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|Posted on 11 July, 2012 at 8:16||comments (76)|
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Ladies, it is not O.K. to be subjected to any form of abuse; whether it’s physical and/or verbal abuse. Verbal abuse is just as damaging as physical abuse; the only difference is there are no visible physical wounds from on-going verbal abuse. The damage from verbal abuse is internal and over a period of time it becomes external affecting every area of your life, even your children can be affected by living in an abusive environment than can possibly cause some physical and psychological conditions in the present as well as in the future. Often times the change in the abused victim is gone undetected by the victim themselves. It doesn’t matter if you’re married or single, any form of abuse is not acceptable nor should it be tolerated. God did not create you to be used and abused, He created you to love and to be loved in accordance with God’s true definition of true love that can be found in His Holy Word 1:Corinthians 13.
Some abuse victims give themselves many excuses why they choose to stay in an abusive relationship, such as; I’ve vowed to stay married until death do us part; we have a lot invested in each other, I don’t have a job or any income; I’m staying for the kids so that they won’t grow up in a single parent home like I did; I love him and I know he loves me; he’ll change; I do provoke him at times; he was there for me at the lowest point of my life; he takes care of me and the kids; he won’t make it without me; he’s the only man for me; my mother stayed with my father and they fought all the time; and I don’t have anywhere else to go. These are just some of the reasons I’ve read and heard why some women stay in abusive relationships.
Any form of abuse is not only damaging, but often times in the news we hear how many abusive relationships turn deadly. The abuser is seeking control of you, want to destroy your self-esteem, keep you away from family and friends, control what you wear and where you go, all in an attempt to totally control you and make you co-dependent of them. When the abuser feels that he’s not winning in controlling you, the abuse begins. They begin to use abusive words towards you, threatens to do harm to you, approaches you out of you name, degrads you and diminish your self-worth. Often times abuse starts verbally, and overtimes it almost always ends in physically abuse.
I’ve never married, but I have been in an abusive relationship early on in my life. I think God for giving me the strength and courage to get out before something devastated happened.
Sometimes, we as women, believe that the abuser will change. Although change is possible, the abuser has to first, recognize what he is doing is wrong and STOP; second, he has to want to change; and thirdly, he has to want to seek help to help him change.
Please ladies know that it is not your fault if you are being abused, for some may not have had any idea or have ever viewed their relationship as being abusive until now. God wants and calls for all of his children to live in peace not confusion; free and not in bondage and fear.
If you are experiencing any of these signs of being in an abusive relationship, try to find a safe place where your abuser is not around and PLEASE, PLEASE LADIES SEEK HELP TODAY!!!
DON’T BE ASHAME TO SEEK HELP AND TALK TO SOMEONE.
There are many national resources out there to help you. See resources below:
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE or 7273
The Alcohol & Drug Addiction Resource Center: 1 800 390 4056
May God perfect all that concerns you…you are beautiful. God Bless you!!!
|Posted on 18 April, 2012 at 8:56||comments (26)|
We all desire to be satisfied in life. A constant state of mind of being content in all things; in our relationships, with our jobs, and in our successes in life. However, in our daily living, we will at some point and time encounter situations that challenge our state of mind of contentment.
The dictionary defines satisfied as:
1. content somebody: to do or offerenough to make somebody feel pleased or content;
2. fulfill need: to fulfill a need or gratify deire; and
3. meet condition: to achieve or be of sufficient standard to meet a requirement or condition.
In life, at some point, we all will experience one or more of these emotions: grief, frustration, disappointment, disagreements, betrayal and etc., as we desperately seek and desire to be content… satisfied in all areas of our lives. When we experience life altering situations, our emotions, undoubtedly, will fluctuate. So therefore, is it at all possible to be at a state of contentment in life, seeing as though our experiences of life fuels our emotions? The answer is an astounding yes.
I have discovered that if we totally depend upon our senses through our life experiences, that is, what we see, hear and feel for fulfillment in life we will never reach a constant state of satisfaction. In contrast, we cannot look to things on the outside to bring us complete fulfillment in life. These earthly things are subject to change and dissapointment us at any given time.
The one and only sure thing that will never change, and will keep you in a state of mind of contentment is the love of Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His Word – His promises shalll stand forever.
As human beings, we tend to look at people, places and things to bring us contentment - complete satisfaction. Most of us, when we get a little blue, we may decide to go shopping, be around friends,and/or get involved in activities, all of these are good and will bring you a minimum level of satisfaction; it’s better than sitting around the house feeling blue in isolation indulging in overnight pity parties; however, these things will not completely satisfy you because your emotions, your level of satisfaction is now co-dependent upon these things. Theses things are a temporary fix - temporary therapy. These people, places and things are subject to change and dissapointment you and will not always be available to reach out to and/or indulge in at your time of need.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Through the Word of God, in all its truths, when we face life altering situations, riding on the roller-coaster of our emotions, we can maintain a state of mind of contentment and maintain fulfillment and satisfaction through believing on the promises of God through faith. It is when we put our complete faith and trust in the Word of God, regardless of what we experience in life, we can have peace, joy fulfillment, contentment and satisfaction in all things through faith and trust in Christ Jesus.
I personally have been through some heart wrenching, life altering situations that bought me to my knees in prayer in tears, but only by the grace and mercy of God, believing and trusting in His Word through faith and in His Strength, I became a VICTOR and not a VICTIM!!!
The Apostle Paul has given us His secret in maintaining this state of contentment through the struggles and trials of life:
Philippians4:12-13, I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things. I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to aboundand to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (KJV)
Philippians4:12-13, I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)
The Apostle Paul has given us the secret, the key of being and staying content; it is through not leaning on our own strength, but leaning on the strength of God, which is found in His living Word. For the Word of God is life, it's powerful, and sharper than any two edge sword transfroming the heart, mind and soul of man reflecting the image of Christ Jesus.
Believe and trust in Him (God) and you will be able to navigate through life’s ups and downs with a state of mind of contentment and omplete satisfaction with joy strengthen by the power of His glorious might in your inner man.
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Isaiah 43:18-19, Remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
TODAY IS OFFICIALLY THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING... YAHOO!!!
Nature is changing.Trees are beginning to clothe itself with leaves; flowers are now blooming, showering their splendor beauty with an array of colors, and the earth is carpeting herself with the plush color of green.
Don't be afraid to spring forth with what God has been nurturing and preparing you for in the prior seasons of your life. For such a time as this, you shall spring forth, a tree of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, planted by the waters with roots that are grounded and spread wide, producing much good fruit.
Don’t be stuck on past failures and mistakes they were stepping stones for where God is taking you; for even God uses these for His Glory. You may have even lost some materialistic things and/or had changes in people, places and things. Know that even in all this it serves a higher and greater purpose.
Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
For the life of the believer is sealed by God’s Holy Spirit of promise.
Be not afraid for what God is calling you to do; nor be dismayed. What God is calling you to do, He has gifted you to do and what God has gifted you to do, He has called you to do.
Our life’s struggles played a pivotal role in our development and maturing in God and our character. They should not hinder us in springing forth in the things of God, our dreams and aspirations. God has a set-time for all things. The waiting period was a time for learning, training and preparation for the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.
Now is the time to view briefly over lessons learned and spring forth into your destiny!!!
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Mark 4:14, The farmer plants seed by taking God’s Word to others. (NLT)
In Mark 4:14-20, Jesus gives his disciples a parable about a farmer sowing seeds to reap a harvest. This parable taught the disciples that just as the farmer sow seeds in the field to reap a harvest; likewise, we,
as Christ followers are to labor in the kingdom of God by spreading (sowing) the gospel of Jesus Christ to
others that souls may be won to Christ.
We, as children of God, have a responsibility of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. To preach is to proclaim (speak forth) the gospel of Jesus Christ. To preach the gospel does not mean that one have to be standing in a pulpit or have a title or position in your place of worship. All are not called to pulpit preaching, put all have a responsibility to sow seeds in others by sharing the word of God to family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, even people whom you come in contact with daily on the streets, grocery stores, restaurants etc., whether my mouth and/or other channels of communications.
In this 21 century, technology is vastly growing where by increasing ways we communicate with one another. We can send emails and instant messages in a matter of seconds clear across the world. We have many social media networks, we can stream line, use the power of Wi-Fi and web cams to see and talk to people in other countries in a matter of minutes.
God has increase the knowledge of man to invent various mediums in which we communicate to one another; moreover, to also be used to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
Many Christians have face book pages, twitter pages and/or are members of other social networks. But many are not spreading the good news of Jesus Christ, but rather, mundane things only.
The only gospel (good news) of Jesus Christ that many will hear is by the words (seeds) that you share with others. The seeds you sow may lead some to Christ and/or edify, encourage and comfort others. Like a domino effect, they will also sow seeds (the Word of God) to others. One plants, another waters, but it is God that gives the increase.
In spite of what challenges ands struggles you may be facing today, God is still good to all. Our challenges and struggles should never stop us from spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The word of God is spirit and it is life. For we walk by faith and not by sight.
Have you sown any seeds of the good news today?
P.S. The beautiful young lady in the photo is my cousin Shai. She's a professional make-up artist and an anointed young preacher in training.
|Posted on 31 December, 2011 at 12:40||comments (2)|
Philippians 3:10,I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death; (NIV)
Romans 12:2, Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
Every New Year, many of us make vows to change AKA “New Year’s Resolution” to make changes in our lives for the better. Some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions are: lose weight, eat healthier, start a exercise regimen, get organized, get out of debt, save money, spend less, spend more time with family, quit unhealthy habits etc.
All of the above are great, and we should desire to enter into a new year carrying less baggage and making positive changes in our lives. It is reported, that after the first month of attempting to fulfill these New Year’s resolution, 50% don’t make it. Although the thoughts were good and positive, most just don’t succeed.
Researchers have proved that it takes 21 days to create a habit. So, if we continue in a pattern of doing things, whether good or bad, for 21 consecutive days, it becomes a habit. Some of us, in our attempts to make positive changes in our lives, after the first couple of weeks we start slacking, lack persistence, perseverance and patience and before you know it, there goes the New Year’s Resolution we’ve vowed. Then there are some of us, who make positive affirmations without doing something or even attempting to try. This is called wishful thinking. The bible tells us that faith without works is dead. We have to do something to get results, as well as, speak it.
Additionally, why most people fail in sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions is because there’re not really ready to make the change in the first place, also some make unrealistic goals making it impossible to achieve, therefore, setting themselves up for failure.
This year I’ve decided to take on a lifelong resolution that supersedes all New Year’s Resolutions I could attempt to make and will be the catalyst in aiding me to fulfill all individual positive changes, and that is to take on the heart’s desire of the Apostle Paul found in Philippians 3:10, I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.
What a powerful lifelong resolution made by the Apostle Paul. With prayer, perseverance, and persistence with patience, will undoubtedly help us to achieve positive changes in our lives.
Most of us are freely willing with the first part of the above scripture, but the ladder… fellowship in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, are not appealing words. But truth be told, this is why most of us don’t succeed in fulfilling our New Year’s Resolutions; we don’t want to suffer… dying daily to our flesh desires is not easily achieved. But with God all things are possible. But first we must want to make a change.
Through researching, I have found that some brain scientists and psychotherapists have discovered, through the use of MRIs, that habitual behavior is created by thinking patterns that create neural pathways and memories, which become the default basis for your behavior when you’re faced with a choice or decision. Trying to change that default thinking by “not trying to do it,” in effect just strengthens it. Change requires creating new neural pathways from new thinking.
New Year’s Resolutions are not just speaking mere words (positive affirmations), but it is a made up mind, it is changing behavior patterns through our thinking processes. In other words, we must rewire our brain. The Apostle Paul says it better in Romans 12:2, Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
THE CHANGE IS… “INSIDE OUT”
I am reminded that all things are possible with Christ. Sometimes, we try to attempt to make positive changes in lives in our own strength instead of depending on the strength and power of Christ that dwells within us; it is the power of Chris’s resurrection, the power of His Holy Word and our free will of wanting to change, that is, to conform our lives willingly and obediently to the Word of God.
So, if you're going to make New Year's Resolutions/Life Long Resolutions, here are some tips I found to help you make them work:
And finally, if and when you slip, don't let the slip hold you back from working at your goal. Be Prayerful, be Persistent, and Persevere with Patience.
HAVE A HAPPY, JOYFUL AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!!
P.S. The young lady in the photo on this page is by beautiful daughter. She's a professional model.