To all the Single Ladies: Worship while you wait

To all the Single Ladies: Worship while you wait.

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To all the Single Ladies: Worship while you wait

Hey!

I know its been awhile since I have posted anything…again…but I choose to speak when I know God has shared something with me that I should share. Just like many of you, I too, are single. Its not the easiest season to be in when you see your close friends and family and even folks who you may deem undeserving of true love, (keepin’ it real, we all know someone like that) get in relationships, engaged, married, and then begin their families. Especially if this is a desire that you have in your heart. Trust me, I know. This year I turned 33, and it doesn’t help when people ask you the questions, “When are you gonna get married?” “When are you gonna have kids?” Or they say insensitive things to you like, “If you keep on waiting, you are gonna wait too late to have kids.” Blah, Blah, Blah. I get tired of those questions, and yes, I have to be honest, at times I get tired of waiting, but I know that God’s timing is perfect, and I would rather wait on the right one than to enter into a right now relationship. I’ve been in too many of those, and you never get the outcome that you want.

I ran across a great article on the website, Married and Young (www.marriedandyoung.com, great website…check it out!) And there was an article entitled, “Is He the One?” written by Shannon Colar. In this article, Shannon discusses her experience of meeting a guy that seemed to be everything that she wanted. They spent time together, met each other’s family and friends, etc., someone even “prophesized to her that He would walk her down the aisle…..(how many of you have that happened to?) but it all ceased at a point, and then when they would communicate, it would be in cycles. Talk for three months, don’t talk for three, kind of thing. (I’ve been there SEVERAL TIMES, I’m so over that…LOL). So she sought answers…and one of her mentors told her, ““Whenever I find myself liking a guy, I worship! I make sure my heart is turned towards God”.  When I read those words, it turned on a light bulb.  Worship while you wait. Waiting in this single season, does not mean not doing anything. It is so important to be lead by God during this season, because you can end up in situations that will hinder your growth…. the longer you hinder your growth…the longer you delay your promise. Think about the Children of Israel…they ended up in the wilderness for 40 years…a trip that should have taken days because of their attitude. What is your attitude in this season? We have to check ourselves FIRST in every situation…because a lot of the time, WE are the issue.

Ms. Colar stated in her article, “Instead of going to God asking him if “he” was my husband, I sought his face, I worshiped, I prayed, I studied, I journaled, I cried, I did whatever it took to make sure my focus was back where it belonged.

WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE OUR FOCUS IS WHERE IT BELONGS….Not on finding a man, but on finding God. Everything else will line up. 6 Years ago, after my last relationship, I promised myself and God that I would not commit myself to anyone else unless I knew they were it. I said that I would work on myself, get rid of any baggage I had and make sure that I was wife material. I had to work on my self-image, my self-worth, and most importantly, my relationship with God. I knew that I needed to be transformed, and no one else could do it but Him.

While you wait, enjoy your life! Travel, try new things, go on road-trips….have fun! Develop your relationship with God…and watch, he will pop up before you know it. God is faithful, and he would not have put that desire to marry inside of your heart if it wasn’t for you. We have to just Trust Him. Ms. Colar ended her article with these words of wisdom….”……..seek the face of Jesus and watch him make things crystal clear for you. As Christians one may say that’s a given, but it’s the simple things that gets over looked when the heart becomes overjoyed by possibility.” Watch and pray. Be still and listen. Trust and obey. Worship while you wait. Don’t get caught up in your feelings….seasons change. Stay on God’s path through those seasons, and you will be ok.

If you want to talk…need encouragement, want me to believe God with you…just hit me up at abunantheart14@gmail.com. I’ll be glad to pray with you!

Here is the link to the article: http://www.marriedandyoung.com/one/

YOU ARE STUNNING!

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It’s been a minute, but I am back! I am in a season of transition, so forgive me, but I promised myself that I would not just post any old thing on here, I wanted to post things that I knew God gave me…so I have a great topic for you today…YOU ARE STUNNING!

I absolutely love Sid Roth’s show, It’s Supernatural! To me, the show just shows how big God is, and how he can really do ANYTHING. I listened to his interview with Lisa Bevere today, and if you don’t know, Lisa is the wife of John Bevere, who wrote The Bait of Satan, (which is an awesome read…get it if you can). She wrote a book called Lioness Arising, and she spoke about her experience with God calling her…if you would like to watch the interview, here is the link:

http://sidroth.org/television/weeks-guest

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As I was watching this interview, my spirit was literally leaping on the inside of me. I was like God…this right here is what I needed…this is how I feel. I have been in a strange space as of late. I know God is taking me from one level to the next. As I listened, she said this key thing, “We need to be a people who live in the light, but hunt in the dark.” I thought that was rich. Live in the light and hunt in the dark…as Christians, that is what we are to do. We live in this world, but we are not to be a part of it. God gave us his command to go and evangelize to the people…be the light…in this dark world..she then went on to say this, The lion is the best killer, but the lioness is the best hunter. They work together…In the Body of Christ, God needs both men AND women to win. He needs both of their voices to be heard. So, I may ruffle some religious feathers when I say this, but God DID NOT call for women to be silent. Women are just as important as men when it comes to the things of God, and to stifle that, stifles a movement. It stifles the Spirit.

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I said all of that to say this: YOU ARE STUNNING! Stunning doesn’t simply mean just beautiful, but to stun is a SPIRITUAL thing. When you become all that God calls you to be, and you walk in it, you STUN the enemy. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Stun means: to surprise or upset (someone) very much; to cause (someone) to suddenly become very confused, very dizzy or unconscious. So every time you pick your word up, every time you pray, every time you praise, every time you worship, every time you declare and decree in authority you stun the enemy. When you walk in your purpose, every step you take stuns him. Why do you think that weapons form? A weapon is a tool that is used to fight or attack someone or to defend oneself. When we walk in our God-give authority, the enemy gets defensive, and tries to use his weapons against you, but guess what? As long as God is the true head of your life….those weapons WILL NOT prosper.(Isaiah 54:17). So, I charge you today, Arise my brother, Arise my sister! God has put so much inside of you, and the world needs it! We are living in some of the most perilous times ever seen, and its gonna get worse…(sorry to tell ya! LOL) But we are also living in one of the most exciting times on the planet. We can truly see the Glory of God manifested….The greatest revival that has EVER happened is on the horizon, and we will get to be a part of it, Lord willing. So, I say to you, “Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1.

In the words of Martin….GET TO STEPPIN’! LOL. Remember, we are purpose-built. Find it, walk in it and  change the world.

Much Agape,

Miranda

Fire: Falling Away

I am so excited about my Guest Contributor this week! It’s my baby sis Jessica Starks! Future bestselling author, she is currently writer for Love, Girl’s magazine and Gossip and Gab. She has her own blog, The pen and the Needle, (click the link to check it out) and she recently got word that a publisher is interested in publishing her first manuscript! Not only that, but she is a young, anointed woman of God, and I am extremely proud of her. So watch out for her world! Thank you Jupee (that’s what i call her) for your contribution!

Anybody who knows me knows that I am a huge music fan. I’ll listen to virtually anything and have encountered some interesting things as a result. One of those encounters is the inspiration for this post.

I was listening to “Fire” by Vince Staples. At the time I had never heard of Vince Staples before, so I was intrigued to hear his music. At first the beat of the song caught me and he seemed to be a good rapper so I listened. Then I heard him say, “I’m prolly finna go to Hell anyway.”

…..I immediately stopped. I thought to myself, “Did he really just…..lemme look this up.”

My research led me to a horrible song and the sad case of a young man who basically knows where he is going.

My first issue with this song is that, because of the beat and his talent, young people are listening and repeating the words he is saying(I won’t post the lyrics because of all of the language; here is the link to the lyrics though. I’d advise you to read them before you continue reading). People nowadays don’t listen to lyrics anymore; all they hear is the beat. As long as they can dance to it, people could care less what is being said, and that is not wise at all.

 “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?”But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.” ~Matthew 15:17-19

 

We have to understand that, especially as Christians, we need to watch what we listen to. Music is one of the tools that Satan, who was over music before his rebellion and fall, uses to rage war on us. If he can get us hooked on the beat, the lyrics are irrelevant and we start to sing right along with the artist. The people who are listening and singing along with this song are saying, “I’m prolly finna go to Hell anyway.” They are speaking this out into the atmosphere,and that’s a dangerous thing(Proverbs 18:21).

The second issue I have is that the artist truly believes this. If you stopped and read the lyrics you understand what I mean. The last thing he says in the song struck me the most:

You dig your own grave when you [messin’] with the Lord

Catch a fade, probably finna go to Hell anyway

 It was reported that Staples doesn’t believe in God and despises religion. He came from a harsh background, surrounded by violence and tragedy. He just lives. He just feels like, since he knows he’s going to Hell, he might as well make it worth it, and that is just the saddest thing to me. He even tweeted, “[Guys] like me wasn’t made to go to Heaven.” How depressing is that?

It’s people like this that we need to pray for. No, we cannot make Staples believe and accept Jesus; each person has to make that decision on their own(Phillippians 2:12-13). There are so many people out here like this artist, who have lost or still haven’t found their faith in God, and Satan is just sitting back laughing at all of it. Saints, we need to pray like we have never prayed before! The world we live in is full of lost souls and it is up to us to do our parts to keep as many souls as we can out of the devil’s grasp.

AMEN! Jupee! (That’s my nickname for her). I always think of Tupac Shakur’s “Shed so Many Tears”, He says in one lyric, “I know my destiny is hell, where did I fail.” And as we all know, he is now deceased. That always makes me so sad, because now that he is dead, and especially the way he died, we do not know if he made his confession. We have to pray for God to send workers into the field. The harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few.  It’s praying time ya’ll! Time to get to work! Thanks again Jupee 🙂 Love ya!

A Divine Connection

Today I thought that I would shine the light on my best friend in the whole wide world Tisa. We have known each other since 2000. It is amazing how we were connected. We met at community college and I thought for a whole year that she was one of my suitemates, because she was there…ALL the time. I didn’t know until later that she actually had a room on another floor.

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She was cool, friendly, I can remember she had a car, a Blue Chevy citation, and she would give me and my cousin rides from time to time to go to get something to eat. As I started to get to know her a little better, but still not really (LOL), she would come visit me in my room and lay in my bed…all under my covers…and eat my food. LOL! I used to think…what is this girl doing….she is getting super comfortable…but I wouldn’t say anything. Later on I found out that I reminded her of her sister that was overseas in the military at the time. When I went around her folks…a lot of them told me I put them in mind of her sister as well.

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She had a sharp tongue at one point. Sometimes when she would tell you something, it would feel like a double-edged sword….LOL. Now it seems like we have switched roles…LOL! God began to work on her, and she got saved as she would put it ,”FOR REAL”, and it was on and popping from there. She was transformed.

Tisa is one of the most focused people I have met. I wish at times I were more like her, sometimes I feel all over the place! When she tells you she is going to do something, she does it. She is thoughtful, kind, a great listener, wise, sentimental, and very hospitable. Most of all, she is a God-fearing woman, a praying woman, and very sensitive to the spirit. Everything that she has set out to do, she has done. She joined the army, she got her education, she has traveled, and now she has opened her non-profit, Empowered for Life, Inc. (Check out her site and donate! http://www.empoweredforlifeinc.com/). #E4L!

We have been through a lot together. We have laughed, cried, been mad, road tripped, ministered, goofed around, and just chilled together…”Ole’ Teacake!” LOL! (inside joke). I couldn’t have asked God for a better best friend. I don’t know what I would do without her. She has blessed me so much. She is the epitome of what an asset is.

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Now, my bestie is about to get married, and that is going to shift our relationship a little, so the moments that I have been able to have with her this year has been extra bittersweet for me. I won’t necessarily hold the same place in her life anymore. That is how it is supposed to be though. We have prayed for this since we were 18 years old, and it brings me joy to see our prayer come to reality. God has blessed her with a man that loves her unconditionally. He is everything she needs and wants. God hooked her up!

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Tisa girl, I love you…I am proud of you, and I know that your dad is looking down on you and smiling from ear to ear. I know Glo is proud of you as well. When we met 14 years ago, we didn’t realize that we would be as tight as we are. I know that God divinely connected us, and for that I am so grateful. Some people are still looking for someone to call friend. You have became more than just my friend, you are my sister. You may go through your issues and problems, but you still manage to check on others and make sure they are ok. You have the heart of God. He has truly reduced you to love. I just wanted to express my appreciation for you publicly. My grandma always said, give people their flowers while they yet live. I know you are not necessarily a big fan of flowers….lol…but here’s yours.  Love you girl!

In His Abundant Love,

Miranda

INFESTATION

Hello my friends!

I am so excited to introduce to you this week, a dear, dear friend of mine, Ms. Chaquita Shannon. She has been my best friend for going on 15 years, and she is an awesome Woman of God. She loves to write devotionals, and when she writes them, I can tell that they are coming directly from the Throne Room! I asked her to be a guest contributor this week, and she kindly obliged, which I greatly appreciate. So, thank you so much Chaquita for your contribution! Love you chica!

INFESTATION

Throughout each summer of our childhood, my brother and I would always ride our bicycles up and down the street. For some strange reason, we tended to run into a swarm of bees. It was the type of group that stuck together no matter what. It seemed as if there was a secret code, which remained intact that allowed for no person or thing to break up its group. Like one adage states, “you mess with one, you mess with us all”. One question we would often ask ourselves was “where did they come from?”

Infestation refers to the state of being invaded or overrun by pests or parasites. It can also refer to the actual organisms living on or within a host, (www.dictionary.com). In order to understand the purpose of this message, you must first ask yourself “am I being overrun by any pests in my life?” Not to identify infestation mainly as “true” pests such as roaches or rodents but more so in relation to “nagging/complaining people, a loved one with overwhelming baggage, unhealthy cycling of being in and out of bad relationships and/or finding yourself in unexpected situations on your job”. If this is you, you’ve probably performed a checklist on yourself and have asked “where did all this come from?”

One alarming factor that stood out in regards to defining infestation was “actual organisms living on or within a host. A host is a person who receives or entertains other people as guests. With this in mind, is there something living on the inside of you that’s causing this infestation to occur in your life? WOW!!!

In Mark 5:1-9, the Bible depicts how a man had been possessed by an unclean spirit:

1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.

And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

According to the Life Application Study Bible, a legion was the largest unit of the Roman army consisting of 3,000 to 6,000 soldiers. Clearly, this man was possessed by many demons.

Please understand that I’m not saying you have a demon or demons living inside of you but I do want to encourage you to perform self-examination on yourself and answer the above mentioned questions honestly. Once you’ve identified “the pests”, call those things which be not as though they were and cast them out!

Mark 5:11-13

11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

You read what happened to the “pests” once they realized who Jesus was.

REMEMBER HIS Spirit is LIVING inside of you. Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy BUT my God has come to give you LIFE!

Peace & Blessings,

Chaquita

Again, that was an awesome contribution! If any of you wish to talk, just hit me up in my inbox at abundantheart14@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you! We will have another awesome Guest contributor next week. God Bless you and have a great week!

In His Abundant Love,

Miranda