Two Things Every Dream Needs

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Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” 

Psalms 37:23-24“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand” 

Have you ever known in your heart that the Lord was directing to you do something bigger than you thought you were capable to do?  I have.  Actually I am in the mist of that BIG THING right now.  I went through so many emotions before I said yes.  You see I am a bit of a perfectionist.  Those reading this who know me said, “yes you are” as soon as they read that.  I am also impatient.  Once I commit to something I want to get it done NOW.  I am also a planner.

All of these can be good qualities, however they can also be roadblocks. You see if God has directed you to do something you should allow Him to direct your steps.  When we fall, and we may, we won’t stay down because the scripture says he holds us in his hands. You see He has given us the keys to completing the goal, dream, vision, whatever you may call it, in todays scripture.

In pursing every dream you need two things to successfully allow God to direct your steps and to help you with the fear of falling:  Prayer and Patience.  Ok, so number one comes easy for me because I LOVE TO PRAY.  Maybe it is easy for you too.

The second one is the hardest for me.  Patience.  That’s why I need to pray a lot, to pray that God gives me more patience as WE work towards the prize.  I am not sure how confident you are regarding your dream or calling.  If God has ask you do something, then I suggest that you begin every day with prayer, asking Him to direct your every step, every process, every idea as you move forward.

Don’t give up on your dreams if they don’t happen right away or even if you fall.  If you know in your heart that God has called you to do something then just know that He will get you through to it.  Don’t be afraid.  God has great things for you and I know one thing, He is faithful and just.  Go after your dreams and do it right now.  Take that first step right now.  Comment below and share what your dream is and what you are doing to move forward towards it.

 

Separated

Isaiah 59:2 But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you.

1 Corinthians 15:33  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”    

Sin not only separates us from God but it separates us from other brothers and sisters in Christ and our church or it should anyway.  Not forever, but until they decide to get back on track with their spiritual life.  Does that mean that we stop loving them, stop praying for them, stop being nice to them?  The answer to all these questions is no.  We can still associate with them but because they have chosen to live a life contrary to what God has asked to do we need to take a break from hanging with them every day.  These are not my words only but God’s words.

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2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of Godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

We should love them and encourage them, we should pray for them and we should not act like we are better than they are because we are all sinners.  Ask yourself, do they know what they are doing is wrong yet purposefully choose to do it. Remember that God never stops loving them and neither should we.

Romans 8:35-39  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Surround yourself with others who love The Lord as you.  My mother always said, birds of a feather flock together.  It is time to find a flock that flies for Jesus.  Together you can soar to heights that you never thought possible.

Are You Swiping God Right or Left?

John 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Have you heard of the mobile phone app Tinder?  Because I work for a pregnancy center I am very well versed on this and many other hook up apps.  These apps are used by Christians, non-christians, young people and middle aged people to find people who want to have a sexual encounter without commitments.  You know…hit it and quit it.

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I think some Christians are playing hit it and quit it with God.  He is popping up to us in our thoughts and circumstances and we are swiping Him left.  Not now God.  You are not what I am looking for.  I don’t have time for you right now. God is swiping you right while you are swiping Him left.

Some of you are swiping God right but with the intention of just hitting it and quitting it.  You want God, but only for that moment or that problem you are trying to fix.  Sometimes it is a swipe left for God and when things are going well it’s a swipe left.  However God is always swiping right for you because He is always there.

God does not want to be a hook up for us.  He wants to be our friend.  He wants to be there to hear the good things that are going on in our lives as well as our challenges.  He wants to know when we are just having a so so day, when we have bombed the day and especially when we have rocked it.  He is following us on every social media out there to keep up on what we are doing because with some of us that is the only way to know what is going on in our lives.

The scripture says: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Abiding involves our response to the teaching of Jesus.  Colossians 3:16 tells us that we are to  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,”

Abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles! Then, of course, as Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin to pray in a way consistent with the will of God and discover the truth of our Lord’s often misapplied promise: “You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7b).

How our culture dates and the values and morals used for sex has changed but one thing that is consistent and will always be consistent is God and His love for us.  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Romans 8:39 (ESV) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is time to make a decision to stop the hit or quit app with God.  I challenge you to dwell Him every day.  To follow Him, read His post, to like his comments and even to retweet them.  God is so good and He loves us like no one else.  He promises us that by abiding in Him will bring us much fruit.  I don’t know about you but I read and see so much junk and depressing information on social media today that I could use some fruit in my life.  Today, make a decision to quit flirting with God and make a commitment for life long relationship.  Maybe you have been having an affair with the world.  Never fear, God doesn’t want He divorce.  Tell Him you are sorry and fall in love with Him again.  God is good and He is good all the time.

 

True To Life, A Magazine for Everyday Christian Women

I am the type of person who does not complain unless I have a suggestion on how to fix what I deem to be broken.  I also am doer or a fixer if you will. I DO something to fix the broken…..whatever the broken maybe.

Many years ago, a family member was involved in a nasty custody case.  I was so discouraged by the legal system and especially the private guardian ad litem, who was assigned to my families case.  I knew from personal experience that the system was broken.  So what did I do?  I investigated how to become a private guardian ad litem, I saved my money, went to school and began a career of being the voice for children in broken homes.  Yep, I became a guardian.  I did this for about 9 years and loved it.  although, I was not able to benefit my family members, I believe I made a real difference in the lives of those whom I was privileged to work.

I currently work for a women’s pregnancy center in Rock Hill, SC.  What I see over and over again is that women of all ages have be bombarded by magazines, articles, podcast and video’s that mislead them about what is “REAL” for the everyday woman regarding Style, Beauty, College/Career, Culture, Healthy Life Style, Relationships and Affordable Gift Ideas.  A quick review of this information is sure to leave a girl wanting and feeling like you are not a real women because you can’t wear, act, do or be the women you just read about.  Just flipping through the magazines can be depressing.

Since I am a doer, I have a plan.  My goal is to launch a monthly online magazine called TRUE TO LIFE, A Magazine for Everyday Christian Women.  The stories and articles will be written by other authors and friends who will present their Christian opinions and current information on topics in the categories I mentioned earlier.  The magazine will be for youth, college and career, stay at home moms and the working woman.  My goal is that women of all colors, shapes, and sizes will feel better about themselves after reading our magazine. Who knows what will become of it.  Maybe one or two will read it or maybe it will be a big hit. Either way I am going for it.

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I hope that you will continue to read my blogs, and will soon read my new magazine.  It will only work, like the blogs, if you like, comment and share.  So while the magazine is in the creation phase….you can practice with my blogs.  Like, Comment and Share.  LOL

What do you think about my magazine idea?  What would you like to see in the first issue?  What do you hate to read in other magazines?  If you know someone who is a writer or photographer and you think they would like to join me on this new magazine quest, pass my information on.  I can’t wait for our first issue to hit the internet!

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We All Fall Down

Romans 3:23 Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory.

I attended a class a few nights ago to hear about a healthy weight loss program. The room was full, mostly of women, who were there to hear that loosing weight was possible for them. The instructor ask the class how many had tried and failed to loose weight and finally given up all hopes that it was not possible. Hands went up across the room.

How many of you have tried to quit ______ sin so many times and so many ways and failed so now that now you have quit trying. Do you feel that you have failed so much that even God is tired of you trying to quit?

The Bible says that all we have all fail and we fail a lot, every day as a matter of fact. No one is perfect, no matter how perfect they appear. Every Christian struggles to be the best they can be for Christ, some just hide their struggles a little better than others. Some struggles can be hidden more than others while others are out front and everyone sees them.

At the end of the class, I saw smiles, including my own and women walking out with HOPE. Today I want to give you hope that no matter how you struggle with your sin that you are not alone, we all struggle. I want to encourage you to keep trying to overcome it, no matter what it is. There is a story in the bible about a young man who left his father, took his inheritance and left home. He failed to make it on his own and went back home, humbly, to his father to ask for help. When he arrived home, his father threw him a party and welcomed him home. If you have quit God because you have quit trying to stop your sin, go home. He is waiting to throw you welcome you home, no matter how long you have been gone.

Be encouraged! You can do it with God’s help. It may not easy, it may not be fast, BUT YOU CAN DO IT.

 

How God See’s You

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

See yourself as God See's you

Tomorrow when you look in the mirror try to see yourself as God sees you. Don’t look with your eyes or through the eyes of your friends, family, coworkers or your neighbors. Instead see yourself as God sees you.

Once you are saved, you become new and HE lives within. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person and now has power. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

You are no longer a weak person. You no longer have to walk in fear or be burdened with anxiety and worry. You have become a new creature. You have changed from a little meek and mild kitten to roaring lion. Queen of the jungle we roam.

Post a picture of a lion where you brush your teeth, put on your make up or fix your hair and remind yourself every day that you strong, brave and courageous. Now go out and conquer today!!

You Can Do Anything God is Calling You To Do

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But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”

On October 7, 2014 I created a page called Droplets To Ripples. I really believed in my heart that God was calling me to become a motivational speaker and author. The launch of this page was a way for me to let God know that I heard Him and I was going to be obedient to what He was asking me to do. I ask a couple of friends to join me and to include post when they could.

Life got busy. Friends came and went. Jobs changed and my church went through a break and so did I. SO I QUIT. Yep, you heard it from me. I am a pastors wife who quit, thats got to be worse than when you quit right??

Earlier this year, I felt the Spirit of The Lord nudge my heart to begin this journey again. Even though I had quit and pushed the thought deep in the back of my mind, God did not. Once again, to appease God, I moved from a page to a group and began to write devotionals again.

I thought if I would just write something on my page, a little more often than before, then God would be satisfied yet again. After all, I was going to write longer post and write more often. I made all kinds of excuses as to why this was ENOUGH. WELLLLLLLL……It wasn’t. Writing on a group page was NOT what He has ask me to do.

This weekend 20+ women attended an annual women’s retreat titled “Radiance”. The theme was surrounding Moses and how his face was radiant after seeing the back side of God when he went up to get the ten commandments. Well God showed up for me in ay own burning bush.Jennie Gray Scott, a Proverbs 31 speaker and author, was a guest speaker at our event. I shared with Jennie what I felt God had ask me to do and I immediately began to give her a few of my excuses why I could not do it. One by one Jennie, like God did to Moses, she told me how I could do everything God had called me to. She even told me that she would help me do it. By the way, I was not asking her to help me, I was telling her why I COULDN’T DO IT. I was hoping she would tell me how she understood and how I was right.

God has something for you to do. Stop making excuses and go for it. Don’t waste years like I did. My son has a new facebook page called Launch Pad Movement: https://www.facebook.com/launchpadmovement/
The purpose of the movement is help people like me and you reach our goals, our dreams and our destiny that God has called us to. He and his friend search out people who have done what you want to do. They host podcast and help you make connections to help you become successful at a faster pace.

You can do anything that God is calling you to do. I personally heard him LOUD AND CLEAR this weekend and I will not wait this time. So if you need a motivational speaker for your women’s group, small group or event, I would love to come speak and share the word of God with you. Pray for me as I begin my book and this new journey of fully surrendering to The Lord. Start your journey today ladies! I am starting mine! Thank you Jennie Gray Scott and thank you Lord for trusting and calling me to your service.