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 : 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: Immediately…

Monday Motivation: Immediately…

Hey guys!

Forgive me, forgive me forgive me! I know it’s Tuesday and I missed our Monday Motivation post but y’all…. yesterday was one of those days that I wished I could press reset and start all over. It was just an off day: Woke up late( almost late for work : (  )massive headache ( weather related) took a nasty fall at work ( symptom of my clumsy nature ) and hurt my arm pretty good and to top it off, I got home and had computer/ Internet issues! So needless to say…. yesterday wasn’t happening.

However, this past weekend I had an opportunity to attend Quebec Winter Retreat in Montreal, Quebec Canada.( hosted by the COGOP in Eastern Canada.) I have been going for over 10 years and it is honestly the best spiritual recharge for me! Every January, I look forward to fellowship and networking with other like minded young Christians determined to make a positive change in our lives and families and communities and reach the lost at any cost! During a worship session on the Saturday morning ( led by the amazing Danielle Foster: one of my little babies all grown up and doing marvelous things for the kingdom!) she sang one of my current favorite songs; “Immediately” by Tasha Cobbs. All day as I was going through my issues, this song kept playing in my head. Now by no means am I comparing my “bad” day to the plights of the world but nevertheless the song kept speaking to me.

The lyrics are as follows:

 I came in this place all burdened down
I tried to lift my hands but I was bound
But the Lord our God said to me
If I praise Him now I will have the victory

So I lifted my hands
Opened my mouth
And Immediately God worked it out (2x)

 It doesn’t matter your condition
Let this be your disposition(2x)

 It doesn’t matter (It doesn’t matter)
Your condition (Your condition)
Let this be (Let this be)
Your disposition (Your disposition)

You ought to
Lift your hands, and open your mouth
And immediately God will work it out (2x)

I didn’t have to wait for it
I didn’t have to look nowhere
I didn’t to wait for it
He did it immediately (3X)
He did it..

He did it, He did it immediately (4x)
Yes He did (He did it ) 7x

Don’t wait till the battle is over
Don’t wait till the battle is over shout (2x)

When did He do it (Immediately) 3x
He did it (Immediately)
Don’t wait till the battle is over shout.

The part of the song that really spoke to me was the part that reads:

So I lifted my hands
Opened my mouth
And Immediately God worked it out (2x)

 It doesn’t matter your condition
Let this be your disposition(2x)

You are most certainly going to have bad days. Even if you have committed your life to Christ, you will have bad days. But how are you going to respond to these bad days that come your way? Are you going to shut down and wallow in despair? Or are you going to put your situations in the hands of the only person that can really fix it for you?

I’m choosing to live my life with a disposition of praise! As bad as my day was yesterday, it could have been a million times worse. So I am grateful for another day and will continue to trust God to work things out on my behalf!

Ecclesiastes 7:14 On a good day, enjoy yourself; On a bad day, examine your conscience. God arranges for both kinds of days So that we won’t take anything for granted.

Have a blessed week!!!
xoxo

 

A Little More Jesus…

A Little More Jesus…

Hey guys,

Real quick post today. Super busy weekend followed by a super hectic work week ahead! Forgive my tardiness or lack of posts for the next few days 🙂

I just had a song on my heart all day today. It’s not even a song I really particularly like all that much to be honest. But the words of the chorus really struck a chord ( pun intended :P) with me today.

The song  is ” A Little More Jesus” by Erica Campbell who is one half of the dynamic duo Mary Mary. Now… this song has a really country feel to it which is not my thing at all but I kept humming the chorus today!

The lyrics of the chorus are simply:
” I need a little more Jesus to help me along the way…”

And how true that is in the times we are living in right now( especially after this weekends tragedy in France and the continued terror attacks all over the world).  A time of wars, famine, poverty. Brokenness, despair and tragedy. The world is truly in need of a superhero to come to the rescue. I chose to put my hope in Jesus who is greater than Superman could ever be.

Matthew 24 details a lot of what we are seeing in our world today. It states:

4Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

9“Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers.b 10And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nationsc will hear it; and then the end will come. 

Now if that isn’t a sign of foreshadowing…. well… sigh…

The world needs just a little more Jesus…  If you don’t know Him, give him a chance! I mean what’s the worst that could happen? Eternal Life? Freedom? Try Him out!

Here are the remaining lyrics to the song and take a listen down below ( warning it is a super country/bluegrass gospel type of song so if that’s not your thing really listen to lyrics!)

Be blessed

xoxo

I got too mad and I said too much
Went too far and I almost cussed
No my mama didn’t raise me that way
Lord I need a little help today

I way too sad and I’m crying too long
I can’t keep saying everything is wrong
Yes my life seems way too hard
But ain’t nothin’ too hard for God

I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
Hey I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
To help me along my way

Come in sir

I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
Hey I need just a little more Jesus
I need just a little more Jesus
To help me along my way

Hee-eee-eee-y

Problems at work, problems at home
Won’t everybody just leave me alone?
I can’t fix you cause I’m trying to fix me
I’m trying to find help so I’m on my knees

Gotta ache right here, pain right there
Not enough power needed way more prayer
Seems like it’s so hard to pray
Guess that’s why I lost my way

 

 

Monday Motivation: Sunshine After the Storm…

Monday Motivation: Sunshine After the Storm…

Hey guys,

Short post today:

Today was a gloomy, damp rainy day here in my city and that definitely reflected my mood. It was just one of those blah days. Ironically, as I sit here and reflect on my gloomy day, the sun has peeked his head out and the birds are chirping, serving as a reminder that there is always sunshine after the storm.

It may not look like you are going get through your situation. Your journey may seem long, dark and never-ending. But remember, you are on your journey for a reason. You may not understand the reason, but trust your journey. Take heart in the fact that there is someone greater than you working on your behalf! There is always light at the end of tunnel, despite how long your tunnel may be!

  • “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

  • He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29)

Tell your storm to pass!!! Its time for the sun to shine!!!! This song is truly my testimony today. Be blessed!

Even though your winds blow
I want you to know
You cause me no alarm
Cause I’m safe in his arms
Even though your rain falls
I can still make this call;
Let there be peace
Now I can say go away
I command you to move today
Because of faith I have a brand new day
The sun will shine and I will be okay
That’s what I told the storm
!

I told the storm to pass
Storm you can’t last
Go away – I command you to move today
Storm – when God speaks;
Storm – you have to cease
That’s what I told the storm!

Winds stop blowing!
Floods stop flowing!
Lightning stop flashing!
Breakers stop dashing!
Darkness go away!
Clouds move away!
That’s what I told the storm!

Death can’t shake me!
Job can’t make me!
Bills can’t break me!
Disease can’t take me!
You can’t drown me!
My God surrounds me!
That’s what I told the storm!

xoxo

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