Proverbs Challenge – Day 3

Today is Day 3 of the Proverbs Challenge. So far, it’s been going great. You know how you’re just going along with life and things seem to be just fine, but something comes from out of nowhere to knock you off your feet?

It has been one of those weeks, but the Word has kept me. The thing is that obstacles will come, but they are nothing short of a distraction. When you make up in your mind that you’re going to do something and do it with integrity and uprightness, frustration and confusion are bound to appear.

This is why it’s important to arm with the Word. Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard to sit and purpose to read, study and meditate on the Word. I don’t alwyss want to, but it is vital to life. The key is consistency. Not just when things are bad, but when they are good. When things are good, the word just strengthens you for when the bad things come, the blow (although it usually sneaks up on you) will not be that harsh. On the real, I usually want to fall out and throw a 40-something fit (and sometimes I do for a minute, but I pull myself together and keep it moving), but I can rest in knowing that His word is in me and is bound to see me through.

I’m not sure what you’ve faced this week, whether it’s family related, car issues, work drama, health, financial, kids, etc., be encouraged. Draw in a little closer in the word and prayer. You may not want to, but the word will always have an answer.

Here’s what encouraged me today:

Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.
Proverbs 3:25‭-‬26 NIV

Be encouraged and if you haven’t started the Proverbs Challenge, you can always start today.

Keisha

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The valley of expectation

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve written your vision and you’ve made it plain, but you don’t quite see just how it’s gonna manifest itself? You’ve confessed the word over it, because you know that the Lord is watching over His word to perform it and the word will not return void. The thing is nothing is happening from where you’re looking. It feels like you’re in a valley waiting to come out.

Does this mean that you didn’t believe that when you’ve prayed about the situation that you’d receive it? Like really believe in your heart-of-hearts, that God heard your prayer and that you are going to get what you have asked for.

No, not necessarily.

It could be that we believe, but because it’s an urgent matter (everything is urgent when it’s your own) you can’t see the grass from the trees. So what do we do? How do you really walk out standing in expectation that you will in fact see the manifestation of the request?

I believe that when we make a request to the Lord and we believe that we have received it, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with standing in expectation to receive. You just have to have a different mindset…a mindset of I know he’s going to do it, and I’m not going to let him go until he blesses me. We put God in a box, when we think he’s going to do something the exact same way he did it before. I mean don’t get me wrong, it’s not like he can’t because he can do anything he wants. He’s God and he’s sovereign. You have to remain open to how he has decided to answer.

Just keep standing on the word and believing your answer will come, perhaps just in a different form. If you’re not going to believe, why even bother with prayer.

Triumph Tuesday 

So, I woke up this morning a little heavy with thoughts, but I had to turn that into praise. We serve a God who is so awesome, that he will bring His word to your remembrance when you need it. Remember that there’s a garment of praise, for the spirit of heaviness.

I know there may be a lot of things going on right now, but posture yourself to praise God in the midst of your circumstances. I know it may be harder when you’re in it, but our God is faithful. He is a God who is worthy to receive Glory and Honor. He is worthy of our praise.  The word says that he inhabits the praises of His people.

One of my favorite songs is Praise Him.

Praise him praise him

Praise him praise him

Jesus blessed saviour

He’s worthy to be praised
From the rising of the sun

Until the going down of the same

He’s worthy Jesus is worthy

He’s worthy to be praised
Second verse is my favorite:

God is our rock

Hope of salvation

A strong deliverer

In Him I will always trust

Praise him!!!!

Whatever the situation, praise Him!

Now, thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph in Christ, and make the manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.  2 Corinthians 2:14

Waiting

We all know the scripture, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. What does it really mean to wait on the Lord? What do you do while waiting?

As a wife and mom, I’m constantly planning in my mind and on paper. Let’s face it, if I could plan the rest of my life I would. For now though, I’ll stick to the next few months or maybe the next few weeks….oh wait..ok..ok… maybe just today.  I don’t know about you, but waiting is sometimes difficult.  When it applies to someone else, I find myself saying, well just wait on the Lord, because you know His timing is always perfect. Although, this is true, when it is YOU, everything changes, LOL! When you are waiting, it is very urgent. It is like not being able to see the grass from the trees.

Some things you may be waiting on are prayers to answered, applications to be approved, test results from the doctor and the list goes on. Waiting is never easy. No one really wants to do it. We live in a popcorn world. We want to press a few buttons and in two minutes or less…BOOM you’ve got it.

We were faced with a situation last year, waiting to see if our oldest was going to get in an Academy. He didn’t get in. He was so far down on the list, that it was obvious he wasn’t going to get in.  It was disappointing to say the least. At the beginning of the school year, we applied again for the upcoming year. We again, received a letter that he was on the waiting list, but his time he was number 15 on the list. We decided to keep him on the list. I got an email the other night that he was down to number 1 on the list and to respond if we were still interested. I immediately responded even though it was around 8:30 that night. To my surprise, they responded back.  So, I asked how soon would we know? I got the call today that HE MADE IT IN!!!!!!!  I screamed (lol) and then the tears came. (I’m a cry-baby sometimes) I am so overwhelmingly excited and grateful. Just knowing that the Lord loves us so much, and everything that concerns us, that he would allow this.

You see while you wait, you don’t stop believing that God didn’t hear you. You may not always receive it, but you can best believe that what God has for you is for you. Delayed doesn’t mean denied.

 

Mama Bear

So, we survived Kindergarten and have been promoted to First grade…..Woot Woot! I am one proud mama. Towards the end of the school year, I was thinking about what will they do for the Summer, because me and the husband don’t have Summer break. The youngest is in daycare, but I wanted something different and fun for them both to do and I wanted them to be together. So, the school offered a Summer Enrichment Program. In the back of my mind, I knew I’d sign David up, but I was not sure about Christopher. I ended up signing them both up, when I found out they took 4 year olds as well.

So, I get there the first day to drop them off and we get the schedule for the next 10 weeks of what they will be doing daily.  Mind you, on the promotion flyer it mentioned field trips and other fun activities. I am reading through this schedule and I see that they will have Spanish class, Art, trips to the movies, reading…but WAIT…..field trips outside of the city (miles away from me…don’t judge me, I was NOT feeling this at all).

We are in the second week and I am enjoying the fact that they are getting to be adventurous and try new things.  Christopher misses his friends and was sad. So, this made me think I made the wrong decision. See, this is how the enemy will try to play tricks with your mind. I almost fell for it. *side-eye* I had to talk to myself and remind myself that wherever my children are God is with them. He will never leave them nor forsake them.

I am cool with being a mama bear while they are 6 and 4. I have to enjoy each and every moment of their lives. I know I also have to “let go” as well. So, to all of you mama bear types out there, it is ok, but just make sure there is a balance. It doesn’t mean that we are crazy.  It just means that we love our children and want the best for them ALWAYS!!

 

 

Wednesday Word

So, Today is the First Day of Summer, and I know a lot of you have already started your Summer activities. In the hustle and bustle of life, not just Summer, some of us knowingly and unknowingly have the tendency to want to “check-out.” Although, my family will not go on vacation until August, my mind is already there.  I just wanted to encourage all of you today, to not “check-out” and forget about God because it’s Summer break and you’re on vacation. What if God took a break and told you that he was going on vacation and to call him next week? I don’t even want to think about what that would look like. It is vital to continually “nourish” your relationship with God daily.  What does this look like?  Remember to read your Word daily, meditate on the Word and pray.

Have fun this Summer, but stay connected to the vinedresser!!

H.U.S.B.A.N.D

Give me an H-H…give me a U-U…give me an S-S…give me a B-B…give me an A-A…give me an N-N…give me a D-D…what’s that spell? HUSBAND!!!! YESSSSSSS!!!! O.K., so I was never a cheerleader, but I tried out and I didn’t make the cut. Talk about upset. Humph!! It was their loss. Yes, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. So, this is clearly not about me, but I am a cheerleader in my own right. I am my husband’s cheerleader.

Keisha, how can you be your husband’s cheerleader? I am glad you asked. *wink* Let me explain here. I believe that as wives, we have been anointed to be our spouses HELP-MEET! We are designed to help them meet/reach their God-given purpose. One way that we can do that is by being their “BIGGEST” cheerleader.

You should alwsys want to be his biggest fan. Cheer your husband on. Encourage him in the Lord. Affirm him. Pray for him. Listen to him. Let him know you appreciate the things that he does for the family.
When you do this, you’re filling up his love tank. Encouragement gives them a boost. When they know they have your support, it makes them want to work a little harder. Also, always be found speaking well of him in the presence of others. This let’s others know how much you love and care about him and what concerns him. He’s bound to hear about it and I’m sure it would encourage him in ways you can’t imagine.

What you say?

I was speaking to someone as I was entering the church.  I asked how they were doing? They said you know,  I’m wonderful because I’m a child of the King. They said, because  I have Him in me, I have everything that I need. I smiled.  They were right. We are His children,  but some would say, oh..that’s cliche and you’re just being churchy.

Moving forward to a conversation I heard before that, a scenario from Bible Study was being shared. It was in reference to how we say things and sometimes we don’t realize it. A lady was telling a story and she said when my husband first died. A member joked and said, How many times did he die? I was thinking I’m sure she didn’t find that funny at all. They continued to story and said the room laughed and she realized what she said. Maybe she should have said, when my first husband died. I’m sure she didn’t mean that he died twice.

This caused me to ask the question: Do I always watch what I say when I’m speaking? Do I really even think about it twice?

Although the scenario above is just an example and speaks to the way we say things, did it make you think? Will you watch how you say things and maybe think about why you are saying it?

Well, if I’m honest, I’ll just go ahead and say nope, sometimes it doesn’t even cross my mind. When it does,  depending on the content, its usually someone pointing it out to me or I’ll get a check on my spirit. This is usually not a good feeling, lol.

I’ve become more sensitive to this now. Whatever the nature of the conversation in your environment, make yourself aware of the how and the what? We all know the scripture that life and death is in the power of the tongue. Your words hold power. When you speak, you give life to those words.

The next time you speak, stop and think about first. Ask yourself is this beneficial to this particular situation; is this offensive; is this encouraging?

Always be aware of what you say. What you say and how you say it, can speak volumes about your character.

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.

Proverbs 13:3 KJV

I see you…

Today is Fri-YAY and that’s a great thing right? I wouldn’t say that I need a do-over yet, but the devil is already busy! *insert side-eye* You ever have one of those mornings when EVERYTHING just pricks at you? Then you realize…wait a minute…I have to switch this around quickly.

Things are going to come at you from the left and the right, especially when you are trying to do things right. You have to just talk to yourself. I have reminded myself that, this is a great day.  Although the weapons may have formed, they shall NOT prosper. I have self-control. I have the love of God and the peace of God. I have the mind of Christ and I think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. I will shall not be shaken today.

Todd Dulaney, one of my favorite gospel artist, has a song out called Put The Attention On Jesus. I have it on repeat right now. I think it is so fitting for when the enemy shows up and tries to distract you. The ultimate goal is to distract you and get you off course. You have to put the attention back on Jesus and not what the enemy would have you rehearse over and over in your mind.

Don’t be distracted today. It’s a trick. Tell the devil I see you and put the attention on Jesus, because that’s where it belongs.

 

Self-Care

What is self-care? In my opinion, it is looking after your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state.  As a wife, mother of 2 boys and working professional, this can be a challenge, because I am always looking after the needs of someone else. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because I believe that I have been called to be wife and mother.  I love my husband and boys.  I also love my job.

It is crazy, but I have to remember to scale back and look after me. It may sound selfish to some, but if I am not ok, how can I tend to the needs of someone else?

There will always be the thought of…I don’t have enough time or I’ll do something for me later. No, the something for me later needs to come first.

I am not sure what this looks like for you, but for me, I may have to get up a little earlier to have a quiet moment to myself.  I actually do this all the time. I am an early riser, so early morning is great. When I get up early, it sets the tone for the day. If morning is not for you, make sure you take a lunch break or 10 minutes in the bathroom away from the noise.  The important thing is making sure you do “something” for you.

Start today with accessing your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. If you have started working out and quit, it is always ok to begin again. If you need to seek counseling, do it. Please know that it is healthy to seek counseling if needed. If you need more of the word (I don’t think you can ever have enough of this), then get in the word and read.  God is not impressed on how many chapters you can read in  a day, so don’t do that.  If you only take one scripture and meditate on it for an entire week, that is great. The thing is to retain what you have read, so that you can walk it out.

1 Corinthians 6:19 says, Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;

This verse speaks of our bodies being a temple of the Holy Spirit. We have to take care of our physical and spiritual bodies, so that God may be glorified.

Self-care is vital to life. May God be glorified in everything you say and do!

Wisdom

What is wisdom?  One of the definitions in the dictionary says, the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment. The soundness of an action. The condition of your response is how I like to think of wisdom.

We face many different situations on a daily basis and I believe they all require us to use wisdom of some sort. It may be on your job, in your marriage, concerning your children and even in ministry. Lately,  I have found myself praying for the Lord to give me wisdom in everything that I do.  I think when you  have the wisdom of God, you’ve got it. I believe whole-heartedly when you have His wisdom, everything else falls into place.
Just today, I had a situation where I had to make a decision on something and I asked for advice.  Did I like the answer I received?  Nope. Was it probably the right answer? Yep. You see, when you ask God for something like wisdom or to show you how you may not have been wise, be open to how it may be revealed to you.

Some things you have to just take like a big girl and move forward being thankful that the Lord showed you something you couldn’t see. It’s even worse when he’s showed you more than once in a certain area and you finally get it.  It had me for a minute in my feelings, but the revelation that came with it is for my good and His glory. So, when God gives you something you’ve asked for what do you do with it?

So, be sober in how you choose to respond. Use wisdom.

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. Proverbs 19:20 KJV

Hold on.

Have you ever watched a bug land on your windshield and hold on for life? I don’t know why I paid so much attention to this, but I found it quite interesting. I think it was because I was driving where the speed limit was 55 miles per hour and I was certain it would blow away. Well, it didn’t budge.

So, I found out that most insects have tiny hairs that secrete an oily substance.  This substance causes the tips of the hairs to stick to the surface. The oily substance gives the traction and stickiness that helps them to hold on to smooth surfaces.

I was thinking about life and how we all go through different challenges. Sometimes, the issues of life can beat you down so bad that you want to just fall into pieces and give up. The bug on my windshield reminded me that just like they were able to hold on for dear life, that we have to hold on to God and His promises to us the same way.

We have to continually feast on the word of God.  When you feast on the word of God, you will become very familiar with the nature of God. When you know the nature of God, you will begin to have hope. Hope in the fact that God will see you through. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  When you can’t see the hand of God moving in your situation, trust the heard of God.

Hold on to God and never let go!

What about your friends…..

I love my boys. They are the exact opposites. One has a sweet little personality and the other one is just as BOLD as they come. I have one in daycare and one that is about to complete his first year in Kindergarten. When the oldest turned 5 and it became a reality that he would be entering into public school with a few hundred other little personalities, it bothered me a little bit.

As a mother, I’d love to keep them in a bubble, because a mother always wants to protect her children from certain things. However, I do realize that they have to be out in the world and develop and become who God created them to be. The part that we as parents have in this, is that we have to train them up in the way that they should go and pray that when they are old, they will not depart from it. We are their examples. They will become what they behold.

Both my boys have met little friends and it has been interesting. I walk both boys in everyday and I’m that mother that probably stays too long. I’m an observer and I watch these little people. I recently went on a field trip with the class and I got to experience his friends in a different way. My oldest has one friend that just adores him. They were stuck together like “GLUE” the entire time.

At the end of the trip, I came away a little wiser. We can learn a lot from our children. Also, you can tell a lot about the parents from the children as well. What rang even louder was the fact that WE should love no matter what. It doesn’t matter what color we are, what race we are or even where we come from. They just carried on as two little friends.

As your children go through life, you never know who they will become friends with. Just hope and pray that your child will be that friend that sees no color, race or family dynamic. Let’s pray that our children will be the “light” in a dark world, that wants us to label one another.

Welcome to Keisha’s Khronicles

Welcome…welcome…welcome! I would say welcome back, but since this is your first time here, come on in. Keisha’s Khronicles is where I will share with you about my favorite things: Me and My rock – my heavenly Father; Me and Him – the husband (love of my life); Just me – that’s it…just me…Keisha; Me and my two – I’m a boy mom to 2 little boys and Me and The Guys – me and the boy heavy crew. Lord, I am definitely outnumbered over here,  but it’s all good. I love me some them. 🙂  So, I really hope that you find something that would keep you coming back. Until, next time…..

Keisha

Proverbs Challenge – Day 5

So, today I received the Daily Word from one of my mentors and in the subject it said – Wisdom that will work in the church, home, on the job, etc. It was called The Art of “Being Quiet” by Kenneth Copeland. The scripture reference is Proverbs 29:11, which says A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth in it til afterwards.

I come into work and I see something that I wanted to inquire about, because I’m curious. Who am I kidding, I was being nosey. Yep, I admitted it. Trust me, it is freeing to admit and then work on it. You should try it.

Anywho, I thought about it and I was immediately checked in my spirit. Ao, I’m keeping my mouth shut. Truth is, they probably want me to ask about it, which would then lead to gossip and Lord knows what else. I had to remind myself that, it’s none of my business, why do I even care, etc.

That brings me to today with Proverbs 5. This really brought it all home for me and made me realize that I have to examine all of my ways. My scripture for today was Proverbs 5:21.

Remember that everything you do today is in “full view” of the Lord. If you get off the path, don’t get discouraged or beat yourself up. Brush yourself off and let the Word of the Lord encourage and strengthen you, so that He might be glorified.

Keisha S.

The clean-up…..

So, I have to admit, I’m a little bit of a perfectionist.  Perhaps a little bit obsessive compulsive to say the least. Yesterday, after the boys opened their gifts,  I scanned the room and almost immediately analyzed how the mess needed to be cleaned up. This time, I stopped and said to myself,  stop it..this is Christmas!!! I decided to leave some of the paper on the floor and boxes. I did clean up a little of it, but I didn’t go overboard with…..”pick up that paper,  give me that box and put it in this stack..” and so on.

Sometimes you have to live in the moment.  How can you truly create memories and take in facial expressions and laughter, if you’re constantly dictating or reviewing in your mind how things should go. You can’t.

I’m not saying that you can’t have a plan and you shouldn’t clean up, but a little mess will not change anything. I still love these little people and I’ve come to the realization that this is the season I’m in and that’s really alright.

You will probably not walk in our house and see things strategically placed and in order. One things for sure, you will probably step on a Lego piece or a car (there are still cut zip ties fromtrying to get toys out of the boxes on the floor now), but you will also see happy little boys laughing, running around squealing because daddy is chasing them.

So, in the after Christmas clean-up, please be sure to enjoy the moments. Life passes by so quickly.

Keisha

 

 

Monday motivation….

Be your authentic self. God created us all uniquely in His image.  It’s ok to be motivated by someone else’s drive and determination,  but never covet their lives. There’s great purpose in each of us. Cultivate that in which God gave you specifically.  There’s only “one” original you. Be that….the best version of yourself. 

Keisha

Maintenance 

A car needs regular rotation of the tires after several thousand miles. Air filters need to be changed, because they become clogged with dust and dirt. Your teeth should be brushed, flossed and you should go to the dentist for checkups in order to make sure you’re taking good care of your oral hygiene. Basically what I’m saying is that everything needs maintaining. 

If you don’t get your tires rotated,  chances are the tread on your tires will become dull. If you don’t change your air filters as required, the air flow and quality will not perform properly. If you don’t maintain the proper oral hygiene,  you take the chance of having to get a filling, root canal, a tooth extracted, infection and the lists goes on. 

Although, these are all natural things, they are important. The same applies to maintaining your spirit man. It is vital to feed the spirit man. The word says in Mathew 4:4 that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Physical food is good for the natural body, but we also need to feed our spirits with the word of God.

Renewing our minds daily builds up our faith. It encourages, gives hope, brings peace of mind and it also strengthens in the time of need. When we don’t maintain our spiritual health, we become weak, weary, worried and we worship less. 

Everyday maintenance in the word of God is a vital to life. Make sure you are tuning into the Word.