Is your RELATIONSHIP MISSING QUALITY TIME AND PRESENCE? Love is lost. Passion is lost. Connection is lost? #blog

 Could it be lack of QUIET TIME and QUALITY TIME?

I love me some quality time. I have come to the realization that my primary love language is quality time. I have also come to believe If you don’t spend enough time with someone, you really don’t know them. You may know of them but never really know them. People grow, outgrow  one another, evolve and change daily. To know someone is to spend time with them. The more time you spend together, the more you create a bond and an intimate relationship with that person. The lesser time you spend together, you grow apart and that relationship dies over a period of time. 

Well, the same goes for our relationship with God. The more time you spend in His presence the more you know who He is. The more you grown in Him. Can you say that you know God or you know of Him? Do you take time out of your busy schedule to spend a few minutes in His Presence to hear from Him? Like that best friend you desire to hear from, get her/his opinion, do you make time to hear from Him in your day to day life?

Quiet Time is a term used to describe regular individual sessions of Christian spiritual activities, such as prayer, private meditation, worship of a deity, or study of the Bible. 

I remember as a little girl how my Godly praying mother would gather all of my 8 siblings around for prayer. My Dad would gather us every First of a new year in our family room for prayer. He taught us the importance prayer. He encouraged us to set our hearts, minds, our plans to Our God, thank Him for the years that had just passed and the years ahead. I remembered how some of us would rebel against it. Starting with me. LOL Of course I didn’t understand its importance because all I would pray for was for God not to let this family prayer time be too long😦 Both Momm and Dad can pray for long time. My mother had a list and a plan. 
In fact all praying moms/grandma tends to pray long:) Like any child, I need to get to the next thing/games or whatever else I felt that was more importance or engaging in the moment….today, my children asked me not to pray too long… :) 

 

I personally remember my mother has specific time set apart every day to read scriptures and pray not just for her family but for everyone she was connected with. I have learned over the years to practice those same small steps in my own prayer routine with my family daily. It worked! I have seen the hands of God in everything that I do or go through in life. He has been faithful through it all. His promises are true and living in His presence is the best way to live. 

 

Now I look back over my life and see what The Lord had delivered me from, if It had not been for the Lord on my side through prayer and the intimacy developed during quite time, I would have lost my mind. I can testify to how important it is to build that closeness relationship with God. Not only this a requirement for us Christian but prayer is the most effective weapon to fight the enemy. “ For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12

I have never thought I would be where I am in my life today and still find time to be still in His presence. In fact, I had more time to pray when I had a spouse, working full time with one child than losing a spouse, working full time, serving faithfully at my local church, serving at my own ministry and raising two children….. It’s all about discipline and where you set your set your heart in. See, the enemy will make you look at things through your own lenses and remind you how busy you are, put things in front of you to get you distracted to not make time to be intimate with The Lord. He longs to have relationship with you. He wants you to depend on Him. Don’t get In the mindset of thinking you can handle everything with your strengths, knowledge and power. Allow His to be your strength. You wake up every day, instead of looking up Him for strengths, insights, wisdom, guidance and living by faith, you begin to live by sight. You look to your own calendar, your job, your bank account, your own knowledge and understanding.

 Some things with God are so personal, so intimate, that they cannot be described with words, they can only be felt with the heart. This is how true intimacy with God is; we feel that no one else can really understand the special bond that we share with Him because it’s altogether personal.

This describes my relationship with Christ. He has comforted me as I have cried, directed me, taught me, rebuked me, guided me and loved me. There have been times when I have thought that my heart would burst with emotion for Him. Who could understand the depth of my relationship with Him but me and my Savior? This is true intimacy with God: when we feel that no one else would totally understand, even if we tried to explain, because relationship with God is personal.

Looking back, I see all the struggles we overcame, the won battles and the truly the importance of quiet time with God through my mother. The truth is The Lord desires for us to grow in Him and to have a close relationship with Him and that can only develop through spending time with Him.

Last week,  I had the pleasure of seating under the teachings of Pastor Paul Thomas – Lead Pastor of Evengel Temple in Columbus, Georgia for my Evengelism Class at the Georgia School of Ministry. His lecture was from the book “Becoming a contagious Christian” by Mark Mittelberg….

One of his quote from his lecture that resignated with me: ” There is no substitute for not being the word of God!!! I repeat, There is no substitute for not being in the word of God!!! Study, read, meditate on the word every single day.” 

The only way to know the word is really by studying it.

How do you start your quiet time? 

 I can tell you it is not going to be easy when you first started but every steps count. Be opened to hear from God. Schedule your time, be consistent and don’t give up. God knows and sees your heart and will honor your obedience. Before you know it, you will not want to ever miss your appointment with your King!

 

“Oh how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119:97


Christianity is not a legal relationship, it is a love relationship. Ten thousand “don’ts” will never make you one iota more like the Lord Jesus Christ. It is Jesus Himself Who makes you like Him. But you need to spend time with Him. I want to give you five factors for spending some quiet time with Him each day.

 

The Proper Period

You must find the right time. Your quiet time should last at least half an hour. But some time is better than no time, so if you can’t start at thirty minutes, begin with ten. It should be your very best time. Don’t give the Lord your leftovers. And don’t try to find time – make time, and make it a priority. Also find time early in the day. Psalm 5:3 says, “… in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.” You don’t take the trip and then read the map, do you? Spend time alone with God to begin your day.

 

The Proper Preparation

A quiet time is fellowship with a holy God. There are a few things you can do to be prepared for this time. First, be physically alert. Find a time when the cobwebs are out of your mind and you can think clearly. Second, be mentally aware. Be focused, and know He’s there. Emotion doesn’t really have all that much to do with it. And third, be morally pure and clean. Some people don’t have a quiet time because they feel uncomfortable looking God in the face with sin in their lives. 
 

The Proper Place

Find a place where you can focus. Jesus said enter into your closet and pray (see Matthew 6:6). That simply means find a place of isolation where you can shut the door on the world and open the windows to heaven. Jesus sought out places where He could be alone, and so should you. 

 

The Proper Provisions

In order to have an effective quiet time, you need the right tools. Here are some tools I use: 

  1. A readable Bible – Invest in one with plenty of room to jot notes in the margins. I love the Single Column Journaling Bible in the ESV version. Whatever works best for.
  2.  A prayer journal – Expect God to give you something and write it down. Also use it to record things you’re praying about. There are plenty to choose from at any Christian Book Stores by Joyce Meyer…
  3. A notepad – Write down your daily assignments. 

I have learned if you don’t take notes or write things down, you may may not stay focus on your goals and monitor your progress.  There are so many things I prayed for over the years and things God told me to do over the years that I wish I had written down. It’s good to reflex in His mercy and faithfulness sometimes. It reminds me that I He did it before therefore He can do it again. Writing down specific assignment helps you stay on track and focus on the effectiveness of the assignment.
The Proper Procedure

Finally, may I recommend some procedures to follow in your quiet time?

Get still and quiet. The Bible says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Focus your mind on Him. Calm down, relax, and recognize His presence. Take a deep breath and focus your thoughts on the Lord. 
Get into the Word of God. It’s better to start by reading the Bible than it is to start in prayer. It is more important for you to hear from God, even than for God to hear from you. God already knows all about you, but you need to know a lot more about Him. 
Read the Bible for quality and not quantity. It’s good to have a goal to read the Bible through in a year, or a similar goal; but that’s not the purpose of your quiet time. Also, devotional books are wonderful. But again, this is not the place for them. This is the time when you simply read the Bible with an open mind. That is only way your faith will be strengthened. Stay in the word. Going to church on Sunday morning and listening to a message once in a while isn’t enough. Don’t just wait to be feed instead feed yourself.  Studying the word isn’t only for those in leadership or ministry positions. It’s for every Christian beleiver. You can’t be just a baby Christian forever. Becoming a mature  Christian with solid foundation of faith “growing up” into Christ. What you feed must grow and will bear fruit in due season. 

Hebrews 5:12-14

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

 Meditate

As you focus on the Word of God and meditate, let it permeate you. 

Ask:

  • Is there a command to obey? 
  • Is there a promise to claim? 
  • Is there a sin to avoid? 
  • Is there a lesson to learn? 
  • Is there a new truth to carry with me? 

Record what God has given you. Write down what God says to you and what He tells you to do. It doesn’t have to be flowery. You’re not writing it for publication or to impress other people. 

Now you’re ready to pray. When you pray, pour out your soul. Be natural and honest with God. Tell Him how you feel. Pray out loud. It keeps your mind on track and enables you to stay focused.

Begin to share out of your quiet time. God did not make us to be reservoirs; He made us to be conduits. Tell others what is God is showing you.
Finally, obey what God tells you. Your spiritual train is running on two rails. One is revelation and the other is obedience. And if either rail stops, your train stops. Learn to obey the Word of God.

I pray these simple suggestions will help you have a daily quiet time in the presence of our loving, almighty, powerful God. 

– Flore💕

There is no fear in love –God’s grace to us in Jesus takes away our need for fear. #Blog

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. — 1 John 4:18  
Do you remember what Jesus said when he came walking on the water to his disciples during the storm? He literally told them, “Do not fear, I Am.” In the presence of the holy and awesome Son of God, we don’t have to be afraid. God’s grace to us in Jesus takes away our need for fear because Jesus’ sacrifice makes us holy, without fault, and free from any charge against us (Colossians 1:21-22). Our response? Love! We love our Father for who he is, for what he has done, for his great sacrifice for us, and most of all, for making us holy and taking away our fear.

Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? #HeDeservesOurPraise #PraiseHim #blog

When was the last time that you prayed and didn’t request things from God and you simply thanked and praised him? Why not use today as a day of thanks and praise? Don’t ask for anything; just praise and thank the Father! Praise him for who he is, what he has done, and what he is going to do! Thank him for blessing you, saving you, and bringing you into his glory! Let today be a day of thanks and praise.
Prayer
You are worthy, dear Father, of every word of praise my imagination can find and every word of thanks my tongue can pronounce. You are glorious, majestic, holy, mighty, and awesome. You are patient, forgiving, sacrificial, loving, and tender. You are more than I can imagine and closer than my very breath. Your greatness exhausts my vocabulary and your generosity overwhelms my heart. Please be glorified in my every thought, deed, and word. In Jesus’ name I praise you. Amen.
  

My hope for you today is to have the confidence that you can do EVERYTHING  through HIM who gives you strength. — See Philippians 4:13 #Blog

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve grown soft and spoiled because of all the conveniences that I have allowed into my life. Could I honor God with my praises and thanksgivings if these conveniences were to suddenly vanish? I hope so. I want to be like Paul and live with the assurance that I can withstand any situation with the help of Christ.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13 

 
O God, without you my strength would fade and my confidence would fail. Thankfully I will never have to worry about this because your grace, your Spirit, and your Son will strengthen me and help me weather any storm. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Encourage someone today! We all are needed! #Blog

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”— Hebrews‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

YOU are the only YOU on this planet. Every single person matters. I wish you knew and could grasp the value you add to this world. Stage gift or a gift that is tucked away and only shown when you come in contact with someone, You matter! There is no need for competition, or the feeling of inadequacy. Encourage someone today! We all are needed!

  
In a world where terrorism, war, violence, and divorce are everyday topics, one of the most vital ministries we can have as women, is the ministry of encouragement.

We have all known what it is to be discouraged. And we all know people who are in great need of encouragement. Every week I hear from listeners who are battling hopelessness and despair. They desperately need the gift of encouragement—someone to give them courage, hope, confidence, and comfort.

Being an encourager doesn’t come naturally for most of us, but, for a believer, it’s not an option. Thirty-two times in the New Testament we are reminded of things we are to do for “one another.” One of these commands is to encourage one another (Heb. 3:13). When we encourage others, we are reflecting the heart of God, who is “the God of encouragement” (Rom. 15:5).
Who Needs It? 

As you think about the people you know, ask God to put on your heart two or three people who need encouragement.

Start with your own family. It’s hypocritical for us to try to encourage everyone else in the world while failing to encourage those within the four walls of our own homes.

If you are married, your husband needs you to be his number one cheerleader. Your home should be a refuge for your husband, the one place where he knows he can turn for consistent encouragement.

Moms, your children, no matter how young or old, need your encouragement. When people speak encouraging words to us, we are motivated to live up to their words. Everyone blooms under encouragement, and so will your children.
Others who need our encouragement include:

* pastors and church staff members, and their wives 

* other mothers, including expectant moms and single moms

* those who are lonely, such as single people or the elderly 

* people who are sick and hospitalized 

* new believers

* those who are struggling with a sin habit

* those who are grieving

The best way to experience the encouragement that you long for is to be an encourager to others. So ask God to help you see people with His eyes, to love them with His heart, to encourage them with His helping hands. As you do, God will encourage and strengthen your own heart.
Ways to
Encourage 
I don’t know of anything more encouraging that you can do for others than to pray. Pray for them, and pray with them. If someone says, “I’m struggling” or, “I have a need,” stop and pray with that person right then and there, if possible.

I can’t tell you how much it means to me when someone says, “Let me pray for you”—and then does it on the spot! I have one friend who virtually never ends a conversation—whether in person or on the phone—without praying for the person he is talking to. That friend has been a huge source of encouragement to me and to countless others.
Another important way we can encourage one another is with our words. Proverbs 12:25 tells us that “anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad” (NKJV). Your encouraging words can be a tonic in someone else’s life.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of this to the people we’re closest to. Think of those times when your husband is really discouraged. Do your words further tear him down or do they strengthen him? Your words, whether spoken or written, can breathe courage and strength into hearts of people who feel hopelessly overwhelmed.
We can encourage one another through giving gifts—and those gifts don’t have to be expensive. Within the past week, I have received several meaningful gifts—including a Scripture plaque, flowers, notecards, and a CD of praise music—from people who just wanted me to know they were thinking of me. What an encouragement those special reminders have been to my heart!
Acts of service are another way to encourage others: take a meal to someone; offer to babysit so a couple can get out for a date together; visit an elderly person; or clean the house for a sick friend or a mom with several small children.

In a world where so many people are sad, lonely, and hurting, how we need to encourage one another. As we do, God will use our hands, hearts, and words to communicate His heart and minister grace to those around us.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ‭‭—1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Joy cometh….Take heart! #Blog

The PAIN that you have been feeling can not compare to the JOY that is coming.” – Romans 8:18
Sometimes, we just need a reminder of greater things that are going to come when we’re just caught up in the mess of the world. A reminder to take a step back and peek back , realizing just how far you’ve come. A reminder to stretch from the piles of work in front of us and to let oxygen flow to your brain again. A reminder to remember who or what you’re working for.
There’s a beginning for everything and not all beginnings are easy. When we first come into this world, we’re pretty much helpless. We can’t fend for ourselves, we can’t feed ourselves and we can’t communicate efficiently. Yet, with proper aid and nourishment, we grow up to be amazing human beings who are able to fend for ourselves and help others. Without a beginning, then we wouldn’t exist! Also, of all the TV shows we’ve watched, most of the first episodes do not compare with the rest of the series since they’re usually awkward and you don’t really know what’s happening. As the series progresses, you get to know the characters more and how they solve whatever gets thrown at them. You find out how they handle certain situations and you think to yourself, I can do that too and that’s when you decide that they’re your heroes- the ones you look up to.
We’ve heard of the phrase, “It gets better.” I feel like this quote goes more into depth about that simple and overlooked quote. The it, your pain, is going to get better, hence, more joy will come your way. Pain and joy are opposing  feelings, but you won’t be in pain for a prolonged time. When you get a cut, you initially feel the stinging pain and it starts to throb after a while.  After a week or so, it goes away and heals. You certainly remember how it felt when you got the cut , but it’s not there anymore. There is healing in the injury process, but the initial pain doesn’t stay. It could linger a little longer than you expect, but it will heal.
Unfortunately, while pain isn’t permanent, so is joy. Joy isn’t permanent, but that’s what contrasts pain and joy. Without the presence of pain, how would you know what joy feels like? If all you felt was joy, would you realize that it was joy? Whatever you’re feeling that’s causing you to trip right now, just know that you’re feeling it just so that the joy you’ll feel would be greater and worth it.
When you’re in the healing process and recovering from immense pain, joy may be so far and so difficult to find. It’s times like these when we’re tested for our patience and perseverance. All we want at that moment is relief and the feeling of joy once again, but it just seems to be missing. After going through a long period of pain and waiting and the time of joy and relief comes, you come through wiser. Those features are worth the wait so that you can encourage others who may also be stuck in the muck of pains.
So, take heart and it gets better. Your breakthrough is coming. Hang in there. Hold on to God’s promises. Trust and embrace your struggles. God is with you. “Weeping may endure for a while but Joy Cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30: 5  

 

Choose JOY!💕

 I love the idea of being happy for, proud, or in support of women/others doing wonderful things and making their dreams a reality. But most of all I love the part where we get so comfortable in our own journey that we no longer feel the need to envy others for the beauty they have found in theirs. 
Often time, we look at our faith, deeds, actions, and base them off estimation. We look around and judge how we are doing based on how others are doing. What if we pushed that to the curb, and just tried to beat the person we were last week/month/year? What if we stopped comparing ourselves by how others are doing. Start today by being better than who you were last week. Don’t lose your joy by comparing yourselves with what others are doing. Your journey is different. Focus, embrace and enjoy on your progress. Choose JOY!💕