Month: September 2016

I Was Created For This…

Lord not again!!! Why am I constantly being tested and tried? Always faced with the same situations, same frustrations…when will this all be over? Can I just get a break? PLEASE?!?!?!

Ever felt like that? *Hand raised* Yes, I’ll answer it for you. That’s exactly how I felt the other day. I had a moment, ANOTHER weak moment. I just wanted to throw my hands up and walk away. A moment of brief defeat. Thoughts of “things will never change” or “you will be in this situation forever”, face this is your life. Again I had to say “Lord not again” and in that moment I heard it plain as day “You were created for this.”artist-1245726_1920

First instinct was like really God I was created to struggle? Not me, I don’t deserve this I deserve so much better. Right? WRONG! Why not me? If I never went through any tests I wouldn’t need the Lord and would feel as though i could do it all on my own. These things are set up to give me a testimony so that I can use it to encourage someone else along the way. All I need to do is change my perception of these things, change my thinking and most importantly change my reaction to it all. Instead of falling victim to the current circumstance or situation I need to instead speak life and apply the Word of God to the situation.

Feeling defeated? Proclaim “I am more than a conqueror”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].” – Romans 8:37

Feeling like you will never achieve financial freedom? Proclaim “I shall be the lender and not the borrower”

The Lord will open for you His good treasure house, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow. 13 The Lord will make you the head (leader) and not the tail (follower); and you will be above only, and you will not be beneath, if you listen and pay attention to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today, to observe them carefully.” – Deuteronomy 28:12-13

Feeling like you will never accomplish that goal you’ve been praying about for what seems like forever? Proclaim “No good thing will He withhold from me”

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” – Psalms 84:11

What is my point today? In order to walk in victory we have to make sure that we are speaking life into every situation. No matter what you are faced with today, in this very moment, remind yourself “I was created for this”. It is so easy to get caught up in our feelings and emotions instead of relying the One who has all the answers we need. Flip that thing around. Instead of crying and complaining pray for clarity and while you wait on a response, study and apply the Word to your situation just as I did for myself above. You were created in God’s own image and are therefore equipped to overcome any and every situation you are faced with in life. If you are a believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His precious Holy Spirit dwells inside of you, be encouraged in knowing that you are not in this thing alone. Our Father promises never to leave us nor forsake us!

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble in dread before them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6.

You are stronger than you think sis. Keep fighting the good fight, stay encouraged, focus on the positives and remember to use your Help from within!

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

 

 

Are You Really Ready?

Service today was really eye opening. I’ve been reflecting over it all day since leaving the church earlier this afternoon. My Pastor just started a new series for the month of September “7 Things God Wants Me To Have”. The Word has been so rich, we’ve been on point 1 for the past 2 weeks…”A Restored Relationship” with the subtopic “I’m Saved.” It has made me take a serious look at my salvation. Today Pastor posed a question to the congregation. He asked for complete honesty in giving an answer. Today he asked how many people in the congregation were willing to have their throats slit or were willing to take a bullet in honor of Jesus Christ. He asked those that were ready to die for the cause to stand to their feet. I didn’t stand…

My first instinct was to stand up regardless you know to save face. I’m a leader in the church so its the right thing to do make it appear as though I have it all together right? Wrong. Honestly at that moment I couldn’t answer that question with a yes. Do I love Jesus yes, am I walking every day in a manner that represents Christ and will secure my spot in Heaven yes. But at that moment I imagined someone standing in front of me with a gun pointed to my head or a knife at my throat and a fear came over my body. Would I be brave enough to say yes I love Jesus and be killed or would I choke and deny Him like Peter?

death-1655381_1920I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed. I feel bad. What is the purpose of proclaiming Christ if I can’t commit to fully giving up my life for Him? Its the least I can do right? He gave it all up for me when He took the abuse, the beatings, the nails in His hands, his feet, the crown of thorns on His head and ultimately His life on the cross. Why am I afraid to take a bullet for Him knowing that once its said and done I will open my eyes and see Him face to face. This thing really has me messed up ya’ll. I’ve asked for forgiveness. Father please forgive me and remove this fear. If I can boldly state my love for Christ in any other arena of life, surely I can be bold enough to represent Him in what could be my last few minutes of life. He deserves that much of me.

Now I want to ask you the same question. Would you stand your ground and profess that Jesus is Lord and Savior of your life or would you freeze like I did today and say nothing? I know this is heavy today, but its needed especially this day in age. We are getting closer and closer to the end of the world as we know it, Jesus is soon to crack the sky. There are Christians over seas that have already loss their lives in one of these very same situations and its not far from coming to the States. We have to get ready ya’ll, I mean really get ready. Its time to let go of the pettiness and the foolishness and get serious about the things of Christ. Its time to fully submit to Him, time to be completely SOLD OUT and proclaim its for God I live and for God I will die. The Bible is being fulfilled right before our eyes, again I reiterate Jesus is soon to come.

If asked this question again, my answer would definitely be yes. I will stand without hesitation with a smile on my face. I’m ready and I mean it this time. What about you? Are you REALLY ready?

Whoever does not carry his own cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow after Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] cannot be My disciple – Luke 14:27 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

 

It Takes A Village

Normally when you read the phrase “it takes a village” you associate it with a child. There is nothing wrong with that as you’ve commonly heard “it takes a village to raise a child.” (As I scold Sweet Pea for getting more chips from her Nana when I told her it was time to go to bed! lol) Any way back to the point of this post for today. I want to take a different spin at this phrase and today turn the attention away from children and back on us…women.

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As I told you last week I am in the midst of a shifting in the dynamics of my family. Again its in a good way, but before we see the greater good we have to weather through a few tests and trials first. So with that being said going through this process hasn’t been easy. Yes I know last week I was praising the fact that I have found Peace in the Process, but hey I’m human and sometimes my focus drifts away from that. The past couple of days have been hard days for me, most where I don’t even feel like getting out of bed. After tossing and turning all night, I just want don’t want to be bothered! Even still I have to push through and go about my day like nothing is wrong, or at least try to.

When having those moments, doesn’t it feel rewarding to know that someone cares. When you are trying to smile through your pain and someone can read straight through that and ask if everything is okay. Last week after Bible Study as I was walking to my car, another sister got out of her car and walked up to me with arms outstretched, a big smile on her face and gave me the biggest hug ever. She was just being the sweet person that she is, but she just doesn’t know how far that one small gesture really went. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that she was led by the Holy Spirit to approach me that night, just when I needed it the most. An unexpected act of kindness.

Have you ever had an encounter like that? On either end of the spectrum? Have you been led to encourage another sister, compliment her hair or something she has on, give her a call just to say hello, a simple gesture to just make another lady smile? Think about it for a minute. Think about how good it felt when someone did it to you, now think about how rewarding it will be when you offer the same to someone else. It could be your best friend or a a stranger in the store, it doesn’t matter. The point is that we need to make an extra effort to uplift one another, really be a willing vessel to step in during someone else’s time of need. Put your own feelings on hold to make someone else’s day. Yes it can be a challenge, especially when approaching a stranger, but consider if you may be the only beacon of light or the only example of Jesus that lady has experienced that day. If we are to build the Kingdom of God we have to go outside of our norm and expand the village we touch.

So today I encourage you to make it your mission to impart into another sister’s life, even if it is just a small act of kindness. Be watchful, take ‘self’ out of the equation, be sensitive to the Spirt, be obedient, and watch how the Lord blesses you in return.

Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.~1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

sig KT

 

Peace In The Process

Let me start this off by first apologizing for this mini break that I’ve been on. It honestly wasn’t intentional, I had content to share, time just got the best of me. I had all of the best intentions to post weekly, but would look up and another week would have passed without me writing a single word. So again please forgive me for neglecting to post anything the past couple of weeks.

Per normal my life has been all over the place recently. I’ve had some shifting within my family spectrum (in a good way) and my attention has solely been there. I’ve come to really realize how important my family is and just how much they need me. So I’ve taken time to really focus on just that. There’s nothing wrong with striving to be a good wife and mother right? After all that is my first ministry…Family! But on the other hand I’ve missed this. This is my therapy, my peace in the process of becoming a better me.

It’s almost become like a second nature for me. It’s crazy how a post idea will develop just from a mere 5 seconds of my day or a conversation with a peer. Or is it crazy at all? I guess maybe I’m using the wrong terminology there. I’m just in awe of how God really lays things into perspective. Just when I felt like maybe it was time to move on from this “project”, He sends confirmation that this is just where I need to be and for that I am SO thankful! I’ve found my niche or better yet I’m finally surrendering to yet another piece of divine purpose.

Seems like I’ve written this before right? Probably because I have, but you have to excuse me while I work on me. I’m not ashamed to share that experience with you. I’m not ashamed to say hey I’m not perfect and get distracted along the way. But what I do want is to help someone else find their “peace in the process”. I want my story to touch another woman, to lead them to the ultimate source of peace, Jesus Christ. Its more to this than just a recreational activity. There is meaning behind all of it and I have to start treating it as such. I need to start taking this more seriously. I need to be more intentional about my writing and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

So again I invite you to go on this journey with me. Come along with me as I draw closer to the peace giver and find rest within my process (my story). And while you’re down for the ride, I pray that something will be said that allows you to pick up some of the same along the way.

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Peace & Blessings,

sig KT