Delayed Disobedience

So the other day, during my quiet time, I found myself writing in my journal:

“I will not see the promise of God if I am not obedient to the call”

Do you understand this statement?

You see God spoke to me that night. He asked me to do a few things and I must be honest, I’ve been a little tired, distracted and complacent.

In that moment I really told myself – “There is literally no time to be tired, distracted and complacent with what God has instructed me to do”

I mean, how could I be? I have people waiting on the other side of my obedience. I have God’s plans be for me waiting on the other side of my obedience. What kind of fruit do I expect to reap if I would have continued like that?

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During the time, I truly thought about the seeds I missed out on planting during my time of delayed disobedience. Planting those seeds and watering them means that soon I would see growth. I would have my healthy imaginary tree that eventually bear beautiful fruit.

How can we expect to see the fruit of God’s work in our lives if we can’t even be obedient with the seeds He has given us?

Delayed disobedience is still disobedience. Let that sink in.

Have you been faithful with the last thing God told you to do?

lots of love and blessings,

The Graced Citizen

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But God

“BUT GOD” changes so many our mindsets, situations and moments. Stay Woke! Ephesians 2: 4-10. This is definitely worth a read and I encourage you to head on over to the fromcrowntosole blog to read more truths!

Bless the Crown

IMG_20180124_102151_479.jpg“But God”. Two words that change everything. Two words that transforms any situation. Two words that give me hope. I’m believing God for the “But God” moments for myself and the lives of everyone else. If you don’t know what those moments are, they sound like this:

My situation is dire; I don’t know how I’m going to get through it, but God

I’m tired and I’ve been crying a lot, but God

Nothing seems to be going right for me , but God

My bills surpass the balance in my account, but God

People are expecting me to fail. They’ve said certain things to bring me down, but God

Managing my business isn’t going as I expected, but God

Things seem to be taking longer to happen for me, but God

I don’t know what my purpose is, but God…

I know…

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Communication Corner

Communicating is hard sometimes, Right??!?! Who’s with me?!

Well I have really been reflecting on this area, because sometimes I just prefer to not say anything. But, here is the reality – that doesn’t solve anything – especially when it involves the ones you love.  So here’s some things I noted.

  1. Talking isn’t necessarily communicating 
  2. Listen with intention and understanding ( Yikes, I am still working on this! I have that gift of tuning conversations out)
  3. Understand when it’s time to talk and when it’s time to listen 
  4. Practice to hear what each other is saying 
  5. Take time to repeat what you’re saying if the person doesn’t really understand 
  6. Avoid trying to communicate when you’re angry (Breathe. Think. Think again. Then remember Proverbs 18:21 NKJV “Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat it’s fruit” – then speak.
  7. Note your tone of voice (also working on this- I’ve always had a very serious, abrupt tone – but I realize this affects how people receive what I am trying to say even if it’s coming from a loving place so it is something you will have to actively work on)
  8. Remember you are on the same team – we are all part of God’s kingdom.
  9. Take your defense hat off 
  10. Stop shifting the blame

Well there you have it!

Do you have any communication tips to share? Comment and let me know below.

Have a great Tuesday!

lots of love,

GC

You are Blessed

Have we really taken the time to consider our blessings?

I like to think of blessings as little gifts from God. Little reminders that He is watching, hearing and answering each and every prayer.

Sometimes the blessings my not be in the way we want them to be.

Blessings have more to do with God than with us. Think of them as reflecting His amazing grace and His long-suffering character. They flow from His lovingkindness and goodness.

“For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45).

In the midst of great blessing, our hearts can still be far from God. And apart from Him, blessings are merely temporal and empty.

We must consistently pray and ask God to help us to use the blessings He has given us towards His will. Most importantly, always give Him thanks for the blessings.

Bless you!

lots of love,

GC