The Holding Cell

Hello old friends, new followers, and fellow bloggers- 

I hate waiting.  We all have that one family member whose super accommodating and it seems like they can wait for anything. I  mean they can wait for food, in traffic for their exit, and for other things outside of their control.  These people have the best attitudes and seem to be full of patience.  I am not one of those people, not even close.  If my food is taking too long at a restaurant, I’m like what’s up?  I hate waiting in traffic. I hate waiting in long lines.  I hate waiting for the light to change.  I don’t like to wait.  Once I create a schedule, I want it to run smoothly free of delay.  Man, I wish God felt the same way about waiting as I do, but he doesn’t.  In fact, He encourages that we have periods of waiting- moments where we sit and wait for the promise

I was sitting here thinking about my life and  I feel like I’m in a holding cell.  It’s like I’m in this season of transition, waiting for someone of a higher authority to determine what’s next.  I have to wait for God to move.  The crazy thing about the holding cell, it forces me to trust that God is making the best decisions for my life- that He knows what He is doing.  Sadly, friends, I’ve jumped the gun so many times and moved ahead of Him.  This moving ahead of Holy Spirit left me in so much trouble, cleaning up a mess that could have been avoided with a bit of patience.  I’ve played clean up because of my inability to wait.  But, here I am again in a transitional state of my life and I have no choice but to wait and trust.  What do you do when you have no other choice but to wait? I took the wrong approach and complained about my wait.  I complained about what God was doing because I couldn’t see all of the details.  Yet, God being so full of mercy did not get angry with me but left me in the holding cell to wait things out.

God so full of mercy and compassion is making me wait.  He rather I sit still and wait than to push ahead of him and mess everything up.  There is beauty in the wait!  When we wait, we get to sit with God and prepare for the next.  In the wait, we learn the beauty of rest! In the wait, we understand that good things take time.  Waiting is for our benefit, waiting is for our maturity, and the wait helps us grow!  I’m in a season of waiting and I’m learning that out of his steadfast love for me, He’s placed me here.  I’m waiting and that is okay.

Here’s what I’ve learned through it all:  Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord.  Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope.  Yes, keep on waiting – for he will never disappoint you! Psalms 27:14 TPT

Xoxo,

Simone

Purposed Delay

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

So… this weekend has been interesante so far. I walked into my NEW apartment last night to spiders- like legit God-created spiders and I felt a panic attack coming on. I rushed to Walmart with my head scarf still on. Yep, fear took away the shame and I grabbed the one and only bottle of Raid that I could find! I then spent an hr spraying down my apartment but could not sleep a wink. Fast forward… out of paranoia I desired intensely to wash my bedding but then realized that I didn’t have a washer or dryer, so… I pack things up and head to my parentals place which is two hours away for peace of mind. Then I end up stopping by Walmart and once again my plans are derailed and I am delayed in leaving town. Again.

You know what? Maybe delay is not always a bad thing, you know maybe it’s God’s way of orchestrating his will. This delay though annoying in my mind was a perfect vehicle to me seeing an old friend, meeting a new one and getting an opportunity to share some resources to one in need. This weekend is about engaging culture and remembering the one, I believe the Father delayed and derailed my plans to do just that!

All things work together for our good, even the annoying things and inconvenient things. Everything is working for our good!

Until next time,

Simone

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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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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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It Wasn’t All Bad

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I find it hilarious that when something goes wrong between us and those we care about, the only memories we have of them are negative.  It is as if in that moment, all of the good times no longer exist and that our memory has no happy times to reflect on.  It’s just like the enemy to get us to focus on the bad when there is so much good around us, even in the people around us.  I remember having a spat with a friend and the only things I remembered about him were his negative traits, convincing me that being friends with him was not a good idea in the first place.  The problem with this type of thinking, is that this mindset will rob you of some of the most amazing people, experiences and things in life.  People change, things change, places change with a goal of becoming better.  So I can’t look at people from my past here in the present- in the same light, especially if  many years separate our last encounter.  A lot can happen in a year.  In fact a lot can happen in a day, so I need to keep my mind open and ears listening to what’s being said to me.  We all deserve second chances and just because some bad things happen doesn’t mean that they are bad people- maybe misguided but not definitely (without room for change) bad!  I love the gospel because whether you are rich or poor; a businessman or a thief there is always room for change in Jesus.  He causes us to change our attitudes, mindsets, perceptions, and He helps us see the good in the midst of the bad.  So when that person who wronged you stroll your way, allow your self to see them in a new light and embrace the possibility of reconciliation and change.

Life didn’t always suck, it wasn’t all bad- so reflect on those times that were good.

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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God Is SOOOOOO Good!

Hey fam!

Let me tell you….God is SOOOO good!  I mean, He is tremendously good.  Even when things around us don’t look good, God remains good.  This past Sunday, the pastor preached about blessings that don;t match our expectations.  he talked about how God blesses us in ways that we never imagined, that don’t fit our definition of a blessing or what not.  He says that sometimes we miss the hand of God moving in our lives because we let our expectations stand in the way of us receiving what God is doing.  He talked about how God doesn’t do things the way we do and that we have to keep our eyes peeled to see Him move.  So today…I experienced a little bit of this.  I’ve been believing God to supply my needs, even down to basic needs such as food for the next day.  I have money but because my needs have needs, it seems to  never be enough; but I prayed and I told God that I believe His Word that says “He will supply all of my needs according to his riches and glory through Christ Jesus.”  God will supply my needs and all I have to do is trust Him.  So today…my boss was stopping for lunch and I asked him to pick something up for me- I even gave him my check card to purchase my food. So my boss returned with my food, I blessed my food and I began to eat.  I didn’t worry about spending money I didn’t have, I just ate.  Halfway through my meal, I found something wrong with my food.  It was bad, but instead of getting super upset or irate- I simply called the restaurant and explained what was wrong.  The staff person was so sweet and apologetic, she made me a new meal and gave me a refund.  She also prepared the meal herself and gave me some extra things for free. I went to go pick up my meal and the manager came and gave me some store credit for my next visit so I could get some more free food.

SO I BASICALLY GOT MY LUNCH AND SOME EXTRA THINGS FOR FREE!!!!

When God bless you, it may come in an odd fashion but He sets you up real nice in the end because He is just that good!!!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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I See Great Things

In my future, its great things I see

I see great things in my future

I only have high hopes for me

This year is going to go a lot smoother

For me this will be the best year

This will be the best year for me

I can feel good things near

So…I choose to live and let be

I’m excited to love with everything

With everything, I’ll excitedly love

This year will be filled with songs to sing

A year I can continually write of

I only expect good things in the near future, no negativity

This year is my year, my time for living free

©Simone Holloway, 2015

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Fret Not

Do not fret because of those who are evil
    or be envious of those who do wrong;
 for like the grass they will soon wither,
    like green plants they will soon die away.”

(Ps. 37: 1-2) 

Hello Authentic Lovers

Lately. I’ve been watching the news (the most depressing hour of television) and have come to realize that lately it seems like people get away with doing bad things.  I don’t know if that makes sense or not but it seems like justice no longer exists, like there are no consequences for doing wrong.

I was talking to the Lord about these concerns of mine, when He directed me to Psalm 37.  This Psalm is not one of the Psalms that I know off the top of my head, so I sat and read it again.  The Psalmist encourages the people to not to worry or be anxious of what they see.    How many of us worry about others do?  How many of us become anxious and want to resolve things our own way?   I have been guilty of thinking that it was my job to create consequences for those that wronged me or done harm to me. But this morning, I learned that I do not have to fight for myself or make justice happen- God is just and therefore He will fight on my behalf.

Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
    when they carry out their wicked schemes.”

(Ps. 37: 7)

Today, I encourage you to wait on God.  I know that things seem to be really bad right now.   I know that the world is full of chaos and all kinds of evil but God knows this and He is going to do something about it- wait on Him.  Just because those around you have resorted to doing evil, don’t follow their path- rise above what you see.

A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
    though you look for them, they will not be found.” (Ps. 37:10)

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Meet Chris…

Hello Authentic Lovers

As you know, I love sharing different opinions and point of views on this blog…so I am super excited to announce the addition of Chris Montgomery to the Authentic Love: God, Relationships and Life team!  Chris Montgomery is my big brother, a good friend and a prolific writer.  He has written various posts on social media about relationships and relationship maintenance . I am simply enamored by his wisdom and grace.  He is going to be a contributing author, offering to this blog different articles about relationships and God from a male perspective.

YAY!!!!  Can you tell that I AM SUPER PSYCHED???? 😉

Chris Montgomery

“Writing has become the canvas in which I freely craft words that inspire motivate and propel one into their best! 

Here has my heart set to scribe words of hope in this generation and the next.

May my words become My Legacy!”

Authentic Love Family….let’s welcome Chris Montgomery!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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Actions Cause Reactions ( A Conclusion)

Hello Authentic Lovers

Today is the last day in the Adam & Eve series. I hope everyone had a great Sunday… I thought I would end this series with a friendly reminder- a reminder of basic physics: actions cause reactions. What we do has some type of consequence, sometimes good and sometimes bad.  The lesson that is learned from this power couple is that their single action of disobedience caused the downfall of mankind…generations of people after them. Think about it! The consequence for Adam’s disobedience was the hard labor he would experience in tilling the ground for food. What once freely gave him life, would only give life after hard work. Eve would experience pain in giving birth- women all over the world hate Eve. Lol. Finally immortality would not be experienced any longer… man being created from the Earth would die and return back to the Earth.  Death was the ultimate consequence-man would forever be separated from God. One action caused a major damaging reaction.

This is why I encourage each and every one of you to think about your choices.  Think before you do because your choices not only affect you but also those who are in your life.  Think before you do.  Sometimes it’s hard to make sound decisions and it’s hard to not do things on impulse but wisdom causes an individual to be conscience of their decisions.

Think before you do!

Until next time,
Mo 🙂

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