Friday, March 31, 2017

your relationship with God and People

[an excerpt from my blog post 2 years ago today that applies to all areas of life...and speaks to me again today with life circumstances I am facing...]

The more you ask yourself the hard questions and find your own answers through prayer and seeking Gods will in your life, the more you will realize that the answers come and that everyone will have an opinion as they view your life through their lens and their own personal experiences. The more you keep this in focus and use the comments, feedback, and insight as additional guidance but not necessarily the written plan God has for your journey, the more you won't let the differences they bring up to oppose you and stop you from pursuing [your] life.

Yes, many people will challenge you. Disagree with you. Tell you you are wrong. They will do their best to pull you back from facing your fears, your dreams, your desires, and your vision that you have for your life. They will believe they have better wisdom than you. Yet, if you will appreciate having them in your life as a tool to help sort out the answers, knowing these people are not the answer, but they can be used to influence you, you will be letting these situations have their perfect work. When it is tested against God's ways, then and only then, will you be following Gods will for your life.
#WhoseVoiceAreYouListeningTo #BeCourageous #FollowGod #LiveIntentionally

Thursday, March 30, 2017

poem ~ grace

Grace
when you are blessed for no reason.

Grace 
when you get something wonderful you don't deserve.

Grace
the action that brings peace to a situation you deserve punishment or consequences for.

Grace
the only reason to excuse anything.

Grace
the benefit to anyone who asks for it.

Grace
we all want it but rarely give it.

Grace
what would our lives be like without it?

#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #Grace

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

poem ~ in a crisis

The process of a crisis
is breaking us down
And shaking us out,
Removing any certainty
but many times adding to doubt.

When in the moment of a crisis
as hard as it is to believe
Beyond everything you see,
There is a benefit of shifting 
the energy in me.

When you face a crisis
you must focus on what's real
For in this moment of truth,
You uncover the realization 
the intensity of events so surreal.

To make it through a crisis
you must see things in a different light
And focus on what's important,
For that my dear friend
is enough to handle for the moment.

But even in a crisis
there are miracles to be seen
For when you get slammed with loads of bad stuff,
You can still hold onto the dream
and find gratitude in all things.

As you live in a crisis
and shake out the excess
Somehow it's easier to see more clearly,
The ones around you 
who love you most dearly.

When you're in a crisis
it seems like it's an endless tunnel
To endless questions that cycle,
Wishing answers to come 
to shape the options for this mile.

No matter your crisis 
there is always the hope
That once you live through this moment,
You will heal and be safe again
and know you don't just have to cope.

Your crisis will come
and it will go
But the lessons it leaves with you
Follow you
wherever you go.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #InACrisis #ThePowerOfChoice

Monday, March 27, 2017

poem ~ the sea of life

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Entangled and weighed down
by everything bothering me?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Broken to pieces
or able to be healed freely?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be,
Living washed out and tired
dreading the life around me?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Destroyed by the storms
or captured by their beauty?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Built up by words of hope
or torn down by my surroundings?

In the sea of life ,
will I choose to be
Riding the waves with ease
or drowning in doubt continually?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Silently considering the truth
that abounds so openly?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Living from the heart
knowing I've been set free?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Alive and connected,
fully able to be me?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Filled with hope and love
for everything in and around me?

In the sea of life,
will I chose to be
Growing in freedom and grace
living authentically?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Blinded by nothing but love
sharing so all can see?

In the sea of life,
will I choose to be
Pursuing what matters most
or hiding intentionally?

In the see of life,
there are options you see
For nobody is forced
to be anything lovely.

In the sea of life,
the choice is up to me
Whether I live abundantly
or die ever so silently.

#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #TheSeaOfLife #CreateTheLifeYouWant

Saturday, March 25, 2017

poem ~ beautiful soul

You're a beautiful soul
I want you to know
Don't let life get you down
Or make you feel out of control.

You're a beautiful soul
From the inside out
If you would only keep this perspective
As you drown in your doubt.

You're a beautiful soul 
That's felt lots of pressure
But the truth is you're being developed 
In infinite measures.

You're a beautiful soul 
With a strength in your heart
That's not gonna quit
No matter the darts.

You're a beautiful soul 
With the capacity too
To love beyond those
That continually hurt you.

You're a beautiful soul 
I hope you can see
That it really is a choice
To live and be free.

You're a beautiful soul 
With a heart of pure gold
It sometimes is difficult 
To break through the mould.

You're a beautiful soul
With so much potential 
Keep living your life
But remember the essential.

You're a beautiful soul 
That's finally found its voice
Don't stop for the ones 
Trying to take away your choice.

You're a beautiful soul
I want you to feel
The impact of love
Is something really real.

You're a beautiful soul 
Believe me it's true
There's nobody just like
The uniqueness of you.

#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #BeautifulSoul

Friday, March 24, 2017

I would have lost heart...again...and again...

I would have lost heart...when I got diagnosed with Moderately Severe Depression February 2017, unless I believe this would help me learn more about myself and help me love myself more.

I would have lost heart...when I didn't have the strength to do my everyday chores, due to endless fatigue and sleepless nights, unless I believe that I can have gratitude in all things was something I could actually do and not just a good idea to implement or talk about.

I would have lost heart...when I gave $23k to a Girlfriends Non-Profit to fund projects I am passionate about after my 1st Mission Trip, leaving $300 in my Business Checking Account, cutting me out of her life with no chance of discussion, reconciliation, forgiveness, unless I believe that true love never fails and that this doesn't have to be just left to Jesus.

I would have lost heart...when I was questioned in a deposition about forging someone's signature unless I had a clear conscious and knew I had never forged anyone's signature at any time ever in my whole life and somehow God would have the truth be exposed.

I would have lost heart...when I decided to terminate my Medical Billing Services after being in the Industry for 20 Years and it being one of the main sources of revenue in my business for almost 13 Years, unless I believed that God was working out a better plan for me to have less stress in my life, even if that meant not having any discretionary income and even having to implement a very tight budget which meant no monthly travel like I've done the last 2 Years.

I would have lost heart...when people criticize what I post on Facebook and don't try to learn my perspective, don't see my heart, don't want to love even in disagreements, don't appreciate my vulnerability and desire to create connection, unless I knew that to make a ripple effect like Jesus means you won't be liked or be received much of the time and that the truth is that God is asking me to follow Him, not you.

I would have lost heart...in ALL of these things and more, unless I believed that when you experience a breakdown this allows you to fully have a breakthrough, to more fully grow into a deeper, courageous, beautiful and loving person if you let it.

...unless.

Unless, I believed God would be faithful to complete His work in me.

Unless, I believed God would help me get through this too.

Unless, I believed I could hold on and find strength to whether this storm, pain and challenge.

Unless, I believed that I would become stronger by all that I am facing.

Yesssssss...

...I would have despaired and lost heart, unless I had not believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord! ~ Psalm 27:13 AMP

#TheSassyVoice #DontQuit #KeepTheFaith #GodsPlan #HaveFaith #Believe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

poem ~ my heart

You took my heart
and squeezed it too
Until it was all
black and blue.

You didn't think
I'd feel it bleed
You poked so hard
but there was no need.

The knife blade deep
into the wall
The pain so strong
911 you must call.

The heart ripped open
bleeding everywhere 
You act as if
you couldn't care.

If you only knew
what you held in your grasp
Could have been protected
instead of thrown in the trash.

Surgery done 
to make it new
To bring the strength
and the beat back true.

The heart is tender
and easily won
Yet it takes one wound
for it to become undone.

Yet I wonder if
in the midst of moans
If we would feel 
the resilient undertones.

The heart is made
to live for hope
To find its strength
as you cling to the rope.

Don't let someone
who crushed it deep
Make you forget
the benefits to keep.

Life can be hard
the impact brutal
Your intentional choices 
completely crucial.

Stay true to you
each day you draw
Breath into your heart
don't keep it raw.

The choice is yours
what will you do
To live connected
to the inner you.

Feed it with love
and forgive always
For this is key to life
to build the best of days.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #MyHeart #LoveOnPurpose #ThePowerOfChoice #ChooseLife #CreateTheLifeYouWant #LiveIntentionally

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

life lessons from yoga ~ part 2

I love approaching the every day things I do in life with an intent on how to apply the lessons to other areas of my life.  One of the things I love about Yoga, is the way my Yoga Instructor creates illustrations that bleed over into other areas of my life.  That enhance my life and make me live more connected, deeper, fuller, thriving, and sustaining moments.

One of these such lessons was this last week in which she said that air does not become breath until it reaches the lungs.  And it does not become energy until it reaches the stomach.

Think about that.  You are breathing air.

But if you do not breath it deeply into your lungs, it does not become breath.

And if you do not take that breath deeply into your stomach, you do not create energy.

Sounds simple.

Until you catch yourself holding your breath on an intense phone call with a client when they are chewing you out, telling you that you are lying, that this project is taking too long, that they have given you everything you have asked for.

Until you hold your breath wondering if that person is going to stop at the red light or plow right through and hit you.

Until you catch yourself only breathing into your throat, feeling the short, shallow, lifeless energy in your body.

Yet what happens when you learn concepts like this?  It helps you to focus on your body.  To control the things we can and create a Mind Body connection so that you get the most out of the air around you, so that you have breath within you, and ultimately have energy to flow out of you.

To live life.  To live in the moment.  To feel alive.  To fulfill the tasks you have for the day.  To create abundance.  We need air.  We need breath.  We need energy.

Today, I want to ask you: Are you utilizing air and turning it into breath and converting it to energy?

Will you stop and take 3 deep breaths.

Close your eyes.

Resonate with how it makes you feel.  What changes when you do this?

I want to encourage you to don't be shallow in your connection to your breath and creating energy! Utilize the tools you have been given to give your body power.  Will you join me in doing this in your own life as I do it in mine?

#TheSassyVoice #ADifferentPerspective #BeMore #ThePowerOfChoice #LifeLessons #YouGetWhatYouFocusOn #CreateTheLifeYouWant #Yoga #YogaLessons

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

poem ~ you've been given

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given life.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given a clean slate.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given grace.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given incredible blessings.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given a new image.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given strength and power.

Because someone loved you so much
You've been given the key to freedom.

How will you live with what you've been given?
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #YouveBeenGiven

Monday, March 20, 2017

love my friends

Today, I want to express extreme gratitude for my friends!

I love my friends.

The ones who help me do things that are too hard for me right now to do on my own. And for understanding that this is hard for me when I have always taken care of myself.

The ones who speak love into me as I walk through a rough chapter, helping me to keep my focus when I have lost the direction, motivation and determination to stay the fight.

The ones that lift a hand to do a chore that I do not have the energy for it.

The ones that speak my love languages, knowingly or unknowingly.

The ones that hug me and say I care. Be you. Keep sharing your message. I love you. You matter.

The ones that encourage me to love me and rest.

The ones who will take time to meet for coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, a concert, church, or stop by to say hello.

The ones who send text messages.

The ones who call and if I don't answer don't get pissed off.

The ones who understand and when they don't, seek to understand deeper because they aren't gonna loose sight of who I really am, not getting upset over one comment or post I make on Facebook.

The ones who understand the emotional and physical pain I am going through. And if they don't, who just simply say I am sorry. They aren't trying to fix me.

The ones who know that I want a deeper level of transformation.

The ones who believe in me. Maybe even more then I believe in myself.

Thank YOU for being in my Circle of Friends.
#Gratitude #GratefulHeart #HeartOfLove #CircleOfFriends

poem ~ not alone

You're not alone,
I'm right here with you.

You're not alone,
I see the choices you have to make.

You're not alone,
I know the pressure of the day.

You're not alone,
Even when it feels like it.

You're not alone,
I deeply love you.

You're not alone,
I'm showing you signs on how to take the next step.

You're not alone,
I've heard your fervent prayers.

You're not alone,
I see the needs you have.

You're not alone,
I've heard your cry of desperation.

You're not alone,
This moment too shall pass.

You're not alone,
You don't have to play it safe.

You're not alone,
I see the pain in your eyes.

You're not alone,
Let me carry this for you.

You're not alone,
I'm writing your unique story.

You're not alone,
I created this beautiful day for you.

You're not alone,
There is meaning in everything you experienced.

You're not alone,
Just keep breathing. Deeply.

You're not alone,
Hear the still small voice inside you.

You're not alone,
Take heart and be courageous.

You're not alone,
Strength comes in facing your fears.

You're not alone,
Joy comes when you look up.

You're not alone,
Choose faith over doubt.

You're not alone,
Consider all the great things that have been done for you.

You're not alone,
You've been given incredible freedom.

You're not alone,
Look up and see beyond the clouds.

You're not alone,
There is purpose in your pain.

You're not alone,
Peace is one of the benefits of faith.

You're not alone,
Even when you feel like giving up.

You're not alone,
Continue to be brave.

You're not alone,
I'm filling your heart up with love.

You're not alone,
The key is on your pocket.

You're not alone,
I can trust. In you. In me. In them.

You're not alone,
I'm not afraid.

You're not alone,
You will never loose the battle because you're on the winning team.

You're not alone,
I've made an imprint on your heart.

You're not alone,
Don't loose heart in the fight.

You're not alone,
For you are an overcomer.

You're not alone,
I made you a promise.

You're not alone,
I am never gonna leave.

You're not alone,
Will you believe me?
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #NotAlone

Sunday, March 19, 2017

is what Jesus said aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: I command you to Love. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: The truth will set you free. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: Have NO other God's before me. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: I am the way, the truth, the life. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: I will never leave you or forsake you. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: I have overcome the world. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: You can do all things in my strength. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: Trust me. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: Go and sin no more. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: He can do more than I/We could ask or think. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: Redeem the time. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: Be strong and of good courage. Is this aggressive or gentle?

Jesus said: He would make a way where there is no way. Is this aggressive or gentle?


Aggressive = vigorously energetic; boldly assertive; emphasizing maximum growth.


Gentle = gradual; easily handled or managed; soft or low.
You get to choose. What you believe. What you want to add to your life. How you want to live it.


I want to encourage you to be courageous, be generous and be loving!

I want to encourage you to love on purpose!

I want to encourage you to be open, authentic and vulnerable!

I want to encourage you connect from your heart!

I want to encourage you to be aggressive in your approach to living an abundant life!

I want to encourage you to live intentionally in freedom!

What will you choose? 
#TheSassyVoice #ChooseLove #ThePowerOfChoice #BeCouragous #BeGenerous #BeLoving

Saturday, March 18, 2017

poem ~ questions

The questions I ask you,
I ask myself.
You can go down their walkway
or leave them on the shelf.
The choice is yours.

The questions I ask you,
I ask myself.
They can shift your energy
or leave you puzzled and stuck.
The choice is yours.

The questions I ask you,
I ask myself.
You can see it as an answer to life
or a dead end road.
The choice is yours.

The questions I ask you,
I ask myself.
You will let them change you
or you can believe they'll harm you.
The choice is yours.

The questions I ask you,
I ask myself.
You can ask your own
or you can leave them unasked.
The choice is yours.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #Questions

Friday, March 17, 2017

What does aggressive mean to you?

I was at an event this past week in which I shared a few thoughts, 3 different times, to some things that were being discussed in a group topic.  One of those times I described and referred to myself as an aggressive chic, to which one of the "leaders" said, let's not use that word, to correct me.  

I froze.  My mind racing.  Trying to put the pieces together to understand why I shouldn't use that word and see it from their perspective.  It has left me asking these questions:

Why do we have such an issue with the word aggressive?  I understand there is power in our words, but why do we feel some words have negative meaning only?  Why do we act like aggression is a BAD thing?  Why don't we be strong and know that aggression is a strength, not a weakness, not a negative character trait?  

Why do we assume in the religious culture that meekness means something specific and that it means aggressive isn't in alignment with a "godly" life?  Why do we assume it means something it doesn't?  What will it take for us to see things differently?

Why do people fight vulnerability?  Why do we not accept connection?  Why don't we live from our heart?  Why can we not extend love even if aggression isn't something good?  Why do we try to change people?  

I am aggressive in my pursuit of all things excellent. 

I am aggressive in my love for connection, great conversation, and authentic vulnerable relationships.  

I am aggressive at living debt free, and maintaining this lifestyle.  

I am aggressive at facing my fears.  Every last one of them. 

I am aggressive at choosing love in all things.  

I am aggressive in my pursuit of God.

I am aggressive in being a Proverbs 31 Woman, full of strength, dignity and who laughs at the future.

I am aggressive in seeking truth.

I am aggressive at being me...and loving and accepting me for who I am, not trying to be someone I am not.  And when I don't like who I am, I will give myself more grace.  And forgiveness.

I am aggressive at creating the life I want.

I am aggressive at keeping a routine so that I meet my goals.

I am aggressive at creating a fervent prayer life.

I am aggressive at working through my horrific childhood and the layers and triggers that it brings as I continue to live intentionally in freedom. 

I am aggressive at being all in the game.

I am aggressive at being proactive.

I am aggressive at learning from others.

I am aggressive at practicing Yoga.

I am aggressive at removing anything that doesn't add value to my life.

I am aggressive at living a life in simplicity.

I am aggressive at being courageous, generous and loving...my core values.

What else should I add to this list?  How can we create a ripple effect and change the world?
#TheLifeOfMisty #ADifferentPerspective #CreateTheLifeYouWant #LiveIntentionally #BeYOU #BeTheChange #RippleEffect

Thursday, March 16, 2017

how can you show more love and grace?

Tuesday, I had a luncheon meeting with a group of Women who have a mission to connect, lead, and support women in the workplace to reach their God-given potential, with their faith as the foundation. As I was leaving this event at a restaurant in Southlake, there were two sets of double glass doors at the exit. There happened to be a man at both of these, one at the inner exit and one at the final exit.
I was chatting with one of the ladies as we were walking down the stairs to exit these two sets of double doors, answering a few of her questions and we were in a deep conversation about life, events and things going on.

When I walked by the first guy I looked at him directly in the eyes and said Thank YOU. He didn't respond. As I went through the second set of doors, I thought I nodded to this guy and said Thank YOU turning to answer my friends question as she was behind me as we continued walking out. As we got outside we stopped at the curb to finish our conversation and give each other hugs.
And it was then we heard a voice say: "You are Welcome." It was sarcastic and in a tone that ripped at my heart. I looked at my friend and she looked at me and back at the door as it closed and said, "Did we not Thank him?". I shook my head in bewilderment and said "I thought we did, or I thought I had acknowledged him, but maybe I just meant to?"

As I stood there trying to piece together what just happened I wasn't sure what I should do. Do I walk back in and say, "Excuse me sir, I didn't mean to offend you, I apologize!" Or do I just let it go and realize I was evidently not clear enough in my Thank YOU since he didn't receive it. But if I did walk back inside, would he say "It's no big deal?" Or would he make some ugly statement about how us woman are not thankful for men in our lives, or that we are too independent, or some other statement to add more hurt to the already fragile situation?

As I stood there, trying to figure out what I should do, and how to let this comment that pricked my heart deeply be just a drop of water rolling off a ducks back, I prayed that the Lord would help him to see it was not intentional by me (or my friend) to not acknowledge his kind gesture, whatever I did or didn't do. That he would understand that we were knee deep in conversation, and it hadn't been our intention to not thank him as I knew I had thanked the first guy and thought I had nodded and said Thank YOU to him too. I asked the Lord to heal his hurt that was affecting a stranger he didn't even know. I asked God to help me be more attentive in these situations to express it and not just feel it and make sure that I am not so caught up in the moment that I cause hurt in someone's life.

As I finished my conversation with my friend, she reminded me that we had just discussed that you can't let someone else's response to what you do or say ruin your day. Let it go. Their response is on them, not on you.

Sometimes this is hard in a world that seeks to blame everyone else for whatever happens. In a society that can't say I just want you to know this hurt me. In a culture that doesn't know how to just give love and grace, even if it is not reciprocated.

My question to you today are two things:

How do you handle things like this when someone clearly was very offended?

How can you be more focused today to extend love and grace to those around you?
#TheSassyVoice #ADifferentPerspective #ChooseLove #LoveOnPurpose #RealLifeSituations #BeAnExample #BeDifferent #RelationshipsMatter

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Prayer 03.15.2017

Dear Lord God of My Life,

Today I seek you for guidance and direction with those things on my heart. I ask you to show up in a way today that helps me see you, feel you and trust you (SFT) more deeply. Help me to learn the lessons you have for me today, all while knowing that today is a gift.

I ask you to help me realize that there is extreme power in my words, positive energy and affirmations set to confirm truth. I want to live more in alignment with the calling you have for me. Help me to know what to say no to and what to say yes to. Help me to keep my priorities in focus and my eyes on the vision and end goal. Help me to not loose heart and focus on the good things you are doing, in and through me.

Help me to love myself to the same level and depth you do, so that I can love others fully. Help me to have grace for myself, and extend this grace to others. Help me to forgive myself, so that forgiveness of others is prominent.

Help me to seek truth, always. Help me to infuse every aspect of my day with peace, to release all anxiety and worry, to face my fears by just doing it any way. Guide me and direct me through this process as I at times get caught up in the storm. Show me ways to live out the truth of all these things with more authenticity, with courage, in strength, with dignity, by love and always in hope with grit.
I pray this in your most loving, powerful and generous name, AMEN!
#PrayerWarriors #PrayerStrategy #PrayerChangesLives #Pray #FerventPrayer

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Quotes

While I hate to ever lose a supporter, I've come to realize that one who would abandon me over a single statement or decision I made is a person who would abandon me sooner or later anyway.
   - Mike Huckabee

Monday, March 13, 2017

what makes a great relationship?

What makes a great relationship? What do you feel makes connected friendships? What do you feel is the definition of a true friend?

I am tired of fake friends. I want real people in my life. I want people who want to be open, vulnerable, authentic. I want people who want to interact online and offline. I want people who want to live and talk what they really believe, even if it is different then me. I want people who know what love is and live it.

You say what are fake friends? People that say they love you but don't show it. People that say one thing to your face or on your posts, but act differently when with other people or behind your back. People that don't just scroll and snoop on your posts and gossip to others about what you are doing, saying, living, giving, being, having. People that don't connect for a value based relationship but have an ulterior reason. People that don't want to live authentic on all levels. People who the moment they don't like what you are doing create distance. People who can't handle when you are going through a rough chapter and leave you by the side of the road.

To me. These are fake friends.

I am working on a poem about them. But I am also working through things in my heart and mind because some days, I think it's time to clean house. I hear about people doing this and I have always had a different perspective. Because I believe in love and I thought you could love fake people.

Today, I wonder if that is working? I wonder what influence it is making on me as I aim to live out God's calling on my life and be all in the game? 

How do you deal with fake friends? How do you sift these people out of your life without creating drama? How do you approach situations like this?
#CircleOfFriends #Reflections #RelationshipsMatter #ADifferentPerspective #CreateTheLifeYouWant

Sunday, March 12, 2017

poem ~ lost hour

You lost an hour 
Of precious sleep
But oh how long 
Will you keep that on repeat?

You lost an hour
We all did Friend
It was not your choice
So does it matter in the end?

You lost an hour
I'm sure you've wasted more
By decisions and actions
That you made at the core.

You lost an hour
I'm sure it's not the first
Just don't let this be
The definition of the worst.

You lost an hour
Of your life in time
But the presence of you
Is still divine!

You lost an hour
You can't get back
But don't let it throw 
You completely off track.

You lost an hour
There still is twenty three
The choice of them
Is totally up to thee.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #LostHour #TimeChange #ADifferentPerspective #MakeTheMostOfTheMoment

Saturday, March 11, 2017

poem ~ have faith

The pathway is dark
and obscured from your view
You wonder which direction 
you should head in anew.

Beaten down by rain
your cold from the drops 
Looking for a moment
when this storm will stop.

You forge through the darkness
looking around for such clues
The options remain uncertain
tho you absolutely must choose.

Afraid of each turn
but what if you considered
The undiscovered blessing
you learn in this adventure.

The key to which direction 
is obtained only in faith
For life is made clear
when this is your base.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #FaithIs #HaveFaith

Thursday, March 9, 2017

poem ~ believe in love

You say that you believe in love,
Then why do you feed your doubt?
You say that you believe in love,
So why don't you dish it out?

You say that you believe in love,
Does this change throughout the years?
You say that you believe in love,
Why do you hold onto all your fears?

You say that you believe in love,
Won't you please be patient with me?
You say that you believe in love,
Yet how jealous can you be?

You say that you believe in love,
But kindness you just can't give?
You say that you believe in love,
Yet none of this you live?

You say that you believe in love,
Won't you see the best in everyone?
You say that you believe in love,
Will you try to be a reflection?

You say that you believe in love,
But won't hope until the end?
You say that you believe in love,
Then why did you walk out on me friend?
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #BelieveInLove #LoveOnPurpose #ChooseLove

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

poem ~ believe

I believe
When the road gets hard,
When I loose my step,
When I've lost direction,
I believe.

I believe 
When I doubt there's grace,
When I can't feel your love,
When I fear forgiveness,
I believe.

I believe 
When I have no more strength, 
When I've been wounded in the fight, 
When I'm in pain another night,
I believe.

I believe 
When the walls close in,
When I'm chained again,
When I hurt within,
I believe.

I believe 
When doubt fills my mind,
When clouds prevent sunshine, 
When rain has drenched my bones,
I believe.

I believe
When I can't breathe,
When I just don't see,
When there ain't words,
I believe.

I believe
When my heart doesn't feel it,
When my mind can't comprehend it,
When my body won't do it,
I believe.

Will you believe?
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #Believe

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

what does it mean to be vulnerable?

Being vulnerable and sharing your heart doesn't mean you are weak...it means you are being honest. You are willing to quit living in a mask and be open, authentic and truly live in reality. It means you know you have dark deep work to do. It means you aren't willing to be like everyone else and just accept status quo. It means you are willing to face your FEARS and do the difficult process of digging deep.

Just because you have fears and false perceptions doesn't mean you have self pity for your situation or that you are a negative person because you have fears. Having fears allows you to develop your courage and press through them.

LiveBIG friends!
#CreateTheLifeYouWant #LiveIntentionally #Authenticity #LiveBIG #ADifferentPerspective

poem ~ hope

Oh to have hope
In the middle of the night,
Oh to have hope
That it will turn out alright.
Oh to have hope
When you've given your all,
Oh to have hope
That you'll answer the call.
Oh to have hope
When life seems on end,
Oh to have hope
That you won't just give in.
Oh to have hope
In the journey each day,
Oh to have hope
In the kindest of ways.
Oh to have hope
When darkness is there,
Oh to have hope
That somebody cares.
Oh to have hope
In the meaning of life,
Oh to have hope
To make everything right.
Oh to have hope
To believe you can change,
Oh to have hope
When things stay the same. 
Oh to have hope
In the greatest pure love,
Oh to have hope
Through the ugliest mud.
Oh to have hope
When your left all alone,
Oh to have hope
With friends in your home.
Oh to have hope
In the morning sunrise,
Oh to have hope
Even in the goodbyes.
Oh to have hope 
In the evening sunset,
Oh to have hope
The best is still yet.
Oh to have hope 
In each moment today,
Oh to have hope
Is a gift always.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #Hope #HopePrevails #LiveWithHope #HopeIsTheCure

Monday, March 6, 2017

poem ~ be

Be a pebble
that skips across the lake
making a point
to hit every mark it meets.

Be a ripple
in the ocean waters depths
that causes another
to feel the vastness of forgiveness.

Be a ray of light
against the bright blue skies
in the day 
and in the dark black of night.

Be a mustard seed
that is small enough to plant 
more in faith
for nothing will be impossible.

Be a flower
so fragrant and full of beauty
that everyone
will remember the impact of its touch.

Be a tree
planted by the river of life
with roots so deep
to be strength in the storms.

Be a voice
to encourage the lonely soul
and echo 
the love we all want to know.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TheSassyVoice #Be #CreateTheLifeYouWant #LiveIntentionally #CircleOfInfluence

Sunday, March 5, 2017

poem ~ freedom from regret

You've been given all the freedom
from the things that keep you stuck,
To live a life of blessings
without payment of regret.

Yet you continue to be mistaken
on what you must do to stay in step,
With the rules and requirements
to live a life without regret.

You've chosen to keep the chains
tied tight around your ankle,
To keep you from moving forward
from sustaining any more regret.

You keep yourself tied in knots
looped close around your neck,
For fear if you were to remove them
you'd take another breath of regret.

You're driven to build the wall
for the hurt you hold most dear,
For to open up your heart
would mean exposing all your fear.

Yet the key to the padlock
is yours to unlock,
To live a life of your dreams
while there is still time on the clock.

Don't let this moment of freedom
go away from you today,
To keep you in security
in the strength of regret always.
#Poems #MistyWGilbert #AuthorLife #FreedomFromRegret #TheSassyVoice

Saturday, March 4, 2017

poem ~ true friends

You walk into my life
and say that you love me,
You promise to connect
and stay right beside me.

Your intrigued by my message
and inspired to learn,
What's made me become
of the choices in life's turn.

You wish you could be
more like the qualities you see,
Yet nothing I have
is beyond able for thee.

I've been here before
with many a Friend,
Your willing to connect
but only to such an end.

My story inspires you
and you want to know more,
Until the day when
your heart shuts the door.

You want to be different
yet you seek to defend,
The walls that you build
to keep you closed in.

Connection won't happen
when you just pick and choose,
Which moments to share
even when there's lots to loose.

Your love only works
when it's convenient for you,
But the moment it pushes you
there's no reason to hold true.

Authenticity means 
you won't live out your life
Creating an illusion
of barriers masked in lies.

Don't wall off your heart 
when it's covered in doubt,
For through this discovery
you'll gain wisdom to shout.

The journey that you make
starts with removing your fake,
For every fear you must face
to truly win in this race.

The choice to uncover
these hurts deep inside,
To make room for the love
you sure wish did reside.

True love won't be one
to run in the gap,
When decisions and life
throws much mishap.

The choice to stay a victim
or live intentionally,
Is one only you can decide 
to completely be set free.

I ask you to consider
these things that you say,
For true freedom is found
simply in each and every way.

The message is simple
and yet so profound,
The courage to try again
is always around.

So when you say that you love me
I hope you can see,
That the true test of this
will be in how you treat me.
#Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #TrueFriends #CreateTheLifeThatYouWant #LiveIntentionally

Friday, March 3, 2017

poem ~ be blessed

When my eyes are filled with darkness 
My heart cannot see
The doorway to love
Between you and me.

When forgiveness is not given
The mind cannot grasp
The opportunity for greatness
That stands in the gap.

When hurt becomes chosen
As the reaction to life
The motive of connection
Creates isolation and strife.

When love flows freely
To everything around me
My heart is living
So rich and abundantly.

When grace is the key
In and through every message
The results you will see
Bring peace and leverage.

When hope is the answer
To fully live life's call
The entrance is widened 
Come one, come all.

When choices are given
To make things the best
The options are yours
How you live to be blessed.
#TheSassyVoice #Poems #AuthorLife #MistyWGilbert #ThePowerOfChoice #CreateTheLifeYouWant #LiveIntentionally #BeBlessed

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

will you SFT?

The first time I was in a wreck that was my fault was March 1st, 2013, on my way home from a clients office in Kaufman Texas. Exactly one Year to the day I paid off my 2011 Silver Honda Civic that I was driving at that time. A week to the day following my Dad's Memorial in California.

I won't go into all the reasons why this was a very traumatic time in my life because that would take away the message I want to share in this post today, but believe me when I say it was extensive and deeper then the few things I have mentioned here.

The lesson in that experience was one that was very dynamic in its impact on my life. One of those times I now call "God Moments". When I got out of the car from rear ending that lady, the first words out of her mouth to me were, "You were forgiven before this ever happened."

I couldn't talk. I had no words.

What could I say to a lady that had this attitude towards me? I had never experienced being treated like this. I was used to being blamed, condemned, chastised, criticized, made fun of, rebuked, accused, shamed, and laden with guilt. What would make someone treat a complete stranger like this? Especially when I was at fault and had wrecked the back end of her car?

All I could do was shake all over and cry.

To give you a bit of perspective, this was 30 days before leaving the Church Group (in reality a cult in how it operated) I had been born and raised in. But it was during the 7 months I had started a new journey of expanding my connections outside of "TheGroup" intentionally by attending a Women's Bible Study Group the prior September through December 2012.

Seeing God in this way was new to me. Feeling God in this way was new to me. Trusting God in this way was new to me. But I was experiencing Him on a level I never had before. I was seeing Him show up in my life unexpectedly, repeatedly, and impactfully.

Once you change your focus and start living intentionally in the moment, with your eyes open to the opportunities and events of your day, truly seeking God in every moment of your day, staying connected to the messages and moments when he sends you words of encouragement, nuggets, and truth whether through someone else or directly to you, praying over every little thing that comes your way, you will be shaken to the core and walk away being in complete utter emphatic awe as you experience life changing situations that will be very vivid in your heart and mind and stay with you for life, becoming life lessons.

So when I tell you that I believe the wreck I had 5 days ago has a lesson and a message in it for me, I believe this deeply. Not just because of my first wreck and the outcome then, but because I believe these events in our lives are designed to mold us and shape us into who we are called to be.

Sometimes it takes awhile for all the puzzle pieces to come together and for you to see what the message is, sometimes you hear it, see it and feel it in the moment. No matter how long it takes, I would encourage you to journal about these things. I have a journal for these God Moments so that I can go back and reflect on all the BIG ways God has showed up to encourage me in the dark days. My God Moments have had such an impact on me and I don't want to forget them.

Today, I want to encourage you, no matter what you are experiencing in life, I ask you today to SFT. This acronym comes from one of my top 3 favorite movies, Seven Days In Utopia: See it, Feel it, Trust it.

I pray today as you are writing in your Chapter, whether you are ending one or starting a new one or just in the big middle of a long one, that you will be able to SFT and that your God Moments will be life changing to bring you encouragement, support and inspiration on your journey!
#TheSassyVoice #GodMoments #SFT #LifeLessons #ADifferentPerspective #ThePowerOfChoice