Just do it!

Just do it!

Have you ever found yourself implementing this infamous NIKE slogan?

If not, you should.

We often get caught up in a whirlwind of perfection.

Perfection is tricky.

You see…if you wait for something to be perfect…you’ll always be waiting.

I’ve seen the PERFECT wedding, have rain. The PERFECT husband, be flawed.

There is no such thing as perfection.
We are imperfectly perfect.

With that said, #workyourfaith and #justdoit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do whatever nudge you feel in your hear to do.
Do whatever dream you are chasing, rather it be to further your education, increase your income by finding a new job, or perhaps marriage counseling so that you and your significant other can communicate better. Perhaps, you and a friend share the same passion, but are waiting for the right timing to do pursue it.

The truth is, the only right timing, is God’s.

So stop thinking about it…pray about it, and just do it!

Spiritual Resolution 

Believers around the world marked today, the first day of Lent, as a spiritual ‘resolution.’ Some are making sacrifices of various kinds including food, beverages, unhealthy behavior etc. Some are adding ‘good seed’ such as prayers, worship, etc.

After a little reflection, I decided to give up sweets, as it’s often a source of comfort when I’m feeling stressed, anxious or worried.

It may seem silly to some, but sugar is a weakness for me and I seldom pass up “melt in your mouth, not in your hand” goodies. So for 40 days, I’ve decided to ask for help. Often, we ask God for the BIG stuff: healing from sickness, financial freedom, relationship strains etc. and forget that He is also our strength with the smaller stuff (whatever seems small to us), such as our temperament, temptations, and confidence.

While in worship service tonight, I added good seed of writing daily for the next 40 days. I’ll continue to pray for guidance, wisdom, and most of all… Courage. As it’s often on my heart and mind to write, but I allow fear in. 

So cheers to 40 days of sacrifice and seed! May my obedience honor Him and bring fruit for my readers. Even if you don’t practice lent, or perhaps are in your infant spiritual growth, drop me a comment and I’ll wrap you in prayer as we walk this journey .

The Art Of Marriage (Shared Post)

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.
A good marriage must be created.
In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude
of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience,
understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at its best.

– by Wilferd Arlan Peterson

Jesus Loves You. What about me?

“No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

God loves you…God saved you.

That is the message the Apostle Paul conveyed to an audience of non-believers, seeking to transform their hearts, as Jesus had transformed his.

You do not know me. You do not know what I have seen or what I have done… I am broken.

That was my response to Paul.

I am too broken to save. 

Even today, with confidence to say ‘I’m a Jesus girl’, trying to comprehend God’s love is a struggle.
My testimony is one of grief, childhood secrets, and looking-for- love decisions.

As an overcomer of family addiction, sexual abuse, and self-inflicted wounds, I knew the addition of sorrow and the division of family. I learned some childhoods were not sugar, spice, and everything nice.

I sought the world to fill the void of a little girl who felt unloved, unwanted, and ashamed.
There were so many times in my life that God felt far away.

The beauty is that even when I was distant from God in my heart and with my actions, God’s love was with me.

When a family member forgave what I thought was the end-all bad decision, God’s love was with me. When I was depressed and was encouraged to keep standing when I wanted to crawl in a hole…God’s love was with me.

It’s persistence, pressing, and continuous searching that now strengthen my relationship with God. In recent years when life has not gone as planned and I felt ‘why me’, I had to make the decision to follow Jesus, even when prayers were wrapped with tears.

I reflect on Paul’s message in Romans 8:38 NLT “…nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow- not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

Nothing includes wrong done to us and wrong we have done.

When life feels cloudy with a chance of rain and small percentage of sunshine, press into God’s presence through prayer, reading his word, or request a prayer warrior to intercede on your behalf.

God’s love shows through acts of kindness, gentleness, and my favorite- friendship.
May God’s love wrap you while in the valley and on the mountaintop.

Jesus loves you.

Jesus loves me.