Deliver me from familiarity! I tried and I can’t do this on my own. I’m tired of coping and hoping, it’s time for a change. I keep going back because I know the feeling it gives me. I know what to expect when I go back to those familiar grounds. I know what it looks like, feels like, taste like, sounds like… and although it gives me a temporary feeling of pleasure, it’s also a temporary solution to escape my reality, my uncertainties, my disappointments and my own idleness. Help me to stay focused on the long haul, and give me the strength to endure these short term problems that’s really distractions to keep me from reaching my full potential in you. Keep me from becoming lost in myself. When I’m consumed with my grief, my loneliness, my shortcomings and setbacks, it keeps me living selfishly, because I’m only focusing on me. I do things that I don’t want to do, because it helps me cope with not being where I want to be in life. It’s no excuse, but I just want to be real with you Lord, because I need to be delivered from addictions, toxic relationships, double minded behavior and all the things I do that I know isn’t pleasing to you. Romans 7:20,25, & 8:1-2 says, “Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” So, I’m declaring my victory. I’m holding myself accountable for my actions. I will recognize those triggers (distractions) that are designed to hold me down and pull me back. No matter how difficult this journey of life gets for me, I will rely on you Lord Jesus, for strength. I will no longer shout, I receive it, and then do nothing about it. I will receive it (whatever you have for me), because I will put my faith in action and be obedient, so that I may attain it! Signed,

Truth is I’m tired, but I won’t go back.

In Jesus name. Amen 🙏🏾

Listen up! The devil is the father of lies!

John 8:44

You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Don’t believe a word that the enemy, his nymphs or people who have openly declared allegiance to him, says. The devil tried to temp Jesus with the things of this world, but Jesus knows who He is and all power is in His hands. He don’t need worldly riches. He made the world!!

Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Listen people, if your peace of mind and your happiness is tied to money or anything of this world… you will be empty forever.

The enemy will tell you that worldly things are the key to happiness, but it’s not. If you don’t have the spirit of God inside of you, then you will stay oppressed, depressed, possessed and be plagued with inner emptiness. You can’t take your money or vain glory with you once you die… This life is short. The enemy’s goal is to distract you and tell you what you want to hear. He knows the truth, but he’s the great deceiver… 

🗣🗣🗣 Wake up! Stop listening to these people who claim to be spiritually woke, but are as dead as a doorknob. 

1 John 1:5-9

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

It all boils down to who are you going to believe? The father of lies or the God of truth?

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The enemy will make you think that doing what you want (outside the will of God) is freedom, but it’s actually slavery. It’s slavery to sin, and sooner or later sin will make you pay up… The final cost… it’s a price you can’t afford, but GOD!

The real reason the enemy wants you to stay in sin and reject the love of God, is because he knows how much God loves you, and he hates it! The enemy tells you what you want to hear, and then he goes before God and accuses you of doing things that goes against God. Keep your feelings in check y’all because he preys on your heart and your mind, because he’s really after your soul, and what better way to steal your soul than to mess with you mentally or emotionally? 

It’s real out here, but you can make it! Jesus loves you and died and rose for you to be reconciled to God for eternity! All you need to do is believe!

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Stay in armor my dear friends. I love you all, but God loves you most. Pray for people who have been deceived. Pray for people who know the truth but openly rejects it! Pray for yourself, so that when you are tempted, you will be able to stand and in the end, will be crowned with eternal life. Much love. ❤️

Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Let me just say, that 🗣🗣🗣EVERY SINGLE DAY, I make plans to do one thing, and WRITING TAKES OVER! Lol Don’t get me wrong, I LOOOVE to write. I could do it twelve out of twenty four hours, and the only reason I don’t do it longer  is because, I am a mother of four and I also need to maintain balance in my life. I just be going about my life, with my plans, and then the Holy Spirit interrupts me like, “Hey, I have something to say.” And I be like, “Yes, Lord!”

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)

We can make our plans,

but the LORD determines our steps.

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I don’t have a problem when the Lord interrupts, because His interruption is more like an interception.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You see, oftentimes we do things that may appear to be harmless now, but if we continue to do them, they can become a hinderance. So, I thank God that He intercepts my plans. He did it with this post, because I was going to write about something totally different, but here comes the Lord!… Use me Jesus!

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I just thank God for who He is. I thank Him that there’s no one like Him and I thank Him for seeing the outcome before I even begin, and changing my course so that I’m aligned with His good plan for my life. What we do today, will definitely impact our life in some way, tomorrow… With this in mind, just be more aware of how you’re spending your time. Make sure that you leave room for God to intercept. Also, make sure that your life is balanced.

You have to be able to multitask, when it comes to maintaining a balanced life, especially if you’re a parent or a guardian, or a husband or wife! You can’t get so wrapped up in one thing, that you neglect another area of your life or a person/people who are important to you. Some things require more attention than others, nevertheless the attention is required. Think about it this way.

Imagine this: There was a man who had a small leak in his roof. He was a man who worked hard everyday, all day, and every night when he came home from work, he said that he was going to fix that small leak in his roof. Well, a day turned into a week, a week turned into months and one day he got off of work, and all kinds of animals were partying in his kitchen! Raccoons, squirrels, mice, you name it! So, not only did he need to repair the hole, he now had to deal with a pest infestation.

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Do you understand where I’m coming from? There’s nothing wrong with the man being a hard worker. You have to work so that you can take care of your house (to include your family). So, why didn’t he take care of the small hole before it became a big problem? The answer is short and simple. In this man’s case, work was more important.

It wasn’t that he didn’t have enough time, because let’s face it, everyone at some point in life has felt like there just wasn’t enough hours in the day, however… we make time for what’s important. So, handle your business in life and make your plans, but don’t neglect your spiritual man, because what may start out as you missing a day of reading your Bible could turn into a week, and then a week could turn into months, and then in a year, your life could be all out of wack (I hope and pray not), and you will be wondering… “Lord, what happened?” You know what He’s going to say, “You didn’t make time.”

So, make time for God today. Make time to go to your child’s game today. Make time to tell that loved one that you love them today. Make time to allow the Holy Spirit to intercept in your life today. Your future self will thank you for it! ❤️

 

 

God has a sense of humor. When you’re going through something, He sends people, uses places and things to send you a specific message and lighten your heart. I have challenges like everyone else. One of my challenges in life is learning to turn people (in specific family) loose when they refuse to want and do better in life. I’m going to be honest, I do all I can to lead them the right way, but sometimes it’s unappreciated and when this happens, I’ve learned to pray for them and don’t worry about them, because it’s literally all you can do.

It’s so funny because I’m currently working on a book/journal teaching people how to let go and let God. I get asked a lot, “How does a person let go and let God?” The answer is simple in my head, but in my heart, I struggle to let go. I struggle because I know what the streets can do to a person. I struggle because I know what it’s like for your family to be destroyed by selfishness and careless actions.

I struggle because I’ve went through what the loved one I’m trying to save, is going through, and I don’t want that person to go through the same things I did. Doing things apart from God may seem freeing, but you just end up in bondage. A person may go out into the world to look for healing, only to come back in even more pain. As much as we love our family, whether it’s a spouse, child, sibling, cousin, parent or whoever, it’s important to know that, we cannot save people… no matter how much we love them.

Acts 4:12 (CEV)

Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone.

I accept that, but you know what I can’t accept? When someone’s careless actions directly affects you and other loved ones, especially when the person who’s being careless is a loved one too! I’m like come on, can’t you see what you’re doing to everyone else, not to mention yourself! I try to make them see the pain they’re causing others, but the funny thing about that is, they’re in pain themselves… and it’s hard to heal someone else when you’re consumed with your own pain. Pain has a funny way of keeping a person focused only on self… ask anyone who’s ever went through anything in life.

Anyway, I’ve come to realize it’s not me, it’s them… period. When people or a person you love deliberately hurts you again, and again, it has nothing to do with whether or not you’re doing something wrong, it has everything to do with them… and that’s just something you can’t fix. The only person who can fix that is them, and God. Even God don’t force us to get our lives together, we have to make a choice and then trust Him to help us. Change is about making a daily decision to be different and choosing to do better.

So, the humor part… I went into my Bitmoji stories on Snapchat (because a mini cartoon of me is both funny and interesting). By the way, they’re briefly entertaining. Anyway, Godzilla was blowing fire and running rampant outside of my Bitmoji’s home. My Bitmoji was looking out the window and worried that Godzilla was going to destroy her home, she talked to a friend who was over, and said, “I know it’s selfish, but I’m worried about Godzilla only destroying my home!”

The friend who was over told her (and this is no lie), “Don’t be so hard on yourself. Learn to change the things you can’t accept, and accept the things you cannot change.” 😱If you don’t think God doesn’t speak through cartoons, you better read that again! Then the Bitmoji friend told me to sit down and play a game while Godzilla continued to run rampant outside my cartoon home. Putting all of this into perspective, this means that you can’t control everything, so why worry?

Continue with your life. Also, when the cartoon Godzilla was running rampant outside of my Bitmoji’s home, she wasn’t worried about other people’s home being destroyed, she was worried about her home. It reminded me that it’s natural to want to keep your home (family) safe. It’s not that you don’t care about other people’s family (or in that case home), it’s just that things hit differently when you’re directly affected. It also made me realize that what I mentioned above, about when people are in pain, it causes them to “focus on self,” is so true.

Whether we’re the cause of our own pain or the cause of others, that pain is the consequence of our own selfishness. How we respond to that pain can also be selfish, especially if you refuse to let go and let God, by holding onto a person longer than you should or trying to force change on someone.

Note to self: Stop trying to handle things on your own… That’s selfish.

It’s time to stop trying to control the things we can’t, and change the things we can, and move on with our lives, leaving the rest up to God.

You may think you’re being strong, or not being a bother to God or others by trying to control the situation yourself, but that’s not strength, that’s selfishness… You see how being in pain works?… Let go and let GOD! In Jesus name. 🙏🏾

People can fool other people but they can’t fool God! If you’re unsure about a certain person, seek God! Put aside your feelings or anything that could cloud your vision or stand in the way of you hearing from Him! When in doubt, always go with what God said, over how you feel. Feelings change, but the Word of God stays the same.

His Word says, “No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” -Psalm 84:11. It also says in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So ask God what are His thoughts when you need help discerning the spirit of people! Some people are really good pretenders and they can fool you, especially if you’re thinking with your heart and not using your mind! I think that your heart and mind should be on the same page.

If there’s conflict between the two then confusion is in the midst and we all know that confusion is not of God. When God speaks, there’s no contradiction in what He has to say. He makes things crystal clear. A lot of times we as people take what He has said and try to make it fit into our own thoughts, or what we think makes sense, but that’s not following His Word. We have to stop picking and choosing what part of God’s Word that we want to obey and what part we choose to excuse.

It’s hard to discern spirits if you’re straddling the fence! This is why it’s so important to get in sync with the Holy Spirit, so that you are less likely to be bamboozled, whether it’s within a dating relationship or even a pastor! People are people, and don’t let titles trick you into believing that just because someone holds a certain position, social status or accomplishment, that the person is free of sin. Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Use the wisdom of the Holy Spirit when you’re unsure of someone.

Getting our hearts broken or going through certain trials in life are inevitable, but seeking God first and including Him in your plans will keep you from being led astray by your own feelings or lack of judgment. Proverbs 16:3, “Share your plans with the LORD, and you will succeed.”

When God has predestined you for greatness, no person can block, nor devil can stop, you from reaching the top! Keep soaring my friends!

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Be careful of the words you speak, because like a seed, they’ll take root and grow in a person’s heart and mind. Many people are alive, and yet not living. They’re equivalent to a walking zombie, because of the deadly words that came out of someone else’s mouth. Words can beat a person far worse than physical abuse can, because words destroy a person from the inside, out. So choose your words wisely, and before speaking out of anger, and saying something you’ll regret, just walk away. Your feelings may be hurt for a moment, but deadly words will haunt a person for a lifetime.

Date with a purpose…Date towards marriage…

Know who you are and love yourself first.

 If you don’t know who you are or you are battling with self esteem issues then you will get in your feelings easily and begin to operate off of things that you lack and not necessarily what the other person has shown you.

You will become misled not by what they’ve done or said to you, but by that void that you’ve yet to address in your life. If you don’t love yourself and is not secure in who you are you will confuse flirtation or a nice gesture with love. Oh he always ask me how I’m doing or he comes and gives me a hug everyday, he always notices when I get a new hairstyle, everyday he calls me beautiful. If you operate out of your feelings you will think it’s love. You haven’t sat down with this person and you don’t know if he wants to get married or not, have goals or just winging it, heck you don’t even know his last name but you are taking yourself off the market without a commitment and telling everyone, I love him. You don’t really love him, you love how he make you feel about who you are. When was the last time that you looked in the mirror and said everything is ok or I am beautiful? When is the last time you hugged yourself and embraced you, flaws and all? So many people are broken because they’re moving from relationship to relationship without healing and loving who they are as a person. Take time to get to know you and love you first and then take your time within the relationship and remember to date with purpose.

I saw you across the street leaving the bar-

you had one too many drinks, so you stumbled to your car-

fumbling with your keys telling the guys that you’re ok-

trying to drink away the pain caused by heart break.

You sat there in your car as you waved your friends goodbye-

and when the coast was clear, you begin to cry.

You opened up your wallet and saw what use to be-

a picture of a love lost, a perfect family.

So much you want to say but it feels like a waste of time-

“she won’t believe a word I say, she’ll think I’m only lying.”

You’re wondering how to convince her to forgive and take you back-

but truth is you haven’t forgiven yourself for letting her go like that.

You have trouble expressing your emotions, you’re trying to drown them in a cup-

with women coming a dime a dozen it’s hard to give them up-

you’re stuck-

no luck.

Still not over her…

You’re crying out to her but she can’t hear you-

she only sees your issues-

she can’t hear your issue.

You behave nonchalant when she’s around-

but deep in your heart it’s breaking you down-

with every sip of the cup, you are starting to drown-

I see you and I hear you.

You turn the key to start the engine-

and drive down the road with a cloudy vision-

although it’s clear skies there is something that’s missing-

you’re searching to find it while slowly drifting-

right off a clip, you’re fingers are slipping-

I reached for your hand while tightly gripping-

you said, “let me go, my soul is missing”-

I saw you, I heard you, I found you.

I’m here..❣

By: Shubricca L. Bell

Have you ever been in one of those situations where a friend of yours  was deeply saddened or upset about something and they came to you for comfort? You listened to their story and wished that there was something, anything, hopefully you could somehow find the perfect words to comfort them? I find myself in this situation a lot. I ask God. Why me Lord? I don’t have a PH.D. in Phycology . Half of the time I don’t know what to tell most of the people that come to me. I’m even shocked that people I’m only mildly associated with choose to confide in me. I always worry about the right thing to say and most of the time I barely say anything. Usually after they vent or tell me whatever is on their mind, they go away with a smile and even thank me. I don’t think it’s a big deal, all I did was listen. But someone once told me that sometimes listening is all a person really needs. You don’t need to have the fanciest vocabulary or impressive words. You don’t even have to hold a degree in counseling. Sometimes a person finds comfort in knowing that someone is there just to be a shoulder to cry on (you’re listening), a hand to hold (you’re listening) or a hug when their world is caving in (you’re listening). Don’t beat yourself up trying to find the right words to say in difficult situations. Let your love speak by simply listening.