Endurance over Failure

Hey FAM! It’s Friyay! I know we were supposed to have this convo yesterday but I wasn’t feeling my best self… So here we are ☺. I pray you all had an incredible week and are looking forward to the weekend. Sooo let’s chat “Over it”…This weeks “Over it” is endurance over failure! We chatted last week about how important it is to be able to control our minds and how much of a difference that makes in our lives. Using that same concept of believing in ourselves and the ability of God to do great things, we also need to keep pushing forward!

Endurance speaks to our ability to enduring an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way. Giving way, giving up, or the belief that just because this particular plan led me to “failure” then by default, I too am a failure. We often believe this! Questioning our paths and choosing to walk a “safer” path even when we know that it’s outside the will of God.

May we contemplate for a second that maybe some of the information we gained with every failure was only setting us up for success. 

That maybe if we received what we asked for when we asked for it, we wouldn’t be able to keep and take care of it. Or maybe that we simply weren’t ready, weren’t armed with the correct knowledge to use what we already had. That maybe, we might have been lacking ability.

It’s easy to look back once you’re out of a situation and praise God for ensuring that you made it through, better than when a particular journey began…but in the midst of doubt, of anger, of thoughts of defeats and inadequacies, are we so confident? Even knowing that we’ll get through, because we’ve been in these places before. Do we to keep pushing? Do we to keep praying? Do we keep our ears open?

We must have endurance to keep pushing. To keep growing, and to learn from our perceived failures. Anyway FAM, I pray that you have a lovely evening and great weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this…

Romans 5:3-5 NLT
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Mind over Matter

Hey FAM,
Welcome to blog Thursday. I pray that your week has been wonderful and your day fulfilling!

When I originally sat to write this, I was baffled as to how I was going to explain this because we hear this phrase so much that explaining it in a different way seemed kind of… Blah (for lack of a better word lol)

When we typically hear mind over matter its thought about as the use of willpower to overcome physical problems. We hear countless testimonies from athletes who talk about willing themselves to continue, even when they were ready to give up. Or some people use it in reference to abstaining from something, believing that it will allow them to better reach an achieved goal if they put their mind “into it”.

When I say mind over matter I’m speaking to the limited capabilities of myself, my thinking, and what I can do without God. 

When we tell ourselves what we can and can’t do, we place limitations on our abilities and speaking those words out loud only helps in solidifying negative thoughts, breathing life into them.

Or, what happens when we are struggling internally, attempting to eliminate negative thoughts? Is it then just mind against mind or am I still mentally willing that I can fight against the thoughts?

When we talk about our mind and changing the way we think, we have to also change what we see, and change what we speak. Is that done by willing? And if yes, is that done by your will or God’s will?

If God is continually changing the way I think in my mind does it even matter where my thought process began? We have to keep our thoughts focused on what matters, and solidifying what we believe and the types of thoughts we plan to keep will help us to be better grounded.

We must remember that we control our actions, and those actions are given instructions by what we say in our mind. So in the scheme of things, our mind-set will always be more important.

It’s not about our ability to think about what can be done, but for us to think about things that have yet to be done with utter confidence that if it is God’s will, that it can and will be done… and that is what truly matters. Anyway fam, thank you for reading! I pray you have a wonderful weekend, I love you all, and I leave you with this…

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Relationship over Religion

Hey FAM,

Welcome to blog Friday! Yesterday was a little much, but I pray that your week has been well and that you spent this week discovering new things.

So this week we’re discussing Relationship over Religion and I think we have this misconception of what religion is. So if I say religion is the belief in a worship of a controlling power, this is different than saying religion is Christianity, Islam, Judaism, or Buddhism. Different from that is the commonly held idea (at least what I’ve seen of this) that if I’m “religious” then I subscribe to traditional religious practices.

The last definition listed is why I chose relationship over religion.

Using the first definition, yeah I’m religious, but only because it serves my purpose of relationship… and relationship with God (for me) is primarily worship and prayer. My need to have a relationship with God is more important than my need to appear religious.

Why have we placed so much importance on titles?

When someone asks are you religious, I feel the need to ask back, well what’s your definition of religious? Because I could easily Google 3 definitions that don’t apply to me, and what I perceived I’m being asked.

This is what I believe… Sin seperated man from God, but Jesus became the bridge of communication. I also believe that God is thee controlling power and that I’m religious in the sense that I worship a sovereign God… But that worship only fuels the communication that I have with my Heavenly Father. Revelations 3 tells me, 

 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” 

That tells me two things, one, I have to be open to communication. Two, that God is a gentleman in the sense that he’ll knock and wait, allowing me the opportunity to decide what I want to do.

So I ask, what does relationship look like for you? And what is your concept of religion? Are both required of us? And if so, does one carry more weight than the other? I’m curious to know your thoughts!

Anyway, I pray that you have a great day and a wonderful weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this?

John 1:10-13 (NLT)

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Commitment over Motivation

Hey FAM!

How’s your day going? I pray that it has been as productive as mine! Well… Let’s get to it…

This week we’re talking about Commitment over Motivation! I’m going to throw a few other terms to go along with that and I’ll pick them back up in a few (gym, blog, study).

Commitment is defined as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause. On the other hand motivation is defined as the general desire or willingness of someone to do something. This week is important because it caused me to look at some areas of my life in a way that I hadn’t before…(going back to those words from earlier).

Why is my workout and eating habits not consistent? Well, to be totally honest I haven’t always been committed to the cause. Sometimes I see a picture of myself and think, “girl you need to do something about this,” but after a few days I’m like ehhh I’m over it. And then there’s Meal prep! Even I can argue that it takes too long. Orrr I can use the favorite excuse of EVERYBODY that’s unmotivated , “I’m too busy.” The truth is, we make time for what’s important to us. If I’m committed to working out then I’ll make time to work out. If I’m committed to healthy eating then I’d suck it up and do meal prep. If I had been committed to making a lifestyle change then the results would have been different.

Motivation will only take you so far… because what happens the day you aren’t motivated? It likely doesn’t get done!

Another one for me was blogging… Actually, let’s go ahead and add writing to that too! Many of the inconsistencies stemmed from me not feeling like I had something thought-provoking to say. Once I blocked out those thoughts and said, “okay, just write,” those moments ended with some of my best work.

Commitment over motivation.

As for studying, well let’s just say this… I’m well informed on what I want to be informed on. When I know enough of a certain subject, I sometimes move on to something else. I’m motivated to learn some things, committed to others. Now that I’ve had time to examine those areas in a new light, it’s been good for me.

Sooo, by show of hands, who can use some self-improvement? Great, thought you’d raise your hand (lol…mentally of course). What are some areas in your life that you aren’t fully committed to? And why? Remember that commitment is also like a promise. Don’t let yourself down! Let’s talk about how we can hold ourselves more accountable.

Anyway, I love you all and pray that you all have a lovely weekend. Tomorrow’s Friday! I leave you with this…

Proverbs 16:3 NLT
Commit your actions to the LORD,
and your plans will succeed.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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Love over Hate

Hey FAM,

Super excited that its Thursday again! I pray your week has been exciting and Kingdom filled, and that you’re ready for another “Over it.”

This week we’re talking about Love over Hate, and though this one probably feels super straightforward… Is it, is it really? If we turn to my favorite book… The Bible… There are countless scriptures that talk about love.

We’re taught to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, we’re taught that God is love, and we’re even given a guideline of what love is in 1 Corinthians. That we could have knowledge, and wisdom, and prophecy, but without love… It means nothing!

And hate… Yikes! Intense dislike for something or someone. I feel like we understand this well, and don’t understand it at all… All at the same time. The bible tells us to not nurse hatred in our hearts for any of our relatives, and to confront people directly so we’re not held guilty of their sin… but the question I pose for you all today is… If we aren’t consistently showing love, are we showing hate?

If I’m not showing people the love of God on my job, walking down the street, in the grocery store, then what exactly am I exhibiting? 

Okay, let’s consider this as well… Is the opposite of love, hate? Or is the opposite of love indifference? If it is, how can we tell the difference? And what’s worse?

I picture someone being disrespected, and when questioning the offensive party, they say, “well I don’t hate them, I just don’t like them (or don’t care for them) either.” Thanks pal, I’m sure that’s a lot better!

I’ve also heard many people over the course of my life say that in order to hate someone, you had to love them first, so does hate come from hurt? Or jealousy? Or misinformation?

To that I say this… If you’re hurt, confront (in love) the person who hurt you, and if you can’t or won’t, then forgive them. Not for them, but for you. If you’re jealous, don’t be. What God has for you will be for you. Lastly, if you’re misinformed, then get informed. It’s not okay to know that you don’t have all the information yet you’re judging the situation (or person) anyway (Or at all).

Let me just say this… Love is incredible! And it’s infectious… Just like freedom. If you see someone who is free then you also want to be free. If you see love being displayed then you want that too. Hate only causes strife and confusion, and those are NOT attributes of God!

So Fam, examine your hearts… Are you showing love on a daily basis? That’s for you to answer, but let’s purpose to operate in love (as a team)… Anyway, I pray that you all have the rest of a lovely week. And a great weekend. I love you all and I leave you with this…

1 John 2:9 NLT
If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.

Thanks again, God bless and One love.
-Quellz (Komplex Simplicity)

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