Saturday, February 22, 2014

Change in post dates!!!

Hello my lovely people of God, this is just a friendly post to let you guys know that I just started online school majoring in Early Childhood Education.  The class demanded more than i thought, since I have a lot to complete weekly in the class, I will be only posting to my blog once a week, and that would be Wednesdays.  I made this decision to do this so I won't overwhelm myself.  I have so much I am doing and I know that all of it can be done with a little organization and a lot of help from God.  Be bless and thank you again for reading and being supporters.  Have a beautiful day!!!!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Spiritual Warfare.....What is that????

As long as I have been going to church, I used to hear a phrase use very often but never understood what it mean.  Spiritual warfare has never been clear to me or explained to me in depth.  Since I have started my walk with God, I became more curious about spiritual warfare and decided to study it and learn more about this battle that we deal with on a daily basis. I got on google looking for some information or something to get me started on this study and I came across this website and they have an article talking about spiritual warfare and understanding it.  I began to read it and they go to explain in the introduction that there are three main areas of where battles are fought: spiritual, worldly, and guess where else, within us!! So for the next few posts I will be sharing what I'm learning through this study on spiritual warfare and hopefully I can help someone that don't fully understand it like I do.
Today I'm just going to talk about the introduction of the article, at the beginning of the article it says "that to understand spiritual warfare we first have to ACKNOWLEDGE that we are in war".  Acknowledging something is challenging and accepting it takes it another step further. Facing the problems and not running from this is war.  I know a good friend told me that after my baptism that I will be attacked by the enemy from every corner.  I thank my sister in Christ for the warning, since that powerful day the enemy has been too busy.  The introduction along cleared up the definition of spiritual warfare, I summed it up to be the struggles we go through daily, that can't be conquered without God.  We say it often, that with God I am more than a conqueror but do we truly understand the meaning?  Do we know how to fight along with God as he defeat these battles, do we know what part we play in this war?  I hope this article can answer a lot of questions myself and someone else may have.  I look forward to educating myself on this matter because I know this is not my last war.  If anyone want to share their thoughts on spiritual warfare, testimonies or anything feel free to email me or comment in the box below.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be blessed!!!

Quote: The triumphant Christian does not fight for victory; he celebrates a victory already won. 

Captain Reginald Wallis 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Battles Within Self.....

 As humans we fall short of many things, some things we conquer on the first try but some things we miss the mark a couple of times.  We become our own worse critic, enemy, attacker, and judge; why do we start battles with ourselves.  Some battles we have with ourselves are battles from our childhood, puberty, college, or adulthood that we should have let go then but we have yet to do so.  Certain experiences in life have to be faced and dealt with, if not it will consume you and eat at you .  We turn to others who may or may not understand where you are coming from.  We also turn to some that will hurt you more than you were hurt before, and betray your trust by singing like a bird to the next ear available.  We put so much trust in man knowing that the bible states firmly and clearly that man will fail you, not once, but every time.  So after we realize that "they" can not help you, then we decide to lean and depend on our own understanding.....yep you start talking to yourself.  Well, that's no help either because we can send ourselves into a rut, constantly going back and forth with our thoughts and opinions of self.  It clearly states in Proverbs 3:5-6, not to lean on your own understanding, so why do we do it?  
All of these battles we face on a daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly bases has already been won.  God has claimed the victory and won the battle.  All He is waiting on us to do is hand it ALL over to Him and trust that the He has his hand on the situation whether it's low self-esteem, self doubt, depression, anger, hurt, or betrayal.  Whatever it is big or small, He will deliver you from it, and give you a victorious testimony. God is for us, He has our best interest in His will for us, so why do we constantly carry the victim identification card.  We become too comfortable playing the role as the victim, it's so much easier to float around in self pity, when we can simply activate our faith.  We have to surrender it ALL to Him, and let Him win these battles within us.  God know you better than you know yourself, He is the best solution to all your problem.  Lean on Him, let Him be your weapon, He has the best strategy for a successful victory.  God loves you more than you know, love on Him back.  He'll never leave you or forsake you.  Be blessed and a blessing.  

Quote: “You are not a victim. No matter what you have been through, you're still here. You may have been challenged, hurt, betrayed, beaten, and discouraged, but nothing has defeated you. You are still here! You have been delayed but not denied. You are not a victim, you are a victor. You have a history of victory.” 
― Steve MaraboliUnapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Friday, February 7, 2014

Nice, Cute,.....NO Beautiful!!!!!

Why as women we struggle with accepting our outer appearance as God has made us? From puberty to birthing our children, and down to our mid life crisis we struggle with insecurities of our appearance. I confess I am very guilty of this, knowing that God made me as an unique individual, I still question how I look. I have this book by Debora M. Coty, named “More Beauty, Less Beast, Transforming Your Inner Orge”. Good book from what I have read so far, but the first chapter hits home really hard, well at least it did for me. She made a lot of good points that makes you feel so stupid because you shouldn't feel insecure about your looks. She brought up a scripture 1 Samuel 16:7, “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” Praise God for being such a loving God, sisters that right there said enough for me, why do I care if the people of this world like or dislike how I look. I serve a God who is after my heart, not my outfit or my earrings! So, after she stated that scripture she asked a mind blowing question, she asked, “So why do we spend so much time rewrapping and redecorating our customized gift package? Hello, somebody, if that's not an ouch moment, why do we do that, why do I do that? As she stated in her book, that viewing ourselves as ugly is a slap in our Creator's face because He made us in His image. Now that right there says a lot within itself.

Last week was a week of awakenings for me, I got baptized on the 26th of January, WHOA HOO!!!! What an amazing experience but that's another post for another day. Anyway, I took down my box braids that I have had up for almost too long and after taking them out, my hair matted up real bad. My sister spent hours trying to conquer this beast that formed in my head but nothing was beating it. So she looked at me and said she have to cut the majority of my hair off, WHAT!!!! Sisters even though I was transitioning from relaxed to natural, I didn't plan on doing the big chop. Long story short, I did what had to be done, the devil sensed my insecurities and went on a joy ride with my emotions. I didn't feel feminine anymore, I didn't feel beautiful. See that's not all I'm dealing with, I had lost weight dramatically after all the births of my three children, you know they say kids put weight on you, well for me they took it away. Now, I gotta chop of my hair too, I'm feeling like God is taking me too fast. The devil started putting things in my mind that I knew wasn't true, had me doubting my husband's feelings for me, doubting my husband's happiness, and so forth. I'm telling you, give the
devil an inch and he'll show you something; have you all jacked up. Praise God for speaking through others to me, I snapped out of it and found the beauty within me, I have a beautiful soul full of joy, restoration and peace, what do my hair, or my shape have to do with that, nothing because this body will perish after my Father calls me home. Sisters, we are wonderfully made because He made us in His image, how amazing is that. Don't doubt that you are beautiful because you don't look like her or them, rejoice that you look the way God made you. Be blessed my beauty queens!!!! God loves you!!!!

Beauty is a linear process:
  1. Because of the affirmation I receive from my close relationship with God, I feel loved.
  2. Because I know I'm loved, I feel valued.
  3. Because I rest in assurance that I'm valued, I feel beautiful.

More Beauty Less Beast Transforming Your Inner Ogre, author Debora M. Coty

Monday, February 3, 2014

Feeling Renewed......

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, I had such an awesome experience, I got baptized!!!!! Praise God for deliverance, love and mercy. I made the decision to be baptized because I felt my walk with God was missing something. What a sense of completion I felt after the baptism, now I'm super ready for whatever God has in His will for me. This year I did not make a resolution but I did make it a priority to be obedient to God; my year of obedience. For the past few years I have always served God conditionally, meaning I did what I wanted to and not what He asked me to do. I was too worried about how others would look at me, how many relationships I would lose and so forth. I was serving man while wanting God's blessing......hmmmmm. So, as I prayed on the last day of 2013 asking God to let 2014 be a year of prosperity for me and my family, God whispered to me “obedience and surrender”. I sat and thought about those two words, meditated on them for a while, and did a replay over the past few years trying to figure out what God was trying to show me. God was trying to tell me that He have many blessings for me and my family but He need me to be obedient and surrender everything over to Him. All I could think was something so simple as obedience and surrendering is holding back my blessings.

After I sat and thought for a while, I made it up in my mind that I'm going to do as my Father asked me, it's sad He had to keep asking me over and over again, but thankfully He is a patient God!!! I know that God is going to take care of me and my family, He has yet to fail us. I had to realized that God expect so much more out of me. Yes I love my neighbor, honor my mother and father, but that's not enough, that's not my ALL. God has blessed me with so many amazing talents and me not utilizing them is such a waste. God gives us gifts to fulfill our purpose on this earth, not to sit on them. Someone could miss out on a blessing or a great experience because of our lacking in the body of Christ. So I'm stepping up and letting God lead me according to His will and plans for me. We have to chose who we are going to serve, because we can not serve man and God at once, it's impossible. If you love the Lord, then love Him with ALL your heart, because God loves us unconditionally.

Scripture: Psalm 16:8-9 “ I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my bod also will rest secure.” (NIV)

Day and night I'll stick with God; I've got a good thing going and I'm not letting go. I'm happy from the inside out, and from the outside in, I'm firmly formed.” (The Message)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Always Got my Back!!!

                                                                 Romans 8:26-28 MSG

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.
This was my daily bible scripture for the day and boy did it hit home. God always have this way of communicating that he recognizes our concerns when we think he don't. For somedays I been feeling like nothing is going to give and its been draining me. Sunday I threw my hands up to God with my eyes full of tears and surrendered it all to Him. I was in my car driving and just told God to take total control over my life and every situation.
When i woke up this morning and read my daily bible verse all I could say was "wow", God just keeps reminding me of His loving grace. Just like the scripture says, when you stop praying and yes we do stop praying consistently, I know i did. Thankfully we have a Father who is willing to pray for us, how awesome is that. Now dont get too lazy in spirit but some days we cant find the strength to pray what need to be prayed. Just having reassurance that God is taking care of it all brings on a sense of peace we all need.
 Prayer is a powerful yet intimate communication with God and no one ostensibly perfect but at least try to pray once a day. I had to learn a while ago that God answers and hears all types of prayers, long, short, simple, complex, out loud and within. Some think your prayers have to be presented a certain way but not true at all. When you develop your own personal relationship with God you will know how to communicate with God in your own way.

Hope you all have a blessed day! Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

He'll Promote You at the Right Time!!!!!!!

1 Peter 5:1-7 MSG

I have a special concern for you church leaders. I know what it’s like to be a leader, in on Christ’s sufferings as well as the coming glory. Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way.

When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for— God has had it with the proud, But takes delight in just plain (humble) people.

So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.