A question I get asked often.

Q: How did you become so consistent in your walk with Christ?

A: I was tired of living in sin. I knew I didn’t want to go to Hell, but I was living a “trash” life. I had to decide which was more important:

Please God or please flesh?

I knew that if I lived according to my desires any longer, I would die and my life would have been lived in vain. So I decided to move forward in Him.

But please know that I didn’t have to choose between “please God or please flesh” one time. This is a daily decision. I (or all children of God) have to choose between Spirit and flesh, good or evil, blessings or curses on a daily basis. I just choose to walk in Christ. I lived my life on my own before and it was TRASH! I can’t afford to live in sin and please my fleshy desires. It’s not worth it. My soul and salvation isn’t with it. I have one goal in mind and that’s to make it to heaven with as many people going with me as I can take!


Galatians 5:17 • Deuteronomy 30:19 ❤️

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Ladies and gentleman, suit up.

    Be strong in the Lord
    Take your stand
    Remember who you’re fighting
    Suit up-put on the full armor of God
    Don’t budge
    Use what God gave you
  • Belt of truth
  • Breastplate of righteousness
  • Boot of peace
  • Shield of faith
  • Helmet of salvation
  • Sword of the Spirit (Bible)
  • Prayer
  • It’s time (now more than ever) to “suit up”.

  • “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”
  • ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-20‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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  • Ways of Wisdom

    • Wisdom walks in prudence. Thinking thoughtfully through our daily lives.
    • Wisdom was used in the process of God creating the world. How beautiful would our personal lives be if we walked in wisdom as well?
    • Wisdom travels with riches and honor. They are a group of best friends. Attach yourself to wisdom and you will be attached to riches and honor too.
    • Listen to wisdom as it cry’s out at the gate (start) of your journey and wisdom will continue to speak and guide you, giving you life. Refuse it and death will come.

    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:1-36‬ ‭NIV
    “Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it. Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full. “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind. “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.””
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    Ways of Wisdom

    • Wisdom walks in prudence. Thinking thoughtfully through our daily lives.
    • Wisdom was used in the process of God creating the world. How beautiful would our personal lives be if we walked in wisdom as well?
    • Wisdom travels with riches and honor. They are a group of best friends. Attach yourself to wisdom and you will be attached to riches and honor too.
    • Listen to wisdom as it cry’s out at the gate (start) of your journey and wisdom will continue to speak and guide you, giving you life. Refuse it and death will come.

    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭8:1-36‬ ‭NIV
    “Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance, she cries aloud: “To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it. Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who have found knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power. By me kings reign and rulers issue decrees that are just; by me princes govern, and nobles—all who rule on earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full. “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be. When there were no watery depths, I was given birth, when there were no springs overflowing with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the world or its fields or any of the dust of the earth. I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. Then I was constantly at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence, rejoicing in his whole world and delighting in mankind. “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord. But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.””
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    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. 

    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

    I am.

    Society, please don’t label me.

    But if you must, call me…

    Dope

    Beautiful 

    Amazing

    Unique

    A gem

    Great

    Blessed

    Purposed

    Valuable

    Loved

    A jewel

    Worthy

    Enough 

    Valued 

    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.

    Please? Please.

    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

    Behind the camera.

    Want to know a secret? I go through the same process everytime it’s time for me to photograph.

    I book a photo session months in advance.
    I am fine. No biggie.
    The week of, I’m fine. No biggie.
    The day of…yup you guessed it. Perfectly fine.

    But the hour of the session, I get nervous.
    I pray.
    I quote scripture.
    I breathe.

    Then…I arrive at the location.

    All of the nervousness ceases and I go into “I can do all things through Christ” mode. It’s like my superpowers are released. I’m in a totally different zone.

    I pose. I shoot. I laugh. I cry. I encourage.

    Then its all over…done.

    I look at the images thankfully because Jesus trusted me with this amazing gift. Because He talked me through it. Because without Him, I suck. I am glad I still get nervous. Because in that nervousness, I pull on Him even more.

    I would like to share with you guys a few images of a wedding that were taken on 6/10/2016. Enjoy.

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    Wheres my cape?!

    Want to know a secret? I go through the same process everytime it’s time for me to photograph.

    I book a photo session months in advance.
    I am fine. No biggie.
    The week of, I’m fine. No biggie.
    The day of…yup you guessed it. Perfectly fine.

    But the hour of the session, I get nervous.
    I pray.
    I quote scripture.
    I breathe.

    Then…I arrive at the location.

    All of the nervousness ceases and I go into “I can do all things through Christ” mode. It’s like my superpowers are released. I’m in a totally different zone.

    I pose. I shoot. I laugh. I cry. I encourage.

    Then its all over…done.

    I look at the images thankfully because Jesus trusted me with this amazing gift. Because He talked me through it. Because without Him, I suck. I am glad I still get nervous. Because in that nervousness, I pull on Him even more.

    I would like to share with you guys a few images of a wedding that were taken on 6/10/2016. Enjoy.

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