I Desire To Forget

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers –

Today’s devotional was about forgiveness and I thought I would share my deepest desire with you.  I desire to forgive in such a magnitude that I don’t remember the sins of those that wronged me. Many say forgive but never forget, however I don’t want to remember.  I don’t want to have a memory that attaches someone/some place from my past to a particular feeling.  I want to be able to see that person and harbor no resentment/bitterness in my heart toward them.  I want to be able to see that person and not worry about them hurting me again, because I now lack the knowledge of them hurting me before. I want to be able to step into a building and not react with feelings of insecurity because of the sins that were committed in that place.  I believe that operating in true forgiveness allows me to do just that, without this guilt of “I’m being dumb or naïve.”  I strive to walk in a forgiveness that forgets the wrongs of those that sinned against me.

1 Corinthians 13: 5 says that “Love remembers no wrongs…” it does not harbor past transgressions against no one.  Love does not remember past sins and faults.  This love and forgiveness is demonstrated to us through love of Jesus Christ.  He died for us, loving us in spite of our mistakes and faults and loving us into a personal transformation.  He forgave our faults and He does not harbor them against us any longer. His love is real and His forgiveness is sure.  I being His servant/ambassador/friend, walk even as He has walked and choose to not remember the sins of those that done things to me in the past.  I choose not to remember, no to hold someone to a memory of who they once was….

***NEWSFLASH*** People change!  That’s right, you heard it here first folks!  People change.  Some change for the better, others change for the worse- but all in all change is evident and consistently in effect.  Change is inevitable. So if I hold my brother or sister to a fault that occurred in their past self, against them in the present time- where change may have occurred- I am not being fair.  I am not being just.  Because God is just, He does not hold our past sins to us but acknowledge the possibility of change.

Should we do the same? Are we being truly just? Or are we living life constantly being unfair?

Today, I encourage you to forgive.  I encourage you to let things go and to choose to not remember.

Why harbor bad memories?  Why hold sadness in your heart? To learn a lesson?  The lesson has been learned and applied, so isn’t it time to find happiness again?  Isn’t it time for reconciliation? Isn’t it time to be free to have happy memories again?  Isn’t it time to forget completely?  Isn’t it?

The choice is yours on how you live your life.  Whether you are happy or living in sadness- the choice is yours.  I choose to be happy.  I choose to love like Christ loves.  I choose to completely forgive.  I choose to forget!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Home

I went home today

everything was new

I looked around

the only thing missing, was you.

I went home today

the walls are now green

the smell is still delicious, with fresh bread in the air

things have changed since, I was seventeen .

I went home today,

memories of you hanging on the walls

“rock show” filled the air

as I answered so many calls.

You would think that I was overwhelmed

by everything that suddenly changed

but to be honest the only thing on my mind

was how your absence made everything not the same.

I went home today

everything was new

I looked around…

the only thing missing, was you.

©Simone Holloway, 2015

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Blessings in Disguise

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Today started a little….on the rough side.  So I got up and got dressed for work, left on time and everything- only to get there and not have a way in.  This seems to be a common theme with my place of work, I need a key but have been waiting on that for the longest.  Of course, I see that I got a text message saying I could come into work an hour later- while I am standing outside the door!  Slowly but surely, I felt the irritation rising as I looked at my mom who sat waiting in the car.  She had to go to school early today because of exams, so this little inconvenience not only affected me but her as well. If I was a lighter complexion, I think she would have seen the redness on my cheeks and the steam rising off of me.

A man’s heart deviseth his way, but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9

So I’m back home, because of unfortunate circumstance, missing a day of work because of the lack of responsibility.  I could do one of two things: wallow in irritation or change my perception of the situation.  Instead of thinking about today being a day of lost wages, I’ll see it as a free spa day: one where I lounge at home, wash my hair, do my nails and just relax! I start another job in the morning, and I need to be really rested for that position.

Today’s case of unfortunate events was just an avenue for a blessing in disguise.

Instead of work and stress, I will be accompanied by peace and relaxation today and I choose to view my day in a new light.  I am blessed, whether I am in the office or not.  I am blessed whether I am strutting in my heels or my house slippers.  I am still blessed.

SO like me, today may have started a little rough.  It may have been super extensive and annoying in the beginning but I bet if you look at your situation you can see the blessing just waiting to be acknowledged.  There is always a blessing in disguise.

P.S. Did I mention that I left my phone in my mom’s car :/ ….. Oh well. guess I am supposed to be unplugged today!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Appreciate The Good…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers

Welcome!  How are you guys doing?  I am doing well.  I was thinking about my weekend (which was awesome- I hope yours was too!)  and how good God is.  I think sometimes, we focus on the bad in the world.  You, know?  Children dying, mothers not having enough to eat, racism and sexism, and etc.  There is so much bad in this world, that sometime our eyesight is clouded to the good that is around us.  SOOOOO…..today, I say not only look for the good that is in your midst, but appreciate the good that surrounds you.  Appreciate that person that greets you with a smile each morning.  Appreciate the ability to grab breakfast on the way to work.  Appreciate your mail person that says “good morning” each day.  Appreciate being in good health and good spirits.  Appreciate these things and pass good to those around you.

Be encouraged blog family!  Yes, evil exists but in the midst of darkness is always a stroke of light.  Appreciate the light around you.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:5 NLT

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Full Circle

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

So…as summer approaches and my time here in my hometown comes to an end, I feel like my life is coming to a full circle.  Many of us pray for second chances in life, but few of us rarely get that chance.  Sometimes, God allows a twist and turn in our plans to give that chance.  The chance to be kind, the chance to forgive, the chance to love.  All of these chances come so that we can do the right thing, so that we can live life differently.  I’ve learned that what looks like a step backward can actually be where we need to be.  What looks out of place, can be the avenue that God uses to change our lives.  SO if you sense that life is coming full circle for you, that you are being presented with second chances- take them!  Don’t question this unbelievable gift from God, accept it!

Anyways, I hope all is well and that you guys have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Another Blog, Another Opportunity

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

So I did something reckless yesterday…I actually acted upon what was laid on my heart and created another blog.  This blog however is a strictly poetry blog that centers around my time spent asking God some of those real questions in life.  The blog is called “Musings with the Father.”  I am so excited about this new project!  Just because I have a new blog, doesn’t mean I am abandoning this one- I am posting on both each and everyday but each post will be centered around different things.  SO….If you love poetry and would like to follow my new blog click the link below!

http://www.lifeslittlemusingswiththefather.wordpress.com

Thank you for following this blog and for making it a success, your love and time given toward me means a lot!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

P.S.  Seize every opportunity given to you, regardless of how bold it may seem.  Live life to the fullest and have no regrets!

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Thursday Blessings

In power and authority
I begin to speak
over you- some Thursday blessings
with glad tidings
I decree and declare that
the glory of God will be shown
everywhere that you go.
Whether fast or slow
grace shall overwhelm you
mercy will overtake you
love will be your real reward.
I speak - hoping to gain nothing in return
but the sheer joy of knowing
that God answered my prayer
Truth or dare?
I dare you to bask
in the blessings of God
to dive in His infinite wisdom
to wade in His everlasting love
Today
This Thursday
May you be...
infinitely...
blessed.
©Simone Holloway, 2015

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The Heat From The Speed

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

I’m sort of a night owl even though I know I should go to bed, especially since I had to get up for work this morning.  Anyways…I was having a chat with the Lord around 12:45 this morning, asking Him why it seems like for my life things take so long to get off the ground.  I was reflecting on the fact that He used me to speak into someone’s life, and I have witnessed God’s word come to pass so quickly that it slightly baffled me.  God did a quick work in their lives, and then I began to reflect on my own life and think, “What’s taking God so long???”

The Holy Spirit began to speak to me in that moment about rockets…guys I know nothing about rockets or missiles, except that they go far in to the atmosphere at a very high speed.  The Holy Spirit began speaking to me about a rocket taking off, and how a rocket takes off at such a high speed that the vessel itself becomes super hot. The speed of the launch creates the intensity of the temperature.  So if the rocket was not built correctly, or if it’s foundation vessel was super weak; the heat would destroy the vessel in the middle of the launch.  SO I , not really missing my physics class at this moment thought out loud, “So what does this have to do with me?”  And immediately, the Lord replied; “I had to take time to build you, to make you strong so that when I launch you in my divine plan, heat from the speed doesn’t destroy you.”  “If I allowed you to be launched into purpose without a strong foundation, as soon as  things got tough- you would break and never make it to your next place in me.” 

Sometimes, we look at our lives compared to others and feel a sense of discouragement.  Why does it seem like I have to work for everything?  But those around me are freely given amazing opportunities?  Why does it seem like I am always lacking resources?  When others have what they need to make the difference they desire?  Sometimes, it seems like life isn’t fair.  

I encourage you to realize that God is working in your life.  He is building the foundation so that when He launches you, you don’t crumble at the speed by which He turns things around in your life.  Don’t despise the process.  Stop comparing your life with others (something that I am working on now! ).  Understand that God’s plan is great, no matter what it entails and that His ways are always right.

Be encouraged and please write me, I love hearing from you guys!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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I Spy

A classic but one of my absolute favorites…my writing has grown over the years 🙂

Authentic Love: God, Relationships, and Life

I Spy

I sit and wait for you.

I sit and I wait…

Time stands still-

Hours, minutes and seconds…slow to nothingness…

Nothing at all.

You see me,

I see you.

It’s our little game of “I spy”.

I spy with my little eye,

Who could be the love of my life?

Vibrant and Bright,

Bright and Kind.

I sit and I wait for you.

I sit and I wait…

You approach and  

I stay where I am..

In a place of hope,

A little less than a stride.

I sit in love and…I wait. 

I look at you, 

You look at me.

It’s our little game of “I spy”.

I spy with my little eye,

One who is vibrant, one who is kind.

I spy…

The love of my life.

– ❤ Mo

“Copyright, Sept.5. 2014, Mo”

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Essence Of Eternity

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Have you actually sat down and thought about eternity? About the after-life?  Your eternal residency?

I actually thought about eternity and my hope to spend forever with the Lover of my soul, God.  I actually thought about it and this hope made death here on the earth, seem light and trivial.  I began to think about the idea that my eyes will continuously see the beauty that awaits me in Heaven. Every day, moment, year in and out- I will be surrounded by light, beauty and love- because of my relationship with Jesus Christ.

When you think about eternity, and you think about your own relationship with Christ; things here on the earth seem trivial and full of vanity – waiting to pass away.   But the opposite is also true, eternity for those who do not have a relationship with Christ is full of torment and fear.

We cannot escape eternity, wherever we end up because of our choices- we are there forever.

I think that if each of us took a moment to think about the weight of the word eternity, we would love people better; we would be honest and keep our word; we would live our lives sold out for Christ. Our reward for our work is a lifetime of being with Him, and I look forward to every second of it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please comment below or email me at authenticlove789@gmail.com.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”” John 11:25-26

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