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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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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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GOOD MORNING TO YA!!!

No matter what happens today, know that God will see you through. The Holy Spirit will give you wisdom and discernment regarding every decision you need to make today.

You are the head and not the tail; You are above and not beneath. You are blessed coming in and blessed going out. You are ready for anything and equal to anything through Christ Jesus. He always causes you to triumph. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. You are strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Today is going to be a great day!

Amen!

Scriptures for today:

  • This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. {Psalm 118:24}
  • It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fails not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. {Lamentations 3:22,23}
  • In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path. {Proverbs 3:6}
  • I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. {Philippians 4:13}
  • What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? {Romans 8:31}

Love Ya!

Peaches

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YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT HANDS MY FRIENDS

 

Ever feel like everyone around you is prospering and succeeding and yet they are not living right? They aren’t saved, or they’re mean and rude and probably don’t deserve anything they are getting? You on the other hand are saved, tithe, love and obey the Lord AND you manage to save baby animals on the weekends and can’t seem to catch a break? Finding yourself a little jealous or envious maybe? Psalm 73 is for you. Read it and know you are on the right track AND in the right hands!

Be blessed friends!

Peaches

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Psalm 73

1-5 No doubt about it! God is good— good to good people, good to the good-hearted.
But I nearly missed it,
missed seeing his goodness.
I was looking the other way,
looking up to the people
At the top,
envying the wicked who have it made,
Who have nothing to worry about,
not a care in the whole wide world.

6-10 Pretentious with arrogance,
they wear the latest fashions in violence,
Pampered and overfed,
decked out in silk bows of silliness.
They jeer, using words to kill;
they bully their way with words.
They’re full of hot air,
loudmouths disturbing the peace.
People actually listen to them—can you believe it?
Like thirsty puppies, they lap up their words.

11-14 What’s going on here? Is God out to lunch?
Nobody’s tending the store.
The wicked get by with everything;
they have it made, piling up riches.
I’ve been stupid to play by the rules;
what has it gotten me?
A long run of bad luck, that’s what—
a slap in the face every time I walk out the door.

15-20 If I’d have given in and talked like this,
I would have betrayed your dear children.
Still, when I tried to figure it out,
all I got was a splitting headache . . .
Until I entered the sanctuary of God.
Then I saw the whole picture:
The slippery road you’ve put them on,
with a final crash in a ditch of delusions.
In the blink of an eye, disaster!
A blind curve in the dark, and—nightmare!
We wake up and rub our eyes….Nothing.
There’s nothing to them. And there never was.

21-24 When I was beleaguered and bitter,
totally consumed by envy,
I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox
in your very presence.
I’m still in your presence,
but you’ve taken my hand.
You wisely and tenderly lead me,
and then you bless me.

25-28 You’re all I want in heaven!
You’re all I want on earth!
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again.
But I’m in the very presence of God—
oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord God my home.
God, I’m telling the world what you do!

STOP HIDING!!!

This devotional that was sent to me today is AWESOME!!! I had to share this with you today…stop hiding!!

“When God asks you, “where are you?”, understand God knows exactly where you are. He wants you to find yourself.”

Love Ya,

Peaches

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Stop Hiding!

 “The Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’” Ge 3:9 NIV

The first recorded question God ever asked was, “[Adam]…Where are you?” And it’s a question you need to stop and ask yourself today: “Where am I—really?” If you don’t know the answer, or you do but you don’t like it, then today’s devotion is for you. When God asked Adam, “Where are you?” he responded by saying, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (v.10 NIV). It’s amazing the lengths we will go to in order to hide. We’ll bury ourselves in work, or get involved in an affair, or build a wall around our hearts—anything but face the truth. God wasn’t trying to find Adam; He just wanted Adam to find himself. Until you do that, you’re truly lost. And the problem is, when you hide you become a phony. Have you any idea how much emotional energy it requires to keep up a charade for others? Only two things are worse: being a phony with yourself, and being a phony with God. Furthermore, you’ll find it difficult to be honest with others or look them in the eye. Why? Because you’ll be afraid they might look into your heart and see the real you. Is that where you are today? Afraid to look into your own heart? The good news is, Adam was naked but God clothed him; he was guilty but God cleansed him; he was anxious but God comforted him. And if you come to Him today God will cleanse you, clothe you, and comfort you. He’s just waiting for the opportunity to do it!

ARE YOU LISTENING?

Are you a good listener when it’s your voice you hear?
Do you resemble my friend here in the picture? 😉

 

Enjoy today’s devotional!

 

“Take heed how you hear.”
Lk 8:18 NKJV

To be a good listener you must: (1) Listen in an active manner. Pay attention. Nobody wants to talk to a corpse, so do these three things: paraphrase, clarify, and give feedback. Paraphrasing helps you understand correctly. Clarifying is asking questions until you fully understand what the other person means. Feedback is sharing your own thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way. (2) Listen with empathy. You may not like what’s being said, but often as you listen, you realize that if you were in their shoes you might feel that way too. “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Ro 12:15 NKJV). That’s what empathy is all about. (3) Listen with openness. Selective listening, defensive listening, and filtered listening, are not open listening. Listen as though you were an anthropologist and the person was from another planet; their customs, beliefs and way of thinking are different from yours, and you’re trying to understand them. (4) Listen with awareness. Does what they are saying line up with the facts? Are they consistent? If you’ve listened actively, empathetically and openly, and still you don’t understand their point of view, you don’t have to attack. Wait, gather more information! Ask, “Could you tell me a bit more?” or “Could you give me a specific example?” Or you might say, “Thank you for letting me know your perspective. I’ll think about it.” Or, “That’s interesting, I hadn’t considered it in that light.” Or, “What you’re saying may have some truth to it. Tell me more.” Jesus listened. And the art of listening is a Christ-like skill you must develop!

JUST CONFESS…

 

“Confess your faults one to another.” Jas 5:16

It feels good to live without shame. That doesn’t mean you’ll never stumble, it just means that by God’s grace you’ll get back up. Do you remember when you had to get a “permission slip” to miss school? Some of us have given ourselves permission slips to be weak, because we’ve become weary in the fight. Yes, it’s a long fight, but you can win if you want to! Here’s one of the keys to victory: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.” If you are struggling to break a habit that’s trying to break you, God never intended you to do it alone. Whatever your habit or struggle may be, the moment it comes—tell on it! When you do, it begins to lose its power. You say, “Tell who?” Someone who’s been through it, someone who’s compassionate, someone who’ll stand with you in prayer, someone who’ll hold you accountable, someone who’ll keep your confidence. The Bible says: “Pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!…Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves” (Ecc 4:10-12 NIV). Roman soldiers stood back-to-back, protecting each other when the attack was coming from different directions. So, who’s got your back? But a word of caution: confess your faults, not someone else’s! You can never be healed by confessing the faults of others. Confess your faults, and let God heal you. Today God wants to make you whole and set you free to enjoy His blessing. Will you let Him?

 

Love ya!

Peaches

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ROAD TO SOMEWHERE

On my ride to Georgia, on Tuesday I saw this billboard sign:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROAD TO NOWHERE…EVERY ROAD LEADS SOMEWHERE.

I started to think about this billboard and how symbolic it was (considering we were on a long stretch of road :))

This is a short entry, but I simply wanted to remind you that EVERY road that you travel in life will lead somewhere…even if it’s a dead end-it led you somewhere. You may not like the road you traveled, but it was a road to somewhere. It is the lessons, relationships, tears and smiles that you haD along the way that  are the most important part of the journey. These are the things you will need to carry as you journey down the road of life; the things that help shape you into the person you are today.

There is no such thing as a “ROAD TO NOWHERE”, for example, maybe you had a business idea that fell through; that’s okay, everything you learned during that process will prepare you to make better decisions for when you try again. Did you have a relationship that started out wonderfully and seem to hit a dead end? That’s okay too, everyone cannot travel with you for the entire journey. Some people are placed in your life at a certain time to “entertain” you on your “car ride”. You learn life lessons together, you learn more about yourself, you create memories (whether good or bad), make connections, eat snacks, etc.; God uses them to prepare you for the next stage in your life–but I’m pretty sure you know this already 😉

Try to get the lesson out of every road you travel, whether painful, tearful, inspirational, funny, educational, there is a lesson to be learned. Don’t miss out on what you are to take from something/someone because your too busy trying to read the directions. Allow God to travel the road with you and read the directions; that way you will never miss a turn.

Love Ya!

Peaches

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KNOW YOUR SOURCE!

“My help comes from the Lord.” Ps 121:2 NKJV

Did you hear about the guy who prayed: “Lord, so far today I’ve done okay. I haven’t gossiped, lost my temper, been nasty, greedy or grumpy. But in a few minutes I’m gonna have to get out of bed, then I’m gonna need all the help I can get.” We smile, but the truth is, it’s hard to acknowledge our need of help, especially in a world that prizes self-sufficiency. The most dangerous time in your life is when you think you don’t need God! Complacency will set in. Smugness will grow. You’ll say, “I need you, Lord,” then act like it all depends on you. As a result your faith will be unused, and when you’re not using your faith you can’t please God (See Heb 11:6). If your vision doesn’t require God, it’s not of God! When He gets involved in your vision, He becomes the only means of achieving it. Without His help, what can any of us say or do that truly makes a difference? We can’t even begin to make progress until we humbly acknowledge that we are powerless over most things in life. We are, but God’s not! Whatever you’re facing today, read these words and rest in them: “He will never let me stumble, slip or fall. For he is always watching, never sleeping. Jehovah himself is caring for you! He is your defender. He protects you day and night. He keeps you from all evil, and preserves your life. He keeps his eye upon you as you come and go, and always guards you” (Ps 121:3-8 TLB).

 

Love Ya,

Peaches

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TURN YOUR “MUSIC” OFF

Have you ever been on one side of a highway and see a trooper hiding on the other side of the highway? Have you ever wished you were able to warn the speeding motorist on the other side of the highway of the “danger” that lurked ahead of them if they didn’t slow down? It’s almost like you knew a secret that could help someone but you had no way of letting them know. Please PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one who felt this way LOL! Okay…maybe I am :); that’s okay…just read on! 😉

As I was driving to work I  noticed a trooper hiding in the best spot I have EVER seen…and I do mean EVER SEEN! The only way to see him is if you were on my side going westbound of the highway; you couldn’t miss him. The motorist on his side going eastbound however, had no idea he was there; and they wouldn’t find out until they passed him and looked in their rear view mirror. I wanted so badly to flash my lights or something to warn those drivers to slow down!!! But of course I couldn’t do that… So my mind began to wander…

I immediately wondered about our lives. There are so many of us who see people around us, both strangers and loved ones, approaching danger, and yet we say nothing. We know people who know nothing about Jesus Christ…and we say nothing. We sit back, stay on our course and hope they don’t get “pulled over”. Some situations don’t include others…we ourselves are playing with danger and because we haven’t been “caught” we continue to take chances. What would you do if you knew the obstacle ahead and the consequences that followed; whether in front of you or or someone else, would you warn them or yield? Would you make decisions differently if all of your obstacles were placed directly in front of you in plain view?

I started to think about the value of the yellow light. Many of us look at the yellow light as an invitation to slam on the gas and get through the intersection, while others take it as a sign to stop and just wait for the green light. God places many “yellow lights” in front of us throughout our lives. We can choose to ignore them and speed through or slow down/stop and wait for a clear signal to move forward. “Yellow Lights” come in many forms; people, sermons, scriptures etc…it’s a matter of whether or not we are aware of these “signals”. Much like the trooper sits and waits for someone not paying attention, speeding with no regard for the safety of others or themselves, the enemy sits and waits for you. He counts on your depression, your need for the fast life, the moment you decide to stop believing in God’s promise, the moment you decide to stop believing in your dreams; it’s when you lose focus of the “Road” and your destination that you are left vulnerable.

I began to think of God as the driver on the “westbound” sound of our lives; He is all knowing, He can see things that you cannot see on the “eastbound” side, He knows the “dangers” ahead, He can see the “trooper” sitting and waiting for you. I began to think of His concern for us as we speed, not knowing what is ahead, when He yells out to yield and slow down, but our “music” is so loud that we cannot hear His warnings. I implore you today to turn your “music” off. Peaches, what do you mean?! I mean, turn the noises and distractions around you off to where the only voice you hear is the voice of God. Tune out the voices telling you that you cannot do something, that your no good, that your not beautiful/handsome, that you have nothing to give, that you have no talent, that your business will fail, that your album will never sell. God would NEVER say such things about you. Peaches, how do I know it’s God’s voice I’m hearing? God will NEVER lead you to danger. God will never make you feel less than, or flaunt your flaws; He will only shine a light on the greatness that is inside of you. He loves you and thinks highly of you. God should get the glory out of WHATEVER and ALL that you do. If He doesn’t…it’s not His voice you’re hearing. Whether it is a job venture, new business, relationship, moving, singing, modeling…He should always get the glory; you do nothing without His help and guidance. He will lead you to blessings with care and concern and He would not lead you to curses. Psalm 73:24 “…You wisely and tenderly lead me, and then you bless me.”

So turn your music off and listen to the sweet melody of God’s voice, it’s a sound you’ll love and never forget AND can save you from a “speeding ticket” 😉

LOVE YA!

PEACHES

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