“I don’t know the man!…and he went outside and wept bitterly.”

“Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” ~ Matthew 26:69-75

I know I’m not the only one who gets goosebumps when reading this passage. How can Peter deny Jesus after voicing his love to Him? Then it hit me, that many have done this same denying of Christ in different ways.

Far too many times we proclaim with our mouth just how much we love the Lord. However many times our actions prove otherwise. Genuine love is sincere and transparent. It’s being your true self and loyal. It’s sticking to what you have spoken regardless of the persecutions that will arise against you. It’s saying I love you and I will prove it with my actions. Perfect love has no room for fear! Is truly carrying our cross and not wearing it as an accessory.

-Victoria 💛

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Humility 💚

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” ~ Philippians 2:3 NIV

“Marriage is for losers

You can be right, or you can be married; take your pick. — Dr. Kelly Flanagan, “Marriage Is for Losers” (UnTangled blogpost, March 2, 2012)

Dr. Kelly Flanagan, a clinical psychologist and writer, wrote a blogpost titled “Marriage Is for Losers.” In it, he wrote, “If marriage is going to work, it needs to become a contest to see which spouse is going to lose the most.”

A contest to see which spouse is going to lose the most. What would that even look like?

• When the baby cries, both spouses race out the bedroom door, bumping into each other at the hall corners, just to get to the crying infant so the other one can rest.

• Your spouse’s calendar and career takes precedence over your own.

• In the midst of a really bad day, you still seek ways to make life easier for your spouse.

• When flipping through Netflix and trying to decide between Sylvester Stallone’s 16th boxing movie or Rachel McAdam’s 17th romantic comedy, you choose as though your spouse is sitting next to you.

• When you are having a rough day, you seek ways to make the day easier for your spouse, not yourself.

Listen, Christ calls us to do most things backwards from what the world and your flesh are telling you. So if you’re going to make your marriage a competition, compete over which spouse will lose the most.

Major life decisions would be much less traumatic on marriages if each party sought to lose so the marriage would grow. I’m not saying to lie down and put aside all of your opinions. I’m not saying to neglect your dreams and hopes. I’m not saying to change your taste in movies. Simply put, become second.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (Philippians 2:3-4)

Seek second. Choose to lose. In fact, become a real winner by choosing to lose every chance you get.

Lord of our Covenant, this is so exciting! I have multiple ways every day in which I can choose to lose. Remind me daily of my fullness in Christ and the filling of Your Spirit. For once I realize I have everything I need, I will be empowered to tend to the desires of my spouse over my own. Show me very specific ways You want me to do that right now, today. Amen.

Isn’t this devotional great! As I was reading it today I felt the need to share with you all. Now the topic is regarding marriages but this concept can be applied to everything! Humility is the best thing in life! When we humble ourselves the Lord ensures to step in at all times. The more humble we become as servants the more pleasing we are in the eyes of the Lord. In our everyday life we face many challenges, that wouldn’t be so challenging if we were to put aside our attitudes and react Christ like!

What is this concept good for…

marriages

Ministry

Parenting

Family

Work

Daily interactions

When we focus on blessing others and helping others reach their desires, the Lord makes sure to bless us as needed!

~ Victoria 💛

Tough love not punishment.

I can only imagine God when it comes to his children. I’m a mom of two and I know that parenthood could get complicated very quick. It could get so crazy with two kids, that I can’t even begin to process being a father/parent to a whole global! What I do know is that being a parent requires a lot of moments of tough love. A lot of moments where we pray for grace and guidance. A lot of moments where we atomically rather give tough love and avoid punishment. Punishment has such a condemnation feel to it. The Lord does not condemn us and warns us not to condemn one another but to forgive.

Although punishment gets avoided by many people whether their parents, marriages, single people, professionals in their careers, siblings, and every other role we have in this world; tough love always precedes as punishment. When did this confusion happen? When did this confusion not get addressed but remained as the new normal behavior?

We are not here to condemn and take the judgement role. This is very dangerous to do yet easy for people to forget it. The measurement of forgiveness you offer someone will be the same measurement use against you. The measurement of condemnation you push on someone will be pushed right back to you. The Lord remains us in Luke 6:37-38, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” This is one of the many ways we self destruct then pray for God to take us out of. When we are getting condemned, we should ask ourselves “who did I condemn”?.These parables in Luke was not for entertainment or a good read in the Bible. It’s to warn us that this walk is difficult but if you can stay away from such act; it will make the path more enjoyable than painful.

No one is perfect in this world although many are perfect at being spectators. We will never be able to avoid those individuals who are placed in our path just to critique every move we do. They will always be around and you will constantly shed grace and love in their direction. It’s easy to say how wrong someone is or doing but not easy to correct their own mistakes. Your eye sight will only be able to see what it’s striving to see. For all these reasons the Lord guides us to lean on him and not our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

Which leads me to this point! The word punishment is easily used and condemnation is easily placed on someone. However I believe where we get confused and lost is that the Lord needs to correct us. He must correct us in times of being wrong. It’s not a punishment or a condemnation how people make you feel it. It’s him loving you enough to fix your mistake and showing you a way out of your wrong doings. In 1 John 1:8-10 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” It continues in 1 John 2:1-2 stating, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

He sheds light of truth because in truth we are set free. He is aware of our short comings but because of this we still must be corrected. Just because God is a God who knows all and sees when we are about to fall short, doesn’t mean he should unseen it and bypass it. In 2 Timothy 2:14-19, “Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

He warns us before He even mentions his wrath. The punishment is the very last thing we see. Aside from that we see a God who consistently warns us to repent and fall right back in his path of truth and light. We must fear letting down God and care less of people’s thoughts of ourselves. People could try to judge, punish, and condemn but only God has that true power. Brothers and sisters we must correct each other if God sends us to. It’s not being judgemental is helping each other deliver the right message and not incorrect contexts. Speaking amongst your peers of how your brother or sister is wrong, is wrong. We shouldn’t find it entertainng when someone is wrong. We should pray to God and ask how we can help fix this wrong if it’s God’s will for it to be done by you. So I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t fear those who don’t have the power to push such acts against you. Trust in the Lord and do not grow weary for God is in control and has the final say and act in everything! So when you are feeling tough love, it’s ok! See it for what it is and not what you feel! Not all emotions are bad but God does warn us to not lean on our emotions because they can decieve us. It’s just the Lord loving you too much to let you go on uncorrected. If he corrects you he can keep using you. Correction is the best way to grow and learn. But if you refuse correction you are self destructing your own life and going against God. The more you walk in this walk with the Lord and accept every correction that is God approve, the more you will grow strong and be able to lead others closer to God!

God is on your side I promise !!!

Blessings!

-Victoria 💛

He Who Began…

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6 NIV

Amen ! Our God only begins things, which in His perfect time He will complete it!

There is nothing impossible for God! He moves things around for our favor every day. He works in mysterious ways every day for us. HE MOVES EVEN WHEN WE DON’T SEE IT! HE’S MOVING RIGHT NOW!!! This is one of the reasons why He does all He does!!! He spoke our name to existences, and when He spoke it He began something in us!!! He began something in us!

Now this is where our flesh battles to remain firm in this promise!!!!

• I’m not good enough…

• I’m not ready …

• I’m too tired…

• I’m too weak…

• I’m so confused…

• I’m not sure…

• I doubt …

• I don’t understand …

• I can’t see it …

• I refuse …

• I only can …

• I wish I could …

This is our daily dialogue!!!!!!!!!!!

You see the problem?

We are speaking more death upon our lives than life. Since we repeat it so much we have gotten a custom to feeling inadequate.

If we can simply hold on to the promise that our creator is the one in charge of our life. We didn’t ask to be born, yet God felt the need to speak our name upon this earth. His ways are higher than ours, and His plans are greater than ours.

So no more speaking death but stopping the enemy from feeding you so much lies!!! When any of these negative thoughts sneak into your mind, scream it out!!! Remind the devil what God reminded you !!! That what He begins He finishes. That means God is in charge of starting and in charge of how it ends. The best part of this verse are these three words “carry it on”. Not only is He in charge of the beginning of your life and the end but He also promises to carry you through it all. He promised to carry you until He is done what He started in you.

God begins…

God carries…

God completes…

So now do you understand why He tells us to be confident????

We can live life knowing that God is always with us. No need to fear because we are not alone. He takes every step with us.

SO LET’S WALK CONFIDENT!!!!

~ Victoria 💛

Brokenness = Overflow of Grace

“I come, God, I come

I return to the Lord

The one who’s broken

The one who’s torn me apart

You struck down to bind me up

You say You do it all in love

That I might know You in Your suffering

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You

Though You take from me

I will bless Your name

Though You ruin me

Still I will worship

Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

My heart and flesh may fail

The earth below give way

But with my eyes, with my eyes I’ll see the Lord

Lifted high on that day

Behold, the Lamb that was slain

And I’ll know every tear was worth it all

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You

Though You take from me

I will bless Your name

Though You ruin me

Still I will worship

Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Though tonight I’m crying out

Let this cup pass from me now

You’re still all that I need

You’re enough for me

You’re enough for me

Though You slay me

Yet I will praise You

Though You take from me

I will bless Your name

Though You ruin me

Still I will worship

Sing a song to the one who’s all I need

Sing a song to the one who’s all I need”

By~ Shane & Shane

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.” ~ Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Trusting in the Lord in the midst of pain is by far one of the hardest things to do, but very much necessary ! Trust is not easy but it’s key when we are in the middle of any affliction throw at us. Trust is important in this walk of faith! There are many things we all can go through where we will never have the answers to them, and when that happens it’s ok ! We don’t need the whys even though we want them ! What we need to hold on to during the pain is that God is in control, remembering god’s promise to us about the situation, and healing and restoration for each individual involved ! That is why we must trust ! Even if we need to force ourselves to do it we must! For the pain we are enduring now doesn’t compare to what the Lord went through for us! Nor does it compare to the joy and plans he has for us moving forward! The Lord is faithful and what He throws at us is because He knows we will come out of it victorious! God is a good God even through the pains that this world can cause us!

~ Victoria 💚

His Prodigal Daughter

I am the Lord’s prodigal daughter.

Form from the ribs of man.

Taken out of man to be suitable to fit in this land.

Perfect image is where I stem from.

However generations of chains that have not been broken through.

Tree of knowledge yet wisdom of flesh.

Bones of my bones yet broken pieces that ache.

Two worlds blend but streets that have dead ends.

Collision of souls but explosive words.

The good and evil that was exposed.

It created length of traffic to a promise land but I thought I was a free soul in a garden.

Battle of the mind or battle of the sexes ?

I seemed to be spoken into this confusing generation.

Right and wrong and miles of gray.

A shade that covers enough to leave the untruth silence because those rivals are afraid.

Untruth, inexperienced, yet deadly snake who will soon be tamed.

In the midst of all this I was told I was His prodigal daughter.

Since birth I inherited wealth unseen and non-reachable.

It was told to me as a prize possession, but never once told why the prize.

If you work hard, get an education, marry, bear children, and remain good; such reward will come to you.

As a prodigal daughter I was curious to what exactly is “good”.

If good is seen or invisible?

Is good joyful or painful?

Is good a short ride or a long flight?

Is good black and white ?

So for a second he thought, you must fail at everything to see what is good?

He, who was he ?

Quickly I notice that he was a thief that my reckless life was being guided by.

If I had everything life should have just begun.

Yet I find myself working harder to keep what’s mines because mines will soon be gone.

Each failure became a new level of oppression.

Words untold yet words released.

Who should I run to that will understand each foot step I provoked.

For I have run out of options that I was able to fail.

Is failure good?

Is failure bad?

Who should correct me?

Let’s trace back my steps….

I provoked failure with each step.

I worked hard to save what’s mines.

I found a thief on the way that left me astray.

I failed at everything yet discover there is more.

I saw real and lies.

I saw shortcuts and back roads.

I felt bittersweet emotions.

And the invisible very visible.

Who corrected me?

Harden heart with living bones.

Or dead bones resurrecting with an intense blood flow.

Who corrected me?

I have worked hard, bear children, married, and received an education.

Did my disorder ordered me correct?

Was my reward finding bridges that were yet not builded?

An inheritance of courage and a big bag of change.

In the midst of all this He knew my name.

He collided two souls to explode His furiously love.

Shades of gray now separated between life and death.

Spoken into a confusing generation, where the battle of minds and sexes reach no garden or land; but continue building their own fences.

Causing themselves to sit in their own grave.

No longer bones that ache but bones that stand firm.

A tree of knowledge that remained intoxicated for those who ran with their own wisdom; disguising it all with power.

Who did I stem from that corrected my wrongs?

The chains that were tightly put are now loose, soon to break.

I was taken out of man, now who is the man I belong to?

I’m His prodigal daughter on who he waited for while he corrected me.

Once I found his presences he encountered mines.

He celebrated my return while he embraced my mistakes.

For all that he spoke he knew will prevail, regardless of all the dead ends that his cross broke down to spare.

He lead the way knowing I will soon see how lost I was and had no choice but to stand firm or remain astray.

He allowed the enemy to remind me how lonely lonely can be.

That I retraced my steps and on the way found the real living King.

I am the prodigal daughter.

Rooted Correctly 🌱

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:16-19

Deep is the love of Christ! How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ!

Deep is the love of Christ….how breathtaking does that truly sound to your spirit ???

Each passing day it fathoms me, how much time is consumed not understanding God’s love for us. Each passing day the mind wants to analyze and entertain uncertainties instead of truth. Each passing day more souls are being tormented, bullied, and manipulated by their own emotions !!!! Our emotions have been for far too long, the main principle in our lives that dictate our next move or thought.

But….

How amazing is it that we have a God that created us to his perfect image! A God who took time in making every single one of us. A God who created us and wrote the story of our life before we even took position here on earth! How amazing is it that just like His son, God is giving us the luxury of facing every situation just like Jesus Christ!! Like Matthew 4:4 quotes, “it is written…”. Also like John 19:30 quotes, “it is finished…”! We can take a deep breath because we are able to face everything, understanding that all of it was part of our story and everything will have an end !

Theres nothing we can possibly do to stop anything that God already wrote will happen! Since we have no control or power about it, God gave us options! We can either decide to be rooted in faith, and love! Two components that will help us our whole life! Two components that will put in perspective things we can’t even begin to understand. Or we can be rooted in the world’s way. A way that brings death sooner before we can take the next breath. A world that strips you down for all that you are and leaves you with nothing, not even your identity!!!! A world that pretends to be covered in love but it more against you than anything else!

The world measures us within their limits! God measures us in fullness! He doesn’t hold nothing back! He gives it all! It’s not something we can work for or ever earn but He still gives it to us! Being rooted and having God as our foundation is a must! It won’t make things easier but it will make things possible !!!! When we are rooted in Him, we have the rights to be able to dwell in His presences.

Let’s dwell in His presences! There’s no better foundation, than one that is formed with truth !

~ Victoria 💛