I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up??

Today’s blog comes from a place of vulnerability and transparency.  What do you do when you have fallen from the place of momentum and you feel like you cannot get up?  I had to ask myself that question this morning because I lost my way on this Beautiful L.Y.F.E. path that God showed me.  I became frustrated with some things in my life and I wanted to just do my own thing because if you have ever been frustrated because of other people’s decisions that affect your life, then it makes you want to throw in the towel.  What do you do when everything around you begins to stop going the way it was going?  What do you do when you count on people to do what they say they are going to do and they don’t do it?  How do you stay focused when the things that they dropped now are back on your plate to do and your plate is overflowing already?

This morning Jesus spoke to me and said “I am still your Shepherd and I  lead you in the way that you should go”.  As simple as that is, it was so powerful to me.  What He was telling me is that He hasn’t changed.  People and situations may have changed, but yet He is still my Shepherd and has never let go of my hand.  I didn’t know he had my hand because I was so focused on what wasn’t happening around me.  He waited for me until I was able to get my mind back in focus to head down the path that He created for me.  The experiences of fear, doubt and frustration stagnated me for a moment, yet he stayed by my side until I was ready to move again.  He knew I was afraid of being a failure at writing these blogs, leading teams at my church, maintaining my education and getting my business off the ground…not to mention a full time job.  It all became so much for me, but yet his loving voice reassured me from time to time that everything will be okay.  His patience has been ministry to my soul.  Even though I became stagnated on the path He designed for me, he never yelled, screamed or became angry with me because after all I am a sheep. Sheep can easily frustrate anyone that is trying to get them to follow them because we are prone to wander off and lose focus.  I’m designed to follow, but when I lose my way and follow the thoughts of my doubts and unbelief’s, He’s right there gently prodding me back on track.

To live on the path of the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. is not a perfect one.  You will find yourself, like me, waning outside the path in frustration and doubt yet not losing ground.  Jesus never leaves us nor forsakes us.  He’s there perfecting those things that concern us (Psalm 138:8).  When we finally turn our eyes back to the Author and the Finisher of our faith, then He continues to lead us down the paths of righteousness for HIS name sake.

Today, if you find yourself sitting by the wayside and you have lost your focus…ask Jesus your Shepherd to help you see that He’s there.  Ask Him to refocus your mind and take you back to the place in your heart where you were dependent on His voice every step of the way.  He will do that just for you…His beloved.  He will cause your heart to burn more for Him than those things that distracted you in the first place.  He will love you back on the path of your Beautiful L.Y.F.E…Onward, Forward, MARCH!!

Until next time…

Jesus Is The L.Y.F.E.

The acronym  L.Y.F.E. describes the pathway of beauty that God has designed for His people.  We read about having an abundant life, but wondered where it is and how do we get to it. The most life changing moment I had is when Jesus spoke to my heart and told me that this beautiful L.Y.F.E. is right in front of me.  I began looking around and I couldn’t see what He was showing me. Then one day it became clear.  He wanted me to look to Him because HE IS the beautiful L.Y.F.E.  We have been looking for the tangible…and although it is available to us in the natural…we first need to embrace it in the One that is the Source of it.  To explain what I mean, let’s break down what L.Y.F.E. means.

L – Living…this word means active, thriving, vigorous and strong. Our lives were meant to be active or engaging, which means we are actively in pursuit of whatever God puts in our paths.  We are thriving which means we are flourishing and growing. We are vigorous, which means we are healthy and full of energy and we are strong…able to withstand the pressures of life.  Acts 17:28 says that we LIVE and move and exist in Him because we are His offspring.  In order to Live, we must connect to Jesus.  It’s not just about being in Christ, because when we gave our hearts to Him, we became joint heirs with Him.  It’s about connecting to Him…having a relationship with Him…allowing ourselves to plug into Life Himself.

Y – Your…this word demonstrates exclusivity!  A path for your life was designed just for you.  God customized a path for your life that only you can travel on. Second Peter 1:3 states that God has given us everything we need for living a godly life in Him.  This path that belongs to you was designed to be beautiful.  It was organized and arranged with every good and perfect gift, opportunity and experience that God predestined for you.  This path is narrow and straight.  Matthew 7:14 says that narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  Your path can be found, but it can only be found through Jesus.  It’s difficult to find because we tend to search for what we want on our own.  Jesus made it where He is the ONLY way to this Beautiful L.Y.F.E. and in to stay on the path requires focus and never taking our eyes off of Him.

F – Future…Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a FUTURE and a hope.  Future means “a time to come hereafter”.  It is so amazing to serve Jesus, who is our Shepherd because He knows ahead of time what is coming up in our lives.  He will never lead us down a path into our future that will harm us.  We may have some difficult times, but it never comes to harm us because he said in Jeremiah that he has thoughts of peace and not evil.  We don’t have to fear evil because when we follow Jesus the Shepherd and pattern our lives after Him, He will lead us into a good and peaceful future.

E – Extraordinarily…God has this exquisite  plan for our lives.  It is a perfect plan within His perfect will.  It is a path and a plan that is so grand that it allows His name to be glorified. To see it is to recognize His eminence and sovereignty.  He has set up this plan in a way that no matter who sees His works, they can’t miss that He exists.  This is called extraordinary.  It is beyond what is normal.  No one can explain it…it’s beyond what the natural mind can conceive.   Ephesians 3:20 says that “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think…” God desires to bless us in ways that baffle the mind.  It is the Extraordinary life…it’s the supernatural life…This is what God wants for ALL of His children that follow Him.

My desire is to see the Body of Christ shine as it was designed to shine.  We are to be looked upon by the world as something to hope for.  Instead, we have looked to the world and longed for what they have. God has given me His Heart and desire to help lead all of us to our paths so we can live L.Y.F.E. beautifully and so the Church…God’s Church, can shine.

Until next time…

 

 

Jesus Says, “Fear Not”

Let’s face it, fear is real and it exists in everyone of our lives.  The difference is, some  cave into its threats and others  use it to motivate them to get to the next place in their lives.  I used to be that person that would cave into it and allow it to paralyze me and it caused my life to stand still.  Being in ministry and having Pastors that pull on the gifts in me has taught me to push past the feeling of standing there with my knees knocking and not moving.  I have come to understand that fear is a liar.  It paints this ugly picture that your life will fall apart if you do what is required of you.  The times that I have pushed past its taunts and torments, I realized that the whole situation was not as bad as it looked.  When I created this blog I was honestly scared out of my mind.  God had been ministering to me for months  and I was loving every bit of it, but when he told me that it was time to share it, that’s when the voices came.  This same message that blessed me so much became something that I felt no one would even pay attention to.  I was afraid of it not having enough impact on those that read it.

I used to read the story of the Israelite’s while they were in the desert on their way to the promised land.  I read their complaints and their “woe is me’s” while on their journey and I used to think how crazy they were.  They were so close to their destination, but they traveled around the same mountain for FORTY YEARS!!! That sounds crazy right?  Well does it still sound crazy if I tell you that they walked around that mountain because they were filled with fear?  Yes, those people were fearful because they were traveling down an unknown path that they could not figure out.  They didn’t trust what God had promised them and they were not grateful for the things He had already shown them on their journey…sound familiar?

In Exodus 23, God told them that He put an angel in place to lead them along the way to get them to the place that He prepared for them.  The only thing they needed to do was obey.  Today, right now in our lives, Jesus is our Shepherd…He’s the one leading us on the path of righteousness for HIS NAME sake (Psalm 23). Yet still we find ourselves holding on to whatever we can find on the side of the road so we don’t have to face the unknown.  I will say to you the same thing that God said to me, “Jesus already walked out the path that I have created for you. It’s already done so FEAR NOT”.

How do you live a Beautiful L.Y.F.E.?  You have to be willing to trust Jesus and lean on Him.  He’s been down YOUR road already so He already knows what is ahead…even when you don’t.  Psalm 23 says “Even though I walk through the valley and the SHADOW of death, I will fear no evil because You are with me”.  Fear puts the emphasis on the shadows in our lives.  It magnifies and makes it look like it will overtake us, but shadows are not real.  The true emphasis needs to be on Jesus because it is the path that HE created for HIS NAME SAKE.  He wants to get the glory so He won’t lead you wrong.

Living a life where your future can be extraordinary calls for a stand and a walk of faith.  Let us all stop allowing the devil to be glorified in our lives by letting him keep us on the side of the road.  Our lives are supposed to be brighter than any one in this world.  Our lives are supposed to make God more famous than He is to this world.  Today make a decision to walk past the taunts of fear and lets live the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. that God created for us.

Until Next Time…

Jesus, My Shepherd Feeds Me

I don’t know about you, but being raised in the church, I always heard the preachers say that Jesus is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.  That went in one ear and out the other.  Yes, I could picture a field of sheep and a shepherd watching over them, but I couldn’t understand how that relates to me.  Just recently, as I received revelation about living a Beautiful L.Y.F.E., I became more aware of how powerful is to to truly see Jesus as my Shepherd.

In Psalm 23:1 it says, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want (or lack)”.  Okay, He’s my Shepherd, but why am I still lacking?  Why are there still areas in my life where I need supply?  Well, something spectacular happened to me when I asked Jesus those questions.  One of the things He told me is that I needed to RECEIVE Him as my Shepherd.  What does it mean to receive?  It is like someone calling you up and telling you they have a gift for you.  You don’t know what it is or if you will like it until  you receive it and unwrap it.  Once you unwrap the gift and know exactly what it is and what it can do for you, then you began to utilize it in your life.  The only way I can receive Jesus as my Shepherd is to unwrap His qualities as a Shepherd and then embrace Him as that.

I began looking up the duties of a shepherd. Their main role in the life of a sheep is to feed, guide and protect them. To feed means to supply with nourishment…to provide for…and to satisfy. This is not just about the natural. What we need mostly is to be nourished, provided for and satisfied internally…and THAT’S what Jesus does.  He goes into those areas within our souls that are malnourished and damaged.  Those areas in our lives that we tucked away and hid so no one could see.  Our lives are not as beautiful as we desire because we are starving internally and Jesus wants us to know today that He is here to feed us.  He wants to satisfy our souls.  When we are satisfied within, we will be satisfied outwardly.

From this day forward, recognize and embrace that Jesus your Shepherd is in the midst of you to feed you in those areas where you are lacking within.  You won’t experience it until you are intentional about who He is to YOU.  He is YOUR Shepherd…which means He is personal and you have Him all to yourself.  Tell Him about the emptiness you feel within that no one can see.  Tell Him about the pain that overtakes your heart when you think about how certain people have treated you.  Tell Him how hungry you really are and He will satisfy, nourish and provide everything you need.  The Beautiful L.Y.F.E. is awaiting you.  Don’t sit there and starve, let Jesus your Shepherd feed you.

Until Next time…

 

 

The Beautiful L.Y.F.E.

What does a Beautiful L.Y.F.E. look like? Why is it that I feel so passionate about making sure people…God’s people…walk out their lives Beautifully? I have been serving the Lord for about 25 years.  I have heard the messages that say if you do this and do that, then you will be blessed.  Well, I did “that” and I did more of “that”, yet there was still something missing.  I’ve sown money like nobody’s business, yet the balance of what I’ve sown and what I’ve seen manifest in my life is not balancing.  This caused me to sit before the Lord and lay my life down before Him and ask what is it that I am missing.

I truly believe there are so many Christians who are unhappy with their lives. This unhappiness is causing them to seek material things, getting involved in premature relationships with a man/woman, or trying to find satisfaction in money. God’s people have turned to fancy cars, big homes and big money deals, yet it still isn’t enough. I’m not against any of these things because I know that the Lord LOVES to bless His people, but what I’m speaking about is looking for satisfaction in them.

Jesus says in John 10:10 that He came to give us LIFE and give us LIFE in an abundant way.  He came so we can enjoy life and enjoy it to the fullness…a perpetual overflow.  In verse 9 it says that Jesus is The Door and anyone that enters must enter through Him.  So what this means is that in order to have the Beautiful L.Y.F.E. that was designed for us, we must enter in through Jesus.  It is impossible to have Jesus in our lives and not experience abundance so why have we not experienced it? John 10:3 says that His sheep listen to His voice and heed it (give careful attention to).  We need a relationship with Jesus.  Many Christians say they have a relationship with Jesus, but the type of relationship I’m speaking about is one where you engage Him and are intentional about relating to Him throughout your day. It’s not about calling on Him only when you need Him, but it’s taking Him by the hand and allowing Him to escort you through your day.

L.Y.F.E. means Living Your Future Extraordinarily.  The only way to live your life EXTRA ordinarily is to take the hand of an EXTRA ordinary God and allow Him to take you on His EXTRA ordinary journey.  Yes…the life filled with disappointments, unhappiness, depression and poverty was never meant to be YOUR path…YOUR journey.  Jesus came to give you LIFE…an abundant LIFE…so if you haven’t seen this type of life since coming to Jesus, I encourage you to take this journey with me each week.  Re-commit your path to Jesus your Shepherd and allow Him to lead you on the path of righteousness for HIS name sake.

Until next time…

 

Turn On The Light!

I recently sat down with a Christian Counselor and she said something that liberated me.  She said that there was a dark cloud over areas in my heart that needed to be moved so that the light can shine through me.  I didn’t get it at first, but then I ran across this scripture: Read more

Beyond the Mirror

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—  rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.  (1 Peter 3:3-4)

I love defining words.  We tend to take words and water them down to the point of losing the true meaning and definition of the word.  Read more

Step Away From the “Fruit”!

I really like the story of Adam and Eve.  You will find me referring to them a lot in my writings because it’s the beginning and it’s where God established how he intended things to be here on the earth.  In the garden of Eden, God gave Adam and Eve free rein.  It was a peaceful place where the rivers flowed in and out, the flowers had a beautiful scent and most of all…the two of them were naked and not ashamed.  Read more

Beautifully Imperfect

What does it mean to be Beautifully Imperfect? I think this phrase is an excellent depiction of what I desire to share with the women across the world. First of all, I know it will take some time to understand that beauty is NOT perfect. As I stated in my last blog, beauty isn’t one look…it’s really the essence of who you are, but more on that later. There isn’t anything that proves that having certain features makes you beautiful, Read more

Who Told You That?

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Isn’t that what we are secretly asking ourselves deep down while we are in the mirror everyday? Each of us silently have a picture of what we call perfection etched in our minds and souls that we compare ourselves to. If that wasn’t true, we wouldn’t be in the mirror thinking that our facial and body parts were ugly. We wouldn’t be dissatisfied with what we see in the mirror. Read more