It’s Time To Forgive Yourself

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Life is complicated. Sometimes the things that we’ve said we’d never do, or the people that we said we would never hurt, unfortunately, become a part of our story. For what felt like at least a year or two, that was my reality. I made mistake after mistake and these weren’t just any mistakes. They weren’t like Oh, I locked my keys in the car. I made life-altering mistakes—some of which I still feel the effects of today. After most of the damage was done and the smoke cleared, I could barely look at myself. There was no one to place the blame on, no one to be angry with, and no one to reconcile with. I needed forgiveness for myself. We’re so used to hearing sermons on the importance of forgiveness of others, but what about forgiveness of self? Forgiving the people that have wronged us is equally as important but […]

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3 Easy Steps to Getting The Most Out Of Your Bible Study

There’s no question that reading the Bible is a fundamental part of our faith. It’s intended to be our go-to when things get tough or when our faith is low, or whenever we’re just downright confused. The funny thing is, out of all of the many questions that the Bible answers, someone, somewhere, forgot to include instructions on how to read the thing. Do we read it from cover to cover? Do we read passages as we feel inspired? This was something that I struggled with for a long time. A good friend of mine mentioned just the other day that people who have been Christians for more than 20 years are still struggling with this. There are tons of resources out there now and finding a solid reading plan is as simple as picking up your smartphone or tablet. Even then, there’s still the question of how do we […]

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Spiritual Survival Kit// Every Verse You’ll Ever Need To Find Direction

Scriptures for Finding Direction

It’s a brand new year and we’re all trying to figure out our next move. Thinking about starting a new job? A new business opportunity? Maybe you’re just trying to figure out how to stay afloat another day. No matter what the crossroad may be, we’re all seeking direction. Who better to seek direction from than the all-knowing God that genuinely wants to see us win at life? Here’s a great list of verses on direction to add to your spiritual survival kit: Seeking God for Direction Proverbs 3:5-6// Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 16:9// The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Psalm 37:22// The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his […]

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Improving My Prayer Life in 2017

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Like most of us, my life is pretty busy. From the moment I wake up until the time that I go to bed, it seems like there is always something that needs to be done. I have always made it a priority to begin my day with prayer and seeking God through reading the word. I also make a habit of worshiping and talking to Him throughout the day but lately, it just doesn’t feel like it’s enough. There are days that I feel like maybe I haven’t covered enough ground and prayed over enough people or situations. There are also days that I look up and I’m like, God, I haven’t talked with you much today. I know in my spirit that this feeling is Holy Spirit asking for more from me and more is exactly what I’m going to give. About a week ago, I came across a timely video […]

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3 Easy Ways To Spread Love This Christmas Season

So, we are less than a week away from Christmas and like most of us, I’ve been busy with trying to get everything done. I’ve been concerned with Christmas dinner, with making sure that every gift is wrapped and marked, and if I can be honest—I’m tired. As an adult, the holiday season can be exhausting, stressful even, and it wasn’t until a few days ago that I realized that I had gotten caught up in the very thing that I criticize every year. Christmas has become so commercialized that we (myself included) have forgotten what Christmas is all about: love. Jesus’ birth was literally the embodiment of God’s love for us. I think it’s time that we all get back to the heart of the matter and make Christmas about love—genuine love that brings joy to the heart of Christ. I know everyone has their hands full so here […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 5 | She Takes Care Of Home

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Proverbs 31: 21-22 & 27 “When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. She makes coverings for her bed;     she is clothed in fine linen and purple.”  “She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Let’s be real for a moment—adulting is hard. No one really likes bills, errands, or folding laundry but they are all necessary annoyances that need to be taken care of to ensure that the wheel of life keeps moving. Can you imagine what life would be like if you had no clean laundry, no clean dishes, and you were facing a repossession of your car because you failed to make your payments? It would be difficult, to say the least. The Proverbs 31 woman knew this and she took pride in taking care of the affairs of her home. Take […]

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The Virtuous Woman Pt. 4 | She’s Gracious

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Proverbs 31: 20 & 26 // “She opens her arm to the poor and extends her hand to the needy” “She speaks with wisdom and faithful instruction on her tongue” What does it mean to be gracious? Simply put, to be gracious is to be marked by kindness and courtesy (Miriam-Webster). If the Proverbs 31 woman was nothing else, she was kind. Everything that she did was an extension of her grace. She was gracious in caring for her family, she was gracious in her businesses but more than anything, she was gracious in her dealings with the people around her.  Take a look at verse 20, “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hand to the needy”. Like most of us, the Proverbs 31 woman had a full plate but she never allowed her busy schedule to get in the way of giving back to her community […]

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