Unfortunately, Dawn’s summer cold has not been kind to her voice. In light of this self-care journey (and for the sake of being kind to her voice), Dawn thought it would be appropriate to rewind once again to the topic of Creating Your Kingdom. She hopes this episode will set the stage for being mindful of our unique kingdoms, what we grow in our gardens, and how we choose to care for said gardens.
Now is the time to take stock of your kingdom. All of who you are—your stories, ideas, beauty, body, brains, jobs, relationships, etc. is your kingdom, your castle. You are therefore, queen of your castle. You rule! Is your castle being protected as it should be? Is your well leaking water? Are you and those in your kingdom thriving or surviving? Join Dawn today in taking a closer look at your kingdom.
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ~Oprah Winfrey
1. You choose who and what enters your kingdom ~
You get the last word on who and what you let into your kingdom. Pay close attention to the ‘who’ and the ‘what’. Who and what you spend time with will leave a lasting impression on your life. Choose well.
Col 2:8; I Cor 6:19:20; Rom 12:2; Phil 4:8; I Cor 15:33
2. Notice how your kingdom is protected~
When considering the most basic of needs in Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’, it’s common to leave one’s safety off the list of food, shelter, and safety. At the same time, you may realize around you that safety is a topic of considerable buzz and discussion. Have you ever considered what your ‘yes’ and ‘no’ will be in a given situation, with the purpose toward goodness~ the fruit of the Spirit? For example, ‘yes, I will water your garden while you are away if you give me a key to your garden well; no, I will not take responsibility for watering your garden from my well’. What skills are you developing to help protect your kingdom?
Gal 5:22-23; Rom 8:5; Prov 2:11
3. Consider the beauty and provisions of your kingdom~
Often you will find yourself in seasons of giving or receiving. What season are you in currently? Maybe you find yourself giving more than you permit to come into your kingdom. Alternately, maybe you find yourself taking in more than you give from kingdom. What do you find yourself giving away to others? What do you find yourself taking in and receiving from others? Is there a balance? What are the Fair Trade investments of your kingdom? Consider what might be driving these truths. And lastly, consider with what in your life you need most help.
2 Cor 9:7; Rom 13:8; Rom 2:1; Gal 6:6-10; Prov 19:17; Prov 11: 24-25; John 3:16-17
In the kingdom of your life, what does the ‘pearl necklace’ you were given look like? Have you ever given away pearls, in retrospect, you wish you had kept closer to home? For the pearls you have managed to keep, how have you protected and cared for them? How will you wisely rule your kingdom moving forward?
Matt 7:6; Prov 4:6; James 1:5; Prov 3:13-18; Prov 1:7