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First of all, I’m not an expert. I’m a failure at love. I am divorced from a failed marriage I chose to be in a long time ago. But over the years, I’ve learned a lot of different things about love and about myself that has helped me to believe that it exists for me again.
- Find out who God is and what He believes about you.-True Love
Your Heavenly Father loves you. He created you just the way you are, but you can’t live without him and have the kind of love you desire or have the peaceful relationship you crave. He gives you your heart’s desire. Psalm 37:4-7 -Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (NIV) He wants the best for you, His best. Why would you want anything less? Why would you settle? Don’t settle! God has His best waiting for you and praying for you! Pray for your spouse, the one God is preparing just for you. Be expectant, prepare yourself! Let God’s word speak into your life, so that when trouble comes, you and your spouse can overcome knowing God has put you together and will help you through any trouble because you both believe in God’s love, His word and His peace in your lives. God is the only one who can fill the void you are feeling in your life right now. Let Him fill you with His love.
- Find out who you are and what you believe about yourself. -Self-Love
Question yourself. What are your likes and dislikes? Learn to say NO! Do something you like! STOP pleasing people! Please yourself! Make a checklist: likes/dislikes. Go on adventures! Travel! Workout! Hangout with friends, true friends! Be your own Cheerleader. All these things I’ve done and am continuing to do. It takes time. Be patient! You will learn to love yourself and find new loves about you. You will not be able to sit still and think about anything else because you will be so busy planning what you are going to do next. How exciting!!
- Find out what you love to do and are good at and do that!-Purpose
Maybe you’re in the wrong profession, maybe you need to add a profession, maybe you have a hobby you can turn into a profession. Or maybe you love your profession and you can turn your hobby into a second profession. Ask God what His purpose for your life is. Knowing God and knowing His purpose for your life helps everything fit together.
- Set goals and accomplish them
One goal or ten, you decide! But make sure they are YOUR goals. They are for you first! And not to get a guy/girl. Real goals! Purposed goals! YOU goals! Short-term or long-term goals! You decide!
Dream BIG! Whatever you’ve always wanted! No matter how ridiculous, crazy, silly or annoying! Dream that! Be that!
Set yourself up for a successful relationship by believing in God, having faith in yourself and no matter what happens: you’re going to be just fine! You’re gonna love YOU and God’s best for you will see just that!
Jesus loves us with no strings attached. I wanna be like that! Our purpose is to love others the way we want others to love us. Unconditional, like Jesus loves us. Strive for that! In 2019, that’s my One Word—-Love!
In thinking of my goals for the coming year, I’ve been thinking how I like to be treated: consistent respect, loved unconditionally, forgiven, carried, hugged, positive encouragement, having a growth mindset, cheerleader, always believing, always hoping, always loving, never giving up, striving, changing for the better.
I make goals starting in August because I am a Teacher. I have 6 goals that run from 2018-2020, short-term goals. I have 5 out of 6 goals running right now simultaneously because they all fit together and I’m a very blessed and favored girl. All of these goals are not out of selfish intent. These are goals affect other people as well as myself.
- Begin to pay off debt (starting in 2019)
- Get books published and write new ones (started)
- Become healthier in spirit, mind and body (started)
- Love my students and help them love learning (started)
- Fall in love with my best friend (started)
- Start National Board Certified Teacher Program (started)
Within each goal, are smaller goals that help these big goals seem not so big. Things that I need to do to accomplish each goal. It may seem I’m a type A, but it helps me know what needs to be done.
While accomplishing these goals, I am asserting my One Word—Love! Love for myself and others, but I need to be make sure I’m aware of my love for myself and others as the year progresses. I need to be intentional. I need to be patient. I need to stop overthinking situations. I need to forgive myself and others and move on when it’s not returned or accepted. I need to not put people in categories; we are all God’s children. I need to encourage, be inspirational, supportive and show compassion.
Goals help us to accomplish what we deem important to us and therefore, become important to those who matter.
Having to be transparent at times a little difficult for me. I am not an open book. But when God uses my difficulties as a story for his people and those that are not His, I must be transparent to show you how awesome and loving He is.
Being a Teacher means that I only get paid once a month and sometimes that is hard. Being Single Mom makes it all the more difficult in making sure all the bills get paid and we have food to eat and gas to go places. Sometimes everything gets paid and sometimes something get left unpaid.
Recently in August right before school started, I put off paying the electric bill because of thinking I would get paid before school started. I used that money to buy things I needed for my classroom because Teachers have to buy their own stuff. I postponed it 10 days after the due date and then found out I was not getting paid until the day school started (27th). The bill was due on the 24th, a Friday. I wouldn’t get paid until that Monday.
I tried to figure out something. I felt horrible, but there was nothing I could do, but pray. I prepared for the worst (no electricity). I made arrangement to stay at a friend’s home. I found my kids places to stay. I packed all the food in the refrigerator to take to my friend’s house. I cleaned, took out all the trash, washed all the clothes and waited. I went to school that morning and then back home expecting the electricity to be off, but it wasn’t. I called my friend to let her know that I was waiting for it to be cut off. So I waited and waited and waited on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The electric company workers can come at any time, even on the weekends to cut it off. Sunday morning, I checked my account balance at the bank because I needed some gas and I knew I had a least $10 in it. But Glory be, my school check was in there, posted and ready to use. I immediately posted a payment with the electric company and thanked God for showing me His glory, grace, mercy and favor.
God showed me his glory. He showed me how to prepared for things that could happen and recently for things I want to happen. God showed up and showed out so that I could show you His greatness and love for his children. Just like He did this weekend when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, where I live. He show His glory by calming the storm through prayers by people who love Him and people that don’t. Think about how many people who don’t know Him saw His glory through prayer. Now they know and hopefully they will have a change of heart about him. You can too! Just ask Him. He loves you and wants you to see his glory, too!
I know this seems crazy, but after talking with a friend today I decided to let all of you know I’m not a Christian, I’m a Christ-follower!
Now I know some of you believe these are the same thing. They used to be. But in recent generations, people have put stipulations on what Christianity is and isn’t. People believe Christianity is a religion with rules and a set of do’s and don’ts. They believe you have to be perfect and sinless before you can join. This kind of thinking forces people who want to believe to change their mind. They don’t want to jump through a bunch of hoops to love Jesus!
Being a Christ-follower is knowing that I’m a broken, sinful, lonely, unworthy, unwanted, never gonna be perfect person who needs a loving, caring, omnipresent, holy savior who searches and waits for me daily to ask him to help me live my life. He is the potter of my life. He hugs all the broken pieces together. He forgives my sinful life and forgets about it with my repentance. He’s tells me I’m worthy, wanted, loved, favored, blessed; his princess. I am always, always welcomed at his table. I don’t have to jump through any hoops to be there. I just have to believe his is the Son of God, Accept Him into my heart and Confess that He is my Savior and live for him with His help.
I still get to be me! The one He created and knew He wanted to be here on this earth for a purpose, His purpose: to love Him with all my heart and to love others! Simple, right? Yeah, I think so too. My Christ-follower life is my relationship with God! It is different from yours. I’m not you and you’re not me. He created us different with different gifts and talents to love Him and reach others so they can know him too (purpose). There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV
You do this by just being you! That’s it. No hoops, no rules, no stipulations. Just love, his love. He will teach you how to love and live for him, just by being you. Listen for Him! He is close by waiting for you to call to him (talk/pray). He is always by your side, whether you follow him or not. He created you and you are His. He just wants to love you and for you to feel his love.
Don’t let Christianity scare you, be a Christ-follower and have a really cool relationship with God today! Find a church that loves Jesus and people more than they love rules and stipulations. Read The Bible and books that teach you who Jesus really is. And live the abundant life of love, joy, grace, mercy and peace with Him by your side. The life He created you for!
Jesus replied: “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 NIV
I had been on vacation a missed a couple of Sunday services at my own church, but had gone to my sister’s church where I was visiting. This was my first Sunday back at my own church.
I had missed some of my friends who I get to see every Sunday, but everyone needs to refresh themselves with a vacation. Thinking about one of my best friends I usually sit with and hoping he would be there this morning made me extra excited about worship.
As I was walking in with my grandson, I was greeted by friends with smiles and great love. I was already feeling awesome and this just took me over the top. Suddenly, I seen him and he had seen me. We ran to each other and hugged for a long time. It was awesome. It was like seeing an old friend after an extended period of time. I asked him to wait so I could take my grandson to children’s church, so we could sit together.
Once in the service, we made sure we found seats together and began worshipping our Heavenly Father together. What a great friendship to have with someone. I am thankful for our friendship and I thank God for him.
This made me think about my friendship with God. This is how God feels about me! He loves me and misses me when I’m distant from him. And when I “let go and let God”, I run to Him and He catches me in His arms and we hug for a long time. Then we sit and have a long conversation about how much He missed me and how He wants me to stay close to Him.
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. God teaches us to love Him and love others. Matthew 22:37-39 – Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (NIV)
God brings people and takes people out of our friendship circle. People who love us, support us, pray for and with us, who are honest with us and stick by us. He loves us and wants us to be reminded that we are loved, cared for, and wanted by Him and our friends.
If you are seeking that kind of friendship, God wants you to know that He is waiting for you and He loves you!
I’ve been on vacation this week and I haven’t been following my regular at home schedule. So I have missed some of my daily devotions with God.
I had a moment this morning that made me realize that “you don’t have to be perfect to follow God”. In fact, God would rather us be broken, torn to pieces, battered, bruised, shaken, scared and a bunch of other not so lovely things, so He gets the glory for saving our behinds.
My grandson and I were traveling to meet my old high school friend for lunch. We had to drive over the “Cape Fear River Bridge” that separates Wilmington, NC from Leland, NC and beyond. This bridge has a grated part in the middle that is lifted when a big boat or barge needs to go under it. As we are going over the bridge, traffic is heavy for two lanes on each side. We are beside a tractor trailer at times as well as other vehicles. As we are all on the last grated part, traffic is stopped because of the traffic light that is ahead. We all start to slow down expect the tractor trailer who is beside us. He slams on his brakes, skids to stop, I say, “Lord, help us” and slow down myself. The tractor trailer comes to a stop, doesn’t fish tale into my lane or hit the person in front of him. Praise God! I told my grandson, “Only but God, only but God!” We thanked God all the way to our destination.
I had felt guilty for not including God in my vacation routine. I was not consistent in indulging in His word like I am at home. But He is not me! Thank you, Jesus for being you! He is always on time! He is always with us! He is always protecting us and loving us and providing for us. There is no way, I mean, no way, my grandson and I and all those other people would have made it out without anything happening without God being there at that moment.
I love the way God loves me, in my mess or no mess. He loves me so much even when I’m not consistent, not on time, not loving, not perfect! He loves me and will always, always love me! If you don’t know God the way I do, you are missing out on a loving, caring Heavenly Father who wants to get to know you! Talk to Him, He is waiting to talk to you! He created you and He knows you! Let Him love you and feel His love for you today!