InHisTime-As promised, here is a scripture that we all would love to abide by, but at times struggle with. Proverbs 3:5-6, trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct our paths. If you are like me, there are some areas in your life that you have no idea what God has up His sleeves regarding them. And if you are anything like me, you often want to jump ahead of God because He is just not moving fast enough. He is saying no in areas of our lives where we won’t settle for anything less than yes. I challenge you to fully trust that God is in control. I don’t understand why some things happen, why some things don’t work out other than the fact that God has a different plan than the one we had in mind. If we align our will to His, we will be in a better position to walk in the life He has laid out for us. At this time in my life, I am faced with many decisions. I don’t know how everything will work out, but I do know that everything will be made beautiful in His time. That excites me!

I encourage you to let go of the need to be in control, to understand everything. I look back over my life and maybe now I have a better understanding of why things unfolded the way they did, but while I was living through them I had not a clue. But those situations have helped build my faith. I don’t have to know everything to have peace about what will transpire. I know who is in control, and more importantly, I know that He only wants what’s best for me. After all, He will not withhold any good thing from me and you. So be encouraged. If you are going through a rough time, use it as a time to thank God for the outcome. It will be the best thing for you.

Stay Charmed,

CC

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Protect yourself against thoughts of less than……

Last week in my JWC department meeting, we were taught a lesson in self-defense. How to protect ourselves if ever under attack. This got me to thinking….everyday we have thousands upon thousands of thoughts. What do we use as protection against negative, ungodly thoughts? How do we shield ourselves against the thoughts that keep us bound in fear, anxiety, and worry? Thoughts of can’t, won’t, and not good enough?

Over the next couple of days I will share some scriptures that are my “go to” verses. We are to hide the Word in our hearts so that when the enemy attacks us we don’t have to dig deep to be reminded of what God says about us. Believe it or not, God has a word for every situation. Isn’t He awesome! He does not want His children to be misguided, confused, or chained to mediocrity. He wants us to be the best, and unfortunately, our thoughts can keep us from being just that. Join me as I share scriptures that have helped me overcome those unwanted thoughts.

So let’s start with self. We can be our own worst enemy. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.” God made us in His image. He made us exactly the person He wanted us to be. Everything we need to be great we are already equipped with or able to obtain. Go be great!

Stay Charmed,

CC

You took everything I was…..made me what I am (and becoming).

This song sums up everything I know about God and His ability to turn the worst of who we were into the best of who we called to be in Him. I do pray that you had a marvelous Monday. My day was fantastic. I got up early, spent time in the Word, went to work, yes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that I could work alongside other races, so I did. Then on to the gym and Bible Study. And now I am home just in time for bed, but on the way home I heard this song (a favorite of mine) and thought I would share. I thank God that He has never given up on me.  I worship Him for who He is and because I am not where I could have been. Goodnight!

Seasons; parts of God’s perfect plan.

4_seasons_by_vxsideYesterday in Sunday School, the lesson was titled, ‘Time and Eternity’. The lesson was found in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. In life, there is a time for everything. A season. I was talking to a friend the other day, and  the question was asked, “what if our season has passed?” It got me to thinking about some situations in my life. What am I holding on to that I should have let go of already? Do I mourn the loss of something for too long? Do I joke around longer than I should? Am I planting the proper seeds in this season to reap in a different season of my life?

I am grateful for the seasons in my life. Presently, I am single, and I enjoy this season of my life to the fullest. One day, I might not get to enjoy sipping wine and watching Monk on a Friday night after a week of travel or long days in the office. I might find myself having “date nights” or “play dates”.  It goes without saying that this season has had its share of tears and disappointments, but I’ve lived in other seasons and well, so do they. I know someone who complains about something every single, solitary day. Even after a solution has been provided. So I asked her if she thinks that one day she will wake up and be happy? Meaning, if you get a new job, get a man, or lose weight, do you think those things alone will make you suddenly happy? What’s the point of complaining every step of the way until we get something that we want? Why wait until we step into the season we think will make us happier and whole to enjoy life? We run the risk of missing the lessons and the joys that our present season has to offer.

So I say to you today, on this Marvelous Monday, to embrace every season of your life; the good, the bad and the not so pretty. It’s all a part of God’s perfect plan.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Stop chasing!!

Stop chasing after something or someone that is not yours to catch. Think of all of the heartache that could be avoided if you would let go of the very thing that brings about pain. I’ve come to realize that if someone wants to be a part of your life, they will be. If not, that’s okay. Every relationship is not meant last forever. Maybe it is a dream that was not really yours to begin with. Stop chasing after things and people and start allowing God to place things and people in your life that serve you best. He has a plan for all of us.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Two things…

The first thing that came to mind this morning was this Bible scripture… “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14. The second thing that came to mind was this scripture… “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Yep, that was for me!

Today has been one of those days where almost every encouraging message I read was written and posted just for me. I tossed and turned last night..the night before my first day back to work in over two weeks. Apparently, I had a lot on my mind. When I finally decided to just get up, I read my daily inspiration. “Speak His Word over your circumstances and watch Him move on your behalf”, it read. It’s easy to speak negatively regarding something that may not be going in our favor. But if we speak life into a situation, then no matter the outcome, it will be the best for us and will be aligned with God’s ultimate plan for our lives. When I got the chance to check out some messages, these are some I came across.

Paula White posted, “A sign of maturity is when you make the right choices during difficult times.” We often want to react based on our emotions. We say the first thing that comes to mind when someone hurts us, we spend money on something we don’t need or can’t afford…we just act rather than really think about the consequences. I challenge you to think about your next move when you feel wronged, the need to splurge, when coworkers just can’t get right, etc. Make the mature decision. It will feel so much better. (I know some will disagree!)

The Praying Woman posted, “When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often dwell on the closed-door, that we don’t see the one God opens for us.” And, “even if things don’t turn out the way you expect, don’t give up! A bend in the road is not the end of the road.” Stop looking back. God doesn’t make mistakes. When He moves, go with Him. It may not be what you expected, but I promise it will be far greater than anything you could have imagined yourself.

ME Unlimited posted, “There is power in positive expectation. Create a clear mental picture of what you’re expecting to experience. Operate in your expectations, not your experience.” I’d like to forget some of my experiences. This year I expect some major things. Not because of who I am, but because of whose I am. If we look at every situation, in the natural, we can become discouraged. God is so busy working something out in our lives. At any given moment a bleak situation can be turned around in your favor. Expect the best!

Stay Charmed,

CC

Stop moving the goal post!

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So, I had brunch with Robyn today and we talked about some of everything. In the middle of our conversation, she said, “well, he keeps moving the goal post.” It was perfect; it’s EXACTLY what was happening. Which brings me to this post. If you say, “I forgive you” or something similar, then forgive and move forward. Don’t say you forgive, and then make someone jump through hoops when they know they’ve made a mistake and am willing to right a wrong. Forgive and move forward. It was seriously, like, the best thing I’d heard all day because it described a situation perfectly. We all need forgiveness at some point or another. Don’t make someone suffer from their past mistakes once you claim you’ve forgiven them. If you need more time, say that. If you don’t think you can forgive, then say that, BUT remember the consequences. Don’t say one thing and then the next time say something different. Let the person score already! If not, they will just stop trying to prove to you that they messed up, and will just move on.

Stay Charmed,

CC