Month: July 2014

Are You Prepared?

Knowledge Triumphs Over Ignorance Royalty Free Stock Photo - 20297515On last weekend, I made my way to Sunday School.  To my surprise (and bit of dismay), my class was given a pop quiz.  Honestly, this news did not sit well with me.  Unfortunately, it had been a while since I’ve gone to Sunday school and made it their on time.  *God is working with me on this issue*.  So, to finally arrive and hear the announcement of a pop quiz was quite perplexing.  I wasn’t prepared.  I quickly gazed at the lesson the night before, but had not truly studied.  However, the quiz given did not cover the lesson for that day.  Nevertheless, the 8 questions covered things that were mentioned months before and those one should know (or at least have an idea) as being a Christian.  Proceeding to answer the questions, I began to reflect on my childhood experience in school.  My teacher would give us study guides in addition to saying, “Make sure you read the chapter”.  Her tests would come from any angle and as students we needed to allow our preparation to reflect so.  As disciples (followers of Christ), we are being tested every single day. 

While we’re waiting on God to deliver His promise singles, He’s waiting for us to dig deeper in Him. And there’s plenty to do, might I add.Our surprise tests may come in the form of relationships, temptations, work, etc.  Hearing news that could potentially turn your world upside down, will you continue to stand on His promises?  Will you stand alone when following the crowd is more popular than following Jesus?  Will you trust Him even when it hurts?  Will you stand in faith during your waiting season?  Will you respond in a Christ-like manner when your emotions scream, “tell them like it is”?  Will they know you’re a Christian by your behavior and actions?  The only way we can be assured of a passing score is by studying-reading and applying His Word. And cultivating a relationship with Him is a vital part of our preparation.  Doesn’t it feel good to know when you have diligently prepared to the best of your ability?  Feeling as if an A is on the way because you put in the time?  My father has always said, you will get out what you have put in!  Prepare yourself for the battle and rigors life may bring.  Our Teacher, and Heavenly Father desires to show His best students off to the world—MAKE HIM PROUD! 

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) – Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

-And by the way, I received the highest score! score in my Sunday School class!  I loved my Prize—Thank you Ms. Williams.  J   

What’s Your Big Three?

I can’t believe we only have a few months left until New Years Eve! So much has happened that I will share in the next couple of posts. I thought it was only fitting to reflect on my first post of 2014. Let’s complete some unfinished business and be exceptional as we move forward with Christ.

Hey Christian Singles, Happy New Year!

Road To The 2014 New Year Royalty Free Stock Photo - 33434535Will 2014 be the year for love? For some, yes. I personally know 4 people whose wedding dates are months away. For others, the reality is…..no. As I entered this year, I too questioned if God will bring my single season to a close. With that fleeting thought in mind, I know that my issue of singleness has been put to quiet rest and trust in God. But its been a journey…. and still is. Years of anger at His timing, and questioning His plan has given me newfound perspective. The conclusion I’ve arrived at, is this: I do not want to forfeit the peace I could have if I give all of my worries to Him. When my season arrives, I don’t want to regret not being at rest.  Looking forward to the new year, I added something vital to focus and prepare myself. A couple of days ago, fasting has helped me to hear God better. I wanted to know what I should do and how to go about it. I wanted a deeper relationship and prayer life with Him. I desired to embrace gratitude and gifts He has for me to serve others. Did He give me answers? Yes. In actuality, He confirmed three things that I need to do before my fast ended. Listening to the new years eve service let me know I was in direct line with His plan.

From finances, saying no to sin, and going deeper with Him, God is saying three things. Perhaps He’s speaking to you in the same way:

1) Be Consistent- God has work for us to do. We cannot haphazardly utilize His gifts when it’s beneficial to us. The world is waiting to hear what He has to say. Therefore give it your all….consistently. 

2) Be Intentional- Getting clear on what you should be doing is key.  We cannot and should not dwell in the past. In order to make this year successful, we must ask God if this is His will. Only then, can our true intentions lead us in the right direction.

3) Be Ready-  God has open doors of opportunity for us. Walking into those doors is dependent upon our consistency and intentions. If we want to be used by Him, we must be ready and do what He’s called us to do.

….But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal, to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).

God has not forgotten the promises He has for you. Who knows, your big three may lead you toward the path of love. Nevertheless, I pray that you remain in the will of God. His plans for your life is better than you or I could ever dream of.

Let’s make this an Awesome Year in 2014….the choice is yours!

ATTENTION SINGLES…..Are. You. Ready?

 

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As I congratulated a coworker on pending nuptials, I re-iterated her last week being a single woman. Therefore, enjoy to the fullest! Another coworker who has been married for 2.5 years chimed in and said, “Yes, enjoy it; because after you get married, the real work begins!”  That statement alone caused me to silently fire off a list of questions. The real work begins, I thought? You mean after the “lovey-dovey” blissful stage, there’s work? How much and am I ready to give singlehood away? So many times, I’ve longed for companionship and beautiful wedding with all the trimmings. Finally (I’d say to myself) I get to enjoy the marriage bed without apologizing to God, because I would be in the midst of His will. Furthermore, I would have someone to cuddle with, talk to all the time, and one whose love would abound.  So, what do you mean WORK?

Are you saying this feeling of newness won’t last forever, and my God ordained husband will get on my nerves at times? That my time of being solely focused on myself will end? Is it true that my un-refined character will be worked on throughout my marriage? In addition, the challenge of being tried, tempted, and tossed by the calamities of life presented to us as a couple? ABSOLUTELY! So, I ask you- Singles are we truly ready for what we think we want….now? This is why I believe God has not answered that specific prayer. He knows that we may not be ready as much as we would like to be. So, He allows us to sit on the sidelines a bit longer. Like a coach who knows the A team from the B team, He wants us to gain more life experience. And through various trials as a single, refine those traits He is longing to get His Hands on. Grow much needed fruit to endure, so that we can enjoy the blessings of marriage and weather the storms of life. Ultimately, He desires for us to sit at His feet and listen like Mary. Then and only then, we can be ready to navigate the unpredicted waters of marriage.  Not to mention, dreams and goals He’s placed on the inside of everyone. There’s a world out there waiting to be blessed by our gifts!

Slow down singles, as the Word says- Be anxious for nothing! He has it all under control. He knows our longings and desires. He’s heard your cry (and rant).  You’re not missing out on anything. Why? Because you’re waiting on Him to bring it.  Allow me to rephrase the question above: Singles……ARE YOU READY to LIVE? The time is now. Enjoy it, because one day your season will change. However, you will already be complete in Christ and everything else, will be the cherry on top!

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What can you do right now, to add to your life and those around you?