Thursday, December 30

Are Christians Sinning with Vision Boards?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Are Christians Sinning With Vision Boards?

It's that time of the year. Time to make memories, plan and make new goals. Many people use this time of the year to have Vision Board Parties. A Vision Board Party normally is a party where people have a bunch or magazines, poster board, color pencils and they just chat about and share their hopes and desires with those in the room. That has been my experience with Vision Board parties. 

I don't know about some of these questionable occult type of Vision Parties but here is the reality anyone can pervert anything. Now if you are into the occult I think everything you do would be perverted in reality.

Many Christian women I personally know do not have those type of Vision Board Parties. They use these type of parties to minister to women who do not participate in traditional church activities. They use these parties as a Women outreach activity to fellowship with different type of women.

Every year people tend to reflect and renew their personal plans and goals. Many Christians take this time to reflecting on what God wants you to do in their ministry and personal life. Some people will even use January as a time to fast and hear from the Lord.

Vision Board? Is it some sort of occult practice, repackaged? Some Christians feel that making. a Vision Board makes one focus on themselves in a vain way. Some people even see Vision Boards as a form of idol worship and not focusing on God.

As Christians you know that your heart is everything. If you have issues worshipping idols, or struggle being vain maybe you can't participate in creating a Vision Board. Don't do anything that will make you sin. 

However for everyone else, I'm not a "Scary Christian" and I consult with the Lord before all decisions.It is important if you feel making a Vision Board will cause you to sin, you should not make one because you can't handle it. But as a creative person I read Habakkuk 2:2-

Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so 
that a herald may run with it.

I personally do not see making a Vision Board or writing down goals as slight to the Lord. As Christians we seek the Lord with all our decisions and ideas and we wait for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

However if you feel you are sinning and you don't understand how God gives you goals and the desires of your heart that are align with His Will, then you shouldn't participate in such events. Search your heart and don't do anything that may tempt you to sin.

Thursday, December 2

Are You Thankful?

What is your Wilderness Experience?

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. 
 Let's talk about ... Being Thankful

Are you thankful? Yes, are you thankful with your life or current situation? 

Well, take a moment and think about it. Do you remember when Moses helped the children of Israel escape from the Pharaoh and they crossed the red sea. Then they were wandering in the wilderness towards the Promise Land.

Do you realize that some times when we experience hardship, when we are in the midst of it we can't think straight because of the burdens and distraction of the situation. All they could do was yearn for relief... they just wanted some type of change. 

However, something happened to the children once they got on the other side of the Red Sea. As they wandered towards their blessing they got distracted with the small stuff of life which got them to move their eyes from their blessing.

Well they knew what they were promised. They knew God's yeas were yeas, they witnessed God's miracles in their life but for some reason despite all they witnessed they let doubt creep into their heart.

They began to complain. Yes, complain. What are you complaining about in your life? Is your complaints rooted in fear and doubt? Who is the source of lies, fear and doubt in our life?

The children of Israel were so impatient that they even wished to return back to Egypt and even return back to slavery. They never realize its easier to talk about being faithful and trusting God until you really have to relinquish your will in your life and trust the Savior when you don't see how the end will be.

Having faith means trusting in or having confidence in something you can not see. The children of Israel started to complain about everything not being how they wanted it to be. The more they complained the more their faith in the promise God gave them decreased. 

No matter what you are experiencing right now, God is telling you not to choose to complain. He is telling you to have faith that what you are experiencing right now is just temporary. He hasn't forgotten about you. He keeps his word and keep your eyes on what is to come. Don't let your circumstance distract you in a negative way. 

The bible reminds us:  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Jesus. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

Saturday, October 23

Bible Journaling

Bible Journaling

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Bible Journaling

One of the new craze in the Bible Devotion world is Bible Journaling. It is so popular they have new Bible's made just for the hobby.

Bible journaling is like scrapbooking with your bible. It is a creative devotional practice. I think this is a fun way to bring variety and spice to your devotional time especially is you are a seasoned saint.

Many people who are creative are drawn to this way of studying the bible; however any one can do it. I think this is a great way to pull you closer to the Lord in a new and different way even if you don't look at yourself as a creative person.

Many people use art of various types to make their devotional reading more interested. Some people may use markers, watercolor or stickers to make their lessons come to life.

Let me know in the comments: Have you tried Bible Journaling?

Saturday, January 26

Why Aren't Christian Women Living the Life They Love

Sisters in Christ,

If you are a believe in Christ why are you not living the life you love. If we believe the word of God is true shouldn't we trust God more? Why are many of of living in places we hate? Why are we going to jobs we hate? Why do we continue in friendships that do not help us grow? Why are we settling for lest that God's best? Is the real issue that Christian women do not really trust God? Do you equate God's love of you to your earthly love and relationships? If we truly trust God then we should believe that nothing is impossible for him. If we have dreams that seem impossible and God put the ideas in our head. Why wouldn't God give us the steps we need to take to achieve our goals?

This year its time for you to move and stop making excuses. If you need to sell somethings then do it, if you need to save some money get another job, if you need to go back to school do it and stop making excuses. Ladies if God can heal the sick and make the blind see, why can't he help you achieve your goals.

According to scripture as long as we are doing things according to his word the Lord will bless us. That mean stop doing wrong in your life, yes I am talking about those secret sins from stealing WIFI and cable, cheating on your taxes, to getting that hook up you know is wrong then the Lord will bless your dreams. Some of you need to stop talkiong to some people, stop visiting some places, stop watching things that is not making you a good testimony. This year its time for you to clean things up and walk into your destiny.

Friday, June 30

Its Time For Change

Sisters in Christ,

Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ... Its Time For Change.
Are you feeling stuck? Are you feeling unsatisfied with your job? Are you tired of you your daily routine? Do you seek change?

What are some things that are bothering you in your life? Is it your job, finances, weight or dream?
Is it something that you can change this year? Is it an issue that will take 5 years to correct. You are the only person who knows your true passion. What are 3 thing you would love to do this year. Write them down. Then you should pray to see if those things are in the Will of God. You want to make sure that you are in line with the desires of the Lord.

Yes the Lord will guide you in the right direction. Now as Christian we know fear is not of God. So we can't worry about things we can't control. Realize God wants to give us the desires of our heart as long as its not ungodly desires. Make sure your dreams this year are not coming true based on your negative mind. Now, realize anytime you move towards change you will have many who will be against you. Ignore the noise of negativity and do what you want in life. Change is hard but you will have a more fulfilling life.

Monday, July 4

Declutter the Stress in Your Life

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Declutter the Stress in Your Life.

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

According to several research findings, almost 18 million Americans take the drug Prozac to help them cope with some sort of stress. Over 70 million people go to their doctor for some sort of sleeping problem. Many Americans choose not to use their vacations days. However, when asked many working Americans admit that they are stressed-out daily.

Living a peaceful life, free from stress is important to God. However, in reality many Christians are not living the type of life the Lord has for them. As a Christian you can't let sickness, stress, tiredness, or anxiety get the best of you because it shows a lack of trust in God. You can not control what happens to you in a day. You can control how you react to your problems. The main thing we need to do is to give our cares to the Lord. Psalm 55:22 says Cast your care a on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken (NIV).

Start Small.

You do not have to make big changes in order to have peace. Start Small with decluttering. Take time to declutter your life both your mental or physical space.  Pack up old things or the things you no longer find useful. The rule is if you haven't used it or wore it in a year throw it out. You don't have to just throw things away, you can also make money with the things you no longer want.

1. Thred Up

2. Poshmark

3. Snob Swap

4.  Ebay

5. Josies Friends (kids)

Starting small to declutter will help your wallet feel better and you will realize that you do not need so many things just taking up space.

Friday, June 24

It Time to Eat Clean

Sisters in Christ, Come on in and grab a cup of tea. Let's talk about ...Eating Clean.

On a recent trip to the grocery store I decided to take the time to read labels. I was so surprised to see that many of my normal packaged food was filled with Genetically Modified Organism (GMO), hormones and preservatives, even the most simple item was filled with so much chemicals. That began my quest for a change. I almost went into the stock room to find a package food that was free from GMOs. That's when I decided to investigate this "Clean Eating" rage.

The term "Clean Eating" is in all the media outlets, but what does it mean to eat clean? It is simply just eating process free food. That means you try to buy the fresh carrots instead of those in a can with a year expiration date. You try to stay away from with so many chemicals you can't even pronounce. Foods drenched in colors, flavors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, are not considered clean. When you eat clean   try to grow your own, by local or organic. 

This is nothing new for Christians, the bible speaks about food and a healthy life but it seems like most people like to skip those chapters. Some people like to dismiss that part of the bible and say well that was bible days until sickness knocks on their door. The sad thing is than many people do not eat properly for years, they wait until all they can do is take pills with its numerous side affects. Then the side effects causes new diseases. 

When was the last time you remember a sermon on food in church? I can't say I have ever heard one. Not one. Growing up I never realize how what I fed my temple was important to God. We all know about not feeding your body drugs and alcohol, but I never heard a pastor or preacher or religious person say anything about sugar or controling your food intake. 

The bible speaks about good and bad foods. Imagine God provided the Hebrews in the Promised land 7 foods: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and honey. Its funny how Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 keeps it simple and tells believers how to eat so you can have a healthy life but for some reason society is now turning away from simple real food. The Bible tells us we can enjoy things like: cows, sheep, deer, goats, chicken, turkey, duck, geese, salmon, tuna, flounder, pike and herring. However, today we have to read and make sure that are mean hasn't been shot up with so many chemicals that it will affect our own health.

I have personally notice that more and more of my friends between the age of 28 - 45 are looking and feeling like they are 80 years old with all their weight, pain and chronic illness. Let's be honest many are from the fast food generation and as a result of all those quick meals you look bad and feel bad. The sad thing is the older you get the more likely you are to have some kind of disease many of which are food related.

The truth is we are all have to learn self control. If we can not do it then we need to consult the Lord in our time of weakness. This is not an impossible task to change your diet. Believers know that there is nothing impossible for God. No one is making you continue to eat foods grown with fertilizers, pesticides and even sewage sludge (which is just treated human waste) and not think our bodies will be affected. 

Anytime you change anything in your life it takes time. Only a fool knows there is a problem and do nothing to change it. Let me encourage you to take some simple steps on making a difference in your health. 

Steps to Eating Clean:

1. Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets, try to get rid of all those processed and fast foods that you think are making your life convenient. 

2. Try buying more organic food not at those fancy overpriced stores, your local store should have an organic section or organic line that is not too expensive. Buy in bulk or online like at Amazon. Join a local collective there are many community farms even in urban areas. It will take you time to figure out how to shop organic without breaking your wallet but to your health its worth it. 

3. Start reading labels. When you read the package labels you will be shocked by all the ingredients and sugar levels as well as all those weird chemicals and additives. 

It is not difficult to change your eating from dirty chemicals to a more natural clean diet. Start with small changes and you will be surprise at how much more energy you will begin to notice. Take time and research what the Bible says about food such as the Daniel fast. Your health is not only important to your family it is important to God because its hard to get one active in ministry when you sick and tired.