Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Don't Shrink for Nobody!

Have you ever been in a relationship or friendship where you felt like you had to shrink your personality to be with that person? Did you ever feel like you to had to dial back your laughter, your attire, your speech or whatever to appease them? I want to encourage you today: Don't Shrink for Nobody! Yeah I know the English is off but you get my point!!

Be encourage by this video. Be who God made you to be!


Monday, March 16, 2020

Trust God

We are indeed living in uncertain times but now is the time more than ever that we need to Trust God! Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go". We must believe God's Word and not walk in fear however, we MUST walk in wisdom! I hope this quick video gives you the encouragement boost you need as we begin this new week!

Be encouraged. Be inspired.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Girrrl Check Whatchu Sayin’!




It’s been a long time Girrrl Stop Nation but I’m back! Work has been crazy busy and non-work projects have been mounting up but God is still good!! Hopefully you’ve been following the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages (@girrrlstop) for daily does of inspiration, quotes and funny posts. I have definitely missed writing to all of you! So, let’s jump in!

I had the opportunity over the past six weeks to teach a course at church called Back to the Bible Basics. I was encouraged by each student’s willingness to learn, share, and engage in this class with me. I was so blessed by all of them in ways they will never know! As any good instructor would, I gave out weekly homework assignments and the final homework assignment was to pick any topic from the class that spoke to you, or was interesting to you and present that topic to the class in 1-2 minutes. When I assigned this immediately some people begin to murmur about what they were unable to do. It sounded something like:

-Oh I don’t do well speaking in front of people
-I can’t put a presentation together
-No! A presentation?

And the list goes on!

I politely smiled at all of them and told them I look forward to what you will bring on next week. Presentation Sunday was finally here and I was excited to hear what the students would present. Lo and behold, the student who was the most vocal about what they couldn’t do had one of the most stellar presentations of the bunch! I was blown away! During that class time (which was the last class) the Holy Spirit led me to Proverbs 18:21a, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”.

What we speak has power. It has the power to motivate or deflate, inspire or deaden, ignite or extinguish – it can promote life or death! What we speak to ourselves matters and can determine our reality. If you say I can’t comprehend, then you’re probably going to have problems comprehending. If you say you can’t speak publicly then you will probably encounter problems doing so. If you say you can’t learn that new application then chances are you probably won’t. Get into the habit of speaking not just positive but God-positive! What is God-positive? Just putting the word behind your positive statements!

Negative
Positive
God-Positive
I’m broke
I’m fiscally challenged
I’m fiscally challenged BUT God! (Phil 4:19)
I can’t do it
I’ve got this!
I’ve got this cuz with God all things are possible! (Phil 4:13)
Things aren’t happening fast enough
Things will come together
Things will come together because God is in control! (Romans 8:28)

Get it? See how that works? Girrrl Stop Nation let’s strive to be God-Positive because life and death is in our tongues! Girrrl, check whatchu sayin’!

Monday, December 2, 2019

Defining Word for 2020!

Hey Girrrl Stop Nation! We are about to enter a new year and a new decade and we need to get our planning, goals and intentions in our minds and on paper now! What will be your defining word for 2020? What one word will you pick to guide you in the coming year and make it a successful one?



Your word could be something like:

-Courage
-Do
-Bold
-Fearless

And the list goes on! Think about what your word should be, pray about it also and see what Word God shows you. This word is for you and should be your motivator in all endeavors! In addition to your defining word, I want to encourage all of you to choose a defining scripture for 2020! I know this will be difficult as there are so many but do your best to narrow it down to one!

I’m excited to share my defining word and scripture for 2020 with you all:
Self-belief 
Ephesians 3:20

Self-belief is my word for 2020 because I do believe it is one area that has held me back. There’s a twinge of doubt on my part as to whether I can do ‘this’ or ‘that’ and it is that twinge that has kept me immobilized. As I began to ponder on this notion I was led to this scripture, Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” I serve a God who is able and because God is able, He empowers me to be ABLE (no pun intended) to tackle any task or endeavor I set out to do! The scripture goes on to say that God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all I can ask or even think! This just encourages me to dream bigger and not doubt because God can do it bigger and better than I can even imagine! But here is the part that really coincides with my defining word: ‘according to the power that works in us’ – this is where I can draw my ‘self-belief’ from! God says that when you come into this family of faith you now have my Holy Spirit living on the inside of you and it is the Holy Ghost which gives us power! Because of this power, I can truly do all things through Christ which strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) and this fuels my self-belief!
God is simply saying: 
You Have What Works, Now Work It! 

Ok, 2020 it’s on!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Death to Thankfulness


The season of thanksgiving has come upon us once again. As I reflect on being thankful I’m immediately reminded of all that God has done for me. I think about how God has allowed me to wake up each morning and how He has kept a roof over my head through perilous times. I think about how He has protected me from danger seen and unseen and most importantly how He has kept my mind when I thought I would lose it!

God has done so much for me that I can’t help but be thankful, not just at Thanksgiving but every day! Unfortunately, thankfulness can be easily eradicated when we participate in the following:

-Complaining
-Comparing



You can’t complain and be thankful in the same breath. When we complain about our circumstances or life occurrences, we are focusing more on our problem than the One who can solve the problem. Complaining takes our focus off of God and this is not a good place to be. Complaining keeps you in a place that is negative, dark and sad because it narrows your view of God’s presence even in not so good times. God says “I am always with you, I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). This isn’t conditional, this means God is with us in good times, bad times, uncomfortable times and always! Complaining is detrimental to your spiritual growth and overall well-being.

Comparing combats thankfulness in that it shifts your focus to your flaws or shortcomings. We should be grateful to God for how He created us, how He wired us, and for where He has us placed at this very moment. When we compare our lives to others, our abilities to others, and our situations to others we take our focus off the One who is in total control. This is truly a trick of the enemy because in our comparisons, we don’t have all of the external factors and facts to make a worthwhile comparison. It also produces a spirit of jealousy that is not pleasing to God. Jay-Z said, “What, you mad cause you push dimes and he sell weight? Y’all don’t’ know my expenses, I gotta buy bigger plates…and more baggies – why you all aggie?” (Heart of the City). Point here, you don’t know all of what people go through to be where they are, so comparison is death to thankfulness.

Complaining and Comparing cannot co-exist with a thankful heart and thankful speech. They are unable to cohabitate and be roommates! A known fact is that life is hard; but a hard reality is that it can always be worse. The truth of the matter is that there is someone right now, praying for the life you have, the one that you sometimes complain about or the one you sometimes foolishly compare to someone else’s life.

Be thankful in this season and always for where God has you now! God is constantly at work behind the scenes, interceding on your behalf!
Happy Thanksgiving to the Girrrl Stop Nation, I pray you all have a wonderful time with family and friends during this holiday season!

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks cuz He has given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now, let the weak say I am strong
Let the poor say I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us
Give thanks!

Don't Shrink for Nobody!

Have you ever been in a relationship or friendship where you felt like you had to shrink your personality to be with that person? Did you ev...