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A Redeeming Love

Arnita Fields

January 26, 2017

A Redeeming Love

Arnita Fields 


God so loved the world that He gave His only son as a sacrifice and those that believed in Him would not even perish but would have everlasting life.” John 3:16

 

Love, is such a beautiful thing especially when it is received and given in the right spirit.  Many people in relationships say that they really love someone but do they really know why they love. Many times in life we get into relationships with people for many of the wrong reasons, but with that all aside you can learn what true godly love means when you go directly to the word of God and look at love through the eyes of God, Himself.

“A love like no other, a love that is real, redeeming in its power so that you can live” (Redeeming Love poem © 2013 by Arnita L. Fields)

It tells us in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only son as a sacrifice and those that believed in Him would not even perish but would have everlasting life. Whew, now that is some kind of love! Can you even imagine that someone could really love you that much?  Could someone, anyone love you without any strings attached?  Yes, it is and most definitely possible to be loved in such a way that the bad things that you have done are no longer an issue.  God’s love for us is so deep and so strong that nothing and no one is able to separate us from His love.  God’s love is unconditional, period.

Did you know that the love that God has for us by sacrificing His only son was His way of redeeming us from a cold and dying world?  And that same love can also heal us from all of the hurt and pain that we have experienced in life.  Have you ever loved someone so much that you were willing to take on all of the hurt and pain that they were experiencing? Well, that’s just how God is, He loves you so much that His arms are stretched open wide to give you a place of refuge from all the things that would try to destroy you.  Are you willing to open your heart to God today to receive all of the love that He has to offer you?  Are you ready now to truly taste and see that the love of God is real and no one on this earth could ever love you more?

BIBLICAL TRUTH

God so loved the world that He gave His only son as a sacrifice and those that believed in Him would not even perish but would have everlasting life.” John 3:16

STAY GLAMOROUS

God’s love for us is awesome and His love is without limits or boundaries. He has made His love available to anyone who desires to know what true love really feels like. A love this pure could only originate from the Father. Once you experience the love of God you can never go back to loving yourself or others the same old way.

RESOURCES

Read, “22 Wisdom Keys: Reflections of A Modern Day Proverbs 31 Wife” by Arnita Fields

GLAMTALK

How has God shown you His unconditional love?

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God Deserves All of our Praise

 

Comeshia Williams 

January 25, 2017

God Deserves All Of Our Praise

Comeshia Williams 


I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm 86:12 

 

Less than two weeks ago, January 12, 2017, was a day of praise for me.  I had my final chemotherapy treatment.  Prior to that day, I was a nervous wreck.  Why? For months, three to be exact, I walked in the cancer center to have them pump toxins into my body for the purpose of killing any cancer that remained in me.  Even through I knew dangerous drugs were inside of me, I was confident, and trusted in the drugs to kill the bad cells.  I believed that the doctors knew the exact type of drugs I needed to heal me and get rid of the cancer.

I had my final chemotherapy treatment.

After my final treatment I was left with the question, “What happens next”?  How do I know the chemo did what it was supposed to do?  How can we be certain that all of the cancer is gone?  It was in that moment that I realized that my faith was in the wrong thing.  I did not trust the right one to save me.  Oh, what a terrible mistake!!!!!!

While I am thankful for all of the doctors, surgeons and medications, I have had throughout this process, I still know that they did not heal me.  God is my healer.

I found myself trusting in the creation instead of the creator.  Jesus created it all!  He blessed us with knowledgeable doctors, healing medications, all of these things.  But, we must always remember that God is bigger than everything he created.  Our trust and faith must be in him, the creator, and not the creations.

While I am thankful for all of the doctors, surgeons and medications, I have had throughout this process, I still know that they did not heal me.  God is my healer.  He worked through them to save me, and so many others.  I can stand firm in knowing that all of the cancer is gone because of God’s healing power.  God taught me a huge lesson as I walked away from the cancer center.  I learned that the whole focus is to praise God, our provider of all for all things.  He alone deserves all of our praise!

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.” Psalm 86:12 

“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Psalm: 115: 1

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11

STAY GLAMOROUS

God created EVERYTHING!  Nothing he created is BIGGER than he is!  Give God all of the praise!

RESOURCES

Read, “Praise, Worship and Thanksgiving” by Audrey Eccleston

GLAMTALK

In what situation(s) have you had to step back and recognize that you needed to give God ALL the praise?

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Come Into The Light

meganmottley

January 16, 2017

Come Into The Light

Megan Mottley


“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

When you live in darkness you hinder your growth. Living in darkness can be living in fear, being envious of others, harboring hate, having low self-esteem, being deceitful, living in denial, or living a complete lie. The time and energy that you exert into remaining in darkness could be utilized much greater if you choose to walk in the light.
God hasn’t called us to live in darkness or operate in areas that perpetuate darkness. The shows you watch, the music that you listen to and the circles that you run in can all keep you in the darkness longer that you’d like to stay. Get out. Step out. Call on God to pull you out of the dark places today.
It’s high time for you to walk into the light and become all that God has created and called you to be.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9

STAY GLAMOROUS

Make a commitment to limit the amount of time that you spend around the people who consistently make poor choices and live in darkness (living in fear, being envious of others, harboring hate, having low self-esteem, being deceitful, living in denial, or living a complete lie).

Be sure to also monitor the music that you listen to and the shows that you watch that also perpetuate living in darkness.

RESOURCES

Read, “Victory Over Darkness” by Neil T. Anderson

GLAMTALK

What form of darkness (fear, low self-esteem, etc) have you battled to overcome?

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Grow On

meganmottley

January 17, 2017

Grow On

Megan Mottley


“As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field” Psalm 103:15

Spring is right around the corner and new growth will be visible everywhere. Continuously growing should be a desire of yours!

When I planted my garden just year, I didn’t go in the yard and yell GROW and a crop appeared. I wish it were that easy. Instead, I had to seek help from my father who helped me to clean out all the debris around the area that I planned to use. Next, my father trimmed all the nearby tree branches and then we had to wrap and carry all the branches to the curb. After a short rest, we tilled the ground, dug holes, added water, and finally we could add seeds and cover with fertilizer.

It was a long grueling process and the work still wasn’t done. Every other day, I had to go back to the garden to water it and pull any weeds that popped up. In addition, I had to wait and wait and wait.

Growing is not an easy process and it often takes a lot of effort on our part but each and every step is necessary. The planning, the pruning and even the pitfalls are all apart of the process. Don’t despise the process just embrace it. Rest but don’t quit. Press into your growth!

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“As for man, his days are as grass: his beautiful growth is like the flower of the field” Psalm 103:15

STAY GLAMOROUS

Grow a garden or purchase a plant to help you better understand the seasons of growing and the process that it takes. As you care for your plants, be reminded of the areas in your heart that need extra nurturing, patience, and a better view of the sunlight.

You’re not that different from plants that require a lot of love and care.

RESOURCES

Read, “Growing Strong In The Seasons of Life” by Charles Swindoll

GLAMTALK

In what areas of your life have you experienced major growth?

 

New Day Dawning

meganmottley

January 15, 2017

New Day Dawning

Megan Mottley


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. Isaiah 43:18-19

Your past is just that–the past! God is doing a new thing and as the days of this New Year come and go, it’s so important to be intentional about leaving those people and things that you’ve wrestled with, been hurt by, or been hindered by in the past. It’s not being selfish, it’s not thinking that you’re better, it’s a scriptural command.

 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

God wants to do some amazing things in your future but the first thing that you have to do is forget about what has happened in the past or who has deceived or hindered you. Nothing has occurred is a surprise to God and the sooner you learn to put your full trust in Him and His plan for your life, the sooner you can immerse yourself in the new things that are in store for you.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland”. Isaiah 43:18-19

STAY GLAMOROUS

Tell your past Goodbye. Literally speak to your past (people, places, things, choices, etc) out loud but in your own quiet place. Get it all out, put it all on the table, explain yourself to yourself, cry, fold your arms, grimace, etc. Then speak to your present and lastly say hello to your future (husband, career, children, desires, etc). Speak what you want into existence!

RESOURCES 

Read, “Beyond Regret” by Laurie Drieson

GLAMTALK

How has something you’ve said or done in the past hindered future progress? How has someone else’s past choices hindered you from moving forward?

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Responding To Hurt

meganmottleyJanuary 14, 2017

Responding To Hurt

Megan Mottley


 

“In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

It’s inevitable to go through life and not experience hurt. As long as you have breath in your body, you will feel pain in some shape, form or fashion. The key is not to focus on when you will feel hurt or why you have to endure hurt but on how you will respond to hurt when it is staring you in the face.

When you’ve been hurt, remember that you are not being picked on instead you are being picked out to overcome a temporary situation. Breathe and know that you’re still alive, you still exist and you still have a purpose. As a matter of fact, everything that God has in store for you will be pursued by you with a fervor and diligence that wouldn’t have necessarily existed prior to hurt. Surprisingly and unbeknownst to many, hurt has a way of strengthening you. 

Do something that will help you to froget all about your hurt. Pay it forward, exercise, visit a friend or elderly person, get creative, etc. You have permission to have a 24 hour pity party but after that, it’s time to move forward with life. If you’re grieving and experiencing the type of hurt that is very deep, seek a counselor to help you to work through your pain.

Take a social media vacation. A lot of times when you’ve been hurt and it involved people that you’ve known and loved for a number of years, seeing them can bring up old feelings and send you back into a bad place.  You have permission to take a break altogether or switch to another social media platform where you’re seeing different people and new ideas. If you’re feeling really affected by those who remind you of hurt, simply delete or temporarily block the people that you don’t prefer to interact with anymore. Out of sight and out of mind can do you a world of good. If you take a break, be sure to return with a purpose.

Writing is a therapeutic and be the very tool that you need to deal with your hurt. Write a letter to the one who hurt you and get your raw feelings out. Fold up your letter, put it in an envelope but don’t send the letter. The act of writing will be enough to soothe you and you don’t have to respond to any backlash, answer any questions or wonder what anyone else was thinking. It’s all the closure that you need.

Join a group and get involved with a new hobby. You’ll be surprised how much meeting new people and hanging out with like minded people can help you to heal from hurt. There’s nothing like laughing and living life to the fullest.

Cry if you need to. One of the joys of being a woman is being able to cry. It can be refreshing to just get out a good deep cry. Sit in your closet or in your bed and just let it out. Then dry your tears, take a deep breath, and vow to move on.

…pray for the person who hurt you.

Revisit your vision board. Sometimes God has to remove some people from our lives for us to fulfill our real purpose. If someone has hurt you, now is a great time to revisit those dreams and goals that you may have been distracted from while being friends with or being involved with someone who’s no longer in the picture. Create an action plan for how you will accomplish the things on your vision board and get to work!

Lastly, pray for the person who hurt you. Not only is it a sign of maturity on your part, but it also shows that you understand that responding to hurt doesn’t have to be petty or dangerous. It can be handled in a mature and virtuous way. People hurt Jesus so you’re not above being lied on, lied to, deceived, or falsely accused. The list could go on and on but you are an overcomer and you are beyond victorious. You are not your past or any mistakes that you have made. Give that person(s) to God and walk boldly in the direction of your purpose.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

STAY GLAMOROUS

Find healthy ways to deal with hurt. Focus on becoming the best you by seeking God on who He has intended you to be all along.

RESOURCES

Read, “Getting Past What You’ll Never Get Over” by John F. Westfall

GLAMTALK

How have you dealt with the worst hurt that you’ve ever experienced?

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And God Made Woman

meganmottley

January 13, 2017

And God Made Woman

Megan Mottley


“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him.'” Genesis 2:18

There have been times when I’ve wondered why God created me as a woman. Especially as a single mom, when I haven’t had the strength to lift something extremely heavy or when I have to work twice as hard to pay all the bills. I’ve often sat in tears questioning God about why he made me a woman if I wouldn’t be able to do it all. A light bulb moment indeed.

Being a woman is a gift. We were perfectly designed to give beauty, comfort, and care. We are sensitive to the needs of others and God created our hearts to love unconditionally. We are more fragile so we were created to need leadership, protection and provision.

Society wants us to think that we can make it on our own and we can if push comes to shove but we were ultimately created to need others.

Here’s why God made woman:

W – Wisdom. God is a God of order. You’re not weaker just wise enough to know your purpose.

O – Overseer. God gifted the woman to be able to manage her faith, family, and finances. She’s was also built to give life.

M – Multi-faceted. She is a wife, mom, daughter, aunt, sister, cousin, best friend, boss, co-worker, counselor, neighbor, leader.

A – Amazing. She can say it, think on it and be it!

N – Noble. She is virtuous, upright, honorable, moral and ethical.

It’s so beautiful to be a Woman. Remember that when life gets hard you weren’t built to break you were built to last.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him.'” Genesis 2:18

STAY GLAMOROUS

Study the women of the Bible to understand even more why God created woman. Some where amazing and some used their gifts for bad. Here are a few women to study: Abigail, Bathsheba, Delilah, Esther, Eve, Jezebel, Mary, Naomi, Rahab

RESOURCES

Read, “Women Of The Bible” by Ann Spangler

GLAMTALK

Who’s your favorite woman in the Bible? Why?

 

Amazing Grace

Jenessa Hefler

January 12, 2017

Amazing Grace

Jenessa Hefler


“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

Grace-the free and unmerited favor of God. Mercy- compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. We live in a very transactional world. Our jobs- you do this, you get this payment. Our businesses- I give you money, you give me that item. Our education system- you work ___ hard, you get __ grade. Even our relationships tend to be transactional- you make me happy, I make you happy. Almost nothing in our life works purely on grace or mercy. So it makes sense that even our spirituality/religions have become transactional. Karma- you do good, you get good. Tithing- you give the church money, God will bless you. Reincarnation- you do good in this life, you get a better standing in the next life. Heaven- you do more good than bad, you get a ticket in. We are so inundated in this transactional world that we can barely fathom true, unconditional grace. But God.
I have yet to find grace/mercy like that which God offers us in Christ anywhere else in this world- not in any religion, humanitarian effort, family, act of kindness- all of it is at best a shadow that points to the grace found in Christ. “But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known… There is no difference for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24)

In our weakness, in our sin, in all of our mess, God so loved us that He sent Jesus to take our punishment, make us clean, and allow us access to God. What love!

May I learn more and more of this grace each and every day. May I never get over God’s grace. And may I do my best to share and extend His grace to all those around me. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come not to call the righteous, but sinners. Matthew 9:13

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:1-2

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5

STAY GLAMOROUS

1. It’s hard to fathom God’s grace until we understand how needy we are. Make a list of the things you have done wrong, the things you are worried about, and the things you regret. Bring this list before God in prayer. Give it all up to Him. Thank Him that in Jesus all of your wrongs are forgiven and made clean.

2. Read the book of Romans. As you read, make a list of all the things God has done and is doing for us through Christ.

RESOURCES

Read, “Transforming Grace” by Jerry Bridges

GLAMTALK

When has God shown you Grace? How do plan to operate more in Grace each day vs. Transactional?

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Smile, You’re Beautiful!

meganmottley

January 11, 2017

Smile, You’re Beautiful

Megan Mottley


“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.” Proverbs 15:30

Everyday people are battling depression, heartache and sadness of some kind. Some people’s situations are so severe that at any moment they could commit suicide. They may even wake up one morning with the thought that if no one acknowledges them, that’s it…life’s over!

Your ability to smile and pour into other people, particularly those who need it most, is knowing your purpose. Are you operating in the right lane or the wrong lane. When you’re operating in the right lane, although you have challenges, you’re happy, at peace, and energetic about the tasks at hand. When you’re operating in the wrong lane, you’re angry, irritable, and you dread the tasks at hand.

God didn’t call us to operate in the wrong lane or operate in a lane that truly belongs to someone else. 

Think about it this way. In traffic, there are usually 3 lanes (or may depending on where you reside) with an even flow of traffic. Everyone has their own lane to operate out of and if you get over into the wrong lane at the wrong time, BOOM, a collision! It’s so important that you in your lane on this journey so that you can SMILE. Not only because God called you to be happy but also because you’re beautiful.

Your beauty start from within, your beauty allows you to hear the words that others don’t speak, your beauty takes you to places ordained by God to reach the people that you are assigned to reach.

Whenever you pass another woman, speak, smile and compliment her. You never know if she’s on her last effort to live or dying inside for someone to truly see her before she decides to end it all. As women, we are assigned to one another. When you’re feeling strong you should smile and lift someone else up. When you’re weak, someone will do the same for you if we begin to live by these principles.

I know what you’re thinking, “I’m Busy” or “What if they want to hold a 30 minute conversation?” Well I’ll let you think about what’s more important, a life or a situation that can wait. As long as you have breath in your body and you have the activities of your limbs, there’s someone whose life you’re supposed to touch–and only you!

BIBLICAL TRUTH 

“A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.” Proverbs 15:30

STAY GLAMOROUS

Make it a point to smile all day every day. Smile at your husband and/or children in the morning before you see them off. Smile at any passersby looking your way. Smile at the clerk at the neighborhood store and even ask him/her how they’re doing. Smile at your boss, co-workers, custodial workers. Smile, smile, smile! Not only does it bless others to the core, it also makes you look all the more beautiful!

RESOURCES

Read, “Prescription For A Cheerful Heart” by Brenda Phegley

GLAMTALK

In what season of your life did you smile the least? the most?

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My Sister’s Keeper

Tiffany Monger

January 10, 2017

My Sister’s Keeper

Tiffany Monger


“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Many times when we make up our minds that we are going to start something we are usually fired up, excited, and anxious. For example, after New Year’s Eve many are excited about getting back in shape. We buy new clothes, we prepare our meals, and we buy gym memberships. Our enthusiasm for losing weight and feeling great is through the roof. We’re unstoppable!

…it’s good to have an accountability partner…

By mid-spring we’ve lost that fire and that spark has gone completely out. Life smothers out our fire and takes over whether it’s workload, unexpected situations, being an active parent, etc. We are no longer as amped up or excited about our fitness journey. That’s why it’s good to have an accountability partner, because they will keep you encouraged, empowered, and focused. When you are not in your best place it’s good to have someone that can pull you up and walk with you on your journey. Someone who has your best interest at heart. Someone who wants to see you become your best person.

If you don’t have an accountability partner consider finding someone that has similar goals whom you respect. We all have that season where we get off track or lose focus. Give yourself a chance to succeed! You are so worth it!

Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

I am praying asking for wisdom as to whom to seek as an accountability partner. God someone that will hold me accountable to stay focus on my goals. Please guide me to that person and guide that person to me. God, I pray you will renew my strength during those times when I feel like giving up. Thank you for placing the right people in my life. Amen

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬

STAY GLAMOROUS

Take your workout clothes with you. This prevents you at times from skipping your workouts. If you leave work you can go straight to the park or gym. Sometimes if we go home we may be more tempted to stay.

RESOURCES

Read, “My Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian ACCOUNTABILITY”  by Jacob Abshire

GLAMTALK

Who do you have holding you accountable? Who are YOU holding accountable?

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