When You Don’t Feel GOD..

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When you don’t feel God, remember that your walk with him is much more than a few emotional goosebumps. In fact, He’s most verified in your everyday, seemingly little, acts of obedience. He’s glorified in your day to day service, the dedication of your work, the love and honor you show to those around you and the way you live your life as His example – the invisible moments of your life that no one sees. You abiding in God & Him abiding in you is not measured by your emotional response. It’s measured by your application – the fruit of your every day choices, in your attitude, in your dedication to stay on the course.

Sometimes, it seems pointless or hard to keep spending time with God or praying when you don’t “feel” Him but I promise you He’s there. Keep going. Keep pushing. Keep Praying! 

Call it Selfish, I Call it Self-Care

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Never apologize for having standards and refusing to just let anyone have a seat at your table in life. People may take offense to it but they often forget that it has more to do with yourself than it does them. YOU are responsible for protecting your peace and have every right to decide who to let in and who to keep out. Call it selfish, I call it self-care. You have one life here on earth, be wise and take care of it. God will show you who NEEDS to be there.
One of the greatest standards I’ve developed so far this year is refusing to take a seat at one’s table of dysfunction, negativity, misery, lies, etc. You have a choice as to what you deal with and please believe that when your standards and refusal to put up with some things make someone uncomfortable or feel rejected, they will pinpoint YOU as the problem but keep your standards and protect your peace anyways. Some things you really DO NOT have to deal with. I promise. 💜✌

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Ahh, the beautiful benefit of trusting God 🖤

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I’m sitting here reflecting back over the month of May and all that I’ve learned during the time it was here and the one thing I can say is.. I’ve learned to trust God more! God doesn’t always move when “I want” Him to move. Sometimes, my patience personally gets a work-out when I pray and ask Him for something and He doesn’t answer. Have you ever had that happen to you? Like you pray and ask God for something and His answer is literally no answer. He doesn’t say yes, He doesn’t say no, He doesn’t maybe.. He doesn’t say anything!! He doesn’t even give you a hint, no immediate signs.. you just have to trust the fact that He heard you and is working on your behalf! I’m not going to lie, I hate those moments lol but I’ve also learned to appreciate the opportunity to work on waiting & trusting Him too! One thing about God, you are NOT going to rush Him so while you’re waiting, you may as well learn to wait well !!
As a result of me constantly praying this month and waiting on God, the opportunity to get back into healthcare has presented itself and I am SO happy!! Working in an office has been an experience for the books but I’m more excited now about going back to doing something I am absolutely phenomenal at and have a big heart for. Nursing. There are benefits in waiting on God. He may not come when you want him but He’ll always be there RIGHT ON TIME!

I just wanted to take the time to encourage someone in the fact that when God is for you, it doesn’t matter who is against you! Rest in Him. Delays are not denial. Waiting is not wasting. Though the vision tarries, it shall truly come to past! KEEP MOVING! KEEP PRAYING. KEEP BELIEVING GOD FOR THAT THING YOU ASKED HIM FOR. Don’t let circumstances make you doubt what God told you! No matter what it looks like and regardless of what it feels like .. you keep fighting the good fight of faith and trust the fact that God is moving and turning things in YOUR favor!
The presence of a battle does not mean the absence of God in the war! I’m just saying .. it doesn’t matter what people may try to do to stop those doors from opening for you. What God has for you will always be for you. Don’t ever forget that. You don’t ever have to worry about anybody getting in the way of your blessing because believe me .. when God’s ready for you to have it .. He will make sure He gets it to YOU!!
-Jessica

3 Ways I Personally Manage Depression.

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1. PRAYING

Little small talks with Jesus here and there through out my days of depression really help me. I mean, they help me everyday but on some of my worse days, they really pull me through! When I say I pray, I don’t mean that I pray these long eloquent prayers and use big bible words, vocabulary, terminology or whatever you wanna call it. I literally talk to God like He is my best friend and I’m just myself. Most of the time I don’t even close my eyes. Sometimes, I talk to God in my heart (if that makes sense) and sometimes I talk out loud. Just whatever works at the moment. Normally after a few of those little mini talks with God, I feel better! I guess it’s because deep down, I TRUST that He’s working everything out in my favor. I trust that He has a purpose for whatever I’m going through and sometimes through prayer alone, I am reminded of that. Don’t let the pain you feel now make you forget what God said. Remember, He’s Making It Work For Your Good .. (Romans 8:28)

2.BLOGGING

First of all, blogging is addictive. I have always enjoyed it but here lately, I’ve grown to absolutely love it! I spend more time on here than I do any other social media site and honestly, I think that’s a good thing!! The blogging community itself is so positive and sometimes in my moments of depression .. the encouraging and uplifting posts really help me! Some of y’all post things that speak to the core of my heart and after I read it, I’m just like .. “Dang! They really just spoke to a personal part of me without even knowing it.” When I come across those kinds of posts, sometimes they help push me on out of that depressing mood! I love it!

Writing blog posts actually helps with my depression too! I have found that some of my best posts are actually written when I’m emotional, upset, depressed, bothered, angry or frustrated. It all kind of goes back to writing being probably the best form of therapy for me but the fact that I have the opportunity to reach out and encourage others through my writing only encourages me to deflect what I’m going through in a positive way. When I’m trying to help you, I’m really helping myself too! 🙂 Blogging really does help depression.

3. MUSIC

Music & I can NEVER be separated!! If you’ve been keeping up with my blogs then you’ve probably heard me say this before. Music, sometimes, is just another way to escape the pain .. or at least it is for me anyways. I prefer gospel. Music that will encourage and speak to my spirit is everything! It always puts me in a better mood.

 

 

I’m praying for those who battle depression. That spirit is real but you can win! Keep fighting the good fight of faith! Keep fighting to stay positive!! Whatever you’re going through is NOT going to overtake you! It may seem like it but I promise you that God will never put more you than you handle. It may hurt now but I promise, it is going to make you so much stronger!! 

 

Thanks for reading/visiting my blog today!! Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way!! -Jessica

There’s Power in Kindness!

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Use your words to build people up because words are powerful. SO powerful. They leave a lasting impact. So when it comes to your mouth, think of it as a power tool and be very careful with it. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Aim to be more of an encouragement to others instead of tearing them down. Try to make it to where your words leave other people inspired, not frustrated. A little more kindness and a little less judgement will take you a long way in life with people. Always remember that. Treat people the way you want to be treated, not how you have been treated. {.Kindness.} is free! You should totally sprinkle that stuff some of everywhere!!

Empowered people, empower other people!

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I pray that today is a great day for you!

-Jessica