come to myself

“When I come to myself, I realize that mistakes are lessons learned, and I move on.”

Featuring words of wisdom from my little (not anymore!) brother, who will be turning 16 on Wednesday! My family members are some of the best teachers and therapists in life, because all four of them have different personalities and perceptions.

It is amazing how God gifts us with family and friends who are different than us, to expand us. I am constantly pushed to grow internally and externally through my daily interactions with humanity and suspect that you are too, even if you aren’t consciously aware of it!

We are all on this journey of God perfecting us, one day at a time and we are all learning from each other!

Until Thursday,

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dreaming

What are your dreams? Ideally, where do you see yourself? Dreams are more than mental entertainment for our sleeping brains, they are tools of passion…

Jesus not only brought our freedom with his death, but also purchased opportunities for us to pursue our wildest dreams! The business, school, bakery, movie, book etc. that seems impossible, is not totally out of your reach with patience, prayer and a slightly “pushy” attitude. Dreams will never and have never worked themselves; Joseph is wonderful example of that. Although his brothers took his coat of many colors from his physical body, they couldn’t remove the mental image that Joseph had of himself still wearing it!

The temporary tribulations of this life (that Jesus have already defeated) can snag, dirty or even steal your coat of colorful dreams, but those obstacles cannot stop you from sewing, dry-cleaning and rightfully regaining ownership of what belongs to you!

“When hope’s dream seems to drag on and on, the delay can be depressing. But when at last your dream comes true, life’s sweetness will satisfy your soul.” -Proverbs 13:22 TPT

I pray that your heart will dream dreams that only your spirit can conceive. Our dreams are only as dead as we allow them to be! So, trim those dead leaves of habits and people that siphon the life of your dreams without ever replenishing and find hope in the living, dreamy waters of God!

Until Sunday

Imperfection Confection

On a whim today, I decided to bake a few cupcakes from scratch! Something that I have never done as I always either a) find myself at the closet bakery or b) use store brought cake mix.

Despite saving me from the sugar attack that I was in, they weren’t perfect. The cake texture was a little off and the buttercream frosting refused to hardened! Yet, I was still proud of and impressed with my efforts!

God is perfect in all His ways and if we were perfect too, we wouldn’t need Him. It is liberating to know we are free to take risks and embrace imperfection because God within us, is what perfects us.

Enjoy your hobbies and the choices that you make in life, even if they don’t produce spotless results! God specializes in correcting our blemishes and flaws! Isn’t that sweet?

Until Thursday,

How Much?

How many blossoms are there on a tree?

How much light is necessary to light the earth?

How about the amount of grass blades in an open field?

How are lifeforms created to experience life-changing mutations?

How often do plants undergo photosynthesis to produce enough oxygen for us?

God knows the answers to all of those question, yet His most impressive work, physically and numerically speaking aren’t the fowls of the air or the cows of the land, but you. How much did it cost you to get onto God’s priority list?! Well, you, nothing but for Jesus, it cost him everything.

“Every single moment you are thinking of me! How precious and wonderful to consider
that you cherish me constantly in your every thought! O God, your desires toward me are more than the grains of sand on every shore! When I awake each morning, you’re still with me.” -Psalm 139:17-18 TPT

No matter what it looks or feels like, you’ve got an unstoppable love on your side, working in your favor. God makes no compromises, is unwilling to relent and loves you in a ways that outnumber the human inhabitants of earth!

When life tries to knock you down, jump up with confidence knowing that you are unconditionally loved….

Until Sunday,

re-sent

I love how there is no shortage of ways that God can reveal things to us! Whether that be in a dream, during conversation with Him or even indirectly through another person.

Last night, I had a dream about the word, “resent”. A supernatural figure was walking me through my life and unveiling places where I have resentment in. In essence, the resentment was coming from the negative messages and thoughts that I had allowed to be re-sent throughout my spirit!

Forgiving is one thing, but stopping yourself from “refeeling” the hurt is something entirely different. It takes replacing those thoughts and bad memories with new ones. Picking up a hobby or book is a wonderful way to create new neural pathways, smothering out the toxic ones!

Don’t relive the trauma…Let the wounds heal…Then quickly move on…

Until Thursday,

dangerous

“So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure.” -James 4:7 VOICE

I can remember one time in my life, when I literally ran for my life. I knew that if my 4’11 stature didn’t establish some sort of aerodynamics, that I was surely going to be dog food! Thankfully, the dog was on an extremely long leash that just couldn’t be seen in the grass!

The Online Etymology Dictionary dates the word, “dangerous”, back to the 1200s, when it meant to be “difficult to deal with”. In my eyes, the dog was definitely dangerous and difficult to deal with! Yet, the roles could have been reversed…

When Satan comes knocking on the doors of our lives with menacing smoke screens and scarecrow costumes, we can do two things:

  1. Prohibit him from our lives, minds, spirits and emotions.
  2. Send him packing with all the blessings and love that God has lavished upon us!

Being dangerous isn’t always bad!

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P.S. Tom and Jerry was my brother & I’s favorite TV show as kids. Funny how we were just content with the visuals and dramatic instrumentals!

Until Sunday,

…and the sun will rise

“Count on it: The day is coming, raging like a forest fire. All the arrogant people who do evil things will be burned up like stove wood, burned to a crisp, nothing left but scorched earth and ash— a black day. But for you, sunrise! The sun of righteousness will dawn on those who honor my name, healing radiating from its wings. You will be bursting with energy, like colts frisky and frolicking. And you’ll tromp on the wicked. They’ll be nothing but ashes under your feet on that Day.” God-of-the-Angel-Armies says so.” -Malachi 4:1-3 MSG

There hasn’t been a day and there will never be a day that the sun doesn’t rise or the moon doesn’t set. No matter what you may be going through or how you feel in your body, you can be confident that a new day is dawning in your life. You never know how close you are to breakthroughs and answered prayers! Keep the faith and keep going, one step at a time!

I try to live everyday expecting to see God move on my behalf and encourage you to do the same 🙂

Until Sunday,

BALANCES


Have you ever thought about how you are only responsible for today? Not tomorrow or yesterday, but just today.

For me, worrying about the future stems from a “fear of missing out” on opportunities. For others, living two years ahead of time could be coping mechanisms for past shortcomings. Too far into the future is equally detrimental as being too immersed in the past.

The most important aspects of our lives cannot be seen. The life-sustaining system of inhaling oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide, that supplies our bodies with oxygen is at best, invisible. Although we see the product of blood coagulation that allows a wound to stop bleeding and begin healing, you will never be able to witness “Paramedic Platelets” rushing to scene of your gash.

Balances within our lives are just as intangible and vital. They keep us steady and stable! It involves setting those mental, emotional, physical, financial and/or academic boundaries that allow us to retain the peace that we rightly deserve to have (thanks to Jesus <3).

I asked myself the question below and have yet to have to conjure up an answer, maybe you will be more successful…

How can I pray for peace but allow peacelessness in my life?

Until Sunday,

Anointed

There are many reasons why I wouldn’t be a good God! However, the one that sticks out the most, is my inability to fully appreciate the multidimensional nature of humanity.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by a man’s face or height, for this is not the one. I don’t make decisions the way you do! Men judge by outward appearance, but I look at a man’s thoughts and intentions.” -1 Samuel 16:7 TLB

In 1 Samuel 16, the prophet Samuel is going to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s sons (Ruth and Boaz’s great grandsons) to be the next king of Israel, as the current king, Saul has been rejected by God. 1 Samuel 16:7 comes into play when Samuel begins to size up Jesse’s sons and God tells him that none of Jesse’s present sons are chosen, because He is looking beyond their physiques. This is when Jesse’s youngest son, David, comes bouncing in from fields and God tells Samuel to anoint him as the new king of Israel. God will later hail David to be “…a man after my own heart…” in Acts 13:22, a proclamation that no other biblical figure every received.

Just like David, you have been anointed for positions that only you can fill. No one else, seemingly better qualified or more perfect-appearing will do for God, because He chose you!

Isn’t that comforting and empowering? Not only do you have unique DNA and fingerprints, but you also have an equally distinctive calling to match!

Until Thursday,

No Looking!

Hindsight is always 20/20, isn’t it? As I replay my childhood and how I always wanted the “whys” and “hows” about everything from my future to the Lost Colonists, I now see that I liked to look years ahead to anticipate problems or years back to solve them.

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:26 KJV

It is in our hearts, where decisions of either, faith or fair are made, not our eyes. We use our eyes to evaluate situations and record information but ultimately do not employ them beyond that. You think flowers worry about the frost coming tomorrow night or that the sidewalks are hot to the touch from the sun? Nope! They’ve all have a promise of life and every day when I pass by flower gardens in the morning, I can’t help but think: if the plants can be decisive, with a fraction of the mental capacity that I have, then what is my excuse?

 The unfathomable events happening in the world are mentally incomprehensible but spiritually conquerable! We cannot afford to let ourselves become ensnared by the very things that Jesus died for!

And, in case you’re wondering, I don’t have an excuse. However, now I have an inspiration to do better in life J. Examples of God’s Love are truly everywhere! Go treasure hunting through the 66 books of the Bible instead of watching the 5th rerun of a 66-minute news’ programs that only speaks of doom and gloom!

Until Sunday,