walk with god

A New Thing

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland," Isaiah 43:19.

 

Who says things can't change? Your friends? your boss? your bank account?

Often times we get excited at the hope of something new taking in our lives. Just when we begin to make our ascend to Cloud 9, doubt creeps in. "What could it be and where would it even come from?" we ask ourselves. "There's hardly a flashing billboard saying,"You're next reward here,"." And you would be right. There won't be a billboard, but there is something greater: the word of God that PROVES this "new thing".

I love looking back on my walk with God and finding examples of how He proved me wrong time and time again. In Isaiah 43, the Lord remind us of how He parted the waters and made a dry path. Just when you try to wrap your mind around that, He tells us to forget it all because it doesn't even compare to what He is GOING to do...glory!

Listen, if God can can make a dry path in the middle of a sea, what's a little promotion, favor and prosperity? Ha! Trivial compared to the what He can really do!

So, do yourself a favor. Wake up everyday EXPECTING to get blown away and see miraculous things happen. EXPECT for God to wow you. He won't let you down...it's a promise.

Heavenly Father,

I am so grateful that I can bring my desires to you without fear of you letting me down. Thank you for enlarging my faith and giving me the vision to see this new thing in my mind before it even takes place. I thank you in advance for this miraculous new thing and vow to add it to the list of examples of how you made a way where there was no way in my life. I love you. You're incredible. You're simply incredible.

Psalm 112:4

Isaiah 45:19

What Not To Wear

Spring is here, or if you’re a Texan you can say spring never left.  If you’re like me you’re packing up your sweaters and suede boots and pulling out the spaghetti straps and open toe sandals.  But sometimes enjoying fashion can be tricky during work hours. Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.  Proverbs 11:22 (New International Version) 

In the Old Testament, pigs were unclean & untouchable animals, so the idea of putting something as extremely valuable and beautiful as a gold ring in a pig’s snout would be an incredible waste.  To show no discretion means to be without taste, tact & grace.  It seems a bit extreme, comparing an indiscreet woman to a pig, but it sure does put God’s perspective on the subject into place.

God has set some rather high standards for women.  We are to be noble of character, hard working, giving, crafty, wise and modest.  It’s a tall order, but in true God fashion the order has its purpose.  He’s put these expectations in place to keep us out of compromising situations.  If you think that dressing provocatively is not YOUR problem, think again.

The decisions you make each morning standing in your closet can have more of an impact than you know on someone’s marriage, friendship, employment status or their walk with God.

Whether you work in an office or as a cashier in a grocery store these  “What Not To Wear” basics still apply.

  • Keep your cleavage out of the workplace.  The only girls people should be seeing are the ones you birthed.
  • Perma-wedgies are not sexy.  Skinny jeans are great, but if stopping at the drug store on the way home for yeast infection medication is probable, then you probably shouldn’t wear them to begin with.
  • Your husband is the only one who needs to see your v-jay-jay.  So while super short skirts & shorts may have their place in fashion, knee length is more appropriate.
  • If you have to get a bikini wax to wear low rise anything – they are too low!  There is no need to show off your thong or booty crack.

Allow me to remind you that charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.  God may have blessed you with curves and beauty but he created you to be so much more.  When you’re getting dressed in the morning, whom are you thinking about?  Your clothes do not define who you are, your character does; and dressing inappropriately is a direct reflection of your character.

Stoplight Prayer:  Father in heaven, thank you creating me and giving me this body to serve you.  Help my sisters and I to make wise decisions before we step out the door each morning so that we are not stumbling blocks in each other’s lives.

Still Hungry?  Proverbs 31 defines a woman of noble character and 1 Peter 3:3-4 reminds us that beauty is more than what is on the outside.

Dressing for Success or Succ-sex?

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Proverbs 11:22 (New International Version)

Knowledge to Build On

In the Old Testament, pigs were unclean & untouchable animals, so the idea of putting something as extremely valuable and beautiful as a gold ring in a pig’s snout was crazy.  To show no discretion means to be without taste, tact & grace.  It seems a bit extreme, comparing an indiscreet woman to a pig, but it sure does put God’s perspective on the subject into place.

God has set some rather high standards for women.  We are to be noble of character, hard working, giving, crafty, wise and modest.  It’s a tall order, but in true God fashion has its purpose.  He’s put these expectations in place to keep us out of compromising situations.  If you think that dressing provocatively is not YOUR problem, think again.

The decisions you make each morning in your closet could have more of an impact than you know on someone’s marriage, friendship, employment status or their walk with God.

Life in the Now

I haven’t always been the most discreet with my clothing in the past.  When I was 19 I remember my store manager getting us all ready for a corporate visit.  We stayed late the night before, making sure that everything was in its place.  Before leaving for the evening she gave us all our final assignments, “Kala, short skirt, v-neck top, customer service in the morning.”  I happily complied with the request.  As with most things, my perspective has changed with age.

Charm & beauty may have helped to get you where you are today, but I remind you that charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting.  In today’s job market you need more than a pretty face to stay employed.  Be wise at work and in your everyday life.  Avoid dressing for Succ-sex:

  • If your pants are so tight that you might have to stop at Walgreens on the way home to buy Monistat, you probably shouldn’t wear them.
  • The only girls people in the office should be seeing are the ones you birthed.  Keep your cleavage out of office.
  • Super Short may have its place in fashion, but knee length is more appropriate.
  • If you have to get a bikini wax to wear low rise anything – they are too low!  Do you really think it’s appropriate to bend down and show us all your booty crack or thong?

Think About It

All joking aside.  When you’re getting dressed in the morning who are you thinking about?  Your clothes do not define who you are, your character does; dressing inappropriately is a direct reflection of your character.

Talk About It

Father in heaven, thank you for this body.  Help me and all of my sisters to make wise decisions so that we are not stumbling blocks in each others lives.

More of the Truth

Proverbs 31, 1 Peter 3:3-4

Kala is a Regional Operations Manager by day, Mom to Ava and supportive wife to Eric 24/7.

Created Woman Devo Team-Meet Coby & Erika

Saturday morning devotionals begin on Oct. 2. The writers are  smart, courageous and they're women who are honest about life. Meet  two members of the CW Devo Team.

Coby Gonzales finds delight in discovering beauty. This is obvious in her career choice as a hairstylist, where her desire is to find the natural sparkle in each client and bring it to the forefront. This delight is nurtured by her 19 years with her loving husband Mario,cultivated in the raising of her three beautiful children ages 3, 10 & 14 and  matured in her relationships with others. She treasures lifelong friendships and the small group she and Mario have hosted for  5 years. Finally, she is forever being refined in her walk with her Creator. She has been honored to be involved in writing for several devotional/study projects. She is an avid reader and enjoys authors such as Beni Johnson, Bill Johnson, Danny Silk, Donald Miller, Kris Vallotton, and Lisa Bevere. Coby finds rest in painting and  in her regular date nights with her husband.

After countless prayers, Erika Gonzalez heard the call of God to move from South Texas to the ATX last year. What the 25-year-old thought was a career move, wound up being the most important step in her walk with God….the change from religion to relationship. She works as a bilingual reporter for KEYE TV and Telemundo. After months of hardship and trying to settle in in an unfamiliar environment, she realized it was time to cement her relationship with the one true love of her life…Jesus Christ.Through an invitation to Shoreline Christian Center by her now, spiritual mother, Erika  found everything she had been longing for… family, friends, increase in work and finances and all because she humbled herself, got down on her knees, turned to the cross and asked to come “home”. Erika is an energetic and charismatic young woman hungry for God. Her writing is based on the new-found glories and encounters in the vibrant world of a latina woman searching for it all and smiling in the pursuit.

Look for Coby on  the 1st Saturday of each month and Erika on each 2nd Saturday

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