Today, I choose to Smile With Faith. I choose to start my days with gratitude and end my nights in prayer. A peace of mind is priceless; Peace is a spiritual gift. The Lord is peace. In order to receive spiritual gifts, one must have belief. Without faith, The Father does not know you. If you do not CHANGE then nothing will CHANGE. No more complaining, gossiping or living in fear. Time is critical and we cannot live with ideal minds.

I rebuke anything that is not of God. The enemy is watching and ready to create chaos. he is motivated to keep God’s children away from Him. he comes in many forms: procrastination, temptation, isolation, condemnation, guilt, shame, embarrassment and self-doubt. I am no longer believing lies from The enemy. I am choosing to declare victory over the one beneath my foot. I am a warrior of Christ and have been equipped with the sword.

Other spiritual gifts are wisdom, rest, grace, favor, and salvation. Life is about choices. Choose wisely.

Today, I choose to create the lift I want through visualization. Thoughts have the power to manifest into reality. It is only a matter of time. Trust the journey and live each day with self- awareness.

How to Practice mindfulness: mirror work, positive affirmations, meditation, or grounding exercises. A time will come where you will no longer have the option to be lukewarm.

This letter is meant to encourage you. Be anxious for nothing. Worry not a second. Regret not a moment. Repent on the daily. Walk in obedience. Smile With Faith. It is just that simple. Want to live a happy life? Grow in faith.

It is the fourth quarter of 2021. This is the season to prepare you for the new year. How you end will help how you start. Life is about choices. Do not be impulsive. Do not accept irrational beliefs. Do not drown in self-doubt. Do not place your worth in the hands of another. You are loved by The Most High. There is no greater love. You are worthy simply, for being. Your value has no price tag.

Take time to breathe. Be aware of your surroundings. Be content with what you have and do not wish you had what someone else does. You have not because you ask not. There is no competition. You have already been given victory.

We are Glorious beings in a fallen world. We are in this world, not of this world.

I am praying for all who are reading this. May The Lord’s hand continue to cover your life. Our heavenly Father is waiting with open arms for all who come. His love will outpour on the earth and all who know Him will be filled.

Now is the time for change.

You got this 🙂

HOW TO KEEP A GRATEFUL SPIRIT

The past couple of weeks have been a struggle for me. It wasn’t until I decided to journal and take time to self-reflect that I realized I was battling The Spirit of Comparison. In hard times, it is hard to remain grateful. However, remaining grateful is what you need to get through hard times. In this video, I discuss how to keep a grateful spirit. It first starts with your thoughts which affect your behaviors that leads to gratitude. Ungratefulness shows a lack of faith. Today, I choose to be grateful! Check out the full video below 🙂

Hello March! (audio)

It is March 1, 2021 and we are still in the first quarter of the year. I am manifesting greatness all year long! But first, let me start off by saying a HUGE THANK YOU to The Faith Fam and all SmileWithFaith supporters. I have been slacking on creating content for my website but I am back!!! Let’s start off this month with listening to an audio clip from the founder of SmileWithFaith 🙂

I am stepping into March with a renewed mindset. I need to be disciplined with how I spend my time, the people I choose to be around and with the content I create. I refuse to let this entire year go by doing the same thing I did last year. If I want different results then I have to make changes. My words for this year is INTENTIONAL.

It’s not easy starting that diet, building that website, going back to school, moving into a new place or learning to forgive but it has to be done. If you never start …. then you’ll never experience the results. Life is too short to continue letting time pass us by without us implementing actions. Faith without works is dead.

The word for this year is INTENTIONAL

Should I do more posts with audio clips? Let me know what you think!

Drop a comment if you enjoyed this ‘podcast’ style type posts!

Peaceful Protests Portray Powerful Patience!

Faith Fam, I encourage you to pray, repent and seek understanding. Mankind may not have all the answers but The Lord, almighty does! God did not intend for his creation to live in a world of sin, rather it was a choice made by humans and generations later, we are still reaping the consequences.

The world is at an all time state of Chaos. Between the global pandemic and global protesting, is this the end as we know it? Just a week ago, the news reported that all must remain in doors and not gather in groups more than 10 people. Now, there are hundreds of thousands of people world wide gathering in peaceful protests to bring awareness to police brutality, social injustices and racism.

The Black Lives Matters Movement is the headline of every major news coverage. The #BLM hashtag has millions of tags and stories like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are trending worldwide to shed truth on the harsh realities of discrimination and abuse of power.

Human rights allow citizens to exercise their Constitutional rights such as the first amendment including, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and the right to petition the government. Protesting is a public expression of disapproval and allows the silent majority to have a voice. I’ve seen many different forms of protesting from petitions to looting, but why is God allowing this to happen?

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he he has appointed, Jesus Christ [Acts 17:30]. Everything going on in the world is happening because of sin. Yet, despite all the wrong doing humans have created, God still gives chances. Today, you are given a second- chance. A chance to be made right with your Heavenly Father! Don’t get so caught up in worldly things that you forget your true home in His kingdom.

From Darkness to Light

Darkness can feel comforting. We can become so used to living according to worldly standards that we do not know a way out or worse…. we may not even realize that we have become of this world. Bad habits start to feel like the norm and become our standard of living. We begin to walk down the paths of our hearts deceitful desires. This is what the enemy wants you to believe. He wants for you to feel trapped. To believe there is no way out. To believe there is no light at the end of the tunnel. ALL LIES. The enemy’s native language is lies. He wants us to believe we need to remain in the shade that is over us because it keeps our darkest most shameful secrets hidden. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. Believers, be encouraged! For you no longer need to live under the lies of the enemy.

Darkness reminds us that we are unworthy. It tells us that we are alone in this world and there is no one who will understand our pain. It leaves us feeling empty inside, with no one to turn too. It keeps us from our friends, loved ones and from our true selves. Darkness can feel like depression. We begin to neglect ourselves and become so deep rooted in darkness, we feel there is no meaning or purpose to life. Symptoms of depression include: isolation, fatigue, sadness, bitterness, hatred or an inability to feel empathy for others. The truth is that you no longer have to live in the shade rather you can step out into the light, keeping in mind the goodness it will bring.

Today, I want to encourage you to live in the truth and knowledge of God’s word. Your actions in the past have been forgiven. Your sins in the future have been forgiven. The history of darkness that you once lived in, is no longer. Today you have the power to choose. You can choose righteousness. You can choose Holiness. Living in the light or living in darkness, is a choice. The fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth. You should have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. Everything exposed by the light becomes visible and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Love as children of light and find out what pleases the Lord.” [Ephesians 5:8].

ADULTING101: BILLS AND RESPONSIBILITY

Friday is a bitter-sweet day for me. I look forward to the end of a work week and the ability to sleep in without having to wake up to an alarm clock. Every other Friday, like today, is my absolute favorite days of the month. Why is that, you ask? PAY DAY!!!

This morning, I woke up refreshed. With a hot freshly brewed coffee, I began to read through my bible plan on the YouVersion bible app (free to download). The day seemed even brighter when I checked my account and my paycheck posted. Unfortunately, the feeling of joy quickly vanished when the reality of my bills set in. The car note, car insurance, phone and credit card bills were all due. Slowly, I begin to pay each one and watched as the funds in my account dropped lower and lower. Two full weeks (80 hours) of work was spent in less than 2 minutes!

The life of adulting can feel overwhelming. What is the point of working for money, when you don’t get the chance to enjoy your money because of responsibilities? This is a struggle for most people. We are living to survive instead of living to live. As I sat in these feelings of bitterness, I was reminded of God’s word. Does money determine my happiness? Is my paycheck controlling how I feel about life? Are my responsibilities greater than my God? The answer to these questions is “No”. Yet, there I was feeling sad about spending my money on my bills.

Today Faith Fam, I encourage you to remember the following verses:

  • He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. [Ecclesiastes 5:10].
  • Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also [Matthew 6:19-21].
  • As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life [1 Timothy 6:17-19].
  • Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine [Proverbs 3:9-10].

Let these verses meditate in your heart. Feelings should not be determined based on finances. Let your feelings be moved by your faith. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have. Happy Friday 🙂

LAKERS LEGEND GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN (RIP KOBE BRYANT)

On January 26, 2020, the internet shocked the world by sharing the news of a helicopter crashed in Calabasas, C.A killing 9 people; Kobe Bryant and his 13 year old daughter Gianna, among them. The news spread like wild fire as media outlets like TMZ covered the scene play by play, in real time. The tragedy was uploaded and posted on the world wide web, before loved ones could even be contacted. Could you imagine finding out your spouse or child died, simply by turning on your TV or scrolling through instagram?

In an era where social media has become reality, I can’t help but think what this world has come too. Death is all around us and no one knows when their time will come. However, we do know that death is inevitable and everyone is born with an expiration date. The death of a Legend has left many people with heavy hearts. Basketball fans around the world are mourning. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted [Matthew 5:4]. These are the moments that need to keep us connected with one another, letting our loved ones know how much they are loved. No one knows why things happen or when things will happen. The only thing we know for certain is that God is in control of all things.

During times like this, it can feel as though God is no where to be found. But, His word reminds us that The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit [Psalm 34:18]. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [Psalms 147:3]. Let us pray for Kobe Bryant’s family and those families who lost their loved ones in this tragedy. May God give them peace and comfort through their grieving process and kept their strength as they face the harsh reminders through social media outlets. His legacy will continue for generations and generations. RIP KOBE

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