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5 WAYS TO KNOW YOU’RE HEADED FOR DIVORCE.

I came across this show called Unfaithful : Stories of Betrayal  on OWN and was in shock at the transparency and honesty each couple displayed during each episode. Check out a clip below:

Watching this show I was amazed to see that many of the couples share the same exact issues. So with the numerous amount of friends and family that I have getting ready to tie the knot this and next year, I wanted to share with you 5 ways to know you are headed for divorce. Did you know that 50% of couples that walk down the aisle will get a divorce? 50%!! That number is WAY too high!! If marriage is supposed to be a ministry, I ask you, how are you setting an example for your friends and family who are looking to you to know what marriage is all about? If you are married, is how you and your husband are in public, how you behave at home? This (long ;)) post is to help you understand what things NOT to do in your marriage so that you do not become a statistic for divorce, but a statistic among successful marriages!

  1. YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT YOUR BEST FRIEND. This sounds simple enough. Every great marriage has a strong friendship as the foundation ; but this means so much more than just someone you share a laugh or two with occasionally. A lot of times we enter into our marriages already having 1 or 2 best friend(s) or even our parents are our BFF’s, but your friendship with your spouse MUST take precedent over any other human friendship. (I say human because God should be your 1st BFF ;)). In this case, you have to begin training yourself, friends and family members to understand who your new BFF is. Start sharing things with your spouse that you do not share with others. This helps to build a bond and intimacy among the both you, which also helps to create a trust worthy environment. If you are comfortable sharing everything with your spouse, you’ll be able to practice open and honest communication at all times. This comes with spending true, quality time with one another and constantly “dating”. Contrary to what anyone tells you, you NEVER stop dating and pursuing your spouse. Treat everyday like it is the first time you two have met. Now, I am not saying go into complete isolation and revolve your world around this one person LOL! But, you must understand the enemy does NOT like marriage, he will attack your union anyway that he can. You and your spouse are going to be the only two on the front lines of battle, the last mentality you want is “every man for himself” you too are in this together and need to treat your lives as such. {Genesis 2:24 – “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” }
  2. YOUR CHILDREN OR PETS HAVE SEEN YOU NAKED MORE THAN YOUR SPOUSE. Oh, yes I did LOL! How many times have you undressed or changed in front of your kids or the goldfish in your room?! Do you know that lack of intimacy among married couples is included in the top 5 reasons couples get a divorce? Intimacy does not always include sexual intimacy; it could be holding hands, hugging, kissing , spending quality time together etc.  Many of us respond to touch, feeling desired and wanted. We need to feel the touch of another human, especially our spouse. Think about it. We want a pat on the back for a job well done, a hug from a long lost family member, imagine going a long length of time without a touch from your spouse. This easily affects self-esteem and can cause division. Generally, couples who are involved in sexless marriages are not happy in their relationship, they have unmet needs. In a report, it was found that happy couples have more sex, and the more sex a couple has, the happier they report being.  During a 1993 study, it was found that people in sexless marriages were more likely to have considered divorce than those in sexually active marriages. When there is an unmet need, the enemy is cunning in using that as a way to cause division in the union. There is also a higher chance adultery will occur and you NEVER want your spouse to seek outside of your marriage to fill an unmet need. Keep the lines of communication open at all times and be honest with your spouse about what you need. {1 Corinthians 7:3-5 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.}
  3. YOU HIDE “PURCHASES” IN THE TRUNK OR THE CLOSET. Now if you are a serial “hider of purchases” you not only have a problem being honest with your spouse, but you also have issues being honest with yourself. Unless you purchased a gift as a surprise and needed to hide it, there is no reason to hide anything from your spouse. If you do not share your spending habits, you might be tempted to hide and shield other information from your spouse.  This is a habit you do not want to pick  up. Once again, being open and honest with your mate will prevent problems in the future. You NEVER want your spouse to discover something you have been hiding; be open to share at all times. “Purchases” can be anything from bags from bloomies to shielding who you  feel really are. Never hide behind who you think your spouse or anyone wants you to be or who you think your spouse wants. BE YOU! It will set you and your marriage free. {Proverbs 11:3 – The integrity of the honest keeps them on track; 
       the deviousness of crooks brings them to ruin.}
  4. YOUR FACEBOOK “FRIENDS” & TWITTER PEEPS LIKE YOU MORE THAN YOUR SPOUSE LIKES YOU. In a society where a lot of our time is spent on the internet and social networking it has become a full-time job to manage your social accounts! It is a world where we control how we are portrayed, we can say what we want, when we want it with hardly any repercussion. But when all of your energy is put into constantly communicating with people over the internet and portraying a life that you desire to have, you begin to form emotional connections and responsibilities to people and things that are not more important than channeling that same energy into your household. If you cannot go a full hour without checking your FB account, tweeting something, posting to Tumblr, recording a YouTube video, then I will pose to you that you may have a problem. Granted, I understand many people make a living off of social networking, there are many bloggers, Vloggers, and even businesses that are doing it big off of social networking,  but when it starts to follow you to the dinner table, or your in bed with your spouse updating your FB status or your quality time includes checking to see how many new followers you have, it’s becoming too much. There should always be a healthy balance of attention given to your spouse in your household. You must make time to ensure the same way you are building relationships across the net is the same way you are building up your marriage.  Bottom line, when it’s all said and done there will be one person standing by your side and you want them to know that they are valued and appreciated no matter what! Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. {Enjoy life with the wife /husband you love all the days of your fleeting life. ~ Ecclesiastes 9:9}
  5. YOU DON’T FORGIVE. This is plain and simple. Whenever we enter into a relationship, especially a marriage we have a habit of entering with  TON of expectations, some of them set VERY high. With extremely high expectations comes the possibility of disappointment, frustration and resentment. YOU MUST LEARN TO FORGIVE in a marriage. Your spouse is going to do something every single day that will hurt  you, disappoint you and may even shock and offend you, I guarantee it! But you MUST learn to forgive. Forgiveness is you allowing a wall to come down and for love, peace and communication to flow through. Forgiveness is essential to the growing of your marriage. Marriage is not easy and it will not always be a walk in the park. But it is the most rewarding experiences you will ever have as long as you are willing to work for it. The key word here…WORK! {Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9}

Feel free to share any advice you may have for our engaged and newlywed readers out there!! Leave a comment below or email me at watwldjennsay@aol.com!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

Today is April 22, 2012 and that means it’s Earth Day!! What fun things are you doing today and everyday to ensure you are going green? Not sure where to start? Here are some fun facts to help you start living a greener lifestyle today!

  1. Stop using disposable bag and start using reusable bags. I have SO many of these!! Prices range from FREE – $0.99. This is an awesome way to grocery shop and they are awesome to carry with you on a busy Saturday while running errands.
  2. Turn off the lights whenever you leave a room. 
  3. Turn your computer completely off at night. When you set your computer to “sleep” at night instead of turning it completely off, you are still using energy. You could save up to 300 watts by making this simple change.
  4. Start paying your bills online as well and start opting to receive you statements online. 
  5. Unplug chargers and appliances when they are not in use.
  6. Collect rainwater and use that to water your houseplants and/or garden.
  7. Use a cloth instead of paper to clean your kitchen. Be creative! Use an old t-shirt or towel instead of a paper towel or sponge.
  8. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth. Doing this act along will save you 4 gallons of water.
  9. Shorten your showers. Every minute you cut from your shower is roughly 5 gallons of water!
  10. Plant a tree.
What things are you doing to go green? Share your tips and tricks below!
I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! Have an incredible week!
Love Ya!
Peaches
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CONFUSED BUT FOCUSED.

Have you ever had someone say something to you that you weren’t sure was a compliment or insult? It was something that made you laugh, but think twice about what was said about you. Well, about a month ago I received a message on Facebook just like this so after much thought, I decided to write about it ;).

In the message, a friend of mine wrote:

Hey! 

 I saw a girl in the mall that reminded me of you she had that same expression you always used to have LOL!  Hard to explain the look but its like “I have no idea where im going but I know exactly how to get there” LOL – confused but focused.

 

Now…after reading this initially I couldn’t decide if this was an insult or a compliment LOL! But the strange thing about it was I understood exactly what my friend was saying about me. So now I confess to you : I am TOTALLY confused about what God has called me to do and be, but focused and hopeful that I will know it and fulfill it. Being confused about your calling is thee most frustrating thing EVER! I am among many who are searching for their calling in life.  How many of us walk a path knowing nothing about where we are going, but we know what it takes to get there, or we’re confused about what we are supposed to be doing but focused on getting into a better situation than what we are in now. Whether in the area of relationships, or jobs, our family and home life – we are subjected to being confused and unsure about a lot of situations we are in or decisions we have made.

Now, I want those of you who are confused but focused about any area in your life to know one thing : IT’S OKAY! There is nothing wrong with you! You’re not crazy, you’re not slow, you are not a loser, you are not being punished – stop beating yourself up.

I am speaking to you from experience today. I know what it feels like to be confused but focused, feeling lost in the sauce and unsure.  I am learning to embrace my confusion because it leaves me vulnerable to fully trusting God, I have no choice but to be focused on Him. Here are a few scriptures for you to keep on your heart:

  • So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. {1 Corinthians 15:58} – I love this scripture because it reminds you that we are all called to serve others. When you serve others you are putting your cares and worries on the back burner and focused on giving to someone else. When we are too focused on ourselves we leave the window open to start feeling bad about ourselves and that is the last thing we need!
  • Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny. {Ecclesiastes 6:10} – This doesn’t need ANY explanation!
  • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. {Philippians 4:6} – Express to God what your feeling, He wants to hear from you. Tell Him what you need and what you’re searching for but never forget to be grateful for where you are right now. After all, you may not be where you want to be, but you are nowhere near what you used to be.

I may not know a ton of things, but one thing I am sure about is God makes no mistakes. Everyone is here for a reason with a purpose, and that includes you and me! If you haven’t already, start a gratitude journal. Oprah is known to have one of these and I will admit it has been an awesome tool to get my eyes off the negative and focus on the positive. All you need is a notebook, pen and 5 things you were grateful for during the day. It’s also SUPER important for you NOT to compare your progress with others’. If your around people who put you down or who are not supportive during your journey GET RID OF THEM! Start getting around people who you admire and are doing something you would love to do. They will be your greatest teachers as well as a healthy support system.

Start small, get exposed to new things and adventures, be grateful for your today and expect the great!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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ROBBIN’ PETAH TO PAY PAUL…

Like my lil’ Jersey twist on that don’t you?! 😉

We all remember hearing that saying at some point in our lives; in fact, many of us still use the phrase…”Robbing Peter to Pay Paul”. It suggest that your were taking away from one person or thing and giving to another. This phrase did not always refer to money and finances, it also referred to time, your commitments and dedication versus one area of your life to another. “Peter and Paul” is something we ALL have, it varies among us. If you spend more time in the office, you are lacking at home. If you spend more time with one child, you are neglecting the other. If you choose to pay one bill, the other bill will fall behind. I you choose to spend more time with one group of friends, you neglect another.

I want to talk about Peter. Just think about it. We are always given warnings, we have conversations, we devise plans on how to ensure Peter becomes a priority; but it never occurs. We lock ourselves in the habit of robbing one to pay another. No one ever worries about “Peter” until its too late. When the bill collector begins calling, were reminded of “Peter”, when one of our children becomes rebellious, were reminded they were a “Peter”. When our homes are falling apart and are no longer homes, but houses, we are reminded of “Peter”. “Peter” serves as a reminder of what we can’t do. He is a reminder of where we lack, areas where we don’t feel successful or where we feel like “all is lost”. It could be the bill that’s just way to high, the child who has been arrested way too many times, the husband or wife who sees no purpose at home or the parents who can’t see anything positive in their child. In turn, we throw ourselves into “Paul” – the bill that is almost paid off, the child who is an honor student, the job where we receive recognition versus criticism, the young lady or man that gives wanted attention. We take what little we have invested in our “Peters” and give it all to our  “Pauls”.

As humans, we are always going to feel our lives pulled in multiple directions. Let’s face it, we all wear different “faces”. We are moms, dads, daughters, sons, co-workers, wives, husbands, business owners, neighbors, etc. But, life is all about balance. You cannot live a healthy, effective life without it. Prioritizing where we choose to devote and commit our time and money should be seen as investment deposits into our future, not as a burdening task.

One fact will still remain…Peter needs to be paid. Whether you decide to do it now or later, nothing comes without a price. The question you must ask yourself is: Whatever your robbing Peter of is it worth the cost of Paul?

Love Ya!

Jenn

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HAVE YOU FED THE LAMBS?

Happy Sunday friends! I came across a devotional that I enjoyed reading and I thought I would share with you!

 

“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs’” John 21:15

Not long after I married my wife, Martie, I realized that she had a deep love for animals in general and dogs in particular. She grew up with Trudy, a black lab, who was a faithful friend and companion. I grew up in a home that never had any pets. (Actually, my mom had a canary, but it’s not easy to bond to a bird!) I’m sorry to admit this to all you dog lovers, but my feeling was, “Dogs? Who needs a dog? They’re for people who can’t make it with humans and need props from the animal kingdom.”

So, when Martie said, “Joe, let’s get a dog!” my answer to her was less than satisfactory. It was at that point that I woke up to a very important principle of loving relationships. It is this: You demonstrate your love to someone by caring about what they care about. Which meant that if I wanted to prove my love for Martie, I would set aside my rather warped view of pets. So that’s exactly what I did, and we bought a dog. And I helped walk the dog and feed the dog, and eventually I ended up liking the dog!

This is exactly what’s behind Jesus’ interrogation of Peter. Loving Jesus is not proven by our singing about our love for Him in church. It is most clearly demonstrated when we care about what He cares about. And, more than anything else, He cares about people. Reading through the Gospels, it becomes clear that He is “into” one thing—people. He came to our planet because people needed what He only could bring to us. And, as you probably know, He went to the extremes of self-sacrifice to prove how committed He was to meeting our needs.

What I find interesting is that His love for people was not reserved only for the people who were easy to love. He cared about the needs of tax collectors. He extended His love to despised Samaritans. He ate and fellowshiped with sinners and granted the freeing power of mercy and forgiveness to prostitutes. It didn’t make any difference—if you were warm and breathing, you mattered to Jesus.

In John 21, Peter had bailed on his calling to “fish for men” and had gone back to his old career of fishing for fish (John 21:3). After he and some others had fished all night and caught nothing, Jesus showed up on the beach and filled their nets with fish. It was at this point that He did some serious business with Peter. In a triple interrogation, Jesus wanted to know if Peter loved Him. Though Peter verbally affirmed his love, Jesus made it clear that He would know that Peter loved Him only when Peter left his nets again and gave himself to the needs and nurture of people.

So here’s the takeaway. It really doesn’t make any difference how fervently you and I verbally affirm our love for Jesus. If we aren’t into extending our love and resources to the needs of others, then He doesn’t feel loved by us. It’s just that simple! But here’s the good news. People are everywhere—all kinds of them! You can find them at home, in the office, on the streets, and in heavy traffic. There may even be a few at church! So what are you waiting for? Today, Jesus has shown up on the beach of your heart and called you from a life lost in your own interests and offered you the privilege of getting involved in what He cares about—the needs and nurture of people!

YOUR JOURNEY…

  • Read the conversation between Jesus and Peter in John 21:15-17. How would you respond to Jesus’ question?
  • What is more important to you than the needs of others? Is it your plans, your possessions, your time, your energy? What could you intentionally do today to show your love for Jesus by reaching out to the needs of others? Make a specific plan. Just to stay in shape, do one thing each day to let Jesus know that you love Him!
  • If Jesus were to approach your heart’s door, would He see a sign swinging from the door handle that reads: “Gone Fishin’”?

 

This devotional and others can be found at http://getmorestrength.org/

I hope you enjoyed!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

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WOW!!!

That’s all I can say LOL! My blog post today is simply to say thank you. I wanted to thank every last person who has ever clicked on my blog link, everyone who has shared a post with others, everyone who has ever tweeted a post, posted a status on Facebook, encouraged me to continue to post and everything in between! I have reached over 10,000 views in a year, almost 800 followers on twitter and over 250 fans on Facebook – and that is monumental to me! To go from a simple idea on a couch to now spreading my thoughts to as far as viewers in Australia is something I am very proud of!

For everyone of you who has purchased (and loved ;)) Scentsy or Mary Kay products from me, hosted a party or joined my team…THANK YOU for your support! I look forward to continuing to provide you with incredible service as you provide me an opportunity to enrich your lives and pursue my dream of running a business!

I want to give a special shout out to my hubby who is always ready to stand behind me and not only support me, but he is ALWAYS ready to design something to take my blog or businesses to the next level! I appreciate and love him sooo much and I wanted to preserve this paragraph just for you pookie! 🙂 Check out JP Designs Art if you haven’t already! (Notice the new look?! Don’t you just love the leopard?!!!)

I am sooooo looking forward to everything that God has in store for this blog. I will be starting a video blog soon as an extension to the blog and I have a few other things in the works :)…click the links below to subscribe so that you are always in the loop with What I have to Say!!

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I cannot begin to thank you for your continued support and look forward to continuing to grow with you!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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DON’T FRET MY PET!

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.{1 Peter 5:7}

Remember that from the show Family Matters?! Oh that Steve Erkel, he was great wasn’t he? Always had a positive attitude, never gave up pursuing Laura Winslow, would always get kicked out with class lol!  Can you imagine what happened when he was alone with his thoughts? If he became depressed, sad, angry, frustrated, what he would tell himself when no one was around?  He always seemed to have a winning attitude ; Always saw the glass half full.

I know your wondering what in the world am I talking about 🙂 but hear me out! There are so many people who are rejected by ones that they love, not paid attention to, they are depressed, angry, bitter, disappointed and resentful. These are all symptoms of someone whose heart has grown hard and cold. I read something that I wanted to share with you from Joyce Meyer:

“If you think you cannot enjoy life because of a repetitive problem–a certain person you deal with regularly or an unpleasant task you often need to do–you can choose to make the best out of life in spite of the problem/situation. Wherever we set our mind, our emotions follow. For instance, the longer you think about someone or something that causes you to become upset, the more angry you are liable to become. You can change from being totally calm to emotionally violent because of what you choose to think about and dwell on.”

“There are spirits linked to those problems and situations. So many of the problems afflicting us are spirits coming out of hell to attack and try to destroy us!  The devil uses these ongoing problems to squeeze the joy out of our lives by getting us in a pattern of dread.”

Stop giving the enemy so much of your power. We give him way too much credit for things that we are in full control of because our emotions and thoughts; our hearts, minds and bodies belong to God. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.  {Isaiah 55:8} So why are we allowing the enemy to fill our heads with thoughts that don’t even compare to what God has in store for us?

I want you to know that life is WAY TOO SHORT for you to walk around feeling dreadful and depressed. If you don’t like your environment then change it. Don’t like the people your around…dump em’. Sounds harsh, but you have to do what you have to do to save your sanity and keep peace around you. You cannot fulfill your destiny carrying  junk and luggage on your back. Everyone’s problems are not your obligation. You can be aware but not involved. Live the life that you desire most. Steve Erkel could have easily fell into a deep, dark depression…but thanks to some positive thinking writers 😉 we were able to view a positive thinker in action. Sure Steve became sad and often felt defeated but he had a “light bulb” moment occur that would snap him back to reality. Your “light bulb” moment could be confronting whatever issues you’ve been dreading, it could be conquering something you have feared, recommitting yourself to failed relationships, business ventures or goals, it could be cutting someone out of your life or just taking sometime to yourself to clear your thoughts. You can also find a “light bulb” moment in your Word and through prayer with God.

Sure this all sounds great on screen, no one ever said making sacrifices would be easy, but change and transition are necessary to your growth and development. So don’t fret my pets…it’s ALL good! You are in good, very capable, enormous hands!

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. {Matthew 11:28}

Love Ya!

Peaches

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FOR EVERY NEGATIVE THERE IS A POSITIVE…

So before I hit the hay, I wanted to find a scripture to post on my What Would Jenn Say Facebook fan page (<—-small plug in lol!). I stumbled across an AMAZING website that gave me way more than I could have ever asked for. I thought this would be great to share with you and to keep with you. Print it out. When you start to even begin to feel discouraged or have a negative thought…remember God has a positive response just for you – You no longer have the right to come up with an excuse. I pray you are blessed with what I found and share with you below.

 

You say: “It’s impossible”
God says: “All things are possible” (Luke 18:27)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”

You say: “I’m too tired”
God says: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: “I love you” (John 3:16 & John 13:34)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

You say: “I can’t go on”
God says: “I will direct your steps” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

You say: “I can’t do it”
God says: “You can do all things” (Philippians 4:13)
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

You say: “I’m not able”
God says: “I am able” (II Corinthians 9:8)
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all thingsat all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every goodwork.

You say: “It’s not worth it”
God says: “It will be worth it” (Romans 8:28)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

You say: “I can’t forgive myself”
God says: “I FORGIVE YOU” (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I can’t manage”
God says: “I will supply all your needs” (Philippians 4:19)
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

You say: “I’m afraid”
God says: “I have not given you a spirit of fear” (2Timothy 1:7)
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God says: “Cast all your cares on ME” (I Peter 5:7)
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

You say: “I don’t have enough faith”
God says: “I’ve given everyone a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3)
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

You say: “I’m not smart enough”
God says: “I give you wisdom” (I Corinthians 1:30)
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

You say: “I feel all alone”
God says: “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”

Be Blessed friends! If you’ve enjoyed this post…let me know! Like it, rate it, Tweet it, Facebook it or leave a comment! 🙂

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Love Ya!

Peaches

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING!

There has been a slight but unmistakable, powerful move of God lately in the area of sports. Whether you love football or hate it, despise basketball or love it – it would be hard to avoid the names Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin. Not only are these young men being spotlighted on major television stations for their awesome athletics, but we are seeing Bible scriptures read on the news and in articles, we are hearing of players being saved and growing in their relationship with God.  They are both young, great athletes,  they both love God and are not ashamed to show it, they have led their teams to incredible game wins AND they both waited their turn. God has taken both of these players, whom not one of us knew much or anything about and has made them household names in less than a year. Their lives have  been completely turned around, but it was ALL done in God’s timing.

Why would you ever complain, O Jacob,
   or, whine, Israel, saying,
“God has lost track of me.
   He doesn’t care what happens to me”?
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
   He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath.
   And he knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
   gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
   young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
   They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
   they walk and don’t lag behind. {Isaiah 40:31}

Neither player was a first choice to be put in the game and in Lin’s case he wasn’t even the second; in fact he wasn’t even drafted and had been riding the bench. But neither player gave up, they continued to cheer their teams on from the side, celebrated in others success AND waited their turn. God promises to renew our strength and mount our wings to where we soar like eagles if we just trust Him.

Have you ever been in a position where you had to ride the bench? Where you had to sit and watch other people shine or succeed? Have you ever felt left out? Mentally, emotionally and spiritually drained? (I sound like an infomercial don’t I?! :)) Imagine how these players felt. I am sure they were discouraged, upset and they might have even been tempted to quit and walk away…but they never gave up.

During their time of “waiting” they did 3 things. They are the same 3 things we must do while we are waiting:

1. Have faith in God and know that He works all things together for your good.

2. Continue to practice and train in the area where God has you placed. Perfect your craft. Get better at what you are good at, because when your time comes, your performance will take center stage.

3. Be patient. God has not forgotten about you, He hasn’t forgotten the dreams and visions He placed on your heart. He knows the time and the place where everything will come together for you, but you have to trust Him.

I will close by reminding you simply of Isaiah 55:11; God says:

“I don’t think the way you think.
   The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
         God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
   so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
   and the way I think is beyond the way you think.
Just as rain and snow descend from the skies
   and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth,
Doing their work of making things grow and blossom,
   producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry,
So will the words that come out of my mouth
   not come back empty-handed.
They’ll do the work I sent them to do,
   they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.

Everything God has spoke over your life WILL happen, nothing will come back to Him empty-handed. Don’t give up, don’t get discouraged friends…God’s timing is everything!

Love Ya!

Peaches

EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE

HAPPY “FREE TO EAT LOTS OF CHOCOLATES” DAY!

I’ll find an excuse to eat chocolate any day lol!!

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!! I wanted to take a moment help those of you who get lonely or discouraged around Valentine’s Day. Let’s reinvent what it will mean to us! Valentine’s Day is not about boos, baby fathas lol, or husbands or wives, or mommies and daddies and believe it or not it has nothing to do with stuffed animals, chocolate or the dinner you will have at red lobster tonight lol…it’s about shining an extra bright light on exactly what love is all about.

I share with you today what true love is and what it means. You shouldn’t wait for February 14th to show love to friends, family or even yourself; and if you didn’t know it before, I will tell you now…YOU ARE LOVED! Jesus loves you enough to give His life for you. I love you for your support and encouragement and for just being you! You should love you because there is NO ONE in the world like you! Love is powerful…it conquers all and covers a multitude of sins. True love changes atmospheres and circumstances – without it we are and have nothing.

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

 1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
   Love doesn’t strut,
   Doesn’t have a swelled head,
   Doesn’t force itself on others,
   Isn’t always “me first,”
   Doesn’t fly off the handle,
   Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.

 8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

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I hope you have a day filled with love, joy and chocolate!!

Love Ya!

Peaches

EXCEL : LOVE : EXPLORE