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Things To Remember

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

Which then takes me to,

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence (Ephesians 3:12).

When I make meaning of these two scriptures, I am reminded that I can go to God about anything that is in his will, why? Because Christ already paid the price for it.

I think I have to keep in mind that the price of things have already been paid. The only thing I have to do is accept and continue to reap the benefits of what has already been paid for. Besides his work already said the answer is going to be “yes” and “amen” if it’s in his will.

 

 

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In Honor of Women’s Day!

In honor of Women’s Day, I took a few moments to think about what being a woman means to me. I was able to sum it up in a quote that I found by Toni Morrison.

“You are the best thing.” ~ Toni Morrison

There is so much to be said about being a woman of color, a black woman. Sometimes we, well I, feel that the world is against me. I  have felt the pressure of institutionalized racism, sexism, ageism, and more. I have had the unfortunate experience of dealing with these things as I have gone through the various development stages and situations, leading to the woman I am today.

Although us black women have endured so much from within our own race and outside, I admire our strength. I admire that we dominate our adversity and make it bow to us. I admire that we look inside to get deeper meaning of who we are and what we have to contribute to our communities and to the world. BLACK GIRLS ROCK. We are courageous, intelligent, beautiful , and kind.

To me being a black woman means thinking outside of myself to take care of those around me without looking for anything in return. It means praying for a better world for future black women and assisting in creating opportunities for them to succeed now. It means looking myself in the mirror and deciding that only I can dictate what I will accomplish today.

When I decided to go get my master’s, I had a few barriers against me, but I DECIDED, that I would have a different life. I decided that I would draw upon the strength that God gave me to get it done. I am nearly 9 months away from my finish line (Praise God).

What I love most is that we possess so much power, and that when we decide to use our power, we are lethal. We get things done and we look out for one another to get things done.

I know for a fact that I am the result of the prayers of slaves, fighters in the civil rights movement, and most importantly, Gods grace and mercy.  I don’t know exactly where is came from but black women are just able to endure and I am forever proud of us.

Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I Love Him On Purpose

There is a saying that we look at life through either two lenses, love or fear. Depending on the situation you may utilize one or the other, or even both.

So, in my relationship I have learned to internationally see things through the lenses of love. Why? Because things happen, offenses occur, things get said or not said, and well sometimes you are just plain irritated with your significant other.. I intentionally see the best in my boyfriend because I trust him and I love him. I truly believe we are made for one another.

This is something I do intentionally because it’s really easy to go overboard in taking something out of context. My boyfriend and I are doing fine :), and these are just thoughts. Loving someone is intentional, it’s not a feeling. So within that capacity, you have to be intentional, especially if you want it to work in the long run.

When Brandon thinks of me I always want him to feel supported, appreciated for who he is, trusted, and loved. I want him to always know that our relationship is a safe place and that he is entitled to make mistakes as he continues on his personal journey within our relationship.

I think it’s easy to forget about love in terms of action. I think we get caught up in the butterflies, the mushy conversations, and all of the cute stuff that we forget loving someone has his flip side

As y’all can probably tell, I’m in love…

 

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And the word of the day is CONTENTMENT, Tiffany!

Good Afternoon and Happy Friday!

So yesterday, I noticed that I had been feeling a little discontent. Now that I think about it, it’s probably because I have a lot of long term goals but not many short. So for me everything seems very far away. My actual graduation ceremony is in 2018 because my institution is small and only does one ceremony a year. I’m not sure when my debt will be gone although I am shooting for the end of this year also. Now I won’t go into detail about where my discontentment can lie at times but I will say that I acknowledge that I have some discontentment in me that I wish to not let bother me any longer.

Being discontent yesterday made me lose out on the day I was living in.  I was literally on the verge of tears about my future. FOR NOTHING! Are there things I want? Heck yes! Are there times I wish I could have them sooner. YEP! But in thinking so much about the future I ruined the time to truly just be happy in the moment I was in. It wasn’t a bad moment after all.

So admitting you have an issue I hear is the first step. Now I need to get to the source of where that discontentment comes from.

In the meantime looking up bible verses about being content.

Philippians 4:11-13 ESV / 

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Perfect work is made in patience.. Clearly I should know this already.

Enjoy the scripture!!

1 Timothy 6:6 ESV /

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment,

Uh, here we go because not minding your own business is the quickest way to become discontent.. lol

1 Thessalonians 4:11 ESV /

And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,

#THIS

Psalm 37:4 ESV /

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.p

Much Love,

Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

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Romans 4:19-23

Romans 4:19-23King James Version (KJV)

19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:

20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

Parallel Meaning

Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.” But it’s not just Abraham; it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.

Taken from: https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Romans%204%3A21