WHEN THEY DISH IT OUT

Ah! What about those that we encounter who are simply toxic beings? These people boast lies loudly, have the utmost form of arrogance, look down on others and find every flaw that lies within you. These people can dish out rejection. These people can dish out slander. These people can dish out their own false image. But when the consequences of what they are dishing out causes you to walk away, there is a problem. And in their eyes, the problem will always be YOU. If you are one who wants to do your best in living right, talking right and walking right, a toxic person is one that you do don’t want to become entangled with. The dish that they are trying to serve you will not be one that is appetizing. It will be one with a very displeasing and bitter taste. Sometimes, you will just have to walk away from that dish that they are trying to give you. When it comes to your own sanity, just turn around and leave that person with that bitter dish in their hand. Rather they eat what they are trying to dish out or throw it away is none of your concern. At times, wisdom in a matter like this is walking away. Yes, there will be those who accept what others dish out negatively but you don’t have to be that one who accepts. Flock with those who are trying to better themselves in life. Flock with those who will offer a dish to fill your life’s appetite with good things. If someone is in the business of dishing stuff out to you, check the dish! If it don’t look right, if it don’t smell right, and if it doesn’t taste right, it probably isn’t right! Pray to God for discernment to know right from wrong especially when the wrong is camouflaged. Just because someone is dishing something bad out to you doesn’t mean you have to take it. Yes, you may love that person but if what they are dishing out to you isn’t appearing to be love from them, don’t take it. Taking stuff that is not good for you can cause you to fall in a pit of despair and sin. “But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23 NIV). – S.L.M.

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EMPTINESS

There are those we come attach to and they empty us. They drain us emotionally, spiritually, mentally and physically. Then they leave us. Or sometimes, we have to leave them. When our attachment is strongly based on what these people have given us, we are left with a great sense of loss. They leave us with nothing but pain. It is at this feeling of emptiness that God can fill us with all of the right things in which we need. He can fill us with His Word, His Strength, His Wisdom and His Love. This is why it is important to become so attached to God. When attached to Him, we choose the right relationships in life. We don’t settle for less. We know our value. We are simply wiser when we are attached to God. God is the only one who can satisfy us to completion. When we look to the world, we are never completely satisfied. So if you are feeling empty on today, give God the opportunity to step in and fill you up with what is right for you.  “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV). Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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THE BEST MEDICATION FOR PAINS OF LIFE

Life can bring about some changes that many of us have a tough time dealing with. We all have issues and situations that may break us down emotionally. Our emotional breaking takes a negative effect on us physically. Before long, we are in a clinic being prescribed medication to help us “cope” with life. Once we are prescribed this medicine, we are to take it as instructed if we want to get better. Once this medication is in our system helping us to function better, we tend to miss a pill or two and OH BOY! When we miss one, it throws us off and we become a wrecking ball tearing up everything and everyone in sight! Then once we kind of double up on our pills and get the medicine back in our system, we go back to functioning like we should. What if we all made God’s Word our medication? What if we took the medication of The Word like we should….like God wants us to? What if we allowed The Word to become embedded deeply within us? What if? I will tell you what would happen if we did. If we allow God’s Word to become our medication, we can cope with anything or anyone that comes against us. We won’t worry about every problem that comes along because we will know that God is bigger than any problem. We won’t allow anyone to make us feel inferior because we will know we are a child of God. We would be able to speak The Word to Satan when he plots to destroys us. When we allow The Word to get into our system, The Word will be heard in our talk and The Word will be reflected in our walk. So today, I am making the choice to get hooked on the best medication there is – GOD’S WORD. What about you? Without it, it is simply impossible to handle life. Without it, problems will overtake us. Without it, the world will swallow us whole. I don’t want to possess a “superficial” spirituality. I want spirituality to be so real and genuine inside of me that it shines brightly on the outside of me. And I can’t get to this point without taking the medication of God’s Word each day. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was” (James 1:22-25). Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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TRUTH

Behind every lie, there is truth somewhere preparing itself to come forward. Behind every false face, there is a true face preparing to push that mask off. Behind every fake handshake, there is a true hand who really wants to slap you. We as human beings can become blinded by our lust and fulfilling our own desires until we fail to notice any fakeness. We as human beings want what we want, how we want it, where we want it and who we want it from. When our flesh gets involved, we don’t consider the consequences. When our emotions get involved, we don’t consider the consequences. We don’t notice what’s not real when our flesh and emotions are involved. And then when TRUTH comes, we fall victim to the lies and the deceit that we have received from others and situations. It is at this point, we need to simply embrace TRUTH for what it is. Yes, we may have be blinded. Yes, we responded in a naïve manner. But guess what? Life goes on. It may not be the same, but it will go on. Yes, the truth may hurt. It may hurt deeply but embrace it for what it is. Don’t reject it. Allow the truth to set you free from being a victim of deceit. Allow the truth to build you. Yes, it is easier said than done but it has to be done. I think at some point in all of our lives, we have played a fool for a fool. The spotlight is shining on me right now! But the good news is that we don’t have to remain a fool.  When TRUTH comes into your life, it may bring severe pain. But grow from it. Learn from it. Take the necessary actions in life pull the positive from the truth. And guess what? We have an AWESOME FATHER above who is more than willing to help us embrace any truth that may come our way. Satan can use truth to destroy you but God will allow the truth to build you stronger, better and wiser than before. I speak from my own experience at this time. Don’t look for the negative in the truth and don’t focus on the pain of the truth. Focus on all of the positive things that can come from the truth. You are not a fool anymore. God didn’t allow you to be a fool anymore. You are on your way out of pit of deceit. These are positive things to focus on. God is a Healer. He is a Comforter. He wants us the draw closer to Him. And God wants us to be free from anything that distracts us from Him. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 KJV). Be Blessed. -S.L.M

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THE FUTURE MATE GOD IS PREPARING FOR ME

I stand in faith that God will always provide what I need;

And I know that He has an awesome future mate He is preparing for me.

God will provide for me a man that is stable in all of his ways;

This man will bring love, joy and support to me on all of my days.

God will provide for me a man who will be my very best friend;

This man will also be a wonderful father to all of my children.

God will provide for me a man who remains strong when I am weak;

This man will love God and possess a righteous love for me.

God will provide for me a man who won’t be consumed by temptation;

This man will respect our relationship for He knows that God is its foundation.

God will provide for me a man who has understanding and compassion;

This man’s role in my life will function with a dedicated and loyal fashion.

I stand in faith that God will always provide what I need;

And I know that He has an awesome future mate He is preparing for me.

-Written By Stacy L. Montgomery

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WHEN YOU’RE WRONG, YOU’RE WRONG

Some of us can be great authors of wrongdoings. Some of us can do wrong for so long until we think it is right. If someone comes up to us and expose our wrongdoing, we are bold enough to come up with some kind of excuse to make our wrongdoing our right. We try to defend our wrongdoing so others can continue to uphold it. Or we want to get upset when our wrongdoing is exposed. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but WHEN YOU WRONG, YOU ARE WRONG! There is no need in trying to sugarcoat anything or explain anything with more lies. WHEN YOU ARE WRONG, YOU ARE WRONG! From my own experience, doing wrong seems to always bring pleasure of some sort. Many of us get content in our wrongdoing. We think no one sees us or hears us. We think we can continue to get away with doing wrong for the rest of our lives. Yes, I know that sounds insane but it is true. We honestly think that we can get away with doing wrong. But how quickly we forget that God sees everything and He knows everything. Just as what you do in the dark comes to light, just as you do wrong, that wrong will come to the light! And when you do wrong to others, that wrong has its way of coming back around to you. Colossians 3:25 (NIV) reminds us that, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism.” If someone does you wrong, of course you want to react and lash out at them. You want to tell them how they hurt you and about the pain you feel deep inside. I hate to be the bearer of bad news once again, but many of the people who do wrong to others could honestly care less. And trying to figure out why they are like this will cause you to become confused and frustrated. When you confront them, they will speak in such a manner that it has your own words coming out twisted. This is why it is best to take your hands out of it and give both your pain and the person who did you wrong to God. If you have been hurt, lashing out will only make you feel even more hurt. Draw closer to God and He will give you the comfort you need to make it through. The people who indulge in doing wrong know they are wrong but they convince themselves somehow that they will never get caught or exposed. “For there in nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8:17 NIV). Human nature desires to be nosey when it comes to sensing that we have been done wrong but God’s Word teaches us that ALL OF IT will come to the light, not on our time but on God’s time. If you are one today who has been doing others wrong, please stop. Sooner or later what you are doing is going to surface to the light. We all make mistakes. Why not just confess to your wrongdoing, ask for forgiveness and do the necessary things to make it right? Why not allow God into your life to make it all right? There is no need of going through so much to cover your wrong because WHEN YOU ARE WRONG, YOU ARE WRONG. You may think no one sees you but God sees you. Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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