Seven years ago today, my precious Judah-pooh graced the earth with his presence. It was a Monday, and I had an appointment to visit the birthing center, where my husband and I had planned on having him. I went to my sister’s home (which was two blocks away from the birthing center); to get my hair done. She’s both an educator and licensed cosmetologist; and was very adamant about “not going to the birthing center looking busted.” So, I arrived at her home and was in labor; but I didn’t know it. My baby wasn’t due for another two weeks; and I was scheduled to teach my fitness class after my appointment. Also, my water broke first with my first son; and then I went into labor. So in my mind’s eye I was fine, since my water had not broken. I continued on with my day not knowing.
I rang her doorbell. When she opened the door, she asked if I was alright. I responded yes; I just need a moment to breathe. She asked: “Are you having contractions?” I said, “No, I don’t think so.” So I entered her home; and she proceeded to do my hair. As I sat there, the contractions became a little more pronounced; so I started to time them. They were two minutes apart. I called my husband (who was at work a half hour away) to let him know. We talked and laughed for a bit; and we decided that I should call the midwife; and call him again when the contractions dropped below two minutes. I called the midwife and told her that my contractions were two minutes apart and she told me that I needed to get to there “like yesterday.” As soon as I hung up the phone with her, out comes baby Judah.
My mom came just in time to catch and welcome him. My sister tied the umbilical cord; once it stopped pulsating. She then called the ambulance (who were right around the corner from her home); and they were there within minutes. They took me to the birthing center; where my husband met us there. We were there for a few hours and went home. Needless to say, I didn’t teach my fitness class that evening; but all of my students were so delighted. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so grateful that both my mom and sister got to share in it.
There was a very interesting article that was released over the weekend by Pew Research entitled, “8 Facts About Catholics and Politics in the U.S.” Now first – Pew Research is not some “pew”-as-in-church-“pew” religious organization. No, it is Pew, as in the “nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and…
YHWH/God is good!I often take moments throughout the day to connect with the Most High; and reflect on His goodness. Many people might regard this year as the most challenging year ever….when looking from a natural or physical perspective. However, I see something totally different. Throughout my life, whenever pressure came, it would bring about such a focus in me. It didn’t matter if it was playing basketball, having to complete a project at work, home or whatever. This year has been no different. I think it has, if nothing else, brought about a focus in the body of Messiah/Christ to consistently seek YHWH/God like never before.
I thank Him for His comforting presence and peace that has and continues to flood my life. I thank YHWH/God for all of the intercessors and prayer warriors standing in the gap for our nation, other nations, President Trump and all leadership, the unborn children, lost souls and everything and body in between. I’m thankful for the five-fold ministry leaders who are boldly teaching, preaching and declaring YHWH/God’s truth. I’m grateful for the families who are the salt in their neighborhoods and communities. I’m so very thankful for the families who have accepted the call to train their children up in the way that they should go; so that we will have generations of people and leaders whose hearts are inclined to the heart and will of the Most High.
YHWH/God is so good. He’s so just and he loves us all (sinners and His own children) more than we could possibly ever imagine. The future is bright! The best is yet to come! Praise Him NOW!!!
The Father says today, “Get ready for a backlog outpouring of My glory in your life! July is a month of explosive goodness and radical favor in the things that are before you. Do you want to believe the naysayers or the ‘doom and gloomers,’ or are you ready for a full measure and manifestation […]
There were so many blessings during the month of June….almost too numerous to count. I share these monthly blessings posts to not only remind myself of YHWH/God’s goodness; but also to encourage others to truly trust YHWH/God. In my May Blessings post, I shared a testimony about a conversation with YHWH/God; and how He had blessed me with help three days later. A day after that (which was June 1st), YHWH/God blessed me with more help. To say that I do NOT enjoy cooking is a DRASTIC understatement. In my heart, I wanted a chef to just cook dinner. It was the meal that I least looked forward to making each day. Again, during my conversation with the Most High, I didn’t complain; I recited Psalm 121:1 to Him; and thanked Him for being my helper. Not only did God send me a Chef; but one who could make Caribbean food (which is an anomaly in the area where I live). In my eyes, not only did YHWH/God bless me; but He also delivered me from having to cook dinner and lunch. The Chef makes so much food; that it has been more than enough for dinner and weekends. I just praise YHWH/God, because He’s interested in every detail of our lives; as well as truly gives us the desires of our hearts. He also gives us exceedingly beyond what we ask. I just praise and thank Him!
Another blessing during the month of June was home renovations. I was vacuuming the rug in my living room; and thought to myself: “This rug needs to be cleaned.” I then thought to myself: “This whole house needs an overhaul.” The very next day, my husband came home with a new living room set. He asked me my thoughts. I responded that I LOVED it! (My husband has great taste; so I totally trust Him to select things for our home). From there, we have been upgrading each room. We’re not done yet; but we’re well on our way.
The blessing in all of this is two-fold. YHWH/God takes care of me and my household, because of our covenant relationship. I rely on Him alone to provide for me. There’s no pressure on my husband to get things for me. YHWH/God will put things on His heart; and He does it. The second part of the blessing is that we are able to pay for everything in cash. Once our hearts took hold of the revelation of Romans 13:8, we made the quality decision to stay out of debt; and trust YHWH/God for everything.
Perhaps the greatest blessing of June is that one of the contractors working in our home gave his life to YHWH/God. On the day that it happened, my husband was upstairs witnessing to him; while I was downstairs praying for him. I just praise YHWH/God! One more treasure for Him.
There were so many more blessings; but I don’t want this post to get super long. Thank you for reading. Please share some of the ways YHWH/God has blessed you; and may He bless you even more. Have an excellent weekend!
This is a dream I had in January that I released as a prophetic word. Because of what we are seeing right now in the earth, I am reposting this word and I am crying out for, decreeing and declaring this unprecedented, accelerated demonstration and manifestation of the Lord’s justice in the earth. Prophetic Word […]
I am so completely honored for such an AWESOME nomination! Thank you SO very much Dawn!!
Dawn’s blog is called Drawing Closer to Christ. She is a woman who is anointed by God to write. Her posts not only encourage and inspire; but many have revealed the very heart of God. As if that wasn’t enough, Dawn will also pray for you if you have a prayer request. If you are looking for inspiration and encouragement that will usher you into a closer relationship with Christ, this is the blog to follow.
The rules are simple:
Thank the person who nominated you and link to her blog.
Post three photos of just yourself and write a short caption beneath each about why you chose that photo.
Nominate seven women for the Fix Her Crown Award, women who lend a helping hand to the woman whose crown seems too heavy, who appreciate the sister who dares to be her own glorious self, who raise strong young women, who smile at the sister journeying alone and walk alongside her for a time, who stand with the sister whose crown has been knocked off her head time after time and women who shine as their own beautifully unique selves.
Link to the blogs of the seven nominees.
I don’t have many photos of just me. I’m rarely alone as a wife and unschooling mom of four. I chose this pic from one of our hikes last week; because I love my children and being in nature (when pesky insects have not yet come out).
I chose this pic because it’s just of me; and one of the things that I have enjoyed all of my life (fitness/exercise).
This pic was selected because my husband is a big part of who I am; and I just LOVE flying! There is something about looking at things from a higher perspective…both physically and spiritually.
I nominate the following ladies. Thank you for sharing your gift of encouragement through writing with so many of us. I look forward to seeing your post should you choose to participate.
It can be greatly disorienting to be in a storm, especially when key information on the storm is absent. Generally, we are able to prepare, endure and outlast a storm by knowing how strong it is and how long it will last. Absent of that intel, we are ripe for all sorts of panic and […]
This week’s declaration is based on Romans 8:37-39: I am more than a conqueror through God who loves me. Nothing can separate me from His love.
I’m a bit of a planner; so nearly every Sunday, I write out a meal plan for the week…actually three. My husband likes his chicken, seafood and turkey. My children eat VERY little meat; and I don’t eat any. It’s pretty easy to manage. I can usually make “side” dishes that everyone likes; but no one (except me) likes red quinoa and kale. It is SO very good to me! I mix together sauteed mushrooms and kale, red quinoa and chikpeas. It’s easy to make, takes little time, very filling and it’s delicious (to me)! On these nights, I will usually make chicken, rice, broccoli and yams for my husband; and black beans (which my children love), rice, yams and broccoli for my children. Are there any other moms out there, preparing multiple meals?
As always, have an EXCELLENT rest of your week and I’ll see you around the blog!