Are you a “hoarder”?

We can have a hoarder’s mentality without ever collecting or keeping a physical object.

We can be hoarders over yesterday’s troubles. Yesterday, in this doesn’t necessarily mean 24 hours ago. Many people are holding on to trash from 6 days ago, 4 months ago, 10 years ago.

Wherever you fit in numerically, you need to ask yourself “am I a hoarder?”

Why am I holding on to this junk? It’s killing me from the inside out, but I can’t let it go!

I read a quote that said “Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. Your “junk” may not be anger. It may be resentment, self-esteem issues,  abuse,  etc. Either way its killing you and you HAVE to let it go.

Some things are easier to let go of than others. Some things take a little more time…..but, guess what?! With one simple act of surrender, God can and will take those burdens from you and give you the grace to move past them. He will strengthen you and give you the freedom you were always looking for.

ALL OF THIS is coming from an ex-hoarder! I’ve been there and I’m still on a journey of letting things go. The thing is, it may be scary, because you’ve become so used to living this way that any other way seems foreign. Be brave, like I know you are! The life without this “junk” is peace, freedom, joy, wholeness and its waiting for you! “Let go and let God” may have become a bit of a cliché, but it’s so true. Give it to the craftsman of all craftsman, and let Him make a masterpiece out of you!

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV

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iMessage.

“I met a cool guy today!”

“Really?! I need details!”

“He’s INCREDIBLE! I’ve never met anyone like him before.”

“Where’d you meet him?”

“I was just walking home from the bar last night, and I heard him call my name”

“Wait! He knew your name?”

“Yeah”

“Soo, you knew him already?”

“Umm, no”

“UMMM?”

“He knows me, more than I know him”

“Okay…how long has he known you?”

“My whole life”

“Wow!And he just randomly bumps into you, how cute!”

“Yeah!”

“What’s he like?”

“Beautiful, passionate, loving, protecting, incredible, amazing”

“HOLD ON! You met this guy last night and you’re already drooling over him?!”

“If you spent 60 seconds with him, you would feel the same way”

“Well, don’t be stingy! Does he have anyone for me?!”

“He has a son, that will blow your mind!”

“YES! LOL” 

“Can I meet your guy first?”

“You actually have to meet his son first, when you get to know him, you’ll get to know what his dad is like”

“Okay!When?”

“Right now is good!”

“Right now?! I have to fix my hair and change my clothes!”

“He doesn’t care how you look or what you wear!”

“He MUST be special, cause every guy cares!”

“I told you, there’s no one else like him!”

“Okay! I’m getting really excited! You better not be tricking me!”

“I’m not! He’s more than words can describe, seriously!”

“Well, can I have a first and last name, so I can google him just to make sure?”

“Jesus Christ”

 

What would life be like, if we were just as passionate about our Savior as we are about things of no value?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Jesus Walked the Earth Today.

Excerpt from a friend:

If Jesus walked the Earth today, how would He look?

He would look a little like you, a little like me

He would be clothed with humility and integrity

With a hat of understanding and hoodie of compassion 

With a shirt that reads:

Keep Calm and Follow Me

He would be transparent, so when you looked at Him

You would see your reflection

and when He saw you, He would see

PERFECTION…

 

 

Thoughts. Random Thoughts.

I have far too many thoughts in my head right now to just pick one, sooooo……I’LL BRIEFLY PUT ALL OF THEM IN ONE BLOG 😉

First topic: Waiting

Why is it so hard to wait for things God has promised? Why do we get so frustrated and start doubting? Why do we act like God will change His mind?…..I said “we”, because I’ve been there and I’m still working to do better.

First, off God will not say anything and then decide to change His mind, as if He’s saying “Oops, made a mistake!” NOT MY GOD! (Isaiah 55:11)

Second, we wait on God, instead of IN God. Waiting IN God, taps into His peace and grace to pass the time.(2 Cor 12:9)

Lastly, KNOW THE GOD YOU SERVE. He is ALPHA AND OMEGA. He has written your story and planned it out perfectly, in the beginning of time. (Psalm 139:16) 

Wait, patiently and don’t doubt. God is the beginning and the end, meaning the story is written in completion, meaning…..YOU ALREADY HAVE IT! IT’S ALREADY YOURS! NO WORRIES!!

Second topic: Addiction

Transparency Time: I struggle with an addiction, expressing my way out publicly, hopefully will help bring healing and deliverance to someone else.

It wasn’t until recently that I realized that a lot of the times we aren’t delivered from our struggles, because we make it personal instead of it being about God..”What do you mean?”

We selfishly want to be delivered, because we’re scared of what will happen to us, what people may think, etc. Instead, of wanting to be delivered,  because we want an authentic relationship with God. When your desires shift from selfishly wanting to be delivered vs wanting it, because you crave intimacy with God; then and only then will you be delivered(James 4:7). You need to desire God and want God, doing it for your own reasons will only be temporary and you will continue to struggle with an on-going addiction. The devil can only entice you with things you desire

Last topic: Humor

PLEASE PEOPLE OF GOD SMILE AND LAUGH MORE!!! Stop walking around with that “deep worship face” (some of you know what I mean 😉 ) Smile! You’ll be a better witness of God, if you simply smile more (Psalm 126:2)  

The Rainbow.

Thoughts from a friend. Absolutely had to share.

“DISCLAIMER: I USE LOL AND HAHAHA A LOT BECAUSE I LIKE TO LAUGH
 
Everyone who reads this article may laugh at me. I don’t blame you I would laugh at me, too.
 
Recently I have been feeling strongly-some type of way, on how people have changed the meaning of the rainbow. I have always been into colors. They are a very important part of my life, because I believe a person’s fave color gives you insight to their personality. I personally dream in color and every color has some special symbolism. I am in no way an expert about color and personality. I am simply stating my feelings based on limited knowledge.
 
You have the bright bolds, you have the soft pastels, then there are the earth-tones and the metallic, and probably more, but those are the only ones I know about LOL and love them all. It is basic information red, yellow, and blue are the primary colors and the mixtures of those produces orange, purple, and green. When learning about the color spectrum and light we learned the acronym roy g biv (red,orange,yellow,green,blue,indigo,violet) which are the hues that make up the colors of our topic….you guessed it! THE RAINBOW!!!!!!!!
 
The only reason I am writing about this topic is because it came about one sunny afternoon in southern Cali when my friend and I were discussing articles of clothing she will design for me in the near future (I HOPE SHE GETS THE HINT wink wink)LOL. So, I told her wait until after I get in a serious relationship with a man because I don’t want anyone to get the wrong conceptions about what I am, what I believe, what I support, or what I stand for. We both laughed and joked and that was the end of it. Days even weeks went by after our conversation, and I was writing to God about that topic-wearing rainbow and being in a serious relationship with my man (in the future) I am very much single!
 
Of course, me being raised in the church I know the story of Noah’s ark pretty well; well enough to know the rainbow was symbolism for God’s covenant (promise) he made with Noah (Genesis 9:12-17). I said all of that to say multi-colors separately or together are beautiful, why?! because EVERYTHING GOD CREATED IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! (Ecclesiastes 3:11, Colossians 1:16) so if God made it, it is beautiful period.
 
Now let me explain why the rainbow is so valuable to me. On my journey of obedience and complete surrender God told me to give up the 2 biggest things I had going for myself at the time, me being ignorant I did, I let it go. I say ignorant, because I told myself God is going to bless me like “this” in “this amount of time” and when it didn’t happen the way I expected I was angry and felt it wasn’t worth it (check out when God disappoints you-Toure Roberts on vimeo). Thank God for grace, mercy, patience, understanding, and ordering my footsteps. Right here I have to give a shout out to Pastor Toure Roberts, One Church. His teaching, his wisdom, his pure heart, the live streams, the vimeos, and his realness helped me more than I could ever express!!!! Real Talk.
 
JOURNAL ENTRY
8-11-13 “Right now this is my season of transition. I don’t fully understand the process, but I know it will all be worth it. I know what I’m doing doesn’t make sense-it is against the norm, but I am standing on God’s promises for my life. I’m sure when Noah was building the ark he looked crazy to the outsiders he knew what God told him, he knew it would be worth it to receive God’s favor for being obedient and did not care about people’s opinions. Although what Noah did was unheard of, against the norm, unconventional at his time, God blessed him and his family because of his obedience, God told me not to worry about acceptance so I WON’T!!! because GOD IS THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS.”
 
I wrote that because I totally relate to Noah even now, because it is a whole lot I don’t understand about my path. I even got frustrated because people are willing to talk the talk but judge you for walking the walk (don’t get me started…hahaha) but I am more appreciative of my journey now and the character God is developing in me to be able to manage all he has promised me. Funny story I was watching “Certainty in Uncertain Times” a different message on vimeo from Pastor Toure, he was explaining the naming of The Arc (his non-profit organization) I was mind blown like wow Jesus!!!!! 
 
Anywho, if you see me at 614 n Labrea(One Church) say “Hey!”, i’ll be the lady wearing the rainbow earrings TURN UP! LOL
 
Love you guys be bold, stay beautiful, be happy, always smile, love unconditionally, never apologize for being you!
 
God created you on purpose to be creative and unique!!! Just like each color in the rainbow has significance so does every life and every person, it is only one race, the human race, WE ARE ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
THE ENTIRE STORY OF NOAH CAN BE FOUND IN GENESIS-the beginning (THE 1ST BOOK IN THE BIBLE) chapters 5-9″

#PrayforPeace

I feel like recently there has been so much chaos going on in the world at the same time and it’s hard to keep track.

Christians being attacked. Police brutality. Racial tensions. Murders…and the list goes on.

I’m not ignorant to the fact that all these things have always been going on. I just feel like lately they are happening all at the same time and it’s hard to keep up. Everyone is judged by their peers, because they are giving more attention to this matter than this matter. When in fact, it’s just hard to put all of your energy into one thing and then something else happens the very next day.

I ask that at this time you #prayforpeace around the world. We can’t be every place at once, but we can pray for all of these issues at once. 

I serve a God that can be everywhere, so as I pray I know that He will extend His grace and mercy to these situations. Living during this time lets me know that we NEED God more than ever. 

Stand up for your cause, but do it peacefully. 

Donate to charities that will aid in these matters.

Reach out to others and raise awareness.

Sow love and knowledge into your communities.

Never stop praying.

 

 

Relationship vs. Religion

Two preachers walk into a church. One named Relationship,the other named Religion.

Relationship is excited to walk into church to worship God. Religion is excited to walk into church in its new suit.

Praise and worship starts and Relationship loves on God. Religion is partly praising God and partly spectating.

Time for the word and both have to give a brief message. Relationship’s message is part testimony and backing up scripture with how much God loves us. Encouraging us to live for God, because He is holy and wants to heal our broken hearts. Religion’s message is all about condemnation. Religion quotes scripture out of context and even though Religion may be trying to encourage believers, it doesn’t come from a place of love.

Relationship touches on sin, but reminds us that God will forgive if we come to him in honesty and wanting forgiveness. Religion touches on sin, expressing that you will go to hell, not really saying that there is a path for those who want better.

Relationship expresses that believers are needed in the world beyond the four walls of the church to touch lives and make a positive impact. Religion requires that you are granted permission to help others and only if you have certificates to qualify you.

Relationship preached the bible in all it’s truth, guided by the Holy Spirit. Religion preached scripture out of context to try and justify the points made.

Relationship had an altar call where many souls were saved, because they realized God’s love and felt like there is purpose on their lives-now realizing their worth. Religion had an altar call where many souls were saved. Those coming, because they now feared God, not a reverence like the Bible speaks of, but only fearing hell. Completely missing that God wanted more from them and with them.

I expressed it this way to illustrate a truth to a lot of people, who turn away from God because of an example they saw of a “Christian”. Too many of these “Christians” get the attention and lead people astray and ultimately hating all God stands for. I stand in the gap for all others who know the importance of a relationship with God.

I don’t care what you dress like. I don’t care what you look like. I don’t care whether you’ve been raised in church or not. I CARE that you hear the Gospel in truth and I pray God sends someone in your life to show you what it really means to be Christ-like. 

More important, get to know God for yourself, because who else knows ALL of you and still loves you as if you are perfection.

 “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 NIV