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FEBRUARY.11.2019

N E W -Y E A R, S A M E – G O D

It’s been a long year, y’all! How many of you are still going strong with your New Year resolutions, goals, intentions and all of the things? To be honest, I’m still creating and breaking and modifying all of the above. What I’ve had to come to grips with is that it’s completely okay to pause and adjust. I’m human, and by nature, we are wishy washy. We all say one thing with every intent on completing and following through, but you know what? Life happens. Sometimes I think we are a bit too ambitious at the beginning of the new year with our big goals and big dreams. Big goals and big dreams are perfectly fine. In fact, I think they are healthy, but are they realistic. If you haven’t been active or gone to the gym since your high school cheerleading days in 2000, then, a weight loss goal of 20 pounds in one month probably isn’t realistic. Oftentimes, we try to climb the entire stair case with one big step instead of taking it one step at a time like stairs are meant to be approached. In the end we either fall flat on our face or we bypass the steps in between that were placed there strategically to help us handle the next step and eventually, the top of the stairs. Falling on your face is okay, though, because you tried. We just have to get back up, go back to the last place we were and keep it pushing, in ways that match who we are, realistically. Never stop. Never give up. Remain diligent.

As we wrestle with our goals and resolutions, either making the necessary adjustments to make them more realistic, or just dropping them all together because we are comfortable in complacency (don’t do this), God remains the same. He never changes. He tell Moses in Exodus, “I am who I am.” He is the same in 2019 as He was in 2012 (aah the Good ole days when the Obamas were in the White House.) Oftentimes we want God to conform to who and what we need Him to be in what ever situation we are currently in or whatever battle we are fighting, but the truth is God doesn’t conform to us because He is already and always everything that we need. Whatever we need today, He was yesterday and will be next year.

God doesn’t switch up on us. Whatever it is that you believe God is, then He is. We switch up, we don’t always stick to the code, we’re not always loyal, but God is always the same. The same God that provided for you during those rough no money college days is the same God that will provide for you today. The same God that protected you from yourself, sometimes over and over, is the same God today, and will be the same God tomorrow.

God is faithful and consistent, the real battle is making sure we possess the same characteristics. It’s a daily battle, but definitely worth it.

XOXO,

Starr

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FEBRUARY.4.2019

P R A Y E R – J O U R N A L

Hey Y’all and Happy Monday!

Mondays are universally the least popular day of the week, and in the past, I was right there with y’all, but I’ve decided to change the way I approach Monday. Although Sunday is the first day of the calendar week, I consider Monday as the first. I spend my Sundays in praise and worship, in church, resting and relaxing in God’s presence; honestly trying to come down from the high I experience during church services. I prefer to keep my calendar clear on Sundays minus a little down time with friends and family, occasionally. I guess Sundays are buffers between the pervious week and the week to come. So how do I attack crawl into Monday mornings? Prayer.

Although prayer is a part of my daily routine, Monday morning prayers are a bit different. I switch my prayer routine up a bit. I may start my morning doing a prayer circle, or pray on my knees face down, think yoga “child’s pose”, or I might read a different devotion than normal. It’s nothing major, but it’s different. It’s separate from my routine which is normally hitting the snooze button a ridiculous amount of times, rolling over to read a devotion from my phone, dragging out of bed, praying while I brew coffee, and reading a devotional at my desk. Mondays need more time with God. Mondays are the start of the week and I want to start my week off in God’s presence, priming my week. I’ve recently committed to Fast every Monday, once my current Fast is complete.

With all of that, the one consistent prayer method, regardless of the day is my prayer journal. Prayer journals are great ways to actually put your desires and your thoughts and conversations with God, on paper. They are great miracle trackers. It’s pretty durn cool to look back at what you prayed for and see those past prayers in action. You can see how those desires have manifested in your life. There is nothing better for faith than to see what you’ve prayed. If God did it before, He will definitely do it again!

So how do you journal your prayers, you ask. If this is. your first time creating a prayer journal, then there are two very simple methods.

First, grab a notebook or journal and start writing. Write down your thoughts, your desires, your wishes, your goals, the people you want to cover in prayer, favorite scriptures, specific requests, etc. Write without thinking. Use this as an opportunity to dictate your intimate and private thoughts and conversations with God then watch your life change. Watch God work! Make this a daily (or nightly) routine.

The other method is the S.O.A.P journal. This is the way I’m currently journaling. The S.O.A.P is not only a way to write your prayers, it’s a great way to study scripture. Let me tell you how it works.

S = Scripture: Select a scripture and write it down. Currently, I’m reading a 40 day Prayer Devotional Challenge, so I pull the scripture from that day. There are a number of Bible Reading plans you can find and use the daily scriptures from the plan.

O = Observation: Write down what you observed from the scripture. What did you interpret. It also helps to read a few variations cause you know the King James Version….

A = Application: How will you apply the scripture and your observation to your life?

P = Prayer: Here is where you write your prayers and thoughts from everything from above. What do you want to manifest in your life or anyone else’s life according to the scripture, your observation, and application.

That’s it! I guarantee, well actually, God guarantees that whatever you ask for in prayer and faith, you will receive. Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Prayer is not as intimidating as some may think. It’s a conversation between you and God, but also know that simply asking for something without application will not yield results. God is not a Genie. You have to apply His principles to your life and you can find those principles in your Bible. 🙂

I pray that your prayers manifest in your life and that your faith increases. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. If you have any other suggestions for prayer journals, let me know. If you decide to create your own S.O.A.P journal let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear how God is moving in your lives!

XOXO,

Starr

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JULY.23.2018

P R O M I S E

There are some days where I want to go back to Texas. {I mean, peep that Houston skyline! }.  My family is there, great food is there, friends + loved ones are there….My comfort is there.  BUT, just as feelings do, they dissipate, because feelings are temporary.  I quickly am reminded of God’s many promises.  I remember that the promise is in your discomfort.  God never said it would be easy, but He did say that He would be with you.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9

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FEBRUARY.22.2018

F A I T H F U L N E S S

Each day holds its on pleasure and pain.  Today will never look or feel like yesterday.  Tomorrow could just as well be heavier than today.  But God! 🙌🏾.  Each day we are equipped with just the right amount of mercy to handle the exact amount of pain and pleasure for THAT day.  Today’s amount of mercies are not designed to cover tomorrow.  There will be fresh mercies for tomorrow.  God is faithful!

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23