God's Fresh Air: Living to Enjoy & Cherish a Life of Purpose with God

God's Fresh Air: Living to Enjoy & Cherish a Life of Purpose with God

by Alicia M Bailey
God's Fresh Air: Living to Enjoy & Cherish a Life of Purpose with God

God's Fresh Air: Living to Enjoy & Cherish a Life of Purpose with God

by Alicia M Bailey

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Overview

Are you a woman that is ready to live the life that God intended for you to live? Do you want to enjoy and cherish a life of purpose with God? If your answer is yes, then God's Fresh Air is the book for you.

Like many women today, Alicia M. Bailey needed to find out who she was so that she could breathe God's Fresh Air. She struggled with knowing her purpose and thinking to herself, Why have I been placed on earth? She had been given many talents and gifts from God, but what were they for? There had to be more for her than just going to work and coming home because she just simply existed, going through the motions of life. And she didn't want to simply exist anymore. Instead, she desired to do more with her life. She wanted to make her mark on earth and bring glory to God in every part of life. In other words, she wanted to breathe God's fresh air. But how could she do that if she didn't know who she was or what she was called to do?

God's Fresh Air communicates to all women a spiritual approach to enjoying and cherishing a life of purpose through the Word of God, real-world experiences, and practical teachings. God's Fresh Air is an inspirational guidebook that inspires women to live on purpose by living the life that God intended for you to live.

Like Alicia, many women find themselves longing to live a life of fulfillment and purpose with God. God's Fresh Air offers spiritual principles and encouragement to women of all ages, allowing you to inhale a new perspective of who you are and exhale the glory of God in your life. Foreword by Shirley Caesar.

www.aliciabaileyministries.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504975124
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

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God's Fresh Air

Living to Enjoy & Cherish a Life of Purpose with God


By Alicia M. Bailey

AuthorHouse

Copyright © 2016 Alicia M. Bailey
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-5049-7512-4



CHAPTER 1

Wake-up! This is your Spiritual Awakening


Each morning as the day begins, millions of women are awaken by the sound of a ringing alarm clock. From the start of the day, you are full-speed ahead never stopping for a moment to breathe God's Fresh Air and cherish the moments of life. Husbands, children, extended family and co-workers along with decisions, meetings and phone calls are all awaiting your presence. Before you even dawn a new day, you are exhausted just thinking about the day ahead. In the midst of all of the day's demands, you are simply sleep walking through life.

Wake-up! This is your spiritual awakening!

Sleep walking is a sleep disorder in which the body is in motion yet the mind is dormant. Unfortunately, many women are sleep walking through life. They are in motion and completing the tasks at hand, however, their minds are elsewhere. But there is something more for you than just going through the motions of life. You were created for something greater and that something greater is to bring glory to God. I believe that God is saying "Breathe My Fresh Air."

Take a moment to look away from the hectic schedules of life to ponder the memory from where God has brought you and visualize where He will take you in this journey of life. Life is tough but God is tougher, and it is because of His grace and mercy that you have survived thus far.

During my journey in life, just like many women, I've had to come to the realization that everything I was, everything I am, and everything I hope to become is because of God. I realized that my life was not about me at all but it is about bringing glory to God.

So I asked God the question, "How do I bring glory to you?" His answer was by cherishing every day and never taking a moment for granted. The truth is, we don't know the day or the hour when God will call us home and so we should live every day treasuring every moment. As a result, my goal was and is to be the best me I can be and live life to the fullest every day. In other words, I began to live life on purpose. From that moment on, I began to savor every moment by being grateful to God for my life, the people in it, and for what He has done. I discovered that by valuing the larger and smaller things in life, I somehow became happier and surprisingly healthier. I took the time to appreciate everything that God had done in my life and as a result I began to breathe freely. So today I encourage you to enjoy your children, love your husband, befriend your friends, love yourself and most importantly be grateful to God, so that He will get the glory from your life.

When you feel overwhelmed by the many responsibilities in life such as parenting, marriage, career, relationships, and even conflicts, remember that God is with you. So relax. He's God, and He has it all under control. You must learn to let God have His way so that you can embrace the sweet fragrance of God and breathe freely.

However, it can sometimes become challenging to find the time to breathe the fragrance of the Master's aroma, but in order to become what God designed you to be, you must stop and breathe. Take a moment to peer through the window of your life. You will find you have a lot to be thankful for.

As a child, my mother would sing a popular nursery rhyme in which a spider would climb up the water spout and suddenly the rain would wash the spider back down. After the rain, the sun would come out to dry the rain away and the spider would climb back up again to continue her chores. As I thought about the spider, this persistent creature that worked extremely hard even after a storm had washed her away, I realized that she was focused on her chores. She never took a moment to look at the beautiful sun that came to her rescue. That was her problem.

Ironically, many women are so devoted to the duties of life that even after a storm or a troublesome circumstance has occurred in their life and the son, Jesus Christ, comes to wipe away their pain they forget to be thankful.

It is only because of the son of God, Jesus, that we are capable of accomplishing the many demands that are expected of us each day and as a result, we owe God a moment of our time.

In the Bible, Martha worked so hard on her task that she forgot her purpose, which was to serve Jesus. But her sister, Mary, took a moment to worship in the presence of her Savior – Luke 10:38-42. Don't be another Martha. Instead be like Mary and take a moment to worship and cherish God. After all, He's our Father. He knows us by name, and He loves us dearly. So I am announcing your wake-up call is now. The concierge has dialed your hotel room number, and it is time to wake up.

Today is a day of new beginnings. "Old things are passed away and behold all things shall become new"--2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV). Starting today you are a new creature in Christ. When you step out of bed shout, "This is the day the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it." — Psalms 118:24 (NIV).

Don't dread the day ahead. After all, this is another day that you are alive. God is kissing you good morning because you are purposed to bring Him glory. Tell the Lord you love Him and breathe in His goodness.

As you wake your child, embrace their beautiful faces and encourage them to be all that God has called for them to become. Love your husband and adorn him with an intimate kiss. Remember that you are a child of the Most High God, purposed to bring glory and honor to God's name. People should see God in you and His goodness in your home, on your job, in your relationships and in everything you do. And you should cherish every moment in life.

Now that's living for a purpose and breathing God's Fresh Air. So today, wake up to be refreshed and cherish every moment.

"This is your Spiritual Awakening!"


Chapter 1: Notes and Study Questions

Chapter Focus: This chapter focuses on a spiritual awakening, encouraging you to breathe God's Fresh Air. Breathing God's Fresh Air means to take the time to enjoy and cherish life as God intends for every believer to do. Throughout the upcoming chapters you will gain spiritual principles on how to enjoy and cherish life with God (Breathe God's Fresh Air).

Do you need a spiritual awakening? If so, Why?

How do you bring glory and honor to God in your life?

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What do you want to gain from reading this book?

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Did this chapter change your thinking? How?

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CHAPTER 2

Who are you in Christ?


There comes a time in life when every woman should reach a spiritual maturity in which they no longer allow people or material things to define who they are. Instead they look to God. Many women struggle to find who they are in Christ, because the world has used titles, roles, and even possessions to define who they are.

When asked the question who are you? Many people will give their job title or position. But the question is not who are you in the world? The question is who are you in Christ? Who you are is much deeper than worldly titles, possessions, and the opinions of others.

In my life, I had to realize that I was more than just an educator or school administrator. I was more than just a church member or a speaker. I was even more than just a sister, daughter, or wife. But I am a disciple of Christ.

Defining who you are in Christ requires you to look deeply into yourself and the word of God. It requires you to evaluate the bigger picture of identity. In other words, you must intensely evaluate yourself. This evaluation considers your behaviors, values, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Self-evaluation is an essential part of finding who you are in Christ and it requires extreme honesty. Being honest with yourself helps you to discover who you are in the Lord.

So let's begin this spiritual journey of self-discovery.

"Who are you?"

Take a moment to make a self-discovery list of everything you know about yourself. Think deeply about who you really are. This list should not include superficial blessings such as material things but should represent your character, values, behaviors, likes and dislikes. Your self-discovery list should include your strengths and even your weaknesses. The purpose of this list is to help you along your spiritual journey of self-discovery. Look inside yourself to find that virtuous woman that God has created

--Proverbs 31:10-31.

Ask yourself these questions.

"What are my strengths and what are my weaknesses?"

"What do I enjoy in life and what do I dislike?"

"What am I afraid of and what am I thankful or glad about?"

"How do I handle difficulty and how do I celebrate success?"

Do not share these answers with anyone. This self-discovery list is for your eyes only, so be honest. Your list can be as long or as detailed as you like. Ask yourself honestly "Who am I?"

By now, you may be wondering why this list is important. Well, this self-discovery list was essential for my own spiritual journey of breathing God's Fresh Air. And it will be essential to your spiritual journey as well.

One morning at about 3am, I was having difficulty falling asleep. I began to list everything I knew about myself. I drew a circle and wrote my name on the inside and on the outside of the circle I began to write things I knew about myself. I thought of as many details as I could. Some of the details listed were small such as "likes pizza" and some were big such as "hypertension." For three days, I worked on this list, writing down everything I knew about myself. Some details were embarrassing, some were humorous, but they were all about me. I had no idea why God had told me to make this list, yet I was intrigued and eager to complete it.

When I finished, I placed it under my mattress because it was personal and I did not want anyone to see it. For several days, I kept going back and forth to look at it. Why did God have me write it? What was it for? Finally, one night I picked it up and began to ponder the things that I had written and suddenly I realized that my list was unique. No one in this whole world could make a list exactly like mine.

None of it focused on material things such as a car, a house, or a bank account. But all of it had to do with who I was inside. At that moment, I realized that all 122 details I had written about myself were not so bad after all. In fact, my list was good enough and if it was good enough that meant I was good enough. After all, the list was about me, right? Yes, there were some things listed that I needed to improve on and things listed that I was not proud of, but it was still good enough.

Many women have been conditioned by life's circumstances, television and media to believe that they don't measure up. In fact, the world would have you believe that you are not good enough. Many women have convinced themselves that they have to become more than whom they really are, and they are pressured to live up to the standards of a superficial society. But you must understand that despite human flaws, shortcomings and mistakes you are still good enough for God. God can use us all, and He will never cast you aside or turn you away--John 6:37. In other words, you are good enough for God to use.

As you ponder your self-discovery list, you should realize that your list is matchless. Indeed, you are the salt of the earth--Matthew 5:13 (NIV) and you are created uniquely. God said, "I knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb and before you were born I set you apart"--Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT).

Everyone has made mistakes and has regrets. We all have strengths, weaknesses and areas to grow but we are still good enough for God to use. You should not compare yourself to other people or measure yourself by material gain.

Instead you should look to God because He is our source and provider. Never make excuses for who you are based upon what the media or television say women should be or look like. Instead, you should be proud of whom you are in Christ and rely only on what the word of God teaches. As a believer, you have been charged to be the best you that you can be. Today I ask you, "Who are you in Christ?" The answer: You are a unique woman of God that is good enough for God to use in extraordinary ways!


Chapter 2: Notes and Study Questions

Chapter Focus: This chapter focuses on finding who you are in Christ. In this chapter you will conduct a self-evaluation and a study of who you really are in Christ. The lesson learned from this chapter is that every woman is unique and God loves us all despite our unique differences. You are good enough for God to use in extraordinary ways.

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Likes: _________________________ Dislikes: ______________________

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What are my God-given gifts? ___ ________________________________

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Alternative: Who are you in Christ?

Use either list. This page or the previous page will benefit you. Add as many circles as needed.


Chapter 2: Notes and Study Questions

How has this chapter affected you spiritually?

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CHAPTER 3

Relinquish Control and Trust God


One of the main reasons many women cannot breathe freely in the Lord is because they have not relinquished control to God. Are you a person who attempts to dictate how everything around you is done? Are you a person who has to be in control of everything? Are you easily frustrated when others around you are not behaving as you want them too? Do you become stressed when you do not know what is going to happen in the future? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then you may need to relinquish control to God. I say that because I was a person who needed to relinquish control to the Lord.

At one point in my life I wanted to control everything in life. I was a planner and I wanted to plan and organize everything. I wanted to know what was going to happen, how it was going to happen, and when it was going to happen. I wanted to know all the details about life and I tried to plan everything out. The truth is I wanted to control everything. When in fact, I was not controlling anything.

In my experience, trying to control life without the Lord is exhausting because when things do not go according to plan you became stressed and frustrated. As a result, you use up your own energy trying to handle things on your own. Through my own life experiences and relationship with God I realized that I could not control everything in life. And as I grew and matured into the woman I am today I had to face the harsh reality that there are things in life that are beyond my control. In fact, I had to relinquish control to the Lord.

The bottom line is you cannot control other people's feelings, thoughts, behaviors, or attitudes. You cannot control the decisions or choices that other adults or family members make. You cannot control the actions of members in the congregation or co-workers on your job. You can only control the things that God has entrusted to you. As for the other things in life that are beyond your control, you must let go and let God have His way. In other words, you must relinquish control to the Lord if you really want to breathe freely in God.

Relinquishing control to the Lord requires you to trust Him with your life. Trust is defined as the belief that someone is reliable, good, and honest. To trust someone means that you believe that they have your best interest at heart and no one is as trustworthy as God. The truth is you can trust God with your life because He loves you. God's love is so deep that He can be trusted with every problem or concern that occurs in your life. He can be trusted to wipe away the sin of your past and implement the promises of your future. God will never let you down, never give up on you, and never leave you alone because He loves you. This is why the Bible teaches us to, "Cast all of your cares or worries to God because He cares for us. "— 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT). In other words, you can trust in the Lord because He loves you. Therefore, you don't have to try to control life on your own but instead you can "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;"-Proverbs 3:5 (NIV).

When you try to control things yourself, you say to the Lord that His power is not good enough or strong enough to handle your situation. When you try to control things on your own, you run the risk of blocking your blessings and getting in the way of God's promises. But instead, you must learn to rest in the finished works of the Lord Jesus Christ because He has already made provisions for your problem to be solved. In fact, He's got it all under control. Relinquishing control and trusting God means that you surrender all of your problems and concerns to the Lord by believing in Him.

In life, there are things that you cannot control with your own human strength but the Lord Jesus Christ can. Jesus said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." – Matthew 19:26 (KJV).

By relinquishing control and trusting God you can walk in "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" — Philippians 4:7(KJV). There is a sweet peace of mind that you gain when you put your trust in the Lord and relinquish control to Him. After all, you're not controlling life anyway. God should be in control of your life.


(Continues...)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Part 1: Inhaling the New You,
Chapter 1 Wake-up! This is your Spiritual Awakening, 3,
Chapter 2 Who are you in Christ?, 9,
Chapter 3 Relinquish Control and Trust God, 15,
Chapter 4 Balance your Life, 21,
Part 2: Exhaling Purpose,
Chapter 5 Discovering and Fulfilling Purpose, 29,
Chapter 6 Embrace the Unfamiliar, 35,
Chapter 7 Equipped for the Challenge, 41,
Part 3: Keep Breathing Freely,
Chapter 8 God's Great Grace, 47,
Chapter 9 Prayer and Meditation, 51,
Chapter 10 Live with a Grateful Heart, 57,
Chapter 11 The Call for Salvation, 61,

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