His Love

His Love Image

God is love…

His love is one that is uncanny and unmatched to anything ever seen in all of humanity. It is just, yet graceful; it is stern yet tender; it keeps us in times when we should be let go; it is steady when our choices and habits make the ground of our lives rocky and turbulent. It is patient and kind when we are hasty and disingenuous. It is forgiving and it is willing to walk us through the hurricane winds of unforgiveness that pressure us to discard those that have ushered in the storms of hurt and pain into our lives. It is selfless when we are selfish and self-seeking. It is a healing balm to our wounds that ooze out infectious toxins that debilitate and cripple us from moving forward in our lives.

His love deeply penetrates like a scalpel making an incision for surgery; opening us up to remove what has caused the toxicity within us. His love cleanses us of bitterness, hate, insecurity, confusion, rebellion, hopelessness, brokeness, unrighteousness, emptiness, unforgiveness, pain that was never meant to cause the damage that it did, hurt that was never given to Him to deal with that has lingered within us that’s caused a cancerous-like mass of disdain toward people, situations, and relationships. His love severs roots of old that have tried to choke out our purpose, our dreams, our light, and our wonder from within us. Christ’s love is one that soothes and cleanses like soap and water to a skinned knee; it wipes away the dust and dirt of this world that has sliced into hearts and minds and bandages us up delicately to allow us to heal in such a way that causes us to become better versions of who we were even before we encountered the heavy-handed hit of the world to our lives. 

Oh! How beautiful is this love?! 

He embodies a love so world-renowned that all of mankind is chasing after it but with misinformation of where to find it. So instead of tapping into the Original Spring, we go out and try to find it in broken relationships, turned up bottles, pill concoctions, and hallucinogens that get us off-balanced. We try to find it in titles, affirmations, and validations. We look for it in chasing money, gossip, and in all the “latest and greatest” things. We look for it in the universe, nature, rocks, crystal and good energy. We seek higher powers that don’t talk back to us and lead us only to destruction. And we even turn inwardly to ourselves as our own high power, believing that we know, in our own finite knowledge, what’s best for us.

So we miss it. We miss the opportunity to get to know the love of the One who created us with a purpose in mind. We miss experiencing the purest love that we will ever find. Love that is patient and kind. Love that keeps no record of wrongs, and a love that picks us up when we fall without a condemning grasp. We miss the opportunity to experience a father’s love; our Father, the One and True Creator of the universe, Jesus Christ Himself. 

In Him is the love, joy, peace, strength, and hope we look for in day to day occurrences, but the truth is, there is only one way to experience fulfillment, purpose and the wholeness we are all striving to experience…through getting to know the One who fashioned your days and created each of us with a special, unique design. Experiencing God’s love is the only way to satisfy the hunger in our lives we are so desperately trying to feed. He is the only One that has what it takes to satisfy the appetite of our unending desires. He is waiting for us to come to Him with a simple asking for His love because within Him is all that we need.   

God Bless.

Arnita Faith

A Little Pick Me Up

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For those of us that need a little pick me up today, keep reading. 

Life can make us feel so inadequate when we mess up or face failure. Even to the point of us identifying ourselves as a failure, or as a mistake; we can even begin feeling as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel we’re going through.

BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE AT ALL!

Even on the stormiest of days, you can still see the rainbow in the puddles and in the sky overhead. And for me, with every rainbow comes a smile because I am reminded that everything will get better. Even if it’s not today or tomorrow, I smile because I hold fast to the hope that there are better days coming because God is with me. 

One thing that I desire to do is to create a consistent habit of affirming myself daily. Affirming oneself daily, even when you don’t want to or you don’t fully believe it, has the ability to energize our spirit. It starts with a thought, and as we consistently do it, we begin to see ourselves in a greater light. Not because we’ll be living 100% without mistakes, but because in-spite of our shortcomings,we are able to see that our mess ups don’t have to destroy us, but they can become a beauty mark instead of a blemish.  Trust me. It gets better. Jesus created a masterpiece when He created you. Flaws and all, and when you begin believing in you, the beauty of Christ has the opportunity to shine brightly through you. He is not intimidated by our issues, and neither should we. But instead He embraces us, lovingly smoothing out our rough edges, opening us up to who He has really created us to be.

So today, take some time out to write down some affirmations for yourself and post them in places that you can see. In your bathroom, on your mirror, in your car, in your kitchen, wherever your eyes can go. I promise it will help to brighten your day when you read them, and it will soon transform how you think and view yourself. I have listed a few below paired with a few of my favorite scriptures, but don’t stop there; find the words that YOU need to hear. Write them down, look in the mirror, speak to yourself. Do this as often as you remember, and watch how your mind transforms! God Bless.  -Arnita Faith

I MATTER.

(Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.)

I Am LOVED.

(John 3:16 –  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.)

(Psalm 86:15 – But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.)

I Am THOUGHT OF.

(Psalm 139:18-19 – How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.)

I Am ENOUGH.

(Genesis 1:31-God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.)

I Can MAKE IT THROUGH THIS

(Phil 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.)

I am SPECIAL.

(Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.)

 I Am a GEM.

(1 Peter 2:9 – However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.)

It’s Going to be Alright

Everything Will Be Alright

Have you ever heard the song, “Every Little Thing” by Hillsong Young and Free (I am going to place the lyrics and YouTube video down below)? It is an amazing, encouraging song that reminded me that everything happening in this life is going to be alright.

I just want to share this song with anyone that is trying to figure out this thing called life, and I want to encourage you that every little thing, every detail, every plan, every situation, every pain, every stress, every loss, every impasse you may find yourself at, everything that seems incomplete, everything that seems impossible to face or handle, that every little and big thing is going to be alright. God has a distinct plan for your life, and I know it doesn’t all make sense yet…the key word is YET, but it will. And the only way you are going to know His plan is if you keep going.

He is not blind nor deaf to where you are or to what you are up against, but He is working things out better than we could ever do on our own. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways on a higher playing field than our ways. Jesus is ALL KNOWING, ALL POWERFUL, ALL WISE! He sees our lives in dimensions and realms that we cannot see or comprehend because we are only seeing from a horizontal view. His promise is that everything concerning us will work out, that every little thing, no matter what it looks like now, is going to be alright.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

Keep going…Start believing Him…Learn how to trust Him…He has our best interest at heart. I promise the plan God has in place for you is worth it all. God Bless.

[Intro]
Every little thing-ing-ing

[Verse 1]
Your favour waits within the future
My dreams are small compared to Yours
Why should I worry ’bout tomorrow when I know
That all I gotta do is trust You, Lord

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Verse 2]
Behind the scenes and in the details
You plan the perfect way for me
Why would I dwell upon the road’s uncertainties
When all I gotta do is look to You
Yeah, all I gotta do is look to You

[Chorus]
Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Post-Chorus]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

[Bridge: Andy Mineo]
Hey God, I know You don’t need no one to advise You
You probably do a better job running the world than I do
I just thought I’d remind You
I’ve been trying to find You
It feels like Satan working overtime, times two
They say if it doesn’t kill ya that refines you
But I’m trying to live, and that’s bigger than survival
It’s been a long night
It’s been a long fight
So just remind me now
Everything will be alright

[Outro]
Every little thing, every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing
Every little thing, everything will be alright

All Bible verses have been retrieved from biblegateway.com. The video was retrieved from YouTube. The photo image was created on Word Swag.

 

A Much Needed Pause

As human beings, rest is so important to our lives and I’m not talking about sleep. I know that statement seems like a “duh, of course, it is” moment, but when life is in motion and it does not seem to offer a pause button, true rest seems to fade away into the distance. But its need in our lives never goes away.

The other day, I had been up since about 7:30am. I had spent a little time with God, got dressed and ran out the door. I worked for a couple of hours, then I worked on materials for a ministry event for the following morning. From there I went shopping for a few last minute items at different stores while eating in the car en route from place to place. My mind was so focused on just getting to the next thing; to pause would bring a delay in my agenda for the day, which of course I had no time for. It wasn’t until later that evening I realized how hectic my day had really been. I had one last store to get to and then I’d head home; not to rest of course, but to complete just a few more things on my to-do list.

I had decided to stop for some coffee and it was right before I pulled in, that a thought came to mind about Ruth, a woman in the Bible.

“She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.” Ruth 2:7b 

What wisdom he moved in; but I wrestled with the thought because, hello, I still had stuff to get done.” Then another thought came to take my coffee and go to my favorite place to be with Jesus. And with a slow exhale, I conceded, grabbed my coffee and headed to our place. On the way, He reminded me that the store would still be there and could wait, but our time together could not. And oh, how thankful I am for that rest, because it was in the small 30 minutes I paused with God in the midst of my “oh so busy schedule”, that I found more strength, peace, and joy to finish my duties that day with gladness.

And this my friend, was a good pause; one of tears, prayer and active anticipation to hear the voice of Jesus Christ. The pause grabbed 30 minutes away from my day, but it filled my empty places of exhaustion with strength, weariness with hope and scatteredness with wisdom. Never underestimate time away with God; we never realize how much we need it until we get it and realize how empty we really were. What we are empty of, He pours out generously into our dry places.

No matter how busy we are we must, pause, rest and be refreshed, then repeat whenever you need it. The time given to rest will replenish us with everything we need to finish our day, to get fresh eyes for what’s in front of us, and it will bring peace to our weary souls. And I’m not talking about resting in front of the television or a device of some sort or even being around people that make you laugh, but some real time away. Someone on one time with the One who created you and knows what you need to function at your best.

After my pause, I didn’t even feel the need to rush anymore. I made it to the final store with the ability to really enjoy the trip. I danced my way through the aisles with one earbud in, reasoned with myself on what to get (yes, I talk to myself to work out the kinks hahaha) and I prayed for wisdom when I realized the store didn’t have something I needed for the next day. I even paused for another 15-20 minutes to begin jotting all of this down in my phone. By the time I finished, a new cashier had emerged and I was able to chat with him and found out he had been in a car accident earlier that day. We were able to talk, laugh, and I had the opportunity to give him some encouragement.

Without that pause, I don’t know what mind frame I would have been in going into that final store. I may have been so rushed or I may have missed that perfect moment to encourage someone that needed it. Not only that, but I would have missed the opportunity to enjoy the movements of the rest of my day. I still had things to do, and through Christ, I was given the strength and strategy to accomplish them.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-42

There is always a time and a place to be productive and to handle the responsibilities of life, but we must also know when what seems like productivity has become busy work that keeps us from choosing the better: time with Jesus Christ. Taking pauses with Him has to become the best part of our day. We wouldn’t want to go hours upon hours and days upon days without spending time with those we love, so why do we make it so easy to not spend quality time with Jesus? It doesn’t make sense, yet we do it all the time. Pauses with Him allow us to be strengthened, encouraged, gain strategy, make a greater impact in the world and it brings the balance and perspective we need. So with all that being said, let’s be more conscientious to pause with God, for our spiritual health, mental health, and emotional health. You will thank yourself for it and others will thank you for it too. God Bless!

To Worship You I Live by Israel and New Breed

My favorite part of this song is: “Away, away from the noise, Alone with You, Away, away to hear your voice, And meet with You, Nothing else matters”

Stay with Me by Jekalyn Carr

I heard this song for the first time almost a week ago, and I have listened to it almost every day since.

Jeklayn Carr shares that she desires for God to be the company in her life that never has to go home. It is easy for people to overstay their welcome in our homes, but there are a few people who can stay as long as they like without a complaint from us. This is who I desire Christ to be in the lives of ALL humanity; that He would come into our lives, every day visiting with us, and never feeling that we want Him to leave. Below is the YouTube video of “Stay With Me” by Jekalyn Carr and the lyrics are underneath it. My hope is that this song will bless you in ways you didn’t know you needed and that its lyrics will pull on your heart’s desire for Christ to draw closer and closer to you.

Do you desire that He stay with you?

God Bless.

Stay With Me by Jekalyn Carr

So, this song right here, means a lot to me
And I was traveling and God began to speak to me
He said, “When you think about company, they come over to your house
At some point because they are company, they have to go.”
He said, “But with me,
I want to be the person who can stay with you and
For the rest of your life.”
So, my prayer was to God:
You are the company that never have to leave me
So, I need You to stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to Thee
You are my high victory
I can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

How can I live? How can I move?
How can I be, without You?
How can I stand, in the midst of pain?
I can’t go on, without You

You are the company that doesn’t have to go
So, stay with me

I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
So, stay with me
I’m broken before You
Please don’t leave ’cause I need You
I’m empty if I don’t have You
So, stay with me
I lift my heart to You
You are my high victory
Can’t imagine life without You
Stay with me

Can you lift your hands and say: Stay? (stay with me)
Lord, I need You to stay with me (stay with me)
Somebody tell Him, stay with me (stay with me)
Oh, ’cause we need You, Lord (stay with me)
Say, stay with me (stay with me)
You have to  (stay with me)
Oh, stay with me (stay with me)
Yeah, yeah…

I’ll do whatever it takes, to keep You here with me
It don’t matter how much it costs, ’cause I need You here with me
I’ll lay down my will for You, ’cause I need You here with me, oh Lord
I’ll give whatever You require of me, I need You here with me, Lord
So…

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
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Stay with me
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Stay with me
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Stay with me

Now right here, you ought to open up your mouth
And tell Him how much you need Him
Tell Him how much you need Him tonight, oh

I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You, Lord
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You
I can’t imagine my life without You

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

I don’t know about nobody else up in here
But, I need God to stay with me (stay with me)
You oughta, you oughta, you oughta lift your hands
Lift your hands towards heaven
And if it’s your prayer tonight
Open your mouth and tell Him

Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me
Stay with me

Lift up your voice, lift up your voice
And let Him know how much you need Him
Let Him know how much you need Him
You don’t have to leave, You don’t have to leave
Stay with me, Jesus, stay with me, Jesus
‘Cause I need You, I need You

I need You, Lord
I’m just wondering if there’s somebody out there
Who don’t mind breaking yourself loose
And crying out to your master, “Here I am, Lord”
Whatever You need me to do
Whatever You want me to do
My answer is yes
My answer is yes
Open up your mouth
Open up your mouth
Lift up your voice and cry out to Him…

Blanketed with Peace

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“You might be lonely, but you’re not alone”

After my engagement end, the phrase above was one I heard often. It was a statement that was supposed to alleviate the sting of my new found loneliness, but instead, of welcoming its soothing balm of comfort, I would toss it off with a, “yeah, I know” or a simple head nod of understanding even though I couldn’t grab the magnitude of its truth. I knew everyone meant well, but in my whirlwind of emotions, I just wasn’t fully receiving it. At the time, feeling lonely and being alone all felt the same to me. I’m not sure if I ever really spoke this out of my mouth, but I felt it. But once I grabbed ahold of this deeper truth, it became a part of my reality; it held and still holds a lot of weight in my life.

But in the midst of my loneliness, I felt alone. I felt discarded, like an old piece of trash, by the man I had loved and it made me feel devalued and unwanted. I was on my way down the aisle with the man that had become my best friend and my seemingly Mr. Right; planning our happily ever after, talking about walking in ministry side by side, our future children’s names, life together forever…painting the mosaic masterpiece of our future together. And now it was all gone. No best friend, no husband, no happily ever after; just me and tears. Isn’t it something when situations make you feel like the world is crashing down around you, but God still has you in the palm of His hand? Listening and being attentive to our every need and desire. Loving on us even when we refuse to receive the comfort He gives. Yet He never lets us go, and He never wavers in being a present help in a time of trouble.  (Jesus, I love You! Thank You for loving us the way You do.)

During this time, loneliness seemed to loiter around in my life so much that we became good friends. She would sit with me daily in my pity parties, and would even help me decorate for them.  Helping me pick out my outfits of sorrow and despair. Night after night, I cried on her shoulder wanting things to change; not for God to heal me, but to bring him back and mend our relationship. I just wanted things to get better for us. At times, loneliness can offer up a sting so painful, that covers our eyes from the truth of what we really need, but

OH, HOW I LOVE JESUS!

He knows just what we need when we need it and the Spirit of God is always present.

There was one night, in particular, that helped me truly understand what the phrase, “you may be lonely, but you are not alone”, really meant. I remember it so clearly; it was so amazing, yet I don’t know if you’ll believe it, but here it goes:

I cried and cried and cried, and when I thought I was out of tears, I cried some more. I was laying my sister’s bed, just thinking about everything. My heart felt like it was shattered into a gazillion pieces, and all I could do was lay weeping in her bed staring out the window. Through tears, I remember choking out a simple prayer, “Holy Spirit, lay on me like a blanket. If You don’t, I won’t be able to sleep”. I said it, not knowing what else to say, or if He would or could even show up in that way. I was desperate, and I needed peace to sleep.

“In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” Psalm 120:1 ESV

No sooner than ending the prayer, I felt what seemed like a blanket covering my body, and in an instant, a peace that surpassed all understanding spread out over me. I had never felt comfort like that before in my life. The tears stopped, the thoughts stopped swirling around in my mind, the heartache ceased and for a moment, nothing else mattered but what God was doing. He brought a relief that I had no idea He could bring, and at that moment I loved God so much more than I had before. And with that, I shut my eyes and fell fast asleep. God heard me!!! He had really heard me.

I am so encouraged to know that my prayers are never wasted and that He cares dearly about the pains and sorrows of His children. This isn’t just true for me, but it is true for us all. He is listening, and He is willing to answer if we just call out to Him. Wherever you are in life right now,  be encouraged; our Father in Heaven is always listening and watching for the right time to answer your call. I heard Joyce Meyer say once, “God is always on time God. He is never late, but He is rarely ever early”. Keep calling, keep asking.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ” Matthew 7:7-8

Life can bring an array of emotions. Whether it creeps in from watching friend after friend get married and start a family, or having loved ones move away, or having to deal with unexpected circumstances or illnesses or even just trying to figure yourself out, know that the Holy Spirit is with you. No situation is too small, too basic, or too gigantic that He will not give attention to it.

“casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Situations in life can cause the world around us to be deafening with loneliness at times but know that you are never alone. God is ALWAYS with us. I know sometimes we want a tangible person to comfort us, but what we really need is Him. He wants to share in all that our lives consist of, not just the victories and shouts of joy but the bad and ugly days too. Every day isn’t always easy, but with Christ, even the loneliest and darkest of days can be reinvigorated when we let Him in.

Allow God to search you and examine the rooms of your heart and all the broken areas you have. He is here for you, so call out to Him, or even give a simple whisper, inviting Him into the room of loneliness in your life. He is waiting outside the door, will you let Him in?

Dear Lord, Thank You for always having Your ears attentive and Your eyes open to us. For all who are wrestling with the bear of loneliness, make Your presence known and felt. We need Your comforting touch, Your blanket of peace, Your refreshing rain of joy in the dry places of our lives. Daddy, we need You. Draw us out of the dreariness of loneliness into the sunshine of Your unending comfort and relief. We love You and praise You in advance. In Jesus name, Amen.

God Bless,

Arnita Faith

All Bible verses have been retrieved from crosswalk.com and biblegateway.com. The photo image was retrieved from online.

Praise Break: Enjoying Singleness

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“An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit.” 1 Corinthians 7:34 NIV

My last relationship was eight years ago. I was engaged and getting ready to walk down the aisle when everything fell apart. The wedding was called off, and I sorrowfully and reluctantly began to pick up the pieces of my life. I can honestly say that this was one of the greatest things that could have ever happened to me, and I am a better woman because of it. Through all of the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster in the years that followed the split, I have learned more about myself and grown closer to Christ. I have received more joy than I have known what to do with. I have also found myself in great amounts of sorrow learning how to let go, move on and forgive them and me. I thank God for His love and His continual mercy that has been shown towards me, and all those that He has sent my way to encourage me in times of need.

“The unmarried woman or the virgin is concerned about the matters of the Lord, how to be holy and set apart both in body and in spirit;” 1 Corinthians 7:34 AMP.

In my earlier single years, finding that balance between being concerned with what mattered to God and what mattered to myself was hard, and sometimes it still can be. For so many years, I was devoted to people, places and things. I enjoyed doing my own thing, living my life by my own rules and I never thought twice about it. It wasn’t until I really began my walk with Christ that He began to reshape my thinking pertaining to single living. I am so grateful for God’s grace and mercy because my life was so out of whack, and some days it still is hahaha. He has been patient with me, and He desires that all single people come into an understanding of what it means to be single the Godly way.

These last eight years have not been all cupcakes and lollipops, but they have by far been some of the greatest sculpting tools to shape, mold, and chisel me into the woman I am today. And I would do them all again if it meant helping someone else.

I am grateful for the life I am living and all that I have learn and still am learning about who I am and who God is. If you are in a state of singleness, enjoy it and embrace. Don’t grieve it, but take in its beauty. This season has more value than you think. Look to God, lean on Him, learn from Him and learn more about yourself. In the mirror of Him, He will reflect all that you are. If you are single, God has a reason for it. Ask Him, really ask Him, and allow Him to pour into you new hope and fresh perspective.

Thank You, Jesus, for the gift and beauty of a season to be single. All of those who are in a season of singleness, help us to understand the beauty and worth that it has to give. Give us new hope, new understanding, and fresh perspective so we do not waste the blessing and time You have given us. In Jesus name, Amen.

All Bible verses have been retrieved from crosswalk.com and biblegateway.com. The photo image was retrieved from online.