Tested but Blessed.

I have never been a good test taker. I always second guessed myself. I was never confident in my answers. I always allowed the fear of failing to cripple me. Every time I thought I was going to fail, I didn’t. I always passed even though I struggled to believe I could. My fear was all in my self doubt, I had to learn to just always trust my first instinct of what the answer was.

The tests in life are the same way. When we go through tests in life, we can either fail and be miserable or endure and be blessed. Which will you choose? Do you want to stay tested? Or do you want to endure to your blessing? Your test will become your testimony. Make the most of your test. Remind yourself that as long as you trust in God and have Him on your side, you will survive any test that comes your way. Endure it. Embrace it. Stop freaking out. Stop second guessing. Stop the what if’s. Stop allowing the enemy to make you question your ability. Stop allowing satan to whispers those fears into your ear. Stop believing his lies. STOP and TRUST and you will be blessed and tested.

“Blessed is the one who endures trials, because when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:12

Xoxo Sincerely, Angela

Defeat Worry & Anxiety.

Worrying is the hardest habit to break. We tell ourselves “don’t worry, it’s going to be fine”, but then we do the exact opposite. It is a slippery slope, worry brings with it other negative thoughts. Worry brings fear. Worry and anxiety are tied together, you can’t have one without the other, that is why the Bible tells us not to worry, “don’t be anxious”.

The more we pray the more we defeat our worries and anxieties. The Bible says “be anxious of nothing, pray with thanksgiving.” The instructions are right there in front of us. There’s no confusion, it’s black and white.

• Worried about finances

• Worried about your marriage

• Worried about a diagnosis

• Worried about your fertility

• Worried about failing

• Worried about your ministry

• Worried about you job

So, what can you do with all your worries? PRAY! Whatever worries are weighing you down, keeping you up night, PRAY ABOUT THEM. Give them to Jesus, He will heal your weary heart! His word says to “cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” He cares for us so much that He died for us. His death wasn’t so we would stay captive, His death was to give us life and freedom. So, the next time you find yourself in a pit of worry and anxiety PRAY. Let out all your emotions, all your cares, give it to Jesus. Pray more and worry less. Live your life worry free.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

XOXO Sincerely, Angela

A Father In The Making.

I know today will be hard for you, Your emotions will be like a swirling roller coaster. You desperately want nothing more than for you husband to be celebrated on this day. You prayed and hoped that you would be able to give him good news before this day. Take heart today sister, God will give you and your husbands hearts desire.

I know today will be hard for you sweet foster momma, as you feel that your husband might be struggling today. He may feel unworthy to share the title of “father” with “biological” fathers today. Remind him that he is a FATHER. Reassure him that biology doesn’t make you a father. Show him how he is such a good dad to all the kiddos that come into your home. Take heart. Pray for your husband, pray that God will open his eyes to see his worth.

Remember, Abraham and Sarah desperately wanted to be parents. They had given up hope, they didn’t think it was in the cards for them. But God, He did the miraculous. He spoke a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.

God will do it for you and your husband. Comfort your husband today. He won’t want to show his emotions, he will try to be strong, but he is hurting. Encourage him today. Pray for him daily. Help him prepare for the father he will become. Help him to see the father that he is even though they don’t share genetics. Remember Abraham’s faith, don’t give up. Despite all the odds, Abraham became the father of many nations.

““As for me, here is my covenant with you: You will become the father of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations.”

Genesis 17:4-5 CSB

Xoxo Sincerely, Angela

Love Like Jesus.

You never know the pain someone is dealing with, the daily struggles they face. That they are hiding behind fake smiles but on the inside crying out for help. That they struggle with suicidal  thoughts. They might be battling depression or anxiety. You just never know what someone is facing. 

As Christians, we are called to love. To love everyone. Not to pick and choose who you want to love, but to love EVERYONE! Jesus came to this world to love it, not condemn it. If the One and only savior came to love the world; why do we think we can do anything but?

We think because someone has a difference in their  opinions, religion, lifestyles or any other choices, that it gives us an “excuse” to not love. 

Please don’t be like the judge or juror. People need love, support and prayers. You want them to come to Jesus and be saved: Love and pray for  them. You think they’re struggling with something: love and pray for them. We never know what someone is going through. We are all good at hiding behind masks or fake smiles, that doesn’t mean we don’t all have hurts. So please, let’s be like Jesus and love people. Stop condemning them of their sins and love them through it. Show them the love of Christ inside of you. Show them compassion. Show them mercy. Show them grace. Most importantly, show them you truly love them! That is the only way to truly help save people. 

Xoxo Sincerely, Angela 

““I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.””

‭‭John‬ ‭13:34-35‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Defeat Worry & Anxiety.

Worrying is the hardest habit to break. We tell ourselves “don’t worry, it’s going to be fine”, but then we do the exact opposite. It is a slippery slope, worry brings with it other negative thoughts. Worry brings  fear. Worry and anxiety are tied together, you can’t have one without the other, that is why the Bible tells us not to worry,  “don’t be anxious”. 

The more we pray the more we defeat our worries and anxieties. The Bible says “be anxious of nothing, pray with thanksgiving.” The instructions are right there in front of us. There’s no confusion, it’s black and white. 

  • Worried about finances: PRAY
  • Worried about your marriage: PRAY
  • Worried about test results: PRAY
  • Worried about your fertility: PRAY
  • Worried about failing: PRAY 
  • Worried about your ministry: PRAY 

Do you see the trend here? Whatever worries are weighing you down, keeping you up night, PRAY ABOUT THEM. Give them to Jesus, He will heal your weary heart!  His word says to “cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” He cares for us so much that He died for us. His death wasn’t so we would stay captive, His death was to give us life and freedom. So, the next time you find yourself in a pit of worry and anxiety PRAY. Let out all your emotions, all your cares, give it to Jesus. Pray more and worry less. Live your life worry free. Xoxo 

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

He Is A Chain-breaker.

Since this flourish conference this past weekend, I can’t stop thinking about freedom. Every scripture I flip to in my bible, every song I’ve listened too all speaks of freedom; yet I keep feeling the weight of the chains in life that I carry. 

  • Chains of defeat 
  • Chains of infertility 
  • Chains of fear 
  • Chains of anxiety 
  • Chains of worry
  • Chains of feeling unworthy 

These are just some examples of the chains I face everyday. What chains are you carrying? See, we all carry chains around everyday. The enemy wants to continue to weigh us down. To make us feel inadequate, underserving, unwanted, unloved. He wants to cripple us with chains. 

Then comes Jesus! Jesus is the chain breaker. The Bible tells us in John 10:10 “the thief comes only to kill, steal and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” This verse right here says it all. Jesus came to give us abundant life! Not a life filled with bondage and chains, but a life of freedom and abundance. 

So today, I ask you what chains are keeping you from your freedom?  What chains do you want broken today? Run to Jesus. Allow Him to break off the chains and be free! Stop allowing the thief to destroy you and accept the abundant life that Jesus came and died to give us!!! He is the chain breaker! 

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Xoxo Sincerely, Angela 

Freedom In Surrender

For nearly ten years my husband and I have tried to conceive a baby. That is ten years of tracking periods. Ten years of ovulation kits.  Ten years of disappointment month after month when your period arrived. Ten years of doctors saying there’s a small chance. Ten years of crying yourself to sleep becuase your heart is aching. Ten years of your husband blaming himself.  Tens years of your faith being tested over and over. Ten years of a constant strain on your marriage.  Ten years of constant emotions.

Today, as I sit here and think back on my infertility journey I feel a certain freedom. The pain is still there yes, but there is a freedom in not tracking your period. Not buying kits. Not having false pregnancy symptoms. Intimacy is again about being close to each other instead of trying to reproduce. The freedom of realizing for so long everything was about trying to have a baby and missing the other  blessings in your life. I am not saying you wont still have days where you long for a child, that will always be there. What I am saying is to surrender it all to God. Do I still want a baby? Absolutley. Do I still wish I could get pregnant? Yes. Am I still bound by the chains of infertility? No. 

 I never realized until recently how much of my life was bound by trying to have a baby.  God doesnt want us to live in bondage. He gave His life so that we could be FREE.  Once I truly surrendered my pregnancy, my motherhood over to Him there was my freedom. I know I will have a child,but I also now know that my plan and Gods were completely different. So, surrender it all to Him. Stop being consumed by your desire that you’re constantly in bondage. Break free! Surrender it all over to Him and find your freedom. 

“For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭CSB‬‬

xoxo Sincerely, Angela