Generations will Reap what you Sow

This weekend really has made me even more hungry and thirsty for the things of God. He is calling His people to live differently in the days ahead, to be truly marked and set apart. Holiness is not old fashioned. Holiness is not a fad. Holiness does not make you irrelevant or out of date. Holiness tells the Lord here I am, ready and open for whatever You want. A life that is yielded to Him and willing to please Him no matter the cost. It causes you to live a life that maybe different even from people you sit in the pews with every week….but this isn’t a holiness post!! This is about children! Specifically, your children!

Lately my children have been on my heart. I want my kids to be radical fanatical, sold out, prophetic, miracles, signs and wonders type of Kids. I want them to be giant slayers. I want them to live in kingdom dominion and walk in the authority of Jesus Christ. I want them to cast out devils, be fearless, and most importantly obey God to the utmost detail. I want them to be compassionate, genuine, patient, kind, and everything Jesus is. What parent doesn’t want that for their child? For the past few months the Lord has been pointing to my spiritual walk and joining it with my children and even grand children. I’ve always thought generationally. I thank God for that because it has kept me and challenged me to live a lifestyle of holiness. The way I pursue the Lord now, my word time, scripture memorization, my prayer time etc., my children and grandchildren will reap the benefits of my lifestyle.

Have you ever experienced emotions or habits or tendencies your parents or grandparents struggle with? Often times, the sins of our fathers (grandparents and parents) are passed down to us and our future lineage. If they are not dealt with we can find ourselves dealing with those same habits and tendencies. Or maybe you are like me who have had parents who saw those negative aspects of our blood line and have been praying and petitioning to God, reminding Him we have been redeemed from the Curse! Instead of history being repeated, you make history and experience freedom and liberty.

This life you and I live right now can alter future generations of our new
Christian heritage. There is a selfish mindset, a carnal mindset, that has creeped into the church. The life I live is about me right now. We have parents who want to be friends with their kids instead of giving them Jesus. We have a generation of kids who do not have the Word hidden in their hearts, who only pray over their food, and live all sorts of ways during the week. Yet, we have not considered our posterity! What we do today will effect our seed tomorrow! If there is not a shift in our thinking, there will be generations of children who will not know their word, who will not know how to pray, we could reap a hallow and empty harvest of precious souls for the kingdom.

My challenge to my generation: are you living a life that your great grand-children will benefit from?! That they will not be shaken or swayed when different doctrines try to influence them? Do you know how to fight the good fight of Faith? Do you know how to pray effectively? How is your sword action? Can the Lord trust you with His plans, His secrets, or to obey Him? Or are you investing in video game systems, external beauty, social media, etc.? Like Paul, this is all stuff I am perfecting every day. I am still growing and I am being challenged daily . I feel such an urgency in my spirit. Shake this dry, mundane, Christianity off!! It’s time to wake up!! Our parents have Jesus, now it’s our turn! No more parental salvation, it’s time to get what’s ours. We want to see miracles signs and wonders, but forget there is preparation before there is a wonder! The legacy of Jesus continues with us!

Whoever reads this, please know it is not a reprimand, but a shaking! God is calling us to new places in Him, and His desire is that everyone can go to a new place in Him. But, we have to do our part too and wipe the sleep from our eyes and prepare ourselves. If you’re like me and don’t have any children what can we do to prepare?
1. Pray for your children, EVERYDAY!
2. Spend time with God EVERYDAY!
3. Choose to live holy in every aspect of life EVERYDAY!

Start today, our children are counting on us!

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Love was made for me and You

I have met someone. Ever since I could remember, He has swept me off my feet. My parents have even approved this relationship, so that in itself says a lot! Everyday He makes me feel like I am the only girl in the world. I know it’s real when He wakes me up in the morning in the gentle way He does. Good morning darling, I love you is what I read off my phone. Or, He calls me to let me know He has dreams of us and our future together. My response is always I love you too, but it varies day to day. We always talk throughout the day. Sometimes I talk to Him for hours on end and some days it’s short and sweet. There have been days where I have ignored Him altogether. I know I let stuff get between us sometimes and the distance I feel when I don’t see Him leaves me wondering what happened? But, when I need him, He is waiting to hear from me. I can honestly say I am in love….He finishes my sentences, He makes me smile, and we have gone on some of the best dates I’ve ever been on. He knows how to calm me down when I’m upset. He is probably the funniest guy I have ever met. He knows how to make me feel beautiful. He gives me gifts and doesn’t expect much in return, just my time and my heart. It’s something about His love the keeps me coming back for more. Even the little things He does makes my heart swoon. When I think of Him, my face starts to crack a smile. I find myself daydreaming about Him at school, work, even church! It’s like I can’t get enough. I feel lifeless with out His touch, without hearing His voice, letting me know He’s trustworthy. One day when we were together He told me I can trust Him with my heart. I looked in His eyes, full of love and full of burning passion, and I knew He was mine forever and I was His. The other cool thing about my relationship is that it is open. Yes, the good thing about this love I have is that it is for anyone who is open to a lifetime of wooing. Don’t get me wrong, He is super jealous and not the type of jealousy that makes me fearful. But the type of Jealousy that wants to know He has my heart forever and ever. So let me introduce you to my love. The one has captured my affections, who makes my heart skip a beat, and the one who will never let me go, Jesus.

How a preacher in the Bahamas impacted a girl in the Midwest

I was saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Myles Monroe and his wife Ruth this past Sunday. I remember seeing him on TBN as a young girl when my mom would watch Praise the Lord. I remember him speaking about faith and how God wants us to live our lives in faith not sometimes, but every day of our lives. His words were like seeds that fell into my heart and spirit and I decided I wanted to live a faith filled life like that!

Fast Forward to 2014, I have many stories that have required faith and I’ve seen Gods faithfulness in my life. After Dr. Monroe’s untimely death, I revisited a book someone bought for me that he wrote entitled, Waiting and Dating. It is such a great book for people who are single, in a serious courtship, and people who want to have a relationship that lasts. Besides this book, he has preached many sermons!
I am on Instagram a lot more since I got rid of my Facebook this year. I have seen more quotes and pictures to fill a library! I’ve seen some good quotes and horrible quotes, truthful quotes, and quotes that make you feel good. I bet 5 bucks it’s a quote or picture for what ever is going on in your life right now. I’ve seen young people share on Instagram that they want something real when it comes to relationships. They want it to last, they want it to be passionate, they want it to be everything they see on tv or Instagram. My favorite posts are the ones of Beyoncé and Jay- Z, or Kim K and Kanye, and how their love has become #relationshipgoals. I just want to say it is a FANTASY! Many young girls and guys have created a fantasy of love that is unrealistic and doesn’t prepare them to be someone’s wife or husband.
There is one clip from a sermon he preached that I wrote down notes of what everyman should be and what every women should wait for.

Dr. Monroe listed four traits every woman should recognize in a man who’s ready to be married.

1. He should be in the presence of God
Basically, he is living in communion with God, daily.
2. He should be working
Good work ethic can go a long way
3. He should be a protector and able to cultivate you
You want someone to step in front of you not hide behind you when danger comes. When a man can cultivate you, he can bring out the best in you because he has the ability to create.
4. He should be able to teach the word of God
He will not only be teaching you, but your children. He has to know word of God.

Ultimately, as women, we should be waiting for and trusting God for a man that encompasses all these qualities. Thank you Dr. Monroe for being kingdom minded and influencing others to be kingdom minded in all areas of life.

Click the link below to see the clip I just wrote about
http://youtu.be/kUSb4QFnbfE

Also here is a link to buy his book I mentioned too!
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0768421578/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/186-8761037-1216208

God is that you?

I remember being a young girl and I thought I would hear my mom calling my name. I would run to my mom asking her, “Mommy did you call me?” She would say no I didn’t call you. My mom taught me after that encounter, if I ever heard my name called and it wasn’t her, to say Yes Lord! I didn’t understand that at first, but as I’ve grown older, I realized my mom was training my ear to hear Gods voice. Have you ever wanted to know what Gods opinion about something going on in your life? You prayed, fasted, read the word, talked to a trusted friend, your mom, dad, the dog, and still you had no answer? One thing that I do know about myself, is that I hear from God. He speaks to me all the time. There are moments in my life where I felt I could not hear Him clearly. I was frustrated wanting to get Gods perspective but I was like, God did you say this or that? I was confused, I would ask myself God is this me or you? So some questions maybe, How do I know God is talking to Me?
Being in communion and relationship with God opens the ability for us to hear him speak. The bible says in John 10:27 My sheep recognize my voice. I know them and they follow me. Obedience to the Holy Spirit keeps you sensitive to Gods voice. Disobedience can interfere with what God wants to say to you! Another cool thing about God is that He uses many avenues to talk to us. He used a bush when He spoke to Moses, prophets, dreams (my favorite), donkeys, and Angels. Having a sense of peace is another way I know God speaks to me. He is not the author of confusion (1st Corinthians. 14:33) so when God speaks to you, peace should follow what He says. Also, what He said can and should be backed up with scripture. Meaning, you can find a scripture that will confirm what He has said. There are many more ways I’m not mentioning that God speaks to us. Even an audible voice, which is super rare, like He used when getting Samuels attention . When the Lord first called Samuel, Samuel didn’t even recognize Gods voice! He replied yes, here I am. He ran to the priests Eli’s room and asked, Eli did you call me? Eli said no and sent him back to bed.This happened three times, before Eli understood it was God who was calling him. Eli the told Samuel, the next time you hear the voice calling you reply ‘Yes Lord, your servant is Listening.’ This story alone, proves that it takes practice developing hearing Gods voice. He was taught to say Yes Lord, so God could trust Samuel with His messages. The more you respond in obedience to what God is saying, He will confirm what He said and peace will follow suit. Can the Lord trust you with His messages? Finally my last point! Samuel was not even 13 when God began to talk to him about what he was doing in Israel, even with the Eli and his family!! God is no respecter of person. He will speak to anyone who is willing to listen and seek Him! So get a Q-Tip, clean out your ears, clean out your heart and find out what God is saying today! He loves you that much that He has something to speak to you everyday!

Ummm Hello?! Where’s mine??

Alrighty guys, Happy November! I was on my way to school praying one day this week when God downloaded something into my spirit. He has been dealing with me about being persistent and knowing that He is handling EVERYTHING that concerns me. I was like man this is deep!! Lol I was so overwhelmed. Let me paint a picture for those of you like me who want to get their stuff!! I’m being silly but 1st Samuel has some great things that we can take away and eat on for days! The Prophet Samuel is so bomb they gave him 2 books! That’s how you know you’ve made it when they name a whole book after you and divide it! Before I digress, I am reminded Samuels story started before Samuel was born. It started with his mother, Hannah, who was unable to have babies. Hannah’s husband had 2 wives. The other wife was Peninnah and she was having baby after baby after baby. Peninnah started to tease and mock Hannah. Maybe because her husband loved Hannah more than her but, Peninnah took the opportunity to remind Hannah not just on one occasion but, year after year of torment. Even in the Sanctuary of God! So my question to you is, what Peninnahs do you have in your life? It could be insecurity, it could be comparison, it could be the enemy who would try to highlight circumstances or people and block you from hearing Gods voice?
What is distracting you from hearing Gods voice?
There is always going to be a Peninnah in your life, so what are you going to do about it? Will Peninnah hinder you from seeking God for an answer? Will fear, intimidation, comparison, hold you captive? Or will Peninnah push you to quiet the voices and hear the voice of God? Your persistence with the Lord could produce Samuel or your lack of persistence can leave you bitter. Choose to be persistent, don’t become bitter, and give birth to Samuel!

So how do I get my answer?

1. Pour Out your heart to God through prayer and reading the word . It is the segue to hearing the voice of God in our lives. He is able to download mysteries and secrets to us this way.
2. Be persistent ! God didn’t answer Hannah’s prayer in one day. He could if He wanted to, however, there is no formula to get a prayer through. It was Hannah’s persistence that got Gods attention.
3. Step out in faith! If you read in 1st Samuel after Eli sent her home, Hannah had to know her husband to make a baby, Okay?! I am not sure of a more eloquent way to say that but there, I said it! Lol seriously, the praying, the waiting grows OUR faith and causes us to activate what is on the inside of us!

I want what’s mine, do you?

Sweetest Day or Nah

So I put up a post about an hour ago about today. But I accidentally deleted it while I was editing😩 It went a little something like this…..
Happy Sweetest Day! Every year, either I am oblivious to the holiday or I am reminded about it the day before. Valentine’s Day is the grand slam of Lovey Dovey holidays! This is where boys can express their, love, devotion, and chivalry! I remember getting a teddy bear my Junior year and I was so scared! I wasn’t allowed to date and I was in utter shock that I got a teddy bear. When I brought it home, my parents were asking me who the guy was and why did he give me the bear. I had no answers for them because I was just as shocked as they were! Although Sweetest Day is predominantly for boys, it reminds many woman that they don’t have someone and vice versa. Let the violins swell! Another year and I am single.com, the solo señorita, and I am making jokes because we, single ladies, need to lighten up! The Lord has placed the desire to love and be loved and to get married. That is honest and honorable, but we do not and should not be sad or derailed from what we are called to do because our guy isn’t here, yet. I do not want to negate the desire because God placed it in your heart! You may not have your suga wuga, sweetie peetie, or suga lump, but you don’t have to be sad because s/he isn’t in your life yet. My mom sent me this letter that she found on FB on a page called Courting Vs Dating. It reads:

To My Future Wife,

I know it seems that I’m not coming, but please don’t give up on me. The truth is I am searching for you even now and I WILL find you. Before the world began, and before there was a who or a what a when or a where, God already knew you would be mine. And finally, I believe that season of meeting you is much closer than you think. In time, we will become a reality in spirit, soul and body.

So, if you are becoming inpatient, please don’t. Don’t look at what others have or have not gotten. Don’t look at what has worked for some and not for others. Keep the faith and keep your focus. However, until I come, please keep on pursing your dreams; always stay connected to God; and when I cross your mind – put in a prayer for me so that when we do meet, I will have become everything you’ve ever dreamed of.

Searching for you – my good thing and the favor you will bring.

Forever & Always Yours,
Your Future Husband

Does this letter not melt your heart like it did mine?! Ohmygoodness!! I am a sucker for all things mushy and romantic! After reading this, I began to think. As much as I think my future husband is non existent, or he is a figment of my imagination, or a far away dream, he is a real human being that is walking this Earth! I once heard a friend say, “Your husband is a real person!” How encouraging is that? Lately, when I feel like oh my gosh another couple engaged, there goes my dream again, I imagine myself in 5 years, married! And that’s true, one day, we will be married! But before I digress, I had a thought. I started a journal to my husband when I was in high school , I think I was a sophomore. I’ve been writing off and on in it for 7 years. Maybe while you’re in your waiting season, you want to start a journal to your boo, and be honest! Write your thoughts and your feelings down. Tell your boo you’re praying for him, write a list of things and find scripture to back it up! I found Psalms 112 when I was 18 and I have been standing on that for my husband. He will encompass all those qualities! It seems silly, but when you do meet your beloved , you can read to them some moments from your journey and look at the faithfulness of God! So be encouraged y’all, today really is a sweet day. 😘

Babies and Thangs

A year ago, I had a dream I was pregnant and I just about freaked out!Me, pregnant? I felt like Mary when she told the angel, I’ve never even known a man! Although that was a peculiar part of my dream, the other interesting part of my dream was that everyone was okay with me being pregnant too! I was so surprised! But, after some wise counsel and doing my own research, I found that being pregnant was a good thing! It meant that I was getting ready to birth something, whatever it may be. The typical gestation period, or how long it takes to form a baby in the moms womb, for a human being is 9 months, which is roughly 280 days. That is a long time. I looked into how long other animals have to wait before they give birth and here are a few: Dogs and cats are about 2 months, a mouse takes about 30 days. But, then you have African elephants that take almost 3 years to develop a baby elephant, or a what about 15 months to make another baby whale. Talk about a loooooong time! Moms out there, can you imagine being pregnant for a year or longer? Some of you guys needed a support team for 9 months! But in all seriousness, it takes time for something that is inside of you to be formed and birthed. When parents first find out they are having a baby, they experience a rush of emotions. Excitement, joy, fear, and other emotions that surround the new addition to the family. The months leading up to the baby’s arrival, changes happen mentally, physically, and emotionally. Mom’s diet might change, activities she used to do before the baby may lighten up or be non existent, what used to be easy requires more effort, and one that everyone sees, her stomach gets bigger. There is an old saying that says a baby changes everything, and that sounds about right! Although I have mentioned all these natural aspects of having a baby I want to get you to think spiritually. Has God ever given you a dream, vision ministry, idea, plan, or a prophetic word and it is taking forever to come to past? I have had all these things and quite frankly, at times I feel like it’s taking too long! Too long to come to past, too long for me to see and I grow impatient sometimes because I see some one else having a shorter “gestation period” than I am. I feel like the elephant waiting three years until my baby gets here! I’m thinking and asking God, “When is it going to be my turn?!” But, in waiting I know that God is changing me. He is changing my diet, and what I intake and what I crave. He is requiring more of me. What used to be a simple prayer and faith requires me to study more, to pray more, and trust more! Sometimes we think the baby is changing us, and it is, but, what if we begin to think the waiting is changing us? With out the wait, our minds won’t change, our attitudes won’t change, habits won’t change, and most importantly our hearts. What ever the wait is for, it’s preparing us to be able to be an effective mother, minster, student, whatever, the wait is where God will get the most Glory! So let me ask you, what are you doing during your wait? Are you gripping? complaining? Looking at some one else’s wait and wishing it was you? Or are you doing what you need to do to take care of your baby? Are you growing in wisdom? Understanding? Practicality? Spirituality? Holiness? Purity?
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I had another dream! I’m always dreaming! This dream, I actually had a new born baby! It was healthy and cooing at me and I was playing with it. But, finally I had to pick up the baby and handle it with care. I had to adjust the baby a few times to make sure I held it correctly and made sure the baby was comfortable. This dream is confirmation to me that the wait is over! After the wait I had a healthy baby boy, so my waiting was not in vain. But after I had the baby, now it was time for me to walk out what I had been waiting for all this time. I believe many have been waiting on God for what has been promised to them. You are so close to giving birth, don’t abort what God has given you because it’s taking to long and your patience is low! If anything pray for patience! After the baby is born, moms forget about the wait, they forget about all those moments that lead them here, they are holding what they have been waiting for, and it is totally worth it! So be encouraged dears! This is your season, God is up to something fantabulous!

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Rub-a-dub-dub, get in that Tub

I am always dreaming! I had dreams this week that I believe came from The Lord. One of my dreams involved a man. He was half dressed with pants on. We were actors for a play, we were behind the scenes of this particular day. Our director was giving us instructions for a new act that required us to be completely clean. Well the half dressed guy had not showered in weeks. He had been using dry shampoo, extra cologne to cover up his stench, and wearing clean clothes. On the outside he “looked” clean, but underneath all that, he was still dirty. Our director had given us a new act that required us to be fully clean in order to participate in the play. Finally, the half dressed man realized he could not avoid being clean any longer. It was time for him to take a  shower using real soap, water, shampoo, and a towel. How often are we like the man? We do just enough to get by spiritually, or we try to find alternatives to get us a particular result. God, or our director, wants to give promotion. He wants to  elevate us and take us to new realms, but first, we must be clean! Your efforts to be clean may have worked in the past, but now God wants us to not only look clean, but be clean. Back in the day, baths were a luxury. They were susceptible to sickness, disease, and death because they were not bathing! We have advanced so much since then, now we have lazy people who don’t want to be clean. Dry shampoo?!? How many times have we had the word of God , the tools to help us be free and clean, and we did not use it? We wanted the minute version on a process that is supposed to make us look, be, feel, and smell good! I want to exclaim to you, don’t be afraid of the soap! The soap is Gods word. The water is the Holy Spirit. Don’t just get wet, get clean! There are no shortcuts in the kingdom of God. Don’t mask things that God is willing and able to remove! It is a step by step process. You will arrive where you are supposed to be by being obedient and taking that shower! Be honest with yourself and be clean forreal forreal y’all!

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You were Made for this, Baby!

I love Esther’s story. It’s one about virtue, courage, and surrender. Every experience that Esther ever experienced prepared her to be a queen and ultimately save her people from extinction. From being adopted to going through a full blown beauty pageant, going against society and culture, she was being prepared. It’s easy to think just reading the beginning, this could be a total sob story.
No parents? Competition? The possibility of death? Please spare me! Maybe your story is not like Esther’s, but I believe your life has been hand picked by God. Every moment up until this point has brought you to where you are in your life and is preparing you for your destiny. There are a few things I believe we can pull out of Esthers story. Número uno: Your insides must match your outsides. Have you ever met a beautiful person with an ugly heart, potty mouth, judgemental, or rude? The reason Esther was even picked from her home is because the queen did not have a submitted heart. The king did not want a woman who could influence other women to rebel! It was said that Esther was beautiful on the outside. Esther also had a submitted heart. She was kind, considerate, she did not try to prove who she was, it shined through her actions, speech, and how she carried herself. Is your life influencing others to live a life submitted to Christ? How do you talk to others, are you obeying people that are in authority in your life? Do you gripe or complain about what’s going on around you? I rather take a pretty heart than a pretty face any day. Número dos: Hide yourself in Christ: It is said that Esther had a year of preparation. Although it was physical training, I want dig a little deeper. As Esther was preparing to become a Queen, before she “arrived,” Esther was hidden from distractions, from family, friends, and most importantly the King. When I think about wine or what I’ve heard about wine, is that the best wine is stored away until it ferments and aged until 50 years later, it is the best wine ever. Think of your life like that. This season you are in is a time you can grow and flourish in Christ. Learn what to do and what not to do. Learn discretion, learn obedience to God’s voice, learn to cook, find ways to serve in your community church, an organization with a cause, do something! You will have to go alone. This season, for you to develop who we are as woman! Finding who you are in Christ and investing who you are in Christ is the best decision you could ever do. I also want to point out this was before Esther got her man! Come on somebody! Being single has this stigma that it is lonely, unfulfilling, and long. Do not rush this process. Instead of getting wine, you will get some grape juice or something gross! Relax, stay hidden in Christ and God will make you ready for the realm of influence you will walk in. Número Tres: Live without fear! Fast forward in the story, Esther’s people were about to become extinct. The door for Esther to become queen had opened and she could not only influence her husband but an entire nation. She had many opportunities where she could sit around and do nothing. Or when she tried to talk to her husband and it seemed like she had no segue to talk to her husband,  she could have quit and used the lame excuse, Welp, I tried. But somewhere between her first attempts and the last attempt Esther mustard up courage. Her perspective had changed. “If I perish, I perish,” which I personally have adopted for my own life. Sometimes God will have you walk in places that you are the ONLY ONE walking. You may be the only truth, only conviction, only voice of reason and people aren’t going to be in your corner. All great people have been there and walked that out, but that is what made them great! They did not fold under the pressure, they stood for what they believed in and what was right. And some have died for what they believed in. And I use die lightly, because it might not be a literal death. You could lose friends, lose a position, anything. I wanted to share that because everyone will not have an Esther ending. What are you willing to lay your life on the line for? Hopefully, it is for things that will outlive you and carry a legacy.
There are so many other things you can take from this story that I did not touch on. From now on, think of every experience as preparation for where you are going! Know that you are capable of not only finishing, but, finishing well! It’s gonna be worth it in the end! ❤️

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