The Right Road of Exploration

 

 

JunkyGypsy (4)Hey Tribe!

My soul is in a bitter-sweet place this morning. I find myself at the crossroads of life. This way or that. You may have seen similar post on this topic in the past and it is because I have drifted in and out and back and forth on this matter. Which road do I choose? Which path is correct? I used to be terrified and believe that God was going to crush me if I did what I wanted. My dream was somewhere and I had to be brave enough to find it. Then one day God said, “Walk in your complete truth.” And so I did, but nothing changed. My inner light has slowly faded day after day and week after week. Here I am. Fear is a dream thief. It sits there staring us in the face almost taunting us with whispers, ” You can’t do that. You won’t do that. You are too weak. There is too much what ifs. Stop being silly. That is not reality.” This goes on and on. On the other hand this past month I have dared myself do one thing a week that terrifies me so I can conquer this devil of fear. I have successfully won the small battles.

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My dream is this, to be a writer/blogger and #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon, to be a runner and complete 2 10K’s this year, to grow my brand JunkyGypsy Inspirations: in which I take the lead for women and conquer my fears and create my dream life and by being the example I can help them be all they are meant to be! To grow my doTERRA business and build a tribe of sista’s who believe in natural healing and have a passionate desire for their bodies to operate at peak performance. I want to speak to a crowd of 500 women and tell my story with my children present so they can see anything is possible. Pay off my debts and build savings so I can give freely, travel freely and live freely. To bless my children with their basic needs while spending quality time together on vacations. That is it. I comprehensive list of my goals and dreams I am determined to succeed at these are all non negotiable.

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What I did not include is the environment in which all these things take place. I will have a cute house in the mountains with a view off my back deck. I will drive a nice car either a suburban or a Prius, ” I know its one extreme to the other.” But, hey its my dream. To go out to restaurants for dinner in the city. To walk everywhere. Join a gym downtown. Make relationships with the most beautiful like-minded people. To serve others daily. To walk in love and truth. To have integrity and wisdom. To wake up excited about my life and pinch myself because I think I am dreaming. All of this can not happen until I put away the old. It is like when you decide to change how you talk to yourself. When you release all of those negative thoughts and words and replace them with positive affirmations. After a while you believe the affirmations and all of the negativity is gone.

I know I am more confident, more outgoing, more courageous, today than I was two years ago. I know it is because of my thinking. The transformation is real. Today I am at the crossroads once again. This time it feels like the last time this opportunity may cross my path. I know the way. I know what to do. As humans we feel the need to ask others if this is right or wrong as if they know what we are going through or what is in our head. Don’t get me wrong sometimes when you confide in another it is wise to listen but, ultimately it is your life and your choice. It is like when I went for my run yesterday, I thought no one else is going to run for me or get me in shape. No one. This is my discipline. I have given credit to others in my life when really it was me doing the work. This might sound a little crazy but, I would give credit for actions I took in my life to someone else just because they were with me. Make sense? After reflecting on this yesterday I realized that is my power. I am capable of anything. I never really instilled this one concept into my children’s lives. Which is why I am determined to model it for them. The way I go from here is scary, it is big, it is painful. I know what is on the other side of fear is a life I only ever dreamed of before and it will be my reality! Promise you that!

 

Lots of Love,

JunkyGypsy  ©2017                         MYXJ_20160610132122_fast

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Hello Lovelies!

I have missed writing here on my little blog! It has been far too long. Literally, I find that my schedule is quickly filling up and I have to figure out what works for me. I am writing articles for a couple of magazines, building my new website, prepping for weekly Facebook live Sista Jam Sessions, where we come together in love and truth and chat about our dreams and goals! Doesn’t that sound simply divine? I am super excited about the new launch. I also, starting writing a new book. It is not entirely new, I am rewriting the book I recently published on Amazon and adding lots of value and much better content to the mix. I have found my entrepreneurial spirit, the confidence to embrace my own uniqueness. I am determined to show up big in my life right where I am today. Have you been in a place of new growth and unlimited potential in your personal life and biz? There is this atmosphere of abundance right now. God I believe is opening doors and sending opportunities that maybe once were not options. He is lifting the veil so He can be glorified I our daily life. When we give Him the glory and the honor He is showing up BIG for us! I feel it. If you are on the cupst of growth or something you have been trying to do for a long time just know that He is sending the right opportunities and the right doors will open at the right time. We are in a beautiful space of love and peace. Embrace sista’s with all of your beauty. The world needs you!

 

Be sure to checkout my Facebook live this Thursday @ 1pm!!! Here is the link.

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This weeks Essential Oil is doTERRA’s Slim & Sassy Metabolic Blend! This oil is my best friend I add a few drops to my water all day long and it helps control hunger. You can also apply it to your abdomen and add it to a smoothie for a metabolic boost!

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doTERRA is investing millions next year and bridging the gap between modern medicine and natural healthcare. They are opening clinics all across the U.S. and I am so excited to be a part of this beautiful movement. If you would like to find out more please click here to find out! You could have a local clinic!

I will be running my JunkyGypsy DETOXoxo Program the beginning of October. You will need to purchase a doTERRA Cleanse and Restore Kit for 245.00 and that also includes your membership fee for one year!

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Lots of Love,

JunkyGypsy ©2017

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Sista Tribe!

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Hey JunkyGypsy Sista Tribe,

I have been in an expansive growth state for a few months now. If you were to see me walking down the street you probably would not know that anything was happening to me at all. Sometimes the best growth happens all on the inside. Today I am sharing ten action items you can do when you feel stuck or lost without direction.

1. Speak your #truth.

2. Stay in your #truth.

3. Determine no matter what you will always be open to #growth.

4. Today, be that untouchable girl. Be the example.

5. Be diligent about self discipline. Take action daily on #discipline.

6. Trust yourself. Trust your #intuition.

7.Own your #power. Be committed to you.

8. Bet on yourself.

9. You are enough.

10. Be #authentic. Be true to who you are.

On this journey of life, we struggle , we grow, we learn, we love, we chase, we catch, we hope, we dream, we fight, we stay, we live!

 

LIVE. regardless always make life a priority.
LOVE. Always be in love.
LEARN. Be transparent. See the lessons.
Get Crazy Inspired! Push forward in love and grace!

Love,

JunkyGypsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

The In Between.

I wake up with a thought that has been haunting me for the past two weeks. It resembles a lot of my FEAR. It hangs before me day after day staring me in the face. I know what it is. I know how to get rid of it. Yet, still there it is. I just stare at it as if it were a long-lost friend. A warm fuzzy or a neuscience like a fly buzzing around my head. I am afraid of losing its unfamiliar feeling. The excuse to keep it around. So, I just stare at it day after day. I try to move around it and ignore its presence. I work and clean. Do ordinary life stuff. And it just stares right back at me as I dodge its reminder that its there. I get all excited in my personal growth. My business ideas are flying. My creative spirit is marinating in rainbows of beautiful content. I write as if tomorrow is here. I live as if yesterday never ended. I wake. I sleep. I rise with mew hope and aspirations. I am diligent and intentional in everything around me. Yet, there it is day after day. Hanging in my face. Screaming “Amy it is time!!!” I know I am in the in between. One foot in the future one foot in the past. Today’s reality is plain. A confrontation, a pain. To acknowledge it means it failed. It means I failed. It means I lied. I manipulated. Or at least that is what my thoughts tell me. The pain is too much to bear not on me but on another. I simply can not do this again. I know there is no future if I remain and there is no today if I do not acknowledge it. I am sorry. It is to painful to remain in the in between. What do I do? Run, scream, my mind is stirring. I wish this was easy. I wish I could simply close the door. No. God says, ” Let my child go!”

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The in between. Like the Israelites in the desert for 40 years. They were not allowed to go in to the Promised Land. They had to conquer Giants and submit their will. This is my last Giant. Then, God says, ” After Amy. You may go.” To deny my God in the face of fear. Is fear of man or fear of God. Some may say it is an easy question to answer. A simple choice to make. I promise you it is not. Fear of failure. Fear of falling. Fear of not speaking in love and grace. I pray for the moment to be over. Yet, it is still there.

You Can if I Can.

Here is a snapshot from the book I am writing. It is a book about life, goals, dreams and helping “self”. My mission with this book is to help people who are the ones that choose to live life differently. The ones ready for an upgrade. The ones who are thinking outside of the box. The ones who might be paralyzed in fear. The ones who need a community of cheerleaders! I am sharing the preface with you because I want to share my journey in writing my first book. I want to share what it takes to sit down everyday and try to write when you can’t. I want to share the ideas that flood my mind. I want to share my daily life and my growth journey.

So here ya go!

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PREFACE

My core desire is to build a community of people who are ready and willing to take their life to the next level. That means in all areas body, mind and soul. It means developing positive routines that will thrust you forward into the amazing life God intended for you to live. My passion is to lead you to those tools and resources that will help you on your journey and that have helped me. I know this sounds like a lot and you are probably wondering where to start or even how to start. I was like you and it took me years to put healthy routines into place so that over time they would give me the results I have today. We are never done growing. We should always be learning and upgrading ourselves and our lives! Today, I can honestly say I am a confident ,healthy, beautiful woman who chooses to be a light in the world! I never would have said those things about myself before. I have done the work. It has taken years of reading, studying, learning, growing, getting rid of old thinking patterns, surrendering, accepting, loving, and so much more to get to where I am today. I am going to share how I did it and the tools that got me here!

Let me share a bit with you about my journey. My name is Amy Cherie Woods Siler, I am the founder and creative guru of JunkyGypsy Inspirations. I created my brand out of my passion to inspire people to live a life of total freedom, to love themselves and others, and to learn forever. (Live.Love.Learn)I am not saying that everybody is trapped and in bondage, not at all. What I mean is the majority of people live their lives not ever knowing that they can be totally free. So many of us live in bondage to something at sometime or another in our lives. It could be an addiction or a bad habit or something even more disguised like eating an ice cream cone late every night which is a sugar addiction. It could also, be a negative attitude or getting angry, really there are so many little things that keep us from living a life of total freedom. I also, know it is hard to make real lasting changes in life. Those who are ready and willing and devoted will succeed and I am here to be your cheerleader!

How often do you think about your health? Some people are extremely passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and then there are those who simply don’t really think about it. My journey into living a natural, healthy lifestyle began in 2007. I was overweight, depressed and very insecure. I was indulging in highly processed foods and overeating. I had no energy, no passion and no will power it seemed. Yet, I knew I was in a vicious cycle and I wanted out. I had a desire to change and I knew I had to or my life would not get any better. I started researching growing my own foods and I bought some chickens and started there. I knew growing my own produce was a start. I also, wanted my children to eat healthier. At the time they were all between the ages of 12-5 years of age. We were a newly blended family of seven and my hubby was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He still is. I began to research what GMO’s were and that was around the time of the famous documentary Food Inc. came out. Slowly, my diet changed and I began to exercise in little increments. I did not lose a ton of weight but, you could see a difference. I became obsessed with natural organic living and doing things differently. This lead me to apply for a job at Whole Foods Market in 2010. It was January 2010 and I accepted a position in the Produce and Seafood depts full time. I could not have been happier. My education grew as I worked with local organic farmers and local vendors. My product knowledge increased as well as, my passion and obsession for living a different way. Over the next five years I completely transformed my diet and my body. I under went surgery in 2012 for a hysterectomy at age 35 due severe problems. I blamed the problems on “big pharma”. Side effects from medications and from my tubal ten years prior. I also suffered anorexia in my late twenties and I had a severe drug addiction to painkillers.  I could honestly write a book about being an addict but, I will save that for another time. The reason I am sharing this with you is so I can be completely transparent and real. Addiction is hard and even harder to overcome but, it can be done. I do not shift all of the blame on big pharma but, I do blame them some. If pain killers had not be carelessly over prescribed in the late 80’s and through the 90’s we would be a very different nation right now. Just look at the heroin epidemic. Thankfully, God protected me from ever trying heroin. He knew I would be dead right now had I tried that. Today, my passion for a natural healthy abundant life has led me to be an entrepreneur. This is why I created JunkyGypsy Inspirations. Part of living a high vibe life is gratitude. Being in a state of constant gratitude will always keep you humble and will help you to stay focused.
Be grateful daily for the life you have and where you are. It is important to embrace the present in order to have freedom to change the future. I want to evolve into what God wants me to be–what His original vision was for me. Granted I made mistakes along the way but, He has worked it all out for the good.
I am at a point in my life where peace is my priority and negativity can not exist. That involves learning to control emotions. Another goal of mine is to support you in getting a grip on those pesky emotions that try to steal our joy. Will they ever go away? No. Of course not. But, learning how to control them makes all the difference. My one core desire is for this TRIBE to love, respect, and accept each other where we are at in our health journey together knowing we are all growing and changing.

How do we live a High Vibe Life Successfully?

We have to develop a positive mental attitude and treat everyone as if they were the most important person in the world. We have to develop a capacity to understand people. We must have self-discipline and learn to manage our own personal habits. We must exude peace and have hope and ambition for the future. Get excited about our goals and dreams and determine in our minds that we will succeed no matter what. Another area we must master is self-care. You must always make time for yourself. You can not serve and bless others if your cup is empty. Lastly, GO EXTREME! Figure out what matters most and focus on that thing.

I am now having done these things myself, a light in the world. I serve people by being the example and living in the freedom that God meant for us all to live in. The Lord wants me serve Him and others with my unique gifts and His purpose for my life which is also, the things inside of me that He gives me a deep creative passion for. He put that seed in me long ago and now it is time for it to grow, bloom and share with others. I wanted to experience abundance and freedom in my life, so I had to heal and serve then lead in my own home first before I could share with others what I have learned. Be obsessed with your own freedom and health! Be a person of powerful habits! Always put love first. If we place true authentic love before anything else in our lives then and only then can we succeed. As we grow and change we are constantly up grading or up leveling our lives. It is important to surround yourself with people who are going to support your journey. Maintain focus and clarity on your dreams and goals. You must be the leader of yourself. I will share the tools that will help motivate and lead you to live a beautiful amplified life! We will Live, Love, and Learn together and every single day you are gonna get crazy inspired! I am creating a culture of transparency, love, and freedom in this TRIBE! I hope that everyone wants to live in a beautiful state. Throughout this book you will discover key principles, tools you need and habits to put into place to ensure your growth and success in any and every area of your life! Right now, embrace your true authentic self right where you are. You are beautiful, brilliant and ready to upgrade!

 

Have a Beautiful Day!

Love,

JunkyGypsy

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You are fully able to take real action on your dreams and goals ,your mind and body are at ease!

 

I created this to give myself some guidelines going forth in my life and business. These are all areas that I want to change so that I can impact others lives in a positive way. I began initially writing these for myself but, then I thought others would like the information too! In each area on a daily basis I am asking myself these questions. It might be a lot for you so just take a few if you are overwhelmed. By asking yourself these questions in these areas of your life and writing out your answers you are causing a shift in your mind to happen. This will help you to build positive habits, reflect on any areas that need work and it makes you aware of your thinking before you think and your actions before you act. In case you don’t understand the title of this post I intentionally wrote it out so you could see how words have power. We are all able to take action daily in our lives doing whatever we feel is important be it a dream or goal or just simply going to the grocery store and getting the kids to take a nap. It is all relative to life. Most everyone I know wants to have a life that is important. They want to fulfill their dreams and goals. I have made it my mission in life to help women do just that through inspirACTION! I have a passion for women to be healthy and not have disease but to be at EASE in their mind and body! My prayer is that you will take advantage of these questions and really begin to apply it them to your life right now!

*My goal next year is to start a: Say Yes Fund– $3000.00 per year Biz prospects, missions, charities this is after Tithe.

My Prayer:

Lord, I surrender my life and business to You. I pray Lord, for inspiration and ideas that will generate an income and also help me to bless others. I pray that You would take me out of my comfort zone daily and help me to grow intentionally in each area listed below. Help me Lord, to maintain focus and clarity on my dreams and goals. If my dreams and goals are not what You have lined up for me then I pray You would close the door so that I do not waste time chasing meaningless endeavors. Lord, I pray that you would anoint my pen so I can provide valuable content to my followers and spread Your love. I am grateful for every person reading and praying this right now and I ask You to bless their life and provide whatever needs they have. As, their sista in Christ, let us come together as a community/Tribe of daughters of Zion and embrace each other in love and truth. As You Father, have laid on my heart to build this business as a safe place for us all to grow and mentor one another. Help me to reflect Your love in my speech, attitude and actions daily to my Tribe.  I humbly submit my wants and my desires for this business to You and I pray for You to send the people to me who need inspiration and help taking action -people who are ready to invest in their health and wellness journey. Father, I surrender all I have been taught up until this very moment, I let go of what I thought were the genuine guidelines of living a healthy life. And what I thought was the way to lead people to better health. Help me to keep my mind clear and my heart pure & strengthen my convictions and help me to apply all that You teach me into all areas of my life, my family, health, finances, business, serving others, mind, body and spirit. So that my cup will overflow! Thank You Lord!

In Jesus Name- AMEN!

 

Integrity-Consistently ask myself am I speaking with integrity? Am I acting with integrity in mind? Are my words reflecting integrity? Are my decisions being made with integrity?Do I ask others opinions when faced with a tough decision so that I can gain wisdom in all areas?

Influence– Am I leaving the people whom I meet feeling loved, valued, important, and heard? Do I dress for success daily? Am I utilizing social media in a positive way that leaves people with feelings of peace and joy? Do I listen to others well? To I speak with wisdom? Do I seek advice from people I admire or look up to?

Growth– Am I doing at least one thing everyday that scares me. Am I seeking out ways to grow spiritually. Am I allowing God to mold me and change me as I grow as a Christian? Who am I surrounded by that motivates me to be a better person? Who are the five people I surround myself with currently on a daily basis? Am I setting aside time and money to invest in my growth?

Spirit– Do I seek the leading of the Holy Spirit before I start my day? Am I giving God priority in my daily life? Do I pray for others regularly? Am I silent before the Lord so I can hear Him? Do I confess my sins and repent daily? Do I forgive myself and others and ask God to wash me clean and start over ready and willing? Do I intentionally seek the Lords wisdom in all areas of my life? Am I committed to the Word and applying it to my day to day activities? Am I humble? Do I serve and love others well? In whatever I am doing to I put forth the very best I have? Do I have a correct perception of the Fear of the Lord?

Financial-Am I a good steward of all God has given me right now? Am I serious about paying my debts? Do I exhibit integrity when making a large purchase? Do I tithe my first 10%? Do I give above God’s 10%? Is my checking account balanced and in order? Is my savings account growing? Am I committed to saving for the future? Am I serious about living in financial freedom? Is my highest priority to be FREE? Do I bless others often with financial gifts? Do I look into ways I can invest into other businesses and sow good seed?

Health– Am I committed to my body being the temple of the Holy Spirit? Do I eat whole foods daily? Do I take vitamins and supplements to help maintain my health? Do I regulary exercise? Am I setting an example to others with my body? Do I always look for the healthy options when faced with temptation? Is my household healthy? Do I cook “real” meals daily? Is my hygiene good? Am I a good steward of the body that God gave me? Do I look for ways to teach others how they can be healthy? Do I share essential oils with everyone I meet? Am I committed to invest in others lives my knowledge of how they can live a healthy life? Am I willing to give God my body as a living sacrifice?

Mind– Do I wake up positive and ready to embrace the day? Is my mind healthy and under my control? Do I practice setting my mind on things above and not below? Do I take every thought captive unto God? Do I intentionally seek to keep my mind pure and clear of distractions? Do I think about the way I talk to myself? Am I paying attention to my thought patterns? Am I putting your Word Lord in my heart and mind so that I can meditate on it day and night?

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Affirmations

I am confident and successful in all I do.

I love my life and I shower others with drops of joy all day.

I speak with impeccable wisdom.

I am a writer and I am paid well for my writing.

I am an excellent steward of all God gives me.

I serve others well daily.

My passion is evident in how I show up in my life daily to serve others.

I always have more than enough money for my bills, food, clothing, health & wellness, kids, and to give to others.

I pay my debts in full.

I am financially free!

My business is growing and expanding daily.

My business is profitable and I have a generous income to live on and save and invest.

My savings account has over 10,000.00 in it at all times.

My checking account is balanced and growing!

I am FREE! I can I will! I am able to do all that God calls me to do.

My cup overflows so I can serve others.

I love others well.

I am an example to people.

I am disciplined. I am living my dream life in the abundance and love that God wants me to live in here on this earth.

My priorities are in order-God, family, business

I am fully committed to living my life with love, purpose, passion, and faith!

 

If you have never said affirmations before, try this I promise you won’t be disappointed! At the very least saying affirmations gets you into a positive mindset and takes you out of your reality and get you focused on taking action on your goals! If you enjoyed this post let me know I want to hear from YOU!

Have a beautiful Friday Loves! I am here to support you!~

Love,

JunkyGypsy

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What Happens When You Experience A Growth Spurt?

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I have been growing lately. You know the kind of growing that has taken about 15 years to yield fruit. Yep. The painful, good kind of growth. I am floating on cloud nine right now, with excitement. Truth is sometimes when you are growing other people, people close to you (friend, parent, spouse, sibling(s) and so forth) may sense that you are still that same old person with the same old habits. They may experience anger, fear, hurt, or jealously. Whether or not you are the person growing or the person who is close to a person who is growing truth is, we all react that way sometimes. Even if you think, “ oh, I would never do that.YES! You have. I know this from experience. I’ve done it. Here is the thing we can change! Right? We can intentionally pay attention to others. We can support them, encourage and love people. In my current growth spurt, I am experiencing a high for life. I am intentionally loving everyday. Waking up joyful. Setting the tone of my day with prayer and repeating words that are causing my growth. That might sound weird but, words do have power. These words are impacting my spirit and soul. They are reaching deep down inside of me and causing me to take action on the dreams and goals that I thought I was already taking action on. In truth, I was just doing “busy” work. I want you to try this experiment. I promise it works.

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Say these words then, close your eyes. Repeat them over and over for five minutes.

Beautiful Life, Abundance, Fulfilling, Creative Process, Leadership, Passion,Cultivate, Magic, Supernatural Life, Vibrant, Healthy, FREE, High Vibe, High Level, Overflow,Shine

Now, “How do you feel?” Pretty great, right? Through the power of these words I am creating the action plan for my life, my business and my future. I already had a vision and dream. I have a vision board and have SMART goals. I am not talking about creating the baseline vision. No. What I am talking about is the deeper vision the one that lives in your heart, the truth of who we are (who I am). Who God created me to be using the gifts He gave me and the plan He has for me wrapped up in my passions and laid out in my dreams and goals. Are you following? That is the seed that was planted long ago and years and years of watering,  fertilizing, and pulling weeds had to be done before I could grow again. Now, I am growing and headed straight toward the sun or (Son), if you get me. This is where I believe I am experiencing phenomenal personal boldness and confidence in my dreams at the same time I am experiencing the cold shoulder from friends and family. I see this happening through social media, conversations and actions. I’m not upset. I am not deterred from my growth. I do recognize it for what it is. I am responding in LOVE. That is the only way to respond. Maybe they don’t understand why I am changing or why now after all this time. It will take some time for them to get used to my “new” language and new attitude. But, through the power of prayer and just plain loving them, I can set the tone for conversations that will lead to happiness and peace. You have to handle it with a tender gentle spirit. Be very careful how you approach conversations or confrontations. Be prepared to stand your ground firmly. Have boldness and confidence in embracing the truth of your growth spurt and use gentle words to affirm who you are and where you are going.

This is the route I am taking and just acknowledging that this is happening is growth also, for me. YES! I am really excited to be in the process of building a strong foundation for my new life and biz! Going forward I have confidence, strength and integrity to handle these gentle conversations or confrontations. I hope this has helped you. Maybe you are having a growth spurt too!

Happy Growing!

Love,

Amy

Selfish Ambition

 

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The Lord spoke to me over the weekend and told me I needed to write about selfish ambition. So, I thought about it and got excited because He gave me a topic I thought I could share with others to help change their lives. Oh..little did I know until this morning that He plainly directed it towards me. He wanted me to research and read more into it so that my heart could be convicted. When I began to read several different articles on the matter I began to feel dirty. Suddenly, I was ashamed and all of my inner secrets exposed in the light. I read quotes about it and they hit home pretty hard!! So much so that a fear whelped up in me that can only be described as the Fear of the Lord. I took out my journal and began to write and as I was writing images began to run through my mind. I could see recent choices I had made that reflected selfish ambition. I saw how I thought that I was doing something biblical really was not at all what I thought. I saw how my prayers were all about me and for my benefit. When I should have been asking, ” Lord what do you want?” As I was writing I felt it all being lifted as I repented and said how very sorry I was for seeking my own selfish desires. I do not want God to frustrate my plans and bring disaster upon me and my family because every person who is inclined to be selfishly ambitious that in the same way God will frustrate all your plans and bring disaster upon you. I am just putting this out here as I was told to do so you can take a look into your heart and see if your motives are pure, right and noble. Or are you just trying to further yourself, your dreams, your plans? Selfish ambition always involves trickery and deceit so pay attention. Be warned we are in the end times and I want to be 100% right with my Lord in every area and every detail of my life. I beleive that God is doing some cleaning in my heart and mind so that I can be right with Him. I know I must always be on guard and when the Lord sheds light on something that means we are to pay close attention to that something for now on knowing that the enemy comes to decieve us! Selfish ambition cannot compete with divine sovereignty. There is bitter fruit from selfish ambition. It contaminates our motives for doing just about anything. It shows up even in the most holy moments. Thank God we have Jesus so we can come to God through Him and ask for repentance and begin to worship the Lord as He forgives us.

The definition of Selfish Ambition:

Someone who has selfish ambition is motivated to further themselves or attain certain goals that would only or specifically benefit themselves, regardless of how it affects others.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interest of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”

Philippains 1:17

“For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”

James 3:16

Dave Ramsey puts it into context. He says:

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.”

*We make our strategic plans. We set our agenda. We develop our priorities. We identify our goals and objectives. Then after all that is done, we ask God to come alongside us and bless us.

But what if the starting point was God’s plans? Consider what God is doing and how he is moving. Take a few moments and consider where God is at work.

Ways for you to look into your heart and remove all selfish ambition from your life!

  • Make a list of the ways you see God moving and working around you. Then consider how you might join in.
  • Be a part of something bigger than yourself. God’s vision is always bigger than you. I was told as a young pastor to never do ministry alone. If you are doing all the work yourself, then it probably is not God’s work. God’s mission is a mission to share. 

     

    Let’s begin this week finding out how God wants us to join Him in what He is doing! I believe that serving others is a huge part of that so this week set the intention to purposely serve and bless others. In return you will be blessed!

 

-Love & Joy

Amy

Commit to Succeed! You Must…

 

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I thought this week was a great week to share some thoughts on commitment to ourselves and our dreams and goals. It is the beginning of a New Year and lots of people have made lists and set goals for the year. I know I did. It no longer is about making New Years Resolutions, but actively pursuing goals and dreams in one’s life. It seems like everyone has a bullet journal these days. So, okay you have your journal and wrote everything you wanted to accomplish in 2017. With pretty markers and font each page details something you want or something you want to accomplish. You are filled with excitement and hope. This is the year, this is it! Real change is going to happen.

Then, week after week comes, you may glance through your fancy journal and remember the excitement you had when you filled it out. Heck, you might even accomplish a thing or two on your list. Soon, lack of motivation sets in. Life happens and the day to day grind takes up all your time. Your journal is tossed to the wind. You go back to exactly what you were doing the year before. Or maybe you are really determined to make things happen for yourself. Maybe you are in the 2% of people who actually do small daily tasks that move you toward your dreams and goals. I am here today to kick you in the butt! This is not just another year. This is THE YEAR! 

Stop complaining about not having any time and get up! Let’s do this. Make a commitment to yourself that no matter what it takes YOU are going to SUCCEED! It is still January and in order to keep motivation you must do small daily tasks. Realistically, plan a time in your day to do the one thing that will take you one step closer to your dream. It could be as simple as going outside for a walk everyday or saving 10.00 a week. Whatever, it is YOU are the only person who can make YOU do it! Did you hear what I said? YOU have to do the work. No one else is going to force you or pay attention to what you want because we all have our own dreams and goals. I wrote this in part to yell at myself because I need it. I desire to keep the motivation and determination on full speed ahead! This year needs to be radical for me. I hope that you are as determined as me! If so, I would like to invite you to sign up for my weekly emails to crazy inspire you on your journey this year! Join my new facebook group to be accountable not only to yourself but, there is a whole tribe of people out there wanting to make their dreams a reality this year. Follow my hashtag of the week- #junkygypsydetermination

–Amy

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