Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Laughter Is Good 4 The Soul

Laughter is good for the soul.
See if you can figure out what I was trying to say.

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*  That's okay, I'm blying it.

*  How did you did not see it?

*  When I signed up for the text?

*  Slow down cop! This is a Christmas song!

*  How must songs do you have yeft to download?

*  I've been sittin here chalking to you

*  Let's toss a corn

*  I for really for real do

*  I retorded it.

*  Pizza of paper

*  M&Ms pain and peanuts

*  That was true nasty

*  Talkin sausage

*  Relux the mascle

*  You're doing that and I have a stuff full of mouth

*  I am a little thawed off

Be nice in your response. Lol

Real Talk - Being Transparent

Go grab a cup of coffee. This jis going to take a minute.
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It amazes me that in the midst of what I am faced with, God has given me His peace that surpasses all understanding. Although I am going through a similar circumstance, it is not the same because this time I didn't act on my emotions. I didn't put a Plan B in place before allowing God to implement His Plan A.

I use to think that I was the laughing stock of my family. Here I am a single mom. The main one who talks about trusting God for everything and can't keep a job, for whatever reason, with a BA degree in Business and a Master's Degree in Theological Studies; as well as being a published author. That does not add up. I have had soo many highs and lows - tooooo many count. I use to question and say, "Why Me?".

I hear the violins playing. Oh me! Oh my! I guess this is where I would put the sad face on :( or how about the face with a tear coming from my eye ;(. Why me Lord! Why me?

Na!!! No way! Stop the violins! Not anymore. Why not me? Didn't I tell God to use me. I said YES to His Will and Way. I can't control how He uses me although I've tried. For He uses us all in different ways based on our mission, purpose, and/or destiny in Him.

Have you ever wondered what your spiritual resume would look like. Right now, I know my physical resume is JACKED UP!! But my spiritual resume looks pretty AWESOME!! When my employer, God, looks at it, He can see His Glory being revealed through it.

In the midst of every moment of unemployment, which in times passed, caused me to experience lights being turned off; not having enough money for food; an eviction, repossession of my car; headaches from stress; homelessness and even coming close to having a nervous breakdown, I still believe that God was going to make a way for us. I still trusted God for the increase. I still gave God praise in the midst of the tears.

To this day, I still trust God. I believe that He allowed these things to happen not only to make me stronger, but for His Glory and for my good. I am now a living testament of His Glory. Sounds good to me. Plus I am relatable to those I minister to. Experience, in  many cases, is the best teacher.

Through it all, I can truly say that my good has outweighed my bad, although the devil is constantly  trying to convince me otherwise.  I thank God for the good, bad and show nuff ooogly (ugly). Lol My grown son has graduated from college. LOOK AT GOD! Don't get me started because when I think of the GOODNESSof JESUS and ALL HE HAS DONE FOR ME, MY SOUL CRIES OUT HALLELUJAH!!!!! My God!

The bottom line is that I am still here and standing. Although my faith has been shaken, I never lost my faith in God. God is truly (Yes LORD-Oooo weeee) a KEEPER and MIND REGULATOR even to this very day.

I want to encourage someone to hold on and keep your head held high for your current temporary circumstances/situations DO NOT dictate your future or who you are. Keep on believing and trusting in God even if you can't see Him or trace Him.
JUST DON'T QUIT! You are closer to your breakthrough and have gone to far to turn around now.

Please don't ever be afraid to share your testimony in order for someone to be blessed and encouraged by it. Just use Godly wisdom because there is a such thing as saying the "right" thing at the "wrong" time.  Allow God to order your steps and make you a living example for Him. For it is all about God and NEVER about us. To God be the Glory!!

Be blessed!

Knowing The Seasons

In the natural, we have seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) which is defined as a period of the year set off as by special activity. Such as Valentine’s Day, Easter and Christmas.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Let's us know that everything has a time.
vs 1-2 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;”

Even as servants of the Lord, we must know what time it is as it relates to what God has called and pre-ordained for us to do. Not everyone was placed here to do everything.  There are those, who have and/or are trying, to do everything while burning the candle at both ends.

Paul explains to us in I Corinthians 3:5-10 that even he had a job to do at a set time. He PLANTED while Apollos WATERED. Paul didn’t try to pull rank by planting and watering.

“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” (vs 5-7 (NKJV))

The bottom line is that it is not about you or me. It's all about God! So stay in your lane and be the best you that God has called and created you to be. NO MATTER WHAT! God has the final say.  Amen!

Additional Reading: I Corinthians 9:24-27 (Striving For A Crown)

Repost: Do Dilegence


One day I was an interesting and eye opening experience for me. Actually, I had many of them from 2007 up until now. I have come to learn and understand, through personal experience, that life/trials and tribulations or even storms will make or break you. It will also show you who you’re real family and friends are through deeds/actions and not just through lip service.

Please note: What a person goes through is not ALWAYS linked to some type/form of sin. It is a TEST. In some cases, their test may just be your test. I often wondered how many tests we failed from another person's life experience. Just Saying.

Are we our brother's keeper?
Not really.

My hat goes off to those who are willing to do anything they can for not only their family, but for anyone in need WITHOUT any strings attached AND Without looking for the applaud of men for what they consider "good deeds" only to score "brownie points".

I learned that lesson, through Temple of Glory, in Savannah, GA and my friend, Ernestyne, who took GOOD CARE of my son and I while we were in GA. My title/position in my former church had nothing to do with what they did for us. They were doers of the Word and not just hearers only.

The "back door" to many of our churches are open. Not just for the unsaved/unchurched but for those who are saved and diligently trying to work for the Lord. It goes unnoticed, because as a body of "believers", we are too busy to notice. Unfortunately, too busy to care, or in some cases really don't want to "care" especially when people are being wounded/hurt by "church folks". Although this wound is deep, it can be healed.

Don't let no one stop you from fulfilling your God given purpose.
Let Go and Let God!

As a reminder, your title/position in the world and especially in the church does not exempt you from experiencing trials/tribulations; financial struggles/difficulties; heartache/pain; sickness/disease OR EVEN being used by the devil. Don't be fooled. He doesn't care about your title/position; financial status or even education. If he can use you, to destroy someone else, he will. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God."

It's about RELATIONSHIP and not RELIGION.
Are you your BROTHER'S KEEER?
You can be!

It's time to get our house in order which begins through REPENTANCE.
JESUS is coming sooner than later. Know where you stand now before it is too late.

Supporting Scripture: Matthew 25:35-46

Repost: The Promise (Book Appendix Excerpt from my book -Hindrance)

Galatians 4:22-23
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Abraham, like many of us, received a word from God, regarding a promise that was manifested in the Spirit realm.  Instead of waiting on the promise and trusting God for the promise, Abraham and Sarah did it their way.  That’s like many of us right now.

We want God to do things quick, fast, and in a hurry.  With a mentality of I want what I want when I want it.  If He does not come when we want Him to; I’m talking about God, then we will do it ourselves and mess things up.  Not only mess things up but also have the audacity or nerve to expect God fix what we messed up.

KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF THE WAY!!!!
GOD DOES NOT NEED YOUR HELP!!!!

Child of God, I don’t care if God promised you something on yesterday or 10 years ago wait on the promise. Don’t look to the left or look to the right.  Keep your eyes not on the promise but on the one who will fulfill the promise and that’s God Almighty!  For God’s Word will not come back void.  If God said it, then it will come to pass.  AMEN




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Monday, September 11, 2017

Repost: Expect More (Book Appendix Excerpt - Hindrance)

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

To expect something means to look forward to the coming or occurrence of.  Another way to look at this is to anticipate.  When a woman is pregnant, she expects to give birth to a baby, whether it is a boy or girl after nine (9) months of pregnancy.  She knows that during the nine (9) months, she must do the right things by this unborn child prior to his or her birth.

God is the same way.  Before we were even conceived in our mother’s womb, God had a purpose and a plan for our lives.  God knows what he expects out of us and what the end result will be before the beginning.

The question is do we know what to expect from God or even what God expects from us?  Based on the life we are living, do we know what the end will be?  Many of us don’t know or don’t want to know, because it may require that we give up some things.  We may have to stay away from certain people or places in order to receive our expected end from God.

It is time for us to come up from out of our comfort zone.
It is time for us to do more for God.
It is time for us to take the limitations off of God and expect more.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Who Killed My Husband by Michelle Stimpson

Who Killed My Husband by Michelle Stimpson review and blog tour

My Review

When you have the opportunity to be apart of something amazing, you take advantage of it . When I first came in contact with Michelle Stimpson, unknowingly, was through emails regarding various writing workshops. Because I didn't know the person who was sending me these emails, I ignored the emails, although I needed them. Yes, I ignored them to the point of deleting some of them. Then one day, after receiving another email, I realized that the Michelle Stimpson, from those emails, was the same person I became friends with on Facebook. God truly has a sense of humor and a way of bringing you full circle to what you need. I believe this book will bless you in more ways than one. The title, alone, speaks volume, "Who Killed My Husband?". This is a short mystery with a spiritual twist that will keep you engaged and enlightened. Once you have read the below excerpts, you will have an appetite for more. GUARANTEE! 

About The Book

Ashley Crandall finally convinced her husband, Allan, to attend the Christian men’s retreat...but he ends up dead there. What happened to him on the campgrounds? Who would want to kill Allan? And why are the detectives pointing fingers at Ashley? In her quest to solve the mystery and clear her name, Ashley will learn something about her husband that she didn’t want to know and something about her Christian faith that shifts her life. 

This short work by national bestselling, multi-published author Michelle Stimpson is packed with emotion, suspense, and a her signature way of weaving hope into a story – always a hit with readers who enjoy faith-based reads.
 

About the Author


Michelle Stimpson’s works include the highly acclaimed Boaz BrownDivas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace, which has been optioned for a movie. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company at WeGottaRead.com.

Michelle serves in women’s ministry at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. She regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs, and educational organizations.

The Stimpsons are proud parents of two young adults, grandparents of one super-sweet granddaughter, and the owners of one Cocker Spaniel, Mimi, who loves to watch televangelists.

Excerpt 

Chapter 1
“Thank you for doing this, Allan.” I kept my eyes steady on the unfamiliar, winding road sprawling before me. Already, I had braked three times for sharp turns and a pothole. 
Allan, ears covered by headphones, bobbed as though he didn’t hear my compliment. His baby smooth skin, dimples, and semi-mohawk haircut made him look much younger than thirty-two. So young, in fact, that a few times, twenty-something chicks at his DJing events had mistaken me as his older sister or his manager, even though I was only thirty. Allan thought that was funny. “It’s good for business,” he’d say, flashing his boyish grin.
I was tired of him acting like a boy. A guy. A dude. A bro. I needed him to grow up and be a man. Start thinking about things that mattered, namely his eternity. Since Allan had agreed to attend this non-church-affiliated men’s retreat, I thought my prayers were finally being answered. I had gone all out to take off work early so I could take him to Peaceful Days. Even dusted on some makeup and flat-ironed my wavy mane so he’d have this awesome picture of me in the back of his mind all weekend.
I tapped him on the shoulder and mouthed again, “Thank you for doing this.”
I knew better than to expect a “Sure thing, Ashley,” or “It’s my pleasure to go,” from him. He was either ignoring me or caught up in his music. No matter, I was used to being blocked out of his life by music, working at KRBF FM radio Dallas. His side gigs. His friends. His lifestyle.
Still, my eyes watered for a moment. The rejection stung worse than a bee. At least when a bee stung, it was defending its own territory. Allan and I were supposed to be one in God’s sight. Why he chose to turn on me—his wife of six years—and treat me like the enemy was unreasonable. We were on the same team.
At least we were until Corey died.

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