Good Change versus God Change. Where Are You?

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Let’s talk about Good Change versus God Change.

I made a decision to follow the Lord and learn about marketing/promotion at the beginning of 2017. Writing The Baby Chronicles – Where You Were Before You Were, was easy. The challenging part for me was promoting the book and helping folks find it.

How my change began…

On March 2, I began my first book tour. While in Missouri, I pushed myself forward and promoted my book every chance I got. The result? I sold every copy of The Baby Chronicles I had with me plus! And it felt great!

This was a God Change for me. I changed my perception of marketing and promotion. I became the marketer/promoter I needed to be. God gave me a chance to shine. It was not as difficult as I made it.

We must decide within our selves: Good Change versus God Change. As born-again Christians, we align any changes we make with God. We decide whether it is good change versus God Change.

Are you comfortable where you are?

Good change is an indirect result of being uncomfortable. We do things differently to create as little discomfort as possible. However, when we go return to our old ways, we discover we are making a change God has not ordained. We revert to the comfort zone and our old ways. Not good!

With God-changes, we stretch. We become all of what God called us to be. We change our perspective. We become limitless. We perform His Word and will for our lives. We transform and move in ways pleasing to Him. He rewards us by manifesting His glory as we travel the path He intended for us. We are able to make the right choices.

Pray for me as I pray for you. God is faithful and able to perform!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

The Place of Nevertheless, Part Three

 

When I was finally able to give God the go ahead to have His way in my life, I did so with fear and trepidation. I kindasorta knew what to expect because of the example of Jesus.

But I’m not Jesus!

At that point, I could not  imagine what God would do that would take my complete and total submission, bringing me to where He wanted me to be at that particular season of my life.

As I shared in Part Two, things immediately began to change. The majority of those changes were inside of me. God was doing an inside job. He needed for me to get over Beatrice and become who He had called and created me to be.

How often have you prayed for a situation or circumstance to change and it didn’t? How many times have you prayed for someone else to change and they seemed to remain the same? Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, the change you are praying for must first occur within you. This is what the Place of Nevertheless is all about for many of us.

You see, God can’t use you/me/us in the same condition we desire to remain in.

When Jesus finally gave God that one more Nevertheless, it meant  He was ready to go to the Cross and give His life for a people who cared nothing about Him.

Now, the question is, can you do the same? Can you step out of your comfort zone and finally go into the place God has for you?

When I said yes to the the Lord and admitted I did, in fact, have one more nevertheless, it meant I was giving up the Beatrice I had lived with for, at that time, the last 51 years. I will admit, I was a little curious to see the changes He would effect within me.

However, I was reluctant to give up some of the things I had clung to during this time: fear, doubt, anger, bitterness, the list goes on. I was comfortable with this stuff. I was comfortable with the hurt and pain I had endured for so many years.

IT WAS COMFORTABLE!

I didn’t want to relinquish control over my emotions to see what God would do with me. Can I just be transparent here? It felt good to harbor the anger. I didn’t feel selfish…at all! I loved it! I had kissed the ring of Pride and Self and there was no turning back…or so I thought.

Is this topic helping you in your current condition? Would you like to move forward in life but can’t because of the things you are hoarding in your heart, mind, and, life?

Email me at email hidden; JavaScript is required and let me know how I can help. I would love to give you a PDF copy of my book, How to Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the PAST. But, you will have to request it. This book will help you get rid of some of the baggage you have been carrying for far too long.

OK, so we will continue to move forward. May God bless your journey.

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

By the way, my new, and first, novel, The Baby Chronicles – Where You Were Before You Were, will be released by Morgan James Publishing on March 7, 2017, To get a personalized copy before then, please go to The Baby Chronicles webpage, tell me how you want your copy personalized, and order today!

The Place of Nevertheless, Part Two

Do you have one more nevertheless?

 

NOTE: For those of you who don’t believe God speaks to His people today in a voice in which He can be understood, I beg to differ. If you had conversations with your earthly father at any given time, and he was able to give you the things you needed, isn’t our Heavenly Father more able to speak with and to us and give us the things we need? Just saying.

I gave you much to think about in my last blog. You see, when God gives us that moment in time in which we know we are going to have to let go and let Him…for real, He knows we are coming to the very end of ourselves. That’s what happened to me when He took me to New York and allowed me to stay there for over a year.

When God asked me that question on that day, I didn’t answer right away. As a matter of fact, it took me several, about three, days to answer. It was not an easy matter. You see, I knew what that meant. It meant I was going to give my will over to His. It meant that no matter what He decided, I would go with it. It meant I would have to drink from the cup He was offering me.

Have you been in a place in which you had to drink from a cup the Lord placed before you? Maybe you had to leave a job position and take something lesser or greater that you didn’t know you were ready for. Or, it could have been a time in which God was removing people from your life, people you wanted to remain. On one side of your brain, you knew it was for the best, the removal. However, on the other side of your brain, you longed for that person, situation, or circumstance to remain. You wanted to hold on to those things that were probably detrimental to you.

When God asked if I had one more nevertheless, I was scared to death! I didn’t know what He had planned. You see, sometimes I thought God was playing tricks on me. I felt as though He was sitting up there on His throne to see what stupid stuff I could do on any given day. I didn’t know if I was ready for more of what was to come!

Are you in that place with God? Has He asked if you have at least one more nevertheless? Are you fighting to have your way to the detriment of your relationship with Him?

After three (3) days, I said, “Yes, Lord. I have one more nevertheless.”

 

 

Immediately, things began to happen. Stay tuned for the next installment to find out what those things were.

Please allow me to encourage you today. Give it over to God. He wants to take you somewhere you have never been. He wants to do some things in your life that have never been done. He wants you to walk in a level of excellence you have never experienced.

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Thank you for sharing with your friends. I pray my blogs give you some things to think about as you strive to be ALL God has called you to be.

Love and Blessings to you!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

The Place of Nevertheless – Part One

On November 10, 2009, my dad called from New York to ask if I could come and help him. He was about to undergo several eye surgeries and needed me to help by driving him and accompanying him to his various appointments.

On December 9, 2009, my oldest daughter and I departed Denver. She was accompanying me to check on her Granddad. When we got situated on the plane, she asked, “Did you know Mae’s (my biological mother) cancer has returned?” God had set me up.

At that point, I looked out the window toward the sky and acknowledged, “You’ve set me up, haven’t You?” He didn’t have to answer. I already knew.

I thought I would only be in New York for three, maybe six months. God allowed me to be away from home for a period of 13.5 months. One year, one and a half months. 405 days.

I was away from my husband, our children, our home, my church family. Everything. Plus, I was in an apartment with a man, my biological father, with whom I had never spent a great deal of time. I didn’t grow up with him. I grew up with his family, my grandmother and grandfather. I didn’t really get to know him. As a matter of fact, I only discovered he was my biological father when I was about 15 or 16. Therefore, there was no emotional attachment. I was only going to do the dutiful daughter thing.

Now, mind you, I had come to know him. He was married to a wonderful woman, my stepmother, Margaret, for about 40 years. She passed away in 2005 from Alzheimer-related illnesses. She was my girl! I loved that chick! Him? Well, you understand.

Anyway, about 6 or 7 months into this sojourn, I began crying one morning as I prayed. I very badly wanted to return to Denver!

I missed my family!

I missed my friends!

I missed my life!

I was in a place where I was not wanted. My dad had already told me he liked doing things by himself. I was willing to let him do those things…by himself.

But God…

As I cried that morning, telling God I couldn’t take it anymore, frustrated in ways I’d never experienced, I heard the voice of the Lord say, “Do you have one more nevertheless?

Do you like television shows that end the season with a cliffhanger? Well, this is my cliffhanger.

Before I let you go, though, I want you to think about this: has God asked you for just one more nevertheless? And if He has, what was your response? Has God taken you on a journey in which He is requiring more from you?

In two weeks, I will share my response.

God has taken The Drill Sergeant of Life on a journey I never expected. This journey will cause me to be/become what He has called and created me to be.

I hope you enjoy and will share my blogs. They come straight from my heart, washed by the anointing of the Almighty God Whom I gladly serve.

God is faithful to perform!

May God abundantly bless you.

 

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

 

 

The Gifts and the Calling of God…

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! And, A Happier New YOU!

In 2016, many of us were thrown off by life and distractions that served their purposes well. As a matter of fact, many of us virtually forgot our purpose for 2016. By forgetting our purpose, many of us stopped doing the things we knew we were created to do in this season of our lives!

Instead of focusing on things that would propel us forward at an amazing speed, we sat on our gifts and talents. We spent too much time wallowing in the Pool of Pity. We looked at others around us. Instead of doing what we knew to do, we wondered why they were progressing and we were not.

Guess what? Life happens.

Family will get in the way. Distractions will occur. We will begin doubting those things we know are inside of us.

Instead of believing in ourselves, we listen to the voices in the wind that tell us to either do the exact opposite of what we are supposed to do or just start doing something else completely. We forget the burning desire in our hearts to be all we were called to be on the Battlefield of Life.

We become discouraged, disappointed, disenchanted, and sundry other disses in life.

We make ourselves believe the gifts and talents we once experienced are gone or have been replaced with something we can’t even put a name to. We tell ourselves it was a fluke. (Sound familiar? I lived it!)

Romans 11:29 The gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

God is not an Indian-giver.

Please don’t be offended by my using that word. (You’re probably asking which one in this day and age! Jiminy!) It’s a term I used in childhood. This word definitely fits our concept of God for the most part. We think God gives us stuff only to take those things back. He is not like that. I am proof positive. The Drill Sergeant of Life was off the scene for a minute. We had to regroup and refocus, get back to our original purpose.

Do you need to regroup and refocus so you can get back on track?

The Drill Sergeant of Life is back with a new passion and a new fire burning in my heart…for YOU.

The gifts and calling of God placed inside of you before the foundation of the world are still there. They never left! God has not taken them back!

Everything He created you with, every gift, every talent, every inclination…they’re still there. The only thing you have to do is stand up and put into action everything He has given you for this season of your life.

But you must Rise Up and embrace all God has for you. Connect with the gifts He has placed inside of you as we celebrate the Ultimate Gift – Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

So, just wanted to re-introduce The Drill Sergeant of Life and reconnect. I am here for you and will be here for you when you need me. Plus, I wanted to share my new theme song for 2017.

May God bless you abundantly, massively, and richly, all the days of your life in ALL you do.

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

In 2015… Do YOU Have A Dream!

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I Have A Dream…

2014 is but a memory now, but…

I have a Dream…

That in 2015, I will impact the lives of people all around the world and help them let go of the PAST so they can grab hold of the incredible future 2015 has opened up for them.

I have a Dream…

of speaking before audiences comprised of people who are ready to take action and move forward as never before in life! People who need a Drill Sergeant who will lead them to victory on the Battlefield of Life!

I have a Dream…

That, instead of my sisters crying themselves to sleep at night from the pressure of perceived failures and mistakes, they will instead laugh themselves to sleep because they made it one more day!

I have a Dream…

That my brother and sister veterans will take their rightful stance in today’s business world and utilize the skills of operation and leadership they learned while serving this great country.

I have a Dream…

What is your dream today? What did you picture 2015 being that 2014 was not? You can have your dream for 2015!

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., first gave this speech in August of 1963, I never imagined I would have a dream that sometimes seems so lofty as to be unreal. But, just as Dr. King’s Dream is being realized each and every day on this earth, so can your dream…

… of success,

… impacting the lives of others,

… of not only surviving, but thriving in life!

Be realized.

What is your Dream for 2015? Will you allow The Drill Sergeant of Life to help you realize your Dream?

Don’t let your Dreams die with the passing of another year.

You can have what you want. It’s going to take work, yes, but, it will be worth it!

Say it! 

Believe it! 

Live it!

The Drill Sergeant of Life is here for you!

God Is Faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Let Go of the PAST and Be Thankful

Give Thanks

Oftentimes, we look at our PAST, good and bad, and think to ourselves that we are glad..

that thing,

those trials and tribulations,

those tests

are over.

Today, I would like to present a different perspective to you.

 

Thanksgiving 2014

  1. If you experienced a childhood in which you were mistreated, rejected, neglected, discouraged, etc., do this today. Thank God that you made it through the treatment and that He has taught you not to treat anyone else in this manner.
  2. If you have lost a loved one through death, or divorce, or relationship issues, do this. Thank God for the time you were allowed to spend with that person and the memories, good and bad, you shared. Thank God for the growth you experienced, the knowledge or education you received that will enable you to know what’s right moving forward.
  3. If you have lost a job due to forced reduction or downsizing, thank God for the experience you accrued that you can use either in your next position or in your own business.

Many times, we look at letting go of the PAST as a bad thing with connotations of things being wrong about our coming out. But, that’s not always the case.

Letting Go of the PAST doesn’t mean you didn’t live it. It means… 

you made it through,

you survived,

you thrived in spite of it all!

Our PAST can be a catalyst for improving our outlook and perspectives in life… that is, if we will allow it to be this. PAST does not always mean something is bad. It can also mean that some things need to change.

Today and throughout this season of Thanksgiving, think on those things you have experienced and endured and find that Something you can be thankful for from the experience.

Be abundantly blessed! Happy Thanksgiving! #GodIsFaithful

Snoopy Thanksgiving

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

A Veteran’s Day Salute

Beatrice Bruno – My journey begins

Happy Veteran’s Day!

On October 14, 1976, I was sworn into Army Service at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. I was 17 years old and signed up through the Delayed Entry Program which meant I wouldn’t be able to attend basic training until after my 18th birthday on January 21, 1977. It was one of the proudest moments of my life!

Finally, I would serve something much bigger than Beatrice!

As I look back through all those years to when I was given the privilege and opportunity to serve as a US Army Soldier, I am still proud. I now realize that those were some of the best times of my life. When I look back at my military service, I experience many emotions, some of which are joy, peace, and hope.

1. Joy – for the honor of being one of the few that wore that uniform. To be able to travel to different countries, representing my country, the United States of America and all we stood for.

2. Peace – because of the service of myself and other service members. We were charged with keeping our land and other lands at peace, even if it meant giving the ultimate sacrifice.

3. Hope – for the new horizons in front of me because I had a hand in keeping our nation free to experience all we are experiencing right now.

One of my greatest assignments besides serving as a Drill Sergeant was while serving with the United States Europe and 33rd Army Band and Chorus. We brought so much joy to audiences all over Europe while still serving as part of the peace-keeping forces in Europe. While serving as a Singing Soldier, we sang songs like the following but I don’t remember our having this much fun!

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

As you celebrate this Veteran’s Day, celebrate those who made it and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If I had it to do all over again, I would. I love these United States and appreciate the freedoms we are afforded.

Stand up for the American fighting man and woman. Be proud of what they represent! Support them with all your heart and pass these sentiments forward!

I salute those who served and are still serving! Will you salute them with me?

In closing, please allow this song to remind you of what I constantly think about every time I see Old Glory waving in the breeze of freedom:

God Bless the USA

Hug or Salute a Veteran today!

God Is Faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

[Stay tuned: Freedom to Move Forward Bootcamp with The Drill Sergeant of Life coming February 6 – 7 2015. Click on this link to learn more… http://ezregister.com/events/11708/

 

Letting Go of the PAST – The Freedom of Forgiveness

Forgive and change the future Letting Go of the PAST and Forgiving provides us with elements of Freedom we should desire to experience on a daily basis!

After all, Letting Go of the PAST is not so much about the other person as it is about you! One of the things we need to recognize when we go through something that brings trauma into our lives is that we (our hearts, minds, and souls) become bruised from the intrusion of the transgression.

But, if we will allow ourselves, give ourselves permission to forgive, we will be able to experience the freedom of forgiveness in a new way!

Today, I invite you to revisit one of my previous posts about this subject. Click here.

Think about this:

  1. How many people do you know, personally or publicly, who seem to have so much baggage from the PAST in their lives, they find it hard to move forward?
  2. Do you notice in their conversation that they seem to say the same things over and over? Or,
  3. Every conversation seems to turn to them no matter how much work the person has to do to get the topic back on themselves.

My friend, this person needs help!

He or she is so emotionally bruised, they don’t know what to do. He or she thinks that by just continually talking about the subject, they are healing themselves.

That is simply not true!

Until this person can forgive, he or she can never walk in the freedom God created for him or her.

Do this with/for your friend:

  • Be honest with him or her. Don’t allow the person to walk in deception anymore. Even if the honesty will cause a breach in your relationship with the person.
  • Be honest with yourself. Has the PAST pain from the person become toxic in your life?
  • Help the person find some help. You will be doing a very valuable service for this precious soul.

The mission of The Drill Sergeant of Life is to help YOU get over self, get out of self’s way, let go of the PAST, and get what YOU want out of life! We hope this post has been beneficial to you today. If it resonates with you, please feel free to share.

Until next time! Be abundantly blessed! #GodIsFaithful

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

LGOP

 

Letting Go of the PAST – The File Cabinet of Life(c)

stuffed file cabinet Do you face challenges with letting go of the PAST because your File Cabinet of Life is filled to overflowing with STUFF you keep pulling up? Do you want to let go of this STUFF so you can progress in your life and move forward with what God has created just for you?

Oftentimes, we hold on to STUFF because…

1. It just feels good.

2. It still looks purposeful.

3. You will miss it when it’s gone.

STUFFSomething That Undermines Forward Functioning (and, yes, I just made that up!)

Something That Undermines Forward Functioning.

Think about this: when you spend so much of your time dwelling on the PAST and what was, you fail to consider what is and what could be.

When you spend so much of your time dwelling on the PAST, your future is put on hold and you become discouraged because there is no forward movement.

What can you do?

Clean out your File Cabinet of Life(c)!

Take some time today and begin wading through those things in your File Cabinet that you can discard because they serve no useful purpose. Follow these three tips:

1. Pull up your earliest memory as a test from your File Cabinet of Life(c). If it is pleasant, keep it. If not-so-pleasant, discard in the Round File of Life(c).

2. Now, pull up your earliest, not-so-pleasant memory. My first was a memory of sexual abuse. Take it out of your File Cabinet. Consider it from all angles. Since it is over and done with, there is really no need for you to file it anymore. Get a different perspective. Give yourself permission to see that you were not in control. And if you were, you were too young to do anything differently. Release the memory and place the file in the Round File of Life(c).

3. Go through and assess all the files in your File Cabinet. If they are beneficial, keep them. If not, throw them out.

Now, there is more to this. To learn from about using the File Cabinet of Life(c), order my book, How To Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the PAST, today. Here is the link: http://drillsergeantoflife.com/products/

LGOP

If this post has been beneficial to you and resonates in your heart, please share with someone else who might need a breakthrough in this area of their life. As always, I treasure your comments, encouragement, and suggestions. Please respond to this blog or send an email to email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Until next time, May God abundantly bless you in all that you do. Especially in Letting Go of the PAST! God Is Faithful!.

Beatrice

 

Letting Go – Even when it hurts…

Vic and MeThis week’s blog post is dedicated to my family’s dog, Victory! This is our last picture together. RIP, Poo-Poo! We’ll see you on the other side!

Letting Go… Even When It Hurts!

Today I said goodbye to my furry friend and child, Victory Bruno. It was probably one of the hardest goodbyes and decisions I have ever had to make. Victory has been in my family for about 10 years.

In 2004, I went on a hunting expedition at the Adams County Animal Shelter for my furry companion. When I arrived at the shelter, (yes, Victory’s departure has brought it all back!) I walked around, slowly, so I could see the dogs in their temporary habitat. I saw many dogs that day, but, my future “Victory” stuck out in my mind. When I approached his cage, he looked at me as if to say, “What do YOU want?”

Yes, I picked up on his snootiness! I walked around a bit more to the other dogs that had struck my interest and then made my way back to this red Pomeranian. His fur was matted, he appeared to be scared and sad that he was locked up in this small cage.

I went to the front desk to inquire about this dog. The lady told me that someone else had already requested the dog. A little bit sad and dejected, I went back to his cage and told him he was going to go home with someone else. Surprisingly, he walked to the door of the cage and sniffed through the bars. I put my hand down to touch the cage… he licked my hand. That was it! I knew I had to have this dog.

When I went back to the front desk, I asked the lady was she sure someone else was coming to get “my” dog. She pulled me aside and told me to be back at a certain time. If the person who had requested the dog was not there, then “Victory” would be mine.

I left the shelter, praying all the way home, asking God to please let this dog come into my house. Long story short, He did. And Victory was an honored member of my family for 10 years.

Last week, Victory stopped eating. He would only take in water. I knew in my heart this might be the end/beginning. But, I hoped. On Monday, yesterday, I took Victory to the Vet Clinic for the last time. I had to make a decision. My decision was to not allow my dog to suffer anymore.

Sometimes when letting go of the PAST, we have to make a decision that will hurt. We have to decide not to let that situation or circumstance hurt us or the other party anymore. In order to be made whole, we must make the decision.

There are decisions you must make today so you can stop hurting. Your pain may be such that it is also affecting others and hurting them as well. Do the right thing. Make the right decision… even when it hurts.

If this post resonates with you, please feel free to forward to others who may need to make a decision. Please sign up on The Drill Sergeant of Life email list for future offerings, tips, and strategies.

May God bless you and keep you! #GodIsFaithful #LetItGo

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

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Let Go of the PAST – Matthew 11:28

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Letting go of the PAST –  those People, Places, Possibilities And Situations (that should be) Terminated – has everything to do with Matthew 11:28 – 30.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

In scripture, we are instructed to cast all, ALL, our cares upon Him (God through Jesus Christ) because He cares for us. Can you believe today that the Lord cares enough for you to take all your burdens upon Himself?

Can you believe He wants to take the hurt, the disappointment, the discouragement, the pain of your PAST from you so you can move forward into the incredible future He has for you?

If you could lay one burden on the Lord today, what would it be? Would it be the disappointment of a divorce? The discouragement of losing a job? The pain of words spoken over you years ago but you still carry with you?

Do this today:

1. Write down one thing, yes, only one (for now) you are willing to release to the Lord today. Pray, ask. God will give you the guidance you need. Keep this list because you will be adding to it frequently in your quest to let go of the PAST.

2. Write a “Dear John” letter to this thing. Write down everything you have held in your heart, the length of time you have held it, and what it has kept you from doing as you attempted to move forward.

3. Seal in an envelope addressed to “The Lover of My Soul.” Keep it in a safe place until a much later date. (Contact me at email hidden; JavaScript is required to find out your next step on this letter.)

3. Now, write a “Hello, I’m Free!” letter to yourself. Write down what the release of this thing will do for you. How will you feel? What will you be able to do now that this one burden has lifted? How much relief will you feel? Also, write an affirmation that you will not return to that thing once you have released it to “The Lover Of My Soul.” Place this letter in a place where you can access it daily until you have internalized the newness of letting that one thing go.

4. Celebrate you: you released this one thing! I celebrate with you!

You can let go of the PAST! It is doable.

Believe!

Trust!

Have Faith in God and in yourself that you can let go!

Drop me a note at email hidden; JavaScript is required to share or comment on this post. I look forward to hearing about your achievement in letting go of just one thing. Just this one action will propel you forward as never before! If this post has resonated with you in any way, please share it with someone else who might need the same wise counsel.

Until next time… Be abundantly blessed! God Is Faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

LGOP

Letting Go: What It Is and What It Is NOT!

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Letting Go is not about completely forgetting you ever went through anything. As a matter of fact, it’s quite the opposite. Letting Go is remembering those things from the experience that you can learn from and use for your good in your future. I love acronyms. Let’s make an acronym for L.E.T. G.O., shall we? Is that OK? Let’s go.

Learn from your P.A.S.T.
Embrace your P.A.S.T. in a good way
Take your power back
Get help
Operate in the Fruit of the Spirit

Each week, you will receive tips, strategies, and an explanation of each of the letters of the acronym. As you move forward, concentrating on each letter, you will find that you are better equipped to let go of those things that are hindering you and move forward to what God has prepared for you.

Join The Drill Sergeant of Life on this journey of letting go of the P.A.S.T. If our blog resonates with you and gives you the strength to move forward, subscribe now so you can begin to use the resources provided here.

Until next time…

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

Letting Go of the P.A.S.T. and Beyond

Life is too short to hold on to the P.A.S.T.

I know that’s a pretty bold statement, but it is true!

You see, our P.A.S.T. is designed to keep us in the place where we won’t progress. If anything, we will regress. But, I digress.

Let me explain my acronym P.A.S.T.: People, Places, Possibilities And Situations (that should be) Terminated in our lives. Many of you have some P.A.S.T. in your lives. We all do. Unfortunately, we simply don’t want to admit it.

You see, it’s quite comfortable to allow P.A.S.T. to remain because it is… well, comfortable! That’s what we know. That’s what we have already experienced. That’s what we allow to keep us in the place of mediocrity because it’s too hard to come out. But I don’t want you to live like that!

Lately, I have been meeting a lot of hurting people. These precious folks have been through so much! Unfortunately, many of them have just about given up on ever receiving healing or wholeness because they have allowed the hurt to languish in their lives, giving them a false sense of security! I know! I’ve been one of those.

Just recently, God showed me that I was not healed from some hurts I had experienced. Unfortunately, the hurts had occurred in the church setting. The way He showed this to me caused me to open my eyes to those around me who were dealing with some of the same hurts. What He also showed me, though, was that I was hurt so deeply, I didn’t even realize the depth of the hurt I had experienced and was experiencing!

Does this resonate with you? Have you been hurt so deeply that you have become numb to the pain and are trying to live life the best way you can? Will you let me help you? Please!

I don’t want another human being to have to go through this alone. Let me stand with you and help you Let Go of the P.A.S.T. so you can grab hold of the future God has prepared for you! God has revealed tips and strategies to help you Let Go of the P.A.S.T. and I want to share these with you!

I am here for you! Let me take the first step with you!

Beatrice Bruno
The Drill Sergeant of Life

Bitter or Better? In 2014, the Choice is Yours! Part One

Has life taught you some things that others need to know about or learn from? Are you a completely different person from who you were 5, 10, 20 years ago? Believe it or not, the things you have experienced in life are currently being experienced by someone else. You were allowed to experience it first so you can go back and lend a hand to someone else. That’s what being The Drill Sergeant of Life means to me. I have been on the Battlefield of Life; still am on The Battlefield of Life. And now, I am here to help others make it through to the objective: freedom to be who you were called and created to be. So, Get Over Yourself, Get Out of Your Own Way and Get What YOU Want Out of Life!

About a year ago, I had to make a choice. I won’t give you the particulars but something happened that allowed me to see behind the veneer of someone I thought was a friend.

The situation devastated me: my heart hurt so badly, I really didn’t know if I was going to make it. The relationship ended, of course. But, the backlash from the entire situation gave me pause to think. At the time, I wanted to just give up on people. After all, people had given me many reasons to give up and turn inward. I had been hurt so much by others; I was ready to give up.

Then, the Lord brought me to a person in the Bible who had also been hurt. This lady had been hurt by life: first, her husband died. Then, her sons died. She was left alone with two daughters-in-law and no visible means of support. She turned inward.

When asked, she even told people to not call her by her given name ‘Naomi’ anymore. She wanted to be called Mara, bitter.

Ruth 1:20 – 21 Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath brought me home again empty; why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

She finally persuaded one of her daughters-in-law to return to her family. After all, she told the young woman, even if she, Naomi, were to remarry and have another son, would Orpah stick around to perhaps marry the son that would come so long after she was already grown?

So, that particular daughter-in-law left Naomi and her sister-in-law, Ruth, and returned to her family. Ruth decided she would stick with her mother-in-law.

Where you go, I will go! Where you die, I will die! Your people will be my people! Your God will be my God!

Naomi had a reason to praise the Lord! This young woman owed her nothing! But, she loved her enough to stick with her. Whatever befell Naomi, Ruth was willing to allow the same to befall her.

Naomi remained bitter. She didn’t expect any good thing to happen in her life. God had taken her reason for living. Or so she thought!

That day concerning my friend was a turning point. I had the opportunity to either be bitter or Better.

If I chose bitter, it meant I had to walk around with a very unappealing look on my face, all the time. It meant I didn’t trust God to turn my situation around. In other words, I had no hope!

But, I knew better than that! I know that God is a righteous God! He is my glory and the lifter up of my head. He is a very present help in trouble. Regardless of what a person had done to me, I had to dig deep and remember those things God had done for me! I had to look back through my life to the blessings God had already performed in my life. I had to decide to be Better instead of Bitter!

What about you? Have you had instances in your life in which you had to make a choice between bitter and better? What did those experiences do to you? Were you able to jump from one to the other and look back and see the good that had happened? Or, are you still struggling?

Everything you have gone through in life was created to make you better, not bitter. Use those experiences to help others see past their circumstances and rise up to be who they were created to be. Use your pain and tragedies to push yourself and others forward. We need you. We believe in you. Now, you believe in you!

Be abundantly thankful and blessed! God is faithful!

The Drill Sergeant

Forgiveness is the Key

Several years ago while writing my second book of the Get Over Yourself series, How To Get Over Yourself and Let Go of the P.A.S.T., I learned an interesting thing. In addition to forgiving those who had perpetrated infractions against me, I had to forgive myself! Yes! I had to forgive myself.

You see, many times when we are going through life, we do stupid stuff: stupid stuff that can cause us to hop down one bunny trail after the other as we get further and further away from our purpose and destiny. Let’s be honest here: many times while we are hopping on the bunny trails of life, we cause ourselves to not be all we were called and created to be, to not do all we were called and created to do, and to definitely not have all we were called and created to have in life.

And then, we have the tendency to blame everything on someone else. That is so not right! But, when we do this, and we go back and forgive others who we feel have hurt us, we must also go back and forgive ourselves for the dumb things we have done that have kept us from becoming who we were supposed to become in life. We must give ourselves permission to move forward in life. When we do this, the burdens of guilt, doubt, anger and fear lifts off our shoulders and allow us to move freely in the direction we are supposed to move in. It frees us to pursue those things we thought had eluded us because of our dumb mistakes.

And it’s not too late! If you are still breathing, there is still time for you to become who you were supposed to become. Just forgive yourself and move forward so you can be all you care to be in the Armed Forces of Life! Be abundantly blessed! Beatrice

Sometimes, the very thing you need…

Is inside of yourself! Oftentimes, though, you have to go higher than yourself.

Many times we go to others, asking advice for the challenges we face in life. Many times, those same folks are going through struggles they don’t have the answers for. Personally, I pray a lot because I know Someone Who has the answers, even when I think I have the answers.

Part of the process of growing up and going out to do what we know we were created to do is to know the Source of everything we need. If we don’t know that Source, we will remain lost until we can come to the conclusion that the Source is what we need to tap into to find the power to move forward. My Source is Almighty God.

Can you plug an electrical device into a tree and receive the power you need to make it work? Can you charge your cellphone with a banana peel and it work for you all day? Neither can you always find the power you need within yourself.

Every day offers a new opportunity to go higher, dig deeper, spread wider than ever before. In order to make it to the level of excellence we have been created for, we sometimes have to do those things listed above so we will continue to strive for even greater than what we thought we could accomplish.

Be abundantly blessed! The Drill Sergeant

How about a Human Code of Conduct?

I recently spoke for the Westminster Optimist Club here in Westminster, Colorado. I really enjoy speaking for Optimist Clubs. If you haven’t before, go to www.Optimist.org and check out their creed. Their creed is something that we as human beings should adopt as a Human Code of Conduct. Why? Below, I share several of the pledges that members of the Optimist Club adhere to. I also share my comments about these pledges. But I want you, YOU, to add your own comments. Let’s see if we can start something that will change the way we live!

Promise yourself –

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. – Do you realize how easily others can come in and disturb your peace of mind? As I have said before, and let me reiterate: sometimes you have to let some folks go, at least for a season, so that you can maintain your peace of mind. Don’t let others have control of you and disturb you. Let those people go and do YOU!

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet – If you spent most of your days talking health, happiness and prosperity to every person you met, how much time would you have to gripe about inconsequential stuff? Stop sweating the small stuff! The Drill Sergeant of Life says: Get out there and share what needs to be shared!!!

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them – Many of your friends are going through some struggles. Believe it or not, you hold the key that will make a difference in their lives. Now, I am not talking about enabling your friends. When you enable, you do more harm than good. What I am talking about here is encouraging your friends; help them see that there is more to them than what meets the eye. Help them to dream again. Help them to have faith in themselves again. Soon, you will see your friends blossom as never before!

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own – Oh, boy! Let’s be honest here: how many family members do you have that hate when you do well? How many so-called friends can you name who run away from you when you prosper and are doing well? Yet, these same folks seem to cluster around you when you are having a bit of a hard time and offer advice that THEYwouldn’t even take. Hopefully, you are very excited when others do well. If not, change that dynamic! I have noticed in my travels that there are very few who are enthusiastic when I succeed; even though they indicated they would be beforehand. Again; let these people go! Do YOU!

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others – Now, I have to bring up the Bible for this one. Remember that little scripture that talks about removing the log from your own eye before you consider removing the splinter from someone else’s eye? Well, that’s what this part of the Optimist Creed is talking about. We spend so much time criticizing others, we have no clue that we need to do some things in our lives to improve US so we can move to the next level and perhaps help someone else out!

OK, I’ve talked about only 5 of the 10 elements of The Optimist Creed. Please check out the rest of them at www.Optimist.org. You will be glad you did.

Hey, just want each of you to know that I really appreciate you. Thanks for reading! Please share this post with others!

God is faithful! The Drill Sergeant