God’s Opinion…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Well… it’s Monday and let me tell you I took an “L” during class today.  Have you ever been asked a question and gave an obvious wrong answer but before you can stop yourself from talking- your mistaken speech has already left your mouth?  This happened to me in Civil Procedure today I could feel the stares of judgement on my back…like, I was so embarrassed.  One of the first thoughts that can to my mind was, “Girl!  Everyone must think you’re so stupid now!” “Like, you’re soooo stupid! Why did you say that???”  Shame and embarrassment began to settle on me.  We can’t change the perception of others, but we can change how we perceive ourselves…

As I sat in my seat, eyes adverted to the floor, the Lord asked me a question:

“Which opinion is more important to you: mine or theirs?”

I could feel His presence meet me in that classroom and He began to share his thoughts about me to me.  “I think you’re smart, I think you’re beautiful.  I think you’re capable of more than you’ve ever imagined.  I think you’re going to make a great attorney! I believe in you.”  His words lifted the shame and his peace began to settle my soul.  There’s this scripture that says, “Those that place their hope in Me will not be put to shame.” (Isaiah 49:23)  There is no shame in Him, and his opinion supersedes the opinions of others.

Well…I don’t know what you’ve been embarrassed about or what defeating thoughts you’ve entertained about yourself- but I challenge you to see yourself, the way God sees you!  I challenge you to think highly of yourself because your Creator thinks highly of you. His love consumes all of the fear, doubt, and shame that comes to overwhelm us. He believes in us, so let us believe in ourselves!

Until next time,

Simone

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Don’t Touch That…

“Don’t eat from that tree”, God said

Don’t eat or you’ll die-

But the fruit looked so good

It was so ripe

Red, plump, desirable

The fruit looked so good

Walk away…walk away

he saw me

he sought me out

slithering and hissing

he spoke to me

deceit dripping from his lips

“God didn’t say that…”

God doesn’t want you to be like him

Eat and enjoy

Why would God keep you from something that makes you happy?

Why would He say no to something good?

Why?

That’s not the person you know

So eat and be merry

With a weak heart and a hungry stomach

I became enticed

enticed for the forbidden 

for that pleasure

forbidden pleasure

Don’t touch that

Or you’ll die

I could hear my conscience

speaking to me….

DON’T TOUCH THAT!!!!

but…I couldn’t resist

I took

I ate

I gave it to my husband

He ate

We realized that we were naked

The serpent smiled

All hell broke loose 

(c) Simone Holloway, 2014 

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Hope Maketh Not Ashamed…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Hey guys it’s been some time since we have last spoken, I’ve been busy at the firm- trying to reevaluate my life.  I’ve been thinking about the  essence of hope and how unique it is.  I’m a youth Sunday school teacher in my church, and I taught my tiny tots that hope was a superpower given to us by God.  Hope helps us dream and go after our dreams, hope gives us the courage to want more and hope helps us see the good in those around us.  Hope is our superpower– and hope makes us not ashamed.

One of my favorite scriptures is Romans 5:2-5, it says-

 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Our hope in God and His word makes the suffering and tribulation worth every second that it is experienced.  This hope produces love in our heart for others and compassion for those in harsh conditions- this hope brings us through.  Keep your hope alive!  

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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