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God Sufficient vs. Self-Sufficient

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“ Abide In Him | By Mandy Mom
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. 

Proverbs 3:5-6

What have you placed your confidence in? Is it your family, friends, money or even yourself? What has caused you to place your confidence in these things/people? How’s that been going?  In times of distress, it is so easy for us to put our confidence on things that are visible rather than fixing our gaze on God who is invisible but yet ever present. Most of the time, we put our confidence in our self because we feel that God is taking so long to answer our prayers. So instead of waiting, we do everything in our own power to get what we want only for us to search to and fro to return back to square one. We place our trust in our own resources rather than seeking/waiting on the Lord. It is one thing to seek but it’s another thing to wait. It’s like knocking someone’s door to ask them a question. You knocked but because they didn’t answer, you decided to open the door only to find out that they were doing something important. We want things very quickly in this fast paced generation. If we don’t get what we want in the time/manner we imagined, we will try to do everything to get it. Well, our way of doing things is not how God works. We are reminded in Isaiah 55:8-9 that God’s ways aren’t close to us.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

No matter the plans we have set for ourselves, if it is not God’s will for our lives it will not work. We are reminded in Proverbs 19:21 that “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” That’s why it’s important for us to commit all our ways unto the Lord. There is something about a person who seeks the Lord and includes God in their everyday activity/life. Even when things don’t go as intended, there’s this peace that God gives you. I don’t know what you have your placed your confidence in, but I pray that you will surrender everything to God. Whatever you are waiting for in this season, trust and believe that God is working it out for your good. It may not look like God is working in your life, but know that just as a farmer plants a seed without watching it at night doesn’t mean it isn’t flourishing. God is present even when we feel like he’s absent. Sometimes, it is at our darkest hours that we need to reach our hands out to God for him to direct us into the light. We must learn to seek God at all times not only when things aren’t going well. When we only come to God when things aren’t going well, we find it difficult to cultivate a genuine relationship with him because our relationship is solely built on what God can do for us not who he is. So with this in mind, take time to reflect on your relationship with God. As you do so, invite the Holy Spirit to reveal the parts/areas of your life that you haven’t surrendered to God? Take notes and pray over it.

Verse To Ponder On:

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. -Psalm 34:10

Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. -Psalm 34:5

Song of the day:

Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. Jesus loves you 🙂

 

 

 

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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Stay Connected With The Source

“It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
Php 2:13 NIV

THIS YEAR RECOGNIZE YOUR CALLING

By recognizing and fulfilling your God-given assignment in life, you free yourself from a sense of failure and are able to stop worrying about what others think. Why? Because your self-worth no longer depends on people, but on God! However, you must do these three things: (1) Be honest about your gifts, and recognize your limitations. Don’t go through life as a stranger to yourself. Honestly assess your strengths and weaknesses; ask the hard questions and be willing to live with the answers, even if it means letting some things go. Michael Novak writes, “God knows what’s in us for He put it there. And He intends us to do something with it.” Each of us has been given a calling in life, and happiness belongs to those who find and fulfill that calling. (2) Allow God to work on you. Sometimes an amateur potter limits the potential of clay by seeing it only as a flowerpot. But a master potter sees much more—he or she knows what it can become. Watch them; they don’t merely impose a shape on it, they release the shape that’s already within. And that’s what God does with us. (3) Recognize your source. Fulfilling your life’s assignment begins with identifying the desires God has placed within you. “It is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Who’s at work within you? God! Where do your desires come from? God! Where do your abilities come from? God! So make knowing God and walking in step with Him be your highest priority this year.

Kayton Hosket Philippians 1:6 by kgdoodles on Etsy: Reflection:
1. Do you know your purpose in this life?
2. Have you asked God about his purpose for you?
3. Has he revealed it you? If so are you walking in the way he has made for you?
4. Are you afraid of your calling? If so have you prayed about it?
Happy Wednesday. I hope all of you are doing well. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by my blog. God bless you. As you take the time, to read this post, I would like for you all to reflect on all that God has done for you and to also answer the questions above in a journal, out loud or any way you can. Pray about it. God hears our requests for they are like an incense unto him. May God help us this hear to hear his voice clearly and may we be obedient to his voice.  “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” -John 10:27. Be Blessed and Encouraged.
 
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Posted by on January 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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The Big Event


What is the Big Event? The Big Event is a retreat that takes place in the last weekend in October. It’s a little weekend retreat where college students from different campuses all over NYC, Long Island and New Jersey come to experience Jesus through worship, various activities, and free time. Before coming to Big Event, we are given the opportunity to select the track that we are interested in for our time in the retreat. It took place from October 28-30. Some of the tracks included this retreat were Evangelism, Leadership, Living For Jesus, Mentoring, Scripture and Redeeming Sexuality. If your thinking about going, just sign up.

My Experience:

So it was my first time ever attending Big Event. I attended Basileia back in May and it was beyond a blessing. I didn’t even think twice about attending Big Event. This time around while registering, I looked over the description for each track and I felt a tug in my heart to partake in the Mentoring track. Upon registering, I prayed and asked God to have his way as I went to this retreat.

I went to the retreat with two of my sisters in Christ. We rode there together but we were all in different tracks. The people from my campus were already there. When we arrived, it was really dark outside and chilly. We had to go and check ourselves in before we were given the numbers to our rooms.  After check in, we had a night of worship. I was mind blown by the amount of college student in the auditorium. Students from NYU, Farleigh Dickinson University, Columbia University, Juilliard School, Baruch College, Rutgers University, Montclair State University, Cooper Union and etc. The list can go on.

The track that I selected was Mentorship as I mentioned previously. This track focused on transformational relationships using the examples of Paul and Timothy in 2 Timothy as a model. We explored the ways to help our friends mature in their faith by mentoring them through Scripture, Prayer, Conversation and Bible Study. On the first day in our tracks, we were given a Blue folder. Then, we were instructed to go around the room to find someone whose birthday is close to us. That person was going to be our partner in every activity we had to partake in during our time at the retreat. After, we watched a clip from the Lion King to demonstrate the relationship between Scar and Simba. We also had to go into our folders to get a paper and list anyone in our lives that we could mentor or we knew that haven’t given their lives to Christ. This activity was interesting but at the same time thought provoking. After our time of writing and sharing with our partners, the staff shared their experiences and we listened to praise and worship and after we were dismissed for the night.


This is a picture of a few girls walking to the Prayer Room. Prayer started at 8:00am. It amazed me because everyone woke up and was ready to be in the presence of God whether they were sleepy or tired, we arrived ready to hear the word. After prayer, we went to eat breakfast. Upon eating breakfast, we went to our designated tracks. For my track, we were given 30 minutes of quiet time before meeting up together as a group. In our folders, we assigned scriptures to read and questions for us to answer. So during my quiet time, I went to the lake. There is something about nature that makes my Spirit at peace. Honestly, when I arrived at the lake I was excited to take pictures. I spent a few minutes taking pictures of people by the lake. Here are a few pictures I took. 😊



After taking pictures, I took time to read the Scriptures and the questions assigned. I enjoyed reading the scripture. We were assigned to read the book of 2 Timothy. It was an interesting read. After I walked to my track with a person from my mentorship track. During track time, the staff shared their experiences and showed us different techniques in approaching situations. We also went outside and played a game with our track members and staff leaders. We were given one ball. It had questions all around it. We were supposed to throw to someone from our track and wherever their hands landed, they had to read the question out loud and answer it. Here are a few pictures:


After our gathering,we prayed and  we went to lunch. Here is a picture of when we were heading to for lunch.



After lunch, we were had free time for two hours. There were activities for us to partake in such a rock climbing, zip lining and many more. I didn’t partake in anything. I was too busy being a social butterfly and taking pictures of the scenery/God’s people. I had a photoshoot with people. I wanted to create memories of the time spent at this retreat. Below are some pictures I took during my free time.





During this time, I also got the opportunity to worship with a few students from other colleges. We sang to Sinking Deep by Hillsong and a few other songs. It was beyond a blessing. I feel like crying just thinking about it. Tears of joy. God is so good.


After our free time, we headed to our tracks for the last time for the night. We spent at least 2 hours in our track. We learned more about mentoring even more than the day before. We played a game where we were given 1 minute to vent to our partners about anything. It was so random. This activity was played to illustrate how it feels like when we are frustrated. We had to give our partners advice in regards to their situation. After there were a list of questions on the projector that we had to ask our partners. It was s great activity. I can definitely say that I took something away from this track. After our track, it was time for worship. I can say that this was everyone’s favorite part. We all got excited and just so ready for the sermon and worship time.

Some of the songs played during our time of worship includes:

1. Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here.

2. Every Praise: Hezekiah Walker

3. Great Are You Lord

After worship, we headed out to our rooms. We took our showers and prepared for the next morning.

Final Day of The Big Event: 10/30/2016



It was so bittersweet walking to my track this morning. Before heading to our tracks, we had to change our bed sheets and take it to the designated place. I headed out to my track only for me to arrive and see no one. I was confused because the schedule said that we were supposed to meet at 8:00. When I got there no one was there. I was sitting to the point where I rose up several times to see if anyone was outside heading to my track but unfortunately no one was heading my direction. So during my time in my track alone, I prayed. When it was 8:45am, one of the staff members arrived. I was asked to place some papers on each chair for my track members. I enjoyed placing the papers on each chair. A few minutes later, my track members arrived. During our last track time, we prayed for one another and the staff members prayed for us. The papers I passed out had a survey and a questionnaire for us to answer. Upon our arrival, we were given granola bars. It was such a precious moment in our track time. One the staff members played a song which still resonates with me. It’s a song by Amanda Cook called Shepherd. If you get the chance, listen to it. I really enjoyed every moment in this retreat especially during my track time. My partner gave me a note and creates note card with Psalm 139 written on it. After our last time at track time, we headed to brunch with all the students that came to this retreat. Here are some pictures.


After brunch, we all went to the prayer room where we gathered for worship and the sermon for Big Event. It was a blessing being able to see people give their lives to Christ. Overall, going to Big Event was a great experience. If your thinking about going, pray about it. Don’t worry about the money. Ask your campus leader. There’s always provision. Won’t God do it? Yes he will.

Pictures I took before we left the retreat. (Final Day of Big Event)

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” -James 5:16


Here is a Bible verse I will leave you with.

Isaiah 43:19: See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wildnerness and streams in the wasteland.

Many times, it may feel like God has forgotten about us. We tend to look and compare our lives to everyone around us that we don’t even count our blessings. I’m here to tell you that God hasn’t forgotten about you. As this year wraps up, take time to reflect on all the things that God has done for you this year (2016). If it means writing it down, feel free to do so. Pray over the list. Write down a list of all that your still trusting God for. Pray over it. Looking back in this year, I can say that it wasn’t easy but God brought me through. I can say that this is the year I drew closer to God. It has been a blessing. I’m forever grateful for all the experiences, trials and the people I’ve met in this year. Thank you Lord. So with this said, stay rooted in the Lord, read the Bible, pray for others and keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.  I’ll be praying for you all. Thank you for everyone that stops by my blog. God bless you all.

The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. -Psalm 126:3


©: All picture credit is mine except this one above. My sister in Christ took this one. Be Blessed 🙏🏾😊

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Encourage One Another

Welcome to a New Month. I hope it’s going well by far. Below is my devotional I read today. No matter what your facing today, know that God is working it out for you. Call on his name. He hears your prayers and he sees your tears which are also prayers. Be encouraged.

Encourage each other and build each other up.:

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
but a good word makes it glad.”
Pr 12:25 NKJV

DON’T BE A CRITIC, BE A CHEERLEADER

Why do we find it easier to be a critic than a cheerleader? (1) Our self-importance. Once we’ve achieved a certain level of success, we think that “we know best.” But sometimes what we are ready to teach, people are not ready to learn. And at that point we have a choice—back off and let God deal with them, or try to ram it down their throats. In such times we’d do well to remember the old adage: “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.” Perhaps there was a time when you were not very teachable, so pray for them and allow God to work according to His time scale. (2) Our gifting. We don’t stop to consider that our talents and experiences are unique to us—given by the grace of God (See Ro 12:6). So we expect everyone else to come up to our level, and we put them down when they don’t. “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps 127:1). Back off and let God work on them! (3) Our earliest experiences. We are molded by the attitudes of our caregivers. They nurture in us the coping mechanisms, positive and negative, that we work with. Indeed, some of our parents actually believed that praise would hurt us and criticism would help us. So we must change our way of thinking and begin to line up what we say with what’s in the Word of God. “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”Stay Blessed. Praise Him. Have a great day 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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The Prayer Project

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Join the Challenge. This a project that was placed on one of my Instagram followers heart. Be a part of something new. Be a blessing to someone.

How to Participate:

Choose one individual and commit to writing one prayer a day for them for 30 days (without telling them.) At the end of the 30 days it is your choice to present the person with the prayer journal as a gift- a selfless genuine act of love with no hidden agenda or intent to receive anything in return.

1) Sign up at http://www.aloveperfect.com/

2) Commit to praying for a specific person for 30 days starting January 1, 2014

3) Full details are on http://www.aloveperfect.com . The challenge will begin tomorrow

4) Tell your friends and share this amazing project with someone.

Please check out her website.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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