Be Open To The Blessings Around You

Hi, guys! Good Monday morning to each of you. I hope you all are rested up and ready for the week ahead. I, for one, am excited to start a new week. That is, I am excited to dive into this weeks topic, Keep Your Eyes, Ears and Hearts Open to The Blessings Around You.

Could we be so lasered focused on our own agenda’s each day, that we miss the multitude of blessings that surround us? Could the Lord be speaking to us through the people and things in our midst? I believe so. The picture above is one small illustration of this.

Over the weekend, John and I went out to take pictures for this weeks blog post. While I was in the process of capturing a few, I turned around to find John smelling the flowers on the tree behind me. Now, I realize that it is not the best photo, as I was trying to catch him in action quickly, but I believe that it gives you a good visual of the small blessings around us that we often miss in pursuit of what we are trying to accomplish.

See, my agenda for part of the afternoon was to take pictures of the beautiful trees near our home. I wanted to take the photos and move on to the next location. While doing that, John embraced the small blessings at hand. Not only did he enjoy the beauty of the flowers on the trees, but the smell of them also. Seeing him, reminded me to slow down and enjoy that which was right in front of me. That is, the blessings all around me.

In a world that seems to be moving faster than ever, we must make it a point to stop and “smell the roses”.  It is during times as such that we see and feel the Lord the most. Our father, the Creator of The Universe, is speaking to each of us all day, every day through the people that we come in contact with and the things that are in our midst. And it’s generally in the smallest of things that we have the potential to see him best.

So, today as you are going about your day, keep your eyes, ears and hearts open. Leave your home with a new pair of lenses. As you do this, he will show you more. Your vision will become clearer and clearer. I guarantee it.

Have a great day, everyone! I’ll see you here tomorrow morning and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ , later today. Make it a great day, my friends!!!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Schedule Time to Pursue Your Passion

When was the last time that you were scheduled to be somewhere to support a loved one, but didn’t follow through? Perhaps it was for your child’s soccer game, the launch of a friends new business or a neighbors holiday party.  What about the last meeting at work or with the organization that you are a part of that was on your schedule for weeks, did you not show up? My guess is never…no. Or, at least not intentionally. So why do we schedule time to support others, but not ourselves? Why do we not schedule time to do the things we enjoy, that we are passionate about?

As silly as it may sound, we have to make time for these things by scheduling them as we would anything else. Yes, that means blocking time in our schedules to do the things we enjoy, that we are passionate about.  They must become a priority by either writing or typing them into our schedules; otherwise, we will likely never get around to them. Why? Well, because LIFE HAPPENS. Although our intentions maybe good, things will inevitably come up. Can I get an amen this Thursday evening?

So,  where do we start when every minute of every day seems to be occupied with things that we “need” to do? I say start small and grow from there. That is what I have done over the years. Maybe that means committing to 30 minutes every day or 3 times a week. Perhaps you can plan on getting up a bit earlier, staying up a little later or using part of your lunch hour. Whatever you decide, commit and follow through. Write it on your calendar and protect the time that you have allotted yourself. Do not allow anything to keep you from taking that time. That may mean saying no to somethings . After all, we make time for the things that are important to us. Don’t we? Are the things that you are passionate about important to you? Of course they are! Give yourself permission to make time for them.

The Lord has designed each of us with things that we enjoy doing and wants us to do them. I truly believe that our passions are an indicator of work that the Lord wants to do in AND through us. By not pursing them due to guilt or anything else keeps him from doing just that. Let’s make a decision together today that we are going to strive to make time for these things by scheduling them into our calendars . I am certain that we will find that we will not only be better for doing so, but that our loved ones will be too!

Thank you guys for being a part of this blog week. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

 

Pursing Our Passions Opens Doors of Opportunities

As we begin to pursue the things that we enjoy, the things that we are passionate about, the Lord reveals more. It’s true! See, that “thing”  is a doorway to many opportunities of growth that lie ahead.  Having set out to launch this blog on 12/31/2018 after many years of dreaming about it, I can attest to this first hand.

Not only have I learned a great deal about blogging, but building and managing a website, graphic design, marketing, photography, etc. All of those things combined with the people that I have met along the way has allowed me to grow in ways that I could not fathom before venturing out. And it’s only been a few short months since this whole thing transpired.

My point? We must move past the guilt of pursuing the things that we enjoy, the things that we are passionate about, because the Lord wants to use those very things to raise us to higher ground. Why? Because as we learn, grow and become who he created us to be, those around us will find the courage within themselves do the same. This brings glory to God!

As a wife and mother of 3, I realize that we have obligations on the home front that we must tend to, but there are things outside of our 4 walls that the Lord wants to do in and through us. We should not feel guilty about this in any way, shape or form. And I am speaking to myself here as I type this message out to you. It’s funny to me, but the Lord often uses my messages to speak to me.

So, where do we start? How do we move past the guilt and pursue the things that the Lord created us to enjoy and are passionate about? Well, I think I have a few practical ideas that might just help you. Let’s plan on ending the blog week tomorrow talking about them. Until then, take sometime through out the day today to reflect upon those things and consider what has kept you from pursing them. Let’s see if we can begin to work towards them.

I’ll plan on seeing you here tomorrow morning and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/) later today. Make it a great Wednesday, my friends! (Hugs) to you all!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

 

Our Passions Benefit Those We Love

Could it be that when we pursue our passions, our loved ones actually benefit from us doing so? Do you think that the process has the potential to teach them a thing or two; although, they are likely oblivious to it? As a wife and mother who has put off doing things that I enjoy….that I am passionate about many times due to guilt, I believe so!

Since 2010 I have had a passion for writing. I love to share my thoughts and ideas with others. Although it wasn’t until I was 35 years old when I discovered it, writing has been something that I have thoroughly enjoyed ever since. That said, over the course of the past 9 years, I have put off writing multiple times. In fact, I had a dream of starting this blog in 2010-2011, but did not pursue it. I felt like it would take time away from my family. Yes, I allowed mother guilt to settle in. Well….for awhile, anyway.

As I began to share my excitement about the possibility of starting a blog, our daughter, Morgan encouraged me to do so. She watched me plan, research, write content, etc.. She also listened patiently as I shared my ideas about what I wanted the blog to look like, and who I wanted it to reach. Most importantly, she cheered me on when I considered forgoing the idea, which I did many times.

Thankfully, after many years of putting it off , I launched the blog on December 31, 2018. To celebrate, we had a launch party at our home on New Year’s Eve. As you can see from the picture above, Morgan was so excited! I think she was just as excited as I was, perhaps even more. The smile says it all, doesn’t? So did the tears of joy.

See, Morgan was there from the start. She watched as I wrote updates when she was initially diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. She heard me speak about having a dream of having my own blog for years upon years. She sat watching as I created not one, but TWO websites. She has been there through it all! And she celebrated the accomplishments with me on 12/31/18.

THIS, my friends is one of the main reasons that we must stop putting off pursuing our passions due to guilt. By doing the things that we are passionate about that bring us joy, the Lord works through us to teach those around us. Don’t you see? Our families benefit from the process. In my case, Morgan witnessed her mother’s dream become a reality. What was once a thought came into fruition right before her eyes. It is priceless!!!

So, what is it that you enjoy? What are you passionate about? Better yet, why are you not doing it? Please share. I would love to hear your feed back. Comment email or PM me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler ) and let’s work through it, shall we?!

I’ll see you guys here tomorrow!!!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

What Are You Passionate About?

Hi, guys! Good Monday morning to each one of you. How was your weekend? I hope that you were able to get a little rest, have a lot of fun and do somethings that you have been needing &/or wanting to do.  With our youngest daughter being admitted into the hospital Saturday night, the weekend in the Watson house did not turn out exactly the way we had planned. But, we made it! Thank the good Lord, we made it! Now, let’s jump in, shall we?

What is the one thing that you absolutely love to do? You know, the thing that you are passionate about that makes you smile like nonother. For our son Montana, baseball is that “thing”. Since he was a little boy, he has loved the game. If he wasn’t playing baseball, he was watching it on television or talking about it. In fact, he’s been doing these things for the past 13 years. Other than getting a little older, much taller and more knowledgeable about baseball, his love for the game has not changed.

I believe that each of us, like Montana,  were designed with something that we are passionate about. Something that makes us feel fully alive when we are doing it. I also believe that as we get older and life happens, we tend to do less and less of these things. Whether that is due to our obligations at home or work, we seem to move further and further away from the things that we are passionate about.

Can you relate to this in anyway? I sure can. For the majority of my adult life , I have put off doing things that I personally enjoy doing that I am passionate about because of my obligations at home. As a wife and mother, I have put my families needs, goals and desires before my own more times than I can count. Although I think it is natural to do so, I don’t believe that the Lord wants us to get stuck in this cycle. After all, he wired us with these passions. Why on earth would he want us not to  pursue them?

Today, I am going to challenge you to think about the things that you are passionate about. What do you love doing? When was the last time you did it? How did it make you feel? If it’s been a while, what has held you back? My goal in doing this exercise is for us to reflect on the things that the Lord has uniquely created us to enjoy doing and by the end of the blog week discover ways of pursuing them. I hope you will join me.

Thank you for being here today. I’ll plan on meeting you at the same place tomorrow and on Facebook            ( https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ ) later today. Make it a great day! See you soon!

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

 

Fear Blocks The Blessings

Fear will not only keep us bound, but it will keep the Lord from blessing others through us, if we allow it to. See, the Lord has given each of us assignments to fulfill with the time that he has allotted us, and we are the only ones that can fulfill them in the unique way that he has designed us to. If we allow fear to keep us from doing that which we have been called to do, then the world will not reap the benefits of the blessings.

It’s mind boggling to me, honestly. To think that the Lord has an assignment for our lives that has the potential of impacting others is just beautiful. The problem is we forfeit that if we allow fear to keep us from pursuing it. Let me say that another way, the Lord cannot bless others through us, if we allow fear to stop us from doing what he calls us to do. Folks, there is a lot at stake!

I’m sure that you have heard the phrase, THE RICHEST PLACE IN THE WORLD IS THE GRAVE YARD. Why? Because there you will find books that were never written, movies that were never produced, businesses that were never launched …. due to fear! This is a BIG deal, my friends! Not doing the things we know we are called to do because of fear is  HUGE!!!

So what do we do when fear enters the equation? Well, we do “it” anyway!  That’s right, we face fear head on by doing the things we are called to do despite it. We acknowledge the fear, embrace it, seek the Lord, and DO IT! Each time we do, we get a little stronger. As we get stronger, facing our fears, become easier. This process will not only bless others, but it will help us to become all that we were created to be!

On that note, what are YOU not doing out of fear? What is that one thing that you know you are being called to do, but you are avoiding it because you are afraid of how you may look to others if you do? Perhaps you’re fearful of rejection or maybe afraid of failing. Do it anyway! Who cares what others may think or if it doesn’t work out exactly the way you think it should. The fact is, it will work out the way it supposed to, and you and many others will be blessed because of it!

I love you, guys! I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday and an even better weekend! I’ll see you here Monday and as always on Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ until then. Blessings to all!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Set Free From Fear

What do you think is the one thing that fear robs us of the most? I believe it’s freedom. That’s right, if we are not careful, fear will keep us bound. It will steal time from our day, precious moments with those that we love, rest throughout the night, and it will compromise our health, if we let it.

I have not experienced fear to an extreme degree, but there was a time in my life where I would say that it had a pretty tight grip on me. I remember waking up in the middle of the night with knots in my stomach because of it. All sorts of thoughts would run through my head. That is, thoughts of worse case scenario, of course. Thankfully, the cycle ended once I reminded myself of the tool that I needed to use to combat it with…scriptures.

See, once I began to remind myself of the Lords word, little by little I was set fee of what was holding me bound. Each time fear would creep into my thoughts throughout the day, I would research scripture pertaining to it, write them down and reflect back on them, when needed. Over time, the episodes of fear became less and less, until one day they were gone.

Guys listen, the Lord did not die on a cross so that we would be held captive in fear. No, he died so that we would be set free! He gave up his own life for us so that we can live and live FREELY! Listen carefully to what I am saying. Let me repeat it .THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE DIED SO THAT YOU AND I CAN BE  FREE! This is great news, my friends! We are free and free indeed! And although fear my come, we do not have to allow it to settle in. Find peace in knowing that today!

I really hope that this message encouraged you in some way.  As silly as it may sound, I’m encouraged! The Lord has a funny way of encouraging me through my own writing, sometimes. He really does have a beautiful sense of humor. Doesn’t he?

With that, please feel free to leave a comment, PM or email me. I always love hearing from you guys. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ )  this afternoon and right back here tomorrow morning to finish up the blog week. God bless you, all!!!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Facing Fears by Redirecting Our Focus

How do you respond to fear? What is your way of dealing with it when it inevitably occurs?  If we’re honest, we have all been faced with it at some point in our lives, right? No one is exempt from fear. After all, it’s the bodies natural response to things that are dangerous to us both physically and emotionally. It helps us to act quickly to protect ourselves in potentially harmful situations.

But what about the things that are not necessarily “dangerous” ? An example of this for me would be the videos that I mentioned yesterday. Although creating them made me feel uncomfortable, doing them did not pose a direct threat to me. I just did not like the thought of talking to a  camera and sharing it with the world. For someone who struggles a bit with body image, it put me in a very vulnerable situation; although, I knew that the Lord was calling me to do them.

So, how can we positively respond to fear as such? What can we do when we know without a doubt that the Lord is calling us to do something, but we are afraid of doing it? Perhaps you’re not totally afraid of doing it, but the thought of it makes you feel extremely uncomfortable. I firmly believe that the answer is taking the focus off of whatever “it” is and redirecting our focus on to him. In other words, look up!

See, I truly think that the Lord calls us to do certain things that we would not necessarily do on our own for 2 specific reason. First, so that we have to depend on him. Secondly, so that he can help us to learn and grow, ultimately becoming who he created us to be. It’s a journey, my friends.  This life and all that we are meant to be, is a journey. And its a beautiful one! Lets embrace it. The good….not so good….and everything in between.

Let’s be the type of people that do the things we are called to do even if it means doing them scared. Let’s commit to doing them by seeking him first! When we are called to do something that forces us out of our comfort zones, let us direct our attention to him, seek guidance, and do it! Are you with me? I sure hope so! Can I get an AMEN this Tuesday morning?!?!

Thank you guys for being here today. I’ll see you on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ later today and right back here tomorrow morning! As always, any and all comments are welcomed & encouraged! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Facing Our Fears

Hi, guys! Welcome back! I am so glad that you decided to join me this cold Monday morning. I’m not sure what the weather is like for you as you are reading this, but it is a super cold 21 degrees here in north Texas. Let’s just say that there is a slim chance that I will be spending much time outdoors today. I prefer our warm cozy home, and I am certain that you would agree. Now, let’s jump in!

This week we are going to be talking about fear. I’m not sure if you have had a chance to watch the short videos that I have published once a week for the past 4 weeks on Facebook, but if you have, you know that the topic has been  fear. See, I have known for awhile that creating  videos was something that I needed to do, but I did not like the thought of doing them. That said, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to do them regardless. Now with a few weeks into it, the process has become much easier.

Once I decided to make the videos despite my fear, the Lord met me there. I believe this is the case the majority of the time. See, fear to me is a signal that we need the Lords help. The great news is that he is there each time. We are not alone. He doesn’t call us to do something that we’ve never done or something that we don’t like doing, without equipping us with the tools that we need to do it. Nor does he leave us in the process. I don’t know about you, but this is comforting to me.

So, is there something that he is calling you to do, but you are fearful of doing it? What about it makes you feel uncomfortable? If so, please share.  I am really interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Perhaps the 2 of us can face our fears head on together. One small step at a time. Please feel free to comment below, send me an e-mail or private message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler. Otherwise, I will plan on seeing you there later today and right back here tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful WARM Monday. See you soon!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Don’t Miss The Small Stuff

As we wrap up this blog week on the “small stuff’, I just want to encourage you all to be mindful of the blessings around you. I realize that the days are filled with obligations that need to be met, but don’t miss the blessings along the way. From the smile on a child’s face, to a simple flower on your path, keep your eyes and ears open. The Lord is all around. Not only is he making his presence known, but he his filling each day with such hope and love through the people and things that you encounter. Strive to be present in each moment, and don’t forgo the opportunity to experience him in the pursuit of your agenda. I guarantee that by doing so, your days will be much more rich and satisfying.

I love you guys! Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here on Monday. Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson