Articles tagged with: God is faithful

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

 

 

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

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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…

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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

 

Let Go and Let God… for REAL!

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As we come closer and closer to the end of 2014, 90 days as of October 1, I encourage you to look forward and decide what sort of 2015 you want to experience.

You see, in 2014, we allowed our PAST to remain status quo without much change. We journeyed on, harboring the same ill feelings, the same emotions, the same disgruntlements we had experienced since the beginning of 2014.

What do you want to be different about 2015?

Recently, I attended a business meeting of an organization I joined in 2013. To be honest, I didn’t want to attend. I felt disillusioned and didn’t really believe there would be anything there for me. So, I went to support a very good friend who was the host of the event.

As I prepared to leave, the visiting businessman detained me so that I could not leave the room we were in. I did not want to talk with him. As a matter of fact, I looked around to see if there were any other way I could make my escape so I wouldn’t have to interact with him at all. He stood between me and the door!

He stood and began talking to me. I politely listened. Then, I realized he was saying that he wanted to help me get my business on track and wanted to promote me. I was not expecting that!

Perhaps, it was time for me to Let Go and Let God… for Real.

  • Let go of preconceived notions about how I had been treated when I first joined the organization.
  • Let go of the pride rising up inside of me because I didn’t want this man to help me.
  • Let go of everything hindering me from becoming all I was called and created to be in life!

Since this episode, I have decided that it is essential that I Let Go and Let God… for REAL in order for me to move forward with what I know I have been created to do.

Are you in a similar place? Are there things in your life you need to Let Go and Let God… for REAL so you can progress toward the vision you have for your life, your business, every situation and circumstance?

Do this today:

  1. Decide what you want 2015 to look like. It’s never too early to plan for the coming year.
  2. Give yourself permission to Let Go and Let God… for REAL so you can progress toward your vision.
  3. Join me for a free teleseminar on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 7 pm until 8 pm, MDT. We will discuss The Pain, The Promise, and The Process of Letting Go and Letting God… for REAL. Here’s the call-in info: Conference Call – 712-775-7035, Access – 400516.

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Until next time… God is faithful

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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