Weekly Devotion: Stepping out in Faith

Matthew 14: 31-32

“… And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased…”

I usually post my weekly devotion on Wednesdays as a pick me up for the rest of the week. I have been a little neglectful recently as I do attend school full-time, plus I also have an internship, and a job. So I have not had the leisure time to post something new, but this has been something I have been struggling with, and learning to do as well so I wanted to share.

Getting out of our own way, and stepping outside of our comfort zone can be frightening.  But sometimes God calls us to unfamiliar territory so that he can use us to our full potential. He wouldn’t have called us there if he didn’t think we could handle it. It will always be scary embarking on something new when we have no idea how to even go about starting it. Which is why we need to have FAITH, and in this passage that is exactly what Peter did he had faith.

We need to commit to the godly desires of our heart and listen to them, that is God speaking. That is him trying to use us. We all have dreams and some of us are terrified of pursing them. I am that person. I am always in my own head. I am so creative and I have all these ideas, and more and more I am seeing these ideas come to fruition by other individuals. Although it hurts, I know that God has so much in store for me, and that is his way of telling me that I can do it if I doubt less and trust more.

God will always leads us, he knows that nothing happens over night. So he expects us to take the steps needed to prosper in our full potential, because he cannot do it alone. He needs us to walk on that path when he shows us the way. When we are able to walk without fear and let God take the lead role in our lives he will begin to open doors we never knew were there, and opportunities will come that we were never expecting.

Ask God to show you the way to make those dreams a reality, and remember every step counts no matter how small you may think they are, it’s a step to a greater entity you never knew was coming.

So STEP OUT IN FAITH, and trust God to guide your steps. Which will not only lead you to your full earthly potential, but lead you through the gates of Heaven.

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Relationship & Bullshit Chronicles: Are you a Side Chick?

I first want to say that NO WOMAN should be confused as to which one she is. We all know pretending you don’t is just you playing the victim. STOP IT!

I have never been a side chick, but I have been in situations where I know I was about to get drafted to be one, and I quickly quit the team because I was not trying to be apart of the Roster. As women, as cliché as it sounds, we have to know our worth.

We cannot be out here, throwing it back ( in all ways) for free. We should not be giving up entrees, when what you are is the side order.

I mean we can all go to a restaurant and order a side salad, or a side of fries, but not everyone can afford the Lobster, or the Fillet Mignon.

So here are my tips to let you know if you are THE BOLD ITEMS ON THE MENU, or the little ones tucked away at the back near the refillable sodas.

  1. You have been “together” for over a year and never met any of his friends or family.
  2. He only sees you at night.
  3. He only sees or calls you when he wants your fillet mignon.
  4. You have never been to his house.
  5. Phone calls are always brief, and you only hear from him during certain hours.
  6. You are not allowed to talk about him to others, because he wants to keep your relationship private, and he doesn’t want anyone in your business.
  7. You have never spent a holiday with him.
  8. He never shows up when he’s supposed to, and never gets upset when you cancel plans.
  9. He panics whenever you get near his phone.
  10. You never go anywhere in public and when you do it’s in remote areas and at night.
  11. He does not like when or allows you take photos of him.
  12. Your relationship is purely physical.
  13. When you bring up the future his response is “you never know what the future holds”.
  14. You are not connected on any social media, and if you are he deletes your comments.
  15. Your number is not saved in his phone, and if it is its under a different name.
  16. He rarely spends the night.
  17. He is married, or has a girlfriend.
  18. You are okay with hiding everything you are both doing.

If these things are happening to you sorry boo but you’re a side chick, and if you are condoning it then YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED to  be mad at him, when things don’t go as YOU planned. You allowed it to happen the only person you can be mad at is you.

Weekly Devotion: Commitment and Purpose

Isaiah 26:3 you will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. (NIV)

The more you stay focused and committed on your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. I know first hand that this is easier said than done, and many of us give up too easily when something becomes difficult, or if we are thrown curve balls resulting in set backs.

If you are truly doing what God has called you to do, and you are honing in on your God-given gifts and talent, giving up is not an option.  Although some tasks may be difficult, boring, or what some would say it’s beneath you, or if you are not getting recognized, continue to do it. Not everyone who made a change got credit immediately, God will ensure that you are remembered for the things you should be remembered for.

Without commitment from our Lord, we wouldn’t be here to today. So don’t give up no matter what it is, as everything little step counts, and one day you will rejoice in the fruits of your labour as you are walking in your purpose.

A rise in Canadian Citizenship Fees in 2015

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In February of 2014, the Canadian government increased the Canadian citizenship fee from $100 to $300, with a $100 Right of Citizenship fee.

Effective January 1, 2015, Citizenship processing fees for adult grant applications will increase from $300 to $530. The Right of Citizenship fee will remain $100.

Applications received by CIC on or after January 1, 2015 will require the new processing fee ($530) plus the Right of Citizenship fee ($100), if applicable, for a total of $630. Incomplete applications returned prior to January 1, 2015 and received by CIC after the fee increase will require the new processing fee.

These reforms include streamlining the citizenship decision-making process from three steps to one, resulting in a 90 percent increase in new Canadians from the previous year, and reducing the backlog in Canada’s citizenship applications by 17 percent since June 2014, which is its lowest level in almost three years.

“With a record number of new Canadians this year, it is clear that [the] government’s changes to the Citizenship Act are having a real impact on the number of new citizens welcomed to the Canadian family,” said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. “We are fulfilling our commitment to reducing backlogs and improving processing times.”

The fee hike in 2015 is expected to bring in an additional $60 million to the Canadian government. Unfortunately, the increase in citizenship processing costs may make Canadian citizenship further out of reach for many families who are Canadian permanent residents.

Canada’s fees remain lower than fees in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Weekly Devotion: The Power of Love

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Song of Songs 8:6,7; Romans 12:9,10

An understanding of true love has nearly been lost in modern culture. Love has become defined more by sensuality and gratification than by commitment and loyalty. This misunderstanding is a root cause of many broken relationships.

In his final description of true love, Solomon describes it in the Song of Songs as being as strong as death, like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame (8:6). In verse 7 he wrote…

Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it way. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.

True love is powerful, binding two people together with cords that cannot be broken. It can withstand any hardship that comes against it. However, some people try to buy love with money or possessions. But love based on such things will never stand against the “many waters” and “rivers” of life’s challenges.

Paul’s words in Romans 12:9,10, focus on the ingredients of a God-given love: sincerity, hatred of evil, strong commitment to the good, and devotion. With that foundation in place, love can stand up under any test.

 

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