Today’s Inspiration

Sometimes you wanna give up.

DON’T.

Don’t give up, give in.  Give into the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Pray for peace of mind.  Receive it.  Feel His presence come.  Feel the stress dissipate.  Listen for His voice.  Open your Bible and absorb His word.  Pursue peace.  This is what we can’t give up on.  Pursuing peace.  When we’re at peace, everything flows.

Tonya

Food For Thought…

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Look at that picture again?  Let it sink in…deep.  Today’s the last day of January.  Have you been fighting to hold onto something and it’s just not working out?  Give it to God.  Our Father has much bigger hands and has much bigger plans for our lives than we do.  Yes, small things have their time and place.  But there’s a time to move on to bigger and better.  Now don’t get me wrong, bigger doesn’t always mean what you think it means.  Once I went from full time to part time.  My job responsibilities (and my check) got smaller, but my time to do more things that He’d called me to got so much bigger!  My joy got bigger!  My space between tasks got bigger so my rest got bigger.  Man, it was awesome!  So sit at his feet and see what your “bigger” is and what it means.  You won’t regret it!

 

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You aren’t working to make things work are you?  I hope not.  Our blessings are gifts.  We don’t work for gifts.  We receive them and say thank you.  So take that next breath and put it to good use.  Tell God thank you for all He’s freely given through Christ Jesus.

Love & encouragement,

Tonya

What’s Your Dream?

textgram_1476917076.pngTake time out dream!  Stop running & ripping making someone else’s dream happen and work on yours!  If you’re tired of something in your life, there’s a reason.  Take time out to sit and dream.  Don’t waste time worrying about what is happening, sit and consult God on what could be happening in your life.  He has plans, dreams and goals for YOU!  Time to start listening to what HE says about your life and start moving accordingly.  Do you have a vision board?  Expound upon it by making a notebook.  Have the notebook?  Make the checklist.  Have the checklist?  Fill out the calendar.  You can take steps towards your dream.  But they’re your feet and only you can use them.  Need a good place to start?  Try Pinterest.  Make Dream Boards!  There’s nothing you can’t do.  Just take some time to hear His Spirit concerning your life.  Contrary to what some are saying, we don’t have to wait until the by and by to enjoy our life.  If you have to be dead to enjoy it, why call it living?

Yeah….ponder on that.

Love & encouragement,

Tonya

Why Your “Work” Isn’t Working

textgram_1436182938You ever wondered why sometimes no matter how much you work at a thing, you can’t get it to work, but as soon as you step away and sit down…BAM!  There it is?

I used to.  I don’t anymore.  Now I try to sit down before I do anything.  I talk to the Father about it, give it to Him, wait for a response.  If I don’t hear anything, I may poke at it a bit.  If it doesn’t work, I know He’ll fix it without my help.  Yes.  It’s just that easy.

As Christians, we should be a reflection of the truth of God.  His Son.  Jesus is in fact, the way, the TRUTH & the life.  So how do we reflect God’s truth?  By doing things His way, from a state of rest, not work.  The world says to work.  Toil.  Worry.  Struggle.  Strive.  Grind.  Push.  Force.  Use all of our strength, time & energy to make it happen ourselves.  But that’s the problem.  Once you give your life to Christ, the methods of success are completely on HIM.  He gave us the gift of righteousness and all the blessings that come with it.  Remember the 10 Commandments?  They were given to show mankind that they can’t measure up to God’s standards.  God showed us that His standards can’t be met by our efforts.  They’re unobtainable because of what Adam did!  But what Jesus did at the Cross covered all our sins so we aren’t TRYING to get right with God, but are now right with God and don’t have to work and strive to be.  So when you read & think  about Romans 16:4, remember that you don’t need to EARN God’s heart, love & blessings.  You already have them.  It was included in the gift of Salvation.  Rest in that.  Now from that restful place, go SHINE and show others that you don’t have to be perfect because God already placed you in the Perfect One, Jesus.

Love & encouragement,

Tonya

“Do Not Fear”

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I won’t even try to count the number of times the Bible says to not be afraid.  Someone did already.  Google it and let me know what it says!  LOL  But seriously, what do we have to fear?  God made this whole world as a gift and playground for us.  Why do we tremble at little things when we are so precious to our Father that he controls each and every blood cell, breath & circumstance?  Let’s repent.  Not the crying, snotting, screaming that some have taught, but the actual meaning of the word repent:  to change one’s mind.  Change your mind about the outcome of your situation.  It WILL be good.  Change your mind about how you think God is.  He is FOR you, not  against you.  He is concerned about everything you are and has already worked it out in your favor.  God is the ultimate perfectionist!  He loves you so much that he designed every detail about you!  Think on this:

God was so enamored by you that he decided how you would look down to every cell from birth to eternal life.  So when you were born, 1 day old, 2 days old, up until this very second and until eternity, HE DESIGNED YOU.  Oh yeah, you have His attention.  He loves you infinitely.  He’s already handled your business and only wants the best for you and for you to enjoy the life He gave you.  So give Him the gift of enjoying your life.  Trust me, you have NOTHING to worry about!

 

Love & encouragement,

Tonya

What’s in Your Cup?

1While some may prefer coffee, others may prefer tea and still others (especially in this weather) adore hot chocolate, we must gravitate and always crave water.  Not H20, but the water that washes us.  The Word.  I heard recently that the first 7 minutes of your day dictate the rest of your day.  Hmmmm….I don’t know if that’s true, but that first few minutes do mean a lot.  When you open your eyes, what do you do first?  Stumble to the bathroom?  Run to the bathroom?  lol Grab your phone?  Grab your spouse?  Turn on the TV?  Turn on the radio/music?

Pray?

I won’t lie.  I don’t thank God within the first 7 minutes MOST of the time.  But within the first 7 minutes I do realize that He is there and that I need to say SOMETHING to Him.  Sometimes it’s a declaration over my day.  Sometimes it’s a prayer.  Sometimes it’s a Thank You.  But no matter what, be sure to start your day with Him.  Trust me, you’ll need Him before the day is out!

Love & encouragement,

Tonya

Are you doing the right things for the wrong reasons?

Hi everyone!

I felt like this was a timely message, especially with the holidays right around the corner. Sometimes we take our eyes off of what is important to address what is pressing. Everything that is pressing for our time is not important (like that flash sale on cheese when you have a freezer full?), so we have to make sure what we’re giving our time and energy to is relevant AND timely. The other stuff can wait.

Check out my video for more of my thoughts on this topic.

 

 

 

Sometimes You Have to Stop to Move Forward

I’ve hit a wall. A wall of “too much”. Too much doing. Too much to do in too many places. I’m sure you’ve been there before.

I’ve been asking God for things and then trying to make my own way to them. I’ve been completely out of character. I’ve rushed instead of resting. I’ve moved instead of meditating. I’ve added instead of subtracting. I’ve worried instead of worshiping. Enough is enough. It’s time to stop. Just stop.

Case in point. I was reviewing my husband’s online store data and found that he had the largest number of visitors ever this past Saturday. So I told him to go find out what he did so we can replicate it. I’m thinking it’s one of these fantastic promos we’ve been agonizing, strategizing, planning and toiling over. Nope. Maybe it was a sale announcement What did he do? Sent one email. It was nothing major, nothing fantastic, nothing overly involved or time consuming. It didn’t even take 10 minutes to create, approve & send it.

However, all of this other drama we put ourselves through came to NOTHING. NOTHING. NOT A THING! So why did we do it? Yeah, I don’t know either. I guess we thought it would take all that. Well, lesson learned. We’re cutting the fluff. It’s time to dial it back in a major way and make first things first again.

What’s the first thing? God. Prayer. Resting in His presence. Letting Him be Abba at all times. Being moved by an unction, not an inspiration. When you are moved by the bells and whistles, they begin to drive you, drain you. Keep it simple. Get back to basics. Get back to rest. Watch God move. Tell someone about it. Live a peaceful life again.

That’s all, guys. I love you! God’s peace be in you & have a great day!

Tonya