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Don't Forget To Be Deliberate!

Monday, October 19, 2015

It's been quite some time now. Almost 2 weeks since my last post, but I made a vow to God that I would only blog when I felt the nudge from HIM. So this post has been on my heart for the last couple of days and I am finally making the time to write it.

Let’s chat a bit about being deliberate. A friend recently told me that since I started this blog that I dress different, that I have more of a “blogger style” now, versus the way that  I used to dress and this really tickled me. I was totally like nahhhhhh, not true. But after thinking a bit about it, she was right. When I started this blog I begin to dress with a purpose, still being myself but just being conscious and intentional with my outfit choices.  (Pics of me before TotallyTot.com was born.) As you can see below I have truly had some fun with this whole blogger style thing. haha! I'm very intentional with my pictures, my style, and the details of each outfit, making sure that I am making this blog worth reading. 


Now, this thought process led me to think about my walk with Christ. How intentional am I with such an important relationship? Seriously, let’s just take a second and really think about how deliberate we are in so many areas in our lives. How often do you think, “should I send this text,” or “should I post this on social media” and etc. We are very purposeful in many areas but not in the most important area: our relationship with God. It's so easy to only approach God with our wants and needs but what about a real relationship? I'm talking about getting to know HIM on purpose, and not just seeking an answer or some sort of validation for your behavior, but really making your time with God a priority. Just like with any other relationship, it's imperative that we go above and beyond to get that quality time in with God. Hebrews 11:6 says that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM. Although, many may think of rewards such as material things but with HIM there is peace, joy, love, faithfulness, gentleness, and soooooo much more, I could go on and on. But, my question is how can we be so relaxed and chill with something so meaningful?? 

Since this lifestyle change, I have become very deliberate in many areas of my life. I remember hearing and seeing older people do things but I honestly just didn't totally understand the purpose. 

What are you deliberate about? What do you do on purpose? I'm interesting in hearing, feel free to leave me a comment below and let's encourage one another to be deliberate. 

Here are a few of many things that I am very deliberate about and the reasons why I am doing these things on purpose. 

1. Music I'm listening to:

I mainly listen to gospel music. I mean I love my Beyonce and a little turn up, but I am very intentional with what I groove to. What you feed is what will grow, so I try to feed my spirit as much as possible. 

2. What I am saying:

It's about time we understand that WORDS HAVE POWER. I have learned so much from the ministry that I am apart of that we must keep some Faith Confessions on our lips. Be deliberate in what you say, not only about others, but about yourself. We must say what God says and not what our minds and emotions lead us to say.

3. Studying

This is soooooo powerful! We must learn the WORD of God for ourselves. I have learned so much in my study time. I have to tell you, studying the bible is very new to me. I had to get me a student bible last year just so that things could be broken all the way down for me. Some evenings, I turn off the TV on purpose and just study the Word. I typically start with familiar scriptures that people just say and learn more about them and the context in which it was stated. I also, love going to the bookstore and finding new books to help me study and grow. Here are a few books I picked up recently. A few are gifts but the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer is the one that I started first and it is AMAZING!!! This is the epitome of being deliberate; this book discusses prayer in a way that I have never seen before. It's captivating, honest, relatable, and on point! I know that my prayer life will not be the same after I read this book. 

In closing, I want to say that seeking God on purpose has endless perks. So, while you are contemplating sending that text, posting that post,  making that phone call, approaching someone who has hurt you, thinking hard about dinner or what to wear, or whatever it is that you are deliberate in doing, please just take a moment and be intentional in your walk with Christ.

Slow down and Live on Purpose!

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