Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How To Become Confident

Heading Out to Make Deliveries: This girl here, as a child, wouldn't walk to the counter to even ask for ketchup. As I grew older, matured through life experiences, I slowly overcame the fear of stepping up all by realizing where my true confidence comes from. Although, I still have waves of not wanting to walk in front of others, speak in front of crowds, be the center spot, etc. It's a great reminder why I need my Jesus daily dose. Thankfully with the Lord by my side earlier this week, I walked in @southernraised39042 like a boss! The owner, Ashley Purvis, graciously met me from behind the counter. She is as precious as they come. Finally, after communication only through messages, we were happy to meet in person. My one big "why" I am thankful for technology. I know it has its perks of disadvantages but the advantages of communication outweighs them in my case. Do you struggle to show up? Are you afraid of walking up to the counter? As a follower of Christ, I've learned there is a different source of our confidence. It is not obtained from the consistency of our experiences or the development of our gifts, talents, or abilities. Nor does it come from the strength of our personalities or our track records of success. Likewise, it is not diminished or damaged by inconsistency, failure, suffering, dysfunction, or wavering nature of life. Our confidence is anchored in God. Our circumstances don’t affect God; he affects our circumstances. He is our proactive, loving heavenly Father, who not only has a plan for our lives, but also has the resources to make happen everything He intends. When we realize our confidence comes from Him we are resilient, we persevere, and endure. This kind of confidence is what the Bible calls faith. The condition and strength of our faith is a reflection of our view of God. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” Hebrews 11:6 So I am happy to share, it was all God who brought Ashley and I together. His intend was to network our lives together all for His good. Please visit her store today, like her Instagram page- @southernraised39042, find them on Facebook- Southern Raised, and tell your friends they now sell artwork by Ashley Murphy. I am confident you will be glad you did!!! 

Monday, February 5, 2018

What Does It Look Like To Be Kind In Christ

KIND: who is the kindness person in your life? Do you like the color yellow? Have you purchased your Valentine's happy for the special person in your life? Are you kind? Kind in Christ? Anyone can be kind. Like really they can. Are they kind in Christ?

What does it look like to be kind in Christ?
Before anyone asked, the kindness of God appear through the life of Jesus Christ. This is the best illustration of kindness we'll ever know. God saw hurt, brokenness and despair. He saw people with no hope of breaking free from pain and suffering. So with no logic deserving reason he sent his Son to the rescue. No one deserved his kindness. But thankfully, God didn't treat us like we deserved. Kindness in Christ is doing for others when least deserved-the ability to recognize the needs of others and take steps to meet those needs. Kindness is understanding. It's compassion. When we're kind, others get to experience warmth, and whether they realize it or not they're experiencing some of God's character.

How can you approach kindness moving forward?
1. Ask God to help you recognize his incredible kindness more and more.
2. Ask God to make you more sensitive to the needs of others.
3. Ask God to help you find practical ways to show grace to your enemies

We must remind ourselves true kindness is impossible unless God does work in our hearts. So, no need to feel intimidated because you haven't been kind or you could've been kinder. We must remind ourself unkindness is not of the Lord. And I don't know bout you but I don't want any part of not being of the Lord. He wants us to show up fresh every single day. Walk with Him. Seek His will for our life. And His richness will overflow into the lives of those around us in kindness!!! I am serious. Try. Hit reboot if necessary. Kindness take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. Ephesians 4:23 (VOICE)

...because there was a time when we, too, were foolish, rebellious, and deceived—we were slaves to sensual cravings and pleasures; and we spent our lives being spiteful, envious, hated by many, and hating one another. But then something happened: God our Savior and His overpowering love and kindness for humankind entered our world; He came to save us. It’s not that we earned it by doing good works or righteous deeds; He came because He is merciful. He brought us out of our old ways of living to a new beginning through the washing of regeneration; and He made us completely new through the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:3-5 (VOICE)

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

How To Photograph My Artwork

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Friday, February 2, 2018

How Do I Know God's Will For My Life

There are not many things which stay consistent in this life. Our name, maybe. Our schedule, sometimes. The Lord. Yes. all the time. This girl right here, me, loves being consistent. My mind works better. When I think of how things things in our life can be so inconsistent, I think how God feels about our inconsistent walk with Him. Just because things get hard, we don't like them or wish to have gone another way, stayed the same. The Lord may be calling us be consistent in our walk with Him, to stay put. In those moments He wants to minister to our souls. If we kick and scream running from the moments we most likely are missing out on His intent for our spiritual growth, our life. When things do come up and we feel the need to make a change we must ask ourselves, "Is this Gods will for my life or am I running?" "Is this a healthy situation?" To be consistent in Christ’s eyes means that we are consistently attempting to live in His will. If our focus is Christ, and on him alone, the circumstances we find ourselves in matter a whole lot less. We are on mission for Him no matter where we are and no matter what we do. We must be reminded consistency in Christ doesn’t look the same as consistency in the world. 

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So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living and breathingmoment because these are evil times. So understand and be confident in God’s will, and don’t live thoughtlessly. Don’t drink wine excessively. The drunken path is a reckless path. It leads nowhere. Instead, let God fill you with the Holy Spirit. When you are filled with the Spirit, you are empowered to speak to each other in the soulful words of pious songs, hymns, and spiritual songs; to sing and make music with your hearts attuned to God; and to give thanks to God the Father every day through the name of our Lord Jesus the Anointed for all He has done. Ephesians 5:15-6:9 (VOICE)

Monday, January 29, 2018

How Is A Heart Transformed

Giving: A "GIVING" heart is a generous heart. One which allows us to give to others because God has given abundantly to us. The wise use of stewardship and attitude that what we have belongs to God and knowing we are the caretakers for His purpose. To be like Him, we must open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others along our way and give meaningful service each day. 
A heart like Christ is transformed by Christ.

Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee. Deuteronomy 16:17
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