My Trip to Paris #newbeginnings #love

I met him for the first time a month ago…in Paris, of all places! I arrived first. Hours later, a little past midnight, he arrived too. As he approached, I was amazed. He looked exactly like his pictures, and I found him to be so handsome; my handsome. Tears fell instantaneously at the sound of his voice. My prayers (and the prayers of many others) had been answered. Finally, he was here and the wait was over. *sigh*…FINALLY.

It’s the dream of many girls to fall in love in Paris. Who would have thought that I would be one of the blessed ones it actually happened to?! I would say it was love at first sight, but that only sounds nice.  The truth is, I loved him before we ever met face to face. I had talked to him and prayed for him countless times. Seeing him just changed my life forever. Now, I might be showing my age here, but I undoubtedly have a greater appreciation for the song, “I Knew I Loved You” by Savage Garden now.

I also have a greater appreciation for God’s sense of humor, because unlike many other girls, I fell in love in the unforgettable city of Paris, Texas! Below are a few photos of my handsome nephew, Zion. My brother’s new little family of three are all doing well! My sister-in-love did an amazing job delivering this blessing for us! God is good y’all, God is good.

 

 

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iloveyou LORD #Birthdays #WashingtonDC

As you may or may not know, today, well really yesterday, was my 25th birthday. Yay!! 😀

I’m celebrating in DC this weekend but today I did exactly what I wanted to do…Not a darn thing! I know, I know, I turned 25 for goodness sakes and I’m doing nothing?! Yup, cuz It’s my birthday. No but really, I probably would have if I wasn’t so pooped. Came home from my west coast visit mid-week and from jet lag, returning to work, and then working overtime, all a sista wanted to do on her birthday was take a bubble bath ya feel me?

That leads me to the topic of my blog…
As I was relaxing in my bath I began to sing this song, “I Love You Lord”. This was probably my millionth time singing it. I used to hear my mom singing it around the house (which is probably why I do the same). It’s comforting. But anywho…

I tend to sing it when I lack the words to pinpoint exactly what I’m feeling inside. I just sing and trust that Lord can decipher (and he always does).

At that very moment the Lord brought back to my memory me; crying, bruised, and heartbroken but still forcing myself to sing this song and praise the Lord for even though the situation is bad, HE IS GOOD. In between tears and sobs the lyrics weren’t clear, but he understood even the unspoken words. I think it was probably much sweeter pushed out of a broken heart. Loving through the pain. It was encouraging. It was comforting. Take a listen, please…

Today I realized that I still sing that song for the same reason: when I lack the words to pinpoint exactly what I’m feeling inside. The best realization though was when I realized that dag, it’s been a lonnnng time since I’ve sung that song out of pain. A long time since I squeezed it out to reach the heavens. A long time since all I had was a song to sing.

It’s one thing knowing your healed, but how sweet of God is it to take the time out to show you every now and again that you are and confirm that yup, you’re healed! And I’m not even talking about the type of confirmation that communicates it’s now safe to remove the bandages. Just the random ‘ol “by the way”, those bandages fell off. Yeaaaa, they stopped sticking a long time ago while you were moving forward (that’s probably why you didn’t notice).

Wow! I can’t thank him enough. It makes me wanna sing “I Love You Lord” all over again. It’s sweet. It’s loving. It’s warm. It’s romantically intimate. It’s simply a beautiful expression. For lack of a better example, It’s like singing “Cater To You” by Destiny’s Child to your man x 10 haha…that’s horrible, but you get it, right?

So I don’t know what you’re going through, but you can certainly make it with Jesus and you certainly cannot without Him. Whoever you are, I encourage you and recommend that you praise Him through your storm and after. Sometimes we bring storms upon ourselves, ya know. We won’t be still, we’re putting idols before God (money, people, sex, drugs, time, etc.) and God is a jealous God who like us, desires to be desired. And sadly, a lot of us only desire or reach out to him as a last resort or when in need and all those people we put before him are MIA.

If you’ve never loved him before, I encourage you to get to know him so that you can. He already knows and loves you. Remember, He’s a person. A relationship with Him (or anyone) is not gonna happen overnight. Try Him.

You can start the process my accepting Jesus Christ as your savior, praying and believing a prayer stating something like this:


    “Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Best thing you could ever do. Promise.

25. #HappyBirthday

I’m turning 25 in a little over a month (December 2nd) and I have seriously thought about it all year long. As it gets closer ahhh…I’m overjoyed. I’ve pretty much began the celebration internally long ago. I’m so blessed to be both where I am and where I am not in the spiritual and natural at the age of 25. I cannot put into words how I feel about me. What a perfect age, 25, to finally feel the way that I’m feeling. The feelings and beliefs that I have about me finally reflect how God feels about me. What I’m about to say may make me sound crazy, full of it, or “cool”, but none of those are my intentions, so focus as I attempt to convey…

I love me so much *tears* and I’m so happy to have gotten to know me over these 25 years. All glory and honor goes to MY Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus, I thank you for showing me what others see about me that is right and also showing all that they see that is wrong – you separated fact from fiction, helping me refute every argument that sets itself up against the knowledge of God (2 Corinth. 10:5).

You said…

      I am beautiful and there is no flaw in me… – Song of Songs 4:7
      I am wonderfully made… – Psalm 139:14
      I am above and not beneath… – Deut. 28:13
    I am blessed in the city and the country… – Deut. 28:1

My heart is full and my cup runneth over. Hallelujah! I praise your name, Jesus for my life — and life more abundantly. I hope and pray people see what you’re doing. There is no way I will walk this earth without praising you and giving you 100% credit for who, what, and why I am. There’s no me without you. You are truly doing a “new thing” Lord (Isaiah 43:18-19). “Doin me” is really “Doin you”.

My family laughs because one of my satirical little phrases I say is “I don’t receive it!” haha. I don’t even have to say it half the time, just make a face and they say it for me lol…so funny. There’s so much truth behind that little saying though. If it’s not what God says, I simply don’t receive it. If you’re not saved and you got something negative to say relating to me (really, even if it is about someone else, it relates to me because we’re brothers and sisters -another topic tho) – there’s a good chance I’ll let you talk, and not receive it ha. A smile never hurt nobody (ya’ll know I’m good at that).

My uncle said (and God pretty much did to):

“Don’t argue with fools because from a distance you can’t tell who is who.”- Fred Halstied

I quickly added it to my ginormous list of favorite quotes. I’m sure you’ve all heard the saying “all that shines/glitters isn’t gold”? Well, same thing…I don’t care if you’re fine, intelligent, famous, rich, whatever…a fool is a fool and I’m not arguing with you. There’s some fine fools walking around too. Don’t you just hate when someone is cute up until… __________________. HA! Feel free to share what you’d fill in the blank.

Anyway, I’ve said enough for the night. It’s past my bedtime. Us 25 year olds need our rest haa. I know it’s not here in the natural quite yet, but trust, it’s here. So…Happy Birthday to me! Yaaay *does happy dance*.

All I really want for my birthday is love and I believe the greatest way you can love is through prayer. Of course there’s no pressure, but If you feel led or would like to show your sister some love, feel free to shoot me an e-mail: naturallybynu@gmail.com.

I would love to list names of people who have especially made me smile and laugh and be thankful for my life, but then I’d really be up all night which is another blessing in itself. Let’s just say, If you think you “made the cut”…you’re thinking right 😉

.little mommy. #Birthday #Mom

Happy 27th Birthday to my favorite woman! XOXO!

 

She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue,
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but [my little mommy] surpasses them all.”

Proverbs 31:26-29