CONFESSIONS OF A CHRISTIAN GIRL: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD?!


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Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”[a]) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord

This scripture has been burning in my heart all day. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations were we question  “Does God see this?  Does He not see what’s going on? How? Why? What? Huh? Stop playing! Come ON Life!”. But I’m so glad that God let’s me think that someone over 2,000 years wrote this just for me. The way I understand this scripture is that God doesn’t want ANYthing that He created to separate us from His Love…especially because it has the potential to. That’s the real honest truth folks. The thorns and thistles of life can separate you from the Love of Christ. Remember that sister in church that was on fire for God? Attended every service, answered every altar call, worked in every ministry possible? Then suddenly, one day, she quit coming. Separation. Remember that brother that made every Facebook status about Jesus, attended every worship conference in town, read his bible as his life depended on it? Then suddenly, one day, He’s back at that Hookah bar. Separation.

Take a moment to reflect. What are the things that could separate you from the Love of God? It’s a very wicked scheme and plan of the enemy but it’s an effective one. Once you’ve targeted those areas, begin to pray. Prayer is the only tool I’ve come to find will keep you stable. Stay blessed XOXO

Confessions of a Christian girl: Lost and found by Sarah Jakes (Review)

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When my roommate saw me reading this book, I was immediately asked what could I possibly learn from a girl who had no real problems….😒 I didn’t bother to look up because I was already 4 chapters deep & they had no Godly idea what they’re talking about….
It’s New Year’s eve service:
The praise & worship is going on, I’m listening to the “You made it through message” I’m hearing shouting, declarations & decrees about how great this upcoming year is going to be. People are dancing out of their suits and I couldn’t help but think to myself “We said that last year”. #Boop So much happened in the unspoken year of 2014 I didn’t want to allow myself to feel any form of expectation for fear of disappointment…again. Sometimes you’re just tapped out beyond explanation.

After spending all night reading this book,(it’s roughly about 5:30am) & I can’t help but to be in deep thought over the words my eyes just laid hold of…It couldn’t better timing. I started “Lost & Found” on the 1st & it’s amazing because the underlying tone throughout the entire book is simple “His Grace is sufficient enough”. This book for the church girl at heart. It’s hard to communicate the constant battle between not able to fit into the world but not being able to fit into church.

The book is so full & will leave you full. Well done @sarahdjakes

Complete & Divine of Obedience Part 1

Does anyone remember this throwback video from this TBN Praise the Lord program??? Yolanda Adams was hosting and invited Mary Mary, J. Moss, Lisa McClendon and Israel Houghton. I watched the original airing of this video forever ago but ran across again today! How timely! I just HAD to share this.

Why did I do it?

Sometimes you feel as though that when God speaks to YOU, someone else should confirm immediately. I found myself in a situation, where my back was up against a wall and I had to make a decision because I was so busy being concerned with “moving to the next level”,”making moves” and wanting to do “something different”, I felt that perhaps this GOOD thing was a GOD thing because I was use to so many bad things happening to me (I’ll blog about THAT later).  A particular door was open. Everyone thought it was a GREAT idea…everyone except me. I prayed about it, thought about, the door remained open, I expressed my anxiety about entering the door. There was no direct “no” from mentors and those I go over my spiritual dealings with, so I thought “Hey, if they don’t see it” then maybe, just maybe I’m trippin’! It didn’t dawn on me until later, that familiarity works both ways. For example, Jesus said a prophet does not receive honor in his own home. It’s because of familiarity. We can get use to things happening one way that we fail to seek God for the next set directions once we embark on a new path. The opposite side of familiarity can be seen in the life of Rahab. No one thought that Holy men of God would be hiding in this prostitute’s house. Now, it worked to Joshua and Caleb’s benefit and Rahab ended up in the genealogy of Christ. It was because familiarity was abandoned.

I get frantic. I get hazed. I get a little dramatic even. I’m always cautious about every single door, window, step because the decision(s) we can make today can affect our tomorrow(s). There is not always time to express the reason behind my caution with every major decision. So I can understand being seen in a particular light. It was automatically assumed, that it was fear that fueled my hesitation. Perhaps they were right but reader, let me say THIS to you: You can absolutely be in the house of God & still get lost. Not all good things are God things. How I wish I would’ve followed what I knew in my hearts of hearts to NOT have taken that door. Every time something goes wrong, there’s a delay, or a setback, I can’t help but quietly think “If I’d never taken that path, this, this and that wouldn’t be happening”.

My story is not complete. Perhaps I’ll have a different perspective on it 5,6,7 months from now. I do know this: It’s never too late, even if you make a bad decision, remember what God has spoken to YOU. Repent, realign yourself with destiny, purpose, stay in compliance & obedience. Get back on track. God is a God of redemption and my soul knows it. Until next time! XOXO

What I’m listening to: Sitting With Me-MaryMary

Here are the lyrics:

“Sitting With Me”

They say, there she goes
That ol’ holy roller
Think she’s special, someone needs to tell her
That she ain’t no better than me
They say, she’s such a geek
That ol’ Jesus freak
Every-time she opens up her mouth to speak
She’s always talkin’ bout being saved and holy
That was me, Miss unpopular
Never asked to be part of the in crowd
But everyone knew who I was
Cause my life screamed Jesus, out loud!
Yeah, I’ve been left out, looked over
Just for carrying this cross on my shoulder
But it’s okay, with me
If I’m the last one that’s picked for the team
I’ll sit on the sideline
As long as he’s sitting with me
They said he wasn’t ordinary
Cause he wanted to be married
Before he let himself be with someone else
Even said he was unnatural
But what they didn’t see, didn’t see that he
He was much more man
Than they’d ever be
Cause he was a man of integrity
Just like me, he was Mister unpopular
Never asked to part of the in crowd
Everyone knew who he was
Cause his life screamed Jesus out loud!
Yeah, I’ve been left out, looked over
Just for carrying this cross on my shoulder
But it’s okay, with me
If I’m the last one that’s picked for the team
I’ll sit on the sideline
As long as he’s sitting with meI know someday I’ll shine
I’ll wait till it’s my time
But I won’t move
I’ll sit with youYeah, I’ve been left out, looked over
Just for carrying this cross on my shoulder
But it’s okay, with me
If I’m the last one that’s picked for the team
I’ll sit on the sideline
As long as he’s sitting with me
Left out, looked over
Just for carrying this cross on my shoulder
But it’s okay, with me
It’s okay, with me
I’ll sit on the sideline
As long as he’s sitting with me

-MaryMary

Where was THIS song in middle school & high school. Geesh! Still love it though 🙂

What I’m listening to: Unstoppable Love

Here are the lyrics:

Try to stop Your love and You would wage a war
Try to take the very thing You gave Your life for
You would come running
Tear down every wall
All the while You’re shouting
“My Love, you’re worth it all”.

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable Love that never ends
You’re unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable Love that never ends

You broke into the silence and sang your song of hope
A melody resounding in the deep of my soul
You have come running
You tore down every wall
All the while you’re shouting,
“My Love you’re worth it all”

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable Love that never ends
You’re unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable Love that never ends

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable Love that never ends
You’re unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable Love that never ends

No sin, no shame,
No past, no pain
Can separate me from Your love
No height, no depth,
No fear, no debt
Can separate me from Your love

No sin, no shame,
No past, no pain
Can separate me from Your love
No height, no depth,
No fear, no debt
Can separate me from Your love

Whoa
Your love, yeah

God you pursue me with power and glory
Unstoppable Love that never ends
You’re unrelenting with passion and mercy
Unstoppable Love that never ends

Try to stop Your love and You would wage a war

I hope you enjoy this song as much I do. I heard it for the first time 3 days ago & It’s already apart of my prayer.