Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Something to Tuck Under Your Pillow: Keeping the Dreamer in You Alive




Every dream begins with a dreamer. And everyone has a dream. Something you hold near and dear to your heart that you would like to see become a part of your reality experience in life. Yes, there's a bit of a dreamer in everyone that began in your early childhood years. And, contrary to popular opinion, every dreamer dreams big. It might not seem like it from another persons limited perspective of looking from the outside in. But everyone has a vision for their life that's meaningful to them. And from the dreamers point of view their dream is big. 

Rather your dream is to someday be a devoted, loving wife and mother. Or you're a good man desiring to become happily mated and married with two kids and a dog. Perhaps your dream is to become the first in your family to graduate from college. It may seem mediocre to someone else. But in the heart of the person holding that vision for their life it is big. And no one has the right to judge you as not dreaming big enough. 

You see, not everyone is called, or have a personal desire, to live a grandiose lifestyle among the rich and famous. But just because your dreams don't involve material wealth and affluence doesn't mean it is a dream of less importance or value than the person who does dream of having those things. Everyone measures happiness and success differently. And to the person who dreams of  being happily married with a white picket fenced house and a beautiful family of their own to fill it, that's happiness to them. 

Or the person who dreams of returning to college and finally finishing that degree they never completed earlier in life, to them that's huge.  Or the person who dreams of having a life surrounded by trustworthy people who are true friends. People who really have your best interest at heart. To those people, seeing those dreams come true will give them personal fulfillment which is the true measure of happiness and success. 

So never belittle another person's dreams. Never judge anther person's heart desires for their life as less significant, less important, less valuable than yours. Never devalue or reduce someone else's dream to being mediocre simply because it doesn't seem as "grand"  as the dreams, vision, and desires you may have for your life. Remember, everyone has dreams. And everyone dreams big. Because they dream of something that holds personal significance, value and importance to them. 

More importantly, keep the dreamer in you alive. And never give up on your dreams no matter what anyone else's opinion of your dream is.  After all, just like beauty, the magnitude and value of a dream is always in the eye of the beholder. So dream on...and dream Big!!! 

Until next time...I surround you in Love & light!

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A One Love Production
By Anna M. Hendricks
Copyright December 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Special Inspirational Love Note:From My Heart to Yours




With Thanksgiving now behind us, and the Black Friday shopping madness kicked off this weekend as well, the holiday season is now officially in full effect. Part of my Thanksgiving was spent in quiet reflection, prayer and praise for the many things I am grateful for this year. Among my long list of things I gave praise and thanks to God for was you. Yes...YOU!!! 

Allow me, if you will, to share a little of my backstory of the last four years since Inspirational Love Notes first began with you. It will give you a better understanding of why I started doing this and how by doing so has brought me to appreciate all of you so much.
 

I created this blog in August of 2010. It was a Spirit inspired Divine Idea and a life rafter from God. I say that because I truly believe the idea to create Inspirational Love Notes was God's way of giving me something to float on and keep my head above the turbulent waters of life, I felt like I was drowning in, at that time. The idea to start this blog came during a time I felt life had blind folded me and tossed me into the middle of the ocean with no warning or swimming lessons. And I was desperately trying to find my way back to shore mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.

If you live here in the United States I think it goes without saying that 2010 was a rough year for most Americans. We were still in the thick of our struggling economy and almost everyone in our country was being hit badly by the recession....including me.  I was experiencing my second lay-off over a two year time period that summer. On top of that, our Government was going through a lot of conflict with President Obama during the second year of his first term. And for some reason, still unclear to me, they decided to put a freeze on distribution of all unemployment funds, which was the only income for thousands of laid-off Americans...again, included me. T
hat decision resulted in many Americans, myself included, suffering for months without receiving unemployment benefits at a time when finding new gainful employment was nearly impossible.

As if that wasn't enough to endure, that same dreadful year, my Father made his transition from this life unexpectedly. So, despite the fact that I was going through a serious financial hardship situation at the time, I had to figure out a way to get back to my home town in Michigan and be with my family as we laid my Dad to his final rest. That was in June 2010. Then just six months later 
following my Father passing my Spiritual Mother,whom I had a very close relationship with, made her transition from this life as well in December 2010

She was my anchor, my "go to" person, my confidant, my spiritual teacher, mentor, life coach and very dear friend. She was the first person I always went to for comfort, love and wisdom to help get me through all the other challenges life threw at me over the twelve beautiful years I had known her. There was no one in my life at the time who could compare to the bond I had grown accustom to sharing with her. Needless to say, I was devastated by the news of her transition from this life. Yet, I am grateful that I was able to be there by her side during her final days.

However, at the time of her passing, I was also going through a personal health situation that resulted in me having an out-patient medical procedure. So I wasn't even able to attend her funeral because my medical procedure was scheduled for the same day as her funeral service. Losing my Spiritual Mom, especially on the heels of losing my Dad, was the blow to my heart that hit me the hardest. It was also the breaking point of my emotional pain tolerance. It was the worse of everything else I had already endured that year. Because she was the first, and main, person who would have normally been there to help me overcome the other series of devastating events that unfolded back to back all within that same year.


Needless to say, I was drowning in an ocean of emotional turmoil and despair. I've always been a deeply spiritual person of strong faith. But I had never experience that much, or that kind, of loss, hurt, disappointment and pain all at the same time in my entire life. I desperately needed an outlet, a place I felt emotionally safe to express what I was feeling at that time and allow my heart to heal. 

Then I remembered, my spiritual practices have taught me that the best and fastest way to receive from the universe what you're most in need of is by giving that very thing away. So after countless nights of endless crying, grieving, and constant prayer for healing I was led in spirit to create Inspirational Love Notes for the following several reason. 


First, I created it as a means of using my talents and gifts in a way that would honor God through service to others while waiting for my personal prayers to overcome my intense grief, restore my broken spirit, and heal my severely bruised heart to be fulfilled. Secondly, since my childhood, I have asked God  to use me in a way that allows me to be a source of inspiration to other's. And to allow my unique talents and gifts to touch somebody else's life in a positive way. 

Lastly, I created Inspirational Love Notes because I wanted to help others who may be going through some of the same painful experiences I went through in 2010, or worse. I wanted to encourage others to hang in there and keep the faith when life gets rough. More importantly, I wanted to do my part to ensure that no one going through such painful and difficult times in their life as I did, in 2010 and other times in my life before and after that dreadful year, to ever feel like they're gong through it alone. I wanted to help other's heal their wounded places within and in their relationships with others by awakening the love light that is innately in all of us and has the power to heal all things.   

So, I started this blog and named it Inspirational Love Notes. My intention was for this to be a spin off of my radio show, Love Notes, that I created, produced and hosted here in Atlanta, Georgia in 2003-2004, that had the same concept of encouraging and inspiring others only through music rather than the written word.

Without a doubt, I have gone through and overcome a great deal of painful experiences over the last four years since I created this blog and began sharing  my Inspirational Love Notes with you. Yet, as the scripture says in Romans 8:28, "...we know that all things work together for good to those who love God."  This is one of my favorite scriptures that has stood the test of time. And it has proven true repeatedly in my life. I have come to realized that none of what I went through in 2010, the last four years since then, or my entire life, has been in vain. Nope...None of it! Because all of it has led me right where I need to be and prepared me for what I now realize I've been called in Spirit to do. All that I have gone through has brought me to this moment in time sharing the wisdom and lessons I have come to learn from it all with you. And for that I am so deeply grateful. 

Sharing my daily inspirational messages with you has allowed me to inspire others while heal my severely wounded heart and soul. It has allowed me to give my gift to the world by doing what comes to me so naturally. While spiritual growth is an ongoing process, I can say with great certainty, that since I started this blog and began sharing my daily inspirational love notes with you, I have received in return, the blessing of evolving spiritually and seeing my talent as a poet and writer grow as well in ways I never imaged. And for that I am also deeply grateful.  

I never thought when I began sharing my daily messages of love with you on my Facebook Group, Inspirational Poetry & Love Notes, that I would have the positive response from so many people as I now do. But it has  been a two way street. 

You all have been just as much a blessing and source of inspiration to me as many of you have let me know I have been to you. Your feedback is important to me. And many of you have shared with me how my positive articles, poems, and quotes have been so helpful to you while coping through your own personal life struggles you are working to overcome. So this Inspirational Love Note is a special dedication to you to express my heartfelt gratitude for letting me know we have been growing and healing together. 

As a result of your continuous support, by sharing my daily Love Notes with your Facebook family and friends, I am excited and delighted to share with you that I now have followers on my Facebook Group, Inspirational Poetry & Love Notes, from all over the world. For this reason, the time has come for me to expand the way I share my Love Notes with you. I have recently created an Inspirational Love Notes Page on Facebook that allows me the ability to reach more people.

With that said, I salute you and thank you for your continued support over the last four years. I look forward to continue growing with you and serving you. Most importantly, I look forward to continue being a source of light, love, and inspiration in your life and to the world through each and every one of you who read my daily messages and share them with someone else. Together we can heal hearts all over the world...one Inspirational Love Note at a time. 

So rather you're a new follower or already an established member of my Facebook Group, please click the link below and Like my new Inspirational Love Notes Page on Facebook to continue following me. 

https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalLoveNotes

Until next time...I surround you all in Love & Light! 




A One Love Production
By Anna MsPoet Hendricks
Copyright November 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Peaceful Grace: A Poem for the Citizens of Ferguson, Missouri

 
Dear God, 
Your people are in turmoil and desperately
 need to heal...
From centuries of long-suffering,
and pain they deeply feel...

And while no one can deny
 the history of injustice
that's been endured is real...
Help us dear Lord,
to find a better way to address 
this tragic ordeal... 

Instead of fueling the fire 
of anger and rage,
For your protection and grace
Lord, let us appeal...

Give us the wisdom and resolve Lord
to turn from violence, 
bow our heads, 
and kneel...
Then united as one in Spirit
Let us pray, 
Father...Peace Be Still!


Dedicated to the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, and our entire nation, that has suffered far too long from such repeated and senseless acts of violence and injustice. I pray that as a people and a nation we cease the violence and learn to live together in peace, harmony, and Love.

As always...I surround you in Love & Light! 


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By Anna Ms.Poet Hendricks
Copyright November 2014







Saturday, November 15, 2014

Something to Tuck Under Your Pillow: Self Love...The Prerequisite to Loving Other's

Do you have a co-worker, roommate, friend, family member, neighbor or mate that has things about their personality that really irritates you? It's okay to admit it, we all have (or have had) someone in our lives like that at some point. The thing is, in most cases, those little irritants that get under our skin and pushes our emotional "hot" button the most about another person is usually a behavior trait, characteristic or habit that we really don't like about our self but may not be consciously aware of.

You see, our relationships with others mirror back to us the area's within ourselves that still need healing, maturity, acceptance, development, strengthening, and growth. So it follows that a perceived weakness or other irritant we can easily see, and quickly judge, in others may actually be something we are subconsciously rejecting, denying, dismissing or refusing to accept about ourselves. Which, ironically, is why it's so easy to detect it in other people. 

So before you harshly judge that trait or habit about that co-worker, roommate, friend, family member, neighbor or mate that gets on your nerves so badly, ask Spirit to reveal to you what that person has come to mirror to you about you. Ask that it be revealed to you in a way that you will clearly understand. 

Invite the Holy Spirit to show you the part(s) of you that you need to accept, heal, or mature within yourself the most that this person has been attracted into your life to help you realize. Then practice patience when interacting with that person while trusting the universe to respond to your request in a timely manner and perfect  way. Also, pay attention and remain alert so that you don't miss the answer when it shows up.

Once you've received the answers you asked Spirit for give thanks. Then begin doing the inner work necessary to change, heal or accept that part of you that is being reflected back to you through the other person. Once you do this one of two things will happen. The other person will suddenly no longer do that "thing" that irritates you so much. Or they will suddenly leave your life path in a most peaceful and harmonious way. 

In either case, the second most important commandment Jesus gave in Mark 12:28-31 is to, "love your neighbor as thyself". But before you can truly uphold and fulfill this commandment you must learn to completely love and accept yourself without judgment first. In other words, you cannot give away what you have not yet fully acquired. Loving and accepting yourself wholly is a prerequisite to loving and accepting another. So attached below is a wonderful affirmation on self love to help you get started. 

Read it. Then tuck it under your pillow to pull out and repeat every time you find something about yourself to nick pick or something about another that irritates you. Use it as a tool to help you learn to love and accept all of you...just as you are. So you can learn to love and accept others just the same. 



Until next time....I surround you in Love & Light! Sleep well...Good Night! 


A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms.Poet" Hendricks
Copyright November 2014
 

 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Something to Tuck Under Your Pillow: Two Keys to a Peaceful Sleep


Ephesians 4:26 gives us two very brief, clear and direct instructions regarding how to handle our anger each day.

1.) Do not (sin) by allowing your anger to control you.

2.) Do not let the sun go down while still holding on to whatever caused you
      to become angry.



If you choose to be obedient to the guidance and wise counsel of this scripture, written by the Apostle Paul, I think you will find it to be highly beneficial to getting a more peaceful, restful, sound sleep at night. Not to mention, these instructions will also get you through the day with far less stress and anxiety that so many people bring home to their beds at night. 

So before going to sleep tonight save the message in the above attached image along with the aforementioned scripture. Tuck it under your pillow as a reminder to control your anger during the day. Then release and let go of any and every perceived offense that may have caused you to become angry throughout your day before going to bed each night.
 

This will not only make a major difference in you experiencing a more peaceful sleep...but also a more peaceful life. Sleep well...Good night!

Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light!

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A One Love Production
By Anna "Ms. Poet" Hendricks
Copyright November 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Cut off Your Fruitless Branches




This is a picture of the tree in front of my house. A few days ago they cut off several of its branches, as shown here in the picture attached if you look closely. I've spent many days under this beautiful tree over the years and have developed a sentimental attachment to it. So my first reaction was a bit of sadness in my heart to see all the branches falling to the ground.
 
As I stood there, watching from my living room window, my heart felt the weight of each limb that came crashing down as the chain saw severed straight through it. Suddenly, I was reminded of the following scripture:

"I am the true vine, and my Father is the laborer. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he cuts off; and the one which bears fruit, he prunes so that it may bring forth more fruit." ~John 15:1-2

 My remembrance of this scripture gave birth to a profound revelation for me and a new perspective of this, otherwise sentimental and kind of sad, experience. 

I realized, sometimes the things holding us back and hindering our continued growth the most is not external but internal. Like this tree, we all have some "branches" within us that need to be completely cut off or pruned. 

If you're not sure how to identify them, they usually show up in the form of habitual negative thoughts, old beliefs that no longer serve you, and long held toxic emotions that need to be purified through forgiveness and let go. Holding onto to these, "branches" causes an adverse affect on your attitude, mood and behavior preventing you from bearing fruit in your life. 


Additionally, when we carrying such thoughts, feelings, and beliefs for a long period of time we become attached to them...comfortable with them. And yes, even addicted to them. They also can become so deeply imbedded in your consciousness that they are mistaken as just a part of your personality. But scripture tells us that everything God created was good. So no one is born with a negative energy filled personality that serves them no good, sabotages all their relationships, and turns people off from wanting to be around them.
 

That being said, it's clear to see that holding on to them is doing you more of a disservice than good. Truth is, even though they are negative thoughts, feelings and beliefs, they have become familiar to you. So it is difficult to let them go without experiencing a bit of grief as is the case with anything you've grown accustom to having around.  So letting them go in exchange for new more positive thoughts, feelings and beliefs is like the saying, "It's easier to stick with the devil that you know verses the devil that you don't know".  

Not to mention, the ego will put up a really good fight over your decision to release and let go of them as well until you replace them with new more productive thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that align with the truth of your being and are more conducive to your overall betterment and growth. 

Yet, despite that fact, don't let those internal fruitless branches weigh you down or hold back your progress another day. It will prove far more worth it in the end to release them to God now with a simple prayer of serenity and surrender. So you can move forward in love and life...FRUITFULLY, as God intended for us all.

Until next time...I surround you in Love & Light! ~ Anna MsPoet Hendricks


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A One Love Production
By Anna Ms.Poet Hendricks
Copyright November 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014