Your Date Must Be Qualified Not Just Cute

Relationships are extremely important. Believe it or not choosing a partner will arguably be one of the most important decisions of your life. 

It amazes me how we can be so focused on money, clothes and carreers and totally be disengaged with the quality of our souls and who we choose to live in our space.

 Just because she is beautiful doesn’t make her qualified to walk with you.  Just because he is handsome shouldn’t give him the key to your heart.

 You must be qualified!

Treat dating and choosing a partner like finding your dream job.  Don’t be afraid to ask the hard questions upfront.

Keep this in mind? Who you allow in your space will impact your life.

But what do I know? It’s is only your life we’re talking about right? πŸ˜‰

 

Forgiveness…The Milk For The Heart

Forgiveness is the milk for the heart. This is a hard thing to forgive.  It is hard to forgive someone that has wounded you deeply.  If the truth can be told sometimes it can be hard to forgive yourself for causing the offence.

However, this was the very premise by which  Jesus taught. Jesus taught pray for those that despitefully use you…even if they betray you with a kiss. So I pray that we will each learn to forgive in the good and bad times.

I pray that God will be able to soften our hearts where we have felt the need to build walls to protect them.

Don’t go another day feeling bitter. Let the joy and love in your heart heal some one else while it is healing you.

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At the heart of Youth

Wow…Let us live and love in such away that people will see God and not us.

I was taken aback by this quote, β€œA woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him
– just to find her.”
– Max Lucado

Well done!

Source: At the heart of Youth

Last Minute Miracles

What a great post it really touched my heart because people can be in parallel places and never even know it…
I love this quote from the article, “But I realized today that God is never early or late. His faithfulness comes, often times at the very last minute.”
Guys this is a great read get your box of tissues ready.

Source: Last Minute Miracles

The Patient Pursuit – Guest post by Michaela

I love that there are people still saving themselves for marriage. This is diffently a topic that I will be podcasting on in the near future. God stills captives the heart and infuses his will in the lives of two lover’s that will not partake of the forbidden fruit before it’s time. Great article.

Source: The Patient Pursuit – Guest post by Michaela

Has Your Christianity Stalled At Salvation?

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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Are you striving to be like Jesus?  This is a question I believe we should ask ourselves daily.  In my opinion, this question issues a challenge to those of us that are seeking to be more like Jesus. This question offers us not only insight into what we are striving to become but it also causes us to look introspective to see what is really in our hearts.

“We should always seek to be Christ-like in my opinion, but I can honestly say, I have not always lived nor sought to be Christ-like.”

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Christ-like,

Christ-like,

Christ-like…

There have been times in my life that I’ve looked and acted more like Garfield the Cat then our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

I have been selfish, unloving, unforgiving, unthankful and even unholy. Like Garfield I have wanted my lasagna all to myself and if it was left up to me no one would get a piece.  But, I thank God for His patience, loving mercy and His everlasting grace.

God’s Mercies Are New Every Morning

God provides people like me with another day to get in line with His will.  I thank God that in my struggles to look like Jesus, He has never allowed me to fall to the waste side but He has always patiently helped me to my feet, wiped my knees off and said, “son get back into the race.”

Striving to be Christ-like has taught me to die daily. It has challenged me to take up holiness and leave unholiness behind. What I think is wonderful about seeking to live, love and look like Jesus is He teaches us that though we live in this flesh we don’t have to be controlled by our desires. 

We will all have our struggles in this life; however, God has provided for each of us a way of escape from sin and temptation that has been sent to destroy us. He has left us The Holy Spirit that we may have power over our flesh. Thank God for His Spirt!

The Apostle said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 KJV

Wow what a wonderful scripture. I wished I had time to unpack all that is in this text but I would be writing for days.

But this scripture should give us hope.
This scripture simply says that we can actually win over this flesh of ours.  We can actually break destructive habits of sin and mortify the deeds of our flesh. See Colossians 3. 

However, it will take desire, faithfulness, obedience and trust in Jesus that He has what we need to help us to become more like Him .

This is why Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ.” What did he mean here? He was simply saying that he made a conscious decision to put his ungodly desires in check (to death). They no longer had the power to cause him to stray from God. Why? Good question…because they were now placed willingly under the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ.

He allowed the Holy Spirit to help him resist those earthly, ungodly desires.

Now let me not mislead you here…Paul was not perfect and without sin in no stretch of the imagination. But the Apostle fixed his heart on becoming more and more like Jesus. So he worked hard not to allow Sins will to dominate him but inturn he would lord over and dominate his flesh.

We can catch a glimpse of how he thought here in Philippians 3:7-9…He says,

“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

Determined To Live Christ-like

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Paul said in 1Corinthians 9:27, “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” Read entire chapter…here

Paul took his body and forced it to obey the will of God. The Father is looking for you and I to do the same thing. He wants us to make our minds and bodies obey and submit to His will.

Look at what God says in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Read the entire Chapter here…

Beep …

Beep…

Beep…

Alert!

Alert!

Attention! Becoming Christ-like is not automatic but it will take work.

We must be so determined to look, think and love like Jesus that when we fail we will be so convicted, so upset with ourselves that we will say, “The next time this temptation comes I will overcome it by His Power, Blood and Spirit’ I will submit to God and resist the Devil and the Bible says He will flee.”

I believe that we must daily make up in our minds that we will be determined everyday to review our lives and be honest with ourselves and say, “Lord I didn’t look like your word today, I looked terrible but help me to do better” or “Lord I am striving to be even better today then I did yesterday, there is still more baggage I can eradicate in my life.”

When we truly desire Him we will say like Paul, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound certainly not.”

When we change our focus and Jesus becomes our main priority then thats when we will begin to see a transformation of our priorities, principles and practices.

When we commit sin it will no longer be enjoyable, it will become burdensome because we have let God down.

This is a good place to be in. We never, ever want to be able to sin and say its okay. When we fail we want to be in a place of remorse, heartbroken that we failed God.

This is a part of becoming Christ-like.

Do you remember in scripture when Peter failed Jesus and denied him?…He was heartbroken and the Bible said, ” He wept bitterly.” Matthew 26:74-75. He had failed Jesus. Peter understood who Jesus had become to him. He had become his Lord and not just his salvation. Jesus had become his everything. Peter’s priorities, principles and practices had change and he was becoming Christ-like.

So it devastated Peter that he had failed Jesus. Are we devastated, heartbroken and remorseful when we fail Jesus?Are we so hurt by our actions that they lead us to our knees in heart-felt repentance…asking God to help us to become more like Him and less like ourselves?

Jesus eventually after He was resurrected reached out to Peter after He had been converted. Peter never denied Jesus again even to death.

This is my desire that I will follow Jesus even until death being faithful, being Christ-like. I want my desires, priorities, principles and practices to be entrenched in Christ-likeness and sacrifice to Him. I pray and hope that is your desire as well.

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We should inspect our lives daily to see if we are living like Jesus. When we find something that doesn’t look like him we should make it our business to separate ourselves from that thing by denying our flesh and worldly pleasures. We should seek with all our hearts to look, love and live like Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer

Heavenly Father we are coming to you asking you to forgive us for our shortcomings. Father in the name of Jesus help us to turn away from anything that does not give you glory. We desire to live, look and love like you Jesus so change our hearts and minds that we will be all that you want and desire for us to be in Jesus name…amen

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Hand In Hand (Poetry)

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Mi Amor

I went, She went,

To a place, a destination prepared just for us to meet,

Though I never knew her,

She went, a college student sent,

Planted by God, on a mission to shine,

I went, escaping the madness of life to a place of calm and solace,

I finally had my own, a place to call home,

Chosen were we,

I found my calm on a snowy February day in blizzard like conditions,

Knee high up to my thigh in snow,

But not even a blizzard could hold me back from my place of destiny,

Short in stature, beautiful jet black hair down her back, smile that could replace the sun,

Rolled into the place of destiny around about December, you see!

She arrived 2 months earlier than me,
I said, “this had to be destiny”, she lived three floors above me!

She never knew my name, never thought one time that destiny had chosen her to be,

But I understood the time was now,

If I was going to wake up to sun shine for the rest of my life,

I had to do something, I’ve never done,

I had to say something, I’ve never said,

When God presented me with a shot,

I went, She went,

We went together!

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5 Helpful Valentines Day Do’s and Don’ts to Safely Guide You Through The Holiday

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5 things you should do and not do on this Valentines Day.Whether you are single or married these 5 helpful hints can keep you out of the dog house or the litter box whichever you prefer.

1. Don’t procrastinate:

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OMG…This is one of the deadly sins of V-Day(Valentines Day). I will call this the first and most dangerous of the five Do’s and Don’ts of Valentines Day, procrastination . When we procrastinate this says to our spouse or significant other, “you are not important enough to me.” Also, it communicates a very clear message, I am too lazy to care enough about you to take the time to plan.
I have discovered in my experiences with procrastination “You snooze, you lose and the early bird gets the worm”.
When we procrastinate we set ourselves up for failure and also bad gift purchases.

Honey Happy Valentine’s Day. Do you like your new microwave I got it on sale? What!

2. Don’t make excuses actually plan something.


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Nothing says romance like planning. Creativity on Valentines Day can give you major points with your significant other. This is something I learned from my wife…Babe if you are reading this, see I am listening… Lol.
Oftentimes, this tends to happen with married couples or people who have been together for awhile. We can take each other for granted and stop putting in the work that won the heart of your significant other. We just stop planning and take on this anything goes mentality that will surely land us in the dog house or litter box on Valentines day.
Do actually take time to plan something on Valentines Day and leave the excuses behind…well the dog ate the chocolate… You know Lady Fuzzy clawed my cards and they were nice too. Oh man I really love this excuse some people settle for it all the time. Notice I didn’t say, “fall for it.” Valentines Day is a commercial holiday, they only want your money. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah…are you tired yet, because I am worn out listening to that lame excuse. Haha.. Well if you think the stores want your money, your spouse or significant other wants to be pampered too. So don’t worry so much about the commercial holiday put your energy into making your spouse or your significant other happy. Nothing says turn off like excuses.

3. Don’t contact an Ex to keep you company.

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Why rekindle a flame only to start a forest fire? You guys are exes for a reason right? “Desperate times calls for desperate measure.” What am I saying here? I am saying that as a single you may get lonely on Valentines Day, but compromising your self worth is a heavy price to pay anytime but especially for a day. So be smart and resist the temptation to indulge in an activity you will soon regret.
However, Do indulge. When you are feeling lonely and desperate get you a good desert. Yes I said it! Nothing relaxes the mind like a good desert, good book, great movie and friends without benefits. Don’t put yourself in a position to lose. Do indulge in a guilty pleasure though, a little or a lot of hot apple pie and ice cream. Do you know what the benefits will be to having not sold out? You won’t feel guilty or used in the morning but you will feel full…Lol…

Whats a few pounds compared to a lifetime of pain?

4. Don’t break the bank spend your money wisely.


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No one likes a cheapskate but a Frugal Fanny or a Thrifty Tyrone is Okay. I believe the key to finding a good gift on Valentines Day is not spending a mint but spending time getting to know the person you are buying for. This will help you in the long run.
What if we have just start seeing each other? Good question…Just play it safe. Keep your gift purchases to a minimum, something like $50.00 or $60.00, you can’t go wrong there; furthmore, that’s enough to get you a card, flowers and dinner without sending the wrong message.
But Don’t be scared to spend some money. No one likes a cheapskate or a freeloader. So be prepared to show her a nice time but don’t break the bank it is only one day.

5. Don’t forget to celebrate you.

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What am I saying here? I am saying, “Don’t let life define you, you define it.” Don’t sit by the phone waiting for it to ring, waiting on some person to validate you. No! Celebrate you regardless of who calls your phone or doesn’t call your phone. Love yourself! Know your worth! Unfortunately, during this Valentines Day season we can easily forget our worth all in the name of convenience and compromise. But this Valentines Day purpose in your heart and mind, that you will not allow yourself to be used or abused but you will be celebrated. You may be alone but learn to celebrate you. God has invested too much into you for you to live in depression and desperation all because of one day. Celebrate you because God made you fearfully and wonderfully in His image and His likeness. Know that you are powerful, strong, smart and you are valuable.
So on this Valentines Day: don’t procrastinate, don’t make excuses actually plan something, don’t contact an Ex to keep you company, don’t break the bank spend wisely and remember celebrate you.

Let me know if there’s anything else that can be a help and also if it is helpful to you let me know also.

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