by Shannon Wilkerson
It is far too common for women to measure their own value based on another woman’s accomplishments, her family unit, the way that she looks, her income etc. If we could only see ourselves the way that God sees us, how awesome would that be? Everyone’s purpose is different. So, why are you constantly comparing yourself to other women and fighting for a position? God has already placed you where He needs you to be. You don’t have to fight for it! It’s yours!
Don’t look at other people’s glitter and, sometimes fake, gold and feel like you are behind in your journey. Instead look at how far God has brought you! Remember when you couldn’t pay your bills or when you were still in that bad relationship that clearly wasn’t for you? Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
I had major surgery a couple of weeks ago. Due to the advances in medicine the procedure, although major, was minimally invasive – I had an assisted robotic surgery so I didn’t have a lot of deep incisions and bandages. In fact, I was walking the evening of the surgery and released from the hospital the next day. Although I didn’t have bandages on my body, I had lots of physical restrictions on lifting, walking, bending, stooping, and using steps. When I moved, I moved slowly.
On the outside, I looked fine, normal, no different from before the surgery. But on the inside, body parts had been moved around, cut, removed and lased. On the inside, by body was adjusting to a new normal due to the surgery. Anyone who knew me and saw me walking slowly or asking for help to do small things probably thought I was being weird. They didn’t get it. They didn’t know there was something different about me. They didn’t know I had undergone surgery and was healing.
This all reminded me of 1 Samuel 16:7:
“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Continue reading
By Sharman J. Monroe
We were born into this world without survival skills so we are placed in the custody of an adult or adults be it a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or a foster or adoptive parent. This adult was responsible for nurturing us and teaching us things about life. They taught us to tell the truth, not to steal, to treat others the way we wanted to be treated. They also taught us how to brush our teeth, bathe ourselves, make our beds, wash our clothes, pick friends, think for ourselves and make wise decisions. Everything they taught us was driven by one goal – to produce an adult who is independent from them. An adult who no longer relies on the parent, grandparent, foster parent, adoptive parent, etc. to survive because one day that parent, grandparent, etc. will die and leave.
But with God, it’s different. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are born again. But this time we are born with all the survival skills we need — we have Jesus. We have God. We have the Holy Spirit.
God never leaves or forsakes you. He is with you all the time. God is trustworthy. God is all-knowing, all-powerful and omnipresent. He sees and knows everything. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God never lies. Before you speak or act, God already knows what you are going to say and do. And He loves you unconditionally.
His love is so deep and sincere that Continue reading
by Latricia C. Bailey
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:6 (NIV)
People often say it’s not only what you say that matters, but how you say something. That old adage about, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie. Words help, words heal, and words can hurt too. If you don’t believe me, then believe the Word of God. We will all face His judgment in order to leave this life and enter into Heaven. It will hurt more than you can imagine if the Lord says, “Depart from Me, I never knew you!” These words won’t just hurt, but they will determine your final fate in eternity. Continue reading