It’s Wednesday ladies and I found that I recently had an issue accessing my email. I’m not sure if I typed the wrong key when I first created the password, or if I just can’t simply remember. Then I thought, has my account been hacked? I ended up becoming frustrated, and made sure I took the proper security measures for everything that I could, my home, car, emails, the kids things and work stuff. Notice the things I mentioned………no where did I mention my heart. Is my heart not just as valuable, if not more than the things I make an effort in guarding? A few weeks ago I read a devotional from Wisdom Hunters about this very thing. The scripture was:
Lets emphasize the EVERYTHING part; everything we do flows from our heart. Think about your hearts’ current state, is it healthy? Not just from a medical or physiology stand point, but from a spiritual aspect. Is it filled with the Holy Spirit, does the fruits of the spirit dwell there? After all, this is the very place our hopes and dreams come from, yet the place that can be broken. The very place where we speak life into someone else, yet the place that rest forgiveness that steals life. The very place that houses and casts away fears. The devotional speaks on submitting our hearts to Christ and allowing Him to guard our hearts. What better security than God himself, but just like we do with our emails every once in a while maintenance is required, a heart check is required, what seems to be flowing from your Heart?
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. ~Matthew 12:34
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ~Luke 6:45.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. ~Galatians 5:22-23
Lets work on getting our Hearts Right Ladies!!
Patient love, kind love, sweet love, kind love
Love a word that comes and goes
But few people really know what it means to really love somebody
Love though the tears may fade away
I’m so glad your love will stay
’cause I love you and you show me
Jesus what it really means to love
The nights that I cry you love me
When I should have died you love me
I’ll never know why you love me
Its a mystery to me now I’m glad that I can see Jesus
When all hope was gone you love me
You gave me a song that you love me
Now I can go on ’cause you love me
Its a mystery to me now I’m glad that I can see Jesus
What it really means
God’s love for us is the greatest Love of all!
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day from your GIRLFRIENDS!
Hi ladies! Today I’m here to simply remind you of whom you belong to. Now due to some disappointments, failures, and heartaches, you may have forgotten – to whom you belong. The devil does his best work when you are not at your best. He can convince you that you’re worthless, undeserving, and full of insecurity. But the Word simply says:
Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong. –Ephesians 2:19-22
So no matter what, just remember that you belong to God and He’s always got your back!
I thought this quote taken from Proverbs 31 Ministries was most fitting today. In this devotion, Lynn Cowell says “As we lean into God, asking for strength through the peace or through the pain, He will make us into the women He’s intended for us to become: Women becoming God’s definition of beautiful.”
This really touched me. I don’t often refer to myself as “beautiful” but the mere thought of becoming God’s definition of beautiful excites me. Although the days we’ve treaded may not have always been the best of days, they were still ordained by God. And as we’ve now entered into a New Year you will have to learn how to embrace transition (I know I will) in order to accept His transformation for your life. I’m no longer afraid to allow the pressure of transition to transform my life. I want His fruit to grow more and more in me, each and every day.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)
I hope this devotion has touched your hearts today and that you will become the woman God has intended for you to be!
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
First of all let me send my personal apologies for not posting last Friday, but as many of you may have noticed it was MY BIRTHDAY lol. And I simply decided to just take the day off and not do anything that required work.
Now let me say- HAPPY FRIDAY chicas! Hope this week has been good to you and I hope this month of December has been treating you all well!
I wanted to just take a brief moment to talk about what this time of the year means. Every year I have these bright ideas on how I want to celebrate the Christmas season (darn that Pinterest!). I start planning things out and getting everything all organized and prepared only to fall short of my own expectations. See in my eyes, the world pressures us to decorate and to shop! It’s as if that’s all Christmas is about – decking the halls and buying gifts. Yes, those things are a part of the holiday season but it’s NOT ALL that it’s about.
With this commercialized season, we tend to not always see the CHRIST in CHRISTmas. But we, the believers must not forget the One, the I AM that was sent to save us. We remember Him, we celebrate Him, for without Him there would be no Christmas.
So this year I want to be “the present.” Yes, I’m the present this year – present with my family and most importantly present with God. What better gift than to be present with my family making memories and loving on one another and being in the presence of God, giving Him all the glory and all the praise.
Ladies, please don’t get caught up in the “hustle” of Christmas and remember Who Is the reason for the season. Don’t allow society to blind you and rob you of this opportunity to give God glory for what He’s done, and to celebrate Jesus. To teach your children and family what it means to celebrate CHRISTmas and create ever lasting memories.
Have a wonderful weekend, see you next week!
I extend my right arm high, attempting to adjust the air. Yes, as always I’m cold, but it is becoming a tad bit stifling in here. I am on the plane heading back to NC from NY where my childhood best friend got married and I just couldn’t miss it. I notice the other passengers around me becoming just as antsy as myself, we’ve been on this plane for an hour already waiting for clearance to take off. Finally we’re off in the air, the gentlemen beside me closes the window shade, I rest my head back and relax thinking back on the festivities of the wedding weekend. Typically, this is my time to sleep, in the past I couldn’t even stay awake for take off, but this time the excitement has me wide eyed. I hear the chime go off letting us know that we’re permitted to turn on our aircraft approved devices, so I reach for my kindle. Shortly after I find myself completely indulged in this new book I downloaded which I can’t seem to remember the title of right now. Suddenly, we start to experience a little turbulence, no big deal…..I have flown more than enough to where that doesn’t freak me out. I look toward the front of the plane to check on refreshments, I’m beyond thirsty and of course I had to throw away my bottle of water and refused to pay $4 for another. It should be about time we get some peanuts, pretzels, a soda or something. Turbulence again…………this time it lasted longer, the flight attendant is seated and buckled up, our seatbelt signs are back on. Even at this point I’m doing OKAY, it wasn’t until that God awful dip we took, that felt like the floor had been snatched away like on the tower of terror that shook me. At this time it seemed the plane had speed up and the plane was chaotic. The gentlemen beside me had opened the window shade to my left which preceded the screams of the other passengers because at this point our upper bodies hovered over our seat belts as it felt as though the plane was going down. I look around, look forward, looking for anything that says we are going to be okay to only find tears rolling down some faces, eyes clenched tight on others, hands grasps tight on the arm rest and the flight attendant buckled and on the phone. I hear my own pounding heartbeat racing along with my breaths. Is this really happening? I thought, I’m going to die, today right now, I began to pray and pled with the Lord to spare my life as well as the lives of those on this plane including the one that this accident was intended for. After what seemed like eternity the plane leveled out and the turbulence stopped. I continued to pray until we landed, no one ever came on the intercom to apologize or explain the experience. The flight attendant never picked up the phone to make an announcement to us, nothing was said. Once I felt the friction of the wheels hitting the landing strip, I was beyond relieve and GRATEFUL for an answered prayer. Many people missed their connecting flights, I battled with the decision to stay in Detroit and figure out how else to get home, or run clear across another building to get to my next departing terminal. Is this now playing Russian roulette with my life, I was sparred once, but now getting back on the plane was another story. So I called mom, how good it was to hear her voice as she prayed with me and calmed my spastic emotions over the phone through the airport as I ran to my next flight just as they were making the final call. This flight was bigger, brighter, no turbulence….and best of all I made it home. My nerves were still bad, but boy was I glad to be home, to see my family, touch my children, all of which was on the verge of being gone. Sunday, after this experience an old song was ministered and what as reminder it was straight from the Lord. This one is for you Saints, never forget it.
Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen
Who Are You?
That’s the question Christina Marie asked yesterday in her blog post entitled Tunnel Vision. After reading her post, there was the question- Who are you? I sat in awkward silence for a minute and then thought well shoot do I even know me? I mean I know that I’m the daughter of Antoinette & Parker, big sister to Chad, wife to Jonathan, mother to Jaidyn, Jordyn, & Gavin, and best friend to my GIRLFRIENDS. But really who am I? I know what I enjoy – learning about Jesus, singing, designing, and planning. I know that I’m a people pleaser. So now what? Does this define who I am? When I stare in the mirror am I proud? Honestly, heck no! But rather than beat myself up in this post on all the things that make me unhappy about myself, I’ll flip it and talk about my desires. What I desire to be… a better Christian, a more lovable & enjoyable wife and mother (admittedly I’m the serious one). I desire a healthier, more attractive weight, my own successful business, and downright wealth. I desire to not be hindered by anyone or anything when it comes to the things that family and I want to go and do. I certainly desire that money will no longer be a factor. But does any of this define me? I guess today is just one of those days where I’m like Lord I need you! I’m just not feeling myself these days- help me! And truthfully I believe He will. I desire the day that I will look back at this post and it becomes my testimony, on how God brought me out and granted me the desires of my heart.
Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart. ~Psalm 37:4
What are the desires of your heart? Do you know who you are? Why wait another 8 weeks to start embarking on New Year’s resolutions when you can talk to God right here, right now about it? He’s always listening and He desires our attention.
I pray this hasn’t dampened anyone’s day but motivated you to start speaking from your heart to God. As I close this post, I’m already feeling better, feeling more alive, feeling determined.
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Have a blessed weekend ladies!
Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?
I know you are like, “what is she talking about now?” LOL! This was the question my Pastor used to close out his sermon this Sunday titled “The Exceptional Few” from his new series “Extraordinary Focus.”
During his sermon he spoke about Jesus’ journey to the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36-46 and the roles in which His disciples played. At the time there were only 11 disciples with Jesus in the garden as Judas had already separated from the group to go and betray Jesus. So he would be the 1, Judas “the nonessential”. Jesus told Peter, James and John (3, the Inner Circle) to come with Him and asked the others to sit there and watch while He went to pray. So Jesus told the 8 “the Close” to stay behind to watch out for the betrayer. The close (the 8) were still a part of Jesus’ disciples, He had a bond with them, but needed them to stay where they were while He went further to pray, but couldn’t stay awake not even an hour to obey the Master’s request. He asked His inner circle (the 3) to come along with Him to pray. They were the 3 that He had the tightest bond with and often went with Him to perform miracles. He kept them closer than the others. I hope you are catching the drift of the story. And then there is Judas (the 1), the betrayer, who sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. Hmmmm. Let that sink in for a minute.
I won’t go any further into the sermon, if you desire to hear it feel free to look up VisitMRC on Ustream, but I just wanted to share what this message meant to me. It really hit home and stung a little. But that’s good though, the convicting Word is the best Word in my book. It challenges me to do better, to evaluate areas that need work, it petitions me to draw closer to the Lord. The whole ride home Sunday all I could think about was truly being honest with myself and figuring out which category I fall in…the close (8)…the inner circle (3)….or the nonessential (1). Sure first instinct is to say I’m a part of the inner circle, but then reality sets in and I confess that I’m not there yet. There are SO many areas that I need to improve in to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I truly desire to be in His inner circle, one that He can ALWAYS count on no matter what!
So what’s stopping me? DISTRACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Point. Blank. Period. A bunch of nothing! How many hours do we waste doing nothing in a week? How often to do we scroll thru Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, etc. when that time could be put towards deeper personal Bible study or prayer time? I had to be honest with myself and say hey I waste entirely too much time doing nothing. I need to get back focused on the things that matter the most and the top of the list is my relationship with Christ. I need to get my fire back, let go of the nonsense and push forward to be all about Kingdom business. I need to get refocused in other areas as well and really evaluate things that are needed at this time and others that need to be put on the back burner. I don’t ever want to be too tired from the ins and outs of my day to spend intimate time with Him. And neither should you. So now I flip this thing around and ask you…
Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?
Peace & Blessings,