Monday, December 24, 2007

Magnify the Lord with Me.


And Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever."

(Luke 1:46-55)


Friday, December 21, 2007

Know and Tell Friday


Here are my answers to this weeks questions:

  • Question 1 In the spirit of Christmas... Artificial or Real Christmas Tree?
Well we don't celebrate Christmas any more. A few years ago we realize the amount of unnecessary stress and pressure we felt from others and what we were putting on ourselves to buy things for others and put up decorations, etc... Financially it was too much stress and emotionally it was draining and I can't imagine what it was doing to us physically. However, we have been so happy and so much at peace since we stopped celebrating Christmas. We realize that it wasn't something that we needed to do in order to please God. God has not told us to celebrate Christmas and the truth be told. Jesus was not born on December 25th. As a matter of fact He was not born during the winter season. He was born sometime during spring or summer. Anyway, that is our personal convictions and we have found that to be the conviction of others whom we have spoken to more recently. Personally during this time I just want the presence of the Holy Spirit to be with me in a very significant way, I like to reflect upon His goodness to me and all that He has done for me and has brought me through this year and the previous years and just give Him thanks. I also like to look forward to the New Year and what He may be saying to me for the coming year.
  • Question 2 If your life was a TV show...what would the title be?
"My Journey Through Faith" I think that title would sum up where I have been, where I am now and where I am going. Our lives as Christians is all through faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Word of God. God told us that without faith it is impossible to please Him and those who come to Him must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
  • Question 3 When you go to the movies what do you get from the Concession Stand?
I usually get buttered popcorn and sprite or fruit punch. Lately I have been getting the nachos with cheese. They are pretty good when they are warm.
  • Question 4 Cosmetic that you cannot live without?
I can live without cosmetics and have in the past and present. However, every now and then I like to put on some black eyeliner, a little powder foundation, lipstick, eye shadow, and a little blush (Mary Kay products are the best in my opinion). It's fun! It is definitely something that I can live without. I like to keep it simple and not fuss over things that are minor. I have come to find out that is where a lot of unnecessary stress comes from, a lot of wasted energy and time.
  • Bonus Question (gotta think about this one...)If you could go back in time to a pivotal point in your young life and give yourself one word of advice, and it would be guaranteed that you would follow the advice... What would you tell yourself... ( It is OK if you tell more than one thing :)
Without thinking twice about it-- I must say that it would be to never have sex before marriage. Not to be in a hurry to give that most precious and special part of myself without being married. Not to be in a hurry to grow up and just enjoy my life one day at a time. Enjoy being a teen and a young adult. Not to be in hurry to accomplish the next big goal. Another very important thing I would advise myself to do is to be myself and not to want to try and please everyone else all the time ( not to be a people pleaser). AMEN!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This is so funny!




Just let it get to the singing and you will like it. Very funny!

I Love You, Lord Today!



I just wanted to share this with you all. This song has been such a blessing to me!
Praise God! I love you, I love you, I love you, Lord today!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Obedience

The following scripture reminds me that all we have to do is love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. If we do that then obeying Him won't feel like an obligation or duty but it will be a pleasure.
You know when you truly love someone -- you are willing to do anything, anything to please them and make them happy... even to the point of sacrificing your own wants and desires... Uuuummm!!!
I love you Jesus, I worship and adore you. I just want to tell you and show you, Lord I love you more than anything and anyone. My heart is yours forever and ever. AMEN!!!

"If you love Me, keep My commandments. "
(John 14:15)


Love is at the heart of obedience.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Know and Tell Friday!


Question 1:
What makes you cry?
Anything that has to do with abortion. Any stories I have heard or read. Also the pictures of aborted babies makes me cry. I know this is a really intense issue but it really does upset me. Even to the point where it is difficult for me to hear or view anything that has to do with aborting babies. I also love babies very much I think they are so sweet, precious, innocent, beautiful and an amazing gift from God. So I think it is because I have such a passion and intense love for babies that when I see this injustice that is brought upon them and there is nothing they can do about it -- it makes me very sad.
Question 2:
(Hopefully this question will bring a little comic relief your way)I am assuming everyone goes to their gyno for their regular checkups.... What do you do when you are getting you pap smear done?
I feel very uncomfortable during the entire examination. Then I feel very relieved when it is over.
Question 3:
(If you have recovered from question 2)Dream Job (Being a wife and a mother is probably the number one answer, so for this question name an occupation or ministry that you would like to work in)
I am so blessed because I am now working in the area of ministry that I believe that God wants me to be in. That is Christian Counseling. I love counseling women and children.
Bonus Question:
(Going Deeper...)What is one thing that you struggle with presently, or struggled with in the past that you hope does not get passed down to your children?
Lacking self-confidence. I too am currently praying and allowing God to work in my life in this area and believe me the opportunities are coming left and right for me to get deliverance in this area of my life. I thank God for all that he has brought me through so far so that my children won't have to suffer the things I did.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Wisdom for 2008

Here are some words of wisdom that was shared by a sister in Christ, Pastor Rose. These words are true and I couldn't say it any better. I have been through some of these issues this year and I thank God for using her to write this. It truly ministered to me. I pray it will do the same for you.



"1. KNOW WHO YOUR TRUE FRIENDS ARE-This may shock you, but your TRUE friends are probably not the individuals that you see and talk to every day.....huh...you'd be surprised......

2. KNOW WHO HAS A HIDDEN AGENDA-These are people that are basically just tolerating you to get to a certain end (i.e. you may have a particular platform or a relationship with a person and the only reason they want to get close to you is to gain access to your platform and or infiltrate the relationship you have with a specific person......

3. KNOW WHO IS MANIPULATIVE-This generally occurs in leadership (but can happen in any relationship). The entire basis of your relationship is for them to get you to do and be for them, with no concern as to what your well being is-as long as you're doing what THEY want you to do to make their program work, then all is well. But...just try and say NO.....see what happens.......

4. KNOW WHO IS LOYAL TO YOU-In my opinion....LOYALTY IS EVERYTHING. If you don't know that they have your back, and that they truly mean you good, then.....do what you gotta do, because when the deal goes down....trust me...YOU WILL BE LEFT OUT THERE BY YOURSELF.....

5. KNOW WHO YOU CAN TRUST-this one is a stickler for me-and it's self-explanatory. IF YOU CAN'T TRUST THEM...THEN WHY EVEN WASTE YOUR ENERGY??? Thank God that He allowed you to see....and move on.....

6. KNOW WHO IS USING YOU-Oh my God....this one should have been listed as number 1. There are so many that use you as a means to an end....you know, as long as you provide this service or as long as you keep me in your inner circle telling me things about someone I want to be close to but when you shut down the information the interaction stops...

7. KNOW YOUR WORTH-so many times we belittle ourselves not going forth and branching out with all that God has placed within us, and are being taken serious advantage of...because we don't know our worth. Believe me...those that are taking advantage of you are WELL AWARE of your value!!! It's time for you to take notice!!!!

8. KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "CONFIDENTIALITY" AND "SECRECY"-There are times that we are given information that should most definitely be held in the utmost confidence; but then there are things that when we are told "shh-it's a secret" or we are made to feel that if we say something we will be disowned is OUT OF ORDER AND NOT OF GOD!!!! If what we are doing for God is pure, then there is absolutely nothing to be quiet about-I mean, what are we hiding???? This is often use by those in leadership to just test the waters to see how far you will take this directive, in addition to placing you in a position to be manipulated (see 3).

Lastly, please, please, remember:
DO NOT MAKE ANYONE A PRIORITY THAT MAKES YOU AN AFTERTHOUGHT!!!!! WHEN THEY NEED YOU....YOU ARE RIGHT THERE-BUT....WHEN YOU NEED THEM...WELL...."

This was a blessing to me and I pray that it was a blessing to you as well. May you all have a blessed 2008, with new true, genuine, and Godly relationships. I pray that they are relationships that are profitable and Kingdom focused. It's time for us to focus on God's agenda and do the work of the Kingdom and not be bothered or smothered my relationships that deter or distract us from doing what God has for us to do. So right here and right now my prayer is that God's will be done in each of our lives. I pray that we will develop a deep burning desire and passion in our hearts to do the work that He has called us to do. I pray that every obstacle will be removed in the name of Jesus. I pray that God's purposes and plan will prevail in the name of Jesus. I pray that no weapon formed against shall prosper and every tongue that rises against us in judgement will be condemned in the name of Jesus. I thank God that we will do all that He has planned for us to do. And His Kingdom will be advanced and His Will, will be done in Jesus name. Amen!!!