Fix your gaze. #focus

The world we’re living in is crazy, and by crazy I don’t just mean Trump in America. We’re in perilous times. As I sit here and reflect on the rough day that I had yesterday, I’m thankful to the Lifter up of my head and my friends and family to remind me where to look.

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1&2 (ESV)

I chose to rejoice and be glad yesterday. I chose to recount my blessings and be grateful for what I know could be so much worse. It’s easy to get distracted by our circumstances and let our emotions take a roller coaster ride. We don’t have to stay there. We can hop off at any moment. God has given us the freedom and strength to fix our gaze on Him instead.

straight-aheadI was thinking…
What if America could no longer rubberneck? What if the tragedies that are so prevalent in other countries were suddenly sweeping our states and dividing like never before? We’re getting there, but FEAR NOT.

It makes me think of how crucial it is that we learn how to fix our gaze on God, now.  That we pass tests, now. That we’re faithful in the small, now. It is crucial that we fall madly in love with the One who first loved us, now. That we become mesmerized by His beauty, NOW! The peace the world gives, my friend, is not everlasting. No matter what, take heart! Don’t you dare turn your head. Keep looking straight ahead at our Prince of Peace who has overcome the world. For when your eyes are on Christ…when the world fails you, you will not fail with it.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33 (NIV)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27 (NIV)

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. –  Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV)

 

Dense Fog #Vision

Last night, my “Uncle” informed be that it was gonna be pretty foggy on my drive to work the next morning and he advised that I leave a little earlier than usual. I did. I also checked the forecast and it read “Dense Fog” and that it was. It was a bit scary actually, but I prayed for safety and carried on.

At one point (near my exit) I came to a spot where for a little I could only see what was there in that moment. I couldn’t see what was even slightly far off, behind, or to the sides of me. I thought, wow…this is how life is and chuckled because God is something else.

Occasionally we get these seasons (or not even seasons, but times) where we’re in dense fog. Times where we just don’t know, but we are certainly determined to get to our destination wherever it may be. Ha, and often it’s when we’re just exiting and about to arrive that the dense fog decides to pop up. Times like these give us no choice but to have faith…that we’ll make it through. They give us no choice but to trust…that God sees what’s in front, behind, and to the sides of us. They give us no choice but to stay in the moment.

Now this time may not necessarily be a dark time. It may very well be a good time, a good season, in which you simply don’t know, but hope. I’ve been there. If yours is rough tho, rest assured and hold on the Lord’s promises that…

Even though you walk through the darkest valley, you will fear no evil, for God is with you; His rod and His staff, they comfort you. (Psalm 23:4)

Awesome.

I went to church yesterday, and during the service the speaker said something that agreed with me. He said when you pray (step 1), you must first receive (step 2) before you can have (step 3). He said often we delay ourselves of getting to step 3 because we didn’t exercise our faith and complete step 2. We can only receive by faith. So this is how it is…

When you accept the Lord, Jesus Christ into your heart, you become His child. You really already are His child; He chose you. But, since stinkin’ sin separates man from God, we got separated from Him a while back and are now given an option of choosing Him and rekindling our relationship, returning to our “first love”…awww. 

So now that you’re His again (yay!) there’s this butt load of inheritance you now have access to ’cause your Dad is THE frickin’ KING!…you’re royalty. This is where the message comes in. Do you believe that you’re heir to THE throne? Do you believe that you really do have access to all of these great promises? Do you know that there is a window of blessings over your head? An abundant life in store that exceeds what you can think or imagine? If you do, don’t forget step 2. As Joel Osteen would say “Do you receive it today?” lol. Yes? Well, proceed to step 3 and help someone else do the same 😉 Love you.

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 😉