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Silent Seasons: How to Cope

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Have you ever felt that though you’ve been spending so much time with the Lord and developing and growing in His word, everything around you still feels still? As though someone has hit the pause button on your life? Maybe you’ve been faithful at your current job, starting to apply for other jobs but no response. On the other hand, maybe you’ve been excelling in every area of your life, but your love life. Or maybe though you’re growing in your walk with God, your family somehow refuse to see it or even acknowledge it. Your relationship with God is getting better but your relationship with family seems to say the same. Sound familiar?

Here are some truths to rest in as you walk through this quiet season:

1.     God’s Creation blossoms in this Season

You are His creation! Many times, when we read Jeremiah 1: 5, we assume that God only knew our future triumphs and not our struggles. But He foreknew the trials that were necessary to birth the endurance and the patience we need for His purpose and His glory. Thankfully, this season isn’t meant to hurt us but rather transform us. As His creation God wants to do something unique in our lives. Isaiah 43:19 (ESV), God says, “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” God’s purpose for the deserted season is to act as a foundation upon which He will birth His ministry through us. It’s important for us to trust the journey.  When in doubt, we can ask our Father what is the lesson He wants us to learn at this stage.

2.     God has Ordained this Season just for you

Since God has tailor made the quiet seasons for our growth, we must know that He, not the Devil, has led us here. For “the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” As God led Jacob to Peniel (Gen. 32:22-31) and led Christ in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1), so God will lead us in a season that seems barren. This season requires a state loneliness and will feel as though we are at war with ourselves and God. Though it seems daunting this is a great sign! God is taking us to a place to change our name (specifically a change in character)! A name that best reflects His purpose for us on the Earth.

3.     There is a Purpose in this Season

Before God can use us for His agenda, He must first test our hearts to see if we will trust Him in the midst of confusion. Be patient under circumstances that cause us anxiety. It is this heart posture of trust, patience and love that causes us to say, “Not my will, but yours be done (Luke 22:42, NIV).” A surrendered attitude births the true purpose of the season, a death to self so that we may better reflect the God we serve.

4.     Exalt God in the midst of this Season

The most amazing aspect of David’s life was his ability to praise God though he was running for his life for almost 15 years (Psalm 34:1). His attitude showed that God honors our praise especially when we don’t have a full picture of His ideal. He gravitates to those who worship Him. As we worship Him daily for all we have now, He will reveal our purpose on the Earth. In the meantime, let’s keep inviting His presence in our midst!

These truths may seem hard to keep in our heart, but to help us we can remember that they spell the word COPE, C-O-P-E. In this quiet season, we can affirm ourselves daily and say, “I am His Creation, Ordained for His Purpose to Exalt His name in the Earth! Let us walk in that truth today and forever!


Prayer Against Anxieties

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 **Written June 14, 2017**         

          Today, I choose to give you all my anxieties. Why should I worry? When you have heard every single prayer that I have prayed concerning marriage. I give it all to you. I command my mind and my body to remain steadfast in the midst of this trial for I know in whom I believe (2 Timothy 1:12). The one who will remain as the God who cares about me so deeply that you would never bring me with anyone who would not truly value me or treasure me. Today I choose you more than anything in this world. Renew my mind in such a way that this world looks dreary in comparison to you (Romans 12:2). Even as I write this prayer it feels like I'm loosing the very fabric of who I am, but I guess this is what death really looks like. Death to self, a place unknown even to myself.

         Please hear my cry God as I surrender to you. My will, my desires, my deadlines, and my goals I give to you. I need you desperately!!  Please send Angels to surround me for I already feel like I am failing this test (Luke 22:43)!!! Give me the courage to trust you even when it feels like absolutely nothing is happening on my behalf. I rebuke the amount of demonic attacks that I am under and I am so thankful for godly friends that have prayed for me. Clearly I'm on a new level God but strengthen me because a double minded spirit is not pleasing to you (James 1:8)! Help me to fall in love with the purpose you have placed in my heart. 

Your Daughter,

CSL

The Peaceful Life: War Against Anxiety

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Let me be transparent when I say, "I worry ALL the time." Whenever I'm doing anything that I'm passionate about, I can think of every reason why I won't experience success. If I like a guy, the worry and anxieties double. So much so, that I can easily major in minors. Like "these eyebrows needs to be perfectly symmetrical." As if the alignment of my eyebrows will magically make him my Knight in shining armor. For the past few months, worries concerning every area of my life were beginning to take it's toll on me. So I decided to entitle this month as my "War against Anxiety."

When I started this fight, I realized a few things:

1. God commands us not to worry. 

    In Matthew 6:35 and Philipians 4:6, he says, "Do not be anxious." Just as parent will say Don't touch the hot stove. Christ says when you feel an inclination to worry, don't do it! But he doesn't just tell us what not to do, but He instructs us on what we can do.

2. Cast, Trust, Prayer & Praise instead

     When we cast our worries and anxieties upon God, we show that we trust Him and how finite we are in solving our problems (Psalm 55:22 & 1 Peter 5:7). Yet it doesn't stop there, Philippians 4:6 continues "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 mind." The by product of praying and & praising God is peace. Therefore, if you feel yourself about to worry, Stop, cast it before God, pray and praise Him. Or in short, we can follow this equation: Cast + Trust + Prayer + Praise - Worry = Peace

Enjoy the peaceful life today my friends!!

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The Musings of an Independent Woman

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This is a tribute to women like me. Women who play the superhero role every day, yet frustrated emotionally. Know that I understand, I stand with you, and I am you. 

I am a woman who gives birth to her dreams.

One who makes the impossible, possible.

A woman who embraces her strengths and attempts to master her weaknesses. 

Yet, little do people know, when I arrive at home my heart aches to be fully known.

To have that special someone to reveal the complex sides of me.

Someone to admit that I can't do it all on my own.

Someone willing to assure me that I'm not alone. 

Many times I wish that my success didn't intimidate men. 

I wish 'he' could see beyond this 'mighty fortress' and see a woman who just wants to be loved. 

I wish 'he' would know how often I question whether my work was good enough. 

I long for a man who would care enough to ease my worries as he nestles my head on his chest, flutters my forehead with sweet kisses, and assures me that 'I'm okay' and 'we're okay.'

See, the world makes me out to be so complicated so I'll attempt to make it plain.

Tamia sings the song that says "Don't bring me roses, bring me the truth.

Don't buy me diamonds, cuz that just won't do.

Material things I could buy myself if I really want to.

I need something special. I need something new. Just give me you"

I. Want. You.

No lies, just you.

No facade, just you.

 

So a word to my Brothers:

Please let go of your need to provide financially on your own. 

The days of your Father have long past. A man can no longer take care of a family on his own. What you can do is build with the woman of your choosing. Always remember that Barack was very poor when he married Michelle, but together they built an empire. Like Michelle, a woman always blossoms under a man who showers her with love.

 

A word to my ladies:

There is a solution to the loneliness, the cravings in one's heart. And it's a man who is madly in love with you. With that I place before you a challenge. Go on a date with God. Like to the movies, a restaurant, or by the ocean.  Write love notes and frustration notes to God (see Note to God Part 1). Trust that God is forming the man that you are praying for. It might just be that God needs to work overtime on that man. Trust the process! I've found everytime I was impatient, God was revealing something in my heart. Do not fall for the lie Eve fell for. Your problems will not cease, if you have a man in your life. There will always be an emptiness that no man can fill. I'm living this right now and yes I get lonely. But everytime I turn to God and make Him my focus, he supplies my needs. And yes he quells those other needs too Sis ;). 

I stand with you,

I love you beyond measure,

From,

The Musings of an Independent Woman

Dating & Courtship-God's Way

After dating God's way, Ayinde & Donette are currently engaged. 

     Turn on your TV to your favorite show or turn on your radio and listen to the latest tune it is easy to see that societal standards of dating and courting have deviated from God's intention. Scripture describes romantic relationships as courtship free from pre-marital sex, selfless and God-centered. Society describe romantic relationship as pre-marital sex, selfish and emotionally-driven. Ghosting, tooting and booting, and high # of undetected STDs are just a few of the things that’s developed from this new paradigm shift. The standards of scripture and society conflict. We ourselves in the past dated by the standards of society and constantly found ourselves hurt and broken-hearted. So, we purposed in our hearts at the inception of our relationship we will do it God's way to see if it'll lead to a different and healthier outcome and so far as always God’s way is the best way. Below are 3 ways we have committed to courting God's way:

1. No sex before marriage

“Are you crazy?!” “What?!” “Bro ya bugging!!” Are some of the responses we get when we share to our friends our commitment to celibacy. We are trying celibacy with the intentions of keeping our mind and heart clear from soul ties and deceitful hearty emotions. By spending more time conversing with each other and doing things together outside of the bedroom, we get to know and love each other beyond the sexual realm.

2. Pray together

When you take the time to pray for your mate you have no choice but to be selfless.This took some transitioning and intentional effort because we have never spent substantial time in the past praying for someone we were dating. We try to pray before every meal that we have together and once a week we check-in with each other about new prayer requests.

3. Put in work

We have committed ourselves to read a lot of self-help books, attended conferences and spend one-on-one time conversing with married couples about the symbolism and practicality of being in a Christ-centered relationship. For example, we've both read a book about breaking soul ties from past relationships, we have taken steps to breaking those soul ties in our own lives, and we have discussed our processes of healing with each other. We have faith in each other to grow more into the man and woman that God intends for us to be and we work to do better together.

      Numerous millions of broken families began with wrong dating habits. These habits make proper courtship hard. And the results have been tragic. The widespread effects of modern dating demonstrate universal ignorance, even on the most basic points of right dating. Almost no one understands the real purpose of dating or of the courtship that can ensue. As we learn from God’s word there is a right way to date! And there are also right and wrong people to date. It is time to unlearn the wrong principles, acquired from society—and to learn and apply God’s true principles. In this blog, we only scrub the surface by introducing 3 ways that we have committed to courting God's way because each of these practices are deep and labor intensive. If you're interested in learning more about any or all of the possible ways to have a Christ-centered relationship feel free to contact us, we also recommend reading the following books and working on yourself based on the principles communicated in the books and scripture.These resources have helped us in our walk with God and walk with each other.

Books to read:

"The Wait" by Devon and Meagan Franklin

"I Kissed Dating Goodbye" by Joshua Harris

"The Love Dare" by the Kendrick Brothers

"This Momentary Marriage" by John Piper

"The Holy Bible" specifically what instructions are put forth regarding dating, marriage, godly womanhood and godly manhood.

Other resources:

The Online Singles Conference by Married and Young Ministry

Pinky Promise Conference and The Man Cave Conference

Am I In God's Will?

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        First let me say Happy NEW YEAR!!! The text that has been on my heart for the year 2018 has been Jeremiah 18:1-6. Where Jeremiah looks at the potter molding the clay. Like clay we ought to be in close connection with the Father, giving Him full permission to mold and shape the person He ordained for us to be. Yes, clay can be stubborn at times, but we must admit staying on the wheel the entire time and giving no opinion on the matter isn’t very easy.  Unlike the clay, oftentimes, when we ask the question, “Am I in God’s will?” we ask believing that we ought to have some form of power or control to move ourselves within God’s will. Don’t get me wrong some circumstances call for that, like a new career for instance, but many times we just need to be still. I know the ‘still’ word. With every and anything accessible to us with the touch of a button, it’s extremely hard to be still enough to hear God’s voice. But let me tell you, it’s in the stillness where we get to know God. Have you ever wondered why looking at the ocean almost instantly brings thoughts of the Creator? As you gaze on the sea you are being ‘still.’ No iPhone, no internet, no distractions, just you and your Lord.

        Our best example is Jesus Christ, who every morning asked His father what was on the agenda for the day. But there were times when miracles caught Him by surprise and He would ask, “Who touched me?” (Luke 8:45). Being in God’s will almost certainly means that life will take you by surprise. There might even be times when you are almost sure that this is God telling you walk this way. It happened to Samuel, when he looked at the eldest son of Jesse  he said, “Surely this is God’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 16:6) Yet God’s response was “I have rejected him, I look at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

        Can I pause here for a moment? Sometimes in new relationships we say to ourselves surely this is the one. He/she has a good job, loves their parents, my parents love them, it’s a match made in heaven! Yet God might not choose them for you, not because they aren’t good people but He sees their heart and knows yours as well. Take time to hear what God is saying concerning your relationship, He is ALWAYS speaking, the question is will we be still long enough to hear Him.

     With that said, here are just a few tips when trying to discern whether this is God’s will or not. Please note that this is only from my experience and isn’t limited to these tips alone.

1.     Develop a prayer life: In my experience letting God know your heart and bringing yourself in a place of meditation only helps in understanding His will for your life. Also, being willing to say at the end of your prayers, “Not my will, but thy will be done,” gives God Divine access to change your plans as He deems fit.
2.     Bible Study: Many times, when I prayed over a situation that was bothering me, I almost always landed on a text that spoke right to my situation. Be prayerful and ask the Holy Spirit to give insight in His word.
3.     Know your will and preferences: It’s vitally important to know what your wants and preferences are so that you can understand what is your voice. Knowing your voice helps you to know His. This is where fasting is so special because it’s a way to kill your desires and seek after His desires for you.  
4.     What purpose will His will serve? If the path you are on is all about you and does nothing to improve the lives of someone else. Chances are this isn’t God’s will for you. Wherever God has planted you, will always place you in a position of service in some way shape or form.

        On this Martin Luther King day, we must also keep in mind that God’s will for our lives will not always be a rosy road. At times, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  it may be decorated with thorns. The question is, are we willing to align within God’s will even if it means enduring suffering and pain on behalf of someone else?  Even when it doesn't seem beneficial for us? This is what makes the life of MLK so remarkable. He fought and died for rights that he never really had the opportunity to experience, yet he did it for the generation of today. 

            This year let us forge into the uncomfortable and embrace God’s will like never before. Whether it brings good times or bad, it matters not. What matters most is hearing Him say, “Well Done!”

Rejection: A Man's Silent Story

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        From the beginning, God’s display of love was given to us through freewill which created the environment for option of rejection. Rejection being defined as (the dismissing or refusing of a proposal or an idea, idea, etc.). However, rejection requires vulnerability an attribute that men, in particular, find difficult to embrace and not frequently done which opens the possibility of even more hurt and rejection. We all want to feel like we are loved, to feel like we belong, but rejection can be embarrassing and make us feel like we’re not wanted or that we aren’t as valuable after all, this I've personally had difficulty dealing with.

     For me, it was hard not to take rejection so personal and move on whether it was rejection from being a part of something, rejection from employment, and my leasts favorite form of rejection from “relationships.” Whenever I felt rejected after talking to a woman I was interested in, so many questions would rush through my mind, like “was it my approach? My appearance? What about me wasn’t not good enough? How come love don’t love me?”

      One thing I am sure of is every guy has these thoughts and ponders them at one point or another. These thoughts made me feel inadequate, which led to other thoughts like 'maybe I should change to be the type of guy a woman is interested in.' Yet in the midst of my feelings, I would read God's word and see how many times Jesus was rejected by His creation and still moved forward. By this I would feel comforted. It was inspiring verses like Isaiah 53:3 “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Or John 1:11-12 “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” Lastly, Matthew 21:42 “Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’”.

       It amazed me how much God went through to be with His people and desiring for them to choose Him only to receive their rejection, but what Jesus does throughout rest of the bible was encouraging to me. Jesus went to the Gentiles, a people who desired to have a loving relationship with Jesus, a love rejected by the Israelites. It would be through the Gentiles that a new covenant would be established, a covenant that you and I partake of. Jesus never lost sight of who He was or what He came here to do. His life has taught me that my worth is not determined by who rejects me, it is determined by what My creator thinks of me, Psalms 139:14 says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well”. I also learned not to change who God has made me to be; not to hate or have ill feelings towards the people that rejected me for who I am but to love them even as Christ did.

        As men we display our faith in God by waiting and ultimately finding the virtuous woman He has created for us. Though the journey may be lengthy and along the way we may be rejected, it is our faith that keeps us pushing forward even if our ego is bruised and our feelings hurt. As we continue moving forward remember that God went through the same rejection, but He did not forget His purpose and the mission that He came for. It is my hope that we will do the same as we navigate through our single season.

Rescue Eve!

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      As I write this blog fear tries to take its hold of me. What will people think of me? Some might say, "Crystal, Pastor Lewis' daughter did that?" Yet these thoughts are silenced as God whispers that His grace is sufficient to cover even my deepest darkest sins.

      On Oct. 20th, I attended the Radical Revolution Conference in Bronx, NY where Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts preached on the need to Rescue Eve. In the sermon, she mentioned that God's declaration of enmity between the enemy and the woman was a declaration of victory (Genesis 3:15)! For you see within Eve was Mary who would birth the promise of salvation. As a result, the Devil's worst nightmare is a woman who is in connection with Christ. Yet, Sarah Jakes Roberts pointed out that many times we embrace the Mary who births purpose & hide Eve in a corner.

Sarah Jakes Roberts, Keynote Speaker for the Radical Revolution Conference 2017

Sarah Jakes Roberts, Keynote Speaker for the Radical Revolution Conference 2017

     As she spoke, I thought of the Eve in my life. The one that I'm grateful for, but ashamed of. You see, I was terrified of becoming a SINGLE educated black woman. As a result, I went on many casual dates constantly seeking to quell this fear. Then I met a man on one of my vacations and experienced 7 days filled with adventure & romance. The night before I left, we spoke till 3 in the morning where I asked myself, "could this be the one?" Needless, to say I fell in love (or lust rather). I even wrote to God about how happy I was though we never honored Him in the 'situationship.' As time passed, he would make excuse after excuse as to why he couldn't start a relationship. Yet I operated in my fear and I stayed hoping things would turn for the better. I realized the longer I was with him, the more negative and toxic I became. So much so, that my therapist felt that I was entering his dark world in an effort to protect him. Truth is I stayed because I thought I could change him. I stayed because I thought I was called by God to be his savior (smh). Three times God tried to remove the nail decorated rope I was holding but each time my insecurities gave me the strength to endure more pain. Until one day I saw the truth staring at me on social media. A truth that I suspected but couldn't bring myself to believe. He had someone else.

     It was then that I realized how damaged I really was. I felt ashamed of the amount of energy, time, and money I wasted on someone God never intended for me. As I looked in the mirror, I realized I projected a good image of a woman with everything together when in truth I was a hot mess! Yet like the Savior that He is, He took my brokenness, my ugliness and turned it into a beautiful masterpiece (Romans 8:1-2). So today I tell my Eve that God died just for her. I embrace her, I shower love upon her and encourage her about what God has in store. It is the best of me & the worst of me that God has used to birth the God Investors Movement.

    So I encourage you to rescue your Eve (or Adam)! Know that your past is forgiven and in Christ you are made new! Walk as Mary but never forget your Eve!

Be Blessed God Investors!

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Pregnant in the Wait Experience!

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WAIT, the four…. Letter…. Word. Can I keep it 100 with you? I’ve never been very fond of the word, WAIT! So much so that even as a child, patience was not one of my virtues. I basically willed my younger brother to walk well under 9 months because of my impatience! I mean he was brought into the world to run and play with me, right?

As I grew older, one would think I would understand the benefits of waiting, but instead I enjoyed mapping out my plans for my life and pursuing them. I loved verses like “where there is no vision the people perish.” It empowered me, I felt like the captain of my ship, the master of my destiny! This perspective actually worked very well for my academic life, but for my social life not so much.

For a long time, my least favorite verses were 1 Corinthians 13: 1-4. I would always pause where it says “love is patient.” Though it’s a very simple phrase, when I replaced “love is patient” with “Crystal is patient”, I would instantly become frustrated because I knew patience and Crystal seemed like oil and water. God knowing how impatient I am, would always create situations where I had no other option but to wait.

Most of my worst mistakes were rooted in my inability to be patient and wait on God. It was this root issue that caused me to have many failed relationships and “situationships”. I knew I was never meant to be in any of them, but in my impatience, I wanted the shortest road to marriage (or so I thought). Little did I know that I was only getting out of one lane (God’s way) only to find out that the lane I left was actually moving faster.

The book of Romans, paints a different picture of the waiting process. The Message bible says, “Waiting does not diminish us, anymore than it diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We of course cannot see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful the expectancy.”

Specifically, I’ve learned while waiting for my spouse, that God’s promise is not for who I am now but who the “Enlarged, 9-month pregnant woman” will be. Ready and whole to give birth and receive the promise of the Husband, He has tailor made to walk with me in purpose. He’s enlarging me to become more interested in pursuing His destiny for my life rather than yearning for a spouse. So if you are currently waiting for God’s promises of a spouse, a dream job, healthy relationships, or any other circumstance, take a minute and give God and yourself a standing ovation! The longer you’ve waited, the larger the promise has become. I’ll say it again, the longer the waiting process, the larger the promise!!! As the promise increases, so does God’s glory!

So let God stretch & enlarge you to be ready and prepared for that which you are waiting for! Your waiting will ultimately be the vehicle through which you give Him glory!

Be Blessed God Investors!

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Help! What's my purpose?

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     Have you ever felt as though you were just going through the motions? Work, Monday through Friday, then Church on the weekend, and maybe a fun activity or two if you’re fortunate? Yet, there remains a silent reminder that there must be more to life than this. If you’ve had these experiences, my friend, you’re not alone. One morning as I was getting ready for work, I heard God say, “Operating without purpose is a life lived under Subjection not Dominion!” Though I knew my purpose, at the time, I wasn’t consistently cultivating it. As a result, the emptiness, the boredom, the dissatisfaction, and the procrastination began to plant seeds in my heart, which prevented me from living out God’s mandate: to have Kingly rulership (i.e. purpose) over the earth (Genesis 1:26). I must confess, even in writing this blog post I had to fight against the spirit of procrastination. Nevertheless, here are some ways to identify your purpose and experience the fruitfulness that comes with it (Genesis 1:28).

1.   God will always reveal to you His purpose for your life

     Know that God will use anything to speak to you. Not only a sermon, but also nature, boredom at a job, sympathy for those in need, and various signs to indicate where He wants you to go (i.e. Gideon and Moses). The question is, are you listening? Have you aligned yourself to the frequencies of heaven to know His will on earth as He planned it in Heaven? In order to hear what He’s saying, one must be positioned as a servant NOT ruler with a heart in tuned to receive and accept His direction (1 Samuel 3:10).

2.   Feelings of fear, a natural reaction to God’s Assignment

     If your purpose brings feelings of fear and inadequacy, you’ve hit the sweet spot of your assignment (Jeremiah 1:7). Oftentimes, fear reveals itself in the form of excuses (ask Saul-1 Sam. 13:21, Jeremiah- Jer. 1:6, and Moses- Ex.3:11 & Ex.4:10-11), disobedience (ask Jonah –Jonah 1:3), or laughter (ask Sarah-Gen. 18:12). If you feel no fear & you’re confident you can do it on your own, chances are this is not your purpose. You’re supposed to feel overwhelmed initially, as you cannot achieve this task on your own strength. As in the Shack movie, “It’s better if we do this with CHRIST.”

3.   Your Purpose is for the benefit others

     Knowing your purpose is vital to your walk with Christ and your relationship with those around you. The world needs your purpose! There are lives that will be saved as you fulfill God’s plan for your life. Your purpose or your testimony is key to overcoming this world. For it says, “they overcame through the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; and they had not loved their lives unto death.” If you want to live a life without being constantly phased by the things of this world, live a purpose driven life (ask Paul –Phil. 4:11-13)

**Exercise Time** (Take a moment to answer these questions. For me, after answering these questions & talking to the Lord, God Investors was born. Trust me He makes it His business to reveal His plan to you.)

My contract with God after He revealed my purpose! Still striving to accomplish it :)

My contract with God after He revealed my purpose! Still striving to accomplish it :)

1.     List the talents that God has given you.

2.    Who are the mentors that inspire you to be a better person? What do they do for a living?

3.    Do you have a burning desire to accomplish something? What is it?

4.    What would you attempt to do if you knew you would never fail or need financial dividends?

5.    How do you want to be remembered?

6.    How will the world know you were here?

7.    What’s your favorite way to give back to those in need?

***Please Note: Once you become impregnated with purpose, you WILL become a threat to the enemy. Remain focused on God’s word and his directives and your purpose will have a safe delivery.

Be Empowered God Investors!

P.S. Check out my girl, Donette Ritchie's blog on how God directed her path in Ecuador! Check it out: https://doneritchly.tumblr.com/

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