The Difference of Six Months: We May Try to Sprint But Our God is Steady

I am pleased to participate in Five Minute Friday, a community of writers who, at the release of one prompt, write and publish a blog post about that prompt. And the catch for the writers is this, we can only write for five minutes. It takes planning, it’s takes diligence, and it takes mad editing skills.      This week’s prompt is steady.

Six months ago my life was drastically different than it is now. Six months ago, out of a reverence for tradition and holiday celebrations, I was in the midst of doing what everyone does – I made a list of resolutions (or goals, if you prefer that term). I deeply looked at my life and I was scared as I faced the uncertainty of what was to come. All I knew then, was one thing: 2016 was an awful year, and it would take nothing short of a miracle to make me to make it through 2017.

And from that moment forward, I began the fight for change, for peace, for joy, and for love. I wish I could say that journey was quick and by February 1, 2017 I was completely healed. But friends, I’m hear to tell you, slow and steady wins the race.
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Everyday Prayers and Affirmations

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Some days I wake up in an intense amount of pain. It radiates between my lower back, the base of my neck, and results in tightening around my shoulders. It’s been about 3 years since I began my journey with the pain, and yes my friends, I have consulted my doctor about the issue. As a result though, I am an expert in back exercises and stretches, heating pads, make shift ice packs, and I probably own enough Biofreeze to keep my family and yours pain-free.

However, my pain wasn’t stemming from a medical condition. It stemmed from the stress in my life and how I processed that stress. The long answer to my pain lay within meditation, manifestation, and affirmations that addressed my pain and also the issues that were stressing me out. The short answer is that my pain was a form of an anxiety attack.  Continue reading

Prayers For Teens

Last week I shared two blog posts that have me stressed as a mom. In one post, I discussed the moment that I discovered my kids have been exposed to the ills of twerking, drugs, and porn. In the other post, I talked about an issue that I truly believe is an act of the enemy – the moment that one of my sweet, precious babies questioned me about atheism.

Both situations required grace and mercy. Both situations required me to turn my children over to God. And both situations made me realize that I probably should have consulted God about these specific things all along.

After I published those posts from last week, I discovered one thing. Highly influenced by the work of Priscilla Shirer in the book Fervent, I was a woman on a mission. And the result is this.

Click to access a pdf version of a free prayer guide for parents of teens

Click on the image above to get the free prayer guide!

I created a short reference guide for us to pray for the teens we love. There’s a sheet for boys and a sheet for girls, and another sheet with scripture references that will help us. Once you open and download the document, you will see that there are ten areas to pray specific prayers for your teen. I am using it to pray for a specific are for each child each day. As you will see, I give you  a suggested subject for the pray, but it is up to you to get more specific about what you know your child needs.

The last page is a list of bible scriptures to keep you encouraged and reinforce the need to pray so fervently.

I’m curious to hear your feedback on the journal and what’s happened the you’ve prayed long and hard. Send me an email to toni [at] twillimedia [dot] com or put your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Need Help Smiling? Read The Book of Psalms

Y’all. I had no clue. Not a clue.

I thought the Book of Psalms were songs to the Lord.

Maybe it’s the fact that my childhood choir sang a version of Psalms 23. I don’t know.

But what I do know is that when I was in my funk last month….I was advised to read the Book of Psalms. Then, as I was reading my most recent book during morning devotional time, “God Never Blinks,” by Regina Brett, I discovered that she has a chapter entitled, “Read the Book of Psalms.”

I caught the hint early, so I didn’t wait for a third hint. I starting reading the Book of Psalms.

Surely I am not the only person in the world that had never  read the Book of Psalms. Surely I am not the only person in the world that did not know that EVERY emotion, especially that of frustration with God is covered there.

Yep.

See friends, I needed to know that because in my month from hell I started to get frustrated. I thought God was ignoring me. I thought he didn’t know or care what I was dealing with.

And I felt guilty about it.

But Psalms let me know that I’m not the first person to have felt this way. And I won’t be the last. And it would be okay to cry out to Him and say, “Hey!!!! I’m over here suffering!!! Do you here me?”

But by the same token, once I was given license to do that, I was also reassured that He would act….when it was time.

Sigh.

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Nope.

But as I waited, it was okay to say, “I don’t like this waiting business, but I am doing it because I know who YOU are.”

And when I did that, I felt better. A lot better.

And Psalms helped me see that. And then I smiled. And I haven’t stopped smiling since.

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