My body is tired and it’s speaking to me, but I could not rest without thanking a few people. I spoke at a Youth Revival Today at New Hope Baptist Church. When I tell you the Lord moved in that place, from spoken word to people preaching to singing and dancing. The only regret that I have is my phone went dead and I couldn’t take pictures, but Shani P. Nelson took a few while I was on the stage. Because of a few people that I respect dearly, everybody and I mean everybody was able to get a “Momma I Should Have Listened Book.” Thank you Pastor Tremaine Johnson for bringing me in. Thank you to Maria Soccor, John Sonny Louis with Kold Front Enterprises, Lloyd Watts, Marcos Acevedo, Chapman Mae and Donny McCuien because of you, these young people get to read a story that can change the trajectory of their lives. I thank you for your donation and contributing to my assignment. Thank you to my mentee Shani for driving all the way from Lafayette. I’m so glad you hit the stage inspiring people as well. #youth#revival#church#empowering#God#thankyou#purpose
You’re exhausted. I know you are. You have to be. Trying to out beat everyone and everything has become your covert calling. Gotta look the best, act the best, have the best, live the best, be the best. Yet, you’re more miserable than the rest.
Let me in for a second. You probably grew up in a performance-driven household. Love and validation were usually only expressed if you did something good. This led from doing something good to doing something the best. And from there, you’ve coasted through life believing the lie that to be SEEN and LOVED solely relies on your performance.
So now what? This is the lens by which you view everything...including your relationship with God.
But I want you to know something. This may take a while for you to believe, but I want to untie some of these lies you’ve been bound to👇🏼
Not everyone is a rival. Not everyone is a threat. If someone wins, it doesn’t automatically determine your loss. If someone gains, it doesn’t mean you were robbed. If someone succeeds, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure. You don’t have to compete to be seen and loved. You don’t have to “win”, to be worthy.
God created you with great care and detail (Psalm 139:13). He called you with a purpose in mind (Jeremiah 29:11). He proved His love for you through the sacrifice of His Son (John 3:16). And He declared your value through His gift of grace that can never be earned (Ephesians 2:8). You now live from approval, not for approval.
Here are some highlights from the Philly Concert last Saturday. It was powerfull. Amazed at what God can accomplish. The Band was amazing and our set had some songs from our new album. @jojisam and @arunmasih poured their hearts out with their talks. Such gifted communicators. Most importantly, GOD SPOKE TO PEOPLE !! Some of us had no sleep for 24 hours, but there was something inside of us that couldn’t stop us to do what God had asked us to do !! Thank you for praying for us and if you made it to the event, It was wonderfull seeing you. We Love you Philadelphia, USA !! #WorshipConcert#CONERT#HindiWorship#SongWriters#WorshipLeaders#BAND#REVIVAL#3820worship
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🚨1-27-15. This post is important. 🚨 It’s not that I never tried. I tried so many times to lose weight, but that’s all I was trying to do.. lose weight. Sometimes I was successful.. and then I would gain it all back and more. Here’s a photo of me at 246 pounds after a treadmill workout in my parents basement. .
Back then I wanted to be skinny because being skinny meant being beautiful. Being skinny meant being worthy. Being skinny meant someone could love me. Being skinny meant I could be successful. Back then I truly thought this, because my whole life I heard.. “if you were skinny, you be gorgeous.” “If you lost weight, the boys would be all over you.” “If you were thin, you would be unstoppable.” “Imagine if you were skinny, you’d be so popular.” And I promise you - all of these words were meant as compliments.
Instead of compliments and the intended “boost of encouragement”, my self worth and image deteriorated. Hearing this from elementary school up to when I was 23 years old, this all translated to: “I’m not worthy the way I am”, “I am fat therefore I am ugly”, “no one can love me in this body”, “People won’t like me like this.” So I would diet, then I would fail, then I would binge and start back at the beginning. It was a viscous cycle. .
At 23, I called off my wedding and it was a power move. I heard my voice stand up for myself for the very first time. I journaled a lot during that time to not lose my mind, and tonight I found one of my logs..
“My passionate desires are demanding to be heard, and finally for once in my life I am going to listen to them. This is my journey. Not my weight loss journey, not a journey to get over a relationship.. but my journey to find self confidence and the real meaning of happiness in my life. My journey to looking in the mirror and being able to say aloud, ‘I love you, and I love you so wholeheartedly, there isn’t a thing about you I’d change’.”
That journal log was almost 4 years ago. I’m down over 100 pounds and my entire life has changed. And I am so proud. The point of this all is... change your point of view. The end goal isn’t a number on the scale, it’s your happiness. #Revival#Resilient
Here are some highlights from the Philly Concert last Saturday. It was powerfull. Amazed at what God can accomplish. Our set had some songs from our new album. Joseph Samuel and Arun John Masih Arun Masih poured their hearts out with their talks. Such gifted communicators. Most importantly, GOD SPOKE TO PEOPLE !! Some of us had no sleep for 24 hours, but there was something inside of us that couldn’t stop us to do what God had asked us to do !! Thank you for praying for us and if you made it to the event, It was wonderfull seeing you. We Love you Philadelphia, USA !! #WorshipConcert#CONERT#HindiWorship#SongWriters#WorshipLeaders#BAND#REVIVAL#3820Worship