Tuesday, July 19, 2016

3 Reasons Your Prayer Life Is On Empty.

Blessings loves!

Have you ever found yourself thinking that you need to get closer to God? Knowing that you are missing out on blessings because you just really have been neglecting your relationship with your heavenly father?

This can happen when we don't pray. There can be all kinds of reasons. We are too busy, haven't made it a priority, or just don't feel it is needed.

Well, as Christians the bible says many times that we need to pray. Why haven't you been praying lately? Think about it. Here are a few reasons.





1. You don’t trust God & you think you can do things on your own.


Some of us don't want to admit it, but we are wanting to do things our way so we just don't talk to God about it. We do what we want to do instead of seeking God's will by praying and doing His what He says.


2. You don’t think God hears you.

God hears you. He hears your every thought. He is waiting for you to come to Him and talk to Him just like you would your best friend. He is the ultimate BFF. Tell Him what is going on with you, good and bad.


3. You don’t think your requests are important.

Your every request is important to God. Often we don't think about things in a spiritual aspect so we don't pray about them. But we are Christians 24/7 so we should go to God with all of our issues.


Is your prayer life on track? Let us know how you are staying consistent!


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Monday, July 11, 2016

3 Ways to Live by Faith During Trying Times

Blessings loves!

With the recent shootings in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Dallas Texas, have you found yourself getting caught up in all the news? I have and it really started to affect me in a negative way. I started to feel the spirit of fear and the spirit of anger. As a beautiful brown skinned woman, mom, and wife I have seen somethings that have really bothered me down to my core. So much hatred and denial of the real issues. I would say it is unreal but it is not and has been going on for years, decades even. 

I started to feel like my foundation was shaken until I reminded myself of who my foundation really is, GOD. I also reminded myself that God does not want me to get sucked up into the negativity of this all. So I began to look within and figure out what I need to do to get my spirit back to it's rightful state. 



1. Be SERIOUS about having a spirit of peace.

Stop watching, reading, listening to ANYTHING that is a threat to having a peaceful spirit. I am NOT saying ignore the issues or not to stay informed. But don't get engrossed in it. 


I found an app to delete my Facebook newsfeed because I kept reading the statuses and becoming more and more angry. So I decided for my peace of mind and spirit that I did not need to see my newsfeed. And I encourage you to do the same if need be.

If you need to fast from social media, stop watching the news all day, or stop talking to friends who are speaking negatively and get you angry about the situation over and over. Do that. You can check in once a day to stay informed, but don't let it suck you in.


2. Pray and ask God what is your purpose during this time.

As Christians we get criticized sometimes because people say when things like this happen all we do is pray and we don't do anything. Now as a Christian I know that one of the greatest things we can do is to pray but we should also take action. So pray and ask God how can you help others during these times of tragedy.

Even if you do not personally know what these people are going through ask God to soften your heart and to show you who you can help in this time of need.

Remember, faith without works is dead. -James 2:14-26


3. Pray for those who are committing the violence ect.


Our automatic response is to pray for the victims and their family, friends ect. Which we should do! We also need to pray for those who have hate and so much fear in their hearts. These people are raising children to think the same ect. We need to pray that God will open their eyes and soften there hearts. A lot of people hate because they don't understand or fear someone or something. So we really really need to be in prayer for them. That they will encounter someone or something that will change their mindset into a mindset of love.

How are you living my faith during these tragic times? Share with us!


 
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Chari Twitty-Hawkins loves inspiring women to live their purpose, embrace their identity in Christ, and rock their faith LIKE A BOSS! She is the CEO/Founder of ChariT’s Inspirational Creations faith based jewelry and accessories. She is also the author Living Your God Inspired Purpose. She is a praying mother and wife who resides in Houston, Texas. 





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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

3 Steps to ForgiveThose Who Have Hurt You

Blessings loves!

Has someone ever done something to you and it hurt so bad that you just didn't want to forgive, as a matter of fact, you vowed to never forgive them? Holding onto that hurt poisons us spiritually and mentally. I know, I have been there. In the scriptures we are called to forgive one another. After all, we need God's forgiveness too. 

Matt. 6: 14-15 says For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. So let's start the journey to forgiveness today. Below are 3 steps to get you started!




1. Be willing to forgive.
In order to forgive someone, you have to be willing. Open your heart and be willing to forgive and let go of whatever they did to you.

2. Realize we all need forgiveness and are forgiveness everyday. 
We sin everyday and God forgives us. Who are we not to forgive?

3. Accept that the past cannot be changed.
It has already happened and no matter what, the past will not be any different.


When I read the following quote by Oprah, it really opened my eyes to what forgiveness is about.




Who do you need to forgive today?







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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

8 Prayer Hacks for Busy Women!

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As Christian women our relationship with God should be on the top of our list of priorities. I remember a time when I didn't talk to Him much, doing things my way and my life was a M-E-S-S! Have you ever been in that place in your life? I have begun to make prayer an important role in my life and it has changed my mindset and my life tremendously! 

In my previous post 4 Fear Banishing Prayers I gave some short and sweet prayers to help overcome fear. I know a lot of us our busy women or moms and have somehow put prayer on the back burner. Today I wanted to share with you a few hacks for Christian women that will help you remember to talk to God throughout the day! 



1. Pray your favorite scriptures. Write them down and refer to them throughout the day.
2. Pray when you are in line at the grocery store. Instead of complaining, praise God and thank Him for all he has done for you today.
3. When you are waiting to pick of your children, husband, mom, or friend.
4. When you are sitting in traffic. Instead of displaying road rage, pray for grace and give thanks.
5. Set a reminder on your phone to pray. 
6. Write down your prayers to come back later. Buy or create a prayer journal. 
7. When you feel frustrated during the day, pray! Make this your first response! It will help so much!
8. Pray before you go to sleep. This is great for busy moms! Sometimes we wake up and are instantly on the move so pray before you close your eyes to sleep.


What is your favorite way to pray during your busy day?






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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

4 Awesome Free Prayer Apps!

Blessings loves!

Ever felt like you have been disconnected from God? Been too busy taking care of the kids, hubby, your boss to take time to talk to God? You know He is waiting to hear from you, but your haven't made it a priority to pray and communicate with His regularly. 

Well, there is hope! Being in the digital age, many of us have phones which we are constantly on. Checking emails, facebook status updates, instagram feeds, pinterest ect. Well, guess what!? I have come across some great apps that remind you to pray! Isn't that neat!? Download them to your phone and you can get notifications on your phone to remind you to pray and what to pray about. No more excuses! Check out a few of them below!




Instapray: A safe place that connects people around the world through prayers. Request prayers, share your prayers, pray for someone, and get connected! Become a part of the Instapray community and share your love, support, happiness, or struggles with the world around you. 

Check it out here: http://www.instapray.com/

Prayer Mate: Helps you be faithful in prayer for the people and causes you care about.
Every day, PrayerMate will select a person or topic that you've entered from each of your main categories (perhaps "My family" or "My small group at church") and show them to you as a series of index cards - then just swipe between them to pray. It brings together prayer points you've entered manually, regular updates from a whole host of Christian charities and churches, PDF prayer letters and daily prayer pointers from "Operation World". 


Echo Prayer ManagerEcho lets you keep a list of every single one of your prayers. You can add as many prayers as you want, organize them into groups, delete old prayers, and even mark prayers as answered so you can see how God is working (and remember to thank Him!).

You can easily set up push notifications or emails to remind you to pray for individual prayers, or even groups of prayers. Reminders help you engage with God throughout the week, even when you find yourself busy with life.

Echo gives you the ability to "Pray Now" which gives you a clear, focused way to pray. Choose what you would like to pray for and optionally set a timer for how long you want to pray.

Learn more here: https://new.echoprayer.com/


Prayer Prompter: (This one seems a little harder to navigate but I think I like it!) Prayer Prompter is like a two drawer file cabinet. The top drawer stores and organizes Scripture passages in folders by topic. It comes with 650+ passages from the New American Standard Bible already installed and more can be added. You can change the passages to another version if you want and even delete the passages you don’t like. The bottom drawer stores and organizes prayer requests and answers to prayer in folders.

Check it out here: http://prayerprompter.com/


What prayer app do you use? Share with us!



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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Faith Over Fear Action Step to Take Today!

Blessings loves!

Have you ever been afraid to do something but never stepped out and done it? Went over the worse case scenarios over and over and over again until it paralyzed you? I must say I am guilty of this. But guess what? The only way to overcome our fears is to trust God and TAKE ACTION! Only then will we know what we are really capable of in our faith! In my post, 4 Ways to Overcome Fear with Faith, taking action is the last step! Are you ready to take action!? Check out these tips below!

 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. 
-James 2:6




1. Believe in Yourself - In order to step out in faith, you should have the belief that you can do so. Why? Because God created you for this purpose! Take actions that show that you are confident in the child of God you were created to be! 

For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. -Eph. 2:10


2. Live in a way that shows you believe in God - Don't go around complaining about yourself and your circumstances. This shows lack of faith in what God created and how He is helping you grow. All of this happens for a reason. Trust in Him!

3. Listen to God - When God gives you instruction, don't ignore it! If you don't listen the first time, your test will come back around over and over again. Can I get an Amen!? lol 

4. Commit Fully to God & Do What He Says - What ever it is, do it! It may be hard but it will require a full commitment to God. After that you will reap His promise! Sometimes we want to do it our way but still reap the blessings. It doesn't work that way!

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday. -Psalm 37: 4-6

What faith action steps are you taking today?




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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

12 Fear Crushing Faith Affirmations


Blessings loves!

Have you ever attended a church service, company workshop, or been out with your friends and someone gave you a compliment? It was so empowering and personal that it really made you feel good about yourself? I have! Those are some of the most wonderful unexpected moments in life! 

Well, it is time to start saying these type of things to yourself! In my previous post, I talked about overcoming fear. A great way is to say affirmations! Affirm what you want to come to pass. You can write them down, print them out, even keep them in your purse if need be! Here are 12 powerful ones for you! Repeat them once a day or an needed. 





I choose to live by faith everyday.

I will conquer every fear one by one! 

I trust in God, not my fears! 

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

I am more than a conqueror! 

I am victorious over every trial that comes my way! 

I am a child of God and He has already conquered the world. 

There is nothing new under the sun. I got this! 

Fear is a spirit. I choose to embody the spirit of God! 

I am confident in the child of God that I was created to be! 

I live by faith NO MATTER WHAT! 

God is greater that any of my fears!



What affirmations inspire you to live by faith?





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