had never felt this way about a client.

What was this client stirring up? Is it possible those stormy relationships maybe tapping into buried and forgotten territory? Are you involved in a situation where you might need to hang in there? Then look for the rewards that are worth more than Gold. For those bring the greatest significance and satisfaction.

Keep your eyes on the goal and believe that you can get there. Looking back, I am so glad I didn’t quit.

What did I learn? You can always quit. Get past what you feel, because feelings can be wrong. His behavior required much patience. I experienced many moments of silent prayer. In spite of, I put his needs to write and publish a book, to fulfill his dream above what I was feeling.

Let me know what you think.
Blondie Clayton

Where are you in your life purpose? Have you experienced so many storms you can’t seem to pick up the pieces? Do you feel as if there is something missing, a hole in your heart? If you are ready to move on, schedule your 1 hour complimentary coaching session to discuss how (Schedule Here).

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