Mistakes. We all make them..and if you’re thinking you’re one of the elite few that don’t; I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you’ve just made your first mistake by saying that. Seriously, even though we’re all made in God’s image, we’re all human and prone to mess up from time to time. If you’re like me..you’re prone to mess up quite often. So now that we’ve established that no one is always a goody two shoes, let’s talk about how we deal with the fallout. We either recognize our failures by being honest and shedding light on them, thereby learning from them; or we bury our heads in the sand,gloss over them and become destined to repeat them. I know for me,being totally honest with myself,let alone God can be a gut wrenching experience. I’ve been known to swim down the river of denial once or twice. However, the more I grow in Christ the easier it gets to reveal myself to Him. I know at this point some of you are wondering how do I do that..how do I get there? How do I stop repeating the same old mistakes? Well brace yourselves darlings;it’s not always easy. Oh yes I know there are people out there who will say “it’s not hard..that’s just a lie from the pits o’ hell!” But if we’re real about this thing, it takes time, much prayer , meditating on God’s word and constant renewing of our minds to truly see transformation. If someone would’ve told me from the beginning that getting saved would not be an end to my screwing things up, it probably would’ve saved me a lot of sleepless nights wondering why I was such a lousy Christian. My ‘ just’ getting saved was the beginning of a cycle of me trying to fix things by pretending I wasn’t thinking those wrong thoughts and eventually screwing things up. Now I know when we talk about failures a lot of people think sexual sins; but it could be running our mouths so much we run head first into gossip. Failure could be making promises and never following through. As scriptures says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23(NIV). But glory to God for the next verse: “They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 4:23(NIV). You see, even in our failures we have already been given a way of escape, the way to redemption. We do not have to try to defend ourselves because our mistakes. Friend, we have already been defended. If we truly believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths, we receive the benefits of the work that Christ has already completed. As we embrace the grace in our journey, we study the scriptures that deal with our weaknesses. We absorb that word and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide us into all truth. So we can stop letting the enemy put guilt on us for mistakes, and as Ephesians 4:24 says, “you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s [likeness] in righteousness and purity of the truth.”

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We had a drug bust in our little ‘just beyond the city limits’ community this morning. While I was getting ready to take my son to his summer job, I heard a plane outside but didn’t think much of it. Then my aunt called and said there was a drug bust and for us to be careful. Well, that plane turned out to be a helicopter that continued to circle through the community for about an hour and half. It flew over our house. Our windows rattled and my cat moved closer to me. Turns out the drug bust was to apprehend dealers who’ve been selling in front of the church across the street. It got me to thinking how I go out into the city to be a light and there needs to be one right here in my own backyard. Don’t get me wrong the majority of our community is God fearing families who’ve built a life out here. Still, knowing all that, I know how darkness can be infectious. It can erode even a strong foundation; unless believers take a stand. So from here on out I will be a proactive light in our community. I will be walking and praying throughout the neighborhood and hopefully I won’t be alone. We will tell of a better way. Reminds of the song by Chris Tomlin;” greater things have yet to come….greater things are still to be done in this city.”

sometimes it’s hard for me to release my life to the One who gave it to me in the first place. how nuts does that sound..lol. but it’s true and probably fairly common. we wanna do what we wanna do. when really we should be asking our Maker what He would have us do. even in my volunteer and service I need to consult God before committing myself to anything. i’m learning and growing. matthew 6:33 – “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” love and blessings!

when stuff happens I need to write…it helps. sometimes the roughest times, the most painful trials come in the package of family. it would help if we all were on the same accord and were working towards wholeness together instead of in sections. it would help if I didn’t have to remind people I’m an adult and don’t need that same mothering I did when I was a girl. I don’t need my choices and decisions monitored. knowing Christ is the only thing that keeps me from arguing all the time. He keeps me sane and brings me peace. He helps me to speak kind words and not feel the need to strike back. honestly some times are rougher than others but I gotta move forward and not let anything or anyone hold me back. see, I’m at the end of my blog and I feel much better.

It’s another day in the life of a single mom. I gotta get my son picked up from his summer volunteer work, gotta make sure a friend gets a ride home from outta town,and I gotta get myself to choir rehearsal. This is one of those days where I think, Lord, I really wish I had a partner; a husband who could just take charge and say “don’t worry baby I got it.” You see I’m one of those women who doesn’t mind if her man wants to fix it. I have no problem letting go of the reigns. Bless the day when I can say, “yes baby, you got it.” Ahhhhh.

“Do you not know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. “Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25(NIV). I remember in 5th grade when a group of my friends and I would race each other during recess. We had to see who was the fastest of the bunch. Back then I had a lot more physical stamina, and I was a lot faster than I looked. I was the victor in more than a few of those races. I remember I would have to dig in and focus on the goal. While I was running my opponent was no longer a factor; it was just me and the finish line. I was ecstatic when I won because I had bragging rights; I got my crown. As a grown up(or at least striving to be)Christian, I’m still running, but this time it’s a different kind of race. If you are also called by His name then you’re on that same track. We run this race not for schoolyard bragging rights; we run this race to see our Jesus face to face. We want to receive the crown of life and be presented as heirs, joint heirs and bask in His glory. The question we need to ask ourselves is are we running our race with the same endurance we did during 5th grade recess? Are we as committed to staying the course and crossing that finish line? Are we truly focused on the goal or are we focusing on our competitor and the distractions(the crowd) around us. In these times it’s so easy to get distracted and lose sight of why we’re running. The noise around us can drown out the Voice of our Greatest Cheerleader. We can get caught up and consumed by the forces working around and against us. In just trying to “make it” we can take our eyes off the prize. If we want to endure, thrive and ultimately win, we have to run surrounded by our Heavenly Coach, the Most High God. As scary as it is, when we let Him into the places where we feel most defeated, most worn out, His Power will overtake that weakness. His Holy Presence will engulf and sustain us. If we’re racing towards a Heavenly Prize how can we expect anything earthly to sustain us. We also need to take “pit stops” and renew our minds. As we meditate on God’s Word it will eventually replace the areas that trip us up while running our race. It will replenish us as we build our faith. As it says in Isaiah 40:31- “but those who trust in the LORD will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”(NIV). Run your race to win! Let’s take it to the Lord in prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for being faithful,kind and ever present in our lives. We ask You to give us strength and wisdom to run this race. As we focus on You and renew our minds, give us the endurance we need to cross that finish line. We love and praise You. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen. Remember to pray over your own specific needs in this area today. Love and Blessings!