Sunday, July 31, 2016

Who Am I?

I'm still searching.
Who am I? 

That's what I've been asking myself lately?

It's been happening even since I found out more about my family history. I found out my great grandfather was a slave and what made that more real was that I was finally able to put a name with it, as well as, a little information about his slave master.

It makes me feel a particular way. It's hard to explain.

I'm just wondering who I am really. What was my family like? How did they survive back then? How were they treated? Why did slavery in this country even happen anyway? Yeah yeah yeah, I know the economic reasons part, then the racism part after that. I'm just wondering why, from a spiritual perspective. What was the point of it? I know there was a point, because God allows certain things for certain reasons. Yet those reasons are sometimes beyond our scope of knowledge and rationale.

Still I continue to ponder such an awful time in history. What was God trying to teach us? There was, for sure, a reason He allowed it to happen, but like so many other things that happen in the world, maybe we'll never know for sure, huh?

I may not know all of who I am in the natural, but at least I know who I am in Christ and that's the most important thing. "You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9).

At least I know that. 


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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Restless

The world is at your fingers tips.
Keeping juggling.
I stumbled across another article that talks about some of the elements of leadership. 

One of the things the article mentioned about spiritual leaders (I'm referring to anyone who brings people to Christ) is that they're restless. Boy oh boy can I can identify. The article said the following:

"Spiritual leaders have a holy discontentment with the status quo. Non-leaders have inertia that causes them to settle in and makes them very hard to move off of dead center. Leaders have a hankering to change, to move, to reach out, to grow, and to take a group or an institution to new dimensions of ministry." 

How many of you can relate? From a young age I knew I was a leader. I just always acted like a manager and a girl who liked to help people in some way. I remember at about 10 years old, always being the teacher leading my brother and sister during the class in our makeshift bedroom classroom. I would give assignments, tell them my expectations, and get very impatient when they didn't turn in their homework (yes I gave homework). I don't know if I just always acted like a leader and my mother treated me as such or if my mother treated me like a leader and I felt comfortable with the role. Probably a combination of the two. 

Nevertheless, leadership is obvious in some people. Anyone and everyone can and should be a leader though -- everyone can bring others to Christ in the ways the Lord gave them. So, we must continue to push through in order to be effective in the land.

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).

So, to all the leaders and future leaders, are you restless in the name of the Lord? If you are, that's fantastic and He is well pleased with you. 


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Article reference: 
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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Next Level

Are you ready for the test?
Haven't we heard the teacher is always quiet during a test? 

That's true and I would go a step further and say the student is also quiet. At least a great student should be. Silence is important in order for the student to concentrate and focus on passing the test. 

In God's kingdom He's generally quiet when we're going through the test (and sometimes the testing phase).  After the test is over the grade determines if we will pass to the next level. If we pass we will be set aside to be useful to God and suitable to good work (2 Timothy 2:21). 

How many of us will move on? How much do we study? Did we listen in class? Do our homework? 

Going to the next level requires intentionality; diligence, and plain old hard work. Retention is out of the question if we want to see advancement. All of that means staying focused on God's success plan. Remaining committed to Him. Reading His word (the bible). Weeding out distractions. Being alone to go over the material. Learning to hear His voice. Praying. These are only some of the key elements of what it takes to be successful in any endeavor with God in the midst. 

"An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules" (2 Timothy 5).

"It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops" (2 Timothy 6).

"...the Lord will give you understanding in everything (2 Timothy 7b).

"Do your best to show yourself approved (after the test, my words) by God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

Who's ready for the next grade? What will our report card say? 


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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fear Not

The Lord has given you boldness,
power, love, & self-control.
Walk in it.

A short time ago I was talking to a little girl who said she was afraid of thunder and lightening. 

 

I asked her why and she didn't know. All she know was that she would cry and tremble during the entire duration of the thunder and lightening in what seemed to her, a never-ending nightmare. I told her to speak faith every time she felt that way about the thunder and lightening and anything else in her life. I told her about a certain scripture that spoke to that issue and that things would change for her if she believed they would (faith). I printed out the following power-words and told her to post them somewhere prominent:  "for God gave us a spirit NOT of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).

 

I know that little girl is going to be ok, because she was serious in saying those words and making them mean something over her life. She recited them a few times after I gave them to her.

 

What words do you speak over your life? 

 

Like that little girl, I have power-words (scriptures) over my life and the people I love. I even have them for those who don't have love for me. And God hears every last one of them. He will honor the words we utter to Him when we love Him. I'm not talking about speaking words of doom against anyone, just the opposite. I'm talking about speaking positive words of faith over people, places, and things -- no matter how we feel about them or how they feel about us.

 

That little girl loves the Lord, I could tell, and she is blessed because of her faith in God the Father. Therefore, she has absolutely nothing to fear and neither do we.

 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Users and Winners

You can't help that you're great.
Yep you read it right, users and winners.

Let's get right to it.

I'll start with the winners first. They are the people who just mind their own business, they're on their grind, they're positive, and they're trying their best to live right. They still fall short sometimes, yet God knows the pureness of their heart. Their life trajectory looks towards heaven.

Then you have the users. Another name for them could be classified as the haters. They only call or come around when they need something from you. It can be tangible or intangible. They want to use you up for all you're worth and spit you out again. Isn't it amazing how a user/hater will hate and still smile in your face, all the time wanna take your place? That's a saying from my pastor, Pastor Henderson, of New Beginnings Church in Matthews, NC. Quite fitting for this blog post, wouldn't you say?

Nevertheless, haters are the people who hate (yes hate) you for no logical reason other than jealously, envy, or their own misery and insecurity. They're also rude, condescending, give fake compliments (if they compliment at all), and bad-mouth you (often with lies) to anyone who will listen. If this bothers you even for a minute, get over it and if you're on the come-up, get used to it. In other words, if you're doing anything substantial or on your way, they will come out of the wood-works. Just accept that "haters gonna hate hate hate" (lyrics from the Taylor Swift song). 

So winners, my advice to you is to keep on keeping on.

Don't let any ill feelings towards you stop you from feeling great about yourself or going forward in what God told you to do. Don't let them rattle you. Focus on you, your goals, and "do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord" (Jeremiah 1:8-10)

Keep smiling, keep a positive attitude, and keep winning baby. You're going to be just fine.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Rejuvenated

Relax, it's ok.
According to dictionary.com, rejuvenate means to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again.

Sometimes that's what we need in order to feel alive again. Sometimes we simply need a make-over and a do-over. There's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with going on a vacation or taking a break from the things that add stress to our lives. I'm talking about those things that are sometimes beyond our control. It may be a job situation that God has not released us from yet, but it causes pressure in our lives. Or perhaps a school or business endeavor that we are committed to and that would be catastrophic to get out of. There are simply some things in life that we may not want to do, but we just have to do, at least for a certain amount of time. 

That's life.

But here's the good news: it's ok to treat ourselves to the things that rejuvenate us to make us feel brand new again. We should do more of that. In fact, I need to do more of it myself. I need to sit out on a beach somewhere, stare at the ocean and that's it. I've never really done that before and I think it's time.

Anyway, it's really ok to take a break. Nobody's perfect, but God, so this may be a great time to slow down and remove ourselves from a certain situation even if it's temporary. We'll be glad we did it and it just may be the best thing for our souls right now.“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).

God knows.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Trading Places

Out with the old, in with the new.
Remember the 1983 movie, Trading Places, with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd? 

It was a movie about what happens when a  wealthy and a poor man trade places and who they become as a result of their new lives. It was a funny movie, but also the reality of what happens when people take on new changes in life.

It's like trading in our old selves with our new selves. Although Eddie Murphy's character was poor and became wealthy and the opposite for Dan Aykroyd's character, in the end they both learn valuable lessons about life and the importance of accepting people for people. They both became better, more thoughtful and loving people. Overall, the movie had a great message.  

That's kind of how it works when we accept God in our lives. The old has passed away and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). We have traded places with our old self and now we are new creations in Christ. And let me tell you, that is a wonderful thing. It means our lives are so much richer and fuller, because we have a reliable and loving source to tap into. We are more blessed, because of it. God looks after His own first, just like any great parent. Yet, His blessings are available to everyone. All anyone has to do is confess with their mouth and believe in their heart that Jesus is Lord and He died for all of us (Romans 10:9-10). Pretty simple really.

Anyway, I don't know about you, but I'm so much better newer than I was with my old self. I wouldn't trade places for nothing in the world.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rubber Bands

We can bounce right back after life's events,
as we continue to seek God's kingdom.
They're pulled, they bend, they stretch, they expand, and they bounce right back.

Rubber bands.

There's much we can learn from the attributes of such a great invention. They're so many features and functions of them that I couldn't even begin to explain.

In John Maxwell's blog post titled, Bounce Back from your Setback, he says, "having a community of people who love and support you is an important key to bouncing back from disappointment. This, above all, has the most impact on a person’s level of resilience; the larger the network of support and care, the more able a person is to be resilient." In other words, people need people during tough times. It's not a good idea to try to get through things by ourselves. We don't know everything, so we may miss out on what's best for us. I know I did at one point in my life. Remember my telling you I was functionally depressed, if there's any such thing. That meant I did everything I was supposed to do during the day. In fact, I was very good at doing and achieving those things, but late at night I felt alone and sad thinking about my problems. There was no need for that. Now I know there are people who have gone through the same challenges and issues and they are willing to help me through mine. It's the same thing for you, but like me, you have to swallow your pride and ask for help.

We can be like that rubber band, with the right people around us. We can bounce right back after life's difficult challenges. Don't go through your problems alone. Accept the people who are willing to help you on your road to recovery. If not, it will take much longer to be whole. God wants more for you. You must believe that.

Everyone needs help sometimes and nobody is alone in their circumstances. I am more than a witness. "Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).

You'll make it. 


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

God's Promises

God's covenant stands forever. 
"I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth" (Genesis 9:13). 

Those were the spoken words of the covenant or agreement that God made with His people after the flood. He told Noah He would never flood the earth again. 

Wasn't that great? 

Not so much the flood part, although that was awesome too. I'm talking about the agreement part. That resonates with me, because God has made an agreement with me too. He's made lots of them regarding different things at different times of my life. They're all over the bible. Some more general and some specific. One which I often talk about in my blog is that He will never leave me or overlook (forsake) me. So that means when rough and tough roads come, I can think of God's rainbow and it's just another reminder of His love for me. All I have to do is just picture His covenant then I'm good and I know things will work out. It's still called faith. 

Faith that God will keep His promises. 

And not one time has He ever lied -- that's impossible. He's the God of perfection. So when He says it's going to happen, count it done. 

Do you have a relationship with Him that you can say that? Do you have complete trust and belief that He is there for you? If not, what's holding you back from believing? Romans 10:9/10 is a start, "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Go for it.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Mini Habits Update 5

Just start small and be consistent
In my continuing reading of the book, Mini Habits, you can probably tell 2 things. 1-that I'm taking my time reading it, because I'm reading other things, as well and 2-I'm using the Mini Habits philosophy in carrying out the task of reading it, because I'm checking in with you from time to time. That means I read a little bit everyday. The Mini Habits book is 125 pages and I'm on around page 54 so I have no idea when I will finish, but I will finish and I will continue to update you periodically as promised. 

Regarding will power and staying on track with whatever the tasks (habits) are at hand that we're trying to develop and remain consistent, the following are the five main causes of ego-depletion or will power depletion according to Guise (albeit will power still remains superior to motivation, however, since we're not robots we can still run out of will power):

Effort
"Mini habits require very little actual effort. This is a natural structure that greatly reduces the chance for burnout (p. 49). My translation: Mini habits are not that bad, because you're starting "stupid small" as Guise says. We can develop great and healthy habits with minimal effort if we choose to. I'm trying to get up to 30 full-body push-ups everyday. Right now I can do 10 every day. There was a short time ago when I couldn't even do one.

Perceived Difficulty 
"Mini habits have almost zero perceived difficulty by design. Setting mini goals is the best way to drop the perceived difficulty in any project. Once you start and are free to continue, your perceived difficulty will be much lower due to the psychological impact of having already started. Just like in physics, the greatest inertia comes before the start of motion. Once you're in motion, everything gets easier as a result of momentum", ie, increased motivation (p. 49). My translation: Whatever that habit is we want to accomplish, can be accomplished if we change our attitude about it. I'm forcing myself to read everyday and I started with reading a little bit of the things I want to read. I didn't put a time frame on it yet. I'm still at just-got-to-read stage. That's good enough for now.

Negative Affects 
"Negative affect simply means the experience of unpleasant feelings" (p. 50); "even if you're replacing a pleasure with a mini habit, the commitment is so small that you won’t feel negative affect from it" (p. 51). My translation: Instead of watching TV or Netflix (the pleasure), and replacing that with going out to run, the "negative feeling" we start getting from the thought of running won't be so bad, because we will begin to see great results. I'm trying to walk at least 15-20 minutes per day (trying).

Subjective Fatigue
"Will power is a battle of the mind, and according to some of these top willpower drainers, the battle appears to be between the perception of your strength relative to your task." "Subjective fatigue depends on many factors, and a big one is how you see yourself stacking up against your goal" (p. 51). My translation: See yourself successful; picture it; do it, and stay with it. Just start small, is all. Don't try to do 10 crunches if you're not in that shape. Just start with 1 a day and the results will come.

Blood Glucose Levels
"Glucose (sugar) is your primary energy source. If you have low glucose in your blood, you're going to feel very tired. If it's dangerously low, you can even pass out. Your blood sugar levels are determined by genetics, diet, and lifestyle" (p. 52); "and if you're tired from low blood sugar, mini habits give you the best chance to take action anyway" (p 53). My translation: Stay away from that junk food. Sugar is in alot of stuff. Starting with a healthy habit is a start. Just start with something small. I'm trying not to eat chocolate that much (I absolutely love it). So I will just buy it maybe once per month. The good news for me is that I love dark chocolate (I'm smiling big right now). 

We can do something if we start small -- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:13).  

Nothing's changed.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Seeds

Have you asked yourself lately what type of impact your making in another's life?

Or have you considered the type of fruit you're producing? Or if any person, place, or thing around you is multiplying for the better? Or if there exists any fruitful followers? Or if you're influencing positive change in anybody, or any place, or anything?

These are great questions to ask ourselves, because how we answer them is an indication of the type of life we're living. I'll go further and say it may even dictate our quality of life, because I think the people who have the most fulfillment are the ones helping others in some way.

Remember, a seed must die in order to develop other seeds? It's all about planting great seeds (John 12:24). This is how we ultimately help people become better people.

Imagine if all of us did that?


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Armor of God

The armor of God is our protection
When I lost my twin boys 5 months in utero, some people thought I should get over it immediately. 

You know why some people think they have a right to tell you how to feel about trauma? Because it never happened to them. But, God will strengthen you in time to be able to use your pain for His glorious gain. Stay with Him and you will help many people.

While time has made dealing with my pain and suffering easier (it's been over 24 years), I will always have a sad spot in my heart about what happened and how it happened. I still have good days and bad days and that's ok (over time the good days far outnumber the bad days). Besides the pain of losing my precious bundles of joy, it was also clear medical negligence on the part of the medical staff. Yet, I decided back then that I would not wallow in my grief and that I had to forgive the medical staff. To forgive meant I refused to walk around with hate inside of me -- that would have been an even harder and more difficult burden to carry.

Would that bring them back? Nope. Wallowing and unforgiveness are counter-productive. They don't help matters. In other words, I wouldn't allow the grief and suffering to consume my life. I had to go on. Was it easy? Of course not, but now I'm writing about it to you, to let you know that I know what pain feels like (but that's just the tip of the iceberg, soon I'll tell you about my parents passing away on the same day and the same year). 

I'm just here to tell you that you can get through trauma and pain. You can be happy and healthy. In fact, it's a must to push yourself to do just that. That proves your faith that God will have His way in how you will help others. Let Him use you. Let Him use your pain. Helping others is also your help.

God has great things for you to say and do as a result of that pain and suffering. It wasn't for nothing.

What my relationship with God has continued to prove to me is that as I continue to seek Him in my grief and talk to him in my suffering, He enables the grief and suffering to dissipate to the point where some people may wonder if I ever grieved or suffered at all. Listen, if it were up to me I would sometimes just lay around all day and just think about nothing or everything, because that's sometimes easier than dealing with the things that happened or didn't happen. The devil is a liar.

I refuse easy. I refuse to live a life of misery. I flat out reject any notion of that. I will fight to the bitter end. I won't concern myself with what people think or say. That's a waste of time. I will push through and continue on no matter what, because there's much work to do. Don't let the devil steal your joy. Although we suffered a loss, we're still here for a reason and many lives will be saved, because of it.

When we accept God we are in a position to hear clearly from Him, gain more power, stand strong, and help others in spite of our pain and suffering. In fact, it is that very pain and suffering that makes us stronger. And it's because of that strength that we are fully equipped to wear the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Now, that's power.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Still Winning

Always winning with the Lord.
Won.

Winning.

Going to win again.
  
Past, present, future. It doesn't matter what happened. It doesn't matter what is happening now. And it doesn't matter what will happen. God is in control and He's ordering our steps. When we follow Him, He ensures our steps are made perfect. It's when we get off course that we mess things up. 

There is only one way to win and that is with God on our side. He can defeat the things we can't. So, yes I'm still winning and so are you I hope. You know why I'm so sure of that for myself? Because all the hell I had in my life; all the pain I have endured; all the pain others have endured, are the fuel that makes my fire burn. As traumatic and sorrowful as some of my life was and as challenging as some of my present circumstances are, I know God is making ways out of no ways. He's turning what the devil did to His people, around for His glory.

That gives me solace and hope for a future for God's hurting people. Do you know you will hurt no more? Do you realize that God hears your cries? He knows your pain. He is aware of what happened and why it happened. He has not left you to be in a dire state. He has a plan. None of us can always figure it out though. We just have to live (fully) in knowing there are some things we will never know the reason for.

There is only one God. 

Thankfully.

Why does He allow certain events? I don't know, I really have no idea. All I know is that we can all win as He directs our lives. And when we allow Him in our lives (it's a choice), watch how He turns things around to help us make meaning out of life. That, I'm confident He will do.

So yes I'm winning simply, because of my faith in the Most High (Psalms 91). Faith-speak is what I keep speaking to myself no matter what my reality is.

You want to win? 

Go to God, speak faith, and do what He says. Then you can say, "winning" and mean it too.


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Never Give In, Never Give Up!

You are a champion. You are here on purpose.
"Never give up. Never give up! Never give up!! Never, never, never-never-never-never!'" ~Winston Churchill

"Without commitment, people give up easily; they have no staying power at all. If you want to be one who never gives up, commitment is the key" ~Joyce Meyer, Never Give Up! p. 109)

If you are an avid reader of my blog, you will see a common thread among the majority of my posts and that is simply, to stay in the race, push through the pain, be determined to be determined, and know that God has a plan for your life. None of us are here by accident. God is not a God of accidents. He is a purposeful and strategic God. He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. He is the Starter and the Finisher. He is the Alpha and the Omega

He is the Almighty God who can do anything and everything, including direct you and your life.

You feeling weak? He is your strength. You feeling sad? He is your joy. You feeling discouraged? He is your hope. Don't you dare give up on why you are still here. God has you here for a reason. There is something about you that only you can do, because God made you special that way. There is only one you and there is a region of people who are waiting for what you have to offer based on your life. 

Walk in it.


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Reference:
Revelation 1:8


Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Couch

This thing, the couch can be a problem if we're not careful.
It's one of the most ingenious inventions of all time.

The Couch. 

Even if it's uncomfortable, it's comfortable. It can be the most raggedy, tattered, ugliest couches, yet lay down on it, especially with that remote and your favorite show and it's all she wrote. You're good, you're in the zone, and nobody better come for you. 

But...that couch has been the reason for so many unfulfilled hopes. That couch has held up countless dreams. It has even stopped my flow too many times to even think about. The more I read about the people who have achieved great things the more I understand that they were the people who stayed away from that dreaded couch. For, that couch (with that remote and refrigerator) have been the enemy to progress, movement, innovation, and success. Sometimes it's best not to even lay eyes on it, because it's so tempting. But we must not let temptation get the best of us. Temptation is not our friend. We have to resist it. It is the opposite of God. Remember how satan tried to tempt Jesus? Of course it didn't work. 

Let's just stay off of that couch, because it's stopping our flow and enough is enough. There is much more the Lord has for us. We just have to believe it and do the work to achieve it. That means focusing on what He has for us, which will take hard work and diligence. It won't come for free and it won't come lying around.

If we're not yet living the life the Lord God has for us, could it be that that couch is the culprit?


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Reference:
Matthew 4:1-11

Friday, July 15, 2016

Keep Going

God hasn't given us a spirit of fear.
We must fight for those who need us.
A short time ago I wrote about warrior faith (blog post March 4, 2016). 

In that post I talked about how David rose up against his enemy, Goliath. The main weapon David had to beat Goliath was David's faith (trust/belief) in God. David went in that battle with the mindset that he was going to win. Period. End of story. 

And of course he won. 

He didn't stop. Nobody threw Him off. His life wasn't easy, but he stayed with God. He made mistakes and God stayed with him. David never gave up.

He kept going. 

That's what we have to do no matter the obstacles and mountains. 

I was just thinking about life yesterday when I was driving. I was thinking about the pain people are in. Sometimes I cry, because of that pain. Yet I know there is going to be a bright light that shines all the time, because of all the hurt. I'm on a quest to fight for that light to shine so others may be helped and the suffering gone. 

It will happen. I'm going to keep going.


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Reference:
1 Samuel 17

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Not Moved

Jesus is the light of the world -- the only light of the world.
No matter what happens in the world, we must stay focused on what it is we are doing for Christ. We can't be moved or swayed by anything that tries to get us off course.

Focus is paramount.

What is your gift? What would you do if money were no object? What drives you? What moves you? What do you enjoy doing? What is that awesome gift God has given you to impact the world?

That's it. Use it.

That's why you were born. 

That is the thing you can't let people, places or things stifle in you to the point where you don't use it. Sometimes if a person, place or thing doesn't agree with who you are, they/it may try to muzzle your voice. I have a problem with that. It really bugs me. Why do people want to be able to have their thoughts, opinions, and movements, while others can't? We can't have a double standard where one person can exercise their rights freely and the other cannot. 

Whatever that thing is that Christ birthed in you, you must use it, because He gave it to you to move people to action of some sort. It can be any gift (too numerous to name) and any positive action. Just remember, God will only have us use our gifts for good things that will help others, not hurt them. 

He is a good God who brings light. "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" ~John 8:12.


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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Home of the Brave

God created us to make a difference,
not to walk around afraid to ruffle feathers.
The home of the brave are the warriors who are not afraid to stand for change; to stand for what's right. They are not in the business of placating the status quo.

There are many in the bible who stood for worthy causes and who put the people in front of themselves. They did the hard things in the name of Godly leadership. They had it rough at times, but they were like pros who made it look easy. That's what you do when God is with you. It doesn't matter who comes against you, you stand for something. Moses did; Joseph did; David did; Esther did; The Samaritan Woman did. And every last one of them was blessed and highly favored for walking in the mandates of God.

They were all the courageous ones. The ones who were probably scared deep down when they thought about what they were really up against, but fearless and bold as God was with them. They knew it was worth it -- using their voice and life against injustice; risking themselves to help others obtain freedom of some sort. 

I admire them. They didn't care to be accepted by people. They stuck their necks out anyway even though they may have stood alone; even though what they did was right, but unpopular; even though they were ridiculed and made fun of. 

The home of the brave ones. 

The ones chosen and called by God. And the ones who decided to heed the call.

Today, even more are chosen and called, but very few acknowledge or answer, because of fear of the unknown and/or acceptance of man. Yet we have nothing to fear, because God chose and called us to do mighty things in the earth. Acceptance by the people who are sitting on the sidelines must not affect us one way or another. Focus is the key here and unless we submit to God we will always be unsettled and miserable souls. 

How sad. Why not just do what we were born to do? 

I'm going to leave this right here. 



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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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In Sharon’s Heart is a series of books inspired by God and His holy word, the bible. My writing comes from a biblical foundation and underpinning of biblical truth. In other words you will not find any crazy talk in any of my books. What you will find in my books is what lives in my heart and what I think about regarding lots of different topics. If our heart is pure and if we continue to have a heart for the Lord, then He will guide what we say and what we do. With such a foundation we will do and say honorable and smart things to the best of our ability. I believe the Lord will bless our endeavors. From a Godly heart perspective, there is something for everybody within the pages of every book, which will help people do what many of us should want to do: Go to the next lev-el in what God has for us. I do not know about you, but I am really serious about getting what He has for me, because I know that will involve helping others. That is what I want to do more than anything. I want to use my writing and my speaking abilities to convey a message that God loves each one of us and He wants us to know that. He wants us to know that we have been born with a purpose. What helped me determine that purpose was life. Yes life happened to me, my family, and other families. For that, I have new and fresh breath to help me navigate through the tough waters in order to help others. That is why Isaiah 61 is scripture I can relate to. I like what it says about the spirit of the Lord GOD being upon me, because I do believe He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor (in spirit). And I believe He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to comfort all who mourn. In other words, through my writing and speaking, I know I will bring blessings from God to people who are hurting to tell them God said you will hurt no more.
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POSITIVE Self-talk, A little journal book with BIG talk…is a journal book about speaking to yourself from that positive place inside yourself. This journal book is for anyone who dares to dream and who dares to stand up for that which has been placed inside of them. This journal book is for the person who will never give up. Why a journal book? Internalizing your thoughts by placing each word on “paper” will help take you to that place only you and God knows. Each word will help you to go inside yourself and will enable you to start speaking life to all aspects of your life. When you know better, you do better. There is only one you and you are not an accident. It is important to use vocabulary that is positive no matter what you may be going through. Positive words transfer to powerful words. Thus, POSITIVE Self-talk will help you gain or refresh that inner and outer voice of freedom. Continue to talk to yourself and watch what POSITIVE Self-talk will accomplish in your life.

Cool

You're so cool.
'Who we are in the inside relates directly to whom we have dwelling in us--Christ' (Charles Stanley, Living In His Sufficiency).

That means when we know who we are in Christ, we can truly conquer the world. In other words, we can walk in confidence that what we are going to do will get done. The obstacles or roadblocks do not matter. When God is for us who can be against us?

He will protect us and shield us from any and everything that will get in the way of the path He has set for us. He directs them and there is nothing that will stop Him. Everything is well planned out already. It's been like that for a long time. And we can walk boldly in knowing that. 

Where do you get your confidence? 

If it comes from God, you're pretty solid. If it doesn't, the foundation will be a bit shaky. I would ask you to reconsider if God isn't your source of strength, because with God as our provider, our needs are met and when our needs are made, we're secure.

"I can do all this through him who gives me strength" ~Philippians 4:13. That security leads to confidence -- calm, collected cool confidence. 

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Reference:
Romans 8:31

Monday, July 11, 2016

I Love You

God's love is real and
it's around us all the time.
That's what the Lord says to us. 

"I love you."

Yes, He is telling us that no matter what we're up against; no matter the tide of the land right now; no matter what things seem like, He loves us.  All of us. It doesn't matter what we look like. Jesus is no respecter of persons, which means He doesn't show favoritism (He shows favor, but not favoritism). We are all His children.

God loves us. 

Sometimes people have a hard time with the concept that someone loves us that we can't see. Can we see air? Can we see the blood flowing through our veins? Can we see the world spinning? Can we see the frontal lobe of our brain thinking? Yet, all of it is crucial to our being and functioning. Without any of those things we cease to exist.  

That's how it is with God. He's omnipresent and so is His love. We can't see His love, but it is around us all the time. And when we tap into it we can feel it and sense it on an entirely different level. Although His love for us is obvious, ours for Him isn't. We can tap into His love though. All we have to do is ask Him out loud to come into our heart and ask Him out loud to forgive us for our mistakes (sins). Then we will experience Him like never before. I did it around 1999 and I was never the same. I was better, stronger, and faster than I've ever been. Life's struggles didn't elude me, but I was able to get through them more efficiently after He came into my life.

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" ~Romans 10:9.

He loves us, because we are that special to Him.

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Reference:
Romans 2:11

Sunday, July 10, 2016

In Sharon's Heart Website is inspired by God. It will have lots of the latest commentary and testimonies of people who have gone through something or who are currently going through something, and who have and will come out on the other side. 

Yes, they will have some stories to tell about how God brought them through. If you could only imagine. 

Come to In Sharon's Heart Website for inspiration and encouragement. And watch God move mightily in the lives of His people. 


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In Sharon's Heart, Never Give Up, You Can Do It, is based on some of In Sharon's Heart blog posts about faith and never giving up. I know what pain feels like and I know what giving up what God has for me feels like too. There was a time when I lived in darkness, sadness, and depression. I didn't know I was depressed. I was just going through life doing the things I know I needed to get done for survival (work, church, family, school and hardly any friends). But now all of that has changed. Through my pain I am now a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and because of my pain, I am writing for others' gain. That's right, In Sharon's Heart, Never Give Up, You Can Do It, is about having victory after the storm, after the fire, after the treacherous mountain, and after the deserted valley. 

If I can sit here and write these words to you, you can for sure, do everything that God has birthed you to do. Now go forth and multiply, because Never Give Up, You Can Do It.

Be Encouraged

Be encouraged in the Lord.
Look up.
I know how it feels when things are not moving fast enough.

I get discouraged too. Just, because I blog and things, doesn't mean I never go there. I'm human. 

Yet, I know what God said. He's told me quite a bit through His word (the bible), His prophets, through dreams, and through visions. What has He told you?

What are you holding onto in these sometimes dark days? Whatever it is you must not grow weary and give up, because the storm won't last forever. 

Hold on to something that brings you to His glorious light. Find some scripture (my blogs are full of them) or a positive place where you have experienced Him and hold on to that. When you hold on to the light you will see and there is never a reason to look down, because God is above (the devil and evil are below).

Thus, we must continue to look towards The One who will direct our lives to His goodness and mercy. As we, "trust in the Lord with all our heart, and do not lean on our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will make our paths smooth and straight" ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Look up towards heaven then you will see God. Then you will be encouraged -- encouraged in the Lord. That will work, it worked for me. If it didn't work I wouldn't say you should do it.


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Praying for Strength

If we will pray for strength,
the Lord will answer accordingly.
I'm praying for strength in this day and in this age.

It's a rough time and a great time all at the same time. My heart breaks and my heart rejoices.

My heart breaks, because of all the hate in the world. My heart rejoices, because of all the great things that are coming as a result. There's always sunshine after the storm; after the chaos and the turbulence. God is aware. He knows exactly what is now and what is ahead of us.

During tough times leaders step up. The courageous come forth. The bold are not afraid. In a short time we will see who there are.

"My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!" ~Psalm 119:28

I will continue to pray for strength. Then I will see how the Lord God will move throughout it all.



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