This is a wonderful book by a wonderful Author and Teacher, Mel Jorgensen! I really enjoyed reading it myself, but I can’t wait to share it with my class! 2nd grade Teachers and up, this fits into your curriculum. You can purchase it on Amazon.

What’s Missing?

I love how God reminds me that I am His and He is mine.  I was driving  and thinking about the pieces of my life that were missing. So He reminded me that there are no worldly pieces (love, relationships, friends, jobs, hobbies, money, stuff, etc.) missing because He makes me whole. Everything added to me, He adds. He loves to give good gifts to His children. So when you’re feeling incomplete, just remember God completes you.  He completes you with piece/peace.

He’s your heart piece/peace. He’s your relationship piece/peace.  He’s your provider piece/peace.  He’s your healer piece/peace.  He’s your comforter piece/peace.  He’s your strength piece/peace.  He’s your protector piece/peace.  He’s your friend piece/peace.  He’s your father piece/peace.  He is EVERY piece that is missing from your life.  And His PIECE gives you Peace and COMPLETENESS!

 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11

Don’t Wait!

Please Please Please don’t wait another minute to ask God to be your Savior! You’re not promised tomorrow or even tonight. My heart breaks💔 for the families of people who didn’t know their loved ones would die today on a highway in Texas.😢 They didn’t know they wouldn’t come home. Their coworkers didn’t know they wouldn’t be at work because they’re dead.
Stop waiting! Stop putting it off! Stop thinking it won’t happen to you! We are all gonna die! BUT WE’RE ALL NOT GOING TO HEAVEN! BUT WE ALL CAN! I want you to.🙏 Say this prayer with me:
Dear Jesus, I want you to be my Savior! I want to accept you as my Savior, my redeemer. I believe you die to save me. Come into my heart. I want to live for you. I confess of my sins. I want to be in Heaven with you when I die. Thank you Jesus for your saving Grace. I love you!
Welcome to the Family of God!💗
Now when it’s your time, your loved ones won’t question where you’ve gone. They will know!🙌
Don’t be a sitting duck like these people were today. Be READY to meet your Heavenly Father! He is waiting for you!

When Losing My Identity

You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made” was written because my daughter always asked me “Why does my hair look like this?”  My children are biracial and have features different from my own. I would always tell her, “That’s just the way God made you.”   My favorite Bible chapter is Psalm 139.  It tells me that God knew he needed me on this Earth before I was ever a thought of by my parents.  He wanted me to be here.  He purposed me to do great things on this Earth that other people would benefit from.  He loved me before He created me.  He made me wonderfully and beautifully like no one else in the world.  THIS IS YOU TOO!  There is no one else in this world who is just like you .  You were created on purpose for a purpose. Your purpose is whatever you are passionate about, whatever you love doing that doesn’t seem like work.  He created you to bring Him glory, YOU bring him JOY!  You are his kid!  His baby!  He created you to build His kingdom by showing and telling others about Him.

I know life gets hard.  Sometimes unbearable.  You lose your identity, who you are and who you want to be.  But God never forgets you.  He never stops loving you!  He never stops pursuing you!  He wants to be in your life no matter where you are right now.  He has never left you and He will always be waiting to hear your sweet voice call to him when you pray.  

Dear God, I love you!  I want you to be in my life!  Forgive me of all my sins and come live inside me and help me live for you! In Jesus name, Amen.  

Lord, I pray for the your sweet child who will read this book.  I pray that they will feel your love and know how much you love them.  I pray you bring them peace, comfort, love, grace and mercy.  I pray that whatever they’re going through right now,  they will know you are there and they feel your love and your hugs. I pray that they will reach out to you for help and to say “Thank you.”   Please inspire them to live their life fully to you and to love others.  In Jesus name, Amen.  

Feel free to visit http://www.lolarbrooks.com/books to get your own copy of You Are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made to remember who God made you to be.

Spiritual Guidance for the Soul

Episode 1

Proverbs 3:5-12-The Message

Trust God from the bottom of your heart;

    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.

Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;

    he’s the one who will keep you on track.

Don’t assume that you know it all.

    Run to God! Run from evil!

Your body will glow with health,

    your very bones will vibrate with life!

Honor God with everything you own;

    give him the first and the best.

Your barns will burst,

    your wine vats will brim over.

But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;

    don’t sulk under his loving correction.

It’s the child he loves that God corrects;

    a father’s delight is behind all this.

Healing is the most important thing to do right now.  After this past year of disappointments, heartbreak and feeling defeated, your soul needs healing and replenishment.  Run the past thoughts through your mind.  It will hurt, you will feel pain and guilt, but let it run.  You may cry and that’s okay.  Healing begins when we realize there is a wound.  It must be cleaned properly to heal.  Get out of your mind ALL the cause of your disappointment, hurt, pain, guilt (infection) knowing a clean wound heals properly and the skin grows back.  Once it heals you can begin again, WHOLE! And with experience and knowledge you gained so that you won’t hurt yourself or someone else again. (change)

What are YOU taking into 2021?

I’m taking vulnerability into 2021.  Vulnerability allows me to break down walls in my life that have caused me pain and suffering.  Walls to protect, Walls to provide, Walls to control, Walls to lead.  Built up walls that don’t come down keep me from receiving.  They keep me from learning and growing.  They keep me from listening and moving.  This includes Walls to keep God away or at least at bay.  

I’m trusting God with my vulnerability! Instead of building walls, we’ll be building love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23  These are the attributes of a person living in accord with the Holy Spirit. (wikipedia)  

Being vulnerable sounds scary!  It requires transparency and the truth that I know nothing.  But you can’t learn and grow if you already know everything.  Self-Care has been very important to me this past year and will be in the coming years.  Stress, Walls, Expectations, Disappointments, Death, Failures, Pleasing others, Walking on Eggshells, Feelings of being Unworthy or Not Enough will cease to exist as a way to rule over my life and make me believe that there is no other life!

It’s time for me! Me and God!  I choose to trust Him with my vulnerability because through him I AFFIRM that I will be Healed, Changed, Live in Peace and have Unspeakable Joy for many years to come!

Take Time to Write Down Your Goals for 2021

Choosing goals every year is a big deal and everyone should do it. Write them down, create a vision board or note them in your phone/tablet or PC.   There should be a goal for every area of your life.  You should live intentionally, purposefully.  You were created on purpose, for a purpose.  You have an assignment that only YOU can do.  God chose you and by fulfilling your purpose, you are building God’s kingdom, being a blessing to others, leaving a legacy and securing your eternal future.

Choosing Goals

When choosing goals, really think about what you want to do, change or make better.  Maybe it’s things you never get to do or have always wanted to do.  Maybe it’s things you think you can’t do or someone said “you can’t”, but you want to try anyway.  Believe in yourself enough to try it.  You may be your only cheerleader, but that’s alright.  I have been my only cheerleader lots of times. Yet, I’ve made it here with you! Encouraging, cheerleading, affirming, believing  and conquering, just like you!

Below are my Goals for 2021.  Some are a continuation from last year and some are new.

Pleasure-just for me (check out a book at the Library every week to read on Saturday afternoon, write a blog every week)

Healthy-for my body and mind (meal plan and workout)

Academic-better myself for my students (National Board)

Building God’s Kingdom-serve God for others (Virtual Bible Club, pay tithes consistently)

Financial-Debt Free (Dave Ramsey)

Travel-to see the world (Visit a small town once a month to check out their shops and take pictures and write about them on my website.

Things to Consider:

When choosing goals, God asks:  Will this take you from me?  I ask: Does this add or take away from my life and the lives of others it impacts.  We are not on this earth for us. Shocker!!!  We are here to Love God and Love others.  When we do that we will see God’s blessing in our lives and in other’s lives.  We will build God’s kingdom(fishers of men), leave a legacy and secure our eternal future in Heaven. I want a life like that!  Intentional, Purposeful, Goals!

Merry Christmas! The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

The Birth of Jesus

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.

4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.  Luke 2:1-20 NIV

Finding Joy in the Storm

I found joy today mourning over the loss of a love that wasn’t mine to have and a failure that needs a redo. I cried, I was silent, I stayed busy, I talked with close friends, I let it sink in enough to understand what I needed to do to restart. As I’m healing, I’m conscious of what I need to do and what I have to do. Being on the bottom only allows you to look up and continue forward. Growing my mind and my heart to except what is and what will be.