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Folly is Fired!


The woman named Folly is brash. She is ignorant and doesn’t know it. Proverbs 9:13

Folly – that is her name. I was introduced to Folly in Proverbs Chapter 9 many years ago. Sadly, she resides in everyone, women especially. Her name alone means to be foolish. She lacks understanding and common sense. She is described as brash, meaning she is irrational, tactless, hasty, and thoughtless to say the least. Ironically, brash also means fragments of something or debris. In essence, women are truly broken.

The folly that women carry within them is a perpetual residue of the fall of man. Once Eve gave into the temptation of eating the apple, the spiritual wisdom bestowed on her was substituted with the overwhelming stench of folly. Eve’s blatant disregard of her Father’s directions was nothing short of costly. On that fateful day, spiritual wisdom was marked with a tombstone and folly came to the forefront of life.

The folly within us that is outwardly expressed causes a great deal of harm. Women cease to get along or work in harmony for the greater good because the fight for attention takes center stage. It is at that time that Folly does her best work causing confusion, creating divisions, and masterminding manipulations. Drama is her specialty. Forgiveness, patience, love are not in her vocabulary. Folly does a multitude of damage, but has no insurance to cover it. Fire folly today!

The best way to fire Folly is to give her notice and interview Wisdom on the spot. Ask Wisdom how she would handle a situation. She has the ultimate answer. Her response is found in Proverbs 9:10-12 says, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.”

Wisdom has a much better resume’ and she has the benefit package of life. Call Wisdom to the forefront. Wisdom is more than qualified to handle the qualms of life. For the best results of life’s situations, employ her now. Proverbs 9:17-18 speaks truth about wisdom, “Better to hear the quiet words of a wise person than the shouts of a foolish king. Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much that is good.”

Every day is a battle to resist the temptation to act a fool or have the wisdom to respond righteously. Part of wisdom is being disciplined to make the right decision. Gaining knowledge and trusting God will reveal the true benefits that Wisdom offers. Love Wisdom and she will blossom like a beautiful flower in spring. She will make you heavenly in nature.

Pray with Me

Dear Heavenly Father!

Thank You for the forgiveness of sins. Even though I was a fool yesterday, I can choose to be wise today and every day. Please help me tap into Your wisdom and call her name to the forefront of my life. Instill in me the ability to make righteous decisions because I have a renewed fear of You. Grant me the knowledge that will glorify You and advance your Kindgom. ~In Jesus’ Name~ Amen!

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HAPPY “RE” NEW YEAR!


Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. Isa 43:18

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Phil 2:5

Happy “RE”New Year!! I actually started this blog on New Years Day but due to unforeseen events I could not finish it. So January 2 was my second attempt to “RE” start what I had already started, and I was well on my way, got to the end of the blog and hit the wrong button and LOST IT ALL!!! So here I sit having to “RE” do it all over again!! Isn’t that where we find ourselves at the end of every year. Having to “RE”start things we had already started in the beginning of the year?

The prefix “RE” means to do again, to start over, or to turn around. Ha! Ha! Ha! Jokes on me right! God sure does have a sense of humor. At the end of every year we sit down and “RE”view the previous year. The progress we made, the obstacles we did or didn’t overcome. The promises we made to ourselves that we kept or didn’t keep. We make New Year “RE”solutions to better ourselves in the upcoming New Year. We are going to lose that extra 50 pounds, we are going to get out of debt, finish school, etc, etc,…But aren’t those the same goals we had in previous years? I mean seriously, take a look back over your life right now and ask yourself, “Just how many of those goals have I actually accomplished?” Do you find yourself having to begin all over again on goals that you set in the beginning of last year? Why do we have to keep “RE”starting over again every year? Good question, the answer is YOU CAN NOT BEGIN A NEW YEAR WITH AND OLD MIND. If you take your old mindset into the new year the only thing that will have changed is the date on the calendar.

The Lord spoke to me and said in 2013, THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!! If you want to experience a NEW YEAR like never before then YOU have to do something about it! God had already given us everything we need to succeed in life. First of all He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross so that we could have eternal life. (John 3:16) With the acceptance of Christ and what He has done for us, we gain a NEW life and a clean slate. That’s called “RE”pentance. We have turned from the way we were living before we accept Christ and the sacrifice He made for us and we have a chance to start fresh. All the mistakes we made, are making, or are gonna make are forgiven.

Secondly, He has given us His word, with which we must “RE”new our minds. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the “RENEWING” of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Rom 12:2) The word of God has the ability to give us a NEW mind. Our old ways of thinking and doing things will change once we “RE” make our mind over with what the word of God says about us. When our minds are changed our lives will change. There is Power in the Word of God, but in order to experience that power working in our lives we have to work the word. How do you do that, you ask?

Your mind and life will be “RE” made over as you read and speak the word over your circumstances. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Prov 18:21) You must search the Word of God for the scriptures that pertain to your situation and start speaking them over your life even when it looks like nothing is happening. On January 1, when I sat down to begin this blog the unforeseen circumstance wanted me to bring my old mind into the New year. The thoughts that I was having were screaming, “this year is gonna be just like last year, you are not gonna see anything different just more of the same struggle and fight, BUT, THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND AIN’T NO TRUTH IN HIM! I know what promises God has given me concerning certain situations so when circumstances arise that scream otherwise its my job to STAND on what the Word says, even if I have to do so with tears in my eyes. You see its important that you watch your words and not speak against what God has promised. That is exactly what the enemy wanted me to do that day. He wanted me to agree with him that the only thing that had changed was the date on the calendar, he wanted me to give up on coming back and starting this blog all over again. He made sure I didn’t have the time to do it either. I may have had to wait a couple of days but you can best believe God had a plan.

IF you want to experience the newness of 2013 then you must realize that the “NEW IS UP TO YOU!” You must realize the new has to begin in your mind. Make a decision to search the word and watch your life change for the better.

Father God,

We come before You now asking You to forgive us where we have fallen short. We thank You for the gift of Your Son, as well as Your Grace and mercy. God the Your Word says that YOUR Grace is sufficient for us and YOUR strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. Help us God to accept that and press on towards the life You have predestined us to live. Empower us with Your spirit that we may do what we know to do when the enemy comes against us. Give us wisdom in all areas of our lives as we walk in the NEWNESS of this NEW year. Help us to realize that every test we have walked through in 2012 will bring forth a testimony to encourage someone else in 2013. We thank you for keeping us and all that You have done for us in the past, present and future in Jesus Name AMEN!

THE NEW IS UP TO YOU!!!!
CHANTEEA

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His Presence is Our Present


Jesus is Our Gift

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  1 Corinthians 13:7

The holiday season can be a difficult time for people for many reasons. Missing loved ones who have passed on or far away; financial burdens that overshadow shopping desires; and the pressure to give or please people when the heart does not want to. Overwhelming emotions and circumstances make people feel like it really isn’t Christmas.

A couple of my favorite songs at Christmas time include Whitney Houston’s One Wish, Monica’s Grown-Up Christmas List, and Oh Holy Night by anyone. These are my favorite songs because they touch my heart. The songs are about faith, hope, joy, love, and the birth of Jesus.

Our Christmas may be absent of dear family members and friends. Our pockets may be empty and gifts may be missing under our trees. Our hearts may be broken or trying to sort through emotional baggage. Yet, one element of the holiday has not and will not ever change- the presence of God.

Faith, hope, joy, and love are the very reasons that God sent Jesus into the world on that holy night. God saw a world that was hurting, lost, and in need of healing. This is the same condition that we see in the world today.

The birth of Jesus was a gift to the world to be treasured. It was always God’s desire that we would turn to Him in our times of need and hold tightly to our faith. We definitely need Him now. God’s presence is always with us. His presence is our present- it’s a gift. We have a gift that keeps on giving in the form of faith, hope, joy, and love. These are the true gifts that keep on giving. We can be empowered by sharing these gifts with each other this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

Prayer :

Heavenly Father,

We humbly thank you for sending Jesus into the world as a wonderful gift of your love for us. At times, we lose sight of this and forget what the meaning of Christmas is all about. May we be renewed with the faith, hope, joy, and love You intended for us to receive and share with other people.  Forgive us and our ways as we try to live in this world and not be of it. We pray that your presence is a truly among us this holiday season. In Jesus’ name we pray-Amen!

Rest in peace Whitney! We miss you!

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Examining Motives


All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Proverbs 16:2

No matter what we are doing in our lives right now, we have a reason or a motive for doing it. Motives directly correlate to our purpose, goal, and objective in a given situation. Our motives are driven by forces of desire within us. Motives can be pure of heart or ill-conceived. Pure of heart motives will always yield a fruit of blessing. On the other hand, ill-conceived motives usually have dire consequences that follow.

For example, my primary motivation is that my family is set up to win. Every day, when we all venture out to school or work, my intent or my motive is that everyone has lunch, snacks, homework, hugs, smiles and an overall great start to the day. Great starts make happy hearts.

If I start off my day cranky and my primary objective is to make everyone around me miserable, that is an ill-conceived motive. Everyone would have a rotten start to the day, and maybe end up in trouble before the day is over.

We have a motive attached to the things we say. If we are pure of heart, it is easy to speak compassionately and humbly to people even when we are challenged in a situation.

Think about dealing with a cashier at a check- out counter. A pure of heart person will realize that this person has been on their feet likely all day and appears to be slow or disengaged from the transaction. Yet, the person does not feel the need to complain, rather compelled, to say something that helps motivate the cashier to finish their shift. This pure of heart approach yields the fruit of the blessing which is the encouragement of faith for both people involved. (Hebrews 3:13)

Ill-conceived motives bear witness to the term ill: it’s sickening, negative, disgusting, offensive, and repulsive. Ill- conceived motives drive us to speak in condescending or controlling ways to people. This motive primarily thrives on the power trip that results from internal insecurities of the person.

If we attack our spouse in an argument, we may feel a sense of relief or power because our goal was to put them in their place. If we want to intimidate someone who has embarrassed us, we may say something to make them feel threatened. If we insinuate that we know a dirty little secret about someone we may voice a hint of it aloud to provoke a reaction from that person. If we want to correct a person who is tail-gating in a car traveling behind us, we may slow down or “brake” check. All of these ill-conceived motives have dire consequences in the end.

We go about our day with some pure of heart and some ill-conceived motives. We fail to keep in mind that God has an eye on all of the motives of our heart no matter which one it is. Pure of heart motives are the ones God wants to see us practice. If do, say, or pray something with selfish motives, the Bible says we are doing so with wrong motives. (James 4:1-3)

We can only get those pure of heart motives by reading the word of God and aligning with His purpose. James 4:7-10 has the remedy for getting our motives in order:

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”

Motivation speakers have one purpose- to motivate. Let your motives be ones that motivate others in the direction of God. Practicing and professing purity prevails promptly.

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Lost in Love


Help me, O LORD my God! Save me because of your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26 NLT

When I was a teenager, this guy group came on the music scene and stole my heart away- New Edition. I will never forget where I was when I first heard Candy Girl. I just knew they were singing about me. (Don’t hate…lol) The group sounded like The Jackson Five at first. Soon after that first release, all of the crazy, love dazed teenagers, like myself, could recite Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, and Ralph’s names in our sleep.

New Edition had some wonderful songs that I still love to listen to today: With You All the Way, Cool It Now, Mr. Telephone Man, Is it the End, just to name a few. The one song that hit me the hardest was Lost in Love. Again, they were singing about me right? They didn’t even know it.:)

Woman to woman, there were many men over my lifetime that I thought I was lost in love over. It didn’t matter if they were in real life or on the TV. A tall, handsome, good looking piece of eye candy was always my favorite treat. I know you must be thinking what in the world, oh Monica has issues! Sure enough I had issues alright. Truthfully, I had no idea what love was at all. Even growing up and becoming a woman of my own, I still had no idea what real love was. I knew what I thought love was. I had other people’s ideas planted in my head of what love was. Mary J was searching for it too; Real Love was one of my jams.

It was not until I learned about the love of Christ that love truly began to make sense to me. Over time, I had a new edition of my own – being lost in love with God. Little by little God began sweeping my heart away. I would lay awake at night and have little talks with Him. I started writing poetry to God and about Him. Then there were songs like I Love the Lord by Whitney Houston that I played over and over again. I began reading my Bible more than I ever had in my life. The scriptures started to make sense, my life and my purpose began to be revealed. I would pray and see my prayers answered. I started believing in miracles. I stopped watching soap operas and stopped talking to certain people. I sought after true changes for my life. God sent me friends, who sharpened me. I went from being lost in the world’s idea of love to finding the truth about love.

I can share from experience that developing a deep, loving relationship with God takes time. I had to be betrayed, manipulated, used, and abused by the so-called loves of my life before I could see and feel that God truly cares and loves me personally. I followed urges to be as ugly to people as they were to me or worse before I could embrace the love God had for me.

God has saved me countless times. God has set things up for my good even when the process to get to the good was frustrating for me. God has showed up and shown out on my behalf. He has been my offensive and my defensive coordinator in the spiritual war games. He is my refuge in times of trouble. He is attentive to my cries and counts my every tear. He wooed me out of the wilderness that I was living in for a long time. His love for a broken, faithless, adulterous woman like me is unimaginable. Through my tears, I thank him for never giving up on me even when I gave him good reason to.

No matter where you are in your walk with God, He has not given up on you. He wants everyone, including you to be saved. God doesn’t want anyone to be lost or perish. I hope that you will join me in becoming a lost in love testimony for God!

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