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Nourish My Soul

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“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the spirit of his holiness” Psalm 29:2

     This morning I woke up extra early actually rested from sleep(thank God) and found out that I was unable to do what I thought I needed to do. So I worked out and flitted about the Internet. I just started dancing around my room. So it was a morning dance party. Which ended up being much needed. 

     This month’s BlogHer theme is nourish. So I hope to stick to it and write about things that nourish me. Music nourishes my soul and so does being close to God through prayer and devotions. Yesterday I had a conversation with some friends about prayer and devotions. My friend said that when we have an issue, we can pray about it for a week(give it over to God) and then see what happens, otherwise we haven’t actually given the problem over to the ultimate problem solver. Light bulb moment for me right there. How many things have I said that I have given to God but really kept tight in my hand. 

     What would happen if instead of complaining, my first reaction was prayer? I mean if situations don’t change, the least I can do is change my attitude toward the situation. Today’s devotion was spot on. It said that as we give ourselves more time with God,we have no time for worry. I can start today. So that is the plan. 

     That means no complaining about online dating. At least for one day to start. The only thing I can focus on is my life and how I am living it. I am either drawing closer to God’s purpose and plan for my life or I am doing some sort of spiral bouncing around what I should be doing. I can be grateful for all of my blessings and each moment that I can be a blessing to someone else. 

     I hope you have a great day and know that prayer changes everything 🙂

Shalom

Namaste

     

     

Wow

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     “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2 NLT

     Today I woke up a tad late after staying in bed due to a small drama filled night(which I blogged about). I just decided that I was going to be late, I got ready, I ate breakfast. I made it to the bus. I made my way to my destination filled with interesting messages and an unexpected phone call. 

     I got to where I needed to be. I was rearing to go, when someone dismissed me. Literally and out loud. I could not believe that I had just been dismissed(didn’t expect it), of course it has happened to me before. I stayed calm. I walked away. I found an area that was in my realm of concern and attended to it. 

     I went about my day. I walked to a bus stop and realized I had to go to another. I had to take a new bus and a new route. I was happy to have a good book to read. The bus was a tad scary because the bus kept flying through stops. I thought I was going to miss my stop(the stop I had planned in my head) and I was able to get off closer to my destination. 

     I met some really cool people who also run(we compared mile paces). I had a difficult conversation with someone who I had started to care for. I think he kind of gets it but thinks that I am going to change my mind. One thing about me is I hold on to past actions. I am happy for new actions to replace the old ones, but when they don’t, my go to are the old actions. That may be because I have not had too many occasions where people treated me one way and then treated me differently. It is usually an even keel of if the person is treated me poorly they consistently treat me poorly and if they treated me well, they consistently treat me well. I think that I can only be treated well by new people who have the opportunity to treat me well. 

     I asked all of my trusted in real life friends for their advice regarding online dating and alas no one really wants to tell me what to do. So I have decided to give it a few more months(because I am really about to be super busy and I don’t need anything to get in the way of that). In the meantime, I plan to draw closer to the Lord, because He has a plan for me and it is good. Better than anything that I could think of. 

     I am keeping my head held high because I am sticking to my boundaries and standards. At least I am doing what I am supposed to do and even though so many guys seem to not be able to understand, I’m not giving up on myself or giving in that easily. Even though I have made so many mistakes in the past, God looks beyond my faults and sees me as I really am. So just because some joe schmoe can’t see all of my good qualities, doesn’t mean I have to diminish them. 

     I have an early day tomorrow so I need to act like I am going to bed. Do any of you struggle with getting enough sleep? A friend asked me about my semester coming to a close and I said that I didn’t want to think about it. I am happy that it is happening but it feels like I am going down a roller coaster. I don’t really like a lot of change and a lot of change is coming my way in the next few weeks. I am continuing to give these issues over in prayer. 

Shalom

Namaste

 

     

      

In You Alone Lent Day 24

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Lord, in the cross alone I glory–recognition laying down,
greatest treasures count as worthless–standing next to Heaven’s crowns.
In the cross alone I glory ever reaching for the prize,
pressing on and laying hold of that for which my savior died.
Never will I seek the glory that was never meant for me,
always heavenward reflecting all to Jesus to receive.
In the cross alone I glory nothing of my own to give,
only that which Christ has offered for my soul that I may live.

     This prayer is what I strive for my life to be like. To seek after Christ and have God’s will be done in my life and through me. Since I am human, I make mistakes and I struggle, but God’s grace continues to see me through. What would this look like, well I would be more humble instead of trying to get everyone to see how awesome I think I am. I wouldn’t be self seeking, I would be God seeking. 

     In the hustle and bustle of life, it can be a challenge to see how we can be more humble, but it is one journey that if you choose to seek it, will not disappoint in character growth. Another way is by living out life in faith and having patience(or in my case, putting a toe in the patience waters). 

     As you can see I don’t have all the answers(because sometimes Google doesn’t know everything). But as long as I am open to what God is leading me to, I know I am on the right path. 

Namaste

Washed Lent Day 23

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Almighty God, who by our baptism into the death and resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ, turns us from the old life of sin: Grant that we, being reborn to new life in Him, may live in righteousness and holiness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

     Today’s devotional was about baptism. The meaning behind it, why we do it, the purpose. I don’t have too many words to say about baptism. I know that I laughed a lot at my baptism and people called me giggles afterward. Now, when I see people get baptized, it makes me tear up. I am so excited for them. I think it is such an awesome moment. 

    When I was a kid, it was explained to me about the age of accountability and so it was around that time that people were supposed to get baptized. I don’t think it truly matters how old you are when you do it, as long as you understand it and do it. It is a true blessing and gift. 

    So here’s to another great day to live our faith out loud 🙂

Namaste

Back To Basics: Love Lent Day 11

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“Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Matthew 25:34

     How are you showing love today? Today’s devotion was about going back to the basics in our faith and devotion. Jesus calls us to love one another. When we put the needs of others ahead of our own, we are showing love. I just read a story about a couple who was homeless and was able to get stable and marry. On their wedding day, they fed the homeless in two parks. Their organization is called Glory Soldiers Global. 

     Showing kindness to someone who needs it is showing compassion and love. It doesn’t cost much to lend a hand. If you have the means, just think of one thing that you want today and when you go get it, get one for someone else. A gift not earned, I believe that is grace. We as believers hold that God gives us grace and mercy that we do not deserve. It is a gift that He gives us anyway. 

     Well, I am headed to the gym. I will be reflecting on the gifts given to me and all of my blessings. 

Have a blessed day 🙂

Namaste

Love One Another-Lent Day 6

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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35

This scripture was so perfect for today. It is good to have days where all you do is focus on others and how you can better help them. Today I had the opportunity to hear about humility. I also learned about humility. Then I had the opportunity to put humility into action. Each day is such a gift. Only when I stop to think about all that I have been through am I humbled. To be just in my current moment is humbling. 

I am so grateful for my friends and family. Having people in my life who not only care about me but who have patience with me to listen and guide me on my path. When I think I have a problem or concern, I really don’t. That is such a blessing. Knowing that other people can understand me even when I am still learning things about myself is a true gift. 

Today I did not completely focus on myself. I had many moments where I just listened and soaked in my surroundings. I love to learn new things. I know that I can learn the most when I am quiet. When I don’t have all of the answers no matter how much I think I can do, that means I can still grow. 

One funny thing that happened today, I had a piece of vegan cake(I was so excited about it) and I don’t know what happened but it just didn’t taste sweet. My brain could not compute. It looked like chocolate cake, it smelled like chocolate cake but it sure didn’t taste like it. I only ate half of it and ate the rest after a wonderful dinner. 

I also found out about some supplements that I need to take asap. My good friend and sheroe told me that I have to accept that I am getting older. I am working on it. So hopefully I have this stomach issue figured out soon.

I got some new conditioning cream and some oils for my hair(we shall see what happens). I think it made my hair bigger lol. I am really trying to go back to basics with my hair regimen. Currently it is shampoo, conditioner, and gel. Some days it is conditioner, gel, and mousse. So now it may be conditioner, conditioner cream, oil, and gel. 

As much as I don’t want the day to end, I have to try and get some rest for tomorrow. 

Namaste

God Helps The Helpless-Lent Day 5

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God gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble- 1 Peter 5:5

     When we feel down and out, God is always there for us. All we have to do is call or cry out. He brings comfort, grace, and mercy. I know that we are all facing our own battles. Some larger than others, some real and some imagined. I am a super sensitive person(aka highly sensitive person). So everything affects me. 

      I just remember being a kid and crying and telling people that my whole family was Black even my dog. My family is diverse. I didn’t grow up with hate for a whole group of people. I hate discrimination. I hate hate. I want happiness and freedom for everyone. At the same time I know that it is not good for me to offer myself on the pyre for the sins of my ancestors. The only thing that I can do is do better. 

     I think that the people who know me, know my heart. The other day my friend said that we are all just trying to make it. I totally believe that. I think we are all just trying to make it to another day. I also think that showing kindness to others is one way to shine God’s light into the world. 

     So I have to work on not entering into internet debates because I take things to heart and it only winds up hurting me. I also have to just take a deep breathe and realize that this too shall pass. I have to accept myself completely and fully first before I can demand anyone else to accept me. 

I hope that you have a great day. 

Namaste