Hello wonderful people! Deepest apologies about my absence lately. It’s been crazy hectic my way and I’ve been moving the past two weeks and am finally just getting settled in to my new house and just got my internet installed yesterday. I love it where I’m at now! So peaceful and quiet, not to mention the nature here! I moved from the city to the county, so… You know lol. The house I live in also has no central air and, although most people wouldn’t agree, I actually like not having central air. I get to enjoy nature more. Who cares about the heat! Really! I’ve grown some tough skin for heat now that I have no air conditioning LOL in a matter of days!
Anyways, let me get everyone up to speed with what has been happening in my life the past few weeks.
For one, God has been testing my faith like CRAZY! I had some BAD financial troubles these past couple of weeks and it just seemed as though everything was falling apart. No money to pay rent. No money to pay other bills. Job loss. Everything just pretty much went down the drain in June. GOD DEFINITELY PRUNED ME LOL! I feel like God was testing me to see where my desires were, whether they were set on heavenly things or earthly, material things. Because even though I am fine now, I lost A LOT. Not just materially, but lost some close friends as well. I have to say, though, I think I passed the test 🙂 I can’t say it wasn’t hard at times, because it DEFINITELY was. But. The thing is, I fainted not, I learned and passed a great lesson and in the end, God made things better for me and has proven once again, His faithfulness to me and those around me.I don’t know if you all notice in the pictures at the beginning of the post 😉 But that cake was absolutely DELISH! My birthday just passed about 2 weeks ago. I turned 21 on June 17th and I had a wonderful night, despite all of the circumstances. My best friend, Emily, came over and we had a blast together. Shared jokes, drinks and fire sparklers outside at night! The simple things in life bring me so much joy!
She baked that cake for me and brought it over as a surprise. Unfortunately, I was not able to eat it on my actual birthday LOL but I did eat it for breakfast the next morning. Haha. 😉
*Sigh*. Because of the financial issues that were going on and the fact that we just could not keep these two beautiful kitties, we ended up having to take two of our cats to a local shelter in downtown Baltimore. To the left is Tabitha, we had her for 3 years. She was so lovable and talkative but did have a behavioral issue that could only be taken care of by giving her away to a one-cat only family. She did NOT like my other two cats AT ALL lol she would always chase them down and instigate fights with them. Which brings me to my next kitty, Princess (aka Tiny), to the right of the picture. My babygirl! We had her for 2 years, an old friend of ours found her abandoned by her mother at a bus stop. Originally we were not going to keep her but the original owner could not keep her (for petty issues, I’d personally say but it’s not my place to judge). I raised her and protected her. I literally felt like her mom lol. I loved her dearly and deeply and it tore me to pieces when I found out I had to get rid of her. I think it was one of the hardest things I ever had to do. She definitely meant a lot to me but I had to think of what was best for her. I know and have faith that God will find them good, loving homes. 🙂
Here are some more pictures of them:
Last month during #holdFAST I heard the words TRIUMPH. FREEDOM. BREAKTHROUGH. GODS TIMING. and the more I see how my life is unfolding and turning out, I realize how much God is an on-time God. It makes me trust Him a little bit more each day. This month is about triumph and it’s so funny that God has reminded me of these things over and over and now I see the triumph manifesting into my life. God is giving me more responsibility (especially in the church) and is opening up an unlimited amount of doors for me each and every day. I’m not going to go into too much detail but know that triumph is in order for me this month! God has made it VERY clear to me that it will and I’ve never been on fire like I am right now. I think I’m ready to create a finalized vision board. My purpose is becoming more and more clear as time goes by.
Ladies, you would be so ecstatic and surprised at the life God has planned out for you. He is a God that fulfills His every word and promise. He is faithful to fulfill His word. As I was writing to God earlier, a Bible verse popped up into my mind and stuck out to me very clear:
Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NIV, Bold and Italics added for emphasis).
God really will give you the desires of your heart, as long as you are faithful to God and it is in His perfect will. And trust me, His will IS perfect. He is the creator and knower of all, so He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how this universe works. He knows how humans work and what their needs are. He knows when to feed the animals of this earth. He knows how to control the waves of the oceans. (If you have time, I suggest reading Job chapter 38 through 41). God is more amazing and knowledgeable than human words can explain. So that’s not even HALF of it.
Before I share some more photos, I just want to take some time out to encourage my sisters in Christ. I learned from Kia Granberry (Twitter: @livelovekia) through her #holdFAST ministry, that no matter what season you are in currently, you are beyond blessed than what you even realize! I don’t care if you are in a dry season or a triumphant season! There is blessings to be found EVERYWHERE! God is calling you, sister, He’s calling you out of your dark and development phase and commanding you to be TRIUMPHANT! Question is, are you going to answer His call? Get UP and Get MOVING! Stop procrastinating! You are MORE than a conqueror through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. ACT LIKE IT! He gives you strength when you are weak, so when you are weak, you are strongest. Remember that. Also, not everyone is meant to come into your triumphant season, you have to sever those dark relationships. But remember, when God takes away, He replaces with people to accompany you in on this journey. God replaces mediocre with greatness and TRIUMPH! So do not be weary! I love you dear sisters, keep your head up and don’t you EVER give up on those dreams, goals and visions God has planned for you!
I’m nearing the end of this blog post 🙂 It was so much to talk about lol had 3 weeks worth of stuff to catch up on. In other random news, I’ve started to find a rekindled love for photography ever since I moved out here. Something about the scenery or something that makes me just want to take pictures of nature. Just a hobby though, nothing serious. Here’s some pictures of where I’m at now and some random photography. Enjoy! 😉
Much love and blessings to everyone! I love you and so does God! And, remember, you can e-mail me about ANYTHING at ANYTIME at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 Thanks for reading!