I pray everybody is having a great day today! I pray that you stop for a moment and ask God what His purpose is for you today! Is there somebody you need to say a kind word to? Is there a note you need to leave somebody reminding them of their awesomeness!!! What's the purpose for your day!!!??
Monday, August 29, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016
This morning in my Bible study, God gave me this quote that I couldn't shake off until I wrote it down, "We can never truly love others until we truly can see past ourselves." God is so amazing how He works 'cause shortly after I wrote that quote down, I ran across this scripture:
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."Philippians 2:1-5
Is that confirmation that He was truly speaking to me, or what? As I read this scripture a flood of different emotions filled my spirit; joy, anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, thankfulness....all went through me at once. Why would I feel all of these emotions? I'lll share because maybe you can relate! I felt joy in the thought of being united with Christ and finding comfort in His love. Anger that sometimes when I need tenderness and compassion that it isn't given to me by others. Sadness that sometimes I, myself, do not value others above myself. Happiness and thankfulness at the thought that even though I fail in this every single day, God still beacons me to have the same mindset as He. He doesn't beacon me to this because He thinks I'm this great human being that has super powers but because He knows He designed me perfectly. He knows that in my heart of hearts, I have a heart that beats as His own and blood that flows through my veins as His.
So many times we get caught up in our own story, in our own feelings and in our own thoughts that we forget to love like Him. We forget that somebody is hurting, somebody is grieving, somebody is battling real battles that mean something to them. I'm learning this. I'm learning that my own story isn't all that's going on in the world. Somewhere somebody has just lost a parent or a sibling. Somewhere somebody's husband has committed adultery and has abandoned the family. Somewhere a child is hungry and sick with nobody to love them or care for them. There is hurt and tragedy all around us and all I know to do is to love without limits and love without boundaries because the world needs it! The world needs it now more than ever!
We have to learn to love without our own issues in the mix.....we have to love because God loves. We have to be intentional about seeing others the way God sees them. His love is so selfless and inspiring that I can't help but desire His heart. Today, I encourage you to love with a God heart!
Saturday, August 20, 2016
So today hubby and I participated in Poke Art Drop and had so much fun! Local artists would hide pieces of art at Poke Stops and would post clues then people would have to search for them. After five hours, we finally found one!
Sunday, August 14, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
God, what an amazing Father we have. I have never been able to wrap my mind around how much He loves us and embraces us. It takes a humble heart to reach out to Him and seek Him. I was asked not too long ago what made me think God was real because when she has been in trouble, He was no where to be seen. I sat down and asked her if she told Him she needed Him and she replied with "no, if He is God then He should know I need Him but He never comes."
This is often people's reaction to God not just rescuing us when we need rescuing. The truth is God is a gentle God and He only comes when we invite Him in. I'm not sure why this is so hard for us to grasp. Sadly, this is the very thing that keeps others from reaching out to Him and saying, "God, I NEED you so much. Please come." There's this pride that sets in our very spirit that expects Him to just know we need Him and we expect Him there right then because we deserve it. Sadly, He does know but we never invite Him to come and our pride keep us from Him.
When we humble ourselves to the need our soul has of Him is when God reveals His presence the most. We might get His whispers and tiny nudges but man, when we earnestly seek Him, He becomes more active in our lives than we can even imagine. When we stretch out to Him is when He will stretch out to us the most! Thank you Daddy for being a gentle Father and loving me so patiently and boldly!
Friday, August 12, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Recently I have been battling health issues. Tonight I was awoken by my sweet Heavenly Father and reminded of how gentle and loving He is. He wanted me to spend some quiet time with Him and just reflect. I felt so close to Him and realized sometimes I just need to need Him....no prayer requests or agendas but simple need! I love Him and I love His gentle reminders. He wants us to just need.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
With health scares comes lots of praying, thinking and reevaluating. I am a wifey, ministry leader, writer and pageant queen....I do not have time to be unhealthy or sick! I kept seeing my pageant sisters and random friends keep talking about Beachbody on social media and I became intrigued. I started researching and looking at results and fell in love with what can be! I finally made the leap and let my sweet "blonde bestie", Beth Isbell know that I needed a healthier lifestyle and I needed it STAT! I'm so thankful for our paths crossing, she inspires and encourages me on a daily basis! I have enjoyed watching her Mrs. Oklahoma journey AND her Beachbody fitness journey and now I hope I can inspire YOU! I'm all about that physical and spiritual health and I believe wholeheartedly they go hand in hand! With that being said, I'm super excited to announce that I have decided to pursue a healthier and fit lifestyle as a Beachbody Coach and I would LOVE for any of you to join me! I need to get ready for the Mrs. Texas pageant, so I can ASSURE you, we are on this journey TOGETHER! Comment or private message me if you would like to be a part of my very first Facebook Challenge Group? For 31 days starting on August 15th we will start our healthy journey together and I will be here to encourage you and help you in any way that I can! #beachbodycoach #healthcoach #RoadToMrsTexas#MrsLubbock #thechoiceisyours #accountability #encourageoneanother
"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17