The picture with a group, It was 2003 at the University of Zululand and I was leading a song "Ke tsepile wena" everybody was at their feet, it felt good. The other picture was yesterday, oooh man, awesomeness in His presence. 15 years apart. God has kept me in worship #ConsistanceInWorship#ManqobaSings#HisGraceIsSufficient
RAHAB THE PROSTITUTE.
Stained. Shamed. Scorned. Branded. Disqualified. A disgrace amongst her own people.
Yet, when she believed and allowed God to use her, He delivered her and gave her a destiny. She was rescued from the tumbling walls of Jericho. An Israelite army general called Salmon married her and now against all odds, this Canaanite prostitute was no longer a stranger or a foreigner but a fellow citizen, an heir, with God's people. Her son Boaz, married the famous Ruth, and Rahab the prostitute, became the great great grandmother of the the great king David. Jesus Christ traces His roots back to this woman. And finally, Rahab the prostitute is one of the only two women mentioned in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11, alongside Sarah.
Truly this goes to say that God is the QUALIFIER of man. Just believe and allow him to use you. Surrender your shame, scorn, brokenness and your hurt at His feet and see what the master can do with it. He will turn it around for good.
"What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard and what no human mind has conceived -the things that God has prepared for those who love him." 1 Cor2:9
Have a blessed week.
“I may be weak, but your spirit is strong in me.”
2 Cor 12:9 is an important verse for me. I have an irrationally strong fear of weakness and of failure. I’m always scared that I’m not strong enough. That I’m not doing enough for my family. That I’m not doing enough for my students. That I’m not doing enough for those who care about me. There have been times when my apparent weakness made me unbearably anxious. The first time this verse really spoke to me, I felt overcome with emotion. His power is made perfect in our time of weakness. His grace is sufficient to get us through any hardship or challenge. We are being sustained. I won’t say that I never have feelings of inadequacy or weakness... but I know that His power will carry me past it. That’s pretty amazing. Exactly what I needed to be reaffirmed in church today. Love you all!! Happy Sunday ❤️
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Just a reminder in case your mind is playing tricks on you today: YOU MATTER. YOU’RE IMPORTANT. YOU’RE LOVED. And your presence on this earth makes a difference whether you see it or not 💋 #Hisgraceissufficient#sundayvibes#fitfortheking
This blessed me🙌🏽 Great grace for great mistakes! #hisgraceissufficient#Repost @realjohngray with @get_repost
I remember moving to Gainesville Georgia to work for Pastor @jentezen at Free Chapel Church back in 2006. I watched him love his wife and kids, serve God with everything he had and I watched God elevate him to where he is today. He is a man of God. And as I prepare myself to be a Senior Pastor, I needed this word right here. In my flesh, I feel so unqualified and the enemy highlights my past failures and current limitations. I’m grateful that God KNEW who I was and what I’d do-good and bad-and STILL CHOSE ME. Lord, with humility and a heart of thanksgiving, I say thank You. Your son, John. Thanks for posting this @ricardomusic...love you bro.
Last night my children found some old videos of our family from when they were babies. It made me want to cry my eyes out. 😭Yet, sometimes I look at my kids (I’m about to have THREE teenagers) and I am just in awe. .
Look at these three humans that are BECOMING who God made them to be. Even though I struggle with knowing how to parent teens, I am walking by faith and full of hopes and dreams for who my kids are becoming and will become. They are not perfect but they are good kids. They are beautiful and smart and gifted in all the ways God made them to be. I say I’m sorry a lot because I mess up daily. But God’s grace is sufficient and I’m so thankful God gave me these three blessings. 💗
P.S. tagging the clothing shop my girls follow because they want to win a give away. 😘 #crabtreefamily2018#lifewithteenagers#learningasigo#hisgraceissufficient
Spending time with the Lord is like an endless treasure hunt, there’s always more to know and be found. If we seek Him, we will find Him.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17 #walkingreflections
For the woman who feels like she doesn’t belong...
Today Alexandra Hoover from @hooverandgrace shares about the struggle of feeling like an outsider. Be sure to check out her interview as well in my live stories and will be added to the blog post later. Alex shares...
“Since I can remember, I have always been the women who just wasn’t enough, always overlooked and had to fight for it all. I have always seen everything, as too far gone. Maybe you can relate, or maybe not. I have always been the one to feel everything really big, you know- the really emotional girl. Like I could walk into a room, and feel the tension and heaviness, and or also the peace and joy. As a child and even some as an adult, someone's words to me were either the best of things or earth-shattering. I would be moved and rocked to the core by the rejection of someone and would keep allowing again and again, to be belittled and mistreated....” read the rest of her story on the blog (link in my profile @ashley.morgan.jackson)
Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? What has God taught or shown you? #forthewomanwho
Consistently throughout the Bible God tells His people to “remember.” Remember His Word, remember what He’s done, and to remember Christ and what He did.
Often though we forget, especially in the midst of our hurt. I know I do. If something is off or wrong I tend to try to fix it before remembering God’s Word, what He has done in my life and in other’s, and who Jesus is and what Jesus did.
I think God tells us to remember because He knows what we need and what truly will satisfy: Himself. He’s the grounding we need.
For anyone who needs a reminder checkout the new blog post, link in bio. ☀️
#fbf to a simpler time. Before children. Before I decided to reluctantly cave to the skinny jean trend (so much bitterness there) Before I felt like I blended right in with the victims on the “People of Walmart” website. Before I survived on dry shampoo, yesterday’s makeup, and hugs from tiny people. Those are the best hugs, amiright?
No matter how frustrated I can get at the fact that August is leaving a destruction trail behind him at all times (I am more grace-filled when we are out of the house 😂), or that Addy has asked me 47 questions within the first 23 seconds of rising, the Lord is good in all.
Those tiny little eyes that hold the whole world in them can hold you accountable and turn trivial frustrations into character-building moments. The Lord is good in the trivial frustrations and in the dire seasons. He gives grace in both. Everyone has a hard, and everyone’s looks different.
I so love my tiny people, the dapper man that helps me keep them alive, and Jesus who gave me all of them and Himself to enjoy.
Stop for a moment. Take in the day. Remember that your end prize is Jesus, if you follow him, and remember that each moment is a moment you can point those tiny people to Him.
Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another. —————————————————
So these last couple of days didn’t go as planned...this loveliness on my face isn’t a fever blister but shingles 🙄😭 because I can’t do anything normal. Also because of a glitch in the filing of my change in benefits for now being a state employee I have no active insurance number. Dennie can’t cover me because he’s a state employee too but the paperwork on his side didn’t get filed correctly so until that’s fixed no insurance. No worries it’ll be retroactive but alas I.have.shingles! So I had to pay out of pocket but because God ALWAYS works it out my really sweet CVS pharmacist gave a website to get a discount code and I didn’t have to pay $50 for my meds just $16 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #allthepraisehands#silverliningalways#hisgraceissufficient
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• “but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough--always available--regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.”
2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 AMP
“Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 MSG
Today I’ll deal with the age old question. “If you died right now are you sure you’d go to Heaven?” Weekly, groups of people from my church go out and ask people that question. Most of the responses are yes, but some are a shaky yes. Some people even say “I really don’t know, but I hope/think so.” No, I’m not trying to pin a rose on my nose— that’s just what we do. Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Well I’m going to tell you how to know for sure.
1. You have to admit that you’re a sinner. Nobody is perfect except for Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
2. There’s a penalty for your sin. No matter how “big” you sin is, it can be forgiven! Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
3. Ask Him to save you! All you have to do is pray to God and simply ask Him to forgive you, and to save you, and mean it. The best part is that you can’t lose your salvation. Sin is still sin, but no sin can cause you to lose your salvation.
4. John 3:16- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior after reading this please DM me and let me know! I would love to pray for you and your walk with The Lord. Even if you need prayer in general please let us know! ❤️ Go out and be a witness to somebody today!!! Have a great day! -Abbey-
Note to Self - #5
Look forward. Yes, I know that I have made mistakes. My past is full of embarassing moments and disgrace. And I am often reminded of these indiscretions when I am venturing out of my comfort zone. When presented with new opportunities Jerk Brain decides that it's the perfect time to reminisce with the top 20 awkward moments of my life! But that's not what God does, even though He's seen it all. His grace is inexhaustible and He brings to mind all the best things that I've experienced, because of His kindness and compassion toward me. And just that simple truth puts everything into perspective! #stopbeatingmyselfup#faithoverfeelings#hisgraceissufficient
I would love to give you a little rainbows and butterflies story about motherhood to end your day with. But that's not always reality. And I'm quite certain there are a few of us out there who have come unglued over something today, this week, month, or year.
Today for me, it was over poop. In the bathtub. Need I say more?? Really though in the grand scheme of life, it's NOT that big of a deal. My gosh I'm so lucky and blessed to have my children. I know there are many hearts who are aching for children.
Then comes the temptation to beat myself up for losing it. Saying things to myself like...."oh my gosh why did I lose it like that?? It's just poop!!" Sound familiar?? And here's where that temptation stops for me. And you too, if you've had a day like this where you wish you could undo what you said or did.
You see, I believe the enemy wants us to be hard on ourselves. Because then our focus is off of God, and on ourselves.
And then I'm reminded of grace. Oh mommy friends God is so gracious with us. His grace really is enough.
His grace enough on the days we feel like we've got it together.
His grace is enough on the days we don't feel like we have it together.
His grace is enough on the days we lose it, and the ones we don't.
His grace is enough on the good days, and the not so good ones.
His grace is ALWAYS enough.
For YOU. And for me too. Tomorrow is a new day.❤❤❤❤ ~2 Corinthians 12:9