Good Is Promised To Me

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 
My heart is filled with praise and thanksgiving to our God.  You know, the goodness of God does not change based upon our situation and circumstance? It’s constant.  That is one of the things I love about the Lord, His consistency, So I was reading my devotional and thinking about 3 AM prayer and I noticed that one of my favorite scriptures was featured today, cool…right?
Romans 8:28 is my ultimate go to scripture when things in my life are going haywire, it is a promise that keeps me going until I things turn around.  It simply says…

“And we know that all things work together for good to then that love love, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

It’s like in the middle of crisis, I remind myself of the criteria of this promise.  1. I love God and 2. I am called for His divine destiny- so all things in my life though it looks bad right now is going to work out for my good.   I choose to trust in the sovereign will of God.  I choose to trust His plan and as I do this I realize that good is promised to me.
God has promised me good… and that means nothing in this life can shake that promise, things have to work out for my good.
Well fam, do you love God?  Are you called for His divine purpose/plan/destiny?  Then guess what??? Good is promised to you as well. Don’t dwell on all the bad you see around you now.  Yeah I know that things are tough right now .  Yeah I know that things look dark and grey but let me remind you that good is promised.  God cannot lie- it’s not in His nature so when He promises good, He is faithful to follow through.  Good is coming!  Choose to trust and believe and I promise that you ‘ll see the good in this situation.
I write these words to give you hope so that you may know your trials and tribulations are not in vain- good is promised and good shall come!
Until next time,
Mo 🙂
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I’m No Longer Waiting…

I think it's funny 

how long it took me to come to this place.

It took me a long time 

to erase the possibility of living life for you. 

To come to decision in my heart 

that said I'm no longer waiting....

anticipating....

self-hating....

or allowing what's going on to exasperate me. 

Or rob me of my peace

my joy 

or my happiness.

To tell you the truth, I'm a hot mess

to think that I've been truly living

breathing in this God-given air with gratitude 

while my attitude turned bitter because you weren't near

or here

with me.  

But tonight, I decided to be free 

from the plagues of living life with you on my mind 

irritated that time is not on our side. 
 
I'm no longer waiting on you to be alive. 

I decided that whether you came or not

I was going to give life my best shot 

and enjoy what was around me 

I was going to simply be 

content in the skin I was given 

Livin' in my complete purpose, divine destiny 

no longer allowing your absence to hinder me 

I was going to love like never before 

I was going to let my boldness roar 

for itself 

becoming self-confident without needing your help. 

And whether we met here or on the other side- 

I was no longer waiting on you to be alive. 

So when we meet, I might be in this country or not 

I might own a small boat or a yacht.

I might have long hair or continue to rock my short do 

I might be single or I might have a boo.

I could even have a tattoo 

because at the end of the day, I am no longer living for you.  

I am living for me.

I am living to be free.

Living to live again- 

I am living as God's best friend.

So instead of making you the center of my world,

I no longer strive to be your girl-
 
I strive to be myself and smile more

I'm tired of living life like a bore

In my pursuit after God, I will continue to strive

Because I am no longer waiting on you, to be alive. 


©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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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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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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Reintroduction

We’re in the middle

of God’s game of shuffle board

and I am in this different

place than you

God has a cue

in His hand

ready to make His move

He pushes you left

He pushes me right 

out of darkness

into marvelous light

My cocoa skin blends

with yours,white

Like a disc

we’re thrown toward each other

defying the teaching

of our mothers

what time is it….

time for introductions 

except I’ve met you before

once upon a time

you was at my door

begging for me to see 

that you loved me

really loved

me with all your heart

from the start

I loved you 

It’s time for what…

for us to meet each other again

yep, my friend

it’s the new me

can you see?

Hello my name is

Mo..

nice to meet you!

(c) Simone Holloway, 2015

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I Run This…

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

I know it’s late but I could not got to bed without speaking to y’all today.  Let’s see, it was homecoming for the university I graduated from- so I spent time catching up with old friends and just loving on people.   Catching up can be very tiring and that led to a 3 hour nap and HuluPlus marathon shortly afterward.  I got a free moment to study the Sunday school lesson for tomorrow and I was reminded of the goodness of God and His sovereignty.  I was reading Job and when God confronts Job about his attitude towards his situation and etc, He says “I’m in charge of all this—I run this universe!” (Job 41:11 MSG). So I thought I would tell you what He whispered to me ..”I run this…”

Sometimes its easier to think that we are on the same level as God, like we control our own destinies.  Yes, we make choices that affect our lives but at the same time we are creation trying to figure out the Creator.  I have been so guilty of this…guilty of thinking that I know more than God and then becoming frustrated with Him when my life doesn’t turn out the way I planned.  Reading about Job sort of put me in my place.  I wasn’t around when the world was created, I did not tell the ocean how to be formed or instruct the animals how to live their life.  I was created like everything else, programmed with a distinct plan for my existence.  I didn’t think of myself and say hey I want to be on the earth..”Presto..be born.” In fact, I wasn’t around to make sure my parents got together, I wasn’t even around for their births.  I am just a product of God’s plan, a player in His game of chess and ultimately not someone that He has to answer to or be accountable to.  I am not on His level.  But…my attitude was saying something different as I questioned His about my circumstances, as I questioned His about His plan.  My attitude at its worst said “Hey You!  Answer to me – why?” Totally unacceptable.

Sometimes we needed to be reminded of who we are in relation to Him and then we’ll find ourselves full of humility and repentance.  I bowed my head and I repented for my attitude and how I approached Him concerning my situation.  In Job 38-41, God ask Job if He would like to take over His responsibilities as orchestrator of the universe- Job fell silent.  That’s how I feel, I don’t want God’s job: too much pressure and I’ll mess up .  I will fail humanity, where as He never fails.  He has a plan.  He knows what He is doing.  I think  we forget that God is not new at His job, been doing the same things since the beginning of time. This is not His first go around at the rodeo.  When we begin to think in this mindset, we begin to see ourselves as we truly are ( not on his level), and we begin to realize that we can trust Him. We can trust God with our lives…He knows more than we do.

Isaiah 55: 8-9 (MSG) says…

 I don’t think the way you think.
    The way you work isn’t the way I work.”
        God’s Decree.
“For as the sky soars high above earth,
    so the way I work surpasses the way you work,
    and the way I think is beyond the way you think

He doesn’t see things the way we do…our knowledge is limited, we only see so much but He knows and sees all…  He does things differently.

Jeremiah 29: 11 (MSG) says..

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

He knows what He is doing….He runs this!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

It’s Just A Test

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers- 

Today is usually Freedom Friday but we are going to do something different for this week.  Today, I’m going to spend some time encouraging you.  Next week, we will resume with sharing stories that exemplify freedom.  Sit back, read and enjoy!  

Have you ever been in a situation where they seemed to be no way out?  There seems to be no hope of things getting better?  

What do you do?  

Have you ever prayed and heard God say nothing?  Or, have you ever had to trust/ believe God in spite of what you see?  

Friends, I am in the place in my relationship with God where I have to follow Him even when I don’t see Him guiding me.  I have to trust in His promises even when I don’t hear His voice.  I think that sometimes God is silent on purpose to test the intentions of our hearts.  It’s like He wants to see if we will love Him in spite of what we are going through, in spite of what we are dealing with.  I’m here to encourage you and let you know that what you are going through is only a test, a test of faith/belief.  

You know, it’s one thing to say you have faith in something, but it’s another to put that faith into practice.  Sometimes, God doesn’t move the way we think He should in our situations.  This doesn’t mean that God can’t move in our situation ( He can do all things), maybe He is choosing a different way to move.  It’s easy to doubt that God cares and that He’s concerned during these times of silence, but we must not give up our faith in God.  God use these times of silence to test our belief, it is in these moments that we discover if we truly believe God’s word- our words are tested during hard times.  

 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

What you are going through is just a test.  You can make it!  You can win! Keep believing in God’s word, keep trusting Him because before you know it- He’s going to work everything out!  Yes, He will. 

Until next time, 

Mo 🙂 

Whether You Come or Not

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

TODAY is a new day!

TODAY is a day of purpose, change and destiny.

TODAY is the day that I walk into my divine destiny, my divine purpose- not allowing excuses and fear to hinder me any longer.

NewPerson
This is who I am….

TODAY is a day of empowerment, a day when I am empowered to be different, to be the change I seek in this world.

TODAY is the day that I embrace that verse that says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ , the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” ( 2 Cor. 5:17 NIV).

So TODAY I embrace my newness and I allow old mindsets, habits, concepts to die.  The old from this day on, no longer exists and I choose to walk in the newness of Christ.

TODAY I move forward into what God wants for me whether you come or not!!!

Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland. ( Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV) 

Until next time,

Mo  🙂

A Change of Plans

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers!

So….there has been a lot of changes going on in my life.  I decided to take a year off before going to graduate school, I’m looking for a job, and I am reconciling with old friends and new enemies.  I am becoming an adult.  Crazy, huh? At the end of the day, life is quickly producing different twist and turns in the plot line called life and I am quickly realizing that change is inevitable and therefore should be embraced.  

Change is good….at least this is what i tell myself everything morning to keep my sanity and to be content in the world.  Change is good. The funniest thing about this ordeal is that I am a creature of habit.  I love routines!!!!!!!  I ❤ ROUTINES! So much so that  I will alter all future plans to fit my routines of the present. Looking back on  this philosophy I realized that I was being silly in thought  and action. You can not base the future on the present, that idea doesn’t even make sense; but this was the idea that I  used to make so many decisions.  The problem with this philosophy is that it eliminates the possibility for change.  Change is not possible because if change occurs it ruins my future plans and then I become a failure of a child that will be talked about for generations to come….*breathe Simone, breathe *  See what I mean?

The fact of the manner is, God loves change.  He loves to change our plans to line up to His perfect/divine plan.  He is super spontaneous and loves to make our lives into one big adventure, based on a mutual trust between us and Him.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says to “Trust in the world with all of your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” When we trust God with our lives, plans will change & that’s a good thing.  We will find that when we go with the flow concerning God’s will, we will lead a life that is full of joy and adventure- things that are more meaningful than mundane routines.  

Embrace His change of plans!

Until next time, 

Mo