The Wait Is Worth It!

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(Mark 4:39 CEV- JESUS got up and ordered the wind and the waves to be quiet. The wind stopped, and everything was calm.)

If JESUS could stop the wind from blowing and the waves of the sea from raging just by simply speaking forth the words, “Be still.”, imagine what HIS words have the power to create, calm, and quiet in our hearts. Sometimes we allow the frustration of self to deafen our hearts to GOD’S voice and blind us of HIS vision for our lives. I think when we give our all or our everything to something or even someone, we want and expect the “power of now” to take action right then and there. Meaning, we want instantaneous results for our efforts. We want to see right then in that very moment that all of our hard work was worth all of the blood, sweat, and tears that we’ve put forth.

However, as my relationship with GOD has grown, I’ve realized that my “power of now” is not nearly as effective, productive, life-giving, or life-changing as the power of GOD is. And sometimes when I’m praying for “now”, HE’S saying, “Not now. Trust ME, I have better for you.” and I’ve learned to trust that. Whenever I allow the self-destruction of impatience to distract me from hearing GOD’S voice, I remember HIM whispering to my heart, “Be still.” just as HE had spoken before to hush the wind and quiet the waves. GOD has the power to calm our every storm. We just have to be still long enough to listen for HIS voice. (Psalm 46:10 NIV- HE says, “Be still, and know that I AM GOD.”)

I know that the best of me is found in HIM and sometimes no matter how much or how deeply I long for the action of “now” to take the reins in my life, if HE says wait then I know that that’s what’s best. Though HE empowers me through HIS SPIRIT that has taken root and blossomed on the inside of me, I am yet still just a mere human being capable of failing, falling short, and making mistakes. I have to remind myself that HE’S GOD; THE ONE WHO created me, gave me the heart to be great, and a gift to achieve it.

So, if I am to entrust my life to someone, who better than THE ONE WHO gave me LIFE to begin with? (Psalm 46:5 NIV- GOD is within her, she will not fall.) Trust and believe that GOD is with you. I promise you that HE won’t let you fall and if HE says be still and wait, know that it’s always worth it!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Sometimes, It’s The Voice Of Your Tears That Speak The Loudest

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(Psalm 63:1-8 CEV- YOU are my GOD. I worship YOU. In my heart, I long for YOU, as I would long for a stream in a scorching desert. I have seen YOUR power and YOUR glory in the place of worship. YOUR love means more than life to me, and I praise YOU. As long as I live, I will pray to YOU. I will sing joyful praises and be filled with excitement like a guest at a banquet. I think about YOU before I go to sleep, and my thoughts turn to YOU during the night. YOU have helped me, and I sing happy songs in the shadow of YOUR wings. I stay close to YOU, and YOUR powerful arm supports me.)

This passage truly humbled my heart today because I know how much it means to GOD for us to sometimes just calm and quiet the hustle and bustle of our day to love on HIM and just give HIM a moment of praise. If you’re anything like I can be sometimes, I just get so busy and caught up within myself that I forget to stop for a second and simply say, “GOD, thank you.”.

I now make it a point to set aside time during my prayer time everyday to not only say thank you, and to not only let HIM know that I thirst and hunger for HIS PRESENCE in my life, but I break down and become completely transparent with HIM letting HIM know that I’m desperate for HIM. I’m not a shouter when it comes to worship. I’m a crier, so I worship HIM the deepest and sincerest through my tears. And more often than not, those are the very moments that HE will allow me to feel HIS PRESENCE and hear HIS voice.

So today, I just wanted to remind you that, that intimate time that you spend with HIM letting HIM know how much HE means to you will bring about blessings in your life that you didn’t even ask or pray for. (Matthew 6:6 NIV- But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your FATHER, WHO is unseen. Then your FATHER, WHO sees what is done in secret, will reward you.)

It’s not how loud you shout that matters most to GOD. Sometimes it’s simply the gentle trail of the tears on your face coming humbly from a heart of praise that speak the loudest. Sometimes it’s simply that quietness in HIS PRESENCE that says, “LORD, I love YOU.”. Love on HIM today! Let HIM know that in your heart HE’S worthy of all glory and praise!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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How Full Do You Want Your Net To Be???

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(Luke 5:1-11 NIV- One day as JESUS was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on HIM to listen to THE WORD of GOD. HE noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, JESUS asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So HE sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When HE had finished speaking, HE said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “MASTER,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if YOU say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before JESUS and said, “Oh, LORD, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around YOU.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. JESUS replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed JESUS.)

I love this parable because it reminds me of how empty my life was before I gave my heart to GOD and how lost I was within myself, but it also reminds me of the beauty, strength, and power that has entered my life since I’ve given my heart to GOD and how much I’ve gained within myself through HIM.

To me, essentially what JESUS was trying to get Simon Peter to realize and understand is that he could fish on his own for hours, days, months, or even years and still pull his nets back up into the boat empty, but all it takes is a single moment with GOD and the command of HIS voice and those very same nets would be ripping at the seams with HIS favor, abundantly overflowing, and filled to their fullest capacity.

Our lives and Peter’s nets are one in the same because just like his nets, we can spend our whole lives fishing around in our own strength and still lie awake at night feeling empty, incomplete, and yearning for greater when all it takes is that one moment in THE PRESENCE our SAVIOR for us to be filled completely, overflowing with HIS favor, and living a full life with a priceless purpose. What I’m saying is, we could spend our entire lives fishing around in self and we would still not gain as much as what GOD has the power and ability to provide for us in a mere second.

Think about how much time we’ve wasted in self on empty and then just imagine what GOD had the power to do with all of that time if only we had simply chosen to invest it with HIM. However, one of GOD’S true beauty’s is, it’s never to late for us to let go of self and take a hold of HIM because HE accepts us right where we are with arms open wide no matter how much time we’ve squandered. HE loves us so much that HIS heart delights at just the thought of us choosing to enter into HIS PRESENCE.

So today, I just wanted to remind you that no matter how long we fish without him, our true gain will always be greater with HIM. The question that one must ask of self is, how full do you truly want your net of life to be? The choice is yours.

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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A Victim?! Oh No, I Don’t Think So, Honey!

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(I was inspired to write this blog from a conversation that I had with a friend about life and feeling that GOD has a calling on your life but not knowing how to go about walking and living within that deep, burning passion that HE’S planted in your heart to be great.) 🙂

(Psalm 37:4 NIV- Take delight in THE LORD, and HE will give you the desires of your heart.)

As I learn more about GOD through HIS WORD and become more intimate with HIM through prayer, I’m blossoming within myself. But trust me, it’s been a process. Actually, it’s still a process and it’s not always an easy one. I’ve learned to trust whatever HE’S hidden in my heart whether the people around me understand it or not. Part of me feeling stagnant with what I felt GOD had called me to do was worrying about what my family and friends would think. It took me years to make the decision to trust what HE’S gifted me with and use it whether I have the approval of others or not.

Sometimes it’s hard to leave an impression upon the hearts of a natural world when we serve with the heart of a supernatural GOD. People won’t always understand your gift, but that doesn’t mean that you should stop giving. I’ve learned that it’s the people who don’t understand my gift or whom have tried to deter me from it, who are in fact the ones whom need it most. If you feel GOD tugging at your heart to be greater, trust and embrace that because the ones that don’t understand the gift that HE’S instilled within your heart are most likely the very ones who don’t know the power of THE GOD you serve.

It’s so important for us to remember that no matter how we feel or what we go through or what people may think of us that GOD is still GOD and HE is always with us. You can be saved for 50 years and still have a lifetime of things to learn. Our relationship with GOD is always ever-evolving and growing. I’m 29 years old now, but I got saved when I was 12. I had been going to church essentially my whole life and I still didn’t know what it truly meant to be saved until I was around 24 and I took it upon myself to read GOD’S WORD everyday and pray for wisdom and a better understanding of IT for myself. My greatest accomplishment was finally reading THE BIBLE in IT’S entirety because I haven’t stopped reading it daily every since and because of that I’ve grown spiritually over the past 5 years in ways that I never could’ve imagined.

Don’t be disheartened about not being as close to GOD as you’d like to be or feeling like you’re not accomplishing what HE has called you to do. Just have a heart that wants to serve HIM and get to know HIM better because that’s what matters most to HIM. (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV- THE LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but THE LORD looks at the heart.) With your heart surrendered to HIM, HE will guide you, love on you, encourage you, protect you, and supply your every need.

What brought true clarity for me, was realizing that we will inevitably have struggles on some level or another daily, so in order for me to conquer those struggles, my walk with HIM had to be daily as well. It helps me to remember to just take things a day at a time and trust that GOD will give me everything that I need to make it through. (Matthew 6:33-34 NLT- Seek the Kingdom of GOD above all else, and live righteously, and HE will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.)

Don’t get discouraged by people who try to enslave your thoughts by assaulting your gift! You are not a victim! GOD says you have the freedom to be as great as HE created you to be and that your GOD-given gift has phenomenal purpose! Victory belongs to you!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Even Your Greatest “Impossible” Is Possible!

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(Hebrews 6:17-19 NIRV- So GOD took an oath when HE made HIS promise. HE wanted to make it very clear that HIS purpose does not change. HE wanted those who would receive what was promised to know that. GOD took an oath so we would have good reason not to give up. We have run away from everything else to take hold of the hope offered to us in GOD’S promise. So GOD gave HIS promise and HIS oath. Those two things can’t change. HE couldn’t lie about them. Our hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold on to. It is strong and secure. It goes all the way into the Most Holy Room behind the curtain.)

Whatever it is that GOD has promised you and placed in your heart, pursue it with every ounce of your being. Never give up on the infinite amount of greatness that HE has planted on the inside of you because HIS SPIRIT lives on the inside of you. Welcome and embrace HIS PRESENCE within you wholeheartedly and trust in the power that HE has to infallibly do the impossible. (Luke 1:37 NIRV- Nothing is impossible with GOD.)

We as human beings often take our dreams and the desires of our hearts for granted feeling that they’re impossible to grasp not realizing that those very dreams were instilled within us by GOD HIMSELF; THE greatest and highest BEING there is. We give up unaware that those dreams have a GOD-given purpose that is priceless and irreplaceable. Before our hearts even began to beat there was a purpose awaiting that very first throb of the heart to give it life. You posses the power and potential to truly be incredibly great as GOD’S chosen. The level of greatness that GOD has hidden in your heart is a treasure chest waiting to be unlocked in HIS PRESENCE.

GOD’S purpose for our lives is what stirs up and drives HIS perfect promise of hope in our hearts. Part of the verse above says, “Our hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold on to. It is strong and secure. It goes all the way into the Most Holy Room behind the curtain.“. To me, that means that the hope that HE gives us dwells in the most vital and intimate part of our beings renewing and refreshing us with every breath we take and every beat of our hearts providing us with the strength and power to do the impossible. It’s imperative that we remember that GOD makes all things possible. All of our “impossibles” are more than possible with HIM walking by our sides and living in our hearts.

Your greatest impossible is possible! Your dreams are the greatest part of you because your purpose is grand! And your life is priceless because GOD says you are HIS chosen and HE loves you endlessly! Be great being you!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Win Or Waste? The Priceless Question…

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(Ezra 10:4 ESV- Arise, for it is your task, and we are with you; be strong and do it.)

If you have this feeling deep down in your heart that your life has great meaning and incredible purpose, you are absolutely right. I truly believe that GOD has hidden greatness in the heart of every human being. What I’m saying to you is, if you woke up this morning able to take a breath and with a beating heart you have a gift on the inside of you waiting to be unlocked within THE PRESENCE of GOD. Meaning if you choose to trust HIM and seek HIS Will for your life that greatness will blossom in ways that you never would’ve imagined.

What I’m about to say to you may not make sense to you, but I pray that you gain some understanding of what I mean when I say this. … After my Dad died, my perspective about death changed drastically. He was only 38 years old. You would think for someone that young that he would’ve had so much more to do, give, and fulfill with his life, but that wasn’t in GOD’S plan. For me, losing someone so close to me made me look at dying a lot differently than most would. I don’t get sad when people die because of the death itself, what effects me most is the hurt that the people around me feel. That’s what makes my heart ache.

I’m not ready to die now, but I’m also not afraid to die. The one thing that I always pray is that I don’t leave here with any dream, gift, or purpose within my heart unfulfilled and I always plead with GOD for HIM to please not take me before I’m able to give and instill within my children everything that HE has instilled within me, which may sound peculiar because I don’t even have kids yet. My point is, we only get this one life here on earth and man sometimes it’s rough. But the reality is, we wouldn’t still be here if GOD didn’t have a purpose for our lives. (Jeremiah 1:5 NOG- Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for MY holy purpose.) GOD created you with greatness in mind. HE knew in HIS heart that you would be very special and that your life would serve a phenomenal purpose. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV- “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.”).

Everything that you desire in your heart will come to fruition if you trust HIM. (Isaiah 55:8-12 NIV- “For MY thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways MY ways, “declares THE LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are MY ways higher than your ways and MY thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is MY WORD that goes out from MY mouth: IT will not return to ME empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent IT. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”).

Trust that everything that GOD has promised you and planted on the inside of you will manifest in your life. (Luke 1:37 NIV- For no WORD from GOD will ever fail.) JESUS said in (Matthew 28:20 NLV- I AM with you always, even to the end of the world.). Arise, believe, and fulfill your purpose and everything that your heart desires!!!

Will you choose to win within GOD or waste within yourself? Choose to win! You are more than worth it!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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So, Was It Opportunity Knocking Or WHAT?!

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(This actually happened to me a couple of months ago; April 27th to be exact. Just thought I would share it with you guys.)

The strangest thing happened to me this morning. I was asleep and I was having a dream that somebody was knocking on my front door. The knock was so loud during the dream that it woke me up and I don’t mean that I woke up in my dream. I mean I actually woke up and when I did someone was really knocking at the front door. I looked at my phone to see what time it was and it was 7:34am.

Anyways, I got up and went to the door. I could hear the knocking right up until I got to the door and when I opened it, no one was there. There was no car in the driveway and not a single person in sight. Here’s where it gets a little more strange. Every single time someone knocks on the front door, my dog, Jax, he starts barking and runs to the door unless he can hear the voice of someone that he knows speaking through the door from the porch. And this morning he wasn’t barking, he was just sitting by the door waiting for me to answer it. … Me being silly and also trying to deflect from the fact that it freaked me out a little bit, I said, “Maybe it was, opportunity, so at least I answered.”. LOL! …

Oh, just wait, there’s more. As I sat down to think about it. I thought back to something that happened to me during my prayer time Friday morning. As I was praying, GOD put a friend of mine on my heart and for me to tell that person that I love him, but to tell him at 7:34pm. I don’t know why that exact time, but I waited all day thinking about that specific time and then I did it. I don’t know if the 7:34 means anything or not, but I found it peculiar that the HE told me to tell that person that I love him at 7:34pm Friday and then the knocking thing happened this morning at 7:34am. However, the one thing that I do know is this, (Romans 11:33 AMP- Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of GOD! How unfathomable, inscrutable, unsearchable are HIS judgments; HIS decisions! And how untraceable, mysterious, undiscoverable are HIS ways,HIS methods, HIS paths!) I don’t always have to understand what GOD is doing, but I will trust HIM no matter what! ‪

(After it happened I shared my experience with one of my dearest friends and she sent me this verse: (Revelation 3:20 NIV- Here I AM! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears MY voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with ME.) The joy that filled my heart after I read that was indescribable! We serve a GOD who sits on high, but loves us enough to knock on our doors to dine with us here on earth. How phenomenal is that?!)

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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Trust HIM! HE’S Worth It!

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(Isaiah 26:3-4 VOICE – YOU will keep the peace, a perfect peace, for all who trust in YOU, for those who dedicate their hearts and minds to YOU. So trust in the ETERNAL ONE forever, for HE is like a great ROCK—strong, stable, trustworthy, and lasting.)

We often get discouraged in our day to day lives because we tend to only trust in and rely on our own strength and capabilities. We forget and in some cases never knew that we were created by THE GOD of the universe WHO says, if we will only trust HIM, HE will be our peace and our strength. We have the most beautiful and precious privilege of kneeling in HIS PRESENCE every single day of our lives to leave our every worry, fear, doubt, concern, or insecurity at HIS feet arising renewed and restored with HIS love, peace, joy, strength, power, and grace.

Today, I encourage you with every ounce of my being to take just a single step in faith and open your heart to HIM. HE will replace your brokenness, heartache, and troublesome thoughts with the truth of the promises in HIS WORD and the guidance of HIS perfect HOLY SPIRIT in your heart, and I can promise you that your life will never be the same. We were created to rely on HIM, so we’ll always feel incomplete, inadequate, and wanting without HIM because even when we have yet to seek HIS face or make the effort to get to know HIM , our souls secretly long for that sense of completion that can only be found in HIM.

The most beautiful thing about GOD is, HIS love for us is truly unconditional meaning we don’t to work for it or try to earn it. It’s there whether we choose to accept and embrace it or not. The most sacred thing about GOD is, HIS heart yearns for intimacy with each and every one of us, so we have the beauty of entering HIS PRESENCE anytime; day or night and HE welcomes us with open arms and an open heart, listening as our hearts and our voices cry out to HIM, and waiting to comfort us and provide our every need.

It may sound cliche’, but the truth is, there is no one like our GOD! We have to make the choice now that we’re going to trust HIM no matter the situation, circumstance, or how we feel because tomorrow isn’t promised and the quality of our lives here on earth and where we’ll dwell eternally depend on where our faith lies and who we chose to surrender our hearts to when we had the time and the choice.

In conclusion, my prayer for you all today is that you’ll choose to allow your hearts to trust HIM. Trust me, HE’S so very worth it and so are you!

I love you guys!

Believe, Be Beautiful, Be Brilliant, and Be Blessed! 🙂

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