Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Free from Sin
Freed from Prison
The Temptation of Jesus 4 sAnd Jesus, tfull of the Holy Spirit, ureturned from the Jordan and was led vby the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for wforty days, xbeing tempted by the devil. wAnd he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, yhe was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are zthe Son of God, command athis stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, b“It is written, c‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’ ” 5 dAnd the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, 6 and said to him, “To you eI will give all this authority and their glory, efor it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:1-7
“And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written,“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’1 and “ ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’ ”
12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, l‘You shall not mput the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him nuntil an opportune time.” Luke 4:9-13
Even Jesus was tested by the devil; this was right before he started his ministry on earth and right after this he was rejected by his own people. So please take a reality check before you get out and I never hear from you again or I do when you're back in prison. For you that think I don’t remember what it’s like in prison, because it’s been 7 years since i’ve been in there; you couldn’t be further from the truth. I carry that remembrance, so I can be relevant as a prison minister. It’s a gift and a burden from the Lord. I remember, clearly the temptations I faced when I got out and how I fell hard and painfully and I had to fight, fight, fight my way to solid and safe ground.
Soldier be prepared because this world is getting darker, it’s getting colder, and it’s filled with all your favorite temptations and they are just waiting for you!!! I may very well be the only one to send you this WAKE-UP call and I hope that it is received by a few and helps save a few from utter and total failure and destruction when they get out. I want hear from 99% of you when you get out and so I want to urgently speak to you now that I have your attention because I care and I have been there in that cold, hard, stainless steal and white adorned cell, with thin plastic mattresses and the desire to be touched, to be loved, to feel human companionship.
You wait in there, you rot in there and then you get the answer you’ve been waiting for parole and what happens next…...most will not survive the hard cruelty of this world with it’s condemnation, back ground checks, confrontation on your criminal records. This is why I say Be Prepared! Don’t wing it saints, don’t fake it, don’t pretend to not care but deep down be overwhelmed with fear and doubt of what if. Confront the reality of your situation and get ready to the best of your ability and when you get out if you are in there for anger related charges get counseling for that, if it was for drug n alcohol abuse get help for that, just because you are clean in there doesnt mean you are free you just dont have it available. How are you going to handle it being readily available when you get out???!!! Don’t lie to yourself. We all need some help. Plan on getting the help and support system you need. I went to AA and Celebrate Recovery, I had to confront so many dark sins and battle them from within; it’s exhausting but the battle is real. Are you ready for the battle? Keep training for our enemy doesn’t sleep. Keep your light shining and preparing yourselves each day.
Have I conquered all my sins? NO! I will not tell you that because it would be a big fat lie. I don’t think I will every be a pure white saint, lol. Right now the battle is over using cc to buy stuff, i’ve had to hand them over to my husband who is my accountability partner and biggest support system several times in addition to cutting them up several times. Logically you’d think I could just stop but it’s not a logical battle, it’s emotional, spiritual and only God knows what else. My husband and me both battle with many things personally and as parents and in our marriage relationship. We haven’t arrived and if any one claims to have run away, quick because that’s a lie. If anyone says that theres more than one way to heaven or that Jesus isn’t God-flee away fast, the devil is a liar! The only book I want to be in and be inspired by is the Bible I rarely spend more than 5% of my time reading in any other book because the meat is in the Bible-the Truth and the Word-our Spiritual, Soul Food is in the Bible alone. You dont really need any other book to learn and grow as Children of God. You can read other books but always put the Book #1. If you don’t need it every day then you aren’t putting God first because when you do you will literally crave that time with God and still fill hungry for more. I can never get my fill of the Holy Bible.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Jesus doesnt require us to get all "prettied" up or dressed up in our "sundays best." That's just not in the bible at all and it's not required. It's a traditional cultural norm but it's not necessary to be a Christian and it's certainly not needed. Their's a big misconception by woman today and I'm talking about woman of God to think they need to wear makeup, jewelry and name-brand or certain clothing. This is the pressure of the world getting into the church. I tested that spirit of wearing makeup to feel pretty and you know what I found it unnecessary. I don't need to feel pretty, look pretty or describe myself as pretty to live for God, serve God, be a Woman of God, or a Woman for that matter. I am beautiful a God created and made me with all my bumps, marks, and scars and I don't need to cover them up to leave my home, if you do than thats a shame and too bad-think of all the time and money you are spending on covering up your face=I dont care why you think you need makeup it's not a fact and it's a wordly, unbiblical, opinion.
This post is not to boast in myself or to bash you it's a challenge more or less and hopefully an encouragement for you to seek God's opinion and value of who you are and who He designed and made you to be.
I use to dress up for church and think that's what I needed or wanted to do but as a stay at home mom my clothes would be stained or I began to enjoy the casual clothing and felt awkward in sunday best clothes. My husband is the one who helped me see it's not necessary or required by God, he doesnt need us to dress up for Him, he sees our hearts and in the Bible it says that the least of these will be the greatest and the greatest will be the least so I pray to keep being the least on earth so I can experience God's greatest in Heaven.
God bless you Family,
In Christ's Love and Hope,
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Theirs absolutely no point in living without the hope, forgiveness, and saving grace of the Lord. Without Jesus we're all deemed unclean sinners by the 10 Commandments. He is the hope for our nation, the sick, the dark hearts and lost souls. Nothing that the world offers can touch the amazing saving grace of Jesus He died for our sins, He made a way for us all to go Home to the Father and not go straight to hell for all the sins weve all committed. The suffering n pain is free will not the manifestation of Gods authority n power He wants us to choose Him to see His love in the darkness n pain and He will be there if you let Him in your heart but Hes not forceful at all so dont blame him before you've believed in His love for you.
Monday, June 13, 2016
from Words of Encouragement June 2016 addressed to prisoners but
relevant to anyone with a heart for Christ
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night.
Then who will get everything you worked for?’
“Yes a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:21
Why is it important to talk about money management, budgeting, meal planning, being resourceful, being frugal, and living within your means-contently?
I am so glad you asked! In the most authentic way I see you woman and men as my children and being a Mom you want to protect, educate, and prepare your children and that’s why I’ve been sharing my heart with you guys on these topics. In fact it’s my gift from the Lord to be a number crunching, resourceful, frugal, money managing, meal planning, budget, life hacking gal. We each have a gift and a talent that we can share as parts of the Body of Christ, not all are called to be preachers, teachers, ministers, evangelist, we need all our gifts, talents, and skills to serve the Children of God. He’s given me this platform and ministry and I want you to be prepared with the knowledge and skills to use your money wisely. Two things lead to the greatest pain in our lives: relationships (need for love) and money (need for wealth). I dont claim to be an expert on either but what I have learned the last 7 years as a new believer and disciple of Christ, also a stay at home mom with a single income family raising two children I’m going to try my best to share with you and pray it will help you. I also have resources online and started recording youtube videos as a hobby and to help you guys/gals.
So let’s take a look at Luke 12 verses 13-21. How many have tried to store up your treasures on earth so you can finally retire and enjoy? How many know someone who is doing this now? I know many people who coupon and stockpile like there's no tomorrow. The truth is they are self-sufficient, self-made, maybe there own heroes or god. Jesus calls this behaviour foolishness. We can’t serve both money and God.
Admittedly I struggle with this do you? Probably not right now but did you before? Do you think you might when you get out of prison? Have you been to prison more than once? Then I’d say yes you struggled with that. It’s so easy to think that you are righteously serving God behind bars when you don’t have all the distractions and struggles that you will when you get out of prison. I know I thought I had it all figured out but boy was I wrong! If you are a new believer I’d suggest you give this some thought but you don’t have to be a new believer to fall flat on your face back into temptation, sin, and addictions do you? I don’t have it all figured out, nor do I think that I ever will. That’s what humbles us isn’t it. We either become self-sufficient or admit that we are nothing with God as our strength. I’m nothing without God as my light, I need his direction, His Word and His grace daily to lift me up when I have fallen which happens daily and often. How do we survive the struggles of life?
We open up the Word of God daily and, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.” Luke 12:31 In Matthew 6:25-34 and Luke 12:22-32 we are taught by Jesus about Money and Possessions. This is worth more to me than a full time job or a college degree. This is real life skills that matter to God and that’s what I want to learn and how I want to live my life to please God. Now, do I struggle YES! I tell yall that openly. Please don’t ever see me as some perfect saint whose got it all figured out because that would be a fairy tale lie. I am the least of the least of the saints. I have anger isssues, i cuss and have self-control issues, I dont see myself as beautiful or a very good mom or wife but through Christ who is my strength I prevail. I know that I’m dirt poor without my Lord and Saviour and I want you to know that too and to live a humble content life in prison and when you get out because God’s Children when you get out I most likely will never hear from you again and that breaks my heart because I care about you and just hope that you are doing okay and that I don’t get a letter from you from prison again but unfortunately that’s usually what happens and I want to do my part in helping you stay out and live a righteous life serving the Lord.
I think learning how to manage your money is important regardless of your role in society. You want to be able to plan out each paycheck or it will just go on whatever. My husband Joseph and me are struggling right now, we are in a season where he’s working 75 hours a week at 2 jobs, average pay after taxes is $10 per hour. We have two cars that are constantly needing work this year we’ve spent close to $2k on our cars. We have been renting the same house for almost 6 years and we want to save up enough money for a 20% down payment on a house that we can buy in under 10 years- our goal is to save up $10-$12k by next summer and buy a house for $50k or under that we can pay off in 8 years. But last night we stayed up worrying about our cars and looking at newer cars that we’d need to get a loan to pay for and have a $200- $300 a month car payment. Is temptation real?! You better believe it saints! I’m just praying we can overcome this and use our cars and pay minimal on any work to keep them running and be able to achieve our goal. We’ve decided that we don’t want what the world has: brand-new everything, houses, cars, clothes, shoes all paid on credit. It’s really true that the borrower is slave of the lender; especially when you are trying your best to live on cash. We want to be that example to our children and that’s why my husband is working so hard and I am trying so hard to stretch every dollar my husband brings home. But, we are still joyfully giving an offering to our church because we don’t want to be greedy and attached to that money or any stuff, we want to serve God where he has us and sometimes the only way you can serve is by giving money but we know God’s in control of our life and His plans are the very best for us so with much sweat and hard work we push forward.
I guess I’m sharing my heart and our plans in a very informal journal form this is how I best articulate my thoughts and remain most transparent. Here’s another tip for staying on track admittedly again one we have trouble doing but we are working on this: writing your goals down and putting on the wall in front of you as a daily reminder.
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