Single and serving! (Know your season)

Are you waiting for Boaz? Do you feel like this is your marriage season? Before we start planning that wedding and picking out weddings gowns, let’s start with knowing our individual season.

Before you rush to that next prophetic word on marriage, think about where you are right now? Are you healed? Do you know the Lord’s voice? Are you financially stable? Are you healthy on all levels, and do you know your purpose?

There are some fundamental questions we need to explore before we can think about our kingdom spouses. This does not just apply to your personal life but it can apply to any area where we are expecting God to move. Are you ready to serve in a ministry? Are you ready to launch your business idea? Are you ready to leave that job? God will always provide provision for whatever he has purposed for you to avoid disaster.

Many of us want marriage! Apostle Paul gives us a lot of instructions on marriage. Marriage is a gift, a covenant, and something that pleases God.

However, marriage is not for everybody! Apostle Paul also talks about the options to marry. If you can remain single and enjoy being single do so and keep your focus on the Lord. But if you must marry it is better to be married than to burn with passion. Apostle Paul tells us that when we choose to marry we concern ourselves with things of this world, but when we remain single, our concerns are of God and the church and that’s perhaps the best way to be!

(Hence single and serving)

But for those of us who God has called to be wife and mother, there are some important fundamentals we must adhere to before we reach for the ring.

For the month of June we will be talking about serving while being single. We will talk all things serving God, serving others, allowing seasons for Growth, knowing our purpose and so much more.

Please study the book of 1 Corinthians!

Grab a pen and journal and begin to write out the season you believe God has you in. Are you in a season of preparing? Are you in a season of healing and deliverance? Our goal is to get you through your current season and prepared for your purpose and ultimately your kingdom marriage.

Your assignment for the week!

1. Get your journal and write out the season you believe God has you in. Along with studying 1 Corinthians!

2. Write down three questions to ask God regarding your current season.

3. What areas do you need to grow in? What have you learned from this current season in your life?

4. How can you downsize and remove mental, physical and spiritual clutter.

We will be sharing our thoughts and having a live Q&A Sunday noon time via Facebook live. We can’t wait to read what you come up with. Please make time to join us.

If you need any assistance or prayer Please email us

Kloryfaithlovehope@gmail.com

Xoxoxox AWP team 🌺

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!

The Little Things!

So I’m not typically a holiday/festive/happy person. Every year during every holiday, I would always find myself miserable, waiting for the day to be over. This year however, I seem to have a different stance.

Walking with Jesus has literally changed me from the inside out. I’m happy about everything. I even have those cheesy hallmark Christmas movies on rotation and it’s not even thanksgiving. Who would have thought??

Life is beautiful. Being a Christian is beautiful. God teaches me about enjoying the little things! My walk with Christ teaches me to relish in the small moments like watching my kids grow up, or working on my second book.

What has your walk with Jesus taught you regarding the little things?

Life is precious. It’s what we make it. It’s how we choose to be remembered.

How do you wand to be remembered?

Yes, this past Fall was tough for my family and I, during a process of transition, however, this winter is looking pretty good. God has been surprising me with little things!

If we can take the time to notice the small things, we can begin to see Gods miracles, kindness, love, warmth, and forgiveness in our lives each day!

This holiday season will surely be one for the books. However, I’m excited to see what 2020 has in store for me and my family.

What are your goals for 2020? Take it to the prayer room saints!

See you in 2020 and happy holidays from AWP!

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A Strip of Light!

I gave myself room to mourn. When we decide to make life altering decisions, these decisions almost always carry a bit of fear and emotion. After cramming in a separation, a move, a birthday party, a new job, a second book, and a college degree, my mind began to shut down.

” God are you there?” This was the question I asked God as the enemy hit me with tactics and ammunition from every direction I turned. ” did I do this all for nothing?” After the dust had settled in my newly formed life, reality began to sink in.

  1. I’m a single mother of two
  2. I failed in my marriage
  3. God is silent
  4. I’m being attacked
  5. I can’t hear the Holy Spirit
  6. The new job is stressful
  7. I can’t please everybody

These were the areas of frustration and attacks that the enemy used to get me so off track. Have you ever felt so attacked to the point of wanting to give up? That was me. Life is so messy and so complicated. The past month, I found myself not myself. The natural light and love that I always had for the church and ministry was gone. I felt alone, and everything just felt out of control, ” my control!”

But while all of this was going on, I kept hearing God say ” rest!” Well, what do you mean by rest God?” Uughhhh! It just felt like I was hitting my head against a wall every week. This period of transition that I kept talking about in my videos definitely came with some battles.

Finally, after some bad decisions, fighting myself and God, and spreading myself completely thin, I lost it! I was done. In my mind I was undergoing the biggest battle I had ever undergone in my walk with God, and I was fed up with it all. When we allow the enemy to get in, he targets those areas that aren’t going right in our lives or the things we cannot change.

Are there areas in your life that the enemy attacks or rubs in your face? How can you present this to God?

One night, after two weeks of disturbed sleep, I gave up, I let go, and I told Jesus to take it! ” take it all, lord take it all!!!” Take the pain, take the things I cant control, heal me Lord, give me strength, I’m going to rest in you!” It literally almost took everything out of me. This was a two day battle of waking up at 2am to pray worship and repent.

Fast forward to a week later and just like that I saw a strip of light. In a month filled with darkness, demonic voices, bad choices, hurt, uncertainty, battling and more, suddenly appeared this beautiful light! The light of Jesus. His warmth, His love, His forgiveness, and Grace was and is all I need. Every time I feel like giving up, every time I feel defeated and out of my mind, He meets me right where I’m at.

Where can Jesus meet you today? Will you meet Him at that place even if it comes with vulnerability and fear?

That strip of light, oh that strip of light in a world of darkness is all I look for. It’s all I long for. Can you see the light, the light of Jesus? Never stop looking for that sweet little light in the darkness.

Xoxoxox Kristen lory founder & CEO of AWP~

You Don’t Define Me!

What happens when you start saying no instead of yes? What happens when you begin to stand up for yourself? (whether you’re at the job, or standing in line at the store) what happens when you begin to put yourself first?

After a rough few months of transitioning (moving, motherhood, starting a new job, ministry, and feeling worn out) these questions began to plague me. What was I thinking? Did I really think I could survive this move? The decision to leave a marriage? Being a single mom again? All I could think was ” Now what God?”

My whole life I’ve always been concerned about the other. Instead of evaluating my own needs, mental health, and healing process, I was constantly trying to please everyone else. Have you ever been in that boat?

Maybe the kids drive you crazy? Maybe your boss and coworkers always ride your back? Maybe you put more into your friendships than your friends do? Maybe you go the extra mile in your relationship while your partner does the minimum?. Whatever it is, stop it! Stop it dead in its tracks!

It is completely freeing and wonderful to say things such as; no, that doesn’t work for me, or I don’t like how that makes me feel. We have the right to have standards and to be treated with respect. This concept was a hard one and a tough lesson for me to learn. God said to me, daughter how can I give you more if you aren’t prepared to receive it? Ouch right?!

Usually, if you’re a doormat in one area of your life, the other areas will reflect that as well. Just recently I discovered that I have a problem. I have a problem with expressing my needs and being a doormat. Can you relate?

My kids have a way of making me feel guilty whenever I say no. So for years I would just cave in. But after much healing and God’s beautiful touch, I’ve learned that I am only one person and that I absolutely try my best.

That’s what life is all about right? Simply doing our best. Life is messy, complex, mysterious, abrupt, cold, warm, and much more. We as mere humans will never fully understand God’s ways, plans, and infinite designs for man in this world. All we can do is live it to the fullest.

As I nestle into my new apartment, with a whole new outlook on life as a single mom and a soon to be divorcée, I can’t help but to think about what’s next and all of the possibilities before me. God always has a plan for our lives to prosperous us and not to harm us. So I set my eyes on Him. Nothing no longer defines me. God is my everything!

This new and profound revelation has been exhilarating. When we have freedom in Christ and live by His grace and Mercy, we no longer allow others to define our lives and who we are. Expectations are reasonable. I no longer have the desire to argue. I no longer look at what the other has. I now look to Jesus. I don’t know about you, but my days of being defined and controlled by others is over. I am in charge of my happiness. How about you?