Monday Motivation : It Gets Better…

Monday Motivation : It Gets Better…

Hey guys! I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve been on here, but you know… life (insert  long dramatic sigh here)  However, this weekend I had the opportunity to attend a retreat hosted by my church organizations ( COGOP) young  adults ministry. What a beautiful time it was, but more importantly… it was very eye opening.

During the Friday night service,  the floor was opened up to time of testimony, and during that time I noticed a common trend. The majority of the people in the room were dealing with same issues:  anxiety, depression  and loneliness to name a few, and when I tell you that there was a season of breakthrough that began in that session… You had to be there to understand,

This weekend it became very obvious that there are people hurting all over the place. Sometimes while we are going through our struggle, we tend to think that we are the only ones who have ever felt the way we feel, but that’s the furthest thing from the truth.  When we are going through something, our natural reaction is to put our self into a state of reclusiveness.  We try to cope all on our own, not seeking help from friends or family or even God.

Why do we do this? We’re afraid of being judged. We’re afraid of seeming weak. We’re afraid of what people might say. We are afraid of being seen as ” not having all together”  and the fact of the matter is, none of us have it all together! It’s only the grace of God that keeps us afloat, even though sometimes we fail to ask Him to throw us a life preserver.

This retreat did a great job of creating a “safe space” where us young adults felt confident enough to share our struggles, and know that we had a community of people who can empathize with us and pray with and for us.  What was also amazing to see was that after it was all said and done, I didn’t see anyone react to or treat anyone any differently than before. I actually saw young people embracing, encouraging and praying for other young people that they may not have even known before the weekend started.  More churches need to create these safe spaces so young people can feel comfortable to talk about things that may be considered “church taboo”  Church is not only a place for the saved. Church is a place for the weary, the burdened down , the broken, the lost, the lonely….

 28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. – Matthew 11:28-29

We have to remember that the church is not the physical building.  WE are the church,  Us who have confessed Jesus as Lord.  It’s our job to lift one another up, we feel down. To stand in as an intercessor when life hits us hard and we just can’t pray on our own. Oftentimes we forget , while your personal journey with God is an independent one, we are all on the same road heading to the same place. If one struggles , we all struggle. So be aware of those around you because you never know what they are dealing with. Be receptive to help when it comes your way.

I’ve made no attempts to hide that 2017 has been probably one of the worst years of my life. I myself have semi isolated myself and have been trying to do it all on my own. Until this weekend… get yourself a group of friends who can pray for you !( Thanks Lys)

There’s been a song by James Fortune that has been encouraging me for the past couple of weeks.  These are some of the lyrics that have really spoken to me through this track:

Sometimes it gets worse
(Yeah, and I know)
Before it gets better
But you hold on
(You can’t give up)
‘Cause it will get better
The times that we fall
(Even the pain won’t let up)
The pain won’t let up
You hold on, yeah
‘Cause it will get better

You’ve been doing nothing
Time for the stress to end
Life try to break you
I know you’re tired but don’t stop fighting
Your life isn’t over, today is a brand new day
Just weather the storm
Because eventually every storm runs out of rain
(Read more: James Fortune And FIYA – It Gets Better Lyrics | MetroLyrics )

I just want to end tonight’s post with a prayer.

Dear Father,
Thank you for the gift that was this retreat this weekend . Thank you for allowing your servants to be obedient to the spirit and creating a safe space for young people to discuss their problems. God, I know you hear and understand us. Thank you for your reminder that even when we can’t see You, You’re still there! I pray for everyone who brought their needs to you this weekend- and even more so for those who didn’t. Lord,  I pray that you would continue to be a comforter in our times of need. Continue to build us up as a family who prays and looks out for each other. Lord, continue to build leaders who answer the call, who seek to understand the mind of young people and guide them to the cross!

A scripture that has kept me grounded this week especially has been Isaiah 43:2;

When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.

Have a blessed week! Call somebody and tell them you love them! Give someone a hug! You never know who might need it!

xoxo

©justlovethemanyway

Monday Motivation: The Potter…

Monday Motivation: The Potter…

He picks up the clay,  feels its gritty texture in His hands,
Slowly He adds water to it and as it begins to soften,
 He begins to shape it.
Impecably, He intricately designs each feature ,
Each detail unique to this creation. How marvellous that He took simple clay ,
not beautiful by any means,
…and turned it into a masterpiece…- “The Potter”©Sophia Windett

Hey guys!

Every morning at 3:39 am ( yes exactly this time), my eyes fly open. I have come to terms with the fact that this is the time that God wants me to talk to Him in prayer. So, I do… but after that, sometimes I find it absolutely impossible to fall back to sleep. So what better way to pass time, than to throw on some good old Netflix to lull me back to sleep.  As I scrolled through the endless options of shows and movies, I came upon an old classic that I love, “Ghost”.( Ghost is a movie starring the late great Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg. If you haven’t seen it, it’s definitely one you should check out)  There is a scene in the movie where Molly, one of the main characters is working on a piece of art with clay and a potters wheel ( cue “Unchained Melody”) all my 80’s babies know this timeless love scene!  ( I’ll link it right here)  What has always drawn to me to this scene is how detailed and delicate a potter has to be with clay.  One false move and the whole thing could fall apart. But if handled with care, it could be some of the most beautiful pieces of art .

In the wee hours of the morning, this had me thinking about the master potter. (God)   The bible makes many references to the potter and clay. The one that is most prevalent in my mind is Jeremiah 18.  In this chapter the prophet Jeremiah ventures down to the potters house. As he approaches him, he sees the potter working on some clay.  The clay became spoiled in his hands causing him to have to go back to the potters wheel and start over.  It was then that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah and began to draw the analogy between what the potter was doing with the clay in comparison to what God was doing with Judah. To summarize, the Lord  is showing Jeremiah that Judah is like clay in his hands, for him to mold… or tear down if He has to.

I find it so easy to draw parallel to my life as it applies to this story.  Oftentimes, I conveniently tend to forget that my life is not my own. I am inclined to take things into my own hands and try to “mold” my life as I want it to work out. Now, you can imagine how that has been working out for me….. EPIC FAIL!

When you take things into your own hands you take the place of the potter. The potter is the one who knows the clay intimately. The Potter is the one who holds the design for that specific piece of clay. As you see with the clip I inserted earlier from the movie Ghost,  when Molly ( the master potter in this sense) was working alone, the piece was coming along nicely. Now once, Sam ( Patrick Swayze) comes in and tries to help, the whole thing falls apart.  Such as with us; when we let God ( the master potter ) do His thing,  He is able to piece the vision He had of us, His beautiful delicate  masterpiece  together. But as we humans tend to do , we are inclined to jump in and “help” thus messing up everything! Which, in turn causes the potter to go back to the drawing wheel and start over.  Sometimes He has to tear us down to remould us and make us like he intended.

Life is gonna happen. We are human! We are going to  make mistakes. We are going to crumble. But we have comfort in knowing that when we do, the potter is just waiting to put us back together. After all, what creator doesn’t want to see His masterpiece reach It’s full potential ! 🙂

The song, “The Potter’s House” (the Vashawn Mitchell version)  is one of my favourite songs.  I want to leave the lyrics here so you can read them. Powerful words. They are as follows:

In case you have fallen by the wayside of life
Dreams and visions shattered, you’re all broken inside
You don’t have to stay in the shape that you’re in
The potter wants to put you back together again
Oh, the potter wants to put you back together again
In case your situation has turned upside down
And all that you’ve accomplished, is now on the ground
You don’t have to stay in the shape that you’re in
The potter wants to put you back together again
Oh, the potter wants to put you back together again
You who are broken, stop by the potter’s house
You who need mending, stop by the potter’s house
Give Him the fragments of your broken life
My friend, the potter wants to put you back together again
Oh, the potter wants to put you back together again
You who need mending (if your heart needs mending, come on by) stop by the potter’s house (the potter’s house)
Give Him the fragments of your broken life
There’s joy… in the Potter’s house.
Joy… in the Potter’s house.Peace… in the Potter’s house.
Peace… in the Potter’s house.Love… in the Potter’s house.
Love… in the Potter’s house.

Salvation… in the Potter’s house.
Healing… in the Potter’s house.

Deliverance… in the Potter’s house.
Deliverance… in the Potter’s house.

You’ll find everything you need in the potter’s house
You’ll find everything you need in the potter’s house
You’ll find everything you need in the potter’s house
You’ll find everything you need in the potter’s house
Because the potter wants to put you back together again
Oh, the potter wants to put you back together again

You don’t have to stay in the shape that you’re in… because the potter wants to put you back together again! (My favourite lyric. )
Whatever you are going through, give it back to the potter and let Him fix it for you!
Have a blessed Monday everyone! May this week be full of joy, peace and happiness!
xoxo

I’m Gonna Trust The Journey… 32!

I’m Gonna Trust The Journey… 32!

Hey y’all!

So it’s that time of year again… my birthday!! I can honestly say, I have never been so happy to see a year end! This was  probably the worst year ever. My life this year was like a series of peaks and valleys. As soon as it would peak, something would happen to dip me down deep ( and I mean deep)  into a valley! Everything that could possibly go wrong this year… did!  Stress on every side! Health problems ( me and my family individually) , heartache  problems, career drama ( indirectly) just overall not a good year!

Throughout this year I kept asking God, “WHY ME??!” and then my why’s turned into “God what are you trying to teach me during this test?”  In so many ways this year God answered these questions by telling me to “Trust the Journey” .  Now guys, this word/ phrase has been following me ALL YEAR! I’d open my bible app and there would be a quote about life’s journey, I would hear it in tv shows, in the midst of a breakdown God would whisper it to me,  and a celebrity I follow on Instagram named her daughter Journey…. This year God really wanted me to focus on the journey! ( OK God  I hear you)

Though my last year was full of twists and turns, I really had to hold on to God and let Him direct the journey. I had to let go of control and trust Him to not only lead me but to take care of me. I’m not good at not being in control…  I guess God had to break me down this year…

There are a few things I’ve learned this year on this journey called life:

Sometimes your journey takes  you on unexpected paths. Here’s an example . I was in NYC this past weekend and we were out in the city. I saw this girl with a beautiful pair of distressed denim over the knee boots ( look for them in a style Sunday coming soon)  I said to my bestie, ” I need those boots”. Not really thinking more about it, we went about our evening. The next day we were going to the nail salon. We got there too early so we went for a walk down the next street over from the salon. Mind you, it’s a street we would have never gone down if the salon was open . We wandered into a store and was looking around  the shoe section ( I had long forgotten about the denim boots) I saw these cute denim “Birkenstocks” and I picked them up and showed my bestie. I said to her” Look at God, I’ve been wanting some shoes like this for a while”. She looked at me crazy! Here I am thinking that she thought the shoes were ugly! But when I caught her gaze and looked over my shoulder, what do you think that I saw??? The distressed denim over the knee boots, I had wanted! Sometime’s life’s unexpected paths can bring you to great things! Trust the journey!

Don’t doubt your journey: Everything happens for a reason. You are exactly where you are supposed to be in this moment. Don’t doubt where God has placed you!

Enjoy the journey: Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the process of the journey , of how we are going to get to the final destination, that we forget to enjoy life along the way.  At times this past year, I certainly forgot to enjoy my journey.  I’m making a vow not to let that repeat this year!

Finally,  know that not everybody who starts the journey with you, is meant to finish the journey with you, Especially as you get older, you will evolve and the people around you will evolve and that’s life . Cherish the memories and be grateful that they were apart of your journey along the way.

This year I was down and I mean really down. But through it all God kept me. He always sent reminders to let me know He was there and that He heard my cries! So, I’m going to do what He has been telling me to do and Trust the Journey! I may not always understand it or even agree with how things are going, but I’m going to trust the process!

Trust seems to be my theme today … lets just make it the theme for the year! So, here’s to  32 years ! Live, Love and TRUST THE JOURNEY!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths.
( https://biblia.com/bible/kjv1900/Pr3.5-6)

 

I LOVE YOU ALL! I can’t thank you enough for the support!
xoxo
©justlovethemanyway

 

Monday Motivation: Touch The Hem…

Monday Motivation: Touch The Hem…

Hey guys!

There are some biblical stories that are always talked about; David and Goliath, Adam and Eve, The birth of Jesus and his subsequent Crucifixion and so forth .But there is a story in the bible that is not often talked about.  It is the story of the woman with the issue of blood .

In this story there was a woman who was suffering with the condition of constant and continuous bleeding for TWELVE YEARS, Now in biblical times, when a woman was bleeding, it was a sign of being “unclean”. Now imagine, for twelve long years you are basically a pariah in your community.  She was prohibited from entering the synagogue and anything she touched became unclean as well.  Even if anybody bumped into her and came into contact with her they too became unclean. I can’t even begin to imagine what she must’ve been feeling. Isolated, alone, without hope.

Anyway, she had tried everything to get well. Seen doctors,  spent all she had on treatments. She was down to her last bit of will! She was looking for a miracle. She heard Jesus was passing by and decided within herself that  If she could only touch the hem of his garment ( robes) that she would be made well.

Now lets put this is perspective for a minute. Jesus drew a big crowd wherever he went. She was deemed unclean…. she entered this crowd. What do you think the people around her were thinking? What do you think they were saying? She didn’t care ! She was determined to just touch his hem and receive her miracle that day!

So, she reached out and touched the hem of his garment and instantly  the blood dried up and she was healed. Jesus, feeling the power come out of Him turned around and said, ,”Who touched me?”. He looked down and saw the woman and said to her, “Daughter your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed! ( Mark 5:22)

It seems that there is something new to learn every time you read a story in the bible and here’s what I took from this story this time:

What really inspired me was her  faith and determination. No matter what people were saying about her, despite her condition, she was not going to miss her opportunity for healing. She was determined to touch Jesus and be made well! Now Jesus could have felt the power of healing leave His body and kept on walking to where he was going. Nobody would  have known what had taken place except for Him and the woman. But instead , He acknowledged her and her perseverance. I say all that to say that Jesus sees and hears you when you cry out to Him! Keep listening! He’s acknowledging your faithfulness!

If only we could have faith like the woman with the issue of blood. That no matter our circumstances, we aren’t going to let any opportunity to touch Jesus pass us by! It’s obvious that while we are unable to physically touch Jesus while we are here on earth, there is another way “touch his hem” and that is…. PRAYER!

Prayer= Communication with God

Hebrews 4:16 states, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

Whatever it is you need from God whether it be a physical healing or even a mental or spiritual healing, reach out and touch his hem! Don’t miss your opportunity!

There is a song by Fred Hammond called “Let Me Touch The Hem” that is so fitting for this post. The lyrics are simply:

Let me touch the hem of His garment
touch the hem of His garment
and I will be made whole
(Repeat)

For the Lord is passsing by
Yes the Lord is passing by
His wondrous healing virture just take hold
So as He’s drawing nigh
Don’t let this moment pass you by
He can heal your body, your spirtit, and your soul
(Repeat)
Read more: Fred Hammond – Let Me Touch The Hem Lyrics | MetroLyrics

You can find the story of the woman with the issue of blood in various parts of the New Testament: Matthew 9: 19-22, Mark 5:25-34 and Luke 8:43-48

Be blessed guys! Have beautiful and blessed week!
xoxo

 

 

 

Monday Motivation: Recalculating…

Monday Motivation: Recalculating…

Hey folks!

I was looking through some pictures the other day, and I came across some pictures of a set of pictures from a cruise I went on in 2010. We live in Canada close to Toronto and we were feeling adventurous so we decided to drive… (there are so many stories from this trip I will have to share another time)

Now after the cruise was over, we definitely had to drive back. On our way back, our GPS system started to go insane!! I mean it had us going in the wrong direction for about an hour. It had it going one way and then it switched us to another direction back and forth, back and forth…. and then…. once we realized we were on the wrong track, the famous words that we all hate to hear when we were are navigating…Recalculating…Related image

Now, it was comical the number times that stupid little GPS told us to recalculate. It literally had us going in circles. So much so, we actually had to pull over and take out an actual map ( SIGH the horror!!!lol)  to find where we are and get back on the right track.

In this analogy, I look at the GPS as man. We depend on people to tell what to do, which direction we should go and which route we should take to get there. Oftentimes, this leaves us confused and lost.

I look at the map as God. A map is always a clear and concise path to follow. If you follow the map correctly, you all never lose your way.

Life is a journey. Sometimes your life takes a wrong turn and you have to recalculate.  Sometimes life throws you curve balls and it seems like your life is stuck in recalculation mode. Take the time to slow down, go back to the map, the original source and let the map ( God) put you back on the right track.

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The bible has a scripture that I love that reads, ” Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.”  (Proverbs 3:5-6) 

Trust God in all you do! He will never lead you astray!

Today, I’ll leave you with a song that reminds us that there is only one way to live, one person to follow and that person is JESUS!

 

Have an awesome Monday
xoxo

Monday Motivation: I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through…

Monday Motivation: I Don’t Look Like What I’ve Been Through…

Hey loves!

As you know from yesterday’s post, I am not feeling the greatest. But I couldn’t let today pass me by without sharing a quick word.

I put the music on my phone on shuffle this evening and the song ,” I Don’t Look Like ( What I’ve Been Through) by Deon Kipping came on. I actually haven’t heard this song in years and didn’t even realize that it was still on my phone… but when God has a word for you ( and you!) He can’t be stopped.

I really shouldn’t be here. I should have been dead and gone several times over! Emotional stress should have captured my mind and left me crazy a long time ago…
Toxic relationships should have broken me down to my core…
I’ve had friends and family die tragic and untimely deaths…
I’ve been counted out more times than I can count…
I’ve had people say awful things about me behind my back and smile in face right after

But…

The unmerited grace and favour of God has kept me (and is still keeping me)
If I told you my story you wouldn’t believe me. People always ask me how I can keep I all together in the midst of my storms and still find a way to see the positive.I simply tell them its only the grace of God. Even in what seems like the midst of defeat, God grants me sweet peace.

If I looked like what I’ve been through, I wouldn’t be much to look at trust me. I know many of you are going through things too and you don’t know how you’re going to make it through! Just take faith in knowing that there is a God who sees every tear you shed, hears every prayer…Even if it seems like He doesn’t!

So keep smiling, keep pushing through your situations, God will continue to see you through!

Have a wonderful Monday !
( back to bed I go!!)

xoxo

Monday Motivation: You Waited…

Monday Motivation: You Waited…

Hey beautiful people!

I hope this Monday is treating you well! Today’s post was not what I had in mind at all but when I wake up with a song on my heart that keeps looping in my head all day… well it must be for a reason. So I scrapped my original post and so here we have today’s thoughts  which deal on the topic of what it means to wait.

Dictionary.com has a number of definitions for the word wait. The ones that really stuck for me were:

  • to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens
  • (of things) to be available or in readiness:
  • to remain neglected for a time:
    a matter that can wait.

Keep these in mind. We will come back to them in a minute.

Have you been ready to go somewhere, and then had to pick someone up…. and then wait on them? Ooooooh that really grinds my gears! Anybody who knows me well, knows that I HATE WAITING! I’m always the first one ready, always the first to arrive at the restaurant and always the one anxiously waiting for everyone else to be ready ( all my friends can attest to this)  Waiting is just not my gift… lol pray for me!

I remember one time I slept over at my best friends house. My best friend whose dad was the pastor of my church,( and my godfather) told us he was leaving!We were procrastinating and still getting ready, not thinking that he would actually leave us. However, when we heard the van start up, and saw it backing out the driveway, our little preteen selves had to grab our shoes in hand and run down the driveway in our stockings and catch the van before it turned the corner and hit the main roads! I still laugh about it to this day and think that was the catalyst that made me so irritated with waiting- the fear of being left behind

Today I woke up with the song, “You Waited” by Travis Greene in my head.  The lyrics read:
You called out my name
Knew my past, covered my shame
This amazing grace
You’ve shown, so patiently
You’ve shown, so patiently

And You
You waited
For me, just for me
You waited
For me, just for me

Where would I be?
If You left me God
Where would I be?
If You left me God
Where would I be?
If You left me God
Where would I be?
If You left me God

But You waited, waited
You waited, waited
You waited, waited
You waited, waited

God is so patient with us. He has given us this gift of salvation that so many of us choose to ignore for so long, but He never gives up on us. Instead, He waits patiently for us to choose Him! The part of the song that simply states, ” You waited just for me..” brings to light the fact that you and me( yes little old you and me ) are so precious to Almighty God that He would wait just for us. He wants to give us all that our hearts desire, but sometimes we get in the way of His plans.  Most people would give up on someone who keeps meddling in their plans.. I know I probably would walk away! But He doesn’t… and won’t give up on us. I can’t stress the fact that God is just waiting for you to choose Him.
What would become of us if God decided to be impatient with us and give up?  The line in the song thats simply states “Where would I be, If you left me God ” is an actual cry of my heart! Where on earth would I be if God decided to treat me with the same impatience I sometimes treat him with? As I stated before I hate waiting, and God currently has me in a state of perpetual waiting… what a way to teach me a lesson! (God’s funny that way isn’t He?)

Going back to the definitions of the word wait, It may seem that life is at a standstill or
Inactive at the moment, or it even might seem that God has neglected you  for a time. But don’t give up hope! In our season of waiting, God is teaching us to trust His timing.  For us impatient people, its hard to wait and see the full picture of what God is doing. But remember while you are waiting, take heed in the fact that He is preparing you for something spectacular! So while you are waiting,  seek Him and  stay ready!!

One of the scriptures that I hold dear and that has been supporting me through my season of wait is  Isaiah 40:31 (New King James Version (NKJV)) which reads: 

31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

 

Theres a little chorus I love that mirrors these words and ends with the line, “teach me Lord how to wait”

Dear God,
Help us to stay patient in our season of wait. Help us to remember that your ways are not our ways and in the midst of every season, you are working things out on our behalf! Help us to remember that the season of wait, is not a forever season and better things are coming ahead! Teach us Lord how to wait!
Amen!

Whatever it is you are waiting for, wait on God! He’ll work it out ❤

Have an amazing Monday!
xoxo

Monday Motivation : That Is Who You Are…

Monday Motivation : That Is Who You Are…

Hey my lovelies!

I hope this Monday is finding you well mentally, emotionally and spiritually! What a whirlwind couple of weeks it has been for me. I had to take a break from regularly scheduled blogging and just regroup . Image result for regroup

Do you ever find that when you go through some tough times, and you finally get a break… the stupid old devil just seems to rear his head and cause things to crumble again? Well, that has  been my reality over the past few weeks, and not only me, countless friends and family members around me seem to be experiencing the same thing.

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I was perusing my Facebook feed last night and one persons status kind of stopped me in my tracks..  It simply read, ” Overwhelmed…. breathe”

So many people are going through things and the people around them don’t even know! So many people are without hope and we all know that no hope leads people down a very dangerous path. Which is why I am so grateful to know God , who provides me with an insurmountable, indescribable hope. Trust me, I’ve been through things that have shaken my faith, but never have I been without hope. I really don’t know how people who feel all hope is lost survive and bounce back from their situations.  Without the hope that God provides, I certainly don’t think I would have.

This week alone, I had 3 people, from 3 different areas of my life, reach out to me and let me know that they were praying for me… and with that, my hope was strengthened. This week showed me that God is still in the business of answering prayers.

Yesterday, the worship team sang a song by Sinach called “Way Maker” that just spoke to me so deeply. There were a few lyrics that I truly connected with in that moment

” You wipe away all tears, you mend the broken hearts, you’re the answer to it all Jesus!”
( YES HE IS! )

But the lyrics that really got me were the ones in the chorus that said,”

“Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are!”

He makes a way when there is no way!
He works miracles every single day!
There is not a promise He has made, that He has not kept!

That’s the God I serve! If he did it for me,  He can and will do it for you!

Tonight, I want to leave you with this song… but most importantly I want to leave you with this prayer:

Dear God,
Thank you for being who you are. Thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ. Thank you for sending Him to die on a cross for someone as lowly and unworthy as me. Tonight Father, I just come to you on behalf of the brokenhearted, the down in spirit, those who have lost all hope. Wherever they are Lord, I ask that you wrap your arms around them and let them know that you are near. Lord let  them realize that if they let go of their situations and put them in your capable hands, you will do the rest. God I ask that you send the right people to physically meet them where they are. Let them know that you will never leave them or forsake them, and even when they can’t see you working, help them to remember that you are always working on their behalf. God I’m thanking you in advance for the breakthroughs you are going to disperse all over this world to those who have put their trust and hope in YOU!  ( me included :). )

Amen!

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Keep praying for me as I continue to pray for you!

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Have a blessed Monday y’all
P.S Your girl is back!!!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Expectation…

Monday Motivation: Expectation…

Hey guys!

First and foremost, let me apologize for being so inconsistent these past few months. It’s been a rough few months to say the least; health wise, family wise and heart wise. I’ve just kind of been in a funk and with that funk came a huge case of writers block…. How could I post a “Motivation Monday”  when I myself  was the least motivated??

However, with this time away from regularly scheduled blogging, I had a lot of time to reflect. I had allowed myself to become a victim to the funk.

17 is my “lucky” ( favourite ) number. So with 2017 looming, I decreed and declared that 2017 was going to be my best year yet…. and then… ( cue dramatic pause)  it wasn’t. It has turned out to be one of the most challenging 6 months of my life thus far. This “funk” just gave me a serious case of the blahs and everything I was ( and am) passionate about seemed to take a back burner .

Then one day I heard a song that met me right where I was at: bound to my situation and not expecting anything to change. The song is called “Expectation” by James Fortune  and the lyrics are as follows:

 

I expect double I expect more
I am living In the overflow
I expect double I expect more
I am living In the overflow

Everything that’s been promised
I receive if I believe
(His word will not return void) His word will not return void
What’s been spoken, shall come to pass

(I want everything) Everything that’s been promised
I receive if I believe (I believe if God said it)
His word will not return void
What’s been spoken, (come into pass) shall come to pass

(I expect greater) I expect greater
Pressed down and shaken together
My cup runneth over (No longer living with just enough)
I have more than enough

( Repeat)

In life there are many expectations. As a child you are expected to obey your parents. You are expected to go to school, find a career and become a contributing member of society. You are expected to find a mate, get married and procreate… expectations, expectations, expectations….. But what do you expect of yourself? As Christians, what do we expect from God? What does God expect from us?

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In reality the answer to all of those questions is love: Love others, love yourself and most importantly love God. Love conquers all; fear doubt, discouragement and even a case of the blahs and funk! Once I learned to lean on the love of God again, my expectations of my life rose to the highest tier !

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The God I serve forces me to believe that He is greater than any situation and that I deserve EVERYTHING that He has promised to me!  The lyric in the song  that says, “Everything that’s been promised I receive, If I believe” ,  has now become my motto. I have now changed my outlook from “hope” and “possibility of change”  to EXPECTATION 🙂  I’m always comforted by Romans 8:28 which reads; “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

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As I listened to the song I was reminded of the story of Jacob when he wrestled with God ( Genesis 32: 22-32)  To paraphrase, in verse 26, as Jacob wrestled with God , he tells God that he won’t let go until He blesses him. That’s the outlook I’m choosing to have; I won’t let go until God blesses me!

But to receive that blessing, I to have to put in the work.While I’m expecting God to bless me, He is expecting me to serve Him wholeheartedly in spirit and in truth. ( I will 🙂 )

I believe great things are on the way for me, as a matter of fact I’m expecting it!!! (and as a matter of fact on church on Sunday, the preacher pretty much confirmed it )

I’m excited for what God has in store for me; patiently waiting, actively seeking his direction.

Check out the song “Expectation” down below  🙂

Have a fabulous Monday!!
Stay encouraged and talk to you all soon!
Till next time…

Xoxo

Dear Mom…

Hey guys!

It’s May 14th and today is Mother’s Day here in Canada. Im up at this crazy hour trying to put the last minute touches on my presentation for church and realized that I haven’t taken any time to thank my own mom for everything. Part of the presentation I am preparing for church is a video project where I had the children’s ministry program write some “Dear Mom” letters to their mothers and caregivers. Some of the things they came up with, were so sweet and touching. It inspired me to write my own….

Dear Mom,

I actually don’t know what I would do without you.
You make the hardest of tasks seem effortless and you complete them with such grace.
You have shown me the dire necessity of prayer and of having a strong relationship with God.
You have taught me how to be resilient in the face of adversity.
I don’t think I tell you enough how much you mean to me.
You make everyone around you feel safe and loved and important.
You give endlessly with no expectation of anything in return.
You have sacrificed so much to ensure that I have never ever wanted for anything, yet you still taught me the importance of hard work and reliability.
I can’t thank you enough for choosing me.
When the doctors told you to get rid of me, because you were “too old” and when people said I wouldn’t amount to anything,
You didn’t give up on me and gave life to me.
You always help me to see the bigger picture when life doesn’t seem to go my way and constantly remind me that God is in control .
We fuss and argue to no end, but without a doubt I can say that you are my very best friend.
I love you my “chim” now and forever !

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If I told you her age, you wouldn’t believe me…. 
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My beautiful mama AKA “Chim” ( inside joke 🙂 )

I have so many people around me who don’t have the opportunity to spend Mother’s Day with their moms. Those of us who are blessed to still have our moms here with us in this realm, let’s remember to cherish and love on them now. Tell your mom today ( and everyday ) how much you love her! To those who’s mom have left this earth,( my heart goes out to you) don’t let your moms go. Let their memories live on in your heart and let the love they left behind be felt for generations to come. I get teary eyed at just the thought of my mom not physically here… Special hugs to you on this day, I can’t imagine it’s an easy one…

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to those who are playing this very important and sometimes thankless role. In the words of Sizzla, “THANK YOU MAMA!”

Bless!
xoxo