Far More Precious – Month of Love

Far More Precious - Month of Love

Hello Beautiful People,

So for the month of February, Far More Precious will be donating handmade letters of encouragement and sweets to a shelter in Paterson called Eva’s Village. With Valentine’s Day slowly approaching, many individuals are excited about receiving flowers from that special someone, reservations to a nice romantic restuarant, spending time with loved ones and many many more chocolate. However, this year, I challenge you to put someone first and reach out to those that may need a little bit of your love.

Far More Precious would love for you to donate to our organization, so we can all be a blessing to those in need. Eva’s Village house up to 150 women and their children monthly and provide support services for them. Many of these women and children were once victims of abuse, substance abuse and/or faced economic distress. Let’s spread some love together by blessing these women and their children with unexpected letters and sweets.

$1will provide a personalized letter gram to a woman or child.
$5 will add delicious chocolate to a letter gram to a woman or child.
$10 will add a teddy bear and rose to complete the Love Set of chocolate and letter gram to a family.

Donations can be made via http://www.farmoreprecious.org and can also be made in person. Help us reach out goal and DONATE as your heart desides. XOXO

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Beauty Is….

I was introduced to Dove’s #BeautyIs campaign they are doing and felt the need to share this video….

So many young girls and women struggle with their self-esteem and self-worth. I hope this video will challenge you to find the beauty that lies within. Remember beauty starts from the inside out.

This year, Far More Precious Organization will be focusing on Beauty from the inside out….look out for special features and events XOXO

Lady of The Day -Gianina (Harvard. Lawyer. Sisterhood.)

Lady of The Day feature is written by Magdala Chery (one of our very first lady feature who is also a board member of Far More Precious)

It is with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Gianina Jean Baptiste. She is an accomplished Harvard and Fordham graduate who has grown to become a dear friend of mine. Our relationship has become a pure example of the power the exist when women empower one another. Each time we get together we literally spend hours recapping on our struggles as growing black women in society! And on a personally note, she helped me through some of the most difficult times as a medical student and helped me stay focused as I was preparing for my boards. I am convinced that God divinely aligned us to become friends and I would not have made it through this past summer without her! With that said, please enjoy her responses on the blog! Learn about her journey, what keeps her going, and the advice she has to share!

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1. Were you nervous about attending Harvard for college? Was that always your goal?

As a child, my parents taught me that the proper response to the question: “Where do you want to go to college?” was Princeton. In my home, college was a part of everyday discourse and with time, the idea of attending an Ivy League, if I worked for it, became attainable. In high school, I applied to as many schools as I had fee waivers! Frankly, I almost didn’t apply to Harvard, but with my mom’s urging (aka demanding), I applied. She said “You can do it! Why not?!?”.

Regardless of how hard you work, getting into the college of your dreams is always a shock. The day the email came I was sitting on the floor of my family room, and I just kept laughing – overcome with happiness, a sense of purpose, and pure disbelief. My mother was right! Needless to say, if you’re a parent, speak into your children’s lives. They are listening.

2. As you embark on the journey to your professional career, what is the most important thing you have learned about yourself? About God?

One of the most important things that I am learning about God is that my relationship with Him is like every other relationship I have. It needs to be nurtured and constantly tended to in order to grow. God is faithful and He will always be here. However, if I want to be in tune will His Voice, I need to make sure that I am familiar with it. For example, when my phone rings oftentimes I can tell exactly who it is without looking at the screen – that is where I’d like my relationship with God to be. I’m working on building up a consistency and rapport with Him, in every facet of my life, so that when He speaks, it will be so undeniably clear. It is a daily work, but it is so worth it! In regards to myself, I’ve learned that I am resilient. I am at my best when I feel challenged and underestimated. In all that do, my goal is surpass expectations. I will be the first to admit, that this is tiring and comes with its costs. However, I know that if I keep focused and get up every time I fall, I will be successful.

3. What serves as your motivation?

My family. They literally motivate me to wake up everyday and try harder. I think a lot of children of immigrants can relate with this sentiment. My parents have worked so hard to build a life for my family that I am moved everyday to go further and push harder. In my darkest moments I can literally hear my father saying “GO KIKI GO”. Some days I just want to give up – say uncle and stay in bed. But I can’t! They simply won’t let me give up on dreams or myself.

4. Why did you choose to pursue law as a career?

I chose to be a lawyer because of my love of advocacy! As a child, I was always the one to speak up on behalf of someone I thought was misunderstood or being wronged. My mouth got me in trouble a few times, but I’ve always known that speaking on behalf of others was a strength. Throughout my entire childhood, my mother referred to me as “ ti avocat-m nan” (my little lawyer). Fortunately combined with my love for writing and speaking, a career in the law has always been my dream. My ultimate goal is to have a positive lasting impact on my environment and the people around me and for me, becoming a lawyer was the first step in achieving that goal.

5. What are some of the challenges you face as a black Haitian Christian female in the professional world? 

There are so many challenges to EACH part of this label: Black Haitian Christian Female. From sexism, to micro-aggressions, to loneliness from being the “only”, to religion in the workplace that I honestly think that a conversation about this can go on for days.However in the interest of brevity, I’ll say that the hardest challenge, of being all of those things at one is remaining true to myself, my beliefs, and my culture while relentlessly fighting to find success in a world that oftentimes feels like it was not built for me. There are so many external variables constantly shaking, challenging, and threatening who I am and what I hold to be true on a daily basis. Everyday, the goal is to struggle through, listen to my heart and mind, and remind myself of my purpose.

6. What would you consider is your biggest accomplishment?

I don’t know if I feel “accomplished”, there’s a finality to the term that I am not yet quite comfortable with.  A lot of the things that I’ve done, I feel blessed and privileged to have had the chance. However, one of my proudest moments happened after my law school graduation. I was sitting on the couch chatting with my parents before they went to bed, and frankly falling in and out of sleep. As they made their way upstairs, they both stopped and told me that they were proud of me and who I was becoming. Given that they have had front row seats to my life story, this meant everything to me. They have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly and they gave me the affirmation that I was doing okay, and that so far, I’ve done well.

7. What is your favorite scripture?

My favorite scripture hands down is Jeremiah 29:11. It reads: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Because I am naturally a worrier and planner, the notion that I already know the end of the story is amazing. If God’s plans for me are good then that means that as long as I remain in tune with His voice, I’m going to be fine. Also, can you imagine what God’s “plans” look like?! Well, if it is good to God, I am sure I’ll be awed. I am already awed by my 26 years so far! Lately, however, I’ve been stuck on Philippians 4:12. I always read around it but never focused on this verse in particular. I heard it in a sermon and it embodies where I want to be, in regards to my relationship with Christ. It reads, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” SELAH. Did you guys catch that? I want a faith like Paul’s; a faith that preserves. Whether it be good times or bad times, I am content. What’s the secret, Paul? I’ll let you guys know when I find out. I’m working on it!

8. How important do you think it is for women to empower one another?

I think that it is *vital *to our continued success and growth as a community; we will not survive without it. Jesus gave us two commandments: 1) To serve Him with all of our hearts and minds and 2) to love our neighbor (paraphrased).  I think that one way we can “love” one another is to empower, pour into, and encourage one another. Whether it be through writing, tutoring, or mentoring, it is important that we build each other up – pulling up those following in our steps and pushing on those who are forging the way ahead of us.

9. Imagine there is a young girl out there reading this blog who is discouraged and doesn’t believe some of the things you have accomplished are obtainable for her…. What would you like to share with her? 

God’s plans for you are GOOD. He is faithful and constant. Rest in Him, lean on Him, and you will find your purpose. It’s going to get hard; it’s going to get dark. You won’t always have the answers, in fact, most of the time, you won’t. But, GOD. Always remember, BUT GOD. When your heart and mind are anchored in Christ, you may be shaken but you cannot be moved.  Lastly, when you are at your worst, take action! Put on your cutest dress, a fly pair of pumps (the higher the heel the closer to God), straighten your back, and speak life into your situation! Remind yourself that you are a queen and that building an empire is NEVER easy. In the words of my mother, “you can do it! Why not?”

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Naaman’s Little Maid…Could you do what she did? Women’s Bible Study

Hello Ladies,

Even before we made the commitment to leave all behind and follow Christ, we were warned that there would be times when we would have to stand ground and represent Christ; even if it means we must face death for it. But realistically speaking, slim to none, many of us have never been in that circumstance. Now applying that concept on a smaller scale- have you ever had a bad day at work or school…but at the same time had the opportunity to witness to a coworker, classmate but didn’t because you were so upset or having a “horrible day”. Think back to the most difficult periods in your life, during those tough times were you able witness and share God’s Grace with those in need? Probably not. We are emotional beings, especially as women and too many times we allow those emotions to dictate whether or not we want to share our testimony or bring someone to Christ with our words. It’s easy to talk about God when your life is great, when you’re having a good day, when you have boyfriend, when family isn’t sick etc… Who thinks to share the good news when bills aren’t paid, you are away from your family, nothing is falling into place in your life…doesn’t make sense right? Well, there is a huge lesson to be learned from Naaman’s Little Maid

 

Background  ( Scripture Reference: 2Kings 5:3)

This young girl was taken from her family and homeland of Israel. She was then ordered to be a slave maid to Naaman’s wife. Can you imagine what must have been going through her head? Prior to being captured before she was free and amongst her loved ones. Now she was forced to give up that freedom for slavery and dwell in a foreign place where serving her God was not the norm. I’m sure she had many sleepless nights, was extremely tearful, and questioned why her God would allow this to happen to her. Yet, despite all these emotions one can expect must have been brewing up in her, she did not abandon her faith. And moreover her declaration of God’s ability to heal Naaman’s leprosy through the prophet Elisha would end up bringing Naaman to God. I encourage you to take time now to read the chapter and come back to review the lessons listed below.

 

Three Major Points:

1.     Don’t let your circumstance or situation dictate your praise and your ability to minister to others.

a.     Stop thinking about yourself when hard times come or when you are hit with what seems so unexpected in your life. God knows what he is doing. And the word tells us constantly that we are vessels to be at God’s disposable for use at anytime. His every plan is perfect and timely, even when we can’t see it. For example, that young maid may have been captured for the sole purpose of saving Naaman. So stop going to work upset, attending school looking defeated, or walking around like you don’t serve an awesome God. Remember, our primary calling in this life to help bring lost souls to God. How can you do that when you are so focused on your situation?

2.     Walk in faith at all times, not just for yourself but for those around you.

a.     We spend too much time being selfish with our faith. We are always looking for God to do something for us. Learn to work your faith into other people’s lives. Naaman was a gentile, not even a believer of God. But the maid didn’t let that stop her from using her faith to declare healing into his life. It’s time we do the same. If we see someone struggling, share with him or her, the God that has the power to change their circumstance and declare through faith a miracle into their life! Let’s dare to be true women of faith and change our families, work places, and communities.

3.     Let your character speak volumes about your God.

a.     People need to see God in you through your actions not just your words. The fact that Naaman without hesitation listened to his wife’s maid when she said he would be healed if he went to the prophet speaks volumes into her character. First off, the mere point that she even showed concerned for the man who essentially is responsible for her being captured and made a slave speaks to the condition of her heart. Despite, her situation, she acted in love. And one can only believe that her actions prior to this situation were telling of her wholehearted kindness and goodness that Naaman would even consider taking her word. Ladies, we never know who is watching us, not hearing us, but watching us. Seeing how we act in the face of adversity, obstacles, and pain. Our actions are our biggest testimony. Remember live in such a way that when you do speak for God, people won’t question or doubt your loyalty to the one above. That’s how we will impact those around us and again act as vessels for God to show up in people’s lives.

So back to the question, Could we do what she did? 

Yes, I believe we can! And quite frankly opportunities to do just that are probably more frequent then we notice! Let’s be more aware of them and act accordingly! We are beautiful women of faith and purpose no matter what our circumstance is! And that is enough to make a difference in someone’s life! 

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 This week’s study written by Magdala Chery

Lady of The Day- Anne (Modesty and Music)

Today’s Lady of The Day feature is my sister Anne. We met a few years ago and she is not only my sister friend, but also a board member of Far More Precious. Anne has a heart for worship music, modesty, fashion, God, French culture and many more. She is like my little sister and continues to inspire me with her passion for living a life that pleases God. Please read her story and check out her blog site ❤ 
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1. Can you share more about your passion for modesty and Garments of Skin?
  My passion for modesty really started at the end of my college career where God really convicted me on how I lived for Him through my dress. God revealed to me that what I chose to wear and who I claimed to follow in my heart didn’t always tell the same story. That’s where my modesty journey began. God worked on my heart, taking me deeper into the ‘wilderness’ to eventually shape the desire that He placed in me. This passion is meant to be shared so that others are encouraged to live their life wearing Christ, whatever that looks like for you. And as much as modesty deals with external wear, it deals with the internal wear much much more. And by internal wear, I mean the dressing of one’s heart – how does one dress the heart: with scripture, worship, relationship with God, character, self worth, discernment, and more. God pointed me to Genesis 3:21 where it says that God gave Adam and his wife garments of skin and clothed them. Out of that scripture came the name of my blog site: Garments of Skin. And that’s what I always want to be wearing, what God has given: garments that are suitable, durable, and pleasing in His sight. 
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2. When did your passion for music started? 
 Since I could sing, my passion for singing was there lol. I remember singing to MaryMary and Kirk Franklin in front of my mirror and wanting to be a singer when I grew up. Being that my family was Haitian Baptist, singing was done so much at the church that all my efforts was pushed to singing. I picked up a few instruments in grade school, but it wasn’t until May of 2012 that I was serious about doing something other than singing. So, I learned the guitar. I do owe it to my sister who pushed me and taught me the basic chords of the guitar. And then a month later I was on a platform at IHOP (Int’l House of Prayer) playing the guitar and singing!! I still do that now every 2nd Saturdays of the month from 8pm-10pm. I’m also apart of the worship team at Christ Church in Montclair, NJ and I sing and play at Resting Place with my sister (Ruth, plays piano).
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3. Have you ever faced any obstacles in life and what helped you to overcome it?
“I’ve faced many obstacles, one of which was trying to get a job after graduation. I was so discouraged when I didn’t hear back from companies, I would lose hope. But then I went to a worship service at Resting Place HOP (House of Prayer), and I received prayer. The woman who had prayed over me said that there is something coming, have faith God is going to give you something better than your current situation. I held on to that word and prayed that God would reveal His plans to me. And He did! Not too long after I got a job! It was faith, which is the key to overcome any obstacle. We have to have faith that God will change our circumstance even though we can’t see it at the moment. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is being sure of what you hope for, certain of what you do not see.”
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4. What advice can you give to college students that are pursuing their walk with Christ?
For those who are pursuing Christ, continue to find out new things about God. I love that God has so much to reveal to us and that there are mysteries to Him! And reading His word and having a relationship with God allows us to experience the many mysteries of God. I would also say to connect yourself with other young adults who share the same love and passion for Christ. It’s always good to surround yourself with other believers so that you may be strengthened and encouraged in your walk with Christ and do the same for others. And lastly, find a church home. As much as we think we can grow with God alone, there is benefit in going to church to receive the Word God placed in the preacher (or whomever God uses) to reach you. Also it’s a place of fellowship, to come together with other believers to worship, pray, and learn the Scriptures. 
 
 
5. While in college, you studied abroad in France, what are some helpful tips you can give to others interested in studying abroad?
 Yes! Study abroad was the one of the best decisions I made in college! For those who are interested in study abroad, it’s important to choose an area where you know most of the language. You don’t have to be fluent in that particular language, but knowing the basics will help tremendously in communicating with the native people. Also be open, you’re going to another country whose customs are way different than what your used to. It’s important to be accepting of different cultures and really take the time to understand them. Try new food, explore different territory, and take advantage of overseas fashion 🙂 Most importantly meet cool people, people that appreciate your background and who are willing to teach you their language in exchange for you teaching them your language. Take pictures, journal, and experience! And depending where you are, find a church. I did that in Poitiers, France and it was awesome to sing the same songs I sang in English, but in French. Make sure you learn and don’t forget the great memories you’ll make. 
 
6. Random question: If you were stuck on a stranded island, what 5 things would you bring with you?
 If I was stuck on a stranded island, I would bring my 1. Bible – because I will be reading that for encouragement lol 2. Journal & Pen – I love to journal (every night) and I’m sure my time on the island will be worth writing about 3. My guitar – I love to play and I’m sure a couple of songs would be birthed on that stranded island 4. Solar-powered phone with connection to the internet – so that I can listen to music, go online, and take pictures 5. A Filter – so that I don’t have to drink salty ocean water.
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7. What’s your favorite scripture?
My life verse is Galations 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”, but I also love Luke 6:45 “Her mouth speaks of that which fills her heart.”
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All pictures were taken by Amy Renne Photography 
 
Anne can be reached via:
 
Instagram: ahnnee_21
Twitter: anne_joseph21
Facebook: Anney Joe
Listen to her latest interview for Don’t Give Up Blog Talk Radio: Fashion Edition at http://bit.ly/1aD0TjP
Learn more about: IHOP visit www.ihopkc.org/prayerroom *Free App that has 24/7 live stream worship. Download IHOPKC*
Local location: Cranford, NJ – www.ihopeg.org/prayerroom 
Resting Place House of Prayer in Woodland Park, NJ visit www.restingplacehop.com

Lady of The Day – Yodit ( Within Ministry and Book Author)

 Today’s Lady of The Day feature is Yodit…so Yodit and I share ALOT of mutual friends and sisterhood from various ministries. A friend of mine Marie (Calling All Daughters and Son Ministry) was like “Mar, you need to get connected with Yodit). Yodit is an inspiration and I love her passion for helping young women especially her passion with bringing awareness to human trafficking. She has this radiant glow about her and her passion for life is very evident. Read her story and learn more about her journey.

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1.You are passionate about bringing awareness on human trafficking, can you tell me more about how that passion started and your organization Disturbed2Deliver?

 I used to say think that ignorance was bliss until God started putting on my heart this issue of sex trafficking. It began when I was studying abroad in Spain in college. I will never forget the line of girls that stood on either side of busy tourist streets in Barcelona. What caught my attention was that these girls were from West Africa. In my mind, logically, no person would voluntarily come to another country to just stand on a street. Nothing about it looked right. I knew that there was more than what met the eye. At that time, I had no idea that it would be called “trafficking.” I just knew that these girls looked liked they longed for freedom and I remember seeing the pain in their eyes. It was there I said that one day I would want to come back and open a shelter. My heart broke for them. To be stripped of their dignity because of the greed and lust of others irritated my soul. When I came back to the states, that’s when I found out that it was called sex trafficking. Fast forward 3 years later, I met my now dear friend and sister Beckie, and we shared the same passion. When we found out that it happened in the United States, we realized that this is something that needs to be heard. And that is when Disturbed2Deliver was birthed. This organization seeks to disturb our generation about this atrocity that is happening in our back yards. The fact that girls and boys are being deceived into a false sense of love and being stripped of their dignity so that someone can make money and another could feed their sexual appetite should disturb us. It should sicken us and it should cause us to desire to do something about it. Because I learned that ignorance is not bliss when it is causing another’s soul to be tortured. To find out more about our organization, check out our website www.disturbed2deliver.org.

 

2. You also have a ministry called Within, has there ever been a time you felt discouraged with carrying out Within Ministry?

  I have to say MANY times I have felt discouraged to continue this ministry that I now I am confident God has given me. When it first began 4 years ago, the main component of WITHIN ministry is women being able to have an online platform to connect and receive encouragement and build sisterhood. I remember when I first began it and only a couple of girls were on after several months, I was very discouraged. I remember wanting to see many more girls on there and wanting to have engagement take place on the site. I clearly remember one day as I was praying to God about asking Him why should I continue, He clearly said to me that even if it were just one girl on the site, I needed to remain faithful to doing what He has called me to do! He reminded me that it’s when I am faithful over little that He will make me faithful over much. And while there have been many more times where I have felt so weary, God has always sent encouragement to keep me going. That’s the kind of God we serve: One who believes in the vision He has given you more than you can ever in your human mind muster the strength to, but He entrusts us and gives us the grace to carry His burden.

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 3. Has there ever been a challenge you overcame and what helped you to move forward?

What’s life without challenges right? One of the biggest challenges I’ve dealt with is in a relationship that I thought it was from God and REALLY —did I say REALLY—wanted to make it work. He was a man of God. I was a woman of God. He made me laugh. I made him laugh. He was serving the Lord faithfully. I was serving Him faithfully. I mean God—come on…why not? It hurt to have had to step away from the relationship because God revealed that it wasn’t the one He had for me. Sometimes, you do find yourself in a relationship where it’s not necessarily bad—you guys maybe doing things the right way, BUT if that is not the ONE God has for you—then every good intention is not worth it. And here is what I had to learn in order to overcome this. I had to resolve in my heart that if God is meticulous in every area of my life (which He is) then, I had to believe that He would be meticulous about this area of my life. You see, this area of my life is much more than my happiness. When we are in the kingdom of God, every decision we make doesn’t just affect us, it affects a KINGDOM. I had to learn the bigger story that I was a part of in order to understand that my story and the decisions I made would affect it. It’s not just about finding someone who is a man of God, but it’s about that decision allowing the work that He has begun in you to be completed. And sometimes, even the one who seems like He would be perfect may not be the one that could help you and you could help him finish the work God has started in both of you. And so I’ve learned, with many tears and questions and hurt, that my God knows what He wants for me. And I trust that He withholds nothing good from me. He had to give me a perspective change. And so to my dear sister or brother who may be struggling with why something didn’t work out—trust me when I tell you—God KNOWS what He is doing. Know that you are a part of a  bigger story! He has you and when He brings along the RIGHT one that FITS you for His Kingdom, you will know. Our job is to remain close to the heartbeat of Jesus.

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4. Your first devotional book “Everyday With My Maker” was recently released in November 2013, tell us more about this book and what made you decide to write this devotional book?

 So remember when I mentioned that I used to get discouraged with the WITHIN ministry and God said, “remain faithful to the few?” Well that few was devotional writing that I would do on the site that girls would receive daily. And these devotionals became a HUGE influence to many of the people that would read them. Little did I know that the grace He would give me to write these devotionals would one day allow me to create this devotional book.  Every Day with My Maker is a compilation of some of the devotionals I have written for over 4 years that allows people to see that God is a very engaging God. He is a God who desires to show Himself to us in the everyday moments and in the things that we experience and encounter. I have learned in my walk that when I chose to see and pay attention to God in my days and not just on a Sunday or midweek service, my love for Him grew. I began to see that He does speak. He does guide. He does protect. He does love. And it was through my choice to KNOW Him through my days. I have such a burden for those who may have been tainted by “religion” to encourage them and inspire them through my life to give the personal relationship with God a try. He won’t fail because I’ve learned that if you are really seeking Him, He wants to be found by you. And He will make Himself known to you. So that is what these set of devotionals do. They allow you to come into my experience with God through my every days and then allow you to see that HE can do the same for you. There are reflection questions as well as scripture to meditate on that cause you to draw near to your Maker. You can find this book on amazon.com.

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5. How do you remain balanced and what kind of advice can you give to others that are juggling several ministries, organizations and business endeavors?

Oh man. I have to say I am still learning. But I will say that the one,

 1. Balance comes in first having a DEEP passion for what you are doing. When it is something that is IN YOU to do, then it won’t seem like a burden. That is how I feel with WITHIN and Disturbed2Deliver and whatever I find my hands to do.

 

2. I will also say do NOT let ministry get in the way of your relationship with God. KEEP Him the focus. That will balance you because I’ve learned when you do that, then He will give you the strategy to move and make decisions on what and how to do things.

3. I have to say that I am still learning what REST is lol but I trust that I will get there…sooner than later. I realize that REST is very important. I know we say we have to “grind” but at the expense of what? Can’t be the body that God is using to do what He has called you to do. Trust me, I am still learning but I know that it is important. 

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6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

That’s a tough question and I will tell you why. Because 5 years ago I would have NEVER thought that I would be here. No idea. And I even had a 5 year plan all mapped out and not one came to pass except my graduating college lol! So I say that to say, I really don’t know where I will be in 5 years. Kind of scary, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a vision. My vision is to continue being faithful to what God has given me to do. I want to see young women be confident in the God they serve. I want to see lives changed from the knowledge of sex trafficking and I want to see a generation rise to play a part in setting captives free! But for all I know, He could ask me to do anything. My deepest desire is to remain NIMBLE to His spirit and connected to His vine. That way, whatever I do in these next years, they are producing eternal fruit. I will say though—LORD—I would like to be married lol. That’s the honest truth. So hopefully that will come to manifestation—pray for a sister!! J

7. What’s your favorite verse?

 This is a VERY tough one. As I am maturing in God, I am falling more and more in love with His word!! One verse that has been so powerful in my life in this season comes from the MESSAGE version in 1 Corinthians 12:9:

“For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.”

 Why is this my favorite right now? God is really helping me understand this concept of purpose and how when we recognize the GREATER story of LOVE, REDEMPTION, SALVATION, and HIS KINGDOM, then our stories will make sense. This is helping me really see life completely different and appreciate life even more because my purpose and worth comes in knowing that I am a part of something greater!

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Connect with Yodit:

 MAIN SITE: www.yoditkifle.com (There you will find out about the ministries as well as the Book)

Book is found on amazon.com

“Every day with My Maker: A 30 Day devotional”

Twitter: @yobreezy (don’t judge me lol)

INSTAGRAM: @yodit

Email: yoditkifle@me.com

 

The Woman With The Issue of Blood -Bible Study

Thank you for joining us again for the online Bible study. Last week we didn’t have a study since it was Thanksgiving weekend. After watching the video of week 4 study on Martha and Mary, I believe it’s important to exercise balance in my own life too…so it’s okay to take a break sometimes. This week’s study is on the woman with the issue of blood. A very powerful story of a nameless woman and Jesus displays so many great characteristic traits we can learn from in this story.

Scripture References: Matthew 9:20-22, Luke 8:43-48 and Mark 5:25-34

Background Story:

Many of us have heard of the story of the woman with the issue of blood. This woman remains unnamed in scriptures, but her faith in Jesus was truly remarkable. She was bleeding for TWELVE YEARS and spent all she had to see many doctors. (Mark 5:25). No doctors could heal her condition instead it become worse. While Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter this unnamed woman stopped him. First, let me rewind real quick! Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue who’s only daughter was dying. Jairus begged and pleaded with Jesus to heal his twelve year old daughter. As Jesus was on his way to heal Jairus daughter, a women touched his garment in the middle of the crowd and immediately her bleeding STOPPED. (Luke 8:43) How remarkable is it that Jesus stopped for someone that may have been seen as a “nobody” to heal her.

As you read Luke 8:44-47, you’ll noticed that Jesus immediately turned around in the crowd and said “Who touched me?”. Now Jesus was in the midst of the crowd with many people touching him, so what made this so significant? Jesus states in scripture “I know that power has gone out from me”. Luke 8: 44-47 illustrates how a person with timid faith became a faithful witness. The woman told Jesus she was healed and he responded by saying “Daughter, your faith has healed you, go in peace”. This woman believed that through the healing of Jesus Christ she will be made WHOLE again. This woman lived in a time where women were considered unclean if they were bleeding. If you read in Old Testament scriptures (Leviticus 15:19-33) it shows that anyone that touches a woman that is bleeding will be considered unclean. A woman was considered unclean for as long as her discharge of blood. I can only imagine the life of suffering this nameless woman in the New Testament lived. This story is so powerful because this woman touched Jesus and he was not made unclean, instead His touch MADE HER CLEAN.

Devotional Challenge:

So what can you possibly learn from this story? Maybe you are not bleeding for 12 years and feel as though this story is insignificant. Well this woman tried EVERYTHING to get her deliverance, but she was left empty and was deteriorating. She wanted to be HEALED and WHOLE. This woman became desperate for Jesus. She heard Jesus was coming to the town and she made her way through the crowd of people to get access to Jesus Christ. This woman believed that just by touching his garment it would make a difference in her condition. She didn’t care about being publicly humiliated or shamed by others for being an uncleaned woman touching Jesus. Some of you may have been struggling with getting your healing or being WHOLE in an area in your life and going everywhere else, but at the feet of Jesus for your answers. Some of you may feel embarrassed or ashamed to bring your request to Jesus and be completely vulnerable with your struggles, needs, wants, desires, etc. Some of you maybe fearful of what others may think of you seeking Jesus for your answers. No matter what it is you’re facing, run to the feet of Jesus because He wants to make you whole. No matter how bruised and broken you may feel, remember Jesus has a compassionate heart and He offers plenty of grace for you. Jesus is ready to tell you “go in peace” and give you a new life. Exercise your faith in Jesus Christ and allow Him to heal the deep wounds in your soul and make you free. Don’t allow anything to hinder you from receiving your healing and freedom in Christ.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • How is your faith today?
  • Are there areas in your life where you haven’t trusted God?
  • Do you believe in your heart that God is bigger than anything life brings you?
  • Write down a list of areas in your life you don’t feel whole and allow the Holy Spirit to work in those areas with you. Be completely vulnerable with God with the areas where you feel empty.
  • What are some characteristic traits of Jesus you recognized in this story and how can you work on modeling Jesus’ character in this story.

Bible verse to remember:

I Peter 4:19 (NLT) says…”So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.” 

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XOXO

Marline F