God's Provisons, Material things, Self-Esteem

Heart Check

Heart-Exam

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23 NLT) 

How does the heart determine the course of my life? Why would God tell me to guard it at all? To answer these questions, I began with looking up the definition of heart. The heart is ‘the center or innermost part of something.’ So whatever I put into my heart will be what I become one with and it will be the inner most part of me. Then all of those things I put into my heart or centered my heart on will determine where my life goes and what I have concerns for.

This revelation has me thinking about the way my life is going right now and some of the things that may have concerned me in the past. I can admit that sometimes I have let the consumption of material things and people’s opinions into my heart and they have become one with me. When those material things broke, I broke. When people’s opinions of me went from good to bad, my self-esteem went from confident to unsure. There have been many of times that I have cried over those types of things and it has kept me from getting closer to God as well as from letting Him in my heart. I have now learned that the things I need to put in my heart are God’s Word and His Holy Spirit. See, the scripture says that,

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19 NLT)

So I don’t have to worry about material things because He is going to supply me with whatever I need when I need it. Another reference is Matthew 6:33, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV). I also have wants and with that He  says,

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalms 37:4 NLT)

So all that my heart could desire will be given to me if I take satisfaction in Him!

Now as for self-esteem, there is so much that the word says about how precious I am to God.  A good one that I read is,

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!” (Psalms 139:13-18 NLT)

How awesome is that! It makes me excited about who I am and about what course my life will take. As long as I have His Word in my heart, it will be a road map to life that guides me in the direction that I need to go in. There is so much that God has in store for me and you! So much that in Isaiah 64:4 it says that no one has seen or even heard the great things God is working on for us if we wait on Him.

I am still a work in progress but I make an effort to examine the things I have put into my heart to see where it is taking me in life. Who has time to get off course and fill themselves with junk when God has so many blessings to give us to share with the world? Not me! Remember, we must often take time to exam our hearts so that we don’t get off course. I know we will be happier with being exactly where God wants us to be.

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for loving me, even with all of my flaws. Please remove anything that clutters my heart and distracts me from You. Teach me how to protect my heart from those things that aren’t good for me. Give me more understanding of Your word so that I can hide it in my heart and live by the Word every day. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to check your hearts! There may be a lot of negative things clogging your heart, but it’s not too late to let God remove those things and for you to fill yourselves with His Word and His love! You are too valuable to let anything and any one plant any type of seed into your heart. I EMPOWER you to let the Holy Spirit fill you up and guide you through this journey called life.

Have you checked your heart lately?

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Misha White currently resides in Huntsville, AL and is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology. She aspires to serve women to achieve the best spiritual and physical health possible using the Word of God, regular exercise, and healthy eating habits. She is a loving friend, sister, daughter, and soon to be wife to the wonderful Christopher Berry. One of her favorite scriptures is John 16:33 (NIV), “I have told  you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Material things

Live Your Life

June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! He can be found virtually anywhere if we earnestly look for Him and listen intently! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!

“Seems as though you lost sight
Of what’s important when depositin’
Them checks into your bank account
And you up out of poverty

Your values are in disarray, prioritizin’ horribly
Unhappy with the riches ’cause you’re piss poor morally
Ignorin’ all prior advice and forewarnin’
And we mighty full of ourselves all of a sudden, aren’t we?” – TI

A few weeks ago, I was listening to “Live Your Life” by TI and as many times as I have heard these lyrics this time they resonated in a different way. While TI’s emphasis was on rappers who have changed because they “made it,” my mind immediately began to think of our current culture of materialism. We have become fixated on celebrity culture, which tells us what to wear; what alcoholic beverage to consume; what car we should drive; who we should have in our friend circle and the list continues. Social media, which encourages us to take a picture and share our experiences and materialism with a group of people (whom we wouldn’t talk to on a normal basis), further breeds this behavior. We are doing it for the vine, the likes and the applause.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. I Timothy 6:6-10 KJV

As TI said we are ignoring all advice and forewarning. Timothy forewarns us with a message that is thousands of years old about the destruction that results from a life of “chasing paper.” While I don’t think that there is anything wrong with having money, the scripture is very careful to point out that the love of money is the root of all kinds evil. Roots are the foundation from which plants grow. Normally, roots are hidden below ground and we can see the resulting flower above ground. If loving money is just the root (our foundation), which means that the actual plant (us) displays the evil characteristics. Our evils are displayed in a variety of methods. In the paper chase, we continue to shave off morals as we forget what’s most important in life.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. While the times may have changed, we are repeating the same patterns that Timothy spoke against thousands of years ago. As our lives are enriched with financial and material possessions, we must not lose our true foundation.

In this journey of “living your life,” we must earnestly question what we are doing and for whom are we doing it? Are we people pleasers or are we God pleasers? Our validation should come from Him. If our foundation is built on seeking the Kingdom of God first, Jesus has already told us that the things we desire will come. (Matthew 6:33) We won’t have to degrade our morals to get attention leading to a life of unhappiness.  As we continue to increase, we will make sure our lives are a reflection of the one who made it so.

Dear Daddy,

Remove any spirit from me, which seeks the approval of men over You. Let my values be in alignment with Your will so that everything I do is holy and acceptable to You. As You continue to provide increase in my life, let me keep stock of what’s important. Instead of chasing material possessions that someone else has encouraged me to buy and display remind me that all of these things are for naught if I don’t have You. Continue to strengthen my foundation as I seek the things that are pleasing to Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen. 

As you listen to TI and Rihanna in Live Your Life, reflect on your own life and what’s driving your actions.

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Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me