“More Than Intended”

Have you ever had one of those moments where right in the middle of doing something, the Holy Spirit uses that very moment/situation to bring much needed clarity or revelation about something you may have been praying about for months? Or maybe he used a moment in your daily routine to bring attention to something that maybe you’ve just overlooked in the business of your day-to-day schedule. Well sis, that DEFINITELY happened to me today! If you have time to read on, I’d love to share more about it.

Today, after having a beautiful evening time of fellowship at Panera with a good friend of mine, Holy Spirit reminded me on my way home that I needed to stop and get toothpaste. So, to the nearest Wal-Mart I go… with the intention of ONLY buying toothpaste. Now ladies, (and guys too) we all know how it goes… You go in to get one thing, and you end up with a cart full of stuff that you did not plan on getting; and more importantly, that your wallet was not originally consulted about! Well let me tell you, I was so set on only buying toothpaste, that grabbing a buggy/cart never even crossed my mind.

So down the aisle I go. I grab my favorite toothpaste, and then I’m fini—- “but wait… there’s that new body wash… hmmm, I’ll just grab one and try it out… I saw on the commercials that it was really great for dry skin!” Now I have two things in my hand. Then… “hmmm since I’m here, I should probably grab some coffee too… makes sense instead of stopping at the gas station each morning, right?” Now, I have three things in my hand. Still manageable to hold, so its fine. And then… “Well, I can’t have coffee without cream, and I think my dad used the last of what we had left sooooo, let me grab some of that too.” Buy this time, my arms are full and I literally have no more arm space to carry anything else. And yet… “Hmmm I wonder if they have those Chobani Flips Yogurt things I like!!” And with an arm-full of pretty heavy items, I STILL manage (barely) to make over to the yogurt cooler and grab not one… but SIX yogurt cups! HA!! Now mind you… I did not have a cart…

So now, I have a bottle of body wash, a box of Medium Roast Coffee K-cups, a 22oz bottle of creamer, six cups of yogurt, and oh yeah… that 2-pack value box of toothpaste somewhere at the bottom of my arm-full pile. By now, the yogurt cups are literally stacked up to my chin, and as I’m leaving the cooler section, one of them slipped, but somehow I managed to pick it back up. As I’m walking away, heading towards the checkout line… this gentle, still, small voice speaks to my heart and says, got a lot going on there don’t you?” Stunned a little at first, I then began to laugh, because I immediately thought about how crazy I must have looked with yogurt stacked to my chin, walking ever-so carefully not to drop what looked like a game of Tetris gone completely wrong (haha). But then suddenly, that simple question spoken to my heart caused my focus shift, as the Holy Spirit brought a few areas of my life to mind. In that moment I knew that my heavy arm-full of items was not the only thing He was referring to…

Just like all that I was juggling in that moment at Wal-Mart, the Holy Spirit quickly used that instance to show me a parallel picture of what this season has felt like… juggling an arm-full of things, honestly more than was originally intended. Sometimes, we find ourselves agreeing to and taking on so much stuff (opportunities, extra-obligations, etc.) that are “good-things”, but may not necessarily be “God-things”. You see, the yogurt, creamer, body wash, etc. were all “good things” but in the purpose of the trip to Wal-Mart to get toothpaste only, they were not “God-things”.

In life, we often find ourselves like I did; carrying a bunch of obligations, loads, and “yes’s” that may not have been the original intent. But I want to share a bible verse that my friend so timely shared with me at dinner, minutes before this confirming Wal-mart trip took place:

Galatians 1:10 (NIV) – “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I still trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Talk about “ouch!” This scripture cut me a kinda deep. How  many times have I said “yes” to things that seemed good, but were outside of God’s intended plan for me. Things that often became distractions against the very thing that the Holy Spirit is wanting me to focus on… How about you?

In ALL Things, we must be careful that our actions don’t become mere works that may please man/seem like the right thing to do; but that we seek God in a way that leads us to do and take on what is of His leading. As a “Good, Good Father”, He will always lead, we just have to be willing to follow.

 

Lord, I pray that we as your daughters (and sons), will take every load and heavy weight, and lay it at your feet. As we cast our cares on you, give us the wisdom to know whats important. In Jesus name,

Amen.

God Bless!

Heyyy 2018!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! “Out with the old, in with the NEW!!” New Beginnings, New Vision, a NEW thing! Yesterday at our New Years Eve service, my pastor said to us in his sermon, “turn around and look over you right shoulder… now face forward. Now turn around and look over your left shoulder… wave “Bye Felicia” to 2017!!” He told us to say #ByeFelicia to 2017! While this was funny as I’m sure we all have heard or have probably   used that popular phrase, it really brought everything into perspective. While 2017 was a blessing, it definitely brought forth many challenges and trials. But because of God’s amazing grace, nothing could stop me from praising my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, knowing that He would never forsake me! I am so grateful for all of the preparation that came through much transition in 2017. I know it was all to prepare me for the Greatness that God has in-store for 2018!

This morning, the “verse of the day” on the Bible App was Isaiah 43:19 which reads, ” Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Such confirmation came from this scripture because each year symbolizes a new chance, or “clean canvas” for us to paint our dreams and ambitions. Another chance to get it done!

So this year, let’s make it great!! As the New springs forth, lets seize it with all we’ve got! Let’s give God our best as He always does for us. I’m declaring that the comfort zones be shattered this year, and that we walk in our callings and purposes under the anointing of  the Holy Spirit! We SHALL walk in the authority that was invested in us through the  salvation of Jesus Christ!!

We. Are. Daughters. Of. THE. KING!! We are royals, and this year, we SHALL walk in that identity!! 

So 2017… “Bye Felicia!!!!!”,  2018… Let’s do this!!!

 

 

“Scroll Counts”

Social Media is a powerful tool. It can be used to connect, encourage, and share wonderful memories and happenings with others… but if not careful, it could also be very dangerous. This is definitely a broad subject, and one could veer down multiple paths on this topic, but what the Holy Spirit brought to my attention was the amount of time spent “scrolling” verses the amount of time spent with Him. This one brought some much needed conviction to my heart about social media habits that I “thought” I had under control… my “scroll count”.

What is a scroll count? A scroll count (definitely a made up phrase) is what I call the amount of daily time spent on social media/phone usage. A close friend of mine inspired me to download a mobile app called “Moment”. This app is a screen time tracker that tracks how much time your phone/tablet is used each day! Uh ohhh, get ready to see some shocking initial numbers if you choose to download this app! I remember the first evening that I checked in resulted at around “5h 31mins” of screen time… that’s a problem! The sad part is, most of it was subconsciously. A habit of muscle memory where you tap on Facebook or IG without even realizing it or meaning to.

There are so many times that I’ve gone to unlock my phone with intentions to texting someone, or sending an email, or checking the status of something online, and before I know it, I’m scrolling down my timeline; checking to see what I missed in the past 10 minutes. When I look at my generation as I sit around a dinner table, an outing, or at a family gathering, I see more phones than I hear conversations. I see more scrolling than I see eye-contact being made. I’m guilty of this too, but what truly pricked my heart was the thought of how this makes God feel.

How often do we instead of waking up with a prayerful heart of thanksgiving, check our phones “real quick” to see what notifications we have received while we were asleep. Or after coming home from a long day, curling up on the couch to check and see the latest news we missed, when God wants to be the first to hear about our day, even though He already knows it all… companionship. I can only speak for myself, but so often God is placed on the back burner as I waste time on things that are fleeting with each moment/post. Oh how this this time could be better put to use! The truth is, I feel closer to Him when the social media word is silenced. I hear Him clearer, and my mind is untainted by opinions, comparison, and garbage.

Drawing near to Christ brings forth revelation; about ourselves, as well as our relationship with Him. He’ll reveal those areas that need more work; and unlike man, He walks through the refining process with us, guiding us each step of the way. There have been so many times that I’ve wanted to post a memory, or post a photo, but felt the Holy Spirit nudging me not to. Not because it was bad, but because there was simply no need to. Wisdom says, “everything that happens in our lives does not have to be shared and posted.”

So let’s evaluate our scroll counts. My heart’s plan is to be more intentional about putting the phone down and digging into what’s most important; God’s Word. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more the things and priorities of the world will fade. The demands of the world can wait, but our Heavenly Father should never have to.

God Bless, ❤