Month: January 2017

The Balancing Act

TGIF girlfriends!! So here we are ladies, rounding out the first month of the new year! So how did you do? Are you still knocking out those 2017 goals and resolutions? – losing weight, healthy lifestyle, working out, water challenge, journal challenge, prayer challenge, etc… I was trying to name the more “popular” goals/resolutions that we tend to make each year LOL. Well let me just tell you (about me) – I haven’t given up and don’t plan to give up either on some of them BUT I’m finding, trying to organize my life along with incorporating my new goals has become quite the balancing act! I’ve succeeded in a few areas and did a good week’s worth of effort in the others. I’m still motivated and inspired to complete all of my goals, its just taking me a lil bit to get organized and to prioritize properly. (Y’all know how my life is setup… and just in case you forgot LOL – wife, mom of 4, EPing, 8a-5p, blogger, ministry worker, wedding planner… IJS) So this is my inspiring moment, for all my girlfriends that are ready to throw in the towel or have already thrown it away, to get back into the game/race and let’s complete this journey together! Its been said that it only takes 21 days to create/form a habit, so lets kick it in to ACTION! Put your phones, tablets/iPads, and planners to use and physically schedule time to do each goal you wish plan to pursue. This does include daily prayer time to take your goals to the Lord and pour out your desires unto Him. What’s the quotes?

If you Fail to plan, you Plan to fail – Benjamin Franklin

A Goal withOUT a Plan is just a wish – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

and the Word says:

Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], and your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. ~ Proverbs 16:3 (AMP)

We can do this ladies! The year has just begun. Don’t dwell on the past 27 days and start conquering your masterplan with the 338 days remaining!! Don’t let 2017 be your year of shoulda, coulda, woulda, but let this be your complete and perfect year!

Have a blessed weekend ladies!

Joy for Your Day,

My Precious Treasure

In a recent leadership meeting at church our Chief of Staff took a moment to give recognition to Sweet Pea. She talked about how much she has grown up and is always so well-behaved in meetings and around the church in general. That made me feel great as a parent but it was what she said next that really stuck with me. She went on to celebrate how Sweet Pea already has a heart for worship and servitude at such a young age. She celebrated how she is always ready to help mommy during our women’s sessions and is actually excited about it. I can’t really describe how much that statement filled my heart with joy. As I looked down at my bashful Sweet Pea and fought back tears, I realized I hadn’t really looked at her in that way before nor really recognized just how much she has grown not just physically, but spiritually.

To say that she is a church baby is quite the understatement. She is with mommy and daddy at every Bible Study, Sunday Morning Worship service, Children’s church event, leadership trainings, meetings…you name it, she’s there! Normally I pack her some activities to keep her occupied, but more and more she’s less interested in those activities and desire to be a part of the service. At our church during praise & worship we go down to the altar. I love being free in worship and when I’m not all the way caught up lol I love watching her as she worships in her own way. I’ve caught her a few times looking back at me to see what I was doing. If I have my hands lifted in worship, so does she. If I’m worshipping through my words, after looking back she will turn around and open her mouth to give praise to the Master. While I find it cute and have giggled a time or two, I now see how much she is starting to understand.

Before I would have to tell her to close her eyes for prayer or to lift her hands in worship, but now she goes for it all on her own. She even comes back home and carries on her own worship service with us as her congregation or with her dolls and stuff animals. She runs to grab her Bible to bring to one of us to read or to look at the pictures and “read” it for herself. She understands the power of prayer and will quickly ask for you to pray for her stumped toe or bumped knee lol. It all just makes me heart glad. My prayer is that she continues on this Christian journey and as she gets older goes for God like none before. I pray that her father and I will continue to be great examples of the love of Christ through parenting her and that we will slow down from every day life to cultivate that ever-growing flame in her heart. That we will walk the scriptures with her and ultimately lead her towards fulfilling her purpose in life. I don’t want her to have to wait as long as I did to give Christ a full surrender. I don’t want her to miss opportunities, I want her to be SO much better than me in every aspect of life.

I know that the special recognition was directed at Sweet Pea but I would like to believe that it was for me and Hubby as well. It was a wake up call that we need to do all that we can now to stir up all of the gifts and purpose that are within Sweet Pea. It is our duty to protect and shield her from anything that could detour her away from what God has placed over her life. Even at the age of 4. We have to be careful what she is exposed to and what we allow her to participate in. I know I’ve said it before but I am so thankful that my Father chose me to mother this precious treasure and I’m going to do all that I can to bring Him glory through her.

But we have this precious treasure [the good news about salvation] in [unworthy] earthen vessels [of human frailty], so that the grandeur and surpassing greatness of the power will be [shown to be] from God [His sufficiency] and not from ourselves. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

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He Makes It Easy

My Daddy is SO amazingly faithful!!! He is such a good, good Father and I am forever grateful!!! #MySurrender #HisWill #HisPlan #HisTiming

This was a recent status I posted on Facebook to share just how appreciative I am of my Lord, my Heavenly Father, my Daddy. Do you ever just sit back and think about ALL He has done for you. I mean ALL He has done. If not take a second and think about it now. If you can’t think of anything specific think of how He woke you up this morning, how you still have breath in your body, how you made it to work or your destination safely this morning. The list could go on and on. Now that I have you thinking, reflect over a prayer that you put up before the Lord, I mean something that you really wanted and/or needed and then think of His response to that request.

That’s what I want to focus on today. As I told you last week I have a lot up before the Lord that I want to accomplish in 2017, one of which came to pass last week!! (2017 is off to a great start! 🙂 ) This particular request I have desired for a long, long time. I mean we are talking 10+ years. I had put it on the back burner because it just never seemed like the right timing, or in all honesty I didn’t see how it could be done. I came back up recently around Christmas. I mentioned it to my husband but didn’t really press the issue because again I just didn’t see how it could be done. I decided to go about it a different way this time, I went to my Daddy with all sincerity and once again placed this desire up before Him. I would pray “Lord I don’t how or when you are going to do it but this has now moved from a want to a need. Lord we need a bigger vehicle”. It may not seem like a big task but seeing as though we are in the process of purchasing a home (it’s going to happen this year!) we really did not want to add anything else to our budget….But God!

Remember I told you this request stirred up again around Christmas. Well let’s fast forward a bit. About 2 weeks ago Hubby sent me a text about a truck and asked me if I wanted to go and see it. I’m like sure, no problem what’s the harm in looking. What happened, I fell in love with it! Again I spoke with my Daddy and said “I don’t know how or when, but Lord do it”. Long story short….HE DID IT!!! And when I tell ya’ll He did it, I mean He did it! Everything I have ever wanted in a truck He gave me just that. And the best part of all, this amazing blessing is not costing hubby and I an arm and a leg. He blessed us with this fully loaded, 4 wheel drive Suburban for less than half of the book value. Did you read that….less than half of the book value!!! When God moves, He moves and He makes the way easy!

Something that I have desired for over 10 years happened within a 3 week span of my earnest request and sincere faith. I felt like a kid in the candy store when I drove Black Beauty (yes I named her) for the first time. I wanted to scream, shout, cry, but most importantly I couldn’t stop saying thank you to my Daddy. This was all because of Him. He remembered my desire all those years ago, He heard my recent request and silent petitions that this is what I truly desired. And then He opened a mighty door and made the process so easy. It just feels my heart with so much joy to know that He cares that much about me. And I truly believe that this is only the beginning of many great things to come this year.

So as I close this post out today, I want to encourage you to continue to put your desires up before the Lord. Be up front and honest with Him, after all He knows the desires of your heart so there is no need to sugar coat anything. Once you have laid it out activate your faith like never before. Believe that if it is within His plan and His will then within His timing it will come to pass. However if it doesn’t happen when you desire, don’t fret, just trust and believe that He has something greater in store for you. Ask me how I know, because I’m a living witness. If He did it for me, surely He will do it for you!

 For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible. ~ Luke 1:37 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

 

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#WINNING

Have you ever wanted to #WIN at something so bad that you talk yourself out of it or write-it-off before you ever even begin to try? Well that was me yesterday as I was discussing the matter of changing up some things in my daily diet with my fellow Girlfriends. I was so quick to respond “I’m just SCARED lol” and then they asked “but why?” And then I had the nerve to say “to fail” (I know shame on me). So this morning I decided to define both scared and failure:

Scared – thrown into or being in a state of fear, fright, or panic

Failure – lack of success, a falling short, a state of inability to perform a normal function, omission of occurrence or performance

But wait that’s not how I would describe myself! I know what the Bible says and declares for my life so how dare I speak so lightly of it.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

So on today I just want to encourage you ladies that no matter what it is your facing (financial difficulties, weight gain, anxiety, depression, etc.) every morning you awake to a new day, new mercies, another chance to #WIN in life. Don’t allow fear or failure to try and dictate your life! When you hear that little voice saying you CAN’T at something, stand firm on God’s promises and respond back with the attitude of “well devil just what if I actually DO succeed, now what” #WINNING

You fail if you don’t attempt and you will never know if you’ll succeed if you never try. ~ E. Ford

And with that – let’s make life each and every day about #WINNING with Jesus!

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:57 (KJV)

Have a wonderful weekend ladies!

Joy for Your Day,

Take the Limits Off

No limits, no boundaries, I see increase all around me…

It is typical at the top of a new year to be inspired to start fresh with new goals and aspirations to reach before the next year rolls in. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact that is exactly what we should be doing, pushing harder to do better. Within the first month most people are still on the new year high but say after about March, maybe April that starts to die down. Life happens and some of those goals and plans get put on the back burner. Eventually you start feeling like this is life and those dreams become a distant memory, or a thought of what could have been. Why does this happen year in and year out. Why do we allow life circumstances to limit us to only the ins and outs of a typical day? Think about it for a minute.

This is usually my story, or has been in the past. I start off in a good place, speak a good game, but deep down struggle with believing that it will and can actually happen. I proclaim with my lips that I trust the Lord with all my being, but in my heart struggle with doubt and fear far too much. I see it happen for others around me and though it feels good to say, it’s going to happen for me too, never really go after it and instead sit back and wait for it to magically appear in my lap. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of living this way. I am ready for SO much more out of life. I have missed SO many opportunities in the past but guess what, the bulk stops here! I am tired of thinking about the shoulda, coulda, woulda in my life. I’m ready to take some action and not just think it but begin to speak it more and most importantly live it. The Lord has blessed me with far too many gifts and talents and I refuse to continue to just sit on them.

I’m taking the limits completely off in 2017. In every aspect of my life, I’m removing all the limits. I will no longer live in fear, in bondage, in doubt. I can’t anymore. How can I proclaim to be a child of the most high and operate in fear. Both can not dwell in the same place. I make my baby repeat this all the time when she feels scared and its time for mommy to do the same:

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7

It’s time to activate that power within me through that of the Holy Spirit and trust that He will open mighty doors when the time is right. But until He does it is my responsibility to serve Him whole-heartedly, without limit, give Him a bigger Yes, and believe that if it is in His perfect will for my life then it will be done. I can no longer just speak it but I have to truly believe that certain things are going to happen in my life.

 “Jesus said to him, “[You say to Me,] ‘If You can?’ All things are possible for the one who believes and trusts [in Me]!” ~ Mark 9:23

And I cannot only limit it to the large things in life, but the small things too. I have a laundry list of things up before the Lord ranging from the right school for Sweet Pea next year, to home ownership (it is going to happen this year!), to financial freedom, to increased business opportunities, the list goes on and on. I am finally at a place where I am excited about what is getting ready to happen. In years past I have said “This will be my year” but this year’s declaration is different. Not only will this be my year for many things, but I’m opening that declaration to say that the restraints and the limits have been removed and now the sky is the limit. I’m going higher from here. Higher in my worship, higher in my praise, higher in my surrendered Yes, higher in my assignment, essentially higher in life! I’m ready for that which the Lord has prepared for me. I’m happy to be in a place to say that I’m excited and its all because there are no limits, no boundaries and I can now see increase all around me…

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,” ~ Ephesians 3:20

Peace & Blessings,

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