Am I Wrong?

If I’m wrong about God, what did I lose? Nothing! But what if I’m right? What did you lose? ETERNITY!

Dear Jesus, I accept you as my Savior, I believe you died on the cross for my sins, I Confess my sins and ask you to forgive me and come into my heart forever! I love you! Thank you for saving me and taking me to Heaven to be with you one day! Amen!

Am I Enough?

This is a question I ask myself daily, sometimes hourly.  Beating myself up for believing that I am, when I know I am.  I’m God’s girl!  His masterpiece!  His princess! So why do I question that?

The Enemy!  He comes to kill, steal and destroy. He knows my weaknesses and he plays on those.  I ask God:  “Am I pretty enough?”  He answers, “YES, Everything I create is beautiful!”  Then doubt creeps in:  Then why am I still single!  Nobody sees me as beautiful.  Nobody wants me.  Nobody cares about me.  Nobody wants to get to know me. Enemy says, Now, I’ve  got her!   God says, “You are mine!  You are the most beautiful thing in the world to me!”  Doubt: You’re only beautiful inside and no one can see that.  If they never talk to you, they will never know.  It’s hopeless!  Enemy says, Yes, keep believing that!  God says, “I’m saving you for the one who will truly understand my purpose in your life and can build with you, not take from you.  Trust Me!”

Being enough for whatever life hands you or situation you’re in requires you to STOP believing the enemy’s LIES!  You have to OVERCOME Lies with TRUTH!  This is hard and requires work on your part.  Your hard work isn’t to prove to other people that you are enough.  It is to prove to yourself that you believe what God says about you! You are created in the image of God and YOU ARE ENOUGH.  Sitting and complaining about your life and what you don’t have or look like or who is better or has more than you, isn’t working hard.  It is YOU believing the enemies lies about who he says you are and NOT who God says YOU are!  

I have to remind myself that God has great plans for me.  He knows me because He created me.  He listens to my complaints, failures, mistakes, tears, troubles, excuses, stumbles, falling downs.  But quickly I am reminded that He loves me and IS FOR ME!  He lets me question my doubt, but quickly brings to mind how strong He is in my weakness.  How strong He is in my struggle, in my failures, in my mistakes, in my excuses, in my daily grind.  He adjusts my thinking with his word (Bible) and the TRUTH sets me FREE!  

I work hard to accomplish my goals and his purpose in my life. Living up to God’s standards is easy compared to the standards I place on myself.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  I carry the world on my shoulders, He only carries me.  Lauren Daigle’s song,  “You Say” is a powerful song that reminds me of how I should see myself. But unless I commit to listen to it every hour of the day, the enemy creeps in to remind me of my weaknesses.  This is why I need to recognize his creepin’ and quickly remind myself that I AM GOD’S GIRL!  I AM BEAUTIFUL!  I AM ENOUGH.

I don’t have to be enough for the world.  I don’t have to PROVE I am enough to the world.  I AM ENOUGH because I AM HERE, STILL HERE!  I have PURPOSE, GOD’S PURPOSE!  

I AM ENOUGH!

Relationship Advice

Relationships are hard! Sometimes they don’t last and it hurts. Here’s my advice:
You take time heal. You keep busy building the life you’ve always wanted. You don’t settle for less than you deserve no matter how long it takes. You make a difference and let God use you in your singleness. You believe in love because it does exist and one day without looking, without knowing it will happen with the one your soul desires.

One Voice

Driving home today after visiting my mom, I had a cop behind me. It didn’t really bother me, but I did check to make sure I was not over the speed limit.  The car in front of me was driven by a black man.  I started to think about how he would feel if the cop was behind him.  Being white, I can’t ever say I would know.  But I wanted to.  I wanted to because I need to feel the pain to change, to stand up, to make a difference, to be a voice.

I thought about how it must feel to be rejected, not worthy, not believed, harassed and unloved by people who are just like you, Humans. Horrible, it would feel horrible. I would never leave my house.   I thought about how all my life, no one ever questioned me or stopped me, or didn’t believe me or thought I was worthless. As an educator, I do my very best to treat people how I want to be treated and teach my littles that.  I stand with #blacklivesmatter and will work for a change.

DFIT Forever!

I support DFIT because I am living-proof that it doesn’t matter what age, fitness level, food hoarder or frame of mind you’re in, they work with everybody! lol

DFIT is a way of life.  It’s fitness, meal planning, building a productive environment and therapy. Best of all,  it’s Virtual!  It helps you to stop, think, plan and focus on what’s important in your life.  Demetrius and Andrea work with your environment, your body, your food and your mind.  They partner with you.  You are not on your own.  They are available to you with answers to your questions, comments, complaints and encouragement.  http://www.dfittransformation.com

I support DFIT because I am living-proof that it doesn’t matter what age, fitness level, food hoarder or frame of mind you’re in, they work with everybody! lol    I am pleased with my progress and will continue to work hard to maintain the lifestyle that I am accustomed to right now.  I’ve come a long way, baby!  http://www.dfittransformation.com

If you’re looking to maintain your life or change your life, it can only be done with commitment AND discipline.  We live in a world where we don’t know what can happen day to day.  Why let fear of the unknown keep you from making a better life for yourself.  I’m not talking about money or material things, I’m talking about life.  The life you wish to live for a long time by taking care of yourself, building your immune system and being at peace.  http://www.dfittransformation.com

The systems they create are just for you, are about you and no one else and they change as you change.   Be encouraged! Two years I’ve been with DFIT and virtual.  For 1 year I’ve been working out at home. It’s hard to see success up close, but from a distance,  it’s visible and attainable.  I believe in you! Now believe in yourself!💖 We got this!

http://www.dfittransformation.com

Teachers Strong Amid School Closings

If you know me, you know me as strong, courageous, brave and unstoppable. But today, my emotions have taken over to reveal a side no one sees, but God. My heart is broken for my students and their parents where school is a solace, a community, a safe place. My mouth is silent and muffled for the colleague relationships that are built on the community of every school, love of every student and the knowing that everyone makes a difference. My mind is racing from fear, the future and the present. Unknowns, new procedures, from community to social distancing, confusion, no explanations and time.
We LOVE your children, our children (our students). Every TEACHER LOVES their students! We miss seeing them, talking to them, hugging them, encouraging them, watching them grow up, succeeding, learning, living, making friends, solving problems, sharing and encouraging others.
As this year ends, those who we taught will remember being loved and cared for in very extraordinary ways. Remote or not, school will continue, instruction will be given and LOVE will carry us into the next year!
LOVE NEVER FAILS! And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE!
1 Corinthians 13:8a, 13:13. NIV
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Are You Ready?

The Story

Today I went to the grocery store after spending time at school on our limited schedule.  I prepared myself for this trip by having a mask and gloves in a sandwich bag to avoid contamination.

After parking the car and getting out, I proceeded to put on the mask.  I felt silly, so I took it off and remembered I have a daughter at home that has asthma and she has been really worried.  So I put it back on, put on my gloves, shut the car door and walked into the store.

Once in the store, I got a cart and started shopping.  Then began to notice something, senior citizens were wearing masks and gloves, but not young people.  Some people were social distancing and some were not.

I got to the cash register and waited until the belt was clear to load my stuff, like the sign said.  I waited for the person in front of me to leave and put my stuff on the belt. The cashier got paper towels and disinfectant and sprayed the kiosk off before ringing up my groceries.  I thanked her, but she was not wearing any protection either. After paying and leaving the store, I put my groceries in the car and finally took off my protective wear and threw them away.

On the way home I was thinking about that experience and how proud of myself I felt for protecting me and my family and others from this terrible pandemic.  I was listening to the radio and the song, “How He Loves Us” by Shane and Shane was on my Christian radio station 98.3. I started car singing and began thinking about how much He loves us.  But, also, about how people don’t think He loves us because it may seem to them like he isn’t helping us at all. Then, I thought “Well maybe this IS Him loving us by giving us MORE TIME to get our lives right.  And for God’s Warriors to push for accepting Him as their Savior!” WOW! What a Revelation!  

What IF?

What if this is your last chance?  What if He’s trying to get your attention?  What if He needs you to become a Warrior? What if there is no more time?

Everyone is NOT focused on the Unseen, ETERNITY!  Everyone is STILL focused on what is seen, THE VIRUS!  But we should do this: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18

What if we’re missing the point?  In the past, God allowed things to happen when His people(Christians) and sinners (everyone else) forgot who He is!  Look around! Before this, we(all of us) forgot who God is! WE (all of us) were living like WE owned us, paid for us, were invincible.  But guess what????? We’re not! God bought all of us at a price! HIS LIFE! THIS WEEK!!!!! A LONG TIME AGO!!!!!!!! No one is paid for on their own without GOD!  We are ALL sinners!!! For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.   Romans 3:23-25a

How do I Change This?

ACCEPT Jesus as your Savior (the one who saves, the one who loves you, the one who can help you).

BELIEVE He is YOUR God in YOUR heart and LIVE IT OUT in YOUR LIFE.

CONFESS (tell God) your SINS and LEAVE them with him (don’t pick them back up and continue doing them) and ask for FORGIVENESS of your sins (anything you did wrong, even if you don’t know what it was ).

DISCIPLE others (tell them about who God is and what He has done in YOUR life!

FORGIVE others (not for their benefit, but for yours) It will set you free and you will begin healing.

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:9-10

The Benefits:

LIVE a life free of WORRY (not trouble),The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.  Psalm 34:19

EXPERIENCE  eternal life (live with Jesus and your loved ones in Heaven)  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

NO FEAR of the FUTURE (knowing and living for God has no fear because you know when you die you are going to be with HIm in Heaven!  Praise God) That’s a GREAT feeling!

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Living a life with God is the best life you could ever live.  He changes you, loves you, protects you, provides for you, heals you, saves you.  You will NEVER be without protection when you have God as your SAVIOR! Let Him in your life today!  He will lead you and guide you to safety, every time!  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8