Sunday, May 14, 2017

Curl on dem haters!

On the morning of Mother’s Day, I looked in the mirror and did an assessment of my hair. My hair was in a ponytail and it had been a few weeks since I'd been to the salon, so my edges were far from smooth - in other words I had NAPS! I begin to try and smooth them out but they stood right back at attention! As my mind went into its reflective place, I discovered there's a lot that we can learn from naps lol! 

No matter how life presses you down, you can always get back back up! 
Sometimes life comes at you hard and presses you on every side. Life may throw its best punches but girrrl be like the almighty NAP and keep getting back up! 

No matter what outside forces try to lay you down, you should always press through!
Many of you use the product so affectionately called Perfect Edges. You take a scoop of this and smooth it over your naps in efforts to lay them down. The naps may stay down for a day or so but then they come right back up saying, "HELLO!" Life will use outside forces to lay you flat on your back. It could be death of a loved one, illness, financial issues and so on. These things may knock you down and you may stay down for a short time but I encourage you today to be like the tenacious NAP and press through and get back up! 

No matter how people try to change you, be who you are and stand in it.  
NAPS lead a complicated life. People are always trying to change or alter them in some way. They're rarely accepted for their strength and beauty. Sometimes women of God are faced with this same challenge! People try to fit you into their version of you instead of accepting you for who you truly are. Girrrl, no matter what negativity comes your way, be like the non-compliant NAP and stand tall through it! 

Curl on dem haters! 
At the end of the day, be who you are which is a women of strength - NAP strong! No matter what trials come your way stand through them! We call them NAPS but really they're curly strands of beauty! So when life presses and lays you down, and people bring negativity your way, be a NAP and curl on dem haters. (Yeah I said it: I got hot sauce in my bag swag lol)!!!

Let this scripture encourage you during your night season
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Girrrl Stop Running on E!

I had to pick up my aunt from work one day and as usual I was running late. My car’s gas tank was on ‘E’ but I pushed it anyway as not to be even more tardy for the party (yes girrrl I said that lol). After picking them up, we ran into rush hour traffic which caused me to have to detour through the city. By this time, the gas tank was really on ‘E’ to where we were about to have to get out and get to pushin’! At this point I ordered everyone in the car to look for the first gas station There were three stations with the cheapest being the farthest away. I had to go to the first one because I had like 3 miles left til empty! It sucked because the first gas station was the highest priced one, but I had to take the first thing I could get. 

Girrrl, don’t let this be your dating life! 

Many times when we are running on empty or deficient in some areas of our lives it causes us to make thirsty decisions. We feed into loneliness and let it push us toward choosing the first gas station we come to. Fill yourself with the things you need so that you are not desperately searching for others to fill you. For one, that’s way too much pressure for any man to fill you with what you are lacking, let Christ fill you with what you need!

You need love? Love yourself. No one can effectively love you if you don’t love yourself. Know who you are in Christ and believe who He says you are! When you master this thought pattern in your life, you’re less likely to settle and accept treatment beneath who you are. 

You need to feel connected? Get out and socialize! Get busy!! Create the life you want to have so when the man comes along, he can focus on complimenting your already great life, not trying to fill something he’s unable to. 

You’re feeling lonely? It happens to all of us but I encourage you to begin to enjoy your own company! If you don’t enjoy being around you, why would someone else? In those times where you can’t push through, remember what God said in his Word, “…Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20b) - you are never alone! Sometimes God wants to commune with you, girrrl enjoy this time with Jesus Christ because He does indeed call you friend! 

Girrrl Stop running on E! Be filled with the things of Christ and those things that interest you so you don’t stop at the first gas station you come to!! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Now is the Time to Renew Your Yes!

It’s been a long time, I shouldn’t left you, without encouragement to keep you (said in my Rakim voice lol)! But point is, I’m back after some much needed down time!! I hope that you all are having a productive new year so far. 

I have so many things to talk about but I’d thought I’d start with this thought: Now is the time to renew your YES! 

The YES I’m talking about here is the YES to your commitments, the YES to your ministry and the YES to you! The truth is, 2016 was a hard year for many of us and that caused some of us to fall by the wayside on the things that God has called us to do. We have become slack concerning the things of God due to setbacks and life’s frustrations. It’s time to renew your Yes and get back to business - the kingdom needs you!

With all of this being said, you do not need to say yes to everything. This is the time for a refresher on what your true purpose is and to say yes to the commitments that are aligned with your purpose. Also take a look at why you’re doing what you’re doing. This is critical for a couple of reasons: 

-It will help you become more focused on tasks and activities that move you toward your goals. 
-It will prevent you from becoming burned out because your ‘why’ will be great enough to keep you moving forward

Girrrl if nothing else, this is the time to pray! Pray about commitments before you commit to them. Pray about everything before moving forward. God may show you some things or reasons as to why you shouldn’t move forward. Keep your motives aligned with God’s Word and what he reveals to you. This is particularly important in ministry. You should not take on any task or ministry without praying first. Don’t get caught up in titles! Ain’t nobody got time for that! You need to pray so that you are adequately prepared for the work that will come ahead. 

As women we often times try to be everything to everybody but this is not the time or season for that. We need you to be your best! Fully there, fully energized and fully engaged in the moment at hand. Be kind to yourself by not taking on too much. You’re more effective when focused. 

So as we are almost through the 1st quarter of 2017 let’s commit to: 

-Revisiting our Purpose
-Re-examining our Why
-Re-committing to Prayer
-Re-evaluating our Motives 
-Renewing our Yes!

I’m back!!! So stay tuned it’s definitely more to come!!!!

Curl on dem haters!

On the morning of Mother’s Day, I looked in the mirror and did an assessment of my hair. My hair was in a ponytail and it had been a few...