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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

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Well, according to Tina Turner it’s a ‘sweet old fashioned notion’. But love is so much more than that. Love is timeless. It never goes out of style. In light of February being the month of “love”, its only right that this month we talk about LOVE! What pops into your mind when you think about love? Your spouse? Your parents? Your friends? That failed relationship that left you thinking you would never love again? Does God immediately pop in your head?

Most people are always so focused on receiving love, they chase after it, demand it and sometimes would do anything for it, but I wonder how many lives would be changed if instead of focusing on receiving love, we focused on giving love. When we truly love one another, we give each other permission to be ourselves, to be vulnerable, to admit our faults and shortcomings without regard of what someone may think, and we are able to do this because perfect love cast out fear! When we truly love someone and we are loved, we feel like we can conquer anything, and even if we make a mistake we know that we are loved beyond our faults and because of that we have no fear with trying again.

We underestimate the power of love, and how the love that has been given to us should be extended to those around us. If you ever wanted to test how much love resides inside of you, take a look at how you treat those around you. In the book of Proverbs chapter 12 it reads

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers all wrongs.

Some might read this and roll their eyes because what they’ve seen of love has not been beautiful, it has not been uplifting, it has not given them courage. Its important that we don’t shun the notion of love, or never extend love to others, especially if you’re a person of faith. John 15:12 puts its quite simply

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

No metaphor, no parable, this is a straightforward command that because He loves us and has shown us how to love, we are to do the same.

Tina Turner kept asking over and over what love had to do with it. And the answer is, it has to do with EVERYTHING! We were made to love and to be loved.

How do you like to share or show love to others? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

-Kiara Janai

Next Week: Let’s talk about Self Love

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2016: Got Faith Goals?

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Well folks, it looks like we’re coming to the end of another year! With a year ending comes endless social media posts about all that things that we are either leaving behind in 2015 or the things we will pursue in 2016. Often times these posts consist of starting a business, making and saving more money, traveling more, paying off debt, or starting an exercise regimen.

While all of these all great things, this morning I woke up and wondered how much would our lives be enhanced in the new year if instead of focusing so much on the “being a better me” goals, we wrote down our faith goals for the year. What Is A Faith Goal? I look at these as goals to help you grow deeper in your relationship with God! After all, when we begin to align our lives correctly with God, he will begin a work in us so great and everything that is for our lives will be attracted to us.

So in the next few days while you’re taking moments to reflect and figure out what you want out of life for 2016, I encourage you to take time to figure out how you want to grow in your walk with Christ in the New Year!

I’ll share a few of mine with you and the reasoning behind them!

Monthly Book of the Bible Study: Although I try to read my Bible everyday, I want to go more in depth during my study time, so for this year my goal is to focus on a book each month to study and explore. For January I’ll start to the Book of Romans!

Study & Develop Spiritual Gifts: I’ve always ran away from the spiritual  gifts God has blessed me with, mostly because I didn’t understand how to use and apply them in my everyday life. So I have a goal to study these gifts so I can effectively use them in the purpose He has for my life!

Pray For An Hour Everyday: This is something that has been on my heart to do for awhile. Prayer is so essential in our relationship with God, just like any other relationship. If I can spend an hour on social media, watching a movie or talking to a friend, I should be able to spend a consistent hour in prayer with my Heavenly Father. I won’t jump right into this, but will start with 15 minutes straight, then 20 minutes etc. until I’m able to pray for an hour straight with no distractions.​

~Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.~ Colossians 2:7

What Are Some Of Your 2016 Faith Goals? Share with me in the comments!

Sincerely,

Rhapsody

 

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Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing

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In the book of Luke (10:38-41) we come to a story of of Jesus and the disciples coming to a village and visiting the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary was clearly beyond excited to be in the presence of Jesus so she sits at His feet, hanging on His every word. Martha was so focused on preparing the house for her guest, and she got annoyed that Mary was so caught up in Jesus that she complained asking Him if he cared that Mary was leaving her to do all the work. Then she put a demand on Jesus and told Him to make her help her out.

Jesus tells Martha that “few things are needed- indeed only one” and Mary had chosen what was better. In this story of Mary and Martha we see that Mary decided to keep the main thing the main thing.

I can admit that there has been times in my walk with Christ that I got so caught in “doing” things for Him that I slacked in my one on one time with Him. Of course He has called us to serve with excellence, but does that trump spending time at His feet and allowing Him to minister to us?

It is important that we remember through all the serving and “doing” for God that we be intentional about taking time to spend with Him. Do you want God to say, “I never knew you” because you were so caught up in doing good deeds, instead of building a relationship with Him? Building your relationship with God is what is going to sustain you when serving becomes overwhelming for our physical bodies and mental capacities.

Make sure you keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is Christ!

Strengthen that relationship and serve. If we have been in constant communication with our Heavenly Father, we will be so filled with Him, that we won’t complain like Martha did or allow or serving to become something we do out of duty instead of pure worship and devotion to Christ. We have to learn to balance our worship and our work (serving) and we do that by worshipping as we work, as my Pastor would say.

Struggling with this? Below are a few tips for building and continuously strengthening your relationship with Him in the midst of your serving:

– Read God’s word EVERYDAY! Maybe you’re just getting started with reading the Word, don’t try to start off reading entire books or chapters, you could meditate on one proverb a day and build on that, just continue to read His word.

– Write! Because I love writing journaling has always been quite therapeutic for me, and writing to God is amazing as well because it allows you a chance to look back and see how you’ve grown or what God has revealed to you over time

– Spend Time: Just spending time in Gods presence can help you develop in your relationship. Talk with Him through prayer and listen as much as you pray so that He can continue to reveal His truth to you. Set aside a specific time each day to just pray and allow God to pour back into you.

Take some time to study that passage this week and allow God to reveal to you how you can apply it in your life!

What Are You Fertile Ground For?

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If you look up the word fertile in the Dictionary you’ll find the definition reads capable of growing and developing; able to mature. When a farmer is planting seeds for his crops to grow, he hopes that his seeds will be planted on fertile ground, the whole point is for whatever he is planting to grow and mature and you can’t do that without fertile ground.

The other day I made a series of snaps on Snapchat (my friends call them ‘snap sermons’) about being purposeful and selective about the people you closely tie yourself to, and I used Jesus as an example of how he was always around people, interacted with people, but those He was closest with (disciples), He was super selective about.

The next morning I woke up and had a feeling I should delete them, thoughts ran across my mind and I began to doubt I thought “Just delete it”, “You don’t know what you’re talking about” “People are probably getting annoyed by you talking about God so much”. After a moment I stopped and said outloud “Kiara are you doubting? Why are you thinking that way?” Just that quick, a seed of doubt was planted in my mind.

I took a moment and began communicating with God trying to figure out why that even happened. He showed me how the enemy will plant bad seeds in your mind to make you doubt what God has spoken to you or told you to say. Now if I hadn’t been pursuing Christ in the way that I have been and took the time to pray about what I was thinking, that seed would have began to get developed throughout my whole day. It would have made me doubt my ability at work, doubt my connections to people, doubt what God has called me to do. It would have slowly taken root in my spirit and would have made for a miserable day.

After praying I chuckled and said “Devil, you tried it! But do you know who my Father is? You only come to kill, steal and destroy, and you have no business here, so keep it moving and try that somewhere else, because it won’t grow here, and this temple is NOT fertile ground for doubt! Through this incident, I was reminded how important it is to stay connected to God and to be secure in what He says about my  life.

I want you to take a moment and think about what type of seeds you’re fertile ground for. Are you allowing bad seeds such as fear, doubt, and worry to be devloped and matured inside of you or are you allowing good (God) seeds such as faith, courage and love to be planted?

Choose today to let God seeds take root in your mind, body and spirit!

Sincerely, Rhapsody

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Your Mistakes Don’t Define You

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Honestly making mistakes is never fun, a lot of times making mistakes can leave us heartbroken, embarrassed, confused, and feeling like we can never recover from what we’ve done. Mistakes often come when we stop relying on God to lead us and we begin relying on our own will. Mistakes for me are truly a learning lesson, every mistake I’ve made has taught me something and helped me grow. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true.

For instance 2 years ago I was getting prepared for graduate school I had the choice to take classes online or on the campus. So I decided I was going to pack up my life and move thousands of miles away where I didn’t know anyone and place I had never visited before. I got there at the beginning of the semester and I immediately realized that it was not for me. I knew I couldn’t live there and that I wasn’t supposed to be there. At first I was so afraid of going back home, I felt like I had let everyone down or that I couldn’t cut it away from home. I’ll admit for the first few months I was feeling like I had made a mistake by coming home, because I didn’t have a job and now I had to take out more loans for school, instead of getting school paid for if I would have stayed. You know I could have stayed in that space and just constantly felt bad for myself, but I didn’t, I stayed connected to God, prayed and asked for clarity in what had transpired. He quickly revealed to me all the things that I would have missed had I stayed there. Even 2 years later, he is still revealing all the great things that have occurred since I came back home.

So I want to encourage you not to beat yourself up when you make a mistake. Maybe yours wasn’t making a move before it was time. Maybe you’ve lied to a loved one, maybe you fell into temptation, maybe you’ve turned away from God and you feel like you can’t come back from that. I’m here to tell you that your mistakes don’t define you, you are defined by who God the Father says you are.

Here are four things to focus on when you are trying to move pass a mistake.

  1. Come to the realization that we all make mistakes and that nobody is perfect!
  2. Go to God and be open and honest with Him about your situation.
  3. Forgive yourself and others if someone else is involved.
  4. Take time to explore what the lesson was, what did you learn from it?
  5. Grow from it, it won’t be the last time you make a mistake, but you want to strive to avoid making the same mistake over and over.

After going through these steps, we may have moved on, but our mistakes can sometimes have consequences but we can’t let that define us and who we are and once you’ve given that to God and forgiven yourself, you have to continue to live your life and glorify God while doing it!

Forgive, Get the Lesson, Move on

Sincerely, Rhapsody

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It Was Him All Along

 
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My Heavenly Father courts me, He has courted me from the beginning even as I continued to give my attention, my mind, my body, my soul to people who did not deserve it. He pursued me relentlessly. I didn’t recognize Him, I shut Him out, gave Him the cold shoulder, but all the while He pursued me and finally I realized it was Him that I was looking for. He was the one who loves me unconditionally despite all my mistakes, my flaws and my shortcomings. I was not an option for Christ, He willingly chose me, He chose to love me, to save me, to give His life for me! No love on this earth can compare to His! Why you ask? His love is unfailing, His love is consistent. His love is true. His love gives life. His love gives strength. His love comforts. His love is not based on feelings, its unconditional! There is no greater feeling than being covered in His love and knowing that He is persistently pursuing me.
How has God pursued you?

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: HOW WE BREAK DOWN BEFORE WE REBUILD

Trusting God Through The Fog

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Today I was sitting in the passenger seat driving down the highway with my mom and grandparents. It was a pretty clear and crisp morning and then all of a sudden we drove through a patch of really thick fog. I looked out the window and saw how the fog seemed to cover the tress and grass we drove pass, it was hard to see, I don’t know if I’ve ever actually walked through fog that thick but I imagine it would be really difficult to see what’s ahead.

This made me think about how sometimes we come to a place in our lives where it’s hard to see. God has placed a fog over our lives and during this time it becomes even more vital that we trust Him. Maybe God instructed you to leave your job or take a pay cut and you’re not sure what’s going to happen next, maybe He told you to move to a different city or state where you have no family, friends or connections and you’re not sure why. Whatever situation you’re in that makes you feel like it’s hard to see, I want to encourage you today to be patient and trust in His timing.

As I looked out the window a few scriptures came to mind.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11NIV)
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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NIV)

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I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8 NIV)

All of these scriptures show how much the Father wants to guide us, He will always teach us what the best path to take is, but we have to be willing to follow and pursue Him relentlessly. This doesn’t mean it will be a perfect and painless journey, but we should take comfort in the fact that He will walk with us and guide us every step of the way.

So you see, you may be going through a time where you aren’t sure what’s coming next, and sometimes God doesn’t give us the entire picture because if we’re honest with ourselves we know that we might try and rush ahead of Him, because with the world practically at our fingertips with smartphones we’ve become a generation of instant gratification. But just like as this day goes on that fog will lift and the trees and grass will be visible again, God will begin to show you where He is taking you and what He wants you to do. We just have to truly trust Him and allow Him to take us by the hand and lead us through the fog. Keep your heart and mind focused on Him!

Sincerely, Rhapsody

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Don’t Become a Human Sinkhole

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Sinkholes are quite an intense phenomenon, I’ve never seen one up close and personal but I’m always intrigued by how they happen. From what I understand a sinkhole happens when the resources that are underground slowly begin to dry up and the surface of soil starts to lose its support and because of this everything begins to cave in leaving a huge, terrifying hole.

This made me think about how we can easily become human sinkholes! Sometimes in our faith walk we get to a place where we are only doing for God and not being with God. We serve, we talk about God, and we might even pull out our Bibles from time to time to make ourselves feel like we’ve done our “duty” as Christians. We begin to pull on our own strength, thinking we can handle it all, but slowly our foundation begins to get weak. We aren’t spending time with Him, and continuously growing in our relationship with Him. On the outside we look like we’re doing fine but we’re losing our source, our support, the Father and slowly everything begins to cave in and then we’re left with this void (hole).

I want to encourage you today to focus on what’s inside or underneath the surface! Keep feeding your soul, keep sitting at the feet of the father and allow Him to replenish you and strengthen you. Let’s not become human sinkholes. Keep seeking His face.

I waited patiently for the LORD. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God (Psalm 40:1-3, NIV).

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