Monday, May 21, 2018

God of the Turn Around!!

Girrrl stop worrying and let your mind and spirit be renewed knowing this: God is the God of the turn around! (I’ll pause….while you shout!)

God specializes in turning things around! Trust me, I’m not telling what I heard but what I know! He has a special knack for putting His hands on the situation and making it work out for your good - oh yeah, He said that in His Word - “And we know all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God can turn around your self-esteem, your depression, your finances, your motives, your heart and even the heart of others - He will make your enemy your footstool! There’s no limit to the depths God will go for His children so Girrrl - stop worrying! 

Worrying does not fuel your spirit rather, it completely deflates it. It gets you no where but headed to your freezer to kill a half of gallon of Breyers cookies and cream ice cream (so I’ve heard….) and now you holding together your summer capris with a safety pin - Girrrl Stop! 

Read Matthew 6:25-34 and make a vowel today to stop worrying - God is the God of the turn around, He will take care of you! Seek God and trust in His provision, He will turn it around!! 

You are worthy! You are fearfully and wonderfully made! 
You are greatness unleashed! 

Renew. Refresh. Slay! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Girrrl Celebrate It!

Hey Girrrl Stop Nation! I know y'all out there making goals and stuff (#goaldiggers) but as we are focusing on renewal in the month of May I want to encourage you to celebrate the small wins! 

Every large goal requires smaller goals in order to reach them. You know you could say, “Lord, my goal is to not cuss folks out anymore” and then lo and behold Sister Lulabell at the church bring some craziness to you and you get to cussin’! But this time you only went ham for 30 seconds as opposed to your normal 15 minutes!! Well celebrate that - it’s an accomplishment! 

I’m a new believer in celebrating small wins because it gives that dose of encouragement you need to stay in the race and keep going! For every small win you know you’re that much closer to the main goal!  

-You may not have reached your 25 pound weight loss goal yet but you’re going to the gym 3-4 times a week on a regular basis - celebrate it! 

-You may not have paid off that credit card yet but you are now sticking to a budget for the first time in your life - celebrate it! 

-You may not have fully mastered not going nuts on your teenager for their smart aleck mouth but this week you mastered the 
‘you-got-3-seconds-to-get-out-of-my-sight’ look and poof! They disappeared into another room or another galaxy but who cares, you got some peace! - celebrate it! 

Celebrating those small wins will renew and fuel your spirit, causing you to feel absolutely amazing about yourself and keep you going even through tough situations!  

2 Chronicles 15:7 (NLT) - But as for you, be strong and courageous, for your work will be rewarded

(MSG) - But it’s different for you: Be strong. Take heart. Payday is coming!

You are incredible! You are awesome! You are a winner! 

Renew. Refresh. Slay! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Just Say No!

Girrrl it’s springtime which means a time to get renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated! Here in the northeast I think Summer may have kidnapped Spring (cuz it’s hot and I’m having to run my air already!) but nevertheless it’s that time of year to focus on you and renew your spirit! In the month of May I’ll be giving you some suggestions for renewal that will surely jumpstart you into a refreshing! If you’re already doing the suggested things then pass it on to another sister in Christ - don’t be stingy!! 

Saying yes to things that don’t fuel your spirit is a sure-fire way to be perpetually drained! Saying yes to things you do not want to do will leave you depleted. You know you didn’t want to chair that program but you said yes anyway! Girrrl you know, you didn’t feel like going to dinner for the 3rd night this week but you went anyway (and then you side-eyeing folks all the way through dessert!) This is not how God wants us to be: drained and depleted - I mean even He rested! 

When they ask you to go out to that event on Friday evening after you dun worked all week: "Girrrl, now you know I ain’t going!"

If you want to truly get renewed this renewal season you gotta learn to say NO to the things that don’t fuel your spirit! Just say NO!!! Your friends will be okay, your children will live and your church will still be standing after your ‘refreshing’! Mark 2:22 says, And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Due to the process of fermentation, the old wineskins (bottles) don’t have the strength to hold the new wine causing a two-fold loss: the bottle and the wine (did somebody say: Moscato please!). 

When we run, run and run some more we become worn out and torn down. In that state we aren't of any use to anyone including ourselves. You have to learn to say NO to some stuff so that you are not in this constant state of “ran-downess” (yeah I made it up). Girrrl, if you start hearing the comment, “Ooh you look tired” (try to refrain from charging at this person and choking them with your freshly manicured hands!) then that may be an indicator that it’s renewal time! God is trying to do a new thing in you in a new season but he can’t put fresh wine in an old bottle (did somebody say: Red please!). Take the time to be renewed so that you are strong enough to continue your journey! 

Say NO to some stuff so you don’t become run down and you can leave room for the things that truly fuel your spirit! 

You are beautiful! You are unique! You are success embodied! 

Renew. Refresh. Slay!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Catch A Case!

Hey Girrrl Stop Nation!! It’s been a little while since I’ve posted but hey that’s life! I hope all has been well and that you're taking time to enjoy the journey! A journey, something we're all on but we're all at different phases. Some may be in the ‘Harvest’ phase of the journey, that place where you are reaping those good seeds sown! Some others may be in the ’Spanx’ phase of the journey, that place where you're being squeezed, stretched, and constricted beyond what you would prefer! Some of us are in what I refer to as the ‘Metamorphosis’ phase, the place where you're in a state of becoming something totally new, better and beautiful. It's in this phase that we enter into what is known as "Protection Season"! Protection from what? Hurt? Heartbreak? Emotional damage? Toxic behavior? Poor treatment from others and ourselves? Well, yes you should do your best to protect yourself from all of these things because all of these things can have an impact on what you need to protect most: who you are becoming! 

Metamorphosis is a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. Of course the caterpillar comes to mind here, as it goes through its stages to full adulthood. While the caterpillar is going through the process he becomes encased inside of clear protective case/covering (chrysalis) because although he hasn't reached the stage of being a butterfly yet, he's on the way and he has to protect what he's becoming! 

Girrrl it's time for you to catch a case! I'm talking to those in the metamorphosis stage of their life journey, to those going through a change (not to be confused with ‘the change’ - chuckle). This is the time to be focused on your personal development and be "future-ready"; protect what you're becoming. The "case" is a place of isolation, simplicity, solitude - catch it! This protects you during the process, sometimes you have to spend time with yourself and God, separating yourself from things that do not positively feed your spirit while God is working. 

Here's a few productive things to do while in the ‘CASE’:

  1. Pray - Pray during this time for direction from God on where He wants you to go and what He wants you to do. Pray for strength to endure this phase and rest in God’s care. Psalm 91:1 says, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”, there is truly safety and protection in abiding in the presence of God. 
  2. Meditate - Meditate on God’s Word and let it saturate your spirit. Listen to what the Lord has to say to you through His Word. Set aside some quiet time each day to spend time with God so that you can hear what He has to say to you. Joshua 1:8 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”. 
  3. Develop - Read, read and read some more! This is your time to work on your personal development. Learn new information, work on your problem areas, and simply become better! Spend time doing things that feed you, things that you enjoy and don’t apologize for it! Hosea 4:6a says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” so take this time, in the ‘case’, to learn all you can and perfect your craft because this is all preparation for what’s ahead.  
  4. Serve - What do waiters do? They serve. While you’re in the ‘case’, in waiting, in transition, in metamorphosis, never stop serving. Whether it’s at your local church, in your community, or with those around you, always strive to serve others. In the case of the caterpillar, when he’s in the case, he’s immobile but that is certainly not the case with us! During this phase, although inward work is being done, the reality is you still must interact with others and what better way to do that than to serve! Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”. 

Don’t be upset if you caught a ‘case’! That just means God is transforming you into something new, better and beautiful! It is up to you to take the necessary steps to protect who you are becoming! 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Never Give Up on the Promise!

Well we've made it to Part 3 of our three-part series:
2018 is about knowing your position, tapping into your power and never giving up on the promise!

This video is touching on never giving up on the promise.
1 Corinthians 1:20 - "For the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us"

God's promises are guaranteed and because of this we can shift our focus from our problems to God's promise.

Check out this video post!

Be encouraged!!!

God of the Turn Around!!

Girrrl stop worrying and let your mind and spirit be renewed knowing this: God is the God of the turn around! (I’ll pause….while you shout!...