Sunday, November 8, 2015

In Over my Head

Sometimes we all have that one song that's able to capture how we're feeling perfectly in some moments in our life through the lyrics and melody. I've been finding myself on repeat with this song by Jenn Johnson. I really enjoy the soft melody and the lyrics are very meaningful. I like how it's about getting immersed in God and letting our thoughts be focused on Him.

Instead of being in over our heads with worries let's be in over our heads with the goodness of God because He's faithful, through the good or the bad.

Here are the lyrics:

Bethel Music/ Jenn Johnson Lyrics
"In Over My Head"

I have come to this place in my life
I’m full but I’ve not satisfied
This longing to have more of You
I can feel it my heart is convinced
I’m thirsty my soul can’t be quenched
You already know this but still
Come and do whatever You want to

I’m standing knee deep but I’m out where never been
I feel You coming and I hear Your voice on the wind

Would you come and tear down the boxes that I have tried to put You in
Let love come teach me who You are again
Take me back to the place where my heart was only about You
And all I wanted was just to be with You
Come and do whatever You want to

Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours
Further and further my heart moves away from the shore
Whatever it looks like, whatever may come I am Yours

Then You crash over me and I’ve lost control but I’m free
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
And You crash over me, I’m where You want me to be
I’m going under, I’m in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
Whether I sink, whether I swim
It makes no difference when I’m beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head
I’m Beautifully in over my head

I pray everyone has a great week!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Counting Your Blessings

This week while spending time with God I discovered that I have so much to be thankful for. I think it can be so easy for humans sometimes to look at what we don't have instead of focusing on what we do have. It's good to remind ourselves of where God has taken us from and what He continues to bless us with each day.

It can truly change out perspectives when we keep our eyes on God and how great He is to us. The enemy wants to distract us and make it seem as if God's dead, and He's not working in our lives, but each day God is working by providing breath in our bodies, giving us another day to live out our purpose in Him.

Last night I finally got the opportunity to watch the movie God's NOT Dead and it was truly a blessing. It's great how God sends us confirmations from what we've been praying about. After the movie was over me, my husband and sister-in-law discussed it and we ended up opening up to each other about what we were going through, being able to encourage one another that we are truly blessed and God's in control of it all. It's good to be able to have those people in your life that helps you see things from different perspectives.

What may seem like hardships today, will turn out to be blessings in the future for what God is preparing you for.

My prayer for my readers this week is that God will be at the center of your heart and that you glorify Him in all your ways. May we all put on the full armor of God so we can be able to withstand the attacks of the enemy. In Jesus name.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Love you all!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Watch your mouth!

Many of us have probably at some point of time or another in our lives have mastered the art of complaining. In this own area of my life I'm still asking God daily to let my words be turned into praises versus complaining. It can be easy to see the bad and overlook the vital lessons we can learn at different stages of our lives. While spending time with God the other day I was reminded that our words hold power and can really set the mood for our entire day.

Our words can also be used as warfare against the enemy when we go into prayer and decree the promises of God over our lives. If we speak by faith and believe all that God has promised us concerning giving us an abundant life we should start seeing the positive changes in our everyday lives.

There are a few important topics we have to keep in mind when it comes to watching the words that come out of our mouth as believers.

Stop complaining and start praising.

Remember when God delivered His people from out of the captivity of Egypt, yet they still complained day and night that God wasn't providing for them enough? Well, that caused them to miss out on the promise land that God had set aside for them. After He continually gave them chance after chance to stop complaining and just trust him He punished them and told them that their children would be the one's to inherit the promise land instead and not them.

As I think over how they complained I'm reminded that I must not complain about my own circumstances and praise God instead as I go through it, because at the end of it there's a promise God has for us if we continue to be patient and remain faithful to obeying God through it all.

See what 1 Jude 14-16 has to say about complainers or those who grumble.
14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[e] 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

So you see God is pretty serious about the Words we speak. Let's turn our complaints into praise and see how God shows up.

Speak life not death.

Some people use their words to uplift people and some use their words to tear people down. As Christians we should be the one's speaking life into others and letting them know that the ways of the Lord are true and good for our life and for our eternal soul. When we tell others the good news of Jesus and warn them of their wicked ways this is actually speaking life to them. When we let them follow a road leading to destruction and approve of their unGodly ways this is speaking death to them.

Proverbs 27: 5 Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

According to the Word of God we are actually supposed to let people know if they are doing something that is wrong, yeah they may not like it, but at the end of the day we are helping to save their souls from death.

James 5:20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

Life and Death are in the power of the tongue

It's important to remember to speak encouraging words to others. We can tear people down with the words we say, where they can feel like there's no hope. When we are correcting others it's important to do it with love and kindness, though even still some people may take it the wrong way, but at least you know you did your part by speaking the words you say in love.

It's also important to speak life to ourselves. There have been times where I felt like I was incapable of doing something, and in turn I was down in the dumps for a long time because I told myself I couldn't do something. God said that he has given us the power to overcome ALL things, we must believe in the power of God's Grace and that we have the ability to do anything through Christ who strengthens us. When we speak the Word by faith we start living the life God wants us to live through His victory.

Blessings and cursing

OK, so this one is a biggie in the "Christian" communities. When we tell people we are Christians yet every curse word from a to z proceeds from our mouth's then we are not representing the true Christ.

When it comes to following Jesus we have to make sure that we are being true representatives and that's by the way we live, behave and even the language we use. If you're struggling with using swear words, pray to the Lord to deliver you because by using swear words you're showing that you still have the old person in you that you need God to make new within you. It's time to become that new creature in Christ.

Remember to speak positive things and watch the positive effects it will bring to your whole day.

God's Grace is Limitless,

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Top 3 Reasons Why I Write

Today marks National Day on Writing, so in honor of today I decided to write a post on #WhyIwrite

As most of you may know I’m the author of “leaving Jade”, but for those of you who don’t know I will shamelessly put in an advertisement for you to order it here at this link! You will not only enjoy it, but I’m positive that it will inspire you in some way. And plus it’s on sale on Kindle so it’s a win-win situation!

OK…now that my advertisement plug is out of the way that brings me to the reason of me writing this post.

Since a young girl I’ve loved to write and it’s always intrigued me. I guess writing you could say also matches my personality. Being an introvert most of my thoughts are inside of my head, and when it comes time for me to release all of those thoughts, writing them down is my biggest preference of doing so. There are so many reasons why I love to write, but for this post I’m going to talk about my top three.

Reason #1
Escape from reality
Similar to how I feel when I read a book, when I get into the mode of writing it’s like everything else around me disappears. I become so immersed with the world I’m creating through words that it can be a bit of a mini vacation from all of the commotion that could be going on. It’s a great time for me to take my mind off of whatever obligations or duties that could be stressors in my life at the moment.

Reason #2
The stories you can create
For me, as a writer the stories I create becomes an extraordinary journey as I navigate through it all to convey a message. When it comes to writing the stories you can create are endless. When I read the stories of other author’s I’m so bemused that they could even come up with some of their unique ideas. The twist and turns keeps you turning through the pages and you sincerely feel like the characters you are reading about are real. I love that each story I write is another opportunity for me to become better and better in my gifting.

Reason #3
Using writing for positivity
If it wasn’t for God and writing I don’t think I would’ve made it through my middle and high school years. Writing can definitely be used as a positive outlet for emotions, feelings and thoughts. Not only is it positive for the writer but writing can also be positive for the reader. Writing can inspire others, convey messages and be used to change the world. There are so many positive attributes of writing.

So that wraps up my top 3 reasons for why I love writing. Although I love writing it comes with its challenges as well, which is finding the time to do it. I'm prayerful that one day writing can actually become my full time job, with faith and works I'm hopeful it will be that way.

Be on the look out for more projects coming soon!

Love you all!

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