Thursday, February 23, 2017

Supporting Scripture On Speaking Things Into Existence

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Supporting Scripture On Speaking Things Into Existence

Supporting Scripture On Speaking Things Into Existence- Intro

 

 

 

Isaiah 55:11 NIV

Isaiah 46:10 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 18:21 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew 21:22 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Scripture On Speaking Into Existence Conclusion

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I Am Fearfully And Wonderfully Made And So Are You

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I Am Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

I go to my quiet place and shut the world out so that I can spend time with God.

Almost immediately, I hear “okay, here is the game plan.”

As God discloses some of the big plan that He has for my life, I sit there stunned.

How? Me? Are you sure you have the right person?

I think back to this past December when I finally surrendered to God’s will. It took a while because I feared that He would do exactly what He was doing right now. I just knew that He would somehow believe that I was worthy of a great task such as this.

I sit there silently as the tears freely fall from my eyes.

God allows me my moment and then directs me to Psalm 139.

I reach the book and chapter and when I see it I remember reading a few times before. I wipe away my tears and read the entire thing. Once I was done I sensed God asking me,

“Do you know who you are?”

I laugh because I see that this fear and anxiety stems from me not knowing who I am.

 

I Am Known By God

God has called me to such a task. He knows me and has actively been preparing me for this task. God didn’t choose me out of ignorance. He is fully aware of who I am. He has searched me and has decided that I am the person for the job.

I Am Known By God Intimately

 

My disbelief turned to gratitude. God clearly could see something in me that I hadn’t. It is no mistake and He will actively be helping me to complete this monumental task.

I panicked because I naturally do not see myself the way that God sees me. Honestly, I still fully don’t. What I know is that God isn’t setting me up to fail. He wants this task to be completed and knows that He can complete the task through me.

What a humble reality!

Once again, I surrender to God while not knowing how it will all come to pass. I will rest peacefully because I know that God is going to do something amazing in me because of who He has created me to be.

It Was No Mistake That God Chose You

My desire is that my transparency gives you hope if you too are struggling to surrender to God’s will. If you are struggling please spend time discovering who God says that you are. His view of you is the most accurate. I hope that you do and I assure that I am on the journey of discovery right along with you. 

His servant,

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Lesson in Motherhood: Be Yourself Everywhere You Go!

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Lesson In Motherhood: Be Yourself Everywhere You Go

My daughter is only three-years-old but she teaches me so much. I thought it would be neat to share a weekly lesson with you guys.

Lesson In Motherhood: Be Yourself Everywhere You Go

My daughter is a happy person. She can also be outgoing depending on her mood at the time. Sometimes, her cheerfulness isn’t welcomed by outsiders.

For example,

On Valentine’s Day, we dropped by Family Dollar. While we were there she said Happy Valentine’s Day to different people as she came in contact with them. We were turning a corner and she said Happy Valentine’s Day to a lady. The lady looked at her and turned away. My daughter looked at me and said, “Well that wasn’t very nice, was it, mommy?” Then she continued on as if the lady never rejected her greeting.

That small encounter taught me to be myself everywhere that I go. I personally am shy around other people. I greet people at work all the time because it is my job but naturally I don’t do that. I definitely don’t deal with rejection as smoothly as my daughter does. I mean she obviously hasn’t experienced great rejection before, so it doesn’t phase her, but you get my point.

The lesson is to live in whatever way is comfortable to me. I shouldn’t walk around wondering what this person will think if I do this or that. If I want to do something and it won’t hurt anyone, then why not? Who cares what other people think?

  • If I feel like singing it shouldn’t matter if you like my voice.

  • If I feel like dancing it shouldn’t matter if you like my dance moves.

  • If I like my hairstyle it shouldn’t matter if you like my hairstyle.

Be me at all times!

 I only get one life and I should enjoy it. I am not out to hurt anyone. I am not looking to partake in illegal activities. So, there is nothing wrong with feeling comfortable in my own skin.

If you are like me and have a natural incline to think about others thoughts of you, let me encourage you not to. Don’t take yourself too seriously! If you aren’t out to hurt anyone and you aren’t breaking any laws, then be yourself right where you are at all times.

 

Stay encouraged.

His Servant,

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Watch Your Mouth! There Is Power In Your Words.

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There Is Power In Your Words

At work on Monday, as I rang up a customer’s merchandise, I was reminded of the reality of the power of our words. It was so profound that I wanted to share it with you.

The Power In Words

The Situation

The lady that I was ringing up was an older lady, maybe in her 60s. And the lady behind her appeared to be around my age, in her 30s. The lady in her 30s had a crying infant in its car seat inside of the cart, and a fussy toddler that she was struggling to control. Just by the look on her face, you could see that she was trying her best to stay calm and keep it together.

I continued to ring up the older lady’s merchandise when she finally had it. In a voice loud enough for the three of us to hear she states, “that is what’s wrong you young gals. You have children and you don’t even know what you are doing. What a shame!” She shakes her head and looks at me.

My heart ached as I saw the silent tears stream down the struggling mother’s face.

I took a deep breath and I kindly said, “Motherhood doesn’t come with a manual and it appears to me that she is doing the best that she can.” I then ask her, “do you have kids?” She appeared to be caught off guard at first and then her eyes lite up as she began to talk about her grown children and her grandbabies. As we spoke, she reminisced about her time as a mother and by doing so she recalled some of the difficulties that she experienced as a parent herself. I believe that she left my register with a softer heart and that the mother later left feeling a little uplifted.

It is so easy to go along with the negativity. I could have easily agreed with the older lady. I could have easily added to her case against the mother but what good would that have done anyone? NONE! Not for the struggling mother, not for the other lady, and not for myself.

My point here is that we don’t have to go along to get along!

People’s lives are hard enough without us freely spreading our thoughts and opinions on top. Trust me, if you held your tongue today be sure someone else just might not do so tomorrow. There simply isn’t enough love going around. I am an empath and to see that woman crushed by a stranger when she was trying not to fall apart was just gut wrenching.

The Bible supports the idea of us learning to tame our tongues. It is such a small member of our body but is so difficult to tame. If we were to focus on this difficult task we would find compassion for those around us.

Matthew 7:3-5

Conclusion I don’t believe that the older lady was evil. She actually seemed like a sweet lady once we began talking. I believe that there needs to be more of that done by us. If someone comes to you with negative talk don’t add to it or hype up the situation. When you think about it, it really doesn’t help anyone when we participate in such activities. The fact that I didn’t come at the older lady with a judgmental tone made her open up to me.

Let’s spark up kindness in others with the words of our mouths. May our choice to do so spread throughout the earth like a forest fire.

And for those who cannot find a kind word, might I suggest you take the high road and not say anything at all.

 

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5 Ways That I Come Up With Blog Content When I’m Stuck & You Can Too

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5 Ways to Come Up With Blog Content When You’re Stuck

When it comes to blogging, it’s a bloggers task to come up with interesting content. Not to mention it is important to be consistent so that your readers know when to return to your blog. Those are facts but the question is: what do you do when you have no ideas for a post at all? Here are 5 methods that personally help me when I have no idea what to blog about.

1. Prayer and Time in God’s Word.

I personally see my blog as a ministry, so naturally, prayer would be important. This is alway number one because I want to make sure that I am sharing what God wants me to share. Whether it be a personal shortcoming, a bible verse with encouraging text, a picture, or whatever, I always do this first. I would be lying if I said that I always get a clear sense of what the post should be about each time. The truth is that sometimes I don’t sense anything but I always make myself available to God’s will first.


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Content Generated By Going For A Walk In The Great Outdoors

Going for a walk in the great outdoors.

This winter has been simply beautiful so I have gotten out more than I normally would have during the season. I believe that most of us have been saying #winterwho #winterwhat #winterwhere this winter.

Walking outdoors stimulates my creative think with the many different sights and sounds all around me. Not to mention that the fresh air helps to relieve the stress of the not having any ideas in the first place.

Which is a bonus!


 

3. Listening to music

I have discovered that I can come up with ideas for my blog by listening to music. Sometimes it helps to listen to classical music without lyrics, and sometimes listening to music with lyrics can help as well. It just depends on my mood.

For instance, I would choose a song without lyrics if I were stressed and the deadline is quickly approaching.


Content Generated By Reading Other Blogs

4. Reading Post From Other Blogs

The older I get the more I find that I love to read. It is not only convenient but also enjoyable to read content created by other bloggers. A post I like to read either teaches me something new, reminds me of something I have forgotten, or leaves me feeling encouraged. (My purpose in reading isn’t to copy but to find inspiration.) After reading such post, I find that I am usually fueled and ready to pour into the lives of my readers. 


5. A Sermon or Bible Study

While at a church service I always listen intently. I go there to hear the Word of God and to learn something new. I always try to take notes in between being a mommy of a three-year-old who’s probably ready to go before it’s over. #parenthood

Tip: Record the message on your cell phone and listen to it again later. 

 

 

 

 

I have found that this helps me with blogging because I am bound to learn something new or come up with a question that I will later investigate. Either way, it gives me content to share with my readers. You can’t go wrong with this one!

 


 

Well, there you have it! Those are five of my go-to ways that help me come up with a blog post when I am stuck. Give them a try! I believe that you will find them helpful.

 

How Do You Come Up With Blog Content When You're Stuck?

 

 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

See you again soon!

His servant,

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When Life Let’s You Down Lean On God’s Word

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Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, highs and lows. It is what makes life interesting, and it is what helps us appreciate the good times. While this is true it can also be hard to push pass the down times and for some, it can be hard to remember that the high times will come once again. 

Life can be tough. Cast your cares on God.

Psalm 55:22 (NIV) is a fully packed verse. It states that we can cast our cares on the Lord. It doesn’t say some so it is safe to cast all of our cares on the Lord. It goes on to tell us that when we do, God will sustain us. The word sustain means to help or to comfort. When we are at our lowest God will help us get through because he will NEVER let the Righteous (those in right standing with Him) be shaken. 

If you are facing a low moment, if you are feeling down and out, know that God has not counted you out. If you are reading this, then I thank God that you are still here. Don’t you allow any uncertainty to cause you to stop and sit on the sidelines. Don’t you give up! If you believe in God’s Word, and I do, then today you’ve been reminded that all you need to do is give your concerns to God. When you do you can trust that God will care for them and for you. He will help you endure to the end and you will not be shaken from your faith in Him. 

Dear heavenly father, 

Thank you for your Word. It is not fun to be in the valley but we know that all we have to do is call out to you. When we do we know that you will answer and take care of us and our needs according to your will for our lives. God, thank you for making yourself available to us. Please continue to open our eyes to Your will for our lives. May you continue to teach us how to trust you more and more each day.

Thank you, Lord, for listening to our prayer.

In Jesus name, let it be,

Amen!

God bless you!

I will be back again on Monday.

I hope that you will come back again.

His servant,

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Get To Know Me: 20 Random Facts About Dri

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20 Random Facts About Me

Have you ever been reading a blog and began to wonder who the author is? Sure, you may have read their about me section, mine can be found here, but you still find yourself curious about them. Well, I am assuming that I am not the only one. I am going to share some random facts about myself with you so that you may get to know me better.

20 Random Facts About Me

1. I was born in Queens, New York.

2I didn’t truly feel like an adult until I was 23 years old. That was the year that I married my amazing hubby.

3. I grew up in Augusta, Georgia, with my grandma and three other siblings. 

4. I love oatmeal. My favorite flavor is Maple & Brown Sugar.

5. My husband and I have one kid and I am not sure if we want any more. 

Facts: An Old Family Photo That I Love
It looks like we forgot to dress her up but we didn’t. We put her dress on once we reached our destination incase she decided to spit up.

6. I am a talker. I enjoy getting to know more about people.

7. I am a cashier and I actually like my job. 

8. My first name is Quadriyyah. It means strong and my daddy gave me the name because he said I was a strong baby. 

9. If I were to choose a pet I would choose a cat, but I think my husband is allergic.

10.Three of my siblings and I were adopted by my paternal grandma.

Facts: The Only Time My Grandma Met My Daughther
The only time my grandma got to see my daughter before she passed away. I love this photo.

11. I attended Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

12. I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors Of Science In Christian Ministries.

Facts: Graduation Day With My Friend Stephanie
My friend, Stephanie, and I at graduation. What an exciting time?

 

 13. The first thing that I bought with my own money was a Dell Laptop back when I was in college.

14.I am a Christian and I love God. I became acquainted with Christ at a young age, and I became a believer at the age of ten. It has been a journey (I share a bit of my story here) but God is so good.

15. The hardest thing that I have ever done would be giving birth to my daughter. It was also the most fulfilling thing that I have ever done in my life thus far.

Facts: Minutes After My Daughter Was Born
Moments after she came into the world. What an Awe-Some moment that was.

16. I don’t believe in quitting. Before considering ever giving up, I must seek out every available option.

17. I would rather talk in person than online or on the phone. 

18. I am guilty of crying while watching sad scenes in cartoons.

19. I really like to dance. I love dancing with a partner but I don’t mind getting down all by lonesome. 

20.I enjoy going for long walks. As a mom, all I need is a stroller, my daughter; and I am good to go. 

 

Facts: A Walking Mom's Necessities
A happy baby ready to go for a walk makes a perfect walking buddy.

BONUS

21. I don’t intentionally make promises that I don’t intend to keep. If I find that after making the promise that I cannot keep it for some reason then I apologize. I also expect the same in return from others. 

22. I am a slight germaphobe. (If someone coughs or sneezes on me at work I will stop ringing them up and sanitize whatever part of my skin that was coughed or sneezed on. Sorry, but it is the truth). 

23. I like to pray. It makes me feel better about situations. I know that I can pray anytime, day or night, and God won’t ever be too busy.

24. I tend to forgive things and not address difficult problems when I should. This is something that I am working on. 

25I love the outdoors and I am not afraid of outdoor chores. Nature is simply a beautiful thing.

Facts: The Evening Sky (Not Photoshopped)
I love nature like I said. God does such an amazing job that I don’t need photoshop.

Okay, well there you have it. You now know a bit more about me.

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I am looking forward to hearing from you and connecting with you. 

 

His servant,

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No Excuses! Get Up & Go After Your Dreams.

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Go After You Dreams! No Excuses

I believe that God gives us dreams. The more you get to know Him the clearer the dreams become. It’s easy to come up with excuses but don’t do that. Don’t sit and say “if only this would happen then I could go after my dream” or “if only that would happen then I could go after my dream”.

No Excuses!

 

 

 

Get Up!

 

 

 

Go after it today!

 

If you can’t go after it today, then make a plan and stick to it.

 

As we know, time is something we cannot get more of so don’t waste it.

**This is something that God has been saying to me and I thought that it might help you as well. **

Don’t let the possibility of failure hold you back.

Remember, you will never know if you never try. 

 

 

 

 

His servant,

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Face Your Storm! Nothing Is Impossible With God.

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Face your storm: Nothing Is Impossible With God

 

Happy Monday everyone! I went to church yesterday and learned about the importance of the storms in our lives. They are not there to cause us to quit but they are there to get us to “the better” that awaits us on the other side. 

If you are in the middle of a storm -aka- a difficult situation, don’t get lost in despair. I don’t care if it is a bill with a deadline quickly approaching, an illness, a troubled marriage, or anything that I can’t even imagine; the fact still stands: God knows and He has a plan. I fully believe this!

This week whenever a problem arises, no matter how big, say to yourself: 

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD

 

 

 

You may have to say it with tears in your eyes, a bill in your hand, or the problem staring you in the face, but say it anyway.

Say it often!

Say it boldly.

Tell the problem about how great your God is.

 

I am not preaching at you. This is something that I have to do as well.

Don’t you give up!

See you on the other side of your storm. It is going to be an amazing site.

Ps. If you would like me to pray with you on an issue, please feel free to let me know on my prayer request form.

His servant,

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This Week: I’m Changing Things Up A Bit

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Changing Things Up A Bit

 

My blogging journey these past two weeks has been a great one. The first week I focused on “The Lost” and last week I focused on “Forgiveness”.  It has been nice but this week I am going to be changing things up a bit.

 

I miss talking about whatever random thing came to mind. So, I am going to revisit that way of writing this week. I am also not going to post 5 days a week this week. I am going to post on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

 

This is a test run. I guess you can say that for the next few months I am going to be searching for what works best for me. If you don’t know how I used to blog in the past check out my old blog: simplymedri.wordpress.com. The only difference is that I am not planning on taking long breaks in between post. 

 

Are you ready, everyone?

Let’s see how this goes!

 

His servant,

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