30 DAYS OF FAITH

Keep the Faith

Thank you for your support!  Before our July freebie expires, I wanted to give you an opportunity, if you have not already, to download and save the 30 Days of Faith devotional calendar.  You can start this devotional at any time.  I hope you are inspired to keep the faith while diving into God’s Word for faith inspiration!

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Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all!

Blessings,

Tamika W.

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As I Look Back, I Can Move Forward

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We are creatures of habit, often looking back over the years at our losses and gains.  How we let go of friendships, but gained a closer circle.  How we let go of bad relationships, but found a closeness with ourselves.  How we lost a battle, but renewed our strength.  I too find myself looking back at some losses but counting my blessings as I move forward.  Life is a continuous journey of learning and growing.  Without this process, we would be like the tree planted but not bearing any fruit.

I recently went on a family vacation to the beach and can I be honest?  I didn’t think about anything related to my blog, podcast social media posts, products, services, etc.  NOTHING! Sometimes you just have to turn it all off.  The weather forecast called for heavy rain and thunder but I thought we left it at the beach.  When I hit the interstate, I could see the storm ahead and it didn’t look anything pretty.  I began to slow down and just pray.  It was that bad.  The wind was howling and the trees were bowing to the ground.  The rain poured so hard I was unable to see.  Cars were passing me full speed ahead but I drove at a steady pace and I just kept whispering Jesus’s name.  What felt like an hour only last 10 minutes.  As I drove out of the storm, the sun broke through the clouds and as I looked ahead, it looked as if the interstate didn’t even encounter a storm.  I looked back in my rear view mirror, and I could see the storm behind me.  One by one cars came out of the storm behind me unharmed. The roads were clear. No water. No debris. I made it through the storm.

The Lord reminded me that my storms are just like the one I described.  On this journey called life, there will be some days we can see the storms coming ahead.  We must keep our minds on Jesus the entire time.  No matter how hard the wind blows. No matter what other people are doing in their lives to pass you by. No matter if there are times we cannot see what lies ahead.  If we keep our minds on Jesus, like it says in the scripture, He will give us peace.  Have you ever seen someone who was in a fight?  Their hair is a mess, clothes all tattered, they are out of breath.  A hot mess I’ll say.  Job 23:10 says “He knows the way I take and when He has tried me, I will come out as pure gold.”  When the storm is over, it won’t even look like we’ve been through a storm.  But we have to keep our focus on Christ. We have to tune our ears, eyes and heart to His words and His promises. I learned a long time ago that I can make all the plans I want to but it is Christ who directs my path (Proverbs 16:9).

I looked back in my rear view mirror and I believe God was reminding me of what He brought me through.  I didn’t look back like Lot’s wife, with a desire to return in my heart, for I had no desire to turn around but it definitely was a reminder that God keeps His promises:

  • He will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • He delivers us from our afflictions (Psalm 34:17-20)
  • He supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19)

It’s ok to look back at the storms God delivered you from so that you can praise Him and be prepared for the future storms He’ll carry you through.  The old song says “count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings to see what God has done!”

On this journey, we will all encounter storms.  Call His name. Stick close to Him. Praise Him.  He will deliver you! How will you honor God, our sovereign Creator, when you look back in order to move forward? I would love to hear some testimonies and praises! Feel free to share!

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all.  No matter where you are in life, you must have faith!

Tamika W.

PS. I’m excited to announce our Episode 5: Faith & Marriage-How to Make Time for Yourself & Your Spouse.  We will have a Q & A post on our social media outlets Friday so make sure you are following us @1faithjourney on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to participate.

 

To Give Life Your Best Yes, Seek Wisdom

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Journey back a few weeks with me when I wrote about this topic of learning to say no so that you can give your best yes.  This idea of the Best Yes comes from a book I read by Lysa TurKest.  Last month, I was all set to start a new series and then one day my little engine said to me, “I can no longer move forward.” It stopped. Screech! Out of gas.  I was in need of some time for rest, reflection and rejuvenation.  After a week off and some thoughtful planning, here we go with the five day challenge of how do we give life our best yes.  Forgot post, check it out here ====>>>> Be Still

Day One Reflection:

Imagine going through life without knowing how to navigate your circumstances; without knowing how to be financially savvy; without knowing right from wrong.  You pretty much know how that would look.  A lot of what we decide comes from knowledge and experience.  When it comes to making decisions, we have to be wise.  Wisdom is defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgement” (dictionary.com).  We can all admit that there are times when we don’t make wise decisions.

I remember I paid my car off, was six months in my new house, and was making good money as an educator.  In previous years, I helped with the after school program and was told that I would be over the program in the upcoming school year. In my mind, I calculated extra money means I can go buy the car I’ve been eyeing for a few months now.  And I did just that.  I bought a new car. Lo and behold, new administration came in the building and decided to use the old program coordinator, and that meant no extra money for me.  Needless to say, I struggled a few months after buying the car.  I knew that was not a wise decision.  I was quick to satisfy my wants at the time and not my needs.

What does this all mean you may be asking.  Sometimes we cannot give our best yes to the right things because we lack wisdom in saying no.  When we give in to our wants, give in to our fleshly desires, give in to others, we leave no room for what really should be taking place in our lives.  Maybe like me, you made a bad financial decision or maybe you’ve taken on too many tasks and you’re overwhelmed.  It happens to us all.

Let’s think about what would happen if we were wise in our decision-making.  The bible tells us in Psalm 111:10 the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  The fear here is not talking about being afraid or scared but it is about reverence and honoring God.  When we reverence and honor Him, we know that we cannot do anything without him.  That means we cannot and should not make decisions without Him.  We’ve tried many times in our life to do things on our own, without seeking God and end up crawling right back to Him for direction.  Hello, that’s why Proverbs tells us to trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart and do not lean on your understanding.  Doing things your way?  Tell me how that’s working out for you.  In my car situation, it didn’t work out too good.

“When we have a reverential attitude and look for the hand of God in everything, we start seeing things from the perspective of wisdom.”

The Best Yes Study Guide

So how should we go about getting wisdom and getting better at making wise decisions?  First things first, honor and reverence God at all times.  Acknowledge Him in everything.

  1. Read God’s word.  Make it a habit to dive in the Word consistently.  C  Sometimes we are so busy doing other things or managing our daily lives, that our study time is not a priority.  Let’s all do better (if we are not already) and make it a priority this week.
  2. Apply God’s word.  When the word of God tells us how to forgive, let’s give it a shot.  Forgiveness is huge in our faith walk.  When the word shows us how to increase our faith, let’s give it shot.  Faith is important in our daily journey.  Where the word tells us to show love, let’s do that.  Loving others can be hard at times but your love for someone could be the very thing that leads them to Christ.
  3. Look to God. The scriptures give us direct insight to Christ and how to live.  When we don’t have an answer, ask God wisdom and understanding.  God’s word promises to give us what we need.
  4. Cry out to God. Pray out loud to God and ask Him for what you need.  Ask Him for instruction.  Ask Him for insight.  Ask for guidance.  And when you ask, believe with your whole heart that He will answer your prayer.

In life we have choices.  We can choose to honor God daily, even in our decisions.  For every situation we face, there is an answer.  Think about a situation you may be facing.  Ask yourself ‘what does the Word of God say about my situation?’ Find a scripture and pray the Word over your situation.  Continue to seek wisdom so that you can give life your best yes!

Stay tuned for Day Two Reflection: The Powerful No

What areas of life have you made unwise decisions? How did you overcome? Comment. Like. Share.

Remember, its a faith journey y’all!

Tamika W.

 

3 Ways to Keep Your Faith In Check

eye-female-funny-glass-41558.jpegLet’s admit it girls. Some days, weeks, months or seasons get so busy we may forget to check in with God consistently.  I know as a mom, if I’m not conscious about how I’m spending my time, prayer and devotion just might escape me.  Not good. But we are human.  Sometimes we get caught up in the rush of life that we limit our relationship with God to a few minutes here and there just to check it off the to-do list. Done.  But you and I both know when we put God on the to-do list, life seems to get a SUPER crazy. Out of whack. And when the dust settles, we look at how we have put God on a shelf like a book. The thing I like about our God is that He knows and He will definitely nudge us to remind us when we are drifting away.

I keep telling you that I’m working on being calendar driven-some days are better than others.  What is important is that we carve out meaningful time with God.  Maybe you don’t know where to start and honey that is ok as long as you start.  Or in my case restart.  The time we spend with God has be intentional and consistent as it helps us draw closer to Him, grow in our faith, and experience everlasting peace and joy in Him.

There are many ways to spend time with Him-prayer, reading His word, singing His praises, joining a women’s group or even sharing His goodness with others.  If you feel that you are drifting away or need quick ways to keep your faith in check, how about this:

  1. Set aside some time each day to read a devotional or simply open the bible and read it.  There are a million devotionals online and in print that are connected to God’s word and His principles for life. Try this FREE 30-day devotional and bible reading guide created just for busy women like us.  Click here for your FREEBIE ====>> 30 Days with God
  2. Spend the first 5 minutes of your day in prayer and giving thanks to God for His many blessings.  What a great way to get your day going.  But… if the first 5 minutes does not work for you (not a morning person like me), be sure to carve out some quiet time throughout the day-on your lunch break, when the kiddos are napping, when the household is sleeping. You get it.
  3. Share your faith and testimonies of your experiences with others.  Not only will you inspire someone else but you will be reminded of just how good God is to you.  You can do this by joining a group online or in your church or posting your blessings instead of your messiness.  Doing so is a great way to stay connected to the Master and a way to get people connected to Him.

Maybe you are not in a dry season in your faith. Or maybe you know someone who is. Whatever it may be, I would love to hear from you on ways you keep your faith in check.  Leave a comment, like, & share. I’m sure it will inspire others 😉

Remember, it’s a faith journey y’all.  No matter where you are in the hustle of life, you got to have faith!

Tamika W.