This morning I listened to a sermon by Steven Furtick about dysfunctional comfort. During the sermon, Furtick stated that we shouldn’t be so quick to ask God to rebuke the devil when feelings of discomfort are present. Sometimes, God is using that trouble and discomfort to transform us. I don’t know about you, but this entire year has been one uncomfortable situation. What started out … Continue reading Embracing Discomfort
These days, everyone is an Instagram coach or motivational speaker. This world is saturated with people trying to help others in some way. Unfortunately, a lot of them end up saying the same thing – just in different, more creative ways. The latest thing I’ve noticed is them reminding us that “it’s OK to start over.” This saying is nothing new really. It just stuck … Continue reading It’s OK to Start Over
Remember how you felt less than two months ago when you couldn’t get mom that gift you really wanted to give her? Yeah. Painful wasn’t it. Saddening just a little? Well guess what? It doesn’t have to be like that EVERY. YEAR. You can change your approach and prepare for Christmas now. NOW is the time to start saving for Christmas! I faced a disaster … Continue reading Prepare for Christmas NOW
How often have you heard that statement throughout the years? And then recycled when someone with a high celebrity profile commits suicide?
So many times I’ve stopped counting.
But how many of us actually check on our “strong friends”? The fact of the matter is, so many of us post that statement because we think of ourselves as the strong friend. We post it as a cry for help sometimes because the truth is, not many of us are checking on each other.
We simply go through life calling each other when we want to go out, cry on someone’s shoulders about our own problems, gossip about someone, or when we’re bored.
Not many people are actually having the heavy conversations – truly asking how someone is. Mentally, physically, financially, emotionally.
The real truth. We’re all strong. Continue reading “Check on Your Strong Friends”
Tuesday marked the start of a new season. Spring.
Here in Florida, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, the wind is churning. Seasons are changing.
Just like the seasons of our environment change, the seasons of our lives change. We know it’s upon us. We can feel the weight and the pressure of transition taking place.
There always seems to be a point during the transitioning phase that I realize I’m transitioning into a new season.
Sometimes, the transition is light and sweet. It kind of just eases upon me like a loving summer breeze. And then there are times where everything comes crashing down like the house on the Wizard of Oz (you know, after the tornado has dragged it for a while and Dorothy’s not in Kansas anymore). Everything that can go wrong will and it feels like a domino effect. I have a tendency in this season to be 10x more cranky, 10x more unbothered, and 20x more irritated. I know this because Tuesday was that day for me. Continue reading “Embrace the Season”
Welcome back friends! Last week was rough, had death in the family and some trying circumstances, but I’m back. All my love, CJ.
Where I’m from, March 12th is a day of remembrance for a true saint and friend.
Melvin J. Ray
Not only was March 12th his birthday, but it was also the day he and God decided he didn’t need to be here anymore.
Melvin was the life of the party when there was no party. Every single person he came in contact with was impressed by him. There was no one he would not help; no atmosphere he would not change. He was literally an angel sent from God to remind us that there IS a God. Melvin Ray showed us what it meant to truly be good, be kind, show love, have fun, be merry and EAT!! And he loved God with all his heart (not to mention he was one of the best guitarist on this side). Continue reading “Brotherly Love”
Hi Friends! It’s time for the ever anticipated (more or less lol) 2018 “Goals Reveal” post!
As mentioned in Monday’s post, I had previously written down a ton of goals for the year. However, after much consideration I narrowed things down by asking myself a simple question: “By December 31st, what do you want to have accomplished this year?” Continue reading “2018 Goals ‘Revealed’”
Hi Friends! It is 2018!!! By now, I’m hoping all of us have moved passed the “new year, new me” phase and have taken the opportunity to dig deep into what we want for the year. Setting intentional goals for this year can make us better than we were the last! Like some of you, I created goals back in December. I thought I was … Continue reading The Year it all Changes
Welcome, you beautiful people. Welcome to my place of freedom, fun, and faith! I’m so glad to have you here at Clarity & Strength. It lets me know that I have good connections, good friends, and definitely a good God. You are not here by chance, but by pre-determined destiny. I hope that the purpose on the inside of me brings out the best purpose … Continue reading I’m So Glad You’re Here