Blog: Thrive

The Company You Keep

IMG_0501Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”

How do we identify someone who is a friend? A friend will love you. Proverbs 17:17 says “a friend loveth at all times…” So what does it mean to love? Well 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 states: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

A friend will encourage you to and walk with you in the Way of the Lord. Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” A friend adds to your life, does not tear you down, or distracts you from the purpose and call God has given you.

Every so often, I pause and take time to think about who I am friends with, who I am connecting with, who I am allowing to invest in my life. I take this time to evaluate if certain people should be active in my life. There are times when we need to let people go or at least lay them aside for a time. This can be a hard thing to do, but Proverbs 12:20 says “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Satan wants to kill, steal, and destroy. John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Your enemy want to kill your hope, steal your dreams, and destroy your life and he will use people on earth to do it. I want to encourage your to be wise, take courage, and let go of toxic people who call themselves your friends, but are not. Jesus comes to give you a full life, so take care of the life He gave you and connect with those who love you.

There Is Hope for The Hopeless

Hello Everyone! It’s been a while since I last wrote. You haven’t heard from me because I have been struggling. I was feeling hopeless about the situation I am in. My Pastor would always say “don’t entertain the enemy.” Satan and his demons are always on the attack to get you away from focusing on and staying strong in the Lord. When disappointment hit, I failed to view my circumstances from God’s point of view. Instead of standing firm on God’s Word, I began to dwell on negative doubtful thoughts. These words of discouragement became a meditation in my heart, which led to so many emotions like anger and depression.  Those thoughts led me to feeling hopeless.

What got me out if this negative space, is what prevents one from getting into that mess; that is the Word of God. I became so hopeless, so tired, that I couldn’t move. This emotional exhaustion put me in the perfect place to be still, in a place where all I could do is just listen to The Word from God. The Word was there the whole time. I was so caught up in my own feelings and my own understanding of how to deal with the problem I didn’t have ears to hear. God spoke The Truth about what is going on and reminded me that I need to keep my armor on (Read Ephesians 6:10-18).

I am still in the same situation, the same place of testing. I am still going through this trial. Yet what I clearly see, know, and understand is the purpose of this process before I get my breakthrough. Lord thank you for reminding me that during this journey I need to stay focused and not lose hope or heart. Your Word and promises are true and to not let my current circumstances cause me to think otherwise.

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Family Life Lessons

I am so excited!!! Next week my husband and I will be going to our 4th Weekend To Remember. This is a marriage conference hosted by Family Life. Here is the link for more information (https://www.familylife.com/weekend-to-remember).

I am excited because every year God has given me revelation for my marriage. Below is what I learned at Weekend To Remember.

Year 1: Everything I say or do will bring us closer to each other in oneness or push us towards isolation. Satan wants us to feel alone so we can’t be one. When isolation happens we are divided. Never forget that you a Team.

Year 2: Intimacy in marriage is spelled IN-TO-ME-YOU-SEE. Intimacy is so much deeper; more than physical. Do not allow fear to prevent you from being honest and sharing what is on your heart. The avoidance of conflict hinders true in-to-me-you-see. Working through the conflict will draw us closer in oneness.

Year 3: Practice constantly grace and be very quick to forgive so negativity and hopeless doesn’t set in, because when that happens isolation takes place.

Can’t wait to see what I learn this year!

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