Where it all started…

Everyone has had a moment in their life when they have just been tired. Tired of life, work, school, etc. whatever your moment has been, we’ve all been there; just one thing you never do is give up. I know this is my first blog entry and I’ll try to keep it a little short, but I want you all to know where it all started. I went through a rough patch a year or so ago and I was tired of everything. It seemed like if anything could go wrong, it went wrong. I would often confide in my mother and she would always give me encouraging words. One night she said, “We go through things for a reason.” I later found out my reason. While riding down the road God gave me the idea to start this blog to open my life to others completely. I got the name of my blog from Colossians 2:6-7, (And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.) I try to live rooted in the Lord, if you are rooted in Him then everything will be okay. I’ve been through so much, yet I manage to look like I have it all together and I want others to know it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to not be where you want to be in life. It’s okay. I am a Christian, but I am nowhere near perfect. God is still working on me and while it may be hard, I make it by the grace of God.

Somewhere around Fall of 2015 in my second semester of college is where things started to spiral. It wasn’t until somewhere after my birthday October of 2015 when I realized God had better things for my life. I was tired of my job, I was getting tired of school, and forming anxiety; I knew I had to change something. I knew for a fact God had a better job, better friends, better everything for me. Little did I know as soon as 2016 hit God would show up and show out in my life. After my birthday I stopped going out, I sorted through friends and lost a few, and began to focus on me.

You see, I grew up in the church, but that saying “I was in the church, but the church wasn’t in me” was true. I got baptized when I was in 5th grade, but mainly because my grandmother pressured me. I went to church because it was something I was supposed to do. I enjoyed church and listening to the message, but I wasn’t as close to God as I should’ve been. I tried to pray when I woke up, went to sleep, and sometimes at meals, but I’m human so sometimes I forgot. I also didn’t truly have a one on one relationship with God. God placed people in my life at the end of 2015 and I began to really strengthen my relationship with God and change. At the end of every year I make a vision board for the next year. For the year 2016, I wrote on my vision board to get rebaptized that year. Fast forward to the beginning of 2016, at the beginning of 2016 I spent time working on myself. I really worked on becoming a better person overall, getting over hurt, learning to love myself, etc. (all I will go deeper into in future posts). I thought I had to be clean before I went to God, but little did I know God wants us just as we are; He will clean us up later all he wants is us and I want everyone to know that.

Today is a special day to me and I chose today to launch my blog for one reason…today marks the day I got rebaptized, April 10, 2016. This day will forever be dear to my heart. The day I got baptized was amazing. Not only did I get rebaptized, but I got to get rebaptized with my mother. When you’re baptized, God cleanses you of all your sins right then, we were clean again. But little did we know that the devil was after us even more now. The next 12 months (including now) were going to be full of a lot of tests, trials, joy, sadness, sorrow, love, etc., but we had no idea. I pray my posts from here on out can bless someone else and help them get through what I’ve already went through. You see weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.  Live your life in Jesus and be rooted in him, keep your faith. Col. 2:6-7

 

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Be Patient

Be Patient

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”  Psalm 27:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

We have all heard the saying patience is a virtue, but what does it really mean? A virtue is a behavior, so having patience as a virtue simply means to have the behavior of patience.  And patience is a virtue means the ability to wait for something without getting angry or upset, this is a valuable quality in a person. We all long to have patience or be a patient person, but it is sometimes hard. We want things done immediately and we don’t like to wait, but the bible says wait for the Lord and be strong. Maybe you’re praying to God and he’s not answering, but wait for the Lord. Maybe you’re facing difficulty at home, on your job, or at school, wait for the Lord. No matter what you are facing be patient and wait for the Lord. For He holds everything in his hands. Be strong, keep your faith, and wait for the Lord.

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

 “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17
New International Version (NIV)

We all know right from wrong, but the problem is when we know right from wrong and still decide to do wrong. The scripture above says if anyone knows the good they ought to do and do not, then it is sin. Sometimes I get worked up when I see others doing wrong and I know they aren’t doing the right thing, but it is not my job to worry about that. God sits high and looks low and he knows our every move. We should all do the right thing to please God and because it shows integrity.  When we do the right thing, God blesses us and it pleases him. This week I challenge everyone to do the right thing, and if you run into others that aren’t doing the right thing just pray for them and run your own race.

Freedom Friday with Iesha Dunn

I believe that it is important to support small businesses and especially our small black businesses. One small business I stand behind firmly is Bow Couture Designs By Iesha. She’s professional, her work is amazing, and she’s an overall great business owner.

Iesha Dunn, 25-year-old native of Opelika, Al has one child by the name of Karrington. Iesha is also a recent graduate of Troy University where she received her degree in Social Work. Iesha is training to be a social worker in Opelika and she’s planning to continue her education next year. Iesha enjoys crafting, sewing, shopping, traveling, and spending time with close friends. Iesha’s biggest passion is being able to express herself through her business. Iesha started her business just 5 years ago as a hobby. Iesha started off making hair bows for a relative and everything went from there! Iesha taught herself how to monogram and do different designs. Iesha currently specializes in t-shirts, tutu sets, tumblers, custom hair bows, event decorating, and many more!

Iesha is passionate about her business and you can tell through her work. Iesha says she loves what she does because it gives her a chance to keep her mind fresh and creative while she gets to do different designs every day and work on different products which all giver her joy. Iesha says she loves her customers and some of them get birthday outfits from her every year and she enjoys seeing them grow up. What makes Iesha different from other monogramming shops around here you may be wondering. Well, Iesha is the sole owner and creator of all her work! Yes, Iesha does it all by herself, and she doesn’t do it for the money, she does monogramming because she enjoys it. While all business owners face challenges Iesha says the hardest part of running her business was running it while finishing her last year of college. Iesha was in school, running her business, working two jobs, doing an internship, and on top of all that raising her daughter as a single parent. Can you say wonder woman?

Iesha’s daughter is her biggest inspiration being her model, fashionista, strength and reason to keep striving. Iesha has a great support system including her boyfriend and family. Iesha doesn’t stop at custom work, but also does event decorating. Iesha started doing event decorating during her pregnancy. Iesha planned her own gender reveal and developed the love there. Iesha says her favorite event to decorate is baby showers.

Iesha says that God and her vision keeps her going. She knows that God gave her a gift for a reason and she wants to continue to use her gift. Iesha plans to open multiple store front locations and expand her business beyond belief. Not only that but Iesha wants to teach her daughter how to be a boss, that’s something that money can’t buy. Iesha’s biggest advice is her favorite bible scripture, “Be anxious for nothing, but in ALL things, make your request known to God.” Iesha stated, “the reason why I provide that advice is because there will be days you want to give up, you will feel disrespected by clients, you will feel like your craft isn’t good enough, but God will provide. If it’s meant for you, no one on earth can take it from you.”

You can reach Iesha Dunn on Facebook , Instagram: @bow_couture13 or email: bowcouture13@gmail.com

God’s Positioning System (GPS)

God’s Positioning System

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4 New International Version (NIV)

 One thing I know I have a hard time grasping as a Christian is that God sends us through storms and not just the devil.  God uses storms for our good to help shape and mold us, but no matter the storm we must remember that God is in control. I like to think of God as my GPS or God’s Positioning System. No matter where I am in life I have to remind myself that God has me there for a reason. God has everything under control and just knowing that should bring a peace over us.

Just like a real GPS, God has our final destination mapped out. All we must do is follow His directions. Even if we face road blocks, detours, and speed bumps it’s okay because God has everything mapped out. Like the scripture above says even though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no evil, for you are with me. We will face some dark times and valleys, but the good thing is that God is with us every step of the way. Stay encouraged and know that you are on God’s Positioning System and you are right where he wants you.

New Level, New Devils

New Level New Devils

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19 so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim.  21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off. 2 Samuel 5:17-21 (NIV)

I’m sure we have all heard the expression new level, new devils. If you haven’t, it simply means that when you elevate in life you have more challenges that come your way. The good news is that God is with us every step of the way. Just like in the text, David has reached a new level in his life and he is being attacked. But God steps in and helps David. It is God’s will for us to go to higher levels and grow. We all pray and ask God to increase and enlarge our territory, but we get mad when we have to face trials and new Devils. How can you expect to grow if you never go through trials to make you stronger? We want the blessing without the lesson, but what we must understand is that if God takes us to a new level then we have His anointing over us. You can’t ask for the anointing and no battle. We must go through the whole process and trust God. Remember just like God helped David he will help you too.

Blessing Temporarily Unavailable

Blessing Temporarily Unavailable

I was on my lunch break running errands and I had to stop by the bank. Instead of waiting in line to see a teller I decided to go through the ATM. When I got up to the ATM the screen read, “This ATM is temporarily unavailable.” I was a little disappointed because I was in a rush and I didn’t want to go through the teller line. I drove around and went through the teller line and as I was waiting, another car drove up to the ATM and proceeded to draw money out. I thought to myself hmph now that’s not right. It was at that moment God spoke to me and said be patient.

What if our blessing is temporarily unavailable because we aren’t ready to receive it? I was in a rush to get some things done, but God had another plan. In life, we are so quick to take short cuts and take the easy way out but sometimes God has to let us go the long way. Sometimes we have to wait our turn and run our own race at our own pace. What God has for you is for you and no one else. Don’t get discouraged when you see others getting blessed or see others doing good, be patient your time is coming. Your blessing just may be temporarily unavailable. God has everything under control and everything happens in perfect timing.

 

Are You in Good Hands?

Are You in Good Hands?

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” John 10:28-30
New International Version (NIV)

I’m sure we are all familiar with the All State commercial with the actor asking, “are you in good hands?” Well, today I want to know are you in good hands? We all put our trust in insurance companies, doctors, lawyers, our employers, etc. but do you put your trust in the Lord? The scripture above states that we belong to God and no one can snatch us out of his hands. God should be the head of our lives and we should trust him wholeheartedly. Even when it feels we are going through tough times God still has us in His hands. He may be quiet when we are in a storm, but He is always there. No matter what, God is always by our side. I dare you to trust Him, and I dare you to put your life in His hands. For He has so much better for us than we have planned for ourselves. All you have to do is trust and believe in Him.

Freedom Friday with Zacketa Janay Pitts

When God gives you a calling you must chase that calling and put it to use, that is exactly what photographer Zacketa Janay Pitts did. Originally from Opelika, AL Zacketa enjoys taking pictures, being with family, and going to church. Zacketa is like no other, she doesn’t compromise with the world, she stands strong on her faith and what she believes in and that makes her all the different. Photagraphy is Zacketa’s calling and God has placed it in her heart. Zacketa has put her all into her business and it shows in all of her work. Zacketa has an eye and can see what others cannot, she makes her vision come to life through her pictures.  Don’t believe me? Take a look at her work for yourself. Zacketa, like many photographers, started doing photography for fun and fell in love with it just a little over 3 years ago. I love and admire Zacketa’s business name, Gifted Hands. She says she was literally sitting down and God gave her the name. God has gifted her hands to fulfill his purpose and she does a great job at it. Zacketa has a wonderful support system behind her, her motivators and supporters who inspire her the most, her parents. Zacketa says her parents brought her up in the most amazing way; they strive for greatness each day teaching her holiness, how to live, budgeting, how to enjoy life, etc. Zacketa’s heroes are her parents, grandmother, and older god sister Brittney Singleton. Zacketa says her parents and grandmother give her a reason to do what she loves every day, her god sister keeps her going, and most importantly they all keep her on track spiritually.

Zacketa goes above and beyond with her business and makes sure to put her all into every session. In five years, Zacketa plans to be fully established in her business, and plans to have her own studio to do indoor shoots.  To reach her goal Zacketa stays productive, works on building clientele, and researching everything she can about photography. Out of the 3 years Zacketa has been a photographer, she has come to love capturing family portraits and engagement sessions the most. She says, “I just love seeing the love between my clients.” Zacketa does not specialize in any one type of photography but she says she loves wedding photography although it is a lot of work. She enjoys seeing the love between the couple and with the family supporting them during their big day. Zacketa made sure to mention a photographer she looks up to, Tanisha Stephens. Tanisha is a phenomenal photographer who is a single mom raising three kids, but still manages to stay on top of her game. Zacketa has perfected her craft from learning as much as she can online and from Tanisha as well. When shooting, Zacketa researches some poses the night before her session and makes sure to set reminders so she at least arrives 3o mins prior to the session.

To anyone wanting to pursue photography Zacketa says it takes dedication, and a lot of hard work. If you can stay focused and set a goal on where you want to be you can do anything! Also, keep in mind about the amount of time editing takes. Zacketa says editing can take about 2-3 weeks to complete. Although photography may not be for everyone, God has gifted Zacketa’s hands and equipped her with the right people in her life to help support her.

If anyone would like to book a session with Zacketa her information is listed below.

Facebook : Zacketa Janay Pitts, Business Page: Gifted Hands Photography

Cell : 334.663.7779

IG : zacketajanaypitts

*Inbox for any pricing inquires*

Ask, Seek, Knock

Ask, Seek, Knock

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 New International Version (NIV)

God is in the business of giving. Just like the scripture above says, ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be open. All we have to do is ask and God will give it to us. He may not come when we want Him, but He’s always on time. Where we all get confused is when we ask, seek, or knock and God doesn’t give us the things the way we pictured them. For example, you ask God for strength. How else will God give you strength if He doesn’t give you a task where you can develop strength? How can you ask for patience and you are not put in situations to develop patience? For a while I would always get confused when I prayed and asked God for strength, peace, or other things and I would face difficult times after. I finally realized it was because God putting me in situations to develop the things I asked for. I pictured God just handing me patience, handing me strength, handing me an A on my test. But that is not how God works. God will give us what we need and open doors for us, but we have to do our part. We make one step and God will make the rest.

How can someone strive to be physically strong if they never exercise? God puts us through the same training. So, the next time you ask God for something be patient and trust Him, even if it doesn’t look how you pictured it, believe in him.

 

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