Archive | February 2017

Dear Nobody

Dear nobody, it’s been fun.

Dear nobody, it’s been real.

Dear nobody, it’s been exciting and exhilarating but I think it’s time to bid you adieu.

All rides aren’t meant for you…in this case for me.

We had lots of ups, but sadly, more downs.

I forgot to read the sign that says you must be this amount of crazy to ride this ride. Possess this amount of brokenness and this low level of self-esteem and self-worth to match and be able to tolerate the twists and turns that come with this ride. Why oh why did I not read the sign? Every ride comes with one.

In fact, life comes with signs. Stop. Yield. One Way. Dead End. Do Not Enter. Detour. They’re for our own good. To protect us. Some signs even come with pretty little pictures and colors for those of us who don’t really like to read. Yes, these signs can be annoying. They slow you down, make you turn around or change direction. But ultimately caution you to what’s coming. They bring about order. Imagine life without them. It would be pure chaos and confusion.

“Let all things be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 KJV

So if the DMV deems it important enough to test you on these beloved signs before you’re given a license to drive, how much more important should it be to ensure your “ride or die” is truly your “ride or die”? After all, it’s holding precious cargo.

And although you don’t need a license to ride a ride…you do need one for other things like entering into a lifelong committed relationship…otherwise known as marriage. Isn’t that what this is all about?

Which should further impress upon you the importance of paying attention to the signs.

Let’s take a pop quiz. Does your ride lie, is it manipulative, deceptive, display signs of untrustworthiness or character issues?

Think before you answer. Loneliness and delayed promises from God can often blur your vision. You may be taking this quiz with rose colored glasses or even worse, someone else’s.

Take this quiz with a clear more precise lens. A lens that provides focus and perspective..a lens found and hidden in the Word of God.

Are you ready to take the quiz…the not so pop quiz…this seemingly recurring test in your life?

Answer carefully, this could be the difference between life and death. Not literally or physically but then again…

“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

Did you pass? Don’t worry if you didn’t. God is a redeemer of time and freely gives His grace and mercy.

So study up, take notes because no ride is worth ignoring the signs.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

New Hope

Hope has been a recurring theme in my life since the end of last year. The Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve and the first sermon of the year all had themes of hope. I should know by now that this was no coincidence. God was preparing me. It’s almost like when you pray for patience and then God places you in situations that require patience. I honestly stopped praying certain prayers…I know how God operates and I’m not ready for some things like patience…yuck!

I digress..

Thankfully God knows me and knows that I don’t openly volunteer for certain opportunities so He often takes it upon himself to prepare me despite my apparent unwillingness and sometimes resistance. Which brings me to hope. I had been hoping for something specific for years and have yet to receive this one thing. The times in which I thought I was finally being blessed with this “one thing” it turned out to be a cruel April Fools joke. After years of disappointment in this one area I decided why hope. It’s not worth it. God’s gonna do what he wants to with or without my hope….my prayers. So I was ready to throw away all hope in this one area. I had hoped for years to no avail…or had I?

My friend shared the following scriptures with me…

“But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently” Romans 8:25

“Who hopes for what he already has?” Romans 8:24

I struggled with that first scripture. If I hope for what I do not have I’ll wait patiently??? What kinda sense does that make? I just mentioned I’ve been hoping for years. So I’m sure you can imagine my patience level at this point. And here we go with that patience word again…yuck!

Then my Pastor shared yet another perspective on hope. The following hymnal lyrics pretty much sum it up…

“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.”

My hope was in that “one thing” and when that “one thing” didn’t occur or work out my hope went with it. I had floating hope versus hope that is anchored in His promises. God is much more concerned with my heart, my growth, my character and wisdom gained thru what I place my hope in.

I say all that to say, this year I vow to place my hope in that one thing that is not shaken by the twist and turns of life…The Word. This and this alone brings about life and a New Hope…and dare I say…Patience.

Forever Learning, Forever Growing, Forever Maturing…Forever Trina.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina