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

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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

Monday Motivation

Did you wake up happy or heavy this morning?  Hopefully,  you woke up happy and not heavy.  Are you holding on to something that you want to say or do, but you haven’t because you are fearful of the outcome? 

If you were heavy or fearful this morning, did you cast your cares over on the Lord? Take a moment and assess why you feel the way you do and write it down.  Look at your list and ask yourself what you’ve been speaking out of your mouth about it.  Have you been speaking gloom and doom or life? Do you believe what you’re saying about what you’re speaking? If not, stop what you’re doing at this moment and cast those cares over on the Lord. 

Be encouraged in knowing that the Lord is concerned about everything that concerns you. Lay it all out before him and don’t leave anything out. Be deliberate in your prayers and watch the Lord move on your behalf. 

As you wait on the Lord, may the eyes of your understanding be enlightened and may your spiritual hearing be amplified. 

Keisha

“Who’s your daddy?”

Who’s your daddy? Keisha, what are you talking about? You know my daddy is Joe Brown girl. Oh, you mean my baby-daddy? Girl, I don’t even wanna talk about him right now. Who’s your daddy? Are you talking about bout that video game or are you referring to my boo? No, these are all wrong, but now that I have your attention….

I was talking to my best friend and she was telling me about a testimony from church. She mentioned that the speaker was sharing about her job hiring. Well, in the application/resume process, they saw many that they skipped over for various reasons. They stumbled across one and looked at his qualifications and saw that he was not very qualified. So, what was so special that made them look again? The applicant had listed the number of years of commitment to his ministry. That was not the only thing they noticed. It was the Bishop’s name. He is a pillar in the community and has a lot of respect from many. 

The company decided to offer this man a position. Why did they do that? The figured if he was committed to this ministry and if he was under the leadership of this Bishop,  his spiritual Father, that he indeed had to be a man of integrity. This is an awesome display of what favor will do for you right? However, that’s not what sparked the thoughts that followed.  

I thought…wow…yes, this Bishop is a great leader and no disrespect, but what about your heavenly Father?  What if we thought about our heavenly Father the way this company did about the Bishop?  Do we really know who our heavenly Father is? Some of us say we know him, but do we really know him? Do we walk around as Christ representers with Holy Ghost confidence? Do we walk around knowing that because of whose we are, that we should walk a little more boldly? No one wants to disappoint their father right? So, imagine what the next hired employee must think. Maybe he is thinking, I can’t disappoint my father. I have to do great on this job. No matter what kind of father figure you have, every child wants to please their father or feel some kind of acceptance from their father.

As sons and daughters, we are joint heirs right? We are the righteousness of God. We are seated in heavenly places. We are seeds of Abraham. We are all of these things, because of who he is. So, the next time you are faced with something that kinda knocks you off your feet and NOT in are good way…remember who your daddy is. You can walk with your head held high, knowing that because of who your heavenly father is that you are great. You will do great things, because the greater one lives on the inside of you. We were not created to be mediocre. 

“Who’s your daddy?” 

Go make his name great today! Let the people see who your daddy is through you.

Joy killer

Have you ever encountered a person and they were just unhappy for no reason or they just didn’t want you to be happy? I’ve asked myself the question, did you just wake up thinking about what havoc they can create. This is awful right? Yes, and the sad thing about it is they are usually crying for help.

It is good to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, because you never know what someone may be going through as to why they exhibit this behavior.  This is why it is good to just be nice. It doesn’t cost a thing. 

The next time this happens to you, stop before you respond and remember to be sensitive to this person. Don’t let the negativity transfer to you. Flip it and offer a kind word.  It might just be what that person needs.  

Keisha 

Good medicine 

Tylenol, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Alka Seltzer, the Epidural….that’s the good stuff right? Some may say, “Yes, girl!” I have to admit that a few of these have helped a sista out with headaches, cramps or those good old aches and pains you get when you reach a certain age. (Not that I’m old, but y’all know what I’m saying right?) 

The ultimate I thought really was that epidural. You see, with my first son I was induced (he was not trying to come out of there) and they gave me Pitocin (the devil for real). This made those labor pains come real fast for me. I was only 2 centimeters and I was asking for the Epidural. They told me it was too soon. Really people? So, I was desperately wanting something, because I have a LOW tolerance for pain. When I finally got the Epidural, it was the best thing ever. I didn’t feel a thing. Oh, but it has its side effects. 

The thing that all of these medicines have in common are that they are a temporary fix and you take them at your own risk. The risk of having chest pains, fever, breaking out into hives,  diarrhea…just to name a few. We don’t care though or do we? 

Wait just a minute…there is something much more effective and has a guarantee like none other. What is this? The word of God. Yes, break out your bible for there is good medicine in there. In fact, there’s a scripture that says, for they are like life to those who find them and medicine to their flesh. This is talking about the words. The word of God is rich. It is true, it comforts, it strengthens, it gives you hope. 

We trust in man-made things, but they always seem to fail. You know how children are dependent on their parents and they just know you’re gonna have food for them and clothe them and so on. This is how we should be trusting the word of God. There’s instruction for everything that we deal with. You can get a dose of Psalms, Proverbs,  Ephesians and not have to worry about if you should combine three, because you’re not sure they are gonna all work together. No need to worry. When you take that GOOD MEDICINE, you are bound to get peace, love, healing and more faith. This sounds like good stuff to me. 

The next time you have any ailments, get you a dose of the WORD….that GOOD MEDICINE!

Keisha 

Preparation verses Procrastination 

Juggling wife, mommy, work, ministry, volunteer parent and honestly just trying to maintain being yourself can be overwhelming. I find this especially true when I try to keep in all in my mind of what I’m supposed to do. 

Checklists, to-do reminders, calendars, organization apps, etc. All of these things are helpful tools in helping us to prepare for the present, as well as the upcoming, but how often do we take advantage of it and does it really work? 

For me, I have about 3 calendars. I know…crazy. I have a calendar on my phone that sends reminders; I have a planner/calendar that I write in and I have an app on my phone that I take notes in. Does this help me keep it all together? Not all the time, but it’s a pretty proactive way to keep it all balanced. 

I’m a planner and somewhat of a perfectionist. I like to prepare everything ahead of time. So that I know it will get done. I iron for an entire week for the boys, so I’m not playing the guessing game in the morning. I prepare lunch the night before and I sit things in front of the door so that I don’t forgetbit. I guess if you trip over it, that will make you remember right? 

Most times these methods work for me, but sometimes it doesn’t.  Life happens and procrastination gets the best of me. 

So, I guess procrastination really got the best of me, because I have been writing this particular post off and on for like 3 days. Since then, I just so happen to have gone to a session about organizing my life,  lol. 

We touched on a few things and they were all helpful. Sometimes, you have to make sure you are just purposeful in planning to simplify your life. For me, I guess sometimes I make the excuse that I have to do this and that or it will not get done. After tonight, that may not necessarily be true. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is planning is a great thing if you are honest about what really needs to be done verses what can possibly be changed. Procrastination on the other hand is never a good thing,  because you will always end up doing it at some point. 

Keisha 

It takes a village!

I’m sure you have heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is an Igbo and Yoruba proverb. The basic meaning is that child upbringing is a communal effort. I think this is true and although, it refers to child upbringing, I personally think it rings true for adults.

Why do I think this? Since we are continually growing and becoming something, I think that adults need a village, as well.

Many may not want to admit that they need someone, but we all do. The bible says that every joint supplies. We each individually, are linked to someone else’s destiny. I believe that God has given us all something “uniquely” valuable that will help the next person get to where they need to be.

I’m very grateful for what I call “my circle!” Each of these women are special to me in different ways. They all have that one quality that I don’t have, but I need.

They know who they are and if they are reading this…THANK YOU GERLLLLL! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and wisdom with me.

Do you have a village? If so, praise God for them. If you don’t, pray that the Lord will send one or send you to be part of one.

Keisha