KEEP GOD IN THE MIDST

We are living in times where the devil is putting his hands in everything with the motive to destroy.  He tries to cause us to sight of God. The devil knows that the Lord is with us at all times; he also knows that if we are distracted, we lose focus of that.  The devil is being messy everywhere. He is at jobs causing problems. He is in the home stirring up frustration. He is in the relationship/marriage causing issues. He tries to get into our minds and stir up confusion and doubt. Anywhere he can get in, he tries to gets in! Whatever we are doing, we should make sure that God is in the midst. Wherever we go, we must take God with us. Wherever the presence of God is, there is a sense of peace. We all could use that peace in 2017. We can use it on our jobs so that we can be at peace even when trouble surrounds us. We can use it in our homes when the kids are running wild and we are weary. We can use it when that mate doesn’t seem to understand and we are tempted to get irritated. Whatever…whenever…wherever…we need to make sure God is in the midst. God gives peace in the midst of turmoil. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV). Be blessed. -S.L.M.
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SINGLE PARENTING: When Vacation Is Unfeasible

As a single parent and woman of virtue, I have to spend money wisely. I give God his portion and I budget the rest as best as I can. It’s hard but God guides me through. There are so many places I wish I could take my children but at the same time, I know we have to eat, have electricity, water, gas, food and clothing. I am not one who cheats the government system so I don’t receive and abundance of state or government benefits. It kind of hurts knowing I am not able to fulfill all of my children’s requests even though their needs are met. God had to remind me that when Jesus returns, I will not be asked about how many vacations me and my children went on. I won’t be asked about how many activities I had them involved in. I won’t be asked if I kept them and myself in name brand clothing and shoes. I will be asked about how often I took them to church. I will be asked about how I instilled church in their hearts. I will be asked if I made it a priority to teach them about the Lord, being respectful and showing love to others. I will be asked about how my role as a mother in their lives. I will be asked about how I influenced their relationship and walk with the Lord. These are things that I know Jesus will be discussing with me when He returns so these are the things that I focus on in the lives of both my children and me. Since my focus has been in these areas, God has blessed us in so many ways. The church I attend makes sure the kids are involved in all types of activities and trips. And the greatest thing that I embrace about this is that these activities and trips are Christ-centered. My children, at times, are so busy with this, that they don’t even ask about going other places. In due time, if it is meant for us to travel the world, God will make it all possible. As of right now, I thank God for loving us and also providing for us the way He does. If you are a single parent with children and understand where I am coming from, just keep holding on. Keep your children in church and make sure church is in their hearts. Make sure home represents the Lord. And don’t stress yourself out worrying so much because wherever the Lord is reverenced, He will surely provide. Don’t worry about what others say but focus on what The Father says. “Point your kids in the right direction, when they’re old they won’t be lost” (Proverbs 22:6 MSG). Be Blessed. –S.L.M.

 

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WHEN THE ENEMY BRINGS OUT THE LIES

Satan is the “father of lies.” He indulges in the destruction of one’s life through lies. He will use anybody to carry out his lies, especially loved ones. Satan knows that loved ones have a special place in our hearts. He knows that if he can get to our loved ones, he can get to us. Anything that can destroy peace in our hearts and lives, Satan will do it. It seems when all is going well in our lives, here comes lies. No one wants to look bad especially if they aren’t doing anything bad but actions from others are uncontrollable. The people that Satan uses to carry out his lies are not even aware that they are being set up because what goes around will indeed, come back around. When Satan sees that your love for God is genuine and all that you do reverences God, lies will begin to surface. They will come from loved ones, so-called friends and definitely, enemies. I, myself, have been accused of sleeping with a pastor. I have been accused of bashing others while I claim to love God. I have been accused of being sneaky. I have been accused of being a complete fake. Anything to make me look and feel bad has surfaced and is still surfacing. But I don’t let it steal my joy. This is just confirmation that I doing well because if I wasn’t, Satan wouldn’t be coming against me with lies. When Satan comes against you with lies, remind him of TRUTH. God is TRUTH. God knows they are lies. You know they are lies. God supersedes all! So as along as God knows, it’s all good. Watch out for the people who believe lies about you because it says a lot about who they are and how they actually feel towards you. Sometimes, God will allow lies to surface so you can see who is for you and who really is against you. It is sad that the world we live in wants to use lies to scandalize others. It is sad that we have loved ones who fall for these lies and attempt to use them against us. As a hard as it can be, we must forgive and pray for them. I have learned so much about these two words within the last past two years – FORGIVE AND PRAY. Don’t allow lies to put you in a slump. That slump will cause you to fall into distress. That distress will make you lazy and bitter. Once you are lazy and bitter, you lose motivation and will no longer embrace inspiration. Once motivation and inspiration is lost, you, as a whole, become lost and no longer desire to fulfill the purpose that God has for your life. Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to rob you of your joy and peace. Don’t allow the lies of the enemy to pull you out of the purpose God has for you. It does hurt when others lie on you….this, I do know. But don’t let it affect you. Keep your eyes on God and He will protect you from all of the lies that are meant to do you harm. He will help you to endure. Keep living for the Lord and stay reminded of Matthew 5:11 (MSG) “Not only that – count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.” Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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WHEN YOU WANT TO BELONG

Are you one that can be found breaking your back for a certain group of people? You have that desire to want to belong to that group no matter what. Believe it or not, all groups of people are not good for you. You can love them but you don’t need to be indulging in and supporting what they do and say. To be honest, most of the ones you are trying to belong to could honestly care less about you…meaning….they don’t have your best interest in heart. It is all about what you can do for them. They will talk about you behind your back like you are nothing and smile in your face as though you mean the world to them. Who you hang around, what you indulge in and what you support SAYS A LOT ABOUT WHO YOU ARE. I am not saying that we are to just totally ignore people and not love them but I am saying you can speak, show kindness and avoid in love. Enforce healthy boundaries for yourself. Everything and everyone IS NOT good for you. If you are one who has goals and is full of inspiration, it is going to be kind of tough to always flock with those who have no goals and who are constantly down or living in a way that is indecent with no invitation for you to inspire them. Let your desire to belong be with the Lord. He will supply you with the ability to reach your goals and to stay uplifted. He will supply you with the strength to endure any temptation. He will help you stay on the right path in life. When the right path causes you to lose family and friends, God will allow you to gain true people – the ones that are real to your face and behind your back. At times, these people will be friends who become family. Some people will only have something to do with you when you are beneficial to them and once you are not, they will treat you like you never existed. Don’t hate them. Don’t talk badly about them. Pray for them and love them still. Don’t worry about what they are saying or doing. Don’t worry about belonging. You belong to Christ and that is a divine blessing in itself! “….and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God” (1 Corinthians 3:23 NASB). We all know that God is Good. Jesus Christ belongs to God so Christ is Good. So you belong to the RIGHT GROUP OF PEOPLE – THE LORD AND HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST! Be Blessed. – S.L.M.

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