What in the world is a Cricut and what do you use it for? I mean, what sort of things can you make with it?
I would have to say this question is the number one question my friends ask me when I show them all the things I’ve been making with my Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine.
First things first, what the Cricut is not…
It’s not Cricket Wireless, although it does have Bluetooth wireless technology. lol
It’s not the Crickets you hear outside
It’s not that awkward silence after someone tells a bad joke
Crazy as it sounds some of my friends have mentioned the above Crickets so I figured I’d let you know right away it’s not any of those three things. 🙂
When I describe the Cricut to my friends I usually tell them, it’s a machine that cuts all sorts of things. From vinyl, cardstock, paper, Iron-on, bonded fabric, poster board and soooo much more. Like more than 100 different materials more PLUS you can also draw, score, and engrave with it.
Projects you can make with the Cricut Machine
Make Customized & Personalized Designs for:
- Car Decals
- Wall Decals (Decorate your home with beautiful quotes and scriptures)
- Stencils (Love those wooden signs? Now you can make those as well)
- Cards (Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas and any other occasion you can think of)
- T-Shirts (For Reunions, Gender Reveal, Onesies for babies, Birthday present etc.)
- Christmas Ornaments
- Paper Gift boxes and tags
- Vinyl quotes for coffee cups, water bottles or even those stainless steel tumblers like Yeti and Ozark
- Labels for Organizing rooms like your Kitchen, Kids rooms, Garage etc.
- Monogram shirts, water bottles, picture frames, wood signs
- Paper Flowers
As you can see, the amount of DIY Projects you can make with your Cricut is limitless. I’ve seen people take photographs of loved ones they’ve lost and made vinyl decals to put on their cars or put that image on t-shirts for everyone. It’s mind-boggling the number of creative projects you can make with this machine.
Some other cool things to note about the Cricut is:
- You’re able to use over 3,000 ready-to-make projects or make quick cuts from their extensive image library
- You can use your tablet, smartphone or computer to create projects
- It has Bluetooth Technology so you can use it wirelessly
- You can upload your own images
- Use your own Fonts
Projects I’ve made with my Cricut so far and what sort of projects they were
The following images are DIY projects that use Vinyl. Vinyl is like stickers but lasts so much longer and are extremely durable. You can place these on walls, cars, glass, wood, furniture, cups or pretty much anywhere you’d like.
Bless You Mason Jar Tissue Holder
BE YOUnique Glitter Glass Jar
Personalized Glass Frame
Wood Tile Moment Created Vinyl
Farmhouse Sign Blessed
HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) Projects
Red White Due Tank
HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
Masterpiece Handcrafted Onsie
HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl)
Custom Personalized Monogram Sign
Personalized Glass Tile Name (View 1 of 2)
Vinyl & Stencil for etching
Personalized Glass Tile Name (View 2 of 2)
Vinyl & Stencil, for etching
Check out the Cricut Explore Air 2 Here:
These beautiful Glitter Glass jars add so much personality to your makeup routine. I’ve seen these a few times on Pinterest and just thought they were so adorable. My daughter Makayla loves her makeup and has always wanted a cute little brush holder for all her makeup brushes so I figured I’d try my hand out at these jars.
Of course, this Momma is all about being unique in who God has called you to be so I put a little spin on this glass jar.
Although I love the “Hello Beautiful” or “Hello Gorgeous” I wanted her to be reminded every single day to be YOUnique…to stand out…to be herself in a world that says beauty is on the outside.
You can also use these glitter jars to hold your pens and pencils at your office, home or school (if you’re the teacher of course). I’m thinking that’s what I’ll be doing since I’m not the big makeup person like my daughter. 😉
I’m thinking that’s what I’ll be doing since I’m not the big makeup person like my daughter is but I definitely need to be reminded daily to be who God created me to be. 😉
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A Glass Jar (I got my glass jars from the Dollar Tree)
Extra Fine Glitter (This is the one I used for this tutorial) >> Sulyn extra fine Glitter <<
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss
Be YOUnique Decal
Stay tuned for our DIY Friday’s! I jump on Facebook Live and walk you step by step on creating some of the most popular items on Pinterest and the crafting world.
Watch the LIVE DIY for this Glitter Glass Makeup brush or cute pen/pencil holder below:
These Mason Jar Kleenex Tissue holders are the cutest things ever!
If you’ve been anywhere near Pinterest then I am sure you have seen these floating around on some of the top crafting boards out there.
I’ve made several of these for my friends on their Birthdays and they just love them.
A few weeks ago I shared this photo and asked my friends if they would be interested in learning how to make these and I got a resounding YES!!!
So, I figured I’d put together a quick post, do a Facebook Live Video and show you how quick and easy these tissue holders are to make.
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A Mason Jar (Quart size jar)
Chalk Paint (or Acrylic paint, whichever one you would like to use)
Paintbrush or Foam brush
Sandpaper – 220 Grit Fine (if you want the distressed/ shabby chic look)
Glue gun/ glue
Kleenex Tissues (Cheapest place to get these are at Target for $6/ 4 pack)
Foam Sheet or Scrapbook paper
Xacto Knife or Scissors
Bless You Decal
Follow along as I show my good friend Diana step by step how to make this cute mason jar tissue holder
My youngest daughter Makayla had just given birth to her first baby, a very cute, precious little boy named Ezra Michael. She stayed with us her entire pregnancy since her husband was deployed to Iraq and they had just got stationed in North Carolina where she knew no-one.
Of course, this Momma was very happy and excited to get to walk out this journey of my daughter’s life with her.
I was able to lay hands on her belly and speak God’s word to and over Ezra as God was forming him in the depths of his Mommy’s belly. We spoke life and God’s blessings over him and whenever someone would speak something that didn’t line up with the word of God don’t you know this Grandma rose up in spirit and crushed those words spoken over him.
We prayed that her husband Wes would make it home to see his first born son being born – prayer was answered
We prayed that her labor and delivery would be smooth and she wouldn’t tear – prayer answered
We asked Abba that Ezra would have no complications and that he was born natural – prayer answered
We prayed for many more things that God was so faithful to answer.
The one thing that the Holy Spirit prompted me to come against was the spirit of postpartum depression. I had battled that with her older sister Brianna and under my spiritual watch she was not going to battle it. Of course, back then I had NO IDEA what I was going through and definitely didn’t have anyone in my life that knew their power and authority in the spiritual realm.
Well, it was a day or two after she brought Ezra home and came to the realization she was not able to breastfeed. Won’t go into detail about since it’s her testimony but it was a huge blow to her and that is all Satan needed…that open door.
Don’t you know that this Momma and Dad went into spiritual warfare over her, along with her husband and took authority over that spirit and sent it right where the Lord Jesus would have it go.
As my husband was praying he spoke something that just resonated with my spirit and soul, he said, “You were handcrafted by God…” then, of course, he kept on praying but those 5 words lingered long after the prayer was spoken and even answered.
It was a few days later when I was in prayer and listening to Praise and Worship music that I was led to look up the scripture about being God’s Masterpiece. I headed over to Ephesians 2:10 and this is what it says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” I meditated on that for days along with being handcrafted by God.
I meditated on this scripture for days along with being handcrafted by God and I started saying, “I am a Masterpiece, Handcrafted by God,” when I woke, during the day and when I laid down at night time.
Now, I am NOT a graphic designer at all! Let me repeat that…I am NOT a graphic design person at all and anything I have ever tried to create from my visions fail miserably. I end up taking it to my sister Melissa and she makes it pretty for me. But this time, I had the vision in my head and while waiting for Hurricane Irma to hit us I sat down and designed the following masterpiece.
I love how it came out so much so I made a little onsie for baby Ezra and painted it on a pallet sign that I made from all the pallets I have. Check them out below.
I woke up this morning to the horrific details of what is going on in Las Vegas, NV, and my heart just sunk. As I sat there watching the news coverage I started thinking of everything that has been going on in the world these past few months and my heart just breaks.
From hurricanes and earthquakes to protest and political divide. You can’t help but to look at the world and cry out to our Abba for Shalom (peace) to come to the world or for Jesus to come back soon.
Yet, if you know the word of God then you know that things will only get worse.
As I was watching everything unfold I could sense the Holy Spirit whispering to my spirit to shut it down and come spend time with him. As I entered my office/prayer room, the following just came like a rushing tidal wave and I quickly wrote it down as fast as it was coming to me.
As a child of the one true God (Yahweh) we have this victory through Jesus Christ that…
In the midst of chaos, He brings order
In the midst of destruction, He brings hope
In the midst of fear, He brings courage
In the midst of confusion, He brings clarity
In the midst of uncertainty, He brings direction
In the midst of death, He brings life
In the midst of evil, He brings goodness
In the midst of depression, He brings joy
In the midst of brokenness, He brings restoration
In the midst of hate, He brings love
In the midst of frustration, He brings calmness
In the midst of anger, He brings peace
In the midst of division, He brings unity
In the midst of the storm, He brings quietness
In the midst of war, He brings protection
In the midst of heartache, He brings comforts
In the midst of sickness, He brings healing
In the midst of loss, He brings gain
In the midst of lack, He brings abundance
In the midst of darkness, He brings to light
In the midst of weakness, He brings strength
In the midst of our sin, He brings redemption
In the midst of injustice, He brings justice
In the midst of lies, He brings truth
In the midst of captivity, he brings freedom
In the midst of bondage, He brings deliverance
In the midst of loneliness, He brings belonging
I’m reminded of so many stories in God’s word where God showed up IN THE MIDST of tragedies, but one particular kept coming to mind as I was praying.
The story in Daniel 3 of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These three Jewish men would not serve King Nebuchadnezzar’s gods or worship the image of gold he had set up. As a matter of fact, their exact words were, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Well, we all know they were thrown into the furnace but before they were the king ordered it to be heated seven times hotter than usual!! It was so hot that the soldiers that took Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego up into the furnace were instantly burned and died instantly. Yet, here are these three men, fully clothed, hands bound together thrown into the blazing fire.
Now the God moment…King Nebuchadnezzar looks into the furnace and is baffled because he knew he only threw THREE men into that furnace, bound and yet He says, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.”
In the midst of the fire, God brought protection and deliverance.
Notice, He didn’t stop them from going into the fire, just as he doesn’t stop the tragedies from happening in our lives. But, in the midst of everything we go through God is there…ALWAYS…bringing us what we need at that very hour.
My prayer for all of us brothers and sisters is that the Lord would comfort the brokenhearted, that we would love one another through all of this and that God’s Glory would be revealed in the midst of these tragedies throughout all the earth.
That we all would cling to Him and His word and that his perfect will would be done on this earth as it is in heaven.
With much love and compassion,
To my sister Angela,
For months now my heart has been so heavy for you. It’s almost like The Lord has allowed me to feel your past regrets, your pain, your insecurities, your hurts, your wounds, your anger, your frustration, your shame and guilt, all your doubts, fears and unbelief that you struggle with.
That is why I felt so strongly that you needed to hear the TRUTH about yourself. What God, our Abba Father says about his daughter. Not what the world says, not what your husband says, not what your family says, not what your friends say, but what GOD says about you, his beloved. Everything he speaks is truth and shines light in the darkness.
Below are just a few things I thought you should know about who you are in Christ.
1st ~ Did you know that you were HIS daughter before you were Mom & Dad’s?
Yep that’s right, he formed you in our Momma’s womb and set you apart.
You see God is no respecter of persons and what he does for one he will do for another. In the book of Jeremiah 1:5 the word of The Lord came to him saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God let Jeremiah know that he knew him before he ever entered his mother’s womb. He may not be calling you to be a prophet to the nations (of course I wouldn’t put it past him) but he called you to be a Proverbs 31 woman. A wife to Gerry and a Mom to Colin, Conor, Ella & Eli. Because of this calling you may just be called to speak to the nations but it will be through what you teach your children.
Don’t think it strange that you use to play with dolls and barbies for hours my dear sister. God was preparing you, even back then, and though your family made fun of you (so sorry for that) God knew what he was preparing you for. How AWESOME is that.
2nd ~ Do you know how beautiful you truly are?
I’m not talking about the outside appearance either (although you are beautiful on the outside but God doesn’t care about the outward appearance of his children) he cares about our heart. Our flesh will age and eventually give way but the heart is what God is looking at.
How do I know this??? Glad you asked sis, because in Samuel 16:7 says… But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Wow, that says a lot right there. God rejects the appearance and stature of a man and just looks at the heart.
You know what I remember most about you while growing up? Your heart to give! If you had something that you treasured so dearly and someone else wanted it, you gave it to them. You would give out of such a big heart and never expect anything in return. Always thinking of others and it always brought you so much joy. That is the heart God gave you sis and one that is truly beautiful in the eyes of our Lord.
3 ~ Do you know how smart and intelligent you are?
All your life you have put yourself down for not getting good grades, for saying “dumb” things in conversations and for doing blonde, Polish things, but guess what??? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” ~ Proverbs 1:7
God didn’t call you to have degrees hanging on your wall (you can’t take them with you when The Lord calls you home anyway) but he did call you to be a “Mom” and the titles for that position far exceed any degree the world has to offer.
Heres 20 titles I came up with off the top of my head…
- Taxi driver
- Executioner (ya know executing those punishments lol)
- Mediator (between the kids and of course between Daddy and the kids)
- Ghost Buster
- Party Planner
I could go on and on but you get the drift. It takes a very smart, wise, intelligent woman to handle all these positions 24/7 with no holidays and very few breaks.
Oh and I won’t even mention all the titles that come with being a Wife.
Next time the enemy tries to tell you that you are “stupid”, “dumb” or uses others to put you down, just remember… you fear the one that gives wisdom and are wiser than the enemy. 😉
4 ~ You are his Beloved daughter and nothing you do will ever separate you from his love.
We all fall, we all make mistakes, we all have our own struggles, we all disappoint our heavenly Father, we all have fallen short BUT through Christ and the redemption of the cross we are able to pick ourselves back up and run right back into our Daddy’s arms.
I mean Jesus said it himself in John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
You know what that means? You are not only his daughter but also his friend. He laid down his life even while you were a sinners. That is love sis.
Oh and you can’t forget the wonderful scripture in Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Not to mention the love you have from your family, friends and those precious children of yours.
I pray that you know how valuable, how virtuous and how victorious you are in Christ Jesus and how loved you are by everyone around you. I pray that God would fill you with his will, give you your hearts desires, open your eyes to see the amazing ministry you have right before your eyes and you can embrace it with open arms. I pray that you will finally see yourself as Christ sees you and that the striving for mans approval would be gone and you would know that it’s only God’s approval of your heart that you need.
Seek him with your whole heart sis… for he is waiting to show you great and mighty things.
P.U.S.H. – Pray Until Something Happens
Your Daily Prayer Covering
When you start praying this prayer every single day be prepared to watch God move supernaturally, not only in your life but the lives of those you pray over.
My husband found this powerful prayer on the Internet years ago and has given it out to countless number of people who have been going through a spiritual warfare or just needed a prayer they could pray daily over their loved ones as well as themselves.
Pray this Daily
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit.
In the name of Jesus Christ I bind, rebuke and bring to no effect: all division, discord, disunity, strife, anger wrath, murder, criticism, condemnation, pride, envy, jealousy, gossip, slander, evil speaking, complaining, lying, false teach, false gifts, false manifestations, lying signs and wonders, poverty, fear of lack, fear spirits, murmuring spirits, complaining spirits, hindering spirits, retaliatory spirits, deceiving sprits, religious spirits, occult spirit, witchcraft spirits (including Jezebel, Delilah, and Apollyon), and spirits of Antichrist.
I bind all curses that have been spoken against me. I bless those who curse me and pray blessings on those who despitefully use me. I bind all spoken judgments made against me, and judgments I have mad against others. I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the Holy Spirit; whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft, or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me.
I am God’s child. I resist the devil. No Weapon formed against me shall prosper. I put on the whole armor of God. I take authority over this day in Jesus name. Let it be prosperous for me, let me walk in your love, Lord.
The Holy Spirit leads and guides me today. I discern between the righteous and the wicked. I take authority over Satan and his demons, and those people who are influenced by them. I declare Satan is under my feet and shall remain there all day.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. I am God’s property. Satan you are bound from my family, my mind, my body, my home, and finances.
I confess that I am healed and whole. I flourish, am long-lived, stable, durable, incorruptible, fruitful, virtuous, full of peach, patience, and love. Whatsoever I set my hands to do shall prosper, for God supplies all my needs. I have all authority over Satan, all demons, and beasts of the field.
God, I pray for the ministry you have for me. Anoint me God for all you have called me to do for you. I call forth divine appointments, open doors of opportunity, God ordained encounters and ministry positions.
I claim a hedge of protection around myself, my spouse and children (name) throughout this day and night. I ask you God, in the name of Jesus, to dispatch angels to surround my spouse, my children, and me today and to put them throughout my house and around our cars, souls, and bodies. I ask angels to protect my house from any intrusion and to protect me and my family from any harmful demonic or other physical or mental attacks.
I ask this prayer in the power and authority you have given to us and in the name of your precious son Jesus Christ.
When you say this prayer out loud every day, I guarantee you that your spirit is going to rise up and crush anything the enemy thought he had in store for you. Here is what one of my friends had to say about this prayer:
Well my sister I have been praying this prayer for my family every other day and I definitely feel things moving in the spiritual realm. Being a foster mother and praying this prayer over my foster children I can see a breakthrough coming in their lives and there’s definitely is a shifted taking place in my husband and my life that’s for the better for the kingdom of God.
Blessing your sister in the Lord Melissa
God is so faithful.
Print this page, put it before your eyes, speak it forth with authority and share with all of us in the comments below how God has answered your prayers.
What are soul ties?
Soul ties are formed between two people when they have a relationship with one another. This relationship can be between family members, friends, co-workers, pastors and others. This soul tie is also formed when you have a sexual relationship with someone.
When you get into a relationship your soul and another person’s soul become connected. The soul is the mind, will and emotions of a person. The number one way of this is through a sexual relationship. The word of God declares that when a man and woman marry (come together sexually) they become one flesh. A part of their soul, which is the mind, will and emotions transfer to each other so that they each have a part of the other persons’ soul, ultimately giving up a part of their own. As a person goes through life, this happens with every person that relationship is formed with and with every relationship; a part of their soul is removed and replaces with a part of the other person’s soul.
When a soul tie is formed, demons can travel back and forth through the soul tie. The soul tie can go back and forth from partners, or it may also travel on the generational bloodline through the soul tie of family.
Not all soul ties are unhealthy though. You can have a Godly soul tie that is blessed of God.
For instance marriage is a Godly soul tie – Genesis 2:24 – “ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”
This, to me, is such a beautiful picture of a man and woman having a Godly soul tie, that they shall come together to be ONE flesh.
Friendship is another Godly soul tie – I Samuel 18:1 – “Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
We know that Jonathan went on to protect David from his father Saul who sought to kill David but Jonathan loved David, as a friend and brother and as his own soul. What an amazing friend and how blessed we are when we find a friend like that.
It’s when we have ungodly soul ties that we get ourselves in trouble opening up the door for Satan to wreck havoc in our lives.
Ungodly soul ties
If someone is controlling you or you’re having a hard time breaking free from that person then it’s pretty safe to say that you have an ungodly soul tie that needs to be broken. You ever notice when you start hanging around someone a lot you tend to talk like them, act like them and will even start to have the same body language of them? You’ve got some soul ties with that person that need to be broken.
Some ungodly soul ties can be formed through the following relationships:
1. Sexual relations outside of marriage
2. Adulterous relationship
3. Homosexual relationship
4. Between parents and their children
5. Between siblings
6. Ungodly friends
A Prayer to break soul ties and restore the soul
To get your soul restored and to get any spirits out of you that may have come in through these soul ties you will need to ask the Holy Spirit of God and the angels to aid in this. The following prayer will lead you in repentance, forgiveness, healing, deliverance and the restoration of your soul.
Father I come before you in the might name of Jesus and by the power of His shed blood for me. Father I ask for your Holy Spirit to bring to my mind every person that I have an ungodly soul tie with. I recognize sexual relationships outside of marriage as sin. I now confess my sin of this relationship with _________________(fill in the blank with every person that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind but do these steps for each person individually). I renounce right now this relationship and the sin of this relationship and I ask Father for your forgiveness. I now send the angels of the Lord to go to that person right now and remove from them any part of my soul that they may have and to remove from me any part of their soul that I may have and restore those parts back to their rightful place. I now command any and all demons that may have come into me from this sin and soul tie to leave me now in the name of Jesus and to go where the Lord Jesus Christ sends you.
Continue to do this until the Holy Spirit confirms in you that you are free and that your soul is restored. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any other areas where there is bondage in your life and confess the sin, break the curse, cast out the spirits operating on the curse and ask the Holy Spirit to fill the places that the demons have vacated.
How many times have you asked God which direction or what path he wants you to take?
I have always asked God this question but this year it has been different and for the past 2 months, I have been struggling with this question.
There are times that we move forward and do the natural things and like Proverbs 3:6 says, “In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success” but right now I’m at a place where I feel like there is a specific direction he is calling me to go but I’ve been so consumed with everything else that I hadn’t really taken the time to be still and find out what his answer is.
Want to know what God’s answer to me has been so far?
Seek him, his wisdom, his guidance, his counsel, his ways, his word. Entrench myself in the word of God, focus only on him and HE will direct my path. Step away from ALL the Social Media Networks, ALL the distractions, ALL the things that are not building me up and edifying me, ALL the things that are taking me away from spending time with him, ALL the things I have made as my idols! (GASP…GULP) Yikes, that one is the one that hurt the most.
Definition of Idolatry is the worship of idols or excessive devotion to or reverence for some person or thing
Yep! That’s it! No clear cut direction…no still small voice…no prophecy…no gentle nudge…no Scripture jumping out at me pointing me in the direction…no AH HA moment. Just this still small voice asking me if I’m really serious about seeking God and his will for my life and if I am, step out in faith and do what he has asked me to do.
So this is where I’m at in my walk right now.
I want to share with you the different directions I could go because when he does lay out his plan for me I think it would be neat to come back here and see if the direction he gives me is even on this list. 🙂
- Continue on with my Affiliate Marketing ventures ~ This entails working on 6 DIFFERENT websites everyday including my LivinLyfeMarketing.com site where I train others to do this Affiliate Marketing thing
- Put all my effort into this website here at LivinLyfe.com and build it up to wherever God would have it go
- Get a J.O.B.
- Write a book – something I feel God is leading me to do just not sure what topic to write on yet
- Go back to empowering the youth of this generation to make a healthy, positive choice in their lives
- Start a program to empower Parents to monitor their children online
- Create a website for my husband’s Healing and Deliverance Ministry
It’s been a little over 2 weeks since I shut down my personal Facebook account. The first day was a real wake up call as to just how much I have made FB an idol. The first day I de-activated my account I went to check FB every bit of 25 times that day. Every time I did I would reach for the bible and would ask the Holy Spirit to reveal whatever he wanted to in his word all the while asking God to forgive me and help me through this.
It’s amazing the things the Holy Spirit reveals to you throughout the scriptures that you didn’t even know existed in the bible!
Of course it only lasted a week before I had to re-activate my account (incognito of course lol) You see I have a YouTube channel and this particular video that I uploaded a couple months ago has gotten a little over 2,500 views and people are asking me more questions about Facebook. Well, I couldn’t leave them hanging so I had to re-activate my Facebook account to do some more video tutorials.
I told myself I would only get on there to do the videos. I wouldn’t scroll through and see what everyone is up to. Get on…record the video…get off. That was my plan.
Guess what happened?
I got on there and almost an hour later I realized I had checked up on everyone, scroll through images, visited a couple sites that people shared links to, read articles that didn’t benefit me in the least bit and basically got sucked right back in. (Insert rolling eyes here)
Also, I realized that these past 2 weeks I’ve been visiting Twitter and Instagram a lot more frequently on my smartphone. It was like when I quit smoking all those years ago. I got rid of the cigarettes to replace it with drinking coke all the time. All I did was exchange one habit for another. Exactly what I was doing with these Social Networks.
Yesterday God called me to read I & II Timothy and I started out strong. The Holy Spirit was revealing so much to me but I took a break and figured I would quickly check my websites, YouTube videos and write a blog post for this site, then come back and finish reading. What happened? I got sucked in again and after 4 hours of being online and realizing that I got absolutely NOTHING accomplished I just wanted to cry.
I went back to reading II Timothy and I could hear the Holy Spirit telling me to quit focusing on the computer, on technology and seek God and his word. The very answer God had given me but I didn’t want to accept the fact that he meant to take a break from ALL of it. I mean this is my field of work here y’all. I went to school for Internet Marketing. I have helped clients with their online marketing, I have How to Videos on YouTube about the different Social Media sites. This is my livelihood, this is what I have always felt God leading me into and now he is saying take a break from it and seek me.
Of course, he is because I’ve made it an idol and he’s calling me back to him.
I don’t know where this journey is going to take me. I don’t know what direction he has me going but I do know one thing…I love God with all my heart, mind, soul and strength and I don’t want to disappoint him. I want him to use me as his vessel in whatever capacity he wills. So I am taking a break from technology. I am stepping away from the Social Networks for as long as he is calling me to. I’m allowing the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me and I’m super excited to see what God has in store for me and my family.
I will be journaling and if the Lord allows, sharing with you all through this site the journey as it’s happening.
In the meantime, I would LOVE to hear stories of how God called you to do something that required you to take a huge step of faith and how he answered you. Or is there something he’s calling you to do right now but you’re having a hard time taking that first step? If so, share it with me and I will pray for you that he gives you the strength and courage to move forward in his will.
Many Blessings to you all. <3
After I came back to the Lord and started going to church my eyes were open to the power of God’s word and how important it was for me to Declare God’s word over my children. Before I met my husband I was a single mom and I had the awesome opportunity to take my children to school every morning, so during the car ride they always heard me declaring God’s word over them.
I bet if you asked them to this day what I spoke over them they could probably repeat most of it from memory. 🙂
I was just feeling led to share this with you all because I know sometimes it can be hard figuring out what to pray over our children.
This prayer or declaration if you will, is just the beginning of course. Our children are all so different and need us to pray specific prayers for the battles they are facing.
Our prayers for them can not be this cookie cutter thing and sometimes it takes some real digging into the scriptures to find the word of God that needs to be declared over them.
The following declaration is just something I either heard or read along the way, but it stuck with me and is very powerful when spoken with faith.
I’ve highlighted the Declaration/Prayer in bold but have given the scripture reference along the way.
You are the Head and not the Tail
You are above only and not beneath
(Deuteronomy 28:13 – The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.)
You are blessed going in and blessed coming out (Deuteronomy 28:6 – “You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.)
You are empowered to prosper
I place on you the mind of Christ and you have the wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:16 – “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” & James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”)
I plead the blood of Jesus over you from the top of your head to the soles of your feet.
I thank you Father God for giving your angels charge over them that they would bear them up in their arms lest they dash their feet against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12 – “For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”)
I place on you the all armor of God
The helmet of Salvation to guard their thoughts
The breastplate of righteousness
I gird up their loins with the belt of truth and shod their feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace.
In one hand I place the sword of the spirit which is quicker and sharper then any two edged sword that it would cut to the dividing asunder of spirit and soul
and in the other hand I place the shield of faith to quench every fiery dart the enemy would send their way. (Ephesians 6:13-17 – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”)
You have been bought with the highest price and that is the blood of Jesus.(I Corinthians 6:20 – “For you are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”)
You are sealed unto the day of redemption and no plague or calamity shall come near your dwelling.(Psalm 91:10 – “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.”)
In Jesus name ~ Amen!
Then of course I would tell them to have a wonderful day, that I loved them so very much and would see them later. 🙂
Oh how I miss those days! They are gone way to fast and we never get them back. Throughout the years God has been ever so faithful to my prayers and though two of my children have strayed from the faith, God is faithful and just and is always looking over his word to perform it.
I continue to Declare God’s word over my children, it’s just now in this season of their lives I pray different prayers for each of their situations. 🙂
Below are some of the books I personally used to learn how to pray and declare God’s word not only over my children but also my husband, my friends, my family and even myself. What books or resources have you used that have been a blessing to you?
Is there something you declare over your children everyday? Maybe a prayer you pray for them in the morning or night. Share it with us, you never know who it might help.