Faith

‘Tis the Season

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.

We all experience “seasons” in life. Some seasons are more challenging than others but we ALL experience seasons. But we must remember that God has us in that place and there is nothing, absolutely NOTHING, that happens to us that He is not aware of. He has already given us the tools needed to make it through, we just have to believe in ourselves enough to walk through it. While we are walking through it, he will give us strength, wisdom, and security in the season.

1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

While in the season, we must look at the gifts God has given us. Some gifts are more apparent than others because it comes easy, when we use the gifts we feel “in the zone”. Other gifts must be developed, learned through intentional action and an understanding in that season it will require being uncomfortable in order to grow according to God’s Will.

The problem with being in a season is that you cannot look around and compare where others are in their lives or what they’re doing to what you’re doing. What is meant for you, is meant for you.

Time to step it up and fulfill the potential God has so deeply invested in you when He created you. Be the best that you can be in the season that you are in.

Career, Education, Empowerment, Faith, Family, Youth

White Out Doesn’t Work

mistakesHave you ever used whiteout? There are different types of white out but they all seem to serve the same purpose: cover up a mistake. The liquid whiteout has a soft spongy tip and goes on wet but then dries up quickly and you’re able to write over the mistake. The whiteout tape is another type of white out that is used to cover up mistakes. It is a device that allows you to roll over the mistake and quickly cover it up, no drying takes place. And then there is white out exact liner for the precise cover ups and quick application.

The thing about white out, regardless of white one you use, is that it really is just “correction tape”. It is a quick cover up for a mistake that was made. But if you use the liquid white out and only put one layer, you can still see the mistake, as you put more layers it gets coddled up and you can’t write over it. The white out tape is handy and quick but it doesn’t always make a straight light, you have to be very careful and take your time to cover the mistake up. And the white out exact liner is a quick straight cover up but it cost more money.

Regardless of which white out you use, they can all be scratched at, picked it, and rubbed until the mistake underneath is exposed once again.

Isn’t that like life? We make mistakes in life and try to get in a new relationship, move to a new city, get a new job, cut or dye our hair, lose weight, even start going back to church. But all of these are just “types of correction tapes” used to cover up a mistake. Until you actually take the time towork through the mistake, it will still be there.

One of the ways I’ve known to really move forward from a mistake, is to just acknowledge it (scratch over it), leave it where it is, and get a new piece of paper (accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or renew your life).

You see, scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (NIV). Rather than seeking correction tape, new things to cover up the pain, the hurt, the anger, the mistakes, look for the new slate from the inside out.

But remember, you can color your hair, get in a new relationship, move to a new place, get a new job, but everything inside of you, your spirit will still be the same. You will eventually continue doing what you’ve done in the past, looking for more white out to cover it up. And if anyone scratch, pick, or rub at you, your mistake will be exposed, then where will you turn?

With Jesus, you can standbolding, “9Don’t lie to each other. You have taken off those old clothes—the person you once were and the bad things you did then. 10 Now you are wearing a new life, a life that is new every day. You are growing in your understanding of theone who made you. You are becoming more and more like him. (Colossian 3:9-10 ERV).

Leave behind the white out, the correction tape, don’t seek the quick fixes. The quickest fix I know is Jesus and He fixes you from the inside out, making you a new creation rather than a cover up that is vulnerable to be exposed of past mistakes at any time.

Empowerment, Faith, Family

Family Date!!!

Good Morning Encouragement Block Family!!!! We hope that today you and your family are Blessed and highly Favored! Full of Joy that only Give can you! Wanted to share a word of encouragement today about one of the greatest fruits of the spirit which is “Love”.

On Wednesday my wife and I we’re on dates with our children. My son (7yrs old) took my wife on a date and paid for their meals. I took my two daughters (10yrs old & 5months) on a date as well in the same restraunt. This was a great experience! Just being able to sit down my son and tell him how to treat a woman(his mother), or a lady while being on a date. How to be a gentleman to your date. How to prepare yourself for the date(pick your clothes out, tie a tie, make sure your shoes are clean, putting on cologne properly, give complements to your date,ect…) because it is about the “preparation” aspect part that helps us men out a lot when it comes to dating. I even gave some tips to my daughter about dating. What clothes to wear, how a man(her father) should treat her, and how to conduct her self while on a date.

Now the experience, like I said was great and I’ll always remember this day forever. But the one thing was great to witness was the “Love” overall. Our first ministry that we should walk boldly in, out of “Love” should be “Family”. Ministering towards your family daily through Love is awesome and powerful. Yes, at times it can be tiring, time consuming, or even frustrating at times. However, it is amazing when you have a moment to thank God becuase you’re witnessing your children operate through acts of love. Watching them mature and show acts of appreciation. These are some of the things that makes us as parent proud to see. When I saw all of this happening on Wednesday 1Corinthians 13:1-13 came to my mind. Love is great! I hope that in the mist of your busy work week, or hectic schedule that you will able to make time for your family and just Love on them. Enjoy those moments because they are worth holding on to forever. God Bless & Be Blessed…Peace. #BeEncouraged #GodIsAwesome #IAmTheLightOfTheWorld #GodSizeDreamer #FaithWalk

1 Corinthians 13New International Version (NIV)

“ 13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

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