Faith walk. Faith talks. I slip. I fall. Because I took my eyes off it all. I believe what I can’t see. Until someone comes and gives their opinion. When I listen, I must remain prayerful. They can’t see my vision. So if I let their word in, I slip. I fall. No more faith. Now it’s all based on what I see. There is no calculating when walking in Me(Christ). Trust and believe you are on the right path. Keeping going in Me. Keep growing in Me. What you see will not always be when you are walking with Me. Faith walks. Faith talks. Getting moving.
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.
Society, please don’t label me.
But if you must, call me…
Tell me that I can do it.
Tell me that I will win.
Whisper greatness to my soul.
Accept my me-ness.
Embrace my sound.
But you won’t.
So I shall call myself these things. I shall speak greatness over my life. I will march to the beat of my drum. Because I refuse to play by your rules.
I AM ME
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.
I would be retired and traveling the world if I had a nickle for every time I heard “I hope you have a backup because I’m going to break your camera”?! This statement is often said jokingly, but they truly feel the words are true.
One day I had a client who said this to me as soon as she walked into the studio. She was 60 years old. Right after she uttered the words, I knew she was serious. “I know I’m ugly and my daughter knows that I’m ugly. She tells me all of the time.” Needless to say my heart was broken. How in the world could she believe this? And on top of that, hear it from her daughter? So I went on to ask, “How long have you felt this way?” Her response was, “For 60 years.” I was shocked. I wanted to just embrace her and tell her what she felt isn’t true. But the schedule didn’t allow for a good ole therapeutic session. For me to stop taking photos and just sit and talk to this lovely lady was not an option (especially while on company time). So, I had to change my approach. Often times, I’ll have my client repeat a word or phrase after me to help get them to smile naturally. I would do the same with her, but these words would be positive and uplifting.
Long story short, every effort that was put forth in the 30 minute session was not accepted. She left feeling the same way she came in. She said, “Thank you, but there’s nothing you can say to change the way I feel.” I really had high hopes that what I said to her would take the place of what she trained her brain to think over the course of her life and the words she accepted from her family. But, I know a seed was planted and pray someone else comes along to water it.
How often do you look in the mirror and dislike what you see? You stand there and it almost seems as if all of your “flaws” are illuminated. Why? Because you’re focusing on them. Quick story(yes another one lol): I have this tooth that’s a bit crooked. One day as I was looking in the mirror, I noticed that it was even more crooked then the day before (it really wasn’t). Because I focused on it, it was like I put a magnifying glass to my tooth and this is all I saw when I looked at myself. Like the lady in my previous story, I began to look at myself differently and as a result didn’t like what I saw staring back at me. I had to quickly “slap” myself and change my thoughts. I begin to speak words of greatness. As soon as did, I began to see myself in a different light. I looked “normal” again.
As you may already know, the mind is a powerful tool. You are what you think. If you constantly put yourself down and allow your negative words as well as others to change the way you view yourself, you will forever be enslaved to them. You have the power to accept or decline words spoken over your life. The way you think will ultimately determine the way you live. Soon you’ll notice that you’ll have an “I don’t care attitude”. What people think will not affect you in anyway.
We know that the mind is powerful. You are what you think. Change the way you think and you will change your life.
But first, let me take a selfie.
Let’s be serious. Let’s be real. How many of us have taken a selfie and was actually satisfied with it on the first try? 1 selfie turns into 5. 5 turns into 20. Before you know it, you have just taken 50 selfies and you aren’t happy with any of them so you delete them all. You look at yourself and nitpick. You put yourself down. You list things you don’t like when you see yourself.
My double chin is showing.
My hair is ugly.
Ugh. Look at my teeth.
Smh. Why is my forehead so big?!
Look at the way my eyes are shaped.
This pimple just had to pop up today.
Thanks for giving me this huge nose dad.
I never knew how big my head was.
The list goes on and on….
Then you muster up enough courage to take one more. Finally. You get one.
Okay. Now to find the perfect filter.
Let me ask you this, why are you putting a filter on a masterpiece? According to Merriam-Webster, masterpiece means a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship. There’s no need to alter something that has already been declared outstanding, perfect. How dare we insult God with a filter? How dare we try to alter what He deemed an incredible work of art? If He is perfect and we were made in His image, doesn’t that make us perfect?
Guys, I know there are going to be days when we don’t feel our prettiest and aren’t satisfied with what we see. But try to look at yourself through Gods eyes. If you do this, you’ll realize that the first selfie that was taken was perfect all along.
You are beautiful. You are dope. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are God’s masterpiece.
Let’s leave the filters for our mouths…lol. But seriously.
I love you. Thank you for reading.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalms 139:14)
We can talk ourselves out of just about anything. We can list a million reasons why we can’t or why we haven’t. We can talk ourselves right out of a blessing.
I don’t have the money.
I don’t have the time.
No one wants to listen to me.
That’s already been done.
My kids are my main focus.
School is a heavy load right now.
I’m too old.
I’m not smart enough.
My dad was a nothing, so I’m a nothing.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Now, think about it. What if you actually tried? What if you actually faced your fear? What if you just did IT? Whats the worse that could happen….you actually succeed?! Geeze. Success?? I’ll take it! There’s nothing to it but to it.
Let me say this, there have been times when fear literally stopped me in my track. I would get myself hype and say “today is the day”. Then when it was time to do xy and z, I failed. I would be so disappointed in myself because I would put off and put off. Then one day I finally did what I was afraid of doing. Come to find out, it wasn’t scary at all. Once I started, everything flowed. Why? Because everything that I need is in me. I have what it takes to get the job done. And you know what?? YOU DO TOO!!!!
So what limits are you putting on yourself? Please drop them here…
No longer will you hold yourself back. No longer will you doubt your abilities. No longer will you speak or think negatively. No longer will you limit yourself. You are what you think. Think greatness. Speak greatness. Go and be great!
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NIV
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:30 NIV
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 NIV
Take my lies
Take my insecurities
Take my misunderstanding
Take my pain
Take my hurt
Take my selfishness
Take my vanity
Take my procrastination
Take my sexual immorality
Take my will
Take my porn addiction
Take my low self esteem
Take my drug addition
Take my hurtful words
Take my sadness
Take my eating disorder
Take my evil thoughts
Take my jealousy
Take my envy
Take my pride
Take my bitterness
Take my loneliness
Take my self hate
Take my suicidal thoughts
Take my self-centered ways
Take my over thinking
Take my emptiness
Take my cursing tongue
I’m done. Take it all. Empty me and fill me up with You. I need more of You, Jesus. Purify me. Wash me whiter than snow. Give me You. I need You!
I can’t do life without You!!!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NIV
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:7, 10 NIV
In the unknown…
Faith is produced.
Trust is found.
Character is built.
Tears are shed.
Joy is given.
Ideas are flowing.
Peace is restored.
New adventures explored.
Possibilities are endless.
Jesus is glorified.
Trust where God is leading you. The future can be scary, but don’t run back to the past because it’s familiar. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul. He wont let you fall. Time to get out of the boat.
Trust God, my friends. Trust God.