Turn the lights off…

“Turn the lights off..”

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • what makes me different?
  • I respond the same way every other person in the world does…why do I expect to get a different outcome?
  • How can it be noticeable without me saying it…that I’m a child of this “Great God”?

Imagine it’s pitch dark as you read this. Imagine you’re in a room filled with people. People who are in all different seasons in life. Some are sick, some are struggling with addiction. Some aren’t believers. Some are so far away from the Lord, but once we’re really close. Some are battling depression. Some are contemplating suicide. Some are your friends, some are not. While everyone is trying to get out and into this light of life that causes all trouble to go away…imagine everyone is fussing, pushing, backstabbing, lying on the next, cheating, not acting in love towards each other,  living selfishly, etc..Just imagine the chaos.

Now ask yourself this, in that situation…”what made me different? Was I able to be separated from everyone else with how I was responding and living my life in the darkness? Or was I just another empty voice filled with aggression passing through?”

Someone that I admire in many ways, made me envision that, so that I could really evaluate my life and how I was living. In which it made perfect sense…because in our dark world, with the drama, fears, failures, struggles, frustrations, silent wars we face, etc. how we respond says a lot about the “God” we serve. Are we filled with kindness when we’re treated rudely? Do we live off of “tea/drama” or are we the peace that people love to be around? How do we respond when things don’t go our way? Are we living a life of lust and selfish desires? Or are we just going through our lives…living. Aimlessly. With no goals?

So many times we use the excuse of: I’m human, I’m young, I’m not perfect, I’m this or that…to justify that we want to do what we want, when we want, and how we want to do it. When ultimately we’re not true followers if we can have that mentality, because in Romans 6:22-23, it says, “But now you are FREE from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. NOW you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Christ Jesus our Lord.” That scripture is saying, now that we KNOW the God we serve, we can no longer give power to the sin that destroys our spirit, but we are to do the things of God which is Holy, because He is Holy, and not sin. Because sin, leads us to a life of destruction and death…where holiness leads to eternal life (that light at the end of the darkness). So I tell you again:

“Turn the lights off..”

Ask yourself these 3 questions:

  • what makes me different?
  • Do I respond the same way as the next dude or girl?
  • How can it be noticeable without me saying it…that I’m a child of this “Great Holy God”?

Be free from that very thing that kept you in bondage, and that would’ve sent you on the path that doesn’t lead to the life that was predestined for you, before you were born. If you’re struggling in your walk with the Lord, I encourage you to research (in the Bible), the very things you’re struggling with. And fight back with scripture. For example, if you’re struggling with trusting the Lords provision, look up scriptures that are all about trusting the Lord, and every time you feel worry or doubt, creeping in…you fight back with those scriptures you read! If you need to copy them in your phone. Do it. Need to write them on note-cards so you can physically hold it (I have to do that)…do it! Encourage yourself and Ask someone to stand in agreement with you. And from time to time reevaluate your life, and ask yourself…”How am I different?”

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I pray for every reader, and speak life over everything you think is dead in your life. The Lord loves you, and He has this AWESOME plan for your life, that will blow your mind…if you trust, follow, and obey his Word. You are loved❤ -MariahJFord

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Renewing of your mind (min study Pt.2)

“We must completely renew our minds before we ever experience the Good things God has planned and the life he has for us…” 

– I have definitely learned that when I renew my minds, my attitudes about certain things/people change. Instead of complaining, I learn to be thankful..instead of getting easily annoyed, I learn to be more patient with that guy/girl. 

Sometimes we as people, think the only way to serve God is with our bodies (how we worship, pray etc.), and that’s it…there is definitely more. In Romans 12:1 (you should go read it), Paul is telling us to serve and worship The Lord with our minds also. Allow God to speak through you, and think for you. The more of His Word you have drenched yourself in, the more of a RENEWED lifestyle you’ll begin to have. The more of yourself and your life you release to Him…the more you’ll experience His peace, love, joy, and blessings💖 
Allow this scripture to be the prayer of the day: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” -Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭(NLT‬‬) 
 

Renewing of your mind (mini study. 1)

~~Renew YOUR mind~~
“The mind feasts on what it focuses on..”
What are you feeding your mind? Lies from the enemy? Do you know that the things we think about most is where our hearts are? What’s in your heart? 
~ Its like this: if you take an orange and squeeze it…what comes out? Orange juice, and not apple juice or grape juice or milk right? So think of your mind as the same..what comes out when it’s “squeezed”..lies from the enemy or Truth from the Word, Confusion or Peace? You see RENEW your mind daily, so that you won’t stumble or lose sight of what’s really important.

“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”-‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭(NLT‬‬)

In Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24‬ ‭it says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” 

 I believe that should be a DAILY prayer for all of us. Allow the Holy Spirit to search you..and KNOW your heart, and point out ANYTHING that offends him…..💖

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Toxic Relationships?

Toxic Relationships…

On June 24th, 2014, I received my first “promise ring” from this guy that I was dating. I was SO excited, you would have thought that I was engaged lol! I would flaunt it with such pride, that whole day. I remember weeks before telling this guy what I wanted for our “6 month anniversary”, (at the time this was my first REAL boyfriend, so I figured six months was a big deal), how I wanted my ring to be, how I wanted him to give it to me…I even told him I wanted him to ask my dad, if he could get me a ring (doing the absolute most!) You could see, that I controlled the whole situation and I don’t say that in a bragging way, but in a way of “this is obviously not going anywhere…” “This is out of order” and clearly, “I have a huge problem within myself…” I was such a controlling and manipulative WRECK! He did everything I wanted/said on that day. Now granted, he threw in his “own twist”, by not getting the style I wanted the ring lol…How is this toxic? I should be happy that someone wanted me happy…so where’s the poison? Here’s the thing, I love taking pictures, and social media glorifies picture taking…So my relationship was extremely public with pictures. According to social media, we were the “ideal couple”, the “goals”…but what the viewers did not know was that there was another side of our relationship that was set to private. No one knew that behind the smiling faces and “I love you’s”, I (can only speak for myself) was battling keeping this guy, because everyone “loved us” or keeping my relationship with the Lord sacred and true. That I was really struggling to keep purity and holiness part of my “Christian walk. I believe with all my heart that SO many people struggle with that, simply because the “likes” and “comments” feel so good to have. So many, have grown so comfortable with this person to the point where you feel there won’t be another one or this is “as good as it gets”

Later that night we fought about something, and I’m sure it was small, but it was so bad to the point where I cried and did not want to “communicate” with him because I didn’t feel connected to him to do so. So I decided to shut him out, and tried to just go to bed. But, my “Spirit Man” was hungry for some Jesus, I was so upset and growing confused of the whole relationship, so I got up, put my worship music on, and waited for the Lord to speak…whatever He was about to say, I was ready to hear. Well, at least I thought I was…

Before I go further let’s stop…Isn’t it funny, or should I say AMAZING how we can just go to the feet of our savior at any time, during any struggle, and just pour our heart tears, fears, and frustrations out on him?? He doesn’t tell us to set an appointment, come to him when our lives are in order, or tells us he’s busy? He is WAITING for us to come to him, SO he can speak…but do we REALLY want to hear?

As I’m worshipping and crying out, the Lord stops me and says in such a “still, peaceful tone”…. “My daughter, I need you to end this relationship. It WILL get worse before it gets better.” Let me PAUSE right there…

When I heard those words, it’s almost like my world stopped. Because I knew exactly what “relationship” he was talking about. I also knew what he meant when he said, “…it WILL get worse…”

Fast forward 6 more months, giving this “thing”, a year at fighting against the will of God. In this relationship I had eventually gone back to my old way of living, of lying, allowing lust to win, quickly to anger, and just flat out ignoring the voice of God. I was willing to destroy the things the Lord had begun in me, with my way of living. I was giving all that up, all the dreams and visions, all the desires…JUST to keep the “guy I loved”. Which it wasn’t love, because it was built on the exact opposite of love, which is lust? Yes, lust and deceit. I cared more about keeping this guy in my life more than anything. At the time, I was a youth leader in church and I felt so ashamed and hypocritical that I just stopped going to church, I stopped listening to my favorite speakers and preachers, I even stopped reading my word and praying truthfully. Why, did I do all that? I’m not sure how the Lord speaks to you during worship…but if I’m doing something I have no business doing, and the Lord needs it to stop, he often tells me in my worship moments, and many times he will explain why I should stop…No, he doesn’t remind me of how horrible of a person I am, and he doesn’t scream to me. He speaks in a soft, calm, peaceful voice.

As I would TRY to worship, this toxic relationship would always come to my mind, and the Lord would try to love me out of it, and I was so over Him doing that. SO instead of running to Him to get the strength to get out of it, I ran away from Him, and I ran away from worship. My arms were lifted, but my heart was so far from it… I had gone back to my old self. My old way of living.

Six more months pass and I am STILL in this relationship, and it has definitely worsened. The verbal arguments, have turned into physical arguments, lust and deceit has taken completely over, and neither of us were spiritually connected. I had grown really tired. Tired of really wanting to worship and hear from the Lord, but didn’t feel worthy enough or that I couldn’t worship because I was so comfortable with my sinful relationship and if I were to tap into the Presence of God, he would instruct me to “end it”.

We ended up going two years, well I will say that I ended up going two years of disobeying what the Lord told me to end years prior. Two years of allowing the one thing keeping me from hearing from the Lord, destroy my mindset on relationships, love, and my fear for God, and even on friendship. I had allowed something, to steal 2 years of my walk with the Lord, 2 years I will not get back. Simply because I chose to disobey, and allow my flesh to get what it wants…

 

 

So what was my point in sharing so much? I have been coming across many girls, younger girls between the ages of 16-20 reaching out on social media for validation that these kind of relationships are OKAY. They are not! Anything that hinders you from hearing the Lord, is a DISTRACTION from the enemy. Anything or anyone that the Lord tells you to get out of or rid of, you NEED to, because while we see only today, the Lord sees 6 months, 6 years from now. I believe that most girls that are in high school, would love to have that “high school sweetheart” type of love, and those are sweet love stories, but that may not be your love story. You might meet him in college. At your first real job. At church. At a gas station. At a volunteer service event. You just have to TRUST that the Lord, created YOU, so he knows the things you like and the things you NEED. And if you ARE in the situation I was in, where you grew so comfortable with feeling confused, stuck, lonely and trying to call it love…NO sis! That’s not God, He isn’t a God of comfortability, confusion, or unrest. He’s the opposite of all that, and he wants you to be the same, and I’m sure the last thing He wants is for his Precious Masterpiece of a Daughter to get attached to anything that blocks us from hearing His voice or from obeying His instruction.

After I ended this relationship that should have never been… I can honestly say that I have never heard the voice of my Sweet SAVIOR so much clearer.  It was so much easier, and lighter to worship Him, because the weight of my sin was not holding me down. I was free. I was available to be used by the Lord. And he is indeed using me. I started acting by faith with my girl’s ministry. Getting blessings that were overflowing! And it’s been 2 years since the breakup, and in these two years, I’ve had such an intimate relationship with the Lord. Granted, some guys have tried to come in between…BUT I could NEVER go back to how I was. So, NEXT lol. I want to give some practical tips on how to be freed from a “comfortable” situation-sip:

  • PRAY for strength to tap out. Look, to some it’s easy to just break it off and leave. For some, it can be so hard, especially if this person became your “best friend”.
  • Speak scriptures over yourself. Daily. Scriptures on Holiness in ALL areas, Love, what/who the Lord calls you, Obedience, etc.
  • Do NOT. I repeat, DO NOT listen to emotional, depressing love songs! They do NOT help, cope. They just add more frustration, shame, and discouragement. Instead, put you some worship on, and cast those emotional thoughts onto the Lord.
  • Get up and DRESSED! Don’t mope around the house. Do your hair, polish your nails, and put clothes on!
  • Serve somewhere. At church, in your community, at school. Serve.
  • Read your Word. Read about the women in the bible that changed the World, even to this day.
  • Learn YOU. Learn what you don’t like, what you like to do, favorite foods, learn a foreign language (there are apps!), learn to cook etc.
  • Hang with your girls! And don’t spend this time talking about guys. Get to know each other. Talk
  • Worship the Lord with all your life.
  • Have a SET time that you and the Lord can have together, that’s uninterrupted. That you look forward to every day.

These 10 tips, are not a formula, and they are not in any order. These are just the things I did so that I could properly get back to how I was before this relationship.(I also want to say, this is NOT to bash my ex, because I played a part…and that he was not a bad person, he and I just were not for each other.)

I pray for you my sweet sister. I pray that you don’t allow the world to bully you into thinking you HAVE to be in a relationship to matter. Because you don’t, and the Lord can/will use you right where you are in your singleness! You are loved. You are worth the pursue. You are valuable. You are more than enough. You are NOT too deep. Your standards are NOT too high. You are Beautifully and wonderfully made my dear.

 

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Bravely Surrendered 

“Brave Surrender”
I’ve listened to this song by Kim Walker-Smith probably a million times, and each word is like a piercing word to a prayer. I’ve come to a realization, A REAL REALIZATION, that I cannot try to live my life the way I want to, that I cannot expect the destiny the Lord has for me…doing the things that I want. I know, I KNOW… “how did YOU not know that?” or “WHY is that something that YOU’RE just now realizing?” 
Let’s start right here…I’ve always been a very detail oriented female. I NEED to know how, why, when, how long, what we need to do, etc. I need answers on everything. SO, believe me when I say “trusting God and in His timing” wasn’t always EASY for me, being you have to just trust him, even when you don’t understand. At times I would pray and not get answers…and so When I wouldn’t get those answers as quickly as I THOUGHT I needed them, I would go OUT and GET a result. Results that were never apart of His plan. And so that has definitely caused my walk to be harder in some areas than it should. I would try to demand the Lord to give me my answers on things he didn’t need to reveal to me just yet..and then I would even throw scriptures on it on WHY he needs to answer me haha. What I forgot was that, being a FOLLOWER would require me to do just that…follow…in EVERY season, EVERY day, EVERYthing and remember I wouldn’t understand everything…Let’s look at “follow” in a very practical way:

When you “follow” someone, you don’t always see what’s in front. You don’t always know that we’re about to have to step over some stuff to get to the other side. You won’t always know that you’re about to encounter a hurting person who will attempt to hurt you. You don’t know that you’re about to make a turn, and your life is about to change! BUT the person you’re following doesn’t leave you to lead when things get tough, or confusing, or dry and boring, because He knew the things were there already. Meaning he saw them, because he’s the one in front. Not you or I. 

So yes, I’m going there: we’re following Jesus, and he does all that, and never leaves. And we are to not try to skip in front of him. Although we think we could lead “better”. We can’t. So surrender. Bravely. Give everything up without even thinking of picking it back up. Be brave. Surrender everything. All of your life, bravely surrendered..-Mariahjford 
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“Until I am enough…nothing will ever be enough…” -God

“Until I am enough…nothing will ever be enough…”

–I remember hearing those very words…as I found myself willing to compromise, in an area that I thought I overcame. I remember explaining to God why I “needed/deserved” the very thing that almost destroyed me and everything I worked so hard for…and those words coming to me, with such authority, yet in calmness. “Until I am enough…nothing will ever be enough.”….and it got me to thinking, how many times have I tried to place a desire, an earthly desire, in a space in my heart that only God could truly fulfill and is supposed to be? How many times, have I tried sticking a guy, some money, a girl’s day, some food, or even music in a space that was solely made for God to be in? And STILL feel like……it’s “not enough…somethings missing….I need more”? Until God is enough….NOTHING will EVER be enough. Until he is all you desire, each of YOUR desires, will be overcome by another desire, and by another desire…simply because your ONE desire isn’t THE only desire of “Honoring the Lord”…so you will never be full. You’ll forever want more and more and more. SO, I encourage you…stop trying to put small earthly sized things, in a God sized void in your heart. Money cannot make your heart overflow with Joy in the middle of hardships, only the Love of God can, a guy/girl can only make you smile for a while before you long for a Love that is so rich and powerful that you want to give it away, only the Love of God can…Earth sized things, can’t go in a God sized spaced, so let’s quit trying to MAKE them fit or MAKE them make you “happy”  you will forever find yourself trying to get “full”, and keep filling yourself up with unnecessary drama, feelings/emotions, anger, failed relationships etc. it’s not worth it…God is enough. Tell yourself that every day until it becomes real in your heart.

Over in Philippians 4:19 it says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.” As I read that scripture that I’ve known forever, it really hit me that it’s PROOF that the Lord is and HE WILL supply any need we may have. From having money to take care of earthly possessions to having the emotional support every person longs for from the ones we love most. He can be all of that plus more. Trust in Him. He IS ENOUGH!  #JesusJoyIsREALJoy ❣️

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REMEMBER Who and who’s you are!

I remember a few weeks ago, I was driving to work and something someone had said to me and about me, had REALLY upset/discouraged me…and it got me to really thinking about what I’m “lacking/don’t have” and how I’m “less than”, because I don’t have certain things, certain characteristics, certain things that makes you the “hype”.. I remember getting so upset and literally THINKING myself into a bad mood, and ruining my day, that hadn’t even gotten started. I then decided to turn my music off and just ponder. Ponder about the lie I was told. And keep my mind on it. But, of course you cannot, ignore the Voice of the Spirit…it’s impossible if he lives in you lolol. So I turn my music back up and the words of Kim walker’s “You define Me”, came through….”No fear can hold me hostage. No lie can keep me bound. My God has the final word. My God has the final word…”….and I thought to myself, how many girls/women struggle with valuing more of what someone says about them, rather than what they KNOW to be true? Although, I’m saved, I love the Lord, I spend time with Him, I know my worth…it can sometimes be a struggle staying so “strong”, and confident, and remembering you ARE the daughter of a King, that I am a masterpiece in the eyes of the Lord, and that my worth values more than rubies and gold. Ladies: You are Beautiful. You are valuable. You are loved. You have a calling. You are worth pursuing. You are not “too much”…don’t ever give the enemy an open invite to have a party in your mind, telling you any different! You kick him out, and while you’re kicking him out…tell him, the opposite of what he’s telling you. For example: he says “you’re not pretty..” you say, “you’re a lie, because my Gods word says that I’m altogether Beautiful and that there is no flaw in me..💗” 

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**THIS BLOG IS DIFFERENT!**

SO, these past couple of months I have been focusing on uprooting ANYTHING that is holding me back from living the life the Lord had for me wholeheartedly. It has definitely been a challenge and an eye opener to some things I thought I ‘mastered’. It has also been such a JOY to have become so much more intimate with the Sweet, Gentle, Holy Spirit. It’s so exciting to share how patient, kind, loving, and gentle the Lord is when you allow Him to pour His Perfect love on you…completely.

As, I’m spending hours and hours of time with the Lord and He’s pouring out on me, and sharing His secrets and wisdom with me, and I’m watching videos on a YouTube channel of a ministry that has CHANGED my life ever since forever ago, the Lord has used someone who has brought so much light to my life, someone who has loved me, poured into me, taught me, prayed with/for me, blessed me, gave me clothes lol, CHECKED me (out of love of course), and so much more…to help equip me as well as so many other girls. In these, three specific videos that Lindsey teaches, they have challenged me in such a way! It’s so funny because these videos came at the “end” of my “pruning”, BUT watching these made me realize, “you are never done growing or NEVER done having to deal with your insecurities…” SO, I want to share 3 videos and a couple of notes I jotted down while “Dealing with My Insecurities…”

1-Selfishness

  • In this video, I realized so many areas where I struggled with being selfish in and how to deal with it. So ask yourself, (Lindsey made me do it in the video lol): Are you self-centered? When it’s not about you, do you make it about you? And she goes on to say that selfishness is “Anything you do for self-promoting.” “Worrying so much about what people think about you.” Growing up with 3 brothers, it was so easy for everything to be “about me”…and even more so being the only granddaughter on my mom’s side on magnified my selfishness as a young girl, because I made it a job to make sure everything was about me and what I wanted. And even when I was called selfish I would get all “in my feelings” justifying why I wasn’t selfish and coming up with reasons why I wasn’t selfish because I cared so much about people wanting me to be looked at as the smart golden girl child lol. So I dare you to expose the “selfishness”, and deal with it. And if it tries to creep back up…KNOCK it back out!

2-Freeing yourself from being Judgmental and critical

  • In this video…oh my gosh it was SO good and convicting! Some quotes that stuck with me are: “By being judgmental and critical, you’re not just destroying your own life, you also can be influencing other people.”

“The judgment comes in when you and I assume we know the heart and motive of why somebody did what they did.”

SOOO, GOOD and FULL of TRUTH! As I watched this video, I received so much knowledge on the importance of “freeing MYSELF from being judgmental and critical.”

And lastly,

3- Let GO of OFFENSE

  • I’m going to be honest, I did not want to watch this video, because I was such an easily offended girl and I thought everything was everyone else’s wrong doing to me (which goes back to being selfish), but the main reason for being “nervous” about watching was because of the TRUTH in just the question “Have I let my Offenses go??” wholeheartedly..?? Am I over being offended? And I KNEW Lindsey would hit this subject on the nail lol. But as I watched it, I’m so glad I did! Some quotes and truth I jotted down are:

“Don’t allow the offenses of those around you to become your offense…” When I heard that, it was such a huge pill to swallow because I really had some areas in my life where I had allowed other people’s offenses to become my own. For example, if someone would tell me about someone else (not anything good at that), I would get upset as IF the deed was done towards me. Don’t allow what you hear about someone else, to rob you of what is really important.

“Offense is a matter of the Heart…” Check yours.

“An offended person is someone who will run their mouth, gossip, and be judgmental, and be critical…we cannot be that person.” I mean, who wants to be THAT person anyway?

“Don’t live your life being easily offended! People are NOT perfect…”

“You can’t move forward holding onto offenses.”

“Do not allow offense to rob you. Do not allow offense to paralyze you. Do not take on the offense of other people.”

SO SO SO GOOD! These are just small truths that Lindsey says in these videos. Watching these have definitely shined on my heart some things I haven’t dealt with, or thought I dealt with and haven’t. Watching these have really allowed me to become so intimate and honest with the Lord in “Dealing with my insecurities”. I believe in this woman who do these videos, and I believe these extremely short videos will help set so many of us free! Let’s get free and deal with our nasty insecurities. I’m praying for your strength to keep fighting, and enduring whatever season you are in!

I Love you. Stay STRONG. DO NOT give up.

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HERE are the links for the videos, in order of discussion:

1-Selfishness  https://youtu.be/vOVw4JmmsX4

2-Freedom from being Judgmental and Critical   https://youtu.be/cnVR0U7Ze7k

3-Offenses   https://youtu.be/fP-zMgJY7PA

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Are you willing to prepare…NO matter the length of time?

“Jesus spent 30 years in preparation for a three year ministry…?

                Wait what??!! 30 years?? I don’t know about you, but that is a long to be preparing for something. Here in 2017, we live in such an “I want it NOW!” generation. We don’t want to wait and prepare for anything. We want the “perfect guy”, perfect job, the marriage, the baby, the money, etc. We would rather not go through the tests that develop our character, and mature us in our faith walk. We don’t want to ‘prepare’. But, why?? It’s in the days, months, and years of tests that are both private and public that wisdom, Godly strength, Godly character, and Spiritual maturity are birthed!

If the dream/idea that the Lord has given us takes 30 years…would we continue to be faithful? Would we still walk with him, not knowing how long the fruit would take to come out of the seeds you watered daily? Would you remain in Him as scripture says in John 15:7, in order for the things you want to be granted? Jesus was faithful. He was so faithful in pursuing the life that the Lord had laid out for Him. He didn’t care, about the length of time he had to walk through…his focus was solely on getting the Lord’s will done. And that’s how we should be. You and I. We have to make up in our mind that we will remain in the Lord, and not try to get ahead of him.

One night as I was having my time with the Lord, and I remember crying out to him about some things I wanted to happen in my life…and although they were dreams that He had given me he reminded me, “My daughter, everything has a specific time under the sun. Don’t allow impatience to rob you of this time I have set aside to prepare you. You can’t do this dream without me…Remain in me and trust my timing.” Of course I was BLOWN away, because I was getting weary in staying faithful because I felt it was ‘taking too long’, but what if I had just decided to figure out how to make it happen quickly? It probably would’ve flopped and wouldn’t have grown. From that night forward, I constantly remind myself “You can’t do a God-given dream, without God. Stay focused on Him.” The Lord has a purpose for every being on this earth. He has specific tasks for each of us, just as He had for Jesus. But, are you and I willing to be in preparation just as Jesus did, no matter how long it takes? Ask yourself that. Will you pursue His presence not knowing if your goals will ever come in the time you think they should? I want to encourage you to stay focused, don’t get weary in doing well, keep your eyes on Jesus, and follow His leadership. Trust the Lord. I’m praying for you my sweet friend. Endure 2017 with Jesus on your side. Stay faithful! Love you!

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“Walk out of your pity…and BACK into your POWER!”

“Walk out of your pity…and into your POWER!”

“Walk out of your pity…and into your POWER!”? Why that title lol…simply because that’s what I completely overcame recently…These past three months have been SO tough for me as a Young Adult, Christian, Student…and in a lot of the obstacles, I encountered I felt so hopeless, lonely, forgotten, ignored, and greatly “powerless”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t “depressed” or hit with all these at once, but they were definitely toxic emotions I was dealing with.

As I was going through what seemed like “losses every day”, my spirit man would always remind me that I had a HOPE, wasn’t alone, wasn’t ignored, and, POWERFUL. And he would remind me that in this walk, you will feel these very feelings, and they are just that…feelings. They will not be there forever, but ultimately it’s up to you to fight back with the Word and take back control of the thoughts in your mind. And whenever you feel a negative thought pop in your head, you recognize that it’s from the enemy trying to KILL every and any good seed the Holy Spirit planted, STEAL your joy so you’ll dwell on the negative thought that came, and DESTROY the relationship you were strengthening with the Lord. (Check John 10:10)

 

I believe that we were never supposed to feel the feelings of “self-pity”, but somewhere down the line during life… a seed was planted that wasn’t from the Lord, and when a seed is planted (that is not from the Lord) if not dug out and thrown away quickly, it will harvest and grow into something so negative and nasty…And that is exactly what went wrong with me, I opened my heart and mind to something it didn’t need to be exposed to…and the seed grew into these negative, ungodly emotions, and in some cases actions.

In order to protect your anointing, protect your heart, and protect your mind…you have to PURPOSELY watch what you watch, who you follow, who you’re friends with, the conversations you have, and even the music you listen to. (Check Proverbs 4:23) REMEMBER: you are the daughter/son of a King who is full of Power! And the enemy does NOT want you to do anything or say anything that could possibly save a soul…you recognize that ANY negative thought or emotion you feel is NOT from the Lord, but the enemy himself trying to keep you bound in your feelings so you won’t have the courage and strength to press through and continue to live for the Lord wholeheartedly. You protect what the Lord is doing in you…

SO, how do you, “Walk out of your pity…and into your POWER!”??

(These are just practical tips…)

  • You ask the Lord for forgiveness of anything you’ve done that could be blocking you from growing with him. Get back on your face before him, and surrender your WHOLE life completely.
  • Give yourself a SET time where you spend time with Jesus and stick with that. Some people like to wake up earlier, some like to stay up later…whatever you like best, do it and STICK with it. It’s in your intimate time with the Lord, that he does things that you can’t get anywhere else…it’s in these times, where the Lord will prune anything that’s not like him out of you. It’s in these times where he’ll share secrets with you, where he will show you glimpses of your future, of what he has called you to do.
  • Protect and meditate on the Scriptures that you read during your ‘SET TIME’. Protect the Word that the Lord gives you during these times (I would advise you to write whatever he says down, so the enemy can’t cloud your mind and you forget it). Don’t give the enemy any access to stealing what the Holy Spirit planted.
  • Stay FAITHFUL, and PRESS through the feelings of tiredness, laziness, procrastination, overly busy schedules. There are people who NEED your faithfulness and your calling.

and lastly…

  • Embrace this season! More importantly…Endure. Don’t give up. The pain you feel, serves for a purpose that is SO much GREATER than how you feel! Stay Strong! Dont look to the right or to the left, but straight ahead to Jesus. (Check Proverbs 4:25)

 

 

I Love you. Stay STRONG. DO NOT give up.

 

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