Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Work in Progress...?

Goodnightmorning MMCC Fam!

While perusing through old Facebook posts, I came across a post I made around February 2013 concerning the phrase, "a work in progress."  Check it out.

Interesting thought I just had: To be a WORK IN PROGRESS is making a conscious effort to do better in every area of your life naturally and spiritually, and NOT to be used as an excuse to justify your wrongdoing/sins. That's just as overrated as "God knows my heart..." 
#ThatIsAll #Goodnightmorning #Philippians4:13

God is holy.  He instructed us to be holy, for He is holy.  When the Scripture says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me," all means exactly that: ALL.  Therefore, that means that through Christ, we can also live a life without sin.  Do we fall short at times?  Yes.  We are human, but please do not use that as a "crutch" to justify or uphold your sins.  Instead of relying upon the overrated "God knows my heart," ask God to transform and renew your heart (mindset) to live a life like CHRIST!  We have a world full of lost souls looking at us; what do they see?  Most importantly, when God looks at us, what does He see?  Does He see His image, or something in total contrast?  
Saints, let US (you and I) do better.  Through Christ, we can do better.  Get off the milk (infancy mindset), and eat some meat (mature mindset).

~Shairon L. Taylor, MMCC Blogger

Scripture references:  Romans 6, 1 Corinthians 13:11, 2 Peter 3:18 

Monday, October 21, 2013

A word for my SSWS!! (Saved, Single & Waiting Sisters)

First of all, PRAISE THE LORD!!

God blessed me to find this Word I posted in a Facebook group back in the spring of the year.  I thought this would be a great for a blog, to encourage, uplift and of course, INSPIRE!

From a post made in the Proverbs 31 Woman  Facebook group:

"I had an interesting illuminating revelation!

RUTH is a book in the Old Testament that is all too familiar, especially to the Single, Saved and Waiting District of women. 
It's more to it than just BOAZ (although he is definitely a key component, Hallelujah!) *clears throat* Anyway, it's a whole lot more! Little did Ruth know at that time, that her PURPOSE was larger than life! She birthed Obed, the grandfather of King David. We know that JESUS CHRIST is in this lineage!! THEREFORE: there is nothing wrong with waiting for, and in fact-praying for your husband in advance, planning your wedding by faith and all of that; BUT let's focus more on what is our OVERALL PURPOSE in life-naturally and spiritually (oftentimes the two overlap/mesh). 
In order to do that, we must SEEK GOD'S FACE and obey His Word...blessings come through obedience and humility.

And this is coming from a single, saved and waiting Daughter!" 

My SSWS:  be not discouraged or weary during the wait. As we wait on the Lord to be found by our soon coming husbands, model your prayers after this fashion:

Father God, in the mighty name of Jesus, I thank You for life, health and strength.  I thank You for all of Your wonderful blessings.  I thank You for all that You have done, for all that You are doing now in the spirit and natural, and for all that You are going to do.  Help me to fully trust Your will for my life.  Father God, in this season of singleness, I ask You to mold, shape and equip me to be the woman and wife You want me to be!  Everything that is in me that will hinder my walk and upcoming marriage, I humbly ask You to purge me-take it out of me!  I lay every weight that easily besets me on the altar!  Equip me to be the wife my husband desires and needs.  Let me make the Godly best of my season of singleness, for Your glory and honor, in Jesus' name, AMEN!

From one saved, single and waiting sister to another, I love you.  Be encouraged!

~Shairon Taylor, a SSWS

Scripture references:  Isaiah 40:31, Psalm 27:14, Proverbs 31

Dealing with TRANSITION

Goodnight-morning MMCC Fam,

It has been a few months since my last blog, for which I do sincerely apologize.  I am so filled, I will not be surprised if this turns out to be a lengthy blog; however, I pray that this blog ministers, inspires and encourages you.

I am back in a "regroup/refocus" mode.  The last few months have been...interesting.

Transition seems to be the central key theme of my life in this season.  I am experiencing transitions on so many levels, it literally bogs me down. My brain was on overload last night (technically early this morning).  It was around 4:00 a.m. when I finally decided to make an ATTEMPT to get some sleep. Let's talk about the word, TRANSITION.

First of all, what is TRANSITION?  Merriam-Webster defines transition as a: passage from one state, stage, subject, or place to another; change; b: a movement, development, or evolution from one form, stage or style to another.  It also means an abrupt change in energy state or level.  It also has musical references, and is used in musical compositions.  The overall purpose of a transition is to embrace progression.  That alone can be uncomfortable or scary, because stepping out of the comfort zone comes along with transition.  We should not remain stagnate.  Our objective should be growing and moving forward.

In this month alone, I've experienced transitions on the job, in my personal life and in my church.  I can honestly say I'm experiencing a mental transition in a multitude of ways.  I'm transitioning my thoughts toward something greater-naturally and spiritually.  My mindset has transitioned to face and accept the facts in certain matters.  To add clarity, one particular matter is an "if it walks like a DUCK, looks like a DUCK, and quacks like a DUCK-then IT'S A DUCK" type of situation.  No matter how much you wish and hope, and even try to convince yourself that it's something else, if you want some peace of mind, you'll have to accept the facts.  It's a DUCK.

Things happen for various reasons.  Depending upon what the circumstance may be, it may a divine wake-up call from the good Lord above; for example: a breakdown in relationships/friendships.  It could be something so unexpected and bizarre that results in the severing of the relationship.  You sit there, wondering, "Okay, w
hat in the world just happened, and WHY?"  Sometimes, it may be God getting them out of the way.   First of all, we must realize that all friendships/relationships are NOT lifelong; they could be seasonal. Seasonal friends have served their purpose in their assigned season, now it's time to move on.  Secondly, when God is taking you to another place in Him, to another phase of life, another phase of success-EVERYONE CAN NOT COME ALONG.  Everyone can not participate in the things God has for you.  Even Abraham was told to get up, leave his hometown, leave his family, leave his father's house and go to place that God will show him (Genesis 12).  Now matter how much you love them, they have no place in your new season.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is a one of many foundation Scriptures upon which to base our lives.   The writer tells us to "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."  Our understanding often differs from God's thoughts on the matter.  In fact, the Scripture tells us "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)  God's ways and way of thinking are TOTALLY DIFFERENT from ours!  He sees our beginning, and He knows our end.  Therefore, when TRANSITION happens, God already knows what's up!  He will never leave or forsake us.  Just stay the course, and allow God to lead and guide you.  Although you may be hurt, confused, wondering what's going on-God knows.  Take comfort in knowing that our all-knowing God understands us better than we understand ourselves.  Ask Him to help you embrace this transition, to focus on the positives instead of the negatives.  Just know that eventually, you'll see the bigger picture, and then realize WHY things happened, WHEN they did.  



Scripture references:  Proverbs, 3:5-6; Isaiah 55:8-9; Jeremiah 29:11