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4.17.2014

Maturing Coasta



So, as I get older.....they're just certain things that are not appealing to me anymore. Certain things and people that I cannot allow anymore in my life. It's not just getting older but the fact that I am MATURING in my walk with Christ and knowing how one should behave. Holy Spirit Conviction is REAL. Oh, what a process this has been. I started early and got off track for a few years, got back on board, got off and now staying on BOARD. It’s been an interesting JOURNEY. 

Therefore, I cannot allow certain type of behavior to be around me anymore. I'm not okay with listening to certain types of music nor watching certain types of TV Shows or Movies. My spirit won't let me do it. It's a new way of life. I do realize, we don't all have the same convictions. Some of us are held to a much HIGHER standard of living than others. I understand and know that. I was at a friend's house recently...and he said - if I am ever watching something and it bothers you. Do, let me know. He said this to me without me even saying anything about the situation. I take it the Holy Spirit told him and he was being RESPECTFUL. I appreciated that. If only all people were that way. 

In my past, I was very secretive about a lot of things. Not anymore. If I am living RIGHTEOUSLY, no need to hide my life from others. How will they come to know Him if I am so secretive and in the dark. We are to be LIGHT. [“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14] No living in the dark. Not about that life anymore. When you are living for CHRIST righteously and doing as He instructs. It shouldn’t matter what people have to say. You answer to Him. Christ came so that we could have life more abundantly. [John 10:10] Live for CHRIST and be SET FREE. :-)
 
NO sex before Marriage... this has been quite a struggle over the years in the dating world but I've finally got it together. PRAISE the Lord! When the Lord told me: For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins. [Hebrews 10:26] At that moment, when He showed me that scripture. I knew, He knew, I knew the TRUTH about His word. So, I couldn’t continue to live a life of sin.

Dating with some Believers, is a challenge because they still want to partake in this behavior. They have yet to die to flesh in this area and have not receive the FULL knowledge of GOD [1 John 3:6] or if they have they are being rebellious – refusing to die to flesh. [Luke 9:23] So, therefore I cannot date them because I refuse to go back to where I came from! The devil is a lie! I will remain SINGLE until I meet him the one willing to obey the word of God with his life and Lead by Example.

When you know the TRUTH... the Truth WILL set you free. [John 8:32] So, I made a commitment in January 2013 to wait to have sex until marriage and I'm still going STRONG on this celibacy walk and doing well in this area! Yes, Lord! Thank you for your HELP!

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NJKV

No, I am not perfect. I have my imperfections. I don't have it all together. I make mistakes. I am not debt free yet BUT I am surely working towards that goal. I don't work out every day but I am working towards being a Healthier me. I don't wake up extremely excited every morning. I have my off days, when I just want to be left alone. I’m human. I don't do everything I need to do every day. BUT I am striving to be more responsible for my Life, to be Healthier, to be a better Mom, to be a better Entrepreneur, to be a better Writer, to be a better Friend, to be a better Steward of God's Word and to be a better Me overall. So, that when that time comes and I unite with my King - I will be ready.

AND with CHRIST, a better me will surface each and EVERY day I open my eyes and receive His goodness for my life. 

Updates:
1. I am planning on doing some giveaways, every so often. So, follow my blog by email [section over the right] or keep up with my Coasta Mi page on facebook. 
2. I just finished my classes in Ministry school with 4 starting on May 1, 2014. Gonna have to have some SERIOUS time management, next semester.
3. I've put the selling portion of my business Coasta Mi on hold for this season. While, I focus on some other things. 
4. I am planning on recording some Encouragement videos in the nearby future. So, look out for those when they come. Follow my Youtube channel. All of my Social Media profile links are above this page.
5. I LOVE you and want YOU to live your life on PURPOSE. Happy Resurrection!










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3.27.2014

Call to Courage



The Call to Courage....is an Awesome word. I received this video from one of my classes in Ministry school. If you are in Ministry. I encourage you to listen to this!


 

Scripture Reading: Joshua 1:1-9 

1) Courage rests upon a clear assignment from God (v 1-4).

2) Courage rests upon the assurance of God's presence (v 5, 9).

3) Courage rests upon focused determination (v 6, 7, 9).

4) Courage is anchored by the word of God (v 7-8).

  a) Proclaim the Word ("let it not depart from your mouth").

  b) Meditate upon the Word ("you shall meditate on it day and night").

  c) Do all that is written in it.

 

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:8-9





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3.26.2014

Fight for Your Marriage



Marriages are under attack these days. So, instead of just letting it go without putting up a fight. I encourage you to FIGHT for your MARRIAGE survival! Below are a few books that offer help for couples to restore their marriage, etc. I've included a brief summary of what the book is about and click on the title where it says: Buy here. If you are interested in purchasing!

Fighting for Your Marriage


A thorough revision with a new DVD of couples in action, using the PREP method for strengthening marriage and avoiding divorce court

The third edition of the best-selling classic on marriage enhancement and divorce prevention, features the latest research and changes of heart in our culture and society. New and revised, Fighting for Your Marriage is based on the widely acclaimed PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach. Groundbreaking studies have found that couples can use the strategies of this approach to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness, and reduce the odds of breaking up.

The book is based on more than twenty years of university research. Explores how to apply the PREP approach to any marriage. Shows couples how to talk more and fight less, deepen and protect their friendship, and keep the fun alive. Reveals what it takes to have a more intimate, sensual relationship and how to clarify and act on priorities

The authors have included a wealth of techniques and down-to-earth guidance for all couples who seek to promote greater character and pleasure in their long-term relationships.

Buy here -> Fighting for Your Marriage

TEACH ME HOW TO LOVE YOU The Beginnings Thomas Weeks III 

Take a journey with Bishop Thomas Weeks to the beginnings of his relationship with the love of his life, Dr. Juanita Bynum Weeks, in this groundbreaking book, Teach Me How to Love You. Sharing candidly from their relationship, Bishop Weeks offers bold and honest instruction about real relationships in a real world. Without "over-spiritualizing" day-to-day issues, he offers in-your-face counsel about what makes men and women tick. Teach Me How to Love You comes straight from the heart and is loaded with practical wisdom on issues that are vital to building a strong marriage, including: What entices you about the opposite sex? How do you find a godly mate? What is a husband’s dual role? What is the true nature and anointing of a woman? Why does adultery happen, and how can you avoid it? How can you develop and maintain sexual passion with your spouse? How do you resolve conflicts and build a strong future?

I know that this couple is no longer together but the book is still a good book. 

Buy here -> Teach Me How to Love You

The DNA of Relationships 

“Life is relationships; the rest is just details.” We are designed for relationships, yet they often bring us pain. In this paradigm-shifting book, Dr. Gary Smalley unravels the DNA of relationships: We are made for three great relationships—with God, others, and ourselves—and all relationships involve choice. Gary exposes a destructive relationship dance that characterizes nearly every relationship conflict, and he offers five new dance steps that will revolutionize relationships. The DNA of Relationships, the cornerstone book in Gary Smalley's relationship campaign, will help you learn to take personal responsibility, create a safe environment, keep their battery charged, listen with the heart, and adopt a no-losers policy. It will revolutionize your marriage, family, friendships, and work relationships!

Buy here -> DNA of Relationships

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

Marriage should be based on love, right? But does it seem as though you and your spouse are speaking two different languages? New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman guides couples in identifying, understanding, and speaking their spouse’s primary love language—quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch.

By learning the five love languages, you and your spouse will discover your unique love languages and learn practical steps in truly loving each other. Chapters are categorized by love language for easy reference, and each one ends with specific, simple steps to express a specific language to your spouse and guide your marriage in the right direction. A newly designed love languages assessment will help you understand and strengthen your relationship. You can build a lasting, loving marriage together.
 
Buy here -> The 5 Love Languages

Fireproof

INSIDE BURNING BUILDINGS, Captain Caleb Holt lives by the firefighter's adage: NEVER LEAVE YOUR PARTNER. Yet at home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.

Growing up, his wife Catherine always dreamed of marrying a loving, brave firefighter...just like her father. Now, after seven years of marriage, she wonders when she stopped being "good enough." Countless arguments and anger have them wanting to move on to something with more sparks.

As they prepare for divorce, Caleb's father challenges him to commit to a 40-day experiment: "The Love Dare." Wondering if it's even worth the effort, Caleb reluctantly agrees, not realizing how it will change his world forever.

Surprised by what he discovers about the meaning of love, Caleb begins to see his wife and marriage as worth fighting for. But is it too late? His job is to rescue others. Now Captain Holt must face his toughest job ever...rescuing his wife's heart.

Buy here -> Fireproof 

Fight for YOUR Marriage. Get back to having fun and loving on your spouse. You deserve to ENJOY your marriage. God Bless.

Love, Peace & Christ 

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3.21.2014

My Car Situation

My lovely car...Lol okay not yet but the FUTURE car. [by FAITH] "Porsche Panamera"


So, over the last two weeks. I have had a series of events with my car. :-)

Tuesday went to pick up my kid from school. We got back to the car. It wouldn't crank. Another parent female heard it not cranking. She drove her car over to try to give me a jump. That didn't work. So, another parent he saw what was going on and wanted to help. He called AAA to come out. I don't have AAA but my insurance does provide Roadside Assistance. Anyhow, he wanted to help out. So, I allowed him to. Then while we were waiting for AAA his daughter went to their car to get this box. In this box, she had these bracelets she had made and paper. She handed me one of the bracelets and a note. I was like ah, Thank you. Then, I put it in my purse to look at it later. She was like: can you open it now? I was like okay... Lol. She was a 11yrs old. So, I opened it and the note said: Don't worry - Be happy.



I didn't panic or cry initially when my car wouldn't crank...but that note made me tear up some. Seriously. To me it was a reminder from my Father not to worry. Because as a Single Mom I use to worry all the time about all sorts of stuff. Then, one day I saw those scriptures in Matthew 6 like I had never seen them before and I stopped worrying obsessively like I had been doing. So, her note was a reminder to me from God that all will be well.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV
Then, when AAA finally came...the guy popped up the hood and told me to try to crank the car and it cranked. Ha. He suggested my battery may have needed to be replaced since I purchased it in 2011. So, I drove my little self to Pepboys as they were still open. They put their little device on it and it said "Replace Battery". So, naturally so I replaced the battery. Thinking that would solve the problem. A day passed all was well. Then, Thursday came along. It happened again. Picked up kid return to car, the same thing. Now, I'm thinking it's just a conspiracy. Ha. Two times in the school's parking lot. Like really? This time an owner of one of those car repair shops, heard me having issues and walked over to help me. I explained to him what happened on Tuesday. He brought his device over to check the battery. To him it looked like it was my Alternator. So, he suggested I get it towed and have them check out my Alternator, etc. Meanwhile, he went into the school to get his kids. I said a prayer for my car. I called my Insurance company for Roadside Assistance. While, on the phone the car cranked. Ha.

So, I ended up following the owner to his shop. They looked it over, determined it was the Alternator. So, I left my car in their care. The owner had one of his mechanics drive me home. A co-worker picked me up the next day for work and to take my little guy to school. So, later that Friday they called said my car was ready. I picked it up. Then, that afternoon I went to get gas before picking up my kid from school. I pumped my gas. The car wouldn't crank. Ha. Now this time I wanted to get upset. Like seriously. I'm stuck at a gas pump! Two men happen to walk by and heard my car not cranking. They offered to push me into a parking spot nearby. So, I could move from the gas station. They did. Then, one of my church brother's came and picked me up. Took me to get my kid from school, etc.

Saturday comes along. A friend of mines lives near me. I called her and she took me to my car. It cranked. I drove from the parking lot where it was...which happened to be parked in a 24 hours Kroger parking lot. So, I didn't have to worry about it getting ticketed, etc. I drove it back to the shop because well something was still wrong. They believed it was the starter. So, they replaced the starter. This time only charging me for the part and didn't charge me for anything else because of the inconvenience. I left there. Went to check my mail and guess what? The car wouldn't crank. Ha. I'm like okay what is REALLY going on? At this point, I'm starting to lose my cool. Lol. I called them back explained to them what happened. They said they would send a Tow Truck to get my car. While waiting the car cranked. Weird. I called them back to tell them. They said to let the Tow Truck get it anyway. So, that they could do a complete re-evaluation on it. To see what is really going on...because maybe they received a bad part or wires messed up, etc. Meanwhile, a older couple saw what was going on with the Tow Truck. They offered to take me and my kid home. So, we caught a ride with them home.




Sunday morning, my leader and one of the Minister's at my church. She came and picked me up for church. I was speaking to someone at church about the whole car ordeal and how expensive it has been. After service, was over she walked over to me and put some money in my hand. Telling me that this should help some with my car expenses. Praise the Lord. Seriously. Why should I worry?

Monday came around...the owner was back in the office and he called me to tell me what was wrong with my car. It was a Cam Sensor. Stating, they didn't detect it initially because my Service Engine Light wasn't on...but when it came on it showed up in the system, etc. They apologized. He also didn't charge me to replace it. He just took care of it all because of all the inconvenience and headache, etc. When it was done another church brother picked me up and took me to my car.

Then on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. I am driving and all of a sudden my Brake and Battery light just starts flashing then stop then flash then stop. Very spooky. If I may say so myself. I took it to get checked out because umm I don't want to drive a car with flashing lights!! It appeared, I needed some new brake pads and my brand new Alternator was overcharging. Ha. So, I got the brake pads replaced and the company had to replace my alternator. I walked out of the place saying by FAITH, we are not going to have anymore issues with my car!! The shop offered to give me my next oil change free, due to everything that had happened.

The customer service guy even thanked me for not blowing up on them. Lol because most people would have thrown a fit dealing with all of that. Cursing them out and whatever. I didn't. One because that's just not who I am. I don't act like that. People did say to me: Coasta, I know you are nice and all but you might want to get a little mean. So, they can get it right. Lol but it's really not who I am. It takes a lot of energy for me to get really upset and to fuss at someone. It really does. It's not in my character at all. AND besides here I am going around encouraging people to be Christlike. Would JESUS throw a fit because of the inconvenience? Uh, no. So, if I'm going to tell others to be Christlike...shouldn't I be Christlike as well!?!

However, the next time my car starts acting funky. I will be taking it STRAIGHT to Nissan because they know their cars and when I would get my oil change their and other repairs in the past. They ALWAYS told me when something needed to be replaced, etc. I was never caught off guard. So, back to Nissan I go. I purchased my car brand new back in May 2006...and this is the first time. I have had issues like this... So, that is a blessing all in itself! Amen!!

Although, crazy situation. I was in a SAFE place each time my car wouldn't start. I wasn't stuck on side of the road. I had my kid with me or was able to get to him in a reasonable amount of time. People volunteered themselves to help me in ways that they could. I also saved money on things that probably would have needed to be replaced down the road. Due to them not charging me for certain things. It was also a blessing to know that I could afford to pay for the things needed for my car.

I also got to experience Community love from those in my community. That was awesome to experience and to know that they are still nice people with pure hearts around. That blessed me. It also showed me the love and compassion from those I attend & serve with in Church. They all treated me like how you would treat your family. I honestly, didn't have to worry. God made sure I was taken care of and all my needs were met each time. What an AWESOME GOD we serve.

Out of this situation. My FAITH grew because I realized even more that God loves me and will ALWAYS take care of me. I should have no worries because I am His and I am PROTECTED by the blood!










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3.20.2014

Insecurities

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I'm ugly.
I'm too thin.
I'm too fat. 
My butt is too big.
My lip are too big.
My hair is too long.
I'm want to be thick. 
My hair is too short.
My breast is too big.
My butt is too small.
I don't like how I look.
My breast is too small.  


Insecurities. You hear them EVERY DAY. Being out of shape brings on insecurities. Being around people who look perfect, brings on insecurities. Marketers LOVE insecure people. They push ads to feed off of these people's insecurities and they do it so well that they make millions!

We live in a time where people are so obsessed on looking perfect. That they forget, no one is perfect. That same person you thought was perfect; probably, paid someone to make them look that way. Those people you see in those Magazines don't all look that way in real life. They are paid to look perfect, some starve themselves, workout like crazy and then they are AIRBRUSHED and PHOTOSHOPPED to have that perfect image - that you see. Everyone has imperfections. No one is perfect.

We should all strive to look, feel and be healthy but that comes at a price of hard work and dedication; by taking care of ourselves, eating the right foods and exercising. Not quick fixes i.e cosmetic surgeries, pills, etc. If you don't love who you are; you will always be running, to fix something about yourself. Still feeling EMPTY inside. In order to solve your problems; you must get to the root of what's causing your insecurities and fix that. Then you will be happy with who you are and you will be free from your insecurities.

Jesus came so that we could be FREE. Nail your insecurities to the cross and Be FREE from your insecurities TODAY. 

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