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. 

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. 

Be free

Last night I went to prayer/bible study with a heavy heart.  My heart was hurting and I needed God to rid me of the pain.  I was determined to go into prayer to leave this at His feet.  I just knew that I was going to cry out to God on my behalf, but as I started to pray, I started to intercede for those that caused me this pain.  I began to lift them up and found that the more I cried out for them, the lighter I felt.  By the end of prayer, the hurt that I was carrying around was no longer there.

I am free!! 

Suggested reads:

After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. Matthew 5:44

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:28

 


If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, there’s no better time like the present to invite Him into your heart and life. If you’d like to do this now, genuinely and sincerely pray this prayer…

Lord Jesus,
I truly believe that You are the Son of God. I confess that I have sinned against You and cannot save myself. Please forgive my wrongdoing and let me live in a relationship with You from now on. I receive You as my personal Savior and believe that You have died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead and are alive and can hear my prayers. I invite You to rule in my life and in my heart from this day forward. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Thank You for saving me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

He’ll heal the hurt

The statement “Hurt people, hurt people” is very true.  If you don’t allow yourself to grow and be healed from the past, you’ll carry that hurt, frustration, guilt, and pain to your future.  Allow the healing process to take place.  Allow God to do a perfect work in you.  Walk in forgiveness.  Walk in greatness.  #OperationMe #LoveYourself #LovePeople #LoveGod #WalkInForgiveness

God said “go” & I said “no thank You”

You ever have that moment in life when you feel like God is literally pushing you to do something and be something you just aren’t ready to do or be? Well, I am currently living this moment…it’s called growth. It all started three years ago when God said “go”.  I said “no thank You. not now”.  Again, I heard “Go”. and my response was “no”. Mighty bold of me, huh? Yes, I know. Some nerve I had!  But thank God for His grace and mercy!! After hearing Him say “GO” the third time, I reluctantly packed my car with all of my belongings, left my world, and drove 600 miles just to end up in the unknown.

Once I arrived at my destination, I unpacked my vehicle, sat on the edge of my bed, and started crying.  I mean balling like a baby!  I had no idea what was happening and WHY this was happening.  I had put on a front for most of my friends and family and acted like this was an awesome opportunity, but now while I alone, the pressure of all that had just taken place (all within a month might I add) overwhelmed me. Questions filled my head…Had I heard God correctly? What have I done? What is going on with my life?

I was 26 working a good job, with good benefits, had my own apt and car, wonderful friends, attending church regularly, trying to grow in my walk with Christ.   (*pause* as I wrote the last sentence, God showed me that the details of the sentence actually listed, in order, my priorities at the time. Wow! Yes, I put Christ on the back burner way too many times.) Anyway, I had more going on in between these things that I may or may not address in future posts.  But all in all, I was pleased with my life and as I think about it now, I understand every question that flooded my mind as I sat on the edge of the bed.

Little did I know, this move would be the second best decision that I made in life.

FYI…deciding to live my life for Christ was the first.

Stay tuned. To be continued…

 


 

If you’re reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, there’s no better time like the present to invite Him into your heart and life. If you’d like to do this now, genuinely and sincerely pray this prayer…

Lord Jesus,
I truly believe that You are the Son of God. I confess that I have sinned against You and cannot save myself. Please forgive my wrongdoing and let me live in a relationship with You from now on. I receive You as my personal Savior and believe that You have died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead and are alive and can hear my prayers. I invite You to rule in my life and in my heart from this day forward. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to You. Thank You for saving me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

As I grow

I do realize that I am a rare beauty (no I’m not laying on the horn lol), but The most beautiful thing about me is that I have a heart for God. Living a life that pleases Him is important to me and I strive for excellence when it comes to my walk. I am challenged daily to strengthen my walk with Him. Although I may slip up and fall at times, I am wholeheartedly pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling ( Philippians 3:14). In doing so there has to be a constant renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2). I can’t expect to move forward in newness when I am partaking in the old. My old self has died and been made new in Christ. How can a young believer stay pure? By living according to the word (Psalms 119:9).

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

When I look into the mirror, what do I see?
A woman that’s put together so wonderfully.
I was phenomenally made by God.
Yes, cheerfully He created a masterpiece to display.
For His work to speak of His goodness each day.
Let His greatness be seen in me
May my life be rich in favor for all to see.
I could really care less about what people think about me;
I cant allow their words to determine my destiny.
For me to become enslaved to the words of society,
would be a total disappointment to the One who created me.
I walk with confidence because I know Who holds my future.
I’m on a quest.
I’m on a mission.
Lord, use me.

Different for a reason

I remember never fitting in. Thinking back I was set apart before I knew what being set apart meant. I never felt accepted. It was never meant for me to be “down”. I was an outcast. I was …different. Changing the way I talked to fit in happened more often than none. How I dressed changed with my friends. I imitated what I saw because what I saw was liked. so I thought. I had no idea I was doing myself a disservice by being a duplicate…a wanna be. I had no Idea I was different for a reason. I was called to be showcase my individuality. There’s a need for my uniqueness. I have to be me in a world that’s telling me to be someone else.

To be continued….

I see you

I see you
I see the smile you wear to cover up the pain
Maybe if you smile hard enough no one will know you are going insane
You’re physically and mentally tired of putting on a front
When will someone hear you screaming “help”
I see you
You’re hurt, frustrated, and depressed
But you can’t even talk to anyone because you’re afraid of them finding out you’re a mess…inside
I see you
So you silently drown in your sorrow
Suffocating
Grasping for air
I see you
You decide enough is enough
I’m ready to exit this life
I can’t take another day of pretending and living a lie
How about I overdose on meds and just die
I see you
Life isnt worth living
It’s a constant struggle
No one understands
Man, where is this bottle?!
I see you
But before you pop that top to the bottle
Let me say
Jesus Christ is the way
Popping pills won’t heal the wounds
Taking your life isn’t cool
What if I told you Jesus sees you too
He’s waiting with outstretched hands to receive you
When will you realize that battle isn’t yours but His
Lay your problems on the altar and leave them there.
He will heal the hurt
He will mend your heart
He sees you
Run
Run into His arms
He’s waiting