I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying about living abundantly. If you’ve been here for a bit you’ll know that my One Little Word for 2018 is Abundance and that it’s less about having MORE and actually about appreciating what we already have. It’s less about the physical and more about my mindset. A couple weeks ago as I was praying through this I had such a clear message placed on my heart, I wrote it out on a piece of paper and left it to resonate for a while and I think it’s time to share it here. I pray that it blesses you.
In times of hardship we tend to just “survive” to just “get by.” We don’t live our best life and feel as though that’s an impossibility, we feel trapped because our circumstance is unable to change and so we accept defeat. In our acceptance we probably make poor choices which don’t line up with how we “wish” our lives could be.
I’m using “we” here very lightly – maybe you can’t relate to this at all and I’m sorry if I’m clumped you into what’s actually my own reality or I guess what WAS my reality.
I spent the last 3 years in a poverty mindset. I was working as hard as I possibly could just to keep our heads above water financially and because I was just barely making it work I thought we were poor. That mindset that was initially only applied financially eventually trickled into all the areas of my life. I came out on the other side quite literally broken thinking there was no other option and that it was just an inevitable consequence of my circumstance. My question after reflection is: what if there was another option? What if changing my mindset from thinking we were poor to thinking we had everything we needed could have changed the outcome?
Is it possible to be living a seemingly unbalanced life and still thrive rather than just survive? When our circumstances are not what we had hoped can we change our mindset to accept them and learn to live well within them? Can we dig deep, work hard and get to the other side stronger, healthier and happier rather than beaten, broken and barely alive?
If we can (I really think we can!) what is the formula?
While I don’t pretend to think I have this all figured out, there are some things I think will definitely help. These are things I’m going to try my best to adopt into my life:
- Daily “me time” of at least 30 minutes.
- Daily prayer and surrender – acceptance of what is.
- Compromise – we can’t do it all, pick your priorities and let the rest go.
- Accept the sacrifice and know it’s temporary, stop feeling bitterness towards it.
- Find a tribe, confide in them and accept help from them rather than isolating yourself.
- Eat well, sleep well and make time for movement.
- Use oils daily for emotional, mental and physical wellbeing (the Abundance oil pictured above has been very helpful!)
I would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you have anything to add to my “formula.” This isn’t an easy journey to abundant living but I’m convinced it will be worth it times a thousand!