I’M GIVING GOD A YEAR

Good morning.


It’s another start to the work week.
I know some of your are looking at the title of this post and are already scratching your head. But, let me explain.


In Mid-September, I created my Monthly Predictions on what October was going to bring me. If you want to read that post, click here. Well, let’s just say things were off to a rocky start over the last week’s of September and I started my transformation right then and there. But this past weekend, something changed.


It started on Friday morning. I was watching a sermon on Faith Church that talked about “The Immense Value of Not Quitting” and the takeaway for me was that I could either give up or that I can get up. Friday, I finished my work day to the best of my ability and completed another workout. Saturday came and I explained to Mom how even though I was on Trulicity for 3 months, I wasn’t going to let it become a permanent lifestyle.


I also have been listening to some of my favorite Christian influencers and the messages have been revolving around the same words: get up, breakthrough, consistent. Then last night, I looked over my Passion Projects on Notion, and thought if I can commit to these things, I can commit my time to God, which is something I still struggle with.


One of the things I want to work on is accountability. After this weekend, and last night, I decided that I was going to give God a year. From learning to be content in my season of singleness, to reading and studying the Word, to continue to work on my prayer life. I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I’ve dealt with a lot of challenges this year so what’s one more. The things that produce my negative thoughts are my mouth and mind, so during this time, I’m going to talk to God and ask Him to change my mindset. I say it’s changed, but it’s caught in a loop cycle, and I’ve made that my comfort zone, which is not good.


I’m not going to let my challenges limit me, I have to stay committed, and what better way than to give my attention to God. Only faith, trust, and discipline from here on out.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post today. I’ll be back with another post later on.


Until next time…

❤️

HOW I STUDY THE BIBLE

Good morning.


What day is it. It’s Hump day, and in today’s post, I thought I share with you all how I study the Bible.

Here is a list of things I use during my Quiet Times:
• My Bible
• The YouVersion Bible App
• InTouch Ministries App
• Faith Church App
• A notebook
• Pens- Black, blue, and red
• A Devotional

Once I have everything I need, I close my door to my bedroom, and start my Quiet Time.


OPENING PRAYER: The first step I’ve been practicing is starting with prayer, asking God to help me understand the reading. Sometimes, I’ll just sit in quiet a few minutes longer because my mind may try to wonder, and at times, other things will come up.


YOUVERSION APP: Next, I’ll open the Bible app. The app starts off with a story section. You open it, and it talks about the topic for the day, the verse, and you’ll have a speaker go in depth on how the passage ties in with the topic. Then, they find a devotional that ties in with the topic as well. During this time, I’ll read and re-read the scripture, and I’ll listen to everything again to get better understanding. I’ll go through everything one last time to take notes in my notebook.

NOTE-TAKING: In my notebook, everything is simple. Black is for basic wording, blue is for positive words and messages, and red is for warnings and anything about the Devil. I’llgo on Pinterest and see there are so many different color codes for Bible studying, but since I’m just getting back into a routine, I’ll create a system that works for me overtime.


JOURNALING: After I’ve read and taken my notes, I’ll journal on my Journey app how the Quiet Time went, and how it made me feel. Other times, I’ll just sit in silence while I’ll listen to my praise music. Lately, I’ll go on InTouch Ministries or Faith Church and watch a sermon before going about my day.


If you don’t know what to use during your Quiet Time, just start simple with your Bible a Devotional, and a journal. That’s how my spiritual walk started, I’ve always kept a notebook every time I had Bible study or went to church and listened to a sermon.
I hope today’s post helped you get started with your Bible Study. Let me know how you spend your Quiet Time. Do you follow a plan, read a devotional, or do you just read and listen to what God is telling you? All of these are fine, as long as your spending this time with God.


I’ll check in with you all later.


Until next time…

A DAY IN THE LIFE- UPDATE

Good evening


I’m ending the night with another weekly update. Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I know I did.


HEALTH: As you all know, my latest visit to the doctor was a major wake-up call. In case you missed it, here is my post about my visit, just click here. I finally told both Mom and Dad about what really happened. They’re both on board at making sure I’m top of my health this go round. I pulled out my health binder when I started my Diabetic Class back in 2018, to use as a guideline for improving my health for the remainder of 2020.


SCHOOL: ONLY 7 MONTHS!!! I love my new class, our instructor gives us questions that really cause us to do some critical thinking. On my last discussion posts, he encouraged me to continue writing the way I’ve been doing. I guess writing really is in my future. I’m doing something right.


PERSONAL GROWTH: So, good news I started reading this month. The bad news, I haven’t finished the book. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am a very slow reader. So my goal of 25 pages a day, I’m still going to keep and work at it, even if it means I finish only one book for the whole month. Also, I downloaded the Fabulous app, and have started practicing small habits. It works, I bought a stainless steel water bottle and have been drinking water in the mornings for the past few days now. Then, due to my health, I went grocery shopping for all healthy items and I’m practicing meal prep and healthy snacking this week. So be on the lookout for some posts about that.


SPIRITUAL GROWTH: I’ve been having Quiet Time in the mornings, but after listening to the reading on Thursday, and listening to InTouch Ministries and Faith Church, God has been speaking to me to change my life around. We had outside service at church today, and even though we couldn’t be in contact with one another, it was powerful to see everyone show up in their cars, and still be able to participate. I’ll have to share the experience with you the next time we do it.


MENTAL: Overall, these past few days have been calm. I had severe headaches this weekend due to my “Monthly Gift” so my original plans for working on my Passion Projects, were replaced with much needed rest. I can’t believe how fast September went by. We only have a few days left, and I’m looking forward to October.


No change in the leaves yet, but it’s coming. Well, time for me to get some rest and call it a night. I’ll see y’all in the morning.


Until next time…

❤️

JUST WAIT

Good morning

Hope everyone had a good night’s sleep last night. Still a little groggy after staying up late from finishing up my video project, but I was able to turn everything and it is complete. I’m back with my morning Quiet Time segment. Today’s lesson talks about waiting. The Verse of the Day, and the scripture for the lesson comes from Phil. 2:13.

“for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
-Philippians 2:13 NASB
https://bible.com/bible/100/php.2.13.NASB

MAKE THE BEST OF IT: The reading went more in depth, saying that a time of waiting is a part of transformation. It made me think, Mom came by and asked me how work was going. I told it was going ok. Then she asked me “Do you love what you do?” Let’s just say my answer was not the one that she was looking for, and based on my response, you’ll understand why I’m working hard learning and studying all that my classes have to offer. Mom shook her head (like any mother would) and said “Try to make the best of it.”

BURNOUT: During this time of the pandemic, I have been putting in effort with my schoolwork because it’s what I LOVE to do, I have been putting in effort with my blog and other passions because it’s what I LOVE to do, but when it comes to work, I guess I’m only putting in half the effort. Maybe because I’m experiencing burnout after working with the company for eight years. Maybe it’s because I feel like I’m not really helping anyone there like I am on the blog. My friend Jasmine and I had this conversation on Friday about how we’re living paycheck to paycheck, that our jobs no longer fulfill us like we thought they would.

JUST WAIT: This is where the waiting comes in. I have so many goals and dreams I want to accomplish once I get my BA in Communication Studies. I want to turn my passion of blogging into a full-time career. I’m reading the articles, I’m taking notes, I even purchased my domain last year to be more serious. As I look back on all of that now, I think God is still telling me to wait. I feel like I’m ramble to Him constantly, and He places his hands firmly on my shoulders and whispers “Wait, I have something better for you.” And the truth is…it’s hard to wait. Right now, I’m trying hard to wait for something to happen or wait for Him to tell me what my next move should be before taking another step.

This is still my season of waiting, I’m doing what I need to do as far as doing homework for class, and getting up every morning to work in my living room for eight hours. I’m trying really hard not to complain because after reading the lesson, and taking some time to reflect, I understand that He wants me to wait, and He is working in my favor for better things that will all be worth the wait in the end. So I say all of this to say that this is our time of waiting, waiting for our transformation. We don’t know when these times are going to clear up. But we are going to come out of this changed for the better. It’s going to start small, but over time, the transformation will be so big, you’ll be glad you went through your waiting period.

Let’s enjoy this time of waiting together. Hope you all enjoyed this morning’s Quiet Time, and I’ll check in with you all later.

Until next time…

❤️