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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

 

 

 

 

Black is Beautiful · Life

GOOD MORNING!

Have you ever had the feeling that you were just so beautiful after waking up? So this morning I’m clearly on a natural high. I feel as pretty as a button. My skin has a slight glow, and I just feel at peace. I didn’t have those overbearing thoughts this morning either. It was smooth. Lauren was cooperative during breakfast and wasn’t too loud this morning.

Last night I fell asleep listening to Pastor Andre Butler of Word of Faith International Christian Center, the church I attend. The message was about doing life together with other  Christians. When I woke up in the middle of the night, it was on a different sermon that I turned off to preserve my battery for this morning.

Anyway, I feel good this morning and I hope you do too!

HAPPY THURSDAY, WE ALMOST THERE!

Much Love,

Tiffany

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education

A Few Goals!

So this year I am looking forward to completing my master’s degree by December. I’m going to take my last two classes this fall. I am particularly excited because I am currently still in Workforce Development but in a higher education institution ( I’m working on a M.Ed in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I originally had an idea of what I wanted to write my thesis on, but I think that I’m going to stick with Career services with some Workforce Development elements. This is a very exciting year for me, as I will be completing a goal that I started almost two years ago. I’m truly thankful for this opportunity and just can’t wait for it to be over!

I had epiphany in class yesterday that it really was possible that I could be done by December so that’s what I’m going to do.

It’s getting real out here y’all!

Happy Tuesday!

Tiffany

FAITH

Discipline Your Thoughts!

 

We live in this world, but we don’t fight our battles in the same way the world does. The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy’s strong places. We destroy people’s arguments, and we tear down every proud idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God. We also capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ. ~ 2nd Corinthians 10:3-5

Another good one is.

“The Lord GOD is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].” Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)

It helps for me to recite this whenever my mind begins to wonder to a place of discouragement, sadness, or anger.

It’s literally mind over matter!

Enjoy!

FAITH

Paying it Forward!

Happy Monday!

Let today be the day that you tell someone about the goodness of God. Tell them how he pulled you through, and how  his grace was sufficient enough for you. Smile and be grateful! Be courageous and choose joy every time!

My thought of the day:

The bible is the playbook and the holy spirit calls the plays. Do not only read the word but develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. He will always help you know what to do.

Much love!

 

FAITH

Lunch Date With My Heavenly Father.

So back in 2014, I started having lunch dates with  God. During our date I would look uo certain topics that were in my spirit. They were always regarding questions that I have about life. This is my time to see what God has to say about it. So lately, its been about minding my own business. I must admit, I’ve become better at it. But know the question is when should we and when shouldn’t we? This is our discussion today.

Our date today is at Aki Sushi Bar and Grill in Ann Arbor, MI. We are having Shrimp Shumai, Miso soup, and Philadelphia rolls. Yum!

FAITH

Faith Comes By Hearing

So I am currently at work, on lunch, listening to a sermon by Joel Olsteen that I downloaded almost three years ago when I was pregnant with Lauren. If I’m not mistaken, the sermon is called “It’s Not Over”.  It was one of those sermons that got me through everything. The first time I heard the sermon I didn’t know at the time how I would get through, but I did now that I would, and that I would live my life in victory. It gave me confidence and the comfort from God that I needed. He mentioned a few things that always stuck with me.

  1. God will give you beauty for your ashes.
  2. God is a God of Mercy, restoration and at times, vindication.
  3. Failure, defeat, or mediocrity will not be at the end of my story. It will end in me bruising the enemies head in my life, as described in Genesis.

While listening to this, I am reminded  of the importance of sowing seeds of the gospel, and how listening to that word will never allow me to forget about the promises that God has given me. I must admit, right now my life is good and quiet. I am mothering my child, finishing up my master’s, loving my boyfriend, family, friends and working in my field, and still praising God!. It’s funny because when I first heard this message I couldn’t imagine things being the way they are now. Weeping sure did endure for the night (ALL NIGHT), and JOY certainly did come in the morning. What a great reminder of God’s faithfulness!!!

I took these pictures on 5/29/2014 (Thank you google photos storage!) after listening to this message at Belle Isle Park in Detroit after work. I was about 6 or 7 months pregnant at the time. God told me that I would crush the enemies head and so would my daughter. He told me on that day, “it wouldn’t always be this way”. Amen… So I wrote a piece of the scripture in the sand  to represent me “writing it down and making that plain” and standing on that scripture. I accepted that word and continue to do so.

I encourage you all to listen to God’s word frequently so that in good times and bad times, you can go back to it and see your GROWTH and remember the promise.

I am proof that the blood still works!

I will never forget that day.

Much Love,

Tiffany