#CupcakesForDinner | GirlTalk on Staying Strong For Yourself

You don’t know how strong you are until being strong is your only option. I fight the enemy day in and day out. When I don’t think the enemy is attacking my life He is when I least expect it He does. Continue reading “#CupcakesForDinner | GirlTalk on Staying Strong For Yourself”

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When You Are Convinced That You Belong

Joseph Interprets A Dream

Believe in your Dreams and be clear on what they are. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can’t do. For instance, Isaiah knew what His Dreams were to the point He would visualize every part of them from the time He was five years old living in CA Dreaming of playing in the NBA. Walk in the shoes of your Dreams play out the details clearly and let your vision drive you where you want to be.

Genesis 40:4 “The captain of the guard assigned two men to Joseph, and he attended them”

Have you ever stopped to think God assigned someone to you? You’ll know when someone is assigned to you God will make you aware of that and if not pray for discernment, because there are some people who are ATTACHED to you while others are actually ASSIGNED to you. Know the difference!

8 “We both had Dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your Dreams.” Joseph told them their Dreams and the representation as He predicted and instructed the men to mention Him to Pharaoh.

The men forgot all about Joseph and never mentioned Him to Pharaoh. Some of us can relate to this situation in a way we help out others and put them on to bigger and better things, and as soon as they get on top they forget all about you. Does anyone have the answer to that? Like hello did you not help them with their Dreams.

Lesson: When you’re powerless over a situation, commit to God and live a life that is faithful to His plan.

“You can’t make your Dreams a reality until you learn to believe in yourself until you find that moment when you are convinced that you belong” Isaiah Austin, Pro basketball player Isaiah Austin Foundation 

 

I Trusted God And Kept My Focus On The Work In Front Of Me

Dream Again With Isaiah Austin 

Being brought a bad report and still have the hope to Dream Again. Joseph was someone who was loved deeply by everyone. Have you been loved so much the people around you started hating? “Some people only hate you because of the way other people love you” Yes Joseph can relate and sometimes it’s not just by your friends and enemies, in this case, it is His own family. Listen to Joseph’s message.

Genesis 37:5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, Listen to this dream I had: This is where we tend to mess up at by telling our dreams to those who don’t have us in their best interest at heart. Which give them all the reasons to hate even more? Our positions in life will make those around us feel inferior to our dreams without a doubt and will not want to serve alongside us due to jealousy, so keep that in mind.

No matter how much you want to look out for people stay away from Dream Killers. Before you allow anyone to strip you for all you got rescue yourself, and be delivered from the hands of your enemies.

It’s ok to be torn to pieces the best part is to pick yourself back up and Dream Again. it is tough being comforted at such a time we often refuse comfort when things are not going our way and that’s the end of that, because you don’t want to hear what anyone have to say, so you sit and dwell on a million assumptions, but God is saying don’t worry I got this. God knows the plans he has for our lives plans to prosper us and to give us hope and a future. God plans are better than we can imagine. Never be uncertain about your dreams. Click the picture and go visit Isaiah.

“I did what Joseph from the Bible would’ve done: I trusted God and kept my focus on the work in front of me. I had left it in God’s hands, which meant I had trusted that He would take care of me. I kept my faith and worked through much adversity to get to this moment” Isaiah Austin, Pro basketball player Isaiah Austin Foundation

 

Don’t Paralyze Your Dreams

Calm your worries. What is your worry condition? Are you troubled by your anxieties and suffering from your disturbing thoughts. Don’t torment yourself any longer today is a day all by itself. Matthew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” We fight against so many thoughts whether we are worried about our home, family, finances, relationships, and multiple circumstances we can think of.

I started to keep a record of my worries by writing my worries in a journal and reflect on what it is I’m most worried about, so I know what I’m up against and have a clear understanding of what I’m praying for. Philippians 4:6 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” We tend to worry no one cares for us, so in result to that we are in our feelings most of the time about “worry” no one loves me, no one calls me, no one has shown appreciation, and the list goes on. 1 Peter 5:7 ”Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” I care about you as well I care enough to help you and get a whole of our worries.

Let’s go in-depth with our worries they can be small or big, a small worry increased to something big, or a big worry now lets decrease it to something small. Ask yourself this Luke 12:25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? No, but it can surely take away from your life. Worry is a thief itself John 10:10 “Purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” Do you believe in giving your worries to God? How can God take care of your worries if you are not giving them to him? Do you not trust in the Lord your God. John 14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me”

“Worry is like a weed it pops up as a baby sprout at first, but if you don’t cut it off immediately it grows into paralyzing fear and chokes your potential and dreams” Baydian Style Blogger Tamara Holder

Ecclesiastes 5:7 “Talk is cheap, like daydreams and other useless activities. Fear God instead”

Writing Your Own Psalms

Welcome

Writing your own psalms of praise. Let’s share the psalms and talk about them a bit. Here’s a short exercise to limber you up. Think of one experience you’ve had for which you want to express gratitude, ideally an immediate one and describe it in as much detail as you can.

Different forms a psalm can take: acrostic, narrative, rhyming/not, for one voice or two, song lyrics, script – up to you; and/or: response to an existing psalm, rewrite its ideas in your own idioms; what else?

Brainstorm: ways of talking to God (names, modes of address – first person, second person, third person)

How do you relate to psalms? Do you read them, pray them? Open your bible to psalms to get answers to questions?

What makes a psalm? (In your opinion)

Bear in mind that prayer is intimate and we’re making ourselves vulnerable together.

The psalms are deep repository of praise, thanksgiving, grief, and exaltation, an ancient collection of poetry that also functions as prayer. I encourage you to become a psalmist. Explore what makes psalms, read psalms both classical and contemporary. Warm up your intellectual muscles with generative writing exercises, and enter into a safe space for creativity as you write your own psalms.

“Writing your own psalms” workshop led by Rachel Barenblat. When I met with Rachel I knew she was going to inspire me. I came up with some questions to ask Rachel “Interview Style”

Here are the Q&A I asked Rachel Barenblat

  1. Where can I find your 70 faces Torah Poems? You can find her Torah Poems at http://velveteenrabbi.blogs.com Each of the poems in 70 Faces arose in conversation with the Five Books of Moses. They enrich any (re)reading of the Bible, and will inspire readers to their own new response to these familiar texts. 70 faces Torah Poems by Rachel Barenblat
  2. As I congratulated Rachel on being named one of Top 25 bloggers by TIME. I asked her how did she do it? Her advice was “just keep writing don’t be afraid to speak your mind interact with people and let them know you are out there”

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat is author of four chapbooks of poetry. She is a contributing editor at Zeek: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture. She has blogged as the Velveteen Rabbi. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, among them Confrontation, The Texas Observer, and Poetica. Rachel enjoy’s her family and reside in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts.

Inspired by Psalm 39

Confess your sufferings

“I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse”

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I am silent I have not said a word I will hold my peace

I will not offend anyone because I am silent. My words will not speak death I am silent.

I have nothing to speak on I have nothing to say. Being speechless and quiet kept me in pain.

My creator have control over my life even when I’m silent I have a burning desire to speak, but I am silent.

I cry out for help and I pray in silence. I have nothing to say and I will not open my mouth I am silent.

Remove me from noise remove me from sin do not punish me Lord I have been silent.

by Ranisha Grice.