FAITH

My Journey With Christ

I never think of myself as being totally religious but I do believe in God through my savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that I have a relationship with God and that we connect with one another in prayer and worship. My actions have not always been Christ-like but I do believe in his word. I had spent a lot of time in a space that wasn’t conducive to my salvation. I felt separated from God and felt that I had messed up so bad that there was no turning back. I don’t think other people understood the internal battle that I was fighting at that time. I was living with people bondage, condemnation, fear, hopelessness and a heap of other spiritual strongholds. My heart was burdened and I didn’t know who I was. I was literally a hot mess.

While all of this was happening a  little less than a year ago, I went to church for Wednesday night service. and had a burning desire to be reconnected to Christ. On that day, July 15, 2015 I rededicated my life back to Christ. I went down for altar call and prayed with counselors after service. I made a decision to never do this life thing by myself again and that God’s word would be final in my life. There was too much on the line for me to do it any other way.

I began to find a lot of peace in my life after I got back in my word. I began to receive revelation of scriptures and began to understand why God needed me to be so  connected to this world. Eventually I deleted my Facebook page of 9 years and distanced myself from people I am known to be linked to. This process was needed for me to regain my consciousnesses of who I am in Christ. It can be hard trying to make changes in your life when  you have too many people around. The noise that people provide drowns out the voice of God.

The next thing I did was put a filter on my exposure. I really had to start watching what I was allowing myself to hear and see. As bold as we like to say we are the reality is that what we see and hear greatly influences us. If we are constantly listening to garbage music and watching garbage tv there will be some type of similar output.  I’m not perfect so I indulge in things from time to time but I do make a conscious effort to filter my intake. Once I did these things I realized that the noise in my life started to go. My perception of life changed and I was just overall more happy with myself and my world. Fast forward nearly nine months later and I don’t even care for most of the things I once did.

Like most believers I come under attack from time to time but I am better equipped because the word is on the inside of me. I know who I am in Christ ( I will mention throughout my blog who I am through him) which is helping with my personal growth and ability to make wiser decisions. My world  is so much different in comparison to where it was last year. God definitely turned my life around and I am so blessed to call myself one of his many daughters. It was nothing but grace that got me to church that evening to reconnect with my heavenly father. God’s love is so great for me that he tugged my heart when I thought he didn’t care about me. I’m glad that I heeded to no other voice that day but the one that gave me salvation.

I don’t think there is one other thing that felt better than feeling that closeness with God. I pray you are able to do the same. This journey is never ending! 🙂

Much Love,

Tiffany

 

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Bonding Through Reading

For as long as I can remember I have always loved books. From simple children’s stories to encyclopedia’s, I have read them all.  I remember being a kid and watching my mom and dad read in their spare time. I also remember seeing my grandmother, aunts, and cousin reading during my weekend visits. It’s probably safe to say that I come from a family that values reading.

This is something that I took with me and value myself now that I am a parent. Each night before bed I always make sure I take the time out to read to my daughter Lauren. We read two books that I usually  allow her to pick. These books are age appropriate and full of color. My daughter particularly likes books that allows me to reference things that are in our immediate space or even on her. I enjoy expressing different emotions in my voice or doing my best Doc McStuffins impersonation as I read to her. Some books make her laugh, while others bring out her quiet side and even put her to sleep.

One thing that I have noticed as Lauren has gotten older is that she is starting to prefer me reading to her over watching the television (YAY!), and her attention span is longer. I catch her from time to time in her room looking through her books and even reading it herself (gibberish though). I absolutely love when she randomly brings me a book while I’m in the middle of cleaning up. It’s just something about when she’s sitting on my lap and I have my arms around her. It’s a beautiful feeling and she gets a kick out of it too!

I think it’s extremely important  for kids to read or to be read too. The younger you start the better!! Outside of building a good bond with me I know Lauren is also building a great habit. When she is older I want her to have a love for books like her mommy :). I also want her to to receive all those great benefits from reading such as having a larger vocabulary , better logical thinking skills,good communication skills, and a lively imagination like a kid should have. It warms my heart that we can engage in such a peaceful activity that brings so many benefits.

Kids who read become adults who think!

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We Are More Than Conquerors!

 

 

Romans chapter 8 is an encouraging word written by Paul.  This chapter talks about the benefit of having a life in Christ. It is a chapter in one of my favorite books in the bible that I hold close to my heart. I had endured some challenging moments when I came across this and it has been my go to ever since. It brings me so much peace. I hope it encourages all who take the time to read, take wisdom from, and continuously meditate on it. I know through this chapter that I can overcome ALL things and that he will be with me every step of the way.

Life is much easier when you know you do not have to worry. 🙂

Much Love,

Tiffany

Romans 8 New King James Version (NKJV)

Free from Indwelling Sin

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Sonship Through the Spirit

12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

From Suffering to Glory

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.