Archive | January 2016

Comfort Zone

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It’s so easy to live a status quo life.  That comfortable…that predictable…mundane…go to work and back home life.  The good life…I know what to expect, everything is neatly packaged in its nice little box just the way I need it to be.  No surprises, I know what’s coming.  Well, I was challenged today with going back to “the good life”.  I knew God had moved me past this point and He wanted me to dig deeper, pray harder and trust harder than I ever had.  I also knew this year was going to be an out of the box experience and I was ready.  But today I felt smaller than ever.  I felt myself shrinking back into that box that had given me comfort for so many years.  I met a lady and this lady had a really big personality and possessed skills that I didn’t or that didn’t come easy to me.  She was a natural.  In that exchange I started to second guess my skills.  I could never measure up to that so why try.  Let’s crawl back into our box of “comfortability”.  I was safe there.  But God then quietly whispered, you must move past being comfortable.  I have hand picked you and have put things inside of you that I need to come out.

I wish I could say that after that I walked away jumping and shouting and saying, “yes, God….I got this”.  But that’s not my story…I walked away saying, I need to somehow find comfort in being uncomfortable.  That is where my strength lies.  That is where the greatest things will be birthed in me.

So after a few minutes of meditating on what God spoke to me, I starting to feel a sense of peace.  God was with me, in my corner, rooting for me, he always had been and always will be.

In this life you will always find someone who is better  than you, prettier than you, richer or smarter than you but God is not concerned with that and neither should you be.  Gotta move past the comparison conundrum and the comfortable good life if you are ever gonna grab hold of the thing that God grabbed hold of you for.

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

~ForeverTrina

 

“Such is the reliance and confidence that we have through Christ toward and with reference to God.  Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.  [It is He] Who has qualified us [making us to be fit and worthy and sufficient] as ministers and dispensers of a new covenant…” 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 AMP

Snow Day Man

Alright ladies, there are probably more times than not when I wish I had a man by my side but then there are really specific situations in which I’m like, God, if you would see fit to have a nice strapping young man pass my way at this very moment I would be ever so grateful.  Preferably the kind that likes rescuing damsels in distress.   Amen.

Then I go on to say – he doesn’t even need to stay.  I’m fine with you sending a man with commitment issues and a lack of communication skills.  I just need him for a really specific purpose….the only commitment and communication needed is to scrape this ice off my car.

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If you reside somewhere on the east coast you are probably experiencing this blessed winter weather.  If you reside in the southeast, you are likely experiencing a wintry mix.  The news anchors call it snow but it is far from that.  It is straight up ice.  Break out the ice skates because you’re about to be doing triple axels right outside your door.  Kids are wanting to go outside and have snowball fights and make snow angels and you’re having to explain, this is not that type of party.  You will literally break your sister’s teeth, leg or arm if you throw that at her.

Okay, back to my dilemma…

imagesI’m trying to make it to the gym but my “Bu” (Chevy, MaliBu) is covered in a block of ice.  I begin scraping while daydreaming of a muscle bound man doing this for me.  For some reason I just feel he would do it so much better.  And again, this individual doesn’t have to stay.  As soon as the job is done we can part ways with me bringing Starbucks coffee, hot chocolate or chai tea, whatever suits your fancy.  But wait, before you leave, please back my car out of this space and up the hill.  I’ve been hearing tires spinning on this ice all morning so I’m thinking my story is gonna be the same.  I’ll ride in the car with you until we get to the top of the hill then you can jump out.  Pretty good deal, right?  No deep conversation…we can keep it all surface level.  Oh yeah, one more thing, please swing back thru in a couple of days.  I need an oil change, pretty sure I need new tires and definitely gonna need a car wash with all the slush out here.

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15 minutes later….

The daydream has come to an end  and I’m still standing there with ice scraper in hand, still scraping ice…toes frozen.

More time has passed and….

I’m done! I can finally get on with my day…so I thought.  Ice is off the car but not the ground.  Saga continues.  It took several tries to back out the space and even then I still had one more obstacle to overcome…the hill.  This would take some determination to get pass spinning tires and the downward direction my car insists on going on this hill.  Gunning it, I finally made it to the top.  Whew…main road is clear and I make it to the gym….and they’re closed!!!!  Really God!  So what do I do? I pick up some junk food and head back home.  Don’t you see all the opportunities where a man would have come in handy?

So back to pleading my case with God.  It’s obvious that you haven’t decided it’s time for my Boaz but surely you can find it in your heart to bless me with a snow day man.  That would definitely suffice for now…for today.

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

~ForeverTrina

 

“A time to weep, and a time to LAUGH; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”  Ecclesiastes 3:4

Blog Bite: Commitment to Love

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You reap what you sow…make sure to sow an abundance of love today even to the seemingly unlovable.  After all, Jesus did it, and we are a living testimony of that.

 

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

~ForeverTrina

Killshot

Let’s give the enemy that “killshot”.  Let’s no longer be passive in the very real attack that he has on our lives.  Dude is serious about what he does and its about time we became as well.  The enemy has a very specific assignment and that is to kill you.  Kill your hope, kill your dreams, kill your spirit.  And guess what? We have allowed him because we refuse to pick up our weapons and fight.  The enemy is consistent with what he does, we need to be just as consistent, if not more.

David had a rock to slay a giant.  God gave us His word to slay the giants in our lives, we just gotta pick it up.

No more excuses….it’s time we wage war on the Enemy.

Fight with the Word.  Fight with Prayer.  Fight with Fasting.

Take your killshot!

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

~ForeverTrina

 

“…This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”  Mark 9:29

2016 Goals and Prayer

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After sitting down to write my goals for the year, I reviewed what I had just written and said, “Wow, these are some big things God.  Hmmm…I’m really shooting for the moon with some of these…are they realistic?…can they be done?…maybe I should dial it back?” Well…I really feel God looked at me and rolled his eyes…while shaking his head (which I’m sure he often does when it comes to Miss Trina) because immediately, the following scripture came to mind.

Mark 9:21-29

“…but if you CAN do anything, take pity on us and help us.”

“If you CAN?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes”

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Well…with that said, I began to pray over my goals….

God, this year, I commit my goals, my desires and my life to you.  These things…”this kind” of blessing that I’m seeking will not be accomplished outside of you.  God, I’ve done it my way and have made small strides and incurred tons of bruises but God I’m ready to do it your way so I can make leaps and bounds! Understanding, that I will fall but I have you with me…inside me, to cushion the fall. In that, I will rest..in that I will finally “take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Also understanding that you are not a genie in a bottle. What you allow in my life, good or bad is ultimately for your glory.  Though I may not always understand, this I do know, you will move heaven and earth to get me to see things thru your eyes….to move things in me…to move things out of me.

God, just like your servant said, in MY doubt, help me to believe. Do not allow me to doubt whether you CAN do it – I already know you can.  Allow me to walk in that simple fact alone. All things ARE possible!

Now God, just as you drove out the evil spirit, drive out doubt, fear, unworthiness, low self-esteem and any word or thing from the Enemy that is opposite of the Words you have already spoken to me. I WILL keep moving forward toward all that You promised. It WILL be accomplished through prayer and fasting. It WILL manifest this year.  Amen!  #sweet16

 

Be Brave, Be You, Be Blessed!

 

~ForeverTrina