Above It All …

This past October, I boarded a #jetBlue flight from J.F.K. to Buffalo Niagara Airport. The trip was very much last minute but very much needed. 

I needed to be in a place where I was “above it all;” and I mean literally “above it all.” What better place to be in, then a comfy and clean airplane. ✈

πŸ”˜ Now please note ….I am not purposely trying to plug jetBlue but I have and will always shout out any good company that promotes “Exceptional Customer Service.” πŸ”˜

BTW . .. I just rambled …. and I do tend to do that at times … but just stay with me as I wheel myself back in. lol πŸ™ƒβ˜Ί

As I was saying before, I went off on a  tangent😏 : I needed to be in a place where I was above “it” all. 

What was the “it?” 

Let me explain …. 

My life was on Turbo Mode. Everything was moving so fast and I was becoming inundated by some of the nonsense occurring in my life. I was trying to fix everything and trying to be everything for everyone. I was abusing myself emotionally and mentally. I was focusing on faults and flaws and in October 2016, I came to terms that I was putting myself in an unhealthy state of mind. 

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🚩 Note: If you can’t tell by my previous blogs; I am a work in progress and on an journey to obtaining “Inner #Peace .” I mean the real peace of God that surpasses all natural understanding.

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As I was in the air, riding through the clouds, I looked out the window, exhaled and thought “It feels so darn good to be above it all.” 

I stared down below. I couldn’t see what was below me because I was too far up but there was a lot of things below me:

My past struggles or mistakes 

Relationship Issues 

Financial Issues 

Stressors from Work 

Etc. Etc. Etc.

As I was up high, above it all …. I couldn’t focus on the things below me and out of my sight. I could only focus on what was before me. 

In this moment, God spoke to me.

“Yes Christina, you have flaws. Yes, you are going through some things. Everyone does, but you need to find #Joy in this moment and find the #Joyful things occurring in your life.

You need to be still and let me be God and work out some things for you.”

You see, everything boils down to perspective . I could have chosen to focus on the things below that I could not see or choose to focus on what was outside the small airplane window. 

Clouds …. β˜β˜πŸŒ«β›…β›…

Beautiful Clouds, which to me, symbolized #Peace , #Beauty and #Calmness 

I made the conscious decision to change my perspective and focus on the beauty in my life.

I think we all need to do that …. look away from our faults. Look away from our weaknesses. Look away from the Stressors in life.

 We become what we focus on. 

What are you choosing to focus on?

Let’s choose today, to refocus our lives. Let’s choose to change our perspective on things. Let’s choose today, to not get distracted by the negatives but get attracted to the positives in our life because if we look real good; we have many positive things to Thank God for. 

Lastly, let’s choose today to live and dwell “above it all.”

Don’t go through life being against yourself. Go through life being your best and biggest supporter. 

Signed with Joy,

Joyfully Chrissy Lee πŸ’«πŸŒ» 

 

. . . For the busy people.

Sunset

I find so much beauty in sunsets. I’m fascinated by the beautiful portrait that it paints. I love how the sky becomes a blend of colors that range from mixtures of yellow, orange, blue and even pink. I try to catch as many sunsets as I can, and when I do; I become still in amazement of the masterpiece being painted before my eyes. I can go on and on about the beauty of the sky but I want to focus on the beauty of  “stillness.”

How many of you take a moment to just be still?

There are two levels to the “Stillness” that I am referring to.

Level A: You can find an example in the picture above. I find moments to just sit still in silence and decompress from a long day. I let my thoughts flow and I embrace the moment. I may plan out some things in my head, replay my day or make a list of what I have to do for the next day. I may think about food πŸ˜‹πŸ‘…(mmmmmmm) and what I am going to cook later; re-evaluate some decisions I’ve made; ponder on some things to do with my son; etc. etc. etc. (You get the point ) The thought is to be still in the moment while your mind runs free ( if your busy-minded like me πŸ€”) or maybe you can sit still and not think about anything.

For those of you reading this that are speed readers and just skimmed through the 1st level …… ⚠ SLOW DOWN AND READ LEVEL B. 

Level B: This level takes some discipline but the rewards far outweigh the effort required to be this kind of disciplined. Psalm 46:10a reads Be Still & Know That I AM GOD. This is a brief scripture that I have read and said aloud several times but it is something that I am now just learning to apply to my life. This scripture is simply a call for us to stop what we are doing and acknowledge that God . . .  is God. Now I know you may be scratching your head right now so allow me to elaborate. You may ask “What should I stop doing?” and I am sooooooooooo happy you asked that question.

STOP WORRYING, STOP STRESSING, STOP BEING ANXIOUS, STOP TALKING, STOP COMPLAINING, STOP TRYING TO FIX THINGS, JUST STOP WHATEVER YOU ARE DOING . . . .

           … & SURRENDER ALL YOUR CARES TO GOD. 

Now listen . . . .I know this is all easier said than done. When I was introduced to this scripture through one of my friends; I gave her the same look you are giving this screen.πŸ˜’ I’m thinking the same thing you are thinking. Here were my thoughts:

Yeah  . . .  whatever . . . . being still is not going to get my bills paid. Being still is not going to heal me of ___________ (insert some bad health condition you have/had (God is a healer by the way) . Being still will not help me find love. Being still will not keep my boss from getting on my nerves. Being still don’t have my kids acting right. etc. etc. etc. You can insert whatever applies to you . . . . I am going to move on before I lose your attention. ☝ LOL Stay with me guys and gals.

What if I told you being still and acknowledging God is the very answer you need. I’ll help you out by giving you 4 steps:

Step 1: 🀐 Shut Up (Yes . . .  Some of you needed me to say that) & stop complaining about the issues in your life. (Ephesians 4:29)

Step 2: πŸ™ŒLet it Go – Relinquish your concerns of life/your issues. (Philippians 4:6)

Step 3: πŸ™Pray and have faith for what you prayed for. (Matthew 21:22)

Step 4: 😴πŸ˜ͺRest – Knowing that God WILL provide. (Philippians 4:19)

If you follow these steps (that is such a clichΓ© statement . . .  but it’s true) . . . . IF YOU FOLLOW THESE STEPS . . . . .with consistency . . .  You will have more peace in your life.

I kindly ask that you give God a chance. I kindly ask that you slow down in life.

I kindly ask that you try  . . .  just try to relinquish some . . . . just some of your worries.

I kindly ask YOU  . . . . to just STOP . . . . . AND

BE STILL.

SIGNED WITH JOY (In Stillness),

JOYFULLY CHRISSY LEE

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