Friday’s – A mother’s last word

What is a mother worth – Anonymous

I humbly appraise my mother’s worth,
It began with pain to give me birth, Which triggered off a love so strong,
Blossoming into a life-long bond.

When needed, she was always there,
Someone I realized would always care.
And the older I got the more I knew,
A mother’s love sincere and true.

Now as I watch my mother age in years,
I’m happy to help and ease her fears.
Privileged now to play my part,
As she did for me from the very start.

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Eliminate distractions

The first step to creating a productive environment is to eliminate every kind of distraction.

Often we say we don’t have a healthy environment because we have too many distractions in our lives. Distractions are a part of life, that we must learn to deal with if we are going to produce the kind of life we say we want.

Distractions force us to make choices. We can choose to continue on the path of not realizing our dream or we can choose to create a systematic way to use it to help us create a life of harmony. Balance in life is learning how to live in harmony with distractions.

There will always be someone or something that will be after your attention to prevent you from going after what you want. Webster defines distraction as that which divides the attention, or prevents concentration.

When you lack focus it’s not likely that you are going to achieve the things you say you want. You must create a plan to deal with distraction. Our homes, our jobs or anything that distracts us requires we creatively find a way to change our environment and produce a healthy place for growth.

Carla Armstrong is a speaker, consultant and life coach for women and teens. She develops training programs for college students, single mothers and HR professionals. She may be contacted at http://www.carlaarmstrong.com.

Friday’s A mother’s last word….Living for me

Living for me

I’m sad today I heard the story
I lost the battle gone home to glory.
Peace I felt it never came
All I felt was guilt and shame.

Joy was all my heart hope for
But the love I found no more.
Trials of life they waited me down
All that’s left for me a crown.

I found my rest from cares and pain
In this place there’s never rain.
The battle of life I’m now set free
I’ve found the place where I am me.

Here I see the light of day
Never a care what others say.
What died and left was blinded eyes
Living for me I’ve found my prize.

Carla Armstrong is a speaker, consultant and life coach for women and teens. She develops training programs for college students, single mothers and HR professionals. She may be contacted at http://www.carlaarmstrong.com.

Friday’s, A Mother’s Last Word

Our new Friday blog,” A Mother’s Last Word”, is written by Lystra John. This story is dedicated to every mother who has lost a son.

Today, Good Friday is celebrated in some parts of the world. The day is meant to observe Jesus Christ and his suffering for Christians.

Jesus had 7 last saying during his time of crucifixion on the cross. (Taken from the four gospels).
1)      Father forgive them, for they know not what they do
2)      Truly I say to you today you will be with me in paradise
3)      Woman behold your son, behold your mother
4)      My God, My God why have you forsaken me
5)      I Thirst
6)      It is finished
7)      Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

For the purpose of this blog, I will focus on the third saying where Jesus says to his Mother “Woman behold your son” and to John his best friend, “Behold your mother”. It may seem as though Jesus was being disrespectful. However, in the context of the event he was very mindful of what she was about to witness and experience after his death. He knew her heart must be hurting to see her son crucified. While preparing for his own death he wanted to assure himself that she would be well taken care of. He knew that his best friend would take care of his mother. He knew the hole that his passing would leave in her heart and wanted to be sure to fill it with the love of someone he could trust.

BUT GOD….On the third day her son arose from the dead.

Fast forward 2000 plus years.

I think of Trayvon Martin and the way his mother must have felt when she received the phone call that her son was dead. This mother now left with a hole in her heart. She did not have time to prepare for the death of her son. She had to bury her son and deal with the injustice of a system over which she has no control.

BUT GOD…..This story found a way in to the public eye and now this mother has an opportunity for the death of her son to take on a larger meaning in our society. Trayvon is an angel and yes he is gone but he is not forgotten and making history. His mother’s word to us is that “we are all Trayvon Martin.”

I can’t compare Trayvon to Jesus but here is a story that has the ability to remind us about a few things as a nation.

1. Injustice still exist
2. Death of our sons still leaves holes in our hearts
3. Mothers must never give up

Despite all we go through as mothers, the ups and downs of living, we know God will not leave us. He will always send his angels (our sons) to guard over and BE there for us.

I can…..requires a shift in thinking

How many times have you set out to do something with the feeling of uncertainty? You are not sure you can accomplish the task because you can’t see how it’s going to happen. Sometimes we talk ourselves out of doing  a thing because we can’t see it. But the moment you shift to “I can” your mind creates “unlimited” possibilities.

Most things in life require we shift our thinking to embrace what is possible. If you never shift your thinking to embrace all the unknown possibilities, very little can happen for you.

“I can” is the gateway to your creative ability stepping into the unknown and bringing forth something out of a nothing. It is the path that leads to discovery. It is possible through the use of a creative mind willing to bring the possible out of impossible. Getting into this place requires you to shift.

It’s time to shift…..I can is on the other side.

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I can…..requires a shift in thinking

How many times have you set out to do something with the feeling of uncertainty? You are not sure you can accomplish the task because you can’t see how it’s going to happen. Sometimes we talk ourselves out of doing  a thing because we can’t see it. But the moment you shift to “I can” your mind creates “unlimited” possibilities.

Most things in life require we shift our thinking to embrace what is possible. If you never shift your thinking to embrace all the unknown possibilities, very little can happen for you.

“I can” is the gateway to your creative ability stepping into the unknown and bringing forth something out of a nothing. It is the path that leads to discovery. It is possible through the use of a creative mind willing to bring the possible out of impossible. Getting into this place requires you to shift.

It’s time to shift…..I can is on the other side.

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A time of reflection is good for the soul

As we close out this Women’s History month and time of self care, I would like to reflect on each of this month’s blog posts.

We began with:

“March Madness” recognizing our need for a more discipline way of living.

“Solitude a place for self care” – where we learn how to get alone and be with ourselves to self care.

“Personal care thru prayer and meditation” – was one way we could benefit from time alone.

“Don’t dim your light…..shine” – the importance of letting our light shine and embracing it.

“Your light is not yours to own” – reminded us that we belong to someone great than ourselves. An all knowing God.

“Three steps to moving beyond frustration” – we learned how to use our newly found skills to stay on track.

A poem, “It’s time” – taught us the importance of finding our voice as women, we choose to no longer shrinks down but stand up.

“Caring for yourself is….to honor God” – pointed us back to our creator and his divine reason for allowing us to be like him authentic.

March closes out the first quarter of 2012. This year is moving very quickly. It is a good time to reflect on where you are.  Are you doing what you said? Don’t let life pass you by, engage yourself in the life you were created to live!!

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