Joy Is Strength

photo8It’s a beautiful day  that has never been seen , one that will provide a new adventure , blessing or even despair .  No matter the outcome of this day we can rest assured that we have already been provided with a precious gift called joy . This gift will give you a peace of mind in the midst of turbulence as you go through the fires of life . The joy of the Lord is our strength and this strength will move mountains and  give a new found hope . This strength can help you love your enemies when they do all they can to slander and destroy you . This strength brings hope to an otherwise dead situation , when all hope is lost and you can’t seem to find a way out or an answer to resolve your needs.

This joy that I have the world can’t take it away , it is not theirs it belongs to me .  The joy I have is so amazing because it allows me to stay focused on God and on what he has for me. Things have more clarity now that I have accepted everything that happens in my life is intentional and is working for my good. I will trust in the Lord for he is my strength and he will provide for me and in this I am secure . Even when I can not see how the current path is helping me I can relax and be joyful .

No need to be sad and burden down , let go and let God have his way . Get yourself a dose of Joy and let it be the ” pick me up” for your soul . I promise your world will get better and things will began to change . The joy that you have the world didn’t give it  and the world can’t take it away !!!


spa-zen-stonesOften times I find my mind wondering back to past hurts and disappointments caused by the people I deal with on a daily basis , whether it’s loved ones , friends or even associates . In this moment I literally relive the scene and wonder why things happened as they have , I ask myself why are you so angered by this ? Never really getting an answer because the pain consumes me , so now I am angry , frustrated , and alone . The truth of the matter is that I should have turned it over to God along time ago and went on with my life . People are designed under the image of God yet we stray away from his word and this is why we find ourselves lost with no hope.

We have the tools to redirect our perspectives and release the ties of life that tend to burden us down and weigh so heavy on our hearts. The main objective is the trust factor we have in God and the assurance that he can and will deliver us . The bible tells us God is a present help in the times of trouble , the problem isn’t getting him to move on our behalf it’s getting us to move out of the way . Despite what you may think , miracles are performed daily and so are blessings , nothing has changed with God except us . We stop adhering to his call , stop taking time to speak with him , we stopped listening and watching for things to manifest . We lost faith because we look at problem instead of trusting in the solution , faith without works (belief) is dead .

If you truly want to be set free from the past you’ve got to put some time in with God , giving all your burdens to him and never looking back . Sure you may stumble and fall but will yourself to get up and keep on moving , do not conform yourself to the normal responses . Cast all your cares on him and watch him set you free. Lay aside those dead dreams , failed relationships and broken promises and be delivered , let the past stay right where it is . It wasn’t until I decided to break free from everything that I found myself again , remembering who I am and who I was created for . I have stated many times that I trust God and I know he is able to lift these burdens , but it meant nothing because I would not let go I couldn’t .

Oh but when I finally began to see what was happening to me and how miserable I was I cried out to God and told him I needed his help . You got to know when to surrender and set your self free. Romans chapter 5 reminds us that we have justification by faith and with that comes peace. It goes on to say that same faith provides grace to stand as we rejoice in the hope of God’s glory .You see all that you’ve faced , every trial and error , every scandal and dark secret , every lie ever told about you has a purpose . And it is with this purpose that you can stand strong and be set free .

Allow yourself to be happy , drop the past and be delivered !!!  Never go back to that dead place because there is no life there , just pain and wasted time . The joy of the Lord is your strength use it and regain your deliverance .

Love and Blessings

Let’s Stay Connected

skyphoto2Each and every day we wake up and the first thing we do is grab our cell phone and head straight to the social media pages looking to see what took place why we where asleep . Who’s doing what to who , what’s their social status , how many likes did we get and so on . But how many of us take that type of dedication to acknowledge God ? Do we even say good morning or thank you Lord for keeping us through the night free from hurt harm and danger ? I am sure the answer from most people is no , the truth of the matter is we have attached ourselves to so many material things that we have forgot about the one that has allowed us all that we have to begin with .

We are a media filled world yet when it comes to the things concerning your spiritual life we become white noise . Hooked to reality television shows trying to emulate what we see , posting things of a private nature for all the world to see just to have a sense of  purpose and validity , but why ? The truth is a lot of  folks are just looking for someone to talk about because their lives are empty so your set backs , failures and accomplishments keep them alive. Isn’t it funny that when someone post something like ” if you love the Lord type amen ” that people will keep scrolling  but if the post reads something vulgar or tacky and messy that the like button turns red and the comment section blows up . What’s worst these are the spirit filled , holy ghost , shout you out your shoes , filled with Gods’ love people ( smh) , we got to do better !!!!

You can’t keep going down the same path and expect to be blessed. God will not tolerate being last on the list , he is a jealous God and he will have your immediate attention. If you want things to change in your life then you must be willing to walk away from the familiar and become uncomfortable . God’s way is simple , if your not connected to him you can’t get anything from him . You must put in some work in order to see the rewards of your labor. When you open your eyes till they close at the end of the day , remember to give God your undivided attention , always giving thanks in all you say and do , and never be ashamed to tell of his goodness and mercy . The bible tells us that if we are ashamed of the Father , he’ll be ashamed of you .

Start the day of right by taking time to give God his props for your life , make that connection and add him to your fav’s list .  He won’t disappoint you , his quality of work speaks for itself . Let’s get connected !!!!

Love and Blessings

Don’t Give Up

sky3Test and trials come to make you strong , the adversities you face are a building block to your character.  A true test of faith is being able to keep going through hells fire without looking back .  To stand tall in the fight and keep pushing until a change comes for the better . Gods word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my pathway , it is the golden ticket to recovery from the shame , pain , heartache and disappointments of life.

Strength comes when you have hit the bottom and refuse to lay down and die , failing is not an option . Being vulnerable is good because you are more in tune with Gods plan for your life and your willingness to please him allows him to show you that even at the lowest points of life you are never alone.  He plants a hedge of protection around your life and begins to shake up the situation .

Stop looking at the situation knowing it is out of your control instead turn it over to the Master for he alone is our hope and a constant help in the time of trouble . That constant assurance is knowing that his Grace and Mercy will keep us grounded . There has never been a time when you have called on him and he turned a deaf ear , he may not answer right away but it is always on time . It’s sad that we as believers never really turn away from the grip of life’s troubles but instead embrace it like a safety net .

The enemy will manipulate the situation and make it unbearable to move forward. All hope will appear to be lost and the doubt will spread . We must forget everything we think we know and go to the feet of Jesus and plant ourselves there . Read Psalms 51 and let him create in you a clean heart as he renews a right spirit within you . Let him purify your mind and heart as he takes you into a place of peace . The bible tells us that when the enemy comes in like a flood it is then that the Lord steps in to rescue us . Therefore no weapon formed against you can hurt  when have commit your life completely to Gods way .

They may talk about you and add scandal to your name defacing your character but it won’t matter . Let them talk , if your getting that much attention your doing something right!!! Listen the prayers of the righteous destroy much and when God is in the mix you have no choice but to win . Keep looking up for trouble will only last for a season , the test will become your testimony for someone going through with no hope . If you refuse to give in rest assured you won’t give up !!!

Love and Blessings

Free Yourself

photo6I have heard that absence makes the heart grow fonder , but I think that absence makes your heart stronger . Familiar faces and situations bring forth familiar response and expectations .We often get in our feelings because we long for the attention of others and can’t handle the rejection that comes with it . Free yourself of the cluttered life that you’ve   been trapped in .  It’s time to take charge of how you allow people to treat you . No need to become violent or step out of character , go into your secret place and have a little talk with the Master .

Sometimes God has to move folks out of your life because you can’t seem to cut the cord . We must stop allowing insecurity to get in the way of our blessings . A lot of people have hidden agendas , like wolves in sheep  clothing they bring death in the form of friendship portraying innocence until they can lunge in for the kill . Then you have those people who are like vultures , they are always there and you can’t get rid of them , just circling around and hovering  waiting to suck the life right out of you . Many people you come across mean you no good , they don’t care for you or your well being . Finding a true friend is a precious thing and should never be taken for granted .

One thing I have learned in my walk of  life is that people treat you the way you allow them to . Not only that , they make time for who they wish to be around ! If your always reaching out and looking to be noticed by others then you need to step back and re-evaluate your priorities . The Lord tells us in the book of Proverbs that we should not be a ” surety” for anyone . Stop making yourself the target of someone else and their misery . Folks will always take kindness  as weakness and for granted , walk away and  just let them be . Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might , be bold  and walk into victory !!!

Love and Blessings


Acceptance Not Necessary

photo17The need to be accepted amongst our peers has become a necessity to many of us today , always longing to fit in and be noticed . But to me this need to have someone’s approval is just a means of destroying lives like a cancer , it’s like a form of bullying . People go into deep depression and loose themselves in a dark place .

Why do you need to be liked by others ? What possible benefits would you actually get back ? Why is this so important ? It’s this sort of thinking that causes set backs in our lives and we then forget who we are because now we feel worthless and unloved . I  noticed that many people that fall into this category suffer from low self esteem and lack the strength to be themselves regardless of how others see them .  Somewhere deep down they lost sight of the most important factor … “themselves”.

We must take life back with a vengeance and learn to love you more than the opinions of others . In order to be happy you must find out what happiness means to you and then take that information and act on it , teaching yourself how to enjoy you . Find that place of contentment from within and embrace it , when you know better you do better .  There’s  need to concern yourself with the opinions of others because their acceptance is not needed . Love you above all else !!!

Love and Blessings

Mind Over Matter

Tired and  being  overwhelmed seems to be a common place for me lately . I am trying so hard to make this blog a success because I really want to help people and give them just a little hope . I struggle with my ability to actually make it through the day with a positive outlook because there is always something or someone standing in my path .  How do I get passed this and move forward to becoming a productive asset to my peers and those I come in contact with ? How can I write about being positive and trusting God when I can hardly keep my feelings in check ? Where do I find the  strength to just step out on faith and move on ?

Hmmm , lots of questions coming in and out of my mind , but I think that the best way to overcome these obstacles is simply ” mind over matter ” .  When you constantly allow situations to take control of you the results of you winning is slim to none . I can not allow the enemy to set up a camp site in my mind and lead me down a path filled with “what if’s” .  The bible tells us that the best way to work through your troubles is to submit yourself to prayer , it also tells us to pray without ceasing . Sincere prayers move God because you have allowed him to come in and fix your problem , your trust has given him permission to act on your behalf , it’s the unseen faith that moves  him into action .

Let’s begin to practice meditating on God a little more , when you begin to feel down pray , pray for your life and those you love , pray for your enemies and those that despise you , pray in all that you do and watch God work it out . Remember if you don’t mind , it won’t matter because it’s already been handled .

Love and Blessings

Letting Go

photo9I was dropping my daughter off to the mall yesterday and I felt compelled to stay with her until she met up with her friend , well that turned into frustration when she refused my offer . For a few minutes I was annoyed and slightly angry that she didn’t need me around , my baby had broke free and moved on .  As I watched her walk away my feelings got hurt and I felt it but just as I was about to fall into that place God said let go !

Why do we find it hard to let go of things that have already evolved away from our lives. Holding on to those things that keep you complacent will do nothing but block your blessings.  The bible tells us that we should lay aside every weight that so easily besets us you have to know when it’s time to let go .

We hold on to the past like a child with a security blanket , hoping that the situation will change somehow or over night the answers will just automatically appear . In the real world life and all that it has to offer will confined you in a holding cell of despair offering only grief and trouble . But the word of God tells us that the righteous are not forsaken nor do they beg for bread , in short you need not concern yourself with what you can’t fix because God will take care of you .

It is never easy to walk away from a situation but with faith you can move forward and breathe . Take a moment to examine the problem and then ask yourself “is it really worth it .” I won’t tell you that you will receive instant gratification but time does heal , you must rest and believe that it can do just that … HEAL !!!

Take time to pull away from everything and everyone and meditate on yourself , your life and your future then ask God to come in and assist you towards victory. You want to be successful , you want a new beginning , you want closure , then you must let go !!! The past hurts and let downs , broken hearts and problems are gone and only remain relevant because you refuse to let go . The past is the past , those moments are gone never to come back again , it is time to stay goodbye to all of that and say hello to a new day . With God all things are possible and obtainable , all you need to do is let go !!!

Love and Blessings

Faithing It !!!

photo19To have faith is to believe in the impossible to accept the unexplainable to grasp on to  hope of things you hold to be true within you . The bible tells us that “faith without works is dead” , meaning if you can’t believe in what you see how can it be accomplished ? Take it a step further , how can you succeed in life if you don’t even believe in yourself enough to push for greatness. It is always easy to say what you want to do in life but you have to first believe that you can do it .  See the vision , write the vision , live the vision , embrace the vision , become the vision .  You must be the first person to see that your dreams are accessible before anyone else will .  Stop relying on others to build you up , become your own cheerleader !!!

As believers we already know that God is our source of strength and our support system . He will never fail us because he has designed us to be great . We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us each and everyday . Stop accepting the negative advice of your peers and family members , because when you take in all that energy you cease to exist.  Negativity is a language that only breathes despair , pain and grief  , it lacks any beneficial attributes . Nothing good comes from being negative ,  but when you apply faith to the mix things begin to come to life .

Shake up your inner man and watch God change your situations , open doors for you that seemed to be sealed forever , and make your dreams a reality . Faith the size of a mustard seed seems uncomprehensible ,  how can something that small do anything ? Well  , faith moves God !!!  When you tap into faith things begin to change for the better and you start to live . All things are possible if you will only believe , never loose sight of your faith act on it and own it .  Grab hold and start ” faithing it “……….

Love and Blessings

Step Out of the Shadows

photo18For too long I hid my feelings to keep the peace , hiding my emotions from everyone I came in contact with because I just wanted to fit in .  Secretly I hated myself and the person I had become , no voice , no peace , no vision , no life .   As I got older the painful reality was I had lost sight of who I was , what made me happy , what made me …… me ! Shame and worthlessness became a common ground and I lost the drive to carry on , always looking out for others and sparing their feelings to keep a superficial relevance . I had totally kicked God out of my inner circle and shut down as I shied away from his grace and mercy .

It is really easy to loose yourself when your faced with sudden adversity , never really trusting God to supply all your needs according to his riches in glory . You go to church out of habit instead of having a need to better yourself . Your so desperately in need to feel needed that you hide in the dark places where no one can find you . Stop hiding behind your fears and step into the light and get your life back .

Fear lurks in the small crevices of your mind and sets up shop removing you piece by piece .  Hang on to Gods word and let him lift those burdens and clear your heart . Be happy , the joy of the Lord gives you strength and in time he can heal your scars and fix you right on up . Surround yourself with positive vibes and give it all to the Master . 2 Timothy 1:7 let’s us know that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power , love , and a sound mind .

The enemy has but one purpose :   to kill , steal and destroy . His main objective is to keep us bound and not focused on Jesus . Come out of the shadows and let your light shine so that others may see God working through you and blessing your mind , body , and soul .

Love and Blessings