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He Gave Us Power!

This morning, I kept hearing God say, “Power”.  I could not seem to shake this word.  The more I tried to continue on in my sleep, the more I would hear “Power”.  While still laying in bed, determined to get more rest before having to wake up and get McKenzie ready for school, I began to decree and declare power over everything I could possibly think of and power for all mothers.  As I started to decree and declare power, I began to declare power over depression, power over anxiety, power to fight depression, power to fight anxiety, power to seek professional help, power to make it through the day, power over any challenges that might come throughout this day, power to resist the satan and his antics, power to see the beauty we have within us, power to achieve our goals and dreams, power to receive His strength, power to be merciful, power to love, power to live and power to walk in His grace.

This word “power” would not let me go.  I went to the bible to find God’s word.  The scripture that stuck out was 2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God hath not given us, the spirit of fear, but of POWER, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Thank you Lord for your word.  This was food to my soul!  God has given me power and of a sound mind!  As I studied this in my reference bible, it further explained  that BOLDNESS, not cowardice, is a true characteristic of the Holy Spirit! I thought to myself WOW! I truly, truly, can DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!  I can be bold, I can be courageous, I can be confident….because God has given me power!

There are many days, I am not my best self.  I feel weak.  I feel tired.  I feel discouraged.  I feel I am not making a difference in my home. There are times I do not want the responsibilities of being a mother.  There are times I might even think I need a complete reset.  Through it all, God is always there to renew my strength and prove Himself strong in my life.  On today, I am encouraged.  God has assured me of His power, His strength, His love and His well-capable ability to supply all of my needs according to His riches and glory! 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I worship and praise your Holy name.  Without you, I am like a ship without a sail.  I am weak.  I am tired.  I am overwhelmed.  In your word, you said that you did not give us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  I thank you for courage.  I thank you for love.  I thank you for power.  I thank you for a sound mind. 

Lord, even in the midst of rejection, I thank, you for giving me the courage to fulfill all of my responsibilities , errands and daily tasks.  I know you have given me power and boldness to stretch and press myself through any situation you have allowed.  Most of all, you continue to love you, despite my failures  and shortcomings.  You continue to strengthen me, encourage me, be merciful and extend your grace towards me.  Thank you for looking beyond my faults and seeing my needs.

Lord, I ask that you continue to be strong in my life and the lives of my family members, protect my children and husband throughout the day, while leading and guiding them in every situation they face.  I ask that you continue to strengthen and continue to be strong in the lives of mothers everywhere.  In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen.

Until next time, walk in love, walk in soundness, walk in power and love yourself!

 

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Do Not Worry Mommie

Matthew 6:25-31(NIV)

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

 

I can not tell you the countless times, I have worried over what will I wear, what will the girls wear, what will my husband wear.... how do I get the girls to consume more veggies? How will everything get done? How will everything get paid? On this morning, the Lord placed this hymn in my heart, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. I began to read background scriptures for this verse. I became fixated on verse 26. It tells us to, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” Consider the birds... they do not hoard massive amounts in storage, they do not plant and they do not gather.  YET....our Heavenly Father nourishes them... supplies their needs. Surely, He will do the same for me! 

As school starts back, sometimes our anxiety can increase with meeting the demands that are associated with the back to school season. These anxieties can include transitioning our children from home to school for the first time, separation anxiety, meeting new people and developing new friendships, purchasing new clothes and school supplies, managing additional supports for children with special needs and seasonal depression. Whatever the anxiety, I am learning to trust God. Trust the people He has placed in my life.  Trust the resources He has allowed in my community to have and take advantage of my access to such! Just as He watches over the sparrow...the Lord provides for me to meet my every need. I trust you God. I have faith in you God. 

Dear God,  

On this morning, I thank you for your peace. I thank you for your comfort. I thank you for Your Holy word. Your word tells me that just like you provide for the birds, you will provide for me. There is no need to worry, when my trust is in You. Lord, help me to sustain my faith. Help me to sustain my peace. Help me to experience your continued strength and comfort throughout the day.

Without you Father, I would surely fail. Thank you for your guidance, love and protection in all I do. Thank you for my children, thank you for my husband and thank you for my community. In your name, I give you praise and glory! Amen

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My Will...His Will

Lately, my prayer cycle has been pretty demanding.  Needless to say, when this happens, sleep is no longer a necessity. One thing I have noticed is that my will has completed shifted.  The things I have been laying before God and the requests I have been sharing with Him have shifted.  How could this be?  What has happened?

I was listening to a woman of God minister on this week.  She stated the following, "Lord, help us to abide in You until our will becomes Your Will."  Oh. My. God.  Was this happening to me?  Was my will becoming His Will?  Was my mind being transformed and renewed as I stayed in Him?  If this is the process I need to partake in to ensure I am walking in His Will...Lord, I am committed to discovering Your Will for me.  

I had it all wrong.  I pursued everything that was conducive to success.  I have been so busy fulfilling my career and other goals, while at the same time thanking God for His mighty Blessings....but not really spending quality time to ask Him if this was His Will for my life. 

I have been an "at-home" mom for 1 month.  It was not until now that I truly shifted from my will to His Will.  My prayer cycle has been quite demanding.  However, no matter how tired my body may seem, for the first time in my life, I discern His Will and His Wisdom clearly.  I had to ask His Forgiveness for neglecting Him and being selfish.  However, at the same time, I was still laying requests before him that I thought were "suitable" and what I needed to do as a result of me now being home everyday.  Everything that I thought I needed to do has completed shifted.  It is mind boggling to me how I am now fixated on achieving something that is COMPLETELY the opposite of what my requests have been to the Lord!  My will has shifted to His Will....and I am saying Y-E-S  L-O-R-D!  Yes, to  Your Will.  Yes, to Your Plan.  Yes, to Your Ideas.  Yes, to Your Knowledge.  Yes, to Your Strategy.  I say YES!  

It does not matter your age.  It is never too late to simply abide in Him until your will becomes His Will.  Honestly, I thought knowing His Will was so difficult.  As I look back over the last 30 days, it has simply been me abiding in Him, spending time with Him....through this my will shifted to His Will.  Before I knew it, I started going after the plans, initiatives and events that He has planned for me to pursue.  

His word tell us,  "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give your a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11 - New American Standard Version)."  I love this version of Jeremiah 29:11 because it expresses His plans for our welfare...our health, happiness and fortunes.  It also expresses NOT for calamity...an event causing great or sudden damage or distress.  Thank you Lord for Your Plans to protect my health, happiness and fortunes!  Thank you Lord for Your Plans to prevent sudden damage or distress.  Help me Lord to continue to abide in you as my will becomes Your Will.  Until next time....love yourself.

Prayer:  To Walk in God's Wisdom and His Perfect Will

Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.  You adopted me as Your child through Jesus Christ, in accordance with Your pleasure and will.  I pray that I may be active in sharing my faith, so that I will have a full understanding of every good thing I have in Christ.  

Father, I ask You to give me a complete understanding of what You want to do in my life, and I ask You to make me wise with spiritual wisdom.  Then the way I live will always honor and please You, and I will continually do good, kind things for others.  All the while, I will learn to know You better and better.

I roll my works upon You, Lord, and You make my thoughts agreeable to Your will, and so my plans are established and succeed.  You direct my steps and make them sure.  I understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is, for I am not vague, thoughtless or foolish.  I stand firm and mature in spiritual growth, convinced and fully assured in everything willed by God.

Father, You have destined and appointed me to come progressively to know Your will - that is to perceive to recognize more strongly and clearly, and to become better and more intimately acquainted with Your will.  I thank you, Father, for the Holy Spirit Who abides permanently in me and Who guides me into all the truth - the whole, full truth--and speaks whatever He hears from the Father and announces and declares to me the things that are to come.  I have the mind of Christ and hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart.  

So, Father, I have entered into that blessed rest by adhering, trusting, and relying on You in the name of Jesus.  Hallelujah!  

-Prayer reference:  Copeland, Germaine.  "Prayers that avail much for mothers".p.18-19   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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Father, help me to do and walk in Your Will as a mother, wife and citizen of my community. Your Will is my will. I long to abide in your presence so that I might be transformed and my mind renewed. Amen 

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The Bathroom

Will someone tell me why I can breathe and get my best ideas in the bathroom? I enjoy my bathroom time. My head is clear, there is quiet (sometimes), and I can gather my thoughts and slip into my very own world of enchantment. 

However, in order to really enjoy your bathroom time, you MUST do one thing... Lock. The. Door. 

If someone knocks, just remain silent, as they will eventually grow tired and leave. After one of my bathroom sessions, upon entering the den, my husband asked, “where have you been?, I thought you had gone to bed”!  I thought to myself.. no, just alone in the bathroom.

Until next time, love yourself momma! 

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The Audacity To Win!

With the numerous demands faced by many women everyday, it is more important than ever to have a winning spirit and a winning outlook for each day God allows us to open our eyes. 

Audacity is simply the ability to take bold risks! Taking bold risks to provide those needed supports that can propel you to a win. One of my favorite scriptures that so often comes to mind is, “I can do all through Christ who strengthens me” . ALL things!! This means, I CAN WIN! YOU CAN WIN!! WE CAN WIN!! 

Mothers, wives, parents... I challenge you to take that bold risk! Have the audacity to win! It will happen! Do not give up! Until next time, love yourself!! #themlife

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