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Mug Love

This mug is my favorite. I've had it for more than 30 years. I got it when I was in pre-school. It was given to me by my teacher who was an older white woman. 
My family was going through a lot at that time and I became emotionally withdrawn. My Mom prayed and prayed for me so God blessed me with an awesome teacher who saw something in me. I don't remember the words she spoke over my life but my mom saw me slowly come back to a joyful child. 
Even though I don't remember the teacher's words, this mug sums up that she believed in me and she didn't care about the color of my skin. The Jesus in her loved me back to life. 
Tonight as I was drinking tea out of this mug I was thinking, 'what if her heart was filled with hate instead of love because of my skin color?' I wouldn't be enjoying tea out of this mug and I think my life would be completely different in a bad way. 
All it took was one touch of TRUE LOVE for this teacher to change my life. I'm grateful to God she didn't let hate fill her heart but love. 
Spreading love and not hate causes more change.

Dealt A Bad Hand

I was playing solitaire one night, chilling. I was getting exciting because everything was falling into place. The right cards were coming down and I was celebrating. I hit the card deck in the corner for the last time but the wrong cards fell. Ugh, I was so disappointed and I quit the game.
As I slammed my phone down on the table saying to myself, 'I'm never playing this stupid again', God spoke to me. He said this is exactly what happens to a lot of us in life. Everything is going great! Our families are healthy, job going good, no drama around.
Then suddenly here comes the bad hand.
The cars start breaking down, a pipe is leaking, lay offs on the job, spouse cheats, kids doing bad in school, a family member gets cancer and your sibling is mad at you. The country is having terrorist attacks. Do you slam the game of life down on the table and say I quit?
It's really tempting to quit when being dealt a bad hand but God tells us to hang in there, many times in His word. God wants us to know He is always there to protect His people. The key words are "His people." Psalms 125:1-2 says, Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be move, but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore."
Who are God's people? Those who believe in Him and His Word. Those who trust God always. Those who delight in the Lord. Life deals a bad hand to test the hearts of people to see if they truly trust God. It either draws people closer to God, making them stronger in faith or causes them to quit. Those who stand on their faith in God are not moved and God surrounds them. Their storms are temporary but those who quit or try to solve the problem themselves, cause more issues.
I picked up my phone and played solitaire again, I won the next game. If I had deleted the game from my phone then I would not have had the victory. I'm telling you the same thing, don't quit. Stand and keep trying at the hand of life with God on your side, you will have the victory.

Soul Provider

Many women choose men based on the type of job that he has but end up unfulfilled in the relationship. 
Many women are in bad relationships because they depend in their man for money. 
If the man doesn't feed your soul then don't choose him to be your life long mate. He should be a soul provider. 
What is a soul provider?
-A man who uplifts his woman and supports her. 
-He doesn't have a harsh way of correction but a gentle way. 
-He loves her unconditionally. 
-He sees her as his mirror, meaning the flaws he sees in her are the same flaws he should fix in himself. 
-When he sees those flaws they work on them together. 
- Last but definitely not least, he ministers the Word of God to her.
The Bible says, Ephesians 5:25-28 "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washingwith water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself." 
This husband is a soul provider. A man like this does exist in the world.