Month: June 2016

Grace Saves Me

God loves me, Adores me, Watches over me, You are for me, Grace loves me and it’s not what I desire,
And nothing that I’ve earned, But daily grace saves me…

I love this song by Tasha Cobbs and the lyrics are more than fitting as I read the reports of the massacre in Orlando.  The story is sad no matter what way you look at it. Lives taken prematurely from a senseless act of violence. Although I don’t agree to or condone the lifestyle of those that were killed or injured, it is still extremely sad and no one deserves to die in this manner. I can’t even fathom the fear that ran through the minds of those that watched as others were slaughtered as they waited to see if they would be next. I have thoughts of wondering if those that were hiding or watching as the gunman came closer if in that moment they prayed, asked for forgiveness for their lifestyle and sins, accepted Jesus as their Savior…we will never know. All we can do at this point is pray for the families that were affected and hope that this incident would allow them draw closer to Christ.

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I can’t help but reflect over how that could have easily been me just a few years ago. I was in and out of the club quite frequently and when I think about how God shielded and protected me even when I was deep in my sin and pulling further and further away from Him, all I can say is thank you Lord for your Grace and your mercy!!! I can think of the many times my friends and I stood and watched fights or even just was careless in not watching our surroundings while having a “good time”. What if He would have closed the book of my life in those moments? I was playing the role of a Christian, I looked the part on Sunday mornings, but during the week, among friends, covered that mask to blend in with the world. Doing whatever I wanted to have a good time, but what if? What if He didn’t love me, what if He didn’t bless me with that Grace, if He hadn’t shielded me with His hedge of protection, what if He didn’t save me when He did? I didn’t deserve it then and I don’t deserve it now but I am so, so, SO grateful, so, so, SO thankful that He didn’t forget me, that He continues to bless me with His grace daily even when I continue to fall short, continually letting Him down…God I thank you.

Today I commission you to do the same. Reflect back over your life and see just how merciful and gracious God has been over your life. Give thanks and praise to Him for the gift of grace. Repent where you have failed to do so, and pray for His continued favor upon your life and His hedge of protection. Submit to Him and remain within His will for your life. It is so worth it and so needed more than ever in the world that we live in now. I also commission you to pray for Orlando and our world in general. Pray that people will turn from their wicked ways and draw closer to Christ. He is able to save and wants to save their souls. Grace saved me, it saved you and can save them.

For no [a]person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin]. But now the righteousness of God has been clearly revealed [independently and completely] apart from the Law, though it is [actually] confirmed by the Law and the [words and writings of the] Prophets. 22 This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction, 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [b]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus, – Romans 3: 20-24 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

 

Passion Into Purpose

passionWriting is my passion. Encouraging and uplifting women…my passion. Put the two together and now my passion is working towards my purpose.

When we first started this blog, I looked at it more so like a group project, something fun to do with my girls collectively. As months passed I found that my excitement and interest peaked and I couldn’t wait to develop more material. Open up and be transparent if you will, allowing my story to encourage the hearts of others. Now here we are a year later and that passion is even deeper and more heart felt. This feels like home for me. Day in and out I’m looking for real life situations that I can share with our readers that has purpose behind it. Gone are the days of just writing something to check my blog post off of my to do list. Now is the time to choose my words carefully, ask the Lord to reveal something new through me, making my posts more like ministry. My prayer is that I can reach just one person with each post. I may never talk to or meet that person, but to know that I helped someone in an area they struggle in or encouraged someone’s heart right when they needed something to uplift their spirits, it makes it all worth while. Once I hit the publish button it is out of my hands. I’ve released that which the Lord placed on my heart and at that point He takes control and does the rest.

I have the desire for this platform to do so much! Come on…4 women working together and it be effective? Man the impact that we can make. As much drama as women keep (generally speaking), especially in a group, but we can come together pushing a positive message all while drawing women closer to Christ just from a few shared words per week. I know that we all have so much to share, but we have to reach deep down to pull the words out to make it all worth while. There has to be passion behind our words, and as the quote says, we have to first be interested and then remain interested in the core reason that we started the blog in the first place. Four different women, four different or unique stories, all serving the same purpose…to encourage our fellow girlfriends. And I apologize if I come off as frustrated, but when you are truly passionate about something and its not going in the direction you would like, that tends to happen.There is more work to be done. So much more to tell. Women deal with so much on a daily basis and this could be a much needed outlet for them.  But not only for them, for us as well. This has become somewhat of a source of therapy for me. Its making me face my fears as well as showing me my strengths, weaknesses and my continued growth. When I look back on old posts and see how far I have really come, how the Lord carried me through so many different situations, it truly amazes me. I think I shocked myself at how transparent I am at times, but its needed. Real recognizes real and at this point I don’t really care anymore. Why? Because its my passion, no excuse me its my purpose, and I love the fact that my insecurities, my down falls, my hiccups and mistakes can save someone else from going down the same path all while showing them how I got through it all!

So what’s your passion? What drives you? What stays on your mind constantly and you aren’t satisfied until the job is done? I encourage you to pin point that thing and then work it! Not only for your good, but for the good of others! Allow the Lord to lead and develop you in that passion so much so that you now turn that passion into purpose. Its such a beautiful thing and after all that’s why are are all still here on this earth…to fulfill our God-given purpose.

For it is [not your strength, but it is] [a]God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:13 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

Time Out

Flag on the play….whistle blows….30 second time out. That’s normally what happens in a basketball game when the players need a minute to regroup or get directions on the next play from their coach. I hope I got that right, if not I hope you get the point! I’m such a girl! HA!

Anyway back to my story…the way my life is currently set up I’m always doing something, thinking about what needs to be done or at the last minute remember something that I forgot to do. Sometimes it can feel like life is so mundane and so repetitive…work, home, church, grocery store…repeat…day in and day out. To be honest sometimes it gets boring doing the same thing over and over and over again. I needed a break, I wanted to do something fun where I could just relax, laugh and be KT. I didn’t want to think about my long to do list, I just wanted to be me without a care in the world. So it was time to throw a “flag on the play” and take a much needed time out!

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1st 30 second time out…The Bimbe Festival. My sister suggested that we go because it was 1 a free event, 2 one of our favorite groups 112 was going to be there, and 3 one of our friends could get us back stage to meet them! Okay so of course at first I was all for it. I deserved this break, okay cool let’s go. Oh no the threat of rain, second thought I’ll sit this one out. I have laundry to do LOL! (true story lol) Although I was saying that out of my mouth, in my mind I was praying the Lord would hold the rain so I could enjoy some much needed girl time with my sister! And guess what He did just that! Not only did he hold it off until the last 30 minutes of the festival, but upon our departure there was the most beautiful rainbow I have ever seen!! (God’s Promise) It made the day all the more worth it! I hadn’t had that much fun in a VERY long time! I laughed, danced and felt like Katesha again. It was just what The Doctor ordered! Bimbe

2nd 30 second time out…Date Night with Hubby. Okay so I had some girl time, now its time for some one on one fun with my main squeeze! Its crazy to me how my hubby and I are so in sync! I was thinking that we needed some alone time and before I could suggest it he called me and said “Hey let’s hang out on Saturday”. All I could do was smile, I love that dude so much! We did something we use to enjoy doing when we were still courting…putt putt golf! And you know your girl won right!!! HA! It was good to laugh, joke and enjoy each other (with a little PDA) without any interruptions. I was (well we both were) of how important it is to take those breaks from family business and nurture our marriage.Golf

Last time out (this game)…Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance. Now you know I had to include a time out with my Sweet Pea! She has watched Elmo and friends since she was a baby and every time they come to town we miss them! Not this time! This past weekend we went to see them and we had a blast! We had GREAT seats, club level leather seats included. I didn’t know that was the section I had selected, I just chose that level because of the price and because it was centrally located in relation to the stage. Those seats couldn’t have been any more perfect! We were the only people in the section, there was plenty of space, and therefore no interruptions. Hubby, Sweet Pea and I had the best time ever!!! And again I have to thank my Daddy for making sure we had that experience. I don’t count it as a coincidence we were in those seats ya’ll, He did that!!!Sesame Street

So why am I sharing all of this with you today? I want to encourage you to take a time out girlfriend! You deserve a break every now and then. Step away for your responsibilities for a second (not too long though lol). Go out have some fun, let your hair down, breath a little, laugh, dance, laugh some more! There is so much to enjoy in life, we just have to make that extra effort to do it!

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

Faith Restored

“Mommy my room, my room!!! I love my room!!!!” Sweet Pea shouted with excitement as we walked through an open house and she walked into a little girl’s bedroom. The walls were painted yellow, little girl’s toddler bed, bookshelf, toys, closet full of clothes. I stood there with Sweet Pea and watched her with tears in my eyes thinking one day soon baby girl, one day soon…

To be honest my faith has been shaken, I was starting to believe that the dream of home ownership was just that a dream. Thoughts of doubt made me to believe we’d never make it there. Yes debt is being paid off, but after the excitement of paying off one the burden of how we will pay for the next take over my mind. I see God moving in others lives but feel as though I’m stuck in a never ending cycle. One minute believing this is our year, its getting ready to happen for us and the next back into despair and doubt feeling it will never come to pass.

Then it happened, a peek into my future through the eyes and excitement of my 4 year old…my faith had been restored. She didn’t understand that this was just “practice”, we were only there to walk through and get ideas, or were we? Was this what my hubby and I needed to do in order to rekindle the flame of faith in our hearts? We often look at houses online, but this was much different. We were standing in the house this time, we could see ourselves dwelling there. It felt so, so good. I wanted to squeal like Sweet Pea and yell “My house, my house, this is my house” but held my composure lol However internally my soul was leaping for joy. This can happen for us, this will happen for us, home ownership will be ours!

Today I want to leave you with that little bit of encouragement. Stop focusing on what is in front of you and hang on to that which you can’t physically see but believe in your heart. “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.” Matthew 17:20 (NKJV) Forget your current circumstances and remember that they are only there for a season. Put your focus back on what matters most your faith in The One that holds all power in His hands. There is NOTHING too hard for God. We serve the omnipotent God, the creator of all things. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all we could ever ask or think. We just have to believe.

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Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had, who wrote in Scripture, “I believed, therefore I spoke.” We also believe, therefore we also speak, ~ 2 Corinthians 4:13 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT