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5 Morning Rituals to Live By

 

1. Prayer

I make it my goal to pray every morning! This is the most essential part of my day. It is imperative to realize that He is the reason we are able to rise every day and He should most definitely be thanked for it daily!!! This is also a way to ask the Lord for blessings as we go out into a society that challenges us everyday; emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”(1 Chronicles 16:11)

  1. Scripture

One way that we serve the Lord is through devotion. It is important to read our Bibles, as this is the way to learn God’s word, will, and wishes for us. I begin my day with prayer and then read and study scripture to enhance my knowledge of God’s word. If you are not familiar with navigating the Bible, you could utilize the popular Bible app. This app has amazing Bible plans to follow; the plans often start with a daily devotion and then lead to scripture related to the devotion for the day. There are hundreds of plan topics to choose from such as addiction, divorce, marriage, prayer, etc.

“It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere.” (Deuteronomy 13:4)

  1. Fitness

We as women (particularly mothers) tend to put everyone before ourselves! We have to practice self-care on a daily basis and one of the most important elements of self-care is our physical and mental health. We can’t be good for anyone else unless we are good to ourselves first. Take time out to go to your local fitness center or walking trail to kick your day in gear. Many fitness centers have amazing classes and training sessions that begin very early to start your day on the right track. My faves are Zumba and Body Pump (weight lifting)! While we are making sure that our bodies are right, do not forget to strengthen your mental as well. Taking time out to meditate or read an uplifting novel or self-help book before starting your day can set a perfect tone for the rest of your day.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2)

  1. Healthy Meal

This goes hand in hand with fitness. There is nothing better than starting your day off with a well-balanced, healthy meal. God gave you one body and it is up to you and only you to cherish it and treat is as the temple he intended it to be. Make sure that you nourish your body with the proper nutrients that it needs!

  1. Positive Affirmations

Before I part from my children, I make a point to send them off with positive affirmations. I also do this for myself! We often get caught up in thinking about work or school and the challenges that those situation may bring instead of thinking about the blessings that we have due to our jobs or the education that we are receiving. We know that once we step out of our homes that we will be faced with many challenges from many different forces. It is important that we must affirm to ourselves and loved ones that we will be okay despite the situations and challenges that come our way on a daily basis.

“The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” (Psalm 118:24)

Here is to many blessed mornings Girlfriends, Love Ya!!!!!

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It… “Happens”

When life “happens” where are your eyes? When unexpected problems arise where are your eyes? When fear, anxiety, self doubt and disappointment tip-toes it’s way into your life, where are your eyes? Personally, historically speaking I can say that my eyes were everywhere other than on Pops (God… Jesus; my Lord and Savior). I never stop to look at the bigger picture and how could this “hiccup” in my life can actually be for my good and God’s Glory. Often times we get so consumed with how we “picture” our life should be, that when the unexpected happens we get caught off guard. Especially if we aren’t centered in TRUTH. I for one know how difficult it is being an adult trying to balance success, friendships, a relationship with Pops and everything else that may come my way. For example, I’ve been trying to find fulfillment in my life. I know we aren’t just created to work (for someone else at that) just to attempt to pay off whatever bills and lingering debt we may have. We have greater purpose. However, I always end up placing that “purpose” on the back burner to my job and the debt thats hanging over my head causing me to feel like Im not progressing in life. I say to myself, “I’ll start my purpose once this is taken care of or once I get to this pay grade or once this is paid off”. Why should I wait for the stars to align to start walking in my purpose? What about acting on FAITH? Then I end up looking at what OTHER people are doing and comparing my situation to their situation and adding more stress and self doubt on myself. In turn I can’t look at myself in the mirror and in walks anxiety. *Insert eye rolls*  I have to constantly remind myself that everyone has their own story, their own testimony, and no 1 story will exactly mirror the next. I believe that FINDING purpose and actively WALKING in purpose is a never ending battle. But when you constantly look to Pops throughout the good and bad that never ending journey will become easier to bear. *Deep Breath* So again, “When life “happens” make sure your eyes are gazing upon Pops and you’ll never lose.

*Exhales*

Yours Truly,

Transparent Jai

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2 Chronicles 20 “…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you”. (NIV)

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Getting The “Best” Of The Worst

Hey girlfriends!!! 

I am currently going through one of the worst times of my life! I have been separated from my husband since March of this year and I am currently going through a very contentious divorce. On top of this very difficult life hurdle, we have 2 young children together that I am now supporting on my own with a veeeery low salary. Despite these very hard times, I have been able to get through this season by grace of God!

I have every reason in the world to be severely depressed, but God has drawn me closer to Him than I have ever been in my entire life. It has been very evident to me during this season that I had never made God a focal point in my home and in my life in general. He has shown me that He is the only way (bigly LOL!!!)! (John 14:6 “For I am the way, the truth, and the life”) I truly believe that I am going through this difficult season in my life because I ignored signs that God had sent me about my spouse. I feel that God brings us to our lowest points at times to show us the way in which we should be leading our lives. He has truly shown me that I have needed Him as the most important in my life all along; this is a relationship that I have never nurtured before this season.

It is during our toughest season that we should be the most thankful to our Most High, for this is our test of faith and our opportunity to learn what God is trying to teach us. During what I call the worst time of my life, I have been getting the best experience of my life with God! I have never been so close in my relationship with God, nor have I been so dedicated to Him. When life feels at its worst give God your best, as He will always be there with you no matter who or what leaves you!!! (Hebrews 13:5 “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”) ♥️

-Carmon S. 

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Evangelizing The Doomed 

Series Title: Evangelizing The Doomed 

Lesson Title: The meaning of Evangelism 

Lesson Text: Luke 5:27-31, Luke 13:34-35, Exodus 32:7-14 
What is Evangelism? 

– sharing the word of God. 

– What we do to help make the Christian faith life & mission live option 

– Happens when the receiver returns to Christ the Christian message & ethic congregation to the world in love & mission. **you aren’t evangelizing until you extend the invitation to accept Christ** 

In order to evangelize effectively, we must:
1. Identify with them 

2. Agonize with those who aren’t saved

3. Have authority 
5 Principles of Non- Threatening Evangelism 
1. Display a Christian disposition at all times. 

2. Have a willingness to listen & if appropriate counsel. 

3. Have a proclivity towards finding a resolution. 

4. Willingness to share your faith 

5. Have a Reputation as being a Christian, not necessarily religious. *You LOVE JESUS* 
6 Keys to winning Souls for Jesus 
1. Establish a relationship of trust * Can they trust you* 

2. Explain what Jesus means to you, NOT to your church! 

3. Make Faith simple (The ABC’s – ADMIT you’re a sinner, BELIEVE he died for your sins, CONFESS them)

4. What’s In it for them (They want to know what’s in it for them) 

5. Share the benefits of Christianity but it’s okay to focus on earthly benefits. 

6. Press without pushing for a commitment. ( You have to know when to back off) 

*Series in August *

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Joy, Prayers, Thankfullness 

Our joy, prayers, and thankfulness should not fluctuate with our circumstances or feelings. Obeying these three commands – be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful- often goes against our natural inclinations. When we make a conscious decision to do what God says, however, we will begin to see people in a new perspective. When we do God’s will, we will find it easier to be joyful and thankful. 

We cannot spend all out time on our knees praying but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times. This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, realizing his presence within us, and determining to obey him fully. Then we will find it natural to pray frequent, spontaneous, short prayers. A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times of prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times. 
Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering- in ways that he knows are best. 

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Daily Inspiration: The Way

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.
Read Matthew 6

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Daily Inspiration: Move On

Many of you are still in pain because the person who did you wrong, talked about you, or lied on you, is denying it. They refuse to take responsibility. Why is this? They know they did you wrong, but their ego, who they want people to believe they are, who they want people to believe they are is contesting the reality of what did they did. What can you do? Never expect truth from a person who doesn’t give it. People can not give you what they don’t have. If they haven’t accepted truth for themselves, they can not give truth to you. Move on and be healed! 
🙏🏽 Read Psalms 30:2 🙏🏽

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Daily Inspiration: Purpose 

To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget. 
🙏🏽 Read 1 Corinthians 13 🙏🏽

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Daily Inspiration: Change is Inevitable 

For change to occur in us, we must be willing to enter the wilderness of the unknown and to wander in unfamiliar territory, directionless, and often in the darkness. We do not need to keep every little thing under control. In fact, we find ourselves only by allowing some falling apart to happen. Sometimes some things fall apart so better things that are for your highest good can fall into place rightfully so. 
🙏🏽 Read Psalm 52:9 🙏🏽

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Daily Inspiration: Fear vs. Love 

There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, and excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life. 
🙏🏽 Read 1 Corinthians 13 🙏🏽