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That one thing that is crippling you!

Do you know you have the power within you to be a change agent?

It is easy to allow our thoughts to dictate what we do or where we go in our lives.

It’s like the meaning of insanity “Doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.”

What is that one thing in your life that you want to change?

Whether its to get up early, get a workout in, make that business decision, not yell at the kids, or want more for you live.

•Our emotions dictate our thoughts.

•Our thoughts dictate our decisions.

•Our decisions determine our behaviors.

•Our behaviors shape our relationships and those things around us.

Here is one of the crippling thoughts: “I am never going to write a book; I am such a bad writer.”

Then I feel like poopie and feel like a loser. Then this enables me, and I do nothing towards my writing, and there goes another year of “nada.”

Action Steps:

I begin to change those thoughts by speaking life, taking that one thought captive, and speaking God’s word over it!

“I will publish my book, and I am an amazing writer.” I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Then I begin to envision myself at Barnes and Noble, and people are filled to the back, wanting me to sign their book!

See, with our thoughts, one must put forth action and then envision your thought and see it come to fruition.

I want to encourage you and tell you that you can be that change agent in your life—one step and day at a time. Remember, you are called for greatness! Now go and be a “change agent!”

Today, focus on that one thought that is crippling you and begin to be a “change agent” in that area!

Carrier’s of Hope

Sandy Cortes

Breathing Hope One Life at a Time

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Slowly dying..

How many people do you think we pass by every day that is contemplating whether they should live or die? Here is something that will blow your mind; about 44,000 people try to commit suicide each year. As sad as it is people use different measures to get through life, whether it is drugs, alcohol, or sex or hide behind certain things, so they do not have to face or deal with what is going. Sadly, even suicide becomes an option.

I find myself wondering how does someone get to this point in their life that it becomes an option. I believe it begins with our thoughts, especially when things seem like they are falling apart and no longer have the energy to fight or do not know what to do to change their situation. We all struggle with our thoughts, and at times, the challenges we face can feel unbearable that the circumstances are destroying the very life of them slowly and are crying out for help and do not how to get it. Becoming a prisoner to whatever they are facing and give themselves their sentencing. Life gets hard; people begin to believe that there is no escape and that their situation will not get any better.

My heart is heavy and sadden as I was reading about a Pastor in California that committed suicide a few days ago, leaving behind a wife and two beautiful children. I can not even imagine what the wife and children are experiencing — lingering with unanswered questions.
Everyone asking the same thing why did their friend, child, parent, spouse, or sibling take their own life? They felt enough despair to want to die, but why did they think that?

A person’s suicide often takes the people it leaves behind by surprise. In 2013, I lost a loved one to suicide and can still feel the sting of that. Left with so many unanswered questions and wanting to know the same thing, why? I knew challenges were going on but never envisioned not seeing that person again. We think to ourselves all the could of, would of or even feel guilty that maybe we were not their enough for that individual because we have so many other things tugging on us. We may genuinely never know what all was going on in that person’s life that made them make that choice. But it does make you pause and reflect when you hear about it or occurs in that person’s life.

Today, I find myself reflecting on how life gets busy and passes by so quickly. Not knowing if that person in front of you is struggling and contemplating if they are better off no longer being here. Going through their battles and killing them softly inside, crying out for help, in hopes that maybe someone will notice, recognize, speak to them in giving them an encouraging word, prayer, or hug. Let’s slow down and pay attention to who we are passing by each day. Maybe at the grocery store, or the gas station or your neighborhood or community of people that you come across. Especially our loved ones, sometimes they are the ones that need us the most.

My prayers go out to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Let’s embrace them and let them know we are there for them. Take some time to reflect and pick up the phone, text, or visit with someone that has come to mind that you can uplift. You never know how much life can bring to them and how that can be the shift that they needed.

Sandy Cortes,

Carrier’s of Hope

Breathing Hope one Life at a Time