When Someone Comes Asking – “What’s Your Secret?”

“How do you do it? What’s your secret?”

Have you ever been asked that as a believer? Finally, you’ve come to that place in life where you’re no longer emotional about every little thing. That quick temper that you once had is gone. Those nasty words you used to say….well….you don’t say them anymore. When something suddenly changes at your job, you no longer act as if it is the end of the world. You embrace the change and continue to effectively do your job. When problems arise in your family, you no longer fall apart like you used to. And even if you suddenly did, you find Strength to pull yourself back together.

Those who have become a witness to your change of character, who aren’t used to seeing anyone act or respond the way you do, are left asking the question(s) above. They can be the very person today that you used to be 5 years ago. And after having been witness to how you remain in control, they want to know what it is you do. They want to know your secret. The only answer is that…..

 

 

 

There are just a Person and an encounter. Now that they have asked, you have the chance to gladly share your experience with them. That’s the privilege that you, as a believer, have been given. Never turn away from it.

God and His Son are so worthy to be known. The encounter you had with them, was no light matter. Something happened on that day. Your whole life changed. You became a new creation.

 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,

he is a new creation; old things have passed away;

behold, all things have become new. 

~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

Not only did you become a new creation, but you became a witness for the life of Jesus who now lives inside of you. The person who has been asking or will ask, “What’s your secret?”, is getting a taste of what that newness of life in Christ looks like through you. You may not have done it in words, yet, your life has become a witness to something greater than what they have been previously experiencing.

There was a sermon preached on American Family Radio that spoke on the subject of families. The pastor giving the message was saying that how believers raise their children should leave those of the world asking them “What are your strategies? How do you do it?” 

My Sister, your life will do and should do the same. And when they come asking, freely share what you have been given. God has called you for this very reason. Your life as a witness to the life of Jesus is how someone else will be led to knowing Him. Remember always, that in living for God there is no secret. 

 

Freely you have received, freely give. 

~ Matthew 10:8b

Every One Can Do This

 

God is not just speaking to the Saved when He says, “Come”.  No. He’s speaking to you who are unsaved.

Now let me say it this way too. God is not just speaking to the unsaved when He says, “Come”. No. He’s speaking to you who are Saved.

Oftentimes, whether Saved or unsaved, we think that we have to have it all together before we can come to God. Our i‘s have to be dotted and our t’s crossed. There is to be no flaw in us, right? This is not true. God knows that we are far-from-perfect people; full of flaws and imperfections. He doesn’t want us to have it all together. In fact, He wants us to be broken and in pieces when we come to Him. Why? Because He is the One who can put us rightly together and make us whole.

 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

a broken and a contrite heart –

these, O God, You will not despise. ~ Psalm 51:17

God bids us come. He loves it when we approach Him in whatever state that we are in. The Word of God says that those who God chooses and causes to approach Him are blessed (Psalm 65:4). It’s okay for us to not have it all together. It is in not having it all together that we are blessed. Take a look at these reasons why:

  • When we walk in darkness, God becomes our Light.
  • When our lives are filled with sin, God gives us His righteousness.
  • When the enemy attacks us with lies, God reveals to us His Truth.
  • When we are full of doubt, God becomes our Blessed Assurance.
  • When there is hate in our hearts, God fills us with His love.
  • When we are weak, God’s strength makes us strong. 

 

In coming to God as we are, we are able to find two things: 1) Rest from all of our strivings. 2) What is acceptable to Him.

 

Come to Me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads,

and I will give you rest. Accept My teachings and learn from Me,

because I am gentle and humble in spirit,

and you will find rest for your lives. 

~ Matthew 11:28,29

The awesome thing about it all is that………God sees everything. God knows everything. There’s no need for hiding or pretense. Sister, just simply “Come.”

 

Super Simple Egg Muffins Recipe

 

I call these real egg mcmuffins! 

*** They’re really easy and simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • Eggs (number of your choice)
  • Cooking spray
  • Whatever you decide to add to them (spinach, cheese, turkey bacon, etc.)
  • Nature’s Seasoning
  • Muffin pan

Directions:

You just spray the muffin pan with desired cooking spray, crack open your eggs, add your extra ingredients, scramble, and pop into the oven for about 15 minutes. Then enjoy!

I told you they were super easy. Have you ever tried them before? If not, let me know if you decide to. I’d love to know how you made yours (what ingredients you added) and how they turned out for you.

 

 

Why I Chose To Blog For Compassion

 

When I was growing up as a little girl, I would always see videos and images of children around the world who were in poverty, and it would break my heart. I couldn’t stand the sight of looking at those fragile bodies suffering from lack of proper nutrition, food, and clothing. My heart literally cried out from within, wishing that I could help them all. I told myself that when I got old enough and able, I was going to sponsor a child.

For years, I was a skeptic about doing it. I had heard that those kinds of programs were a scam. And so I worried about someone stealing from me. I even worried about what my family would say if they knew I had decided to sponsor a child from another country.  After my daughter died back in the year 2004, I was standing in front of the television in my living room when another World Vision commercial had come on.

Once again, my heart couldn’t take it. So I immediately picked up my phone and became a child sponsor.

 

 

Finally, I had peace, and I was happy to know that I was contributing to making another child’s life brighter. I had children of my own at the time. I couldn’t imagine if it were my own children being in such predicaments.

To make a long story short, my first child sponsored was a boy. Then I came into some hardships financially and had to stop sponsoring him. When I was able to do it again, I went back for him, but he had already had a new sponsor. So, I gained a new sponsored child; a girl.

I came into some financial hardships again and had to stop sponsoring her. It broke my heart to have to give up sponsoring children for a while. I prayed unto God and said that there had to be something I could do. There had to be another way. 

 

 

While on the internet one day, in my search for another way, I came across the words, “Blog for children in poverty.” At first, I was like, that can be done, really?  I had never heard of such a thing. So I decided to dig a little deeper to see just what was required.

Without hesitation, I signed up and became a blogger for children in poverty with Compassion International. I figured that if I was not financially able to sponsor children as my heart desired, I could raise awareness of their need to be sponsored until I am able to sponsor a child again. Here’s a little excerpt from my Become a Compassion Blogger’s Page.

I feel so privileged to take part in such a great cause. Our children are our next generation. They are the ones we will be passing the baton of the Kingdom to. Wherever they are, whether in Africa, Asia, Latin America, God desires to use them for His kingdom. I remember growing up, not having everything I wanted. But never was I in any situation as some of the children who are in other countries.

Over the years I have realized that we, here in America, are blessed more than we realize. We have so many resources that we can use to bless the life of someone else. Why not become a sponsor to give another child life and hope? Would you miss the money once it’s gone? If you kept it, what would you spend it on? I have been a witness (having done it myself) to people having money and blowing it on things they didn’t even need. They spend it because they have it. But why not save it and use it for a good cause? Why not give to a child in need?

 

Are you a blogger? If not sponsoring a child, how about joining the Compassion Bloggers team. We would love to have you. Think about it. Pray about it.

 

 

 

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It’s No Wonder We Are Obese!

This has definitely changed the way that I eat from now on. Did you know that your stomach is the size of your fist? Yep! Naturally, it is made to hold about one liter of food but can stretch up to about 4 liters before it ruptures. You know what this tells me? That the amount of food we as Americans eat today on those big plates or going to buffets and, To-go restaurants are way too much. Eating all of that food causes our tummies and bodies to struggle to process or digest it.

By the way, did you also know that it takes the body about a 9-hour process to entirely digest one meal? Imagine my surprise when I learned that in Cosmetology school. “NO WONDER SO MANY PEOPLE ARE OBESE!” (myself included), was all I could say. We are overworking our digestive system.

If you eat big meals each time you eat, plus snacks and the like, you are truly overworking your body. Your digestive system can’t keep up. So here are five tips for you today that I believe can help us all get our digestive systems back to normal:

1. EAT SMALLER MEALS. Throw away your big plates. I’m thinking about this one for real. Don’t know how happy the hubby would be. Ha!

2. EAT SLOW. My husband can clear his plate in about two minutes. I don’t know how he does it. And I find myself racing to eat my food to keep up with him sometimes. Talk about stress!
3. CHEW YOUR FOOD AT LEAST 40 TIMES BEFORE YOU SWALLOW. I’ve done this and I find that it turns it to little to nothing or almost liquid form. My guess is for better digestion.

4. PUT YOUR FORK OR SPOON DOWN AFTER EACH BITE. Allow yourself the time needed to properly chew your food before taking another bite.

5. YOUR BODY NEEDS 20 MINUTES TO BE TOLD IT’S FULL. I have implemented this tip already. I must tell you that it works. You will be surprised how less food you will really eat when you pay attention to your body.

It’s time we stop the body torture. We are so much better than what we are doing to ourselves.

What do you do to have a healthy digestive system?