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Radiant

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What does it mean to be radiant. Being beautiful and being radiant are two totally different thing. You can make yourself beautiful on the outside by artificial and superficial means. Makeup, clothes, hair, shoes, surgery, the list goes on about how we can change our looks to be what society considers beautiful. But to be radiant? Is it obtainable and if so, how do you become radiant?

One of the things that sets a radiant woman apart from others is confidence. This is not confidence that exudes itself as arrogant or conceited. It isn’t based on anything she can do such as beauty, possessions, talent or popularity. Her confidence is found in Christ alone, what He has done for her and who she is in Him. A radiant woman is confident in Christ.ย 

Next is beauty, not the beauty I mentioned that is artificial or superficial, but true inner beauty. This beauty comes from a beautiful heart, full of genuine love and kindness. Her beauty is not only seen but felt by all who come in contact with her. Her beauty is genuine and true. A radiant woman is beautiful on theย inside.

Finally, the last trait I have for you this morning. She is joyful. Being joyful and being happy are two different things. Many people thing that if you are happy then you have joy but that isn’t true. Happiness is based on circumstances and material things, joy is found in the Savior. She goes to Him for joy when happiness is nowhere to be found. Joy flows out of her heart to others around her. A radiant woman is full of joy…for the LORD.

Personally, I know I am far from being all of these things all of the time. It is hard! There are days that I am good at it and feel radiant, other days, not so much. I feel drained, not willing to be anything I listed above. I fake it, sometimes well, sometimes not. We should pray each day that we have these traits, not only for the Lord but for ourselves and to be a light to others who need it. By becoming more radiant we can shine a light into the lives and hearts of others.ย 

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Worthy

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Everywhere we look someone is telling us what we need to be or do in order to be worthy in the eyes of this society. We are told what to eat, how to dress, how much to workout. We are told when our bodies are considered beautiful and when we are wearing enough makeup to cover up our imperfections. We are told that in order to be worthy, we must be career driven, successful and have it all. If we are home with our kids, taking care of our home and husband than we are looked at as less. We are thought to have settled instead of thrived.

There is a dark truth about many women who find themselves at the top of that ladder. Sometimes, they are there alone. They have no husband, no family and no real friends. While the woman that stayed home has a group of friends by her side, a husband that comes home with flowers in his hand and kids to keep her company. Instead of forcing ourselves to be what is worthy in the eyes of the world. Why not focus on what makes us worthy to the Lord or even to ourselves. Get rid of that fear of judgment!

God told women of their worth in the Bible. He elevated our position and gave us a place of respect and honor within the Christian home. I know in my home my kids and husband look to be for strength, for answers. They come to me when something has gone wrong. The look to me for what is right, how to behave. My daughter knows what to look for in her future husband. My boys look to me to see how women should be treated so they know what to do. When my husband brings flowers, they see my tears well up and the hugs and kisses and thank yous. They know what he did was huge, it made me feel awesome and they want to be that one day. My youngest, who is almost two, looks to me for what is right and wrong. She looks to her dad when it wrong to see if he will let ehr get away with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol

So, what makes you valuable as a woman? Your godliness and virtue. When you are a Christ-center, Spirit-filled woman committed to following Jesus, you will be the godly woman that God desires you to be. Unlike the outside world, God says your value is based on your ageless inner beauty of your Christlike character and how you serve Him.

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Wellness

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Women are always worried about their health. Don’t get me wrong, it is important and it is something I take care of. I consider myself healthy. Healthy isn’t always super skinny. It is your best you. It means taking care of yourself mentally and even Spiritually. That is what I am writing about today, Spiritual Wellness. In our society, it is hard to put God first, talk about Him, live as Jesus did. Why is it so hard? Christians are judged harshly for our belief and our desire to follow the Bible. Many people see the Bible as unattainable, old school laws that do not relate to today. I am here to tell you the Bible relates to today 100%. God did not have His Words put to paper to just have them fade to the background of out lives.

 

I try to do my Bible readings each day, daily devotions and prayer journal. I absolutely love Proverbs 31 Woman devos. I usually post something I took from my morning in the word and post it on social media to try to help others put God in their lives. You need a daily dose, maybe more than that. People have told me that when I don’t make that post, which is more often than I would like, it hurts their day. The look for it each morning to start their day. I tell them where I get it from and that I get it emailed to me each day for free. I get told that they are too busy to read a full devo or email but they love the verses, pictures and mini devo I do.

 

My teens attend youth group twice a week as well as any activities, retreats, and serving in the community they may do. Just recently my church held Gather to Scatter, which is where the teens gather together at church then scatter into the community to serve others. My daughter went to Soles for Jesus, amazing way to serve others in countries like Africa who have little to no access to shoes. In America, we often do not understand how important shoes are to one’s health but they truly are a very needed item around the world. It’s amazing that these shoes will be shipped and distributed along with the Gospel to people who have never heard it. One of my sons went to a grocery store to help distribute flyers and collect food for our local food pantry. They collected 6,000 pounds!! I think an important part of one’s spiritual life is servitude. Jesus came to serve others not to be served. It is humbling to be a part of the solution and know my children a contributing to society.

 

 

I lead fifth grade girls each Wednesday to know more about God, the Bible, Prayer, and what Jesus did for us. My hope is that I will be the influence they need to want to know more about Jesus so they will grow to live Spiritually healthy lives. I also get the privilege of leading Kindergartners and first graders on Sunday mornings. These little ones are just starting in the journey of knowing who Jesus is, what He did for them and His great love for them. They have so many questions, sometimes difficult ones but I try my best to always answer them. I do not take my serving positions lightly. I work on my lesson plans each week for them diligently. I receive the greatest payment of all when a child comes to know the Lord because I helped them understand His great love for them.

 

My prayer for everyone reading this blog is to ask questions, get answers, read your Bible as much as you can, it will turn daily. Come to know the Lord, pray, know His love for you. Then your Spiritual wellness will be coming together, which will help your wellness as a whole. Have an awesome day ladies (and any gentlemen).

Transforming

Sometimes being empowered means transforming who you are. Whether it’s the way you think, what your wear, how you wear your hair or how you look. Whatever makes you feel the power you are born with. Women are a powerful asset in this world. Just think, without women, there would be no men!! We are the givers of life on earth. It takes a lot for us to feel that way sometimes. It is much easier for us to fall into a pit of despair when faced with challenges. Sometimes we just don’t want to do life. Why? Because it is FREAKING hard!!

Today was supposed to be my day off with my youngest daughter and husband. We were going to the Pumpkin Farm. Then my oldest daughter who has epilepsy amongst other disorders, had aย  cluster of seizures at school, hit her head and had to be taken to the hospital. That was where I was, while my youngest and my husband went to the Pumpkin Farm. I missed her picking out her first pumpkin. I have never missed something like that. Needless to say I was in my feelings about it. I was upset that my daughter is still dealing with seizures and we haven’t gotten it all work out plus I missed my baby choosing her first pumpkin. I went about my day. I took a shower when we finally got home, and there is where I cried. I just cried, where no one could see or hear. After that I was good to go. Went and taught fifth grade girls about the Bible and led worship for third through fifth grade. Sometime crying just feels good!

By the way, my husband knew how I would feel about missing the Pumpkin picking so he recorded the whole thing. I got to watch it all before I left for church. I saw her go to each pumpkin and touch it, try to pick them up. She picked a little white one, then picked one for her big sissy to paint purple for Epilepsy Awareness month coming up. She also picked a green gourd for some reason. It was nice to be able to watch it, not quite the same but it really helped me get passed my feelings.

I had to do some transforming today. From what I had planned to something new, different and unwanted but I did it. I feel stronger for it. Crying doesn’t make you weak, like I used to think, it makes you stronger, more empowered than ever.

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Passion

What are you passionate about? I mean really passionate about? It can be your husband, your kids, your job, or maybe it was that cupcake I mentioned yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Whatever you feel passionate about should be embraced, not hidden. It is part of what makes you who you are. Don’t feel ashamed, shout it from the rooftop. I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT CUPCAKES!! lol.. can you tell they are one of my faves? You can be passionate about many things. In my devotion this morning, I was reminded that we are all created in the image of God. So maybe He shares some of those passions. Maybe He is as passionate as you are about that one thing that keep you going, that thing that gets you out of bed each day. The next time you check out your reflection in the mirror, who knows maybe you are passionate about how you look and you check it out multiple times a day, remember you are a child of the King. That just sounds amazing, doesn’t it? No matter how you are feeling about yourself at any given moment, God loves you, He cares about what you are passionate about.

 

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In case you are wondering I am passionate about God, my family, my business, children who need help or are sick, and yes you guessed it….CUPCAKES!!

Guilt

Women are made to feel guilty about so many things. Having children and working, furthering their careers. They are told they are not doing enough for their kids. If we choose to stay at home then we are not contributing or we are lazy. Really? I burn more calories chasing my toddler for an hour than many people burn in an entire week of sitting behind a desk. Plus, childcare is CRAZY expensive, I am not going to give up time with my precious children just to send one child to daycare.

If we eat a cupcake, we feel like we have to run to the gym for an hour after work. Don’t get me wrong, I go to the gym, but I have been known to eat that cupcake after my trip to the gym. What can I say they taste GOOD!! Something else women are made to feel guilty about..Caring for their husbands. I make it a point to make sure my husband has lunch each day and a hot meal to come home to. He works hard, very hard all day. He needs to know he is loved and appreciated. The house is somewhat clean when he gets here. Come on, I have a toddler, plus I run an in home daycare. It isn’t perfect. But, so what? My husband and kids are fed, warm and happy.

I better get going. I am heading to the gym tonight, then planning to eat that Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin chillin in my fridge while watching Supernatural with my 17 year old. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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