Do You Wish to Get Well?

Do you wish to get well?  Do you really want your situation to get better? The reason why I ask is that sometimes we cling to the very things that paralyze us.  Things such as our negative attitudes, old hurts, bad habits and behaviors, or fear itself which keeps us stuck rather than set us free.  It is important to ponder and ask ourselves these questions so that we can recognize the excuses that have been blocking our way —-w-a-y too long and finally move past them!

Take care and be blessed!

Hit Reset!

These last few months have been challenging to say the least.  Think about it, we are not living in one pandemic but two pandemics simultaneously! On a positive note, I invested in spending time in a virtual women’s retreat this weekend and I was reminded that we are approaching the last 6 months of the year.  Where did the time go? I realize that it is time to hit the reset button and start planning on how to finish the year strong.

Of course the pandemics reminded us all, that man establishes his steps but it is God’s purpose that prevails.  The question is what are you doing with your gift of life? In your time of reflection what is it that you have the unction to do? I would like for you to consider the old Nike commercial and “Just do it.”

Take care and be blessed!

How To Resist Temptation

One of the best ways to resist temptation to sin, is to walk closely with God. Take time to talk with Him before taking action or making a decision.  Keep watch over strife, offenses, unresolved anger, and unforgiveness in your life.  Finally, ask God to grant you discernment and authority to recognize the works of the enemy and to empower you to overcome any temptations that come against you. (James 4:7).

The Silver Lining

People seeking God.

People growing closer to God.

People repenting and turning back to God.

People registering to vote for the first time.

People accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

People of all ages and races protesting together all over the country and the world in support of black lives.

People having the crucial, difficult, and necessary conversations about race relations and social injustice.

People seeking change and policy reform.

In the midst of all that has taken place in the last few months, I choose to believe that there will be a silver lining, and that there will be beauty from the ashes, and some good will come from all the bad that has happen.

Nothing is insurmountable; there is always a will and a way. – Betty Shabazz

 

Shape Your World with God’s Words

Our words can hurt feelings and break hearts.  Our words can damage our relationships with others in the world around us.  The good news is that God has given us the ability to bless, encourage, and worship with our words.  Remember that death and life is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and with God’s help we can be a positive light in any situation by being careful about what we say and how we say it.  We need to watch the words that we say to ourselves and others.  Begin to speak the Word over your life, and the lives of others.  Use your words to bless, encourage, and edify.  Use words to build people up and not tear them down.  Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to get angry (James 1:19). By doing so, you will preserve your mind, your body, and your spirit, as well alleviate stress in your life. Give it a try today!

Take care and be blessed!

 

Feeling Frustrated?

When I reflect upon my life, in particular situations where I was in the midst of  frustration, I realize that I was trusting myself to do what only God could do.  In fact, I was attempting to force my will, instead of accepting God’s perfect will in the situation.  It was only until I surrendered and committed the life issue to the Lord, did I experience His peace. I placed my trust in Him to do the right thing at the right time.

When you are feeling frustrated, know that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf.  Just trust Him and lean not to your own understanding.

4 L’s To Take Into the New Year!

There are only 20 days remaining before the new year.  Can you believe that in 21 days we will be in a new year and a new decade! Wow, it is amazing how time flies! Well, please consider taking the 4 L’s of life with you into the new year.  Here they are:

Live – Live life abundantly.  Living life abundantly does not necessarily equate to money or material possessions.  Start with being grateful for what you do have,  such as your peace,  your health, as well as family and friends. Everyone does have these valuable gifts and money certainly can not buy them!

Learn – Continue to learn and re-learn.  The word of God says do not conform to the patterns of this world but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

Love – Love one another.  One of my favorite scriptures is “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another (Romans 13:8). Taking about “good debt” this is the only debt that I want to remain in!

Laughter – Laugh, Laugh, Laugh! Laughter is good for the body, as well as the soul and it relieves stressful situations.

Until next time, take care and be blessed!

Christmas Gift Suggestions

We spend so much time wrapping our gifts for each other in just the right paper, ribbon, and bow.  For what? So we can have a trash bag full of pretty colors on December 26? Well, I actually am guilty of doing this myself! It is something about the beauty all around us during the holiday season that makes me happy inside.  I would like for you to consider the following gift suggestions.  They will have an impact on others long after the holiday season.

Here they are:

To your enemy, forgiveness.

To an opponent, tolerance.

To a friend, your heart.

To a customer, service.

To all, charity.

To every child, a good example.

To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

Merry Christmas to you and your family and may God bless you in the New Year!

5 Truths To Remember About Disruptive Moments in Life

From time to time everyone have disruptive moments in life (unexpected life events).  When disruptive moments take a visit in your life, keep these 5 truths in mind.

  1. Disruptive moments are often divine appointments.
  2. Progress without pain is usually not possible.
  3. The promise of God is the provision of grace.
  4. Disruptive moments produce dynamic growth.
  5. What we receive from disruptive moments depends upon how we respond.

Remember that although it may not feel good when you are in the midst of a disruptive moment in your life , it is working for your good in the long run (Romans 8:28).

Is Your Marriage Set Apart?

When we commit ourselves to our spouse, we set ourselves apart for that person.  We don’t live with one foot in the marriage.  We are set aside as holy unto God and our spouse.  The biblical meaning of “holy” is to set something apart for a special purpose.

My husband and I will be celebrating 37 years of marriage on November 20 and although it has not been easy,  and has been filled with valley and mountain top experiences;  it has been well worth it and has been used for God’s glory.  In counseling and mentoring others I have heard the saying, “I didn’t sign up for this.”  Well, actually you did when you made the vow “for better or worse.”

Rededicate yourself today to be “set apart” in your marriage and in devotion to your spouse.

It is my prayer that.God be the Apex of your marriage and that you fall deeper in love with Him and each other for His glory.  Amen.