Getting back to it

Spent the top of the morning in my closet, with God. My prayer time was primarily devoted as an open letter to God. Truly being open and honest about what is most dear to me.

Shortly afterwards spent time with my children. I love them with all of me. So why is it so hard for me to disconnect from everything and tune in to them? Mmm…the truth is that they are just like me. 😏 Always thinking, asking questions endlessly, slick comments at every turn, stubborn, impatient, and independent. The list could go on but I think everyone gets the gist. I look at them and see me. Their mom, an individual they see and interact with continually. So I must admit that I have not been a very good model for my children.

I’m sadden by the type of example I have been. It breaks my heartache that I have, had a negative impact on their lives and their future. So I must ask myself if this is how I want my children to behave and interact with others? NO, I do not.

It is funny how God works, because I asked Him just this morning to show me, me. A few hours later Boom. God, I thank you for honoring your word. So I must do the same. I told my kids that I am working on me, just like they should be working on themselves. Striving to be…

  1. God focused
  2. Pray about everything
  3. Be rooted in the word of God
  4. Apply the word by walking in it all day (even when man cannot see)
  5. Praising God in and through it all
  6. Stay humbled
  7. Love everyone, unconditionally

Those are just to name a few that I must walk in unwaveringl. So my prayer is that my family and I, model our lives as true disciples of Christ. In order to lead others to him and that we all will meet again in paradise.

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Still Learning

Today is the second day of doing things a little different. Instead of having my devotion time in my prayer closet, I have come out to read my word at the kitchen table. This area is one of the common area for my family to congregrate.

2/28/18

For awhile now, the Holy Spirit has been telling me to prayer more and the read my word more in front of my family. Most of all my children need to see because I am training them to seek God in ALL things and times. So what better example then their mother. They learn at home first and branch out. Its not what I tell them but what I show them. BUT my question was, “Lord, they know they I am praying and studying when I’m in the closet. Why do I have to do it in front of them, were I can easily be distracted?” I was shocked by His answer, to say the least. He told me that, “it is not really about them but me. I must learn to seek God in all things, times, and any situation. I must be able to seek Him through the noise, in the quiet, when I feel all alone, and when I am in a room full of people.”

I was floored and knocked to my knee’s. I was faced with the fact that I have become one who only truly seeked God in the quiet of my closet or in a spaces all alone. There is nothing wrong with that but I must be able seek Him regardless of where I am. For there will be times when I can not go into my closet and lay before Him. I will have to lay before Him in that moment and not be distracted with what is around. You know, unashamed and fully focused on Him, and declare Him for who He is in my life.

So as I learn and sit at His feet, my prayer is that all will do the same. Learn, grow, and teach others of the God whom we serve.

Have an awesome day,

JRLL 💕

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3/1/18

Kingdon (House) ÷ CANNOT Stand

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.” So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.
Mark 3:22‭-‬27 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/mrk.3.22-27.NKJV

This great nations is divided. By political views, economic standings, religion, gender,  and ethnicity. Just to name a few. We have become a nation turned inward, onto itself, because we cannot see clearly. Sadly, this has been a long time coming. Yet, so many around the globe are just as divided. The division is so great that it has torn families apart, turned friends against one another, and race against race. Their are so many forms of division taking place that is difficult to list them all. But GOD! He knows ALL and see’s ALL. 

So I stand on the gap for those who divided and this nation. Lord, I ask that you take the reins and be in control. So that your love will flow, that those who say they are of/like you will display, for all to see, your love. Bring us back together, united in you. May the right decisions be made to your glory. We as a people stand up and declare your truth in all things. Not ashamed or full of fear. But standing firm and bold upon your word. The word that we have hid in our hearts so that cannot sin against you. Forgive us of all our sins and fill us with your Holy Spirit, to fill up those empty places. in all things we give thanks unto you, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

May God do a new thing in you. Have a wonderful day,

JRLL 💜

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Trusting

School has begun and we are looking towards a great, fun, and successful year. Challenges and obstacles will come. But we have prayed and placed our trust in God. All that we are do is built upon the #chiefcornerstone and all that we do bring glory to Him. We are covered by the blood. We find comfort in knowing that He is with us always! #trustingod #faith #grateful #comfort #joy #peace #covered  #prayabouteverything #storinguptimber #worryabouthnothing #blessedbeyondmeasure #smile #godisincontrol

One day closer

We are one day closer to the first day of school. My children are excited and talking non stop. My husband and I are ecstatic. All summer we have been looking forward to these moments. Full of expectation, excitement, and anxiety.

As parents we trust the individuals what did the schools to take care of our children. We trust our children to do what they have been taught to do. Which is to do the best that I can, trust God, and walk in obedience to those who are over them. However, we also know and understand that we must also be mindful of the things that are going on in the world today. So we must cover our children as they go to school and go throughout their day. We must cover the individuals within the schools that we trust to take care of our children and watch over them. Praying earnestly for a wonderful and successful school year.

Social Media

We found out recently that my 9 Yr old created twitter and Snapchat accounts. To say that we were upset is a gross understatement. We found by him liking a post from dad. 😒 Its obvious that he did not think this through. The hubby immediately addressed the issue and the possible potential threats that could rise up.

However, I just could not get pass the fact that he did not ask first. Well, I can say that I do know why. He knew that we would not have agreed. Just like we did not agree to him starting a YouTube channel. He named some of his friends from school that has such accounts. Our response we OK, and we are not their parents. He knows our rules and such, but he continues to try to push the envelope. We continue to push back. So we took his phone until we decide to give it back.

 I was hurrt initially because he did not come to me to discuss. Usually he wiuld have. On top of that I have not been monitoring his email account. Which I might add is synced with my phone. So there is absolutely, no excuse on my end. SMH…so in my eyes there should not have been a delay in us finding out, that is if I monitored the account regularly. I understand that he wants to be like his friends but I feel as if he is moving too fast. It seems as if he is trying be 15 instead of 9. I know when I was growing up, I always wanted to be older but now I understand to let time take its course. 

A lot of the issues that he is facing and are going to face is so different from when I was growing up. All I had to worry about was my clothes, shoes, hair, and my grades. He has to be concerned with that and a plethora of other issues. Is it that we put too much pressure on him? Nah…I dont think so. He’s just trying to grow up before his time. 

Marching for Babies

This Saturday, I’m doing my part by Marching for Babies with my sorority. March of Dimes is doing this walk to fund exciting new research to prevent premature birth and fund services for families of preemies. Can you chip in a tax-deductible $25 donation to my March for Babies campaign right now to help babies? Click […]

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