The Goal is LOVE.

The goal I have set out for you is Love. This can only come from a pure heart, a good conscience and sincere faith. Spend more time with Me and allow me to transform your heart. Allow Me to spark the flame in your heart for dreams you have pushed down. I want to do this with you but I am asking you to choose Love. Spend time with Me and I will pour out my thoughts to you. 

Soar

The sounds of cars outside of my window should distract me

It doesn’t.

My mind continues on a one way street

I feel the tightness in my body get stronger

The weight on my eyes becomes heavier

Only 8 hours…

The lie in my mind on repeat;

“How can so little take so much of you?”

I feel defeated.

But then you, Lord.

You come.

You whisper;

“I want to hear your song. Right now. In this moment.”

I fall to my knees in desperate worship and suddenly, I find hope.

I hit the ground but yet I rise.

And just like that

I soar.

disconnect.

disconnect with business. social media. work. technology. the world.
disconnect and you will find connection.
connect.

Luke 5:16

How To Hear From God

Hearing from God seems to be one of the biggest challenges for Christians to do. When trying to do so, these questions may follow;

How do you hear from God?
How do you know when it is Him speaking?
What if it wasn’t God?
Why can’t I hear Him?

The problem isn’t that God isn’t speaking to us, I think that we just don’t know how to listen. I remember I use to think “hearing from God” was a gift that only certain christians were able to do, but meanwhile, God was trying to communicate with me the entire time and I just didn’t know how to listen.

 

Changing your expectations of how you think God will speak

Step 1: Stop waiting for a  “BIG WOW MOMENT”

Before, I would pray and ask God for an answer but the way I expected him to answer, wasn’t His way of doing it.  I would be looking for a huge sign. You know, maybe a billboard with the exact words I needed to hear or maybe even the famous “close my eyes and flip through my bible and point to a verse” and think that would be God trying to talk to me. It wasn’t until I changed MY expectations of how I thought God would talk, and learned how He speaks, that I would be able to hear from Him.

God’s voice isn’t just found in well-known prophets, preachers, conferences, etc. He can be found in a gentle whisper in the quietness of a humble heart.  He is the voice of peace.

 

1 Kings 19:11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before The Lord, but The Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but The Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but The Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

 

God can speak to us through our feelings & thoughts

A lot of the time, we miss hearing from God because we are expecting to hear a voice, or exact words, when really, God can speak to us through a feeling of peace, love, or even lack of peace. Have you ever been in a situation that you just didn’t feel peace about? You don’t know why, but you just feel like maybe you shouldn’t be making that decision- That is a perfect example of how God may be speaking to us. It is subtle, but powerful.

 

Another big factor of christians not being able to hear from God may be because we often mistake the Lord as our own thoughts. Sometimes, God will place a thought in our minds and try to speak to us but we don’t recognize it as His voice. We just think it is something we came up with on our own. That also lines up with God putting something on our heart. In Psalms 37:4, it says God will give us the desires of our heart. That doesn’t mean he gives us the desires we put there ourselves, God is saying HE will put them there.  That is yet another way God can choose to communicate with us. It’s almost like he is saying  ” I want you to do this, so I am going to make you want this… and Trust me. It will be worth it.”

 

In order to recognize God’s voice, we need to get to know Him

The most important part about being able to hear from God, is getting to know His character. You need to be able to determine if it is God speaking, or if it is of the flesh. We get to know Jesus by reading our bibles. It reveals to us who He really is. If you think you may be hearing from God, or maybe someone prophesied over your life saying “The Lord said…” make sure you put it to the test and see if it lines up with scripture. If it doesn’t, then it’s not God’s voice.

 

John 10:3;3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

Be still and Listen.

The world has made it very easy to drown out God’s voice. We seem to all live a life style where our automatic response to “How have you been?” is to answer “very busy” .  I encourage you to take a step back from your busy lifestyle,  still your mind, and just listen.  You may hear God’s voice when you least expect it.

“Why does God have so many Rules?”

Growing up, I was raised as a Christian. A lot of people today, mainly non-believers, will try to challenge me on my faith with saying “You are only a Christian today because your parents raised you like that. You are just following your Mother’s footsteps.”  And in a lot of ways, yeah, they’re right. That is how it happened.  I was raised in a strict Christian household and had to follow a lot of rules. I would watch my friends at school go do all these “cool” things, like go to dances, watch R-rated movies, and I was the one at home who had to stay in and watch a good clean Disney movie, or even worse, re-runs of Little House of the Prairie. Life was tough as a kid… So, I thought.

It wasn’t until way later that I started understanding my mother’s, what seemed like at the time, “crazy ways.” When you are a parent, or any guardian of some sort, you make rules for your children. You don’t do it just for the sake of telling them what to do, but to help guide them and protect them. As a protector, you know better than them and know what will harm them so you  give them boundaries to keep their path in the right direction. Rules are really an act of love.

It is the same thing with God. He doesn’t have rules for us to follow just to say “You can’t do this”, it is saying “choose an alternative way.”  We aren’t suppose to avoid things, we are suppose to take the alternative road that leads to life! God loves us so much and is trying to protect us. As OUR protector, he knows better than us and even if some of these “rules” don’t make sense to us, we need to remember that He knows more and is doing it out of love. God is broken-hearted for us when we sin because he wants freedom for us.

Think about when you are driving down a road and there are guard rails. What purpose are those serving? They aren’t there just to say ” You can’t go off the track.” They are there to help guide you to stay on the right path to protect you.

 

Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but ends in death.

 

The only way to fully understand God’s good intentions, and to understand His love for us, is to get to know Him. There are so many people that have turned away from God because they never got to know Him and would just try to live a religious rule-based life. That doesn’t work! That causes people to rebel against God because they are constantly feeling condemned every time they mess up. I remember I had a friend who turned away from God and the moment he made that decision, he said “I was afraid to leave my house because I thought God was going to kill me.”  When he said that, it broke my heart. That is proof right there that he didn’t know Jesus at all.

 

God doesn’t send down a bolt of lightning when we mess up. He is a God of Love and mercy. He knows we will mess up and when we do, He isn’t angry. He is still there with open arms saying “come home.”

Luke 15:21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 

Saying that, God isn’t forcing anyone to Follow him. God has given every one of us a choice. You can choose to obey or you can choose to disobey. He also promises you will be rewarded if you follow his path.

 

Deuteronomy 15: 15-16 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.  For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

 

The decision is yours!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chasing the God-Given Dream for your Life

You’ve heard it all before, right?

“Dream Big.” “You can do anything!” “The future is yours!”

But it’s about time we put those words to life. In order to fulfill these “phrases”, we need action rather than just a vision.

For the longest time, I was a dreamer. I would think about the future and the vision I had was HUGE. I had child-like faith that soon faded. With numerous attempts at trying to achieve these dreams, I would fail. The more I failed, the more I altered my dreams to make them “more achievable.”  To make matters worse, I would share these huge dreams I had with faith-lacking people, and they would look at me like I was crazy and tell me reasons to why it would never work. When you have a vision, the world will entertain your “I can’t’s.” The world says “stay in your lane.” But I’m gonna tell you, there are two lanes. The lane that keeps up with traffic or the one that moves ahead of the majority. The decision is yours.

 Romans 12:2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

This message isn’t just for people who want to pursue their dream. There are a lot of people that just don’t know what God’s perfect will is for you. It wasn’t until the past year my vision became clear and that was through a lot of prayer and giving total submission to God. Matthew 6:33 says “ But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God promises to give you the desires of your heart, and when He says that, He doesn’t mean He will give you the desires you put there yourself, he means HE will PUT the desires in your heart for His perfect will. God has a plan for every one of us and if you ask him, he will reveal it to you.

When God puts a desire or vision in your heart, he doesn’t just put it there to entertain you. He puts it there to be fulfilled. Often people will have a vision of what they want to do, and then sit back and wait for a miracle to happen and say “I’m just trusting God.”  Well guess, what. Faith without works is dead.

Let’s pretend for a minute.

Say you have been wanting and praying for, I don’t know, lets say a BBQ. I decide to bless you with a brand new BBQ.  I give it to you and you are looking at the front of the box which shows a picture of the BBQ. You have a vision of what it will be once you put it together. You open the box. The pieces and tools are all laid out for you. You also have a manual.  You now have two options. You can either stare at it and pray for a miracle to happen that it will somehow put itself together, or you can use the tools and manual provided to make this come to life. Common sense says you will use the tools given to assemble the BBQ.

It is the exact same in life.  When God gives you a vision, He supplies you with the tools you will need to achieve it.

God has given you a Manual– The Bible.

God has given you Tools– Strength, Faith, Wisdom, etc.

And now its your job to fight for it.

In Genesis 13:14, God said to Abraham ” Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.” Then He said, “Now go walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”  God gave him a clear vision of what was to be his, but he didn’t say sit there and it will come to you. He said get up, get moving, and it will be YOURS!

When believing for something, it isn’t enough to just think it. We need to speak it! Jesus says “That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says.”

I challenge you – even if your situation doesn’t seem too promising, or if you have lost hope,  renew your mind with God’s word, take action, and stand by His promises and see what happens.  Just remember that it doesn’t matter where you are in life, how old you are, what your past is, or how impossible or how dead your circumstances may seem at the moment, because we have a God who gives life to the dead!

Romans 4:17 As it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations.” Abraham acted in faith when he stood in the presence of God, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that don’t yet exist.

Are you waiting for Prince Charming?

First Step: Finding happiness in “loneliness”

A lot of people spend time searching for a relationship rather than trusting God with it. Sometimes, God delays a relationship to let you heal and prepare you. If you go into a relationship thirsty for it, you probably won’t make good decisions. You first must find wholeness and happiness in being alone. If you feel you need a relationship, that should be a clear indicator that you need the exact opposite.

A few years ago I got out of a long term relationship. As we all know, the healing time after that can be pretty tough, lonely, and all we want is to make that feeling go away. By doing that, we turn to a temporary fix. In my case, it was jumping into the next relationship… and the next… and the next. Nothing was satisfying. I was making excuses for reasons for why every guy was not Mr. Right and mean while, the problem was me.

When you go into a relationship feeling broken, you usually do it because you think it will fulfill you.  You think it will  fill that emptiness in your heart.  Or if you have been heart broken, you may find yourself jumping a relationship thinking that this new person won’t t be like the rest of ‘em… Or maybe worse… maybe you want them to be like someone you miss and inevitably, you find yourself comparing them to the past person.  A man wants to have a relationship with you- not your ex. You need to first let yourself free of this and rid your past before expecting the next man to carry it for you. The only man who is attracted to carrying others is Jesus. All others get tired, give out and run out. Putting too much weight on humans will fail you.

Being Attracted To The Broken: (Some may relate to this…)

As I look back at my “constant dating years”, lol, I realized a lot of the guys I went for were somewhat broken. I would find how they weren’t all together and thought I could be that missing piece. I thought I could love them back whole and be that person that fills the void. How silly of me! I was attracted to someone BROKEN? What kind of relationship would that leave me with? He was broken which means he clearly wasn’t going to be ready for a mature relationship and I was ATTRACTED to that which says the exact same thing about me. Oh man, what a mess. I realized only Jesus can be the cure to a crisis. He is the perfect example, I mean, he gave life through death.

And now for my favourite part- Being a Virtuous Woman.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. -Proverbs 31:10

A virtuous woman is a woman of excellence. She knows what she deserves & will work timelessly to attain it. She is not wandering aimlessly & hoping to be found by someone. Her destination has been set. Some people will call it arrogance & think she has forgotten where she had came from, but it is the memory of where she was that gives her the strength to arise and keep driving.

A virtuous woman honours herself.

There are some men who will not find that an attractive feature. “She thinks she is so much better than everyone else”, etc. Truth is, he has seen the price of the product and doesn’t have the price to pay it.

So now  I leave you with this question,

What will you make your price?

 

(A lot of points in this are referencing The Lady, Her Lover, Her Lord. by T.D Jakes. I definitely recommend reading it!)

OVERCOMING OFFENSE

Getting offended- People look at this so lightly but it has the power to control your whole life if you let it. There are so many people who end up where they are today because they got offended at some point in their life, which can alter the original path they were on, their success, and their happiness. When getting offended, you stop making progress. You see so many people jump from job to job, relationship to relationship, and I guarantee you if you ask them why, they will tell you a reason as to why they weren’t getting treated right. Why THEIR feelings were hurt.

Well guess what- It’s not always about you.

Putting the focus of our emotions on ourselves is prideful. Not taking offense means taking humility. It comes hand in hand. Have you ever been in a situation where you are arguing with someone and you KNOW you are right? And all you want to do is keep fighting to PROVE that you are right? There is so much effort put into these arguments and we need use that same effort to walk in love, because it isn’t always easy, but rewarding. Offense is just a blessing blocker. The devil knows this and uses it to his advantage. When you are walking in love, satan can’t affect you. He needs to get you OUT of love and by doing that, he uses offense.

It is so easy to just say “don’t take offense” when in a situation that can really tick us off, but it goes much deeper than that. There needs to be a root. A secure foundation to stand on. It is simply LOVE.

God tells us to walk in love no matter what. There are so many people leaving churches, holding a grudge against people, etc, but God didn’t change his instructions just because you got offended.

“But you don’t know what that person did to me!” … Do you know what they did to Jesus? Jesus was taken prisoner, beaten, mocked, and crucified. Through it all, he did not take offence. Jesus PRAYED for the people putting him to death. If that doesn’t speak loudly, I don’t know what does.

Luke 23:34- Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they’re doing.”

People spend too much time looking for a reason to love, instead of making love the reason. That’s where we have it backwards. We look for something someone has done first in order to have a reason to love them, instead of loving them from the beginning.

Needless to say, love is the foundation that holds everything together. Just like a house built on sand, a life without the foundation being love will soon fall apart. It is about having the right mindset and making sure your heart is in the right place. Your mind needs to be made up of how you are going to react to trials that come your way. When you let yourself get offended, you are giving up your power.

You have the choice. People have the right to their own opinion and you have the right to ignore it. You may not be able to do anything about the way you feel, but you have total control of the way you react.

Proverbs 19:11 Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.