Walk with me

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6:45 AM alarm nudges me awake. So I wake up. Shower. Pray. Make lunch. Get ready. And rush out the door. This is my Monday through Friday morning schedule. 10 times out of 10, I’m always running late. But the odd thing is, before this job, I was an on-time punctual kinda girl. At the onset of this job, I was that girl. The kind that shows up bright eyed and fresh faced half an hour early with a smile on my face. The kind that sings through the Monday morning blues and laughs through the Thursday afternoon anticipation. But something shifted the more time I spent at this office and while I am filled with gratitude to have had this job, my morning glow has faded. I’ve become that always-rushing-to-work typical New Yorker. And I hate it.

I hate rushing past the freshly bloomed tulips on the corner. I hate looking down at the concrete as my feet hit the pavement. I hate missing the clear blue skies after a rainy yesterday. I hate missing the faces waiting for the infamous G train. I hate ignoring the guy drawing on the train or the girl painting her face with concealer with a dog between her feet. I hate not being in the moment.

As I was quickly walking down to the train this morning at the exact time I had to be at work, my head was full of thoughts. My round eyes caught the sight of the orange and yellow tulips but I didn’t take it in. My legs were doing a fast dance with the rain as if I were competing in a salsa show. And my brain was full to the brim with thought after thought and it was exhausting. The kind of exhausted that grabs you after you’ve jogged 5 miles on an 85 degree sunny morning.

In a split second, I had the most challenging thought I’ve had in a while. I felt Jesus ask me, “What if I were walking with you right now?” Just like that, I slowed down and pictured Jesus walking to the right of me. God challenged me in that moment to be in the here-and-now; in the present. And as I became intentional about walking with Jesus, I felt such peace. There is something powerful about walking with  a friend and allowing yourself to be in the moment. You see and hear things differently. You experience life in a whole new light.

I walked down the stairs into the subway station and I saw the girl with the lavender hair. I heard the conductors voice loud and clear, “Next stop, metropolitan avenue.” I saw the rain drops quickly falling. I was in the present not threatened by my every thought. In that moment, all that mattered was I was walking with Jesus. When Jesus was with His disciples, He walked with them. They talked and walked. They laughed and walked. They walked together. They were doing life together as they walked. They were all in the moment, in the here-and-now, in the present. They didn’t allow life’s demands to cloud their relationship with the Lord. They were intentional about spending time with Jesus. In the same way, we have to be intentional. We have to make time at this time, right now.

If there is one thing I’ve learned from group therapy, which is a requirement for my group therapy class; it’s how powerful it is to bask in the moment. In the moment is where working through happens. In the here-and-now is where you can feel what you feel. In the present is where you have the potential for growth, for healing, for love.

My question to you today is: if you were walking with Jesus, would that change your pace?

Bible Tabs


I decided to do this post because so many people (all the ladies) always ask about my bible. Now if you know me, you know I love all things girly. Pink, flowers, glitter; it all makes me happy. So when my sister bought me my own bible tabs, I was obsessed! But after wearing out my NIV study bible, I bought a new ESV journaling bible and had to get new bible tabs as well.

My bible is from barnes and noble. Check it out here . It’s only $28! Although this is a journaling bible, I always have a cute journal to write down any insights, questions, and prayers when I have my bible study time. I usually have the moleskin journals but the one I’m currently using is from Green Room Eco which I also purchased at barnes and noble. These are made from 60-70% recycled fiber and they come in a pack of 3.


My AMAZING super CUTE bible tabs are from The Salty Biscuit on etsy. They are only $15 for a full set. I’ve purchased from them about 5 times because I’m the youth teacher at my church and the girls fell in love with them. So of course, I had to get a set for them too. Each time I’ve purchased, they’ve never disappointed. I also got the decal on the front of my bible that says “It is well with my soul” from The Salty Biscuit. They have a few different options to choose from in different colors and different sayings as well as different bible verses.


As for my pen, I’m currently using the glitter gel pens from Yoobi which I bought at target. (Told you I love glitter:) They came in a set of 12 for $10 and for each item you purchase, a Yoobi item will be donated to a classroom in need.

Now it doesn’t matter what your bible looks like, as long as you read it and make time to really soak it in. If you do decide to purchase any of these things, let me know! 🙂

In the heart of Cuba

“I said, “Here I am. Send me.”” – ‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

An entire week later & I am officially back from Cuba. I think it’s safe to say I didn’t want to be back, I wanted to be caught in the whirlwind of Cuba & it’s love. But sadly, I have to face reality. Although I’ll be sharing a more in depth post, I want to share a little journal entry I wrote from my second day in Cuba along with a gazillion photos!


August 7th, 2016

It is now my second day in Cuba and it’s nothing like I thought it would be. Although I tried to come with zero expectations, a thought of “what if” always creeps in. I came with a belief that poverty ruled this country but what I have found is a people rich with humility, simplicity, and love. I have found a country rich in culture and wealthy in personality. In the U.S., there is a huge market for entertainment in the churches. Although that’s amazing, there is something so profound and yet so pure in the churches here. I see the gospel in its purest form that even if words are not spoken, the gospel speaks on its own. It speaks volumes through its makeshift “home” churches and tattered hymn books. Before coming to Cuba, I believed I needed to change my church to attract more people but in doing so, the mission of God was lost in translation. The gospel need not be made attractive, it stands on its own; we are simply vessels God has chosen to translate that message in the form of love. This is what I have found in the heart of Cuba; to love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind, and to love people as yourself. 

This was right across the street from my hostel . The houses were so colorful!

This was the church my team and I served at for about 3-4 of the 7 days we were there. 

Visiting different homes


One of the homes we visited.



This was in the pastors home.

 




This is definitely not the end of my Cuba posts lol so stay tuned! 🙂

If you’d like to watch a little video I put together , click here  !

Perfect Peace

  • “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 26:3

This year has been difficult to say the least. It’s been full of tough decisions, taking leaps of faith, and things I have no control over. From death, cancer, to trusting God to do what only He can do; One thing that has remained constant is the peace I feel in my heart. Through the chaos of life this year and its sadnesses too, I have truly had a peace that surpasses all understanding. I’m learning if a decision you have to make is of God, you will have peace.

If you keep your mind and heart focused on the things above, on Jesus Christ, peace will guard your heart no matter the waves that threaten to overwhelm you. This peace comes as a direct result of having a relationship with Christ Jesus. The peace God gives isn’t like the peace the world gives. His peace is perfect and is constant. It does not mean you won’t mourn or cry but it does mean you won’t respond to your emotions first. With the peace of God, you’ll respond to His voice before anything.

  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27 NIV

  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

  • “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2 NIV

Let them hear


Every time I speak to my friend April, the first thing she asks me is, “What has the Lord been teaching you this week?” Even though I know she’ll ask me this, it always takes me by surprise each time. There are days when I answer with my best spiritual knowledge quoting exact verses from the bible and other times, I’m honest and tell her I have no idea. But each time, I walk away from my phone reflecting on that question.

When I started Project Healing, it began as a means of sharing what God was teaching me through the bible, through prayer, and through other people. So as I thought about what to speak on for this newsletter, I felt God ask me that very question; “What have I been teaching you in this season?” Without any doubt, the answer was simple: to listen.

In the very last book of the bible, Jesus is speaking to John through a vision concerning His people. In Revelation 2:29, Jesus says, “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” That sounds super deep and profound right? Now let’s make it more personal. When Jesus says “Spirit”, He’s referring to God in Spirit form. And when He says “the churches”, He’s referring to you and me. So now let’s paraphrase a bit. “Whoever has ears, let them hear what God says to me.” Wait. Read that again. . . Seriously. Read it again. Okay good.

In this verse, Jesus isn’t saying whether we have ears or not, we all have physical ears. But Jesus is saying “Whoever has spiritual ears, let them hear”. We all have spiritual ears. Some are in tune with the station of your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your spouse, your mom, your pain, and even your insecurities. But God wants you to be in tune with the frequency of heaven, it’s how you’ll hear what God is saying to you.

Did you know God speaks? God is not a silent God. From the very beginning of the bible, God speaks the world into existence. Not only that but all throughout, God is speaking through people, to people, and for people. But are you tuned into 77.7fm? It’s the station where the angels sing and Jesus is teaching. It’s the station where God speaks in still small whispers. It’s the station you keep changing to hear something more “entertaining”.

There are so many things in this world that pull for our attention and even when they are not, we are looking for something to fill the silence. As a generation, we have lost the art of simple listening. What does that mean? That means clearing out the junk from the outside world and all of the surrounding noise, in order to hear what God is saying to you.

From the moment you were in your mothers womb, you have been listening to what others have been saying to you. But when was the last time you sat in Gods presence and listened to God?

I want to challenge you today to find a quiet moment and ask God the first question that pops into your mind. Whatever that question may be, do not push it away. Invite it in and ask God. I guarantee you there are some things God has been speaking to you about but you’ve allowed others to feed you their empty opinions. God wants to speak to you today but you have to be willing to listen.

Let us pray

Father God, I thank you that you still speak. I thank you that you want to speak to me. So I ask in this moment that you would remove all the junk that has been clouding my spiritual ears. Clean out my ears so I would be able to hear you and only you. Tune me into the station of heaven and remove the things and people that are not helping me hear you. God I want you to speak to me today, so help me hear you, oh Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

 

City Lights

1. Visit the Empire State Building & take a selfie with my city ✔️
Being a born and bred New Yorker, you don’t do the typical touristy things. You don’t ride the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building & you don’t take the next boat leaving for the Statue of Liberty. But I’ve always loved to be a tourist in my own city. So yesterday I got to check off number one from my list of goals. I got to go to the very top of the Empire State Building with my friend & her son & the view was so incredible. Gods mind is so limitless to have been able to give people the knowledge to create such a complex city.

“for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”‭‭ – 1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:16‬ ‭NIV

So I thought I’d share some of my adventure from last night because I even got to catch the sunset!


How cool is this photo? Has a vintage 1940’s kinda feel. Thank God for filters! Lol

I mean seriously! Do ya’ll see this view?!


“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” – ‭Matthew‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I think what Jesus is trying to say is to be present in the moment. Let yourself be in the here and now without overwhelming yourself with the possibilities of tomorrow. Sometimes you have to gain a new and different perspective in order to appreciate the view. That’s exactly what I did last night; I was able to not worry about anything and bask in the stillness of the breathtaking views. Because sometimes we are so caught up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life that we forget to just be in the moment.

As always, be encouraged, be blessed, and be empowered! 🙂