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

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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

 

 

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

Let Go of the PAST and Embrace 2015…

embrace your future

In approximately 44 days, we will enter 2015.

Some of us will enter it with a sigh of relief: We made it!

Others will kick in the gate of the new season because we have been waiting for the change, the newness, so we could go forth and do those great things we know we are capable of doing.

Unfortunately, some others dread 2015. After all, 2014, 13, 12, 11… have all not been the way we wanted, so why should we think 2015 will be any different?

WRONG!!!!

2015 will offer new opportunities for you, for your family, for your business/ministry.

Do you want those opportunities?

Do you desire to see new, good, better things happening in your life?

WELL?!?! Do You!?!?????

Are you prepared to do what it takes to Let Go of the PAST and embrace the 2015 you want????

Do these three things to ensure you see the 2015 you desire.

  1. Write your vision for 2015 and make it plain so that as you consider your vision, you can run with it. If you do not have a vision, your 2015 is already doomed before it begins. Write your vision out in detail! Be very specific.
  2. Speak positively about your 2015. The life and death of an exceptional 2015 is in the power of your tongue. You create it by the way you speak about it. There are many negatives in life, but what comes out of your mouth about 2015 has the power to create what you want it to be. Take ownership now!
  3. Consider what is inside of you. Every seed of greatness you need to plant in 2015 is already inside of you. You were created, born to do what 2015 is being ushered into your life to do. Everything you want to accomplish is already inside of you. Now, RUN with it!

Much has happened in your life over the PAST 5 to 7 years. Some good, some middle-of-the-road, some not so good. Now is the time to move forward as never before!

2015 is your year!

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

 

Let go of the PAST situations, circumstances, trials, and tribulations you tend to ruminate about throughout your days.

Create new pictures in your mind to focus on.

Create new conversations in your head to lead you to the great things you want to experience.

Create new relationships that will propel you forward.

Create the 2015 you want and Rock and Roll with it!

Do you lack “Freedom to Move Forward”? 

February 6 and 7, 2015 will Rock your 2015! Register here.

The Drill Sergeant of Life looks forward to helping you Let Go of the PAST so you can embrace the awesome future in front of you. If this blog post resonates with you, please share. I look forward to your comments.

God is Faithful!

Beatrice Bruno, The Drill Sergeant of Life

 

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

future promise

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