the control factor

// It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. // Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-23‬‬ AMPC


Every morning is a invitation to start new, whether we know it or not. Whether we accept it or not. God is not about staying in the past.
How many times have you woke up in the morning and the days past start to play a continuous rerun in your heart? You’re reminded of all the things you didn’t accomplish or the past hurts you don’t have answers to. Why is it so easy to stay in the past, when we so desperately want to move forward?
God revealed to me that it comes down to who you entrust your life to. When we entrust our lives to ourselves, we tend to constantly look inward; giving a voice to whatever our mind or our heart says about that day or even what it says about ourselves. We start to depend on our mind and our emotions to get us through the day. This is a dangerous place, because without Jesus…your mind and your heart is NOT for you.


// The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly perverse and corrupt and severely, mortally sick! Who can know it [perceive, understand, be acquainted with his own heart and mind]? // Jeremiah‬ ‭17:9‬‬ AMPC

I can’t give a voice to what my thoughts tell me. I can’t entrust my life to my emotions. The enemy would love for me to be consumed in my own head so that I will not move forward. Based on where my mind takes me sometimes, there would never be a new day. It would always be reruns of the should of, could of and would of’s. But God loves for us to move forward, the evidence is shown in the canvas of a new day. God gives us a new day so we will not be consumed with the past. God is a progressive God who loves new starts. He wants us to take full advantage of that in our everyday! He wants to paint your day with His truth. To entrust Him means to so gratefully accept His gift of a new day and then continuously look up at the one who created it.

I gain control over my life by giving God control over my days.

Because of the Lord’s love and kindness, I don’t have to be consumed by the things that threaten my heart and mind. But now I have the power not to be consumed by anything but Him.

// Let the peace of Christ {the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him} be the controlling factor in your hearts {deciding and settling questions that arise}. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body {of believers}. And be thankful {to God always}. // Colossians 3:15 AMP

life & love,

regina 💜 

#mostbeautifulself 

You Are Worth Your Dreams.

Hey everyone! So I want to say that I miss this place. I miss this space God has given me to express what He reveals inside my heart. I have to say these past two months that I took a hiatus from my blog…I’ve been struggling. I’ve been struggling with this call that God has placed on my life. I know that this is what He wants me to do because I come alive with His joy every time I write and I know He smiles down on me walking in His obedience. But I’ve struggled feeling worthy of this calling. I sometimes take a look back at all the visions and dreams God has placed inside my heart and I take a step back and say to myself “Me? Really God? How can I achieve that? Why are you choosing ME??”

But God showed me I had the wrong perspective. I was looking inward and not outward at my King who IS already victorious in all things. God even says in scripture that He on purpose chooses what looks foolish or inadequate to the world, so that HE will get the glory from the things accomplished through you. This has been a journey, but its only truly the beginning. I choose to look at the worth and victory Jesus has given me and use the gift God has so generously given me. We must embrace our gifts. There is a dying world out there that is searching for love and answers. We know the answer and His name is Jesus. Let’s embrace our gifts to proclaim His name. I don’t want to say write too much in this post because I’m going to let this video speak for itself, but I’m going to leave you with a few verses that God has been showing me in this journey in accepting the worth in my calling.

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord. (‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ AMP)

I love you and Jesus loves you more.

Regina

You have a choice.

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We make choices on a daily basis, sometimes ones we are completely unaware of. It is easy to think of the simple ones, like deciding what to eat for lunch or picking out an outfit for a night out. But how about the choices we make that affect our attitudes, emotions and way of thinking? Many of us do not even realize these even require a choice. Many times we go around with our raging emotions and think we are forced to live with them. And honestly, I thought this way for the longest time, until the Lord opened my eyes in a scripture that changed the way I handled my emotions forever.  

During a night of studying for my Sunday school class, I was reading 1 Corinthians 6. The majority of the lesson text focused on verse 13 and verses 18-20, talking about sexual immorality. While I have seen and read over these scriptures before, it is always a great reminder on how important the actions we take towards our bodies affect our inner-being. But as I looked up at verse 12, the last sentence struck me. It reads: 

I have the right to do anything, you say—but not everything is beneficial. I have the right to do anything—but I will not be mastered by anything. (1 Corinthians 6:12 NIV)  

Even though this verse is talking about sexual immorality and how we should not be mastered by it, The Lord revealed to me that there are many other things we allow ourselves to be mastered by. Sometimes we go through our days plagued with thoughts of fear, doubt, insecurity, loneliness, etc. These thoughts, if not handled, can turn into action. Then at the end of the day, we look back at everything with this nagging pang in our stomach, asking ourselves, “Why did I become unglued at my sister/coworker/friend today, over nothing?” or “Why do I let people bother me so much all the time? Oh, Lord forgive me!” Do you ever find yourself having this conversation with yourself over and over again? I know I did. And I was tired of it.   

I knew there had to be a call to action somewhere. If our emotions and actions are causing us grief at the end of each day, we need to get to the source of it. Everything we doeverything we feel is birthed out of a thought that is triggered in our brain. Our brain then captures that thought and signals our body to feel according to what we are thinking. This is what we call our emotions. Then based on this emotion, we usually act upon itYou see this chain? Since everything we do and feel comes from our way of thinking, what we allow into our minds is so important. So, those wandering thoughts you deal with on a daily basis? You are unknowingly being mastered by them, letting them affect your emotions, your actions and the people around you. You are walking arounwondering why you are always angry or why you always feel insecure, when you do not have to be. You do not have to feel this way. No one is telling you to feel this way. And even if they are, YOU have a choice.  

You see, we all have free will, so we are allowed to do or think whatever, but that does not mean it is beneficial. That means we do not have to let it overtake us. I have found this to be true for my thoughts. As I read 1 Corinthians 6:12, I felt a sense of power. Power that I never tapped into before, but always had because I belong to Christ. The same power that Jesus has is in us, we just have to walk in it. I get excited when I think about this. Just imagine you once felt hopeless and weak, and then realize you have the same power of a man who overcame death! Pretty awesome.   

Since our minds can turn into a never-ending roller-coaster, we have to know what to do before our thoughts leave us in the heights. Knowing we have power through Christ, God gives us instruction in scripture on what to do when we are being attacked in our minds…  

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5  NIV)   

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2  NIV)  

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9  NASB)  

I especially love 2 Corinthians 10:5. Every time I read this verse, I think of having a big sledge hammer, smashing and demolishing every bad thought that pops into my head. I know that sounds  funny, but that is how you have to fight. The enemy is out for our minds! He knows that if he can plague your mind with things like anger, doubt, insecurity and lust; you will become ineffective in living out the purposes God has for your life! Good thoughts equal good actions and good actions are birthed from good thought patterns. God has also shown me recently how the things we entertain in our daily lives affect our thoughts. Having trouble dealing with anger? Stop watching shows that promote violence or hanging out with people who always have to argue with everybody and everything. Struggling with lust? Cut out listening to music with sensual lyrics that leave your mind a breeding ground for sexual fantasies. Our mind is like fresh soil and these things we plant in it are seeds. Plant bad seeds and a poisonous flower with began to birth in your heart without you even realizing it.  

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)  

This has been true for myself. I have found myself entertaining not-so-pure music before and wake up wondering “Why am I thinking this way?” I planted a lustful seed and my thoughts were revealing it to me. I am not perfect and I am still growing in the battlefield of the mind department. But thank God for His grace and Jesus. I have made a decision to fightI have made a decision that my life is not going to be mastered by my thoughts or emotions, but by God’s word. This is my choice. What will be your choice today?  #mostbeautifulself

I love you and Jesus loves you more,

Regina