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Moving Forward With God!

While on the journey to Divine Life you will always experience increase. God increases our lives to different levels, each level being higher than the previous one. Once a new level is reached some things and people may stay on their current level while you are Moving Forward! Recognize that some people, things, characteristics and situations are meant to be in your life for only a season. Everything is not meant to be in your life forever, just like you may be rising to a new level some things and people are not meant to come with you.

With increase comes growth and wisdom. When God increases you He brings you to a new place in which you haven’t been before, a place where you are a better version of yourself. In this new place you do things differently, think differently and expect different results. All of our old habits, old friends and traditions may change. When this happens don’t spend too much time thinking about why these things have changed just embrace it and be grateful.

Everything God does is for a reason. Don’t take for granted how God is protecting you and leading you to what He has for you. Of course bad things do not come from God but if a situation occurs that you consider bad God will always make it work out in your favor. When I think about the relationships I’ve had with people and how they have changed I’m thankful! Everyone is not on God’s plan or seeking God’s best for their lives. Those that are on their own plans leading and guiding themselves will be separated from those of us who have accepted God’s plan for our lives. Being an example in the earth of all the awesome things God can do will attract some and deter others. Just know those whom are meant to be in your life at appointed times will be.

After you’ve accepted that the concept of increase sometimes means leaving others behind don’t feel bad about the journey God has set you on. Great things and people will come into your life and you can take comfort in knowing those things and people were sent by God. It will be very easy to recognize that which doesn’t belong. I always remind myself of that because we can easily develop a long term attachment for those who are only seasonal. As we continue to put God first and at the center of every area in our lives He will always reveal to us new things, new people, new places and new levels. No one can Move Forward always looking back over their shoulder. Don’t allow your past to affect your future!


Happy Monday! ❤️

XOXO

JB

Choosing To Be Constantly Thankful!

Every situation brings different feelings, when hardship strikes we often have thoughts of what it is we may feel that we need or want but don’t have. We can often fill our minds with thoughts of what our future will be like if our situation doesn’t change. We become consumed with life’s pressures of being successful and having more money than we could dream of. But having to worry about money and what it can buy us can cause us to be ungrateful and unthankful. Then we may find ourselves mumbling and complaining about what we wish we had instead of being Thankful for what we do have, the place we presently are and what God has promised for our future.

Geez Louise Life can be hard, things don’t go as planned, obstacles thrown in our way and the constant chase to be the world’s definition of successful. I’m hear to tell you I agree! Life is hard! Nothing worth having is easy! Know that God has a purpose and plan designed just for you. In order to achieve this, a partnership with Him is necessary! After you have hooked up with God, we expect for God to pour on the blessings in the form of money as soon as possible. Well, sorry to be the hammer that comes down on your head as I speak the truth, God’s promises does not automatically come to pass. I know, shocking right! God requires us to do our part, to stand on His word, Trust Him and pursue the ideas, gifts and talents He has placed within us! So what I am saying here is you have to do some work to get what God has promised you! I know another shocker!

Because we are required to work and do our parts we may experience periods of delay and difficult times. The awesome thing is that God is always there helping us and guiding us to what He has for us! When these times that you have not planned or deemed to be stupid or frustrating comes along, continue to be Thankful! All God has done for you up until this point was not for nothing! And pay attention, God may be teaching you something, revealing things, skills and people that will be important to your next level! God may be increasing you!

Don’t ever take for granted a situation the devil meant to be a tragedy turning around to increase your life! God does His best miracles out of tragic situations! Having an attitude of Thankfulness along with a Thankful heart will cause God to get to you what He promised much more quickly than when you are focusing on what you don’t have! In case you are a person who has been complaining more than being Thankful here are a few tips to get you started to achieving a Thankful heart and attitude.

Reasons To Be Thankful:

  • You woke up today!
  • You have the ability to do the work God requires!
  • You have the ability to speak things into your life as if you’ve already got them!
  • You can open your mouth and say Thank You God!

There you go! Make being Thankful a lifestyle! No matter where you are in life, I bet it is better than you were before! You have to Thank God for that! Working with God as your partner in life, every need will be met, you can make your dreams your reality and everything in your life is always subject to change! And when God thinks of change it includes increase and all He has promised you! Take God’s promises personally! He will always do what He said He would! He is doing great things for me and He will do them for you! Show God you can handle the best life He has planned! Be a good steward by always being Thankful!

 

Happy Sunday! ❤️

XOXO,

JB

 

Patience, Gratefulness & Worship!

On this journey God has placed me on I have acquired certain attitudes about life and God’s Plan. Attitudes that I believe are skills needed to get me through each level of increase God brings. Each level of increase consists of a process before the manifestation, the process although it can be difficult builds me up, makes my spirit stronger and teaches me key components that I will need once I reach the next level of increase. It is tough to see the value in the process while I’m in it but towards the end I see how God has added value to my life and my journey.

One of the most valuable skills I have learned is Patience. God has taught me the art of waiting. Timing is so intricate within God’s plan, everything is done at a specific time or within a season. I may not always understand it but the results of my Patience has been amazing thus far. I always remind myself in the times I become impatient that God knows what He is doing and I have allowed Him to have full control over my life. I have came this far because of God and He knows what is best for me. With Patience comes trust, trusting God through every situation and to solve every problem is important. There is nothing too hard for God and nothing He can’t do!

After learning Patience I’ve learned to have a attitude of Gratitude! Continuing to be Grateful for all I have now instead of worrying about what I don’t have and what I want to have in the future. Now don’t get me wrong I am a forward thinking person, I take time to meditate on my future and my goals. But I also make sure I am consistently being Grateful to God for increasing me from where I used to be. If you can show God you are Grateful with what He has blessed you with now, He knows He can trust you and bless you with more! I don’t take anything for granted from waking up everyday with Divine health and in my right mind to crossing paths with people who are meant to be in my life. I like to call it Divine Intervention, everything is for a reason.

Lastly I have recently gotten a deeper revelation of what it means to Worship! Worshiping God doesn’t have to mean what someone else says it means, but what it means to me which is having a special honor and reverence for God. In other words a special respect that you have for God that you don’t have for anyone else. Pastor Bridget Hilliard of New Light Christian Center explained it this way at the Women’s Conference this past week. This got me to thinking about my personal relationship with God and what it means. How I have come to know and love God so much that I trust Him in every area of my life! So I decided why Worship God only when you are going through something or on Sundays when you attend church. I’ve decided to show God how much He means to me daily, so I now include Worship in my routine. God means so much to me and I love to show Him the honor and place He holds in my life! Also Worship changes things! Since I’ve added Worship in my daily routine God always gives my spirit exactly what it needs to keep going, to stay strong and to accomplish my goals that day! I love it! The wonderful thing about God is He has so much to give us even if we don’t ask for anything and when we do ask for something He gives us more! Come On, who wouldn’t want to Worship a God like that!?! He is The Only God Like That!

Life has so many things going on, things to do, places to go, people to see, difficulties that arise but God is constant, always there, never changing, always loving, unending and everything we will ever need forever! I am more than ecstatic to know​ Him, love Him and have Him at the center of my life and everything I do! If He has taught me this much as of now, just imagine how much more He will teach me and show me! With God as the head of my life, I can master my life’s journey, be the woman He created me to be and fulfill my God given purpose on this Earth! And You Can Too!

 

Happy Tuesday! 🙂 ❤️

XOXO

JB

Don’t Panic, Step Back, Gain Clarity & Trust God!!!

In life it is inevitable that difficult and inconvenient situations will arise. Often times we may react instead of thinking things through, seeing the situation as a mountain instead of a molehill. When difficult times happen as they will don’t look so closely at the problem, for every problem God has a solution.

On this journey I have learned that reacting is not always the best choice, I can get angry, yell scream and throw an adult tantrum but the problem will still be there. When you have a problem you want it to go away as quickly as possible. You don’t want to prolong it or cause more problems and the only way to do that is first Don’t Panic! When we Panic our minds are clouded, when we are upset all we are thinking of is the problem that needs solving. Your mind is blocked off to coming up with solutions for the problem. This might sound simple but stay calm and give yourself time to process what you have been presented with.

Once you are cool, your difficult glasses are off and you now see the issue for exactly what it is. You won’t exaggerate or see the issue through a magnifying glass, you see and understand what is happening. Taking a Step Back in all situations is a good thing! Getting too excited about something great or that seems great at the moment may look different later. It works the same when difficulties arise. Stepping Back allows your mind to be clear after you realize the actual size of the issue.

After snapping back into reality and understanding the issue at hand now you can gain Clarity that will help you come up with solutions! Your mind is clear, your thinking is straight and now God can channel solutions for your problem through you! Things you couldn’t have thought of when you were upset will come to you. Lastly Trust God! You can trust that God has not thought of a problem that there is not a solution for! He knows all and provides us with all we need when we need it! He has instilled wisdom in you to handle any and all of life’s situations! Trust God that He will get you through any obstacle that tries to get in your way! The scripture that I love to say when things get difficult for me is “No weapon formed against me will prosper!” Meaning things will try to stop you from getting what God has for you but will not be successful in any and all attempts! So even when things seem unbearable Trust God! He Has Us!

I recently experienced this within my own journey. My cell phone decided to break, not because I dropped it or didn’t take care of it. In great condition it just stopped working, would not even turn on. No big deal right….well the bigger issue was I had a phone interview the next day! Go figure my phone breaks and now I can’t have the phone interview for the job I’ve been praying for! What!?! I did everything I explained to you today. Not only did I have a great interview (went to use the phone in my apartments office), I have a new phone and I have another interview tomorrow! I trusted God and although something so small but so inconvenient came up I have the victory! What God has planned is already a finished product! Nothing and No one can stop what God has for you!!!

 

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

XOXO

JB

 

Making Executive Decisions For Your Life!

On your journey to receiving all God has for you there are key decisions that have to be made. These key decisions will shape not only how you get to where God wants you to be but also help you to gain wisdom and clarity on your life’s purpose.

“Everything that glitters is not gold,” as the old folks would say. Every opportunity that presents itself may look and sound good but may not be the right opportunity for you. If it doesn’t fall in line with what God has directed you to do or if it strays too far off the path that you are on, it’s probably not the right opportunity. These kind of opportunities may come when you are focused on getting what God says you can have. Saying No in life is just as important as saying Yes! Some things that come to us are not for us. The devil can present what may seem like a great opportunity to distract you from where God is bringing you to. We have to recognize and realize what those opportunities look like so we can carefully weed out what is not for us!

This has recently happened to me, I am currently going through a process that is sending me to the next level in my life. Over the past 5 months or so I have experienced different trails and lessons that has gotten me to the place I am today. If it was not for these specific things happening, some were super awesome, some were not so great, I would not have learned the lessons needed to rise to the next level of my journey. Within this process I have opened my heart to new things, had some great experiences and also rid myself of some things and people. I’ve also had to say No to some opportunities that sounded great! I’ve said Yes to the things God has planted within my heart although some may think I should be doing otherwise. I have chosen to make some sacrifices and be patient so I can get to where God is leading me! It’s definitely not the easiest thing to do but I know it will be worth it!

Anything God has told me to do I am doing it, even if it seems to be difficult or if I can’t see the end result. I know God has never led me wrong and as long as I keep moving forward with my spirit man first I will not be disappointed! And of course because God can’t fail and I’m in partnership with Him neither can I! Continue to make Executive Decisions For Your Life! Don’t be afraid to say No to something that is not particularly in line with your journey! Say Yes to those things that are not only worth your time, skills, gifts and talents but are desires of your heart! God has placed those desires there so you can act on them! Say No to people, things and activities that are not in line with what God has told you to do, things that are wasting your time! Do and participate with people and activities that support your journey to living the life God has designed just for you! Don’t be afraid to step up and make the right decisions for your life! God has given you the wisdom and clarity to do so! God will always be on our sides leading and guiding us, but He gives us everything we need to make the right decisions! Trust in the God that lives inside of you to live your best life! Our choices and Executive Decisions shape our lives! God has entrusted you with this journey so follow your heart, the center of you to get all God has for you!

 

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

XOXO ❤️

JB

Self Love: Know Your Worth!

Knowing exactly who you are and who God created you to be is key to your identity. Through my life’s journey I have found there are many people who do not know who they are. Because they do not know themselves they have a hard time living out their life’s purpose, knowing what to do, in what direction to go, what people to be around and most of all what they want out of life. It is important to learn these things about yourself in order to live your best life.

When we were created God had a finished plan already designed for us. Fresh out of the womb into this world we all have had a specific purpose. As children your gifts, talents and personality began to develop, this is the start of learning who you are. As we enter into adulthood our experiences and choices shape us and sometime along the way we can lose sight of who we are and why we are here. I can say from my personal experience that after college I had to revise my life’s plan. If it was up to me I was going to teach Dance and open my own Performing Arts School. I loved Dance and Teaching and still do so much that I wanted to make a living out of it. But along the way I ended up not making as much money as I planned. Not being the type to have to depend on others I had to get a new skill, one that would allow me to independently sustain myself, which also meant I needed to be making more money. I received an opportunity to began working in healthcare and now 4 years later I am a Certified Medical Coder! Who knew!?! As different as teaching Dance and Healthcare is God already placed everything I needed to succeed within me. As you can tell my plan and God’s plan were totally different! His plan for my life has been established and I just had to get with the program!

Once I accepted God’s plan for my life He taught me who I am! My identity as well as yours comes from Him! I took the time to learn more about myself and see myself through God’s eyes. I no longer criticize the things I may not like about myself, I accept my flaws and work on those things or characteristics I would like to be better. I do not put myself down physically or emotionally and if someone says something about me that is different than who God says I am I do not believe them! I wake up everyday and choose to embrace every moment and I know each moment I am living out my life’s purpose, my truth! I choose to encourage myself even when I cannot find one human being to encourage me! I choose to live my best life, because let’s face it you only get one! I depend on God for provision and opportunities in every area of my life! I know why I am here, what my purpose is, where I am going and who I am! I know my worth!

I encourage you if you haven’t already to find out your worth! See yourself through the eyes of God and get to know who you are and what your purpose is! Then begin living it! It is that simple! Love yourself! No one is going to love you like you love yourself! No one is going to love you like God loves you! Love conquers All!

Happy Monday! 🙂

XOXO

JB

Embracing Your Gifts & Talents To Achieve Wealth!


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Along your life’s journey you may come to a place where you want more, a place where you have a feeling that life has more to offer than what you are currently experiencing. While in that place take the time to think about what you love, what you are good at and EMBRACE IT!

God has given us all gifts and talents, many of us more than one. It has taken me some time to figure out what I am good at, what things I do not mind doing and what things come to me naturally. These are the things I have decided to EMBRACE! These are my gifts and talents and I have the made to choice to pursue them! This is what will help me to achieve wealth! Often times we search high and low for the one thing that will make us successful, the one thing that will makes us rich when all long God has already placed those things on the inside of you! You no longer have to search for your niche, God has given you all you need to succeed!

Isn’t it funny how we always want more. If you have a small apartment you want a bigger one and when you get a bigger apartment you want a house. If you make 50 thousand dollars a year, you want 100 thousand and when you make 100 thousand dollars a year you want a Million! It is naturally in us to want more! Because we are wired this way all things are possible with God of course! We can live the lives we desire, we can have what we say and we can have wealth! After all this is what God has promised us!

The way we are going to reach our goals and live out our dreams is to EMBRACE what God has already done! We are always going to want more, but instead of focusing on the more EMBRACE the stage you are in right now, you will not be there long.  However, it is important to remember how far God has brought you and how far you are going to go! Stop searching for what has already been placed in your heart, you just have to put some action to it! God will be sure to do the rest! Start that new business, I know I am! 🙂 Take a leap of faith and follow the center of you! This journey is not always easy and the results are not instant but with endurance and patience you will get where God originally designed for you to be! In the words of a very smart/important person I know: “Just Jump! And Learn How To Unfold Your Wings And Fly As You Fall.”  God has you!

Happy Tuesday!

XOXO

JB

Well Worth The Wait!

Have you ever dreamed of the day when every area of your life is in order? When everything falls into perfect alignment at the perfect time and you are finally where you want to be in life? The day when you are living out your dreams and life purpose!?! Well, I can definitely attest to that. I have had many visions of myself being successful, living out my dreams and being in a place of total happiness and I am finally here!  It was not easy getting to this place, along the way I have had trials, difficult times and opposition but with God I have overcame those struggles and He continues to increase my life to levels I have only thought about.

As we know “Life” is not easy, it comes with many moments, special moments, frustrating moments as well as experiences that teach us how to make better choices and help us to gain wisdom. Anything worth doing in life requires faith and some sort of unknown risk. Taking this risk does not guarantee a great outcome but with God as a partner He promises if we are to trust Him He will give us the best life! God has and is doing all that He promised to do! My life is not perfect but it is pretty great and this is all due to my partnership with God. My success did not come overnight, there were some things I needed to learn, people I needed to let go of and places I needed to go. As God led me to and through these life experiences He has provided all I needed to get me where I am today!

I had to be patient, be bold, be confident in knowing who God says that I am! That is my identity, it comes from Him! Once you know who you are and your life’s purpose you are definitely on the right track! Do not let people’s opinions lead you somewhere you are not supposed to be. Allow God to be your guide, to give you the patience that is needed to reach your goals and live the life you have always dreamed of! Let’s not forget this requires some work on your part as well. If you do all you can do God will work that much harder on your behalf! If you haven’t already, take the steps to live your best life with God! He is waiting on you! If you are already in partnership with God I encourage you to continue on that path and to never give up because sometimes it can feel like it is over. At times it has looked like it was over for me but that is when God showed up, showed out and did His best work!

As a result my life is fulfilled! God has provided everything that I need and filled every void! I am lacking in nothing! I will continue on this path, the journey to Divine Life! I am living it and you can too! Although God has promised us so many things I made a personal promise to Him. No matter how successful I become I will always keep God at the forefront of my life! As I keep God first I will have an attitude of thankfulness! Now that’s a MAJOR KEY! Stay focused on your journey, do not allow worldly issues and negativity to affect your life or cause you to get off the path! God is with you and He lives in you! Because of this you can live the life He has designed just for you!

 

Happy Sunday! 🙂

XOXO

JB