Staying Power

I’ve had several conversations with people regarding this topic – the ability to stay involved and work in a relationship. Two universal truths were apparent:
1. Not many people in this day and age want to work.
2. There are too many options.

Unfortunately, in our microwave society where people have become disposable, people aren’t forced to tough it out. The option to not work it out is far more appealing – because “I can have another you in a minute. Matter fact, he’ll be here in a minute. -Beyonce”

A person could have all the qualities you want in a person and you’ll dismiss them because of one slight annoyance.
This leaves me to ponder the question…
Is anyone worth anything to anybody anymore?

When you decide to like someone and pursue something further with them, do you practice sticking it out now?
If you don’t practice forgiveness and sticking it out now with a person what makes you think you’ll automatically be able to do it in a marriage?

You need to forget what the world is doing and gain your own happiness. Look around. The world is miserable. Society now is heading into the direction of disposable people. People have become disposable in friendships and in relationships.

Back in the day, you argued but you made up and continued on with life together. How can you stand the rain if your run at the first sign of drizzle? Are you a fair weather friend? Are you a fair weather lover? Is your capacity to love ONLY in ideal circumstances?

If so, you’re going to be alone or in and out of relationships for a very long time. People are human. People are flawed. They are going to hurt you. I say that all to say that even though that is the case – getting past those obstacles strengthen your character and gives you the opportunity to practice forgiveness.

I want to urge you to practice your staying power.

You can do it.

I believe in you.

~Aisha Antoinette

Morning Devotional – Living Life Abundantly

9to5 just to stay alive…

9to5 just to stay alive…

9to5 just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Just to stay alive

Do you go to work, go home, sit at the tv, eat, pass out and then wake up the next day and do it all over again?

Have you ever sat in traffic or waiting for the train; bus; taxi cab, and wonder…isn’t there more to life than this?

I have good news! There IS! Jesus gave His life for you…to give you life and not only that, He came so you would have life more abundantly.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. -John 10:10

When wondering if there is more, ask yourself what your gifts are? What is your passion? What do you enjoy doing? It may have nothing to do with the job you are in now but what if you were able to use those gifts and talents where you are right now? It only takes some creative thinking. It’s so easy to get in a rut in the day to day hustle and bustle. I urge you to never lose sight that you have a greater purpose and life propagates new life. Life has untold capacities about it – beauty, fragrance, strength, growth, variety, reproduction, resistance to death, continuity, eternity.

There is so much more.

My prayer for you:

Father God, I pray that the person reading this is filled with Your Holy Spirit. I pray that You touch them and open their eyes to new insight into what You have purposed them to do. I pray that you renew their faith, their hope and their spirits. I come against any schemes of the enemy that try to trip them up and make them think they are any less than what You have called them to be.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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Morning Devotional – Spur One Another On

I was spurred on yesterday and it was so refreshing.

I find that in our Christian walks it is imperative to surround ourselves with like minded people. Not so that you are a part of a clique, not so you can gang up on others, not so that you can find value in them, but, so that they can spur you on in this walk.

Paul states in Hebrews that this is something we should consider: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” Hebrews 10:24

The definition of consider is – to think carefully about, especially in order to make a decision; contemplate; reflect on

This was so important that Paul wanted us to carefully think about how we could spur each other on toward LOVE and secondly GOOD DEEDS.

I don’t know about you but sometimes I just don’t feel like it. I’m stressed from work, home, and everything in between and I just don’t feel like being loving much less doing a good deed… Have you felt that way before?

That’s why it’s so important to have others around you spurring you on and in turn, when you are filled, can spur them on.

Have you spurred someone on lately?

Do you have people in your life that spur you on?

What good deed can you do for someone today?

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I’m back!

Oh, blog…. I neglect you so!

Well, I’m back and I want to share my life, health tips  and spiritual journey with you all!

So, stay tuned!

I will leave you with an awesome water detox recipe:

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Ingredients:
2 lemons
1/2 cucumber
10-12 mint leaves
3 quarts water

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: Overnight or 8 hours
Yields: 10-12 glasses

Method:

1. Slice cucumber and lemons.  Place in the bottom of the pitcher.   Toss in mint leaves. Add water

2. Chill overnight or for at least 8 hours.

Check out Heather’s blog over at http://www.asweetsimplelife.com/ for more tips!

Be blessed!

Africa: Dream Turned Reality

I’ve wanted to go back to the Motherland ever since I found out my people had been enslaved and forced to come to America.
A few college friends and I would complain that we still hadn’t been given our 40 acres and mule and a mass exodus back to Africa was in order.
Of course, those were the high and mighty ideals of young college students who were still naive enough to think we could change the world.
The wiser we became the more we realized that a mass exodus was not only impossible, but implausible: No one would come.
As much as we wanted to return to our roots, the state of Africa was in such a manner that being in America was better.

Fast forward to January 2013.

My Pastor announced a missions trip to Africa…costing almost $3000. I just got a new job and I felt that this was the time and this was the place. The dream was finally going to be realized.

As I began to fundraise, and people got on board and excited about my trip, I realized the trip was going to do more for me than I ever could do for those Africans living in the city of East London, South Africa.
Sure, I took the mission of spreading the gospel to all the nations literally. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to go. To do my due diligence as a Christian; to at least one time travel far from home to bring the Good News of what Jesus has done for you, for them, for us.
After some time spent in reflection, I’ve realized that the trip would make the biggest impact on me.
I pray that God uses me in just the way He needs me there.
I pray that I’ve heeded His Word and call to go throughout the nations.
I pray that I’m changed and never the same.
I pray the Holy Spirit have His way in that place.
I pray that the love and light of Jesus Christ in us is so undeniable that they have to know Him.
Lord, let it be.

Africa: Dream Turned Reality

I’ve wanted to go back to the Motherland ever since I found out my people had been enslaved and forced to come to America.
A few college friends and I would complain that we still hadn’t been given our 40 acres and mule and a mass exodus back to Africa was in order.
Of course, those were the high and mighty ideals of young college students who were still naive enough to think we could change the world.
The wiser we became the more we realized that a mass exodus was not only impossible, but implausible: No one would come.
As much as we wanted to return to our roots, the state of Africa was in such a manner that being in America was better.

Fast forward to January 2013.

My Pastor announced a missions trip to Africa…costing almost $3000. I just got a new job and I felt that this was the time and this was the place. The dream was finally going to be realized.

As I began to fundraise, and people got on board and excited about my trip, I realized the trip was going to do more for me than I ever could do for those Africans living in the city of East London, South Africa.
Sure, I took the mission of spreading the gospel to all the nations literally. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to go. To do my due diligence as a Christian; to at least one time travel far from home to bring the Good News of what Jesus has done for you, for them, for us.
After some time spent in reflection, I’ve realized that the trip would make the biggest impact on me.
I pray that God uses me in just the way He needs me there.
I pray that I’ve heeded His Word and call to go throughout the nations.
I pray that I’m changed and never the same.
I pray the Holy Spirit have His way in that place.
I pray that the love and light of Jesus Christ in us is so undeniable that they have to know Him.
Lord, let it be.

Monday Morning Inspiration

This morning as I read my “Mornings with Jesus” devotional I was struck by one line in it:

The only reliable thing in this life is Jesus.

If we take a moment to really consider what that means…what it means for our lives…we’d know that nothing in this world should be able to shake us. Keep in mind that no illness, no travesty, no devastation is too big for our God. He is the Rock. Our Rock. To God be the glory. You have the victory in all circumstances if you rest in Him and your faith; your all is in Him.

Have a blessed day!

*This post is in honor of my sister, my curlfriend, Alexis Martin!*Image