Faith

Here I will share my testimony of how believing in and accepting God has radically changed my perspective on life. I pray that my journey will affirm, inspire, and jumpstart your personal relationship with God.

 


WAKE UP! Your dreams are waiting!

March 12, 2017

Good morning! Can’t believe that I’m saying that. I’ve never written a post AND actually posted it in the MORNING! I don’t think y’all understand how important this is for me! No worries if you don’t, I don’t think any sane person would. Lol!

Well here are 2 reasons why I’m rejoicing today:

  1. It’s 5:18am! Yep, you read that right, it’s 5:18AM and I’m up! I have a 2 month old and 2 other very small children who could wake up at any moment and make their way to my bed. But I’m not letting that stop me…
  2. It’s Sunday, March 12th, aka the worst day of the year lol, bka (best known as) Daylight Saving Time and you guessed it…I lost an hour! A WHOLE precious hour of MUCH needed sleep! But I’m not letting that stop me…

So if you all know me, you know that I have grand plans, tons of goals, and lots of patience with myself about achieving them. That very same “patience” has allowed me to make so many excuses for myself along my journey and it’s almost a slap in God’s face for not obeying what he’s called me to do.

Yes, I’m a great mother and wife, or so I think 🙂 I go out of my way for my family, friends, and other people, but it’s time to start going out of my way for MYSELF! If you’re reading this as a new mom, wife, or someone who is transitioning from one phase of life to the next, read with caution! I don’t want to make you feel any worse than you probably already do about not being able to handle all of the items on your plate. It’s ok, take the time that you need to get adjusted.

But for those of us who hear that voice telling us to do this and that, or whose heads feel like they’re exploding with ideas, it’s time to RISE UP (you can tell that I’m from Atlanta huh? Lol). Seriously though, it’s time to step out on faith and just do it! Nothing will ever be perfect! That’s what having faith is all about and I know this from LOTS of personal experience.

Ok, now it’s 5:44am and the sleep is starting to hit me! I don’t know if this is a test of my strength or a sign from God to take my behind to sleep. Either way I did what I set out to do and got this post done :-).

I hope it encouraged you to stop dreaming and to start DOING! Speaking of dreams… I think I might indulge in a little of that, literally! Goodnig…I mean, morning!

Chow for now!

 

 


8 Years later & I FINALLY got ‘IT’ #FlashbackFriday

December 11, 2015

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This time last year I was taking my last set of finals EVER! I was also 8 months pregnant with Cadence. It took me [8] WHOLE years to graduate from GA State! That’s double the time that it’s supposed to take.

So obviously I took a couple of breaks, misaligned a few priorities, spent way too much money, overcommitted to a few jobs and 1 too many organizations…

But all in all, I finished what I started! I really did enjoy being a part of the college community. There was just something about the ability to share ideas with other future thought leaders and the schoolwork itself wasn’t that bad either.

My last couple of years were actually the best in terms of focus and commitment which yielded awesome grades. You would think it would’ve been harder to get everything done being newly married, having 2 children, taking 6 classes per semester and an internship but it really did seem easier.

So looking back on previous years, I can only attribute my current success (peace of mind, determination, confidence, etc) to my new relationship with Christ. Before, I tried to do it all on my own and look where that got me smh. I was trying and trying and getting in my own way because I thought, I knew best.

Once I learned that I could develop a relationship with God on my own and cast my worries onto him, things really started to change for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I always had help and support from friends and family and that made a HUGE difference. But knowing that I could pray and have faith about any situation really did it for me.

Whether I was tired from the daily duties of being a wife, mom to a then 1 year old, on top of being pregnant or overwhelmed by the unnecessary and endless group projects (lol), I just prayed my way through and truly believed that everything was ok.  Fantasia 3+ years ago would have been smiling on the outside but freaking out on the inside.  Those 30 minute drives, twice a week, between my house and Georgia State made all the difference in my prayer life.  It seemed to be the only time that I had peace and quiet and could talk to and worship God.

If you are in a place in life similar to the state that I was in, allow me to encourage you… Take a step back and let God takeover!  It’s also helpful to have a community of believers around you too because at times it will be hard but if you have others praying for and believing in you, the chances of you persevering are so much greater.

I pray that my transparency inspires you or someone you know to keep going! Please don’t quit. Even if you amass tons of debt and a GPA that you’re not too proud about, look on the bright side and be thankful for God bringing you this far.


I’M SORRY Y’ALL, I’VE been holding out

October 11, 2015

It’s Sunday afternoon and many of you are just getting home from church and are probably about to enjoy Sunday dinner with your loved ones.  Or maybe you’re the Bed Side Baptist type and you heard the word via your computer screen or cell phone.  Or just maybe, you’re that person who skipped church all together because you have it all figured out.

Either way, I can relate to you.  I found myself in each of those categories before…

BEFORE I had repeated encounters with Christ and knew that there was something more waiting for me on my spiritual journey.  Something that I wouldn’t find in most churches nowadays and I definitely wouldn’t find sitting all alone at home.

**I promise that I’ll share my full spiritual journey soon but know that I have only been a Christian for the last 2 1/2 years… Before that I thought I was, but knowing what I know now, I was actually far from it.  I was one of those, “Yeah I believe in God” types but I didn’t know the first thing about living a Christ filled life.

In all honesty I don’t think you have to go to church to be a Christian.  But I do believe in the importance of being around like-minded people.  Before finding a church we would just gather together as a family and have bible study at home and truthfully it was pretty cool. I learned a lot and it was a very safe place to ask questions and open up.  But as new parents, we also wanted to be around other like minded believers who looked like us, you know, who were younger, newly married, and maybe had new families.  Even though we wanted those things what was most important was that the church environment was spirit led and filled.

Basically we looked for the following things in a church:

  1. Taught the word of God.
  2. Non-hypocritical.
  3. Alternative view of tithing.

As you see our list wasn’t long at all. But those 3 things among a few others were extremely important to us.  Anything else would’ve been a waste of our time.

We initially heard about Cornelius and Heather Lindsey from a good friend who recommended that I attend one of their annual Pinky Promise Conferences a few years ago.  At that time I wasn’t really receptive to the advice and decided to carry on with life as I knew it.  I just started following them on social media at the beginning of this year and although I agreed with the message they conveyed, I was still hesitant to let them lead my family’s spiritual walk.

So I found Cornelius’ past sermons on YouTube and began to listen.  I heard a few and thought, “Ok, this seems really cool.” But then I heard the one on Giving and it sealed the deal.  I encourage you all to check it out below.

A quick heads up, it might be different from what you’ve been taught up until this point.  Try to have an open mind and heart while listening. 

In June of this year I told my husband that I was going to check their church out since it was local here in Atlanta.  He gave me a slight side-eye and said he’d pass because he had work to do that day :-(.  I was little sad at first but I knew that if I didn’t like it, at least he I wouldn’t have to hear, “I told you so!” Lol.  Thankfully  I came back with a good report and he decided to join me the following week and we’ve been going ever since.

The overall point of my post today is to encourage you all to step outside of your comfort zone and try something different.  Try not to let  your fears, misconceptions, or other people’s suggestions steer you away from your personal walk with God.  If I may keep it 100% for a moment, we really didn’t want to be a part of the ‘church folk’ in-crowd.  We didn’t need another group of people to belong to!  I think our main fear was that we didn’t want to add to the group of lukewarm Christians out there.  The ones who go to church, sing the songs, shout Hallelujah then leave out the building and go right back to their old ways.

I’m so glad that we overcame that fear and actually gave church a chance.  Now I can honestly say that when we leave that place each Sunday, we feel a sense of fulfillment and strong conviction to become better Christians.  A feeling that lasts all day, every day and never leaves us…

Enough of my rant lol.

You can find more about The Gathering Oasis (The GO) church here.  And you can join us every Sunday at 10:30am for prayer of 11:00am for the sermon <– That’s when we get there because having 2 kids and getting anywhere early is a struggle lol.

Now go ahead, have a listen to the sermon above and give church a try!

Then carry-on with your normal Sunday routine 😉


 

June 13, 2015

Bible Study, TheFreshMom way…        

Here’s a synopsis of my post from Instagram earlier today…

Our words are to constitute a gift to the hearer (Ephesians 4:29) 

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May 13, 2015

TODDLER PRAYERS

I caught Camden reading my devotional a few days ago and praying.  It went something like this…

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