Goodness

We all want to do good, not only for ourselves, but for others as well. We get a sense of accomplishment when we do a good thing for someone, it makes us feel like the world can change because we made a difference, no matter how small. 

I’m just here to tell you that even if you don’t get recognized or publicized for doing good in your community, school, job, or anywhere else, just know that God saw your good deed. For what you do in secret, God will reward you openingly. We don’t want to do good to only silence our critics, we want to do good by others and for others because that is God’s will for His people. Sometimes we get caught up in helping others because it will show up someone else or it will prove to someone who may not be your biggest fan that you are a good person. You don’t need to prove to the world that you are good, God weighs the heart and if you are doing good things to get reactions from the world, then you need to reevaluate your heart. Sometimes you can do good for someone, but because your heart is not in the right place (doing good to receive something back from that person in the future or doing it to please or entertain the masses), that “good deed” has become tainted by your wicked heart in that moment. When was the last l you did something good for someone WITHOUT declaring it all over social media? 

I know we live in a more publicized world, where we feel that we have to share every part of our lives with everyone in hopes of staying connected or feeling that everyone will understand us better. We have to get out of the mentality of doing good for “likes” or “followers,” but get back to the root of service. We need to start conditioning our hearts to serve (not be a slave), but serve others as Christ is serving us. People assume that because we as believers are built to serve and we serve to build, that we become slaves to Christ, however we will never be slaves to Christ because He has made us FREE, but we will be doing HIS good works in the earth without the expectation of monetary gain. For we know our true reward is a crown of glory and an inheritance with the Lord in our next life.

So, I say this to you on today, don’t get caught up in the world’s view of what doing good means (likes, followers, endorsements), get caught up in doing good the way our Lord has established in His good word, so that in the end, when He is weighing your deeds (good and bad), that your good out weighs the bad because your heart was in the right place when you were doing good. 

Well, be GOOD to each other. Be the CHAMPIONS that I know you are. #SeasonofGrowth #SeasonofVictory #SeasonofPassover 

INCREASE!!!!!

Hey my CHAMPIONS! Today is Wednesday Word. I hope this word encourages you on today. It’s actually a combination of Testimony Tuesday and Wednesday’s Word (I missed yesterday πŸ˜žπŸ‘Ž), but I’m here today, Amen. So here is the word that the Lord put on my heart to share with you. Be blessed, stay encouraged and most of all stay in Faith. 

Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would increase abundantly. – Job 8:7 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/job.8.7.NKJV

At the beginning of 2017 as I was in fasting and prayer for my new year, the LORD spoke to me a word, INCREASE! Not just increase in your finances, but increase in your spirit, faith, heart, mind, business, career, children, marriage, health, relationships and any good thing He has called you to steward. With that being said, He also stated that your increase is tied to your obedience as well as your ownership in those areas of your life where lack is plaguing you. God said that He is ready to give you more as long as you are and have been faithful with the little that you have received; as long as you have cultivated, strengthened and stayed disciplined in that thing in which he has entrusted in your care. 

Around late 2015, I was living in Las Vegas and attending The Gathering church. My pastor was teaching a great word from the LORD and while she was teaching, she suddenly stopped, looked at me and said, “Shebah, do not despise the days of small beginnings,” and went right back to teaching God’s word. I was astonished because I was given that exact word sometime before, so I knew that the LORD wanted me to understand something, but not just understand redirect my thoughts. If you don’t know me, I had been pursuing my Culinary dream for 11 years while living in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. I had become frustrated at the fact that I was pursuing something with such passion and dedication but felt like I got nothing rewarding or fulfilling from it, or if I did it was only temporary. My thoughts were very destructive and it showed in my progress. I became conflicted within myself and started to question whether Culinary was truly where not only I wanted to be, but if it was what God had called of me to do. So I was in this tug of war for a very long time with Culinary and something else that I didn’t even know I wanted to do but had secretly yearned for. 

So, I had to get humble before the Lord and truly ask for guidance and God’s will for my life. I know most people don’t believe in a “higher power,” but I don’t look at God that way. I see God as my beginning and my end, this force that intercedes for me and wants to see me rise to become who He created me to be, who I know I am on the inside. One day I started to get this uncontrollable desire to write down all these stories that I had in my head. I had stumbled upon one of my old writing notepads from 2009 and inside of it was a story that I had been writing. I started to read over it and as I did, my hand just started to continue the story. After about 3 hours, I had written all my character bios, and at least 5 pages of the first chapter. I felt so excited and free. I felt like my true self. I felt like my voice was being heard. There was a weight that lifted from my shoulders that I can’t explain, but I felt like I was starting to take the first step into where God was leading me. Before I got too excited, I went to God and I asked Him, “Lord, if this be Your will and desire for me to write, then I give you all my creativity and ask that you bless my hands and thoughts. Guide my pen and increase my gift,” that was my prayer for myself. 

Now for me the challenging thing was submitting my writings to different places, researching publishers and just letting others read what I have written. Now I must admit that I’m not a traditional writer, but I know that my writing is a gift from God. I’ve always been good with my words on paper and in school I was praised for my writing. Even when I went to Culinary School, my creative writing teacher saw that I had the gift of writing and that I should pursue that instead of culinary, but I didn’t really agree with her as far as making it my career even though I always wanted to write scripts and for tv shows. Due to my fears or inadequacies of not being good enough, I locked my gift of writing away and kept it buried and pursued culinary instead, but God had a different plan for me. God told me it was time for me to go back to the thing that He placed inside of me and that He anointed me to do and that was writing. Now I know that there are so many writers out there, with lots of followers and successful blogs, and yes at times I started to feel like I would never measure up and then I remembered what my former pastor told me, “Shebah, do not despise the days of small beginnings.” It lets me know to keep cultivating my writing, I know that God will  answer my prayers, and I will be a successful writer. There has never been a prayer that God did not answer or bring to pass in my life. I know that as long as I keep cultivating my gift and turning those “no’s” into learning pieces and seizing moments to challenge myself and open up, God will reward my efforts. I know my blog may not be “popular”or I may not have millions of followers, but what I do know is I have this blog because I love to write, I love to share my words with others. I know my words have the power to change lives and to me that is more important than being popular. I know the right people will see what I have to offer and support me. I know my latter years will be greater than my former, because God told me so and He told me that as long as I stay grounded in Him, I’ll always be successful. I’ll always be victorious. I know my name will be great one day, but for now I’m enjoying the process and I’m enjoying finding out more about myself in my writing. Through it all I’ve seen increase in my faith, my resolve, my self esteem, value, emotions, mentality and my creativity. I’ve seen God increase me in ways that are more valuable than money because without these things first, I can’t have and maintain financial success. 

So, don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Don’t be afraid to stick with it and give it all you got. Do it because you love it, even when nobody is watching you, DO IT ANYWAY! Don’t quit and never give up because everything you’ve gone through has led you to this point where you will start to see momentum and increase. Progress is a process. Don’t worry about everyone you see moving ahead of you, stay in your lane, at your speed because that is where you are the most effective. 

Love. 

Blog Outline

Blessings to you all. I hope your weekend is going the way you like, I’m on a mini trip with my family to celebrate my kids. I’m writing this blog to outline my post topics and when I will be posting. This will streamline my blog and it will start next week. I honestly was just writing about anything just to get the hang of this. I’m a very organized person and I want my blog to reflect that. I finally got the hang of what I want to do and how I want to do it. 

Monday: I will start off with a quick “about me” blog this coming Monday, April 10th. Every Monday after that will be Motivation Monday’s. I will be discussing goal setting, dreams, success and how the opportunities/challenges that you could face while pursuing a better you in those areas of your life. 

Tuesday: Every Tuesday will be Testimony Tuesday’s. If you don’t already know God and my Faith in God is everything to me. I feel as part of my journey in this life, I must speak about God and what He has done in my life. So in staying true to ME, I will be telling a real story that happened in my life and how I overcame it with God and putting my Faith to work. 

Wednesday: Every Wednesday will be Wednesday Word. I will be sharing a word that God has revealed unto me to speak about or a periscope of two powerful women of God, one a Prophetess and the other a Pastor. Remember, β€œAnd it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My  menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. – Joel 2:28‭-‬29 NKJV

Thursday’s: Every third Thursday of the month will be Traveling Thursday’s. I will be going to new places I haven’t seen within my city (ie; restaurants, boutiques, games, etc..) When I travel outside of my state I will blog about that, like this weekend I will be blogging about my trip to Knotts, Midevil Times, etc.. 

Friday: Every Friday I will be discussing my fitness journey and what I’ve learned and is still learning. I’ll be talking about health and updating healthy food recipes. So join me for Fitness Friday’s

Saturday: Every Saturday will be dedicated to blogging about different foods from around the world; the myths, facts and benefits/value in eating these different foods. I would like to call it Secret Saturday’s, because you never know what country or region we will be diving into. 

Well, I hope this outline helps you understand what my blog will contain. I hope that you will like, comment, follow and stay with me during all of this. Thank you for your love and support. 

Be a CHAMPION today and everyday! I love you all. Blessings to you throughout the rest of your day. ✌

Smoothie SmoothΒ 

Good morning my neighbors!!!!! I am very happy to be here!!! 😁😁😁😁😁😁. I feel so great this morning. My day has been very productive thus far. I hope everyone is having a good day. So today I prepped my smoothie ingredients for the week. I decided to go back to milk smoothies 😝, I’ve been low key missing them in my life. 

Recently I came across this video on Facebook where they prep their smoothie ingredients in mason jars, freeze them and when they are ready to use they add the milk later. So I decided to try it for myself. I’m really busy throughout the week and sometimes I don’t drink a smoothie every morning because I didn’t make time to prepare anything, but I’m getting it together, πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. By doing this, it will save me time and I all I have to do is add milk. 

So I made for different kinds and they are as follows:

Strawberry Banana, Mango Avocado Pineapple Blackberry, Pineapple Banana and Strawberry Pineapple Blackberry.

I’m excited to try these flavors. I did make myself a Strawberry Pineapple Banana smoothie for breakfast and it was yummy. I wanted to try Almond milk instead of 2%, but I need my protein and Almond milk only provides 1g of protein per serving and I wasn’t down for that πŸ‘Ž. This Fairlife milk provides 13g of protein per serving and it is made from cows that are not treated with rBST and it’s lactose free, Fairlife for the win! I came across this milk when I went to visit my big sister a few weeks ago in San Diego. I had never seen it before, so I tried it and I loved it. I’m glad I was able to find it here in Arizona at the Wally Mart, lol. So it’s what I drink now. 

Anyone can make these, it’s not rocket science or anything, but you just have to make the time to prepare everything. I would advise to get the taller mason jars because you can actually use them with your blender as long as it fits. I didn’t realize that the mouth of my mason jars were a little wider than my blender blade, but it’s okay, I’ll be back at Wally Mart to get the right ones I need. So if you want the recipes and tools I used, check it out below πŸ‘‡: 

Tools: 10 mason jars (2 weeks), Bamboo cutting board; Chef knife

Ingredients: 

  • 1 container of Strawberries, washed and sliced 
  • 2-3 bananas, peeled and sliced 
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple
  • 1-2 mangos, peeled and diced 
  • 1 container of blackberries, washed 
  • 1-2 large avocados 

Prepare your fruit. Place the desired mixtures of fruit in the mason jars. Freeze. Add desired flavor of milk when ready to use. You can definitely add different stuff like spinach (I totally forgot to buy 😒), raspberries, blueberries, kale, etc. The possibilities are endless and you don’t necessarily have to have mixed fruit combinations. If you only like mango smoothies, then prepare a mason jar with just mangos, the world is yours and these are your smoothies. Enjoy and have fun with them.

I definitely have some things in the works for myself. I haven’t put all my ideas out and all the recipes I have, but it’s getting hotter and I have some cool ideas for some summertime snacks and drinks and I’ll be using mason jars for them. Well I hope that this was helpful and you try these out. Thank you for supporting me, I love you for it. Remember, the will of God won’t take you where the love of God won’t keep you. Be a CHAMPION in all that you do. Do things for the betterment of your life. This is a #SeasonofGrowth #SeasonofElevation #SeasonofVictory 

Call forth those things that are not, as though they are. If you believe in the things you pray for, you shall receive them. Be blessed and have a great Tuesday. 

Love. 

End of March Fitness Update πŸ’ͺ

Hello all. Happy April 1st!!!! I’m so excited to share my fitness results for the end of March. I can honestly say that it’s been such a good journey for me mentally and spiritually, changing my lifestyle. I can’t be more pleased with not giving up on myself. As you know several blogs ago I stated that I was doing a 90 day fitness journey to get to my desired weight goal of 130 lbs. I’m currently at 157 lbs as of March 31, 2017. That is 6 lbs down from my last weigh in. I’m very pleased with the changes im starting to see in my struggle area, which is my stomach. I’m glad that I’m losing weight at a steady pace and that I’m not over duing it, I know my limits. I know by the end of May I’ll be at my desired weight, if not pretty darn close to it. 

I’ve been doing these hard core Abs routines along with my strong HIIT exercises and although it BURNS πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯, it is definitely worth it. I haven’t done any running in the last 2 weeks due to my left knee bothering me, but I’m pleased to say I will be back on it this Sunday morning with my chow chow Tonka. Changing my eating habits and portion sizes has really played a HUGE factor in my weight loss and although there are many good temptations, I’m glad to say that I curve them very well. My skin is glowing, my waist line is slimming, my legs and arms are getting stronger, and my endurance is up.  

So now I’m on month 2 of my fitness journey and I can’t wait to share everything with you all. l think I will put up a picture of where I am now and at the end of April, a picture of the progress I’ve made. I’ll do the same for the last month of my 90 day fitness challenge. Even after this personal 90 day Fit challenge, I’m still will be continuing to write fitness blogs and updates. Thank you for supporting my blog. Even if I reach only one person, I hope that I’m helping someone out there that is on their way to a better version of themselves. 

Be a CHAMPION! Stay the course. Believe in yourself and call those things that are not as though they were. I pray that April brings you more blessings, joy, peace, love and new opportunities in Jesus’ name. 

Blessings.