One Year & Counting

I can’t believe a year has passed since the Lord put Effort Ministries in my heart. At the time, I was not sure how I would find time for it but it just all worked out. I was not comfortable speaking in front of other and knew I needed a platform to share the miracles and blessings God is doing in my life. Today I’m still a work in progress and very grateful for the opportunity. Just taking life one day at a time. If you have ever thought something was too hard or time-consuming. God has equipped us to do the work of the kingdom; we just have to trust that He is able. He can use anything for our good. Have a great week!!!

God Hears You

I’m so thrilled to share that the Lord has answered my prayer in the City of Virginia Beach to extend their half-day kindergarten program to a full day program and expand their Pre-K program. Early childhood education is where I received my passion for learning. I think it’s important that every child gets a good head start. My heart breaks for children that don’t have access to education because their family can not afford private preschools especially in this region. Currently, the way the program is full-time working parents will need to supplement working hours with childcare. The Lord put this on my heart last year and to see the request for funding approved with a 6-5 vote is tremendous progress. Praise the Lord for meeting the need of the city and for answering prayers. God hears your prayers, stay persistent and remember it’s His timing.

 

Loneliness

I absolutely love Sundays because it normally includes church, breakfast and quality time with family. I love Jesus, to eat new things and love on my family. It’s a great way to start the week. I’m so happy to share what my lovely daughter said about me this weekend.

My daughter: Mom, I don’t want to be mean but you need friends.

Me: Huh? Laughing. Your bored aren’t you.

My daughter: Yes

I laughed at the time but after thinking about it she may be right. Have you ever been surrounded by people but still feel lonely? I know I have. I struggle with building new relationships because I do not trust people easily or their intentions. It breaks my heart that others may feel the same way or are going through the same thing because it’s not easy. Here we are in 2017, surrounded with ways to connect but the connection is just not there. Authentic connection. The feeling of loneliness has a way of just creeping in sometimes, when it’s so quiet and I feel so alone. I know that God is always there because His word says it. He will never leave or forsake us. If you feel lonely today like you have no support or genuine relationships with others. His word reminds us that He will never leave us. Maybe I just need to start drawing closer to him and pray about it. God can change our perspective, our hearts and mind. We are never alone, God knows and sees everything. Being lonely sometimes is good thing, even Jesus had to go to quiet places and pray. God can give you a spouse, family, and friends in unexpected ways but seek Him first. My daughter suggesting I need new friends made me realize that maybe I do. In the meantime, I will look at feeling lonely sometimes as an opportunity to pray to the Creator of the universe. I hope this encourages you today, have a great week!!!!

“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

Love

Before I was saved, there was a deep longing in my heart that something was missing and I could not pinpoint it. Anxiety and fear made me feel like I was always running and chasing the unknown. To this day it’s still hard to explain to others the holes in my heart that Jesus was able to mend. I’ve been working on this post for over two weeks now. I just could not put into words what I felt lead to share. I did not experience love until Jesus found me. I honestly thought I loved others and maybe I did selfishly. But it wasn’t until I experienced His love in my heart, it was different I genuinely loved people I did not even know. I loved people in the grocery store, people riding by on their bikes or walking while I’m driving, people in the elevator etc. I was given a heart for children that I did not have before, a love that’s unexplainable. So what exactly is love? According to my bible dictionary, love is strong affection, desire, or devotion. God heart is probably the size of the earth or larger because he has enough for each and everyone of us. God loves you and He loved us first by sending His son Jesus to die on a cross, be buried and resurrected on the 3rd day, so we can have a relationship with Him. God reveal to me His love and my life will never be the same. Let’s love one another more. Have a blessed week!!!

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12

 

30 Day Challenge

I challenged myself to withdraw from social media for 30 days last month. At first it was really hard, I literally had to log out of the accounts and unplug. I still found myself in boredom going to the apps on my iPhone and realizing I was logged out. My brain subconsciously was attempting to access this apps because I created a habit. I didn’t realize that I was using extra time and focusing my energy on what everyone else was doing. Instead I chose to used that time to read the word more, do extra things with my kids, focus at work, have lunch dates with others and complete my tasks on time. I felt like I had more time to get stuff done. But never realized how distracted I was when I was on social media. Sometimes I would complain about not having enough time to get what I need done. But was it truly that I didn’t have enough time or was I not using my time wisely. My take away from the 30 day challenge was don’t let distractions like social media, take you away from the purpose God has given you. If you don’t know what that purpose is seek Him he has the answers. One of my favorite verses reminds me and encourage to keep walking regardless of the circumstances.  

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬
The Lord has restored some of my passions and visions of things I loved doing as a kid. But stopped because life got in the way. He mended my broken heart and gave me life I never knew existed. I hope this encourages someone today. Be blessed!!!

Wondering Thoughts 

My brain wonders sometimes, which I’m sure happens to everyone but I really shouldn’t. It goes places it has no business being and I want to keep my thoughts obedient to God. Paul reminds me to think of these things. 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. Recently, when my thoughts start to go where they shouldn’t I begin to sing/worship and my thoughts start change. Sometimes I have to mediate on the word over and over again until it stops. This has helped me get through some really tough days. Hope you have a blessed week!!!

Popcorn & a Movie

I’m always looking for clean movies or clean TV and came across King’s Faith on Netflix. It’s about a 18 yo boy that has aged out of the foster care system after being released from prison. This is his last chance to change his life around. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in prison and is looking forward to living a new life. I don’t want to give it all away but if your looking for a clean faith based movie, it has some action, and you know God always shows up making it work out for the good of those who love him. Have an awesome week!

New Year’s Resolutions

During the first week of year, I was so excited about setting goals and holding myself accountable on meeting them weekly. I realized this week that I already failed, because I didn’t make time for writing on this blog last week. I was a little bummed but realized again for like the 50th time. I’m not going to be able to meet these goals if I keep trying to do everything in my own strength. If you set some New Year’s resolutions and are at the point of not wanting to do it anymore or feel like you have messed up too much. Don’t let your failures discourage you from starting again. Pray about it and stop trying to do it your own strength, ask God for provision and strength. Be blessed and have a great week!

The Fight for Peace

The second week of the year is officially here. So exciting I hope your New Year resolutions are still in full swing. I’m writing today with the hope of encouraging someone that God is always there in the mist of everything. I’m struggling with always feeling like I’m fighting maybe not fist fighting. But fighting the struggle of life, like paying my bills or disciplining my children, or hoping that the trash is taken out on trash day, or that everyone at home does what they are suppose to do. I could go on all day with examples. But I just want peace, peace, peace and some more peace. The life where everyone does what he or she should do when they should do it. I woke up this morning just tired, I wanted to tell my family I was going away for a few days. Instead, I got still, lifted my request to God and worshipped Him. Graciously He sustained me. Praise the Lord, I’m so grateful. Couldn’t imagine my life without Him. I don’t even know if sharing this would encourage someone today but I hope it does. Don’t give up, just seek Him. Happy Sunday!!!!

Happy New Year’s Day

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.