Life Goals Part I

So exam season is over and I’m back in business :). God truly gives strength, exams are not fun as many of you know. However, here’s my problem. After months of focusing so much on exams, my head feels a little empty. It is weird for me to wake up and not get ready to go library. There was one morning I woke up and I thought ‘Ahh need to read over that thing’. At that point my exams had finished a few days ago.

In the past, my summer holidays have been time wasting days. Honestly, sleeping was my hobby. Just chilling being so unproductive. Last summer, I told myself  ‘ No, I’m going to remember this summer, I need to do stuff’. Lo and behold, I worked, visited new places, and went out on numerous occasions with friends and family. I do remember what I did.
Looking back it got me thinking. I made a goal, kept my focus on it and achieved it by God’s grace. So, if I can do that with a few weeks of summer, how about my whole life?

We all have things we want to do in life. My two questions are: Are you willing to put in what it takes to achieve those goals?
Do you even have the right goals in place? (This second question I will address in part II of this message).

The importance of DISCIPLINE

Strategies (and)

To break it down: Putting in the work consistently will bring about what you need to succeed.

Let’s bring in a more practical example. So Average Joe wants to buy a car. To do so, he needs to put £500 aside every month. For the first few months, he’s doing well. A month comes around where Joe wants to buy a suit and a pair of shoes. Just because he ‘feels’ like it. However Joe has his strategy to implement. Whenever he gets these urges, he walks the long way around to work rather than take the shorter route through the high street. That requires discipline. Who ever wants to walk a longer distance when there is a short cut?
This is the principle of discipline ladies and gentlemen, suffer today enjoy tomorrow. Sometimes in life you have to do things just because you have to not because you feel like doing it.

Do you have discipline in your walks with Christ? Are you disciplining yourselves to do what is necessary? Prayer is necessary, do you do that regularly or just when you feel like it?

There could be a situation that requires you to really pray. I’m not talking common 5 minute, Hi God, Bye God thing. I mean you need to spend at least an hour on it. Your so busy in the day so when do you find time to pray?
Are you going to wake up earlier in the morning and sacrifice sleep to do so? I hope so. You definitely should. Are you going to be jumping for joy that you are getting out your comfy warm bed? Of course not, but the point is you have to do so. You have the need to do so. God sees your efforts and will reward. Persist.

I want to experience spiritual growth. That’s not going to come easy. I need to spend time with God, more regular and consistent time with Him. So I do need to wake up earlier. Waking up early for me is such a struggle. Going from sleeping being a hobby to now forcing myself to get up early is not my idea of fun.
Suffer today, enjoy tomorrow.

Discipline is a key principle we need to have:

‘ No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it ‘. Hebrews 12: 11

Harvest of righteousness is the end result you wanted,however it is also the faith you build, the forming and shaping of character through the process, the impact you had on others as they see your discipline. Many thing comes about from discipline. It is a beautiful process.

‘ We do not want you to become lazy. but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised ‘. Hebrews 6: 12

Discipline doesn’t have to be a lone process. You’re not alone. Maybe you know a friend who is a morning person and can wake up early. Ask them to be your personal alarm for a while until your body gets used to it. Maybe you have a friend who is really encouraging. Ask them to pray with you in the mornings. You have the ability to make it seem like less of a hardship by focusing on the end results.

Start taking action ladies and gentlemen….

Blossom into…

Long term victory after short term struggle,

Gina 🙂 x


What God has been saying to me recently….

Hey all 🙂
Amidst exam season I have finally found time to sit down and type up a message. Over the last few weeks, I feel like God has been telling me a few things.
The main thing He’s spoken to me about is using the gifts he has placed within me. Admittedly, I’m the type of person who (still) does the whole comparison thing. I have to admit that I can look at others and class myself as inferior. Definitely not a healthy lifestyle. Firstly I had to realise that doubt, fear and low confidence is what the devil wants. The devil would rather see me quiet and timid than glorifying God with what He has placed in me.

God guided me to this scripture:

Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities’. 
Isaiah 54: 2 – 3.

My understanding of this scripture is simple:

By enlarging our tents we are stepping out of our comfort zones, we are setting up camp so we can serve the Lord in any way possible. Even if we do feel initially fearful, as we step into serving the Lord, His grace will rest on our shoulders and give us strength for any task in front of us.
Do not hold back. It is as simple as that. Personally, I have held back from doing many things but this scripture has told me that I shouldn’t. I should step into things with an open honest heart and put my all into it. You should do the same.

Whatever it is, an idea you want to work on, a piece of writing you want to publish, an event you want to put on, a place you want to go to in order to serve the Lord, do it. Go. God is guiding you. x

‘ For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1: 7.

I hope this has blessed you.

Blossom Into…

Servers of Christ,

Gina 🙂 x