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Communicating with God

Communicating with God

I’ve always been a firm believer that there are no coincidences. Things happen intricately with each other throughout our lives, piece by piece to form the bigger picture in which we all live. So when I put the beginnings of this post into my drafts, the pieces of thoughts about writing and communicating with God…I wasn’t sure if what I was trying to say would make sense.

 {Sidebar: I have got to, like seriously must, stop second guessing and doubting myself, my thoughts, and subsequently my words. I hold back far too much due to being “unsure” and it’s all pretty sad, the things I keep to myself that I could be sharing in fear that I might be “wrong”. But I digress….}

I wasn’t sure, if the way I felt that I communicated with God was, ya know, like an “acceptable” way. Like it was real. Like it had meaning. Ugh, I cringe writing that out now. How limiting those words are. Like it was real? Seriously?! And this is what I mean–and what you will come to understand hopefully if I can ever get to the point–when I talk about how God communicates with me. I can think all day long, I can even talk it out sometimes, but none of it really makes sense. I can never really get to the root of it all until I write. When I write, it all becomes clear. The answers I seek appear before me. The peace, the calm, the clarity, the discernment that comes when I write is truly a divine phenomenon.

God communicates with me through my writing. 

I know this to be true. When I tell you the way things are really worked out for me when I started to pour myself out with words? Sis. They aren’t mine. I assure you, they aren’t. I don’t have these answers as I’m thinking over my issues and dilemmas. I don’t have them when I’m attempting to explain something, to identify something, to expound on something. They aren’t there. I promise you. But when I write, they all come. Every time. It’s even lowkey one of the affirmations that I wrote: My creativity is limitless. I initially wrote that to mean, as a professional writer, I never have to worry about not having something to say, because the words always come. But, it’s only now that I’m beginning to have a deeper understanding of why that is. My creativity is God communicating with me. It’s the God within me (Psalms 46:5).

I feel like I’ve known this for a long time. It’s one of the reasons why I love to journal my bible study and prayers. I can get my true prayers out when I write them. When I speak them from the top of my head, they never come out right. And there’s something to be said about praying with a bunch of empty words…sips tea…

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ~Matthew 6:7-8

And for clarity, because I do believe in the power of the tongue, I often read them aloud after I’ve written them.

But even though I’ve known this, because of the person I am–I’m trying to change I promise I am–I still didn’t write this post. Maybe it was “busyness” or maybe it was me still seeking confirmation that my thoughts and feelings were valid. Another cringeworthy moment–#Notetoself: Your thoughts and feelings are ALWAYS valid. But it was when I saw a tweet that put in 140 characters what it’s taking me a whole post and a thousand months to write:

Prayer is when you talk to God. Meditation is when God talks to you. ~ Maryam Hasnaa

And for me, personally, for Tyshia…writing is one of my most deepest forms of meditation. Writing is when God talks to me. And I will forever be thankful for our conversations. ~xoxo


Every Sunday I share a letter from my journey with those on my email list. WELL SPENT is part things I’ve come across that inspire me and things I think might resonate with you.



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When You Really Want Something…

The Alchemist

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. ~Paulo Coelho

I just finished reading The Alchemist and I have to say that it lived up to everything people said about it and more. The Alchemist is one of those books that everyone talks about and says all the things you want to hear about a book like: life changing, top 5 favorites, must read. So when the hubs and I ended up at Barnes & Noble a couple weeks ago and he told me to pick out whatever I wanted? You know, I pulled up my book list so quick. I have at least 20 books on it but my eyes were pulled to The Alchemist so that’s what I got. And guess what? Life changing, top 5 favorite book, a must read for sure.

This blog is not a book review though. This post is about that quote. In my last post, I talked about obliviously hearing or reading things. Taking in as much as I can with deep reflection is one way I’m hoping to combat that. But even still, as I read this phrase countless times during The Alchemist…I wasn’t exactly taking in all that it really meant.

When you really want something, all of the universe will conspire to make it happen.

Can we have a truth moment here? Between friends? I’m a stubborn learner. I’m the kind of girl that struggles with receiving the message without the mess. I don’t love this about myself but transparency…for you and for me.

There’s something I want in my personal life. Something that I know that I can absolutely achieve. I’ve talked about it, I’ve written out plans for it (write the vision), I’ve dreamt about it. But, if we’re being real–amongst friends here remember–it’s resided just outside of my reach because of my own actions or inaction at times. Now, I want to be real here because I do believe there’s truth to the idea that if you really want something, you’ll work for it. Or the similar notion that your actions speak louder than your words (I’m a REAL life advocate of that one). But, and this is a big but, sometimes you really can want something and for whatever reason (fear, anxiety, lack of discipline, I could go on) be paralyzed in your life to do what it takes to go after it.

That’s where I was and that’s where the universe came in and conspired to make things happen…and it wasn’t all unicorns and rainbows.

There’s an old saying that goes “be careful what you wish for” and it’s been adapted a million times a million different ways. The main gist of it is really is, to understand that what you’re asking for, you will receive and it might not look pretty to get there. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I don’t want take that thought and be all paranoid about my requests. But it’s a truth. That sometimes there’s a mess to get the message. And sometimes the universe’s conspiracy might be a little rough.

Just some food for thought for those of you in the thick of it. Those having the moments like me. Half crying, half talking through the mess to understand that it’s all part of the plan.

Oh and look at message found in my cup of tea today! After I wrote this and just as I was editing and getting ready to post. Confirmation. I see what you did there God.

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn. ~ Persian Proverb

PS: Get The Alchemist ~xoxo

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Forward, Always

Forward, Always

Who else is dreaming of binge watching Netflix with a glass of wine and ice cream for the next 4 years weekend? Yea, me too. Hey, I didn’t say I was going to do it but transparency is key here people. Truth. Now that I’m halfway out of my pit of sorrows, I’m ready to starting thinking about what’s ahead. Yesterday, I wrote a reminder that we must seek the kingdom of God above all else. For me, that starts with what He’s put on my heart and in my mind so far. Remember, I don’t have the answers. Not by a long shot, but I do have some thoughts and opinions on what I can do so I’m sharing them here.

+ Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. ~ 1 Peter 4:10. I’ve made it a point since I started freelancing full time to volunteer in my community. For me right now that looks like serving at my son’s school, one that’s part of an urban school district. Aside from serving as the VP of the SAC (basically a PTO), I write the school’s monthly newsletter and I’ve also volunteered to organize a newspaper club for students to give them a space to tell their stories. I plan to dedicate my time and gifts even more to my community and those around me. Faithful stewardship.

+ But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. ~ Luke 6:35. Now I did not say this was going to be easy. In fact, as a Christian I know that my path is one that will include hardship. But, if this election has shown us anything it’s that there is a lot of hate in this country we call home. I won’t add to that. A friend of mine posted on Facebook that she has studied God’s love for years and overnight almost lost everything she had come to learn. That can’t be us as children of God. That can’t be me. I’ll practice love. I’ll teach my children love. And let it be said…love can be from a distance friends. Self-care is a beautiful thing. 

+ Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22.6. To be clear, the votes showed than young people voted differently than the outcome we received. There’s hope for our future. There’s hope for us, as millenials, and for the generation that we are raising. I read an article about the election reactions from students in our school district and let me tell you…the babies are watching. And even though what they see is far less than the example we want, they are practicing empathy and compassion. Let us be mindful of this. No matter our feeling, let’s not raise up our children to be angry or to repeat the ideals of those before them. Let’s show them the acts and grace and love. Let’s raise a better generation than the one we see before us today.

Let’s move forward. In hope and love. We’re going to need it friends. ~ xoxo


Once a month I share a letter from my journey with those on my email list. WELL SPENT is part things I’ve come across that inspire me and things I think might resonate with you. It’s also part lesson learned for good measure. And a few extra tidbits along the way. Mostly stuff that didn’t make it here or that I’m too nervous to share on the blog. You know, things I keep for the people who are in this with me ;).



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So…What Now?

So What Now?

Peeks out from under the covers Okay okay okay. I know I was supposed to post yesterday. But y’all, for the sake of my sanity I had to take a mental health day. It took everything in me to pull together some creativity for a few deadlines I had to meet and even those were kind of iffy. I was sleep all day. Not like the trendy term “sleep” as in opposite of “woke”–stay woke y’all–but physically sleep. I was up until 1:30am or so Tuesday. Staring at my computer screen in a state somewhere between disbelief and pain. Notice I didn’t say surprise. Because if there is one thing I knew before going into this election is that there’s a lot of “talk” that goes on behind closed doors. Seeing those conversations play out on a national stage via the 2016 election was painful, but not shocking. I mean…just because you know the girl down the street talks about you doesn’t make it feel any better when she says it to your face.

As I watched state after state go to our now President-Elect though, I was speechless. Again it’s one thing to know the girl down the street talks about you but to find out everybody on your street does too? I mean sheesh. Tell me how you really feel. So yea…I needed a moment. Self-care is a beautiful thing.

In the words of my son “welp…today is a new day.” It’s time to move forward. Today the real work begins. What are we going to do in the next 4 years? In our communities, in our homes, in our hearts.

If you came here for the answers sway, sorry to disappoint you because answers I do not have. But, here’s what I do have.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. ~ Matthew 6:33

It’s so important now more than ever, to be seeking God constantly. All day. Everyday. To guide our steps, our words, and our actions. To give us comfort, hope, and peace. And please don’t take that comment as dismissive. It’s okay to feel pain, it’s okay to hurt, it’s okay to cry.

Love & Blessings ~ xoxo

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The One Thing

The One Thing

As the holiday season comes upon us, I’ve already lowkey found myself starting to think about all the things. Will I be hosting Thanksgiving dinner or just keeping it small with my boys at home? When should we start working on these Christmas lists and where is all this money going to come from? Oh, I want a new Christmas tree, one of those big ones with all the lights. I wish I had the budget to go all out with decorating and holiday traditions! It’d be nice start some new ones but, I never have time to do anything. And so the list goes on.

Yup. The holiday season, in all of its cheerful joy, is also the same season that some of us lose touch the most. We easily become overwhelmed and lost amongst the details that we lose focus on the one thing that truly matters. Jesus. My devotional today was a divine reminder of this: Luke 10:38 – 42.

(38) As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. (39) Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. (40) But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” (41) But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! (42) There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her. ~NLT

As we journey through this holiday season and beyond, let us remember this. The details? They fade away. The food will be eaten. The decorations will come down. The gifts will be forgotten. And all of these material things can be taken away in an instant. But Jesus? His love, guidance, teachings, presence, word…they will be not taken from you.

I’m focused on the one thing. And I will not be distracted by the details.

The devotional that inspired me today was Simplify by the YouVersion Bible App. It’s a 10 day study for the “overscheduled, exhausted, overwhelmed” to help you unclutter your soul <3.

With love & blessings ~ xoxo

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Things I’ve Learned from My Proverbs Study (So Far…)

Things I've Learned from Proverbs

A few weeks back I mentioned I was doing a Proverbs challenge with a few ladies for the month of July. I also noted my full transparency and let you know that…it wasn’t exactly going as planned. What was supposed to be a chapter a day for 31 days turned into something like a chapter every few days and sometimes only a chapter a week. Needless to say, I didn’t finish the challenge but I continued into the month of August. Although I’m still not caught up to where I’d like to be, I’m still studying the book of Proverbs, one chapter at a time. Spending time to journal each chapter as I go because writing it out is how I’m able to break down all the things, into one cohesive thing, that means everything. I just wrapped up Proverbs 9 and I wanted to pop in and share a few things I’ve learned studying the book of Proverbs so far.

  1. Be intentional. Considering my word of 2016 was intention and my main focus this year is to be intentional in all aspects of my life, I found this particular verse so affirming:

“Give careful thought to the paths of your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” ~ Proverbs 4:26.

Giving careful thought is exactly what being intentional is about. From planning my day the night before to accepting (or declining) new clients to making sure that my daily actions are aligning with my values, it all deserves and depends on careful thought. I also love the second half of this verse which is something I feel can get easily lost in the midst of thinking, preparing, and planning: Being steadfast in your ways.

  1. Discipline is everything. Let’s get real for a moment. Discipline is not my strong suit. I’m the kind of girl who knows what she has to do, makes a note to do it, and just won’t. To be fair, anxiety plays a sneaky part in this but, on a whole, it’s a discipline thing. And being a WAHM and freelancer has emphasized this in a major way.

 “For a lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.” ~ Proverbs 5:23

I know, it’s a bit intense but it’s real. Discipline is everything. Your life depends on your discipline. You know what you need to do. So do it. #notetoself

  1. Hard work is the key to success. Major key. I was having one of those really tough lazy lack of discipline days when this verse gathered my life. Really.

“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest–and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”~ Proverbs 6:10-11

My edges were snatched once I read this passage. I don’t know about you but poverty coming on me like a thief is not the way I’m trying to do life. Every time I think about slacking or procrastinating “a little sleep, a little folding of the hands to rest” comes to mind and I get myself together real quick. Let this be your motivator when you’re feeling less than inspired to get things done.

As I work through the rest of Proverbs I’ll share more things that stick out to me and things I’ve learned. Have you studied Proverbs? Share any insight in the comments! I’d love to hear what you’ve learned as well.

With love & blessings ~ xoxo

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For the Next Time You Find Yourself Asking: Why Me?

One of my favorite gospels songs is Anyway by Lonnie Hunter. The song opens up with the words:

Grace is when you get more than you deserve. Mercy is when you don’t get exactly what you do deserve.

From there the song continues into a repeating verse acknowledging how God blesses us above and beyond what we deserve. Acknowledging that His mercy continues even after we fall short. And apologizing for those shortfalls.

It’s one of my favorite gospel songs because it resonates so deeply with me. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve come up short, been a disappointment, made a bad decision, or simply didn’t put my best foot forward in my 29 years of life. To say I am imperfect would be the understatement of a lifetime. Still, when I look at my life, to say I’ve been abundantly blessed doesn’t even come close to describing the grace God has bestowed upon me.

I’ve mentioned it before but, recently, I’ve been dealing with some personal things that have thrown me through a whirlwind. What an emotional roller coaster these past couple of months have been. I’ve gone through panic–because anxiety–a period of anger, a feeling of hopelessness, and then some semblance of acceptance. Through all of this though, I’ve found myself asking the question “Why me?” more than a few times. Why me? But today, it hit me.

I didn’t ask why me for any number of the blessings I did not deserve. Not why me for the times God has removed me from toxic situations in my life. Didn’t stop to say why me when I made it through to the other side of every other trial I’ve overcome. Did not say a why me prayer when God’s grace and mercy have literally saved my life. So why, now, am I asking why me?

The truth is, asking “why me?” is a pretty faithless question. It assumes that whatever trial or tribulation I’m currently dealing with, I won’t overcome. It also assumes that I don’t trust the current season of my life and that I don’t believe that everything is working for my good. Sorry but, my faith is not set up that way.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds ~ James 1:2

Perspective is everything and when you look at every circumstance, every obstacle, every trial through a faith perspective it can only mean that good things are on the way. Remember, all things are working for your good. #notetoself

With love & blessings ~ xoxo

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The Beauty in Being Content

Just a few short weeks ago, content was probably the last thing I was. Even now, looking back, I’m embarrassed and disappointed in myself. The way I thought, the way I acted, the things I did, and talked about. It was all coming from a place, very opposite of contentment. You see, in this “success” driven, hustle and grind, instaperfect world, it’s really easy to think where you’re at, isn’t good enough. That, it’s not where you’re supposed to be and that you’re not getting where you’re supposed to be going fast enough. Being immersed in this social media filtered life, discontent can sneak up on you. Suddenly all you have, all you’re blessed with, isn’t enough. Trust me when I say, you don’t want that wake up call to gently (or not so gently) remind you to be thankful, to be grateful, to be content.

A blessing in a lesson showed me how much I was missing out on in my life by not being content where I am. There’s nothing wrong with wanting or desiring more. Listen, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11. My Joyce Meyer daily devotional defines content as “being satisfied to the point where nothing disturbs you no matter what’s going on, but not satisfied to the point that you never want any change” There’s always greater, later. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be content in this moment. Right now.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain” ~ 1 Timothy 6:6

If you step out of the world for a moment, out of your own mind, and your own desires, you can experience the true beauty in being content. In being truly thankful and at peace for all that you have and where you are. It’s a joy like no other, to go through each day knowing that who you are, and what you have, is enough. ~ xoxo

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Staying Faithful

Staying faithful

I’ve been quiet around here and on social media for the past week or so. Much to my surprise. You see, I had big plans for this past week. I was going to stick to my editorial calendar, I was going to map out what the rest of the quarter looked like for Hubs and I business wise, and I was celebrating an invitation to a statewide parent conference this summer. Things were great…until and then life threw me a curveball. Curveballs are not my thing. I was done. Out for the count, ready to throw in the towel.  I couldn’t think, couldn’t work, and didn’t really want to either. All I could do, was think about this curveball and a mountain of what if’s that came along with it. I couldn’t live in the present moment let alone enjoy it because my thoughts were–and full transparency, at moments still can be–consumed by endless thoughts regarding my current situation, the uncertainty of the future, and that looming mountain of what if’s I mentioned before.

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Lessons from Lent 2016

Lessons from Lent 2016
It’s almost Easter and I’m so excited! This year was the first year that I really took time to embrace the season of Lent and while I didn’t meet all of my goals for Lent 2016, I can feel the difference this year versus other years when I haven’t been really focused. I’m truly happy that I’m taking the steps to strengthen my relationship with Christ in 2016 and Lent is just one part of my journey this year. As we approach Resurrection Sunday I wanted to share a few lessons I have learned these past 40 days and hoping that you spend some time reflecting as well (if only for a few minutes like me as I have a day full of work ahead in order to have a stress/work free Easter Sunday). These are personal reflections but hopefully they reach someone in need of the same message.

  1. Discipline is a practice and one that I can master if I’m committed and submit it to the Lord. For Lent, I gave up a pretty important part of my daily life. As a person who struggles daily with discipline, being able to do this was eye opening for me. I tend to have a million and one excuses when I don’t stick to my plan, schedule, or themed day but the reality is, it all comes down to discipline. I’ve battled with being disciplined when it comes to working for myself but when it came to Lent and serving the Lord, I was steadfast. Can you imagine what I could accomplish if I used that same discipline in all areas of my life? This thought was confirmed yesterday at Good Friday service. The last speaker talked about letting God lead you in ALL areas of your life. Not just submitting to him in one area and resisting in another. It’s time for me to start serving the Lord not just in prayer and service, but in all ways, at all times.
  2. There is a true transformation that occurs when you fill yourself up with the word, every day. This lesson was delivered to me in an unexpected fashion. I started to recognize the power of daily prayer and journaling the word before Lent started. Doing this practice everyday helped my spirit, demeanor, and attitude towards life, family duties, my children, everything. There was a true shift in ME when I made it a point to spend time with Him and His word every morning. During Lent, while I stayed committed to giving up something, I fell short in this practice. And I felt the difference. I still prayed and read the word often but that’s different than truly sitting, experiencing, and soaking up His word at the start of my morning, every morning. That practice changes you. And while I noticed the change when I started the practice, falling short during Lent intensified the difference. Sure midday prayers, nightly prayers, referencing scripture throughout the day is a great (and necessary) addition, but starting, truly starting my day with Him is essential for me.
  3. I’m not sure if I can articulate this lesson but please bear with me. Our journey to Christ is a family one with each of us at different points on our own personal paths. My goal is to gently encourage without being forceful or overbearing. At our church, once a child turns 7, they join the congregation in the main sanctuary for service on Sundays. No more children’s church. And while Sdot, my recently turned 7 year old son has “a difficult time” focusing, my 11 year old son Na shows a ton of interest. I underestimated him when I decided to go on this Lenten journey of giving something up alone. At one point during the season he asked about why I wasn’t doing certain things and I explained it to him. As best I could, I explained what Lent is, how long it is, when it starts and ends, and why we give something up. I expected he would respond something along the lines of  “that sounds hard! you got that! no way! I couldn’t do it” but instead I got “that sounds cool. I want do this next year with you.” Too often as parents we feel like we’re unsure of ourselves or that we’re getting it wrong. As a Christian mother, one of my daily prayers is for guidance to raise children of the Kingdom with most days still trying to figure it out for myself. The lesson I learned from that conversation with him is that, whatever I’m doing, it’s working, and to continue to trust that I can handle the responsibility the Lord has given me. 

I pray you have a blessed Easter and if you received a lesson or message during Lent please share in comments <3.

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Practicing Gratitude for My Portion

Practicing Gratitude

Happy Sunday and rejoice! Holy Week is approaching. This week I’m committed to being more focused than ever on spending time with the Lord daily and finishing the devotional I started at the beginning of Lent. I originally started by reading a devotional through my Bible App but then decided to do Kia Moore’s 40 Dope Days. If you’ve never heard of Kia or the Dope Crowns ministry you should definitely check them out. I love her modern, women focused way of teaching the word so when I heard she was releasing a devotional that focused on Proverbs 31, I was excited to get started. On this day of the devotional we studied Proverbs 31:20. A verse that resonated with me so perfectly timed for things I’m going to be talking about next week. Though brief the devotional went into how the Proverbs 31 woman has a lot on her plate. She has to take care of her family, plant seeds for the future, and ALSO reach out and help those in need. And in big, bright, bold letters were the words: How many hands do you need to do all that God has set before you? Continue Reading

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Spiritual Sunday | Love Your Enemies

Today’s Spiritual Sunday is a scripture I read often. Throughout life there are people who are just out to do you no good. You may not know why, you may not understand. You don’t deserve it. It is unwarranted. But it is what is. Our basic instinct is always to react in the same fashion. You do me wrong, I’ma do you wrong. Trust me. I know these feelings ALL. TOO. WELL. But, hard as it may be. That’s not the way we should respond.

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. ~Matthew 5:43-48

It’s hard. I know. This is a struggle I deal with constantly. I posted this for you AND me. Because Lord knows I need the strength!

Peace, Love, & Blessings
~
Siggy
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Spiritual Sunday | No Worries

I was 21 years old when I became pregnant with my first prince. A younger me would look back and say that was one the most difficult times of my young life so far. But a wiser more mature me will say that rough, though it was, it was still one of my greatest triumphs. I was 21. Unwed. Barely halfway through college. Still dependent on my parents. Faced with the uncertain future of single motherhood. I had become the statistic that I fought (not hard enough) against becoming. Tough, Hard, Difficult are all words to describe a time where I honestly didn’t know if I would make it. But I did. What got me through, besides my parents and my unborn son, was MY GOD. During those days of wondering, worrying, anxiously awaiting this new chapter of my life, a scripture from the Book of Matthew was my salvation. Don’t worry about your life…It was everything I needed to flourish during my storm.

Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather in barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like on of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

” Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all theses things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all theses things shall be added to you.

“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Peace, Love, & Blessings

Tyshia Shante
Founder & Editor of This Brown Queen

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