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Today I woke up like…it’s Monday…again. Now there are two ways you can look at that. You can say, hey, I’m alive to see another Monday so no matter what challenge may have come my way between this Monday and last Monday, it obviously didn’t kill me. I’m still breathing, and as a girlfriend of mine would say, I’m still kicking. Or you can say, it’s Monday and I got 5 long days to go. You choose. Sadly, most of us probably choose the latter. At least I did. But as I lay in bed trying hard not to open both my eyes because once I do, it’s a wrap and any sleep left in me is officially ruined, I heard the word “evidence”. My first thought was, what? evidence? I really need to stop watching Law & Order: SVU marathons before I go to sleep. But shortly after, “Remember to Rejoice” popped in my head from Sunday’s sermon and then “evidence” again. I’m like, what? Now mind you, I still have one eye open and one eye closed. I am determined to hold on to the last little bit of sleep in me. But of course, I lose that battle. I pretty much always do when my opponent is the Lord. He was trying to speak and I was trying to sleep. So the next thing I hear are the lyrics “The evidence is all around, that the spirit of the Lord is here” (Elevation Worship, Here as in Heaven). Then the scripture, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). God was trying to 1) get me out of bed and 2) get me to look around at the evidence of His faithfulness. Not necessarily physical evidence but His presence in my life. Him leading and guiding me, opening and even closing some doors. Although things may not be perfect in my life and there are things I still desire and so many unknowns, I can’t deny His presence and Him continually calling me to go higher and deeper in Him. All the unexpected turns in my life were for his glory and my good. I see that now.

So what did I do next? I remembered and then rejoiced for seeing another Monday by getting up with a renewed perspective.

This was the longest wake-up call ever but it also led to a very productive workday.

What evidence of His faithfulness has He placed right in front of you? Open your eyes, look and remember to rejoice.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

Blog Bite: Change Management

change-signHave you ever noticed that when people ask, “how are you?” they really don’t mean it or even care or wait around long enough to hear the response?  Most people are looking for “good” to be your response so please don’t throw them off by saying anything contrary.  God forbid you cause them to slow down from their busy day by responding truthfully.  That would be so rude of you.

Also, haven’t you found it to be true that when people say, “if you need anything, call me”, it’s really just a nice gesture? Most people really don’t want you to call and will likely have your name listed with a code word after it or a special ringtone to ensure they don’t accidentally answer the call.

Now hopefully these are just my personal and somewhat cynical views as opposed to those of the general population but then again….look at the times.

Soooo…with that being said, how about when people say, “I’m excited about your growth”…do they really mean it? With growth comes change, not just change for that person but change for everyone in that person’s life.  Are you up for it? Can you stand by and follow through on your initial response to that person’s growth or is the initial response…the nice but empty gesture, what holds true in your heart? Think on it!

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

 

“…For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” Matthew 12:34 (NKJV)

 

 

 

Blog Bite: Fuel of Frustration

Don’t succumb to the frustrations of life…

“The most faithful people are the most frustrated people. Why? Because they’re committed to the cause….they’re dedicated…”

Allow your frustrations to fuel your dedication…your commitment…your next level.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

Blog Bite: Be a Man…

This sermon clip is hilarious….at least I think so anyway. Pastor Judah Smith talks about how men should be the initiators and we as women should be the responders. We were never intended to be the aggressor in the relationship. We don’t need to help him out.

Sound familiar? That’s kinda what we do with God.  When He’s not moving fast enough we decide to take it upon ourselves to make some moves of our own.

Ladies, please allow God to be God and a Man to be a Man.

Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!

~Forever Trina

 

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.” Proverbs 3:5 (The Message)

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