Month: May 2016

Today I Trust God With…

Today’s mid-week devotional has to do with our TRUST IN GOD. What is it that you truly trust God with in your life? I’m sharing a devotional from the Jennie Allen blog entitled Trust Marker. The message is simple: That which is God’s plan YOU have no control over! There’s no way for you to mess it up, and there’s no way for you to save it. It’s His plan y’all!

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So today, I ask you – What Will You Trust God With?

Commit your way to the Lord;
Trust in Him also and He will do it. ~Psalm 37:5 (AMP)

Enjoy your Wednesday and rest of the week ladies!

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Last Night I Cried…

Happy Tuesday Ladies! Life has caught up with me once again so I thought I’d share an archived post with you today…

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Enjoy and I promise to have something new to share with you next post!

Peace & Blessings,

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God’s Promise

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage. ~ M. Lamont Cooper, Sr.

What is she talking about now? Read the quote again.

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage.

This simple, yet profound, statement was given by my Pastor, named above, during our Bible Study last week. He was teaching on doubting when we ask something of God. We ask and expect God to answer within our own personal time line. Then when He does not answer or give it to us by that due date, here comes Mr. Doubt. Now read the quote again.

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage.

So what happens when we take time out of the equation? We put up our request before the Lord, leave it there with Him, and then activate our faith to believe that it will happen according to HIS timing and HIS will. It sounds good, looks easy on paper, yet it is still sometimes challenging to live out in our own reality. That’s where I am today and honestly have been off and on for the past few weeks. I know what He said, I’m holding on to the prophecy that has come forth, I see the plans in front of me, yet and still there is a little bit of doubt that has moved from the back of my mind to the front and is now trying to take over. You see it happening for someone else, you’re happy for them, praise and rejoice with them, but still sit and wonder “When will it be my turn”?

Sweet Pea and I were driving through a sun shower the other day and as we were driving along I looked up and saw one of the prettiest rainbows I’ve ever seen! I showed Sweet Pea and she was SO excited and was now looking for the rainbow with every turn that we took. We’d see it one moment, and the next it would be gone. With great anticipation Sweet Pea kept her eyes glued to the sky determined to see those pretty colors once again in the sky. We played the disappearing act with the rainbow for about 5 minutes and within that time period saw it 3 different times. As Sweet Pea named all of the colors in the rainbow, I asked her if she knew what it meant. I then explained to her that a rainbow means “God Promise” and just that quick it hit me. A feeling of reassurance…God’s Promise…

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Just because we don’t see it YET doesn’t mean that its now there. Just because we don’t feel the hand of the Lord on the situation, does not mean that He is not there working it out on our behalf. The same way that rainbow showed back up when we weren’t looking for it, is the same way God will show up in our lives. We have to hold on to our faith, we have to believe, we have to cast down thoughts and feelings of doubt, we have to speak those things that be not as though they were. If God said it, then He will do it. All we have to do is hold on to His promise, remove time out and keep time of the equation, stay out of God’s way and keep believing.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. ~ Mark 11:23 NKJV

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ~James 1:6 NKJV

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,all things are possible to him who believes.~Mark 9:23 NKJV

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”~ Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. ~Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV

Its getting ready to happen….

Peace & Blessings,

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Best Intentions

So let’s play alil catch up – life for me has been moving in full force. I’m currently 21 weeks with a little girl (FINALLY), starting a new position in a week, and have 2 boys that are graduating! Woo, talk about busy. We have one graduating preschool the end of this month and another graduating from 5th grade next month. Time is truly flying by and I’m struggling to capture and celebrate every moment. Have you ever just felt too busy? By the time I hit my sheets I’m completely knocked out. How do you ladies handle those busy moments of life? Do you schedule personal time for everyone individually? Do you have a family day that’s spent acknowledging everyone? Or do you find yourself saying wow, you’re graduating tomorrow what do you want to do to celebrate? (this is me at times-Mrs. LastMinute) You know, as a wife and mother, I truly have all the best intentions but the reality of my actions don’t always match up. A part of my daily prayers include asking God to show my family how much I love them in spite some of my actions.

intentionsSo to all the mothers (all that play a motherly role) I would like to say cheers to you! For your sacrifice, time, love, and support – don’t ever give up on yourself, keep pushing to do what you have to for your family. Continue to have all the best intentions and do your best in making them happen!

side note: So after posting this, I get an email entitled: For the Mom Who Doesn’t Feel Good Enough from the Jennie Allen blog and it’s indeed right on time and just for me – I hope it encourages you too!

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Find Rest in Him

We are a few days away from the day that is set aside to celebrate the gift of motherhood…Mother’s Day! On this day we celebrate and love on our mothers, grandmothers, godmothers or mother-like figures and are celebrated for those of us that are mothers ourselves. The role of mother is a precious gift from God, however there a times when we get tired, feel like we’re failing and in essence just need a break. There is always so much to do…cook, clean, assist with homework, tons of laundry, playtime, kiss a boo boo…the list could go on and on. In the midst of all of that we as mothers have to find time to REST!!!

PsalmRecently I was reading a devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries and thought it was perfect to share with my girlfriends leading up to Mother’s Day. This particular devotional is titled “How To Climb The Mountain of Motherhood“. The author discusses how to deal with the many tasks, which feel like mountains, of motherhood and learning to take time to be refreshed and renewed. The best way to be refreshed is finding rest in Jesus and allowing Him to restore the virtue through His Word and quiet time with Him and Him alone. We need this time alone with Christ so that we can be renewed mentally and spiritually (sometimes emotionally too) so we can regain our confidence and complete the tasks at hand all with a peace of mind and calming spirit. When we are all worked up and stressed from all of our various to-dos or what is not yet completed, we make the job harder when we haven’t taken the time to stop and spend time with our Savior.

So today I encourage you to do just that. Take a break sis. Send the hubby and kids to the store, put them to bed, tip out and find you a quiet place where you can obtain rest from Him. You will walk away feeling refreshed, renewed, rejuvenated and ready to conquer the tasks of motherhood successfully!

For God alone my soul waits in silence and quietly submits to Him, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; My fortress and my defense, I will not be shaken or discouraged. – Psalm 62:5-6

I wish you all a Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day!

Peace & Blessings,

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Grandmas and Children

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I recently traveled to Philadelphia to see the new addition to the family, my nephew and all the rest of them. Like any other trip, of course I got sick, I swear it never fails, I get sick every time I travel, my immune system sucks. First stop was my grandmother’s house, the safe haven of all time. I lead my family up the front steps and rang the doorbell (I have a key, but I’m too excited to use it). There she goes, GRANDMA! She opens the storm door with one arm and embraces you with the other. Something about her embrace just lets you know ALL is well. We get in the house good and she looks everyone over pointing out how big the Littles are and then…she says “I see you put some weight on Tash” and then I look down at myself (what is it about when someone points out something about you we always look at ourselves in that moment, like we don’t know what the heck has been going on, lol). So, I just agree and kept it moving. Shortly after that moment, I walk upstairs to help grandma with the beds and she says “Tash, you ain’t getting big in the front are you?”…awkward!!!! I immediately said “no grandma”.  Why is it that children and grandmothers have no filter?!?!  I mean my daughter has told me that my stomach looked like a pancake that had been stepped on before (LMBO) and now grandma too! So at this point I’m beyond self-conscious about my physique and as she is sitting next to me she’s watching my every move. I found myself intentionally lying on my stomach on the floor just to lay that thought to rest lol. Now reality is, I am definitely the heaviest I have ever been, which is still not over weight for me; however, a good bit of it is isolated in my tummy….not cute for anyone, but especially a small framed person. So before long, my dad made his way over and my weight is also pointed out, and just like before, I cock my head down to take a look at myself as if something has changed in the past hour, lol. To add to the madness, by the next afternoon after our zoo trip I was sick as a dog. I mean snotty nosed, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, dizzy, nauseous, and then vomiting. What a way to spend time with the fam. I pretty much stayed in bed all day, I felt like death and then didn’t want to get anyone else sick. I mentioned trying to get back on the road to come home, but I knew I couldn’t take the ride. And of course, I’m sure me being sick only fueled grandmas thoughts. So once I returned to NC, Operation Life is Sweet: Get it Together was in full drive. Myself and a GIRLFRIENDS. have spent the last week prepping ourselves for this change of getting LIFE together holistically. Stay tuned for the journey.

p.s. There is still no place I’d rather be, than right there with Grandma!

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