Happy New Year!

You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11 TPT

Happy New Year friends! I hope you had a joyful and exciting start to day 1 of this new year! I don’t know what your 2019 was like. It may have been all you dreamed of or perhaps you couldn’t wait to leave it behind. No matter where you find yourself, I pray that God’s promise of Psalm 65:11 will be yours as we move forward in anticipation of all that our Father has for us.

ABC’s Of A Grateful Heart

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.(Psalm 103:2)

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‘Tis the season for gratitude.

What’s one of the first thing that comes to mind when you think of your “ABC’s”?

For me it takes me back to the beginning of my childhood. Often the alphabet is one of the first things a child learns.  Before they can recognize words, write or form sentences, it is essential for them to grasp the basics of the alphabet. It is the foundation of everything that follows.  As I reflect on that thought this Thanksgiving season, I recognize this same principle is true in our journey through life.

The lesson of cultivating a grateful heart is essential as we move from season to season.  If we aren’t learning how to be grateful for where we are now, it’s likely we will have a hard time being grateful in other stages of life. Gratitude you see isn’t situational. It’s a heart issue. Continue reading

Reboot. (System Loading…)

I don’t know where it came from but I pretty much exploded. I was having a hard day- but it wasn’t just that day- I was having many hard days. High demands at work, overbooked calendar & trying to be the “good” friend to everyone around me amongst other things was stressing a sista out.  Something was wrong and it needed to be corrected asap.

I’ve worked in the technology field for several years. I remember early on in my career when working the helpdesk, if someone reported an issue with their PC , like a system freezing, an application crashed or weird error message, though most times determining the root issues was hard to diagnose, the symptoms revealed that something was definitely going on. My go-to technique was usually to have them reboot their PC…it seemed silly but 9 times out 10 that resolved it!

This concept works not only on computers or cell phones, but it can be applied to our lives as well. You see my outburst was just a symptom of other things going on. I couldn’t really place my finger on what …but a reboot was surely in store.

Reboot: start up again after closing or shutting down , start (something) anew: to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version

After sitting in the bed exhausted that night I knew that I needed to reboot physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Reboot Physically

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? 1 Corinthians 6:19

Eating on the go or barely eating at all coupled with a lack of sleep were contributing to my irritable state. We live in a time where the “boss” mindset is glorified over the normalcy of life. As my pastor stated our side hustles have side hustles. Lol. I’m in NO way condemning those of you who are working multiple jobs, chasing dreams and doing what you feel God is calling you to do. I have several close friends who I admire like this, who are doing their thiiiing. What I am advising is that we must make sure in the midst of it all you take time to take care of yourself. Our bodies are our temples. And we should treat them as such.

Reboot Mentally

The battlefields we often have in our minds can be exhausting. When your thoughts seem like a tangled web of wires, figuring out a plan to unravel them can be just as tiresome as the thoughts themselves. Instead of trying to sort through where everything is coming from, sometimes we have to just pause and renew our thinking. Allow the Lord to take control and know that you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).  At times our lack of mental peace is because our focus in on the wrong thing. Points to self.  Isaiah 26:3 reminds us “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You [the Lord], all whose thoughts are fixed on You!”  Perfect peace comes when our thought are fixed on the perfect One. Not my to do list. Not my worries. Not what other people want me to do. Not my Instagram feed. But a mind fixed on Jesus.

Reboot Spiritually

Last but certainly not least- reboot spiritually. Our relationship with our King has to be foremost in everything we do. But I’ll be the first to admit that as much as I know that, there are other things that often vie for my attention. A spiritual reboot begins simply by taking the first step to draw near to God. He promises when we do, that He will also draw near to us (James 4:8).  What an amazing thing that it is to know that no matter where you find yourself, the Savior’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). Perhaps it’s time for you to get back to church or bible study instead of avoiding it (Hebrews 10:25) and surround yourself with other like-minded individuals who can remind you of your first love (Revelation 2:4). Maybe it’s reading a devotional so you can get back in the habit of spending time in the word. Whatever it may be, the key is to do it. Everything we do hinges on connection to our Creator.  Ask the Father to create a clean heart and renew that steadfast spirit within you (Psalm 51:10), trusting that He will give you what you need to start anew in Him.

So how about you? What areas of your life are in need of a reboot? Take a moment to write them down and then execute a plan to move forward.  Praying for you..

Atmosphere Changer

This is how the Lord responds: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you! Jeremiah 15:19 NLT

 “Remember you’re an atmosphere changer.”

When my friend spoke those words to me, it reminded me of the verse above I read a while back in Jeremiah 15.

A verse I knew, the moment I read it, would need to be etched on my heart.

You see, while I have a desire to use what God has poured into me to influence others for His glory, I know how easy it is for the tables to turn and find that the environment I’m in is actually influencing me.

Influence: The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

Influence.

One word that holds more weight than you’ve probably thought about.

Influence is not necessarily a bad thing. We all have mentors, friends, and family members alike that have imparted great jewels into our lives.

But that’s not what I’m referring to.

I’m talking about the influence of the world that takes us further and further away from the things we know to be true.

Everything that looks good doesn’t always mean it’s good for you. Have you ever found yourself caught in the current of the world’s way of doing and saying things? In our quest to be relevant we start to compromise. What were once just cool things to say, becomes doctrine that we start to live by. We’re afraid to stand for real truth because the world says truth is “relative”. I’ll save that for another day.  And instead of “letting our words change others, we change our words to suit them (Jeremiah 15:19 MSG)

I think if we desire to serve God and live out what it truly means to be an atmosphere changer, we can no longer be conformed to the world. Rather we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. For it is then we will recognize and carry out God’s perfect will. (Romans 12:1-3)

I know it’s not always easy but I’m praying for those of us who are willing to take a stand. Those who won’t cherry pick things from God’s word that make us feel good -but with honest, open, vulnerable hearts are willing to turn back and say Lord.. I want to be a true spokesman (or woman) who declares your truth!  Will we get it right every time.. definitely not. But remember even though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again! Proverbs 24:16.

Keep Returning. Keep Rising. Keep Influencing The World For His Glory.

We do ourselves and each other a disservice when we allow the influence of the world to infiltrate what the Lord has called us to do.  You are called to be an atmosphere changer. But how often do we allow the atmosphere to change us?

Checks self.

James 4:4 says “Don’t you know that flirting with the world’s values places you at odds with God? Whoever choose to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy! “

How are you flirting with the world’s value? In what ways do you think this impacts the influence you have? I know we are real people living in a real world. So this doesn’t mean that you hide yourself in a bubble until Jesus returns. What I do think this reminds us of is that we have to be intentional about what has influenced us in our relation to God- specifically when we desire to be His mouthpiece.  

This also means that we have to be humble enough to allow people to speak into our lives. It’s become common practice to say that someone is being judgmental when they call us to the carpet on our stuff. But perhaps God has placed these people in your life as safe guards to help you stay the course.  Galatians 6:1 puts it this way “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

I’m praying for you as you read this that you would be on fire to use your influence for good.  It’s time for us to turn back ladies. Say it with me…I am an atmosphere changer!

So put on the full armor of the Lord. Renew your mind. Refocus on what’s essential. And go forth this week in the strength of the Lord. Let’s use our influence to point the world to only one worthy of praise…. King Jesus!

Burden Bearer

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What a glorious God! He gives us salvation over and over, then daily He carries our burdens! Pause in His Presence. Psalm 68:19 TPT

There’s an old saying that God will never put more on you than you can bear, but what if that burden was never for meant you to carry? What’s something you need to let go of today so that you can experience His peace? God’s got you!

Happy Friday Loves! 🙏🏽💜🤗

 

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