Be Your Own Brave

Be Your Own Brave

As children we role played and pretended to be superheros. Playing make-believe allowed us to pretend to be someone else; someone who was strong, fearless and powerful. Through imagination we were able activate the power within ourselves to conquer whatever obstacle stood in our way.

As adults, we all still want to be the brave one who faces battles head on with confidence knowing we will come out victorious. But many of us have to dig deep sometimes to find this inner courage.

As we experience life, we are faced with many challenges and struggles we never imagined would come our way. Sometimes we are faced with battles out of no where that we were never prepared to face or fight. No one is spared from coming face to face with betrayal, grief, tragedy, illness, addiction, racism, unemployment, demotion, hatred or even anger at one point or another.

When life happens and your face to face with the impossible, know that with time and God by your side you can and will be a victorious conqueror.

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Broken with Purpose

Broken with Purpose

This has been a trying year for me. I have experienced anger, sadness and disappointment after having people test both my character and my faith.

I created this blog to be obedient to the calling on my heart and share experiences in order to encourage others and share with them God’s unconditional love for all. I knew that sharing personal experiences would mean having to be transparent, and frankly, this meant opening myself up to negative criticism.

When you share your faith with the world there will be individuals who will criticize or judge you because they either disagree with you, dislike you, or feel that you’re not good enough to offer encouragement due to your mistakes. Read more

Mighty Within Us

Mighty Within Us

I am currently enrolled in the last trimester of the International School of Ministry (ISOM) program at my church and in tonight’s class something stood out to me.  The speaker , T.L. Osborn, stated “The most difficult thing to get unbelievers to understand is, God lives in us.”  This statement resonated with me because so many people are blind to the fact that Christ can dwell within each of us.

Often when you tell someone you’re a Christian, they think you are religious and judgmental. We get a bad rap because so many who claim to be Christians are condemning and judging everyone around them. As Christians, our job is not to convince anyone who Christ is and it surely is not our job to judge others.  We are called to love and share the unconditional love of Jesus Christ with the world.  Everything beyond that will be done by the Holy Spirit.

Don’t enter into the business of condemning or judging yourself or others. We live in a sinful world and all fall short of chasing what we desire rather than traveling down the roads God intended for us to travel down.

To the unbelievers:  Becoming a Christian does not mean that one must strive to be religious or try to behave as a Christian behaves.  Becoming a Christian means that you are opening your heart to receiving Christ and inviting him to dwell within. Read more

Savoring the Crumb

Savoring the Crumb

pablo (2)Have you ever tasted something that was so good you enjoyed every piece of it and savored the very last crumb? The last crumb from a delicious dessert can be quite satisfying.

Have you every been so hungry that you would give anything to have a few crumbs just to hold you over? When you’re starving the idea of having crumbs to savor seems so satisfying.  But reality is crumbs can only hold you over, they are not enough to fill you.

Food is not the only thing we savor.

There are many people who are in a state of brokenness longing for the company of another. They struggle with emptiness and loneliness and would do anything to escape the feelings of abandonment or neglect.

When someone is neglected they crave every crumb of affection they can get. Just like a neglected puppy craves attention from anyone who will love him. Not only do we crave the crumbs but sometimes we feel like one. I recall a time when a relationship I treasured ended.  I couldn’t understand what I did wrong and that unknown made me feel like I held no value to the person.

While some savor the last crumb of their meal others throw away their crumbs. Crumbs can be satisfying to one person yet worthless to another.

If you’re facing any type of rejection know that you are not worthless.  It took me a little bit of time to realize that my value was not tied to the person that left me.  If you are in this place or in a place of loneliness or longing, I pray that you will know that you are treasured and loved.
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It’s time for Elevation

It’s time for Elevation

Growth across the world seems to be slowing down
Reality is setting in that life is not precious to all
Natural disasters pass though leaving  behind devastation
Hatred is once again spreading like a wild-fire
Minds battle spirits for the strength to endure
Darkness is a heavy cloud hovering over
Cold hearts are turning their faces as they allow evil to lead
This can’t be the future

We must stand for change against this rapid decline
A new direction is needed now
We need light to shine through this darkness
It’s time for ELEVATION

Have you ever had a day where you felt nothing could go right? Like the world is crashing down all around you? Do you look around and feel like you are surrounded by negativity?

Are you dragging yourself and just to make it through the day? Or are you feeling as though you don’t even have the strength to get yourself out of bed?

This word of encouragement is for anyone feeling this way. A message to anyone sitting in a place of silence wondering if things will start going right in life. Know that you can rid yourself of the heaviness weighing you down. We have a loving creator who longs for us to call on his name.

Anger, resentment, hatred, disgust, sadness, depression, prejudice, racism, shame, hopelessness, darkness, destruction all have NO POWER over us. We hold the power to rise above all darkness. The world around may seem full of devastation.  Your consumed with fear my brother, my sister, but don’t you dare give up! Keep pressing on because God is about new beginnings and restoration!

GOD IS BIGGER THAN YOUR SITUATION!

It is time for elevation. Time to put your hope in God’s unfailing power. Time to reignite faith. Lets lift God higher than our circumstances and trust that he will move. Even if you don’t feel as though you can move your mountain, call on God’s power to move it for you.

He is present with us in the midst of the storm. No matter what state the world is in, no matter what mistakes have been made in life – God will make the biggest mistake your greatest success.  

Take a leap of faith and allow the name above all names to lead you out of your situation.

God will elevate you to new levels when you exalt him.

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Pray, Seek God and Stay Encouraged!

Growing with you,

Sandy

Priceless

Priceless

Priceless

Something priceless has value beyond any price.  We each have something so valuable to us that it cannot be bought. Take some time today to reflect on that.

We all go through life purchasing and investing time in things that will never hold any true value. Of course we don’t realize it at the time, but eventually it gets revealed when afterwards the emptiness remains.

God has created a world with many amazing  things we forget to take the time to take in; nature, love, time, the air we breathe, family, friendship, peace and joy.  We forget to take the time to slow down from our busy lives and bask in the priceless gifts we have been blessed with.

Time is free

You can’t own it

You can’t use it

You can’t keep it

You can’t spend ito

Once time is gone

You will never get it back.

So invest your time in what matters. Invest it in what is priceless to you. This is just a reminder to myself and you:

Take time today to look around and take in all of the priceless blessings in life. 

Growing with you,

Sandy

A Critical Spirit

A Critical Spirit

via Daily Prompt: Critical

crit·i·cal
adjective
1. expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments.

When you are critical of someone or something you tend to be expressing your disapproval or judgement on something they did or said. When I go onto social media lately, it seems that critical comments and posts are the norm. I see battles and arguments over politics and religion daily now. It seems as though everyone is out to prove that someone else is wrong. What happened to respecting others? Does respect even exist anymore?

Many are being quick to speak and put others down and react out of emotion.  This is not always good or healthy.  As a mother, I do my best to teach my daughter to think before speaking or posting on social media. I believe that our words [and posts] are a reflection of our character. While I don’t live my life based on what others think of me, I live trying to be mindful of the way my words or comments make others feel. Of course I am human so I too have made the mistake of blurting something out that I have regretted after the fact, but I do my best to be cautious with my words and statements.

Words should be used to build other up, not break them down.

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