Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. Give her everything she deserves! Proverbs 31:30

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's Launch!!!!!!

Oh my GOODNESS!!!!!!!!  I am SO excited (actually that is an understatement)!  Tonight is my FIRST night of Highlands College and I am STOKED!!!!!!

Last night we had orientation and I went into it with still a little bit of nervousness but LET ME TELL YOU .....I am fired up now about seeing what God has in store for our church, our class, and us as individuals!

God is going to do something HUGE and I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!  I am so blessed and honored and humbled to know that God thinks I can be used by Him to do great things!  That is not something that I am going to take lightly either!  I want to be His hands and feet in this crazy place!

One of the pastors was talking last night and what he said sent CHILLS up my spine.... He said that we are the answers to THOUSANDS of years of prayers because the "harvest is plentiful and the workers are few"  and we are those workers!  If that doesn't fire you up then I don't know what will!

I have been reading with #SheReadsTruth and God has really been speaking to me about what being a leader means and He has REALLY been working on me to crave His wisdom above anything else and I desperately want that!  I am a hot head a lot of times and I have NO filter on my mouth and that has gotten me into plenty of trouble but to truly walk in wisdom I need to ask God to reign that in ALOT and help me to control the anger, the ahem...bluntness, and to help me walk with the Wise so I will become Wise!

I can't wait to share more with you but I want to leave you with this.....

Stay away from fools, because they can’t teach you anything.

Proverbs 14:7 MSG

Sunday, August 19, 2012

She Shares

So I have told y'all about #shereadstruth before but let me tell you finding that resource has been the best thing EVER!!!!!!
We are currently doing the study of Proverbs and for the past few days God has really been dealing with me about wisdom and if I really want it or not.

My life has not looked like I am diligently seeking after more wisdom.  I have looked like the "fool" most times but I know God is going to help me reverse that! 

Here recently I have had the opportunity to talk to my boss about a potential promotion and thinking about that opportunity and doing this study has motivated me to REALLY seek His wisdom. I will have people answering to me and I need to be a godly example even more when that takes place.  I want to be the boss that the employees ask to pray for them because my life shows that I spend time with the KING.

But I also know that it doesn't matter what my job title is if I don't learn how to lean on God and trust him with EVERYTHING in my life!

God has also been dealing with me on how I need to learn how to SHUT UP!!!! I tend to say what I think when I think it and that has gotten me into trouble.  Pray with me that I learn how and when to be quiet when I need to be and speak when I need to.

I am going to urge you to spend time with your Daddy and let him guide you in His wisdom.  It is not about us being PERFECT (ahem UNATAINABLE) it is about us being WILLING to give up the navigation of our life and let him show us which way to go and when to go!

Stay tuned tomorrow for EXCITING NEWS!!!!!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Purity Redeemed

So today I have something very close to my heart to share with you.  I was reading today’s Proverb at #SheLovesTruth and I couldn’t help but tear up.  Today’s reading was Proverbs 5 and it is a warning against adultery.  So many people are affected by adultery every single day and it isn’t even strictly the physical affairs.  It’s emotional adultery, adultery on our future spouses and adultery on GOD.  The subject of adultery stings me EVERY time the topic comes up.
Starting in high school I felt the pain and regret brought on by adultery.  I went into jr. high and high school sporting everything True Love Waits that I could get my hands on.  I wanted to be spotless when I married my future husband and I was CONSUMED by the thought of that person.  I made it a point to stay away from sex up until my senior year (not saying that I didn’t dance on the “line” because I did).  Then 1 night during right before Spring Break my senior year my life suddenly changed and I couldn’t have stopped it.  I was DESTROYED.  My virginity, that I held so precious, was STOLEN by someone that I considered a friend.  That event sent me on a spiral down and it happened very quickly.  Because I was no longer “pure” I thought nothing mattered anymore and that no guy would ever want me after that.  I thought God didn’t want me either.  For 9 years after that I lived with the mindset that I was worthless because I was raped.  I continued to seek after the 1 guy that would just love me for me.  I was so broken that I compromised and compromised and compromised.  I became numb to sex to the point that sex was a given in the relationships that I was in.  I ran from God but went through the motions of “good little church girl” to please my family.  I didn’t see that the whole time that I was living in this life of adultery on my future spouse and on GOD that God was still right there protecting me like he always had.
This past January I had enough of this life and I decided to start counseling…I had to do SOMETHING…I had to FIX this.  I started counseling and I told my best friend that I just needed a “fresh start” that maybe that would fix things but I still felt like God didn’t want me anymore.  She told me I needed to consider changing churches and really start over.  She invited me to her church and the moment I walked in the door I felt God again.  I felt like he was saying “Tiffany, stop running and just come home. I don’t care what you have done just come back to me and let me LOVE you because I DO want you” To say that service was the launching pad would be an understatement.  The Sunday that I went the worship team introduced a new song written by one of the team members called “Place of Freedom” and OH MY GOODNESS that song broke me completely.  I remember hearing this phrase “I’m gonna sing my song like I am UNASHAMED I’ve come to worship I‘ve come to worship” and completely losing it.  I think all the pain, regret, shame, guilt, etc came flooding out all at once.  I remember having my hands raised but it taking all the energy in my body to stay standing up.  I left the service wanting more.  I left my church the next week and started going with my friend.  I joined a small group the next month(or so) and I know God let me pick the one I went to because IT CHANGED MY LIFE.  The leader felt like God had called her to do the group at the time she did it and that He was going to send the people that needed it the most (imagine that)  The first night she told her story and I think I sat there with my mouth open the whole entire time.  Her story was very close to home and there she was ministering to us!  She told us that the theme of the group was how God uses our past as our ministry.  In the SHORT period of time that we had together God used that group to show me that just because I had messed up didn’t mean that I was useless.  He KNEW what I did before I did it and He STILL wanted me.  Because of God ministering through that group and the church I now have a new mindset.  I know that God has restored my purity and He has a plan for my life in spite of my past.  I now have a PASSION for him and for ministering to young girls that face the same things I faced.  We are responsible to the generations behind us and it is time we STEP UP and lead.

I know God loves me and I know the man God has for me will see me as Beautiful not scarred from my past.  I believe that God is about to start something in my life and I am GRATEFUL that He has given me the opportunity to go back to school for ministry so that I can do what He has called me to do!

He will do the same for you!  Guard your heart!  Don’t compromise your values for anyone!  In the end – the aftermath of adultery on God and your (future) spouse IS NOT WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  No guy deserves you if he is going to force or pressure you to do anything!

Tips for avoiding the Mess:
*Turn off ANYTHING that makes you even think about acts of adultery  (the reality shows, the movies, the music, whatever causes you to start the drift)
*Get something (a ring, tattoo, etc) to remind you that you are committed to purity until your Daddy sends you the man He wants for you - Guys like Tim Tebow DO exist!  =)
* PRAY!!!  For your future husband every single day! (Go here )
*Get involved at church and serve your little buns off!
*Find a young girl and mentor her and be mentored yourself!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Get Focused

I HAVE to get better about writing on here......

I wanted to share something with you about a new website that I have found that is CHANGING my life!  It's #SheReadsTruth...It is a community of  women seeking God together through daily Bible reading.  You read the plan and blog/tweet/journal about it.  It really is amazing to see so many women reading the same scriptures and God meeting each of us right where we are. That's what is so awesome about God - He meets us where we are and loves us even though we can be a big mess!  I am glad I found this site when I did because my church is doing 21 Days of Prayer and I am SO pumped to be growing closer to God and letting Him minister to me. I am hoping that I can blog about some of the things God speaks to me during this 21 days and get better about journaling.  Speaking of journaling, a friend of mine wrote an awesome post about the purpose of a prayer journal.  Go check it out here.... Saving My Soul

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Get ready to start the journey of your LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!