Work It Wednesday

Work AND Play: Work It Wednesday

Yes, doing good works for God is one of our duties as being a part of the body of Christ. However, God does not want us to work ourselves senseless! He wants us to also PLAY, LET LOOSE and ENJOY ourselves. King Solomon was the wisest King to ever live; he was indeed given much wisdom by God and he even found this concept of “play” to be true. King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 (New King James Version), “Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him, for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor-this is the gift of God.”

Consider this. Who builds a house and then doesn’t live in it? Or who prepares a meal and then doesn’t sit down to eat? …..No one does! If we put in the work we want to REAP the benefits from it. Likewise with all the work we put into the Body of Christ, God wants us to receive a reward of relaxation and enjoyment, not only in heaven but while here on earth as well. And just think about it, when we take time out for ourselves to enjoy the fruit of our labor, it RECHARGES us to go back and complete the work of God. Now I hope you guys know that I DO take my own advice. The last thing I want to be guilty of is speaking a word that I don’t even practice myself. So I play and enjoy the fruit of my labor by doing small and big things.

I enjoy weekend getaway trips with my older sister; we do all types of things like go get professional massages and visit hilarious comedy clubs. I also enjoy going out to eat with my whole family, shopping, getting my hair done, and trying new and exciting things. Taking a fun dance class (because I’m a horrible dancer, haha) is still on my list of new things to try! Also, one day I am very hopeful that I will be able to travel the world! And because of my faith in God, I believe He will make a way for that to happen! So in all I encourage all of you to of course, put in the work! But PLAY as well-enjoy life!

Now don’t forget to keep your play GODLY and don’t forget to RETURN back to God’s work once you have been recharged! As always, there’s much work in the Lord to be done…So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Think About It Tuesday

Time To Pray: Think About It Tuesday

When we look at the conditions of this world we can quickly see the NEED for prayer! Now I’m bold enough to believe that God will HEAL our land, just like He said He would IF we pray (2 Chronicles 7:14, New King James Version). But wait, let’s THINK ABOUT IT! The people who are causing the world to so cold by stirring up evil, they are NOT going to pray because they don’t know to pray. However, it is the PEOPLE OF GOD, the CHURCH OF GOD who should be busy praying! So with that being said here’s a poem I wrote concerning our need to pray. I encourage each and every one of you to say a prayer for this world after you read it!

Can somebody tell me what’s going on in the world today? There’s so much darkness on every side but the people of God still can’t seem to pray.

The Word of God tells us to pray always and never faint. Then God says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that we should humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. And then Jesus said we can have anything if we ask for it in His name.

But now we got black men dying, the government’s lying, babies crying cus their daddies are nowhere to be found. Mothers doing anything just to make a dolla, their kids left with no direction so they holla.

People homeless, on the street with no food to eat, and no place to lay their head to sleep. Mothers turning on their own daughters, fathers brutally killing their own babies. So many people are lost and they just don’t know to raise their hands and say, “Jesus save me.”

Meanwhile every Sunday all the churches are filled up; but funny thing about it, Nobody’s prayed up. People of God, hear me good and hear now. It’s time to stand up! The Word of God tells us we’re in the last and evil days. So it’s time to get up, rise up; let’s pray!

Let’s call on the Lord for not only ourselves but for those who don’t know to call His name. And if we do this, I promise you, the world will NOT stay the same!

In Jesus’ name, it’s got to change! People of God: IT’S TIME TO PRAY!

-To God be the Glory

Copyright ©2017 by AdriannaJ
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Feel Free Friday

Regret: Feel Free Friday

Regret can sometimes hold us back from moving forward in life. Whether it’s a break up that hurt us badly or a business plan that we tried and failed at, we regret that we even gave it a try and we get STUCK dwelling on what we WISH we had of done. We beat ourselves up; constantly going over the would haves, could haves, and should haves and it becomes very difficult or nearly impossible for us to FREELY move forward and TRY something NEW again.

I know this feeling all too well; I’m sort of feeling this way right now in fact. However, let me encourage you while I encourage myself. Romans 8:28 (New King James Version) assures us saying, “And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” You hear that?…ALL things; the good, the bad, the ugly, the mistakes, the things we tried and failed at; ALL things!

Maybe it was a lesson you needed to learn. Maybe you needed something to stretch your faith or build your patience. Or perhaps you just needed to be put in a situation in which you were forced to finally understand that God is all you really need. Yeah you might’ve made some mistakes, might’ve gotten hurt, might’ve failed but because you are walking with God, He will take your biggest NEGATIVE and use it to help you grow-He will indeed work it for your GOOD!

So today I encourage you to simply learn your lesson and if you made a mistake ask God for forgiveness. However, after you have done all of that DON’T allow regret to hold you back from TRYING all the GOOD things you want to do. No regret, no hurt, no disappointment should ever keep you from walking freely in your freedom!

I say it all the time and I’m still saying it on today because it’s true. You are free my friends…So FEEL FREE!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work Never Done: Work It Wednesday

I say it all the time, even though God has delivered me from so many things, there are STILL things I need Him to deliver me from. With all the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding God has blessed me with; there are still things that cause me to stumble. Then with all the good works I do for the Lord, I know there’s still MORE I could be doing. I must admit sometimes it is a bit frustrating to continue to stumble, especially when I know what’s right. However, when I fall short it is only a reminder that I’m NOT perfect and that I need God to help me daily-I will NEVER be bigger than God.

Then when I learn of a new need and feel compelled to do MORE, it keeps me in remembrance that my sole purpose here on earth is to not just do what pleases me but to GLORIFY the Lord. God said it Himself in Isaiah 43:7 (New King James Version), “Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My Glory, I have formed him, yes, I have made Him. When we help and fill the needs of others we allow God’s glory to shine through us; and there will always be a need of sort present in our homes, churches, and communities.

You see, no matter how much knowledge we obtain or how many good works we do, as long as we are here on earth the work of a TRUE follower of Christ is never done. There’s always room for improvement, always room for elevation-there’s always more. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV) even assures us that God will complete every good work in us until the return of Jesus Christ. This means each day, if we walk with God, He will improve us and make us better, until Christ comes back for the saints. So in the midst of all your imperfections and room for improvement I encourage you, DON’T get frustrated and ultimately give up. Just continue to put in the WORK, allowing God to move you closer and closer toward perfection each day. And remember, our work will not be complete until Christ comes back!

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done….So let’s WORK IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Think About It Tuesday

Mercy: Think About It Tuesday

So we get mad at people and refuse to forgive them when they do us wrong OVER and OVER again. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. We tell people the things they do hurt or frustrate us; and then we get furious when they CONTINUE to do it after we have already told them how we feel about it. Some nerve we have though, because we do God wrong and sin against Him DAILY; and what does He do?  He extends His MERCY and indeed FORGIVES us. Psalm 145:8-9 (New King James Version) tells us, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.”

However, doesn’t God tell us over and over throughout His Word what offends Him? Doesn’t He encourage us to walk in the way of righteousness and clearly tells us the difference between right and wrong? Yet and still, we sin against Him and He continues to be all so merciful toward us. Now let me remind you that we should imitate God in ALL our ways-the way God treats us is the way we should treat others.

Now I’m not saying that people aren’t wrong in what they do, because sometimes people can do us harm and even be INTENTIONAL about it. Nor am I saying that we have to let people walk over or abuse us. However, what I am saying is that sometimes I believe we could be a little more merciful and patient with others just as God is toward us. And even in those times when we have to separate ourselves from those who hurt or offend us, we can still LOVE them just as God still loves us.

Yeah, this is a lot; and it requires a little MATURITY to actually apply it. But just take a moment…. THINK ABOUT IT!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Feel Free Friday

Freedom Moves: Feel Free Friday

When you are truly free you will be MOVED in some type of way; and your direction will be FORWARD. Think of a bird when it is released from its cage. It doesn’t just linger inside or around the cage; it gracefully flies AHEAD into the open sky, claiming its new found freedom.  Now we know according to 2 Corinthians 3:17 (New King James Version) that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. So if you are filled with His Spirit you are literally filled with freedom! So walk in that freedom and let it MOVE you! Move forward, do new things, reach your goals, climb to higher heights!

Now I hope you all believe that while I write these beautiful messages to you that I also take my own advice because I do indeed. In fact, I just recently decided to walk in my freedom a bit more by putting a gift of mine to work. I’ve always been very creative and enjoyed drawing and making neat things. So God blessed me with an idea to start a new project called Heavenly Crafts by Adrianna. It includes my very own original paintings, glass table decorations, rearview mirror hangers, and beautiful wall crosses all hand designed by me! I just recently started selling them for a very low price and have experienced success with it thus far. I get to make beautiful things, do what I love, and on of top of that make a profit from it-it’s ABSOLUTELY awesome!

Now I don’t encourage you to go around using your freedom as an excuse to sin or do bad things. However, if there be any GOOD or POSITIVE things you want to do, do them! FLY HIGH just like that bird that’s been released from its cage! Don’t stay STUCK in the same spot for the rest of your life-let your freedom MOVE you!

I say it all the time my friends: You are free…so FEEL FREE!

-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Work It Wednesday

Work AND Rest: Work It Wednesday

Diligently doing the work of God does not mean you can’t rest! There are several scriptures in the Bible that talk about the REST we have in God.  In Matthew 11:28-29 (New King James Version) Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Yes, we have to take up the “yoke” or the responsibility of ministering to people and doing the work of God just as Jesus did. However, Jesus even said it Himself that we also have rest in Him. Just think about it, with all the afflicted people in the world we would burn ourselves out if we tried to help EVERY single person we saw in need.

Let me give you an example: I often visit my local nursing homes and while there I enjoy having one on one conversations with the elderly. We talk about God, things they’ve experienced in their lives, and so many other wonderful things. Any given nursing home may have at least 100 plus patients. Now it would be nearly impossible for me to sit with every elderly person there and give them the same one on one attention and company. So I simply do what I can-I bless the ones that I am able to bless and I pray that God will send MORE people like me to minister to the elderly. This is why the WHOLE Body of Christ is so important because ONE member or believer can’t possibly do all the work that needs to be done-it takes a team!

So whatever you’re calling may be, whether it’s ministering to the sick, pastoring, or seeing about fatherless children; know that you don’t have to OVERWORK yourself. God knows we are only human and that our fleshly bodies, which are only made from dirt, get weak sometimes and REQUIRE rest (Psalm 103:14, NKJV). He knows exactly how much money, time, and other resources we have available to help others. And He even understands the other responsibilities we may have, such as our jobs or taking care of our own families. So I encourage you my friends, put in the WORK, but don’t exhaust yourself. Do what you CAN, while you can, with what you’ve got. And during those times that you need rest or your resources prevent you from being able to do the work of God as you desire, pray that God will raise up another BELIEVER to fill in the gap.

Now there’s much work in the Lord to be done. So enough said…let’s WORK IT!
-To God be the Glory

AdriannaJ

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.