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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Empowerment, Faith, Youth

Building a Strong Bond

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Motherhood is one of those life experiences that is scary, wonderful, stressful, and fulfilling. Some might question how it can be all of that in one and for every Mother her response will be different. I know having my daughter at the age of 21, not being married or in a stable relationship, was the scary part. I have always known I have the ability to do great things in life; however, I never really dove into that potential. That was, until I had my daughter. Once I knew I was pregnant my whole world shifted and I was determined to line everything up the way it should have been. Even still, it was not everything I had hoped it would have been but it was the best I could do with what I had and the circumstances I was in at the time. Fortunately, during our first year I was able to work graveyard and spend my days with her having picnics in the park, swimming, and sleeping.

As my daughter grew older I knew I wanted to be a positive role model for her so I decided it was time to go back to school. I started community college and realized the journey would be very long with a full time job and a young child; so I researched other avenues to obtain a degree. I ended up finding Axia College, a community college through the University of Phoenix Online. I completed my Associates in Psychology in 2009. While the degree was a personal accomplishment, the doors of opportunity did not suddenly appear. I decided to continue my education and pursue a Bachelors degree. Life has so many obstacles and I was not able to complete my Bachelors degree on the first try. I had a son and again found myself in that scary situation with some added stress because I was now a single mother of two children. But, I knew that I was suppose to be doing something greater than what I was doing, so I figured out a way to get back into school. In 2012 I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. It was not an easy journey and I will be the first to admit to any person that balancing a full time job, two kids, school, and a household is work. It is emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausting. There were times I felt guilty for using Saturdays to study and work on assignments instead of taking the kids to the park or to the pool. Other times, I was up all night with sick kids and my homework was on the back burner. I stressed about passing my classes. I stressed about being the best mom I could be.

While there weren’t handfuls of careers opportunities flying my way when I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree, I was able to secure a position doing something I love, working with people to increase their potential and help them build their self-esteem before they venture off into the “real world”. With this job I have had the opportunity to network with various community organizations. The best part of my job is the flexibility and work-life balance. When my kids have school picnics, awards assemblies, or are sick I am not ridiculed or reprimanded for taking care of what matters most to me: my kids. My kids have participated in work events and spent the day with me at work. It is a great experience to have them see their mother doing something for others and share in that experience.

Through everything I do, I want my kids to know that they matter most. Motherhood is scary, but those days when my kids run to me, hug me, and say “Mom, I love you”, “Mom, I missed you”, “how was your day”- there is nothing more wonderful in the world. Having a positive attitude throughout my journey and knowing deep down I was destined for something greater than the path I was leading was what got me through. Regardless of your story on how you got pregnant, where you are in life now, or what you do in your job, it is important to remember:

  • “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
  • You have the power to decide what type of bond you want to have with your child(ren). You can choose to let the fear and stress overpower the wonderful fulfillment or you can choose to be fulfilled and seek out ways to build the bond through the stresses.
  • Children grow so fast. Take the time when they are young to build the foundation of love, trust, compassion, and affection because they will venture off into the world, where you once were, and they can get lost if they don’t have an anchor, their mother.
Empowerment, Faith

Love Unfathomable

Have you ever read or heard a scripture and in that moment it just sunk in a way like never before? This morning I read a scripture and man, my mind was beyond blown away that I cannot even fathom the love that God really has for us. It reminds me of when someone has a child pass away and we think to ourselves, “I can’t even imagine what that feels like.”

God loves us so much that he gave, not by force, but just willingness, gave US, sinners, people that are not perfect, that are defiant, that have to be in control, that give in to fleshy things, GAVE US, his ONLY, ONLY, there is none other like Him, his ONLY Son. I have two kids, and there is NO WAY that I see myself just giving my kid’s life up for other people, ungrateful people, people that I know will not cherish the life and the sacrifice. It’s not going to happen. But God did that and when I look around at how we behave as people through these generations, it’s just . . . .WOW!

I’m not saying that I’m perfect, and reading this scripture hits me even harder to realize that I am nowhere near perfect or even a close image of what God is looking for. Even when I scale it down, if someone I didn’t know needed a kidney would I be able to give it to them? I can live with only one kidney, life will be different, but I will live. I still don’t know that I could do that. For someone I love, yes I can see myself doing that, but for someone that I do not know, I am not so willing. If God can sacrifice His Son to turn me from an enemy to a friend, I definitely have some cleaning up in my life to do. There is nothing greater than love, God’s love, not to sacrifice pride, fear, control over what has been done in the past to move on to something more promising for the future.

We must learn to forgive, to set boundaries, but to love each other and live out the promise that was given to us.

 Romans 5:6-11 ERV

6 Christ died for us when we were unable to help ourselves. We were living against God, but at just the right time Christ died for us. 7 Very few people will die to save the life of someone else, even if it is for a good person. Someone might be willing to die for an especially good person. 8 But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us.

9 We have been made right with God by the blood sacrifice of Christ. So through Christ we will surely be saved from God’s anger. 10 I mean that while we were God’s enemies, he made friends with us through his Son’s death. And the fact that we are now God’s friends makes it even more certain that he will save us through his Son’s life. 11 And not only will we be saved, but we also rejoice right now in what God has done for us through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is because of Jesus that we are now God’s friends.