Bible journaling is FUN!

Hey!!! I just discovered a new way to study the Bible which is so fun and easy to tap into the depth of Jesus’s teachings.

Often times we have many distractions that keep us from reading the word of God. Do you know that the Bible is our recipe to Life? God is the bread of life. So why not get you something to eat. ūüôā

If you want to learn how to do bible journaling here is what you need:

1. Bible (of course)

2. Highlighters ( neon bright)

3. Stick notes (colorful preferred)

4. Gel pen

Let’s get started! You basically take a scripture and you analyze it. Just like we did in school with our book reports. Once you read the scripture, begin to point out the words that stick out the most to you.

Finally, you can draw your images that will remind you what that scripture means to you.

Don’t worry I will show you some examples of my bible journaling….

Hope this was helpful!! The purpose of bible journaling is to help us to become more God fearing and knowledgeable. We are to hide the word in our hearts! Also, its to help us to enjoy the reading the word more. Ever since I started I’ve become more aware of certain things I didn’t know before. I didn’t know the Bible had so many real life situations happening. It’s better then watching any reality tv show, or movie.. it’s like all of that in one! Some of the stories in the Bible have happened today right before my eyes! So of course I am way more interested now! And I hope you all will be too!

Prayer to God:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We want to say thank you for you being who you are. We thank you for your teachings in the word and for your wisdom. Everyday we will make a declaration that we will spend time with you and in the word. In order for us to draw closer to you and gain understanding more than our own. Thank you father for never judging us for not reading our bibles like we should. Help us to gain focus and truth to our lives in Jesus name!

Amen

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How to Endure Suffering

Here’s examples of how people endure suffering the wrong way vs the right way.


WRONG WAYS

  1. Demand to know why
  2. Withdraw from God
  3. Withdraw from others
  4. Decide the limits to your own endurance
  5. Be impatient with God
  6. Seek  your own remedies
  7. Give up to despair
  8. Delude yourself
  9. Indulge yourself
  10. Become angry
  11. Become depressed

RIGHT WAYS

  1. ¬†Be content to know who is in charge >¬†” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his son.”(Romans 8:28,29)
  2. Acknowledge that he is with you>¬†“Therefore by him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15) ¬†“Therefore, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
  3. Keep fellowship with believers >¬†“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembly of ourselves together, as is the manner of some but exhorting one another…”(Hebrews 10: 24,25)
  4. Know that God sets and know your limits>¬†“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with temptation will also that you make the way of escape may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
  5. Wait for his perfect timing >¬†” But as for me, I trust in you O’ Lord; I say ¬†You are my God. My times are in your hand, Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.” ( Psalm 31:14,15)
  6. Trust in the Lord to guide>¬†” Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)
  7. Wait upon the Lord>¬†“Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart.” ( Psalm 27:14)
  8. Seek the truth>¬†“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
  9. Keep Pure>¬†“Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles that when they may be your good works which they observe glorify God in the day of visitation.” (1 Peter 2:11,12)
  10. Master the anger >¬†“So, then my beloved brethren, Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” ( James 1;19-20)
  11. Hope in the land >¬†“Though he slay me, yet will I trust him, even so, I will defend my own ways before him.” ( Job 13:15)

I hope this helps someone who may be suffering. Totally trust God with your mind, heart and soul. ¬†Remember this — “Every thing that happened in your life God, himself signed off on it.” Although, you maybe suffering know that Jesus WILL never put more on you than you can bear. ¬†So have faith! “By faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Prayer to God:

Dear Lord, Thank you for your all mighty hands. Thank you for creating us in your image and what you did on Calvary we will forever be grateful. We ask that you continue to show yourself strong in our lives. Help us to be more like you. We thank you for the freedom to have immediate access to you. For when we are in need, we can call on you anytime, anywhere. Thank you for being our Father, our Friend and forevermore our protector.

In Jesus Name ,

Amen

God rather than Man…

God is the source and the strength of our lives. He moves all pain, fear and doubt. He promises leads us and never to leave us. So, ladies I ask you why do we tend to put other men before GOD? He is supposed to be the #1 man in our lives. The bible say; put not man before God. How do we put other men before GOD? Example;

1. When we are in love with someone. ( we go absolutely insane) .

     a. That man is the first and last person we talk to on the phone

     b. We think about this man all day long

     c. We just wanna be with that person 24/7.

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Now ya’ll tell me is this putting a man before GOD? ¬†Of course. You see , God can be a jealous God. He does not want us to put anyone before him . God wants us to be: The first one we talk to in the morning, the one who stays on our mind daily, and he wants us to enter in his presence with praise. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)

By experience when you have Jesus on your mind daily he reveals the truth and light in your circumstances. I was dating someone a couple of years ago who I absolutely loved. I thought he was my everything. I could talk to him about any and everything. We were inseparable. Now, I would have to admit that I put so much time and energy into this relationship. I sometimes forgot to read my bible, pray or even talk to God because I was so involved in this man. Eventually, it became draining and depressing. One day I decided to wake up early one morning to cry out to God. I was feeling very low the day before. My cry out to God was simple sign for help. I needed him to come and save me from this relationship and from myself. Sometimes in life we tend to lose sight of how powerful God is.- Not just by his many blessings but by his never failing love. Even when we put a man before him he still forgive us and loves us unconditionally. No man can do all the Jesus can do. So I challenged my queens out there to focus on God. If you are in a relationship make sure God comes first before your man. Let him have a front seat at your concert called life.

He wants your full attention because we were created to worship him daily. Don’t forget to put God first.

 

Prayer to God:

Dear God,

Thank you lord for your love. Lord, interrupt me with your divine presence and keep my mind focused on your word. I recognize that I can do nothing without you. Everything starts and ends with you. Before you can abide in me, I must abide in you. No matter how crazy things get or how busy I may be, I must make time for you. Keep me ever so mindful of my mission and obedient to your teachings. I do not want to miss out on what you have in store for me.

In Jesus name I pray.

Amen

The gift of Sex

Is Sex a gift from God?¬†The answer is yes. Sex was designed by God our creator as a special gift that allows a¬†husband¬†and wife to express oneness in intimate and exclusive love and to share in his plan for procreation (production of offspring). I know you may be wondering; ¬†“Ok. if sexuality is a gift from God how could it possibly be so wrong if you are not married?” that is a good question. ¬†In Genesis 2:18 God says; “it is not good that a man should be alone, I will make him a help meet for him.” ¬†Therefore, sexual drives are the most natural high human bodies can experience. The downfall is that those sexual drives can be destructive when they are uncontrolled or misused. ¬†I’ve learned that any intimate sexual relationship outside of monogamous fidelity within the covenant of marriage is condemned as sexual immorality. The fact that God says a man should not be alone he is simply telling us that he did not create sex for our own ¬†personal satisfaction. When a man and woman come together, a chemical reaction takes place in the human brain.¬†Sex is regulated and purposeful. When God said “therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh.” ( Genesis 2: 24-25) This means having unity between the two. Two souls intertwined to one soul, one bed, and one family to glorify God. ¬†Earlier I mentioned that sex was created for procreation because God says; ” Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth..(Genesis 1:28)” Sex was also created for comfort because by sharing yourself with your spouse it becomes a beautiful satisfaction that is deeper than ever. In Proverbs 5, it talks about God’s view of sex in marriage as being exciting, erotic, intoxication and a loving partnership. WOW, SEX IS DEEPER than you think…..

Yes, it may feel good and all that for a moment but its real topic that becomes misconstrued a lot.!  When I think back at the times I had sexual intercourse I wish I can take every moment back. It only lead to distortion and emptiness in my life. To actually believe that I had romantic nights of passion would be an understatement.  What really transpired was that I became ungodly soul tied to someone and emotional distress.

Can I get all the way real??? ¬†Although, the “world” ( social media, coworkers, friends, family members etc,) thinks SEX SALES and it can be exercised as a stress reliever or just because you’ve been dating someone for a long time its cool to have sex. ¬†No, No, No, No and NO. The world says its okay to have sex but according to Romans 12:2; ” Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” As believers we are expected to exercise self-control in overcoming improper sexual impulses by the power of the Holy Spirit. ¬†It’s not going to be easy but there is nothing too hard for God and I believe that it can be done. I’m doing it by faith and work because knowing what I know now, I want to live a life that is pleasing to God. If I can do I know you can too!

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Prayer to God:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please guide my footsteps to take the right path in this life. That I may take every step closer to your will. Walk beside me Oh Lord, and as you will never forsake me, help me to not go astray. Father, break every change that has joined these ungodly soul ties to me. Cleanse my soul Lord. Make me brand new in your sight. I ask that you grant me discernment to recognize these ties that are not like you. I thank you Lord for what you have already done. Have your way in my life.

In Jesus Name Amen.

 

 

Let’s talk about Sex!

Well, I did some soul searching everyone and I have determined that sex- fornication [engaging in sexual activity with a person outside the communication of marriage] is a sin against your own body. ¬†The bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:13; ” Now the body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” I enjoyed sexual acts for a long time but now I realize that it was my way of trying to grab fulfillment from somewhere. ¬†God is definitely equipping me and shaping me into the woman that he has called me to be. Trust me honey, it is not easy to admit to a problem or struggle and recognizing the change that needs to be made. Knowing there is a problem makes you want to break down and cry for your soul to be renewed and cleansed.

If only I would have known the significance if staying pure {remaining a virgin} back when I was 18 years old! I consistently remembered my mother telling me to ”¬†wait until marriage” however, I never understood why that was important. Now, there is no one to blame here because I knew what I was doing at the age of 18. I wanted to have sex. Everyone was talking about it, dreaming about it and was doing it. lol —¬†“it was a natural thing” “just make sure you use a condom if you are going to do it.”¬†I had to find things out my way, but God had a plan and he knew where I was going.

So here I am – I am learning to “Flee from sexual immorality” For every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. [1 Corinthians 6:18] What this means is that your body is now contaminated. Physically, it can reap emotional distress that leads to clouding your judgement. Once you comprehend that your body is a temple to God, you will understand that you should always glorify him in your body and in your spirit. Remember we were bought a price and I thank him everyday for what he did for us. He died for our sins so we can be restored and forgiven for the sins that we commit among ourselves. To God be the glory for that!

I will leave you with a scripture that had totally changed my life. ” But I say to the unmarried and to the widows; It is good for them if they remain even as I am; but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. ¬†For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” ( 1 Corinthians 7:8-9)

 

Prayer to God:

“Father God, forgive me and heal me from the sexual sins which have kept me separated from your love. Help me to recognized and accept the power Jesus offers to restore me to wholeness. Help me to be meek and humble that I will flee from all influences which cause me to sin. Thank you Lord for what you are doing in my life. Strengthen me oh God with your holy and powerful word. ¬†Amen

God will never leave you…

I know it’s been a while since I’ve wrote anything. However, I would say that I took a little time to focus on my inner self. My heart. So many times I believe that when we get hurt we tend to lose our self. Lose ourselves in the mist of fear to moving forward. Lose ourselves from the possibility of forgiving that person who hurt you. No one wants to be hurt. It’s a horrible feeling… No one wants to feel pain at any level. It’s hard. So, I needed time to find my healing.All along my healing came from God. Through prayer and mediation.

Prayer is a reminder to yourself as well as a declaration to the enemy that you know he’s there. When you bring your concerns and fears and irritation to the Lord in prayer, you’re aligning your weakling spirit with the full force of God’s Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6:10-11 says
“Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might by putting on the full armor of God and thereby becoming able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”

Nevertheless, God never leaves you.. If you need to take time to yourself. Do just that. You never know what you would discover.screenshot-2017-02-07-at-10-59-34-pm

 

I am your sister, We are sisters

I have cousin who lives in North Carolina. We’re about the same age however we do not talk as often as we would like. One day she texted me and asked me to pray for her because the enemy is really “trying” her. I was shocked because I haven’t spoken to her in couple of years. I knew that it had to be important.I did not question God I just immediately prayed for her.

Even though I didn’t know the problem I still felt empowered to lift her name up to God. So that brings me to my question? Who have you prayed for? Who are you praying for?

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As we all know pray changes things no matter the circumstances. I encourage everyone to pray for one another especially in a time like this that we are living in. We are sisters and we stay together by prayer. You never know what someone may be going through.

Sisters lifting Sisters Pray,

Dear God,

We need you now than ever. Thank you for always being there for us even when we don’t believe that you. Thank you for your unconditional love that is better than any love of a man. You will always be lifted and praised as long as we shall live on earth and when we get to heaven. You are so worthy and powerful. You are Alpha and Omega. We worship you oh Lord. YOU are worthy to be praised.

Thank you God for another day to lift my sisters up!

Amen