Welcome two thousand and seventeen, it’s a true blessing to be here and have the opportunity to meet you. Last year may have been rough for some, I only say that because that what it looks like on my newsfeed. Today is the day to hit refresh and start again. We all fail at things in life but the goal is to learn from the mistakes and try again. It’s in the quitting where we miss out on the blessing. No fight is too big for God. I have realized that small changes tend to stay with me much longer than drastic ones. My goal is to live in the moment more and be more alert to what is going on around me. Have a better relationship with our Father and seek Him first. The other day I started a vision board and it was half filled with items. This scripture came to mind, I’m sure it was the Holy Spirit. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well Matthew 6:33. I hope this encourages you today. May the Lord guide you and strengthen you everyday.
The other day I keep getting into little arguments and battle struggles with my daughter. She wanted her way which was against the rules so it was not ok. I struggle with thinking the best especially when my children are not listening. In this moment, I prayed that the Lord would help me when communicating with her. Before this began, I picked up a home discussion bible study lesson and was planning on sharing it with the family, so I read it. I believe the Lord revealed the answer to my prayer while reading this lesson. He helped me realize that my issue with my daughter had nothing to do with her. The issue was me, my heart and my thoughts. What was in my heart, what were the thoughts I had. I thought I was doing want any mother would do. I paused and stopped looking at all the thing that needed to be corrected. I decided to focus on the good behavior and things she did really well, while still enforcing the rules. And thats when peace came, I was not allowing what she said, or did get on the inside. The scripture that helped change my heart. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV. I’m sure that’s why God wants us to think right about everyone because it may affect the way we communicate with them and not even realize it, the thinks we say and do comes from the inside out. What’s in your heart today, may the Lord create in you a clean heart. I hope this word blesses you as much as it has blessed me. Have a Merry Christmas!!! A Savior was born and gave us the gift of salvation and grace. The best gift ever!!!! If you don’t know Him invite Him into your heart today.
“If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.”
I was involved in a small accident the other day. Was fine at first and then when I got home I was an emotional reck, crying and feeling like I should not have a license because driving should not be this difficult. I was beating myself up and was at the point where I wanted someone else to pick me up because I didn’t want to drive myself to work. While crying I had a thought and the thought was you can’t let the enemy win. I paused and thought huh? I believe that thought was not my own but of the Holy Spirit that lives in each and every believer. I rebuked the enemy got my stuff and left. Got to work as if nothing happened I was full peace as oppose to where I was a few minutes ago. I say all this to say, God is always with us. The enemy tried to come in and rob me of my joy. I’m so grateful for the reminder. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand Isaiah 41:10. I have to remind myself that God has already won. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Be encouraged!!!
The Lord is so much bigger than us and our problems. God cares and wants to help solve them. A few months ago, I was reading Isaiah and this verse blew my mind. “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:16 NIV. An entire country was engraved in your hand. How big is your hand? I was in literally in aww about big He must be. A few days ago, I read this “Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?”Psalm 113:5-6 NIV. How big must the Lord be if he needs to stoop down to see heaven and earth. That’s how big He is. He made the earth and designed all the small details. God is bigger than any issue you maybe facing. Give your problems and issues to Him. He will make a way out of no way. Jesus died so we may have a relationship with God. May the countdown to Jesus’ birthday begin 2 weeks left!! Have a great week!!!
I had the pleasure of dating my husband this week…we saw Hacksaw Ridge which is an inspirational movie. I would recommend anyone to see it. I absolutely loved Dobson Doss faith. He entered the battlefield without a rifle in order to help injured soldiers as a medic. He saved so many lives doing this…he was faithful to the promise he made to God, he never pick up a rifle again after almost shooting his dad. I left the movie theater encouraged that if you stay true to what you believe the Lord will see you through it. He was beat, laughed at, hated on and almost sent to jail for keeping his word to God but he keep pushing forward. I’m not staying that it will be perfect, there will be trials and tribulations but he will always be with you. For nothing is impossible for God and he will see you through any situation, stay faithful. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him (James 1:12) God bless, have an awesome week!!! Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer Romans 12:12
While reading an old journal, I came across a New Year’s journal entry from 2011. Let’s just say I felt like 2011 was going to be the year to change my life and I asked the Lord to guide me. Mind you I was not baptized but did accept the Lord into my heart. I wanted change. Who would have know that the Lord already picked out my husband. I wrote this journal entry on January 2nd and my now husband starting working at my job a few weeks later. A divine appointment. I say this to say that some people right now maybe where I was…so broken, hurting and just wanting love. I already had someone that loved me Jesus but didn’t really know that. I asked the Lord to get me out of my situation and He was working it out all along. I look back today and praise Him for his goodness and grace. He set it up and work it all out for my good. A relationship had to die during this process but I gained a new one a husband. Don’t give up your time is coming and when He shows up don’t forget and praise Him. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.””Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV
Being a mom is a challenging and rewarding job. I love being a mom and honestly believe that God put the desire for being a mom in my heart. It’s amazing how He knits us together in our mother’s wombs. It took me a while to wrap that around my mind but I believe it. My children are my heart but I notice sometimes we get so wrapped up in providing for our family. We forget about just being in the moment. What will my children remember the most when they grow up? I don’t know but I hope to leave good memories. The goal is to spending more quality time, read more books and just hanging out while in the moment. So if you have children start spending more time with them and encourage them to do the best they can at everything in life. Who knows what childhood memories might motivate your child to keep pushing on as an adult? I hope this encourages a parent today to reach out to their child and build a better relationship. God bless, have a great week!!!
Have you ever been to the point in life when you felt like just giving up? Marriage or relationship is a mess, children don’t listen to you, work home balance is not equally yoked, so your home chores take up most off days, bills and debt is never ending, and this just can’t be life right? Well to tell you the truth I feel like this right now, so you are not alone. Tired and in need of a vacation in the mountains or something. Nope, not really going to happen but what I’ve realized is that even thought this may just be my situation right now. I have hope that it will eventually end. My entire life will not be this way and I really need to start making some adjustments to the decisions that I’ve been making. God is still holding our hand during this time and He will never leave or forsake His children. Holding onto this truth with everything in me. There is hope and it is only through Jesus. I pray that we will lean into God’ strength and stop trying to do it in our own strength, we are defeated before we even start. Have an awesome week!!!!!
If you don’t know God or who Jesus is and you would like to get to know him. 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.”
A third definition of fruit is a usually sweet food (such as a blueberry, orange or apples.) When we abide in Him the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22.) The fruit of the spirit is sweet and such a blessing to be lead by the Spirit keeps us in check. God presence is a gift He does not owe us anything. I would really love to live a life full of fruit. I want fruit baskets in every area of life but I know that it takes disciple, practice and can be a process. In order to bear good fruit, we need order, our homes need order and our jobs need order. We are not in control God is. Praying that your week will be filled with fruit, have a great week!!!!!
The second definition is being the part of the plant that has the seeds in it (such as the pod of a pea, a nut, a grain, or a berry.) The definition reminds me of the master who goes on a journey and entrusts talents to his servants (Matthew 25:14-30.) If you’ve never read the parable here is the very short version. The master gives one servant five talents, another two and the last only one. On the master’s return, the servant he have five talents too gained five more. The one he gave two talents to gained two more. But the servant he gave one too was afraid so he went and hid his talent and wanted to give it back. The master called him wicked and lazy because he did not put the talent at least in bank to gain interest until his return. He took what was given to him and gave it to the one he gave five talents too. This part of the plant has seeds, which are distributed during the journey, and we have to use the gifts and talents that God has give us to be fruitful by sharing what we know with others.