You are More than…..

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Happy International Women’s Day Ladies! This week I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Rather recently I have been hearing in different situations a general concept where one’s VALUE is questioned. According to Webster’s dictionary, worth is defined as “good and deserving respect, praise, attention, having enough good qualities to be considered important, useful”. I think its safe to say we all have heard “Worth” by Anthony Brown and group therAPy, this song speaks specifically of who truly believes you’re worthy. This song ministers to me personally because I think of the times when I question myself as a mother and I’m reminded that God blessed me with these two children and chose ME to be their mother, one of the biggest roles that will ever be played in their life. The few occasions at work where my best just doesn’t seem to measure up to the standards of some (unappreciative, impatient families), or that individual(s) that we all have faced sometime or another in life that bold face told us we were worthless of their actions told it. The song brings back the memory of how God (Our Father) declared that we were (are) Worthy. Worthy of loving, worthy of forgiving, worthy of staying, that choosing to fight for us was a no-brainer…simply because we are more than worthy. Ladies, never ever look to others to gage your worth, but to the Lord. How encouraging, motivating and comforting to know He chose you; God chose you and because of that, you are more than….you fill in the blank! So my beautiful ladies, just a reminder from this Girlfriend to you, you’re more than Worthy and for anyone that says differently…… in the words of Priscilla Shirer, “Tell them who your Daddy is”

 

 

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#30Til33

The countdown to my birthday has officially begun!!! That’s right ladies I have officially marked tomorrow, March 4th as #30Til33 as I will be 33 (Lord’s willing) on April 4th!!! **Que Trey Songz….Go girllllllllllllllll it’s your birthday** HA!! Okay let me get serious. Lol

Excuse my hype-ness but I’m just super excited about the anticipation of a new year of life. Don’t get me wrong year 32 was not terribly bad, but I did experience some losses that I pray I do not carry over into this new phase of life. Wow 33, just a few years away from being considered in my “mid-thirties” YIKES!!! I still have SO much that I want to accomplish and it seems as though life is just flying on by. So what have I done to prepare? I finally purchased a planner!! (I don’t’ think you all realize how much excitement this thing brings to my life!!! Showing my age again LOL!) This Happy Planner is my life and is truly helping me get control of my life! (Emphasis on happy because it makes me feel that way!) I write EVERYTHING down; I mean EVERYTHING down so that I do not forget one single detail of my day! From prayer/Word time, meetings, blog posts, date nights, preschool activities, reminder to text /call someone, on down to learning how to meal plan, this planner has helped me so much because I have to be honest my memory is not the best anymore. Life has become so busy and I can have the best of intentions to complete one task before I am distracted and start on another, never finishing the first! It drives me nuts! Woooo saaaa!!

With all that being said I’m going to take the next 30 days to once again reevaluate my life and those things that mean the most to me. I have some decisions to make within this next year….Do I want to try again at having another baby? Do I want to finish the graduate certificate program? Do I want to accelerate within my career or be more fervent at praying to become a homemaker? Bottom line is that I want to be an all-around better Katesha, not for anyone else, but for me. I want to wake up in the mornings, look at myself in the mirror and truly be proud of the woman that I am and therefore hopefully continue to push forward to try to make an impact on someone else’s life. I am in no way perfect, will never proclaim to be, but there is nothing wrong with striving to do better, striving to be better….I am woman hear me roar!! I want to be a better Christian, a better wife, a better mother, a better daughter, sister, friend, a better Kingdom worker, a better employee, a better cook, a better blogger….

So let the countdown begin… #30Til33…in 5….4….3…2….

“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future” Proverbs 31:25

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“God is within her, she will not fall” Psalm 46:5

Peace & Blessings,

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Confidence

I readconfidence a devotional this morning that talked about how Peter denied Jesus three times. Jesus warned Peter this would happen. But, Peter had complete confidence in himself that it would be absolutely impossible. And as we all know the story, Peter quickly denied Him three times. It continued on to say that Peter needed to trade his self-confidence for confidence in God. Many times we focus on “self” and not enough on God. So, I ask you – What are you facing right now? Are there threatening circumstances hovering over you? Just remember that God promises to never leave you nor forsake you. Has God ever failed you? (I didn’t think so) So trade in your self-confidence for confidence in God!

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. ~Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

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Have you trusted?

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Have you made a change in your life this year? Have you trusted God enough to listen, step out, and let Him lead you? In this journey of life, we enter into different phases and chapters that can bring us sadness, hurt and pain, or bring us joy, fulfillment, and abundant blessings. We don’t walk alone in our journeys, and I’m not walking alone in mine. For those that have followed my journey over the past year know that loss and grief can be hard; but how God provides for us in such ways is always a gift. From my journey (start here), He protected and guided me through the rough times and has BIRTHED great things out of it. My blessing at the end of the storm is Baby Ford arriving August 2016!

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FRIENDS

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Go best friend! That’s my best friend! LOL if you have ever looked at those videos on YouTube they are quite hilarious (in my opinion)! And while on the subject, let me tell you about the FRIENDS God has given me. The more I seek after God and grow closer to Him the more He blesses me with FRIENDS. Not those sometime-y chicks or only here for special occasions types; I’m speaking of Good Godly FRIENDS! The ones that will stand up in courage beside me. That’ll call me out and confront my sin. The ones that’ll hold me up when I’m broken down. The ones that’ll pray for me without my asking, that’ll talk to God on my behave. That intercede for me when I just can’t go to God on my own. Do you have these types of friends? I thank God for these FRIENDS. And although I may not always express my appreciation in the manner I deem necessary, I’m truly grateful for each and every one of them. I love my “friendship” support system. It has groomed me into a better Christian and friend to others. These FRIENDS push me when I’ve given up hope, teach me what the Word says about my situations, they live out life and share their personal testimonies with me as encouragement. With these FRIENDS, I’m in a judgement free zone – they know I have flaws and are willing to help me with them. God gave me FRIENDS who are different because that’s the way He knew I would I grow. So to all my FRIENDS, I love you more than words could express, I cherish our special bonds and I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us all!

Thank you for being a FRIEND!

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Are we fulfilling the Laws of Christ?

Scrolling through social media I came across today’s scripture moment…

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Have you ever had someone in your life go through some tough times or difficult situations…or maybe that someone was you? Have you taken the time to pray for that someone in and through their situation? As Christians, when one suffer or hurt or grieve, we all endure the pain. We’re supposed to carry the burdens of each other. Today, I charge you with fulfilling one of Christ’ laws to carry that burden with your brother, sister, friend, or neighbor. Connect with that person and help with their load. Are you your sister and brother’s keeper?

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Thoughts of a Real Mother…

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From time to time, I have these moments, that I once believed was “just me” when on the outside I appear to “have it together” and a smile on my face, but on the inside I’m SCREAMING. I love my children deeply, but some days I don’t feel like being an adult, or a mother for that matter.  Some days I miss being able to take a shower without little hands pulling the shower curtain back just to make sure I didn’t go too far.  Or to simply sit on the toilet without the both of them joining me as if I need moral support.  Some days I just want to lay in bed all day, watching adult t.v. shows (remember I’m a fan of ratchet t.v.) and eating a full plate without half of my food being eaten by the littles that suddenly become hungry again after their two plates.  Some days having the sole responsibility for how two other people end up is a bit much.   Even as I have these thoughts and type them, a part of me feels guilty.  Is this normal? Should I feel this way? What about those “perfect” moms?  At times I feel like I have to make a conscious effort to be a “good mom”. I don’t necessarily feel like it came “natural” to me.  Shoot…half the time I’m making things up as I go.  The crazy part about it is, despite feeling this way at times, when the children are away, I have no clue what to do or I’m instantly eager to have them come back.  The plus side, is they have no idea mommy doesn’t know what the heck she’s doing.  They have no idea about my sleepless nights or the planning that’s involved in trying to have a smooth evening after school.  So even on my “worst” day as a mom, I’m still their mommy and they believe I’m the only one that can drive this ship.  So I began to pray and the Lord reminded me that He’s got me and them. He reminded me of when I sat at Planned Parenthood when I just found out I was expecting my first born (I will share that experience another time), that if I trust in Him, he will always have her, that WE would lack for nothing.  To this day, God has not went back on that word.  Now I may have my “whoa me” moments, but we lack for nothing.  As I scrolled down my Facebook news feed, I saw this quote on My Motherboard page and I was inspired to share the thoughts of a Real Mother.

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My Spa Experience

This past weekend was absolutely WONDERFUL!! It was just what the doctor ordered and then some! My hubby surprised me with a much needed spa experience for just me and him; that’s right ladies a couples massage!!!

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Now I’ve had a massage before, but this experience was much different. Well for (1) it was with my love and (2) it was actually at a spa. Previously I’ve had one done at a massage therapist’s office but never at a spa! I’m talking robes, special slippers, relaxing music, fountains and chocolate fondue! We were both super excited to spend intimate time with one another because honestly we’ve failed recently in the dating category. It’s SO easy to get tied up in the duties of life and forget to take time out for just each other. No mommy, no daddy, just husband and wife! Can I go back now? Lol

During my hot stone massage (I highly recommend you get one if you’ve never had one!), I was SUPER relaxed almost to the point of falling asleep, but I fought those droopy eyes and took the time to reflect and pray. In that moment I was so happy and so in love and thanked the Lord for sending this guy my way. Not only did I show gratitude for my own relationship, but I also spent time praying for my sisters and family members that (1) they would be blessed to be found by their mate or (2) that their relationship would be strengthened or (3) that broken hearts would be mended and that they too could experience this thing called love. God did not create man to be alone and I am just crazy enough to believe that these desires will be met by God in His timing.

So today in closing, I want to leave you with this bit of encouragement. While going through life and when you have those moments of gratitude for the blessings in your personal life, don’t keep them all to yourself. Pray for that sister who may not have the same in that (1) she will find peace in her current situation (2) be patient enough to wait on the Lord and (3) that the desires of her heart will be granted if within the Lord’s will. Paying it forward doesn’t always have to involve monetary gifts; the spiritual seeds sown and invested in someone’s life will render so much more.

Peace & Blessings,

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“The Right Heart”

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:

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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!!

 

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Me Time…

 

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Have you ever just had one of those moments when you realize that you haven’t taken the time out of your schedule to take care of you????? Well, with new and ever so changing things happening, that was me. It only took me a few weeks (with our NC snow and all) to take care of some much needed pampering. There’s nothing like getting that nice massage after manicuring those cuticles and having someone rub their fingertips against your scalp as you sit reclined in the shampoo bowl! YYYYYAAAASSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got a fresh do and an oh-so needed manicure. I get my hair done by professionals every now-and-again, but usually by natural hair stylists that use little heat. This time around, after 5+ years, I got something NEW! Check me out…but before you do and before you scroll any further, remember…this is No Judgment Zone lol. What are your guilty pleasures when it comes to pampering yourself?

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