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What: Purely Loved – You Are Royalty Purity RetreatWho: Women, married, single, divorced age 20 & up
When: August 23-25, 2019
Where: Blue Ridge, GA
How: Link in bio or go to https://purelylovedretreat.wixsite.com/purely-loved
Why: learn God’s truth about sex & purity, break soul ties, setting healthy boundaries, & more. To eat lots, laugh lots, cry lots & praise God even more!
***Payment increments available, full amount due July 20, 2019!
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This Saturday, May 18, 2019, I’ll have the privilege to host the prayer call for Women 4 Christ Ministries! See picture below for call-in details! You won’t want to miss the message that God has given me for His daughters! So please join us and bring your friends too … I’m sure it’s going to be a good time in the Lord!
To catch the replay, click on the picture below!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
I was sitting on my balcony reading a book, minding my own business lol and Holy Spirit came and took over. I couldn’t shake it, so much so that my hands are shaking just typing this. A Word from the Lord concerning His daughters:
My daughters have been seduced by this world. They no longer want me, they want the blessings. They want the desires of their hearts on their terms. In doing so, they’ve allowed themselves to be in bondage. They have come to care more about being a boss and no longer care about submitting to me yet they want me to give my sons to them in marriage. I won’t promote them, I won’t give them the blessings they so desperately desire because they’re not ready for them. Some of them want to move forward but they have fallen in sin and in bondage that they wouldn’t be able to handle the blessings that they cry out for. Get right with me says the Lord. Deal with your sin. Leave the people, places, and things I’ve shown to you, repent. Come to me for healing. Some of my daughters have been so seduced and sucked into the ways of this world that I no longer recognize them. They’ve become impatient waiting on me that they’ve taken matters into their own hands and it’s not me blessing them, they’ve fallen for the ways of the one who’s disguised as an angel of light. My daughters have become bitter and angry and their hearts have become stone. Bring your wounds to me, come to me those of you who are weary and worn. I’m your peace and rest, I’m the one who heals and restores, not the things and status of this world. Stop dressing up your sins and pain. I, the Lord, see right through them. I the Lord see the hidden tears. I the Lord am the one who can turn your heart of stone into flesh. Don’t leave the safety of my feet to chase after the pagan gods of this world. You’ll move forward in me, I’ll give you the desires of your heart when you come to me, surrender to me. I’m a God of love and order. I’ll not give a blessing that it will become a curse. My ways are higher, my thoughts are higher. Don’t grow weary in waiting and well doing. Don’t become impatient and rush ahead of me accepting counterfeits to please your flesh! Come to me, I’m waiting for you. Selah. (Psalm 37:4, Proverbs 5, Matthew 28, 1 Peter 3, Ezekiel 36:26, Isaiah 3:13-4:1, 2 Corinthians 11:14, John 10:10)
Be blessed & encouraged,
Hi! So I’m trying my hand at Christian fiction as one of my dreams is to write several Christian fiction short stories, novels, etc! I’m enjoying the process so far and I hope you will too! I’d love to know your thoughts & suggestions but be merciful ok? My fellow writers, I’m open to suggestions on courses and resources for fictional writing as well. Without further ado, here’s The Aftermath…
***This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.***
Hello my friend, my name is Camille del Mar. I’m a lay pastor at my church, Glory Christian Church. I love Jesus and His people. There’s not much else that brings me such joy as seeing men and women discover the great and unconditional love of Jesus! Over the years I’ve heard some heartbreaking stories. The struggles, sicknesses, heartbreaks, and pain. Some I’ve been able to help, some, I couldn’t. But I have faith that I sowed a seed and I’m trusting that God will water it. Oh, but there’s one particular story that stands out from the rest and I’ve had the opportunity to watch the hand of God move in and that is the story of my niece, Laila.
Laila grew up pretty much the way I did, no father figure, single parent home. My sister did all she could for Laila but the stress was so much that she turned to drugs and instead of the drugs providing an escape for her, the drugs overtook her. So, I took Laila in and I haven’t seen my sister since. I pray for her everyday. I pray that wherever she is, she’s ok and if she is dead that she’s made peace with God and is in heaven. You’ll learn more about me later, maybe. Laila was a very bright girl, curious, loved to read and very pretty. As she got older, she began to realize just how pretty she was from the attention she was attracting from the boys. I tried my best to instill value and worth into Laila. She was even at the church helping me out sometimes. When I was there, she was there. But, there was just something missing I guess. My husband had passed early on in our marriage, 5 years in and I haven’t remarried. He was my one and only love and I just don’t feel like he can be replaced. So, there was no live in father figure in the home for Laila. I tried to get her involved in the church youth programs and have her around the adopted family of the church but I guess, nothing can replace the Father.
In Laila’s teen years, she began to really enjoy the attention she got from guys, especially the older ones. She pretended to listen to me when I told her about seeking the love of Jesus, her worth and to value herself and her body but I think it went in one ear and out of the other. I could see it in her eyes, the deep longing that she just didn’t understand. I tried to tell her that only a relationship with Jesus could fill the void she felt. Only Jesus could cast out the orphan spirit she had. Instead of her dealing with her feelings of abandonment by her parents, she sought the affections of men.
Laila graduated high school and entered college not too far from home but far enough away that I couldn’t be ‘all up in her business’ as she says. When she came home to visit for Thanksgiving her first month away, I knew she wasn’t a virgin anymore. I could see it in her eyes and in the way she dressed and in the way she moved her body. It was almost as if another spirit had taken up residence within her. Whenever I tried to question Laila, her words would spit venom of hurt and hatred towards me. It hurt me so very badly that I couldn’t get her to see what was happening! What she’d given herself over to. To her I was a lonely old middle aged woman who didn’t know what she was talking about and needed to go get a man for myself. Poor girl, if she only knew that my worth and existence has absolutely no bearings on man but only in Jesus Christ! If only so many knew this! My God! Whew! Anyway, back to my story. But just for the record, just because I’m middle aged doesn’t mean nothing! I’m still fine as wine and look better than most women in their 30’s! I lift weights, run and go to spin class twice a week! Don’t come for me little girl! Sorry, getting my bearings! Bring it back Camille, bring it back! Um oh, yes, so Laila thought I was old and wretched. Even though she didn’t walk a life of purity, she made it her business to get good grades in college. Over her years in college, each time she came home with a different, older guy for me to meet. Each man was quite successful in his own rite. They all spoiled her and the girl wanted for nothing, materialistically that is.
Laila continued to go from man to man. She only stayed with them until she got bored and moved on. She was searching for something she’d never find in the manner she was going. In spite of all of this, Laila graduated college with honors. I was and still am so very proud of her. After Laila graduated, the big corporate job she desired didn’t come quickly and she no longer had the money flowing in from her boyfriends. It’s like they’d all disappeared. Then, what neither of us wanted happened, she moved back in with me. I love the girl, but I loved my freedom! I could praise the Lord as loudly as I wanted whenever I wanted! She was NOT happy to be around my books about Jesus, music about Jesus, my friends coming over to talk about Jesus LOL!
One night as I was praying for Laila, the Lord told me that He’d brought Laila back home so that she could come back to Him. If she didn’t, she’d ruin her life. What I didn’t know at the time was that Laila had contracted herpes from one of her many boyfriends which contributed to her serial ‘love him and leave him’ attitude. She wouldn’t let anyone get too close and she wouldn’t stay with anyone long enough to really see if she could truly be loved the way she deeply desired. She didn’t want to be hurt or abandoned again, so she made sure she was the first to leave, always.
About a month after she moved in with me, the church decided to have a college and career day for the youth and me, now in cahoots with the Lord, asked Laila if she’d come and be one of the speakers. She said no at first but after I bugged her enough, she gave in. At one of the planning meetings, I caught Laila stealing glances at Troy. Troy is our youth pastor and if I must say so myself, he’s a fine, handsome man. If I were about 15 years younger…. Whew, sorry, ok, I’m back! Lord, I guess I do still have a little bit of an itch for a man…. Camille, girl get it together! So yes, Laila was checking out Troy. She made it her business to speak to him every chance she got but he was always respectful, nice and cordial to her. He didn’t respond the way her past boyfriends did and I could tell that it got to her. She didn’t know what to do. But God knew ha haaaaa! This girl found every excuse in the book to be at that church just to get a peek at or to talk to Troy. Troy, he loves the Lord and he loves those kids at that church! When he speaks, you know he’s been in the presence of the Lord. Troy has a past too, but that’s another story for another day. When God got His hands on Troy, there was no turning back and he’s a better man for it. He’s truly walking in His purpose and calling. He’s also quite the successful entrepreneur but he doesn’t flaunt it.
One Sunday, Pastor preached on God being our Father. How God will never leave us or forsake us, never abandon us or push us to the side. I looked out the corner of my eye and I could see tears rolling down Laila’s cheeks. As he continued to preach on God as our Father, the girl could barely hold herself together! I didn’t say anything, I just reached for her hand and held it through out the service. But then, it happened. Pastor gave an altar call and she shot up from her seat and almost pushed another young lady out of the way trying to get to the altar! I lost all my dignity then! There were tears and snot and my makeup was gone! Oh praise God!!! Laila gave her life to Jesus and she wept at that altar until her makeup was gone as well. I’d never seen her in this state before and to me she was never more beautiful than she was then, completely surrendered under the glory of God! Ohhhh but when I did look around, guess who I saw smiling at Laila through his own tears? You guessed it, Mr. Troy himself! Oh! I cried again! My God is so awesome! I knew He had a plan for those two!
Even though I was so excited to see that Troy showed an interest in Laila, I knew the road ahead of them would be difficult but I didn’t know it would be like this….
I hope you’ve enjoyed Aunt Camille’s story thus far and I’d love to hear your thoughts. Stay tuned for Part II!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
As promised, here’s the scripture writing plan for April where we’ll focus on resting in God. If you haven’t already, check out my previous blog post, When God Tells You To Rest.
I pray God’s blessings over you as you follow this plan that His word will do the necessary work in our hearts to trust Him in every season of life that we are in, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Rest – cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. an instance or period of relaxing or ceasing to engage in strenuous or stressful activity.
Our view of rest and God’s view of rest can be quite different in some ways. When we think of rest, we often think of a short break, a nap, maybe a vacation but then back to work. God’s view of rest can be those same things but how do you handle Him telling you to rest from activities that you feel are important? Say, you have a project coming up in a few months, a business you’re trying to grow or a ministry you’re trying to grow? Him telling you to rest seems very foreign, counter productive and could be quite frustrating! Why would God tell us to rest when there’s so much that needs to be done? Why would God tell us to rest if we don’t do the things required for whatever we want to accomplish, these things won’t get done? Why? Because He wants us to trust Him, His ways & His timing!
I know first hand how hard this can be! I’m walking this journey right now! When I started researching for a project that I’m working on, God told me to rest. I thought He meant for that day but no, He meant for an extended period of time. Until He says it’s time for me to go back to work. Every time I tried to pick back up on what I was working on He’d interrupt or I’d be directed towards something else. All these new things I wanted to try to grow the ministry, all good things, but not right now things. I’m like God, this makes no sense but if I’m honest, it makes no sense to the way the world has conditioned us to work and expand a business, ministry, etc. I found that I’d gravitated to the world’s way of doing things and not God’s. The world’s way was stressing me out and it took me further and further away from God. I began to try to do things in my own strength and through my own very limited resources and abilities! How often do we do this?? So here is what I’m learning from God’s ways of resting:
- Rest requires trust in Him: Resting, ceasing from all our striving and hustling requires that we trust in God’s character. We trust that He will do what He said He will do. We believe that the vision He’s given us will come to pass because He said so! I remember and have to remind myself often of something my old pastor used to say, “Stay out of God’s business!” LOL! He really doesn’t need our help but He’s gracious enough to allow us to join in with Him to do something great for His kingdom! He’s faithful and just. Powerful, inexhaustible and can do far more than we can. By me resting in Him, I’m learning more about who He is and what He wants to do in me, through me and for me. In resting, I’m learning more about what’s going on around me and trusting that in the background, all the things He’s promised me will most definitely come to pass. Not because I did it but because He’s already purposed for me to do them. I become more aware of His presence with me and within me! Hallelujah!
- Rest requires trust in His ways: God’s ways and thoughts are not ours! If you’re used to being in control of everything, this will drive you crazy! I truly believe that God tells us to rest to show us that we control absolutely nothing! It’s hard enough to control ourselves, how in the world can we control other people and events? I have to always remind myself that God has the blueprint, the map, the plan, I don’t! Not knowing requires me to trust Him. It’s not always easy because I’m a doer and a planner and when things aren’t moving, I can definitely panic but I must remind myself that God’s ways are better and higher. (insert exhale here!)
- Rest requires trust in God’s timing: I soooo struggle with God’s timing! This just shows me how impatient I can be! Especially when I’m super excited about something! But on the flip side, I’ve learned that God’s timing can definitely be His way of protecting me! For this I’m truly grateful!! I’ve also learned that this command to rest is for my good. I don’t know what’s coming, but God does. Whatever is coming will require me to be well rested, aware and strong. Not to mention it will require me to know Him better and to here His voice clearer. I remember God sharing with me about the ripple effect. Everything that involves us has a ripple effect. It doesn’t just involve us but so many others around us, many that we don’t and probably won’t ever know. Our obedience is what’s starts this effect. We do our part and the ripples are what happens to other people. The ripples are God’s timing, His hands orchestrating everything required for those things we’re waiting for. Sometimes the ripples are quick and short and sometimes they’re wide and a bit slower. I also think of a play and all that goes on behind the scenes that the audience doesn’t see that brings about a wonderful performance on stage. I think about my prayers and the angels waiting on my prayers to execute accordingly. I think of God dispensing angels to other’s prayers and how everything comes together for that one beautiful event that we’ve been waiting for.
Resting can be hard when we’re used to doing. We’re human beings but we’re so focused on doing that we forget to just be. The doer in me is a little uneasy at times but I’m enjoying seeing God’s hand move in ways that I most definitely could not have done. He’s so strategic in His movements so I’m resting and trusting that whatever He’s doing in my time of rest is far better than I could ever ask, think or imagine!(Ephesians 3:20) I hope you’re witnessing the same in your life as well!
In honor of rest, I’m creating a scripture writing plan for April all centered around rest! Make sure you’re in the loop here or on Facebook or Instagram. If you’re still looking for rest for the summer, there are still a few spaces left for our annual Purely Loved Retreat coming up in August! I look forward to meeting you there!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
Pressing toward the Goal
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
The reality is yes, you messed up. You can’t go back to change it, you can’t take back the words you said and you can’t go back to fix it. You have to press on. I know the desire to quit is sometimes so very overwhelming, believe me I’ve been there! But thanks be to God, He forgives us in spite of what we’ve done! His mercies are new EVERYDAY! So who are we to quit?
I know the thought of moving forward may seem overwhelming and depending on your situation, you might find it impossible to even know where to start. That’s where I come in! My goal for this webinar is to walk you through God’s truths and give you steps to take to get back on track and Press On!
On this webinar we will :
*Acknowledge & accept the power of God’s forgiveness & His Presence
*Get an understanding of the good & bad of guilt, shame & anger
*Learn about wielding the sword of confession
*Give vision to what ‘forgetting the past’ looks like
*Give vision and steps to what ‘looking forward’ looks like
*Discuss how our mess ups can be bless ups
*Discuss the purpose of our mess ups & what our mess ups reveal about us
* Q & A & prayer
When: Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00 pm EST
All registration information kept confidential of course. Worksheets and notes will be emailed on Monday, April 8, 2019! Make the decision to not carry around the weight of mistakes you just can’t seem to shake, and release them!
I look forward to chatting with you soon!
Be blessed & encouraged,
Hey Hey! So, due to an overwhelming demand for new dates, the dates for the Purely Loved Retreat have been changed to August 23-25, 2019! There are only 10 spots left so I would not wait until the last minute to at least reserve your spot. The deposit to reserve your spot is $134, then the subsequent payments of $133 & $133 are due before July 20, 2019. The total amount for the retreat is $400 which includes all meals, materials, activities and gifts! So, tell your friend to tell her friend so that you can join in on this awesome retreat! Trust me, you will kick yourself if you miss this!
Also, we are still looking for sponsors to help those ladies who want to attend but don’t have the means to do so! If you have any questions at all concerning the retreat please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! Click banner below to register!!
Be blessed & encouraged,
This past weekend I had the privilege to tag team with Dora Raine of Raine Growth Partners as her Breakthru 1- Day Retreat, BreakOUT to BreakUP: Influence, Persuade, & Motivate! In this video segment we answered questions about marriage and renewing our minds concerning our pasts so that we can move forward in what God has called us to do and to become! There were strategies given, tears, healing and deliverance! I pray that this clip blesses you and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and even your questions!
Be blessed & encouraged,