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Checking In…

I realized that I haven’t been available to create post. I’m sorry! Right now I am finishing my thesis and last few assignments for my professional practicing. I cannot wait to get back into blogging completely. I have so much to say. Life has given me so much perspective and my thesis has been a little bit of therapy for me.  It definitely created a space for me to say what I needed to say and to accept these things. I am so excited to almost be done with graduate school you guys wouldn’t believe it.  My presentation and defense is scheduled for December 14th at 10a.m. The thesis is titled “Academic and Social Integration of African Americans at Predominantly White Institutions”. I am putting my finishing touches at it and should have it done within the the next couple weeks.

I hope you all are well and that this season brings you all love, grace, and perspective.

Tiffany

 

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Personal Alignment

Sometimes we go through seasons where we really want something but when you think of the greater outcome of it and the implications of it, you may begin to wonder if it really is all worth it.

I think this is a season I am in now.

I have a lot of proposed changes I could be potentially facing soon, and because of that there is a reality that is present also.

Right now I am trusting God with my heart. I am not sure where my life is headed but what I do know from two years ago is that God called me to live my life in truth and to go in the direction of peace.

Two years ago God promised me that I would be given the desires of my heart and that my prosperity would be in having a family that is rooted in the word. He told me that my needs would be met, and that he would protect me. He also told me that I would have increase.

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FAITH

Trusting God with My Tithes and Offering

02-18-15-financial-fitness-the-promise-purpose-place-and-day-for-tithing_miniTithing can be a very controversial subject for some. I have heard my share of reasons from the people around me why I should or shouldn’t.

Now me, I choose to tithe. I started when I was a teenager and have done so since then. I won’t say that I felt that the “invisible finger” was pointing at me during the times when I  didn’t, but my personal conviction does kick in; none the less, I do so enjoyable to increase the kingdom of God.

Now someone may want to know why  I tithe and what is the biblical basis that I am standing on when I do.

So normally in church we read from Malachi 3:8-12 before we tithe  but the scripture I am standing on is;

Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. ~Proverbs 3:9-10.

My life is and has always been a testimony of God’s endless goodness, mercy, grace, love and all the other good stuff  that he has given me and done for me.

Before I make any major decisions, I gladly tithe or give an offer and ask God for his protection, wisdom, guidance, and my desired outcome.

Now to some that can sound like I’m paying  for my own desired outcome, but it’s far from that. As a matter of fact some people get it wrong all around about tithing.

Ultimately it’s about trusting God and taking your faith outside of the tangible things. When I pry of my life’s situations and tithe, I am telling God that my trust is in you and not in this circumstance or my money, but in HIS ability to make my life right in him.

Also I do care a lot about whether people are saved around the world and stand firmly with funding that. This is something that I value.

I encourage you all to tithe,

With love,

Tiffany

 

 

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MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

#MOOD

“I’m convinced that we Black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but to get up, to get through, and to get over.”

~Janet Jackson

Black girl studying

I am currently at work thinking about how far God as bought me in my education.

It may not mean so much to some to get a master’s degree but one must remember that only 8 percent of the U.S. population holds one. This percentage is especially smaller for African Americans. I am also a first-generation college graduate and single parent.

This is BIG and the obstacles have been Real.

I love the quote above from Janet Jackson because it puts my life into works. I have dealt with things obviously, but I  am still making it through.

My life could have totally been different, yet God saw it fit that I break out and break through!

There is one month left in this semester and then I will be in my last semester of Graduate School.

Continue to pray for me y’all,

Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Choose Joy (Sunday Reminder)

A merry heart doeth good like medicine. ~Psalm 17:22

Just wanting to send a reminder to you all this week that choosing joy in your life is essential no matter what you face.

Today in church we talked about the joy that the Holy Spirit quickens us with when we choose to accept it. Joy is a part of your faith and the kingdom of God.

God is love and he is pure joy.

I’ve been feeling a little down lately but today’s service reminded me about how I got to where I am today. It certainly was because I choose joy. It’s time for me to get back to that. Is there anything wrong? No. But every once in a while, my mind takes me to a place of darkness.

But God,

I know he loves me and today he reminded me to choose joy.

I pray that you all will too!

*Singing* Rejoice, in the Lord always, and again I say, again I say, rejoice.

Have a good week y’all!!!

Tiffany

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The Monday Blues

Just want to vent because I’m not feeling to good about myself. Hopefully this is a space for me to get these feeling out. Long story short, I got on the scale yesterday and found that that I gained another six pounds. I am currently weighing 186 and to be honest I’m not really seeing how. I’ve been going to the gym but it just seems like my weight is just fluctuating. I honestly feel so unattractive. When my boyfriend and I met two years ago, I was skinny. I weighed about 140ish pounds. If you look in some of my earlier photos on here you’ll see. When I was on the phone with my friend he mentioned that I do look different than when we first met. Needless to say. It made me feel bad because he never said that to me before.

I actually thought that I had been making some real improvements but according to the scale, I am now 6 pounds heavier.

Now, I’m not going to go into drift mode, although everything in me wants to find comfort in some chocolate. I think this would be a great opportunity to really do this right. From now on, I’m going to make sure that I am cognoscente of some major lifestyle that need to start today!

I think I just really need help getting it right. So there it goes. Since they say admitting it is the first step, here I go;

I need to lose about 46 lbs..

 

Wish me luck.. I need it.

Tiff

 

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Transformation Tuesday

Hello everyone! Today is Transformation Tuesday and I am here to bless you all with my physical transformation..

One thing that is the same from that point in time is that  I LIVE for an all back ensemble. LOL!

I love seeing my transformations whether they are mentally, emotionally, professionally, or even physically. I just feel that I’ve come a long way.

So  give or take, this is me in 2015, 2016, and 2017 (today).

Since that first pic I’ve obviously put on a little weight. Numerically, it’s a lot. HA! None the less I look good and I am much healthier than I was.

Nothing much is going on. My Policy, Finance, and Law class is starting up tomorrow (late semester start).  I am eager to get through this so I can continue on the home stretch of finishing my Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

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Living For Those Moments

Family means so much to me, especially mine. These two right here bring so much joy to my life. I feel so blessed to have them both.

Yesterday started off with a lot of rain and to be honest, I did not envision it turning out to be much of a productive one either. In the late afternoon the sun did eventually peak out; which allowed us to go out and get some good sun in the park. It wasn’t too hot or too cold. The wind was still, and for a moment in time I felt a piece of heaven. So serene in a park with my two loves.

I know it’s been a while since I posted. I am on the home stretch with school and needed time to gather my thoughts from a very busy semester. I miss you guys and your stories. I hope these pictures can do some justice in explaining where I am in life at this moment.

God Bless,

Tiffany