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

 

About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 27 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 19 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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