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Ignoring Unhealthy Noise

Tiffany Monger

December 30, 2016

Ignoring Unhealthy Noise

Tiffany Monger


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬
In a world where the noise of criticism and negativity is so loud in society, it’s easy for unhealthy noise to creep inside of your spirit.  Our Christian walk and fitness journey has some of the same similarities. You always have to work at it. Sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down. However, the goal is to keep pursuing progress.

…the goal is to keep pursuing progress.

It’s so easy to recognize our body’s flaws or whether or not the results are coming quick enough. We as women sometimes allow that to consume how we feel and appreciate ourselves. Even when we are attempting to make better eating choices or attempting physical fitness. Since we don’t like what we see YET we can’t appreciate progress.

I tell my clients when they don’t like the outcome of the scale or when they feel like their efforts are not working, to still celebrate the small successes. Find the positive in the journey.  Encouraging yourself with thoughts like: I am glad I have started seeking a healthier lifestyle, I love the energy I feel when I eat right, or I love how well I sleep after I workout.

Thinking on all things hopeful and positive is what fuels you to keep on striving. The thoughts we entertain either drain us or fuel us. As the scripture says, think on things above and gain a greater appreciation of the journey you are on.

Heavenly Father,

I am thankful that things are as well as it is. Father help me to see myself the way you see me, beautifully and wonderfully made.  Holy Spirit nudge me when my mind starts drifting into negative thoughts about myself. Remind me of the small victories that are going forth in my journey.  Continue to empower and help me to stay focused and positive about what’s taking place. As your Word says faint not and in due season I will reap my reward.  Until I see obvious results, I pray to be mindful to keep my thoughts and heart pure.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
‭‭Philippians ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

STAY GLAMOROUS

I know many of you still want to enjoy certain foods that may be high in calories.  It’s not a crime to enjoy those foods from time to time but be mindful of your portions. For example, instead of eating on a plate use a saucer, trust me, it’s still filling. If you have a two layer cake only eat one layer and share the other half. Still get that great taste but half the calories. Focus on However, you must still operate in self-control.

GLAMTALK

How do you exercise self-control within your fitness plan and healthy lifestyle?

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Start Again

meganmottley

December 29, 2016

Start Again

Megan Mottley


“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

A year ago, TV mogul, actor and author, Steve Harvey, incorrectly announced the winner of the Miss Universe pageant. It was been the buzz on social media and new outlets alike. Many of the comments have been comical but most of the comments have been critical. In times like these, we get to see the true colors of the people that we interact with directly and indirectly but most importantly it’s a great time to reflect on the lessons that we can learn.

When you think you’ve failed and winning seems so far from happening for you, remain humble because in an instant you could be in the spotlight. Failing does not make you a failure, it’s life! Get back up and start again (and again) because your attitude in those tough and seemingly unbearable times is what makes you a success.

Here are 7 lessons that we can learn from Steve Harvey & The Miss Universe fiasco:

1. How you handle defeat determines how you’ll handle sudden victory. God moves suddenly so it’s during your moments of defeat or those moments that you’ve failed that God is preparing for a sudden move of victory in your life.

Don’t get caught up the things of this world, wishing and wanting temporary things that can fade away and/or be taken from you in a flash.

2. When you do what God has called you to do, in the end you’ll receive your crown. This world is not our home. We’re just passing through on our way to Eternity. Don’t get caught up the things of this world, wishing and wanting temporary things that can fade away and/or be taken from you in a flash. Live unto God until that beautiful day when you will receive your eternal crown.

3. We’re all winners when it’s all said & done. Think about how hard all of those ladies worked to compete for the title of Miss Universe. Think of all the ladies/participants who we will never know. Think about the ladies who will go home disappointed no matter how beautiful, talented or poised they were leading up to and during the competition. In the moment that Miss Colombia was crowned, she felt amazing but none of that should change going forward. She should still do all the things that she would’ve done as Miss Universe and I believe that she will! We should carry ourselves as winners whether we get recognized or not. We should love our neighbors and serve one another whether cameras are flashing or not.

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We should carry ourselves as winners whether we get recognized or not. We should love our neighbors and serve one another whether cameras are flashing or not.

4. Steve Harvey saw where a mistake was made and he corrected the problem. Harvey humbled himself and thought of no one but the ladies that he had affected. Many of us have yet to apologize for things that we said & done to others over the years. We save face and think only of ourselves and how much we’ve been hurt, embarrassed or looked over all of our lives. It’s time to man up or woman up and apologize for anyone that you’ve wronged.

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5. Show grace when others make mistakes. To err is human.  We often forget that celebrities are human because we feel that they have access to the best of everything. We forget that they too experience sickness, sadness, death, hurt, pain and just about every emotion that there is. Unfortunately, celebrities don’t always have the right people in their lives to lean on and many spend loads of time wondering who will truly support them during the rough seasons. Let this be a reminder to be a genuine and supportive family member, friend, confidant, etc., to the people that God has placed in your life. If and when you fall, you’ll want others to do the same and show you the same grace.

6. Practice doesn’t always make perfect. Anyone who’s ever been at a live taping can attest to this. No matter how far you go in life even with your skills, talents, connections & charisma in tow, you’re never above making mistakes. Highly trained actors/actresses make mistakes; if they didn’t make mistakes, movies and sitcoms would be taped in 5 minutes. Writers make mistakes; if they didn’t, you’d never find typos in printed and published books. You could be trained by the finest, at the top of your game, be polished, poised and rehearsed and still make an error.  Cut yourself some slack and in this case cut Steve Harvey some slack and realize that only God is perfect.

7. Laugh at your mistakes! After you’ve owned up to your mistakes and done the right thing by apologizing, move on. There’s no need to sink into a deep, dark depression because of your errors. Instead, figure out how you can use it to bounce back. Steve Harvey will probably write a book all about the mistakes that he’s made over the years and this most unforgettable error. If there’s anyone who can tell the story, it’s him. Most of the time, our mistakes and mess-ups become our messages. What mess-ups are you allowing to eat away at you that could be a message for the masses? What mistakes are you hiding that could be useful to others?

Steve-Harvey

 

After you’ve owned up to your mistakes and done the right thing by apologizing, move on.

 

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

STAY GLAMOROUS

We often talk about forgiving ourselves when we’ve messed up. Remember that only God has the power to forgive. If you had the ability to forgive yourself you would not have a need for God and His infinite power. So what can you do when you’ve messed up, wronged someone, or questioned God?

1. Confess to God that you’ve messed up.

2. Ask God for forgiveness and the ability/opportunity to fix the issue(s) swiftly.

3. Heal in the confidence that all is forgiven.

4. Move forward.

RESOURCES

Read, “Don’t Throw Your Net Away” by Yaw Owusu-Ansah

GLAMTALK

When have you made huge mistake and didn’t know how to bounce back? What feelings did you experience? How did you move forward?

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Understanding Death

 meganmottley
December 28, 2016
Understanding Death

Megan Mottley


“…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24

Experiencing death whether it affects you personally or it affects a close friend is not easy. Even watching the news and hearing of tragedy occurring with people that you don’t know can be unsettling. Death can sometimes leave us wondering why? It’s easy to tell someone that their loved one has gone on to a better place or that we all have to go one day, but accepting this is not as easy as it sounds.

So what is the best way to cope with death or to at least understand death? Seeking counseling and focusing on that person’s legacy can certainly bring healing and understanding. It can also be helpful to look at the life span of a seed. Before a seed can blossom into a beautiful flower or bear tasty, delicious fruit it in fact has to die first. In John 12:24 Jesus reminded Phillip and Andrew that “…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

As hard as it may be to accept the death of a loved one, it’s vital to think of them as having represented a seed in your life.
So how does thinking about a seed falling to the ground help? All of our loved ones, friends, or even celebrities who we connect with have shared a part of themselves with us in some shape, form or fashion. Consider them a seed that has/had beautiful, vibrant life within. Each person, no matter how young or old, represents seeds of wisdom, humor, service, joy, kindness, protection and so on. **Pause a minute and think of the kind of seeds that the people in your life (living or deceased) represent.** As you stay close to (nurture/love) that seed and observe its many characteristics or principles that you can apply to different areas of your life, you are helping the seed to fulfill its purpose. However, in order for the seed to reach its full potential, it must die.
As hard as it may be to accept the death of a loved one, it’s vital to think of them as having represented a seed in your life. You are in full blossom or headed in that direction because of those who came before you. All of our loved ones who have passed away have completed their cycle of life which enables us as their seedlings to bear the fruit that they instilled in us. Believe it or not, you are also responsible for planting seeds into the lives of others.
Find comfort in knowing that you have what it takes to carry on the legacy of those that you mourn. The grieving process is just that–a process, so take the time and the necessary steps to come to terms with losing the people that were special to you. In time, make sure to place yourself in an environment that is conducive to yourcontinuous growth so that you can blossom as expected. Even when you experience setbacks–dry seasons, excessive amounts of water (tears), pruning, malnourishment (family/friend issues), or slow growth–remember that you are important and your survival is key to those who will learn from you.
BIBLICAL TRUTH
“…Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24
STAY GLAMOROUS
Visit your favorite local nursery and find seeds of a flower, etc., that you can plant and watch grow to commemorate your loved one and to remind you to stay focused and to become everything you are destined to become.
RESOURCES
Read, “Grieving The Loss Of Someone You Love” by Raymond Mitsch
GLAMTALK
How have you coped with the loss of a loved one?
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What Do You Fear More – Wealth Or Poverty?

Jenessa Hefler

December 27, 2016

What Do You Fear More – Wealth Or Poverty?

Jenessa Hefler


“So because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:16-17

If we’re honest with ourselves, nearly every single person we know (Christian or not) sets up their life and their future and their children’s future in a way to not only avoid poverty, but ideally to have a more comfortable life in the future. I don’t think that is inherently wrong, but if you read the Bible, I think we are all way too comfortable with our wealth. We need to be far more fearful of wealth and far less afraid of poverty. Prayerfully read these verses and see if you come to the same conclusion as I have…

“So because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:16-17

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then, come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money… What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:13-15 (Do you really hate money?)

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.” Matthew 13:44

“Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grains and my goods. And I’ll… “Take life easy; eat, drink, and be merry.” But God said to him, “You fool!” Luke 12:18-20

If you were to have asked me five years ago whether money was a temptation for me, I definitely would have replied no. Anyone who knows me knows I am frugal, generally don’t need or want fancy things, and have never had a goal of making lots of money in my career. By all means, I am a middle-class American who spends within my budget, gives some, saves some, and lives comfortably. So naturally, I had always assumed these verses about wealth were for those other “rich” people, not me. Even then (being passionate about social justice) I knew all the statistics. By the world and historical standards, I am off-the-charts wealthy, but still these verses didn’t hit home until God grabbed a hold of my heart in the past few years.

One of my dearest friends is a single mom of seven who lives well beneath the poverty line. In the three years I have known the family, they have lived in five different houses/apartments. Mom does not have a car so job opportunities are very limited. She has almost no time for a job any way- raising seven children is more than a full time job as it is. She would do anything for her children- including finding transportation for them every single day so they can go to better schools across town than the ones their neighborhood bus takes them to. She is a pillar of strength, a role model to me, a second mother. How does she do it? With God. She relies on God for her daily strength and literal daily bread. She constantly is talking to and about God. She gives to others in her neighborhood out of the little she has. Her faith is refreshing and remarkable, especially given her circumstances.

She reminds me so much of one of my favorite women in the Bible–the poor widow. Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything- all she had to live on.Mark 12:41-44

I have read this story many times before and I always thought it was a little absurd. C’mon Jesus! Go get that money and give the widow at least some, if not all of it. The poor old woman! What is she going to do now? I can clearly see now the incredible heart and devotion this widow had to the Lord. She did not trust in money, her plans, her future, her understanding. She trusted FULLY in Jesus. To the point that she gave EVERYTHING. She realized the beauty, sufficiency, faithfulness, and love of Christ AND the emptiness of the world, wealth, and everything in it. I personally believe you cannot fully embrace the cross until you reach a place where you realize this world has nothing for you. And it so much easier for a poor person to get that. In middle-class America, most of us will never know what it feels like to literally trust God for our daily bread. The more time I spend with the poor of this world, I see that they have something that my savings account, insurance, car, home/apt could never buy and in fact, impedes me from understanding. They have FAITH IN GOD. God is more than a Sunday activity, He is their every breath.

I want to trust God more than money.

I want that kind of faith. I want to trust God more than money. I want to love God and despise money. I don’t think Jesus was kidding when he said “it easier for the camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” and so narrow is the road to life that only “a few find it.” (Matthew 19:23 and 7:14). That scares me. Praying it scares all of us to our knees in prayer and into action, as God leads.

BIBLICAL TRUTH

“So because you are lukewarm- neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:16-17

STAY GLAMOROUS

  • Pray and take inventory of your relationship with God, money, and yourself. Here are some guiding questions to consider:
    • What do you worry about? What are the fears that plague you as you lie in bed or wake up in the morning?
    • What is your gut reaction when people ask you for money?
    • How often do you check your savings/checking account online? How often do you pray?
    • What do you prioritize spending money on?
  • Read 1st Timothy 6:3-21.
    • Write out your favorite verse from this passage and put it somewhere prominent. My favorite phrase is “so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (v.19) because it reminds me that life (abundant, full, and free) can only be grasped when I let go of this life and cling to Him.
  • Pray and ask God to show you how to give your money. Be bold, be generous, be trusting.
    • Remember God does not want or need your money. He wants your heart. (“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21) But sometimes sacrificial giving is how we affirm our trust in God and not in our wealth.

RESOURCES

Read, “Success God’s Way” by Charles Stanley

GLAMTALK

What has been your usual mindset on wealth vs. poverty? How have your viewpoints changed?

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What If My Gift Doesn’t Make Room For Me?

meganmottleyDecember 26, 2016

What If My Gift Doesn’t Make Room For Me?

Megan Mottley 


“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” Proverbs 18:16

Everyone has a unique gift and talent and yes YOU possess something that is valuable to the world. Sometimes we feel the complete opposite of what the scripture says about our gifts: “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (Proverbs 18:16). When life happens and we are not operating in our gift because we busy ourselves with careers, family, friends, leisure activities, or other things that can distract us, we feel that our gift ISN’T making room for us. However, it is wise for us to understand that God does not make us do anything that we don’t want to do. We have to make our own choices. Luke 14:25-27 explains that “anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.” In other words if you choose to hold on tightly to earthly relationships and choose to place other things in front of God then you are outside of his will from the start.

If you are out of God’s will then more than likely you aren’t operating in your gift(s).

1482893860499So stop asking, “God, if you want this for me and my life why isn’t it happening?” or “What if my gift ISN’T making room for me?” These are tricks of Satan to cause you to be angry with God for your own errors.

No matter what it’s never too late to get back on track. If you’ve been questioning God, take heed to the old Michael Jackson song with lyrics that said, “take a look at yourself and make the change”. Start with the man/woman in the mirror. Make sure you are in God’s will and if not take the necessary steps to get back where you know you belong. Find the balance between things that can become a distraction to you and your relationship with God. Focus on what your purpose is in life and the natural gift that you have inside of you that is intended to impact nations. With all those things in order you will be completely satisfied from operating in your gift and ultimately fulfilling the Great Commission of drawing others to Christ. That’s what it’s all about.

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” Proverbs 18:16

STAY GLAMOROUS:

If you don’t know what you’re gifted to do, take the Spiritual Gifts test at http://www.spiritualgiftstest.com. Be sure to allot a significant amount of time to take the test so you can get the best results.

RESOURCES:

Read, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts: The Easy-to-Use Guide That Helps You Identify and Understand Your Unique God-Given Spiritual Gifts”, by C. Peter Wagner

GLAMTALK
What is/are your spiritual gift(s)?

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Don’t Be Afraid, A Savior Is Born!

meganmottley
December 25, 2016
Don’t Be Afraid, A Savior Is Born!
Megan Mottley

“The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide” Luke 2:10 (The Message)

There are so many elements of Jesus’ birth that I would love to capture. The star that shone so bright, the three wise men that came as witnesses, the pregnancy of the virgin Mary, the fact that there was no room at the inn or that our Lord and Savior Jesus was born in a stable. The list could go on, however, the common thread would be the need to take notice and celebrate that miraculous occasion. Every event which led up to Jesus’ birth represented an even greater purpose in the end. Every person involved in Jesus’ birth was an ordinary person who became a part of something extraordinary.

It is so important to understand how mysteriously God can work. Sometimes, it may seem that life is moving slowly, that our chaotic workplace will never subside, that our children will never straighten up and fly right, that our spouses will always make things difficult, that school will always be a struggle, that there will always be more bills than paycheck. However, there is a light at the end of the road. That light this holiday season is that star that was shining so bright. It is the same light that led the three wise men who had never seen or met Jesus to travel to be by his side. The wise men came prepared with gifts expecting to find something worth celebrating. Speaking of expecting, the virgin Mary was given the honor of carrying Jesus in her womb. She was required by God that is, to accept her role at a young age and had to endure an awkward situation throughout her pregnancy. Even the mother of Jesus had to endure trials and tribulations.

There is a great message that should be our focus this holiday season: in every situation we face, God knows what’s best even if it seems uncomfortable for a time. Philippians 4:6 says “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. As we go into the New Year, we must continue to exhibit patience and trust God to move in our lives. Whether it is a desire to be married, steps on how to lead a spouse to Christ, whether to go back to school, or how to get out of debt, God wants us to make our requests known and then prayerfully wait for Him instead of trying to fix things on our own.

Have A Merry Christmas! Jesus is the Reason For The Season!!!

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide” Luke 2:10 (The Message)

STAY GLAMOROUS:

Even when you are carrying and getting ready to birth something amazing, you will endure trials and tribulations. If Mary the mother of Jesus endured trials, then so will you. However, that’s where Jesus comes in. Live according to the Word of God, trust in God to open the doors needed to bring your gifts to fruition,  and be patient as He works out any kinks along the way.

RESOURCES:

Read, “Trusting God Day By Day” by Joyce Meyer

GLAMTALK:

How do you plan to put your trust in God as you prepare for 2017? Have you made your requests known to everyone except God?

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Balancing Act

meganmottley

December 24, 2016

Balancing Act

Megan Mottley


“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

6874balance_scaleNo matter where you are in life, no matter what level of education or level of prestige the answer to how to balance life is a question that everyone ponders at some point or another.

Our lives consist of most of the following entities:

Church Life
Education
Family
Friends
Career
Relationships
Leisure
Travel
Finances
Business

The order that we place the abovementioned entities depend on where we are in life. No particular order is right or wrong it’s just a matter of balance. Too much of anything is not good while not enough of something else can be problematic as well. So how do you solve the too much/not enough situation: BALANCE.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Proverbs 11:1 reminds us that “The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight.” Proverbs 16:11 also states that “Honest scales and balances are from the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making.”

If we don’t learn how to find balance, God will certainly teach us! If we don’t spend enough time with our spouse an extramarital affair may creep into a marriage. If we neglect our children, a serious peer pressure situation may turn into a major issue. If we forfeit the opportunity to spend time in God’s house we may miss a word from God that could help us cope. If we’re too lazy to pursue education, it could keep us from a pay increase and necessary knowledge. If we don’t learn to take some time to travel and get away, bitterness and a spirit of weariness may set in. The list can go on and on but the ULTIMATE point is that we must embrace the benefits of BALANCE.

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

STAY GLAMOROUS:

Inner beauty requires balance just as outer beauty does. In fact, having balance on the basics, will help you to look and feel better. When you’re picking up that new shade of lipstick or that new set of “must-have” makeup brushes, be sure to take some time to update your attitude, uplift your spirit and upgrade your character.

RESOURCES:

Read, Balancing Life’s Demands Study Guide: Biblical Priorities for a Busy Life” by Chip Ingram

GLAMTALK:

How do balance things in your life?

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The Value of Support

meganmottley

December 23, 2016

The Value of Support

Megan Mottley


“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

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Support can be defined as bearing the weight of, providing aid or strength, defending, or providing a foundation. Those definitions would probably describe some of the nurturing relationships that exist with various people in your life. There aren’t too many things that are more valuable than having a great support system. Christ reminds us in John 15:12-13 to love each other as He loved us. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

Here are a few examples of support:

  • You’ve been laid off your job and now you depend on others for financial support.
  • Your neighbor needs her grass cut and you offer to help her out for free.
  • You’ve started a new business and now a mentor provides you with moral support.
  • The nursing home down the street needs volunteers and you gladly sign up.
  • Death creeps into your family and you’re immediately surrounded with love & unconditional support.
  • Your place of worship & its leaders help you to grow spiritually and in return you begin to serve with different ministries to provide several levels of support.
  • Being a parent is much easier with the support of a spouse, grandparents, etc.
  • It’s your freshmen year in college and you are adopted by a junior studying the same major and they offer to show you the ropes.
  • You’ve taken sick and you are trusting a team of doctors and nurse to provide you with all the care and support that you need.
  • You join a local cause to help save a country destroyed by a recent tragedy.

Willingness to provide some level of support to others should be a part of your DNA. If you’re normally the one on the receiving end, start thinking of ways that you can sow into others. It doesn’t have to be anything major you can actually start off taking tiny steps. Before long you will be so caught up in helping and loving on others that it won’t seem like a chore but something that you adore.

On the other end of the spectrum is being open to receive support. If you’ve experienced a hardship in life or entered a phase in life where you seem to be faced with a plethora of unanswered questions, don’t be too ashamed to reach out to others for help. God gives some people the gift of giving and they are fulfilling their purpose in life when they are allowed the privilege to bless you. Of course, someone providing support shouldn’t be abused or confused but honored, respected and appreciated. When you’ve experienced someone who will sow into you with no strings attached, it will ignite a fire in you to keep the circle of love and support going.

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

STAY GLAMOROUS:

Being supportive is contagious! It works both ways and adds great value to everyone’s life. If you encounter someone who is down and out or angry even, find ways to support them and in time you will see them do the same.

RESOURCES:

Read, Holding Space: A Guide to Supporting Others While Remembering to Take Care of Yourself First” by Amanda Hope

GLAMTALK:

How have you shown support to someone that you know? someone that you don’t know?

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A Plethora of Provision

meganmottley
December 22, 2016
A Plethora of Provision
Megan Mottley

“God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

When we think of God providing for us, we often limit our thinking to the financial aspect. However, God provides for us in a number of ways and the extent to which He provides for His children is incomprehensible. Let’s take a look at a few ways:

Relational
In relationships, when the person that you’ve invested time and energy with turns out to be someone that is not right for your destiny, God provides a way out and He provides a second chance to meet the person who you were truly intended for and who was truly intended for you. In friendships, when seasons change and friends move out of our lives or their roles change in our lives, God provides us with new friends to fill the void or those who have been there all along step up. God provides us with parents and guardians, husbands, wives, children, pastors, educators, advisors, mentors and so on. “God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). Even in relationships, God makes the necessary provisions to mold us into the men and women that we are to become.

Health
When we neglect our temples, we are indeed destroying the bodies that God has entrusted to us. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” As many times as you’ve dealt with minor sickness like allergies, common colds, etc., God has provided you with doctors of varying expertise who instruct you how to care for your bodies, nutritionists who encourage you to eat correctly, and exercise coaches/personal trainers who show you how to properly exercise. God has even made provisions for your mental well-being by equipping psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors and life coaches to help you to cope with life in a more balanced way. Pastors, prayer partners, preachers and teachers all provide you with guidance to optimum spiritual health. Everything that we need for healthy minds, bodies and spirits has been provided to us by our Lord & Savior.

Strength
When life seems too hard, God provides us with supernatural strength to endure. We experience death, financial setbacks, health issues, challenging projects and tasks, dysfunctional relationships, and the results of poor choices. However, God knows how much we can bear and he gives us what we need right when we need it. God also gives us a way of escape when we are tempted to succomb to choices that make us weak or that make life much more difficult to handle. I Corinthians 10:13 ensures us that “no temptation (or trial) has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted (or tried) beyond what you are able, but with the temptation (or trial) will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” God provides us with strength and ways to escape the things that can harm us.

Financial
In these economic times, it is certainly important to acknowledge that God provides for us financially. From our jobs to our modes of transportation, we have everything that we need. We may not have everything that we want, but if we are able to make ends meet even 80% of the time, then we are farther along than most. Many of us have had to sacrifice higher paying jobs, vacations, simple luxuries and so on in order to survive. However, just as Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own flesh and blood and God provided for him, we have access to the same God, the same generous Provider. “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided” (Genesis 12:14).

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

STAY GLAMOROUS:

As long as we remember to acknowledge God for the plethora of provision that He bestows upon us, then we can make it through any storm. If we are always reflecting on how far we’ve come and how God has provided for us before then we can have genuine confidence that He will do the same again and again. Even when life doesn’t unfold as we expect it to, we have a Jehovah-Jireh watching and waiting to provide a ram in the bush and things will unfold exactly how God intends them to unfold.

RESOURCES:

Read, “God’s Provision For Your Every Need” by T.D. Jakes

GLAMTALK:

How do you acknowledge God for how/what He provides for you?

Post-Election Season: WWJD?

Jenessa Hefler

December 21, 2016

Post-Election Season: WWJD?

Jenessa Hefler


“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” 1st Timothy 2:1-2

Yes, you guessed it. I’m going to discuss politics… Why? Well I once heard a wise pastor say if a Christian hopes to have any impact in their world, they should hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. We can’t hide ourselves under a rock and pretend America isn’t currently having a panic attack.

Instead we should be the beacons of hope (Matthew 5:14) in what has been and remains to be a very divisive, discouraging political season.

While I can’t claim to be well-versed in politics, I am certain of my faith in Jesus Christ. And so it is through this lense that I view the entire world, including politics. I am not silly enough to try and claim that Jesus would be Republican or Democratic- we can barely choose a political party to adequately represent our own beliefs, how could we possibly delegate the Lord to a single mind frame? Best quote I’ve heard on this issue was from John Bryson at Fellowship Memphis who said “Jesus was more liberal than the most liberal person you’ve ever met and more conservative than the most conservative.” He is God. Far bigger than our country, timeframe, and world, let alone our political system. That said, I worry that as American Christians we have started looking to government, laws, and political stances to be our rallying voice and in doing so have made a mockery of Jesus and many of the people he created and loves.

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While Jesus cannot be relegated to a political party, there is still much to be learned from looking at the way he lived his life on this earth. Many Jews believed the Messiah would come, conquer Jewish enemies, and establish a kingdom where and he (and they) would reign. Jesus very well could have taken over and put the Mosaic Law (i.e. Ten Commandments) as law of the land. Being God, He could have overthrown the Roman government and put Jewish rules into place. But he didn’t… We see a very different approach in how Jesus came to “reign.” He didn’t concern himself with worldly power and this upset many religious people of that day and if we’re honest, would upset many religious people of our day.

Listen to Jesus’s response when two of his followers wanted power- namely, to sit at his right and left hand. “Jesus called them together and said “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

Jesus called his followers not just to love those who are with them but to love those who oppose him. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back….Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36

I think many American Christians are so focused on laws and rules (regarding homosexuality, abortion, etc.) that they have forgotten the people those rules affect. Jesus didn’t bother going to Rome to change laws, he deeply loved and cared for the people he came into contact with every day- and that grace- the joy of being fully known yet fully loved- is what caused people to turn from their sin. Laws alone never change anyone- grace does. Jesus also didn’t shy away from any type of people. In fact, he spent more time with the marginalized of the day- lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors, widows, orphans- than he did the religious Pharisees because he saw their hearts, their great need, and their willingness to surrender. (Luke 15:1-2; Luke 7:44-47)

I don’t know how you voted this election season. And I don’t think God really cares either.

I think what is far more important is the condition of your heart and the actions that overflow out of it now. I pray that as a Christian, you would stand up and follow our true King’s lead and His LOVE. Love those who you disagree with, love those who make fun of you, love those who feel alone, hurt, and fearful of the next four years, and love those who are rejoicing as well- that they might rejoice in Jesus more. My prayer is that your passion, your actions, and your words do nothing but point people to the One Savior and Redeemer- Jesus.

“A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”  -Jesus (John 13:34).

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how then can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence..” 1st John 3:16-19

BIBLICAL TRUTH:

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” 1st Timothy 2:1-2

STAY GLAMOROUS:
  1. Read Romans chapters 12 and 13. Whichever way your political views sway, both parties’ follies are shown in these verses. Pick out a verse to memorize here that helps you to set your heart on a third way- Jesus’s way.
  2. Talk to someone of a different political view than you. Go into the conversation purely to listen. Genuinely try to understand how and why they view the world the way they do.
    • Consider and pray over Proverbs 18:2 “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion” BEFORE and during the conversation.
    • Extra brownie points if the friend/acquaintance you talk to is not a Christian. I believe this election has far more weight on your life and your emotional well-being if you do not know and trust God as the ultimate authority. Our friends need us to listen and love.
  3. For our country, leadership, future, and people.
    • This is more of a personal request, but please pray for non-Christian liberals. I have several friends who fall into this camp and the evangelical vote for Trump has left a huge distaste for all things God and Christ in their life. Many of them now see Christianity as synonymous with conservatism (and all the baggage that comes along with it). Pray that God would open hearts, doors, and minds and that Christians (including myself) would step up and LOVE WELL and allow the true picture of Christ to shine in our lives (regardless of our political views).

RESOURCES:

Read, “One Nation Under God”  by Bruce Ashford

GLAMTALK:

How have your political views changed in any way during this most recent election?

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