God says…

I guess I would call this a series. Sure, sounds good! In today’s God says, I would like to look at Colossians 2:10. “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of ALL principality and power.” After reading this, who else should we want to be “complete” in? I’ll be honest. I’ve looked for completion in relationships, in retail therapy, positions at work, comfort foods, and the list could continue. I was looking in all of the wrong places which is why I always felt a constant void. Why would I dare look to people and stuff who have little or no power in comparison to the One who knows and sees all? There is a void that ONLY God can fill. I hear it in everyday conversations with friends, coworkers, family members….we are looking for someone or something other than Him to complete us. It will never happen.

So, God says, in Him you are complete. Look no further!

Stay Charmed,

CC 

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Be anxious for nothing.

This past weekend I was very anxious about all of the things that I have on my “to do” list. I was also very concerned about a situation that I have been seeking God about. This morning while spending time in the Word and in prayer, God reminded me that one, I don’t have to be concerned about anything that I have asked Him to handle. And two, that everything on my “to do” list may not all be things He is directing me to do. I love how God ministers to my needs on a daily basis. The word of the day from my daily devotional was ‘efficiency’. I am not a fan of being busy for no reason. I want the work that I do to have meaning. The time I spend with people or working on a project to have purpose. But most importantly, I’ve come to a place that whatever I do that it be done for the glory of God. The scripture to support the word of the day can be found in Proverbs 22:29.

I also read the True Woman devotion and the title was “Going from busy to productive in an unusual way”. Talk about being all up in my business. This year alone I have been appointed to a Board position, Treasurer times two, and this weekend I am emceeing a scholarship presentation. I also have volunteer hours that I need to complete, tax research that I need to do for a graduate paper (not everyone at once, but please feel free to take this off my plate), meetings to attend, a very special project God has placed on my heart, and many others…. Not that my life is any busier than anyone else’s, but I was just asking God to help me prioritize everything on my plate. I am truly fortunate to have these opportunities and many others, but I desire not to let be overwhelmed with fear, anxiety, but be able to enjoy them and give my very best in all positions.

As far as the situation I was concerned about, well God led me to Phillipians 4:6. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Each day, as I mature in my walk with God, I am reminded that He is in total control. This has afforded me the opportunity to have more peace, teaches me to be a wee bit more patient, and forces me to keep my hand out of the situation. This is not always easy for me. There are times when I just want to take the control back, but I’ve learned that when I do, I only make a bigger mess than before, and ultimately, I end up giving it right back to Him.

I urge you to ask God to direct your steps. I also encourage you to surrender to God every area of your life. It’s not easy, but trust me when I say, it’s harder not to. I am living proof.

Stay Charmed,

CC

 

God says….

I am fearfully and wonderfully made…

Every part of who I am was handcrafted by God. It would be futile to compare myself to anyone else because I was not designed to be like them. God has given me my own desires, purpose, quirks, and personality. I take pride in knowing that He did not just throw something together, but intentionally created you and I in His image and for His glory.

I am God’s masterpiece.

Stay Charmed,

CC

A Sunday Prayer

praying_hands_clipart_3Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord, you are ALWAYS worthy of my praise. No matter my circumstances, you are worthy to be praised. You are perfect in all of your ways. You are faithful and just. And I love you. Please forgive me of all of my shortcomings. Please forgive me for the times that I have doubted you and your plan for my life. Some situations are my own fault and stem from neglect to honor and protect the blessings you have bestowed upon me. I die daily, Lord. Please prune me in areas that require pruning, mold me to be more like you, and use me for your glory. Close doors that are opened against me, and open doors that have been slammed shut. Restore broken relationships, save my family and friends who don’t know you. Living for you gives me peace. Worshipping you gives me life. I love you, Lord! You are my best friend. In your darling Son Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

God’s got this!

As I am on my hop, skip, and a jump of a flight over to New Orleans, I am reminded that God’s got this. Yesterday at church, before giving the sermon, my Uncle Pastor asked us to get out of our seats, go to someone, hug their necks, and tell them that “God’s got this”. So, as I sit on my plane, mid-sleep, we hit some turbulence. My normal reaction is to open the window just to be sure we’re flying through clouds, but not this time. Nope, I opened my eyes, grabbed my iPad and started writing this post. God’s got this, Tam.

I am very selfish when it comes to God at times. I tend to think He does things just for me. Like a Facebook post a friend posted on yesterday. She confessed to praying about something, not fully turning it over to God which in turn caused her to take action outside of God’s plan. Guilty as charged, your Honor. This time I did not open my window. After all, I did ask Him to be the pilot, and to get me to my destination in safety, without incident. Did I not? What if there is no cloud, then what? This holds true for every prayer. I don’t have to ask God only to turn around and try to figure it out myself or check on God to see if He needs any help. He does not need me to check His work. So whatever the “this” is in your life just know that all is under control. All things are working out for your good, but you’ve got to trust that God’s got it. He’s got it and it’s all good!!

-Stay Charmed

CC

Because I’m happpyyyyy!

Coach Will, my boot camp trainer, often times gives inspirational speeches after training sessions. Last night, he asked if when we look in the mirror, do we love what we see? Of course, an email and Facebook posts to the group soon followed. Within the email is an assignment and today’s assignment is to write down 5 things that make us happy and 5 things we love about ourselves. Some circumstances in life can cause even the happiest person to doubt themselves. I decided to do the assignment and share it with you guys. Here goes:

5 things that make me happy: 1. Being blessed to see a new day which means another opportunity to be great and audacious;  2. Being able to freely read my Bible and say my prayers; 3. My family and friends who are my biggest supporters, and love me unconditionally; 4. My career and team members; 5. My blog. It allows me to be transparent. I keep several journals and notebooks (love taking notes, jotting things down etc) , but sharing allows someone to read this who might be going through something similar, needs a word of encouragement, a good laugh, or whatever the case.

5 things I love about myself: 1. My smile; 2. My laugh; 3. My hair; 4. My pug nose as my Granny used to call it, and 5. My love for giving back.

Fortunately, I could go on and on, but I need to get ready for work. You know, we never know where God is leading us. I’ve chosen to be happy because it really is a choice. Some things and people come at the right moment. When circumstances arise, it’s assignments like this that force us to look at things with perspective. I have so much to be happy about and grateful for. Thanks Coach!

Choose to be happy!! Need a push? Check out Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ video!!! It’s the happiest!

Stay Charmed,

CC

Be bold! Be Courageous!

While scrolling my Facebook timeline, I came across the following scripture.  Joshua 1:9 reads, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest.” God was speaking to Joshua, Moses’ successor, commanding him to take the land He’d already promised. Joshua believed that they could possess the land in Moses’ day, but was outnumbered. So now here God is encouraging Joshua to be strong, bold, and of good courage, and in doing so success will surely follow.

What is God calling you to do? What dream, vision, and goal has He placed inside of you, but you have been too afraid to “take it”. You care more about what others think, say, or do? Whatever He has placed inside of you, do it. I realize my time here is not all about me, if it’s about me at all. In everything I do, God is supposed to get the glory. In my relationships, in my career, my conversations etc, people are supposed to see someone greater than myself.  

God knew me before I was born, and positioned me here for such a time as this. So, now what am I going to do with it? Squander away more precious time, ruin potentially great relationships, remain in friendships that add no value, put my dreams on hold  because I don’t think anyone cares about what I have to say, and the list could go on and on. So ask yourself….What message has He placed in you that needs to be shared with someone else? What skill has He given you that could be beneficial to someone else? Don’t shy away from it! Be bold! Be courageous! Don’t let what others think hinder you from your blessings, opportunities, or fulfilling your dreams. We all have them, and God is so big and so powerful that He is capable of fulfilling His promises in ALL of His children’s lives.

Stay Charmed,

CC

Faith, faith, faith!

This morning I opened my Bible to Hebrews 11: 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” I know that God is dealing with me in this area. One way we demonstrate our faith is through obedience. Faith is knowing that if I seek God diligently, make sacrifices, fear God, and obey His word, that He will be pleased with me. Faith is knowing that His answer may not be what I want to hear, but that it is the best answer for me in any given situation. Faith is stepping out of His way, and letting Him handle the things in which I cannot control. And that which I can control is my responsibility. If I were in need of job, it would be up to me to actively look for work. Not to say that He can’t drop a job in my lap, He’s done that in a sense, but I was busy doing the job He’d already given me to the best of my abilities. So, faith without works is dead. God is faithful. He doesn’t know how not to be. In other words, He will do His part. We show Him that we trust Him by activating our faith.

When we ask, according to His will, we must activate our faith. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son. God blessed him and Sara with a son even in their old age. That part alone is worth noting, but Abraham was willing to offer his only son as a sacrifice before the Lord. He trusted that God would raise Isaac up even in death. It didn’t go that far, but what awesome faith Abraham had. Am I willing to sacrifice the one thing I desire most from the Lord? Are you? Trusting that even if it’s taken away/never granted from/to us that He will provide something greater. There are things that I hope for, and in some cases there is no evidence that I’ll see them, but I am standing in faith that when I do my part, God will show up. And sometimes He shows up even when we don’t. Let’s please Him today; activate your faith.

Stay Charmed,

CC