You Got This!

How many times have you wanted to give up? Say ‘Forget It’. We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now. We want to give up and stop the race now. But don’t do it. Keep pushing, keep fighting, keep pressing forward. You are a soldier, you can do this.

God has given you a gift, a vision of something that He has called you to share with the world. This vision was given to you because God knows you can handle it. You may not think you can, but that’s thinking naturally. Think supernatural.

Your vision is there, you can see it. God has shown you the outcome. Do you trust God to guide you through this process? He has the plan all mapped out just follow His lead.

Strength and faith are with you. You got this. Your dreams are becoming your reality!!

Strength, Courage and Faith

The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.” (NIV) ( Judges 7:7 )

Why would God lead Gideon into battle with an army of only 300 men against an army of 135,000 Midianites? Gideon placed his trust in the Lord even against overwhelming odds. When you feel that the odds are against your favor and the Lord is leading you into battle, remember Gideon. He went on to victory because he dutifully followed the Lord. When you feel the odds are stacked against you, could God be using you to demonstrate His strength?

This was the devotional I just read and it is so timely. It speaks to where I am right now, in the middle of a battle. I don’t know what the outcome is going to be or how things will change but I am trusting God to do His will. I’ve been at this point in my life before and I’ve pressed through it, I just have to keep going.

How many times does God give us a lesson that we don’t learn? We are quick to say we want to trust God but we in turn want a microwave response. Hold out and be patient. This test will bring out another testimony, I know it will. I have my work cut out for me but I know with God’s guidance I will be okay.

What about you? Are you in the middle of a battle and you feel you don’t have enough armor to fight? God has given you all you need, just use your resources.

My Road to Essence!!

As many of you may know I started an internship with Delphine Publications in January. This  internship has allowed me to learn so much about the marketing aspects of the publishing industry. I have always love to read and the chance to work with such talented authors has been a blessing. Well now I am in need of your help. Delphine Publications would like me to join them in New Orleans, LA for the Essence Music Festival in July.  So they have started a fundraiser to get me to Essence.

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I am asking that friends and family help me on “My Road to Essence.” This is a working trip and I will have the chance to meet authors from the company and our CEO Tamika Newhouse, who has graciously allowed me to work with her company. Even though the company headquarters is in Atlanta, GA; I have had the opportunity to intern with them from Virginia. Each week I am given assignments to complete, books and events to promote.

If you help me by sending in a monetary donation, I would greatly appreciate it. I will be blogging about my experience as well. Thank You in advance for assisting me in “My Road to Essence.”

Donations can be completed here: My Road to Essence!

 

 

Tired of waiting?

God has given you a promise and you have been waiting for it to prosper. Be patient it is coming. Noah had to preach the same message for over 100 years before it rained. Just hold on a little while longer, your birthing season is here. Your promise will be fulfilled.

This was the text message I sent a few of my friends this morning. After reading through some scriptures, and thinking back on yesterday’s sermon in church, a few people came across my mind this morning so that’s what I sent them.

I don’t send a lot of these and I should but I get nervous and I’m not sure how people would perceive them. Often times The Lord will lay things on my heart and I’ll just pray about them but not follow through on the rest of His instructions which is to send that person or persons a simple message. Well today I just went ahead and did it. I didn’t make an excuse about it, I just did it.

How many times has God placed something on your heart and you have waited for it to prosper? You wait days, months, and sometimes years for the promise He told you to come forth. Don’t worry it is going to happen. It just takes time and preparation.

I have been a nervous wreck about some things that God has laid on my heart. Many of them I can’t even speak about yet because He has said, now is not the time. As I prepare for those other gifts to prosper, He has allowed some gifts and blessings come to life. My life is a testimony that I have not shared with many like I should have all because of fear. Well my fear of not telling my story is hindering someone else’s growth.

No more waiting, no more fear. Stop making excuses and remember the promises God has on your life. Be patient and know that your time is coming but preparation is key. Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing so that God can manifest the other gifts in your life?

Prepare The Soil Part 2

Read Luke 8:9-15.

Jesus continued on through the villages, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. People from town after town came to Him. When he saw the large crowd He told them a parable. Many were following Jesus. Out of those who would listen, Jesus described how the seed, His word, would fall on four different kinds of hearts:

Some fell along the path. And some fell on the rock. And some fell among thorns.

And some fell unto good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.

Jesus then called out to all of them saying: “He who has ears to hear let him hear.”

Only those with one type of heart could truly hear. Clearly there are those who don’t listen at all. But of those who would listen, few would truly hear. J.C. Ryle comments, it is a parable of universal application. The things it relates to are continually going on in every congregation wherever the gospel is preached. The four kinds of hearts that it describes are to be found in every assembly that hears the word. These factors should make us read the parable very carefully. We should say to ourselves, as we read it, “This concerns me. My heart is seen in this parable. I, too, am here.”

He who has ears to hear let him hear.

Our heart is represented in one of these. Ask the Lord this week to help you see the condition of your heart.

Praise God for bringing His word to you.

Confess your need for His Spirit to reveal the true condition of your heart.

Thank God for drawing you close to Him.

Ask God to help your heart be humble and ready to receive His truth.

 

My Thoughts:

Lord, help me to see what you have for me is for me. I am here to receive your Word and follow through with your purpose for my life. I am digging out the weeds and only keeping what you will have me to keep. Allow your messages to flow freely to me, allow me to understand and comprehend the message you have for me. Preparations are being made so that I can freely obtain the gifts you have for me.

Prepare the Soil

Read Luke 8:4-8.

The seed of God that is sown into the good soil is the only seed that bears fruit. What does the “good and honest” heart look like? What kind of hearer is this? This is the one that upon hearing the word of God takes it to heart, listens, repents, believes, and obeys. This is the heart in which the seed takes root, grows, and produces fruit that matures.

How do you receive God’s word?

Jesus tells us this parable to help us examine ourselves: Do I have ears to hear? Do I have a heart that is able to respond to the word of God in repentance, belief, and obedience?

As I look back on my life as a professing Christian, I realize that during the first ten years the weeds of the world choked out the word of God. I loved the things of the world. “Real life” was too important. God’s word had fallen onto the ground of my heart and began to grow, but the worries and concerns of this world far outweighed the importance of God and His kingdom. Thankfully God didn’t leave me there; He rescued me. It was as if He took a rototiller to my heart. But that wouldn’t have been enough. He completely replaced my heart with a new one. The seed He sowed into my new heart took root and grew. Since that day this new heart responds so differently to His word. It delights in the law of the Lord!

Read Psalm 1.

If your heart delights in God and His word, praise and thank Him! Thank Him for the great and immeasurable gift that He has given to you and nurture that gift! If your heart does not delight in the law of the Lord, do not despair, do not give up, and do not walk away. Confess it to the Lord. No one has the power to make the soil of their heart good. Ask God to forgive you and cleanse you of all unrighteousness. “Lord, let your living words penetrate our hearts and produce a full harvest of righteousness!”

Over the next several weeks, take God’s word to your heart and ask Him to help you receive it by faith and then bring it to life through obedience. Ask Him to help you bear a full harvest of righteousness.

My thoughts:

First, ask God to cleanse you, mind, body and spirit. Be prepared to become naked and vulnerable with him. He is preparing you for greatness. There are times when I feel like I am all by myself. I question my decision to live for Him and I am constantly reminded of His goodness and the blessings He has.given me, the numerous times He has literally saved my life. The doctors gave up on me, told my family to make arrangements. But God said He wasn’t through with me yet!!! How can I not serve a God like that?

I woke up this morning and I’m thankful! My faith level is on high right now. I am pregnant with expectations of greatness! There is a radical praise in my spirit that I will let loose today. All because I love God for who He is and not just the things He has done.

He is preparing me for a new chapter in my life book. I’m ready for it, and willing to see it through. I know it will be tough but I rather follow Jesus than follow the ways of the world. My soil is being worked on so my garden will produce great things. Are you ready to prepare your soil?

INTRODUCTION: Planting Your Garden For a Fruitful Harvest

I love the You Version Bible app on my phone. I use it all the time. I read the devotionals and reading plans for inspiration, clarity and wisdom. I am starting a new reading plan called Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40-day Journey. During the next 40 days I will post the scripture context and my thoughts. This devotional uses the garden as a metaphor to growing in Christ. You can join me if you want and post your thoughts in the comment section.

 

The imperishable seed – the word of God! (1 Peter 1:23, Luke 8:11). Several years ago archaeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid. The seed was thousands of years old dated to around 2500 BC. When planted in fertile soil, the 4500-year-old wheat seed sprouted and grew! “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:23-25).

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tries to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in towering silos because we don’t understand what it means to be “in Him.” Until we access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit.

Let’s raid those silos, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant eternal harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. The Bible declares that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” (Romans 10:17). We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” God’s word by spending time in God’s word, studying His word, and meditating on it. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we are planting seeds of righteousness in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.

My Thoughts:

Spending time reading the Word or even listening to it really helps me get through the day. Sometimes I can do it first thing in the morning and other times I have to wait until the evening or when I get 30 minutes to just sit still. But either way I find time to focus on Him. If I can find time to work on my business, cook, clean, help others then  can most certainly find time to spend with Jesus. He has been a blessing to my life. So much has happened over the last few months that I just don’t know where I would be without Him. He provides us with all of our needs and in return He just wants us to be faithful to Him. I am grateful for the blessings that he has bestowed upon me, thankful for the gifts he has given me. There are times when the gifts can be overwhelming, times when I question Him about what He wants me to do but I have to remember that my faith is in Him and He is guiding my path.

Each day is a new day to walk in my purpose, to tell someone else about His goodness. Have you told someone about Jesus today?

I almost let myself get in my own way!

I’ve been dealing with a lot lately. My mom’s Lupus has been acting up and she is always sick. My sister is working full-time, in school full-time and taking care of her son. I’m working on building my business, going to school and trying to keep my head above water. Well I almost told myself that all this hard work was not worth the hurt, the rejection and the loneliness of wanting to fulfill my dreams. I think I have always wanted to be my own boss. I can be around people all time or I can hide myself in a corner and just be alone. Either way, I’m happy. I am where I am supposed to be. God is working in me and I am grateful. It took a HUGE leap of faith to start this journey and my faith is what’s keeping me here, but I almost let myself in get in my own way.

Being frustrated about the process of building my business, not being considered for writing gigs, being passed over on assignments get your spirit down. I got tired of being knocked down and was ready to give in to what everyone else was already saying that I wouldn’t make it and I am wasting my time. I am living out my purpose, every day is tough because I don’t know what’s going to happen, where my income is going to come from and it becomes overwhelming. People telling me that I need to give up and stick to a 9-5 job and just be happy with job security. Well a 9-5 is always job security, I know I’ve been laid off twice. Through out the whole day I just kept hearing God say ‘Be still, I am with you.’ DeWayne Woods ‘Let Go, Let God’ happened to be playing on the radio at the same time and I just lost it. Face full of tears, crying out for God to guide me, comfort me and protect me as I walk this journey. I am so scared because I can see the vision God has given me but I know that I can’t tell everyone because someone will make it their priority to discourage me. I keep a lot of things to myself  because I have experienced hurt when people that you trust so much don’t believe in you. I’m standing tall and I will get through this.

God is doing some amazing things in my life right now. I have been blessed beyond measure. My food blog Southern Root Kitchen is doing well and growing everyday. Next month I will be headed to DC for the Metro Cooking Expo Show. I’ll get to interview people about their businesses, check out demos from Food Network shows and even do some taste testing. I’m excited and thankful for the opportunity. I almost ruined my chances of progressing due to fear. I almost put myself and my weakness first and left God out of the equation. No more of that. I am here because God says I should be.

Being Confident in Being Me Day 1

As much as I love technology and love to read it only seems fitting that I would have a Bible app on my phone. For the past few months I have used the YouVersion, Bible app on my phone to look up scriptures, meditate, and read some of the many devotionals that they have. I just started a new devotional called The Confident Woman, it’s by Joyce Meyer. After reading this first message I knew I would journal about this passage. Below is today’s passage. My will follow at the end.

Believe in Your Value


Take a minute and look into your heart. How do you feel about yourself? If your answer does not agree with God’s Word, I encourage you to begin today renewing your mind about yourself.

See yourself as God sees you. Study God’s Word and you will find out that you are precious, created in your mother’s womb by God’s own hand. You are not an accident. Even if your parents told you they never really wanted you, I can assure you that God wanted you. You are valuable, you have worth, you are gifted, you are talented, and you have a purpose on this earth.

Not only must we ask God for things He has promised us but we must receive them (see John 16:24). If you feel unworthy, you probably won’t ask, and even if you do, you won’t receive by faith. Don’t let feelings rule you anymore. Take a step of faith and start improving your quality of life today. Believe that you make good decisions, that you are a valuable person with a great future, and something good is going to happen to you today!

Pray: Lord, I ask You to imprint Your love into the depths of my heart. I believe You have a great future for me and that I can walk in Your purpose for my life. Amen.

From the book The Confident Woman Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

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I see myself in a very different scope than I did a year ago. I’m much more happier and focused now. Working on my dreams and goals keep me motivated. I’m still spending a lot of time in prayer and studying my Bible but I do make more time for family and friends. When I would normally spend most of my time reading and just sitting in one place, I am not going out more since I moved here. One of the reasons for that is finding a church home. This was a big deal for me. I finally found a place that I feel comfortable in.

Finding a church home has helped my transition a lot over the past year. I began to really look at who I am as a person, where I want to go in life and how my relationship with the Lord was growing. I began really feel like I could step out on faith once again.

Taking a leap of faith and starting my own business was definitely something I had to pray about. But since starting Southern Roots Kitchen, I am happy and excited.  My food blog is up and running, I have implemented my Meal Planning Services. There is a lot more in works too.

I am thankful that God placed this vision in my life and is allowing me to live out my dreams. I am confident that I will succeed in all He has for me.

Blessings,

Kimberlee

Patience, Hair, Patience

You have a vision, you have a purpose, you can see the finish product right in front of you but you have so much more work to do before it is done. Patience. It is definitely something you have to learn in life.

My journey to see my natural hair texture has been just that a journey. There have been times where I want to just give up and say forget this. I don’t care if I don’t see the curls anymore. But then there are other times where I get so excited about the process, I look at how far I’ve come. My hair is growing like crazy, it’s big, it’s puffy and I love it. Through the entire process I have to learn to be patient, there are times when I don’t want to be patient and I contemplate throwing in a relaxer or just doing a BC (big chop). But I have to remember to stay calm, be patient and just wait. I chose a long transition so I could get used to the curls and the texture.

There are weeks when I get real excited about trying new styles, other weeks I am ready to just say for get it and throw a relaxer in it. But then I remember the pain, the headaches, the money I have to spend and all the trouble I have to go through for my roots to only swell up and need a touch up in 4-6 weeks. Nope that’s okay I will continue on this journey of learning my natural hair texture.

Living in VA definitely helps with the transition because the weather is so different here from what it is in Massachusetts. The humidity makes my hair big and fluffy, I have found a hair dresser that specializes in natural hair, and one of my younger sisters has decided to go natural. The two of us are constantly looking at different styles, she’s always asking about the texture of her hair, different products, and hair styles. She got a kick out of using EEVO in her hair. She told the hair dresser what I was doing one night and the hair dresser said: ‘Girl, EVOO will become your friend lol’ So this journey has it ups and downs, but I know that being able to finally see my natural hair texture will be amazing.

Once I figure out this weekend’s hair style I’ll do another post.