Thankful Thursday!

Today I am thankful for God’s comfort. We all endure valleys in life, but we can rest assured that God will be there to comfort us. This has been extremely helpful for me on today. I woke up this morning feeling a little tired and worn out, but hearing my Mother’s voice and God speaking to me through my daily devotional, I am feeling much more joyous. And now I am ready to conquer my day.

God is never too far. Whether we are experiencing trials that we have created for ourselves or ones that we couldn’t avoid, God is there to comfort us. He can use us even in this season of our lives. Undoubtedly, He is preparing us for the next one.

Stay Charmed,

CC

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Don’t know why, but we know WHO!

 When there is shaky ground all around, it’s the peace of God that keeps us from falling off the edge. When all of our efforts seem to prove in vain, and we cannot understand why something APPEARS to not be going in our favor, rest in the promise of Philippians 4:7. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. We don’t have all of the answers, and we may never be privy to why? But we do have the privilege of knowing the One who knows the who, what, when, where, and how! Today, I struggle with this. But I know that God has my back, and that He cares for me and every area of my life.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Not some, but ALL!

Picture2It’s Friday! That means more to some than it does to others. To mean it means that I don’t have to get up in the morning to come to work, but it doesn’t mean that I get to sleep in. I am fortunate enough to love my job. I believe that God put me here for such a time as this. But when I first started in this department, I thought, oh my gosh, these people are so much smarter than I am. I was intimidated. They were using words I swear they made up. My Mom has always told me that I am smart, but some Moms have their kids on American Idol too…… As time passed, I began to learn a lot from them, but I was also able to impart some of my knowledge on to them. What I didn’t do was let fear overcome me to the point that I went running back to what was familiar. I pressed through.

I can’t say that I have done that in every area of my life. This just came to me….in another area of my life when something made me uncomfortable or was moving me towards something unfamiliar, I went back to a situation God had clearly removed me from. Why do we do that? Why do we trust God with this, but not that?  The bible clearly states to cast ALL, not some, a few, one or two, but ALL of our cares or anxiety upon Him because He cares for you. The finite wisdom that I have leads me to believe that God cares about EVERY area of my life. Not just the big stuff. From something as little as, Lord, where did I leave my keys to Lord, is he the one?  

So, my challenge to you to on this fabulous Friday is to trust God with, in, and through it all. He cares about the whole person and every situation. If He is taking you through something that feels uncomfortable begin to trust that He will go with you.

Happy Friday and…..

Stay Charmed,

CC

A little encouragement.

Happy Valentine’s Day! You are always loved.
imagesI was reading today, and you know God, ALWAYS on time. Just when you feel like you keep letting Him down over and over again be reminded of this…..

Because of the Lord’s great love we not consumed,

for his compassions never fail. 

They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

                                                    Lamentations 3:22-23

No matter what we do, God will always LOVE us.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Day 1: Detox

3d-renew-your-mind-every-day.png?w=547I’ve been sick and shut-in the past two days, and I have been able to catch up on lots of reading and writing. I finished a book I started back in December and am on to the next one. The title of this post is a bit misleading. No herbal cleanses or liquid diets to follow, BUT more of a detoxification of the mind. Being locked in has also given me lots of time to think. So….

If you’re anything like me, you have been known to predict possible outcomes to certain situations. STOP IT.  We are not always privy to some outcomes. To be quite honest, that is the best part. That and the peace that comes from not worrying about it.

If you’re like me, you also, at times, don’t live in the present. You want to jump straight to where you want to end up. STOP IT. You will miss the very best parts of the process.

Replaying a situation that left you in tears, angry, or broken?  STOP IT. One thing about the past is, you CANNOT change it. You can only learn from it.

Today’s challenge! Romans 12:2 (NLT)- Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

We have so many thoughts a day. Some useful and some straight garbage. But you can change your thoughts by creating positive affirmations. My Coach gave us an assignment months ago to sticky note positive things and those stickies are still on my mirror. They greet me every morning reminding me of how AWESOME I am. Be grateful! Count your blessings not your sorrows. I’m certain the former outweighs the latter. I read a book and one of the assignments was to write down one thing that you look forward to doing each day. So today, I was thrilled about another day of rest. We get so busy that we ignore what our bodies are trying to tell us. Last, but certainly not least,  meditate, pray, read the Bible. Sitting still and being in tune with what God has to say is better than anything else you can do to rid yourself of evil, ugly thoughts. His thoughts towards you and I are only to prosper us.

The aforementioned are only a few ways to rid ourselves of the thoughts that mean us no good. But they’re a great start in the right direction.

Stay Charmed,

CC

All the Single Ladies! And men.

tumblr_mwwbuvULEw1smia8ao1_500“Are you the person who you are looking for is looking for?”

– Andy Stanley, North Point Church

What a loaded question, and as much as we would all like to say yes, it’s evident that many of us are not. I’m single, and I don’t claim to want  a man who has it all together, but I am guilty of wanting a man who does not bring out my crazy. Sometimes instead of becoming better people, we want the person to never force us to whip out our ugly side. For the past two years, I’ve had a friend that I never really let in. I could give many reasons why I didn’t, but it all boils down to I was not the person he was looking for. I know many that know me will disagree, but when it comes to relationships with the opposite sex, well, they can be quite tricky. He was not without flaws, but instead of stepping out on faith I chose to let fear hinder me from getting to really know someone great. That’s a hard lesson to learn.

But that relationship or the demise of it birthed this blog. It is something that I enjoy, can reach someone else who may have the same struggles, and helps me with a much bigger dream of mine. That relationship has also taught me to never let go of God. To never walk in fear. Through it all, we both learned valuable lessons about each other, ourselves, and what we look for in other people. I am not getting any younger, and I do desire my own husband, and kids, but above all, I aim to please the one man who I’ve never been able to push away, has never walked away, who has never mistreated me, so on and so forth.

We do not have to learn the lesson from personal experience. You can learn from my mistakes. Let go of fear, let people in,  ask God about everything, every decision. You don’t have to learn the lesson the hard way. Start now by becoming the person who you are looking for is looking for.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Brightly

449171270_640Today’s devotion is so fitting. I started this blog mostly as therapy for myself, but in the hopes that someone, somewhere could be encouraged as well. As you can tell, I am no great writer. 1+1=2 is more my thing. However, if anyone is interested in doing this Cost Accounting assignment, please let a sistah know. Seriously, I read a devotion everyday and this one really resonated with me. This year, I declared that I would not let my light burn dim. I am proud to be a daughter of the King, and I am excited about where He wants to lead me. When people see me, I want them to see Him.

So, today’s devotion was titled, “Brightly”, and the key scripture is found in Pro. 13:9. By the way, I have been reading Proverbs, and it has been an eye-opening and an awesome read. Who does not need more wisdom in their life? Who doesn’t have wisdom and needs some? I digress, the devotion reads, ” Christ has freely given you His righteousness by faith. You are a bright light in a world that desperately need Jesus. Shine your light into the darkness!”

I challenge you today to shine. Not just to be seen, but that the God in you can be revealed. Don’t shy away from the greatness that He affords you. We all have a purpose. We all have something someone else needs. You never know what sharing what God has done for you can do for someone else today. It could even save a life. Shine bright!

Stay Charmed,

CC