A SUDDEN Change

Wow! We have made it into the New Year… we are 25 days in and to me it has felt like a sudden change has occurred mainly with my mindset. So the last few weeks it’s been impressed on me to get my finances in order. For one reason or another I haven’t been the best steward of what God has given me in that area. But I’m learning the meaning and life lesson behind, “if you are faithful with a few, I will make you ruler over much.”

A few weeks back as I was driving God was showing me how our Spiritual Growth and how we handle finances are directly link to each other. One without the other causes all other areas to be off balance.

I want you to close your eyes and imagine you, with no money, deep down in debt, drowning. Then imagine how you would feel spiritual? Would you feel like praying or fasting? (Which if this is your story you should still pray and fast) but your answer is probably no, Why? Well because worried, doubt, and fear of not having enough would probably be your potion over faith.

I know what your maybe thinking …Hummmm Nytavia, this is a interesting concept. I know why because this is the question that I had to answer for myself.

See the Bible says that the borrower is slave to the lender, it also says that faith without works is dead and if you don’t work you don’t eat.

So in order to exercise my faith I had to get up and make a change and a commitment to get out of debt by any means necessary.

A SUDDEN CHANGE in mindset had occurred in me. It’s like a lightbulb went off. “PIVOT” It’s time to change course and turn this thing around knowing that if I live like no one else now then I can live and give like no one else later (Dave Ramsey Quote)

What is the SUDDEN change that has happened in your life in the past 19 days? I would love to hear!

Be Sweet 🍯

The Pressure

It’s the last quarter, last month of the year and the pressure is ON!

To shape up, to either stay going full force in everything that we’ve already accomplished. To move forward with the goals we have set for ourselves or pick up were we left off.

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For me this month is a time to really reflect on what I have done with the past eleven months. 2020 has been so different (CO – VID HIT) if not for all of us for many. Some of us have weather the storms of this year by God’s grace, mercy, and provision ONLY!

As I go into these next few months, this new year that’s rolling around the corner. It makes me stop and reflect on how I can be a better daughter to God and my parents, a better mother to my daughter, a better roommate to my sister, a better mentor for my girls, and a better writer.

THE PRESSURE IS ON!

I know that I’m not the only one with these thoughts. Maybe not the same EXACT thoughts but similar. How can we be better? We don’t have time to wait on a new year to be a new us. We have to start not for those who haven’t been working….

THE PRESSURE IS ON!

BUT it’s worth it! So don’t give up or give in keep praying, writing, speaking, laughing, spending time with God, and crafting your future. It took Jesus Christ 30 years to start His ministry on this earth and He accomplished so much in just 3 and a half. Don’t allow age, time, or meaningless distractions stop you from moving forward. There’s people waiting on you!

Ending November with my fav 💕

Be Sweet 🍯

The Celebration

Guess what today is?

It’s the day that I deemed #traveltuesday! So let’s talk.

Niagara Falls, NY | 2020

You know everyone doesn’t get the luxury to travel the world but it’s something the God has purposely etched into my heart. This past weekend I visited Niagara Falls, NY (because Canada doesn’t want us in thanks to CO- ViD19). But y’all I must say it was breathtaking.

We went for my sister and I’s birthday! She turned 30 and I turned 29. So we CELEBRATED!

You know celebrating birthday’s is a very important tradition that my family (especially my mother) loves to do. It has been a blessing to be passed down to me.

We ate good food, we went to an Escape Room, we talked, we laughed, we went in the jacuzzi, and we enjoyed each other’s company.

What does the word CELEBRATE mean?

Dictionary.com says to celebrate mean to make known publicly, to proclaim

God doesn’t forget the little details when CELEBRATING. For example, when Jesus was born He was celebrated by His family and those who came to witness the King’s arrival to the earth. He was given all different kinds of treasures and gifts. This was to make His presence “known publicly.”

When you celebrate others with a cheerful heart expect from God the unexpectant when it comes to you!

The Bible says “you reap what you sow”. That principle is applied everywhere in your life whether good or bad.

So y’all celebrate with somebody today, like my sister and I did.

Be Sweet 🍯

The Push

I’m in a very peculiar place in my life we’re I’m being challenged to step outside of my regulars into a uncomfortable and unfamiliar place.

I call it the PUSH.

Why because like a mother birthing out there child it’s uncomfortable but necessary for the baby to make it out of his/her mothers womb breathing and ready to explore this new life.

About a month ago I was fasting and had been literally bugging God asking Him what time did He want me to spend time with Him. Y’all I was shocked when he finally answered me.

So my cousin and I were driving to one of our friends mother funeral and a car cut in front of us on the highway. As I glanced at the license plate it said “5AM”. My eyes became really big and I starting talking to myself inside my heart. I said, “God you are funny, 5AM wow that is really early and something I’m not use to but I’m going to be obedient.”

Let me tell y’all about the challenge though. I am a night owl and can literally be up all . all night and sleep until noon. So you see how this has been growing, stretching, and PUSHING ME outside of my norms.

Most days have been easier than other. Especially when I set my mind of those things above and not beneath. When I think about spending time with my Daddy (Heavenly Father) I get a joy out of getting up and doing what He say.

God will PUSH you to become the version of yourself that He intended to be if you listen. Yes the God of Jacob, Issac, and Abraham. He speaks its up to us to hear Him and obey especially to the PUSH in your life.

The PUSH is helping me to be discipline even if I don’t see the results right away.

So ask yourself this. What is PUSHING me in this present time to improve in my everyday life?

Allow God to plant you now so you can sprout up in a way later that they know that you are connected to Him. That’s what I’m doing !

Be Sweet 🍯

The Purpose

The angry face

My daughter went through a surgery yesterday where she had to get her tonsils and her adenoids removed. She’s been in pain to the point were she doesn’t want to eat or drink, nor does she want to take her medicine which can soothe the pain.

Last night when I was making her some ice with juice she said to me “why would you do this to me?.” And I stopped and responded with, “baby I know it hurts now but it’s going to be good for you in the long run.” She just bust out crying because that isn’t what she wanted to hear.

As I comforted her I thought to myself how many times have I gone though some kind of pain in my life and asked the very same question. “God, why do I have to go through this?, why would you do this to me?” I’ve asked this question so many times before.

See what my daughter doesn’t understand is that because of her tonsils and adenoids she was having breathing problems which was messing with her sleep. She would wake up tired even after having a full night of sleep. Long term repercussions could have been sleep apnea.

Parallel to her the same has happened in my life (not with going though natural surgery, but spiritual surgery) were there was an unknown or unseen problem that God was fixing through my pain. Did I want to eat or drink the living word (no), did I want to take my spiritual medicine (read my Bible) no. I refused to be comforted just like Peyton.

What I didn’t understand was in the long run it would all be well worth it and I have thanked him for it.

How we perceive a situation isn’t always how God knows it’s going to turn out. He said in His Word “all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose.” His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.

So instead of us challenging Him whenever something happens that may not feel the best let’s lean on Him and not our own understanding.

Be Sweet 🍯

The Stillness

Still?

What does it mean to be still? I would say that my definition of being still is sitting in a quiet place not doing anything, Literally. Even as I’m writing this post I’m picturing myself watching Peyton sitting in a chair and wigging around while eating and me saying to her, “Pey be still”.

It isn’t easy to be still when we live in a society that promotes fast pace lifestyle with EVERYTHING. If I’m not in the mood to cook I can either pick up some fast food or have a Uber to bring it, if I don’t feel like waiting for my favorite show to air every week I can just catch it on demand, I can pick up the phone and reach someone in a drop of a dime because of the fast pace we are going in.

But y’all what happens when God tells you to BE STILL? Let me be a little transparent. For the last 25 days I’ve been having skin-to-skin time with God. My big cousin Tiphani Montgomery (if you don’t know her look her up) taught us about the importance of Skin-to-Skin time with God.

What is Skin-to- Skin you say?

Think about what happens when a baby is born the doctors lays the baby on his/her mommas chest. The experience is amazing, the baby rest, it can’t talk , it’s can’t sing, just pure stillness, bonding and rest.

Like in the natural in the spiritual there are benefits to skin-to-skin like reduce crying, stabilized heart, breathing, and tempature of the baby and some long term effects are maternal attachment and transfer of good bacteria.

Tell me that isn’t amazing !

Being STILL in God eyes requires for us to put our trust in Him and what He doing in our lives at all times. Without even realizing it sometimes we are moving so fast and doing so much that we don’t even understand that we need skin-to-skin with our Heavenly Father to regulate us, so we can bond with him, so we can hear, so we can rest, and so we can get some good bacteria from Him.

It’s critical in this time to take a moment to BE STILL and remember your responsibilities will always be there.

I challenge each of you to spend 60 minutes of uninterrupted time laying on your Creator, your Father chest. Watch how your life begins to change little by little.

Be Sweet 🍯

The Change

Written August 2018

It’s always amazes me how the season change and new situations come sweeping in.

Currently I’ve been having mixed emotions about this season I’m in now.

Even though there’s a lot to be joyful for like one of my best friend is getting married in October and she asked me to be her maid of honor, my daughters father is home for incarceration so I have a little more free time on my hands, I’m growing a little everyday in each of my relationships whether it’s a growth from understanding and acting on something positive or seeing something negative and learning how to walk through it.

Even with the growth though I still feel unfulfilled, I still feel like there is something missing from my life and I’m having trouble finding it. I’m having trouble sitting still and trusting God to lead and guide my footsteps. I mean I guess we all get into these slumps right?

How do we smile with our friends when great things are happening in there lives and ours seem to be standing still and not moving? How do we truly be happy with ourself when it seems like we have nothing to be happy about?

Let’s be honest here, I realize that my discontentment has nothing to do with anyone else but everything to do with me. How I view things, how I manuever through difficult and happy times. Change can sometimes be one of the hardest but needed things in our life.

One that I’m going to continue to do is be hopefully about change. I’m praying the same for you!

Be Sweet🍯