I don’t know what’s on your to do list this weekend or what the world has decided you have to do - but know that the pace of God includes rest. If you don’t prioritize rest in your life no one will do it for you. Rest is not lazy, it is wise.
I don’t know what problem you’re trying to solve
I don’t know what project you need to finish
I don’t know what decision you need to make
Practically speaking if you’re stuck or overwhelmed with one of those ☝🏻 try asking Him for supernatural wisdom/peace/ or resources. Sometimes all of those things will be met in a nap, sometimes through others in unexpected ways, and sometimes in an aha moment delivered straight from the Holy Spirit. (And sometimes those ideas are not ones we would have chosen - like when someone’s face pops into our head and they are the person we could call for help. But we don’t...because we believe we should do it on our own or asking for help makes us feel weak)
The packaging of God’s gifts in our life don’t always come the way we expect. The pace of God isn’t always the pace we would choose. But there is joy in the journey when I let go of those things and choose to run and rest with Him.
A negative mind, will never allow you to have a positive life.
Have a fabulous week bellas. 💋
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Productive day. (Watch my stories) and now I’m headed to have some sushi with the hubs and my @crocs
9584115 September, 2019
I’m not a good ENOUGH mom. I don’t have ENOUGH money. My house isn’t clean ENOUGH. I didn’t do ENOUGH with my kids today. My clothes aren’t cute ENOUGH. I haven’t lost ENOUGH weight. I’m not smart ENOUGH, good ENOUGH, pretty ENOUGH...I could keep going, but you get the idea. Have you thought any of these things about your life? 🙋🏽♀️
What is enough? Even if we draw an imaginary line of “enough”, once we get there it really isn’t enough, is it? 😬
“Enough” is JESUS. He is the definition of enough. Jesus is enough for me, more than enough, and he makes us enough, and he makes what we have and what we do more than enough! 💛 .
Keep growing and changing, but do it from a heart that realizes that “enough” has already been reached, we are not trying to reach it. We get to grow and love ourselves and others from the abundance of enough! 💛
I love when I have the feelings of empowerment, motivation and inspiration running through my veins. It ignites me! 🔥 Makes me want to go let all my greatness out into the world! That's why today was so amazing to me! I'm writing out my goals, preparing my next speech and celebrating becoming a Certified Speaker from @jtfoxxofficial speaking event here in Tampa, FL. My confidence is through the roof! My trust in God is through mountain moving faith! With that being said, that makes me unstoppable! Who is ready to claim what's yours? Let's live our best lives together!
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It’s been close to a year since I started this little blog. I remember how scary the whole idea seemed and how I had carried the dream of being a writer hidden in my heart for so very long.
I really didn’t believe I would ever get the chance to share my words.
And then one day, I either got crazy or brave and @courtneysearcy used sorcery or education or something and whipped up a website in a half an hour, just because I asked.
I hit publish on the first post on a brand new blog less than two hours after I asked for help getting my words out into the world. I knew she might not have the time or maybe she would put it on her to-do list and get around to helping me out in a month or two. I also knew it’s a little taboo to ask friends to give you their time and work for free. But I did it anyway, because suddenly I was more afraid of not trying than being embarrassed or rebuffed.
Time after time, my feet have found the next right step on this writing path and all I had to do was ask. All I have done this last year is show up and do the work I can in the cracks of time I can carve out and ask for help when I needed it. It’s been a humbling, awe-inspiring thing to behold, to get to live into this deep calling with the people who read and respond to my words.
So here I am, one more time, with one more request.
If my words have meant something to you, if you have resonated with me throughout this writing year, if my work has blessed you...would you consider partnering with me as I take the next *big* step of lifting the blog out of the grocery budget and finally launch the podcast out of the rumor mill and into your feed. Click the link in my bio to order, if that’s the sort of thing that rings your bell.
I can’t thank you enough for being here with me in all the ways you have. There aren’t words, I’ve tried to find them and there just aren’t any. So thank you, from the very bottom of my heart.
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𝐆𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝, 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝, 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐥 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬.
Friends, can I just stress how much I’ve missed my workouts! 😫 Like, I feel like 𝑉𝑒𝑟𝑢𝑐𝑎 𝑆𝑎𝑙𝑡 from Willy Wonka right now....𝐈 𝐰𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰!
One thing I’ve learned along my health and fitness journey is the more you give your body the things it needs to function at its best, the more it craves those things. The more you move your body, the more your body wants to move. The more you fuel your body with nutritious foods, the more it craves those foods. The more you reframe your mindset to think positively, the more it craves positivity. The more you surround yourself with positive people to feed your soul, the more you begin craving positive community.
𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐢𝐭 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬.
What is one positive thing you gave your kind, body, and soul?
I had to go UP a size in pants yesterday! Normally this would discourage someone but for me I was excited, this means muscle growth in my booty and legs. Too often we find our worth by what size pants we wear or what the scale says. 🗣GET OFF THE SCALE! It does not define you! Buy the jeans that fit your body right even though it’s not the “perfect” number! You are beautiful, don’t let any scale tell you otherwise! 🍑 🖤
Y'all listen. I took this picture after an evening of loving on women who are grieving, and I was able to do that from a place of true joy and armed with all the lessons God's been teaching me through my grief journey.
I am full of joy today. Panic attacks are gone. Insomnia is gone. Anxiety is no longer controlling me. post traumatic stress disorder is almost never triggered anymore... Because God. Wait, keep listening, this is one of my favorite stories to tell from my grief journey.
In my last post I mentioned just how bad I needed help, and when I finally found the courage to call a phycologist, I was terrified. I prayed before I Googled and asked God to protect me from fakes and wackos and lead me in the right way towards healing my mental health issues. I was honest with the first lady I called and told her I had no idea where to start and I was scared. I couldn't live with the crazy anymore.... And she not only had an opening that week, but was also named Jennifer. As I walked into her office lobby, there on the wall was a graphic print that took my breath away. It was the same print that my mother had on her bathroom wall in her little apartment here in Texas. She had bought it right before she died. She loved it. I looked at it and tears poured down my face and it was a deep feeling of safe. I learned not only is she a Christian but she also lost her mom very young like me and has a blended family too.
That appointment was the beginning of my mental renewal. The tools she gave me have changed my life. It has been hard work applying all the tools and making the appointments happen. It costs money and time. But it was an investment into my health. I rely still on friends to help with my kids and when they can't I bring the girls. I am honest with them about why we are there.
I saw her once a week for 6 months and twice a month since and will continue to do so.
Professional mental help changed my life. Don't ever be ashamed if you need it too! God will partner with you to find you the perfect match. #EndTheStigma
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Do you believe that weakness is God’s way of limiting us from doing too much by our own strength?
We know that Paul boasted in his own weaknesses - even after asking God to take them away. He delighted in weakness and insults and hardships and persecutions and all of the difficulties he faced - why?
So that the flesh could be denied.
So that the power of God could be revealed through Him.
Praise God that we endure weakness in our flesh and in this life.
Praise God for hard days and stressful situations.
Praise God for moments when we don’t have an answer.
Could the very things we deflect be the gift of God - nudging us to REST in Him.
Revealing to us just how powerful He is.
Calling us to lean into Him.
Drawing our gaze into focus on His greatness.
Rooting and grounding our Faith deeper into Him.
I can’t see His power when I’m depending on my own strength.
But when I became small - I behold His greatness!
And oh How great He is!
Perhaps it’s time to remember truth of God’s word.
His grace really is all we need - for His power works best in our weakness.
(2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
Questions that I ask myself.... 🤔 You may have gone through hardships in the past but that's exactly what it is; the past. You have to make a conscious decision to let go of what happened yesterday and renew your mindset to make your future days brighter! You have to know that you deserve another chance at finding happiness and peace! And if you opened your eyes this morning then that's even more confirmation that your existence has purpose and you can make that purpose as meaningful as you want it to be! You have to BELIEVE! You got this!!! And while I'm telling you this message I'm, also telling it to myself.✌🏾 #letgo#movefoward#motivationalquotes#inspirationalquotes#selflove#renewyourmind#liveyourbestlife#RiseUp#RiseHigher#PoetryIsLife#POETIZEDMINDZ
“"God won't give you more than you can handle..." Odd, I can't seem to find that verse.
I'm guessing Job would take exception to that cliche. So would Joseph. Paul did. "We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself..." Why would God allow him to experience hurt more than he could handle? Read on. "...so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God." Truth? Cancer is more than you can handle. So is infidelity. So is caregiving. So is rejection. So is death and loss and grief and prodigal children and 101 other life struggles.
God doesn't expect YOU to handle it. He expects you to hand it over to HIM. He doesn't want you relying on your strength, but on His. If we keep walking around thinking "God won't give me more than I can handle," we're setting ourselves up for heavenly disappointment.
Good news? He beckons for your burdens, "Cast your cares upon Me..." You will never know relief until you do.” Graphic: Mary Graham
Through Christ whom strengthens me! I am more than a conqueror. I am VICTORIOUS! I am healed completely. I am free from all sickness illnesses and no disease has access to me. 🛡⚔️ I am the best at what I was created to do. That’s why God chose me to do 👉(insert yours here) what it is that I do. Those things that I do so effortlessly & with a pure heart.
Yes and even that thing that I’d do even if there was no monetary compensation. Especially that thing! That thing ignites me and makes me feel free. 🔥💫🕊🏹 🔑 It’s important to encourage YOURSELF. In fact it’s NECESSARY. You are not alone!
I will cheer for you & with YOU! Don’t wait for the crowd to cheer you on. YOU cheer YOU on! You SHOW UP for you! You’ve got This! You are ENOUGH! You are AMAZING!💫💫💫💪🏽 Why wait for the crowd? Was there a crowd when you were dreaming, building, sacrificing, and sweating blood stained tears? Was there a crowd when you were up late at night & when you’d rise early mornings asking seeking knocking? Even more and crying? (Yes humans cry😱real tears😭) Game changer. I know... Just breathe... Let it soak in. 💆♀️💆♂️
Was there a crowd when you were scratching & digging past the surface? Searching praying hoping just knowing there had to be more?
Oh wait... there was a crowd. 😏A crowd of onlookers, naysayers, doubters, you doing to much crew, it’s not that serious squad & you being too deep varsity cheerleaders were front and center. 🙉Waiting for you to give up, to walk away from your #dreams & #visions .
Oh, so you thought his was going to be a skipping through the 🌷tulips & 🌼daisy’s kinda post... Nope! Not today. 🤷🏽♀️ It’s Game Time! 🥊 Get back in the ring & do what you were Created to do! ALL YOU DO IS WIN!!!! You can NOT FAIL! It’s show up for YOU time. It’s about #LEGACY 💫
✨ #toughlove#ahavalove#truelove 🤗 #MyScarsHaveVICTORYscars 💫✨ But if you faint not. Don’t get weary in well doing. Press in! Don’t look at their faces. 🙈 Keep going! 🧗🏽♀️ #dontquit#livehealthy#getmoving#renewyourmind#noexcuses#iamenough#dontgiveup#dreamagain#mindbodyspirit#ju3#mbs
Wow, ten years today, Happy Anniversary my love. So glad I listened to momma Ruth.
A bit of my story...
I still remember M telling me he was being transferred from work to Ohio and wanted me to come with him. I was fearful to leave my secure job with the Navy, to an unknown and not yet married, but yes engaged.
He spoke to his mom that morning and told her I possibly wasn’t leaving with him, she said “son, give me her work number.” My phone rings at work one morning and it’s momma Ruth. I was terrified. She began with a hello and just started the conversation as to why I didn’t want to leave with M. I explained it had taken me 5 years after my divorce to finally be stable, with a great job, excellent benefits and I was afraid to lose that all again. Then the words that shook and resonated, “my foolish child, (pause) my son is a man of his word, and you have absolutely nothing to worry about!” She said them with such sternness and a chuckle (momma wasn’t messing around, at one time she was a Detroit police officer) I can still hear her saying it.
A month later I put in my two weeks notice and off we went to Ohio.
A year later, we had a beautiful wedding in Mexico.
Fear was going to hold me back from a man God had put in my path. I’m so glad she called and I listened.
Thank you momma Ruth, we love and miss you. ❤️
In anticipation of hurricane Dorian’s approach, I tucked this potted plant under the decking so it wouldn’t topple in the winds. Just found it today! It was such a sweet reunion!
Please tell me I’m not the only one! Who else gets a little giddy over their plants?🙋🏼♀️
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Celebrating The Love ❤️ and The Lives of Daddies and Daughters & Fathers and Sons 💙
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. #Psalm 51:10 🎹🎹🎹 There is so much out there that distracts. Distracts from family. Distracts from reality. Distracts from purpose. If we aren’t intentional about the gift we receive each day of 24 hours, we will soon find it gone and nothing to show for it. If we don’t purposefully make space to have our heart and mind renewed, we will soon feel the effects. This is part of the reason that the #music I write and play leans towards the chill, #peaceful side. Every #song I write is written to reflect the One who is the Ultimate Creator. #Creativity is part of His character. I know that the way society has progressed, being a Christ follower is something often mocked and held with contempt. I am not ashamed. I have experienced the power of God in setting me free from #addiction . I have experienced unexplainable peace when there was nothing but raging chaos surrounding me. I have chosen to be still and wait on the Lord when everything around me said, “Do it your way and make it happen now!” Just one life will soon be over. Take a moment today to #bestill and #berenewed . Listen to my latest #piano release, Renewal, on your favorite streaming site. 🎹🎹🎹 #verseoftheday#renew#peaceinthestorm#freshstart#renewyourmind#votd#dailydevotion#newcreation#bible#worshipkeys#lightinthedarkness#lightoftheworld
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I am learning to turn my “have-tos” into “get-tos”. Notice how it feels to say “I GET to go to work today” instead of “I HAVE to go to work today”. I GET to exercise today.
I GET to eat healthy food today.
I GET to pack for a trip today. (Something I really don’t enjoy😒😝🥴). What are your get-tos today?
Know that every one of them is a blessing and think what your life would look like if you didn’t GET to do the things you HAVE to do.
What a simple shift in perspective this can be for you!Happy Tuesday! #renewyourmind#everydayblessings#wonderfullymade
To 🔥EMERGE🔥 is to move out or away from something and become visible. 🌟
You will EMERGE with a good personal brand and this Thursday our focus is on ”Your Brand as a Wife/Mother”.
Join me LIVE today at 8.30pm, let’s discuss Personal Branding and how it affects every area of our lives and our topic for this Thursday - Your Brand as a Wife/Mother... get your questions ready. 🌟
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“The best relationships always have love at their core: love through service (Galatians 5:13); love through stewardship (1 Peter 4:10), which is to say using the gifts God has blessed us with to help one another; and love through sacrifice of our time, talents, and, yes, even our treasure. (1 John 3:16-18)” ⚔️ Being P.R.A.Y.E.R.F.U.L. bible study via @youversion 💕