Welcome to the month of July! God is so good amen? Amen! We can’t wait to get rocking in our purpose! How about you?
Our theme for July is letting the “ son” shine in and I absolutely love this topic! (compliments of our very own Shanora/assistant) but seriously how can you let Jesus shine in your life? What would that look like for you? We want success and we want happiness so bad, but we forget the ultimate achievement and that’s serving the Lord. As we enter July reflect on June and what you could have done better or differently. Going back and tracing our steps and tracking our progress is how we grow! If you missed some deadlines, goals, etc that’s alright just go harder this month. It’s all about accountability!!
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you just couldn’t let go whether it was a job, relationship, friendship, etc? The situation could have been so toxic and so destructive yet still you held on… They say, how you allow a person to treat you is a reflection of how you treat yourself.
When I was faced with a situation where it was very toxic and not very conducive to my overall health and wellness, I knew that the situation had run its course but I continued to stay and refused to let go. Have you ever found yourself in that kind of situation?
When I think back on that particular situation I begin to think about my relationship with God. Would God have treated me that way? Would God want me to be treated that way? The answer of course is no! What was I thinking? You ever have someone just come into your life and walk you like a dog? Have you doing things and accepting things you’d never thought you would?💁🏽♀️ welp, that was me.. being a natural born people pleaser totally didn’t help the situation either. Now that’s a whole other topic.
Looking back, I realize now that I didn’t have the proper tools in place or a strong relationship rooted in God enough to know that the situation wasn’t healthy for me. But now I have the tools that I need to assess situations accurately and to recognize when it’s time to let go. Do you?
God gives us the tools that we need to make all proper decisions. When I look at every relationship or situation in my life I always ask myself “ would the Lord do this? Would Jesus treat me this way?” I then begin to apply scripture and if it aligns, I look at whether or not it brings me closer to God or if it draws me away, I look at the fruit of the situation and if it’s productive, and lastly I look at whether or not its rooted in purpose. Is that relationship you’re in or the job you’re on rooted in purpose, or comfort? Now that’s a whole other article…
Galatians 5:22-23 but the fruit of the spirit is love, peace, patience, self control, joy, kindness, goodness, forbearance, gentleness. Against such is no law!
As women of Christ we have got to know the God that we serve. We have Got to apply our relationship with Him and the way He loves us to our relationship with others. We have got to keep these tools in mind as we navigate life. Now your tools might not look like mine or the next woman as we are all different, however I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a system of checks and balances in place to prevent getting hurt. Don’t overstay your welcome. Clear space for the new!
If you find yourself in that situation now, I urge you to pull out while you still can. Think about God’s love and think about how He has chosen you and called you for a time such as this. Don’t let the enemy continue to snuff out your joy! Open your bible, dig deep, get on your knees, pray and use your God given tools! It might hurt now, but I promise one day You’ll be alright! You’ll look back and say what was I thinking? You’ll laugh as you think about your new found strength, your deeper relationship with God, and healthier circumstances! Let go, just let it go!
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As we enter into the blessings of June, what we’ll come to realize is whatever seeds we watered in spring are now bound to manifest this summer and so forth! Everything we do in the present has an effect on our future. This is the reason why we must apply ourselves. When God uses our gifts to bless the world, we will be fully prepared in confidence.
To prepare, we must diligently pray, read our Bible and DO what the Word says (James 1:23-25). I know that Bible study can be a bit of a blur, as we get lazy at times. However, if we want to boldly catapult into the blessings that God has in store for us, we must keep a faithful prayer life and seek God diligently in all things through the word in Jesus Christ.
After all, it is only through Christ (who is the Word in the flesh) that we can secure our salvation which is the ultimate blessing of all. In doing so, we build endurance, so that by fulfilling God’s will, we can then receive what is promised! (Hebrews 10:36). If we don’t read the Word and apply what it says, how then will we be able to identify the season we are in, and who we are in terms of our identity?
Confidence doesn’t necessarily come easy, but if we read and obey the word, we will come to the astounding understanding that we can do all things through Him who strengthens us! For nothing is impossible with God! 🙌 (Philippians 4:13)
~ Zarria W. ( Editorial Team) 🌟
He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in—a river that no one could cross.
Ezekiel 47:5 NIV
In Ezekiel chapter 47, there is a mention of a river that flows from the throne room of God. Ezekiel the prophet is taken around the temple into the river. When he first steps into the water, it is only at his ankles and then the water rises until it is Knee-deep, waist-deep and finally his head is completely submerged.
When Ezekiel arrives back at the shore, God opens his eyes and he notices several fruit trees growing along the banks of the river. God makes a declaration that these trees will constantly bear fruit and that they will bring healing.
Ezekiel was taken on a journey where he had to trust that God knew every step he should take. It was easy to follow God when the water was only up to his ankles but the deeper the river got, it would have made it easier for him to just stay on the shore and never venture any further. Many times in our lives God will require us to take a journey, to dive deeper into situations that may cause us to panic.
Despite how deep the water was, Ezekiel continued to pursue the lord
I think about how often I have left my faith on the shore. How many times I have allowed fear to cause me to run away from the same rivers that God was asking me to swim in. Indeed the more I have journeyed with my father, even though I did not always understand the reason why I was facing such a fierce battle, the river of pain and suffering that I thought would harm me, was truly God breathing life into my veins and allowing me to blossom and to bloom. I have always had an appreciation for the springtime and whenever I see the first buds of the flower beginning to blossom, it is a reminder that God in his infinite wonder is always moving. I pray that regardless of what circumstance you find yourself in, that you will remember God is always faithful. If he has led you to the deepest ocean and asked you to cross, then you can believe that he will carry you across the other side to safety. For what you cannot see with your natural eyes, maybe the moment when the greatest move of God will descend and transform your life from barrenness into a fruitful blossom.
– M. C. Rose (Assistant and editorial team member)
Spring time is a new refreshing start for growing, rebirthing, and unveiling the many facets of life! Whether it be May’s flowers blossoming forth to display such vibrant shades, or hearing the sweet sound of honey bees gather around to pollinate the Earth, the same thing abides: Change is inevitable. In fact, many of us this season have experienced changes in certain areas of our lives. This birthing process can be just as relieving as it can be painful, depending on where you are in the process. An though the most anticipated part is the manifestation of that new birth, the removal of old patterns, people, and places that God has called us from are not so. Especially when we’re believing that our painful experiences are for our good (Romans 8:28). We can even become tired and want to give up when we have yet to see the outcome of our obedience. I know it may not be all unicorns and rainbows, but this process is necessary in order for us to become our best image of God’s unconditional love. If Jesus hadn’t been crucified, how else would God have shown his glory? After all, the dead is raised in Spirit. This is what our Father in heaven means when He says that in order for us to live we must die. (Luke 9:24). We must die of old self-centered patterns so we can become new selfless children of God, and spring forth like flowers in full bloom! As we continue to change and grow through Christ, we’ll come to realize that everything we experience along the way becomes useful for His glory. So that means no more moaning and groaning! (Philippians 2:14) Consider it a good thing that God is preparing us for what’s to come! What might you be blossoming forth this season? 🌻
~ Zarria W. ( Editorial Team)
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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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!!
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!
Kristen (founded & CEO)