Monday, June 18, 2018

Motivation for Monday: In Times of Crisis

This is motivation for Monday which will soon be Tuesday . . .

What a day, what a day.  I really wanted to get this post out a lot earlier but I locked my self out of the house. I had to wait 3 hours for my kids to come home from school to open the door for me.  SMH. Do you want to feel my reconstruction of frustration as I  reminisce about how I had to sit in my 95 degree sweltering garage?  I had no key to open the door that led to the cool air conditioned house.  It just wasn't the best situation.  Bright side: I did manage to clean out a corner of the garage.  There was a much needed declutter rescue mission that needed to happen, and it did happen today.

Everybody's Crisis is different and has different levels.

Friends, some of us are bad planners, while some of us are just slow learners.  Some of us are slow healers, while others are just excited to jump into new things with out a safety net.  Some of us are too safe and we never experience anything in life.  Every person has their own experiences and their own conflicts with life.  Let us all be sensitive to each person's situation and to each person's crisis.  What is not a crisis to you may very well be crisis to someone else.

My above complaint about me spending three hours cleaning my garage is my excuse for not getting to my blog.  It was no one else's fault but my own.  It happened because of my poor planning.
Another thing I didn't plan for was my total melt down at church on Sunday.  It was Father's day.  I was so busy doing running around for the Church, I did not stop to think that my emotional ticker was soon to go of.  I had lost my father this past December and I'm not alright yet.  I hurt.  I cry when I start to actually remember that he is no longer here with me.  Father's day is a huge reminder of that fact.  I failed to plan for the emotional pull this loss really had on my soul and so I had a melt down.

It would not be fair for me to expect any person to feel my pain like I did.  Or would it?  Would it be a requirement for people to get down in the sludge with you, feel your pain with you during your time of crisis and cry your same tears of hurt?  Perhaps.  Perhaps not.  Let me tell you who was there for me . . . The Holy Spirit. . . In both situations, the Holy spirit sent me comfort.  First,  he had sent my daughters to me; rubbing my back and telling me to breathe.  I wept for my daddy on the bathroom floor, fetal position, wanting to see him on Father's day. Then, today in the garage, the Holy Spirit calmed me down and gave me something constructive to do.  

Only the best of friends share and feel your hurt.  They cry with you and they cry for you.  The Holy Spirit is your best friend.  He knows exactly who to use in order to talk directly to you in your time of crisis.

I just want to let you know that we all are hurting.  We all are experiencing some type of crisis in our lives.  I want to let you know that you can get through it.  You can and will overcome like you have many times before.  Be strong and be courageous.   Remember what the Lord told you:  He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Believe this.  Keep your faith and your hope in the promise of eternal life.  You can live this life.  You can get through any crisis!

I was reading this book by Mike Murdock called "Wisdom for Crisis Times."  The chapter on divorce really resonated with me because it was very practical in applying wisdom to the process of moving forward.  We can relate the wisdom found in this chapte to any loss or break away from something familiar.  I was really looking at it regarding the loss of my job.  I even tried to use this wisdom to help navigate my feelings about losing my father.  It pointed out the following:

-God is the only one that can heal your broken heart
-Change your focus:  Focus on your future
-Change you conversation because you former mate is not your enemy.
-Yes it is a crisis time, yes it is a failure, but it does not have to be fatal or final for you.

2 scriptures to meditate on:

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee."  Isaiah 26:3

"What so ever things are true . . . honest. . . just. . . pure. . .lovely. . .of good report; if there be any virtue, and . . . praise, think on these things" Philippians 4:8


and also your Motivation for Monday:

Think of the goodness of the Lord and these loving type of thoughts will get you through your crisis time.

 I am just sharing with you a few things out of this book that I think will help you through any type of loss, or crisis time.  We may not always be prepared but we must make the best out of a bad situation.  We may not always be ready, but we have to keep focus to keep moving forward.

Before I go, let me leave you with these "Wisdom Keys" for getting through Crisis times as spelled out my Mike Murdock in his book.

-Your struggle is proof that you have not yet been conquered.
- Satan is the real source of all your pain you will experience in your life time
-God never consults your past to determine your future.
-Your measure of forgiveness to another, determines God's measure of forgiveness to you
-If time really heals, then God is not necessary (so time does not heal, God does)
-Your focus determines you feelings (focus on the good)
-Loneliness is Not the absence of affection, but the absence of direction
-Never discuss your problem with someone Incapable of solving it
-Crisis is merely a season for creativity
-You have no right to anything you have not pursued
-The broken become masters at mending

and with that friends, I encourage you to keep pressing towards the mark of the higher calling.
We feel pain, and we are often inconvenienced by the circumstances of life,
but God loves us.
Jesus died for us
and his Holy Spirit is sent to comfort us in times of crisis

Live your Life on Purpose
Live for God
Until Next Time

Monday, June 11, 2018

Motivation for Monday: The Bible

Good Morning and Happy Monday,

I wish you all well and pray that you had a good weekend.

I want to encourage you with hope today.  I want to give you hope of a life to come.  I want to share with you the promise of an everlasting life. . .

If you read my blog, then you know that this is what I say all of the time.  I promote the goodness of our God, and the gift he gave us in Jesus Christ. When we believe in Jesus Christ as our savior from our wrong thinking, we have a choice to make about our lives. We now have a choice to live our lives for God and experience everlasting peace, or we can live our lives for the world.  If we live our lives for the world, then we will be in danger of spending eternity in hell fire. . .

This is not the Motivation

I need to let you know that you are a spirit living in a temporary body.  One day this body will get old and warn out.  Your spirit will need somewhere to go.  Do you know where your spirit will go?

Here goes the thing.  The biggest weapon that the world has against you is your ignorance of your rights as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.  That is right!  When you except Jesus as your Lord and savior, you are becoming a citizen of his kingdom.  You no longer have to live to the rules of this world.  The Holy Spirit wants to teach you the culture of your Kingdom.  We learn more about how to act, what to expect, how to talk, how to contribute, and how to live successfully by reading the constitution of our Kingdom.

What is the Constitution?

The Bible!!

In the Bible you can find all that you need to live successfully in the Kingdom of Heaven.  The good news is that we don't have to wait to live successfully when we die, we can live successfully now! We can live with joy, peace, patience, love, gentleness, meekness, and hope for our future.  We have something to look forward to, and we have things to be thankful for.

Rejoice! Again I say Rejoice!

Here is your Motivation for Monday:

We have directions to live a successful life today!  We also have the Holy Spirit to guide us in all understanding. . . We have the tools to live forever!!

Forever Living is Awesome!!!

But I know that today; living in the now is of essence to most of us.  So, I tell you to pick up your bible.  Read something everyday.  Some people may say that it doesn't take all of that for God to know that you love him.  Some people may say that it doesn't take all that to draw closer to the Lord.  I am here to tell you that those people don't read their bible because my bible says that if you draw close to him, he will draw close to you.  My bible says that we should meditate on this word day and night in order to have good success.  My bible tells me to love my God with all my heart, mind, and soul.  Hence, I will pick up my constitution and I will read it so that I can be prepared today, tomorrow, and forever more.

Here is the thing, is this going to be an automatic habit to read your word everyday?  No,  It will take time an practice.  However, I believe that you will get the hang of it.  I believe in you!

God Bless you.
Read your bible and learn God's definitions of success
Remember to Live your Life on Purpose

Until Next Time

*Shout out to my friend Ron-dig, who hasn't just been reading my blog but has been leaving comments as well.  Thank you soooo very much.  I encourage anyone ready to leave a comment.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks Again!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Wisdom Wednesday: 21 Verses for Confidence

Greetings friends,

I just wanted to share some things with you that help me through my journey.  I like to review scriptures that remind me of God's goodness and his promises.

God had made me a personal promises about two years ago.  He set it on my heart to write a book and to start a business.  I have been given step by step directions in what to do, what to study, and how to start this business.  However, not much of the business part is being started!

I often ask my self in my alone time, "Is this really going to happen for me?"  "Am I crazy?"  "Was I just hearing what I wanted to hear?"

In moments like these,  I beat myself up for my failure.  I often condemn myself for not being further than what I want to be.  Then I hear something say:

"It is for an appointed time."

Then I reply, "But it is taking soooo long. . . I'm going to run out of money. . . the word says if you don't work, you don't eat.  I feel like a slacker!"

Then the Lord says to me

"I will provide your every need. . . your labor is not in vain. . ."

Sometimes we get nervous and we worry that we are doing something wrong.  This is normal.  We usually are afraid that we are going against God's will somehow or that we made a wrong turn when things don't go according to our plan.  However, the word says that many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is God's purpose that will prevail.  This means that God has a plan.  We must trust in God's plan!

I just want to share with you some verses/passages that I rehearse in order to restore my confidence.  God  wants us to continuously believe and trust in the promises that he has made for us.   My flesh needs to be reminded that God made me, he has a plan for my life, and that he has made a way for me to re-build my confidence.

21 verses that will help rebuild your confidence in the Vision that God has for your life. . .

So, do not  throw away your confidence, it will be greatly rewarded.   Hebrews 10:35 My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Joshua 1:8

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Joshua 1:9

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

Zachariah 4:10

Therefore, my beloved brethern, be ye steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the lord

1 Corithians 15:58

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28
. . .with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. . .
2 Chronicles 32:8

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 

Galatians 6:9 NIV

The vision is for an appointed time.  Be patient and wait for it.  It will come to pass.

Habakkuk 2:3

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;

2 Corinthians 3:5

But they that wait upon the Lord Shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not get weary and they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

 Hebrews 6:15 NIV

Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all that you do.  Remember that the Lord is coming soon.  Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this you will experience God’s Peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts queit and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

And you Affirm these things:

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Philippians 4:13

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psalms 91:2

I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me Galatians 2:20

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalms 139:4

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psalm 37:25

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Phillipians 4:8

Here is your wisdom for Wednesday: Meditate on the word of truth, rightly dividing it for your application and understanding. The Lord is with you. And I continue to read the good report of the news of a savior. He has already conquered all things for me. In him I put my trust. In him I renew my confidence. Thank you for your word of truth that I will meditate on day and night. Until next Time -Tamorra

Monday, June 4, 2018

Motivation for Monday: Your Confidence

Greetings friends,

Art Teacher here to motivate you for your week ahead.  I am here to let you know that God loves you and he has great plans for your life.  I like to think of myself kind of like a spiritual growth mentor. . . I'm not trying to say that I do this thing better, not at all.  We each have our walk and our own personal journey to truth.  We each need to develop our close and personal relationship with the Lord. 

I would like to help you develop

a closer relationship with the Lord

I have to be honest, I do feel like I have recently entered into a whole new arena with God.  I feel like where I am now has been where some of the older saints always talked about long ago.  I feel like perhaps they never had a platform to really share with others their step by step journey.  Often times we just see the "great man of God," or the "spiritual prayer warrior," with out really knowing everything that they have went through.  Everyone has room to grow in Christ. Everyone.

As Christians, we have many troubles, many trials.  I have said before that our trials make us stronger.  It is all about the training and all about the process.

Do you have difficultly finding confidence?

Are your trials trying to make you doubt your journey?

Something that I have been battling with lately is my confidence.  It's low . . . and going lower . . .

Why is this?

I have peace in the Lord but everything that can be going wrong is.   

I'm not too concerned with my bankruptcy, until they tell me I need to replace my roof.   I'm not too concerned that I don't have a steady work until I have a fight with my husband about bills.  I'm not too concerned with my business not making any money until I am reminded that I have to pay for the renewal of my website.   I'm not too concerned that I have a few followers on Google + until someone challenges me on what I "should be doing."  I'm not too concerned about the battery on my car going dead again until someone reminds me of where I need to be.

I'm not really sweating it until someone or something else tries to make an interpretation of how I should feel about it . . .

I rebuke the attack of the enemy on my mind!

Here is the thing, if I keep listening to those other people, I will end up in my bed, under the covers everyday!  Probably throwing a whoa is me pity party, watching Netflix, and eating my favorite snacks.  But I know this is the state that the enemy wants me in.  And although I may feel this way sometimes, I know that it is not beneficial to my growth.

I reach back and remember the promises of God.  I reach back and think about what he said he will bring me through.  I reach back and remember that he said he will never leave me nor forsake me.  I reach back and remember that he told me that he has plans for me.  I reach back and remember that he said if I was obedient to what he told me to do, then I would be ok.

What does this mean?

This means that people will bring messages to you in all types of situations.  They will bring messages of defeat, of doubt, and of shame, but you should not believe those people.  They don't know that they are being used by the enemy.  The enemy is a liar!!  Instead reach back and remember the promises of God.  Reach back to the word and grab your confidence!

All of these troubles I see are trying to steal my confidence.  Any type of theft is a tactic of the enemy. Any type of lie is a tactic of the enemy . . .

Devil You can't have my Confidence!

Here goes a truth that is going to blow you away . . . You are responsible for keeping your confidence.  The scripture says don't throw it away.  I no longer will blame people.  I will continue to love them.  Instead, I hold my self responsible for the truth that is in my heart.  If I don't put the right things in my heart, then how will I know if I am being lied to.  I keep my confidence by knowing the world of truth.

This is what I say to all those voices in my head about the money situation.  This is the main situation for many of us that the enemy tries to use to get us to forget the promises of God.  Over and over the enemy tries to tell me what I can and cannot afford.  Instead, I just thank God for the roof that is already over my head!  It is still there and it is still holding up.  I found out that I don't have to renew my website until 2019, they sent me the reminder 1 year early!  I just got an email that my substitute job offers work over the summer, so that it taking care of.  God reminded me that I know what I am doing with building my E-Book business because I am the one who is doing the research for it and anyone else can put their two sense in anywhere they want to.  They don't know the amount of work I am doing, so, they have nothing to say to me!  

I am currently waiting on the answer about the car.  I think the consensus is that I should stay home and write this week.  Which would be a great treat for me!!

The word tells me that my labor is not in vain.
He loves me too much to leave me
He has plans for me
He is my present help
He will provide all my needs
He gives me hope for a future
He gives me joy

I believe God.  I have grown to the point where I sow the word of truth in my heart so that any lie that comes against me I combat it with scripture.  I no longer believe the limits that the world puts on me.  Instead I know that this walk will take patience.  It may not happen as fast as I want it to, but all my trust is in the Lord.  All of my confidence is in the Lord.  He doesn't fail.

I said all of this to motivate you to keep going in what ever God has called you to do . . .

Motivation for Monday:

DO NOT throw away your confidence, it would be greatly rewarded!

Hebrews 10:35

Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  For ye have need of patience that, after ye have done the will of God ye might receive the promise. KJV

God promised us a lot.  I encourage you to look in your word and find those promises.  Sow this word in your heart.  Read it, listen to it, study it.  This is going to help you to grow into that prayer warrior or that great Man/Woman of God.

Check this video out.  I looked at this message over the weekend, which inspired me to write this post.  I watch teachings like this all of the time because it feeds my soul.  This is from the Elevation Church.  The preacher is Steven Furtick.  He is an awesome man of God.

Live your journey on Purpose
Do not throw away you confidence
Until Next Time

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wisdom Wednesday: Religion is Crap!?

It is not everyday that you happen upon an enthralling conversation about the religious practices of men in an high school English class, but today I did. . .

Friends, I wish to convey how very important it is to speak freely, but also how much more wise it is to listen.  I have such an intense care to know what our young people know about God.  It has always been an interest of mine to talk and converse about the intricacies that is the Lord. Today, I had a chance to listen to a group of students explain to me why religion was "Ridiculous."

I subbed for a creative writing class. There were about two or three hand fulls of kids in the class room.  I kept the room half lit in order to escape the seriousness of the school day.  The desks were arranged as a u-shaped semi- circle, creating a stage for the teacher in the middle.  I give my introductory speech, and tell the class to do their work.  However, there were five students, over to the side of the room continuously buzzing like Brooklyn moms having a gossip session after Sunday morning mass.

The first time I approached the group, they excitedly shared their creative writing assignment from the day before.  They presented their modern day take on three blind mice.  I was surprised at the students' interpretation and offended by the content of the "Three Wild Hoes."  The imagery sustained in my mind of "the hoes" opening and closing their legs, a line from the poem, not only produced a judgement of irresponsibility, but also made me question the inspiration behind the work.  I said to my self, "What kind of teacher would let these kids write something like this!"

I have an understanding that young people are not familiar with the theological terminologies or religious pedagogies of faith, however they know things.  It seems as if the Lord has equipped them with understanding, with discussion, with wonder, and with no fear.  We have a generation of young people who are identifying the faults of our culture, our religious foundations, our troubled minds, and our lustful, judgmental human hearts.

I was wrong, I was judging!

Isn't it awesome how God can change your heart in a matter of minutes?

The class period went on and these students continued to talk.  They were not doing their work.  I walked around and reminded the students to do their work. They continued to talk about the success of a job interview one of them had at Chick Fillet, which led into a rather intense conversation about religion.

Some of the things I heard were:

"All religion is crap!"

"Catholicism is nonsense.  Its nothing but rules and it doesn't mean anything."

"I mean, I got confirmed and baptized and it means absolutely nothing to me."

"All religion is the same."

"Religion is just a bunch of rules, people should understand that it is more about having a conscious connection with God."

"People shouldn't judge others, they should love others."

I was like, "listen to these kids Lord . . .look how you opened this conversation up and allowed these kids to be witnesses for you, but not in a religious-preachy way.  They were sowing seeds and they were having an open conversation about religion.  These five young voices quickly moved in and out of issues about sexual orientation.  They talked about being gay, being around people who identified as being gay, being around people who were experimenting with being gay, and about Jaden Smith wanting to be transgendered.

I said to myself "Oh, really?"

I was totally being  one of those adult eavesdroppers, ready to defend my crime by claiming it was for the safety of the students.  Instead of continuing my scheme, I felt it necessary  to come clean.  So, I walked over, for about the fifth time, and told them that I was listening to their conversation.  I expressed my interest in talking to young people about religious issues, conflicts, and perspectives.  I told them about a bible study that was starting up for young people who had questions about religion, church, God, and other religious related things.  With pen and notebook in hand, I asked them if there were any questions that they would like to ask me . . .

Boldly, the young Christian who had before stated that a relationship with God should be about a conscious connection with God, announced "I don't have a lot of questions, but I have a lot of opinions!"

This opened up the path to elicit the following comments:

"Just because someone is gay doesn't mean that their sin is worse than someone else's."

"People just like to point out other people's sin to make themselves feel better about their failures."

"I have a problem with the Catholic church selecting one guy to be the divine one, I mean, what about Christ?  I went to Catholic school for three years and I totally disagree with what it teaches."

"The ultimate commandment is to love your neighbor as you would yourself . . . that is the main commandment; to love. . . "

"Yes love everybody, that is what we have to do."

"We are not supposed to be all judgy, I mean, If you don't agree with the way someone is living their life, then tell them privately, don't be all judgy and mean about it.  If you feel you have to say something, be nice about it and then let people live their life.  Let God deal with people.  It is not our job to judge people or to say where they are going to go.  It  is not our job to tell people that they are going to hell."

It is not our job to tell people they are going to Hell!

I, myself, had not much more to add to their opinions.  I did however begin to reflect on my judgement of their "Three wild Hoes" creative writing assignment.  I thought to myself, wow, how would someone feel if they were to walk into my church: someone who was gay, or a prostitute, or just had a real hard way of life.  Would they feel safe?  Would they feel loved or would they feel judged?  Would my church try to place all of their religious rules on the person seeking a new life?  Is the church a hindrance to salvation?  Is God making a different way for all people to have access to him . . . perhaps these young minds are open enough to see the need of a different way to reach lost souls.  Perhaps they are more open to applying the idea of love.

I also began to be impressed with the explorative forum the teacher established in that classroom.  The students insisted that this was one of their more tame conversations and that the teacher encourages such discussions.  I was truly affected by a certain level of maturity from their articulated views on religious practices.  It is rare to find students so comfortable to talk freely and to expand their minds to new ideas.  This is what should happen more often in school, but I often see more practices to control student's view rather than encourage critical thinking skills.  For a safe place to talk, I applaud the teacher.

So, what is the point?

If the ultimate goal for a Christian is to spread the word of Jesus Christ in order for all sinners to be saved; why is it that Christians make it so hard for people to feel connected to God?  God is for everybody, not just for a religious club.  Oh you Pharisees when will you learn? ." . . and except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of heaven. " (see Matthew 5:20).

The bible says that minds like these students' are close to the Kingdom.  The main commandment is to love and that was the consensus of the conversation.  I have to say that I agree with these kids; religion is crap.  It is just a bunch of rules that people follow to make themselves feel better about themselves.  It gives us a sense of  "If I complete x, y, and z, then it makes me better than it, she, and he."  The Lord however set up a better way to live this life.  He set up a better way to help us grow into our purpose.  He simply instructed us to believe in him, believe in his promises, and to love one another.

Isn't it amazing that these kids get the whole message of Jesus Christ.   Christ tells us that he is the end of the law of righteousness.  It is no longer about trying to prove your holiness.  It is not about trying to be better that the next guy.  This life is not about putting others down so that you can feel better about yourself.  This life is not about following a bunch of rules.  This life is about knowing God through his son Jesus Christ.  Jesus says:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

(see Mark 12:30, Matthew 22:39)

Let us understand that a real relationship with God is about a "conscious connection" to him.  It is about building that relationship with him, day by day, scripture by scripture, and experience by experience.  I pray that you start your journey to get to know who he really is.  I pray that you just start to talk to him and start your individual relationship with him.  God loves everyone and he wants us all to love each other with out being "all judgy."

Here is a scripture to meditate on:

If anyone says 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar.  For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

-John 4:20

We hurt and we grow from that hurt
love you with the love of the Lord
Remember to live your life on Purpose
Until Next Time

Monday, May 28, 2018

Motivation for Monday: Happy Memorial Day!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13

Hello friends,

It is a holiday, and because of that, I will keep this short. . .

Go enjoy your family and friends.  Celebrate them while they are still here.  Honor their existence and their sacrifice for living this life.  Most people are still here because there is someone else on this earth that they care deeply about.  Some people haven't experienced life enough yet to know that it is precious.  Life is a blessing that we should not take for granted.  I give thanks to those who fight for my freedom on the home front.  I thank God for those who stick around to motivate me to keep living this life.

With that said, let us honor all of those veterans who have lost their lives fighting for our freedoms that we have today.  Let us remember their sacrifice and their love for the idea of living free.

Friends I want to let you know that there is no greater love than that of one laying down his life for a friend.  This is what Jesus did for us.  He laid down his life for our freedom.  Let us always be in remembrance of this sacrifice.

Let us be motivated by that fact everyday:

There is freedom in Christ!

He wants us to live the freedom of life.  He wants us to experience these moments as moments of peace, joy, and happiness.  Let us not waste this precious gift of life.  Enjoy your holiday with your family.  God Bless you.

Have a Happy Memorial Day

Live your life with Purpose
All my love
Until Next Time

Friday, May 25, 2018

Freedom Friday-Awesome You!

Hi friends,

I have been working/teaching all week trying to get some things together.  I hope you all had a wonderful week and I pray that you have an awesome holiday weekend. . .

On Fridays, I like to celebrate my freedom from the bondage of world culture.  What I mean by this is that I no longer feel obligated to "fit in" to any preconceived idea of who others see me to be.  Instead, I will be exactly who God made me to be.

With that said, I want to encourage you to be exactly who God made you to be.  He made you, you.  The essential part of you is someone very special.  He made you for a purpose and a reason.  You were born at this time to be influential at this point of history.  Don't let anyone convince you that you are anyone less than AWESOME!

I got into a debate with a student when I was giving my "Live on Purpose" speech.   I give this 60 second speech at the end of class telling the students that they were born for a reason and that there is a problem in the world that they were meant to solve.  I tell them that they hold a special thought, perspective, or opinion that will influence someone, which will influence someone else and so on and so forth until it produces great change in the world.  There was one student who was not so convinced and he challenged my process of thought. . .

He said  "Well, I don't know?  That kind of philosophy only works if you believe in predestination . . ."

Guess what friends?  I do believe in predestination.  Why? Because my bible says so.  And I believe everything that my bible teaches because I have received the gift of faith.

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 1:4

 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

The word tells me that I am wonderfully made by an awesome God, which in turn makes me awesome. . .

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Psalm 139:14

I believe it and therefore I am free.  I have the mind of Christ and therefore I am free.  You and I were bought for a price and therefore we are now free!!!  You are awesome and you are free.  Don't let anyone make you think that you are not . . . Yes we mess up, but that is because we are trapped in these bodies of flesh.  There will come a time that our spirits will also be free to live eternal life with our father in heaven.  But for the time being, your mind is free.  You are free to influence the world with the truth of the word of God . . .

You may have heard me say this before and that is ok because this is the message that the Lord wants me to get out there.  Just like Jesus was predestined and manifested to come into existence for us at the very time that he did, we are also manifested into existence.  We originated from somewhere else, but now we are here.  We are here as children of God.  You are meant to be holy and separated.  Set aside for the work of the Lord.  He is calling you.  He is giving you the signs.  He wants you to start believing at the level he needs you to believe.  He wants you to start seeing your work.  He wants you to grow into the person he needs you to be.  Do not be overwhelmed by this world.  Do not shut down.  Be free in your thinking.  Be free in Jesus Christ.

Here is a throw back from 2017.  I wrote:

". . . let us stop beating ourselves up so bad about doing wrong.  We don't have time to be distracted by something that we see as unpleasing to God.  Let us pick ourselves up,  let us try again. Ok, we all  mess up somewhere . . . WE ALL MESS UP!!!  If people say that they didn't mess up and that their life is perfect, then they're lying.  Our responsibility is just to openly and honestly ask God for help, no matter what you think you did wrong, he is the God of second chances . . ."

Say this prayer:

Oh Lord, you are almighty

and yes, you are all knowing

Oh Lord, open my eyes to see the things

that hinder me from growing 

Our God is a forgiving God.  He is a God of second, third, and a million chances . . .

Stay free friends.  
Happy Freedom Friday

I use Bible Hub

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

God Bless you always in your journey to finding your purpose.
Until Next Time