3:2 Take it all in

For my first day of being a New Yorker can you guess what I did today??? I did absolutely nothing today. My body was getting exhausted so I decided to rest. Boy did that feel good. I woke up super early like I always do and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I prayed and tried to take this all in more. It really hasn’t hit me yet honestly.

I wanted to talk about taking in every situation that you are involved in. A lot of times we get so busy and worrying about the next thing that we forget to take in the current moment. One area that God worked on my heart was being present. I have the tendacy to over plan and over analyze situations in my head and be completely zoned out from the person who is right in front of me. That was such an exhausting time in my life. When you’re present, you are able to engage that person(s) conversation and respond appropriately. We all can tell true genuine people when we are in conversations with them. Those are the types of people that we want to stay connected to. Learning how I used to be has help mold me into the genuine person that I am today. I absolutely LOVE listening and engaging with people that I am around.

Take it all in. Take in who you are talking to. Take in the scenery. Take it the memories that you are making with whomever you are with. Take in the blessings that God has so graciously given to you. Take in all that you went through in order to have that current moment. Take in the emotions. Take in all of the people that are close to you. Take it in that there is ALWAYS a reason for every moment of your life. Take it all in.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I’m choosing to take in the fact that I love the way of life up here with food and delivery methods. I don’t have to leave the house to get food. Here’s a pic of the delivery guy from tonight.

How cool is that?!? I’ll be taking in more tomorrow and every day after that.

3:2 Discussion question: What have you not taken the time to take in lately?

‘Til next time my loves remember to always be present!!!

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3:2 No goodbyes

Today has completely filled me up. Even though I cried this morning again, my day has been full of such AMAZING conversations and fellowship. 

As I chatted with one of the young ladies from my church whom I absolutely love, we talked about when it’s time to depart from others and how difficult it can be. This is her senior year and she’s feeling the same way I am. But we are both hopeful that we will see each other again. We ended our conversation with laughter, hugs and a see you later!!

My dear sweet friend took me to lunch today and the conversation was so timely and full of confirmations and “GIRL I haven’t verbalized that to anyone before only God knows that I thought about that” types of moments where God was speaking through her. My mouth dropped several times and the blessings that I received just warmed my heart. So much came from our time together and I thank God for our special friendship. 

My last see you later moment was with my women’s small group family. It’s just something about when people lay their hands on you and pray over you. I absolutely LOVE these ladies SO MUCH!! They are truly my inspirations, prayer warriors, protectors and so much more. God knew that I needed each of them for such a time as this. Oh yeah and I DEFINITELY cried like a baby tonight. 

I got to say see you later to so many people this week and it just makes my heart so full knowing that I am leaving my legacy and brought some change/spice to my church family. 

God is showing me more glimpses of who He is and reminding me that He sees me. God sees what you need and all that you are doing for the Kingdom. He knows that it’s not easy but His rewards are unbelievable. Stay in His will for your life by being obedient and saying YES when He tells you to do something. I’m living proof. Watch God happen. 

Stay tuned for more……
‘Til next time my loves remember to say see you later and not goodbye. Goodbye is permanent and see you later is temporary. 
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3:2 Write it down

If you know me, then you know that I LOVE to write. I LOVE journals and pens!!! Pens just make my world so much better!

This pen was a gift from my friend Jessica.

Ever since I can remember, I have loved to write. I especially enjoyed writing on walls at home and furniture and yes I did get whooped for that. When I began to journal in high school, it helped me pour out my heart in a way that I felt safe. Sharing what was going on inside of me with others was not something I felt comfortable doing. Once I got to college, journaling was quickly replaced with all of my Biology and Chemistry notes, new friends and a new environment for me to try to change my past. Yeah that didn’t work out very well but during those years, I thought I was really changing and doing better. Oooh boy was I wrong!!

Next comes post graduation life aka the real world with real bills and real struggles. I found myself trying to get back into the journaling swing of life but that was short lived. There were too many new things going on around me. I moved to a new city hours away from home, I had a real full-time job in a career that I didn’t even go to school for or any training, dating and new friends on top of so much more. I was all over the place and distracted by so much. During that season I was depressed, broken down even more, faced failure in the most difficult and trying way possible. Inspite of that I pushed through all of the pain into God and truly desired a real intimate relationship with Him. I never had a real intimate relationship with Him before and only with a few people in my life up to that point.

As you read the title of this post Write it down, what came to mind? Well God downloads information inside of us that He wants us to bring it to life with our uniqueness that He has created within us. Only you can do what God has designed for you to do in a way that only you can with your personality and looks. Nobody else can do what you are called to do like you can. I REALLY want for you to get what I’m saying because I know that someone that is reading this post needs this. I have struggled pretty much my whole life with identity issues and how I didn’t understand why I looked this way and not like others. Especially when it came to my personality, I am am extremely silly person that is very spunky but at the same time I can go real deep with you in .005 seconds. A lot of people aren’t use to that and I included myself in that because I wasn’t use to it due to never meeting anyone like myself. God has used my personality in mind blowing ways that I am grateful for. He knew that I could only cross paths with certain people that needed to experience Jesus through the Spirit that’s within me and the way that I deliver it all.

So let’s get back to the title. I was told several times tonight that I need to write down the visions that God has shown me so that I won’t get distracted and off course. Ask God to reveal the different parts to your vision meaning who is apart of it and what you are desiring. My main take away from tonight’s Bible study was I can’t share my vision with everyone. God will release me to tell those individuals that will be apart of it. Everyone can’t handle and understand what God is doing in your life. He will separate you in order to elevate you to the level that He needs you on. That was for somebody 馃槉

3:2 Discussion question for tonight… Have you created a vision board for this year and wrote out the plan for it? Disclaimer… your plans and God’s plans may not match up and His plans will ALWAYS overthrow yours any day so make sure that you hold very loosely to your plans and trust that if God throws you a curveball, you will be ok with His greater plan.

Proverbs 16:3 NIV Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.

‘Til next time my loves remember to grab your favorite pen and sit quiet before God and let Him pour into you!!!

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Oh and let’s just say that I DEFINITELY made up for the fewer tears that I shed on yesterday… Today – signed the big cry baby!

Do you see it? Take a closer look…

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Do others people聽see it in me? 馃檲馃檳
Do聽I see something different in myself? 馃憖
Am I allowing God to be the head of my life?

Well these are some questions that you should ask yourself when you start to question how far you have come on your journey with God. The IT that I am referring to is聽change in you that has taken place because you are allowing God to shine through your life.聽At times we get down on ourselves because we start to feel like we aren’t growing at a certain pace that we “feel” that we should be keeping with. I encourage you to stop 鉁, take a deep breath and exhale those feelings. Those are those subtle attack 馃憡 methods that the enemy will make you believe. You will start to feel like you are going backwards instead of forward, you will be reminded of your past mistakes, you will start to compare yourself to others around you and look at their life, things will trigger old habits and thoughts that once kept you captive to your sin. Please be clear that these will come up when you are trying to grow. The enemy is not going to attack and fight if there’s no real competition to keep God’s Kingdom growing instead of his.

My dear brothers and sisters please look to God and be reminded of your journey thus far. Look at the change that has taken place whether it has brought you closer to God or sin has continued to keep you in bondage. Always look at the positive first and use that to motivate you to keep growing spiritually. Our sin should not keep us from reaching the full potential that God has placed in us. Take my word for it, it’s not worth it! We are all sinners BUT sin should not control our lives. Encourage others to see the positive change in their lives as well because we are called to be the light of the world! Sin = darkness

Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
鈥淗ere鈥檚 another way to put it: You鈥檙e here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We鈥檙e going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don鈥檛 think I鈥檓 going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I鈥檓 putting you on a light stand. Now that I鈥檝e put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand鈥攕hine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you鈥檒l prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Are you listening to your Shepherd?

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Psalm 23 The Good Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name鈥檚 sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,聽 I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord聽 forever.
Psalm 23:1-6 NIV

In what way did you insert yourself into that passage of scriptures? Did it comfort you and reassure you on some things?

I thought about all of those times that I wanted to go my own way and guide myself or allow others to, into what I thought was the right path. Whether it was myself or others that led me down that path, the Good Shepherd was still there using his call to guide me back to him. Sometimes I heard his voice and sometimes I didn’t. I was so deaf at one point in my life to his voice that thinking back on it now scares me. If you aren’t hearing Jesus’ voice right now, pray that God reveals to you what is deafening you to his voice. I had a long list of deafening sins. Open your heart 鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂 to him and listen to his call. That will direct your life and will eliminate all of the stress, drama, confusion and many other issues.

Don’t remain a lost sheep any longer!! Get back in the herd of other sheep so that you can be led by the one and only GOOD SHEPHERD 馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜馃悜 HE KNOWS THE BEST PATHWAYS FOR OUR LIVES!!!

TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!

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