Gut Instinct!

IMG_2485Good morning God.

Good morning Amy Jo.

Is there anything you would have me share with your Facebook group today?

It is a good idea for you to share with this group, the ability you have to distinguish between, your thoughts and ideas, and the thoughts and ideas of those around you.

I am not at all certain I understand.

Yes you do. Share with us how you came to finish your painting.

Okay, now I understand…  Story time.

I am remembering a time, I needed to go to the grocery store to purchase coffee.

This thought kept coming up in my mind. “I need to go buy coffee.” At the same time I was thinking thoughts of getting the laundry done, vacuuming the house. I also wanted to post something new on Facebook, and for weeks I had wanted to finish a painting I  had started.

Every time I  would make a move toward doing one of these things, I noticed a sinking feeling in my stomach. Right between the bottom of my rib cage and my belly button.

This feeling,  I knew was a message. It was telling me, that the project that I was starting was not really the most beneficial one to be working on at that moment.

My house was a little messy, so I intended to clean it up, but that sinking feeling was persistent.

I stopped and asked myself. “What is in the way of cleaning the house?”

The answer came – Because it was the last thing that my husband mentioned before walking out the door. “We need to really put a shine on this house, my sister is in town this week and she wants to see what we’ve done with it.”

The dishes were washed, the bed was made, but I was about to spend my day cleaning under furniture and re-organizing cupboards, because my husband thought it needed to be done, and I had taken his idea to heart.

So then, I let that idea go and thought about finishing the painting. Once again, I was feeling that sinking sensation. So I stopped and ask myself “Why do I feel this way?” I realized that it would be a lot more fun to paint the painting out in the garden with a fresh hot cup of coffee. Then, with no sinking feeling, I picked up the car keys and headed to the store to purchase the coffee.

While I was shopping, I ran into a friend. This friend invited me to go hiking with her the next morning.

I went home to have a great day out in the garden enjoying my coffee.

The next day while on the hike, I met my friends grandmother who became a new client for my business.  See how it works!

Is this what you had in mind?

Almost. You could also tell them about paying attention to this “gut feeling” when you are shopping,

Hmm… Okay.

One time I was in the grocery store and found myself stopped in the sugar aisle. I was just standing, staring off into space. I had been looking at alternatives for sugar. Something that would taste good also be a healthy choice for my body. All of the things I picked up, gave me that sinking feeling. I know this feeling is a signal warning me, that these choices were all damaging to my body in some way. I had held all of the possibilities I could see and all of them gave me that sinking feeling. Yet I still I felt the sinking feeling if I tried to walk away. So just standing there, I asked… What do I need to know? What am I not understanding?

My arms, as if they belonged to someone else, raised up above my head and moved a box of Equal over out of the way. I then found myself standing up on my tip toes and reaching way back into the shelf, out of sight, way above my head, until I pulled out a box of Inositol packets! These turned out to taste good in tea, and had a low glycemic index. Just what I was needing.

Pay close attention to this sinking feeling in your stomach, “gut instinct” It is always working for you. It is easy to understand. If it feels bad at all… It is a bad idea to continue doing what you are doing. I believe that I am not the only one who thinks you should start paying closer attention to what you feel when you are eating, drinking, taking vitamins, shopping, or just making decisions of what you should be doing with your time today!

Play with this energy…  It could end up saving your beacon!  It has saved mine a few times!



I am your average everyday mother of 3 with now 3 grandkids. I am also a singer/songwriter performing in country clubs and dinner houses. But behind all of this, there is the ability to listen deeper into my own thoughts and hear where the good ideas are actually coming from. It's the same place that I came from... God
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