Jump and don’t look back!

Can someone take me to Ibiza please? When I take a look at the past year and how life has changed since the pandemic, I’m shocked. Im shook. I’m in a state of “ did this really happen to us?” I know you can relate to me on this. It’s been a pretty challenging yet eye opening time to say the least.

But… as a child of God. As a firm believer, I tend to see the blessings in chaos. Despite many unfortunate deaths, the loss of jobs, homes, etc, taking a look at life and the unseen due to this pandemic has shifted and changed many of our lives for the better!

Many of us are now business owners, ministry leaders, creators, influencers, and more! Prior to the pandemic I was apart of the rat race. Working 40 hours a week at a job where I was miserable and underpaid, while giving my business little to no attention. The pandemic has forced me to evaluate my life in ways that truthfully, were uncomfortable. Kristen you aren’t living your purpose. Kristen you’re being undervalued. You’re being underpaid. Kristen you are just surviving. Have you had to face such truth and reality?

Now I want you to dig deep. I want you to think about your life, your worth, your belief in God, your values, and overall quality in life. Does it match the life you’ve always wanted? I want you to dig deep and get real. It’s never too late to start over.

I’m proud to say at 33 I’m now a full time entrepreneur and business owner. Yes it’s been a journey, yes it took sheer faith and hard work but it’s worth it. I want a life of quality do you? Jump and don’t look back!

So thats your homework. Do a self assessment and think about this article and ask yourself what type of life you’d like to live.

As a certified life coach, author, and ministry leader, I would like to invite you to book a session with me. You’ve got this!

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Water & Nurture Your Soil!

Hi there!

Happy new year and happy January! Welcome back. We have missed you all! We are truly excited to be back before you all with some great content for the new year!

So it’s 2021 and we are three days in. Are you feeling the shift? When that ball dropped did something magical happen? I know many of us felt the opposite right? When that countdown began and after that ball dropped, after that brief moment of excitement reality set in. Reality as in– we are still being hammered by a deadly virus, we are still dealing with many injustices and a controversial election, and last but not least that sad stimulus check!

With that being said, I know it all seems like nothing has changed and that we are still carrying out some 2020 wounds and wrongdoings but can I ask you a question, what God do you serve?! I know the God that I serve, He is a way maker and a promise Keeper! My God!!

Matthew 7:13

When I feel like all is lost, I just nestle in and surrender to the Lord and he makes my path straight. He soothes my wounds and provides my every need. I need you to get to that space and NOW!! Don’t let the darkness in this world cause you to miss out on what God has placed before you.

God said for this next season, and for this year he is delivering on his promises but you have got to water the soil. You have got to work that land like Ruth. Hard work pays off. Having faith and taking chances pays off. We cannot expect different results with the same tactics. We cannot expect growth and fruitfulness if we do not water the soil. The soil has to be fertile. The soil has to be built off of the word of God

“Who and what is in your soil?”

As we press into this new month, I want you to think about the soil that is before you, be it the soil for your business, your ministry, your marriage. Is the soil drizzled with God’s word? Is it being watered properly? How can you work the land for better growth and fruitfulness!

Let’s kick 2021 in the butt and have the best year ever. Remember people have it worse. Some didn’t make it. You did! You are still standing. You are still here. Shift your focus, trust God, water your land, and see the results!

Blessings!

Kristen (founded & CEO)

Thanksgiving Shouldn’t End On Thanksgiving!

2020 has been a very unique year. 

So much has happened and is it just me, or has this year gone incredibly quick? I remember crossing over into 2020, and now we are about to go into 2021!

But with that being said, I just thought I’d remind you that despite all that has happened this year, God is still on His Throne. Of course, life can get rough and it can be hard to ‘be still’. It’s in our nature as humans to get a bit worried at times. But the reality is, God already had everything mapped out. Our lives and everything happening right now is just a replay to Him! 

God is with us, even when we don’t ‘feel’ Him. Having breath and a beating heart equals purpose. There is a purpose as to where you are right now. There is a reason for your being! 

You may end up ‘leaving’ this pandemic with a business/(s) – Great! 

You may end up with a new house/new car – Amazing! 

You may have endeavored into other projects or started a ministry – Fantastic! 

You may have connected to your Kingdom spouse – Wonderful!

But don’t be discouraged if any of these things haven’t happened to you yet. Listen, coming out from this pandemic alive, healthy and well is a whole blessing in itself. No matter where you are, what you have or what you don’t have right now – just take some time to say “Thank You God!” 

Your heart is still beating… You have life… We are almost in 2021 and guess what? You will be just fine under the mighty shadow of His wings!

“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings”

Psalms 17:8, ESV.

And for this Christmas, let’s focus on God’s goodness and the gift of life. Whether you have enough money this year to buy a sack of gifts or not, please do not stress out about this. I read a quote recently which said, “Sometimes your presence is the present.” 

Giving God thanks continues even after Thanksgiving! Let’s give Him thanks daily for the gift of life and our Saviour, Jesus Christ – Remember this word for Christmas!

Peace & Love,

Rufaro.C

A Turning Point!

Mrs. Lory, it’s not recommend that you have anymore children based on the radiologist report.

“Say that again Doc!!!”

Those were the words that rolled off my tongue as my OBGYN read medical reports from my second pregnancy.

“Yes, due to the amount of scarring from both your c-sections, it’s not recommended that you have anymore children!”

Hearing that news made me sink deep into the examination chair. It felt like I hit the bottom of a black abyss. The words kept tumbling around my brain, over and over! It’s not recommended, it’s not recommended!

“Mrs. Lory, I’m recommending preconception counseling, just in case you want more children!”

I left that office stunned and in tears. I picked up my cellphone and I told my spouse the news as the tears came flowing down my face!

“Listen, your health is the most important thing, and I know we said that if we worked things out, we would have more kids. But your life is more important!”

Hearing him say those words were both comforting, yet sad. But It wasn’t that it was impossible to try, but that it wasn’t recommended….

I had to sit alone with God on this one. I was upset! I was confused and my woman card felt as if it had been taken away. Why God? Why me?

During a night of praying God began to minister to me. After feeling what felt like an overflow of his deep love, he began to tell me some things.

“Kristen, you know that all things good and bad work together for my perfect will in your life right?”

“Yes lord I know!”

“Think about your life, think about some of the health issues you’ve been having lately. Perhaps you received some answers as to why periods are so painful?”

Suddenly, it was as if firecrackers went off in my brain. Well Ain’t that something? God used what seemed like a moment of sadness and failure to expose some underlying health concerns, which then prompted me to want to take care of my health.

Are you in a place in your life where you need to handle something?

Have you been neglecting your body? Your spouse? Your family? Your purpose?

Sometimes, God will use the bad news to expose, correct, and realign us. He chastens those he loves. It doesn’t always feel good. It doesn’t always make sense, But God’s plans are to prosper us and not to harm us.

I’ve got some huge decisions to make I tell ya! But–when it comes down to it, not only has this pushed me to want to take care of my body and seek more answers concerning my body, I’m also content, grateful, overjoyed, and in love with our God. His love is endless and his mercies are new every morning! What’s there to be upset about, after all he’s done for me? God simply told me to press on!

There are women who can’t even conceive. There are families who have lost children. I can’t and I won’t be selfish! I’m grateful that I was able to have two beautiful children! I will press on!

Where are you today? What have you been holding onto?

Are you at a turning point in your life right now? Is God telling you to press on? No matter your problem, just know that it could always be worse and that we serve a mighty God.

I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future~ Jeremiah 29:11

A turning point!

Progress And Finesse!

Those were the words I kept hearing over and over again in my spirit as I spent time with God. “ Progress & Finesse!” I kept asking Myself, what does He mean?

Let’s rewind to over a month ago! Let me paint the picture for you. My job had become a place of toxic vitriol. I had become the things I despised the most. Gossip, slander, unprofessionalism, and exhaustion had become my new normal, and the Christian leader that everyone knows and looks to for guidance was suddenly gone.

My health had taken a dip for the worse and I had found myself sick, drained, and in pain from minor illnesses that had been plaguing me for years.

My finances had become so dry to the point where I was allowing it to lead and guide my judgment.

My relationship status which had been in separation mode for over a year, went into reverse and I decided to reunite with my spouse only to find myself more drained and more confused than ever.

The ministry had taken some hits when I decided to take a break and remove myself from the rat race that YouTube creates, losing subscribers like nobody’s business!

This was my new and sudden normal. After three years of pushing and leading a ministry, relocating to a new residence, and taking care of my bills and finances, I was right back to square one. I was slumming from the bottom. I was desperate for God’s guidance.

So I assume you are wondering, “!what happened?” I’ll tell you what happened. I removed God from his role as head chief in my life. I became distracted. I was distracted by shiny things and numbers. And while he was testing me and pushing me, instead of keeping him first, I tried to forge ahead in uncharted territory, where I had no covering and no clear direction.

“God are you angry with me? Is this my punishment? “

That was what I asked myself over and over again as I laid down on my bed and cried.

“I need you Kristen!”

What? God, did you just say you need me? I heard that still and subtle voice clear as day in my head. I also heard ” keep going!” And suddenly those thoughts of ” I’m a failure,” left my mind.

God told me that I was right where he needed me to be. He told me that I had to take a step back in order to fully move forward. He told me that while I thought I was failing miserably, he was behind the scenes moving things around for my good and for his perfect will.

A great bishop once said that life goes on. Despite what happens good or bad life goes on. So I took that advice and decided to get back up. Are you in a place in your life right now where God is telling you to get back up? Maybe you took a wrong turn? Maybe you made a mistake? Whatever the sin, regardless of your mistakes, God is telling you to GET BACK UP!

Fast forward to a month later and I’m back to being me. I was blessed with a new job, My health has taken a turn for the better. I’m running again, I’m living in God’s love and scripture everyday, and the ministry is progressing forward. See—progress and finesse!

This new level that God has brought me to might not be the end all be all because I want more. However, on this current level and in this season God is telling me to perfect this level before He can take me to the next. Showing him consistency, healthiness, stewardship, surrender, and obedience mixed with faith is what he is requiring!

” what is God asking you to progress and finesse in this season?”

Regardless of your answer or season, just know that you are not alone and that God is a God of Grace and Mercy!

Lord, let your Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. ~Matthew 6:10

Progress and Finesse!

Run To The Father!

Sis, this is the reality. 

Until we reach eternal Glory to be with our Heavenly Father forever and ever, we will face struggles here on this earth. As long as you are a living spirit inside a flesh body on this Planet Earth, you will face issues, fall short and sin. Even if you are ‘paper Bible saved’. The flesh is full of sin and there will always be a war between our flesh and the Spirit. This life won’t always be peaches and cream, as Jesus perfectly stated;

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you].”

John 16:33, AMPC.

Within the book of Galatians, Apostle Paul makes a clear reference towards the battle between the flesh and the Spirit:

“For the desires of the flesh are opposed to the [Holy] Spirit, and the [desires of the] Spirit are opposed to the flesh (godless human nature); for these are antagonistic to each other [continually withstanding and in conflict with each other]…”

Galatians 5:17, AMPC.

This is why we should follow what Jesus taught; actively denying ourselves and killing our flesh daily (Luke 9:23). But, I understand that this is not easy!! Just to be transparent, I had a moment recently where the enemy attacked my mind again… I fell into a low place within my mind. I was reminded about my current situation and began wondering to myself:

  • “God, why am I still in this season?”
  • “Why haven’t things happened for me yet?”
  • “Is this how my life will remain?”
  • “It’s been years and I am still waiting to enter my promise land, but other people seem to receive their blessings much quicker…

As I was crying, I had an imagination of being ‘at the back’ and I thought to myself, “Jesus, so many people are out here in the world crying for you to help them… and I must be at the back of the que, so i’ll just wait.”

So I started questioning my identity, and feeling ‘less than’ compared to other people. So much comparison began to creep into my mind and heart. And I could sense bitterness creeping into my heart and this was a ‘fleshly’ moment for me. The Bible talks about staying away from these characteristics of the flesh, and how bitterness can defile us. The Bible also tell us to take captive of every thought and imagination which does not line up with the Word of God, as we are told in 2 Corinthians 10:5 (I have now began to actively meditate upon this scripture in order to fight the attacks which the enemy tries to throw towards my mind!). 

Quick Advice: I had to learn to be careful about what I speak when I am upset or in a ‘low season’. Word curses are real and you don’t want to speak negative words over your life – Proverbs 18:21!

Then I realised, “Rufaro, it’s the enemy trying to take a grip and a hold over your mind again… DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD.”  So, I decided to listen to a worship song and speak the Scriptures over my life. It wasn’t easy because even after reading the Scriptures, I was still crying and upset. But I was reminded that the Word of God which I spoke over my life, (the Supernatural Word of God which is sharper than any two edged sword – Hebrews 4:12!), was not in vain. 

But even though I fell into this ‘mind trap’ from the enemy, I later had to remind myself about the Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ! Unfortunately, many Christians do not know the Gospel or they cannot articulate it. But because I knew the Gospel, I knew that I could run to my Abba Father with the issues and the pain within my soul. 

I’m sure you have heard of the quote which says:

“Religion says, ‘I messed up. My Dad is going to kill me’. The Gospel says, ‘I messed up. I need to call my Dad”

So I want to encourage you sis. Run to Abba Father! When He becomes personal to you and when you understand what Jesus has already done for you, you can approach His throne boldly and pour your heart out to him (Hebrews 4:16). So whether you have fallen into a sin which has kept you in a repetitive cycle, whether you have been struggling with your character/attitude, making the mistake of believing in the lies of the enemy, feeling ‘dirty and unworthy’ or you think that you are beyond repair… I want you to remember the Gospel!!! 

Here is a short synopsis for you, in regards to the Gospel:

  • We all came into this world as sinners. We were born into sin because of the sin of Adam and Eve – this is know as ‘Original Sin’.
  • Because of the concept of Original Sin, we became separated from God. God is a Holy God and no sin can stand in His midst.
  • But God was so loving to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty of our sins on the Cross. Jesus was, is and will always be the Perfect Atonement for our sins.
  • Nothing we can do can erase our sins. We need to repent of our sins and turn to Jesus. We are saved by faith through the selfless sacrifice which Jesus made for us. So, we are saved by Grace and not by our works.
  • As we receive and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and personal Saviour, we become Sanctified, Righteous and Justified before Abba Father.
  • By being connected to Jesus and our Heavenly Father, we have access to the gift of eternal life!

In my particular situation, I had to remind myself that no matter how I am feeling, I can freely run to Abba because Jesus made this possible for me, through His sacrifice!

So what does this mean? Every time you find yourself in a low season or whenever you fall into sin, run to Jesus. He already paid the debt for our sins and mistakes. I once read a quote which said, “The devil wrote a check for my life, but it bounced”. GIRL!!! The check bounced because Jesus dealt with our debts over 2000 years ago!! Tap into this and believe it. However, when it comes to understanding Grace, it doesn’t mean we should abuse it by consciously living in sin with the excuse of “Jesus will forgive me anyway, so I can just live this way.” But we should always make the effort of praying for the Holy Spirit to fill us/re-fill us, lead us and help us to walk in the Spirit. Once we pursue the leading of the Spirit of God who dwells within us, the issues of life and the fight between our flesh and the Spirit become easier. How so? Because Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit is our helper!

“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever.”

John 14:16, AMPC.

I recommend listening to ‘Promises’ by Maverick City Music. No matter how hard things may get, remind yourself –  “My hope and firm foundation… He’ll never let me down!”

Love & Peace,

Rufaro.C

Xx

Press In!

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls].”

– Matthew 11:28, AMPC. 

I used to always hear people say, “Even when life is hard, just worship God”. But I never knew how to do it! As ‘crazy’ as it sounds, I could study my Bible and spend time in prayer but I was struggling with my ‘worship life’, especially when it came to worshipping in difficult seasons. I understand that there are many forms of worship such as serving God, living a consecrated life for The Lord etc, but in the context of this blog, I am specifically talking about worshipping God through song and melody, in Spirit and in truth, no matter your situation (John 4:24). 

I was born into a Christian household, and God began working on me and my personal relationship with Him since I was between the ages of 12-13. I am 21 right now but as God started processing me at a young age, He began teaching me how to read/study His word, and I started growing in the realm of intercession. Now, I am not here to talk about my testimony, but one of the things that has been a heavy hindrance to my walk has been the battle within my mind – Oh my goodness! The enemy knows that he cannot get to me through certain ways, but I later identified that the enemy is very strategic on how he attacks me. He attacks my mind. 

*Note: This is a very key lesson for every believer – learn to identify how the enemy attacks you, so that you can begin learning how to fight (spiritually) in the right way and in the most effective way!

So once my mind has been attacked, I shut down! As in, I begin to feel spiritually deflated and of course, this brings along so many other issues such as the spirit of heaviness, anxiety etc. These ‘mind attacks’ had been going on for a long time in my life, especially having gone through hurtful experiences in my life. 

And every time I went to church, someone would always say “Just worship God even when it hurts”. You know when you hear something so much and it begins to sound cliche?! Well, I didn’t have the full revelation as to what it meant to worship God in the midst of pain, hurt and trials. Normally when I would encounter something hurtful, I would cry… cry again… and cry some more! But I never got into a place of ‘switching off’ from my current reality, to then fix my heart and eyes on Jesus through melody and song. Even if I tried to worship, I just couldn’t – you know when you are so upset/hurt and you feel that lump on your throat! And this may be the case for some of you – when you are in a low season, you may struggle to even utter a song of adoration and honour unto the Lord because the pain is in the way!

Anyways – fast forward! Three weeks ago, I was battling something emotionally and as I was in the car with my Mum, I wanted to break down and just give up on everything. But then, there was a pull within me to worship… I said, “God, I am going through so much right now and I know that the only thing that can heal me now is worship”. Later that evening, I set some time aside to spend with the Father. I went into my room, I put some worship music on and I just began to worship. Yes, it was hard to remove my mind and heart from my current situation, but something in the Spirit shifted when I decided to yield onto Jesus!

And from the moment I made the decision to make worship my everyday desire, I have accelerated to another place in the Spirit! I later had that ‘Aha’ moment of, “So this is the freedom people spoke about when they mentioned how worship heals!”. My motto and mindset became, “I JUST WANT YOU JESUS!”. And as I started becoming intentional about my worship life, I have been having encounters with Jesus and joy has literally been manifesting in my life – the meaning of my name is joy/happiness too! 

I know Corona has messed up our plans this year and many of us were longing to go to our favourite annual conventions, and get ready to fall out in the Spirit! But God is faithful because you can experience the same Kabod Glory which shows up at corporate gatherings, in your own bedroom, prayer closet, kitchen – you name it! 

Make the decision to want Jesus & intentionally press in! When Jesus shows up, He will wipe away every tear of hurt and every issue becomes miniscule before Him. Worship heals!

If you desire to go forth and deeper in God, you can:

  • Pray, ‘Father, help me to worship You in Spirit and in truth without any distractions or mind wandering. Give me a heavy desire for You and Your presence… I want to encounter You. I want a tight-knit relationship with you, the same way Jesus and Enoch were so close to You… elevate me to another realm in You Abba!’.
  • Become intentional about sacrificing time for Him. Whatever part of your devotion life this applies to, make the decision to set time aside to commune and spend time with Abba Father.
  • Always be attentive to when God is pulling you into His presence! Please, never miss that nudge/feeling in your Spirit. God may be wanting to get your attention or show you something in His presence.
  • Whatever melody/song is ringing in your Spirit, begin to sing it or play the song. Pay attention to the lyrics because there is a reason as to why that song is in your Spirit! Some of the songs which have been ministering to me so much in this season are ‘Precious Moments’ from the Revival Culture Worship Lab Album, and ‘Just Jesus’ from The Sound Of Bootcamp Vol.3 Album! 
  • During worship, keep your focus on Jesus. Imagine Him standing in front of you, or imagine being in front of His throne and at His feet! 

I remember hearing a preacher say, “Seek God so much here on Earth so that when you get to heaven, it won’t be a surprise when you see Him”. Now, I don’t know about you but I will most definitely be in awe when I stand in front of Elohim – knowing me, I’ll probably fall out too! But this statement challenged me… And I challenge you today; seek God SO much, in-spite of what season you are in. Press in! Even when you don’t ‘feel’ Him, continue to press in – He will show up (Jeremiah 29:13). He WILL show up – Jesus loves you!

– Rufaro.C

Summertime Groove Post Covid 19!

So I personally love the summertime. How about you? To me, it’s more than just sipping on some lemonade, or going to the beach, it’s about bonding and spending quality time with loved ones.

Summer is a time for rejuvenation and refreshing🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

I love to just sit and meditate on a sandy beach, as my children swim and splash through the water. As we keep to our rigid schedule Monday–Friday, the summer calls for us to have fun.

Go get that vitamin D!!!

What are your summer plans post covid 19? Share your ideas with us!

Remember to practice social distancing and wear your mask when you have too!

Happy summer, love the AWP team

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Let God Rebuild Your Life!

Hi sweet sister! I’m here to tell you that it’s not over! Whatever battles you’ve been facing, whatever trials and tribulations you’ve been up against, will not have victory over you. We serve an on time and mighty God, who’s waiting to embrace you with welcoming arms.

“The LORD waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them”

~ Isaiah 30:18

I just had to start with that! I’ve been on a fast for a few days now, and the results have been amazing. We don’t fast for man or religion, we simply and carefully fast for our father. We fast to beat our flesh. We fast for God to expose and uproot the hidden things. We fast to drawer closer to Him. We fast for renewal and growth. We fast for revelation. How often do you fast?

So we fasted and petitioned God about this and he answered our prayers.

~Ezra 8:23

It seems like everywhere I look, many of us are struggling with something. Be it sickness, relationships, finances, and an overall quality of life. But why God? I know many of you wonder, why me? How is it that I serve a mighty God and yet my life sucks and has nothing to show for it?

Well, I had that same mentality not too long ago as I chronicled through my separation, all while trying to start over simultaneously. I thought those very same thoughts until God began to deal with me. First of all, He told me that in life things are going to happen. Trials and testing are going to come, because we reside on an earth where the enemy is constantly seeking to devour. God also told me that in this life as a Christian we are going to suffer. We are automatic targets for the enemy. Lastly, God told me that although these things are true, if we let Him, if we completely surrender, He can rebuild our lives. Sounds good right?

I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

~Joel 2:25

So this is where it gets interesting! Once God revealed these things to me, I instantly knew I was game. However, wanting something and actually going through the process to get it are two completely different things, if you know what I mean? This process of rebuilding is not for the faint of hearts. This process will require a level of strength, energy, commitment, and faith you’ve never had before.

Still interested? When I said yes to God regarding this rebuilding process, the first thing He told me to do was trust Him and then let everything go! (everything God, even my purse collection?) Everything, plus or minus a couple of bags! ( Now I can do that Lord!) but it was uncomfortable and hard, to say the least. Letting go of a life that was so comfortable, yet fruitless, was so hard to do but I did it. After letting go, God told me to undergo deliverance. ( Say some prayers over my family bloodline, denounce any dealings with the occult, any unrepentant sins, close any open doors that would give the enemy access to my life) this process was not instant, but gradual as God slowly dealt with me and dissected the many layers of hurt, guilt, and shame the enemy and others placed over me throughout the years.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

~2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Still there? After saying yes, letting go, and seeking deliverance, my purpose and identity in Christ became the theme as He showed me who I was in Him. He began to place people in front of me, as He molded me and shaped me for this new life and identity. Although I still had a long road ahead of me, I began to see little changes in my life and fruit that was undeniably God.

Work the field girl! After discovering my identity and purpose in Christ, I began to work the field. He told me to go for it. Experiment with a ministry and be a disciple. So I did just that. I started doing videos, I started posting inspirational things on social media, I put together events and I wrote a book on Finding your purpose. Available on Amazon.

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Although things were still in progress and I was in a place of transition, I could feel this love and freedom in Christ I had never felt before. I still had many decisions to make at this point, after the releasing of my first book. However, I was hungry for more. As the warfare raged on around me, as friends left my side, and as things required deeper levels of faith, I knew I was almost there.

Finally, after almost three years of this ironing process, God told me the rebuilding was almost done. He told me to hold on and to let Him finish His good work and I did! And just like that, I arrived! The most important work was the inner work. We can’t receive anything from God or from others without proper healing to properly receive it. So after My internal began to Match my external it was finally time to embrace my new life in Christ. When I wake up and I feel the peace within, when I feel the peace of having my own home, a job, a passion and ministry I really love, and being a mom to two lovely children, I can’t help but think about how worth it, the process of rebuilding was.

We only get one life ladies! Your skin will never be as soft as it is today. Your hair will continue to slowly grey. Our kids will get older. Things will happen in life, good and bad. We will have different moments to help others. But regardless, life is short and precious and we will all face God the day of judgment, and be hit with that question of “ what did you do in this life?” What will you say on that day? Will the list that God has for you be long and full of many beautiful stories? Testimonies of how you helped others? Sacrifice? Taking chances? Living your full life, a life that God always wanted? Or will it be the opposite?

The choice is yours. If you let God rebuild you’re life now, and with no limits, and no fighting, I promise you, you won’t regret it! On the day of judgement, your list will be full, full of fruit and God will be smiling at all of your accomplishments and the fact that you took a chance despite all the pain and setbacks you’ve endured. You simply allowed Him to rebuild your life!

Let the rebuilding begin sis!!🌸

Embracing The Single Life!

Being single is hard! Actually it kinda sucks! Especially on days like Valentine’s Day or holidays in general. As a soon to be “ former wife,” I can honestly admit, that I’m not looking forward to being single again. Although I have been separated and living apart from my ex for some time now, the reality still hasn’t hit me, that I’m starting all over again!

Going through a separation is like losing a loved one and enduring the mourning process that follows. Although the marriage ended, my feelings and the life that we built and the family we created, had to catch up, adjust and evolve! I spent many days and nights at first crying in the shower, debating if whether or not I made the right choice or if God was angry with me because He “ hates divorce!” I spent a couple of months researching the topic of divorce and separation and whether or not it would land me in hell. There were plenty of sleepless nights where I held onto my children, as I prayed to God for strength. Sometimes that’s what we have to do. We have to dig deep in the trenches and hold onto to what we have whether it’s a pillow, a blanket, the Bible, or perhaps the arms of a parent and in my case it was my faith and my children.

When I was married, that pressure to be married with the white picket fence was off of my back. Forget the terrible fights, the fact that we rushed, and had little in common, the pressure was off and that was all that mattered. Everybody wants to be Social media happy. Every body wants to look the part through pictures and posts, but what does your union look like when the lenses are off?

I have always believed that marriage is important. I always thought the choice was ours and that as long as we did things right, God was alright with our choices. Yes God gives us free will, however I believe, just like every area in our lives he wants to help us make the best choices. We can have something that’s simply alright, something good, or something amazing! God wants us to have His best for us. Something amazing! Not perfect but a pairing that God could only bring together making the hard times a little more bearable.

When waiting for God’s best, there will be sacrifice and your patience will be tested. The enemy will send many counterfeits. You’ll be tested on how much you value yourself and what you’ll be willing to accept. But most importantly, God will test you to see if you’ll put Him first. If you’ll marry Him first. If you’ll allow healing. If you’ll allow stretching. These are all uncomfortable words that nobody wants to hear when everybody is having babies and getting married, but with the marriage rates today and just knowing how much my father knows and loves me, I’m willing to make the sacrifice. Are you?

So what can you do while you wait?

  • Grow more intimate with God
  • Allow Him to heal you from past truama
  • Allow yourself time to get over your last situation
  • Do something you’ve always wanted to do
  • Have fun
  • Journal
  • Take care of your body
  • Spend time with family and friend
  • Spend each day practicing gratitude and contentment

Healing!

The word healing is very powerful! It carries soooo much weight and in order to experience it or obtain it, we must do the work necessary to achieve it. After God called me into ministry at the age of 30, three years ago, I felt completely broken and unworthy to walk out such a call. It took every ounce of my being to engage in the process of becoming!

(Do you feel worthy of the call or assignment God has called you to do?)

Every time God would nudge on me to post a video, or to put together an event, the enemy would attack my mind with all of the wrongs I had done, and every mistake I had ever made. There were times when I wanted to give into such thoughts, but God was always there coaching me and loving on me every step of the way.

(When was there a time in your life when God became your greatest cheerleader?)

After almost two years of allowing God to heal me, mold me, sharpen me, and strengthen me, I thought I had achieved healing! I’m healed I thought to myself as I ventured into new territory “ ministry speaking!” But that was far from the truth. When we read Mark 8 and 9, we get to see Jesus tell the disciples that they couldn’t rebuke a demon possessed man because that level of demon came out only through much prayer and fasting! Wow! That scripture hit me like a ton of bricks.

Was I being tormented by something bigger than I thought? Was I in need of a fast and more deliverance.? The answers were yes! Due to years of trauma and abuse of all sorts, there was no way I would be healed over night. Not that God couldn’t do it, but then how would he get the glory? How would I learn to depend on him?

( Is there an area of your life where you could use some more deliverance or perhaps start the process of deliverance for the first time?)

If you are interested in learning about deliverance and some tools to help aid the process please email or DM our team)

(Is there and area in your life where you’ve been waiting on God to show up and deliver but it hasn’t happened yet?)

The importance of God’s timing:

Just when I thought I was good, God informed me that there was more work to be done. It took certain individuals and certain experiences to manifest in my life for God to show me more work was needed. I could either fight this process or I could be teachable and allow God to put me in a place where I could learn to completely depend on him. This process wasn’t easy and there were times when I wanted to run, however, I stayed the course and my life has been better for it ever since.

Being in a healthy space with the Lord, where we are able to trust him and give him our all is an amazing space to be in. We all have scars. We all have been hurt. But with God comes love, there’s healing, and there’s a true sense of ones identity. Don’t allow brokenness to keep you in a place of lack, and separated from God. Be vulnerable with God, be vulnerable with those around you whom you can trust. Believe in happiness again. But most importantly never forget the power of God and his ability to take a hard heart and make it softer than a flower!

( take some time to think of the different areas God could heal you in. Also, what are some ways you can practice good fruit, forgiveness, and being soft like a flower)

Scripture references

Mark 9,( demon possessed boy) Galatians 5 (fruits of the Holy Spirit), Ezekiel 36 (remove the heart of stone)

God bless!

Into The Deep!

If you could say anything to Jesus right now, right here, what would you say? What would you ask him? As I sit here writing this article, I can’t get over how far I’ve come! 2019 was a tough year, but there came with it some successes. 🌺

( Was 2019 tough for you? How’s 2020 treating you?)

As I approach 33 in April, I can’t help to think about legacy. Kristen what are your goals? What are your plans? What has God ultimately called you to do? What would your legacy look like when you are no longer here 50 years from now?

(Take some time to write down what your legacy will be 50 years from now)

Sometimes God will allow us to go through some tough obstacles to strengthen us, teach us, and mold us into the individual He wants us to be. Faith is more than just believing, it’s action based, it’s a better way of life, it’s making the best choices in life to improve your circumstances and not just for you but for your children. (All of this orchestrated and guided by God)

(What are some ways you can improve the overal quality of your life?)

Growing and stretching can be a scary thing! It often requires stretching and risk in ways we could not have ever imagined. Growing also requires jumping into the deep. Deep waters can seem scary! Deep waters can seem intimidating. However, when we go beneath the surface, we learn things, we see things, we land in uncharted territory where we learn and give birth to our greatest ideas. Are you willing to take that jump into the deep? Are you willing to fight for the life and legacy God set forth for you?

(What would jumping into the deep look like for you?)

Just jump!

Kingdom Minded!

Hey awp Tribe! Here at awp we miss you! We pray that you are having a wonderful summer! In just a few weeks (September) we will be back with new topics and articles! (Kingdom Minded inspired) 💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

In the meantime, how you doing? Are you hitting those goals? Are you keeping your calendar organized? We still have plenty of time left in 2019! What’s next on your list of accomplishments? What have you been asking God for? We would love to hear from you.

In the meantime:

  1. August 10th we will be having our event (Beauty beyond Scars)
  2. Awp Fear Not Challenge (message Sho, our marketing and coordinator specialist for more details on events and challenges)
  3. We are still posting weekly and monthly podcast episodes and videos!
  4. Share some of your recent testimonies

We love you and see you soon! Remember, be fearless and be fierce!

Xoxoxoxoxxo awp Tribe! 💕💥

Christians In The Work Environment!

When I was working for corporate in the banking industry, I can remember days filled with structure and deadlines. I enjoyed the fast-paced environment as a marketing team member, but some days I just needed a moment to be alone with God.

As Christians, it can be extremely tough trying to balance our beliefs with the culture on the job. Sometimes, you’re blessed enough to have wonderful coworkers, and other times not so much. From cursing, to competing, and sadly, sometimes harassment, the work environment can be hostile!

What do you do when the work environment is toxic? How do you incorporate the Lord during your most difficult times?

(For this exercise, think about your time spent on the job and write down the good, bad, and ugly. How do you add to the environment? Do you pray for your coworkers when they make you mad? How can you be more positive?)

Although they say politics and religion should never be discussed at work, don’t be afraid to take time out to pray and read. Or simply sit in silence as you allow Gods grace to cover you.

Some people are called to ministry and others are called to careers outside the church. God wants to spread His gospel in as many ways as He can. And although we are not to get into such topics at work, you can still be a light on the job by encouraging you coworkers, praying for them, and just maybe becoming friends outside of work, and inviting them to church.

Just know that you can make a difference! Work and be happy! If you feel like your job is too stressful, ask God if it’s the right fit for you! But always be the light! 🌺

Remember, be fearless and be fierce!

Xoxoxo Kristen, Founder & CEO

March Announcements!

Hey ladies, we have some major announcements!☺️

  • March is all about career and business. Join us for a month of career talk and business tips!
  • We also have a new team member joining our ministry. We are expanding!
  • We will be heading to New Jersey for a domestic violence conference, where we will be a vendor and will get the chance to spread our ministry. Pictures to come. ( March 9th)
  • We will be doing our monthly giveaway. Watch out for more details. (March 20th)
  • We will be premiering our new product this month! (March 9th)

Wow, what a month! We are beyond thrilled! Through God all things are possible! Stay tuned for more deets! 🤗

Remember, be fearless and be fierce! 🌸

Why Telling People You Love Them Is Essential!

Happy Sunday Ladies! How are you? Today we want to talk about the importance of saying I love you! I think we can all agree that it’s important right? Whether it’s from our parents, our partners, or friends, saying I love you can break every chain. Saying I love you can heal hearts. I don’t think we fully understand the power of words. Words can either hurt or encourage. Words can speak life or death. What are you going to do? Will you speak life over yourself and others, or will you speak negatively over others!

The Bible encourages us to love our brethren as Christ loves the church! Will you do that today? Tell someone you love them. Reach out to that one person you lost touch with. Call your parents and tell them you love them. Encourage and love on your kids! This world is filled with darkness, let’s not add to it! So make today great! Speak life and love into others!

Remember, be fearless and be fierce! 🌸

xoxoxox Kristen, founder & CEO

Why Telling People You Love Them Is Essential!

Happy Sunday Ladies! How are you? Today we want to talk about the importance of saying I love you! I think we can all agree that it’s important right? Whether it’s from our parents, our partners, or friends, saying I love you can break every chain. Saying I love you can heal hearts. I don’t think we fully understand the power of words. Words can either hurt or encourage. Words can speak life or death. What are you going to do? Will you speak life over yourself and others, or will you speak negatively over others!

The Bible encourages us to love our brethren as Christ loves the church! Will you do that today? Tell someone you love them. Reach out to that one person you lost touch with. Call your parents and tell them you love them. Encourage and love on your kids! This world is filled with darkness, let’s not add to it! So make today great! Speak life and love into others!

Remember, be fearless and be fierce! 🌸

xoxoxox Kristen, founder & CEO

Mind Your Business, & Start Your Business!

When are you going to get up and get it? Yes, that’s pretty blunt! We like to get straight to the facts here!

Are you a watcher? Or are you a doer? Why is it that we blame everybody else for our own lack of success? When will we hold ourselves accountable for our own happiness?

As women, it’s important that we support each other and uplift each other. The world is tough! So to add another hating sister/friend/cousin to the fold doesn’t help!

Let me ask you a question? Don’t you want more? While she’s up at 5am every morning, creating opportunities, and taking chances, you’re sulking! Why is that? Or we get distracted by men. Oh yes, that’s a big one! If your greatest achievement is a relationship, then honestly you haven’t lived and might just be codependent.

The Bible teaches us as single women, to live for the Lord, study, give back and love others! If you aren’t married or without kids, live life beyond limits! See the world, travel and take chances!

There’s room for everyone to succeed! We can all be successful!Don’t sit back and let another year go by. Don’t allow for the same results! You can have that business. You can write that book. You can travel the world if that is what you desire. But you have to open the door. Get off the coach. Get off social media. Mind your business. Start your business!

Disclaimer

Are you living life to the limit, or are you watching her as she navigates toward success? It’s your turn!

Be fearless and be fierce 💪🏽

Xoxoxo Kristen, Founder & CEO

Alone For Valentine’s Day? Don’t Worry, We’ve Got Some Tips!

I used to be a Scrooge every year on Valentine’s Day! Whether I was coupled up or alone, I saw no true value in celebrating this day! After scrolling through countless photos on my newsfeeds, of the next chick receiving the “surprise” of her life, I couldn’t wait for the day to end. 🙄

However, now that I’m married, Valentine’s Day carries a whole different meaning. My husband, although not particularly romantic, enjoys surprising me every now and again. So let’s just say I go along! I do enjoy the surprises!🥰

But let’s Get back to business. What can we do when we aren’t betrothed or coupled up? Whether you choose to celebrate or not, or have a special someone or not, what can you do to treat yourself?

Here’s our hit list:🌸🌸🌸🌸

Go watch a movie, spend time on aroma therapy, splurge on some yummy dark chocolate, buy a nice shirt, read some scripture, turn your phone off, read a book, get a massage, get your nails done.

There are plenty of things that you can do to not feel left out or pressured on V day! Don’t be sad if you have nobody to spend the day with. Be your own love and support system. Love on yourself! Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are valued, loved, extremely smart, and is self reliant. You don’t need anybody to complete you. Trust me, the time will come when you’ll have to pretend that you care about V day, Or have to explain to your partner why you want to go to a movie alone after waking up together EVERYDAY! 😒 Enjoy being single. Enjoy being able to focus just on you! After all it’s just another day!

Xoxoxox

You Know, It’s Alright To Be… Well, Alright?

Hey you, stop that right now! You know that thing you do, mentally, when you tell yourself something is to good to be true? Maybe you feel pretty content these days, but something tries to come along and make you think otherwise? Or perhaps you begin to feel like you don’t deserve that? well, I’ve been there! 😒 Ladies, why do we beat ourselves down, when we are simply doing our very best?

Lately, God has been pressing on me more and more, regarding giving myself a break from time to time. The Words gratitude and contentment have been a recurring theme these days. It’s not perfection he’s after, rather it’s genuine love and intimacy he seeks! He wants to dwell within us, bestowing eternal peace and joy.

I think I finally have it figured out. Now that I’m in my thirties, I see life with a whole new perspective. I used to want it all! A big house. A nice car. An awesome career. And a size 4 pant to top it off. After hitting some bumps in the road and taking some detours ( friendly encounters and some “hills have eyes ” experiences 👀) I started looking at life differently.

See, I genuinely have all that I need. I have a supportive husband, wonderful children, some great friends, good health, a roof over my head, a passion to please God, and a purpose that he’s given me! What else do I need? We can’t keep living our lives comparing it to the next. Who are you? Are you living your life or someone else’s? Find contentment. Find peace. Find joy in all that you do!

I just wanted to let you know, yes you, that you are awesome. You are wearing many different hats, and juggling many different things on a daily basis. From motherhood, to job, to volunteer, to babysitting, you are doing it all and here at KDL we are inspired. You inspire us!

So treat yourself. If you could take the weekend off, where would you go and what would you do? If you can’t sacrifice a weekend, try a day trip. Try it out and send us some photos! God bless! Xooxxoxox

#joy #peace #love #god #life #women #unity #goodlife #healthyliving #motherhood #goals

A Time Of Change?

There’s so much going on in our Nation today. With political parties at each other’s throats ( liberals vs conservatives) ( Republicans vs Democrats ) and with every news outlet hanging around, just to get the next piece of vital information, I see why many of us are walking around in gloom and doom. Perhaps even confusion for others.

As I sit back and watch our Government fight over our rights and many of the issues that plague this Nation, I can’t help but think what’s next? Questions concerning whether I’m doing enough, constantly plague my mind. Do you think that you are doing enough? Have you drawn your lines in the sand? Or do you believe that we are all in some ways fighting the same battles?

As someone with a call in ministry, I try my best to stay neutral! I have to continue to pray for our President. But when does sitting on the sidelines become problematic? Many of us are and have been impacted by this latest presidential election in some way. Remember, we had to allow therapy dogs into schools to comfort students, once we learned who won POTUS. But whether you were impacted by tax Brackets, racism, fueding with your loved ones, or hearing of reduced funding for underprivileged children in underprivileged areas, we as a Nation have all been impacted in some way.

My point in this blog post, is that it’s alright to not know what to do or say regarding the state of the Nation. Also, God can heal. You will be alright. We will be alright. We are going through a time right now where things we thought were dead are still very much alive. We are facing a time of liberal and progressive change, more than ever before! But God is and will always be in the details. If you feel like you want to be involved, join a local group or Facebook conversation, or join your church in prayer, so you are educated and prepared on all sides. I know that we as a Nation will get through these times. Let’s not give up hope! God always delivers! Xoxo xoxo

#politics #God #change #liberal #conservative #love #peace #America #prayer #family #government #unity #Trump

Slay!

Can you believe it’s May already? So… I know what you’re thinking, “ slay?” Did she just say “ slay?” Yes I did! May is about blossoming and blooming! In order to blossom and bloom, honey you’ve got to jump and you’ve got to slay!

As Christians, we always want to tread carefully, and stay within the lines. But in this season God is asking for us to let go and get messy.. Have you been holding back lately? Is there something you’ve been wanting to do but you’ve been to afraid of what others might think? If you are that person, it’s time to put that to the side and take a chance on yourself! Slay!!!

When we allow fear, certain people and circumstances to hold us back, we kinda cut God at the knees and we prohibit Him from doing the things that He planned for our lives. With every step you take, God can open multiple doors. With every bit of faith that you have, God can take that and give you a life you never knew was possible. Slay!!

I want to challenge you this month, and the coming months to live your best life! This isn’t just another feel good article but an article based on action and strategy. What is God calling you to do? How can you improve yourself? Do you need to spend more time with God? Fast? Study? Do you have to work on your credit? Your weight? Your career? Confidence? Whatever it is, I want you to move forward in boldness and get it done. Slay!!

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Overcoming

By Shanora Floyd

I always pictured  my life when I was  younger as always smiling , laughing and just enjoying life as a whole.  Not a care in the world. But unfortunately  life isn’t always fun and games. I never thought I would have to overcome so many hurdles in my life and still be able to stand strong before you today. Being molested at a young age caused me to not love myself. I felt unworthy of being loved by a man or anyone at that fact.  As the years went & I got older I ended in a domestic violent relationship while  still carrying the hurt from when I was young . Having words thrown in my face like “

If it wasn’t me saving you , you would be nothing”. That’s  coming from a person who was also abused as a child  and  battling depression. When I got married( not the same from the domestic relationship) but to the person who I was best friends with since childhood , it was supposed to be the happiest day of life. A girl’s dream came  true. I was on top of the world to Only to have my heart shattered into little pieces. Being cheated in marriage that I thought would last a lifetime. Leaving me with a house, unpaid bills and my daughter. I thought  to myself “what did I do to deserve this God ?”. “Am I really this unloved by you?”. I couldn’t understand why this was happening to a person who has a good heart. 

In Romans 5 :3-5 reads “ Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Even through all the hurt, tears, anger and unworthiness I went through in life God is bigger than all of it. I may not have understood back then why God was the way He was but today at this very minute as the scripture points out because of my suffering I went through it produced a woman with more hope for life than ever. God’s love conquers all my fears, anxiety and situations that I went through and will go through. With God’s help, love and patience I had overcome & gained victory in life.