Joy

Joy! Today let’s focus on renewing our joy. Let us joy in our salvation. Let us create an atmosphere of joy for those around us. Joy is a powerful tool to change atmospheres, to give hope, and to bring us to a place of love. We often want to sit in our own negative thoughts of all the whys and why nots, but cast those aside and pursue joy. Joy is not an emotion, it’s your inheritance. Jesus told us that we may have joy and that it remain full! When we discover God is good and he is for us, we discover who we are to him and in him. We are the apple of his eye and we bring Him joy. So today… dance, sing, shout for joy! Laugh, giggle, and allow all the joy to bubble up inside you! #cultivateyourlife #joy #love #jesus #revival #prophecy #prophetic #kingdom #thekingdom #heaven #laughter #inspiration #peace

I Don’t Do Guilt Trips

I don’t do guilt trips. I am a busy mom, wife, entrepreneur, minister, and all the other things crammed into my amazing full life. As much as I love to give my time and energy into doing things for people, I will not perform from guilt or shame. My goal is to love the best I can and sometimes I have to say no. Sometimes, I have to choose who I can help and when. Although I would love to do it all. ( and I would), for the sake of my sanity, I need to decline. That is ok. I love better when I get to be me. But please don’t try to get me to live according to your needs or standards. Please don’t try to persuade me to do something because you feel entitled. I can no longer live like that. In pursuit of my best life and a life full of joy, I choose to continue to love you and others well because, I give my time and energy from love not for it. ❤️#cultivateyourlife #guilt #shame #empowerment #moms #wives #love #joy #lifestyle #peace #jesus

Surrendered

Fully Surrendered.

Each of us has been in pursuit of a dream. The bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is the tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

Our hearts can get heavy waiting. Waiting for the breakthrough, waiting for a glimpse of the dream, waiting for all of the pieces you are holding to come together and create the life you are going after. Continue reading

Cultivate Online Book Club

Hey, hey, hey! If you are on Facebook, join a few of us wanting to Cultivate our lives with a Book Club we are reading The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Ever made a New Year’s Resolution and break it? Can’t seem to get your exercise routine in order? This book is filled with amazing insight to the “why” and how to change them. Come join the conversation with us!

https://www.facebook.com/cultivatelives/posts/748115918719516

Obstacles

Obstacles 

There are moments in your life when you feel like time slows down and it’s almost at a crawl. The minutes turn into hours, the hours turn into days, and days into weeks. The moment you say yes to a dream, and the roadblocks and obstacles get in the way.

You either began to think about how crazy this idea was or remind yourself that at the end of this the mountain you will have climbed will be worth the struggle. So, you make every inch count. Continue reading

Casting Nets

I woke up this morning at 4am. This seems to be my usual wake up time lately. With lots going on in my mind and questions about the future, I lay there awake asking God for direction and peace. So, I began to try to go back to sleep and rest in Him. I put my ear buds in and put on some soaking music. ( Instrumental worship) Immediately it was like I was having a vision. I was on a boat in the middle of a lake or sea. I was fishing as I cast my nets over the side of the boat. Sure enough as I pulled it up the answers to what I have been praying for would come up out of the water. I just laughed. Suddenly, as I turned guess who was there, Jesus! Oh man! My heart leaped as it usually does when I encounter Him! I laughed again and tossed the net out of the boat again. I asked Him where He has been? He replied, ” I have always been here.” He was there and helped me as I cast my net again and pulled it back up, bringing goodies and answers to the prayers that was stirring my heart. I felt myself relax and in joy as I began to fall asleep to the peace this vision brought me. It gave me reassurance that what I saw in my vision was Jesus not just giving me what I want or needed, but taught me how to “fish”. I cast my nets again and again and He helped  me pull it up again and again. At the end my vision turned into a dream I suppose because I woke up. But I remember laying in the boat that was full of answers and laughing in joy of my catch. My supply was here and I could relax and enjoy the ride.  I woke up again from finally able to sleep and I felt myself say “I will never lack again. This is the last season of lack in my life.” I kept saying this over and over this morning.

I recently made some major life changes. Stepping out and trying some new things that have been on my husband and my heart for a long time. Of course, we new it would come with opposition and adversity. I mean, where in the bible did it say when you  follow God that anyone has it easy. But this season has been definitely hard when people come up with their own conclusions instead of just asking questions. Then, it seemed like we were attacked for deciding to grow up and do what we have been waiting for. It has been emotionally hard at times.  Its hard when the finances aren’t there to fund your dream yet. I refuse to feel like I have to justify myself to the world for believing in myself and my dreams God has given me. This is probably one of the biggest adventures we stepped out to do, and sometimes it hurts when people don’t understand. However, I rest assured in peace that I am where I am. I am not sure where the road leads, but I know where I can not stay.

It is amazing what happens when you encounter Jesus. He shows you amazing things and brings peace and hope and assurance to your heart. He is there. He is my favorite. I know that I have posted about soaking before. But its worth saying again, you should try it. I am not saying you will have visions or encounters like me, but I do know it brings peace and quiets your thoughts.

Jesus is always very present. He is always near. He is always waiting to show you a new way or a new thing. He gives good gifts and restores your soul. If you seek Him, the promise is that You WILL find him. He just wants you to trust Him as you cast your nets.