The Next Level…

28 Nov

I know it has been a while since I have written, and I have no excuse. We make time for what we see as priority. I guess you can say my priorities were mixed up.

Anyways, onto the Word and what has been revealed…

This past week, I have been feeling down off and on. I am very stressed, having a lot going on in my personal and professional life. Things have not been going as planned  and it’s a very uncomfortable feeling. I don’t feel like I am in control of anything. This is when God sent me to the book of Job. It was funny how He did it. He started at the end of the book.

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before,” (Job 42:10)

I could hear the Lord telling me that He will restore me. I was so happy to hear that. Thank you, God! But the revelation did not stop there…He took me to the beginning of the book,

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil,” (Job 1:1)

He asked me, “You believe that I can restore you, but you don’t fear me and you don’t shun evil? You are out of order!” For real…I was shocked. I was starting to pick and choose what Words of God I wanted to stand firm on. I wanted God to bless me, but I wouldn’t bless Him. I wouldn’t give the Lord my time. I wasn’t reading His Word, fasting, or praying. But I just knew, despite my disobedience, I would be restored and blessed. And at the same time, God is saying I will not bless you in your current state. It’s time to change.

Don’t get me wrong…I am blessed and the Lord does continue to bless me with good health, a job, a nice home, etc. but we have to understand that God wants to blow our minds with a miracle…a blessing beyond this world…with something that He can only do or provide. That is going to the next level. You only get there with fearing God and shunning evil. You can not go there without obedience.

So I have to get my priorities back in line. I have never stopped loving the Lord. Sometimes we just get sidetracked. It’s time for me to express that love by fearing Him and shunning evil. It’s an ongoing process. I know one thing, I want and long to go to the next level. And it is also my prayer that you go there to. I love you all…

This is my prayer.

I’m just chillin…

27 Jul

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” – Matthew 24:42-44

As I read the above passage of scripture, I thought about the times when I was knowingly participating in sinful acts. I would go out, get drunk…lust after men…dance to music that contradicted who I was in Christ and what I believed in…and the list could go on and on. But I thought…what if Jesus came…in the flesh…and caught me? Would He have any effect on me and my actions? Would I stop dancing? Would I continue to have lustful thoughts running through my head about the guy at the bar? Would I continue to drink my long island ice tea?

I don’t think I would continue. I would first be shocked (of course). And then I would stop…I would be ashamed of my behavior. It would be similar to if my parents would have walked in and I’m all over some guy, making out. That’s not cool. I don’t think anyone would continue poppin’ bottles and grindin’ up on some dude if mama walked in the door. It is the same way with our heavenly Father. I think you would stop whatever you were doing.

The worse feeling for me is getting caught. I feel so ashamed in myself, like I know better. And the fact of the matter is we’ll never know when Christ is coming back so we need to be ready at all times. I want to be ready. I don’t want to be caught getting drunk when Jesus comes back. I know it’s somewhat hard to think about, but just as you would prepare for a relative who is visiting you, it’s the same thing, in a sense. You would make sure your house is clean…you would have good food ready for them to eat….AND you wouldn’t leave the house…you would wait for them to arrive. I feel like we are an unpure generation, with no fruit…not expecting Jesus to show up anytime soon. But we don’t know that for sure.  We need to be pure and have the fruits of the Spirit for Jesus to enjoy.

My prayer is that we get out of the “I’m just chillin…I’m just doing me” mindset. I know when I get relaxed and don’t read my Word daily, I slip back into the mindset. It’s whack and it’s not beneficial. I, a mature believer, no longer wants to feel ashamed about the actions I know I shouldn’t be doing. And I know y’all feel me. So let’s get ready for Christ! It’s a process, but I know we can all do it. This is my prayer….

All in my business…

23 Jul

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. – James 5:16

Yesterday I did something bad. Yes, me…sweet April. I hid something from my accountability partner. I felt so bad about it that I later told her the truth. I guess I was somewhat ashamed and the simple fact is it didn’t reflect where I am now in my walk (if that makes sense). Actually, what I hid happened weeks ago. This situation helped me realize the importance of an accountability partner and what a great job she was doing.

An accountability partner is someone you trust that can hold you accountable to living out the Word of God. I know my accountability partner will go to, what I would call “extreme measures,” to see if I’m doing what I said I would do. I hate it sometimes, but I know it’s necessary. She always gets in my business. I think that’s what makes her a good accountability partner. She doesn’t make me feel comfortable in my sin…even the tip-toeing around sin either. (I think tip-toeing is just wrong because you can so easy slip into sin when you are around it.)

I say all of this to say, having a good accountability partner can really help your walk with God. At the end of the day, you will make your own decisions, but if you have someone there to encourage you and admonish you, it can really help you make the best decision. Walking this road alone is hard. I also thank God for the Young Adult Ministry at my church, because they also play a big role in holding me accountable. It says in His Word that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up,” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).

My prayer is that you see the value in surrounding yourself with fellow brothers & sisters in Christ who will uplift you and won’t let you get comfortable in your sin. I see what a blessing it is in my own life…and I hope you have that same experience. This is my prayer…

Clothes v. God

22 Jul

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:25-27

Last night, I got an email from one of the women that is working with my employer during our grand opening. On the email, she told us the schedule for grand opening week as well as what to wear. When looking at what to wear, I saw I really didn’t have what was on the list and to make matters worse, I don’t have any money to buy these items. I vented to my mom, “I only have two white shirts and I need three, what am I going to do???” My mom looked at me like I was crazy. She simply said, “wash them at night and wear them again…they know you are a single mom who just started working.” Now, I was looking at her like she was crazy, but after thinking about it, her statement was true. I made up in my mind that I would just wash the shirts and wear them again.

As a young woman, I like to be somewhat fashionable. And I know people that never wear things twice in a month, let alone, in a week. It’s a struggle for me. I’m very practical though. I don’t buy things that are out of my price range, which I think is good, when I do have money. And when I went to bed last night, God reminded me that He is my provider and that He has blessed me with a wonderful job. He also said don’t worry about such things, like clothes…I have more important things to focus on. God is always right and He continues to speak to me. I’m a blessed woman.

The Word of God says, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6: 25). AND it also says, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” (Matthew 6:33). God is telling us to put Him first. Worrying about things, like money and clothes, just distracts us from what’s really important, God. We would have nothing without Christ. He is the Creator of all things, including clothes, money, houses, and land. I think we forget this truth and think we had something to do with what we have. I got this job…I bought these clothes…I got this car. You cannot do anything without God.

God, I ask you to continue to remind me (and my brothers and sisters in Christ) not to worry and to focus on what’s important and that is our relationship with you. You will supply all our needs, because your Word says you will. Grant us a mind that will stay on you. This is my prayer…

No Secular Music!!!

20 Jul

Ok…it has been stated over and over again that listening to secular music and watching certain television shows can harm our walks with Christ. Is this really true? I think so…in my personal walk, I know it has effected my walk in a negative way so I try to stay away from secular music. What do you think? Have you ever tried not to listen to secular music?

Here’s your chance. Take the “No Secular Music 30-Day Challenge”!!!! Beginning August 1st, let’s see how impactful it maybe for us to eliminate secular music from our hearing. Sign up today! After completing our 30-day challenge, we will all come together with our experiences via word press.

My prayer is that this experience will change lives and reveal the truth about guarding our ear gates for Christ!

No one to blame but YOURSELF…

20 Jul

For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23

I’v heard it time and time again…why did this happen to me? how did I get so far off track? To be honest, I have said those exact words. When we sin, sometimes we are so amazed at the consequences we have to face. We act like we don’t know that living sinful has consequences. I don’t know why. It clearly says in the Word that the wages of sin is death. Period.

I think this is the shortest blog I have written thus far….and the point is this: you have no one to blame but yourself. If you sin, there will be consequences. God forgives you for your sins (when you confess them) in the spiritual, but in the natural, you still reep what you sow. My prayer is God will see you through the consequences….

Stop being a big baby…

19 Jul

Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” – Hebrews 5:13-14

Being a mother is such a wonderful experience. I love being a mom and I love my son dearly. But with being a parent, there are some challenges. One of those challenges is that when it was time for my son to graduate to a new stage in life, there was some protest. I can remember when I was beginning to teach him how to feed himself with a spoon, he was very upset about it. He sat there in his high chair, not willing to eat because he just refused to feed himself. He soon realized that if he didn’t feed himself, he wouldn’t eat so he learned quickly. Another protest that was short-lived was when we transitioned to breast milk to whole milk. He didn’t like it at first, but he got use to it.

As Christians, there is a time when we need to go from “milk” to “solid food.” Once you get the foundation of your faith, there is a time when we need to dig deeper in the Word and start walking that thing out. And with that digging and walking, there is more responsibility, which some of us don’t really want. We want to be sleepy Christians and not have to do A, B, and C like those who are older than us in the faith. We start complaining saying, this is too deep…I don’t know if I can do this…I don’t want to do this. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to graduate to the next level in our faith. When my son didn’t want to drink whole milk, or not feed himself, if I responded by saying that’s ok for him to stay the way he was, he would never mature. He can’t be 4 years old and not feeding himself. That’s just craziness!

So my prayer today is that we grow up and stop complaining. Stop being big babies and let’s get to the next level in our faith! This is my prayer…