I was married, and now, not so much…

This will probably be the most unguarded and transparent post I have ever written but I believe God had put it on my heart to share so that, 1) I am held accountable for decisions I will have to make going forward and 2) so that this doesn’t happen to you. Not all that glitters is gold. Not everything you want to be from God is actually from God. The devil will deceive you to make you believe that the distraction he puts in your way is of God. It will appear that it is everything you want. Do not be fooled as I was…

I met him March of last year… I had just finished all my degrees and licenses and I was in my career and heading to Africa on a Mission’s Trip! When I met him, at my best friend’s church in north Carolina, I felt God was putting everything in to place – that I was ready to receive what I had been waiting for – and he was a Pastor!

Well, my best friend immediately said, “I don’t like him. He’s arrogant but I have to work with him at the church.” (RED FLAG #1) 

As he and I started to interact while we put the finishing touches on the Passion play set design he played the worship music I love (think Jesus Culture) and I was like Wow…he’s speaking my Worship Language lol

We exchanged numbers and spoke all month long when I returned to NYC and we connected. Now, knowing myself in the getting to know each other phase he told me that he was NOT affectionate (RED FLAG #2). I know that’s my love language but I was willing to forgo that. Maybe I didn’t NEED that as much as I thought I did…

I went back to North Carolina in April for the Jesus Culture concert, before that he had confessed to having a past which included shady activity and jail time. But he had become ordained and changed his life and that’s what I looked at now. He also needed to pay some fines before he could leave NYC…so I helped him financially…

At the concert, I fell in love with the way he worshipped God. I mean he was on fire and I was willing to give my all for this man who seemingly loved God more than anything. He never spoke to me in a sexual manner EVER. I figured this was it.

We decided that we were what we wanted so let’s get married. So what we lived in separate states (RED FLAG #3), so what he wasn’t financially stable (RED FLAG #4), so what he wasn’t able to provide a home for me, (RED FLAG #5), so what he would marry me knowing that he wouldn’t be able to provide anything for me (RED FLAG #6) – wasn’t love enough?

I had lunch with a friend and let him know I was going to marry him…he said you’re sure?

I was like, yeah, why not. We both know what we want. He has some traits that are questionable… he’s arrogant (RED FLAG #7), self-centered (RED FLAG #8) condescending (RED FLAG #9) but who is perfect?

I thought that everything I had been through was to prepare me for this man.

I was wrong.

No one in my family was happy about this. (RED FLAG #10)

On my wedding day, I had an anxiety attack and almost passed out in his bathroom (RED FLAG #11) there was still time to get out but I said I was going to do this so I had to follow through.

It was done.

I didn’t feel any different.

I was actually married.

Yet, after my wedding night, my “husband” barely touched me. (RED FLAG #12)

He actually wanted me to cover up when I was around him.

He was always looking for money even though he knew I supported my household (RED FLAG #13)

He didn’t want to let anyone in his church know we married. I was a secret.

“You should straighten your hair because you are a first lady and we need to have a certain look.”

“I married you and now I’m waiting for my favor. God said you’d be favor but I haven’t gotten anything yet.”

“I’m glad we are moving near my family so I can have somewhere to go when I get tired of you.”

“I don’t know how to speak to a female. I can’t speak to you kindly or soft because I’m a football coach. We are hard. We are tough. I wasn’t raised around emotional women.”

These are examples of his love towards me.

But because I made this vow before God I was DETERMINED to make this work.

I read every wife book published, leaned on God more than I ever have, learned various communication skills, etc, etc, etc – none of it worked.

Because it wasn’t meant.

We made a mistake.

He wanted a wife so he could be a youth pastor without being questioned in the South and I wanted a husband because I was tired of being alone.

We should’t have married and God gave me so many signs. Some people meet and marry and it works. It really does. That just wasn’t for us.

God hates divorce.

But He gave me permission to leave this farce.

For that, I’m forever grateful.

To you dear reader, I say to heed the signs that God gives you.

Listen to that voice in your spirit.

The warnings are NOT to keep you from something good, they are to lead you to something AWESOME.

Just wait.

Wait for God.

Because what He has for you is better than anything you could fabricate.

I’m guilty of impatience, settling and disobeying. We need to choose well. We need to make better decisions. I was really, really hard on myself for this. I was able to forgive myself for doing this to Aisha – who I love so much – January of this year and I’ve moved on.

Lesson learned.

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***I want to thank the most amazing friends God has saw fit to bless me with. Literally if you were not here with me through this I don’t know how I would have made it: Sofia, Jacita, Tasha, Kari and Kat – you supported me in my decision to work at it and then when it was time to leave you supported me still. I love you so much. ❤

Misadventures in Dating: Phone Calls/Text

So, I’m officially dating again. I’m accepting invitations for coffee, lunch, drinks or dinner. It’s official. I believe God has healed me from “The Incident of 2013” and I’m testing the waters again. What’s funny is that I found that to date I have to be social lol and over the past year I’ve withdrawn a bit – so baby steps.

I thought I would document my journey in hopes of gathering/offering support because if there is one thing my friends and I agree on – dating sucks.

Especially for a single mom like myself.

The first thing I want to note is texting.

People don’t call anyone anymore.

Before I continue, the last time some one tried to seriously date me (in person) was 2008.

He asked for my number and called me. Which I thought was the normal thing to do.

Fast forward to 2014. I’ve gotten many text messages…and no phone calls.

What does this mean?

You want to get to know someone no strings attached?

Is hearing someone’s voice now something intimate?

Are they just not that into you?

Is it just easier?

Navigating the dating waters without proper technological training nor etiquette is unnerving.

What does it all mean?

And if you do call does that mean your interest has risen from text worthy to voice worthy?

What gets you to voice worthy? Do people assume you won’t be able to speak?

Is it because I’m a mom? They assume I’m busy?

Why so many questions?

My Master’s degree was easier to get.

 

What do you think? Should a phone call be made initially? Or is texting just the norm?

Should you eventually call someone to ask them out?

Is “Do you wanna meet up?” a date? Or is that pre-date talk?

I am so confused.

So share your thoughts in the comments. What do you think?texting_1455781c

Morning Thoughts 5-24-14

I always want to write but never quite know where to start. A friend advised me to just start writing – any and everything that came to mind.

Quite frankly, what’s been on my mind as of late is this issue in Nigeria #BringBackOurDaughters. It boggles my mind that over 250 young women and girls could be abducted the way they were in this day and age. I’ve also started to watch the show Game of Thrones and it reminds me of something that could happen in that show and not in real life. Why is this still an issue? Why are human beings so violent? Why does it seem that every new series, movie and television show begs the answer to the question: Is man destined to destroy himself?

As I sit here, sipping my coffee and pondering this question, I thank God for the hope I have in Jesus Christ. Being inundated with horrible news stories and minute after minute accounts of murder, rape, and plunder (again – are we in Medieval Times?) it’s so easy to become disheartened and even depressed.

I just opened my email and received a Mashable article about “10 Wildlife Adventures You Have To See Before They Go Extinct.” Why is that even happening?

No one cares enough to do what seriously needs to be done. There is too much red tape in this day and age. We have red taped ourselves into a Global Warming crisis. No matter what we do now we can’t reverse this. Why aren’t there protests in the street? We have effectively killed our planet. This makes me so sad. This is why we (human beings) can’t have nice things. We destroy things. Why? The evil that is running rampant in the world. You may not believe what I believe but this is my explanation for all the strife, anger and violence in the world. The enemy is here. Polluting minds with greed, envy and lusts. I took Josh to see X-Men yesterday and before the movie came on a full trailer for the movie “SEX TAPE” was shown. The premise of the movie depicts a couple who’s sex life has gone south and they try to spice it up with making a sex tape that inadvertently gets sent out to all of their friends and family and they go through great lengths to get it back. But why did my 11 year old son need to see that? SEX has been become so perverse. Nothing sacred about it at all anymore. Kind of like in the Game of Thrones… I would like to point out here what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities had come to the height of sin, if it can even be measured. What’s described in the bible is taking place now. How soon can we anticipate God’s literal interference? Soon. Will you be ready?

I do want to point out that I absolutely have hope and faith in God imparting His Spirit into man’s heart and making him new.

What do you think?

 

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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Passion

Like the waves to the shore

My love for you is a rush

Of intense burning

Feeling

Needing

I never want you

To stop hearing the incessant melody

That is you and me

You’re my heart beat

You’ve got the best of me

The only part of me

I dare show

Exposed

Open

Our love is golden

Tender to the touch

I want you so much

Melt into me

Become one with me

Me and you

This can’t be undone

You make me free to release

Unleash

Everything inside of me

So true

Me and you

Ecstasy

Epiphany

Ethereally

You

And

Me

 

~Aisha Antoinette

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!