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This morning...

So we all need encouragement and here is the place for that. Every week I will write a new blog with quotes, scriptures, sayings and really anything that can encourage you in your walk with God. Enjoy and be blessed! 

Only in Orlando. May 25

 I was taking a nice mini-vacation with my husband and we were staying at a castle-looking resort near the epicenter of the city.

Of course, it wasn't as busy as it normally is.

And I had recently watched a movie called "The Out-of-Towners" with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn.

And at the end of the movie, Steve Martin pitches to an advertising agency that ONLY IN NEW YORK can you live in a big city where people live on top of each other, where they don't have enough room to walk , and where you step in garbage and where you travel on trains with no seats.

On and on he talks about New York City only to end with a loud "ONLY IN NEW YORK!" which then lands him the job (spoiler alert!)

Well, I walked up to the 9th floor of the hotel and gazed at the very top of the building to view the wonder of the city. To my right, I saw roller coasters out in the distance. I saw a gigantic Wheel and beyond that a large volcano.

And I laugh under my breath...ONLY IN ORLANDO.

What are some things you can appreciate where you you live?

What differentiates your area from others?

What are you proud to call home?

What are individual things around you that you can celebrate?

Show me a picture or describe how much you love your city.

Because there is nothing like applauding the spot you are in. Right now.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

The Rock May 18

 I was experiencing quite an emotional roller coaster these past few weeks.

And I recalled Psalms 61:2. Lord lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.

I wanted to share some verses about THE ROCK. We can hold on to solid ground when everything around us is sinking sand!

God is my rock. He is a solid foundation. He is an immovable, unshakable, faithful, fortress. In times of trouble God is our source of strength. God is stable and His children run to Him for shelter.

Psalm 18:1-3: I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

Psalm 62:7-8 : My honor and salvation come from God. He is my mighty rock and my protection. People, trust God all the time. Tell him all your problems, because God is our protection.

Psalm 28:1-2 : To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit. Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.

Psalm 31:2 : Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

2 Timothy 2:19 : Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his."

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

The Cool of the Day. May 11

 I was taking my usual bike ride around the lake and it was such a great time in nature.

I saw a turtle and several cranes and there was this one large black bird that got my attention. He was sitting near the side of the lake with his wings just spread out, enjoying the wind and the nice sun....just relaxing and taking in the day!

I talked that bird, whispering my internal struggle, "Teach me how to relax like that!"

That black bird had no cares. Just catching the breeze. Not at all worried about its food or where it was going to sleep or the cars racing near it.

That bird was steady. Confident. stable.

Immediately, I was drawn back to the Garden of Eden and how Adam and Eve were designed to be... free!

Sure, they had assignments in the Garden, but they walked with God in the cool of the evening. They took in the wonder and beauty that was around them. They didn't hustle and bustle like we do now, always stressing out from one hour to the next.

Can we just rest? And relax? And enjoy life again...at a slower pace...in a meaningful way...

Where we can stop and spread our arms wide in sheer gratitude of just the blessings around us...

If this time of self-isolation taught me anything, it taught me to loosen my schedule, to breathe and to be confident in God's power and to rest in His care.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

The Promise of Acts. May 4

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

Acts 16: 22- 34

This story shows how HOPE can be found in prison.

The POWER of God through a desperate situation.

And the STRENGTH of the gospel even while being detained.

What I wanted to share from this Bible passage was that no matter how bad things look, God can show up in unbelievable ways. Use this time of isolation to pray and sing hymns to God and just watch what happens! Live in hopeful expectation of God's movement.

Know that God can use any situation - good or bad - to reveal Himself and to show off His Power. And I pray that souls will turn to the Lord during this time.

You can find a PURPOSE for this MOMENT. And God will reveal His plans. And the end goal for anything we go through is to draw closer to God.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you

Grateful . April 27

 So I've had a few car problems in my life.

And where as I don't necessarily thank God for a flat tire and being stranded on the highway and having to call a tow truck...

I am grateful in the moment to have car insurance who gives me 24 hour road side assistance.

I am thankful to the tow truck driver who is able to find me stranded and helps out of this predicament.

Even though I hate spending hours at a mechanic, I am thankful that someone is working on my car and that I have the money for the repairs, all the while remembering that  very soon I can drive home. Safe and sound.

During this pandemic.. I'm not going to lie...it's horrible being stuck and stranded...

But what are you thankful for?

Who do you appreciate working for your safety?

What comforts you knowing that at the end of all this, you'll arrive safe and sound.

Something to think about.

I want to personally thank all those who are working to keep our country safe! I want to thank all the frontliners, the hospital workers, the service men and women, the safety officers, the cashiers and truck drivers, the media teams and government officials for being on our side, for being a service to our community and for working on behalf of others. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed. Your efforts are applauded. And let's get out of this pandemic together, stronger than ever!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

"The more they multiplied" April 20

Exodus 1: 11- 21: "...So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. 12But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites 13 and worked them ruthlessly. 14 They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?” 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.” 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own."

I want to emphasize the verse: "The more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied."

Fascinating, isn't it?

That though there is oppression, difficulties, stress, anxiety, frustration and fear (sound familiar?), that there can be in the midst of all that negativity....love, generosity, vulnerability and a multiplication of blessings.

The story shows people looking out for each other. The verses talk about a common enemy and God blessing those who fear Him.

And what the enemy took, God provided and increased and gave his people  unexplainable blessings.

I want to encourage you that no matter how dark something seems, there is always good to come from it. So be kind to one another. Fear God. Trust in His provision. Know that He is taking care of you even in the middle of your struggle. And God will show up in the most unlikely of ways.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Standing on Promises. April 13

 Are you going through this time with tormenting thoughts?

I feel you.

I can't even watch the news without getting stressed out!

So we rely on  what the Word says to overcome what we are feeling:

ANXIETY

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9

LACK OF PROVISION

"God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19

FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." - 1 Peter 5:7

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29:11

AFRAID OF GETTING THE CORONA VIRUS

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." -  2 Chronicles 7:14

"He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave." Psalm 107:20

"Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise." Jeremiah 17:14

I would encourage you today to find a Bible verse that is a Promise to the Problem you are going through today. And let's stand on God's Promises now more than ever!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Positive Slime. April 6

 I can't help but think of Ghostbusters 2 during this time.

Do you remember that movie?

Towards the end of the movie, the museum is covered with impenetrable slime. The slime rises to the streets, causing widespread chaos.

Determining the need for a positive symbol to rally the citizens and weaken the slime, the Ghostbusters use positively charged slime to animate the Statue of Liberty and pilot it through the streets filled with cheering citizens.

At The museum, the museum's slime partially recedes and the Ghostbusters neutralize the bad guy with positive slime.

A chorus from the gathered crowds outside neutralize the slime, weakening it.

A good analogy, huh?

Let's use the positive slime to weaken this enemy.

The darkness has no place with our positivity and praise. Unity and praise beats out the giant of negativity.

So let's keep singing! Let's keep saying positive things, keeping calm and optimistic and praising the Lord for all the good things!

Because sooner or later, this Corona- slime will weaken and disappear altogether.

And we may have the Ghostbusters to thank...for reminding us that positivity in a time of crisis can make the impossible happen!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Common Enemy. March 30

 It's been devastating, hasn't it? 

Watching the news.

Seeing the virus death count. And the unemployment numbers.

And the only good I see is that now we all have one common enemy.

There is no political division. No hate for each other.

Just compassion. and understanding.

Just know we are all together in this. And we all must do our part!

This week, I was emotional because Travis and I went to get ice cream from an outside ice cream vendor and the line was so long, it went down the sidewalk And the reason the line was so long was because everyone was staying 6 feet away from the person in front of them.

Little things like this make a big difference!

So please, watch your hands, give each other space and respect the orders of the CDC and local and federal government.

Together, we can defeat this unseen enemy!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Something that's of Worth. March 23

I was listening to the song, "Heart of Worship"  by Michael W. Smith and I felt myself apologizing for all the things I let get in the way, all the busyness I pursued and all the things that I made more important than Him! 

 

Maybe it's best to slow down...

 

Maybe it's okay to be away from the job, to work from home, to take some time to pause, to slow down a bit, to enjoy the day...

 

Maybe it's what we need to get back to the basics of our faith...

 

to get back to the heart of Jesus. 

 

I am  guilty of "working for" God when I need to stay more "in God."

 

I am one to hustle and bustle without slowing down, when right now, God is telling me to be still and to know that He is God. 

 

I am an alpha type who tries to complete things using my own efforts, so this entire ordeal is a great reminder that I'm not in charge. 

 

During this time...and every time.. let me remember that God, it's all about you. 

 

It's all about you! 

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

Two Words. March 17

Two words..can change everything! 

On their wedding day, the husband and wife say I DO which changes the trajectory of their relationship into a lifetime of marital bliss.

On a snow day, a student waits anxiously to see the words: SCHOOL CLOSED on their TV Screen. And there is nothing as awesome as a snow day! 

The words: CORONA VIRUS (enough said!) 

But  I want to talk about two words that make a huge difference in my life:

JESUS CHRIST

 

If you are a Believer, those two words mean more than just eternal salvation, an escape from Hades and a one way ticket to Heaven.

It means more than just a deity up in the sky that you turn to when you are struggling...

It means more than a  good philosphy to live by...

 

Those two words mean:

 

LOVE AND TRUTH

BEAUTY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS

HIS PRESENCE

GODLY CHARACTER

HEAVEN'S VOICE

ANGELIC CONNECTIONS

DIVINE WILL

SUPERNATURAL ACCESS

CLOSE SUPPORT

FATHERLY LOVE

CHANGED LIVES 

 

What two words do you associate the Savior with? 

 

Because JESUS CHRIST  are the best two words to live for! 

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you! 

Relax! March 9

When I go to the hospital to get a yearly checkup, I absolutely hate getting shots! That's one of my greatest fears. In fact, I can't even watch other people getting shots!

For comfort, I have to either squeeze a stuffed animal or look away from the dreaded needle, breathing heavily when I know the nurse is about to pierce my skin.

And one time a nurse said to me, "You know….If you tense up, it'll hurt more. Just relax."

And I did just that.

I relaxed my breathing.

I calmed my nerves.

And before I knew it...it was over. And the needle was out of my arm.

And I think that advice is good for anyone going through something that they don't like.

If you look around at your situation, and all you see if negativity, stress, pain and frustration...well, if you tense up...it'll just make it worse!

If you spend your days complaining about the mess, arguing over the unfairness of it all, getting mad over the weight of life, becoming bitter over the hand life dealt you...

then are you making things better? Or worse?

It'll hurt more..if you are tense.

I would encourage you to relax! I know you're going through a hard time, but even more reason for self-care: go outside, read a good book, watch a funny movie, meet up with some friends, and spend time with God.

Trust that God is taking care of you and that He knows exactly where you are! Hope for the best. Expect things to turn around in your favor. And know that storms in life are just that...temporary and.fleeting...so grab your favorite stuffed animal….and look away from your current worries because….before you know it...your storm is over.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

From the Grave. March 2

 I've seen the same story line done over and over again.

It's on nearly every Marvel and D.C movie or comic book.

A main character will die...only to be resurrected in the next movie or the next comic strip. Somehow and someway, he (or she) wasn't stopped by death's grip.

Whether it's Jean Grey becoming Phoenix, Superman returning from the grave or Professor Xavier manifesting back to life...we've seen it all. And we aren't too surprised when our beloved superhero gets resurrected from death.

We applaud it. Or roll our eyes at it. But either way, we expect it.

Why then do we think our most crushing, highly difficult, extremely stressful situation will destroy us? Why do we think we are any different than the invincible heroes on the screen? Because we don't have super strength? Or we can't walk through walls? We're not heroic enough?

Okay. I get that.

But if you are a Believer, then guess what?

You walk alongside someone who CAN do all things, including save you from your currently death-like, too -hard-to-bear, frustrating situation.

I am believing in a resurrection in your situation. I am trusting God to turn your circumstance around in a positive way! I know that God is moving and that there is hope even in the midst of your suffering.

And you will get out of this alive.

Because you're a main character. And as you know, the main character always lives!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

definition of Success. Feb. 25

I know what the definition of Success is. Well, at least I know according to how the world lives.

If I make enough money (whatever dollar amount that is....)

If I can attain several houses and plenty of cars (for what reason, really?)

If I can be promoted higher and higher up in my workplace

where I have a fancy title and able to make very important decisions

Where everyone knows my name and I appear in magazines and media for my all-too-important accolades. (They need to be trending)

And if you cannot attain this all-so-desperate attempt at prosperity, then you are not successful.

I will admit, there are days when I don't feel successful.

But let's see what God's Word says about success:

God says: Successful people devote themselves to Me and I establish their plans. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:4, NLT)

God says: Successful people acknowledge their insufficiency and strive to do things in My Strength. “Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” (Psalms 1:1-3, NLT)

God Says: Successful people maintain their integrity. “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew‬ ‭6:24‬, ‭NLT‬‬)

God Says: Obedient people are successful. “‘Now’s your opportunity!’ David’s men whispered to him. ‘Today the Lord is telling you, “I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.”’ So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul’s robe. But then David’s conscience began bothering him because he had cut Saul’s robe. He said to his men, ‘The Lord forbid that I should do this to my lord the king. I shouldn’t attack the Lord’s anointed one, for the Lord himself has chosen him.’ So David restrained his men and did not let them kill Saul…” (1 Sam 24:4-7, NLT)

God Says: Successful people are thankful for where they are, allow Me to elevate them, and are guided by My Spirit.

So next time you think to yourself... I'm not successful by the world's definition.

Maybe you should choose another Master to serve. One who calls you Beloved and would love to rewrite the pages of your story and who applauds you even in your tiny steps of obedience.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Redemption Day. Feb. 17

 Last week, on my blog post "Peace or No Peace", I talked about the dangers of not following God's direction.

Travis and I had a horrible Friday night, spending time, energy and money with very little (if no) reward.

So, I prayed for God to “redeem” my bad day.

I asked God that He'll give me do-over day, one that's much better, much more pleasant and one where Travis and I can have a good time. And God gave us that day the very next weekend.

And in that same week, due to a technical error, my paycheck from work was way smaller than it should have been and I was instantly stressed about money.

So, I prayed that God give me a “redemption” payday. A do-over. A payday that is much better, where I receive even more money to erase and ease the pain of the small paycheck.

And that week, checks came in the mail…money that I wasn’t even expecting along with the money from the technical error.

God can turn your sorrow to joy.

He will make sure your bad day is followed by a good day

He will turn your disappointment into a smile

He will make sure to open one door as He is closing another

He will give you a do-over to ease the pain.

He will see to it that your storm doesn't come without a rainbow

What do you need God to “do-over” in your life?

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Peace or no peace. Feb. 10

 It seemed like a typical Friday night. Travis had bought tickets to see a wrestling event in Tampa, a two-hour commute.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. I prayed safety over our trip.

We gassed up the car and left, not expecting what the night had in store for us.

Travis starts to get a bad feeling as he was driving on the road, saying he truly feels like something is going to happen to his car. I shrugged it off, staying positive that we were going to have a good evening.

Not 20 minutes later, Travis gets a flat tire in rush hour traffic. Not only that, but it's Friday night and impossible to get a mechanic to trade in our donut tire for a regular tire (we concluded it was not a good idea to continue on our hours long drive on a donut tire and needed it replaced.)

I stay positive and after contacting seven mechanics in the area, we finally found one who would remain open for us to fix our tire situation. However, that meant it was getting later into the night and the wrestling event had already started. We were only an hour away from Tampa and decided to keep going - hoping we could at least catch the last hour and a half of the show.

Travis did not feel peace about it and wanted to turn around to go back home, but I insisted that we continue on.

We finally get to the event that was supposed to end at 11pm, and we walk in at 9:45pm, happy to finally make it and anxious to watch the main events.

Only to sadly realize that the show is ending and people were lining out of the stadium at 10pm.

Our drive home was indeed a defeat. I could no longer stay positive.

But Travis revealed something truly profound and the reason I even invite you into this miserable story. He said, "Even in the beginning, I felt like it was a mistake to buy the tickets. Like, I knew somehow, I should not purchase them. And I had no reason to feel so against it, so I bought them anyway, but a part of me was not feeling full peace about it."

And of course, now we all know why.

I share this with a warning… make sure you have God's peace before doing something. Get His green light. Follow his shining path. And if you don't feel good about something - even if you have no evidence to back up that nagging feeling - listen to it. It’s important to pray over your situation, pray over your travels, pray all the time. And follow that peace of God! You don't know if God is trying to spare you from a very bad Friday night.

Jesus, come and be my peace. God, I believe that you know better than me so I am going to leave this in your hands. Help me to look at my present circumstances from your perspective. I want to trust you and rely on your strength to find contentment. Amen.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Backlit. Jan. 14

I remember going on a vacation with my husband to Daytona Beach for my birthday. And it was a wonderful getaway with a view of the beach out our balcony. I would just sit outside, read a good book and take in the beautiful scenery.

I remember asking Travis to take a picture of me in front of the crystal blue waves and picturesque sandy setting, and when he did, the picture was amazing! The seagulls were in full view. The water was crystal clear. The sky was dazzling as the sun remained reflective in the water.

The only problem was...I was backlit. You couldn't see me at all. I was black, covered in shadows. And I naturally grew agitated that I was not properly seen in the shot. 

My husband asked if I wanted to retake the photo.

And I paused for a moment and considered the verse....

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. - John 3:30

I stared at the picture.

Why is it that I think I am the subject of the photo?

Why is it that I think it’s all about me?

I realized then that I needed to re-focus on God. His blessings. His nature. His beauty. His power. His sovereignty.

And stop demanding the attention to be about me.

The picture said a lot…

I needed to live a life "in the shadows", be a servant, showcase God's glory and point the attention to the One who deserves it."

I remained backlit in the photo to remind myself what is most important...or rather WHO is most important.

Not my will be done...but yours God!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

(Impractical) Jokers. Jan 5

 Joe, Brian, Sal and Murray.

Those names seem familiar to you?

Well, if you watch their (Impractical) Jokers show on TruTV, then you know all about the wise-cracks, the insane dares and the on-your-seat stunts these men pull all for the sake of entertainment and fun!

But I'll tell you why I like these four hysterical men so much.

Beside the fact that they are hilariously funny....

It's because...they are just being themselves.

In the 10+ years their show has been on air...I have seen their popularity rising! They travel on tours, host cruises and are now on another game show called "The Misery Index."

But these four jokers never seem to lose the reason behind their popularity. They never lost...the true-ness of who they are, the integrity of their humor and the friendship between each other.

I am tired of seeing celebrities going crazy over the spotlight. I am sick of watching bands break up just after a few years of being on tour. I'm sure the spotlight is crazy difficult...I'm sure the attention is a headache…I'm the fan-base can get annoying...

But can we take a tip from the (Impractical) Jokers and just enjoy every season we are in? And learn not to take life too seriously...

These four jokers - known as The Tenderloins Comedy Group -  took a risk on a show they didn't think would take off….

But my guess is...they would been fine with or without the attention or the publicity or the viewers....

Because they stayed true to themselves and, at the end of the day... just wanted a good laugh.

Don't crave the spotlight. Don't do bad things to get attention. Stop trying to climb up the ladder and run over people trying to win the praise of people.

Just be yourself. And be okay with where you are and what you are doing.

Because you can't "get a thumbs down" as long as your best friends are by your side…. you keep that sense of humor and never lose the true essence of who you are!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

Adulting. Dec. 30

I was talking to my friend, Janelle recently. And we are both in our thirties. So, we had a lot on our minds, including the anxieties of our age...our back problems...our financial difficulties...mortgage and car payments...yada yada.

And Janelle finally said, "It's called Adulting. Welcome to being an adult."

And I thought about that for a second. And realized…. I would much rather be on “this side”.

Let me explain. Janelle and I have been working on our goals, our passions and our careers for years and years.

We have been busy building our individual kingdoms. Adding to the abundance of our lives. Working on our individual brands. Growing our personal ministries. And expanding our talents.

I remember… when I was in college and still a teenager...still "Kid-ding" (is that a word?), I felt like I was merely collecting the tools and the resources, not even starting to build my kingdom yet.

I remember when I didn’t even know what I wanted to do with my life.

And now, years and years later, I can sit on the balcony of my existence and stare out into the greatness of what I have just built.

I want to remind you that no matter what season you are in or whatever difficulties you face...Remind yourself of how far you have come!

And no matter how many “bad things” come with your current season, there are *plenty* of good things that comes with it, too!

You are building a kingdom, securing a stronghold and creating a masterpiece with your life! And those fights, struggles and issues along the way just means you are breaking new ground to expand your territory of personal greatness!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Talent and Talent Support. Dec. 16

 So I was watching this incredibly inspirational movie called "Fighting with the Family" and I wanted to talk about the  "Talent" and "Talent Support" in life.

Let me set the scene.

Saraya Knight is upset that her brother didn't get picked for WWE's roster. And Hutch's response is:

Hutch: Your brother's a journeyman. There are stars... and there's journeymen who take the hits... that make the stars look good. And your brother's a journeyman. He's the punching bag.

This movie explains that there are some people who are called to be "the star" and others  - the journeyman - who help make people become "the star."

Now, I truly believe that at any given moment, we can play both scenarios in our lives. I believe we are called to lift up others to reach their potential and to encourage them in their dreams...aka. be the "talent support." And then there are times in life where the spotlight is yours, and you can own the stage and be the beauty in your own dream. Hence, becoming the "Talent."

In the movie, Saraya 's brother Zack was deeply troubled that he was not picked for WWE's roster but remembered that he can still be the sideline fan and supporter to his sister's dream. If you are feeling like Zack today and unnerved by the bad luck of cards life has dealt, divert your attention off of you and your problems and help those around you and lift them up and be a light to somebody. Amazingly enough, it will relive your spirit as well.

And if you find yourself in Saraya's position, who is "the star" in the wrestling ring, never ever forget those who helped you, inspired you, supported you and loved you while you were reaching for the top. Remain humble and true to yourself and never let the spotlight make you forget who you are and what the true meaning of it all.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you.

God's voice. Dec. 4

 I want to answer a question:

"How do you know you've heard from God? How do you know when it's God's voice?"

So, I want to answer this with an illustration.

Pick someone whose close to you. It could be a spouse, a sibling, a best friend or a child. I'm going to choose my husband, Travis for this scenario.

Let's say I place my husband, Travis behind me with six other men all lined in a row.

Let's say all six men say my name out loud. I would be able to tell which one is my husband's voice even though I can't see anyone's faces.

How can I possibly pick out my husband's voice over the other voices?

Easy enough answer. I've spent time with my husband. I've invested hours studying and observing my husband, understanding his vocal range, emotions and thoughts. I've talked with and communicated to Travis for a long time...long enough and close enough for me to know him on a very deep and personal level.

That's the same way with God.

Get to know the God of the Universe. Understand his emotions, the personhood of his divinity, the true-nature of his heart. Read the Word and worship his sovereignty. Ask God to reveal more of himself to you. Carve out time to have a prayer time with Jesus and start to grow in your relationship with Him. View Him as a close Friend who is with you. Recognize that He is your loving Father who wants to spend time with you. Soon, over time, you'll recognize His voice.

So if anyone close to me were to scream out to me.. whether it be over a PA system at the grocery store...or even from the heavens..I would hear them just fine and I would know who was calling my name.

If you need prayer for anything, let me know! I would love to pray for you!

Nov. 26. Caught in the Tras

 I was watching Toy Story 4 and I was intrigued by the character, Forky. Without revealing too much of the movie, I will give a character diagnosis. Forky was created from the trash and feels comfort in the trash. He wants to go back to the familiar and wants to cuddle up next to the trash. He doesn't want to embrace the new-ness of the day, but instead wants to go back to the trash can can where he feels he belongs.

I want to talk about the mindsets from the past.

Do you feel like your past has molded your mindset into believing that you are a loser, that you are trash, making you feel ashamed and unmotivated to handle life and depressed over your situation and not competent enough?

Did someone ever tell you that you weren't good enough? Was there anyone in your life that emotionally abused you? Does the pain of standing alone and the fear and anxiety of the future prevent you from taking a single step forward?

...And then you back out...you go back to the familiar...you choose the comforts of the past rather then embracing the beauty of the future.

I just wanted to encourage you today! No matter what anyone else has told you...Jesus says that you are the head and not the tail (Deut. 28:13), he calls you by name and protects you by his right hand (Isaiah 43:1-2), loves you with a unfailing kindness (Jeremiah 31:3) and takes great delight in you and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17)

Remember that you are very loved in Heaven. And that I love you, too!

So stand up. Resist the urge to go back to the trash....and take steps forward to embrace the amazing destiny in your life.

I believe in you!

If you need prayer for anything, let me know. I would love to pray for you!

Nov. 25. Mental Health

So no gimmicks and no stories today. If you or someone you love suffers from anxiety or panic attacks, I wanted to go through the signs and symptoms as well as simple solutions.

Mental health is serious and I wanted to address the issue at hand. I love you and I am here to help whenever and if-ever I can! Hopefully this article taken from HelpGuide.org can benefit you!

Panic attack signs and symptoms

The signs and symptoms of a panic attack develop abruptly and usually reach their peak within 10 minutes. Panic attacks can happen anywhere and at any time. You may have one while you’re in a store shopping, walking down the street, driving in your car, or even sitting on the couch at home.

Panic attack symptoms include:

• Shortness of breath or hyperventilation

• Heart palpitations or racing heart

• Chest pain or discomfort

• Trembling or shaking

• Choking feeling

• Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings

• Sweating

• Nausea or upset stomach

• Feeling dizzy, light-headed, or faint

• Numbness or tingling sensations

• Hot or cold flashes

• Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy

No matter how powerless or out of control you may feel about your panic attacks, it’s important to know that there are many things you can do to help yourself. The following self-help techniques can make a big difference to helping you overcome panic:

Learn about panic and anxiety. Simply knowing more about panic can go a long way towards relieving your distress.

Avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeine. These can all provoke panic attacks in people who are susceptible.

Learn how to control your breathing. Hyperventilation brings on many sensations (such as lightheadedness and tightness of the chest) that occur during a panic attack. Deep breathing, on the other hand, can relieve the symptoms of panic. By learning to control your breathing, you can calm yourself down when you begin to feel anxious

Practice relaxation techniques. When practiced regularly, activities such as exercise, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation strengthen the body’s relaxation response—the opposite of the stress response involved in anxiety and panic.

Connect face-to-face with family and friends. Symptoms of anxiety can become worse when you feel isolated, so reach out to people who care about you on a regular basis.

Exercise regularly. Exercise is a natural anxiety reliever so try to get moving for at least 30 minutes on most days

Get enough restful sleep. Insufficient or poor quality sleep can make anxiety worse

Seeing a friend or loved one suffering a panic attack can be frightening. No matter how irrational you think their panicked response to a situation is, it’s important to remember that the danger seems very real to your loved one. Simply telling them to calm down or minimizing their fear won’t help. But by helping your loved one ride out a panic attack, you can help them feel less fearful of any future attacks.

Stay calm yourself. Being calm, understanding, and non-judgmental will help your loved one’s panic subside quicker.

Focus your loved one on their breathing. Find a quiet place for your friend to sit and then guide them to take slow, deep breaths for a few minutes.

Do something physical. Together, raise and lower your arms or stamp your feet. It can help to burn off some of your loved one’s stress.

Get your friend out of their own head by asking them to name five things around them or talking soothingly about a shared interest.

Encourage your loved one to seek help. Once the panic attack is over, your loved one may feel embarrassed about having an attack in front of you. Reassure them and encourage them to seek help for their anxiety.

 

If you need prayer for anything, let me know! I would love to pray for you! And I am here for you!