Real Love Will Always Find You (Part 1)

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***If you haven’t already done so, check out the About Me section of the blog. For the next 13 weeks, I will be writing about how my husband and I met. I will be switching up the format for the posts. Instead of W.O.R.D. it will be R.O.W.D. to help my stories flow a lil’ betta. Ok? Cool? Now, on with the story…

R Man, I was focused.

Focused on me. Making time to pamper myself. Manicures and pedicures every other Friday. Trips to the hair salon every two weeks. Visits to the library and church on weekends. Frequent trips to any restaurant of my choice. Occasional runs to the mall for retail therapy. Nights around the town with my besties. Vacations lined up.

Yup, I was doing me. Cause I had it like that…you know, being newly single and all. I wanted to invest in myself so that I could be the best me I could be: physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially, intellectually…all that.

Motivated to excel in every area of my life, I set short term and long-term goals. I was determined to accomplish them all, including career goals.

And I was making it all happen, too! Being immersed in the process of bettering myself, I had very little time for distractions.

That’s why I was extremely taken aback when one of my friends burst through my classroom door to tell me some gossip. Surprisingly, I was the topic of discussion at happy hour the previous night. There were 20 minutes remaining to prepare my lesson before students arrived that morning, so I was pressed for time.

Observing her energy and the expression on her face, I thought something serious was going down that warranted my undivided attention. Naw…she stopped by my room to tell me some he said, she said stuff: A teacher had a crush on me…he liked me and thought I was attractive.

Not knowing how to receive the information, I brushed it off. I needed to get on with my day. The school bell was going to ring at any moment. Plus, I didn’t even recognize the name of the teacher who made the comments about me. Before she left, however, I asked her to describe the person. I couldn’t believe it—Wolverine had made the comments!!!!!!! Took me by surprise because he was always quiet the few times I saw him, rarely made eye contact and didn’t seem to care for me.

I laughed out loud. Why was my name brought up at their lil’ happy hour outing? I hung out with maybe one or two of my colleagues every now and again, but I didn’t do the happy hour stuff after work. Just wasn’t my thang, you know?  I didn’t know what to make of the comments. Therefore, I moved on. Went on about my day.

Besides, there was no way in the world that I was going to entertain the idea of possibly dating a co-worker. I’ve never really been that type of person. I always thought “work relationships” were unprofessional. I didn’t have time. I was busy.

My work days were long—sometimes turning into nights. Meeting with students, conferencing with parents, planning with colleagues, working on lesson plans, attending leadership meetings, organizing events, so and so on… I had no time to entertain any hearsay. Especially since I had agreed to coach the National Academic League at the school. Being a novice coach, there was so much I had to learn and learn fast in order to prepare my team to win! With all that I had going on, I was swamped. I needed help. So, I began asking the staff to assist me in preparing the kids for the games.

And then I got an email from Wolverine saying he would volunteer at the practice games. I was pumped ‘cause I needed all the help I could get. Several of his students were on the team, which worked out since he could practice with them during the school day.

Wolverine showed up to a handful of practices in my classroom after school. He was a big help, too. He ran copies for me, taught mini-lessons, and drilled the kids on math, English/language arts, science, and social studies questions. I was grateful to have his assistance, in addition to the support my team received from other faculty members.

Our hard work paid off because my team was undefeated. We were recognized throughout the school for our success! Teachers and staff were reaching out to me to send congratulations to the team. Emails were coming in left and right.

One email stood out to me, though. It was from Wolverine. We communicated via email concerning NAL practice every now and again. But this email caught me off guard because he asked for my phone number.

I was reluctant to give it to him. There was no real need for him to have it, since exchanging emails about the games worked perfectly. Still, he persisted. Saying it would be a lot easier for us to communicate if we exchanged text messages instead of emails. And I bought into it.

Funny ‘cause after I gave him my number, I never saw him at another practice!

Remember I told you he had game? Turns out the only reason he reached out to help me with my NAL team was to get my phone number!!!!!!! Mission accomplished for him I guess…LOL!

It was cool, though. I had no intention of giving him any of my time outside of school anyway.

Little did I know, all of that would change in a matter of time…

Signed, MrsMKauthor

O Wolverine was my husband. Obviously, I didn’t know it at the time, but God knew! That blows my mind! I had no idea.

I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend—better yet, a husband. I had just gotten out of relationship and I had too much going on in my life to be starting a new one.

I didn’t want to be bothered with dating. I decided to focus on bettering myself and maturing my relationship with the Lord. If it was God’s plan for me to be married, He would send the right person into my life. In the meantime, I would wait on the Lord.

My advice: If you are waiting on the Lord for ANYTHING, continue to WAIT on Him! He might not come WHEN you want HIM or HOW you want Him BUT HE IS ALWAYS ON TIME!

 W Psalm 27:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

D Dear God, I will wait for You. You know what’s best for me. I will stand on Your Word in Jeremiah 30:18: …the Lord longs to be gracious to [me]; therefore he will rise up to show [me] compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! Help me to be patient and wait for You, dear God, in all situations.

In Jesus name, Amen

Wait…and You Will See the Goodness of the Lord

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***If you haven’t already done so, check out the About Me section of the blog. For the next 13 weeks, I will be writing about how my husband and I met. I will be switching up the format for the posts. Instead of W.O.R.D. it will be R.O.W.D. to help my stories flow a lil’ betta. Ok? Cool? Now, on with the story…

R I used to see him around the school every now again. In the hallway. Staff meetings. Or at the copy machine. It wasn’t a big deal though because I wasn’t checking for him. He was just another co-worker.

I remember the one day I saw him at the laminating machine. Being the BOSS chick I am, everything in my classroom was pretty much prepared and ready for the first week of school. Except for laminating my posters.

As I walked into the teachers’ lounge, I saw one of the secretaries. Lord knows that was never a good sign. It meant that someone either broke or was about to break the school’s one and only laminating machine. It was a precious commodity because the school’s budget was tight, and my principal told us directly she would not be using a lot of the money for repairs. So, I instantly sighed a sigh of annoyance when I saw the secretary hovering over the machine.

Rolling my eyes, I noticed the rookie standing behind her. This was the second time I would talk to him since we bumped into each other in the parking lot days earlier.

Oh, no! I thought to myself. Wolverine done broke the machine!!!!!

Talking to the secretary, I said, “Hey, what’s going on? Did someone break the laminator?”

“No, I am teaching him how to work it,” she replied. “He is one of our new teachers.”

“I see,” I said sarcastically under my breath.

“Isn’t he handsome?” I remember her saying. “All the teachers around here are talking about him.”

Whoa! I couldn’t believe she was saying this to his face. I always prided myself on being professional at work at all times—keeping all work relations “work related”, you know? And I intended to keep it that way.

“Yeah, he is cute!” I said mockingly. “Very handsome, BUT I need to get these posters done. How long are y’all going to be?”

I can’t remember her direct response or his ‘cause he was just standing there looking clueless…LOL! But I do remember letting them know I was in a hurry to get my posters done. I had other things to do besides stand there and wait another 30 minutes for this “Laminating How-To seminar” to be over and done with.

Joking, I turned to the rookie and said, “Well, I am going to leave my posters here. After you get finished your training you can laminate these for me. Ok, buddy?”

Wolverine looked at me like I was crazy. “Laminate your own posters,” he said in a curt manner.

Woooooooooooooooooooooow! I wasn’t expecting that from Mr. Wolverine! Took me by surprise. I never heard him say more than three words! Plus, every time I saw him he always had an expressionless look on his face!

Well, someone doesn’t have a sense of humor, I thought. In reality, I didn’t want his rookie hands to touch my posters, anyway!

Anyhow, I gathered my belongings and headed towards the door. On my way out, I looked him in the eyes and said, “Just make sure you don’t break the machine!” I laughed and went back to my classroom.

From that point on, I remember running into him at least one more time before the second quarter of the school year.

I saw him in the hallway. He was putting information on his student data cards. Teasing, I asked him if he could finish my data cards (sometimes I say things just to get a reaction out of people—just for fun).

He looked taken-a-back. Then, in a snarky tone, he looked at me and gave a direct. “No!”

I laughed and went on my merry way.

He was Wolverine alright. Just as mean and nasty as the character in the comics and X-Men movie. Somewhat brutish in nature…lol!

Later on, in the school year, I saw him again. This time, we crossed paths because I had to deescalate a situation with one of his students. This is an important minor detail in our story that I won’t elaborate on for the sake of time. So, I will fast forward to how he got my number in the next post.

Turns out ol’ Wolverine had game!

Coming from a girl that had a track record of runnin’ game on guys, I must confess I didn’t see it coming…

Signed, MrsMKauthor

O Wolverine was my husband. Obviously, I didn’t know it at the time, but God knew! That blows my mind! I had no idea.

I wasn’t looking for a boyfriend—better yet, a husband. I had just gotten out of relationship and I had too much going on in my life to be starting a new one.

I didn’t want to be bothered with dating. I decided to focus on bettering myself and maturing my relationship with the Lord. If it was God’s plan for me to be married, He would send the right person into my life. In the meantime, I would wait on the Lord.

My advice: If you are waiting on the Lord for ANYTHING, continue to WAIT on Him! He might not come WHEN you want HIM or HOW you want Him BUT HE IS ALWAYS ON TIME!

 W Psalm 27:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.

D Dear God, I will wait for You. You know what’s best for me. I will stand on Your Word in Jeremiah 30:18: …the Lord longs to be gracious to [me]; therefore he will rise up to show [me] compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him! Help me to be patient and wait for You, dear God, in all situations.

In Jesus name, Amen

 

 

Sometimes You Gotta Lose to WIN

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***If you haven’t already done so, check out the About Me section of the blog. For the next 13 weeks, I will be writing about how my husband and I met. I will be switching up the format for the posts. Instead of W.O.R.D. it will be R.O.W.D. to help my stories flow a lil’ betta. Ok? Cool? Now, on with the story…

R I think I’ve told this story at least a thousand times. LOL! Cause when people see us they instantly wonder “How did they meet?” We laugh every time.

It’s crazy how we met, though. I remember the day like it was yesterday.

I was coming out of the portables headed to the main building of the school we both worked at. I was in a rush to chop it up with my friends before the professional development training that was to happen that morning. It had been a VERY longgggggggg summer and I was super excited to see everyone!

For some reason, I knew it was going to be an interesting school year.

That day, I was feeling myself. My hair was in a cute bush. I had on my favorite camouflage, cargo shorts with my faithful Mickey Mouse shirt and Sperry boat shoes. (I like to switch-up my looks: I can go from wearing 4-inch stilettos, to Vans, to Timberland boots, you name it…my style depends on my mood for the day).

So, I’m leaving the portables, when I noticed this guy walking from the parking lot. We were both headed towards the entrance to the building. He looked like Wolverine from the X-Men movie! LOL! A very handsome Wolverine, I might add. A white guy with a dark tan. Had a pencil in his ear. Nice jeans. Plaid shirt. Sleeves rolled up. Carrying an arm full of books.

Sheesh! I thought. He must be a rookie! No seasoned teacher shows up to the first day of PD with books! LOL! (The first day is normally “Getting to Know You” games and activities at our school.)

Anyway, with my swag game on 10, I introduced myself. I mean he had to know who I was, right?

He didn’t give me too much attention, though. Paid me no mind. LOL!

He kindly thanked me for opening the door for him (‘cause he didn’t have his keys to the building yet…newbie…) and went about his business. And so did I…

Although I remember feeling very happy that day, my heart was broken. At that time, I was going through a lot in my personal life.

Man, I was tired. Tired of chasing a relationship with my “on-and-off again” boyfriend that I knew deep down inside wasn’t for me. I knew the relationship WASN’T MEANT TO BE. But I wouldn’t let go…couldn’t break away. Guess that’s why we were so “on-and-off again” for years.

Until one day, I reached my max…

I told God, “I’m tired of living the way I have been living. Lord, if this person is not for me, I NEED YOU to remove him from my life…and remove any and everything from my life that is not of You.”

AND…GOD MOVED! A few days later, after I prayed that prayer, I got dumped! Crazy thing is I’d never been dumped before in my life.

It blindsided me because at the time, I forgot about that prayer.

I ain’t gonna lie, I was crushed. It hurt…REAL BAD! I was secretly hoping the relationship would work out.

I knew it was the end, too! I felt it. It was hard to accept. Especially since there was so much time and energy invested in the relationship. I guess it was God’s will for it to end.

No. Matter of fact, it was God’s will.

It’s crazy to me how the situation happened. Sometimes we pray for God to move, but when He does we can’t believe it! I prayed for God to intervene in my situation, but I was shocked when He did—how it all happened and where it happened. I didn’t expect the relationship to end as it did…abruptly! Smh.

But God is full of surprises…good ones though. He had a plan…something better in store for me.

Cause little did I know I would be married in a couple of months (yes, I said months) to the man of my dreams. Married to that Wolverine guy who I saw in the parking lot…the rookie. LOL!

To Be continued….

Signed, MrsMKauthor

O God desires for us to have the BEST life. Everything we need is in Him—a life of peace, joy, and love. We must be obedient and follow God’s direction. We have to let go of some things in order to have the abundant life He wants to give us. It may be hard, but there is purpose in the pain. Through trials, tribulations, and temptations I have learned to trust in God.

My advice to anyone going through a similar situation is to: Trust the process! The result of trusting God is increased faith—something invaluable! God is faithful.

Something to Ponder: What are you holding onto with a tight fist that God is asking you to let go of?

W Ephesians 3:20 New International Version (NIV)

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21 The Message (MSG)

20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!
Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!

D Dear God, Teach us to follow You. Put in our hearts a desire to seek and follow Your will. Give us Your strength to let go of anything that keeps us from “the promises” You have for our lives. Help us to get rid of everything that slows us down, especially the sin that just won’t let go. Give us the patience to wait on You. For we know Your ways are not like our ways. We put our trust in You.

In Jesus name, Amen

 

Houston Was a Wake-Up Call For Me

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W 1 Thessalonians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)

 pray continually

O Christians should pray continuously. The CEV Bible translates the scripture this way: “…never stop praying”, and the KJV tells us to “pray without ceasing.”

Two powerful words—pray continually—caused me to question my prayer life.

Do I pray continually? Yes.

Do I pray continuously for all situations? No

Could I make improvements in my prayer life? Yes. I tend to pray more intently for situations that directly affect me or people connected to me.

I feel convicted.

If I believe prayer changes things, why do I place limitations on what I pray about and for how long? I believe God is speaking to me about this area in my walk with Him.

R My son put the television remote in the toilet. It’s been two weeks since we’ve been able to access our cable. This was a blessing and a curse: I am working to limit distractions in my life so not accessing T.V. helps me to stay focused. On the other hand, I am a person who loves to watch the news, so not having the cable on set me back on being current with events happening around the world.

With that being said, my friend told me in passing that a hurricane was expected to hit the south, but she never specified the exact location. That was last week.

Fast forward to this past weekend, I opened my Instagram to find my feed flooded with images of how Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas. As I continued to scroll, my heart began to race as I read the words: HOUSTON!

I couldn’t believe it!

I immediately grabbed my cell phone and began to dial my cousin’s number. No answer! A dark cloud of fear hovered over me.

My family lives in Houston and I was worried about their safety. Were they okay? Did they have food? Water? Did they have a plan to evacuate? Where would they go? Did they have money? What about their personal belongings? Oh, my goodness! I was WORRIED!

After finally getting in contact with them, I learned my cousins were okay. I calmed down. Then it hit me.

What could I do to physically help them anyway? The whole city was underwater! I didn’t have access to a private plane to fly down and rescue them. I could send money, but how would they get it? Besides, what would money do to help them in rising waters anyway? Even if I wanted to send them food and water, I had no way of getting it to them.

I began to pray. I prayed, I prayed, and prayed some more. I needed God to really come through for my family—to cover and save them. I wish the hurricane never happened. Especially since my family was in harm’s way.

Thankfully, my family survived the storm. But then…

I thought about ALL THE OTHER people who lost their lives, were displaced, or injured. Dag! I prayed for them.

But to be honest, I started to feel guilty. I felt like my prayers were intensified for my family: I pleaded with God to watch over my loved ones. To protect them. To keep them safe. Why weren’t my prayers more continuous and urgent for the other people affected by the storm?

Come to think about it, I do this all the time. See or hear about something, send up a “popcorn” prayer to God for the situation…and that’s it. Never taking the time to pray again. Unless the situation impacts me or someone I care about. God, please forgive me.

So, I have a new perspective: I have to pray without ceasing for EVERYTHING! There is so much chaos and turmoil around the world. People are dying. People are starving. People are homeless. People are being persecuted. People are unemployed. People are depressed. People are sick. People are doing time in prison. People are affected by natural disasters…the list goes on and on.

We need God.

BUT God needs us, too.

He needs us to be in constant communion with Him. Praying and fasting. Continuously. Not just for a moment in time, but being faithful in prayer.

Hurricane Harvey changed me. It opened my eyes to see that I need to be on my A-game. I’m going to make a donation to help the citizens of Houston. I’m going to keep lifting Houston up in prayer. I don’t want to live like I have before—hear about a catastrophic event, pray, donate, forget about it, then something else happens and the cycle continues. I am going to be proactive in my prayer life. Not waiting for things to happen before I start praying. Praying without ceasing in All situations…all the time.

It’s time for me to take my prayer life to the next level.

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, I repent for not praying like I should. Your Word says that I should pray without ceasing. Help me to pray continuously in all situations. I pray right now that you will restore Houston. I pray that the citizens and even the animals get the assistance to bounce back from the storm. I also pray blessings for people around the world who are going through trials and tribulations. Help us to run to You during these hard times. While we may not understand why these things are happening, I pray that You will strengthen our faith. We need You.

In Jesus name, Amen

God Can Do Anything

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W Acts 9:13-15 New International Version (NIV)

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.

O Here we find the Lord speaking with Ananias. God wanted Ananias to minister to Saul, a notorious persecutor of the church. Ananias was reluctant to obey the Lord for he knew of all the terrible things that Saul did to God’s people. However, God instructed Ananias to GO! God CHOSE to use Saul to proclaim His name despite Saul’s past and all the evil things that he had done!  Verse 15 of the text confirms God can use anything and anybody for His glory!

This encounter was the beginning of Saul’s conversion from being a dishonorable persecutor of the gospel to a distinguished preacher of it. Be encouraged by Paul’s testimony (1 Timothy 1:12-17-NIV):

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.16 But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

R God can do anything! I am super encouraged from reading about the transformation of Saul to Paul. If you have free time I highly recommend you to read more about Paul’s journey in the book of Acts (chapters 8-28). Sometimes I get discouraged thinking about the times when I let God down. I wish there was a way that I could erase some of the things from my past, but I can’t. Although I feel like I am getting better and better each day, I often feel sadden by the choices I have made. Paul’s story gives me the courage I need to keep moving forward in Christ. As I think back to how far I’ve come in my walk with God, I can let out a sigh of relief.

I have grown. Matured.

Thankful that I am far from who I used to be, even though I recognize I still have more growing to do.

I just ask God to give me the strength to keep going. The strength to forget about the past and the determination to stay strong as I continue to move forward in Him. I thank God for His unmerited favor in my life. I am grateful for God’s grace and mercy. I know that without Him I am nothing. I just want to finish the rest of my days on Earth making the Lord proud. Giving Him the praise, honor, and glory with every breath that I take and every move that I make. I know there is nothing I can do to earn His unfailing love. I just want to give Him back what He gave to me—my life! God has brought me a mighty long way. I am thankful. My desire is to run a strong race. When it’s all said and done, I want to be able to say like Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).”

As I continue my journey onward with the Lord, this passage of scripture (Philippians 3:12-14) remains in the forefront of my mind (IT’S MY MOTIVATION):

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

No more looking back…

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, I thank You for my life. Thank you for choosing me. I thank You for always being there for me and never giving up on me. I thank You, Savior, for never turning Your back on me. I thank You for seeing the good in me even when I can’t see the good in myself or when others remind me of past sins. Thank you for always being there for me in my times of need…whenever I felt forgotten, alone, or when I didn’t feel good enough. Thank You for Your unconditional love. I appreciate You for reminding me of who I am and whose I am. Thank you for this unspeakable joy that I have and this unexplainable peace. You are the best! Continue to hold my hand and guide me. Show me how to truly live for You. Use me Father! May You get the glory out of my life. Keep working on my heart, Lord.  I love You!

In Jesus name, Amen

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Yo! Are You Looking for Love?

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Or are you waiting on an answer from God? Then, you need to read about my story.

On December 3rd, my husband and I will be celebrating 7 years together. After 6 months of dating, we got married! Our testimony is real and unconventional. It tells about true love—God sent—Worlds collide. A love that transcends color… an answered prayer from a faithful God.

I invite you to read about Our Love Story (starting September 4th, 2017 and continued through December 3rd). Follow Faith MKnuggets so you don’t miss a beat!

Just in case you missed them!

  1. Sometimes You Gotta Lose To Win
  2. Wait…and You Will See the Goodness of the Lord
  3. Real Love Will Always Find You (Part 1)
  4. Real Love Will Always Find You (Part 2)
  5. Real Love Will Always Find You (Part 3)
  6. His Side of Our Story: A New City
  7. His Side of Our Story: A Chance Encounter
  8. His Side of Our Story: Making A Move
  9. Tom Brady Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Him…lol!

People Always Need Proof…smh

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W Revelation 22:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

O Jesus is coming back soon! The Bible tells us that no man knows the day or time (Matthew 24:36), but JESUS IS COMING BACK! According to the scripture, every man will be rewarded for what they have done with the time given to them here on Earth. God promises to bless those who keep His commandments. God’s children will reign with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords forever and forever! What a glorious day!

In turn, I believe these scriptures serve as a warning to people who have yet to except Christ as their Lord and personal Savior. Those who reject Christ will be subject to God’s righteous judgement. For God “will repay each person according to what they have done (Read Romans 2:5-9).”

R Man, I don’t know about y’all, but when that total solar eclipse happened Monday I was looking for Jesus! Honey, I was watching the sky like nobody’s business…literally ALL DAY! LOL! Anticipating something great to happen. I was excited about the solar eclipse, but I was more excited thinking of possibly seeing Jesus crack that sky! I figured this could be the perfect day for Jesus to come riding through the clouds to get His children. LOL! Wishful thinking, huh?

Kinda sounds like fiction or a fantasy. Considering many people liken Jesus to Santa Claus, anyhow.

Nah, not for me! I BELIEVE AND I AM WAITING!

Now, I know the Bible tells us “no one knows the day or hour—not even the angels, nor the Son of Man…only the Father (Matthew 24:36).” But I WAS STRONGLY hoping Jesus would’ve raptured His church Monday! I sure was looking for Him! And ain’t nothing wrong with that cause the Bible urges us to “keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come (Matthew 24:42).”

Just look around, all signs point to His return! Yet, people still don’t believe! They need proof! SMH!

When in fact, if the weather man tells them a snowstorm is on the way, they go crazy in Walmart & Target, in a frenzy trying to stock up on all the bread, milk, and water they can get their hands on! Frantically, filling their carts, racing through the aisles (going nuts) knocking people over to get to the checkout line!

Or tell ’em a solar eclipse is on its way, they take off of work, skip school, make time to drive 9 hours…all to look up at an eclipse that could possibly blind ’em! Smh… I get it, though.

My thing is: why don’t we get this anxious and excited about Jesus’ return? Why do we need so much proof when it comes to salvation?

It’s crazy to me. We will believe the weather man’s predictions, NASA’s analyses, but we refuse to heed the words of the One who can place our souls in heaven or hell. Crazy I tell ya!

It’s always been this way, though. Even up until Jesus’ death, people needed evidence to reveal Jesus as the Messiah. Just look:

1.)     Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:39-40)

2.)      In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.  He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” (Matthew 27:41-43)

3.)     One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” (Luke 23:39)

4.)     Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe…(Mark 15:32)”

And these are just a few of MANY examples throughout the Bible. People need proof in order to believe. Like I said before, I get it. It is human nature to want to see in order to believe. Notice what happened after Jesus died:

“The officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus felt the earthquake and saw everything else that happened. They were frightened and said, “This man really was God’s Son (Matthew 27:54-CEV)!”

Even they had to FEEL and SEE in order to believe.

However, blessed are we that haven’t seen yet, still believe (John 20:29)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call me nuts and call me crazy (I repeat) call me nuts and call me crazy, but I AM WAITING ON HIM!

“Behold I come quickly…” I hear it in my mind all the time. I do believe Jesus is coming back. The Bible promises us “in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye…the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” to meet our Savior in the air (1 Corinthians 15:52)!

Perhaps God is delaying the return of Christ to give us more time to “get it together” (to get our hearts right). For He desires that no man should perish—God desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4)!

And so, I ask God to give us the faith of the other criminal (Luke 23:40-43). His faith was simple. It didn’t take much for him to believe the MAN dying next to Him was INDEED THE SAVIOR of the world! And look, what Jesus said to him:

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Not tomorrow, or in the future, but Christ promised the man TODAY he would be with Him in paradise! WOW! Truly Amazing…

I don’t know about you, but I am waiting for my Savior…I’m lookin’ for Him. Cause the signs of the times are being revealed to us now. Don’t believe me? Read Matthew 24 and watch the news…BOOM! The signs outlined in the scriptures are happening before us!

I may not know when He will return, but I am watching. Preparing.

Ready.

In the meantime, being the overachiever that I am, I am working overtime to earn my rewards. This queen desires to wear the Crown of Life. Or the Imperishable Crown. Matter of fact, any and ALL of the crowns I can get to adorn this thick hair of mine. I am working every day to stack my rewards in heaven…storing up treasures where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break and steal them (Matthew 6:20-CEV).

How about you?

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, Thank You for dying on the cross for our sins. We recognize the high price You paid for our salvation. Help us to seek You with our whole heart and not be LUKEWARM in our faith. May we live according to Your word as we wait for Your return. I pray that we never stray from Your commands. Give us the strength to endure and remain faithful. Direct us in the path of Your commands to avoid distractions. Help us to keep our eyes fixed on You! We love You and look forward to the day we see You face-to-face!

In Jesus name, Amen

 

 

Focus on the Positives: God Loves You!

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W Psalm 118:24 King James Version (KJV)

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:24 New International Version (NIV)

The Lord has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.

Psalm 118:24 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

This day belongs to the Lord!
Let’s celebrate
and be glad today.

O This Psalm puts everything about living into perspective. It is so relevant that I decided to look at the same verse from 3 different Bible versions. I highlighted key words to stress the importance of actually living out Psalm 118:24. Not only for today, but EVERY DAY!

The King James Version tells us THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HATH MADE! We didn’t give the day to ourselves—God GAVE IT TO US! Since God gave us this day, it is a GIFT and we must treat it as such! Just the thought of receiving a gift, can brighten up anyone’s day! Knowing that today is a gift we must make a conscious choice to rejoice and be glad! Notice the verse says we will rejoice—we must decide to be joyful no matter what happens or comes our way!

The New International Version says the Lord HAS DONE IT! Which means that all of our needs for the day have already been met! The Lord has taken care of everything! There is no need to fret, worry, or be anxious about anything! God has already taken care of everything that concerns us! That is so encouraging!!!! And empowering! It is refreshing to know that God got us! Knowing this elicits praise and thanksgiving in my heart.

The Contemporary English Version makes a declarative statement: This day BELONGS TO THE LORD! If we know that the day is not our own, there is a way that we will conduct ourselves. There is an appropriate way to live this day— Maximizing our potential by taking EVERY opportunity to serve and live for God (I know this is very wordy…lol…but you get my point)! He desires for us to enjoy life! That’s why the scripture invites us to celebrate and be glad today!

 

R I woke up with this verse flowing through my spirit. It came to me after thoughts of this past weekend started to fill my mind. I always reflect on what went well and what could have gone better. If you are anything like me, you understand how hard it is to overlook the seven hundred things that were awesome by focusing on the three things that went horribly wrong.

But Jesus immediately started to deal with me about this negative way of thinking. He quietly whispered to me, “I took care of that. You keep dwelling on your faults when I took care of that for you. I was wounded for your transgressions, I was bruised for your iniquities: the chastisement of your peace was upon me; and by MY stripes YOU are healed (Isaiah 53:5)!”

Powerful, I tell you! Just powerful!

Then another scripture came to my mind, Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).”

I am motivated to take my mind off of me, off of my past, and I don’t even have to worry about tomorrow! God got me! I need to live in the now! I am going to give God my best in the present!

I know many of us will be watching the solar eclipse today (I am SUPER excited about that), but God wants us to KEEP our eyes on him (Psalm 16:8—yesterday’s BibleGateway.com verse of the day). He has already made our paths straight. Everything we need, He has already provided. It is time to embrace His promises and live our best life!

In a previous post, I wrote about keeping your focus and eliminating distractions. Boy, oh boy, was I tested in that area this past weekend. Nevertheless, I stumbled upon this motivating YouTube video that tells us HOW to focus—practical ways to maximize your time. I am not sure what his spiritual beliefs are (YIKES…), but this guy’s testimony and message is awesome. Check it out!

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, Thank you for another beautiful day! Realizing that someone did not wake up and see this day, help me to enjoy every moment. I know today is a gift from you. May I treat it as such. Show me someone who I can help. Reveal ways that I can serve you and bring you glory!

In Jesus name, Amen

 

 

Keep Your Focus—Say No! To Distractions

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W John 18:10-11 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

10 Simon Peter had brought along a sword. He now pulled it out and struck at the servant of the high priest. The servant’s name was Malchus, and Peter cut off his right ear. 11 Jesus told Peter, “Put your sword away. I must drink from the cup that the Father has given me.”

O At the time of Jesus’ arrest, Peter pulled out a sword and cut off the right ear of the high priest’s servant. Throughout His journey, Jesus had been telling His disciples about this very hour, time and time again. Yet, when the hour had come, Peter was unprepared or caught up in his emotions, forgetting that the Savior had repeatedly told the disciples the Son of Man had come to die.

It was the Father’s will for Jesus to die so that through His death and resurrection the world would be saved (John 3:16-17). Was it something easy for Jesus to do? No, scripture tells us Jesus was very sad and troubled. In anguish Jesus said, “Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want (Luke 22:42 CEV).”

Look closely at the previous sentence. Jesus knew what He came to do. He knew what His mission was. Jesus was committed to His purpose. He was not going to let anything or anyone hinder Him from doing what God called Him to do.

It was difficult for Christ to accept the fact that He had to die a gruesome death. So, I can only imagine what Peter was feeling in that moment. He wanted to defend his Savior. Emotions were running high. Peter’s intervention almost delayed Jesus from going to the cross. However, Christ did not let Peter’s actions get in the way of what He needed to accomplish. Jesus devoted Himself to His purpose—Calvary. It was a painful and rough journey, but Christ endured everything that came His way in order to fulfill His destiny.

R In a previous post entitled Ride or Die, I wrote about Jesus’ arrest. Today, I want to explore what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane from another angle.

How many times do we find ourselves distracted by people and things that get in the way of us achieving our goals? Let’s take it a step further, how often do we allow ourselves to get caught up with people and things that keep us from fulfilling the calling on our lives? Pulling us away from our destiny. Preventing us from reaching our maximum potential. Causing us to stray away from the very thing that we were born to do.

Each and every one of us was born with a mission from God to complete. No one else can do it. So, if we don’t accomplish God’s will for our lives, who will? People are depending on our contributions to the world. Yet, we get entangled in people and things that waste our time—causing us to delay or even abort the mission before us.

I would like to share three lessons I learned from Peter and Jesus in Gethsemane:

1.)     Peter got in the way—Jesus did not need Peter to defend Him (Matthew 26:53). I make this point because people mean well, but just like Peter, they can get in the way of what we need to accomplish. We must focus on what God is calling us to do and commit to His will. Never letting people stand in the way of our destiny. Even Jesus had to overcome this dilemma. Jesus kept telling his disciples over and over what he came to do and why, but it still took them awhile to grasp His calling. Here is one of many examples throughout the Gospels—John 16:28-31 (CEV):

“I came from the Father into the world, but I am leaving the world and returning to the Father.” The disciples said, “Now you are speaking plainly to us! You are not using examples. At last we know that you understand everything, and we don’t have any more questions. Now we believe that you truly have come from God.” Jesus replied: “Do you really believe me?”

2.)     In life, there will be times when we will have to walk alone. We must stay focused though! If Jesus can do it, we can do it! In His time of need, Jesus asked his disciples to wake up and pray with Him, but they fell asleep (Luke 22:39-46). Jesus warned them, “The time will come and is already here when all of you will be scattered. Each of you will go back home and leave me by myself. But the Father will be with me, and I won’t be alone (John 16:32).” Read that last sentence again. That applies to us, too! Recognize that we WILL NEVER BE ALONE! God is and will always be with us! Take heart, my friend!

3.)     Realize who our real enemy is!!!!!! Fellow believers, we know that our struggles are not with people, but against Satan. Just like Satan deceived Adam and Eve with his wicked scheme, he desires to trap us as well. His mission is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). He is our greatest adversary. Satan uses our circumstances and people to distract us from our real fight against him. Notice what Jesus said to Peter in Matthew 26:23, “Satan, get away from me! You’re in my way because you think like everyone else and not like God.” So, we must be careful how we think. Being conscious of who is behind the scenes tempting and distracting us from God’s will for our lives. NEVERTHELESS, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).

In closing, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (You should read all of this: Ephesians 6:10-18)! Stay focused! Go after EVERYTHING God has for you and your beautiful life! Finish strong! Get rid of any and every distraction! As I am telling you, I am ministering to myself! To God be the Glory!

Signed, MrsMKauthor

D Dear God, Thank you for being the PERFECT example of how to run this race called life. Help us to walk in our purpose. Help us to reach our destiny. Show us how to get rid of everything that slows us down. Teach us how to run the race that is ahead of us. May we pray, stay in Your holy Word and seek you to find a clear understanding of what you would have us to do.

In Jesus name, Amen

NOTE: While I usually use the New International Version, I used the Contemporary English Version of the Bible to articulate some of my points in this post.