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  • Samey Jo

Hello Friends!


Been thinking…


What if I give it all? What if I choose a life from rest? What if I choose me?


I haven’t written a blog since March 2020, yes, it’s been a while. One of the things I decided in April or May was to do the things that feel life-giving when it comes to my website. I had been doing blogs and posts and such as some sort of business strategy, not a bad thing at all. But I have decided if there’s no joy in it to not kill valuable time doing it. This decision, in itself, has been life-giving. I have saved time and realized how much I was doing in lots of areas of life that didn’t feel life-giving. I know for some of you more driven friends, this may sound concerning. Yet I wonder… what would happen if you did this in your life?


No, really, I’m asking …. What would happen?


I know there are a lot of “well, what if…” and “you can’t…” and “ain’t nobody gonna be successful like that” happening in your head right now. Some of you reading this may be sputtering all sorts of sentence fragments and maybe even a few choice words. Take a breath. Consider.


If, instead of laying down your entire life for your husband/wife and your kids and your boss and your friends, you chose you? What if you chose some downtime to just do what you wanted?


Essentially, I’m saying what if you do what Jesus did?


Our culture tells us to run, be busy, do all the things to climb that ladder. Our religion tells us to serve, sacrifice, and lay down our lives for everyone else. Our friends and family tell us they need us, all in different ways.


Jesus says, “Come away, labor to enter into rest” (which is to say fight and work hard to make time for you and me). You realize the same religion that says sacrifice and serve is built on the ONE who withdrew, who went to quiet places, who had time alone, yes? This preaching of serving each other should also include the preaching of rest --choosing time for you, choosing quiet time and places of rest.


When we run ragged, there is no joy in serving. It becomes a drudge and a dread. Doing the things that bring life and joy HELP YOU serve with JOY AND ENERGY!


My question is this: What if you took such impeccable care of yourself that you were able to serve from joy and energy?


This seems the better way to live. Acting like Jesus. This isn’t selfish. This is love!




  • Samey Jo

Hey Y’all


Every time I sit down at my computer or my journal to write a blog, I consider where you may be in your lives, what you may be facing that’s hard or what you may be facing that excites you! I wonder how you are and how your lives are going. I want you to know I don’t write these lightly or without thought. Neither do I allow myself to write them when I feel like, “just get it done!”


Why do I tell you this? Because I want you to know my heart for you. If you are thinking, “she doesn’t even know who I am,” true. But here’s the thing. Even if I’ve never met you, my heart is for you. Why? Because you are human. If you are a living human being, I care about you.

Humans.


We all are working our way through this thing called life. We are all ‘figuring things out,’ trying to know the meaning of life, discovering, and feeling. Of course, some have hardened their hearts to not feel much, or built up boundaries to not think too deeply. But we are all together in the living; walking across the earth in our little apportioned places.


If we get quiet, we feel deeply. If we get still, we think thoroughly. If we get serious, we are affected. My challenge to you is to go ‘there.’ Go intentionally to the places that are scary. You will benefit, and likely, so will many around you!


My point is this: you are valuable.


We have things in common because we are humans. We are together in this weird journey and you matter. My heart for you is to care about your life, to show you your heart matters, to help you (with whatever gifts I may have) get wisdom on how to live better – just the next step. My heart is for you.


You, whoever you are, wherever you are, and whatever you’re facing – YOU matter to me, you matter to Father.


Much love to you my fellow humans. <3




  • Samey Jo

I’m spoiled. I know it. No one has to tell me. And I don’t mean spoiled in the sense of no good for anyone anymore. Nor do I mean spoiled, i.e. ungrateful. I am spoiled in the sense of blessed, and yet I still have whining moments (of which I’m not proud). I have been given much. I am thankful for it all. And yet… stuff doesn’t mean happiness.


I find myself in moments still whining, still complaining, still feeling like I wish things were different. And it is in these moments I feel convicted, embarrassed, foolish. What is wrong with me?! Why, when I’ve been given so much goodness, am I such an ungrateful child? Do I need more? Do I require the world to bow before me and serve me in every way?! (I might enjoy that, smile.) Then do I still feel sad or disconnected or lacking? (I can write this because I know I’m loved even during my bad attitude.)


What will it take, Sweetheart? What will it take for you to feel happy, at peace, living full?


What is it you yet need?


I could make a list.

The reality is…a thankful heart will shift it all. This is what science says, what the Bible says, what a counselor or a coach says. I know this because I am one. This is what I say to my clients. Find the good, embrace the present. Live in the moment. See what you can see. Enjoy the little things. Choose happiness.


I agree with all these things. If I were sitting in front of myself, coaching myself, what would I say? I would ask, how are you and Jesus? Are you connecting with Him? I would give myself space to ‘vomit’ out all the reasons I’m not happy.


And then…the first step would be given. Of course, all of the above: find the good, be thankful, be present, etc. BUT ultimately, the ‘answers’ are always found in the same place.


“Come away with me, My love, my fair one, rise up and come away. Winter is past; the rain is over and gone… Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.” (Song of Solomon 2:10-16)

He knows love changes everything. His love – poured all over you – and you being ‘away’ from it all (which can mean just hiding in a closet), able to receive. His love, you being loved, changes it all. The heart's posture, the mind’s thoughts. You, loved You, changes every single thing. When you are loved, and feel loved, it will indeed make you happy and peaceful, giving you the ability to BE who you have been made to be.


Happiness comes in being loved.


I know this is true from experience AND from the Promises He gave. I am loved, so if you’ll excuse me, I need to go… I need to ‘come away’. I need to go be loved on.

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