Monday Motivation: Rejoice…

Monday Motivation: Rejoice…

Hey y’ all!

Quick post today! These past few weeks have been pretty stressful. It seems like I just can’t catch a break! Work has been super busy, I’ve been dealing with some health issues and I’m just burnt out emotionally and physically and even a little bit spiritually.

For those of you who have a relationship with Jesus, Do you ever feel like He’s not talking to you? No matter how much you seek Him, you just can’t hear from Him? That’s how its been for me for the past couple of weeks.

But over the weekend I was reminded of some of the passages of scripture they spoke about at a retreat I went to put on by my church organization. The theme of the retreat was, “Yet, I will rejoice” and one of the scriptures they used to highlight this theme was Habbakuk 3:17-18 and it reads:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

So even though your situation may seem bleak right now, rejoice anyway! The same God that has been there for you before, is still there for you right now…even if you can’t hear Him. Keep trusting! Keep seeking and most importantly…REJOICE!

This song has really been speaking to me over the past few weeks! Be blessed 🙂

 

xoxo
©justlovethemanyway

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It’s Your Breath In Our Lungs…

It’s Your Breath In Our Lungs…

“It’s your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to you only….”

Hey y’all

I don’t know if anybody reading this know what it feels like to not be able to breathe. Like to the point where you see stars and the room around you starts to look dim…. Up until a week ago I would’ve able to confidently say that I didn’t know what it feels like either…. until it happened. I had been battling flu like symptoms for a few weeks and any time that the weather gets pretty cold my asthma starts to act up. So flu like symptoms+ asthma equalled a recipe for disaster.  I went to bed like any other night, but during the night I began having trouble breathing . I tried propping myself up on pillows , sipping water, essential oils… to no avail. Around 3 am I again woke up and tried to take a breath… and could not. My lungs were so restricted that the air was having an extremely hard time getting through. So naturally, reached to my bedside vanity for my inhaler… no inhaler. Crawled out of bed to my purse… could not find an inhaler. Somehow in the fog I remembered I left the inhaler in the family room… upstairs…. 

Long story short I was able to crawl ( yes literally crawl) up the stairs and get some assistance and my inhaler. But the few moments where air wasn’t getting through, I saw my life literally flash before me. In that moment I realized how much I took something as simple as breathing without restriction for granted. 

This past weekend I went to a Young Adults Retreat my church organization put on, which I sang on the worship team.  Flu like symptoms+asthma makes it pretty hard to sing as you can probably imagine. On the Saturday evening I began having the same reaction except this time my inhaler was giving me no relief. I didn’t share this with anyone but my roommates/ church sister friends knew something was up.  I kept getting up to go outside to get air into my lungs.  Rough night of sleep ( as my roommates could tell you ) but I woke up Sunday fed up with feeling crappy. 

The worship team sang a song that morning  where the lyrics of the chorus are ” It’s your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to you only..”  Coincidence? No I think not. I’d like to think it was a little nudge from God of what I needed to focus my prayers on that morning. As the speaker made an altar call, he called for us to anoint ourselves with oil and pray in earnest for what we needed.

Naturally, I began to cry out to God for my health issues and also the health issues of my parents.  Would you believe when I rose from prayer , and I went to go and sit beside my homegirl ( hey dreadie!) she said she had felt a desire to pray for me since Friday evening.  Keep in mind I had not shared any of my health struggles of late with her. Would you believe that her obedience to pray for me, led her to pray literally the exact prayer I prayed for myself!??!  She prayed out fears about myself that I had not shared with ANYBODY on earth. Nobody can tell me that God isn’t real and that He isn’t listening to prayer and the cries of your heart.  Almost instantly after she prayed for me I felt like a weight lifted off of my chest and I COULD BREATHE FREELY! I have never experienced anything like in my life. Who else but God? To top it off I have not used any inhaler since Sunday! God is good!

This is my praise report! I have felt God’s healing hands on my physical body. This entire experience served as a reminder that the air in my lungs are gifted from God. I will forever pour out praise to God for what He has done and will continue to do for me! 

And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

Great are you LORD!

 

Take advantage of the breath in your lungs. Time is not promised to anyone young or old. Use it for its intended purpose. To worship. To speak life not death. To pour out love everywhere you go…  To Just Love Them Anyway! ❤

Be Blessed Y’all!
xoxo 
©justlovethemanyway

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Monday Motivation: I’m Not Subscribing To That!

Monday Motivation: I’m Not Subscribing To That!

Hey guys!

Have you gone to a store and after you have completed your purchase the sales associate asks you that dreaded question, “Would you like to leave an email address with us today?” Grudgingly you leave an address and then its like BAM…. A million emails start coming out of nowhere. This has happened to me countless times and this past black Friday shopping season had me subscribed to all kinds of foolishness! ( Bath and BodyWorks I’m looking at you with your 80,000 emails lol) When I looked at my email inbox, 60 percent was all garbage from things I subscribed to; and in that moment I decided that I wasn’t subscribing to any of those emails anymore!

What if we looked at life like that? Meaning, what if we decided that we weren’t going subscribe to the curveballs life throughs at us anymore?  To subscribe to something means to willingly enter into an agreement to participate in something. There are some things in my life that I have not willingly subscribed to (i.e  pain, suffering ,defeat.) If you’ve followed me on this blog for awhile, you would know that life has thrown me some difficult situations( and what I’ve shared on here is not even the half) and not to say that I expect my life to perfect and without hardship, but man I went through it this past few years in regards to my own personal health, the ailments of both of my parents at one time or another( it seemed like they had health issues back to back like a revolving door) death of an aunt I was super close with and 2 uncles in a short time period, a good friend los her battle with cancer, one of my best friends had some life altering health news given to them and the list goes on and on. Now, while I wish I didn’t have to deal with any of that, I understood that everything happens for a reason. What I didn’t like about myself during this time, was the feelings of doubt and fear and hopelessness !

There are so many things in life that I’ve( and many of you out here have) been “subscribed” to for a long time that I no longer wish to be subscribed

Feelings of fear… I’m not subscribing to that!
Feelings of doubt… I’m not subscribing to that!
Feelings of worthlessness… I’m not subscribing to that!
Health issues?… I’m not subscribing to that!!!
Hate and animosity… I’m definitely not subscribing to that!!!
Malice? No thank you! I want no part of that!
Mistreatment? I’m not subscribing to that!!!
Every evil plan the enemy has for me( us)?  I’M NOT SUBSCRIBING TO THAT!

Do you want to know what I am subscribing to?

Love and remembering to “Just love them anyway” no matter how they treat you
Good Health
Peace
Prosperity
Patience
Joy
Growth

And above all, I’m willingly continuing my subscription to Jesus!!!  He’s the best subscription I’ve ever agreed to! I’m subscribed to him and when He shed His blood on Calvary for a nobody like me, He in turn subscribed to me! True agape love! One of my favourite scriptures comes from the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 13 and it reads; For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Being subscribed to Jesus is a surefire way to succeed !

So, everything that these past subscriptions have taken from me I want it ALL BACK!  I’m staying subscribed to God (Jesus) because God is LOVE!

Tye Tribbett has a great song ( oldie but a goodie ) called, “I Want it All Back” that I’ve been jamming on all day! Take a listen down below and have a blessed Monday!

Xoxo

Monday Motivation: The Storm is Over Now…

Monday Motivation: The Storm is Over Now…

Hey guys!

Busy week ahead so this will be a quick post! I was listening to some Judy Garland, “Somewhere over the Rainbow” and this post completely overtook what I was going to chat with you about today! Funny how that works right?

I don’t know if there is anyone out there who can actual feel a storm  coming. I have bad knees so I can feel a tingly sensation in my knees when a storm is on the way. I also sometimes suffer with migraines and if you have ever had a migraine, you know that an incoming storm only exacerbates the pain you feel. But once that storm passes by….. wow what a relief!

Such as with the storms of life. Before a storm (aka a bump in the road of life) happens you can usually feel something brewing. Then, the onset of the storm approaches. Things get dark and winds blow and showers plummet down. Sometimes when a storm rages your plans get ruined!( anybody ever been at a cookout and get rained out?… Yeah not fun)  But then after the storm subsides, peace and calm are restored and usually a sign that everything is going to be alright pops up. ( hello rainbow!)

Ahhh… the rainbow. The best thing after a storm for me is to see a beautiful rainbow in the sky .  Biblically , the rainbow served as a covenant ( promise) God made with Noah which promised that the world would not be destroyed with water ever again. ( Genesis 9:8-17) If that isn’t an expression of grace then I don’t know what is!

For me the rainbow serves as a reminder of the promise that God made with Noah many moons ago. After Noah weathered his storm ( literally), blessings were abundant. I’ve weathered many storms in my life that God has seen me through.

Keep faith that there is a rainbow at the end of your storm! You may be in the tempest of your storm. Your storm might be causing mass destruction in your life and the lives of those around you. You might not be able to see the end of your storm, but just know that God is in the midst of your storm. You may not know how to get out the storm you are in, but let God be the captain of your ship!

Storms last only a for a moment. You may have to pick up the pieces after the storm… but look up for your rainbow is on the horizon!!

God did it for Jonah
God did it for Noah.
He’ll do it for you!

The song, “The Storm is Over Now” by Kirk Franklin is so fitting today! The lyrics and song are down below.

Have a blessed week!
xoxo

It’s over now
it’s over now
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over nowIt’s over now
It’s over now
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over now

No more cloudly days
there all gone, gone away
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over now

no more cloudy days
there are gone away
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over now

If i walk alone
I’m not on my own
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over now

if i walk alone
i’m not on my own
i feel like i can make it
the storm is over now

Monday Motivation: You+ Jesus Is Always Enough…

Monday Motivation: You+ Jesus Is Always Enough…

Happy Monday y’all!

This weekend I attended a Sunday church service at a different church than my local church. One statement that the minister made that really resonated with me was, ” You + Jesus is always enough” ( Pastor Tony Sawler- The Peoples Church)

That statement really got me thinking. So many people ( Christians and non- believers) are living a life full of insecurities. Society has placed so many expectations on us. Are we skinny enough? Is my skin too dark? Does this group of people like me and if not, what do I have do to to get them to like me? Do you know how many  times I have heard ( in regards to myself) “She’s really pretty for a black girl..” Wait… What??? I’m one of the lucky people who was blessed with high self esteem ( don’t get me wrong I have my days ) and have always had an amazing , loving,support system of friends and family who have never caused me to doubt my importance or value. I also I have a relationship with Christ that reminds me that because of Him I am always enough! Unfortunately, not everybody is like me…It’s truly a sad state of affairs to see young people literally losing their lives because of what people think or have said about them. ( think about how many young people have taken their lives because of cyber bullying) Be careful of what you say or post about someone on social media ( evident or “subliminal”) You never know what somebody could be going through and that one statement could literally send them over the edge….. I don’t know who that was for… but being obedient to the Holy Spirit I will write…. Be mindful of your words and actions… once they are out there you can never undo damage…  anyways… I digress…

Oftentimes, we place so much merit in what others think of us, that we forget that the one person we should actually be striving to please is Jesus!  Jesus is more than enough! That’s not to say that we should just ignore the world around us and not listen to what people have to say  about us. Sometimes, criticism is constructive. It’s actually meant to help you, not tear you down. ( I do believe its not in what you say sometimes, but it’s how you say it!)  However, with that being said,  take heed when listening to people share their opinion on you. The enemy has a sneaky way of slipping in and sending discouragement and distraction masked as good intent.. ( smh)

One scripture that comes to mind whenever I am faced with a moment of feeling insecure is Psalms 139:14 and it reads, 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.

I do believe that we were created by God ( Genesis 1:27) and every good and perfect gift comes from God(James 1:17 ) I think we need to remember that we are gifts! Gifts are things to be treasured not discarded or mishandled.

Let’s take some time to remember that Jesus is more than enough! 

2 Corinthians 9:8 New Life Version (NLV) reads: 

God can give you all you need. He will give you more than enough. You will have everything you need for yourselves. And you will have enough left over to give when there is a need.

New Life Version (NLV)

You+ Jesus is what the young people ( lol I write young people as if I’m ancient 😛 )  call an OTP or One true pairing, two things that were just meant to be!

I challenge anyone who hasn’t tried life as a believer of Christ to try Him out! I mean, what do you really have to lose? Negative people? Unsolicited advice from people who don’t have your best interest at heart? Lose your insecurities and gain self- love and confidence? I think it’s worth a shot!

Jesus is more than enough for me! Because of Him, I never feel alone, unloved or unworthy! : )

I want to leave you with a song by Kari Jobe called ” Always Enough”
Be Blessed this week!!
xoxo

” I will find my life in you, You’re always enough…”

Give People Their Roses While They Are Still Here…

Give People Their Roses While They Are Still Here…

Hey y’all!

Quick blog post today!

I hope this Monday is finding you well and in good spirits! I know I am in extremely good spirits today because finally after a LONG and drawn out winter season, it appears that Spring has finally sprung! The sun was shining, the clouds were hiding and it was an all around beautiful day!

It actually was a beautiful weekend weather wise and during this weekend, I had an opportunity to spend time with some pretty amazing people! Now over the past couple of weeks, I have been pondering the question, ” Do I really let the people in my life know how much they really mean to me?”

A few weeks back I went to my bf’s dads birthday party and his grandma was singing a song in tribute to him ( her son) for his birthday. The basic gist of the song was “Don’t give me roses when I’m gone”  meaning , don’t wait until I’m gone to appreciate me ! ( this rendition was actually like 10 minutes long….. awesome song and even more awesome delivery!  😛 )

As I’m getting older, and as someone with older parents ( my parents had me later in life)  I am realizing that they aren’t as spry as they used to be. Sometimes you take them for granted and always expect them to be there. They won’t always be there, so take time and appreciate them while you still have them.

I have amazing friends.  I know I have spoken about them countless times here on the blog but maaaaannnnnnnn….. my friends are some of the most kind- hearted, loving people ever. Not only are they there for me when I need them, but they are there for my family as well. I wish everyone could have friends like mine and I if haven’t told you before, I appreciate you!!

These past few weeks I have also had time to really reflect on God. “Do I really give him His roses?”  I asked myself, and although I  think I do, I do believe He deserves more than I could ever could give! Take a moment each day and just thank Him! Don’t ask Him for anything! Just give Him thanks!

Are there any people in your life who are overdue some roses?  Make it a priority to make sure they get their roses while they are still here to enjoy them!

Finally, to my faithful readers ( day one readers and new friends) thank you from the bottom of my heart! All I have achieved on this blog is because of your support! If I had a million roses to give you I would! Love you all!!

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A rose from an amazingly sweet lady from my church yesterday! Thank you sister Sherine! This brightened my day! xoxo

I’ll leave you today with a song from Tye Tribbett called  ” So Amazing”

I don’t know what I would be
Had it not been for you
You are my everything
Your love is so amazing
When I was in my sin
You came and rescued me
I give you all of me
Your love is so amazing
[repeat]

Your amazing, Your amazing
Your amazing, So amazing
Your amazing, Your amazing
He’s a mighty God
[repeat]

Yeah, Oh
[repeat]

Have a wonderful Monday and a blessed week!
xoxo

 

 

The Great Commission… Matthew 28

Hey guys!

Today is Easter Sunday my absolute favourite holiday ever! In the Pentecostal Christian faith we call this Sunday, “Resurrection Sunday” and on this Sunday I always like to re-read and meditate on Matthew 28( or the resurrection story) in some way or form.

On this Sunday, I was reminded of a song that I sang with the McMaster University Gospel Choir ( so many years ago… wow time flies!) under the direction of the uber talented Yhentyl Pryce. The song was a perfect and artistic representation of the events that took place leading up to, during and after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I loved it then and I love it even more now! Check out the lyrics/song down below:

Destroy this temple and in three days, I will raise it up [x3]

Early Sunday morning as the noon day was dawning,
Came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to the tomb.

Behold! There was a great earthquake! [x2]

For the angel of the Lord descended from Heaven
The angel of the Lord descended from Heaven [x3]

And rolled, rolled
And rolled,
Back the stone.

His countenance was like lightening and his raiment was as white as snow. [x3]

And for fear of Him the keepers did shake and became as dead men.

Fear not. [x3]
For I know ye seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here [x4]
For He has risen as he said.
Yeah!
See the place where the Lord lay.

Fear not. [x3]
For I know ye seek Jesus who was crucified.
He is not here [x4]
For He has risen as he said.
Yeah!
See the place where the Lord lay.

Remember how He said while He was yet in Galilee
I’ll rise, I’ll rise, Again [x4]
Alleluia [x3]
Amen [x6]

As you have probably figured out by the title of the song, you can find the written retelling of this story in the bible in Matthew 28! The part of this chapter that really stands out to me is the last few verses ( verses 18-20) where Jesus gives his disciples what is known as “The Great Commission”
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18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,[b] baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

What an order he bestowed upon his disciples! He left with them the responsibility of sharing Him with everyone, teaching them about his commandments, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

I do believe that this Great Commission was not only for the disciples of yesteryear but for us today… right now! We have been commissioned by our Savior to win the lost at any cost!

Are we doing our part to uphold the Great Commission? Let’s take time this Resurrection Sunday to reflect and review. Even if we are sharing the gospel, there is still more we can do ! Let’s make sure that Christ is reflected in everything we do so that his trial, crucifixion, death and subsequent resurrection not be in vain!

Now, doing your active part in the Great Commission doesn’t mean you have to stand on a mountaintop and shout “Jesus is Lord” for all the nations to hear( not that anything is wrong with that!). You may be introverted ( or an introvert with extroverted tendencies like myself) and public speaking may not be your thing in big crowds ( although with faith you can conquer anything!)  But that doesn’t mean you can’t share the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively in your own way! Hey, I started a blog to share my faith! Find a way to fulfill your duties of the instructions Christ left us!

I hope and pray this Easter season fills you with a constant desire to share the Great Commission!

 

xoxo