Speak Life and Live!

Words are powerful. They can be used to fuel peace or war; comfort or pain; joy or sadness. How do you use your words?

Speak Life & Live

Here are a few verses to encourage you to speak life and live.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

Proverbs 13:2 A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors feeds on violence.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

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The More You Know

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2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Miss Sophisticated Fashion Collage

Sophisticated: knowledgeable and cultured; experienced, intellectually appealing, polished, seasoned, classy, chic, refined, stylish

Elie Saab fashion, vintage glam, brooches, bouquets and the ancient steps of Positano, Italy make up the Miss Sophisticated Fashion Collage.

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New Year, New You: Be Transformed

Today is the Day

The new year marks a time when many of us consider transforming ourselves into something better. We want to grow, shed a few pounds, get whipped into shape, be more prosperous.

Often our “New Year’s Resolutions” involve a lot of the physical stuff —how we look and dress, and the possessions we have. We sprinkle some life altering and much needed bits from the self-help section on there, too. “I’ll be kinder or learn how to master my unruly tongue. I’ll make more time for me.”

Now there’s nothing wrong with looking our best or having nice things. But if that is all we seek after and what we want to be noticed for, then we diminish ourselves to the status of ornaments…decorations. Where’s the value in that?!

Be Renewed

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

To renew is to make something like new; to restore to the state of freshness or perfection; regenerate or to be reborn or converted.

The -ing of renewing shows us that this is an ongoing process. Renewing isn’t a one time deal. The only way for us to be transformed is for us to continue to daily restore and perfect our minds and make it something new. Change our minds, change our lives. We cannot do this outside the word of God and without the Holy Ghost dwelling in our hearts.

The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Interestingly, I was talking to a friend recently and she made a common statement, “I started to go with my first mind.” Funny, huh?! How many minds do we have???

I know my friend meant she started to go with her first thought. Yet, I made the comment for us to be single-minded and to have the mind of Christ. If we LET the same mind of Christ be in us, which means this is something we allow and choose, we’d be transformed even the more. Hello perfection!!

We no longer have to ask one another, “What would Jesus do?” We’d already know what He’d do because we’d think and see things just like He does. Talk about walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the lusts of the flesh! However, we cannot get there without hiding His Word in our hearts.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Grow Good Thoughts

What’s growing in your mind? Are you watering seeds of doubt, envy, self-worthlessness, pride, uncleanliness, fornication, strife, bitterness or hatred? The list can go on and on.

What you take the time to nurture eventually grows up strong. Do you really want to feed and nurture something that can destroy you?

I hope that your thoughts will be on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praise worthy.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God Resolutions

I used to make New Year’s Resolutions, but now I make what I call God Resolutions—affirming determinations and decisions to remain bound to Jesus Christ and the purposes and promises He has for me. I found that I don’t need a new year to change or be better; all I need is Jesus and the mind to live holy. Continue to dedicate yourself to God like the day you did when you first fell in love with Him.

If any of these things sound familiar or repetitive, good. They are. There’s nothing wrong with reinforcement and calling these things to our remembrance.

Sometimes I slip into health coaching mode. For example, I know it’s good to have a definitive start time for whatever program or plan you want to ensue. But Jesus is not a program or plan. When it comes down to Christ, there’s no better time to chase after Him and pursue His will like today.

I know there are a lot of “feel good” humanistic teachings on the market. But, the only way you or I can live our best life is through Jesus Christ. Everything else is sinking sand.

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My Beloved, Come Away

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Art Expression: Be Free, Beautiful

 The Yoke of Bondage Mars Your Beauty - ModelMeGirl

If you created a list of the different things that mar a girl’s beauty, where would you begin your countdown? I would list 6 Things That Mar a Girl’s Beauty. Why six? Because it’s an imperfect number, just one digit shy of 7—God’s perfect number. Something marred is far from perfect.

Number 6 – The Yoke of Bondage

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Somewhere along the way, those of us who have experienced the salvation of Jesus Christ, forget we are free indeed. Old habits creep in. So do old friends who mean us no good, exes, and the old way of looking at the world. We hold tainted perspectives dear to our hearts. We forget we are a new creature. Family and friends who do not understand our newness in Christ plead with us to attempt to make us feel sorry and ashamed for being saved with, “I miss the old you. I miss how you used to be.”

Boo hoo. She doesn’t live here anymore. In fact, ladies, our response should be, “The old me is dead to sin.” Those of us who are weak, fall for it, and try to please the flesh of man by conforming to the ways of the world; taking up idolatry, and holding onto man-made doctrines, just to get accepted by people who don’t like the image of Christ shining from within us.

Enter the yoke of bondage.

And then there’s doctrinal errors that we will spill blood over. The doctrines of devils— things we are fed and taught, that is not of the Word of God. Man’s opinion preached as salvation—who are too high-minded to admit they are wrong in their teaching. Who believe that by putting more on you than God, they are somehow “protecting” you, or that you are showing how saved you are, when indeed it is nothing but control. Being lords over God’s heritage, as though the people of God belong to them and not to Christ.

We end up following man’s rules, traditions, ideas and opinions just for a little praise, out of ignorance, and failure to study the Word. As a result, we take on a Pharisee spirit and look down on others who do not conform to what our preacher told us. Never mind what the preacher said didn’t come from the Bible, or that it’s his own private interpretation, and not the revelation of the Holy Ghost. Or that those “rules” do not apply to his household. Just to yours and the rest of the church family. Can we spell out the word, H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E together?

Enter the yoke of bondage.

We put on a show. An image. A form of godliness, just to look more saved to people, but are so wayward and lost inside. We do not fool God. We become a slave to our own masquerade ball.

We forget that God gave us freedom. Not to do as we please, but to please Him; and the love and faithfulness to obey His Word—because we desire to, and we desire Him.

Why do we fall for the man-created system, which dupes us into thinking outward appearances and vain, self-glorying performances add value to the price of salvation?

“What will the “church” think if I…?”

What about, “What will God think if I…?” Do you see the bondage? Instead of being concerned about what God will think, say, or do, we focus on what people MAY think, say, or do. We become slaves to man, and begin to worship the opinions and praise of men.

Enter the yoke of bondage.

Sometimes we cannot contend for the faith like we should because we’re contending for man’s attention and approval. We cannot be about our Father’s business because we’re in everybody else’s; worrying what others think about our own. We don’t go to the Word of God or prayer when in trouble. We go to our friends first. If it isn’t about God, the “I cannot make it without you in my life” mentality is bondage.

Enter the yoke of bondage.

Any thing, person, idea, or rule that is imposed upon you that is not in agreement with what the Word of God tells you to do to be saved and stay saved, will attempt to place a yoke upon your neck that you cannot carry. You can become entangled, not realizing that you really are free. Once entangled, you become enslaved.

The yoke of bondage mars our beauty. It makes us ugly, because it confesses to God we do not have faith in Him alone—like we’re supposed to. We betray our hearts and Him by trying to do things to earn salvation, as if repentance, baptism in water in the name of Jesus, and receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues is not good enough (Acts 19:5-6). There must be more, we think. Because man said…

Are you free?

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Be free, beautiful. And while you’re free, use your liberty for good and not as license to sin to willfully abuse God’s goodness and grace. Yes, God gave us free will. And then He gave us freedom—only to those whom the Son, Jesus Christ, has made free. Were you MADE free?

 

Art Expression: Time Waits for No One

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Time Waits for No One

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

When we really understand that time waits for no man, that our days are fleeting and our lives are like vapor, would we live differently? Would we make different choices if we learned to number our days?

Would we continue to watch the clock and load ourselves with to-do lists and tasks—wasting our time on frivolous things, and yet complaining we have no time for things that matter? Oh, the aimless number of hours we spend fluffing up our social media profiles, and popping bubbles with little monkeys!

We could be like Jesus, and just be about our Father’s business, knowing this life is temporary. But eternity is…well, eternal.

It is in our power to prioritize, not as the world dictates, but as God says. His Kingdom, His righteousness first. When we go off the scene, life goes on without us.

What are you doing today?

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