October 30, 2020
Good morning everyone! I am so glad that this morning I had the chance to give you all an update. The last few weeks have been so chaotic and I haven't been able to find time to write. As I've been thinking and praying about what to share, God kind of opened my eyes to see what this generation of humans needs to hear. Today's lesson, I wanted to talk about how God calls each and everyone of us to be different from one another. He creates each individual by hand with the goal of making us all have differences amongst one another. 1 Peter 2:9 states, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called, you out of darkness into His marvelous light." Now I don't know about you, but sometimes when I read long verses like this I quickly become distracted and just let the words fly over my head. But this verse, is so full of amazing things. What God is saying in 1 Peter 2:9 is that he has not called us all to this earth to be the same as one another. No he wants us to be grateful and thankful for our differences because those are what make you; you. Just imagine if we were all identical. How would you tell your friends apart? We would live in a very lifeless and boring world if wasn't for our differences. So, instead of basking in the embarrassment or jealousy of our looks and personality, embrace it like God wants us too. I hope that you all have a wonderful rest of your week and please please please continue to fill out B3 Box forms. Also, I will be working on my BBB Shop this week so be sure to come back and check it out. I love y'all and let me know if I can help with anything.
October 17, 2020
Hey everybody! I hope you have all had a fabulous week and didn't miss out on my past live update. If you did, it is posted on my facebook page and not going anywhere so I encourage you to check that out. Anyways, this week I really wanted to focus on jealousy. Now I can only speak for myself, but I believe that this is something everyon e struggles with. It doesn't matter where in society you stand, this is something that crosses everyones mind daily, and the sad thing is that most of the time we don't even recognize it. Jealousy refers to the feelings or thoughts of fear, insecurity, and concern over a feeling of lacking certain materialistic items or reassurance such as safety or acceptance. Have you ever been walking around town and noticed another persons shoes and found yourself basking on the idea of if only those shoes were on your feet? Maybe it was on the playground in elementary school, as you looked around you saw one of your friends laughing with another group and you sat on the curb and tried it imagine if only you were part of that group. I personally struggle with this quite often but as it says in Job 5:2, "Surely resentment destroys the fool, and jealousy kills the simple." What this verse is saying is that the more we wonder and wish that we had what others do, the more our spirit and inner light fade away. This idea kind of ties into the idea that we need to be focused on the present, not down because of the past or afraid of the future. James 3:16 states, "Where jealousy and selfishness are, there will be confusion and every kind of evil." As you can clearly see in both of these bible verses, jealousy is not of the Lord but of the devil. Satan uses these fears or conceptions in order to control and steer us clear of God's truth. SO, I challenge you this next week to be grateful and thankful for what you DO have. Not only things, but more importantly, positivity and qualities that are gifts given from God. I continue to pray for all of you daily and please let me know if I can do anything. Also, as we get close to the holiday season, this is a time many people with mental illness have a especially difficult time facing those lies in their mind so, please if you know of anyone fill out a B3 Box form and let's help send some encouragement.
October 3, 2020
Happy Fall everyone! I am so excited that the weather is finally starting to cool off. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love this season. I pray that you all had a fabulous start to your October and have been looking forward to this weeks update. I have been praying harder than ever trying to get God to lead me to a perfect topic for this weeks blog and it wasn’t until FCA yesterday that I realized just what He wanted me to do. Now, I want to start with something that might seem a little odd but just trust me. I want you to take thirty seconds to just close your eyes and think about all of the struggles or issues you are currently being faced with. Don’t think about the past or the future, just the present. Now, open your eyes and write down at least one person you have told about this struggle. Now how many of you do not have a name to write down? Maybe you are worried you might bring that person down, or maybe you just don’t want to put that anxiety on them as well. But just as Galatians 6:2 states, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” When I first read this verse, I begin to think about all the times I have tried to avoid telling others my issues and take care of them myself. I know we all have done this before, am I right? We as humans have been called to be supportive and encouraging in each others lives. Just as a house won’t remain standing without studs, we also need those “studs” or companions to lift and hold us up as well. Now I know, this can be extremely scary. However, it might just be the turning point in your current trial. For example, I struggled with my eating disorder for at least three months before I begin to share that I was being faced with something I couldn’t control. Those three months of struggling in silence were as bad as it could have gotten. I remember my weak, frail body lying in bed at night asking God “What do I do now?”. I remember sitting in the car asking myself if I should tell anyone. I remember feeling like such as mistake that I was embarrassed or too ashamed to tell others. But I promise you, it wasn’t until I fell to the ground and begin to ask for help that I really began to turn a corner. Now I am not saying that you are all struggling with something to this extreme right now, but if you haven’t already, there will be a time in which you contemplate on whether or not to share your issues. SO I encourage you today, if you haven’t already sit down with someone, call a friend on the phone, send a quick text, It doesn’t matter, just please don’t try and fight this battle alone. We are called to be source of strength for all those around us, so let them help you. I promise you will not regret it. If you don’t feel like you have someone that you are comfortable enough with, shoot me a email and I would be more than happy to be this support for you. You are amazing, remember that.
Before I end this weeks update, I wanted to share or ask a favor from each and every one of you. If you have the time it would be so greatly appreciated if you would take the time to pray.
I come before you today knowing that you are in control, that you are the ultimate healer so, I wanted to take a minute to specifically pray for one thing. I have a friend who is struggling with something bigger than she or her family can control on their own. I ask that she as well as her family would be given the strength and bravery to face this issue head on. I pray that the doctors and care team would be able to help heal her mind and body. I ask that you would engrave the verses Psalms 139:14, 1 Peter 2:9, Jeremiah 31:3, and John 1:12. I ask that by her reading and thinking through these words that she would realize that she is beautiful, chosen, loved, and more than anything, she is a child of God. Most importantly, I pray that through this experience she would grow and develop and stronger relationship with you. I love you so much, in your name,