This Thing Called Religion 

The only life that I want to live is a life that’s pleasing to Christ.One filled with malice, maliousiness, twofaceness, and hate just isn’t right. The life that I live on social media must match my reality. That’s important to me. Some say, Jess you take this thing to seriously. No, I act like this “thing” is important to me. I rather be known as the prayerful, loving, Jesus giving girl. Then the one that cursed someone without a care. Maybe if enough of us took this “thing” a little more seriously, the hurt and lost would be more willing to listen. But right now, all they see is the church being the world’s equal. Instead of the church without a spot or a wrinkle.
Give Jesus. The people need Him. 

God has the juice 

Quick story…
My 2 year old niece stayed the night with me. Like most toddlers, she took over the bed and invaded my space. lol. I slid her over to her side multiple times. But the last time I moved her little body, she opened her pretty eyes to look for me. She stretched out her hand and moved back over towards me. What I then realized was that she didn’t just accidentally wander to my side, it was more than that. She wanted to be held. She wanted to be close. Maybe she just wanted to feel loved? Maybe she felt protected? Whatever she longed for, she knew that I had it.  
Long story short….GOD HAS WHAT YOU NEED!
I began to think, how often does God try to get our attention? How much would He love for us to just stop what we are doing and reach out to Him? Run to Him? Love on Him? Cry out to Him? Worship Him?  
HE HAS WHAT WE NEED.
Get into His presence.  

Worship. 

Pray. 

Fast. 

Cry out. 

Read the Bible.  
Peace and Blessings.

Plug Me In (Power)

I must move closer to 

Power

I must live in 

Power

I must dwell in the face of 

Power

I must talk to

Power

Let it consume my life

Power

Consider its ways

Power

Lead me day by day

Power

Connect to it

Power

Stay lit

Power 

Stay woke 

Power

Unity in the

Power

Peace 

Power

Increase 

Power 

Love 

Power 

Deeper understanding 

Power

Strength 

Power

Hope

Power

Faith to faith

Power

Miracles

Power

Patience in the

Power

Prosperity

Power

On the mountains 

Power

Down in the valleys 

Power

Dipped in the water

Power

Absolute fast

Power

Loving that neighbor 

Power

Lifting up my Pastor 

Power

Healing 

Power

Mighty is the 

Power

Forever is the

Power

Giving

Power 

Saturate me with Your

Power

Serving the Heavenly Father will get me

Power

I. Need. It. 

POWER!

I’ll forever Claim That You’re Still Good

Dear heavenly Father,
I come before You interceding for Your people. Someone is going through. Someone is having a hard time. Someone is down. But I come before You, God knowing that nothing that we face, is too big for You. Nothing that we face is too hard for You to fix. Nothing that has happened or is happening is news to You. You hold our world in Your hands. You know our endings from our beginning. You are a good Father. Help us to look beyond our fears, hiccups, and pain and push to give You the praise in the midst of it. Help us to worship from a deeper place. Help us to honor You with the fruit of our lips. Help us to hold on to Your word knowing that it won’t return void. Many things will change in this world, but one thing is guaranteed, You will remain the same. No matter what is going on, You remain good. No matter how we feel, You remain good. No matter the test, You remain good. In lack, You’re good. In sickness, You’re good. In sadness, You’re good. In the midst of the storm, You’re good. You’re good when all is going well and we will claim the same when we hit a trial. Lord, how mighty are You. Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Give us the patience that we need for you to complete a perfect work in us. Give us the joy that will be our strength. Give us the endurance to remain in the race. Give us the peace that will surpass all understanding. Give us Your Word, for it is true and dependable. We will forever give You the praise and the glory. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

Can you hear Me now?

It was 2011. I was cruising through life. Caught up in doing things my way knowing good and well I was going against God. But I was ok with this. Why? Because my God is soooo gracious. Yupp, I was doing my thing and didn’t care. I had SOME nerve!! 

So one night around 10 pm, I was chilling. The room completely dark. The room was quiet. I was alone. So I thought. All of a sudden, I  heard “don’t take advantage of My grace.” I jumped up and looked around the room. I got up and turned the light on. Looked around some more. Now, I did all of this knowing that I wasn’t going to find anyone in the room but me. I knew it was God. I sat on the bed. Thought about what I heard and immediately repented.

This would be first of many times I heard Him.

Now, I wish I could say that I got my act together right then and there. I wish I could say I became this great Christian… nope! (But thats another blog for another day)

After the moment I just told you about, years passed before I heard the voice of the Lord again. Sure, I knew His hand was on my life. Yes, I would see signs of Him being present. But He wasn’t speaking. Or was He? It wasn’t until I joined my church on a months fast in January 2016 that I began to recognize His voice. As I was fasting and praying (because they go hand in hand) I would take a moment to stop and listen. The more I tried to hear, the more I heard. Now during this time of fasting, I needed to make a decision in life and needed to know if this was Him or not. At times, I would think I heard Him , then would brush it off. Like naaaa, that was just me talking. This happened a lot during that month. Then one day I was sitting in the living and I said something (I can’t remember what) , but His response was “I’ve been speaking all along.” My mouth dropped. Clarity. This is all I wanted. To hear and recognize my Lords voice. This was a humbling experience. I wanted to cry and smile at the same time. Who was I that He would decide to visit me, sit with me, and talk. I was grateful. 

As I grew, I looked back on the event. I realized that I made myself available. I sought after and found Him. I called and He answered. As I quieted the noise around me, the volume of His increased. 

When was the first time you heard God speak? When was the last time You heard Him? Have you ever heard Him? How do you know when He is speaking?


You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 NIV

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 4:8 NIV

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14:26 NIV

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Revelation 3:22 NIV

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord , for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord , but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

1 Kings 19:11‭-‬12 NIV

Milk or meat?

Lately I’ve had the joy of enjoying an almost 30 min drive to work. I don’t mind the drive most days, because this is normally a quiet moment to commune with Christ. Well, today was no different than what seems like every other day. I turn the music off and just think, worship, talk, pray, or simply take the view in.

As I was thinking, God began to speak. We started to have a conversation about maturity. Because we never stop growing in Him, right?!
So, after a long day I knew I needed more quiet time with Him and His word (Bible).  I had no idea what I was going to read, but the Holy Spirit placed Ephesians 4 in my spirit.

And what was it about?? Maturity!

I ask that you read and let the Lord speak to you. Let us grow in Him. Let our daily walk align with His word.

Be blessed. Be encouraged.

Sharing Is Caring

Lord, I just want to share the beauty of Your love with everyone I encounter.

May Your words spoken through me kiss their soul.

May Your Spirit smother every hurt, every pain.

Bring a peace that will flow like a river and wash every fear and doubtful thought away.

Encamp around them through  their daily journeys.

May the dipstick of their joy read “full”.

And Your comforting power bring that racing mind to a complete stop.

 

That’s all.

Conversations with God Pt. 2

Me: Lord, why do I seem to come off so strong when I meet someone? Why is it that I “fall in love” with people so easily? What is it? Is it *I begin to list a bunch of things trying to pinpoint it*

God: No! You have what they need. You have Me. Keep doing what you are doing. Give them love. Give them ME.

Me: *wipes single tear away* *smiles* ok, God. Ok. I love You!

 

I am so amazed by His love.  Love conquers all!

Amen (It is so)

Lord, I intercede even now for those who are imprisoned by mental bars. We know that the enemy’s job is to steal, kill, and destroy, but you have given us power over the enemy. You have given us the victory. You have given us the power to speak to our mountain and it has to move. Your word says that whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. So we bind the hand of the enemy right now. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. For we are more than conquers. I bind mental illness, for you have given us a sound mind. The spirit of depression, because your joy is our strength. The feeling of not being enough, for You thought we were to die (on the cross) for. The feeling of loneliness, for You will never leave us nor forsake us. The feeling of not being loved, for you are love. When we found You, we found love. I loose your peace that will flow like a river. Joy that is our strength. Laughter that does good like medicine. Your love that will find us even in the darkest moment. You’re our strength when we are weak. Help us Lord to live our life according to Your Word so that we will walk in our purpose, for Your glory. Lord, I pray for their complete freedom. In Jesus name. Amen.