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

Monday Motivation: I Am…

Monday Motivation: I Am…
Hey guys!
I hope this Monday is finding you in good health and good spirits! This weekend while I was taking some time to relax I decided to scroll through my Instagram feed. Sometimes I like to take a look at old photos and reminisce. I came across one post in particular and that’s what birthed today’s post.
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I grew up in a Pentecostal family. At 10 years old, I made a choice to follow Christ. At 13 years old, I received the gift of water baptism. At 15 I was filled with the Holy Spirit and from 16-21…. ( and sometimes still today!) I made poor decisions, I lived a “one foot in one foot out”lifestyle. I  I struggled with anger and temper problems. I was in no way, shape or form a representation of the God I claimed to serve.  I always felt guilty when I went astray and could never really be comfortable outside of the presence of God.
From the outside looking in, I was a lost cause! Deep down inside, I always knew who I was supposed to be, I was just having trouble staying on the straight and narrow!
Now what inspired that Instagram post many years ago was because of an incident that happened to me at my church. Who wouldn’t feel discouraged when you overhear people who are supposed to be lifting you up, plotting and betting on your demise?
That really hurt my feelings but I really thank God for wise parents who simply told me, “Well prove them wrong!”
Now that I have matured physically and spiritually I can look back at where I was and be grateful that I made it through my “rebellious” stage.  But its also forced me to remember who I used to be when dealing with youth around me. It actually really hurts my feelings when somebody sees a young person struggling and automatically counts them out and doesn’t do anything to help them! What word of wisdom did you offer then while they were struggling?
That’s not to say that you condone their poor choices. But there is a way to reprimand with love! I always tell the young people I am around, “Don’t be like me, be better than me!” There’s only so much talking you can do. The best thing you can do is live by example and never stop praying and encouraging!  You never know what someone may be struggling with and your encouraging word ( or lack thereof ) could be the catalyst for change ( or a continued walk down a dangerous path)
Like my Instagram post said, I’m super grateful for those who never gave up on me and it’s my plan to be an example to others! Regardless of how people may behave, remember to “just love them anyway”!  ❤
One song that I actually had been listening all  week prior to even going through my Instagram ( funny how God brings things together isn’t it? 🙂 )  is called ” I Am” by Kirk Franklin. The part of the chorus that really made an impact on me this week was :
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am
To anybody out there who feels like you let yourself, others and more importantly God down, remember that you are on your way to being who God designed you to be! You are not a mistake, you have a purpose. Don’t let your past put chains on your future!  There is a quote by Joyce Meyer I love that states : “I’m not where I need to be, but thank God i’m not where I used to be.”
I’m so far from perfect or being a “perfect Christian” but God has truly shown up in my life and helped me realize who I am because of Him! Thank you Father! 🙂
Take a listen to the song down below! I hope it blesses you as it has me!
xoxo

How do you do?
I am a sinner
Born into sin and shaped in iniquity
Now I believe not who I was but still not what I shall be
You found me and gave me your name and
Things I desired have changed but
Inside you’ll see it’s still broken pieces
Deep in me reaches for you (hello)

How do you do?
I am a beggar (that means I’m)
Desperate for more
I hunger for your truth
See I am shattered
Though I may fall still you make all things new
You speak, the storm, it obeys and gone is the weight of mistakes and
Though I still feel you continue to heal, look close, and see (whoa)

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (not who I was), I am (forgiven and loved)
I am (healed by your blood), I am (yes)
Thank God I am (still being changed)
I am (help me say), I am

How do you do?
I am a winner (it wasn’t easy)
I’ve lost a few and life’s knocked me to my knees
But now I am standing (hallelujah)
Not by my power, but your life inside of me (just like you, I’ve gone through)
Even through seasons and changes (no tear)
No tear has ever been wasted
Misunderstood still it worked for my good
look now and see
I am not the old me but still
(I am not the old me but still)

[Chorus:]
I am (I am) so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless
Until you showed me who I am (don’t forget you’re)
Not here by mistake (yes)
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (now called your son), I am (forgiven for what I’ve done)
I am (forgiven for what I’ve done), I am (yes)
Thank God I am (sealed by your grace)
I am (still here, help me say), I am

[Bridge:]
Here and I’m closer, praise now is stronger
Stood up to fear, by faith I’m still here
Couldn’t walk away, love said not today
Times haven’t seen what God has for me
The hurt and the lies, through the pain, through the night
Cried and I cried but still I survived

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect
I thought life was worthless (yes God)
Until you showed me who I am (I am)
Not here by mistake
No luck, only grace
I’m on my way to
Who I am (and all of you), I am (I’m in love with you)
I am (here to worship you), I am (Jesus)
Thank God I am (ready to be closer)
I am (ready to go higher), I am

[Chorus:]
I am so far from perfect (so far)
I thought life was worthless (yes)
Until you showed me who I am (but you showed me)
Not here by mistake (thank you)
No luck, only grace (thank you)
I’m on my way to
Who I am (I’m not ashamed), I am (look, I’m not the same)
I am (I’m letting go of the pain), I am (yes Lord)
Thank God I am (more than what you see)
I am (not yet what I shall be), I am

Thank you
You didn’t give up on me while I was still in the process
Hallelujah God that you could see what I couldn’t see
Thank you

 

Monday Motivation: Always…

Happy Monday Everyone!

I hope this Monday finds you in good health and good spirits! I am finally really on the mend! Finally getting my minor health issues under control and am able to be up and moving around like the old me!

This weekend, I spent lots of time with friends and friends who are more like family.  I attended a fantastic stag and doe, a beautiful bridal party brunch for one of my dearest friends ( you can’t beat 25 years of friendship!) and then celebrated the same friends grandmothers 90th birthday ! Busy and full weekend surrounded by some of best people God has ever created!

At the end of the weekend, I spent some time reflecting on friendship. I have amazing friends who have really been there for me during some of the darkest times of my life. But, on the contrary, I have had some “friends” who have not been there for me. “Friends” who have kicked me when I was down ( figuratively speaking) and rejoiced in my failures… I use the word “friend” in quotations because to me that’s not the definition of a friend.

Merriam- Webster dictionary has a real simple definition of the word friend. It defines a friend as:

  • a person who you like and enjoy being with

  • : a person who helps or supports someone or something

  • one attached to another by affection or esteem

This really got me thinking about a great friend that I have…. and His name is Jesus! I know, I know super cliche but it’s so true. I have 2 best friends, that would do anything for me ( and vice versa) but even so there are limitations to what our friendship can do for each other.

My friendship with Jesus, really hits the definition of friendship on the head.Do I enjoy being with Jesus? Absolutely! I find peace and solace in my quiet time with Him! Does He support me ? Of course! Jesus is my biggest cheerleader! He also isn’t afraid to check me and put me in my place when needed!

This week I wanted to share the song, “Always” by Kirk Franklin with you. An oldie but a goodie! The lyrics of the song truly epitomizes how I feel!

Check out the lyrics and the song down below and may your week be blessed!!!
xoxo

[Verse 1]
You know I’ve had some lonely days
I’ve made mistakes and had to pay
I’ve had some friends that walked away
Just like mama told me
But there’s someone whose love is real
Who cares about the way I feel
Every pain, and erase every stain
There’s peace when I call out your name
(Listen)

[Chorus 1]
Jesus, You’re my everything
The cross, You did that just for me
So whatever You take me through
I promise you
I’ll spend my always with you

[Verse 2]
No one can touch my heart like You
Or make me smile the way You do
I finally found someone who
Who really, truly loves me
And when my strength has come and gone
Your life in me it makes me strong
Your hand is where my heart belongs
You take all my pain and erased every stain

[Chorus 1]

[Chorus 2]
Jesus, my whole life has changed
Since that day I cried Your name
For every time You’ve brought me through
I promise You
I’ll spend my always with You

Did He say He’ll never leave you?
Did He promise He’ll never forsake you?
How many of you believe that in here?
Let me hear you
(Ohhhhhhhh oohhhhhh ohhh)
He won’t let you down, right?
(Ohhhhhh ohhhhh)
He’ll catch every tear
So if you know He can be your Father and He cares for you
Come on and stand on your feet and help me praise Him in here

 

Monday Motivation: It Is So….

Hi guys,

Super quick blog post today! I just wanted to share a song I have been jamming on for a few weeks and had on repeat today! The song is “It is So ” by William Mcdowell featuring Travis Greene. The lyrics in full are right here, but I just wanted to touch on one part of the song that really stood out to me:

Well, He is Alpha – AMEN!
And Omega – AMEN!
He’s the beginning – AMEN!
And the end – AMEN!
Through every trial – AMEN!
Tribulation – AMEN
He always causes His people to win

What a comforting feeling to know that no matter what I’m going through, there is a God on the battlefield fighting for me and with him on my side I will be a winner EVERY TIME! Amen!! ❤

Take a listen to this song and be blessed!
xoxo

Monday Motivation: Made A Way….

Monday Motivation: Made A Way….

Hey guys!

I hope this Monday is finding you in good health and good spirits. I am in extremely good spirits today!  I received some good news today from a friend! I won’t share the news here on my blog because my friend is extremely private but it is news I personally have been praying for for a long time! Today, I literally cried real living eye water boo hoo tears in the middle of my work day and could care less who was watching! Happy tears are the best tears and I was so happy to shed these ones! 🙂

Usually when a song resonates in my spirit,  I don’t usually know the reason why until later. The song “Made a Way” by Travis Greene has been on replay in my head ( and on my phone, in the car, on the Bose speaker etc.. lol) for the past few days. When this situation with my friend happened today  I understood why! Let me break down the song lyrics for you as it relates to me right now.

Made a way
Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way
Standing here not knowing how will get through this test
But holding unto faith you know that
Nothing can catch you by surprise
You got this figured out and youre watching us now
But when it looks as if we cant win
You wrap us in your arm and step in
And everything we need you supply
You got this in control
And now we know that

You made a way
When our backs were against the wall
And it looked as if it was over
You made a way
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way
You made a way

I have been in situations before where I was just about to throw in the towel. Literally didn’t see a way for whatever negative situation that was occurring to become positive. But this section of the song reminds me that even though I can’t see the big picture, God has my life planned out already and has everything in control! Sometimes its hard to give up control to someone else even the very person who created us! I still struggle with this sometimes but as of late ( and due to my stubbornness at times to give up control) He has just been taking control whether I like it or not! I’m learning slowly.. Pray for me ! 🙂

Now we’re here
Looking back on where we come from
Because of you and nothing we’ve got
To deserve the love and mercy you’ve shown
But your grace was strong enough to pick us up

I can’t ever speak enough about God’s love and his undying mercy! I literally should be dead.. and I’m not saying that to be cute. I shouldn’t be here today but for God’s mercy and his love and unmerited favour on my life I am here! He’s brought me out of some dark places and I am forever humbled and grateful.

You move mountains
You cause walls to fall
With your power
You perform miracles
There is nothing that’s impossible
And we’re standing here
Only because you made a way

You made a way [x4]

Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way
Don’t know how but you did it
Made a way

Don’t know how but you did it [x4]

Don’t know why but I’m grateful [x4]

Don’t know how but I’m grateful

I can say for my friend and the situation my friend was facing that there were times where my friend could have totally given up hope and accepted what man had declared. But my friend also has a strong relationship with the God I serve so I know that it is easy for my friend to relate to this section of the song. NOTHING and I mean NOTHING is impossible when God is in the midst! The biggest obstacle you are facing, He can remove it! Those mountains or that wall blocking the view of a brighter tomorrow , He can tear those down! Another ad lib ( impromptu lyrics) in this song says ” Strong holds are breaking” whatever has you bound, God will remove it!  How does He do it???!! In all actuality, I don’t know! I do know that He is God all powerful, all knowing and able to do all things!! The line that tops it all off and brings tears to my eyes as I write this is  “Don’t know why but I’m grateful” I am eternally grateful that God is still in the business of “making a way” for His people!  My heart is full! My spirit is full. God showed up today and through my friend reminded me that He is currently and will always make a way!!

Please check out this song “Made a Way” by Travis Greene! I hope it blesses your soul as much as it does mine! Actually check out his entire album ” The Hill”! This young man truly can relate the songs he sings. He was born as a stillborn baby and was resuscitated! At the age of fout, he fell from a four story building and was dead and was once again resuscitated! If that is not living proof that God makes a way, then I don’t know what is! How are you going to be declared dead 2 times and live and not sing  the praises of Almighty God! How Sway? How!! ( lol)

Whatever He has planned for your life, nobody nor anything can stop it!

Have a blessed Monday y’all!!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: You Reign…

Monday Motivation: You Reign…

Hey guys!

Really quick post today. Today when I woke up, I woke up with one song lyric repeating in my head over and over. The lyric was, ” Over my Circumstance /Given me Another Chance
You Reign..”

I have been experiencing some health issues. While it is no where near  a life threatening situation, it is a situation that affects my daily semblance of normalcy. I have been battling through taking medication to help my throat and dealing with the possibility of surgery to rectify the problem. This would require 5-6 weeks recovery time. I have half a dozen friends getting married this year, one of whom I need to sing down the aisle sooo… aint nobody got time for that much down time!! (LOL)

So needless to say, I’ve been a little down. So this morning when that lyric came to me, I took it as a reminder ( and an answer to prayer!). Yes my circumstances right now are impeding , but in spite of all of that, God still reigns!

Often times we tend to wallow in self pity, in that “woe is me” state of mind. But I am encouraging anybody who is going through something to remember God reigns! He will see you through . It may not look like it right now, but watch and see what he can do for you!

I am encouraged by my friend Rose who is currently battling stage four cancer. She has truly been through it and has handled every setback and situation with such grace. Her faithfulness and trust in God truly reminds me that HE REIGNS! If you can literally be staring death in the face and still lift your hands to say “Thank you Jesus” that is evidence that there someone greater than I worthy of so much more than I could ever give! Mighty God! Healing Father! Most Sovereign  God!!!( We pray for complete and total healing for you Rosie! Keep fighting!!)

The song that this beautiful lyric belongs to is ” You Reign”, By William Murphy. Here are the lyrics and check out the song down below!

[Chorus:]
My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

With Power and Majesty
Dominion Authority
You Reign

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

My God Reigns
Our God Reigns
Lord You Reign Above Every name

With Power and Majesty
Dominion Authority
You Reign

[Bridge:]
Over my Circumstance
Given me Another Chance
You Reign

[VAMP:]
You Reign [3x]
You Still Reign

“The LORD shall reign forever and ever.” Exodus 15:18

Amen!

Have a wonderful Monday!

xoxo

All About Fred: My Favorite Fred Hammond Tracks!

All About Fred: My Favorite Fred Hammond Tracks!

Hey guys!

I love music! Anyone who knows me can tell you that! Anyone who reads this blog should know that!! So last night while I was watching the Snoozeball… I mean the Superbowl ( lol no shade but this game was so boring, not exciting at all and none of my teams were playing.. GO JETS.. 🙂  ) I decided to explore my Apple Music.

Sidenote: To all my Apple device users, If you don’t already have Apple Music… go get it!! For $9.99 you have all the music you could possibly desire right at your fingertips!

Anyway, I stumbled upon a track by Fred Hammond that I hadn’t heard in YEARS and it got me to thinking of how many great tracks Fred Hammond has sung/produced/been a part of. So, I decided to compile a list of my favorite tracks by him! I originally tried to do a top 3…. impossible… I tried to do a top 5.. still pretty impossible so I picked my 11 favorites! I’ll try to pick my favorites from my top eleven list 🙂 and leave a snippet of my favorite lyrics from each song!

In no particular order:

 1: Glory to Glory to Glory 

My mom brought me a cassette tape ( for my younger readers  cassette tapes came before the cd) from Ladies Retreat in 1995 so I can honestly say this is when I really fell in love with Fred’s music ( a part from his stuff with commissioned of course)

Let the people praise Him
Rejoice in all his goodness
And be thankful for all he has done
Tell the generations
From the mountains to the valley
By His spirit the victory is won

2: Lord of the Harvest

Eternal Lord, King of Saints, Age to Age
All our love, All our Praise, Night and Day
With this song, and our lives, now we praise
There’s no one, to take your place, Lord you Rule
We worship You!

3: You Called Me Friend

[Verse 1:]
Perfect And True
Pure In All Your Ways
O Lord, There Is None Else Like You, No One Like You
And All These Things Keep Me In Awe Of You
For I’M Overwhelmed That You Would Call Me Friend

What Is A Man That Thou Art Mindful Of Him?
Could An Awesome God Find Common Ground Within?
Just To Know That You Delight To Be With Me
Fills My Heart, With So Much Joy

[Verse 2: Solo]
Ruler Of Everything
You Are Creator, Lord And King
Willing You Have Taken My Debt As Your Own
I Would Gladly Give All To Be A Servant Or A Slave
For I’M Overwhelmed That You Would Call Me Friend

(So three songs in a this is already a contender for my favorite… just totally had to stop writing and get my worship on for a sec! 🙂 )  Take a listen down below :

4: We’re Blessed
( I mean what would this post be without this song! )

Late in the midnight hour
God’s gonna turn it around
It’s gonna work in your favor

5: Show Me Your Face

Heres what I’m counting on with you
Lord you know me through and through
Remove the broken pieces
All the fragments and debris
Till there’s nothing left of me
And I say, here is a heart yielded totally, totally

Take a listen right here:

6: Thank You Lord For Being There For Me 

Thank You Lord for being there for me, for me
I’ve gotta say thank You Lord for being there for me
Seemed like I was going down, but Your love came in and rescued me
Wanna thank You Lord for being there for me
Wanna thank You Lord for being there for me

7: Lord How I Love You

( I really love this song and know my homegirl Cass loves it too so shout out to you Mrs Cassamajor! ❤ ) love you and miss you !! xoxo

Lord my heart is yours
It all belongs to you
I give you all the glory,
Yes, I love you
I worship and adore
I’m gonna to tell you more
Oh oh, Lord how much I really do love you

( definitely one of my favorites 🙂  ) Such a simple song with simple words but the few words speak the entire disposition of my heart.)

8: No Weapon

God will do what He say He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through
God will do what He say He would do
He will stand by His word
And He will come through

 

9: You Are The Living Word:

Awesome ruler, gentle Redeemer
God with us, the Living Truth
And what a friend we have in you
You are the Living Word [x2]

(But when we put it all together this is what we like to call You…)

Jesus, Jesus! That’s what we call you
Manger born, but on a tree
You died to save humanity
You are the Living Word [x4]

( The vamp of this song is probably one of my favorite arrangements to sing! The vamp starts at around 3:10) 

10: When You Praise:

when you praise, when you praise,
their should be a fire in your heart.
hands up raised, when you praise,
consuming every part because you know
the GOD we serve will make
his presence known, when you praise,
when you praise.
[x2]

when we think of how wonderful
and merciful and kind
our GOD has been to us.
then we know every glory hallelujah
he deserves, when we praise

11: Breathe Into Me Oh Lord:

Breathe into me oh Lord, the breath of life
So that my spirit would be whole
And my soul made right
Breathe into me oh Lord, day by day
So that my heart is pure before You, always, always

Unto Thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul
It’s only by Your hand
That I can be made whole
So Lord breathe on me
And revive my spirit within
And I’ll never be the same

Okay so the time has come to narrow it down to five…. drumroll please…. in no particular order:

  1. Breathe Into Me Oh Lord
  2. You Are The Living Word
  3. No Weapon
  4. Lord How I Love You 
  5. You Called Me Friend ( this might be my favourite… : P) 
    and a real close contender… Show Me Your Face 

Do you guys have an artist that has a wide collection of music that you love? Who? Are there any other Fred Hammond lovers out there? What’s your favorite track? Let me know!

Have an awesome day!

xoxo