We made it! It is a brand new year and for many it’s the start of “New Year Resolutions,” which typically ends in a matter of a few short weeks. I too have goals and expectations for the New Year, however I have learned that waiting till the clock strikes 12 to change a pattern is like showing up to a battle at 1pm when it started at 8 am. In other words, you are late.
You don’t need a “New Year” to change bad habits or start a business venture. You shouldn’t wait to put anything off because you never know when your last day will be. Whatever work you started in 2016, will hopefully only continue in 2017, but on a bigger and better level. Know that if you are going to achieve the ultimate greatness, you can’t waste time and continually put things off (this includes the laundry that I have had in a basket for 2 1/2 weeks)!
I pray in this New Year that if you happen to start a “new thing,” that you will keep it going no matter what. That you will be encouraged and not give up no matter what it may look like. Remember your “why” and stay empowered to make it through. Lastly, remember that no battle was ever won without a plan.
Be blessed in this New Year and get ready to receive your better!
For “Family and Friends Day,” Bishop gave an awesome message reminding us that power is in the tongue. I received this message and reflected on my life, particularly as it pertained to my business. One has to be careful of what you speak because it liable to come true. In the same token, if you want to be successful, it all begins in your mind and proceeds out your mouth.
When I think about running my own business I get mixed emotions. I have both joy and fear at the same time. The joy comes to mind when I think about the limitless possibilities that can come from a simple thought of me stepping out and doing “my own.” Fear sets in when I begin to execute and things aren’t as easy as I expect them to be, especially when I have to depend on others.
I have to constantly remind myself that if I wasn’t built for it, God wouldn’t have given me the vision. At the same time, in life you have to fight for what you want and to understand it won’t always be easy. Some of the most successful people in life had to be told “no” and furthermore they had to find the will to keep their dream alive.
In order for me to go to the next level in my life or much less in my career, I need to make sure my mind is being fed the right things. From there, the things of my heart will then overflow into my reality. I simply need to speak those things as if they were and take action behind it. Be encouraged wherever you are in life today and whatever you do, keep moving forward.
Supportive Scripture: Prov. 18:20-21
Service was definitely on point today. Bishop spoke from 1 Peter 5:5-10 in which he encouraged our souls. One of the things he discussed was not allowing the thoughts and opinions of others to effect us. Furthermore, getting to a point where we say, “I don’t care”… literally.
In life, we often give credit to the wrong people. These people tend to control how we think, what we say and how we act because we are afraid of their perception of us. Know that God does not have you here living for other people.
He has you here living for Him. To give Him the glory, to teach and preach about His goodness. If Jesus was persecuted because he followed after God, how much more you? We are simply here to do what he has called us to do and are enjoying some of the perks along the way.
We have to stop being fearful of the unknown and not allow people to be apart of our life that shouldn’t. Life is truly too short to live it through the eyes of someone else. Focus on the right things and be true to yourself and who God made you to be. When you do, you will ALWAYS win.
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I really enjoyed service at church today! We had a great time ushering in the Spirit and hearing the promises of God spoken through our Bishop. Outside of feeling the presence of God, I felt empowered when I heard my Bishop say, “Your background doesn’t have to be your conclusion.”
I think often when we are down and out and been through trial after trial in life, we begin to feel like their isn’t any hope. As if the deliverance we keep holding out for, will never come. It is important to know no matter what it looks like, God is with you every step of the way.
When it comes to trials, in order to get to the good, you must get through the bad. This may involve you loosing things and people from your life. However, when it’s all said and done, everything that had to happen, will now put you in position for greater.
No matter what you face in life, know that this is your test and you were built for it. Remember, no weapon formed against you shall prosper. It didn’t then and it won’t now. Be blessed!
So after having my third child I quickly learned just how busy my life had become. I can honestly say that I had more time prior and took it for granted. I believe the toughest part about being a mom of three is being able to give each child the attention he/she needs.
I remember when my daughter was an infant, my son couldn’t wait for her to fall asleep and ask “So mommy what do you want to do with me?” Of course I was exhausted as any mom would be after caring for a newborn and a toddler. On Most occasions, “mommy and me time” didn’t last very long because by the time I did what I needed to do (like shower) and then play with my son, my daughter would wake up. Furthermore, my son was uninterested in all three of us playing and is the same way today.
I cannot say that I have figured out a way to balance my time amongst the three, but I am trying. More so with my daughter. Since she is my shadow and literally watches my every move, its important to me that I spend as much time as I can showing her how to be a young lady. Also so she doesn’t have the “middle child complex syndrome”as my husband often says. Lol.
As for my boys, I am not really worried about them. Even though they need mommy too, its in a different way. I will always be there for them, however they will have to rely on their father to teach them the ropes of how to be men with honor.
It is my prayer everday that God will help me to be the best mother to my kids, to lead by example and help them know the Lord as they should. I understand that I am a work in progress. I truly believe that if I trust in the Lord He will lead me through any obstacle, including the highs and lows of being a parent as He will for you.
Stay tuned for the follow up. Be blessed!
My husband and I had a conversation the other day about people in general and recognizing when people are appreciative of you and not what you can do for them. This really had me thinking. Often we have friends, co-workers, church member and even family members who you assume love and appreciate you because you have always loved and appreciated them. However at some point (sometimes is sooner and sometimes is later), you realize you couldn’t have been farther from the truth.
Think about it…when was the last time a particular person called/texted you to just say hi and needed nothing in return? How about buying you something they knew you would like just because? When you truly appreciate a person it’s not always about what you “give,” as it is about the thought and the sincerity that lies within your intentions.
When you are in any type of a relationship, each person has to be willing to give a little as well as sacrifice a little. When you give, it cannot be grudgingly. It should be whole hearted and with pure intent. Also, you shouldn’t be doing it with the expectancy for the other person to return the favor (when your feel appreciated you don’t worry because you know there will be a return).
Lastly, when you sacrifice in a relationship it will cost you some of your time, money and energy. If you are in a marriage this is something you might do often if not daily! You will have to go places you don’t want to go just to make the other person happy. Or maybe you spend the extra money for an upscale dinner date. You make the sacrifice because you love the person and you want to show them.
I challenge you today to think about some of the people in your lives and ask yourself, “Am I appreciated for me or what I can do for them?” The best thing you can do is trust what the Spirit
speaks to you (aka your intuition or your “gut” feeling). Everyone wants to feel appreciated and they should. You control who you let in your life. Make sure they add to your life and not rob you of your life.
Supporting scriptures: Luke 6:31; 1John 3:18; 1Corinthians 13:4
Happy Sunday Everyone!
Over the past two Sundays my Bishop had been preaching from Galatians 6. One of the things he mentioned and had me thinking about was how things can be passed from one generation to the next. Sometimes we struggle in life with certain things not understanding why we have been “dealt the hand” that has been given to us. At times many of the problems that have occurred are the results of our own doing while others are the result of generational curses that have passed down the family blood line.
Such might be poverty where everyone in your family is always broke and have struggled to financial freedom. Perhaps its your lack of education because everyone in your family has a history of dropping out of school. Or, maybe you struggle with drug addiction like everyone like those that surround you.
Just because someone said you will never be anything in life, doesn’t mean you have to believe it. Though something negative may have been spoken over your life and those of your loved ones, you have the power to change it. Generational curses can be broken, you just have to take the first step in believing you can conquer it with the help of God. The Bible says in 1 John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Make your requests known to God and ask him for His help with whatever your struggling with today. It may not be easy at first, but take Him at His word and trust that He will carry you through.