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!!

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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.

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.

Irritation

Today was one of those days where I was just really frustrated. I woke up with an attitude and a headache…not good. My attention span was short. I couldn’t seem to focus on anything. No matter what I tried to work on nothing would come full circle.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better. I have a website to work on and articles to write. On top of a business to run. Lord, please allow me to focus on my purpose in life.

This journey is tough. I know people are not going to understand why you have me doing what you have me doing. Give me the strength not to second guess myself or you. I am your servant here to do what you have called me to do. I thank you for this gift. Thank you for trusting me to carry out this plan.

Peace and Blessings

The fact that I have found a church that I absolutely love has been a blessing. Ever since my first visit they have made me feel like family. I walk in the building and I feel at home. Friendly people and they are so passionate and excited about the Lord. You can’t help but be excited with them. This past weekend we had a Women’s Ministry Fellowship. The night started out with a pot luck dinner, we played some games, had a workshop on overcoming our fears and doubts and then ended the night performing a play about the 10 virgins.

The weekend really helped me put a lot of things into perspective. I’ve learned to stop thinking so small about my business and what God has called me to do. As I continue to prepare to open up the bakery, things keep happening that I thought were roadblocks but they were actually blessings and lessons to learn. I am moving this weekend to another city near by, at first I thought it was going to stop me from opening up my business when it’s actually helping me with the process even more. The house will be mine, I will be able to expand my kitchen when it’s time and I have more space. I am truly thankful. My business will be up and running as soon as I get all the paperwork and permits done. Not going to rush things  because they won’t come out the way God wants them to, so I am being patient and watching God work. My God, He is working because the blessings that are already flowing are just overwhelming me.

Well off to bed I go, got lots of boxes to move in a few hours.

Dream Pusher’s Academy

It’s a been a while since I’ve posted, I need to get back on schedule and post a lot more. Looks like Dream Academy will have me posting at least once a week. Many of you know I have been working with Shivawn Mitchell from L.O.V.E. Consulting on starting my home-based bakery. This has been a journey, I am learning a lot about the business, myself, and the people I surround myself with.

Shivawn has graciously taken me under her wing and is guiding me along the path of entrepreneurship. As a memeber of her Dream Pusher’s Academy, I am receiving weekly business development sessions, where I go over tasks and agenda items to get my bakery up and running. There are weekly homework assignments (Yes, I said HW) and mid-week inspiring and motivational emails, vlogs…and in my case text messages too!! These emails and vlogs are called Empower Me Moments…they definitely empower you! For the past few weeks I have found myself re-reading the emails and watching the vlogs a lot more, meditating on them and really taking the time to apply them to my personal life and my business life.

This past week we had email sent to us with the title “Getting Over Speed Bumps” this one hit home pretty hard, and I didn’t realize how significant it was until today in church when Pastor Lundy began preaching about going through struggles and the reason why we must go through them. Sometimes we want things to happen too fast, and try to make them happen in our time instead of on God’s time. Patience is a big thing, now I consider myself a patient person, although their are times where my patiences is very thin and I don’t want to wait. But waiting is all a part of live. Sometimes you want to drive right over the speed bump in life and act like you don’t see it but if you do, what happens?….we can mess up our car or in some cases cause an accident. After reading Shivawn’s email I had to really stop and think about the speed bumps in my life, how many things have I tried to rush and make happen to only fail in doing so? If I would have just waited and did things on God’s watch I would be just fine and not back at the start line. Even today during the sermon, Pastor Lundy hit on being patient and not causing problems for ourselves by rushing God’s work. There will be pain, there will be moments of solitude and reflection but trust and believe if God gave it to you, you will birth it!!

Each of us was given a purpose in this life, we have to choose to live out the mission He has given us. Like a mother having contractions during labor, the pains will be there. I have experienced some myself on this journey, there have been days where I have wanted to give up, but I can’t this is a gift that was given to me to share with the world. I have also tried to rush this process by thinking I could do it all on my own and in my time…HA!..definitely learned that lesson. Taking a different approach and waiting for God to place Shivawn in my life to make this happen has been a blessing in itself. The Empower Me emails and vlogs are just a small portion of the work that she does, but each piece serves it’s purpose.

I truly understand why I had to wait to get my business started, why I had to join Tastefully Simple for 3 years to learn about owning my own business, watching both my father’s own theirs as well…a learning process. I can take what I have learned from each of them and bring them into my own business. There is so much that I want to do in life, the bakery is just the beginning. Walking in the purpose God gave me is allowing me to pursue my dreams and help other’s in the process. Even with my full time job, I am learning things to add into my business and gaining customer’s as well. See…look at God, at my last job things weren’t this easy. Doing things God’s way is the ONLY way for me!

I didn’t mean to have this post be so long, sorry about that. I guess I was just writing what was on my chest. We have had quite a few of these vlogs and emails so what I am going to do is go back and read my notes from each of these and post them to by blog, feel free to subscribe to her YouTube channel so the vlogs come directly to you. You don’t want to miss any of these.

Until next time….

Stop Settling!!

2011 started off with a bang! I started the new year off a little different than I normally do, I’m usually with my family in Northern VA. But this year I was in Virginia Beach, with my BRC family!! We brought in the New Year playing MJ Experience and Just Dance 2 on the Wii. It was awesome. I had so much fun. In a way I felt bad that I wasn’t with my biological family but on the other hand I was happy that I had found new friends. I was in town for 2 weeks and there were people that I have known for years that I didn’t see while I was there. At first I was upset that I had been there all that time and hadn’t see people, but as the weeks went on, I heard 3 different people tell me that some people from 2010 will not carry over into 2011. That is so true, I guess I felt that certain people would always be around, no matter what.

For the past year I have been saying that I want to move to Virginia Beach, VA to be with my sister and to just get a fresh start. The entire time I have saying this I have been receiving more negative feedback than positive feedback. Very few people were actually embracing my idea of moving. People have told me I am being selfish for leaving my grandparents, other have said I have no business leaving the state and I need to get my priorities in order. I would pray about this move every chance I got, I just kept asking God, to do what He sees fit. If He feels this move should take place then so be it, if not then I know it wasn’t in his will for me to move.

Well the Lord decided the move was just for me. He made a way for me to obtain a job, a place to live and transportation back and forth to work. The job even pays more than what I was making before!!! No one but God, I tell you. I am extremely grateful for the blessings he has provided for me. The Lord places people in your life for a reason, at first I let all the negativity get to me, stopped preparations for my move and just got content with the way my life was going. BIG MISTAKE!!!! I became miserable and started to hate everything around me. Let’s just say I fell face first in prayer asking Jesus for help with this situation. I was tired of just letting everything pass by me.

Never settle for less than you deserve. If God, tells you He is going to make it happen, then He will. You just have to keep the faith, keep pressing, praise your way through. Your blessing is on it’s way!!