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Setbacks Are Divine Setups

meganmottleyJanuary 9, 2017

Setbacks Are Divine Setups

Megan Mottley


“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

You may always feel like you’re struggling in life. Every season comes with its own set of problems and it seems like the odds are constantly against you. Great News! If you’re currently struggling or can’t remember the last time that you weren’t struggling, you’re on the fast track to winning! You may be thinking, “What?” or “How”?

I’ve compiled 10 Ways STRUGGLING Helps You To Win:

Setbacks teach you survival skills. If you never had to go without, you’d never know that you have what it takes it to push through those seasons of struggle and setback.

Trials always lead to triumphs. Almost every famous person has a story to tell. Whether it’s a hometown hero or the pop star of today, they had to start somewhere to get to their current level of success.

Repairing your life becomes top priority. When life hits you, mending those broken areas and healing those wounds becomes your #1 focus. You can never go wrong when you focus on the most important person in your life—you!

Underdogs eventually get recognized. How many times has the team who no one expected to win takes the championship? How many times have we heard a new voice belting out beautiful notes on the radio and we’re immediately a fan? If no one knows your name now, keep grinding. Once you get your opportunity to shine, you will have learned some valuable people skills and other coping skills along the way.

Gratefulness becomes your middle name. When you struggle, you learn to give thanks for the smallest things. When God blesses you with something major, you can be trusted to remain rooted and grounded.

Growth is inevitable. Even during the roughest seasons, gardeners can expect at least one of their crops to withstand the scorching sun or too much rain.  When conditions get tough for you, you are bound to learn and grow in ways that an easy route wouldn’t have ever been able to produce.

Learn to love yourself. I mentioned earlier how you tend to focus on yourself when life hits you. It’s so easy to pour your time and energy into others but there comes a time when you need to love yourself enough to say no to things that aren’t helping you to prosper, move forward, and become a better person.

Insecurities are dealt with. During life’s struggles, you are faced with looking in the mirror and accepting that you may have a bad attitude, you may be a little blunt in how you communicate with others, and so on. You are able to get to the root of how you relate to others, how you handle certain situations, your fears, your issues, and your shortcomings, when life gets difficult.

Never quit on you. When you go through times, you learn to never give up on your dreams and goals. Even when others tell you that your ideas are half-baked, fail to support you, or send you out on a limb with no intention of helping you, or waiting for their opportunity to say, “I told you so” you learn really quickly to find support elsewhere and most importantly never to give up on you!

Growth is the longest season. I know I mentioned growth already but it’s imperative that I mention it again! In the farming/gardening industry, the growth season is the longest season. Before you get to the harvest, you have to get through the planning, preparation, planting, and maintenance phases and then you get to the harvest. There’s absolutely no way around it, except going up to the nearest farmer’s market and purchasing their harvest–but even they had to endure the same process! If you want to WIN, it’s not going to be easy, it’s going to take time and your various areas of growth will take the longest amount of time.

When you’re struggling, remember that you’re just a few steps away from winning. You have nothing to be ashamed about but everything to be excited about! I know it’s hard to be excited when bills are due, there’s more month than there is money, your friends seem to be thriving, and your life just seems to be crumbling before your very eyes. I understand but focus on what God is strengthening inside of you. Focus on what lessons God wants you to learn before he launches you into your destiny. If you are struggling, you have exactly what it takes to win and you have a winning attitude and an amazing spirit of gratefulness. We have enough people who are blessed with the best but have the worst attitude and no ounce of gratitude.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

STAY GLAMOROUS

Press into those struggles Glamour Girls and if you’re still asking, “How?” and “With What?” just go back re-read the 10 ways that I listed above. You’ll see that these tips spell out the word STRUGGLING to encourage you on your way to WINNING!

 

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Self-Righteousness Hurts, It NEVER Helps!

meganmottley

January 8, 2017

Self-Righteousness Hurts, It NEVER Helps!

Megan Mottley


“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

It takes all types of people to make the world go ’round.

Our circles are made up of advisers, adventurers, bosses, entrepreneurs, leaders, helpers, hustlers, fashionistas, models, followers, lurkers, blasters, ballers, shot callers, encouragers, critics, peacemakers, observers, cyber predators, catfishers, and plain ole messy folk all dwelling in one place.

Everyday we’re bombarded with the opinions and criticisms of others and every now and then we encounter someone with a positive outlook. Our social media networks serve as public forums to discuss/post things that more than likely have little to do with one’s personal purpose or they serve as time consumers and distractions for many from building solid relationships with the people who matter most. Inboxes and direct messages are filled to the brim with inappropriateness and if there was ever a glitch publicly exposing its contents, many would suffer dire consequences. It feels good to have an audience applauding accolades or co-signing empty thoughts, yet when sickness, death, or hard times come, that same audience will likely scroll to the next post or trending topic ignoring requests for prayer or money to help bury loved ones.

Thousands of people are hurting and don’t know where to turn for help (tools for growth) for fear of being condemned or ignored, so instead they pretend that life is good in order to feel normal enough to navigate through each day.  In lieu of finding help, too many people are settling for ways to appear to have it altogether because of their constant contact with people in leadership positions who are self-righteous.

Self-righteousness is a dangerous weed that if watered and nurtured DAILY is sure to destroy your efforts to grow, self-reflect or walk in your purpose.

What’s worse, you begin to distract/destroy everyone following your lead.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

STAY GLAMOROUS

Don’t be a Modern Day Pharisee operating as though you’re better or above all others. When driving, it’s best to check your mirror before you proceed to change lanes, etc. The same rule applies in life, before you condemn or look down on someone else, check your mirror. You should find that your response should be one of kindness not self-righteousness because we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We’re all trying to “get right” in the sight of God. Let’s be gentle and welcoming to those in different places than us and to those who have decided to make a change in life.

RESOURCES

Read, “Humility: True Greatness” by C. J. Mahaney

GLAMTALK

How have you dealt with self-righteous people? How do you resist being self-righteous?

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You Are Beautiful

Joyce Kyles

January 7, 2016

You Are Beautiful

Joyce Kyles


“You are altogether beautiful; my love; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7 

Stephanie is of dark complexion. All of her life, she heard people say she’s cute-for a dark skinned girl. It always made her feel less than beautiful. Her boyfriend of two years never hits her. He chooses to be verbally abusive. Her complexion remains her biggest insecurity, and it’s the one thing he uses against her the most. He has convinced her that she’s lucky he chose to be with her given that she’s not as pretty as his previous girlfriends who are a lighter complexion than she is. In fact, he often tells her that no one would really find her attractive since everybody knows that light skinned women are prettier and far more accepted as such.

God made each of us just the way he wanted us. Our features are examples of God’s vision of what he believes to be beautiful. Unfortunately, society has played a major role in establishing what beautiful is versus what God says about the matter. Truth is, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Verbal abuse is real, and it’s long lasting.

As a survivor of abuse myself, I can tell you first hand that there were times that I would have rather been physically hit than hear some of the things I heard about myself or the names I was called.

Bruises can often heal and possibly fade to the point of not being noticeable or even remembered. But, our words have power. If said in a way to belittle or terrorize a person, it can cause extreme distress, depression and obliterate self esteem.

Consider the source and reason for the negative words. People who choose to use their words for evil are people who often have insecurities of their own. Their own self esteem and self worth have been compromised in some way. The best way to make themselves feel better is to find ways to exploit another person’s vulnerabilities. Should you find yourself in a position of experiencing verbal abuse, do what you can to remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. Then, follow up with positive people, places and things. Remind yourself that you are beautiful, perfect and special. If it were not so, God would not have said it. He is indeed the best knower and has made us in His holistically beautiful and perfect image.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“You are altogether beautiful; my love; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon 4:7

STAY GLAMOROUS

Pull out a mirror or stand in a full length mirror. Observe your features, your complexion, your hair and so on. Speak words of affirmation to yourself about how beautifully and wonderfully made you are, how much you admire this or that. It will seem awkward at first but the more you take the time to admire what God has crafted and given your name, you’ll begin to appreciate and love yourself more and more. Self-love breeds hope and confidence like no other.

RESOURCES

Read, “Hurt People Hurt People” by Akua Agyekumwaa

GLAMTALK

How do you feel when someone tears you down with words? What effort(s) do you make to avoid intentionally hurting someone with your words?

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In The Quiet Moments

Comeshia Williams

January 6, 2017

In The Quiet Moments

Comeshia Williams


 “Be still and know that I am God.”Psalm 46:10

One of the side effects of my chemotherapy treatment is itching.  My hands and my feet, and sometimes my entire body itch like crazy.  I have spent many days frustrated, scratching, mumbling, grumbling, complaining, and saying some unkind words.  The more frustrated I get, the more intense the itching gets.  Today, I took another approach.  I paused, got really still, and decided I would respond a different way.  Once I was still I realized the itching was bothersome, but bearable.  I mean, I could actually tolerate it to a certain degree.  It was manageable.  I actually started focusing on other things, and the itching started to diminish.

I learned something in that moment.   There will always be things in my life that make me uncomfortable.  My actions can make it better or worse. Just like with the itching, the more negative attention I gave it, the worse it seemed to get.  Once I placed my attention on something different, something positive, and got still, my focus shifted and the itching did not affect me in the same way.

It is in the quiet moments that we can really meditate on His word and He will direct us.

When things are not right in our lives, many times we want to react and “do something” but, sometimes God wants us to stop, be still, and refocus on Him.  It is in the quiet moments that we can really meditate on His word and He will direct us.  I know I have been guilty of crying out to God feeling as if he was not listening to me.  While in my feelings I would find myself watching nonsense on television, listening to music, ore finding some kind of “noise” to fill the empty space in an attempt to make things better.  I have learned in order for me to connect with God, I have to steal away, find a quiet place, and read and meditate on Him and His Word.  It is then that He envelopes me in his love and speaks to my mind, body, and soul.  It is then that I actually hear His desires for me and directs me down the path I should go.

Once I find that quiet place, the next thing that happens is God replaces that annoying “itch” and helps me focus my attention on him instead of the “itch”.  When I am focused on Him, not only do I feel better, I am better.  I am better because God helps me replace the “noise” of the world, with the sounds of His word, His thoughts, and His desires.  Now, that does not mean the “itching” never returns.  I know that I will be faced with that intense, frustrating “itch”, but God has shown me that when I get still and refocus on him, it does not have the same power.  Instead of driving me crazy, it either goes away, or gets to a place where it does not control my actions.  Either way, when I stop, get still, and focus on God, I know I am better off and able to deal with it. I encourage you as I encourage myself, to be still and let God do his work.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

 “Be still and know that I am God.”Psalm 46:10

STAY GLAMOROUS

Giving blood is a kind, life saving gesture that people all over the world have done to help someone else.  I was recently a recipient of blood all the way from Scottsdale, Arizona.  The day I had my transfusion was a humbling experience.  The fact that a stranger hundreds of miles away, took the time to donate their blood, not knowing who would receive it or when is amazing to me.   If you think that is powerful, consider this, God gave his one and only son to us.  Then, Jesus gave himself up for us.  He hung, bled, and died for a sinner like me.  His blood!!!  Oh, the blood!

While donating blood to save the life of someone else is phenomenal, it does not hold a torch to the saving power of the blood of Jesus.  There is power in the blood of Jesus.  According to Duane Vander Klok, the blood of Jesus is like none other.  Mr. Klok shares what happens when the blood of Jesus is applied in his blog “The Power of the Blood” http://www.walkingbyfaith.tv/journal/single-article/81/.

When we apply the blood of Jesus, it:

  1. Provides forgiveness of your sins. “The law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22, NIV).
  2. Gives you life. “Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53).
  3. Brings you close to God. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ”(Ephesians 2:13).
  4. Cleanses your conscience. “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14).
  5. Sanctifies you. “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate”(Hebrews 13:12).
  6. Cleanses you. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
  7. Heals you. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NIV).

The act of a human being giving of herself to save the life of another is a powerful gesture.  As a recipient of blood, I am humbled and grateful for the act and will forever be in debt to the individual who gave of himself or herself.  But, most importantly, I thank God for the blood of Jesus Christ.  There is absolutely nothing more important or powerful than the blood of Jesus.

The blood of Jesus washes us clean.  Thank God for the blood of Jesus!

RESOURCES

Read, “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer

GLAMTALK

When have you had to cut off all the distractions in your world in order to hear clearly from God? How do you remove those distractions?

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You Are Your Husband’s Favor, So Act Like It!

Arnita Fields

January 5, 2017

You Are Your Husband’s Favor, So Act Like It!

Arnita Fields


“The Man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

The word of God in the book of Proverbs speaks quite a bit on the subject of wives. From quarrelsome wives to those who were often found void of wisdom, you can find plenty of practical nuggets to help redirect you from a pathway of destruction back onto a path of peace and godliness.

In the passage above it reveals that a man who finds a wife, discovers something good. When this good is initially uncovered and embraced, it immediately unlocks a spiritual door for this wise man to receive limitless favor from the Lord.

To understand the meaning of the word good, Merriam Webster online dictionary defines it as:
1. Something that is good.
2. (a) Something conforming to the moral order of the universe. (b) Praiseworthy character, goodness. (c) A good element or portion.
3. Of the highest worth or reliability.
4. Of a favorable character or tendency.

As a wife, what are some things which reveal to your husband that you are indeed that “good thing” he has found?

Is it the manner in which you dress? Or maybe, it’s the way you style your hair. Or possibly, it’s that Olympic worthy gymnastics routine you have perfected for use in the bedroom? While for some men these three things very well may be at the top of their wish list, however unfortunately none of them would actually serve a spiritual purpose as a prerequisite to being an authentic good thing from the Lord.

In my own marriage, when I met my husband almost 20 years ago, one of the first things he told me right after we met was, he had prayed and asked God to send him a godly wife. He knew exactly what he wanted because unbeknownst to me, he quietly watched me for over seven months from a distance before he even approached me. While he liked what he saw, he did not know that the Father had already been preparing me spiritually for his arrival years prior to our meeting.

So looking back at the scripture passage in Proverbs 18:22, you will see several keys which can better help you determine what a good thing is and what it is not.

First, we will look who is not a good thing:
1. An unfriendly person. (see verse 1)
2. A foolish person. (see verse 2)
3. A wicked person. (see verse 3)
4. A gossip. (see verse 8)
5. A slacker. (see verse 9)

For the wives who consistently find themselves operating with any combination of these qualities, unfortunately, they can’t possibly be anything more to their husbands than a liability. Instead of opening a pathway of favor that comes from God, their behavior causes the opposite to occur.

Here are five practical ways for wives to truly make a turnaround in their marriage and begin conducting themselves as their husband’s “good thing:

1. You must work daily towards becoming a woman of good moral and favorable character.
2. You must put away childish ways and begin to walk in true maturity.
3. You must rid your heart of all malice and strife and act like a favored woman.
4. Instead of gossiping to others about your husband, learn how to use your tongue to build up and speak life over him.
5. Seek to become a wife of excellence in all that you have been assigned to do at home, at work, in your community and in ministry.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“The Man who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22

STAY GLAMOROUS

In order to begin the process of becoming an authentic good thing, a woman must be willing to acknowledge any ungodly behavior in her life and then actively make necessary corrections. Next, she must embrace who the Father has uniquely designed her to be in Him through Christ. Lastly, when she understands that her true self-worth should be rooted in God and not in the things of the world this will enable her to mature into the godly wife and good thing that her husband will be eternally grateful that he found.

RESOURCES 

Read, “After The Affair: Emotional Healing God’s Way” by Arnita Fields

GLAMTALK

How do you know that you are your husband’s good thing? What steps will you take to get back on the right track in the areas where you have gotten off track?

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You Can’t Afford Not To

Nieika Parks

January 4, 2017
You Can’t Afford Not To
Nieika Parks

“Oh taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalms 4:8

I love to travel. It brings me great joy whenever I’m planning my next excursion. Seeing new sights, going on incredible adventures, and staying at excellent resorts, are all highlights to my experiences. BUT, let me be clear! I’m not looking to find happiness on my vacations. Unfortunately, whatever problems I had when I left home, are often there when I return. My happiness doesn’t come from happenings or vacation amenities but rather from Jesus!

So why do I travel you might ask? Well, that’s because about 6 years ago I had a near death experience. At that time, I had a great mentor visit me in the hospital and ask me if I had taken time to vacation and/or rest during the year. When I replied “no”, he explained that he and his wife like to travel as a means to rest from their high-stress jobs. He further explained that since I hadn’t taken the time rest and/or vacation, my body had taken its own vacation inside the walls of a hospital rather than on a beach.

After receiving that life lesson, I made the personal decision that I never wanted to vacation inside of a hospital ever again. Rest is essential for me because I have a type A personality (some people would say type A++++). Like me, you probably work hard each day to exude excellence in everything that you do, so it’s imperative to step away from the “the rat race”to relax and enjoy the life that God has afforded you.

I’ve often heard people say they can’t afford to rest and/or travel, I think the contrary…you can’t afford not to.

I’m not saying you have to go on a luxury vacation however, I am saying that it’s important that everyone takes time to step away and reflect on God. Sure you can reflect on the goodness of God right at home but we all know how reinvigorating time away can be and how we’re more prone to appreciate the beauty of the world around when we actually stop to take the time to experience it.

As you make plans for 2017, remember to take a vacation or two! There are tons of economical trips and getaways available so don’t be so quick to say that you can’t afford it because actually you can’t afford not to!

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“Oh taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalms 4:8

 STAY GLAMOROUS

Trust God that in your time of rest and reflection, He will ensure your routine will remain intact and you will feel renewed and refreshed to conquer His perfect will for your life.

 RESOURCES 

Read, “Worry-Free Living” by Joyce Meyer

GLAMTALK

When was the last time you went on vacation? How much clarity would you say you gained while taking a break from the “rat race”?

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Angela Norfleet

January 3, 2017

Can”t We All Just Get Along?

Angela Norfleet


“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” Psalms 127:3 

There’s not much of an age gap between a 21 year old, a 19 year old, an 18 year old and a 16 year old, so you might assume that my children wouldn’t have a major problem getting along. Other than the girls borrowing each other’s makeup and curlers without permission or the boys wearing each other’s clothes and shoes without asking, it’s pretty quiet in our household. Yeah right!

The almost daily outbursts of “I hate you!” or “I can’t WAIT to get away from you!“ can be unsettling because, as a parent, you don’t want to hear those things being said, especially in your home. In an attempt to raise Godly children, we must first realize that we are at war with the enemy. Do you honestly think that Satan will just sit back and let us easily train up our children in the way they should go?!

…to raise Godly children, we must first realize that we are at war with the enemy.

We were all born with purpose including our children. They are here because God has a plan for them and they are destined for greatness. Knowing this, Satan has launched an attack to keep them from fulfilling their purpose and bringing glory to God.

Remember what Ephesians 6 and 12 tells us: “We are not fighting against flesh and blood.” Being fair, firm and consistent is absolutely necessary but we must also do some fighting in the spiritual realm. I admonish you to strategically and tirelessly cancel the assignments the enemy has planned for your children. Here’s how: Bind the spirit of division and confusion. Pray for them, with them and most importantly, teach them how to pray.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a reward from Him.” Psalms 127:3

STAY GLAMOROUS

There is no weapon that has been formed against your child(ren) that shall be able to prosper! It’s never too early or too late to give your children back to God.

RESOURCES

Read, “Raising Godly Children In An Ungodly World” by Ken Ham

GLAMTALK

How has raising your children to be godly in this wicked world been a challenge? What tips do you have for other parents/guardians?

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Seek Christ In The Mundane

Elizabeth Rosner

 

January 2, 2017

Seek Christ In The Mundane

Elizabeth Rosner


“The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you.” Numbers 6:25

Every day on my commute, I pass a sweet, humble house nestled in rolling hills.  One day I noticed that the field beside the house was plowed, and because of the terrain of the hills, it seemed to be four patches placed at odd angles to one another, to make the best use of the land available.  It occurred to me that this vaguely formed the shape of a cross, three smaller rectangles of land and one larger rectangle protruding off to the left.

eagerly

As I passed this way each morning, I reflected on the beauty of seeing Christ in the mundane.  A few weeks went by, and apparently overnight, it looked like my plot of Cross-shaped land was overtaken by weeds.  The plot of land went from a defined field to a messy green patch, so much so, that the outline of the cross was no longer evident.  The space just blended in with the grass surrounding it, and frankly, I forgot about my earlier observation.

Eagerly seek Him in new and fresh ways.

Later I realized that the seemingly haphazard plowing was actually intended to be in the shape of a cross and it was planted with some sort of crop.  Botanists would not have been surprised, but to my untrained eye, it could have been corn or okra.  I just knew it was a tall plant.  Imagine my delight to discover that they were sunflowers.  What a glorious sight to behold every day – sunflowers growing toward their Maker, and His face shining upon them each and every day!

Jesus,

You are a glorious Lord, shining upon us in so many ways!  Thank You for blessing us with Your lovely creation.  Thank You for Your intentionality in blessing us.  Let us go out and be that beacon of light for You in the journey You have ordained for us.  AMEN

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“The Lord make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you” Numbers 6:25

STAY GLAMOROUS

This new year ladies, look for the myriad of ways Jesus shines on you each day!  Be alert to His nudging.  Eagerly seek Him in new and fresh ways.  Thank Him for the beauty around you and in you.

RESOURCES 

Read, “This Is The Life” by Warren Wiersbe

GLAMTALK

How do you plan to seek Christ on your everyday commute and in your normal activities? In what ways have you neglected to notice the beauty around you and in you?

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Hit The Reset Button

meganmottley

January 1, 2017

Hit The Reset Button

Megan Mottley


“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17

Happy New Year!

It’s not uncommon to set goals at the start of the New Year. Resist listening to voices that discourage you from hitting the reset button or those who don’t believe that you will stick to your goals.

When setting your goals, it goes beyond the fun Vision Board Party that you attended or the inspiring sermon that you heard today. Although that helps, it will take a few more steps to bring your goals to fruition. Without action, your goals are just ideas or unfulfilled dreams. Someone else with the will and the discipline to put forth the real effort may come along and implement the very same idea–it happens all the time.

Take the word “fruition” for example. Webster defines it as “the state of bearing fruit”. Being the foodie that I am, I immediately think about my favorite fruit and the process that it must take before a pineapple is at it fullest potential or before an apple is ripe. It takes effort on the part of that farmer and it goes beyond just thinking about growing ripe apples or harvesting luscious pineapple. Think about it!

I am excited for you Glamour Girl! As you set your Glamour Goals, make sure that your goals are:

  • SIMPLE
  • SPECIFIC
  • MEASURABLE
  • ATTAINABLE

As you move in the direction of your dreams., remember that the keyword is Move!

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17

STAY GLAMOROUS

As you meditate on Psalm 90:17 in regards to your goals, keep the faith and refer back to your goals throughout the year. Stay encouraged!!!

RESOURCES

Download and Print The Glamour Girl Monthly & Daily Goal Sheets to stay on track

GLAMTALK

With these ideas in mind what goals have you set for 2017?

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God’s Delays Are Not His Denials

meganmottley

December 31, 2016

God’s Delays Are Not His Denials

Megan Mottley


“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14. 

We often think of periods of waiting as a No to a question we’ve asked God or to a request that we’ve put in to God. We equate waiting on an answer from God to waiting in line at a grocery store or waiting at the doctor’s office. In these types of waiting situations, our usual response is “Geez, would they hurry it up…I’ve got to be somewhere!” Since we are allowed our free thoughts on a daily basis and we get away with being impatient more often than we’d like to admit, we tend to think that we can also hurry God. If it weren’t true there would not be several songs about this very subject. One song in particular is called “You Can’t Hurry God” and was performed by choirs and singers all over the world. Dorinda Clark-Cole said it best in her version of the song with such powerful lyrics. (www.christian-gospelmusiclyrics.com)

God hasn’t failed you yet and he won’t ever fail you.

Remember to wait on God! Also know that waiting on God can’t be compared to any other kind of waiting that you have experienced. As you are waiting, rest assured that God is working some things out on your behalf that require your patience. You can’t hurry God as he meticulously creates a job, a new home, a husband, a wife, a financial breakthrough, a legal victory, an opportunity for you to have an important conversation with a family member or friend, a position for you at a prestigious college, a deliverance, the breaking of a stronghold, a good report from the doctor, and so on! God hasn’t failed you yet and he won’t ever fail you. The way may seem dark, the prospects may seem few, your chances may seem slim but our God is all-knowing and all-powerful. He will make a way just believe and wait!

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14.

STAY GLAMOROUS

If you are in a season of waiting in your life do so with a positive attitude and in fact, wait in style!

RESOURCES

Watch “You Can’t Hurry God” video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQRUrNkuuOE

GLAMTALK

When have you experienced a tough time waiting on the Lord to answer a prayer? In what ways was God waiting on you?

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