True Love Waits…Part 2

Dearly Beloved,

Hope this missive finds you well. May I speak to all of the single “men” warriors? Remember I told you guys that I was coming for you? In order to receive and give God’s best, gentleman you must be willing to go through a process of preparation. You must be willing to navigate through the ups and downs of life and resolve not to bring anything but excellence to your Queen.

The first and most important relationship that you will need to cultivate is that with God. In order to lead your family effectively King, you must link up with Him to lead your family into the promised land. God will assist you in being the best man, husband, and father you are called to be. Secondly, make a firm commitment to forsake all others to cleave to your wife. Let’s take a look at what the scriptures have to say. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (‭Genesis‬ ‭2‬:‭24‬ KJV) Last but not least, Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭25-28‬ KJV) You must be willing to offer your Queen unconditional love, honor, cherish, and respect to her.

Warriors I’m only scratching the surface with this. The aforementioned is what you can start with. Don’t expect for a Queen to be your mother because she’s not. Don’t expect a Queen to perform queenly duties when she’s not your wife. Finally, be the bold, confident, King that you are and as you follow JESUS your Queen will follow suit. Until we meet again…I love you to life!

Xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

 

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True Love Waits…

Dearly Beloved,

Hope this missive finds you well. May I speak to all the single women on today?  Queen, God wants you to know that you are loved, honored, cherished, valued, and protected by Him. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35, (NLT) There’s absolutely nothing that can ever separate you from the love Christ has for you.  No matter where you are or what you are doing you must realize this and change your mindset.  You are not alone, and God loves you more than you will ever know.  Ladies, you must begin to examine your mind, body, heart, soul, and spirit.  Prepare for your King to arrive and find you.  He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22, (NKJV) The scripture NEVER said, “She” who finds a husband finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. When truth speaks, rise to do better queen.  Wait and allow God to bring who He has in mind for you.

BREAK THE SOUL TIES now queens.  Stop giving your mind, body, soul, money, to people who are not your husbands!  Consider this: Oh, let me warn you, sisters in Jerusalem: Don’t excite love, don’t stir it up, until the time is ripe—and you’re ready. Solomon 8:4, (MSG) Keep God first in all things! For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous is a jealous God, Exodus 34:14 (KJV). Beloved, please understand that God can’t and won’t be replaced.  Don’t make the mistake of replacing God with your boyfriend, significant other, and lose sight of who sustains you daily.  God always wins in the end! God desires that you live your best life and wants to bless you always.  Next step…make a decision to declutter and disconnect from toxic relationships that steals, kills, and destroy your being.  Until we meet again warriors….I love you to life!

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Oooh Did I Say or Think That?

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well. The question of the day is this:  What are you speaking and meditating on today?  Is it acceptable to the Lord?  Do you realize that He is your strength and redeemer?   Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (NASB) Beloved, this is the conclusion of the prayer that the psalmist David composed.  The aforementioned scripture is very “common” and quoted by everyone.  Have you really just considered what God was speaking through David? Ponder this for a while, and watch how you are more mindful of what you say and think!!

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?  My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12 (NIV) But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36 (NIV) Allow every thought, the words you speak, and what you allow into your heart space be under the subjection of God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Beloved, there is nothing too hard for you to do or overcome.  God is our strength and redeemer! Until we meet again warriors….I love you to life!

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Just Trust me-God

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well with your day.  Isn’t it amazing how we put our total trust in ourselves, people, family, and friends?  The truth is that God wants us to have total confidence in Him and not man.  Let’s check out the following scriptures for the purpose of this missive: Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. Psalm 146:3 (KJB).  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people. Psalm 118:8 (NLT).   Beloved, God desires that we seek Him in all things.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NLT)

How do you build total confidence or trust in God?  The answer is this: renewing your mind in the word of God daily. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think Romans 12:2 (NLT) Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Beloved, we can’t be lazy and expect to be successful in God.  True success is obtained by exposing yourself to the scriptures and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform you. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8 (NIV). Friends, the more you expose yourself to the Word everything will change about you.  Isn’t that awesome! Until we meet again…warriors I love you to life!

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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What Path Will you Choose?

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well. May I share something with you?  Don’t allow what your eye can see or how you may feel deter you from claiming complete and total victory on today.  You must be willing to “see” with eyes of faith.  Please understand that you have two options.  You can either choose life or death. Deuteronomy 30: 19 (NLT) says, ““Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! Examine how loving God is. He loves us so much that he told us in this scripture on which path to choose.  Life infuses the fruit of the Spirit. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Galatians 5:22 (NLT)

In spite of what your trials and tribulations may communicate to you, you can speak back to it. Now the latter may appear to be trivial, unnecessary, or too much for you to do.  Friends, please understand that you can use the living word of God to change the course of your day and your life!  Beloved it’s good to be in a place to where you have run out of options.  Count it all joy when you’re in a position to become totally dependent on God. Come on warriors, you and I are only one decision away from changing our total course.  I decree and declare on this glorious Monday morning that help is on the way!  When we call, our God will answer!!!!  Until we meet again….I love you to life!

Xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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From Brokenness to Peace

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well.  Friends, I am in complete awe of Luke 7:36-50 (NIV).  The story is about the sinful woman who anointed Jesus.  In her community she was viewed as a “sinner”, and was rejected among the people, and Pharisees.  We have all been where this woman was either now, or at some point in our journey.  Life happens to the best of us, and when it does it breaks our mind, body, heart, soul and spirit. How do you respond?  The correct response should be the example that the sinful woman displayed in the scriptures.

Friends she came to Jesus broken, yet full of faith.  She came in a worship posture, submission, and most of all love. She was able to put aside how she may have felt.  Her intentional healing was dependent on her believing that Jesus would restore her.  As she wept, and kissed Jesus’s feet, it was clear that she had full assurance of safety in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Tonight, are you willing to lay aside everything that you may be experiencing and fall at Jesus’s feet? Will you allow Him to minister to you on tonight?

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 Your heart may be broken and your spirit may be crushed.  God knows and understands all.  The sinful woman demonstrated love, and how truly sorry she was for her mistakes.  Forgiveness, and love from Jesus is always there no matter what.  Beloved, only have faith and believe that you are loved by God.  Peace will cover you and the same grace that is extended to you, you will be able to freely give to others. Until we meet again….

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Hold Me Jesus!

Dearly Beloved,

I pray this missive finds you well and that your day was blessed.  We have all had those moments to where we have family, friends, or foes, that just absolutely gnaws at our spirit.  God’s most prize possession are His people.  Beloved, God accepts people just as they are and so should we.  We all fall short, and as we seek grace daily, we should extend it to others freely.  Love and immediate forgiveness outweighs any disagreement, argument, flaws, imperfection etc.

Consider this: 1 Thessalonians 5:-6 (NIV), says ” You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.  We do not belong to the night or darkness.  So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.  As children of God, we are called to be light in dark places, examples, cognizant, and most of all self-controlled.  As we enter this new week, I challenge to not allow “people” or nuances to vex your spirit.  Just shout Hold Me Jesus!  Until we meet again….

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Breathe, Be Still, and Know…

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well on this Friday afternoon.  The focus for today is learning how to dwell in stillness.  Earlier this week, we focused on faith vs. fear.  Please follow this link to read on:http://wp.me/p58czA-1N.  Have you decided whether or not you going to choose faith over fear?  In the midst of dealing with fears it can be difficult to settle our spirit.  The fears that we harbor can be real or imagined.  As I always say warriors, only you and God above know what you need to deal with in private.

Beloved, being a overcomer is already programmed in your being.  God created us that way.  Our culture pulls us in many different directions at one time, so it may be difficult to turn down all of the noise and distractions.  In order to overcome your fears, and “face the music” in your life we must all be consistent and intentional about being still.  Warriors, we must be aggressive about dwelling in the stillness of God.   Stillness has often been referred to as being balanced, or centered.  Friends, it takes faith to relinquish our fears, worries, or concerns and release them to the Lord.  It’s in stillness, trust, quietness, and prayer is where we can be refreshed, renewed, and strengthened in His glorious presence.

Beloved, what do you fear the most? How has your fear caused you to fight or take flight rather than be still and trust God?  When can you carve out some time today to “be still” before the Lord and ask Him to deliver you from your fears? (Hudson, Christopher 2009) Psalms 46:1 (NIV) says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Friends, realize how powerful that scripture is.  God serves as our shelter or protection from all danger or trouble, deals with our problems in a determined and effective way, and will always be an everlasting presence in our lives through Eternity.  Friends, God will always be there for us and he’s never going away!

Psalms 46:10 (NIV) says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.”   From the ocular perspective you see that we have a lot going around the world, in our nations, communities, schools, homes, etc.  Friends, in the unseen (faith) realm, God is ahead of all of us and making all of the crooked places straight, and working on all our behalf as we speak.  How exciting! I want to encourage us not to worry, nor fear because it’s all a part of the process.  Trust God and allow Him to be everything you will ever need or desire.   Until we meet again, warriors I love you to life!

Xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

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Yes You’re Worth It!

Dearly Beloved,

Hope all is well with you on this fine Thursday afternoon! Let’s talk about health/wellness on today.  We are settling in the fall season, Thanksgiving, and the Christmas holidays are upon us.  Do you realize that we only have sixty-nine days until 2015?  Beloved, I would like to encourage you to take inventory on your current eating habits, lifestyle, and exercise regimen.  Are you still waiting on “Monday” to get your act together?  Read on and let me share a little secret with you… You can start today!  That’s right don’t wait until “Monday”, next week, or even the New Year.  Friends, I would like for you to start with small gradual changes that will erupt into sweet vitality.  There’s no magic pill, potion, or powder that will lead you to a lifestyle of health/wellness.

I have personally discovered the overall recipe for success to experience major breakthrough in this area.  First, obedience, and overall submission to God’s purpose and plan concerning this area, and the overall fabric of my being.  The key elements were to have love for myself, plenty of support from family, and friends, and resilience.  You will also have to meditate, pray, cry, declare war against fat, and the forces of darkness.  In spite of it all, you have to  remain focused, consistent, and diligent.

Beloved, it starts with a shift in your mindset, heart, release all toxins (including people and things that hurt you), bitterness, anger, and unforgiveness.  As you can clearly see, the list is endless! Consider this:  Are you allowing food or situations beyond your control to dominate you?  Are you turning to food to deal with toxic internal issues?  Beloved, this leads straight to repeated insanity, cycles of self-sabotage, and abuse. Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT)

If you eat fast food, drink sodas, smoke, or drink alcohol in abundance, then slowly start reducing how much you intake. Don’t attempt to go “cold turkey” or will you want to quit. Quitting is not an option. You have to slowly transition your body.  As the time goes on, and your body adjusts you will only desire healthier options.  The small or large amounts that you consume on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis will ultimately fade.  Don’t think of your changes as a diet.  In my opinion, trying to diet is a set up for failure, and repeated cycles of insanity.  Try to embrace this as an overall lifestyle change for your overall health/wellness.  Don’t do it for anybody else but you!  Aren’t you worth it to show up for yourself? Until we meet again…I love you to life!

xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

 

 

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If this is your Last Call, Will you Answer?

Dearly Beloved,

Hope your morning is well.  Today is not “Hump Day”.  This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV) Today’s missive will be slightly different from previous ones. Why? My sole intent in every piece that I write is to awaken to you consciousness in your mind, body, heart, soul, and spirit.  My prayer is that by visiting TalithaCumi+3’s, “The Warrior’s Corner” is that you ascend to higher dimensions in every area of your life.  God’s most prize possession is His people: that includes myself and you warrior.  We need to always remain cognizant of how we interact and treat each other.

Beloved, success is possible in every area of your life, even in relationships. “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers” 3 John 1: 2.  The relationship that you have with God the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit is a direct reflection on your relationships with yourself and other people.  Christians, I want to encourage you to aggressively cultivate the relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The inner work that you put in will manifest itself outwardly.  There’s always room for reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 (ESV)

Friends come to Jesus as you are, whether you are a Christian or not. God loves you more than you will ever know.  He wants you to run to Him and not from Him. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13: 8 (NLT) Religion has deceived us by teaching some of us to be “self-righteous”, “holier than thou”, throwing scriptures, and condemning everyone to hell type of Christians. If you read the scriptures for yourself, Jesus didn’t do any of those things!  For this life is only temporary, and where you spend eternity is the most important to me today.  If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus and unsure about where you will spend eternity, allow me to invite you to accept Him into your heart right now. If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 (NIV) That’s it! It’s that simple.

Now Candace, all of this is good but what do I do with this new life?  1.) Renew your mind daily by reading your Bible. 2.) Pray-Talk to God and allow Him to talk back to you.  His voice has been referred to as “Something told me”… and It’s not a something- It’s the Holy Spirit!  3.) Church-Get into a Bible-Based church where Christ is proclaimed.  Fellowship with other Christians will help you grow and remain encouraged in your journey. 4.) Be a Witness.  Allow you daily life to speak for itself.  Your changed life and actions will demonstrate your allegiance to Christ.  5.) Remain strong and resilient in your walk with the Lord!  We have an enemy called satan, the devil, and he will try to discourage you by saying that your are not saved, Christian life is boring, fake, and God doesn’t listen to you because you keep making mistakes.  Friends, I’m not perfect and yes I do fall and make mistakes too.  Grace, Mercy, and the blood of Jesus cover us always.  No, you can’t keep thinking, living, eating, etc. the same and expecting different results.  That’s Insanity! Your heart toward those personal matters that you struggle with will change. I guarantee it! That’s all for now warriors, email me at candace.stevens@live.com if you have chosen to join me on the glorious path to Heaven!  Until we meet again, I love you to life! Ready. Set. Grow!

Xoxo,

The Risen Warrior

 

 

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