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It’s 2/20/17, and it is such a beautiful day to start Women of Beautiful Shades Blog (WBSB). It’s 72 degrees in the low country of SC and I am super excited to start this blog. I have procrastinated for a few years and now is the time after being motivated by a few close friends.

On this page you will find parts of my life, along with others, bringing to you various topics. No filters, “Real Talk”, but clean daily life highs and lows we all go through and how we have gotten through them. Everyone who is involved is excited to get this path ready to see where it takes us. WBSB is ready to share with the world: our thoughts, experiences, relationship views, and so much more. All are welcome to come walk with us as we let our hair down, get real, laugh, motivate, and inspire. We thank all of you in advanced. Now lets walk and talk!!!

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Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer

“I Can’t Help It!”

When God begins to deal with us about wrong behavior, it’s easy enough to say, “I can’t help it,” but it takes real courage and faith to say, “I’m ready to take responsibility and get my life straightened out.”

Much of our thinking is habitual. If we regularly think about God and good things, godly thoughts become natural. Thousands of thoughts flow through our minds every day. We may feel we have no control, but we do. Although we don’t have to use any effort to think wrong thoughts, we have to use much effort to think good thoughts. As we begin to make changes, we will have to fight a battle.

Our mind is the battlefield, and Satan’s primary way of initiating his evil plan for us is through our thoughts. If we feel we have no power over our thoughts, Satan will entrap and defeat us. Instead, we can determine to think in godly ways.

God has given us the power to decide–to choose right thinking over wrong. But once we make that choice, we must continue to choose right thoughts. It’s not a once-and-for-all decision, but it does get easier. The more we fill our lives with reading the Bible, prayer, praise, and fellowship with other believers, the easier it is for us to continue choosing right thoughts.

It takes time to learn to choose good and push away evil. It won’t be easy, but we’re moving in the right direction every time we take responsibility and make the right choices.

Pray: Powerful God, remind me that I can and do make choices every day. Please help me to monitor my thoughts, choosing only those that will help me overcome the devil and win the battle for my mind. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Identifying Wounds in Need of Healing

This was a great read….
Like physical wounds, emotional wounds have symptoms. If you’ve been ignoring the signs or growing numb to your own pain, I’d like to share some tools to diagnose a soul wound. This is an opportunity for you to courageously identify what hurts. Pain isn’t your enemy. It’s your ally in finding the real problem.

Invite God to guide the process by praying these words:

Dear heavenly Father, please bring to my attention any wounds from my past or present that You are ready to start healing. Protect my heart and mind with the power of Your Holy Spirit as You guide me with Your gentle hand. Fill every broken place in my heart with Your truth. I trust You to heal me. In Jesus’s name, amen.

Trusting God to guide you, look for clues that may signal unresolved wounds. I know this can be rough, but I promise, the good is coming. Here are ten symptoms that can help you identify wounds that need healing in your life:

You avoid specific places.
You avoid certain people.
You have made a silent inner vow.
You suffer from emotional triggers
You engage in addictive behaviors or have an unhealthy attachment.
You wound others.
You experience ongoing, unresolved grief.
Your thoughts bully you.
You have a secret you’ve never told anyone.
You struggle to verbalize your hurt.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from unresolved wounds from your past. Take a moment to grab a journal and list the symptoms you’ve noticed and prayerfully consider what might have caused the wounds you carry today. In the book Beauty Marks, there is a study guide provided where, you’ll be able to dig in to identify your symptoms and their causes.

Good Physician: Tell Jesus about your suffering and watch what He does with your wound. Begin and end your prayer by speaking hope aloud:

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces.…
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering. (Isa. 53:3–4)

Care: Now it’s time to tell a safe person you trust about your wound, such as a pastor, mentor, counselor, or close friend. Whom could you tell? Ask that person to pray with you.

It’s possible to be wounded even if others don’t recognize your hurt. Deep down, you know it. You didn’t need this book to dig it up.

Pause for a moment.

Now picture Jesus Himself holding your face in both of His nail scarred hands and looking directly into your eyes. Hear Him say to you, “I love you. I see you. I hear your cries. I remember you. I will take on your pain. I will heal you.”

Let those words soak into your soul!

Did you enjoy this reading plan? You can learn more about Beauty Marks and sign up to get more free resources from David C Cook here.

Happy Blogversary

Today, I celebrate one year of blogging. It was not an easy journey but I made it through. No I didn’t post daily, weekly, or sometimes monthly. I posted when I was lead to post, hoping that it will be a blessing to at least one, including myself. This blog was created to share what I experienced personally, seen, tasted, cooked, or others experience. I pray for a more productive 2nd year and to get back to my love for expression through writing.

Find what you are good at and master that. God gives all of us gifts and talents but if we don’t use it we may lose it.

I enjoyed blogging and hope you do what you enjoy. Real Talk💞💞💞

Letting go!

Letting go is so hard to do. We hold on to people, past memories, places, things or bad habits. One of the reasons it is hard to let go is because “it” becomes comfortable and it can be fearful to us to make a change in our life that we know may be good for us. It’s the fear of the unknown! God has not given us a spirit of fear, but there are a lot of things in life we can allow to get the best of us due to fear. We fear that we will hurt others. We are fearful of being successful. We are fearful of change and being uncomfortable in the process. We are fearful of the work that comes with change and letting go. We are fearful to let go of our insecurities. We are even fearful of letting go of hurt and pain. We do not know how to be free of the guilt and shame of letting go and being free from: lies, hurt, negative thoughts and emotions, pain, rejection, loneliness, and all the things that satan tries to place in us.

There is a time and a season for everything, including people in our lives. When God says that the time or the season is up for a particular thing, habit or person learn the art of letting go. If we don’t learn to let go we end up in BONDAGE to: self, people, things, habits, negative thinking, hurt and pain, feelings and emotions. Which can all become STRONGHOLDS.

This process gets easier the more you do it💞

The longer you take the harder it is.

Remember, we have to let go of our old spirit man and die to self daily.

When God says it’s time to let go, let “IT” go!

Trust letting go and letting God…….. Real Talk💞💞💞

Walk as He Walk! It’s an Action

Great morning all, today’s scripture is about action. Jesus stood in the gap for our sins, and not His own. Therefore, we must walk as He walk if we say we know Him. Are we such a selfish people to say we know Him but refuse to keep His commandments? I was selfish for many years and said I knew Him. I lied to myself and others. I’m so grateful and humble that I come to Him with a repentful heart, saddened about all thetimes I took what He did for little ole me for granted. He wants to know us, the ones He stood in the gap for. Who else you know will die for our sins, our wrong doings, and then say Father God forgive them? Can we name one person? I don’t know one, not even myself……Real talk!!!

1 John 2:1-6
2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

The Test of Knowing Him

3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Free and healed!!!

It feels good when you can be free. If you are in bondage pray and ask God to heal you, deliver you, break every chain, free you from bondage and set you free from the things in life that hold us down like: fear, doubt, jealousy, envy, hatred, insecurity, self pity, unforgiveness, lust of the flesh, greed, stinking thinking, fornication, adultery, procrastination, laziness, idolatry, pride, gossiping, being bragful or boastful, looking down on others, and anything else you may struggle with. Declare that these things come out of your life right now in the name of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in you. You cannot do this on your own, but the Holy spirit has to do it. Get in the Word and as the Holy Spirit reveal things to you he can do a work in you if you allow him to. So start on your road to Freedom. Real Talk!!! 

Admittance and Forgiveness!!!

This video speaks volumes. What the devil means for evil God can still turn it around for good. Look at God!!!

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