Happy Mother’s Day 2022

If you’re a mother, Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’ve had a great day. My day was filled with chores and some lounging around. I need more rest now that work starts tomorrow. Pray for me! I hope you’ve spent the day loving on your babies and doing whatever it is you like to do. My day was spent sleeping in to 7am, spending time in worship and prayer, going to Starbucks, grocery shopping, prepping dinner, watching a movie and ended up taking a nap during most of it. I’ve been tired for a few days now but for some reason I am unable to take a nap during the day. Every time I try to nap, I just end up closing my eyes still awake then eventually getting up. It was a late decision to get to my laptop today and type some words before calling it a night. Encouraging moms this evening that you’re doing a good job. Our work is challenging but it brings much reward in the end. Keep pushing to be the best version of yourself and don’t be so hard on yourself when you fall short. May God continue to give you the wisdom and knowledge to care for your children in Jesus name. Until next time, have a great night!

Jesus is Home

Recently during a time of prayer, I said Jesus is home which is a something I’ve never said or thought of before until that moment. What does that even mean or look like? All I can think about is home, a place that ideally will be clean but not always, warm, inviting, a place to raise my family, care for my husband, a place to be myself without any judgement and a place to rest. The last blog talked about the cost of following Jesus; one being not having a place to lay his head. Jesus was always on the move during his ministry, continually being invited into the homes of others. What even makes a house a home? The people in it and I’m sure other things. We are in Jesus which makes him our home. The cost of following Jesus may leave you homeless, but Jesus is home He is eternal. The home is complete, all the renovations are done, and it was completed at the cross. He bore our sins, died and was resurrected on the 3rd day. The veal was broken and restored relationship with man and God. He is our home here on earth and in heaven. Sharing this for the benefit of others, make time to go home daily. In Jesus name. If you don’t know who Jesus is but will like to He invites you in with open arms. Romans 10:9-10 says “that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” May God bless be safe out there. Always ready to pray for you, email your request at effortministry@gmail.com.

Is the Cost Worth It?

Today I sat in silence at a local coffee shop and waited for God to give me the words to write that will encourage someone else. I’ve struggled most of my life with coming up with content so close together it takes me a while to think things through. The only thing that comes to mind is my reading this week Matthew 8. Jesus healed the sick, drove out demons, caused the water to be calm in the midst of a storm and gained disciples. He reminded his disciples of the cost associated with following him. The cost Jesus was clearly already aware of for himself because He’s Jesus but the disciples did not know quite yet. Matthew 8:20 says “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but Son of Man has no place to lay his head. “Jesus in all his glory did not have a physical home or place to sleep, nothing really of his own. The cost to following could be family, friends, wealth, community, the things we enjoy etc. The list goes on and on varying from individuals.

The cost also includes learning to do things differently, you can’t expect to keep doing the same thing, it will only yield the same result. If you want something to change its going to start with you first. On another note, I’ve personally struggled with changing the environment of my home for years. Just wanting and desiring it to be a place of joy and peace. I’ve prayed, worshiped, fasted and the results seem to not come fast enough. I can only see the changes when I look back. I’ve notice that whatever growth happens within me as an individual, wife and mother my family responds to it. Both good and bad, I’m far from where I want to be today but trust that everything will work out in His timing. Keep striving for what’s right. I just want to encourage parents this new year that God never gives up on us. He is here walking out parenting with you. I can’t go back and undo some of my years of parenting, but I can trust God to know that He will work everything out for the good of those that love him. [Romans 8:28]

This week I’ve experience something that has not happen in a while my prayers were answered immediately. I prayed for each of my children, specifically in the areas that I was struggling with and God heard me and answered my prayer. Instead of rebellion I was greeted with compromise and now I see the importance of praying for each child specifically in that way everyday. They have emotions and are going through things we may not understand right now. Our Father in heaven is Omniscient, all knowing. Trust that God will continue to guide them through the struggles of life.

In conclusion, the cost of following Jesus might cost us our living situation, family, close friends, free time as a parent etc. Especially for parents trying to lead their children to Christ unaware of how to because it was not taught and unaware of what it looks like. God will give you all the vision you need to see what changes need to happen. Don’t attempt to do it all on your own you might burn out, ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and fill you every morning. Give you guidance on what to do and the perfect time to do it everyday. May you have ears to hear and eyes to see during your walk with Him. I’m walking with you right now. It’s not easy changing for the sake of others but I believe it’s possible. To disciple children is expensive and cost a lot but I believe that every child is worth it. The next generation needs you; your sons and daughters need you. The cost might be great but its worth it. If you’re not praying for your family who is praying for them?  How can I pray for you? Please feel free to email me at effortministry@gmail.com.

Until next time be encouraged.

You are loved.

Happy New Year!! Welcome 2022

Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2022 I know it’s been a while, I really wanted to see if God truly called me to this. It was getting really difficult for me to continue to write and manage my day to day. I guess that was the problem I was relying on myself way too much. I assumed it was not a calling for a moment, I thought this was something I was just doing for my benefit because others did not read any of the content, but God says different friends. I can’t go back and undo the 2-year break but I can start from here. I also wrote a children’s book last year that’s available here on Amazon.

With this new year upon us and all the challenges that seem to impact us with Coronavirus I want to encourage you today that there is someone with you in the mist of all this. Your Father in Heaven “will never leave or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) He is with you holding your hand during this time. Don’t forget to thank Him when you get a moment. All around me just seems difficult and challenging but I know what I am going through is nothing compared to what others are facing today. I pray for you today. I pray that God will give you eyes to see where He is in your today. May His peace that surpasses all understanding rest on your heart and mind. May you find comfort in him today regardless of what you’re going through. In Jesus name, Amen. Be blessed and have a good day!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!! Have you ever-desired love? A good love, a love like no other where the other person sees you, hears you and genuinely loves you. I use to desire this so badly I just wanted someone to love me the way I love passionately and deep. I’ve come to realize that no human being can really love me that way. We’ll talk more about this in a little bit. 

While reading the bible this week, my heart broke so much for Leah. I’ve read this account a few times already but never saw how much despair Leah was in after marrying Jacob. If you’ve never read the account of Leah and Rachel, I’ll provide some background but suggest reading it for better insight Genesis 29:16 -30:22.

Jacob is Leah’s husband, their marriage began because her dad Laban tricked Jacob. Jacob thought he was marrying Leah’s sister Rachel which he worked 7 years for free to marry. Laban gave Leah to Jacob on their wedding day but Jacob did not notice until the next day that his bride was not Rachel. Laban’s reason for the trick was that it was not custom to marry off the younger daughter Rachel before the older Leah. In reality Laban wanted 7 more years of free work. Jacob eventually marries Rachel a little while later and agrees to work for Laban for 7 more years. Jacob loves Rachel but fulfills his obligation to Leah and cares for her too.  “When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he opened her womb but Rachel was barren” [Genesis 29:31 NIV]. Leah gives birth and during that time women will name their children after what they were going through. Leah has 4 sons and more later on but it isn’t until the 4th son Judah that she praises God. The first three sons she hoped would grab the attention of her husband and make him love, see, hear and be attached to her. 

Leah realized that God was the only one that truly saw her the entire time. God saw her pain, her pleas and petitions to Him. My heartbreaks for the unloved, so reading this was so heart breaking it reminds me of a daughter crying for her father or a wife with a husband that despises her and all they want is to be loved, respected and honored. I’m writing this to tell or remind anyone that they have a Father that loves them unconditionally. Before I was saved, I remember feeling so alone as if no one could love me the way I needed to be loved and walked around with a void in my heart.

This story is a perfect example that true loves only comes from one source. God is the only one capable to love us unconditionally the way we need it. The only way to get to him is to accept Jesus into your heart.  Romans 10:9-10 says “that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” The void in my heart started to fill for that moment and continues to fill more and more everyday.

Happy Valentine’s Day and stay encouraged that His love is one of kind and that real true love only comes from one source. Keep your head lifted!!

Popcorn & a Movie – I Still Believe

I had the privilege to see the movie I Still Believe right before the pandemic started. I think I cried throughout most of it. Here is my attempt to not give away all the details if you haven’t seen it yet. The thought of finding the one you love and just wanting to be with them is so beautiful. To love regardless of the circumstances or what the outcome might be. I can’t say personally that I’ve loved this way but what a beautiful example of how Jesus loves us. This movie is based on the true story of Jeremy Camp and seeing that he still believes in Jesus after all that he went through is beautiful. I would recommend this movie especially for a girl’s night if you’re into love stories. Please remember that regardless of what you’re going through or have been through in this life. God promises to never leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6.) Have a blessed week!!

Happy Mother’s Day 2020

If you’re a mother, Happy Mother’s Day!!! Hope your day was filled with some fun, relaxation and quality time with the kids. This quarantine has been awesome when it comes to my selection in clothing. It now consists of some sort of comfy material, this is the first year I decided to go outside with a sweatshirt and ripped jeans on Mother’s day. I’m usually dressed up or at least in a dress and boy was it a blessing to just be myself. I share this to encourage mom’s today to embrace your true self and walk in confidence. Regardless of what others might think or say the Lord calls moms accept the calling with confidence. Proverbs 31:30 remind us “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” It’s awesome if there’s time in your day to look nice all the time but if their isn’t, it’s okay your relationship with the Lord is more important. Be blessed and have a great Mother’s Day.

Love

With Valentine’s Day behind us, I could not help but think about love. What does love truly means? I can tell you first hand its not always butterflies and happiness. I believe love is truly a choice, a choice to love someone even when they’re unlikable or unlovable. A choice to forgive the person that wronged you, a choice to admit that something is not quite right in the relationship, a choice to speak the truth in love, a choice that your spouse is not your enemy, a choice to not respond when you really want to etc.

While pondering on what to write this verse came to me. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

In God’s love for us He sent His one and only Son to us here on earth. To save those who believe in Jesus to have eternal life. How deep must God’s love be for us, that He sent His only son generations before we were even born to be save us. It’s a beautiful thing that Jesus sacrificed his life for us to complete God’s will. I know we can’t love each other how God loves us because He’s God. I’m pretty sure He wants us to love each other how Jesus loved here on earth. So what does love truly mean it’s making the choice to love someone even when it difficult. Be encouraged!!

One Step One Day At A Time

Have you ever been in a place where you’re not even sure what you’re here for or what you’re suppose to be doing in this life? It’s just the same day to day stuff, get up read the word sometimes, pray daily, care for all the children, pick up the groceries, make all the meals and being the only one in the home that cleans, so your home looks like a tornado most days. I want to save my children from things I experienced and was exposed to as a child but can’t watch them every minute of everyday. Also, I want to ensure they make better choices because they have been given better tools and know the Lord. I’ve been there, matter of fact I was there this morning and then church service today changed my perceptive.

It’s not about me and never will be it’s about sharing the good news with others that are dead on the inside, filled with a void that can not be filled by anything available in this world. Only JESUS can fill those broken/empty spaces.

My children are not really mine, they are my responsibility right now but belong to the Lord, it’s not my job to worry about them but trust that He has them in the palm of his hand. I will continue to keep growing to be the person He has destined me to be from birth. Cover your children in prayer and may the promises of God be over their lives and may their God fulfilled destiny come to pass.

May the chains and bondage that have been holding you down for so long be broken in the name of Jesus and may you see the world from God’s perspective. You are capable to fulfill the call because God is with you. He knows your faults, strengths and weaknesses and is working everything out for your good. I really do hope this encourages you just as much as it has me today.

And if you don’t know Jesus Romans 10:9-10 says “that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Happy Mother’s Day 2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there. I’m so glad we have this special day to honor our mom’s, all they are and do for families. I don’t know what life would be like without having a mom but I know there are people out there that do. My condolences and prayers go out to you and your family on this day, may the God of peace rest on your heart and mind.

Being a mom is a high calling from God, he has trusted us to love, teach, care and nurture His children until He calls them home. As a parent, we have to lead them to Jesus. In the end our children can either chose Jesus or choose to live in the world. I pray that my children choose life because death may feel good for the right now but it only leads to further destruction later. I was not raised in the church or saved until after I had my second child. I really did not realize the role or responsibility I had as a mom and what I needed to do to raise my children up in a way that honors God. I felt it was my husband’s role to discipline my children and I was to take the supportive role until I went to the altar one Sunday for prayer, overwhelmed and exhausted. I was even embarrassed a little to ask for help in the relationships with my family.

The golden nugget received was to cast the lie down that I believed for so long that my children don’t listen to me anyway. I always thought that my efforts were not helping so I kind of gave up. I didn’t notice that I was telling myself this until this day at the altar. The lie was casted down and I was set free from the belief of not being capable.

On that day, I hit the reset button and pushed forward that I had a responsibility to these children. I pray that the Lord will continue to give me wisdom and knowledge on how to be a good mom and raise my children up in His ways. I’m still a work in progress, attempting daily to lead in love and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me in my decisions and the conversations I have with my children. I think I have more days where I just feel like I’m not breaking ground and then something happens that reminds me that it’s worth the effort. Choosing love is one of the hardest decisions I have to make daily but it’s what’s Jesus wants us to do. He died and suffered for us to have a relationship with the Father, the Creator, the Alpha and Omega of our faith, our Rock, Fortress and Deliverer. I don’t know anyone that’s willing to die for us to have life on this earth. When I choose not to love first someone always gets hurt and healing broken areas is a lot of work.

I’m so grateful to God that He gave me this wisdom. I share this on this Mother’s Day to remind children, mothers and fathers that we all have a responsibility to our children and parents. As children we must honor our parents and as parents we must teach our children to obey God and those authority. I believe this wisdom can only come from God. I hope this wasn’t too deep on this Mother’s day but hope it bless you.