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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him. Psalm 28:7….This verse is a truth that goes with me each and everyday. However, even though is seems like a life time ago, there was a time I didn’t know the truth of this verse. And, if I were being honest, I could say that the daily ins and outs of life can drown out the impact that this truth can have on my life.

You see, there was a time when I didn’t seek to walk in any truth. I didn’t care. I didn’t care if the life I was living was leading to destruction. I didn’t care if a broken marriage was going to lead to divorce. I didn’t care if my life ended because of my own self-condemnation. I was broken. I came from brokenness. My life was destined to end in brokenness. There was no hope. There was no peace.

Or, was there?

I will give you a new heart. I will take your heart of stone…..(Ezekiel 36:26)

 Boy! Did He give me a new heart. I did begin to care. I suddenly wanted a new heritage for my family. I wanted to be the wife and mother my family needed me to be. I had to learn. I had to depend on the One who could give me new life. I had to surrender it all, and then let God have His work in it. I had to stop trying to take it back and then give it back again when it got too hard, this pattern would wear me down. I am glad my God never grows weary.

I guess you could say, I did give up my life. I died. And I was raised to a new life, one where I now have hope for my family and generations to come. I now have peace.

There is Hope
There is Peace
There is Direction
There is Truth
There is Jesus

Life with Jesus just looks different.

A simple reflection from a simple black woman who was once lost, but who has now found new life in Christ.

Is there a purpose?

As I write this, I know there are those around me who are going through great pain. In a way, I almost feel silly for thinking anything I have gone through lately could even be compared to some of your stories. I guess there is always that looming sense that someone else may have it worse……However, there is a purpose and to everything there is a season. This was one of my seasons:

It is not easy for chaos to come steam-rolling into our lives and derail us. At least, that is what I felt was happening for me, as little by little things around me began to fall apart. My church home was going through many changes. Folks that I have come to treasure as family where relocating. Everything felt out of control. I don’t necessarily know why I was feeling this way. I am normally a take-it-as-it-comes-kinda-person.

Something was different this time around.

The question became, “God, what am I suppose to do? What is my next step?” I felt like I was getting no answer. The more frustrated I became the less room there was for peace in my life. And it was showing in every area of my life.

Had God left me or forsaken me? Certainly not! But that’s what Satan would love to have me believe. And that’s what He would love to have you believe as well…. You see, when we feel defeated, every area of our life is lived as it is already defeated. We live what we believe.

Victory is in Christ!

I guess a better question would be: why is it when things are out of control or not going the way we thought, we automatically assume God is causing harm? Or, He couldn’t possible know all this is going on…maybe this one got by His radar.

Maybe the truth is…we want control (I wanted control). Or, we believe our circumstances are bigger than God….How big is your God?

I had to ponder all of these things as I was walking through this season. The truth was, God was working out His purpose in the midst of it all. And no matter what the outcome, it would turn out for His glory. It may not look like the ideas and plans that we had laid out for ourselves. However, I bet you in the end we would have gotten everything God had intended for us-His best.

I must add, there is also a season of pruning. Think about those rose bushes. The old, dry, dead branches only hinder the new growth that needing to take place. Don’t hold on to the dry places of your life.

He will finish the work He has begun. His grace is bigger than our short-comings.

Remember God sees the big picture. It is so easy to get tripped up on what is right in front of us-focusing on a distorted view. Instead, let us put our focus where it rightly belongs-Jesus Christ.

For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7


Don’t-Give-Up


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There are times when God calls us to let go of something, maybe it is fear, anxiety, or control. And there are times when He calls us to persevere through a circumstance. Through God’s grace and wisdom, I know He will direct our steps as we whole-heartedly seek Him.  
About a year old I took up bike riding. It has become one of my main sources of exercise in the warm weather. However, as much as I love a good ride, I would be lying if I said that there weren’t some days where I didn’t feel like getting on that bike. Sometimes it sounds so much better to just kick back on the couch and eat some ice cream.
Especially when the Nevada winds are at full force! 
If you know anything about the Nevada winds, you know that there are times where it can be brutal! Now picture riding a bike against a wind force that is pushing against you so hard that it requires every ounce of strength in your body just to make it down your street. I bet that sitting on the couch and eating ice cream sounds really good compared to that!
However, I believe there is a better choice-not giving up! 
I get to a point every time during my riding where I have to decide if I am going to press on through the burning legs, watering eyes, and numb fingers, or if I’m going to give up. 
There comes a point where the only thing stopping me from reaching my mark is determining that I won’t stop pedaling. I will press on no matter what. 
Ok, with a switch of gears (pun intended), let me apply this to our daily walk in Christ. 
There are times in life, as a busy mom, where we need to persevere. There are times where the daily circumstances seem to weigh us down. It can be late nights with a sick child, it could be financial difficulties, maybe your husband is working some really long hours and you just feel abandoned and alone. Some seasons of life are just busy and tough ones.  
The choice becomes, do I give up or do I persevere and keep going. 
I know we each want to run the race that God has before us. We each want to strive for the best that God has for us. I don’t want to come short of anything that God has for me. I believe you don’t either. So let’s run with endurance together. God has called each of us to a great work. Remember, He placed you where you are today, He will provided everything that is needed- His strength, wisdom, resources, and power. 
Keep taking the next pedal. Don’t give up!
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-1`4
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it….Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus, I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Cor. 9: 24-27

Full Access to God

I am literally writing this before I head out the door for a weekend get away, However, it is so strong on my heart. This is what I have gleaned from a book I am reading at my women’s bible study called, The power of God’s Whisper by Bill Hybels:

Jesus did all the work when He died on the cross and rose again. We now have full access to God. We have been given an invitation to have a deep relationship with God. If we would give Him all of our life, we would have full access to power, full access to fulfillment, full access to love, full access to grace. And in this kind of relationship there would be continued growth.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted everything God has for me. I don’t just want the mediocre. I want the fullness of Him. I can walk through this life limping along trying to figure everything out. Or, I can place my life in the hands of the One who knows the plans He has for me.

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,  and having a High Priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrew 10:19-25

What’s a girl to “do”


There I was again searching Amazon for resources or a book that would solve all my problems and give me adequate information on how to grow in a particular area in my life. I’m sure it wouldn’t surprise you if I said, “We are people who are always looking for something to do or a quick solution on how to do it.” We as moms are always searching for the ten steps on how to potty train a child, or 7 ways to get your child to listen. Or it can get even more spiritual where the questions may become….How do I position myself to hear from God? How many bible studies to I actually have to attend, anyways? How many times do I have to read my bible a week to be in a deep relationship with Him? How often should I pray before I can expect to receive an answer from God

I have heard many of these questions asked. I have found myself searching and asking some of these same questions. All I can say is…..information over-load.
So, why aren’t we content on just being? Why is His presence not enough? Let me describe it this way…..My husband is the hardest working man I know. He provides so well for our family, and he takes pride in doing so. However, there are times when he gets so focused on what he is doing that I can feel left out of his world. He is not doing it intentionally; however, he is just busy “doing.” And what I seek is his time and a personal relationship with him. I just want him to “be” with me, while I’m not expecting anything just his presence.
Maybe, just maybe, God is looking down on us in the same way. He just wants us to quit trying to figure out how to “do” the next thing, and He is waiting for us to come “be” in His presence. No strings attached. He will do all the work. Infact, He did do all the work when He came in the form of a man-Jesus. And looking at Jesus’ life, you can see He did nothing of His own accord. He continually went to have time with His Father in Heaven. He emptied Himself, laid His life down willing, served sacrificially, and humbled Himself. (Phil. 2:5-8)
How is that for a to-do list?
If your still not convinced and need some things to “do”, below I compiled a list of actions words I found in the scriptures. 
Put- on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18)
Resist- Satan and he will flee from you (James 4:7)
Believe- on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31)
Present- your body as a sacrifice (Romans 12:1)
Seek- first the kingdom of God (Matt. 6:33)
Trust- in the Lord with all your heart (Prov. 3:5-6)
Abide- in Christ for apart from Him you can do nothing (John 15)
Pray- without ceasing (1 Thes. 5:17)
Fix- your eyes on Christ ( Heb. 12:1-2)
Meditate- upon His word (Psalms 1:2)
Press on- toward the goal (Phil. 3:12-14)
Walk- by faith (2 Cor. 5:7)
May we all be able to say that we have a personal love relationship with Jesus. I challenge you to just sit and be still in His presence…Be still and know He is God.
Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden light. (Matt. 11:28)

God-Centered vs Self-Centered living

I have been heavily dissecting and digesting the book Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby. Oh, how I want to experience God in a big way in my life! So as I seek to grow and be made more and more in Christ’s image by the Holy Spirit’s power living and residing in me, I seek to grow as one of Christ’s disciples not living by a set of list of rules but continuously seeking to be solely fixed upon Him. I love because He first loved me. I am created in His image, and that is where my value comes from.

Below is something from the book. Beware it is very counter-cultural! …….God is transforming lives.

God-centered living
confidence in God
dependence upon God
life focused on God
humbleness
denying self
seeking first the kingdom of God
seeking God’s perspective
holy and godly living (set apart)

Self-centered living
life focused on self
pride in self and self’s accomplishments
self-confidence
depending on one’s own abilities
affirming self
seeking to be acceptable to the world and it’s ways
looking at circumstances from a human perspective
selfish and ordinary living

If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. John 15:18

In this world you will have many tribulations; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1

Cracked Pot

I seem to surround myself with things I believe to be true in my life. For example, I love roses, so it wouldn’t take long before you ran into one rose or twenty around my house (blog post A Simple Rose). I have a love of lighthouses because to me they represent that Christ is the way, and He is the light of the world. I will write about that one day. Now, my new thing is vases, especially clay vases. Don’t we tend to surround ourselves with what we are focusing on? Don’t believe me… take inventory of what your thoughts are focused on, and I bet you will find an object of your focus and attention.
Our life speaks volumes about what we believe to be true.
Anyways.
One day, I was watching Brandon work away at molding his little clay masterpiece. I couldn’t help but think about this verse found in Jeremiah 18, which says, “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” I know this verse is talking about God wanting to reform Israel into everything He created them to be.
Since all scripture is inspired by God, I can apply this to my life today. I want to be clay in the potter’s hand. I was once marred and cracked and full of holes. I am so glad that my Creator didn’t see me as something that need to be tossed in the trash; instead He saw something of value. Something He knew once healed with His saving grace, molded by His loving hands, and filled up with Himself. That vessel would be of perfect use.
Thank you Jesus the work you have done. 
I know there are many around me who feel like broken down, marred, and cracked like that pot. Life has beaten them up. They feel like they could never be of any use to God. The good news is He wants to lift you up out of the heap. He wants to make you into a new creation. He wants to use you to bring glory unto Himself. He wants to set you up on a mantel and without hesitation and say, “That one belongs to Me”.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph. 2:10
I am glad God uses cracked pots like me. I want to continue to be easily molded and available for what ever He chooses in my life.

I don’t know what Brandon made that day with his clay, but I am sure it was beautiful!

Dare to Be Different pt. 5 (Revisted)

 Ok, I will be wrapping up this series. It has been eye opening for me to go through these posts I had written a few years ago. I don’t have all the answers to life. And I never will this side of eternity. But, I do know where my hope comes from. I do know I am a new creation in Christ. I know that as I walk with Christ; He will give me the power- His power- to do what I am suppose to do, as I trust Him with all my heart along the way….. If you have been taking this journey with me, thank you. We can continue to press on together. God can move the mountains. Are you trusting Him to do it!

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear then heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” Jer. 17:7-8

I want to bear fruit!

 Trust God like know one else:

Count the cost! Luke 14:28 says, “ For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it?” Nobody said that life the life we live in this world would be a easy one. In fact, Jesus said the opposite. He said, “Because they hated me (the world) they will hate you.”

This might sound a little discouraging. But, wait! There is good news! God didn’t leave us alone to tough it out. By the power of the Holy Spirit, God Himself has come to reside inside of us and lead us into all truth.

The reason I titled this blog “Trust God like no one else” is because we cannot love God or like God unless He gives us the power to do so.

He can do it through us. He wants our complete trust in Him.

In fact, we cannot do any of the previous things that were mentioned in part 1 through part 5 of my previous blogs, without the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This should be good news… because God didn’t leave us here to fend for ourselves.

Knowing I have this power, I can wake up each day and walk in the love, grace, and power of my Heavenly Father. This allows me to do the following:

Love my husband like no one else, Love my children like know one else, be a friend like know one else, Seek God like know one else, and Trust God like no one else.

I once heard a wise woman, whom I respect say, “God is good; God is in control; God’s way works.” You can place your very life on these truths. Who better to place your trust, then the creator of the universe? He’s the one who can change your life.

In closing, in my life I’ve found my biggest growth is a result from having walked through difficult times. As I’ve walked through tough circumstances and placed my trust in my Lord and Savior, I’ve found the peace, love, and joy I’ve been searching for. I don’t want to be normal……………Do you?

Once God has revealed truth to me, I don’t want to go back to the old ways. I want life-changing results.

The truth can set you and me free!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11

Dare to Be Different Pt. 4 (Revisted)

 It brought tears of joy to my eyes as I read this blog post again. Oh, my God has done so much work in my life. And all the work He has done was not apart from Him. The truth is the more I sought after Him the more I had to surrender over to Him…..life, children, marriage, health, finances…and so on. Jesus came and died so I can have a new life that is only found in Him. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgements and do them.” Ezekiel 36: 26-27…… I am so glad His work is not complete in me. He will finish the work He has started in me (Phil.1:6) . He will complete the work He has started in you, too. Seek Him above everything else.

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Seek God like know one else:

Now, we get to what I consider the “nitty gritty” of everything I’ve discussed in the previous posts of Dare to be Different. None of the previous said things can be accomplished in our own natural abilities, so we have to turn to the one true source that can help us be the very best we can be ~ God Himself. And another thing I must add, I am not promoting perfectionism. We have enough guilt in our lives already without adding another to-do-list to live by. I’m talking about a changed life that only God can bring by His power and strength. Let me move forward with a verse found in the book of Matthew.

But seek fist the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matt. 6:33). What are the things that will be added unto us? Well, if you look back a few verses it states: we do not have to worry what we will eat, drink, or wear for our Heavenly Father knows we needs all of these things. He will take care of your needs. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value then they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”(Matt. 6:25-27).

Are you consumed with worry? Are you seeking God’s kingdom above everything else?

I must admit, this one has not come easy for me. All my life I have been a planner. I had my ideas, and I went about trying to make them happen. However, God had a different plan for my life. I wanted what I thought at the time where good things; He wanted what was best. And in the process of it all I am learning that God’s way is best. And, I have also learned that every trail, detour, and hardship I have went through has often land me right where I wanted to be all along. I am so glad there is much peace in knowing God can make all things work for the good to those called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). And the good news is there is growth in our lives in the process.

Don’t be afraid to go where God wants to take you.The world around us tugs for our wants and desires. It’s so subtle that we don’t even recognize it at times. We have to be on guard at all times. I know in my own mind I can be distracted so easily by so many things.

Resting in the one true God is the only place to be.

I often remind myself that God is in complete control of everything and like Matt. 17:20 says, “If you have faith as mustard seed……than nothing will be impossible for you”.

Do you believe that? The only way to come to this unwavering truth is by complete surrender.

I prayed years ago that the light of Jesus would shine through me. I’ve come to realize the only way that this is going to happen is by me seeking and remaining in Him constantly (John 15). Believe me when I say there are days it’s second by second, minute by minute, and hour by hour. I fail often. But, praise God for not leaving me or you to do this on our own. The Holy Spirit will be our guide. Seek God with your whole heart and He will be found.

The victory is ours in Christ Jesus!

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right had of God. Col. 3:1

Dare to be Different Pt.3 (Revisted)

I have something going on at my church right now called “Find One.” The objective is to go out and find someone and begin to invest in their life. How often are we just passing through life not taking the time to stop and minister to the needs of those around us? It is not that we need to try to fix and solve everyone’s problems, but it is recognizing that there are those around who just need to have our listening ear, caring heart, and nonjudgmental concern. Don’t let any road blocks that you may have put in place keep you from pursuing these relationships- fear of getting hurt, fear of over-committing oneself, fear of being vulnerable and accountable to someone. I personally have felt all of these things at one time or another. However, I can honestly say that my greatest joys in life has derived from the friendships God has brought into my life. A big thank you to all of you (you know who you are) who have taken the time to invest in my life. It really can just take “one” to make a big impact on someone’s life……..Here is pt. 3 of a series I wrote a few years ago.
Be a friend like no one else:
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up this companion. but woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
We need each other. 
 Do you have a close friend you can depend on? Even better, are you a dependable friend? My friendships have changed through out the years. God has been faithful to provide the right friend I have needed at the right time in my life. And I pray to God I have been the kind of friend they have needed.
There is a friendship in the bible that is coming to mind. I’m talking about David and Jonathan. I’m not going to go into every detail about their friendship, but you can read the whole account in 1 Samuel 20. Boy! What an example of a friendship! Jonathan loved David so much he was willing to give up his own kingship and lay down his life for him: “For he loved him as he loved his own soul” (1 Sam. 20:17). And 1 Sam. 18:1 goes as far to say, “The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Johnathan loved him as his own soul.”
 We are called to share each other’s burdens. 
Wow, finding someone you can trust who has your best interest at heart is a precious jewel to be treasured! However, when you are searching for that deep loving friendship, please be careful in not choosing someone who will encourage you in your sins. It’s so easy to find a complaining buddy, or someone who will agree with everything you say. It’s another thing to find someone who will walk through fire with you, and at the same time, be honest enough to speak truth into your life with the love of Christ leading them. And for goodness sake, don’t let gossip be found no where near you. Gossip is sinful and it destroys lives. Ok, there I said it.
I’m reminded of a book I read called Mom…..and loving it! There is part where the authors are talking about 3 different snap shots of a woman. It’s the third one really caught my attention. It is a woman who has a listening ear for a friend even if it meant her plans are interrupted. She looks at the other women with the eyes of God, being more concerned about how someone feels then how they dress. She loves the Lord. And she is dependent upon the Lords strength….. 
Yes, this is the kind of woman I want to be.
So if you will join me, lets us lay aside anything that hinders us from being the kind of friend God would want us to be. Let us invest in each others lives, and I bet you will find that you are getting way far more in return than you have every given. God is faithful and He is good!
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look not only for this own interest, but also for the interests of others. Phil. 2:3-4