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September 2017 Planner (FREEBIE!)

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Hello Beautiful People!

We all know how important it is to stay organized and I wanted to give you a little something to help you do just that. I created a September 2017 Planner just for you! This planner also includes a weekly scripture as well as a prayer journal. Prayer and scripture needs to be a part of our daily lives and I wanted to make sure we don’t forget that while we are busy planning. Commit everything you do in this new month to God. I hope you all enjoy using this planner as much as I enjoyed creating it. I also left you a little monthly encouragement to help you get through the month.

For me, September is the month of “Getting Things Started”. I have a few goals that fell by the wayside over the past few months. It’s time for me to revive them and just get started!!! There is greatness in all of us and I want you to focus on tapping into your greatness this month. The scriptures of the week for this month are intentional to this theme. They are sweet reminders that even when we are unsure of what we are doing or when we feel like a task is too much for us God already knows the ending. Get started and let him direct your path!

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6 Things that Happen When God Calls You

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Every time I read the word I get a new revelation from it. As I was reading the first few verse of Genesis 12 when Abram was called, the Holy Spirit began to open my eyes to what we can expect when God calls us. Below are 6 things that God does when he calls you. If you are going through the process now of stepping into your calling or wondering if God has called you in this season I pray that what I have meditated on will bless you.

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1 When God calls us He likes to move us away from what is familiar to us. He puts us in a space where we have to totally rely on him. Sometimes He moves us from our family. Sometimes he moves us out of the country. Sometimes he moves us to a different career. He does not forcefully move us into this area; however he makes our current location a little less comfortable so that we ourselves know “It’s time to move”. When we are too comfortable we often forget to rely on God, but our calling can only be fulfilled with total dependance on Him. He moved Abram to a new land. He moved Esther into a palace of people that were not from her culture. If God has led you into an unknown environment brace yourself- He’s preparing you for your calling! It’s going to be scary. You’re going to have some days where you don’t think you are in the right place. But don’t worry. You are exactly where God wants you.

2God is always focused on upward movement. He’s not going to call you to keep you on the same level or to demote you. When He calls you to a position or task it is a promotion. It doesn’t always feel like it; trust me I know. Many times the promotion looks more like a prison. Think of Joseph. God pushed him into the unknown to one day become the 2nd in command of Egypt. However, before he got there he found himself in a pit and in prison. When he finally got to the palace he realized why God took him through that journey. You’re going to go through some tests while you’re being promoted. This is a gem I wish I knew before- I would have been more vigilant! But when God finds you faithful, He will exalt you.

3The first verse of Psalm 23 says “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. While you are moving into your calling you really need to take hold of this promise. It can be hard in the beginning. People may not believe in you. You may not have enough money. You may lack resources. Whatever struggles you may face know that God is going to take care of you. When the Israelites were heading into the promise land God provided them manna in the wilderness. He takes care of the birds. You never see them struggling to find food. We are more valuable to God than the birds. He will take care of us. Sometimes we are scared to step into our calling because we don’t know where the money, resources or people are going to come from. Just take the step and watch God provide.

4When God calls you He puts you in a place to be seen. Whether you are seen by 5 people or 5,000 people you have a platform. What are you going to do with that platform? Are you going to use it for selfish gain or are you going to use it to point people to God’s glory? Do you feel like your current platform isn’t big enough? Remember that when you are faithful with little God will bless you with more. Before David led a country he led the sheep in the field. God saw that he was faithful with the platform he had. When God calls you he gives you a voice and a message; make sure to use your platform to further His agenda.

5Because we have a platform, our calling can come with fame and fortune on varying levels. But always remember that God does not call you for yourself. He calls you for others. He promotes and blesses us so that we can bless others. No matter the size of your platform you should always find ways to touch the lives of those around you. Remember that blessing someone doesn’t always have to be monetary. It can be visiting them, praying with them, or just pouring into them through edifying conversations. When God fills your cup to overflowing that blessing should flow out on to others around you.

6There’s a saying that goes “the higher the level the bigger the devil”. You need to be prepared for this. I’m telling you from experience because I wasn’t. When I was thrown into my calling I was naive to the battles I would face. Even through my failures and mistakes God still kept me and restored me. The more He blesses you the more people are going to start acting funny. It’s human nature. They’ll start talking about you. They’ll try to stain your name. They’ll try to make others believe that you are not fit for your calling. God will protect you from all of this- if you let him. There are going to be people that come in to your life- wolves in sheep clothing- just to disrupt your calling. Please beware. Trust me, I’ve experienced this but thank God for His grace and mercy. You need to be totally immersed in Christ so that he can protect you from the attacks of the enemy.

Being called by God is an honor. To think that God wants to use you to impact people around you i humbling. It comes with it’s ups and downs but always lean on God. The same God that called you will make you successful in your calling.

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Does God Really Care: 3 Tricks the Enemy Uses to Make Us Lose Trust in God

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We all have needs that we need met. A new car, a job, a husband, a house, a child, healing- the list is endless. Some of us just started waiting for God to move in a certain situation while others have been waiting for years. The enemy likes to come in and take advantage of our lack. He begins to magnify our need as if life can’t go on until it is handled and sometimes it makes us question God. In Matthew 4, Jesus had a need. Satan used that need to try to get Jesus to turn his back on God. Today, the enemy still tries to do the same with us. Let’s take a look at some of his tricks and let’s learn from Jesus how to overcome them.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:1-4)

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1Jesus had just finished fasting for 40 days. The man was hungry. And what does Satan do? He tempts him with food. Here’s three stones Jesus, why don’t you just turn it into loaves of bread. He was mocking Jesus and taking advantage of his current situation to get him to do something the Father wouldn’t be pleased with.

He does the same to us. You could be sitting in a room full of people enjoying great conversation then all of a sudden the enemy whispers to you: “You know you’re the only one that’s single here”.

Or you’re in church listening to a powerful testimony of how God just blessed someone with a job and here the enemy comes again: “Where is your job? You’ve been waiting for months.”

Or maybe you’ve been married for years and you see all these newlyweds getting pregnant and he says: “But why isn’t your child here yet.”

He magnifies your condition enough for you to begin thinking, “Can God really supply what I need?”

2He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God”. He questions whether Jesus is truly the Son of God because if you really are the Son of God then he shouldn’t let you go hungry. That “if” causes you to question your own position with God. Am I really His son? Am I really His daughter? Does He really remember me? Then the enemy starts to spread more lies:

You know if you are really his daughter he wouldn’t have you waiting this long to find your husband.

If you are really his daughter he should have giving you many job offers by now.

If you are really his daughter then why are you struggling to have a child?

The big If. He uses your condition to make you doubt God’s love for you. What kind of Father knows exactly what you need and is not providing it for you?

3Jesus was hungry and the enemy gave him a solution for his hunger: turn these stones into bread. But Jesus knew that wasn’t the will of God. No matter how hungry he was he knew he needed to wait on God.

The enemy loves to provide an alternate route. The alternate route may not always be something illegal or “sinful”. In fact, the alternate route he provides usually makes a lot of sense. That’s why it’s a temptation. If it didn’t make sense it’ll be easy for us to say no. But the end result is always a disaster. He’ll push you into a toxic relationship just so you can say you’re no longer single. He’ll have you settle for a job way below your qualifications just so you can have money. He’ll have you start looking into alternative ways to get pregnant when God hasn’t even directed you there.

There are 2 things we can do to overcome the temptation of the enemy.

4Jesus didn’t play footsie with the enemy. He didn’t ask questions. He didn’t get clarity on what kind of stone he should use. He didn’t think up ways to justify it in his mind. He just said No.

We need to do the same. Resist the devil. Don’t give him an inch because then he’ll go a mile. Know the difference between God’s voice and the enemy’s voice. As soon as you hear him, shut him out of your thoughts. Immediately.

5The Devil is persistent and sometimes we actually need to fight. But when you fight, fight him with the Word of God. As soon as the enemy came Jesus quoted the scriptures for him: Deuteronomy 8:3. Jesus was ready for him. This is why it’s so important to know your Bible. The enemy standing at your doorstep is not the time to go and find your ammunition. You should have your ammunition on you at all times. For each lie the enemy throws at you throw him a promise of God. There is literally a scripture in the Bible for any attack that comes your way. Meditate on the Word day and night and you’ll be ready. Stick close to the Holy Spirit and he will help you.

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My Top 5 Bathing Suits

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Well the summer is just about over but I’m getting ready to go on vacation in a few weeks so I need a bathing suit!!! Well, maybe 2 or 3 bathing suits :). I was doing some browsing and saw a few I thought were cute and wanted to share it with you. Which ones do you like? You can find most of this on Amazon, just click the picture.

 

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Five Characteristics of the Blessed Woman {Plus Free Digital Print!}

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One of the most used Christian greetings is: “How are you today?” and the individual replies “I am blessed”. Sometimes we say it because we really mean it and sometimes because it’s just the Christian thing to do. But what does it really mean to be blessed? How do you know if you are really blessed. The first few verses of Psalm 1 offer us five traits of someone who is blessed.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1: 1-3)

1 The blessed woman is trying to live a life that is pleasing to God. She knows what her Father hates and does her best to stay away from those activities. She chooses her friendships wisely because she believes that birds of a feather flock together. She does not want to be associated with gossipers, slanderers, and those that are notorious for giving bad advice. She only wants positive vibes and positive energy in her inner circle.

2 The blessed woman is one who loves to sit at the foot of the Father. She knows that the Word of God is full of so much wisdom and she is hungry to grow. Her bible brings her happiness. She doesn’t just read it if she has a spare moment. She intentionally sets aside time out of her day to read the Word. Her day feels incomplete and unproductive without her personal time of prayer and devotion. She does not chase the pleasures of this world because she is content with the pleasure she finds in the Word of God.

3The blessed woman doesn’t just enjoy reading God’s word but she makes an effort to meditate on it. It’s her first thought when she wakes up and her last thought before she goes to sleep. Throughout the day she is pondering on a scripture and applying it through her day. She is so full of the Word of God that it becomes a part of her daily speech. She speaks the heart of the Father and those that come in contact with her can feel it.

4The blessed woman is always bearing fruit. Each season is her season because there is never a day that goes by when she is not blessed. Yes, she is blessed with earthly riches. She has a great family. Or a successful career. Or a blooming business. But even when she faces a season with no physical fruit she knows that in those times God is still growing in her the Fruit of the Spirit. In seasons when she is looking for work, God is producing patience in her. In seasons of struggle in her marriage, God is giving her a gentle spirit. When those around her may be attacking her, she develops more love and self-control. The blessed woman is always growing. She is always bearing fruit.

5The blessed woman knows that everything she does will be successful. She does not start a project thinking that she will fail. Whatever she touches turns to gold. It’s not because of anything she does. In her own strength all of her plans fail. She possess an “I can do all things through Christ” mentality. She knows that her daily successes come from God and God alone. She makes it a habit to credit all of her success to Him.

My prayer for you is that no matter what may be happening in your life you can always say with confidence, “I am blessed”.

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My Top 8 Picks for Fall Blazers

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The pros of being a teacher: Summer Break. The cons of being a teacher: It goes by so fast! At the start of each school year I always do some light shopping. My favorite clothing item to stack up on are BLAZERS!!! I love blazers. Being an elementary music teacher you can usually find me sitting on the rug and playing circle games with the students so wearing skirts or dresses is not always the best option for me. Blazers dress up the simplest of outfits. I can look professional for any meeting with administration and still be comfortable when teaching my scholars. Take a look at my top 8 picks.

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Finding Your Identity: Who Am I?

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Identity. What is it? In the dictionary it is defined as: “The condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is”. It sounds simple enough; identity is who you are. But this seemingly simple phrase is the cause of so much complexity in one’s life.

Who Am I? People spend their lifetime trying to decipher the meaning of life. The purpose of living. That factor that separates you from the crowd. Who Am I?

As a child, my identity was found in my education. If I am to be completely honest with myself, I still cling to education sometimes to find my worth. Growing up in a Nigerian home, education was paramount. During summer breaks, while our mates were outside playing we were doing workbooks that prepared us for the next grade. Before we could go outside, the questions were always “Did you do your math? Did you read a book? Did you finish your summary?”. Sometimes our “Yes” was met with a nod of freedom and sometimes we heard “Go read another book.” I found that my parents, especially my father, were the most proud of me when I was excelling in school. And that’s exactly what I did.

If I brought home anything less than an “A” I would be so devastated. I took high classes even in subjects I hated (Oh AP Biology, I still can’t believe we met). I graduated in the top 10% of my class and I was satisfied. However, my identity was quickly tested when I went to college and realized “Wow, there are people smarter than I am”.

Graduating from college I faced another blow to my identity: unemployment. I can’t find a job? What? It just didn’t make sense in my mind. I am a goal-driven individual so when something doesn’t happen when I believe it should happen I begin to question my abilities. I’ve realized that I’m way too hard on myself simply because I’ve built my identity on what I can accomplish.

During that time of waiting, God had to strip me of everything that I thought was me, and remind me that my identity is in Christ. It was a painful, but much needed experience. But what I’ve realized over the years is that it is important to constantly remind yourself that your identity is in Christ. If not, you will find yourself asking that question again: Who Am I?

See, what happened to me is that because my identity was in my education and what I could accomplish, when I was in a season of my life when I felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything I had lost a sense of self.

What about you? Maybe your identity is found in your accomplishments just like mine was.

Maybe you find your identity in your physical beauty. But what happens on those days when you feel less than beautiful?

Maybe you find identity in relationships. But what happens when that relationship ends?

Maybe you find your identity in your career or finances. But what happens when that is stripped from you?

Accomplishments. Beauty. Relationships. Career. Money. All these things will pass away. The beautiful thing about finding our identity in Christ is that He is constant and consistent.

When you are jobless. Christ is still there. When your money is low. Christ is still there. When your relationship is in shambles. Christ is still there.

Finding our identity in Christ brings the most peace, joy, and ultimate fulfillment.

Who Am I? I am a child of the Most High God.

That’s enough identity to last you a lifetime.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

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My Top 5 Favorite Versions of the Bible

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Hi everyone! The Bible has been translated into many different languages and versions but the Word of God still remains the same. Many people have asked me what my favorite version of the Bible is so I decided to write about it :). Below are my top 5 favorites:

5: The Message Bible
I’m actually surprised I’m putting this version on the list. It took me a long time to really enjoy the Message Bible. Coming from my NIV and NKJV Bible, in comparison the MSG version was just too watered down. Even though it is the easiest to read it is not the most accurate (it’s a paraphrase bible!). However, because of its readability, this version hits me in a way that some others don’t. There are still some scriptures that I feel are stretched a bit and misinterpreted. Nevertheless, it made it to my Top 5.

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4: The Amplified Bible
I use this Bible to study quite often. The AMP version falls under a word-for-word translation and those are always great for studying. It breaks down certain words in the verse which allows for deeper insight to the text. The only downfall of the additional words is that just because a word has multiple meanings doesn’t mean all those meanings fit the context of the text.

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3: New King James Version
There’s KJV and then theres NKJV. One of my first pocket bibles, back in high school, was a KJV Bible. I quickly got tired of the KJV language. The NKJV is KJV without the “saith”, “ye”, and “thou”. Simply put its a modern version. Similar to KJV, NKJV is a word-for-word translation so it is more accurate than the Message Bible.

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2: New International Version
NIV is a thought-for-thought Bible. Unlike the NKJV, it is not a pure translation but rather an interpretation of what the translator feels is being said. The issue with that is that sometimes verses in NIV can be interpreted wrongly; after all, we are fallible humans. I prefer NIV over NKJV when I’m just reading the bible because of it’s readability. However, when I’m studying if I start with NIV I always check back with NKJV.

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1: The Voice
Not many people know this version as it is fairly new (2012) but once I found it I was hooked. Actually, I didn’t find it. It found me. My sisters brought me the New Testament version of The Voice. I loved it so much that I went to buy the full bible. Please understand I wouldn’t suggest The Voice as a study bible. It falls somewhere between a thought-for-thought and paraphrase Bible. However, it is great to get the overall message of the scripture. The Voice is written in a screenplay format. The stories in the Bible really come alive. For a creative like me, reading the Bible in that way makes it more enjoyable for me (especially the Old Testament).

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So there you have it. My top 5 favorite versions of the Bible. What are yours?

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9 Things We Know About Jesus

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I was in the process of writing a post in the Message Behind the Lyrics series when I got sidetracked by this post. The song I was working on, What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong Worship, is grounded in Hebrews 1 and Colossians 1. As I was reading the first 4 verses of Hebrews 1 I said to myself “This has to be its own post!”. The richness of who Jesus is to us and all of creation was just so evident in these first few verses. Let’s break down verses 1-4 of Hebrews chapter 1 to discover more of who Jesus is:

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From the beginning of time, God used prophets as his mouthpiece. Whether it was Isaiah, Hosea, or Elijah, there were messengers in each generation that would speak the heart of God to His people. Now, we have Jesus! God the Father didn’t need to send any other messengers after Jesus because he is the greatest messenger of God to ever walk this earth. He has revealed things to us that no other prophet could. He is the Son of God. There is no better spokesman to reveal the truths of God. Yes, our pastors and church leaders are good; however, if what they say contradicts whatever Jesus has already said please reject it. Absolutely nothing can be taken away or added to the message of Jesus Christ.

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When parents leave an inheritance they usually divide it between all of their children. Jesus is the firstborn of all of creation and the only Son of God. Therefore, whatever God owns Jesus owns. And God owns everything! Jesus has all power on heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is our big brother. Because he owns everything we have access to everything. His power has given us a VIP pass through life. Why do we worry? Whatever we need he will supply.

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Jesus wasn’t just some child born in a manger years after the earth was created. He was the one who created the heavens and the earth. Wait, Jesus created the heavens and the earth? I thought it was God. Well, Jesus is God. We serve one God who manifests himself in three persons: The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the trinity is too complex for our feeble minds to comprehend but we know that Jesus was here from the very beginning. Paul says it best: But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life. (1 Corinthians 8:6, NLT). So, God the Father created everything through Jesus the Son.

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Jesus is the light of God’s glory. The sun in the afternoon sky is too bright for us to stare at. The heat of the sun is more than enough to consume us. What we see are the rays of its light. The rays prove to us that the sun exist and it gives us a snapshot of its characteristics. In the same way, think of Jesus as the rays of God’s Glory. The glory of God is too radiant for us to behold. No one can see the full glory of God and live. Even Moses, as close as he was to God, was only privileged to see the back of God (Exodus 33:19-23). However, God knew that humans would be the skeptical type so he allowed us to see a snapshot of His glory through Jesus. Just like the rays of the sun in the sky, Jesus exist to prove to us that God the Father exists and he embodies the characteristics of God. This brings me to the next point.

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Jesus is an exact representation of who God the Father is. God could not come down to earth to show himself to us. He already warned us that if anyone sees Him they will not be able to live. His glory is just too overwhelming. So he sent his Son, in a way that we could relate to: human form. Even though Jesus was human he was still 100% God. He possesses the same qualities of God the Father. Have you ever seen a child and said “Wow, you are definitely your father’s son?” or “Wow, you are definitely your mother’s daughter?”. It’s because the similarities in looks and personality is just so obvious. The same goes for God the Father and God the Son. Jesus is the very image of God. Anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. (John 14:9)

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Jesus didn’t just create the world. He sustains it. He keeps it from falling a part. I love analogies so this is what I think when I see Jesus as creator and sustainer. Imagine a home that was just built. That is the world. Now if the owners don’t regularly maintain the house what will happen? It loses its beauty and could even become an abandoned house. I’m sure you’ve seen many abandoned homes. They are not a pleasant sight. Jesus knew it wasn’t just enough to create the world. He needed to maintain its beauty. Jesus also knew it wasn’t going to be enough just to save us. That’s why he sent the Holy Spirit to help us maintain our beauty.

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Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus! We were supposed to live in the Garden of Eden forever but then sin entered the world through Adam. God needed to send us a Savior. No human could save us. Human blood was not clean enough to save the whole world. It had to be someone who was the very image of God. Jesus took the sins of the whole world and died in our place. He bore humiliation just to save us. The creator of the universe suffered humiliation from his creation just to save those he created. Wow. There’s no greater love than that. There isn’t any need for another sacrifice. His blood was rich enough to pay the price for all generations to come.

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Jesus did the work he had to do on earth and now he’s back in heaven just chilling. He worked to secure salvation for us on that cross. But even in heaven he is still working hard on our behalf, interceding for each one of us. If that was me I would’ve said “Well, I died for them that should be good enough”! But even after the cross He never stopped caring for us. He goes before God the Father on our behalf every day and fights for us. As I’m writing this I just saw a vision of Satan going to God every day and pointing out all the sins I’ve committed but Jesus is sitting there at the Father’s right hand saying “Yes Satan you’re right. She did do that. But I’ve died for her sins to be forgiven. Look Father, she loves us and desires to be close to us. She fell but with the help of the Holy Spirit she’ll get up again. Have mercy on her.” Jesus is fighting for me. He is fighting for you. The least we can do is give him our life.

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When Jesus came to earth he was made a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:9). Why? Because he needed to be like us so he can experience death like us and be made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10). Now he has completed his work on earth and his position in heaven has been reinstated. Because of the suffering that he endured he is now crowned with honor and glory. This is an accomplishment that no angel can take claim to. He is higher than the angels because he is God. But he is also higher than the angels because he experienced what none of them have- death on the cross. His suffering exalted him.

These 9 points barely scratch the surface of who Jesus is to us. I encourage you to get to know him. There is a great book by Judah Smith that I encourage you to read. It gives more insight on who Jesus is. You can get a copy of the book here.

I pray that you read this and then go and study the scriptures yourself. God Bless.

3 Things I Learned About My Phone Addiction {And How I’m Applying It!}

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I am addicted to my phone. Like I literally can not be without it. I’m not big on talking on the phone but I’m always texting and checking social media every 2 seconds. It was a huge addiction.

Until my phone decided being my sidekick was too much for it to handle. It was a beautiful sunny day and I was coming home from grocery shopping. As I was running up the stairs to my apartment my phone decided it no longer wanted to live. It flew out of my pocket and smashed right smack into the pavement. I got there too late. My sidekick was gone.

But I know I didn’t treat it right. My phone could have been saved. I never protected it with a phone case. Like ever. I have the Gold Galaxy S7 and I didn’t like covering up the back. But I learned my lesson this time around and immediately headed over to Amazon to get myself a case.

It’s cute right? It doubles as a wallet and right now it’s been doing the job. If you want it you can get it here. Just don’t get the same color as me. Lol. Kidding 🙂

Okay, enough of the dramatics. You get the point.

Getting a new phone was no biggie. I could’ve easily called AT&T and had a replacement phone within 2 days. However, I decided I needed a break from my phone. I knew I was addicted to it and wanted to see how I would live without it. So I spent almost a month without a phone. And it felt SO good. However, the way my life is set up I can’t function in my responsibilities without a phone so I eventually had to get one. But I learned so much during that short lived season.

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I didn’t know I could. But I did. As I disclaimer, I do have a android tablet. But for some reason using social media on my tablet was weird for me so I didn’t do it as much as I would on my phone. I live alone so I used TextFree so my family wouldn’t be worried. I only gave the number to my immediate family, my boo, and 2 of my closest friends. That was it. Everyone else was sent to email.

How I’m Applying It: Simply put, it’s no longer attached to my hip. If I’m in my bedroom I can leave my phone in the kitchen without a care in the world. I’m proud of me.

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Prior to this experiment, I NEVER turned off my phone. The only time it’s off is when the battery dies but I never willingly turn it off. During this time I learned that it’s okay to turn off my phone. In fact, it’s healthy. I found myself less stressed without my phone. I always have this weird feeling that I’m going to miss something important if I turn it off. But, you know what happened when I didn’t have my phone for almost a month? When I finally got my phone all of my messages from the days I didn’t have a phone were still received. I didn’t miss a thing. Magic!

How I’m Applying It: It’s still a work in progress but I’m getting into the habit of turning off my phone once a week. Even if it’s just for a few hours. That rest from your phone can do wonders for you mentally.

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Because my phone is attached to my hip I always feel the need to respond to messages as soon as they come in. As soon as I hear a notification I’m picking up my phone to look at it. And my friends know that I’m constantly with my phone because if I don’t respond on time I hear “But you always have your phone on you though.” SMH. I realized being seen as easily accessible can be a good and bad thing. It’s okay to let a message sit for a while, especially if it’s not that important. That’s why it’s a message. You get to it when you can.

How I’m Applying It: I let messages sit. It’s not because I don’t care or because the person isn’t important. It’s simply because I need to rid myself of that impulsive need to respond the second a message comes in. I no longer pick up my phone as soon as it makes a sound. I think that’s progress! In the same light, I no longer expect others to respond to me immediately.

Are you addicted to your phone? Hope these quick tips will help you break your addiction like it’s doing for me. Still a work in progress but I’m getting there!