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Breathe & Enjoy the Journey Along the Way: Remove the Dead Weights.

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#still here #June #2018

Don’t dwell in the seasons of yesterday or what may not have worked out. Do not be overwhelmed by the pressures of life. Just because things are not working out for you in the midst of the moment, does not mean that it is over. God has not forgotten about you. Take a minute to breathe. No matter how complicated things are and how bad you may feel, breathe. Nothing or no one has the ability to take any power from us, unless we allow it. When it’s all said and done, we determine how we will be able to handle those failures, let downs, disappointments and setbacks. Whatever you’re facing and enduring is only temporary just remember to breathe and slow down if you have to. Remove all unnecessary weight if needed. For example, unnecessary weight could be paying on a house and a car that you do not need instead of downsizing. Unnecessary weight can also take up too much of your schedule such as joining every meeting, club, organization, project and program that can cause you to be burned out. There is no time to process what’s going on, because it seems like you have no time to your self and everything is always a deadline. Instead of it being a hobby or something that you enjoy, it can become a burden. Going the extra mile is a wonderful quality, however when it is taking a toll on your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, then it is not worth it. Don’t grieve your spirit. Take a moment to breathe.

Another form of unnecessary weight can be hanging around the wrong people or person. Hanging or being around the wrong people can be detrimental to your personal growth and development as well as your blessings. If it’s causing you more harm or if it will in the long run, Release them. Don’t waste years of your life staying tied and connected to wrong person. Remove them weights off of your shoulders. It will be more painful to keep them around than letting them go. 

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Take time to smell the flowers on your life journey, which sometimes may not be easy. The Lord does things in decency and in order. If you have to force something to work out, instead of waiting the proper time and season, then you will have to deal with the bitter end of those seeds that you have sown. Everything has to go through a process to get to purpose.  Taking matters into your own hands will only create more damage. Again, enjoy the journey along the way. While you are in the midst of process and seasons of waiting, remember to breathe. Allow the Lord to comfort you in the time of your weakness and weariness.

It is written in 2 Corinthians 1:3-1:4 thatBlessed [be] God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God”.

Enjoy the journey along the way. We cannot get time back. The joy of the Lord shall be your strength. Your circumstances are not meant to deplete you but to increase you to become greater! Check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VognqV_4Egc

 

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Be Faithful, Fruitful & Productive

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In the midst of your season of waiting for whatever you’re praying for, it’s important to still be faithful, fruitful and productive. Being faithful, fruitful and productive help keeps our minds going and busy. There is a bit of fulfillment that stirs up fire within the soul to continue on with your journey. NEVER LOSE YOUR DRIVE, NO MATTER WHAT’S NOT CURRENTLY WORKING OUT FOR YOU. LIFE WITHOUT PURPOSE IS VOID. TRUE PURPOSE IS FULFILLED ONLY IN CHRIST. Don’t fall into a life of slothfulness. Be not lazy in any area of your life regardless what season you are in. We should serve the LORD with all joy and gladness. Sometimes our mind has to change in order for everything else to change. Being Faithful means being obedient to the Lord’s word because of who he is. Faithfulness means to stand strong even in the times in where it does not look like it’s not paying off. Again, faithfulness means to yield to the voice of God by going in the direction that he tells you.

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Fruitfulness means progress and growth. It is not always in the context that involves material things and wealth. It can be non tangible. Fruitfulness can mean joy, peace and happiness from the results of obedience and productivity. What a wonderful to experience the power of fruitfulness. It’s important to remember that we cannot rush or force our season of fruitfulness, although you can still experience fruits of the spirit.

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Productivity not only pertains to accomplishing our professional/career goals, but it can also mean to pursue and work on the things that are related and connected to our assignment. Productivity keeps us focus and concentrated on what matters. It sustains us to keep our minds in place of abundance. We as human beings were created to produce as well as to grow. It is important to keep our mental stability and energy through Christ. We should pray for discipline if we are slothful in any area of our lives. There must be a form of patience and preparedness that we must have in order to be ready for his call. DON’T ALLOW NATURAL CIRCUMSTANCES TO CAUSE YOU TO NOT BE FAITHFUL, FRUITFUL AND PRODUCTIVE, FOR WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS.

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*Genesis 28:3: says, “And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people”.

*It is written in Proverbs 13:4: The soul of the sluggard desireth, and [hath] nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat”.

*It is also written in Proverbs 20:3: “Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

 

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The Sun will Shine Again

 

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In order to grow, it is vital have rain as much as sun however, sometimes the rain can be overbearing and overwhelming. We can also receive more rain than sun in our life which means that we can be over drained, drowned and washed out. Too much excessive rain can cause plants to decay, wilt and perish *(Grant, n.d.)*. The rain in our lives can symbolize unfortunate events, depression and pain.  It is important to remember that trouble does not last always. Happiness is a choice. The joy of the Lord shall be our strength. Psalms 30:5 says “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”.

Whatever your going through, hold on to his word. Allow the rain to push you to be stronger. Allow the Lord to be your safety float in the midst of the storms and floods. Rain pours on the just and the unjust. Don’t allow the pressures of the rain to choke out your hope, joy, peace and happiness. Don’t allow the rain to close up your heart to stop you from living and loving again. I pray that the rays of sunshine appears in the darkest depths of your mind, body and soul. Better days are still coming and always remember the best is yet to come. Another day on earth is another chance to get it right. He has not given up on you nor should you give up on yourself. The trials and persecutions are only temporary. The rain shall have no reign over you. Again hold on to the foundation of his word which is sharper than a two-edge sword. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is also the light in a dark place.

Allow him to be the sunshine in the midst of your rain. The beauty, growth, strength and blossoming into a greater creation will be all worth it. What you waiting for? Today is a new day ♥

2 Samuel 23:4: “And [he shall be] as the light of the morning, [when] the sun riseth, [even] a morning without clouds; [as] the tender grass [springing] out of the earth by clear shining after rain”.

Matthew 5:45: “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”.

* Amy Grant – https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/excessive-rain-on-plants.htm*

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The Mini Lessons & Themes of Watching Black Panther

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Normally, I don’t really blog about movies. But just like the Karate Kid and many others, the Lord can use movies to give you messages. (Sometimes even cartoons). The movie was nothing less than amazing. The actresses and actors all did an outstanding job. The movie also kept the audience interest and attention throughout the entire film. (I hope that they do another sequel). If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend and suggest that you do. Bring your entire family if possible :).

There are many lessons but I am just going to point a few out that are not in any particular order:

Everyone wants a title, but titles come with a lot of responsibilities. Kings and Queens are not just there to appear “cute”. Kings and Queens have presence. There is a certain manner, honor and respect that they must conduct themselves in however, it’s not just about image. Kings and Queens have a lot of responsibilities and pressure upon them. They have power, but a lot of pressure and the weight of the kingdom upon them. When you are a boss or CEO, you not only have the pressures of the livelihood of the company upon your back, but the external issues that can effect the environment in which can come against the business. You must have the intellect, wisdom, knowledge and heart to do whats best to protect the people and your company. You must always be a quick thinker, problem solver and risk taker because things do not always go as plan. The bible says in Luke 12:48: For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more“. Can you handle the sacrifices, challenges and the requirements that comes with a higher position of power?

Never forget where you came from. Sometimes when we make progress and can be in a season where we may have a little more than our previous seasons. Although you may not be where you want to be and its better than where you were, its important to still remember the struggles and challenges in where it took to get there. Don’t leave the people who were there for you in your humble beginnings. Use your blessings and resources to help someone else even when you don’t have much. (Even if that means volunteering, donating clothes, money or buying lunch for someone). It doesn’t take much just do what you can do. It is written in Matthew 25:35-36: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me”.

Loyalty. (This is another chapter and topic that I would have to expand on one day). As matter of fact I think I will :). The loyalty within the community as a whole should be so strong, that they are willing to perish for it. (#Wakandaforever). A kingdom can fall from division lies, secrets and unloyalty. For example, what keeps a city functioning? The people. What keeps a city flourishing? The people. What keeps a successful business thriving? The people. You cannot buy true loyalty and honor. Even when people who disguise themselves as friends in your inner circle betray you, there should just be a few remnant of real loyal people to fight for your behalf. Even if there isn’t, God will fully vindicate you and fight for you, for the battle is not yours. The people who are the closest to you as well as family members can be some of the most dangerous wolves in sheep’s clothing. Again this will have to be a chapter all by itself. Ask God for the ability to discern and the strength to distant yourself. If a person is not loyal to God, he/she will not be loyal to you. Loyalty is what keeps a power dominion of fruitful relationships, establishments and wealth. It is one of the qualities and characteristics that will help a community prosper in all areas.  It is written in Proverbs 17:17: “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Proverbs 18:24: “A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother”. Matthew 26:35: “Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples”.

Bitterness. This needs to be a blog topic all by itself, but I will touch on it since it is one of the many themes/lessons of the movie. What doesn’t heal within you will destroy you. No matter how strong or powerful you are, if you do not work on yourself nor get the necessary amount of help that you need for your healing, (Which is not over night, but takes time). Not only will you destroy the relationships around you but you die from the poison that is inside of you. What may have happened was not fair and ruthless, but you are not victim. You are more than a conqueror. Please do whatever you have to do in order to get the healing you need. Please spend time with your creator. Don’t be upset with him, instead pull closer. You are a walking ministry and a vessel who can be used to help others to become delivered out of those same traps. Don’t become a trophy for the wrong team. It is written in 1 Samuel 1:10: And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore”. Job 21:25: “And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure”.

Kings want strong women. The king was surrounded by powerful and articulate women. This is definitely a topic to tackle by itself in which I will cover soon. (Whether in a blog or book). He had strong and loyal women that could help him through his mission/assignments. Again Kings don’t run from strong women, they gravitate towards them. A king is very confident and secure within himself and does not feel like your brilliance, personality, presence or accomplishments is a threat to his ego, instead it compliments who he is. Kings are not intimidated by strong women, instead they are interested in someone who can bring so much to offer to the table. Queens brings so much more to the table than appearance, clothes and materialism. An insecure man runs from strong women, kings don’t. Kings like challenges and they are not ran off by them. It is written in Proverbs 31:10: Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies”.

If you haven’t seen the movie, what are you waiting for! Get to it ❤️ 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Be the Best You that You can Be!

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It’s important to be yourself. If God has called you to do something, then you must do it. There will always be obstacles and challenges along the way. You cannot allow the fear of others or what may happen to deter you from what you have been called to do. The jealousy and the lack of support will come. There will be people who will not be able to continue the journey with you. These are all of the things and events that will occur. See it not a strange thing. It is all an indication that you are walking in the right path. You cannot make everyone happy neither is it your assignment to do so. Some people can become uncomfortable and intimidated by what you have to offer.

The greatness on your life is so strong that you don’t need the numbers, approval nor validation from man in order to continue to pursue God’s will for your life. This is not regarding nor referring to material/financial possession, but his purpose. No matter what constant changes you may face, endure until the end. Your steps are still ordered no matter how many times you have fallen off. Endure until the end. Be faithful over a few things, so he can make you a great ruler of many. The capacity and the amount of responsibility that he wants to entrust you will be greater, so the process may appear slower for you than most people. Endure until the end. The waiting time is a training ground that you must use to prepare yourself for whats to come. Anything worth having will not be easy, again endure until the end. Be the best you, you can be. You were made for this!

Matthew 24:13: “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved“.

1 Peter 4:12: “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you”.

Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother“.

 

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Building From the Ground Up

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Sometimes it’s important to start fresh. Building from the ground up is not easy. It’s much more difficult than starting with a template or blueprint. There are going to be a countless amount of trial and errors along the way. Building from the ground up also requires more faith and patience. (Since most of the time it won’t be overnight). Once the final product is finished and established, it will be worth all the hard work, effort, risk and commitment you invested. Your hard work and seeds of faith will pay off.

Don’t get discouraged because it didn’t happen in your timing. God always does things in decency and order. He does everything in perfection. There is no need to rush your come up. Your too special to be rushed! Remember he is always on time. When your building from the ground up, don’t be surprise when there are some people who won’t support or help you. This is to only test the motives and the intentions of those who are around you. He is sparing you from the leeches.

What better way to expose someone’s motives when you are in the beginning stages of pursing your dreams, passion, goals or vision? (This can refer to careers, businesses, relationships and education etc.). Everybody is with you during the stages of success, but can they hang during the times when there is no harvest? Be thankful and grateful unto God that he is showing you and revealing who is truly for you. This also makes you aware of the real reasons why you are doing what you love. If there were no financial gain nor reward for it, would you still be able to carry out with his assignment and will for your life?

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Yes, there will be days of frustration. Yes, there will be days in where you will wake up and ask yourself is it worth it? Yes, there will be days in where quitting looks good but I’m here to tell you, DON’T GIVE UP! You can’t and you have no option. That shall not be spoken of nor thought of. You shall fill your mind with his words of truth and peace. The devil cannot win. Don’t allow even the smallest doubt in your mind. Remember that he will not put more on you than you can bear. You can handle the pressure and challenge.

The blessings that comes from building from the ground up without any help, is that you do not owe anyone anything. All credit goes to God. It also removes all the people who only want to connect with you because of what you have or what you are affiliated with. It teaches you how to fully trust and rely on God.

Whatever it is that you may be building from the ground up, always know that God is with you every step of the way. It may not be easy and it will be painful at times, but he will be by your side. Again, do not be discouraged. It shall come to pass, it shall come to pass!! Amen.

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Be Not Entangled

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It is written in Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. The word entangled means to be caught up or twisted in circumstances that are difficult to escape. When a spider trap it’s prey, it is entangled in a web waiting to be devoured. We must not be deceived or controlled by anything or anyone.

Whatever control us is what owns us. We can be entangled in something and not know it or be in denial. The Lord will always provide a way of escape out of your bondage. Do not follow the lust of the flesh. This can apply to any unclean area of our lives.

Galatians 5:16: says “This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. Becoming untangled takes work and just like with anything it’s a process. Whatever you don’t rid of will get rid of you. Whatever you don’t deal with now will always come back later. The Lord will provide a way out. Sometimes you must go through what you have to. The process will be messy, but it will be all for his glory.

He will always give you ashes for beauty. Do not be entangled. His power is much greater than your circumstance and weaknesses. He has the power to make you free from anything that is holding you back. Cling on to his word. Sometimes we can hold our own selves internally back due to our past or present experiences.

It is written in Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. Let go of all your heavy burdens and cast all cares upon him. Allow him to remove any chains and strongholds that may have you entangled. He’s waiting 🙂