Start Your Weekend Off Right!

I just wanted to encourage you all to take a moment to reflect on life. We all have experienced good and bad, but there is something about eventually finding the silver lining in it all. Find that voice of thanksgiving and start your weekend off with joy! That does not mean everything is perfect, it just means you have chosen to have the perfect attitude about it all. Make this a great weekend. If it’s raining, stay in and make it a movie weekend. If it’s sunny, get out and do something. Whatever you choose to do, let’s start this weekend off right!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

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Being A Mother

Anybody else ever feel like this? There is no such thing as a weekend off when you are a mother. Kids need to eat. You have to give them their medicine. They need help with all sorts of things. They have activities and sports that you have to take them to. Then if you plan a get away, you spend half the time calling back home to check on the kids. What’s wrong with you woman? Don’t you know how to rest? There is nothing wrong with you, it’s called “Being a mother.” Being a mother is a full time responsibility and it takes a lot to be a great one. But the reward in it all, is those little brown eyes looking up at you saying, “good night” or “I love you” or just a simple hug. I love being a mother as many of you do too. We may not get to fully relax on the weekend or any other day, but we have the most precious gifts anyone could ever ask for. Celebrating Moms today. Why wait till Mother’s Day? You need to know you are doing a great job today!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Single People! You Do Have A Choice!

I just want to talk to some single people tonight. Take a look in the mirror and tell yourself, “You do have a choice.” One of the hardest things to do is to wait on God for a mate. It seems like it is going to take forever. Then, when someone shows up, your hopes are high and you can’t help but hope he/she could be the one. Then you start seeing little signs that make you say, ummm, he/she ain’t quite so saved. Then you think, well they can change . I’m not judging. All I have to do is pray for him/her. Then, you find yourself slipping and compromising your walk to be with that person. Before you know it, your feelings are in it and he/she has weaseled their little self into your heart, your bed, and maybe even into your house….to live. How did you get here? Nobody’s supposed to be here! Said a song writer some time ago. Yeah, nobody but God should be there. LOL! But let me remind you what the Word of God says.

1 Cor 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

You do not have to devalue yourself to find a mate. You do have a choice. You were bought with a price. There is someone out there who will not only recognize your inner beauty but also recognize your worth. You have to know your worth first. If you don’t respect you, why would they respect you? You have to set your boundaries before you meet someone.

  • I will not go to his/her house alone.
  • I will not put myself in a compromising position.
  • I will not accept phone calls after 12:00 am. (Depends on your struggle) You might need to shut it down at 8:00 pm.
  • I will not Face-time, Oovoo, Periscope, Skype or whatever else is out there, half dressed.
  • I will not ride alone in the car with him/her. Whatever. I’m just throwing some things out there, and they may be a bit extreme, but you get what I’m saying and some of you are agreeing lol.
  • I will not send a sexy picture.
  • I will not have phone fun. Mature people understand this one.

You gotta do whatever it takes to maintain your salvation. The Bible says Be ye holy for I am holy. You have to keep yourself pure, in a godly manner. You do have a choice. If they speak to you in a disrespectful manner, you can decide to walk away. If they are mistreating you now, why do you think they will miraculously start treating you right after, “I do?” You do have a choice. Don’t be so anxious that you settle for anyone. And don’t be so critical that you miss out on the right one.

***WARNING***If you choose to marry unequally yolked, just be prepared to deal with everything that comes with it. If you want to know the truth about that life, get my book, Women in the Waiting, on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. Like how I put that plug in? 🙂

If you do find a mate who is truly saved, there are still going to be ups and downs. There is no perfect marriage. You just have to be willing to work to make it last. A union brought together by God is supposed to be forever. So, you have to really think hard about who you plan to spend the rest of your life with. Then, listen to the Holy Ghost. I can’t say it enough, you do have a choice.  Pay attention to the warning signs: Player potential, womanizer, abuser, disrespectful, inconsiderate, selfish, insecure, obsessive, possessive, controlling, lazy, needy, moody…etc And if any of these things are in you, you are not ready for marriage. Get counseling. Get delivered. Get God! Then, get married. But just remember, you do have a choice!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

Give God Time To Work!

If any of you know anything about baking a cake, you know it generally cooks on the outside first. If you take it out the oven to soon, the inside will still be wet even though the outside looks done. Sometimes our Christian walk is like that. We dress the outside up and look like we have it together. We look like we are strong. We look like we could pass for a preacher. But the inside is still angry, broken, afraid, confused, or sometimes insecure. We step into positions before we are ready to handle the responsibilities. We try to minister to people about stuff we haven’t overcome yet. It’s like taking the cake out of the oven too soon. Sometimes we are in such a hurry, we keep opening up the oven again and again to see if the cake is done. Opening the oven is not going to make the cake bake any faster. It might even prolong the process. We need to give the oven time to work, just like we need to give God time to work.

Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

We have to stop being in a hurry, and let him perform his perfect work in us. We don’t want to be embarrassed, serving a soggy piece of cake to our guests. And we don’t want to get embarrassed trying to serve God’s people then just fall flat, like the inside of a cake. Let’s be patient and give God time to work!!

Be encouraged,

T Brown

The Truth Will Make You Free

After an amazing conference like we just experienced this weekend, there are many things that could be said. One thing we do know is only God can give us our true identity. Our truth may not be his truth, so we must take on his truth to be free. If our truth is contrary to his truth we have the option to continue to live in our truth or accept his. Some of us have been living in our truth for so long, we forgot the lie that is holding it together. We can’t continue to be comfortable in what we know is error and sinful living. It is time to make changes. Error could be as simple as wrong thinking, doubt, and/or fear; and as complicated as dead end relationships, fornication, adultery, and violent behavior, and/or other sinful acts. It is not enough to know that what we feel or what we are doing is not acceptable to Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life! So, now that he has shown us the way, and told us the truth, let’s walk out of darkness and into his marvelous light, which is life!  It’s time to start living. Be free in the name of Jesus!

Be encouraged,

T Brown