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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We’re Still Slaves

Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-

Think slavery is in the past? Think not!  Slavery is still among us…within our communities, on our streets, living and breathing our existence. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re still slaves.  You might be thinking, you’re crazy- slavery has been abolished.  No man can own another. Yes, that’s true but this slavery that I speak of is not one achieved through force but rather one we voluntarily accept- the slavery of sin. Yep, I said it- we are slaves to sin.  Some of us that “know” God are still bound to the ways of sin and we have accepted our bondage as one that is inevitable, something to get used to- our “struggle”.

The crazy thing about bondage is that, when you’re bound for so long- you don’t know how to approach a lifestyle of freedom.  There is a story of an elephant that was shackled by it’s one leg from birth to only go so far, circling a tree. When the elephant ( now an adult) was freed from its bondage, it did not run free but rather still circled the nearby tree as if trapped.  The mindset of bondage, have kept some of us from reaching our purpose- have kept some of us from even trying to find the purpose that is within us.  We’re free men and women but yet, we are still slaves to the mindset of sin.

We’re still slaves. 

When we come into the knowledge of Jesus Christ and we give our hearts to Him, we no longer remain slaves to sin- but to righteousness.  We choose to do what’s right because we are no longer bound to the actions of wrong.  The problem comes when we are set free and given an ability to say “no”, yet we continue to say “yes” to things that do not please God.  Harriet Tubman, said that she would have set more slaves free if they only knew they were slaves.  How many of us are slaves, and have no idea?  We just live this life the same way we always have… We’ve had these habits for years, it’s apart of us…  All of these excuses reveal to us that we are enslaved and have no understanding of our slavery.  We view our bondage as normal and that is what keeps us from seeking freedom.

So today, I shine a light on your bondage.  I make you aware of the fact that you are trapped in a place of mediocre and complacency.  I make you aware that you do not have to settle to a lifestyle of habits and addictions.  I inform you of the fact that you too can be free.  I shine a light on where you are, so that you can see where you should be. Free from the past, free from disappointment, free from loneliness and low self-esteem.  I shine a light in the direction of freedom, in the person of Jesus Christ.  He has come to set the captives (slaves) free!

Until next time,

Mo 🙂

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The Revised Letter to My Ten-Year Old Self

Hello Authentic Lovers,

Maybe a month and a half ago, I published an article called “Dear Ten- Year Old Self” it was letter full of regret and angst at my current love life. It was my way of saying that I was destined to be alone, which is totally not true. It was probably the most depressing piece of literature I have ever written; it was REALLY depressing.

So today…I was in my kitchen thinking about the last few articles written and decided that my perception of love and how I’ve experienced it has darkened my views.  Love is not as bad as I have made it out to be. In fact, love is a beautiful gift that should be treasured and acquired by many.  Those who are hurting, project this image of a broken world because of their own brokenness and that is the image I was projecting- an image of brokenness.  I was so broken, to the point that I thought I could not be repaired; but God works with things that seem to be impossible, things that cannot be salvaged. He relishes in the lost causes. I thought I was a lost cause, a tragic story that had no hope in its ending- I was wrong. I was so wrong about God, about love and about myself. I saw myself as weak, vulnerable, a victim- a target just waiting for the next broken heart, but that is not who I am.  I am not weak, fragile, broken; I’ve been made whole and should live my life as such. I was not the same little girl that always felt unloved, nor did I have the same little heart that had been smashed into a million pieces- I was no longer her. The funny thing about life is that sometimes little people grow up battling the same demons, feeling the same way, going through the same motions of childhood, of adolescence.

As I’m writing to you, I feel a sense of rebirth and renewal- something that my middle name (Renee) means but I have yet to truly experience.  I sense this difference in mindset and I’ve come to understand that the same God I thought wanted to hinder love from me was the same God begging for me to receive His love.  God has loved me from the beginning of time and yet I sought after this love in people, in places, in things. I’ve searched for my prince charming, like a princess without a home; when I had a prince waiting for me to embrace the gift of His life. You know, sometimes we have to hurt- we have to experience pain to learn a lesson, to truly move forward.

Pain is not a curse but rather a gift, a signal to instruct us that we are in the wrong place- that we shouldn’t be comfortable with what we have. Pain distinguishes what is good and bad for us and therefore comes in handy.  I was seeing pain as this obsolete apparition that followed me into every stage of life, but rather pain was making me and shaping me into the strong young woman I have become.  Pain was my blessing and it’s life lessons have helped me grow.

So if I could write a new letter to myself at ten, I would say “Stay the same- be you!” Yes, there will be pain.  Yes, people will hurt you. Yes, at times you will feel alone- but remain true to yourself. Love with everything inside of you and realize that the prince you seek so badly is waiting for you with His arms outstretched, waiting to give you His life. Today, I am loved. I am strong. I am fearless. Does that mean I have everything together? No. Does that mean that I don’t have more learning to do? Oh course not! But I am not longer the victim, waiting for my demise. I am the victor, the one that overcame and chose to love in spite of.  I am no longer broken, I am whole. This is who I am and I don’t apologize for living my life as such.

If you’ve felt like me once upon a time in your life, I would love to hear about it! Feel free to share your thoughts with me. I hope that this post tonight encourages you and helps you realize that you are stronger than you think. I believe in you! I believe in your dreams and ambitions. I believe in the greatness of what you was created to be. Lastly, I believe in the power of your love. I know that your love can change the world for the better. Love is powerful, the same way it can be used to destroy is the same way it can be used to heal. Love healed me. God’s love healed me and it made into the person that I am today. I believe in your love. If you need anything- someone to talk to or just a friend,  you can reach me via email: authenticlove789@gmail.com, like my page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authenticlove789. Follow me on Twitter @framesofdust8 and finally join my Instagram family: @lawnmusic578. I can’t wait to hear from you and we’ll speak soon!

Until next time,
Mo 🙂