Best Seasons

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Fix your thoughts on what is TRUE & GOOD & RIGHT! Think about things that are lovely & dwell on the fine, good things in others.  Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.  
Philippians 4:8 TLB

Seven/Seven! We have to enjoy the best season ever! Summer is here and so far such a great start. I pray that this season continues to allow us all to flourish into all that God has for us.  I truly cannot complain at all.  I would have to say for myself — I am in one of the best seasons of my life.  “One of the Best!” Because there were so many other challenging seasons that I was able to grow internally & externally.  

However — As I reflect and acknowledge the season that I am in now turning 45 on July 4th, I am grateful.  I am able to do things that I have wanted to accomplish before this pandemic.  Taking care of a lot of house items, organizing and online ministry.  The best for me, is my career.  

I love LOVE loveeeeeeeeeeee being able to work from home! It truly has been such a blessing for me in disguise. I would never have wished for this impromptu crisis to occur but for me it was a cross-over to a greater place for me to flourish in every aspect of my life. I am feeling great…working strategically and more effectively… able to get things done timely with having the opportunity to control my pace and have the quietness I need to get a lot of tasks done. I am more productive.

I invested a lot in this home work space environment.  Furniture — nice desk, office chair, seat pillow, tables, moved my PC and printers.  Organized desk items and brought in all basic supplies that would help me. I even found an old HP Color LaserJet –the good heavy duty kind that prints like a charm!  You don’t even realize what you have until you dig deep in the areas that are hidden right! 🙂 

I am meditating on good things –to keep focused and so I continue in a journey and path to flourish.  I work daily, document progress and plan strategically for all of my items.  I manage from day to day in a balanced method that works well for me.  Strategy is all of it!  From mentors and coaches that I have guiding me along the way -they share with me the insight that will help me to get my mindset focused!

This place that I am in now is an alternate universe to what I was used to.  It is time to pull out all the strengths as I manage the weakness that we can all find.  Tap into the treasure and manage the thorns. If I want to be significant in life — I have to maximize and capitalize on this season that I am in.  Move from being a transactional leader to a transformational leader.  Understand what relevance really is. Do the things behind the scenes and be more strategic. Enforce and Reinforce the things that bring empowerment to the lives of others.

I have experienced where situations, relationships or methods didn’t work well for me.  Lots of places of failure.  But I didn’t stay there.  That I know. There was always more for me.  The moments where I had to walk away was where I met an exceptional strength that I never knew existed.  🙂 Pivotal!

A teacher asked her top A student how he dealt with receiving a bad grade in a higher course that he had taken.  Here is what he said:

“I did feel bad — I did — but I didn’t dwell on it.  I knew it was done. I knew I had to focus on what to do next. So I went to my teacher and asked for help.  I basically tried to figure out, you know, what I did wrong. What I needed to do differently.”
Grit, By Angela Duckworth

So in this season that we are in –it can be wasted if we don’t learn how to do things differently and in a better way. As I pass from one season to the next, there are so many lessons enfolded.  I pull them out, reflect and keep going.  I keep growing. I keep learning. I keep trying to do things more strategically. I do talk to myself YES.  And I talk to my God and look for the guidance I truly need that helps me in the moment that I need it. NOW! 

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
~Thomas Edison 

Growth & Comfort do not coexist!
~Virginia Rometty

 


She Arrives

Greetings Ladies: since we have been on Craving Connections with so many deep dive discussions to get us to a better place in relationships, I want to share with you an excerpt from “Sparking Her Own Flame” by Pierre Alex Jeanty.

“Mourn the loss.
Let the rivers escape through your eyes as they wash down the memories.
Sadness will come in, but do NOT let it drive you down a dark road again –where happiness becomes a sign you passed miles ago and have yet to see again.
Let the burnt bridges become PATHS that will NEVER be walked upon again.
Let the hurt become scabs you never disturbed.
Mourning is a phase we will go through as we exist, but it’s never meant to be a place where we leave our soul hanging for too long!”

How powerful is that right — as women we tend to hold on to things for way too long. We are mothers by nature (kid or no kids) we are giving by nature, the sensitive rib that was taken from the man. We are intricate, intimate, innovative and deep inner beings that handle things to the degree of our love and experience.

This new month has arrived and half the year of the RESET quarantine has passed.  I will urge. Take in these next six months with a vigor in your soul. With a newfound zeal and tenacity. Embrace the DREAMS again –the heart that HOPES! This is where you have arrived! In the now… In THIS moment.

Never let a past experience kill what you saw as REAL! Be the amazing person that you are and take this time to celebrate your own personal life and growth.

You are amazing dear sister.  Uniquely and authentically designed to be all that God created you to be! You love well, now we love right. We don’t allow the hard challenges of life to destroy us. THEY BUILD US LADIES!

Use your scars as weapons, not shakes!

Do not allow your strength to become your trap!

With Love,

Christina

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Worship Warriors

perry-grone-lbLgFFlADrY-unsplash.jpgPondering — Reflecting — Thinking! And it’s a whole new month at that! YAY!
Happy July everyone.  Today I want to share some great things about great people.

The spouse — children — partners and family in ministry that you don’t see as “casual friends” these are right relationships.  When you have them in the body of Christ we do appreciate them in more ways then what is spoken.

The enemy tries to say that is not our focus.  Then I see things differently and say “WOW — que mentiroso!!!”

We got Cassiandra Isabella — my sidekick — my daughter.  My little spitfire girl that is so like her dad, “I aint doin it!” She stands her ground in all that she believes and I honor that about her. She is ALWAYS bubbly when she comes in the morning or wherever she goes.  This past Sunday we heard her coming all the way from outside.  She is MAD loud 🙂 just like her mama but maybe a NOTCH up…. #JusSayin… we love it all.

We got David — my goodness! This guy! LOL just there I want to say AH HA HA! The energy –the humor –the joy.  I can always appreciate that.  He will make you laugh no matter what.  All around GREAT guy to be on a team with to hum and bum together. He takes risks. He tries his hardest with all his heart. When its no… its simply uhhhhh NO we ain’t doin it either! #Love&Laughter.

Our sister Janet! She is an odee secret agent spitfire! LML! She is super genuine and very loving!  She cares about team….she cares about worship.  She is always willing to try whatever and that makes it awesome! When she gives you the 100 –it feels like a 1000 because no matter what she experiences or when challenges come her way she will show up and put her gloves on! That’s pretty freaking amazing! #NeedMics

Our brother Rois! He has been with us for a minute! Super talented and super funny! He has been most helpful with us and VERY PATIENT!!! No matter what we throw at him–he will get it and try to make it work best for us.  We always have a great time together with him there.  When he responds 8 days later…it’s like we never lost touch! LOLLLLLLLL
We love this dude! #TwoPhones

So this is what our team looks like…. photo credits to our elite Jonathan Calderon!

Since the pandemic, we have had to adjust and find different ways to get into this mode. We may not be a full blown orchestra 🙂 but we are a team that will still try.  That tells us that we WILL get better at what we do in every way. The pic with David drinking water I was asking him if he can do the opening…. that response was priceless! He was like AH HA HA! Will try again next time!

How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony!
Psalm 133:1 GNT

So I wanted to take a quick note to reflect and say — look at how far we have come.  You may not see it all the time but these captured moments above speak for themselves. We are different. We are growing.  We are each unique.  We bring our own flavor to the team.  We make it work.

Everyone is different –and so is every team.  Not everyone is perfect. This one — yes we are flawed.  But in our imperfections God places His loveliness over us.  He gives us the grace and the covering to be who we are.  This is the MUI Worship Warriors.  You will see them online every Sunday at 9:00 am FB live.

I am grateful for each of them.  Love them to pieces!

Sincerely,

~Christina


The Habit of Positive Thinking

Happy Wednesday!!! We are so excited summer is here. We get to spend more creative and innovative ways to enjoy or family, friends & fatherhood. Here are a few things I would like to encourage you all with:

Stay focused. Stay faithful. Stay purposeful and lastly… stay positive. Positive thinking is a habit.

Habit is defined from dictionary.com as:

  • an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary;
  • customary practice or use;
  • a particular practice, custom or usage;
  • a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality;
  • addiction.

Leaning to the positive aspect –we want to create healthy additions.  Healthy habits to improve ourselves in areas so that we can succeed in life.  We can succeed at home, in our relationships, our businesses and even our workplaces.  This positive information I received today from one of my colleagues and I quickly asked if I can “borrow” some of this for my women’s encouragement.

He reminded us with a weekly Positivity Highlight —

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When building a habit, it helps to have a conducive environment, repetition/practice, and support from others. But starting any habit begins with a decision, a choice, a commitment to yourself.

Thankfully, we’ve helped each other develop our own positive-thinking habits right here! We may not express it out loud all the time, but we share positivity to support each other in several ways.

For us believers, it can be through our testimonies, scriptures, passages, quotes, appreciations, music, exercising and encouraging one another, studying together, sharing our successes and challenges, surprise birthday celebrations, time for holidays, special acknowledgements, listening to each other, and the list goes on.

What we practice becomes more permanent, so take every opportunity to practice gratitude, mindfulness, and positive thinking. It also helps us to create more deeper & meaningful relationships. Let’s honor and value the ones God gave us in every way.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.”

1 Thessalonians 5:11

So let’s make this a new habit for ourselves.  Let’s throw around the positivity like confetti.  We are in a new season.

Happy summer! As we continue to fight & come out of this pandemic! We are making the most of a whole new way of being with our thinking and living wholeheartedly. Enjoy today and enjoy this start to better weather. We all need it. ❤

#StayPositive
#HealthyHabits
#CultivateHonor

With love,
Cruz-Mendez Chris