We Need Each Other

                        There are 7
billion people that are breathing on this earth as we speak, and each one of
them has a purpose. We all have a purpose, big or small. Our hard work is what
helps keeps this world working. We are a body working together.  Imagine this huge body in the universe. It
has many parts, lips, eyes, eyelashes, arms, hands, feet, etc. Even though some
parts are bigger than the other does that mean that one is more important than
the other? No, it does not. Each part is very important, big or small. Every
part of the body is valuable. We were given many talents, and gifts to
contribute to the world. ‘For just as we
have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same
function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members
one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to
us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the
proportion of his faith’-Romans12:4-5.

                         People tend to forget that everyone
on this earth is destined for a purpose. Some feel as if because they went to
college, and have this amazing job that they are superior to those who make
less than them. It’s so annoying, and so untrue. Everyone is important, from
the CEO of McDonalds to the cook of McDonalds. That CEO may run the company,
but there would be no company without the cook. The CEO is successful and has
given hundreds of people jobs, but at the same time the cook at McDonalds is the
reason why the business is afloat. There would be no McDonalds without either
one of them. From the CEO to the cook the business is sustained.

                      Every job, no matter how big or
small is of importance. Each skill is used for the greater good of the people
on this earth. God cares about all of us, and He even cares about our jobs.
When he created us He created us for this purpose, whether it is big or small.  ‘God is
the teacher of all-from the baker to plowman. All knowledge comes from Him, no
job is greater than the other’-Isiah 28:23-29

                      This subject has been on my heart for
a while now, because I have seen the way people treat and judge others because
of their employment statuses. Some people are even ashamed of their jobs.
Others are comparing their jobs to the next person’s job, not realizing that
what is for them is for them. God has a plan for all of us. We are where we are
supposed to be at this exact moment. There is no need for shame, or shaming
others. We should respect one another in all the things we do. The same God
that we worship is also worshipped by powerful people as well. ‘Kings shall see and arise, princes also
shall worship, because of the Lord who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, and
He has chosen you’-Isiah 49:7.
No matter how big or small the job is we are
chosen by God. You are no less than kings. God chose them, and He has chosen
you too. Each body part is used for the glory of God above.

                        Have joy in all that you are called
to do.

                        Remember that you are
loved by the Most High God, and that I love you too.

                                                            XOXO,

           Shakeyla
<3

“Intimacy” 2017.


You are NOT your Past

                 Many times I catch myself looking in my rearview mirror,
just wishing that I could have done things differently in my past. If I linger
in my past long enough regret and guilt resurfaces. It’s no one’s fault but my
own, but then I remember that I am not my past. The day I surrendered my life
to Jesus my past mistakes were erased, so why am I looking back at them?

                I think
that we have a bad tendency to look back at the things we did wrong, but Jesus
said that He came to set the captives free! 
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to
proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set
the oppressed free’-Luke 4:18. 
Jesus
came to free us from our bondage.  We
have done things we are not proud of, but once we accept Jesus as our Lord and
Savior our past is of no value. There is no point in looking back. You are now
a new creation. You are not your own anymore, but now you are His forever.

                You are
not your past.  God isn’t keeping tally
of all the things we’ve done wrong. After we repent of our sins, His word
states that He forgets. ‘For I will
forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more’-Hebrews 8:12.  
Take the things you’ve done wrong as a
lesson learned. Your mistakes can even help someone else along the way.  If you keep reliving your past you cannot
live in the present. You may even start to go back to your old ways, because you
start making excuses about this is who you are anyway, and that’s just a bold
face lie from the enemy.

                If the
past keeps resurfacing, and you are trying to make a choice to do right or
wrong; remember that God makes a way out of all temptation.   ‘No temptation
has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he
will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it’-1 Corinthians 10:13.
Don’t
backslide, but if you do you can always come back to Him. He will be waiting,
because the God that we serve is a God of mercy and grace. Run back to Him as
fast as you can. You may feel like He’s tired of you, and that you’ll never do
right. That’s not true. You’re never too dirty for God. He will always want
you.

                There
is no point in turning back. For example: Imagine that you’ve never had a car,
and have been walking everywhere you need to go for years. Then one day you
finally get a car. Are you going to focus on the days you walked, or are you
going to enjoy that new car?

                Just
stay in God’s light. The chains of sin have been broken. There’s no point in
focusing on them, and eventually putting them back on. Enjoy being free!

Remember that you are loved by the Most High, and that I
love you too! 

XOXO,

Shakeyla <3

“Midnight Moon” 2016.

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