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How Do You Become Successful?

What’s your definition of success?  Have you ever really taken the time to think and answer that question?

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I use to think success meant having long fancy job titles, making a certain amount of money and driving a decent car.  Although, deep down I didn’t really care about those things, I adopted the thought process because that’s what the world considered success.  And I was unhappy.

So, what do you consider success?  What is your definition?

Joshua 1:8 states “this book of law shall not depart out thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Success doesn’t come according to our standards and what we think or expect.  Nope.  Success comes when we study the law.  What is the law?  God’s word, the Bible.

If you intend to make a difference in the lives of other individuals you cannot and will not be effective without God in the forefront.  “The steps of a good man are ordered” Psalm 37:23.

If you are still deciding your worth by what the world says, then stop it!  The world’s definition of success is not God’s definition.  You cannot base the assignment, the purpose God has ordained for your life on whether or not it is prestigious enough.  Or if you will be “successful” (according to what the world considers success) doing it.  Success in God’s eyes is not about money, or prestige or leadership roles, or power, or any of the other things the world considers success.  Success in God’s eyes is doing His work and manifesting His Kingdom here on earth. Being successful means serving.  Serving your gift, what God has placed within you, to others; the ones He has called you to reach.  It’s NOT about you, but about God!

When I asked the question of success in the title you thought it was going to be some 5 step process to where you had to do something cool, didn’t you?  Nope, it’s not that!  It’s all about God and doing His will! 

Let’s be like Paul and fight the good fight the good fight of faith.  Change your thought process, renew your mind, and cleanse your heart.  And as you walk out His assignment for your life; as you complete your purpose, God will make your way prosperous and then, yes, and then, you shall have success – God’s way!

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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What Does It Take To Live a Life of Purpose?

“I am looking for my purpose.”  “I want to live a purposeful life.”  “I want to know why I am here on earth.”  Have you ever heard someone make those statements?  Maybe you, yourself have said them?

I have memories of sitting on my bed writing pages and pages of what I thought I wanted to do with  my life and reading books upon books about living on purpose and doing God’s will for my life.

I was happy and excited that I was being “purposeful.”  But here’s the thing, many of the books I read told me about how to “find” my purpose and how to use what I’m good at to fulfill my purpose.  But none of them told me arms outstretched,emotions,freedoms,happiness,joy,looking up,stretching,sun,women,peoplewhat it took, to live a life of purpose.  To go from “finding your purpose” to actually living out the big picture of the reality.  Yes! What it took!   The tears and frustration: the doubts and the fear.  The disappointments and the joys, oh, the joys!

And here’s the thing, if you are willing and ready to live a life of purpose you are probably wondering the same thing!  What exactly does it take to “do this?”   What does it take to step out on faith and do what God has placed a desire in your heart for?  What will it take to bring forth the greatness you know you have within you that is waiting to break forth and be the change?  Well, let me give you some wisdom.  Some “learn from experience” that can assist you as you travel the path God has ordained for you.  First, let me make this statement:

Living a life full of purpose means that it will take all of who you are  – the physical, mental and physical self – the whole you, to become the person and do the thing that God has already decreed over your life.

Some real life information on what it takes to walk the walk.

  • Living a life of purpose is a journey, a transition from where you are to where and how God needs you to be.  You don’t wake up one morning and “find” your purpose after searching for ever and then think like is going to be a bunch of roses.  No, it’s hard work and commitment and obedience to the Almighty.
  • To live a life of purpose you are always learning and growing.  You strive to gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  There is always knowledge that God is imparting into you whether through life circumstances, others or —.  If you don’t learn you can’t grow.  If you don’t and won’t grow then its hard press for God to use you like He needs to.  At each intersection of life you should have learned the lesson from the previous and get ready to learn for the one you are about to embark on.  It is a continuous process!

 

  • To live a life of purpose means to encompass the whole you.  What does that mean?  It means it takes all the parts of a car to get it to move in the direction it needs to go in.  Well, so it is with our bodies.  It means working on relationships, getting finances in order, taking care of our bodies, renewing our minds, learning and understanding what makes us unique and how God can and will utilize your strengths.  It means understanding the spiritual realm better, learning become.

 

  • Living a life of purpose means as you grow your faith should be growing.  You are deeper in the Word of God.  You study more and you no longer want or need baby food.  If God allows a test you’ll be able to recognize it for what it is and stand. Your prayer life is better, stronger and you truly understand that your walk is spiritual and not physical.  It means stepping out into the unknown and taking chances, big chances, chances that maybe no one else taken.

 

  • To live a life of purpose mean at times you may experience, fear and insecurities.  Feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, tired, and alone and fear may arise.  Trials and tears, temptation to do things on your own and in a hurry because you feel God isn’t listening or taking too long.  It means having and learning patience!  It means there may be times finances may look funny instead of happy.  It may mean staying up at 2am or 3am in the morning to work on projects, or having to learn how to use a program or do something – and possibility of tearing your hair out! – Because you don’t have the staff or the resources yet to do the work. It means when people can’t see what you see and try to bring you down with doubt, you stand on the promise God showed you.  You trust Him.

 

  • To live a life of purpose means loving life and what you do, what God has placed a desire in your heart to manifest.  It means standing firm in your convictions, your desires.  Standing strong, tall, bold, and proud!  It means having fun, laughing at where you were, where you are going and enjoying the ride.  It means gaining new insights, new friends and helping to change lives.  It means walking in your greatness.  Being a leader and serving the Body of Christ with the gifts God placed within you.  It means being totally committed and knowing without a shadow of a doubt there is no turning back.

So there you go. Some tidbit personal insights to get you thinking!  Doing what God has placed on your heart to do is a wonderful thing!  But you we have to understand that it’s not all a bunch of roses.  At the end of the day, saying yes and truly doing and becoming that person is all worth the effort.

Live your life on purpose.  A life full of all God says is possible.  Look for resources to help you and the Holy Spirit to guide you.

Stand in your greatness!  Do, act, become!  With God all things are possible!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

What Makes You Unique?

I do a lot of reading and listening to audio teachings that empower and grow me, and this past week I was listening to a well-known bible teacher that suffered from sexual abuse as a child.  She mentioned having many limiting beliefs about her ability when God called her into ministry and the many disparaging remarks that were made concerning her ability, background and mainly her voice. Her uniqueness is her voice.

What limiting beliefs have you been holding on to?

This particular teacher went on to say that although she had doubts and fears she was obedient. She knew that God had placed a desire to spread and teach the gospel to thousands.  The same uniqueness that others said would be a hindrance to her God actually used to show His glory in her life through television, radio, books, etc.

What makes you unique? 

As a child I could remember my father telling me that I was very inquisitive as he answered yet another question from me with a smile on his face. One day in my early twenties a co-worker made the remark “You ask to many questions!” in a very mean tone that I hate to admit, made me cry silently as I walked away with a look of hurt on my face.  All I did was ask her how everything was going since we worked in the same department but different areas and we were passing each other in the hallway.  It wasn’t even a stop and chat kind of conversation!  But that day has forever been severed in my mind.  I stopped asking questions for a long time. I know now that it was the adversary’s way of trying to deter what God had for me in my future.

I am very inquisitive.  I ask questions always have, but not just regular questions, no, my questions are thought-provoking and deep.  I like to call them the why behind the why questions. It’s just who I am. God has used my uniqueness to usher in a television show that encourages women to walk in faith and do what He has asked of them.

What has someone said or done to you that you that you have held on to that is keeping you from manifesting the greatness that is within you?

“There is nothing unique about me!” you may say.  Well yes there is.  God designed you.  You were not born to just take up space in the universe and then die.  No, you are here for a specific reason.  He’s gifted you with something that is ALL you!  Yes, others may do or have what you have or do.  But they don’t do it like YOU do!  Go read Jeremiah 1:5 again.  As a matter of fact, here it is for you! “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.  Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”NLT

God is NOT, let me repeat, NOT looking for people who are perfect.  He can and will take all of you, every single piece of you that others have written off about you and use it for His glory.

Stop allowing negative thoughts and limiting beliefs to crowd your mind!  You are great!  You are a leader!  You can accomplish and do what God has ordained for you.  YOU ARE UNIQUE!

Use your uniqueness; stop doubting yourself.  Stop allowing people to speak into you words and thoughts of less than.  Let God use you.  Let God’s glory shine through your life!

Do you need proof of God using common imperfect people for his glory?  Read Exodus and the story of Moses; read David the shepherd boy story.  Want some 20th century folks?  How about that bible teacher that has a rough voice or that born and bred Jew ridiculed by their family that God now uses to bring forth His glory?  I’m sure you can think of some yourself.

  • Take some time to write out your uniqueness.  What is that thing that says you?  You probably don’t have to guess too hard to answer it.  It’s what others have negative things to say about it.
  • Once you’ve acknowledge it decide if you really want to be known by it.  You have to know that if it’s inherent, then it will be with you forever, so you might as well use it!
  • Talk to God about it and tell Him you want to claim your uniqueness but you don’t know how.  Ask Him to show you.

Exercise your greatness; start with who you are!

Relationship Insights That Will Help You Go From Purpose to Vision

Relationships, they come in all shapes, sizes and colors.  From familial, to work, to spiritual to friends, they’re there.  Then you have the good ones, the bad ones, the loving, hurtful, toxic or empowering ones.  Well they all do one thing – grow you!

The word relationship is defined as a connection, association, or involvement; an emotional or other connection between people.

You are in a relationship right now – with me!  Think about that.

As a woman pursuing her purpose in God, desperately seeking the way to live out the greatness she knows she is called to, you are going to experience relationships that will empower you, teach you, test you, hurt you and disappoint you.

When I first started this journey of living my life on purpose with God at the forefront, I thought everyone would be happy for me.  Tereciah had found her purpose!  I was so excited that I knew, finally, why I was here on earth and I was bursting at the seams to do something with the gifts, talents, and skills God had given me and allowed me to learn.  I was ready!

People didn’t get it.  And it hurt – a lot.

My husband didn’t get it; my family didn’t get it; the people at work didn’t get it and even some of my Christian friends didn’t get it.  Talk about being deflated!

However, I did not allow those relationships to stop me or derail me and if you are in this situation right now, don’t let those relationships hinder or stop you as well.

Here are some quick insights to help you walk out this journey from purpose to vision.

  • Who Has Your Ear?

I once heard someone say that whoever has your hear has your mind.  If you allow people to speak words of doubt or lies to you, you will start to believe it. You will see yourself as the words they have spoken.  Words DO have power; whether spoken by you or by others.

  •  Surround Yourself

Not everything is good for you and the same principal holds true for relationships.  Not all relationships have your best interest at heart.  Surround yourself with individuals that are positive, willing to share, encourages you and is growing spiritually.  You want to be able to see fruitfulness manifesting in their lives.  You want to see these individuals doing what it takes to bring their vision into reality.  You want to see faith in action, and with that faith iron will sharpen iron.  In other words your faith will grow and increase because of their faith and vice versa.

  •  Disassociate and Pray!

There will be people in your life – family, friends and haters – that you will have to stop associating with.  It doesn’t mean that you don’t care for them or that you don’t love them anymore.  But you are trying to do God’s will and be obedient.  They may not understand.  If that is the case then keep your distance, be cordial and pray.

Well, what if it’s a spouse or a child or a parent or a best friend?  Then hold your peace and pray; hard (that’s another blog post)!

  •  Know Yourself

What things inspire you?  How do you like to be encouraged?  What traits are important to you in an individual (integrity, friendliness, etc.)  How do you see yourself?  Are you willing to grow?  What things are you willing to accept or not accept in an individual?  What type of relationship are you looking for?  Are you willing to change if necessary?  Are you willing to give to others?  Remember relationships come in different forms.

  •  Reflect and Learn

Take some time to reflect on relationships past and present.  Were they good or bad?  How did you end up in the relationship?  How did you grow?  What lesson did you learn?  Were there mistakes then that you see yourself making now? How have you changed?  Why did the relationship come to an end?  How do you feel about the individual or the situation?

Sometimes God removes individuals from our lives because He knows they are not good for us.  There are times when they are only there for a season – or two, and other times He removes you because He needs you alone.  He needs to pour into you; cleanse you; get you into spiritual shape.

  •  God First

Above everything and all else keep God first.  Let him lead and guide you.  Read his word, follow His decrees and allow Him to call you friend!

I hope these few insights have helped you in walking out your purpose to the big picture of what God says is possible for your life; your vision.

In my relationship with you, I hope we can continue to grow together!

To Your Greatness!

© 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Vision to Reality – 5 Easy Steps to Manage Your Time More Effectively

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By the time you read this the 4th of July holiday will have come and gone and you’ll be winding down to your week – or just getting started depending on where you are and what you are doing.

If you took a couple of days off for the holiday you’ll probably find yourself sluggish in getting back into some sort on normalcy on Monday.

Summer is in full swing, the kids are out of school and you’re wearing multiple hats and juggling various roles.

I know you are busy, but here is a question for you?  How have you altered your summer lifestyle to accommodate God, family, and your vision?

Did you find that you had more time to work on your vision?  What about spending quality time with God?  What goals have you made for yourself and what do you find yourself needing help with?

In order for your vision to proceed you must make time to work it.

I once had a mentor tell me when I first started out, that “the vision was only as good as they vessel.”  Let me repeat that for you because you’ve got to truly understand it.

The vision is only as good as the vessel.

You are the vessel and your vision – the big picture of what God says is possible for your life – starts and stops with you.  God cannot force you to do anything.

So here is a short video I recorded just for you to assist you in managing your time more effectively – starting on Monday.

You can view it on your mobile phone, iPad or even your home computer, just view it and apply it to your life.

View video here!

Be Blessed!

© 2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

Can You Hear Me Now?

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A.        They haven’t completely told God yes.  Meaning they haven’t fully committed themselves – mentally and spiritually – to the vision God says is possible for their lives.

They hear what others say; they read what others write and they see what others are doing, yet they do not move.

They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. Psalm 135:16-17 KJV

From God to You…

Can You Hear Me Now?

Can you hear me now?  I am calling to you.  “How are you calling Lord?”, you ask.  By my teachers, and pastors, and my bible study leaders. By my writers and life coaches and my business leaders.  By my examples I send your way; by the words I have spoken to you and the promises I have declared over you.

Can you hear me now?

I want you.  I need you.  The time has come for you to move.  Fear is no longer an option.  If you fear it’s because of your “lack of surrender and submission” to the call I have placed in your life.

Can you hear me now?

I can’t use you if you won’t fully commit.  I can’t lead you if you won’t follow.

 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.   For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 16:24-25 KJV).

The people, they’re waiting for you.  “What people, Lord?” you ask.  The ones whose lives I’ve called you to touch.  The ones I’ve ordained you to change.  The ones I will empower you to speak into.  The ones that are slowly dying  emotionally, physically, and mentally because of your hesitancy to move.

Can you hear me now?  I love you.  Trust me.

Scared?  Why?  I am with you.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I promise to uphold you with my righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10).

Prove me, my daughter.  Prove me, my son, and see if I will not open up the windows of heaven and pour upon you blessings for your obedience (Malachi 3:10).

Prove me and see if I will not guide you in my way everlasting.  I am calling, I am waiting.  PROVE ME!

Can you hear me now?

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

6 Key Ways to Know if You’re in a Transition

Change is never comfortable.  Sometimes it can be downright painful!  But it’s part of life, and at times the will of God.

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Change can manifest in different areas of our lives and when it comes, we are not sure how or the best way to respond.  Relationships, such as marriage or divorce; Emotions, such as death or birth; Career, as in promotion or retirement and Spiritual Growth – it’s all there.  We find ourselves going through phases, a shift, growth – a transition.

Are you in transition from your purpose to your vision?

What is vision? “It is the big picture of what God says is possible for your life.”

Here are 6 key ways to know if you’re in a transition.  A vision transition.

1.     An Inner Restlessness

When you’re in transition, especially at the beginning stage, life may feel as if it’s in limbo.

There is discomfort and discontent.  Not physical discomfort, but emotional and spiritual discomfort.  Your old self seems to be disappearing.  The things you once did you don’t enjoy as much anymore.  The people you associated with, you’ve withdrawn or don’t seek their counsel any more.  And the spiritual walk you had before – or lack of – doesn’t seem to be enough.  You find yourself seeking a change, but what sort of change you can’t describe.  Something is off, but you don’t quite know what it is.  You don’t feel like “you” and you’re desperately trying to figure it out.

2.     A Desire For a Deeper Relationship With God

The word relationship means having a connection, association or involvement.  Have a personal one means having a deeper, one-on-one connection, association or involvement.

When your mind is a-twitter and you can’t seem to put your finger on what’s out of place in your life. When you start experiencing feelings of discontent and life feels meaningless, then you start searching for answers and comfort, encouragement.  You go to the one whom you know has the answers; God.

A relationship starts to build and you have a desire to know and learn more about Him.  In this stage you may start attending church services regularly, or find yourself in the Bible more often.  You start growing and God starts to speak to you in your own way.  His Spirit is there cocooning   you as you grow.

The more you seek after Him, the more you grow.  Your faith grows and His desires for your life are revealed.

3.     The Soul Searching

Soul searching, it sounds so deep and serious!  But it’s really a good time. In this stage you’re asking questions.  Questions like, “God, what is your plan for my life?  What is my purpose?  Why am I here on earth?”  You start to look deep within yourself, searching for clues as to who the real you is and how to live this real person fully and authentically.

You develop a desire to please God and you start asking and wondering how you can live a life that is on purpose with Him at the center of what you do.

You consider serious changes to your life, career, family and finances.  There is a lot of introspection and examination. You may consider the ultimate question of “If I could do one thing for the rest of my life and not have to worry about finances or time, what would it be?”  God reveals even more of what He has for you and your purpose, the ultimate reason you are here on earth is ignited.

4.     Quest for knowledge and understanding

Clarification, direction, purpose, reason; these are all information you are in search of.  This stage usually consists of individuals wanting and seeking more knowledge and understanding.

It involves a lot of digging deep and doing some research and examination.  You learn things about yourself in this phase that you didn’t know about.  Things you’re glad you learned and others you would have preferred to not acknowledge.

Some call it a wilderness experience.  Some may say it’s a breaking experience; however, both are due to the purging, cleansing, improving and repenting that happen in this stage.

You seek guidance and direction from individuals that can assist in getting clarity and direction in life; individuals such as Life Coaches, pastors or business leaders.

Seminars, workshops or conferences that will empower and guide you, are usually prevalent during this stage.  You research and follow others that you feel can speak into your life through their sermon, classes, speeches, or books.  You read, you listen, and you apply.  A change starts to happen.  You can feel it and others can see it.

You invest in yourself.  You don’t mind spending money on the resources that will help you to grow and move into a more fulfilling life in Christ.  You start to flex your wings and test what you’ve accomplished so far.

5.     Ready, Set …No, wait, I think I’m stuck!

The most challenging phase!  In this stage you’re ready to walk into what God says is yours.   You’re ready to do what God has asked you to do, or place in your heart.

You want to get out there because it’s been simmering within you for so long.  You want to do His will, but you don’t quite know how.  In this stage you may have to learn new skills, change a mindset, move to another state, get rid of some friends or take big steps.

Defeating qualities such as fear, doubt, or insecurity begins to raise their ugly heads.  You struggle to move from the idea, the mandate, to the actual progression and manifestation of what you know is possible for your life.  In essence, sometimes the individual becomes stuck.  Not because of a lack of desire, but because of a lack of faith.  The foothold of fear is refusing to let go.

6.     A Walk of Faith

This stage is the best one!  I call it the “okay God, I don’t know how, but I’m doing it anyway” stage.  In this stage you have moved beyond the fear and doubts and other hindrances and is actually doing God’s vision for your life.

You literally depend on God to lead you and guide you in your vision walk.  You go to Him and wait for Him to answer before you move.

Your study of the word is deeper, your faith is stronger and you not only know the word for yourself but your authority in things of your vision is on point.  You are speaking those things that are as they should be and you have no

Doors start to open.  Favor and blessings are manifested and individuals are drawn to you in bringing the vision into reality.

You are bold and confident with no apologies in what is happening in your life and where God is taking you.

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These stages are not set in stone but are a guide for the person moving from purpose to walking, doing and living their God ordained vision.

Transition is an ever-changing and learning process.  There are different levels in any stage and it can take an individual several weeks to several months or perhaps year, to go thru the refining process that God has for them.

As long as we keep God in the fore front and understand that He has already laid the plans he has for our lives then as we walk through the path of life, we can place our faith in the fact that He’s got us in His righteous right hand.

Be Blessed!

©2012 Tereciah V. Smithen-Quintana

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