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Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Year of Faith

Hey y'all! I know I have not blogged in FOREVER! However, this year has been the most life-changing one yet! For those that do not remember, I was an Elementary Education major. Before, I got my internship assignments, I prayed so hard! Lo and behold, one of those assignments was for a school and grade I was not too fond of. However, I knew that if God was guiding me here, He would also get me through! Internship started and like most Seniors, I wanted a job when I graduated college. I made the deceleration that "By Faith", I was going to believe God was going to provide me with a job. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Internship came and went and I discovered that some of my classmates had already found jobs. I started to think that I was too late. Then, I thought back to Hebrews 11:6. Ironically, the last day of internship, I got my first job interview. Let's rewind and let me to tell you small fact about me. I always desired a teaching position in either grades 1st-3rd. Consequently, my first job interview was for a 3rd-6th grade position. Beggars can't be choosers right? The next interview I had was for a K-2nd position. When I walked into the school, I just felt, "This is my school!" I aced the preliminary interview and moved on to the final interview.

All the while this was occurring, I was also looking for a part-time job. I applied multiple places and I began to get discouraged that I wasn't going to be able to get a job this summer. I finally surrendered to God and prayed to Him. He immediately told me to go to this particular church for bible study. I was obedient and ironically, the small group leader was teaching on faith! I left the bible study feeling empowered and had a renewed trust in God. While I was in bible study, a soror had put in our groupme asking did anyone need a job and that she knew of a place. Unfortunately, I was too late and the position had been filled. I went to bed just reflecting on Romans 8:31. "If God is for us, who can be against us". The next morning, I was still reflecting on how awesome God is and how He never lets us down. Ironically, I got call from the same Soror and she was stated they had an opening and needed a person immediately. All I could do is jump for joy! When I got to the place, I saw several people and they were telling me how they had to interview and go through a process. I'm reminded by the verse, Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10. Sometimes we need a reminder that God is BIGGER than any issue in our life! Let God work it out for you!

Now, back to the job hunting. So even though I was go gun-ho and thought the K-2nd position was mine, indeed it was not mine. I was undoubted upset that I did not get the position, but I remembered to have faith and that God was going to provide. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Sure enough, He did! I was blessed to receive a teaching position at a school nearby. However, it was for a grade I didn't particularly want. As I reflect on this first few months of teaching, I am overjoyed. I was fortunate to get a teaching job after graduation at an awesome school and an even awesome class!

Let's fast forward to October. So God had been telling to me to start a women's bible study and of course, I sat on what God told me to do. I was anxious and couldn't believe that God would give me this assignment? I thought, "Who would want to come to a bible study led by me?". However, God kept telling me October 27! He also gave me the scripture, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding", Proverbs 3:5-6. So I couldn't ignore Him any longer! I decided on a date and a place. When that day came, I was nervous! I prayed to God that He would allow whoever needed to be there would come!

Whew, that is a lot of faith tested! This year has been such a growth year for me. I've grown to not only just say, "God is faithful", but to truly believe it in my heart! Every-time I seem discouraged, I just bask in the awesomeness God has done this year!

Here are some of my favorite scriptures:

Luke 1:45 New International Version
Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!"

Isaiah 41:10 New International Version
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Ecclesiastes 3:11New International Version (NIV)

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Trust the Process

Hello my sisters in Christ! There are only about 3 days left in 2015! Can you all believe it? I cannot! We all know what happens at the end of the year. People tend to reflect about months passed. Well, my reflection is a little different. It really is a revelation. I was sitting down, chatting on groupme. The topic was brought up about friends, who are sometimes insecure. Well, I gave a little testimony about how I was glad God removed me from a friendship. That is when I got my revelation! The revelation is that I am truly okay in this season God has me in! God is my EVERYTHING and that is enough for me! Let me elaborate!

In Fall 2013, God, for whatever reason, removed the majority of my friends! It was heartbreaking. I was used to always doing stuff with friends!! was used to not searching for activity! It was a hard time for me! Spring 2014 was also a hard time for me! I was hurt that people who I thought were my friends would hurt me! Well, all of those tests that I went through, built my stamina! I remember one particular time, I was just HURT! I prayed out to God, like never before! After a good talk with God, I was good! From that point on, I decided that if I had God on my side, I had all the strength to get through every test!

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. ... James 1:2

Fast forward to Fall 2014, I started being comfortable in this new season of my life. I found my purpose and was focused on accomplishing my Kingdom assignment. I was now in my classes for Elementary Education and loved it! Also, I started the GLAM Girls Ministry at my church and was busy working in my sorority. I did have tests of loneliness, but I leaned on God. Last Spring was a challenging semester for me. I had difficult classes and was stressed trying to make sure I got into the rest of my education classes. I also, dealt with loneliness and wanting to escape this season of my life. I had a lot of peers that were graduating that Spring, and kept thinking how come that wasn't me! Well, I wrote in my journal to God and I made up in my mind that I was going to rejoice in whatever situation I was in!

Romans 12:12 New International Version
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Now Fall 2015 is almost over and I have once again, passed those tests of loneliness! I am proud to say I passed all of my Praxis Tests for education and got accepted into internship! I laugh when I think there was a time that I was so lonely and acted like my life was over! God is a restorer and He is so faithful! Life is amazing, but God is even more amazing! Remember to trust the process! Proverbs 3:5-6 says to Trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

College Beginnings: Staying True To Your Identity

Hello ladies and gentlemen! It is that time where school is about to start! I am entering my final year of my undergraduate years and will be graduating in the spring! Yay me! LOL. Given that I have been in college a while now, I have some wisdom I would like to share! When I started college, I was a lukewarm christian! Freshman year, I was adjusting to college life and fitting in! My courses for the most part were easy, but I said my prayers and understood God, but I didn't respect Him. It is so easy to be a lukewarm Christian and forget your upbringing. Therefore, forgetting your upbringing, can lead you to be friends with just anybody! That's exactly what happened to me!

2 Corinthians 5:17 ES

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

John 15:5 ESV

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

These scriptures should help you remember who you really belong to. Nothing can substitute the identity that you have in Christ. Not even a new group of friends, sorority, organization, relationship, etc.

What are some practical ways to be keep your identity in Christ while at college?

1) Have quiet time with God everyday!
2) Find a new church home!
3) Surround yourself with Godly friends!
4) Know when to say no to people!
5) Join positive organizations!
6) Pray to God to make the right decisions!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Feeling Stuck: Discontentment

Hello ladies and gentlemen! So as of lately, I have been feeling a stuck. What do I mean? Well, I mean I still have a year left in college and I'm stuck living in my hometown until then. Also, I feel stuck financially because I don't have the means to do what i want to do. So I am already feeling "stuck" and now it seems like all of my peers are moving and getting these great jobs, basically moving up in their life! Of course, I am so very happy for all of my peers, but I just feel discontent where I am! Then, God convicted me! FYI, I have a love/hate relationship with conviction! Anyhow, God led me to a couple of scriptures.

Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.-Galatians 5:26

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5,
This verse should give put your mind to ease. It is an amazing feeling knowing God thought us of us BEFORE we were even born! Most importantly, we should take account into the "set apart" in this verse. The definition of apart is used after a noun to indicate that someone or something has distinctive qualities that mark them out from other people or things. You have distinct qualities that no one else has! These qualities will help you fulfill God's plan for your life!

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look
forward to sharing God’s glory.-Romans 2:5

Let me summarize these scriptures for you. Galatians 5:26 and Proverbs 14:30 are very similar because they talk about becoming content. They also talk about not becoming jealous about others accomplishments. Jeremiah 1:5 and Romans 2:5 are similar because they discuss how God has brought us to this specific place in our lives.

How Can I Get Over This Discontentment?

1) Spend time with God daily!
- Try to wake up every morning before you start you day and spend time with Him! This will change your outlook on the day! Trust me, I have done it before!

2) Don't compare yourself to others!
- Meditate on scripture that will help you remember God's has specific plans just for you!

3) Have a mind of of thankfulness!
- Be thankful for every circumstance!

4) Remove Distractions out of your life!
- It's easy to get down and out when you are scrolling on social media all day! Go on a fast from social media! Do something meaningful with your life! Don't just wallow in your discontentment!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Be Careful What You Ask For

Hey loves! I am back to blogging! Today, the Lord pressed into my heart about marriage. I know it is engagement and wedding season, but before you start desiring what those couples have, let's understand God's way of marriage.

In Genesis 1:26-27, God says, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. Therefore, we are all created in God's image.

Also, in Genesis 2:7 it says, then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” 19 So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man[c] to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. 20 He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[d] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

So what do these scriptures have to do with marriage, exactly? Well, in Genesis 1:26-27, God tells us He created us. Therefore, if God created us in His image, then our behavior should mirror Him. Our behavior, in marriage and in relationships, should be from a place of love. In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, it states Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Then, in Genesis 2:18, it states that God said it not good for a man to be alone so he made woman to be man's helper. (This is a key point!). The last few verses speak on how woman are created from man's rib.

Now that you have had time to mediate on the scripture, let me tell you what God spoke to me: Over the past year and half, I have learned that marriage is ministry.

The definition of ministry is the act of serving.

When we typically think of ministries, we think of soup kitchen ministries, or women's ministry, not marriage. Nevertheless, marriage's key concept is serving! We are to serve our spouses. God even created women to help or serve our husbands. Our husbands are to serve us as well. Marriage is two-fold; this means that there are two parts to it. We are to serve our spouses and in return, they will serve us. When I was younger and even just two years ago, I always thought of a boyfriend or husband, in terms of what he could do for me! For example, I would always say I wanted a husband that made six figures, handsome, educated, and would spoil me! Never once did I think of what I could do for him! Now, I get excited about serving my future husband! I get excited about being his help-meet! Being able to do something for someone and not expect anything is a great feeling!

How can you serve your future husband?
• Prepare dinner for your husband, after he has had a tiring day
• Prepare breakfast in the morning
• Ask him does he need help preparing at night for the day ahead
• Writing encouraging notes or texts
• Surprising him with a gift that has been wanting
• Plan a day for him, if he has had a stressful week
• Pray for him.
• Tell him how much you appreciate him
• Remind him to have his quiet time
• Support him when he wants to do something new
• Remind him to eat healthy and exercise
• Don’t add stress to his life. For example, don’t start an argument for no reason.
• Don’t nag your husband to do something.
• Spend quality time with your husband instead of doing something else
• Love him unconditionally.
• Prepare a goodie bag for him, so you can pull it out on days, your hubby is having a bad day.

That is how God wants us! He wants us to unselfishly, serve our husbands. Just like the scripture said, God is over Christ, Christ is over man, and man is over woman. When he have husbands that are in the image of God, we won’t have a problem doing this. So if you don't learn anything from this blog, do not get married or enter a courtship/relationship with someone, if you do not want to serve! Be blessed :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Season of Preparation

Hello ladies and gents! So for the a few weeks now, God has placed on my heart is the word preparation. He also placed on my heart the word foundation. I had been trying to found out what God was trying to tell me but it wasn’t until last Friday that God revealed to me the meaning of those word. Friday night I was trying to get ready for a girls ministry tea that I had been working on since December. I was feeling a bit anxious and my allergies were bothering me. This caused me kind of snap at my mom, who was taking her precious time to help me out. My mom then told me that no boy is going to tolerate a nagging, complaining girlfriend. Then, I received a conviction from God that I can’t expect to submit and serve my future husband with a great attitude when I cannot do that with the people in my lives now! Also, my mom had told me that my room is messy and that I needed to be neater. I’m thinking it’s my room and it’s okay to not be so neat. Loll well, one of my goals as a future wife is to be super clean. Again, how can I expect to be that super clean wife then, when I don’t like to clean now? So many of us, including myself, tend to think of the next season of our life without thinking of how we can utilize this current season we are in. In the Bible, things did not just happen overnight. In Matthew 25:1-46, God discusses how the Kingdom of Heaven and bridesmaids. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps to meet the bridegroom but only five of them put oil in their lamps. The other five were so anxious to get to the bridegroom that they didn’t think to prepare their lamps. Preparation is important! My parents used to always tell me a person doesn’t wake up and decide to be a doctor. A person prepares to go to medical school. Also, having a solid foundation is important. When our foundation is in Christ, nothing can be shaken. If your job is has a foundation based on deceit and treachery, then I’m sure you won’t be staying at that job soon. So ladies and gents, stop worrying if this season or when that season that you want will come! Examine your heart and see what do you need to improve in so that you will be ready for that season in your life. For example, I am preparing for that season when God blesses me with future husband. Earlier I had mentioned that I need to be neater, so I have added an app on my phone that reminds me of daily chores I need to do. Focus on now so you can enjoy later :) Be blessed!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

We Have The Right Stuff

Hello ladies and gents! I'm back! I hope your 2015 has been going wonderfully! Mine has been going well and keeping me busy! Anyway, lets get to today's topic. So yesterday, I attended my university's Black History Program. The speaker titled his speech "The Right Stuff". He began his speech on how the Soviet Union launched the spaceship Sputnik 1 in 1957. He went on to make the point that no two humans have advantage over each other. We all are created by God. Acts 17:24 says For in him we live and move and have our being. We get our breath from God! The speaker's speech made me emotional because I wish everyone could have heard the encouraging word! The speaker talked about how we all can reach our potential with God's power!It is so true! No matter what race you are, what socioeconomic status you are, who your parents are, grandparents, your mistakes, you can still reach your potential because you have the blood of Jesus in you! Stop looking down and start looking up to God! If you are confused about how to go about reaching your goal, ask God! If you don't think you have purpose, ask God for your purpose in life! On the contrary, those that are reaching their goal, should be humble and stay humble! Remember who you belong to and who allowed you to make it there!