Friday, June 26

Downsizing to Free Yourself for God

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about Downsizing to Free Yourself for God.

I know many of you love prosperity preaching. However, I would like some of you to analyze what you are doing with a our stuff and prosperity to help the kingdom of God?

Everyone love nice things. We all love an upgrade from our cellphones to our Smart TV's. But for some of us the Lord have been trying to get our attention to tell us we need a total lifestyle change. We need to move our thinking from more to less.

In a capitalistic society having less sounds crazy. However, the Lord tell us in his word to be good stewards. That means with our money and possessions. What does that mean in reference to our lifestyle? The Lord loves to bless us but many of our families are not living on a level where our lifestyle is really a blessing to others. If you feel the Lord is urging you to downsize. I want to encourage you that this is an attainable goal. It is possible despite all the American consumerism to downsize your life and help others. Living a downsize life can be emotionally and spiritually freeing.

Some of you  may feel this is a nice concept but the Lord has been speaking to someone that its time to make a drastic change. My challenge to every reader is to just find one closet and just clean it out totally. If its 100% full try to cut it down to half full then a quarter. Let the spirit of the Lord move you to the right amount of change is right for you. The hardest part for most people is actually letting go of the stuff you think you need or want.

Some people the Lord is telling you to downsize your car or house. Some people the Lord has stirred up a ministry that you can't do because you are bound by stuff. Everyone in America have been socialize to think you need more and more stuff. It's always hard to change your life but once you do you will feel so free to hear the voice of the Lord.

Thursday, February 26

Yogis Fooling Christian Women to Worship Another God

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Yogis Fooling Christian Women 
to Worship Another God.

I was shock when a first lady said she had to first go to her Yoga class before she went to church. I was like what, you practice Yoga? I think she was shock that I knew the truth about Yoga. She went on to try to justify why it was okay for her to take part in this "exercise" class. Then I spoke to other Christian women who felt the same way. But the only problem is that I am not quite sure if they ever read many of the Bible passages that make it clear that Yoga is a bad thing. I wanted to share with my blog readers that if your are a Christian think about what you are doing every week that maybe part of the Occult.

Many modern Christian women seem to be desensitized by the fact that practicing Yoga is a form of worship. Even though they know the Lord is a jealous God, they still refuse to give up the practice and continue to worship other gods (many are personal and inactive diety). Yoga is a gateway practice that leads to pluralism and New Age.

Many modern women today are trying to integrate yoga and Eastern spirituality with Christian prayer and meditation.Thinking that they actually getting close to the Lord. It's awful to see Christian women trying to mix the two religions. However for centuries everyone knew east and west don't mix.

It doesn't make sense to me that many Christians seek the advice of Yogis as to whether this goes against Christianity. A Yogi is a person who is a master of yoga. Their job is to get more clients. Why not ask your pastor if Christians should be taking part in Yoga?" A Church pastor knows Christianity. I think many modern ladies just want to be disobedient to our Lord and Savior and do what they want. Ladies let's keep it real.

According to the website of Yogi Master, Worhipful Sri Maharaj about their belief system:
Yoga teaches you the truth that every one has within oneself various potentialities and capacities. Man has within himself tremendous powers and latent faculties of which be has really never had any conception. He must awaken these dormant powers and faculties by the practice of Yoga. You can transmit your powerful, soul-stirring, beneficial thoughts to others; because, Yoga tells you, you are an image of God, nay, you are God Himself. The inner essence in you is Omnipotent. The moment the veil of ignorance enshrouding you is rent asunder you will shine in all the Splendour and Glory of the Effulgent Reality. Everyone of you is a power in yourself.

The bible talks about many people trying to be on the same level as Our Lord. If you are a Christian practicing Yoga the Lord is not pleased that you are using your body as a vehicle to achieve an altered state of consciousness with an unholy spirit. "Oh I just use Yoga... as exercise reduce stress... to meditate." Don't make excuses for doing wrong. The Bible is clear, God's people are to have nothing to do with wicked customs. Yoga comes from the practice of Buddhism or Hinduism. Yoga is an ancient practices repackaged for the American market. However, the Bible is very clear to Christian Women.

Let's read Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 on Bible Gateway:

Occult Practices

When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lordyour God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

The Prophet

14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so.

You know the history of Yoga. Yoga fits the criteria of wicked customs. The Bible reminds believers to "Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." I would like to encourage modern Christian Women not to open the door to Yoga because its like any other gateway religion.

If you are a Christian, please share your Yoga experience and why you may or may not practice this.

Saturday, December 27

Are You Sad This Holiday Season?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Are You Sad This Holiday Season?

Sadness and the Christmas holiday do not go together. Unfortunately, I have been running into so many sad, mean and angry women this holiday season.

I don't know why there seems to be an increase of Scrooges or people just feeling "humbug." However, Moms tend to set the tone for their household so if mom is sad, everyone in the house will be grumpy. The sadness may be a result of people taking Christ out of Christmas. Every where I turn I have been hearing people complaining about purchasing gifts, decorating their home and even cooking Christmas Dinners. Many churches have even done away with the annual Christmas plays. I notice that many of the store clerks no longer wish customers "Merry Christmas." Many moms are driving themselves crazy about trying to purchase electronic games and devices their children want that they can not afford. Why would you be sad at the happiest time of the year?

Where does your sadness come from? Can you trace your sadness to a negative childhood
experience? Are you feeling down because of sadness, guilt, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. Have you let your current circumstance trigger sadness in your life. The thing I love about being a Christian is that we become a "new" creature so our past no longer defines us. The Enemy will use this spiritual holiday season to try to get you sad or resentful about your past. Some of you have been even tricked by the enemy to believe that your love should equated to the type of gift you give. If you really love me then I should have a big or expensive gift.

I have been surrounded by negativity lately, a mom at my local mom group meeting brag that her family is skipping Christmas because of her children behavior in school. How awful I thought to myself, taking Christmas from a child because one can not forgive their bad behavior. The sad thing is that Jesus is all about forgiveness and second chance. However, more and more moms are letting their negative attitudes cause them to fall into depression. There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas so you can't let that standard in your head discourage you from enjoying your family.

But what if  you are sad because your family is really bad. What if you have a family that really sucks and Christmas seems to remind you of their shortcomings. I think that sometimes we forget that the other side of the Christmas story is all about Trusting God.

Look at the story in a different way. Imagine if  Mary was a modern girl, like you, what would her story be in plain English? I am working on my Masters Degree hoping to finish soon. I have rent to pay, I engaged to man has it going on. I am trying to figure out how I am going to pay for my wedding. Then an angel tells me I will be pregnant when the Holy Spirit comes. You and I would be rightfully depressed about the possible scandal. However, Mary decided not to be Debbie Downer, or be sad or depressed. She decided to just TRUST GOD.

One was to Trust God is to praise him. Romans15:11 reminds us to "praise the Lord." That means thanking him for what you do have. Thank him for the health and strength to go through your situation. Take a moment and pray that the Lord teach you how to release everything to Him and change your negative attitude. If you think your sadness may be clinical depression then use the resources the Lord has in the world and see a doctor. Remember the Lord can heal any disease or disorder or any circumstance in your life.

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; 
they shall mount up with wings as eagles
they shall run, and not be weary; 
and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Tuesday, December 16

Turn Thrift Store Find into Fashion Statement

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Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea.
Let's talk about ... Turn Thrift Store Find into Fashion Statement.

I know everyone is thinking about the brand new gift they want for Christmas. However, not everyone can afford something NEW. I love clothes and I love thrifting. Thrifting forces one to be a good steward with their money. That's a biblical statement. I realize after looking at my out of control closet that I have wasted a lot of money on clothes I don't like or wear. I've been trying to figure out what to do with all the clothes I don't care for.

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Thrifting have allowed me to change my style.
I have been forced to become more creative. I have been able to buy unusual colors in shoes
because if I had to buy full price

I would stay with neutral colors. I have found some great designer merchandise at a cheap price.

I have a love for clothes and as a plus size girl
I have had a hard time finding things that fit to my body shape. Thrifting has allowed me to get into sewing and tailoring my fashion.

I am in the process of developing a Shop My Closet website, just for plus size fashionistas. I have some great pieces that are quite unique and appropriate for church but still stylish. I figured if I sell my things I will have money to shop. I guess I will be saving the environment by recycling. That is a good thing too.

"Upcycle" or "Re-Fashioning" is another great thrift shop technique to save money. To can make something out of your thrifty find. This is great for all creative girls out there. It takes a certain type of eye to see the possibilities in a material. I love this because it also teaches you to be content. It means that in your closet you truly have everything you need. You can make something out of nothing.

Please tell me about your thrift store adventure.

Sunday, December 7

Do You Take Time to Rest?


Thanks for Hoppin By, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Do you take time to rest?

I know taking time to rest is hard for most moms. We live in a world where we feel the pressure to be plugged in. I recently heard someone at church brag that they never take a day off from work... or they were so proud to say that they never use their vacation day.

I just came back from by Caribbean adventure in December so I really can't relate. Is this practice is a generational thing?

Why in the world would anyone deny themselves of REST?

Who cares that when you retire you will get a check for unused leave? I never heard of such a practice. The thing that got me was that this church sister was acting life this practice was some sort of biblical thing to show her dedication.

The bible reminds us that the Lord rested on the Sabbath. Growing up in my home we were not allowed to do any kind of work at all. No completing homework, washing clothes, folding, going out besides church and serving dinner. My mom completed a majority of our Sunday dinner on Saturday. I guess, by todays standard that may be harsh; however, this reminded me that Sunday was a different type of day.

Most people have vacation days as a benefit or perk for working at a company. Why in the world wouldn't one enjoy it. I sat there and thought about how many fun family events one would miss. How many family traditions that could have been made. Imagine, how much ones quality of life could have changed if one just took the time to separate and relax?

In Mark 6:31 it reminds us, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.

It is not  a sin to enjoy life or take some time to just relax. Vacation doesn't have to be expensive.
You can take a day trip or even a stay-cation at home. If you like a little adventure you can visit National Parks, or just go to the beach. I think everyone should take time and do something for themselves.

I don't know if this thought is an isolated issue however, I hope all Modern Christian women are not afraid to take a vacation somewhere or just take time to relax. The reality is that when you decide to leave your job. Your position will more than likely be replaced. It is so important for everyone to take a mental break. This affects your health and you should me important to yourself.

I am just curious, how many of you don't take a yearly vacation and why?

Thursday, October 30

Christians Not Doing Their Best

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Christians Not Doing their Best.

What is in a name? Do you define yourself as a Christian? Are you one of those people who love quoting the bible but you don't actually live the word? As Christians we tend to react to things and situation and sometimes we are not transparent as we know the Lord want us to be. I guess because we have a fear that we may hurt or discourage someone.

I am personally sick of running into "trifling" Christians, I don't know how else to say it. From the rude clerk working at the Christian bookstore to that hairdresser who is always late but blast her gospel music. I am even sick of that bible quoting homeschool co-op trying to shake families down with one more fundraiser or fees.

Well, now let me get all in your business.

How would your friends, employers and neighbors describe you and your work? I have been noticing something lately, maybe its just an east coast thing but I am running into more and more so called "Christians" who are not living up to a standard of excellence.

You know those people I am talking about those who come to work late and lleave early, those who "borrow" supplies from work, those who ask their friends to sign them in on the time clock and know they are stealing time. Those so called Christians who do not operate in their gifts.

You know those people I am talking about those who have programs at the church who never heard from the voice of the Lord or even took the time to plan their program out. Those who want the credit but are not willing to do the work to get the credit. I am also sick of those of you who straight pimp the church you know who you are... you might not be selling goods in the church but you are very close.

 I just want to let you know that other Christians notice your ways and we are sick and tire of you. I wish I had the opportunity to flip a table just to get your attention. If you call yourself a Christian it should mean something. It means my example is Christ. It means I am humbling myself to his word.
I means I operate only after consulting him. It means in the barest term that I die, my desire dies.

I am so tired of "bobo head" Christians. Those of you who have been in church so long that now its just a ritual or game to you. However, you are leading Christian ministries you are in no way qualified to lead.

If you open a Christian school it should be the best school around. Why nickle and dime people? why lie to parents. Why are you not taking the time to make your program excellent? That is what Jesus would do. Why do churches continue to let their cousins, uncles, or father become Deacons, Elders or Pastors when everyone knows they called themselves for these positions? I am sick and tired that there is no quality control person out there to measure all those people, products, ministries that call themselves Christians. There are a bunch of trashy mess out their under the label of Christianity when it is so obvious that these people or leaders of ministries have forgotten to that the time to read Christ word.

I hope you are a different person, I hope that nonbelievers look at you and what you do and smile and say, Wow? Now, that is a Christian.

Sunday, October 26

Why I Quit My Co op

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea.

 Let's talk about ... Why I Quit My Co op. Isn't that awful! I had to quit my co op.

Well, you all know this is my
first year homeschooling. I am a excited newbie, homeschooling a high schooler and an elementary school student.

I had all these great ideas about my vision for our homeschool experience. I wanted to give my kids a great Christian educational experience.

I didn't think I could do everything on my own so I thought why not join a Christian co op where I could have the best of both worlds. They could meet other Christian homeschoolers and be a part of the Christian homeschool community. I have older kids so connecting with a group for socialization is so important. We also were seeking stimulating class experiences

.My kids were bored in traditional school so we were looking for unusual class offerings or classes taught in an interactive manner. I wanted some of the social things that make school fun like Spirit Days, dances and stimulating field trips. My kids wanted cooking, music, fencing, science. tennis, Spanish, Latin, and Logic classes. We really thought it would be easy to find this for older homeschoolers.

Well, it is not easy to find resources for older homeschoolers and not everyone shares the same vision. The program we joined did not meet the vision advertised. The program was a little classical but the staff didn't seem to understand what that quite meant.

I was a bit angry that this church
co-op didn't do things as advertised. However, I did hear the voice of the Lord tell me to leave right away.

It is so hard to stop or quick something when it just started and you notice things are not going right.
After 8 weeks of driving a hour away we final took a stand and said enough is enough. We were so disappointed that our vision just died. It was so quick. I felt I was not only betrayed by traditional school but also by homeschoolers. Change can be difficult but when the Lord tells you to do something you have to listen. He knows the ins and outs. He knows the drama to come. I thank the Lord for giving me the strength to regroup and move on. Later we found out other seasoned homeschoolers felt the same way about the program but since they had history with the director they would stay and remain silent.

I was so happy I stepped out on faith because the Lord led us to a better group. It is through a local museum. The program is larger and more organized. The best thing is that it is so close to my house.
I felt the whole situation was a teachable moment. I was able to teach my kids the importance of leaving a situation when things seem wrong and being confident in your decisions once you pray about your situations.

When a situation isn't right the Lord tells us but sometimes we are not paying attention. I told my oldest son imagine if you went to a college party and you saw things in a room that look like drugs but you were not sure what was going on but you hear the whisper of the Lord telling you to leave. What do you do? Sometimes all the Lord does is give us a whisper or thought and it may be quick. You may not have time to make a decision.

After my 8 week adventure with the wrong co-op the Lord is leading me to develop that co-op I was dreaming about because there is a need for good Christian examples in homeschooling in my area. If your going to do something for the Lord we need to give the Lord our best. We need to take time and organize and do things right. The Lord does not operate in confusion. When you see hints of disorganization and chaos that is a hint that something isn't quite right. The Lord can't bless you if your under the headship of mess.

**Let us know if you ever had issues with co ops or co-op classes or play groups.

Sunday, October 12

Are You Sitting On Your Dreams?

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."  2 Cronicles 15:7

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Are You Sitting On Your Dreams? You have taken the time to create a vision board like the Words says. You made the vision clear but now you are feeling like nothing is happening.

Well, that means you have to evaluate your board and make sure its not just filled with a bunch of things you wanted without consulting with the Lord. The Lord is not going to desire for you to go to Cancun, Mexico when your in debt. Let's be honest, did you talk to the Lord and pray before you created that board? Your dreams and the Lord's dreams should be in alignment.

The Lord will give you a dream when you are asleep about what he wants you to do. The Lord may give you a desire that you can't shake. He has given you certain talents in a certain area that complements the dream. You may even have education in that area of your dream.

If he gave you the vision then you have to TRUST that the Lord is going to make it happen. He doesn't expect you to sit around and wait for something to happen. You need to be doing something to prepare for what is to come. Did the Lord tell you to take a particular job or are you just wasting time on godless things to get money, to please parents and friends? Paul wrote, "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful..." (1 Cor. 10:23) Sometimes you just do things in life that are a waste of time. Your dreams will go hand in hand with your God given talents.

How can I tell if my dream is a God's dream?

Well you will know if. . .
1. You can not let it go. If you keep having the same dream over and over again.
2. You are willing to focus on the dream and give everything to it.
3. Your dream meets a need that nothing else has seem to fulfill
4. It brings glory to God.
5. Your dream is bigger than yourself.

Gen 41:12-13 "We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us." 

Let us know how you are progressing with your VISION BOARD. Leave a comment.

Tuesday, September 16

Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Saving Christmas. 
Its a new movie by Kirk Cameron. 

Every year at Christmas time it seems the baby in the manger takes more and more 
of a backseat to retail sales, Santa Claus, and political correctness.  With “Merry Christmas” being replaced by “Seasons Greetings” and court ordered removal of public nativity scenes, the fruit of Mary’s womb is falling on hard times.But this year, Kirk Cameron is taking back Christmas with his engaging new movie SAVING CHRISTMAS

Opening in select theaters November 14, the newest movie from the star of Fireproof 
and Unstoppable is filled with laughter, warmth, and God-honoring cheer!SAVING CHRISTMAS will change the way your family sees and celebrates this magical time of year. In SAVING CHRISTMAS, Kirk’s sister’s annual Christmas party is about to be ruined by Kirk’s brother-in-law Christian, who is chock full of no-fun Scroogery. Kirk realizes it’s his job to grab Christian by his seasonal sweater and show him Christ where Christ has always been: smack dab at the center of all the Christmas hoopla. KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS provides a biblical basis for our favorite time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season.This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reason for the season.”

Take in the splendor; take in the majesty; take in the story. Take it all in … 
and let’s put Christ back in Christmas!

Friday, September 5

Kindness: Pay It Forward

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about  . . . Kindness: Pay It Forward.

Jesus ministry taught us simple lessons like being kind. He didn't ask us to do things that were too hard or impossible to achieve. Imagine, It doesn't take much time to be kind. It doesn't take much money to be kind. All it takes is a little effort.

I want to remind you  today that kindness really goes a long way. It is not always easy or popular to be kind to others. But I always remind my kids that our reward as Christians is not here on earth. You make an effort to be kind to others because it is the right thing to do.

I don't know what your going through today but I would like to encourage you to NOT always think about yourself. There is someone going through something worse.

Today try to extend your hands to a fellow human. Christianity is NOT always your words. You can spread the word of the Lord with your action.

If you haven't seen this, it will make you rethink every situation you may face today.