Favor and Fun

It’s Monday…back to work from some and a day off for others. I decided to let my hair down this weekend and just have fun with my family. It was husband’s birthday and I planned a surprise party for him. I did not know that event planning could cause so much anxiety. Boy, was I going through it what if he doesn’t like it or some of his friends don’t show up. I kept having to repeat Philippians 4:6 because I was anxious for no reason. Worrying does nothing but prayer changes things. I know that God always guides me, directs me, cares for me, and provides wisdom especially when I have no idea what I am doing. He is so good to me and shows me favor. But sometimes I still feel anxious and this reminded me about how much God cares. We went to see a baseball game and I remembered we had a ballpark coupon. Found out it doesn’t start until May 1st and I was going to have to pay regular price for everyone. We get to the ballpark and a lady comes up and asked if I was going to buy a ticket. I said yes and she gave me a voucher for a free ticket. I was so excited about that, there were so many people standing online to buy a ticket. I didn’t even get to the line yet and she offered it to me. Praise the Lord, only Him. It felt good to just focus on my family and have fun. This weekend has encouraged me to have more fun with my family and remind me that God is always working things out for those who love Him. Have a great and productive week!!! May God bless you and shower you with His favor!!!

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He is Risen Part 2

This week has been interesting for me I’ve realized that I am not super woman. Yes I know it’s sad I’m not a superhero. I couldn’t continue to keep doing everything for everyone and not prioritizing what’s really important and what I believe God wants me to do. So I stepped away for a little while and learned. I have been a Christian for a few years and knows that Jesus died for my sins to save me. But I have a confession that I realized this Easter. I never really understood why he was resurrected I always though it was to fulfill scripture. But that’s just a part I realized that Jesus died and was resurrected to display that He was truly the Son of God. He is the resurrection and the life. He has the power to bring life where there is death. He is the light to dark places. His power is living on the inside of ever person that has accepted Him as Lord and Savior. He can bring light to any situation, circumstance or sickness. Don’t give up there is hope. Have a blessed week!!!

He is Risen

Jesus died on Friday but today the tomb is empty and is always interceding on our behalf. Jesus is alive and at the Father’s right hand today in heaven. Jesus fulfilled scripture when he was resurrected. “You, LORD, brought me up from the realm of the dead; you spared me from going down to the pit.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭30:3 NIV

When something dies that does not mean that their won’t be life again. It just means God has better plans to bring glory to Himself. It gives me life and the greatest hope knowing that I will live again after I leave this earth. Life is available to everyone. Only you can make that decision?

“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.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Have an awesome Easter Sunday!!! And a great week!!

 

The Case for Christ

I absolutely love that more Christian movies are coming to the big screen. It was a pleasure watching The Case for Christ. I was unaware it was a book until the end of the movie. But it could relate to any newly marriage couple that had different beliefs or perceptive on faith. Being equally yoked in a relationship is important. My take away is that the power of prayer is awesome and the importance of praying God’s word. I don’t want to give the movie away because it’s still so new but if you’re looking for something clean and exciting. Check it out!!! Have a great week!!!

A Sudden Change

I was not going to share this but figured it might help someone else. This is the conversation I had in my car the other day. “Lord, you say in your word do not be afraid so many times.” But I’m afraid right now. The sound of hail falling, the wind blowing and rain unlike any rain I’ve ever seen. “You have absolute power over heaven and earth.” But again I’m afraid. Then I saw shingles, wood and siding (parts of roofs) rotating in the rain, and it dawned on me this is a tornado. So I pray and the peace that surpasses all understanding fills my heart and I start to calm down. The tornado passes and I run out of my car home. There is nothing like home on a day like that one. Whatever your situation, circumstance or heart may look like God is always there.  Prayer changes things.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

The first verse I memorize and mediated on because I use to have anxiety. God promises are available we have to choose to hold onto them. Hope you have a great week!!!

 

 

Saved by Grace

About 7 years ago, while waiting for the D train in the Bronx. I was minding my business, just waiting which is the norm in New York City. Also, having a conversation with my then 3 yr. old daughter and a short black man approaches me. At first, I thought he was going to ask me for my phone number, make a comment or ask for money. This is how the conversation went.

Man: Accuse me, do you know Jesus? (strong African accent)

Me: Huh?

Man: Do you know Jesus?

Me: In a surprised voice, I’m not sure if I know Jesus.

Man: Would you like to know him?

Me: Sure

Man: Well let’s pray

Me: Ok (strange look on my face)

Man: Repeat after me

I don’t remember the exact words he used but it was the sinner prayers. Repenting of sins and believing that Jesus died and was resurrected and accepting him in my heart. Alright your saved and the train arrived. Little, did I know that simple prayer was going to change my life? It was the beginning stages of finding Jesus, leaving a really sad and unhealthy situation, meeting my husband, getting pregnant, moving out of the city, finding a church, mending my heart, building my faith, being baptized and choosing to follow Christ. Not because I love God but only because he loved me first. He loves me and accepts me into His family and calls me His child. This is God’s grace, which my bible defines as his free and unmerited favor for sinful humanity. I believe the day in the train station was a divine appointment. God lined it all up.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

I did not deserve anything He has given me but He gives it to me anyway because He loves me just like how He loves you. I was dead, heartbroken, filled with guilt, shame and searching for love. Jesus is the only one that can fill that void. God grace is big enough for any situation, He is all knowing, and already knows what’s going on. He is just waiting for you to accept Jesus and repent from sinful ways.

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. 10 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. Romans 10:9-10

Hope this changes someone life, just like the man on the train did for me. Praise the Lord. Have an awesome week!!!

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