Encouragement of the Day

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. – Luke 22:31 (NLT)

If the enemy has to ask for permission to sift us as wheat (whether spiritual or natural attacks) we should know that when we’re going through various trials it’s because God has allowed it. When God has allowed a test to come our way, although it may seem like we’re at the end of the end, our current tests are only working for our good. (James 1:2, Romans 8:28)

So consider following Job’s example in Job 1 and praise the name of the Lord in spite of your current circumstances. Don’t complain, push pass the pain!!

Peace and love.

Even WHEN I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me…. – Psalm 23:4 (NLT)

Let God Fight Your Battles

When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal (fool, senseless) was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk, so she didn’t tell him anything about her meeting with David until dawn the next day. In the morning Nabal was sober, his wife told him what had happened. As a result he had a stroke, and he lay paralyzed on his bed like a stone. About ten days later, the Lord struck him, and he died. – 1 Samuel 25:36-38

We have all been there! Someone has said or done something to us that makes us want to give them a piece of our mind and sometimes our fists if we can be honest about it. Even if our flesh may tell us we’re justified in flying off the handle, does that mean we should? How do we handle situations like these? It takes a strong level of maturity to walk away from a fight, especially when provoked, but stepping aside and allowing God to avenge us is the best decision we can ever make. (Romans 12:19) Here’s why…

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It’s Time to Make a Choice

 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. – John 15:16 (NLT)

***Take the time to read this, it just might save lives (including yours.)*** Last week during backed up traffic due to an oil spill, God used that event to symbolize how it can relate to the choices we make in life. Imagine a fork in the road. Our choices are our routes and those choices will lead us to a particular destination. We only have two options: we can either go one way or the other. And because of the awesome God we serve He will allow road blocks to come across our path to get our attention and many times to keep us from making the wrong choice. But the sad thing is, many of us don’t have a “light-bulb” moment when incidents like this happen. Once the road block is removed and God’s grace and mercy we confuse as “luck” or “making it in just the nick of time” spare us of our demise, we continue to go about our daily lives in the same manner.

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The Gift of Now

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. – Proverbs 27:1 (NLT)

I can’t allow myself to miss out. For the past few years I have struggled greatly with living in the present. Not so much because I’m stuck in the past but because I long, plan, daydream and become anxious for the future. I know that I cannot live a truly fulfilling life this way but it seems so difficult to not get caught up in my goals and aspirations. But that’s the thing, I’m getting caught up in my goals, my dreams, my plans and my will. What about God’s plan?

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Give Him Your Heart

“For Your glory, I will do anything. Just to see You, to behold You as my King.”

Too often I’ve caught myself desiring more of God’s hand and not His heart. I’ve allowed my circumstances to compromise my fellowship with Him. I would get so caught up in what God promised, what I expected to see and the fact that I wasn’t seeing it to affect my praise, my worship and my prayer. But I didn’t realize that if I would just seek Him all of those things would be added unto me anyways. (Matthew 6:33) It may not happen when I wanted it to, but it would surely come and would not delay. (Galatians 6:9) But let’s be real, you don’t just have a desire to chase after God’s heart overnight. It’s a process. And sometimes God will allow you to go through to see where your heart really is. Boy, boy, boy I’ve failed that test plenty of times. But thanks to my gracious God, He picks me back up, dusts me off and brings me back into fellowship with Him. Dusty and all, as long as I’m willing.

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Thank Him in the Midst

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I’ve always struggled with staying motivated and trusting God through all circumstances. But as of recently I’ve noticed that I’m really getting to a place of focusing on doing ME. I’m no longer distracted by what’s going on around me but am focused on continuing to grow in God and building my empire. It’s a wonderful feeling to finally be able to get to this place and I know that God will really be able to mature me and use me all the more because my priority is truly Him. So what has taken control of your heart and mind? What are you focused on? Are you focused on the cares of this world and the opinions of others or are you tuned in to the one that really matters the most? If your focus isn’t where it’s supposed to be you may want to re-prioritize and get your focus back in order. There’s nothing better than being in a place of gratitude because you’ve let go of all the cares that were holding you down. So release what has you bound and thank God in advance for where He’s taking you. You  may be in the midst of difficult times but God is always near and He hasn’t forgotten about you. Just make sure you haven’t forgotten about Him. As always….

Peace and love.

***P.S. Happy September all! We’re 9 months into this year and although you may not see what God has promised you, this year still isn’t over yet. I’m excited to see what God is going to do and cannot wait to share it with you all! Be on the look-out because it is coming soon, God is already turning things around!! :)***

We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. – Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)

Walking by Example

The greatest believers are those that remember they were once sinners. – The Real MaCoya

Good afternoon Ladies,

This past weekend I was scrolling across my Instagram in the popular pages section, when I stumbled across a picture of a female celebrity. One that is known for her assets instead of her assets, if you get my drift. I’m sure most of you could filter through many female celebs of today, take a pick, and she would most likely fit that description. It made me think about the power of example and how the number of positive role models are practically non-existent compared to otherwise “not so positive role models.”

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Desperate for Divine Intervention

Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said “Who touched my clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, “Who touched Me?” And he looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” – Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV)

It’s amazing how God works. He knows that many of us walk around talking about “I got faith” knowing good and well that many would fall into the smaller than a mustard seed category. Now although Jesus stated that you can move mountains even with faith the size of a mustard seed (Luke 17:6) there comes a point in our lives where we have to grow from having little faith to great faith. As our walk in Christ continues to strengthen so should our faith in Him. Having little faith can only get you so far until you get hit with a big test, and by that time will that little faith get you through that BIG test or nah?

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I Gave it to God, Now What?

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:9 (NLT)

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. – Colossians 1:11-12 (NLT)

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. – Romans 12:12 (NLT)

 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. – James 1:2-3 (NLT)

 God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12 (NLT)

 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. – 2 Thessalonians 3:13 (NLT)

There’s nothing like casting your cares on God just to be like “ok what do I do next?” Trust me I’ve been there and it can really be a struggle. But according to God’s word, we keep pressing, praying, living according to the Word and believing that in just the right time God is going to move on our behalf! I wrote this short post to encourage you and to give you an extra push during your week. So don’t give up, meditate on the above scriptures because you’re too close to quit!

***P.S. We’re still waiting on God to move on our behalf on something that has been a year long process. I will make a blog post soon enough on how trusting and waiting on God can prove to be one of the best decisions you can ever make. So don’t worry I haven’t forgotten. I’m just waiting on God here!!! ;)***

Peace and love!