Hello, Loves!! When I say God has been moving and shaking things up in my life, that is an understatement!
When God has a calling on your life, there are adjustments that need to be made. It's not going to be comfortable, and it will not fill good at all. Psalm 46:10 reassures us to keep calm in the process. One thing for sure, no matter what you go through or what obstacles pop up along they way, know that God is with you every step of the way. The purge before the promise is necessary. Not only to get rid of the things that are negative or have been dragging you down in your life, but to strengthen you and prepare you for the life that God has planned for you.
I would like to share a testimony with you about my journey thus far. God has been dealing with me about moving from my hometown. I knew I was supposed to move, and it had been on me for a long time. I had fears of being alone, not being able to take care of my children, and just not being able to live the way I wanted to. God was always there to tell me that I was never alone, and to trust him. He reminded me of his word in Jeremiah 29:11, "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." Finally I stepped out on faith, and made the move to the DFW area. God blessed me with a job that is amazing, and apartment that fits my family. Everything that he told me He would do, He did, and I know He is not done yet! I had a moment of doubt about being able to take care of the move-in costs when I got approved for my apartment. I had exhausted all of my financial outlets, and was down to my very last that went into my gas tank that day. I cried out to the Lord, literally on my hands and knees with my face to the floor, and had a real conversation with him. "Lord, you said in your word that all things work together for good to those who love you, and are called according to your purpose. That you would never leave me nor forsake me. That if I ask you I shall receive. But Lord, WHERE ARE YOU?? How am I going to get through this, God? I made this move because you said I needed to. I don't see how this is going to work!" And in His still, quiet voice he answered..."Be still, and know that I am God. I've got you." The next day I received my paycheck that I thought I wasn't going to receive until the end of that week, and was able to take care of everything I needed to handle, and had extra!
I said all that to say this. No matter what it looks like, what it sounds like, or what other people are saying about your situation. Follow God. Trust God through it ALL, and know that He will see you through. Will you have doubts, yes. Will it be hard, yes. But the REAL conversation you have with God will change everything! It is not going to happen the way you want it, or in the timing that you think it should happen. Remember, God's plan and timing will always be perfect. He is The Way-Maker. He is The Miracle Worker. He is The Promise Keeper. He will NEVER let you down! All you have to do is follow His instructions, and stay faithful to Him. Matthew 7:7, say "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you." That, my loves, is a promise from God!
Stay blessed, Queens!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
The most beautiful way I've heard love described is found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (my absolute favorite scripture). Most people that read or have heard this verse think it only applies to a marriage. That is not true. It applies to every relationship. This is the love that God has for us, and the type of love that he wants us to have for each other. Jackie DeShannon said it best when she wrote the song "What the world needs now is love". She's right, there's just too little of it. Can you image what kind of world we would be living in if everyone loved the way we're supposed to love?
Regardless of our differences, our beliefs, our political views, or our opinions on life itself we should all love the way God intended. To be patient with one another. To be kind. To not be jealous of one another, or not be proud or pompous. To not be rude, or selfish. To not get so worked up about nothing. To not hold grudges. To not indulge in doing people wrong, starting rumors, and just be honest!! Protect each other, trust each other, hope in one another, and fight for the greater good in one another. We would never give up on each other. What a world this would be!
True love is not just found in fairy tales and romance novels. It's found in our hearts. We just have to be willing to dig deep to reveal it. Most people have been hurt so much that they have buried true love so far down into an emotional abyss to never be found again. At least that's what they want you to think. When you get into the heart of someone you find out who they really are, and you can love them the way they need to be loved. The way God loves.
We live in a world that wants things right now, and in a hurry. If it's not done quickly, it's not done right. Fast food, fast lane, instant coffee, instant approvals online...well, you get the point. Taking our time is a thing of the past....or is it?
The saying good things come to those that wait is actually true. We may not want to wait, but it is actually for our good. We get to the point that we move so fast that we miss alot of our blessings in the rush! Simmer down and pump your breaks, Speedy Gonzales! You wouldn't drive 100 mph down a curvy road at night when you've never been driven that road before, so why would you do your life like that?
Patience is a virtue that most people do not have, but the ones that do you can usual see their blessings. They move differently. Almost like they have no care in the world. That's called faith. They believe that everything will work out in it's own time, and when God says it's time. Most times we miss that part of it....when God says it's time. He will show us what we are supposed to do or who we are supposed to be with, but we miss WHEN. He doesn't tell us everything because he wants us to trust him. That's hard to do, but it's effective. When your business is overseen by God, your business will not fail. When your family is lead by God, it will stay together. When your everyday decisions are brought to God, they are easier to be made. If he tells you it will happen, believe him! Don't get so caught up in the timeline. Enjoy what he has for you right now, so that when it happens you will appreciate it more.
Moving too quickly can damage what is destined for you. For example, that relationship you prayed for God told you he was the one, but he wasn't ready yet. You agreed, but then did what you wanted to do anyway. Ya'll date, get married, but now you're going through a divorce. Or what about that friend that you would do anything for, and God told you to leave her alone because her heart is not the same as yours. Now you're in a bind, and reach out to that friend and she's nowhere to be found. We set ourselves up for failure when we move on our own. Proverbs 12:15 says it best...the way of a fool is right in his eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. God is The Counselor. He will never lead you down a path that will hurt you or cause pain. Listen to him.
Waiting is tough. Especially when we know what we're getting. I promise you, the end result is worth every second you had to wait. In the wait, just know that what you are going through today is just the process of getting to what God promised you, and enjoy the ride up!
Love y'all! Be blessed!
Ok, Jen, so I think I've got it now. Soul ties are created in the relationships I have with people, and a soul mate is the one that was created specifically for me. Ok, so what do I do if I come across someone that has it out for me, or is always bringing some type of drama my way? How do I break a soul tie, or is that even possible?
Yes, it is possible, and the only way you can break a soul tie is through prayer.
"I don't know what it is about her..."
"It's something about him that I just can't shake..."
"Why is my boss always picking on me?..."
It's not just how they are. It's much deeper than that. Most people don't believe it, but soul ties do exist; and they control the way people act towards you and around you. So, what is a soul tie? A soul tie is a connection through the relationships we create. God created us as spiritual beings wrapped in flesh. We were created to communicate and connect with other people (spiritual beings). The connections we have with people are either good or bad. Most of the time the bad connections are mistaken for good ones, and the good ones are far and few in between.
So, how can you tell if a soul tie is good or bad? Well, the first misconception we need to clear up is soul ties do not always have to do with having sex with someone. Most people that have heard about soul ties automatically think that. A sexual relationship is just one of the ways a person can be tied to you, and is actually one of the strongest ways, but not the only way. If the you have a sexual relationship with someone, and you begin to change in a negative way that is a bad connection. What I mean by changing in a negative way is when you are doing things you were once against before meeting that person. You become rebellious, lazy, irritated, and/or disgusted when you are almost always are the total opposite, that is a bad connection. If you feel depressed, or are happier when you are not around that person that is a bad connection. A good connection will always bring positivity. Even if it is hard to hear, and you know it was meant to better you that is a good connection. When you have a relationship that is encouraging, uplifting, and holds you accountable for your actions that is a good connection. Again, it is not always with a sexual relationship. This goes for your friendships, family, coworkers, business partners, and anyone else that you meet and build a some type of relationship with.
Check out this snippet from Debbie Adebayo on singlespleasingthelord.com:
Have you ever heard people talking about a marriage in which the husband is very abusive to the wife, even to the point of beating her? Then you hear that she finally couldn't take it anymore, and leaves him, only to return after a short time. You may ask yourself, "How could she return to that kind of lifestyle?" It's because of the soul tie that has been made and it seems that there is an invisible cord between them. This can explain how two people can have a sexual relationship, even if only once, and still after many years have thoughts of one another they just can't seem to get rid of. It's because of the soul tie, and until it's broken, you will never be totally free.
Be careful with the connections that you make. Trust your instincts, intuition, and your gut! In part 2, I will explain the difference between a soul tie and a soul mate....oh yea, there's a difference!
For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. 1 Corinthians 9:7-8
As I was waking up this morning, there was a tv evangelist on the channel I had left on from last night talking about sowing a seed into his ministry. I don't remember if he did an actual sermon on the show, but all I could remember is him saying over and over and over again for about 30 minutes "make a commitment to sow (an x amount of money) for the next 12 months and the Lord will bless you tremendously..." He just kept saying it! I think it irritate my roomie, because she rolled over to turn the tv off....lol! But it got me to thinking....I wonder if people really think that's all preachers want from people? The sad reality is, it is what many churches push on. Now don't get it twisted, I do believe if you sow you will reap, but I believe it doesn't ALWAYS have to be about money.
1 Corinthians 9 talks about giving, and the benefits of giving. Not one time did it mention money. Giving goes FAR beyond money. The misconception that many churches portray is that the only way you can sow a seed is through money. That is SO wrong! Many people are leery about going to church because they can't afford it! It saddens me that it has come to that, but it can be changed. Giving is multifaceted, and as unique as the person giving. The best way to find out what to sow or give is to ask God. He will not always tell you to give money. Especially if he knows your situation. Now, I know you're thinking, ok Jen, but it's him telling me to give an amount of money a test of my faith? Yes, it is, but he's also not going to put you in a bind. You're heart is what he sees when you give. When you can't give money, there are so many different things you can give. Volunteering with the church, helping the homeless, praying for a friend in distress, or encouraging a stranger just to name a few. He will always let you know what it is you should do, and it will ALWAYS be worth doing!
Let your giving be as beautiful as your reflection. Challenge for the day: help someone that you normally wouldn't, and do it with a smile. Then watch the blessing that follows.
I love ya'll!! Be blessed!
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
That scripture by itself is enough! But what does it mean?
Have you ever wanted something so bad that you couldn't sleep? Or you could see it in your mind so vividly that you could almost taste it? Of course! We all have! But what are we willing to do to get to it? The best way to go about it is praying for it.
All throughout the Bible, everyone who was anyone prayed. Jesus prayed daily. It is the communication between God and his children. There is a misconception that you have to get down on your knees every single time to talk to God. That is absolutely NOT true! God talks to his children just like any other father. As a matter of fact he yearns for it. Where do you think you get your feelings from? Just like you talk to your best friend on the phone, you can talk to God. Even though you can't physically call him on a phone, you can speak out loud and he will hear you. You can speak softly, and he will hear you. Your thoughts are even heard by him if you direct them to him.
We underestimate the power of prayer (talking to God). The bible says we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). Then it goes on to tell us that if we ask, we shall receive (Matthew 7:7). If we are not talking to God, then how are we supposed to get what it is he has for us? How do you expect your children to know what it is that you want them to do if you don't talk to them? What about your spouse, or significant other? Communication is not just key the carnal world, but it is key in the spiritual world as well. Jesus even tells us in Matthew 11:24 that whatever we ask in prayer, believe it and it will be ours. How much more do you need?!
With that being said....keep P.U.S.Hing….pray until something happens. Don't stop, until you get it! And when you get it, praise him for it, then keep going.
What you've been dreaming about is just one conversation away!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
With so much going on in the world today, it is hard to think about peace, or being in a peaceful mindset. Money is short, but the bills are long. Your children are living a life that you didn't instill in them. Your marriage is in shambles. Your friends have disappeared on you. The list goes on and on and on.
How can anyone find peace in these trying times. The answer is quite simple. The answer is in Philippines 4:6-7. In John 14:27, Jesus gives us a gift. His peace. The peace that is mentioned in Philippians. He tells us that is it not the peace that the world gives. It actually goes beyond what we think! We see pictures of beautiful sandy beaches, or soothing sunsets; and we think that is peace. We will even settle for a week vacation in another country just to get away from all the noise of life, and call it being at peace. Well, let me tell you something. That's just the visual interpretation....a glimpse...of what peace really is. Real peace comes from The Father through his Son. The relationship you have with Jesus will provide the peace you seek, and then some!
Don't search for peace in people, places, activities, or things. REAL peace is in God through Jesus Christ. Put down that bottle. Throw away those pills. Don't smoke that cigarette or weed. Those things are just temporary fixes. What I'm presenting to you today is everlasting, and will not let you down. If you believe, you will receive. It's not just cliche'. That is a fact. I challenge you to try something different. Get is a secluded place wherever you are, preferably in your home (like a closet or something); and have a real conversation with God. You won't look crazy, and he will not judge you for what you tell him. Be real with him, and he will be real with you. He will meet you there!
Be blessed, Beautiful!
And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezekiel 3:1-3
So, before you give me the side eye, the stank face, and say "I'm not eating no paper, this is insane"....hear me out. True enough, this passage is a strange one, but it if we dig deeper we find out what it is that God really wants from us. Trust. The world has a way of giving us reasons to not trust anyone or anything that we see or hear. Bad relationships, sneaky coworkers, and even hypocritical Christians, just to name a few. But one thing we can put our full trust in is the Almighty God.
Notice how (in the scripture) God gave an instruction to Ezekiel, and Ezekiel did it with no hesitation. No matter how weird, or out of the way if seemed, he trusted God. It may not be written, but I guarantee you Ezekiel has some thoughts running through his mind about this instruction. I can hear some of us (and even me) say to God, "uh, do what now?? You want me to eat THIS paper?....this dingy, nasty looking paper right here, with all this writing on it? Lord, I don't know where this paper has been or who has touched it!" But see, that's the thing....we are so caught up in what we SEE, that we miss our blessing. This passage tells us that no matter what it looks like, trust God. No matter what it sounds like, trust God.
When Ezekiel got passed his flesh, and did what God told him to do he realized it wasn't bad at all! It was actually sweet to the taste. It was at that moment, the trust level between him and God was amplified. You will have to read that chapter for yourself to get the full gist of if, but I just want to encourage you today. God has something in store for you that is so amazing, and so awesome. The only thing that is keeping you from your blessing is YOU! Let go of the doubt, the fear, and even the anger that you've been holding on to for whatever reason. TRUST IN HIM!! He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is waiting to bless you, but he is not going to force himself on you. He is waiting on you to just ask. Just remember....believe in your asking, and obey in the your belief.
Be blessed, Queen!
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