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Don’t Drown in Sorrow 🙃

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Don’t allow the guilt of your past or present to stop you from becoming all that the LORD wants you to be. Don’t allow regret, shame and sorrow to drain or hinder you from completing the will of God. He shall uplift, restore and vindicate you. No matter how great your sin or iniquity is, it is not greater than him. Repent and move forward. Dust off your shoulders and feet and keep it moving! Start over. As long as your breathing you still have a chance to get it right. You still have another opportunity to start fresh. There is no need to dwell on choices and decisions that you cannot change. No matter how unworthy we are, we should never give up on trying to get it right. We should not follow our flesh of how we “feel”. We should follow the spirit. The flesh will constantly remind us on how guilty and unworthy we are, but the holy spirit will say “I will use all of your shortcomings for my glory”.  There is purpose in your pain. The enemy wants his voice to be louder than your creator. Remember he is the father of lies. That’s why its important to focus on God’s voice, despite what we may think of ourselves.

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Be healed, whole and happy. Allow him to renew your mind and spirit. Allow him to reinvent and spark up your passion again. Allow him to pull and drive you to the road of purpose. The best is still yet to come. In order to help others, you must help your self. No one deserves his goodness, mercy and grace. No one can fully earn it. Take full advantage of his free gift of eternal life and walk towards the road of repentance; no matter how many times you messed up! Keep trying and going for you will overcome. Never stop trying my friend. In order to be effective to others, you must forgive yourself.  Forgive and love yourself despite your shortcomings and impurities. Allow him to still use you as a vessel for his purpose. You are not alone. Watch him change you. No process is overnight, but he is there with you step by step.

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Take time  to heal from the pain, wounds and damage that you may have inflicted upon yourself, for you are still precious in his sight. 🌹🌷🌼🌻 Again do not drown in your sorrows or disappointments. The LORD is the safety float that can protect you from drowning. Allow him to build you back up and replenish your strength. #keepgoing #nopityparties #itsnevertoolate.

It is written in Micah 7:19 “He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea”.

 

 

*Notes* Praying for all the #hurricaneflorence victims #besafe

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You Can Handle this 😊

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The Lord will never put too much on you than what you can bear. See it as an honor that he can trust you to handle whatever it is that you’re going through. Your process and challenge was not meant to drain you mentally, emotionally, spiritually or physically. Allow him to replenish and restore your strength, for the joy of the LORD shall be your strength.

Every time when you feel that it’s too much, just remember it will work for your good. It may feel unfair but what he wants to see is: Are you going to stand on his word or are you going to stand on your feelings and what it looks like? Even if it has been years, he wants to see what direction you will go towards.

Will you stick with him although in the natural it appears like you are you are coming in last place? Will you leave and turn away because you want convenience and is willing to compromise to get what you want instead of waiting? Don’t allow frustration to overtake you. Your pain and suffering has purpose and if you want the LORD’s best, then you must be willing to go through what you have to in order to receive it. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS!

Shortcuts lead to demise, destruction and to a dead-end. Short-term benefits will not be worth it in the long run. Remember that you can handle this. Just breathe. It will get better along the way. Your patience, obedience and faithfulness will pay off at the end. The best is still on the way. You will come out on the top. The best is in-store for you. You have not seen your best life yet. You can handle this!

It is written in 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it”.

 

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Happiness is A Choice

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Please don’t wait until you have what you want in life to be happy. Make a choice and a decision that you are still going to be happy regardless of what you are waiting for. Make a decision that you are still going to enjoy the journey along the way. Being unhappy robs of us of time. There is beauty in almost every situation. Whether you are starting over, feeling like you are stuck, or being almost there in achieving your goals; you can still be happy! The LORD does not want your happiness or faith to be based on conditions. Yes there will be things that we encounter in our lives that will try to destroy us; as well as our joy. We must fight to not allow no one to steal our joy. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy shall come in the morning.

Remember that your situation is temporary. Be bold and gracious my friend, for the best is yet to come. Don’t be ruled by temporary emotions and circumstances. Happiness is a choice. Our happiness cannot come from other people, places, money, material things and our professions. If our happiness is based on those things, then we are building a fragile foundation that will eventually crumble apart. Be strong and faithful always. Don’t live any less because you currently don’t have what you are praying for yet.

It is written in Psalms 37:4 – “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”.

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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 ❤️ 🙂