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Pray without ceasing!!!

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I read a quote on the internet one day that said “If you only pray when you’re in trouble, you’re in trouble”

Think about it… how true?

What would we do without prayer?

Prayer is so essential.We need prayer to be apart of us daily.

So, what does the scripture “Pray without ceasing” actually mean?

Thinking about the words pray without ceasing may make you think of people walking around with their hands together, eyes closed and heads bowed but while certain ways we pray and times we set aside are important in our communication with God, praying all the time obviously doesn’t mean we should pray in a way that’s noticeable every moment of the day. It  also does not mean you’re supposed to devote yourself to reciting ritualistic patterns and forms of prayer.

To “pray without ceasing” means nonstop talking to God throughout the day. Prayer is to be a way of life,you’re to be continually in an attitude of prayer. It is living in continual God-consciousness, where everything you see and experience becomes a kind of prayer. It should be instant and intimate communication just like you would chat to your best friend.

To “pray without ceasing” means when you are tempted, you hold the temptation before God and ask for His help. When you experience something good and beautiful, you immediately thank the Lord for it. When you see evil around you, you ask God to make it right, if that is His will. When you meet someone who does not know Christ, you pray for God to draw that person to Himself and to use you to be a faithful witness. When you encounter trouble, you turn to God as your Deliverer.

All life’s thoughts, deeds, and circumstances become an opportunity to communicate with your Heavenly Father. In that way you “constantly set your mind “on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:2).

xoxo

Shay

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Wherever you are, God put you there for a reason!

 

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“Bloom where you are planted”   ❤

Have you ever felt like you not where you want to be in life just yet?

You may be in a job that’s not really what you enjoy doing and working on your dream in your spare time…But like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to make the best of our situations and bloom where we have been planted.

Sometimes our dreams take time. Not everyone can quit their jobs to follow a dream.
but instead of getting upset at your situation, why not try blooming where you have been planted? You may not realize it, but where you are now is providing you with  life lessons for your next adventure.

Every chapter in your life builds a foundation to launch the next chapter. So you have a choice. You can either feel sorry for yourself, wondering why you are not where you want to be and cursing the situation that you are in. Or you can look at this as a lesson. Ask yourself, “What is this here to teach me?” and “How can I use this experience to drive me to my ultimate goal?”Learn to shine your light so bright that it drowns out the darkness. Keep working towards your next step and understand that your destiny is not determined by your current circumstances.

So, why not choose to be happy now?
To truly blossom, you must stop complaining.
Your job and circumstances may not be ideal right now. But you have to decide for yourself what you can change and what you cannot.

If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it. – Maya Angelou

If the situation cannot be changed, you must learn to rise above it. What you tend to focus on, expands. Breathe energy into the positive things in your life.
Choose to be a blessing despite your own circumstances, and in doing so, inspire the lives of many others.Learn to bloom where you are planted. Even if you find yourself planted under some concrete at the moment, look for the crack in the concrete to find your way out.Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite scriptures..”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I encourage you to mediate on this scripture while being grateful for where you are now, but still praying for where you want to go.

xoxoxo

Shay  ❤

FAITH

A proverbs wife

We all want to be the best wives we can be right?

And yes,we make mistakes and get busy just like everyone else.

There are times where I feel so helpless because I want to help alleviate stresses, pressures and demands that my husband endures as well and it is during these times that I am so blessed to have prayer by my side ♥

Stormie O’Martian’s “Power of a Praying Wife.” Is one of the best books i have ever read, my mom gave it to me after i tied the knot and I suggest this book for all christian wives, it’s amazing. I won’t go into details but this is a must read for all christian woman!

So, why should we as christian wives pray for our husbands?

You see, my husband benefits from my prayers, but It’s beneficial for me too. I benefit from giving all my concerns to the Lord instead of trying to handle them myself. And in the process of being in my “war room” (Prayer time) out of love for my husband, I in turn, have been growing and digging into my own heart the desire to be more of a helpmate and blessing to him.

I strongly encourage you to start praying for your husband, prayer is a precious gift to give, show your spouse how deeply you value him and give him this tender gift of love.

Dino,                                                                                                                                                                       If you ever get to see this, I love you and i pray for you every day ♥

xoxo

Shay ♥♥

FOOD

Pineapple Passion Smoothie

Apart from standing tall, wearing a crown and being sweet like a pineapple,this thick smoothie recipe can even satisfy your desire for ice cream and it’s healthy! 🙂
Serves 1

1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt
6 ice cubes
1 cup of pineapple chunks

1. Combine the yogurt and ice cubes. Blend, pulsing as needed, until the ice is in large chunks.
2. ADD the pineapple and blend at “whip” speed until smooth.

NUTRITION (per serving) 283 cals, 3.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 167 mg sodium, 53.5 g carbs, 48 g sugars, 2 g fiber, 13 g protein

 

Tip : Pineapple Health benefits

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-Aging
  • Contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fights against viruses
  • Makes bones & Teeth stronger
  • Helps in regulating digestion

 

Thank me later !

x

Shay ♥♥

FAITH

How is your Prayer life?

If praying does not come effortlessly for you, try these tips to make your prayer life more focused and effective ♥

 

Talking to God should be as easy as breathing; it should happen effortlessly, but most of us need a little more fundamental instruction to get the job done. I myself included, with that being said, here are some practical guidelines that I have picked up from my dad’s ministry that might make your time with the Lord more fruitful. If you begin by incorporating a few of them, I’m confident your prayer life will improve, mine surely did 🙂

  •  Choose a specific place to pray away from distractions, I recently started a war room, for myself where I stick prayer requests on a wall and use that specific area in my home to have my quiet time with the Lord.
  •  Make a daily appointment with the Lord, set a time to spend in His presence.
  •  Make a list to keep track of your prayer needs. This can be done several ways. Prayer needs can be listed by category like “Church,” “Family,” or “Unsaved friends.” Or they may be listed by the days of the week. Each day you pray for a different set of needs.
  •  Include praise, thanksgiving and singing. Spend some of your time reflecting on a scripture, meditating on it and digesting its meaning. Tip : Always look at what comes before a verse and what’s after to understand the scripture properly.
  •  Keep a prayer journal. Here are two variations of this idea. The first is to keep track of what you prayed for and when you prayed for it. Leave a space to jot down the answer when it comes. This will help you to keep alert to God’s answer so you can thank Him promptly. Sometimes prayer answers come through the back door and you don’t want them to slip by you. The second variation is to write the entire prayer in your journal. Make it a personal letter to the Lord on a daily basis. Just write “Dear Lord” instead of “Dear Diary”
  •  Pray with someone else. Though some prayers can only be said in your alone time with God, there will be times when you’ll want to join hearts with another person in prayer. This could be your husband, a friend, a sister or brother. If you commit to meet on a regular basis, the accountability can really help build consistency. Such prayer can become powerful, life-changing events.
  •  Let your prayer be sincere. A sentence or two may be all that’s needed, God’s not looking for long fancy prayers, He wants true worship and prayer from the heart ♥

Tip : Start your prayer time with a song , focusing your heart and mind on the Lord. Also pray about the things not on your schedule but still on your heart.

 

“Pray without ceasing” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17

xoxo

Shay ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

FITNESS

MAKE UP YOUR MIND,MAKE IT HAPPEN!

“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.”  

You’re right. It’s easier to eat pizza than to run on the treadmill. Easier to turn to ice cream rather than people for support. It’s easier to say “I give up” than to say “I got this, I can do it.” So, I’m not here to tell you day after day that YOU CAN DO IT, If you don’t believe you can, then you won’t and that’s the honest truth…

You need to do this for YOU, and if you don’t want it enough, then you won’t achieve it.

So, the big question is how do you find motivation to exercise when you just can’t seem to get around it?

I ask myself this question every now and then, and I have the feeling I’m not the only one. I admit that i have my ups and downs with the exercise habit too but you have to continuously remind yourself why you started.

Here are my motivational tips to keep pushing :

  1. The feels. I always feel like i can take on the world after a good workout, and i let that motivate me for the next day.
  2. YOU time. As a mother and wife with a full time job i don’t make the excuse of not having time, “I made up my mind to make it happen”  and you should too, even a 30 minute workout a day makes a huge difference. Look at it as “YOU TIME” and make it a priority..
  3. Let it burn. The more you exercise, the more calories you burn, keep that in mind.
  4. Funtastic. Exercise should be fun. If it isn’t, try a different kind of activity that you enjoy. As long as you’re moving, it’s good for you.
  5. The man in the mirror. Imagine a slimmer, fitter you. Now let that visualization drive you. * wink *
  6. Rewards. If you exercise for a few days, give yourself a reward! A week? Another reward. Do it often in the beginning.
  7. Sweat off the stress. This is one of my main motivators..”You’re only one workout away from a good mood”
  8. Gym buddy. Get yourself a workout partner, motivate each other workout after workout.
  9. List it. For some reason, writing it down is extremely important. Try it, write it all down and see what i mean. 🙂
  10. Picture perfect. You often don’t realize how far you’ve come. Take pictures, before you start and throughout.. this is awesome motivation.
  11. Quotes. I like to read motivational quotes every day. This helps to keep reminding you to push harder.

Remember, the only bad workout is the one that never happened.

xoxo

Shay.