2018… Refiners Fire…

2018… Refiners Fire…

Hey y’all!

Happy 2019! Are there any 80’s babies in here who never EVER thought it  would be possible that the 2019 would  ever exist? I at least thought we’d have flying cars and be able to teleport by now (lol) but alas, 2019 is here and full of new adventures and new journeys.

At the end of each year, I like to take some time to do some reflection. Usually I am able to gather all my thoughts into a blog piece, but for some reason at the end of last year, I was having the hardest time articulating all the thoughts that were running through my head.

2018 by no means was my worst year…. but it wasn’t up there as a contender for the best year either. All last year I had multiple people from all facets of life tell me that 2018 was supposedly ” My year” . Although I appreciated the thought and faith behind it, I honestly didn’t put too much measure into it… at all!  The months rolled by and still, business as usual in most aspects of my life, I began to ask God, ” Ok God supposedly this is my year. So where are these so called blessings that are on the way?” God hit me back with a poignant ,”Yeah it’s your year… but your year for what?”

Whoa… I automatically thought  “my year” meant blessings on overflow in 2018.  (YASSSSS GOD I’M READY lol) But what I soon came to discover was it was my year for so much more.

I would chalk up my 2018 to my year of refinement.  What does it mean to be refined? According to dictionary.com the word refine is defined as:

    1. to bring to a fine or a pure state; free from impurities:to refine metal, sugar, or petroleum.
    1. to purify from what is coarse, vulgar, or debasing; make elegant or cultured.
    1. to bring to a finer state or form by purifying.

This brought me back to the song “Refiners Fire”.

The lyrics talk about how we want our hearts to be purified like gold and silver and how we want the refiners fire in our own personal lives, calling us out to be holy and set apart ready and available for God to use.

Gold and silver have to go through a process to become the purest and most valued versions of themselves. They have to be refined to draw out any impurities or unbecoming qualities before being presented as a gift, or for purchase.  You see, refining is a process  that takes quite a bit of time to get right. Oh but when it is right, what a beautiful piece of handiwork it creates.

That’s the beauty of how God works! He allows even you and I, who He made perfect in his likeness, who oftentimes have strayed away from the perfect portrait of ourselves He created, to be refined and made like new time and time again! Ready and available for him to use once more.

2018 had to draw out the impurities within myself and make me the best version of who God intended  and created me to be, and in His infinite grandeur has made me the best version of myself to date!

Will I still have down days? Of course! Will I get everything I want, when I want it in 2019? Probably not! Will I have moments that I won’t shine as brightly as God needs me to? Absolutely! But thats the remarkable thing about how God works! Even metal sometimes get tarnished and needs a little freshening up. So what do you do? You pull out your polish and get to work! Before you know it, the metal is back to its shining glory! The same thing happens with us. Sometimes we lose our way, or we get a little dull. That’s when God steps in and shines us right back  up and returns us to our original luster!

So 2019, I’m ready for you ! God I’m ready for you to take me to higher heights this year and I’m making the  new and improved refined me ready and available to do your will!

If this is your refining year, I pray that you let God carry you through this sometimes tiresome process and that no matter what you see it through because the best you is on the other side of it!

Pray for me y’all cause I’m praying for you and may 2019 ACTUALLY BE our best year yet!

I can’t wait to journey with you guys this year!

God Bless!
xoxo

 

©justlovethemanyway

 

 

Monday Motivation: The Reason…

Monday Motivation: The Reason…

Hey loves,

Super quick post today ( spending time with the family ❤️)

With only one day left until Christmas, today has been a day of last minute errands and non stop running around. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the commercialism of this holiday in particular, but I really want us to remember the reason for the season.

Many years ago, before any of us were even a thought, the Almighty God saw fit to send a saviour to bear the burden of sins we had yet to commit. So , as we take December 25th to commemorate the birth of our Savior, take a moment to reflect on the magnitude of how great our God is!

There’s a song they sang at church yesterday that I hadn’t heard in awhile that has been replaying in my head all night, that I think is fitting to share with you all today.

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The lyrics just really serve as a reminder of who God is

“You are the lord of lords, you are the king of kings, you are my everything, I give myself to you”

It’s not about the gifts or the food or even about the family gatherings. It’s all about Jesus. He is the reason for the season. Give honour to whom it’s due.

May your holiday season be blessed!

xoxo

Scriptures To Get You Through The Holiday Season…

Scriptures To Get You Through The Holiday Season…

Hey my loves!

The holidays are a particularly pleasant time for me and many others. But what about the people for whom the holidays provide the most hurt? The ones who have no family near or have experienced some kind of trauma that makes the holidays hard? Here are some of my favourite scriptures that have been an encouragement to me in tough seasons. May you find  peace in this season and remember the reason for the season is Jesus! Keep your hope in Him! Blessings!

 

Psalm 68:5-6 – God draws close to those who are lonely and provides for them. He is a “father to the fatherless”
Psalms 28:7 -The Lord is my strength and my safe cover. My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. So my heart is full of joy. I will thank Him with my song.

Deuteronomy 31:6-  God is with you in the midst of any and every fearful and difficult circumstance.

Isaiah 26: 3-4 – You will keep in perfect peace  all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always,  for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

 Psalm 147:3-He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Jeremiah 29:11-13  For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen.  If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Isaiah 40:31-  But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

And the greatest gift….

Luke 2:15-16 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger

xoxo
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May Your Bad Days Prove That God is Good…

May Your Bad Days Prove That God is Good…

Hey loves!

As 2018 is drawing to a close, I have been doing some reflecting ( as most of us do). I began to think about my year.. and honestly how “bad” it’s been. At the beginning of the year I had multiple people from different areas of my life tell me that “2018 is my year” and let me tell you after the past few years I have experienced,  I was in need of “something good”. But in no uncertain terms was 2018 my year. While it wasn’t my worst year, it wasn’t what I would   refer to as “my year”.  I was still met with exceeding disappointment, overwhelming anxiety and “unanswered prayers.”

It was in talking with a friend, that caused me to really take a step back and reevaluate what “my year” really meant. I was looking for the physical manifestation of my prayers while not really taking into consideration the work that God was doing on the inside of me.  I spent too much of 2018 in anticipation of the “what’s coming for me” and not enough time in the awe of “what God is doing for me right now”.

I look at 2018 as my year of refinement. What does it mean to be refined?  According to google dictionary ,  to be refined is defined as

” with impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing.”
“elegant and cultured in appearance, manner, or taste.”
“developed or improved so as to be precise or subtle.”

This year forced me to take stock of all the parts of myself that needed refining. There were several areas of my life that God really needed to refine within me this year and while it may have seemed long and tedious, or that God wasn’t hearing me this year, He had to take me through the process.  The refining process is not a simple or quick task. It takes time! We live in this microwave generation where we want everything in 2 minutes or less. But God doesn’t work on our time schedule. He takes His time refining His people because He wants us to be the best version of ourselves, which in turn is the best representation of Him.

So yes, while 2018 was filled with “bad days” it has taught me so much about myself. It has always caused me to reflect that my bad day is a walk in the park for somebody else. Yes, I know that’s cliche to say but it’s really true. I have a friend ( I won’t name him because I didn’t ask permission to share his story… hopefully in the future I can interview him) who has battled more in 2018 than I probably have in my whole life and He still manages to lift his hands in worship to the almighty God. That has inspired me and blessed me in more ways than you could ever imagine. As I look at him, the song “God is Good” by Jonathan McReynolds  comes to mind.  The song is simple prayer:

May your struggles keep you near the cross
And may your troubles show that you need God
And may your battles end the way they should
And may your bad days prove that God is good
And may your whole life prove that God is good

May your bad days prove that God is GOOD! Even in the “bad days” God is still God. I’ve learned to stop asking God why and when things will happen for me and learned to trust His timing. Also, to take stock of what He is refining in the process!

Trouble with your health? (yup have that) GOD IS GOOD
Sick loved ones? ( yup have that ) God IS GOOD
Relationship disappointments? ( going through that) but GOD IS STILL GOOD)
Anxiety? ( yessssssssssssss) GOD IS STILL GOOD
“Unanswered prayers” ?( yessssss lord lol) HE’S STILL GOOD

End of the story is no matter what you’re going through,  GOD IS STILL GOOD! Refining hurts sometimes but it is for your betterment in the long run!

I encourage anyone out here reading this to not lose hope during the refining process! Trust that you will come out of refinement better than you were before. New, refreshed and ready to tackle anything that comes your way! I pray that your 2019 is a year of blessings in abundance and overflow for you!

2018 was the year of refinement for me. 2019 is the time to shine! May my whole life prove that God is GOOD!

A huge shoutout to everyone who played a part in my “refining year”. I couldn’t have survived this year without your help. prayers and sometimes strong reprimands that knocked some much needed sense into me!

Onward and upward from here on out! 2019 lets get it!!

Take a listen to this song by Jonathan McReynolds. I hope its simple yet powerful message speaks to you as it has spoken to me ❤

Blessings!
Til next time,
xoxo
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©justlovethemanyway

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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God Has Not Forgotten You…

God Has Not Forgotten You…

Hey guys!

I was in a moment of quiet time with God this week and I was reminded of a song I hadn’t listened to in many many years; God Has Not 4Got by Tonex .  ( I know Tonex has made some life choices that no longer coincide with the word of God but this song of his speaks volumes still!)

The song led me to go back and look at the story of Noah and the Ark.  I’ve often wondered how Noah must have felt during this process.  Noah was living in a time where  the people God had created were at their utmost worst. God had had enough with them and was going to destroy them. However, Noah found favour with God because of his blameless behaviour. God established a covenant with Noah  and his family.

However, God had a few instructions for  Noah. First off, He was told by God to build this huge ark for this supposed flood that was going to happen one day. Although he was ridiculed and ostracized by the very people God was set to destroy , Noah persevered and did what he was told .  He was to bring his family, creatures of the earth, sea and sky aboard this ark and then await God’s instructions.

So for years on end Noah built this ark always remembering the promise God made with him. He was mocked mercilessly  but one day….finally, the flood waters came down, raining non stop for 40 days and 40 nights. Now if I was Noah, I would have been starting to get a little stir crazy at this point.

Then, after that 40th day the rains stopped…. but the earth was still flooded and for an additional 150 days. 150 days is just about 5 months.  Personally,  5 months cooped up in a boat with my family and animals and creatures of the land, sky and the sea…. is frightening! (lol) Even though God had saved us, I would honestly be thinking, ” Has God forgotten about us in here?”

But Noah still had faith and he waited patiently to hear from God. However, after the initial  5 months there was still almost a year before the waters receded completely.

Still Noah waited.

He sent out a raven and the raven came back confirming that the earth was still flooded…. Noah sent out a dove several times…

The earth was still flooded…

Finally after over a year of patiently waiting on God, The earth was finally was dry and God commanded Noah and his family to come out of the ark.
In the end, is where we find the covenant that God made with Noah and His people that still stands today. It is here that we learn the significance of the rainbow

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.

The bible doesn’t specify if Noah and God had any communication during this time but what I love about  this whole story   ( and what ties this whole story into the song) is in the beginning of Genesis chapter 8 verse 1 which simply states:

“But God remembered Noah….”

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Through all of this, God remembered Noah.

No matter what you are going through or where God has placed you, He has not forgotten you!

Just like God made a covenant with Noah, He also made a promise with us . He promised to never leave us or forsake us. You may be going through some serious hardships, but remember  God has not forgotten you. As we see with Noah, It took what seemed like  a long time for God’s promise to come to fruition. But what did we see? God came through!  Everything that God has predestined and planned for your life will come to pass! Why? Simply because He is God and He has yet to break a promise.

Don’t give up.

Keep pushing.

Keep persevering.

You are not forgotten! Sometime promises take time to be fulfilled…

So just like Noah stay faithful, stay humble and be patient!

GOD

HAS

NOT

FORGOTTEN

YOU

Till next time,
xoxo

©justlovethemayway

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Chapter 33: Encourage Yourself…

Chapter 33: Encourage Yourself…

Hey y’all!

Today I’m grateful! God has granted me one more year of life and for that I have to give thanks! The last couple of years have been rough for me. If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know all about my journey , health struggles and more.  I  have been so blessed to have a community of friends and family that have stood by me to lift me up when I was down  and not myself. While that is so important, ( and I’m forever indebted) I’m going to use this new year of life to speak some encouragement over myself!

The Donald Lawrence song “Encourage Yourself” has been on loop in my brain all day and these are some of the lyrics that really stand out to me particularly today:

Sometimes you have to encourage yourself
Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test
And no matter how you feel
Speak the word and you will be healed
Speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord…
Here are 33 words of encouragement I am going to speak over myself during this year of life and continue to pray and trust that God has my journey already mapped out and all that I am going through is for my good! My latter will be greater!!
  1. You are loved.
  2. You are WORTHY of love.
  3. You are important.
  4. Your opinion matters.
  5. God is hearing you, even if you think He’s not.
  6. You deserve to be happy.
  7. You are kind.
  8. You are grateful.
  9. You are stronger than you think!
  10. You are confident.
  11. You are bold in Christ Jesus.
  12. There is no need to doubt your abilities.
  13. You matter!
  14. You are right where you’re supposed to be even if you don’t understand why.
  15. You are beautiful.
  16. You are valuable.
  17. You have come a LONG way from where you used to be.
  18. Be proud of your accomplishments.
  19. Stay humble.
  20. God loves you despite your flaws.
  21. You are not alone.
  22. Trust God completely!
  23. Choose Joy
  24. You are talented!
  25. Be patient, but don’t stop working hard towards your goals.
  26. You may fail, but you are not a failure! Keep trying.
  27. Everyday you get is a blessing. Treat it as such!
  28. Speak peace over your situations.
  29. Pray even more and even harder than you already have.
  30. Don’t dwell on the past! Let it GO!
  31. Choose faith over fear!
  32. Your latter will be greater.

and finally… number 33 and probably the most important.

33. They will know you by your fruits!

My friend sent me a text today that really reminded me off my life’s purpose ( and even the purpose of this very blog)

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If even one person is impacted by my journey,  If the life I  live or the words I write bring somebody somewhere close to Jesus, then my life up until this very moment has not been in vain!  33 may have started out dauntingly, but the God I know and trust is able to and is already working it out FOR MY GOOD! I am Encouraged!

So cheers to 33. In faith I boldly declare ,”Let this be the best year yet!” ( FOR REAL THIS TIME!!) lol

Til next time…
xoxo
©juatlovethemanyway

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Monday Motivation: I Don’t Mind Waiting…

Monday Motivation: I Don’t Mind Waiting…

There has been a song that has been replaying in my head for the past few weeks. Truthfully, I don’t even know the song very well or even particularly like it! It’s a song  I’ve only heard a handful of times in my entire life. But for some strange reason, it’s been on a continuous loop in my head for weeks and even had me laid out on my floor in tears one Sunday evening just crying out to God.

What really gets me about this  whole situation are the lyrics of the song. The lyrics are as follows:

I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting
I don’t mind waiting on the Lord…..

Now, let me tell you something people… In regards to myself, this is a bold face LIE! I absolutely, 100 percent DO MIND waiting! Waiting for anything is just not my style; my food, a ride, people….. God.  Like an impatient toddler, I want what I want RIGHT NOW; and like a petulant teenager, I sulk and pout when things don’t happen they way I want them to when I expect them to.

Well, the past few months especially, God has had to humble me. He’s confirmed some things to me about my life from various people. People who all know me on different levels. Some on a closer more intimate level of friendship to two older ladies who really only know me in passing.  They’ve confirmed things that God spoke into my spirit, that I had shared with not one soul. Yet here I am, still not seeing how this situation is going to work out, and growing increasingly frustrated when so many roadblocks keep deterring me from trusting God’s timing.

Do you know I even “got mad” at God and stopped speaking to Him for about a week? In this “quiet” time ( God wasn’t quiet at all; in fact He probably spoke more clearly) God spoke so clearly and said, “Who are you not to trust me?”…….. Ummm….

Whoa…. Really who am I to not trust the one who wrote the map of life? The one who saw all the detours I would take, all the roadblocks I would hit, all the recalculating I would have to do to get me to my final destination. Who am I not to trust the one who promised that the plans He has for me are ones to prosper me and not harm me (Jeremiah 29:11)

The last little while, God has brought me back to  revisit  and study the Fruit of the Spirit.( Galatians 5:22-23) One of course being patience.  This season I’m in, is just a reminder that this is one fruit in particular I need to work on.  God sometimes has to bring you through situations to prepare you for what He has in store for you.

Tough to swallow and handle at times. However, anything that God has ever had me wait for, has been for my benefit and not my detriment. I stop and think sometimes about the things I have waited on God for before. If they had come at any other season of my life, I wouldn’t be prepared for it.  Such as with this season… God is preparing me for what comes next!

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And so I’ll wait. Trusting that what’s for me will always be for me… no matter how long I have to wait for it ..
I guess the lyrics ring true after all…. I don’t mind waiting on God.

Love y’all!
Have a blessed Monday!
©justlovethemanyway

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Sorry for the lack of regularly scheduled posts as of late… it has been a rough few months! But I’m back and ready to create some new content! Thanks for sticking through it with me!

xoxo

Monday Motivation: Worth…

Monday Motivation: Worth…

Hey guys!

The Easter season has come and gone and I spent quite a bit of time in reflection ( that is in-between the family and fantastic food 🙂 ) We oftentimes get lost in the commercialism of  the holidays. As a Christian, I don’t pay any homage to the Easter Bunny. What makes Easter so special to me is spending time commemorating the great sacrifice God did for humanity by sending His Son to absolve the debt( sins) of the world so that I (we) can live life to its fullest and fulfill God’s will for our lives.

Now,I don’t know about you, but sometimes I don’t feel worthy of such a gift.  I look at myself and all my shortcomings and think, “What’s so special about me?”  While this is an internal struggle many Christians face, its also a struggle many people face in general.  I began to reflect on a story I read which posed the question, ” If I was to give you a hundred dollar bill, but it was crumpled and dirty, would you  still want it? Is still worth a hundred dollars ?”  Of Course it is and  anybody in their right mind would absolutely snatch that money right up! Why? Simply because  the fact that it was less appealing to the eye, didn’t diminish its worth.

Many of us aren’t appealing to society’s eyes. We are often overlooked because we don’t look “worthy” of the love and acceptance we so often crave. We have gone through things in life that have left us broken, tattered and seemingly worthless. It even causes us sometimes to doubt the purpose of our existence. But I want to remind my readers today that no matter your appearance to others, God still sees you as priceless! He is able to look past the outer man( woman) and see straight through to your heart.

God loves you no matter what! That is why you are still here! Your life has a purpose! Your life has value ! You are worth more to God than you could ever even begin to imagine!

If you ever find yourself in a season of feeling worthless, here some scriptures to cling to; a constant reminder that God loves you and even if you ( or anybody around you) can’t see your worth, He does!

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Psalm 139:13-14
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Samuel 16:7
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Peter 2: 4 and 9

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[g] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

There is a song by Anthony Brown and Group Therapy that sums all of this up so perfectly! The lyrics  that really stand out are as follows:
You thought I was worth saving
So, You came and changed my life
You thought I was worth keeping
So, You cleaned me up inside
You thought I was to die for
So, You sacrificed your lifeSo, I could be free
So, I could be whole
So, I could tell everyone I know…

Just revel in that for a moment! You mean enough to God, that He sent His Son as the ultimate sacrifice so that YOU could have life and have it in abundance!  You matter! Your life is priceless to the King of Kings! You matter to royalty! You are kind of a big deal to God!
 So remember, a crumpled 100 dollar bill is still worth 100 dollars! God loves you… and so do I!
Have a blessed day!
xoxo

Instrument…

Instrument…

Hey guys!

Have you ever heard a musician play an instrument and just felt that that instrument was just made for them? I know I have! Now I used to dabble in the piano, and while I was pretty good at it, I wasn’t very passionate about it. After a few years of begging and pleading, my mom finally let me quit and pursue other creative outlets. Anyway, back to what I was saying about feeling like an instrument is made for somebody.  My homeboy plays the guitar and when I mean plays the guitar…. He makes that bad boy sing!!!  For me to see my homeboy without that guitar would be very strange to me.

While I no longer play and instrument, God has gifted me with the ability to use my voice as an instrument. I can remember a time a few years back where I was experiencing some heath issues that literally took my voice away. I couldn’t sing. My illness had my vocal cords so restricted that I couldn’t even lift my voice in song which is the way I express myself in worship most freely. Not only was it disheartening, it was uncomfortable! Not only was it was uncomfortable for me, it was uncomfortable for those who know me.  “Why aren’t you singing on the praise team?” people would ask, because it was strange to see me not using my instrument( my voice) in the way it was intended.

Alas, I began to draw a correlation between a musician and his(or her) instrument versus God and us. If you really think about it, we are instruments of the mighty God. Reflecting on the seamless relationship between a musician and their  instrument,  it is the same way our relationship with God should appear.  To see us without the evidence of God being  in and working through our lives, should be strange to those who know us. God and His people should seem as one unit. You can’t have one without the other.

Also, I began looking at God as the musician.  The instrument itself  is useless if there is no musician to orchestrate it. Without God writing and conducting the symphony of our lives, we serve no purpose. Purpose is found in Jesus.

My hope today is that you would allow God to conduct the symphony of your life. I pray that you will allow Him to make your symphony into a beautiful melody. If you’ve ever listened to a symphony you will hear that it moves in ebbs and flows. You can hear the peaks and valleys in each piece. Such as it is with life.  Life will have its up moments and its down moments. But the correct conductor can make what sounds/looks like disaster into something beautiful.

God= The instructor
You= The instrument

Acts 9:15 ( AMP)
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for this man is a [deliberately] chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel;”

Let him take control. Let Him use you!  Be an instrument for God today 🙂

Be blessed my friends!
xoxo
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