Monday Motivation: Recalculating…

Monday Motivation: Recalculating…

Hey folks!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Have an awesome Monday
xoxo

Monday Motivation: 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: Don’t Be A Rotten Apple…

Monday Motivation: Don’t Be A Rotten Apple…

 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions…

Hey y’all,

I was scrolling through my phone trying to make space by deleting old pictures and notes and I came across a picture that brought back a memory that inspired me today.

It was a picture of my summer Cuba vacation. On our last night we ( I went with a large group of friends) had booked an a la carte dinner at one of the resorts “fancy” restaurants. Now I may be biased, but the food in Cuba ( on the resort anyway…. )(I have had really good food OFF of the resort) is not good, so presentation is everything! The food ( I had ordered a shrimp dish) was brought out and it looked amazing.  But oh dear….. when I bit into a piece of the shrimp… I instantly pulled out my napkin and deposited the shrimp into it. It was sooooooooo bad guys. Such a disappointment!

That small moment led me to the thought, “Don’t be a rotten apple! Meaning don’t put on the facade of being  nice and kind and truthful but really on the inside you are rotten and leave a bad taste in peoples mouths.

As a Christian, we are called to live a life that honours God and part of doing that is to be obedient to the Holy Spirit. We need to be living evidence that the fruit of spirit is at hand in our lives.

The fruit of the spirit laid out for us in the book Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

In order to not be a “rotten apple” your inside has got to match your outside. If outside is beautiful and shiny and appealing, but inside is moldy or rotten, aren’t you disappointed?  Noting is worse than cutting into an apple you  are anticipating eating, only to find out that it is not edible !

Same goes for yourself! If your outside is so beautiful, but your core is rotten, what’s the point of calling yourself a Christian? That’s just giving people the wrong opinion of Christians!

Let your fruits match your tree. If you water a tree and nurture it, it will grow and produce good fruit . But if you neglect it and leave it by the wayside, what you produce will be less than stellar. If you as a Christian take pride in your relationship, you will do things to help it grow, spending time in prayer and reading the word of God. But if you neglect your relationship with God, you can only expect to reap what you have sown. Nothing produces nothing right?

Now some of these fruits are not easy to live by. I still struggle with patience sometimes. But part of being a Christian is admitting your faults and turning them over to your creator to help you navigate through them!

Don’t be a rotten apple folks! Be as shiny and good on the inside as you are on the outside!

I just want to leave the song, “Where the Spirit is” by Kirk Franklin with you today.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is liberty
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
The captives are set free
The wounded are made whole

I’ll find rest for my soul
Where the Spirit is
There is liberty

Where the Spirit is
Where the Spirit is
Where the Spirit is
There is liberty

Where the Spirit of the Lord is
There is liberty
Where the Spirit of the Lord is
The captives are set free
The wounded are made whole
There is rest for your soul
Where the Spirit is
There is liberty

Where the Spirit is
There is healing
Where the Spirit is
There is deliverance
Where the Spirit is
There is joy

Where the spirit is
There is liberty

 

Love Y’all
Peace and Blessings!
xoxo

 

Monday Motivation : Seasons…

Monday Motivation : Seasons…

It’s a new season, it’s a new day
A fresh anointing is flowing my way
It’s a season of power and prosperity
It’s a new season coming to me… 

Love that song by Martha Munizzi and when that song came across my playlist it got me thinking…

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Hey y’all!

Today was a cold one where I live. It has become totally evident that the beautiful warm glow of summer has completely faded and the cool, crisp winds of autumn are now upon us. This really got me reflecting on seasons this week.

I have the island of Jamaica running through my veins so summer is definitely one of my favourite seasons. I absolutely despise the cold, so when winter decides to rear her head ( and if you live in my part of Canada, you know we can get some real nasty winters) I’m not the happiest camper.

But even though I have seasons that I love and seasons that I love a little less, I’m beginning to really see the importance of every season

Let’s start with the best one ( to me :p) Summer. In the summer, everything is nice. Flowers are in full bloom, the grass is green ( for the most part) the sun shines, the days and nights are long and all is well in the world. So it is when we are in the summer of our lives. Everything is going well in your life. Your opportunities seem bright and attainable. If we look at it spiritually, “summer” is the season where you feel you’re best. You feel connected, in tune with God.

Then comes Autumn. Autumn is a time that brings transition. Transition from warm days to colder days. Autumn is also representative of the Harvest. Just like the farmers, all the hard work you have toiled in the previous months should come to fruition in this season.  In the Autumn of your life, you may be transitioning from one facet of life to another. Maybe it’s a new job , start of school, or a new stature in life ( Marriage/Divorce/New relationship).  Autumn can be hard! Spiritually your “Autumn” is the season where God calls on you to use what you have harvested. Autumn is a season of maturity.

Oh, but after the Autumn comes the Winter. Winter is a hard season. Winter ( where I live anyway) is dark and damp and dreary. The days are shorter,  the trees are bare, the snowbanks are high  and the people are less happy. In the “Winter” of your life, you may be going through some tough times. The light at the end of the tunnel is less evident. In the spiritual realm, during this time, you may feel disconnected from God. You may feel like God isn’t hearing you. You may feel alone.

But then spring emerges. The snow begins to melt, the sun begins to shine again. The rain falls and the flowers and trees begin to bloom and the birds ( and other creepy crawly creatures) begin to return. What seemed like an unbearable and unending time of darkness has now given way brighter days. Spiritually, it’s like you are coming out of a funk. All things are new again. Maybe what you have been praying for or seeking God for is finally coming to pass.

So how can we make the best out of each season? 

Winter, though it may be dark serves a great purpose. Winter forces you exercise your faith. Faith that God will see you through what may be the darkest days of your life. Winter encourages patience. Winter evokes trust. Use what you have stored in your other seasons to get you through these possibly dark times ( Psalms 119:11)

In the spring, begin planting seeds. Seeds of faith, seeds of knowledge. In the spring put in the hard work to sustain you through the rest of your seasons. Remember spring is a season of LIFE!  All things new! ( 2 Corinthians 5:17)

In the summer, enjoy the beauty that is your summer. Use your summer season to shed light everywhere you go.  ( Matthew 5:16)

In Autumn, don’t forget to give thanks  for all you have.  Autumn is the season  where you reap the benefits of your faith. Gives thanks in the good times and store up some of that gratitude for when things are not so pleasant. God is good!  ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

No matter what season of life you are in remember that after one season ends, another begins. Nothing is permanent. Bad times may come ,but good times are around the corner, and with that also remember in every season be vigilant and always prepare! You wouldn’t enter into winter without proper winter gear right?

William Murphy has a beautiful song that I want to leave you with today. The lyrics read,   “This is my season for grace and favor, this is my season to reap what I have sown!”

It’s your season too!

Be blessed!
xoxo