Friday, December 27, 2013

The Traveler Friend | Gee Goes to Atlanta

Wow! *removes cobwebs from the corner of this blog* It's been a while since I dropped by right? Blame me not, things got so busy these past few weeks. But finally it's all winding down, things are happening and little by little and I am trying to document them. This Traveler Wife Friend post was written a while ago but

Date: November 18th 2013 
Trip from: Midway International Airport, Chicago
Trip to: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Flight: Southwest (Carried by AirTran), 6097. 7.00 pm flight
Written: In the Air

Whoooosh! Guess who is in the air after a while of strictly being on land? Lol, yes you guessed right, me! I almost can't believe how much I have missed my air runs, as in, airports, airplanes and all that happen in between. From the last traveler wife episode you all know I have not visited Mr Punch so technically I haven't flown anywhere since I only fly to Toronto.

But today, all that changed as I walked into my regular airport - Chicago midway - but instead of talking to the ladies on my left, I headed to those on my right - this time I headed to Atlanta and not Toronto. So ideally this is not a traveler wife piece but a traveler girlfriend/maid-of-honor/ trip! 
Myself and Wumstik. Photo by BcOY Photography

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Checking In

Hey!

Life has been living, nothing much on my end. Thanksgiving was pretty awesome though I did not travel to Canada, so I thank God for that. I have been really busy lately with very random stuff that I can't seem to place my hands on. I see myself craving the weekend more than ever these days, a time to just be a couch potato and skype with my husband. I am used to having those weekends when it is not a travel weekend but I have been robbed of them with one event or the other. Not that I am complaining though, I went for a young Adult Conference Missio Dei here in Chicago and it was pretty awesome. I got to meet and listen to this amazing young man sing, boy can he sing! Meet Jonathan McReynolds. I can't remember when last I bought someone's CD and asked for an autograph too...oh that was this last weekend!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesdays | Twitter Behavior


LOL! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Celebrating Sisterhood | Birthday Love

You see, 10 years ago if you had ever told me I would write a whole post for this girl I would have probably kept a grudge with you till you apologized - after all I knew was "How to keep the best and Longest Grudges". My sister and I at some point never saw eye to eye, she was the most annoying thing that ever fell into my world as far as I was concerned. I was the bitter younger sister who wanted absolutely nothing to do with the elder one. We fought a lot, physically and with words - of course I always lost but that did not stop me from doing it all over again.

But today things have changed - I have grown and so has she. Now we know when to ignore each other and when to get in our faces and continue to be annoying. Lol after all that's what sisters do! Time has gone by, Christ has moved more in our hearts, hatred has become love and today I am super grateful to have this girl as my sister!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Pink And Pattern: OOTD


I feel somehow putting up this post; more like vulnerable. I fear that I would be tagged as the "pink girl" or the "Skirt-wearing-girl". I promise you, pink is not my favorite color and I wear pants too! 

This was what I wore to the office on Tuesday since due to my delayed flight I did not come into the office. Of course a piece of this outfit was happily recycled from what I wore to church on Sunday. Can you guess which? 

This skirt may very well be my favorite skirt in the closet; The Merona DoubleWeave Pencil Skirt from Target. I have never been a pattern girl but this skirt swept me off my feet! It's such a messy pattern and somehow it found a spot in my heart. 

The pink top is from Charlotte Russe, possibly a couple of months old. I like that it's a sweater top and very suitable for the weather. I did not get a good picture of the back of the top but you can have a faint idea by seeing the tiny picture in collage above. No, I did not wear it to the office with my back bare, that is a brown tank top which in a way looks like my skin color. LOL! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Traveler Wife | The Visa Verdict

It's not a travel weekend yet but I feel I should update you since there would not be anyone next week as planned... I guess really the visa was (and currently is) expiring so out the window goes my thanksgiving trip!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

It's Handled


We may know that quote as an Olivia Pope quote but with the amount of times we hear it, quote it, think about it...do you know it can be a faith bit when you think of the one who really handles it all? Every time in the bible we read "Fear Not" it simply can be translated to "It's Handled".

This week that just went by was one of those weeks where "this faith thing" got really practical. You see, this blog is about making Lemons in my life to Lemonades and that means I am fully aware that storms come and glitches happen. I have come to the point where I have finally accepted I can't do it on my own; I need someone bigger, the real fixer.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Traveler Wife | An Extra 8 hours With Him

A shot of Toronto Downtown from Billy Bishop Airport
Date: November 18th 2013
Trip from: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, Canada
Trip to: Midway International Airport, Chicago
Flight: Porter Airlines, 389. 3.20 pm flight
Written: In the Air

Finally we head to Chicago. If you have been following this series you would know I usually return to Chicago in the mornings and head straight to the office. Well this time around the terrible weather condition called for my morning flight to be cancelled and here I am on a late afternoon flight. Of course that means I had to call off work today and same as Mr. Punch since he had to bring me to the airport. Yeah, somewhere inside of me is happy I got to spend an extra 8 hours with the husband.

Have you ever been so full of sleep that you can’t sleep anymore? Well that was our story last night since we rushed to bed so we could wake up refreshed for my morning flight that never happened. We had set the alarm for 4.30 am and by 3 am we kinda both got up full of it. We struggled to get back to bed after I checked my email to see my flight had been cancelled. We were sorta successful on that.

Honey Barbecue Beef Potatoes

Honey Barbecue Beef Potatoes with stew (fried diced tomatoes) on the side.
Food, food, food! Help me people...this boyfriend and girlfriend relationship with my husband may be the reason I have put on so much weight. Like I said in this post, the kitchen is our second favorite part of our home. I need to find where to pull the breaks and say "Babe we need to find another hobby!" before I blow up! In the meantime while I figure that out, let me share this new yumminess we (more like me) made just 2 days ago.

We had actually tried it with chicken during the Canadian Thanksgiving trip but this time around we wanted to switch it up so we used Beef. I'd confess, I preferred the Chicken to the beef but since this is what I have in regards to pictures, I'd share this. Literally everything stays the same all you would need to do is change the choice of meat to your preferred one.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Bridal Shower Gift I Can Never Forget

Don't ask me why I am blogging in the middle of the night, don't even ask me why I am still up - I have actually slept and randomly just woke up, now I can't get back to bed so blogging seemed right.

Some of you may know I got married last year; it's been about a year and a half since Mr. Punch and I became man and wife. Though I am not living the full wife life since we are in a long distance marriage I'd have to confess sometimes this life can be really enjoying being my Husband's Girlfriend. Part of the fun I get to have is when Mr. Punch and I handle our business in the Kitchen (We love to cook!) and that is where this Bridal Shower gift comes in.

Okay maybe the title of this post should be "A Bridal shower Gift I can Never Forget when I'm in Toronto", because that's where this gift lives. If you know anything about Mr. Punch and I you would know the kitchen is our favorite spot after the bedroom :) So this is the gift is just perfect because I almost always get to use every time.

The Traveler Wife | No, My Visa is Not Expiring in 2 Days!!!

Date: November 15th 2013
Trip from: Midway International Airport, Chicago
Trip to: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, Canada
Flight: Porter Airlines, 392 . 7.20 pm flight
Written: In the Air

Yay, got another empty flight and a pretty smooth check in process - the awesomeness of flying porter (A Canadian airline) from the US. 

However while I went to receive my boarding pass, Pamela -my favorite Porter lady- informed me that my visa expires in two days! No, it did not mess up this current trip but has the ability to mess up the future one since the tickets have already been bought. Of course I did not forget the date but according to Canadian immigration, though it expires Nov 17th I should be able to fly on it till January as they usually count the 6 months from the first day I use the the visa. Apparently the porter airlines staff are totally clueless about this and say I would need to "prove" this with some sort of document. *sigh* All this na traveler wife matter! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In My Kente Skirt


Many of you might know that I have a pretty awesome Fashion designer friend and roommate - Maryam Garba. You may know this because the days I decide to wear a piece by her, I'm probably a little too happy with my Facebook status messages. And of course yesterday was no exception. 

My tweet (which was connected to my FB status) read "Today is wear your Kente to work day. Lol! @maryamgarba has obviously hooked me up pretty well :)"

Originally the skirt is called the Aisha skirt but Maryam made some pieces with African -Ghana to be precise- print which is called Kente. I happily rocked my Kente Skirt to the office with one of my favorite tops ever (I think this top is pleading with me to chill a bit) and for the office look (on the bus, since I really did not wear it at all in the office), I threw in my Agaci Black Blazer.

In my mainly Green and Red look (I hope I was not perceived as the Christmas longing girl...even though I am), I was repping my friend and of course Mr. Punch too! Oh you did not know I married a Ghana man?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How To Make Your Own Clip On Weave

I remember when I discovered the beauty of not having to wear a wig or sew something on your head; that must have been about a year ago. My roommate had just come back from England with Clip-ons in her hair that looked so real but most of all comfortable and easy to handle. Quickly I decided to research on these and see if I could get myself a couple of them but when I saw the price, I must have quickly hit the big Red X on that window.

So I took another look again at her clip-ons and figured I'd make them myself! Before I get into the (easy) steps, I'd tell you more about this idea and you can figure out if it would work well for you or not.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Try Again; Try God

How easy is it to give up?
Very easy I say, especially when we remain in the natural (physical) realm. 


I just got home from a friend's church conference listening to one of these prosperity messages while God thought is awesome to sneak something totally off course in revelation. Let's revisit the story of Peter and the fishermen one last time; 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Traveler Wife: 8 Business Days

If I can finish this post in one go, I deserve a cookie! The sleep doing me right now is totally unreal and it's unfortunate I can't give in since I'm here at the office. You see, this traveler wife hops out of the plane and hops into the office on most return trips. Really, this sleep is nothing new but I still can't get used to this.

Here's what I quickly wrote before I officially experienced the Shake-iest flight of my life - as in e remain small the plane for just drop! But the Lord knew I was on it :) *sigh* Chicago's weather can be a pain in the butt sometimes!!!

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Date: October 25th 2013
Trip from:  Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, Canada
Trip to: Midway International Airport, Chicago
Flight: Porter Airlines, 383. 7.00 am flight
Written: In the Air

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Traveler Wife: I did not miss my Flight

This post is long over due, I have been so busy doing nothing but being a Real housewife of Mr.Punch that this entry has just been sitting in my Journal waiting to be transferred to this Blog. Another trip (my return trip) is around the corner so I had to quickly publish this.

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Date: October 25th 2013
Trip from: Midway International Airport, Chicago
Trip to: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, Canada
Flight: Porter Airlines, 392 . 7.20 pm flight
Written: In the Air

Apart from the fact that I almost missed my flight, I think this is turning into being an uneventful flight. I can't remember the last time I have rushed for a flight where every other person had boarded and I was the only one left; I think they even started announcing my name. The last trip must have made me forget how quickly Porter Airlines board since they usually have very few passengers compared to the other flights in that airport. 

So why did I almost miss my flight?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jollof Rice According To My Husband

So I'd confess, not only do Mr. Punch and I compete when it comes to Parallel Parking, we also do when it comes to the Kitchen Life. Sometimes it's a blessing to have a man that knows his way around the kitchen and sometimes its a lesser blessing :)

Even though this post is titled Jollof Rice "according to My husband", I worked this food all by myself (see how I take pride in that? Yeah that's the inner competitive wife talking). It is only "according to him" because it's his style I used - Mr. Punch DOES NOT BLEND TOMATOES! So for this I used canned diced tomatoes.

Not to sound like I still think this not-blending-tomatoes is weird but in the early days of Mr. Punch and I, I could never wrap my head around that. I mean, I grew up knowing that except tomatoes in burgers, suya or eggs, tomatoes should be blended. So eventually I decided to give his style a shot, that was almost 4 years ago and since then Mr. Punch and I have never blended tomatoes.

The No-Blending-Tomatoes life is the new way of life in this my Long distance marriage life.

So here is what Jollof Rice according to Mr. Punch looks like;

Steps:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Our Daily Agege Bread - It All Comes From God


"Knowledge to Know what to do, Wisdom to know how to do, Grace to actually do it. All of this, comes from God." - Gee | Gee's Lemonades

God stays equipping us every step of the way to live this life to the fullest and to his glory. Sometimes all we need to do is ask. All of these, in the purest and best forms come from our God. Every other is counterfeit!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do You Recycle Your Outfits?

I very well do and some days like this past Sunday I did not tweak a thing. Lol. I know it is like the number one rule of recycling to tweak some item of the look but really is there any point of that when you wear them for only a few hours or you are absolutely not going to hang with the same crowd on those two days? Save the planet and wear the same thing, I say! 

Clearly I can't be the only one who does this. Or, wearing exact same thing you wore to church the next day to work. I totally do this and some how I stay infecting the people around me. Being in a long distance marriage makes me take this to a whole different level; I sometimes wear same stuff back to back on Sundays to church; one Sunday I spend in Chicago and the other I spend in Toronto. Since these events are just a few hours, I try not to over wear them on the first day. I get back from church and sharply take them off so I don't ruin it with many of my licking mouth moments; food, makeup etc. 

Yay for long Distance Marriages, I guess! 

This outfit of this post was worn yesterday to Mr. Punch's friend's birthday dinner from 7 pm to 10 pm and today to church from 11 am to 2 pm. Also the winter season makes this recycling business even easier. During the dinner last night and even at the church service, I did not take off my jacket at all; it was freezing!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Receiving The Word with Meekness


I have been meaning to write this post for quite sometime now but I kept pushing it and my spirit kept bugging me. So this is me just giving in; it may be a mumbled post but stay with me if you can on this.

Let's rewind to the scenario that played out causing this post.

Last 2 weeks while I was in Canada at my in laws place for thanksgiving dinner, my husband and I met a lady who was also an invited guest. She was interesting enough to argue about the contradiction in the bible. You see, to me, that is like an oxymoron; "Contradiction in the Bible." Her angle was "mere humans wrote it so you can't be sure it is from God". I bet you have heard that argument before, we all have.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Real Cool Kids of BBM are Back

Lol...this new bbm saga is really tickling my fancy, I wont even lie. All the ones that did not move forward with life and stayed with RIM are now hating as we the Android and Iphone users flock back in Joy - we are the Real Cool Kids of BBM :) 

Speaking about this BBM matter, did you have to wait in line for the app? Lol. I remember tweeting about it yesterday on how it made me feel like a second class citizen. After I have judged all those who go and wait in line for new IPhones, yesterday I was in that boat. Thankfully the BBM line is virtual. It took me like 3 hours waiting for that Blackberry email that never came. I was running out of patience and was clicking the app over and over again until it worked.

Here are some funny shots of BBM delayed email complaints concerning the line; I sure had a good laugh yesterday.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our Daily Agege Bread: Don't waste Your Trials/Challenges


Everything you go through, has the opportunity to grow you. Don't waste your Trials and Challenges. - Gee | Gee's Lemonades. 

In those times of afflictions (trials or challenges) remember this, finish strong and use those trials to the glory of God. Each of them, has the opportunity to grow us, so let us take advantage of them all.

Have a blessed week!

The Traveler Wife Life: Canada's Thanksgiving Trip

Date: October 14th 2013
Trip to: Midway International Airport, Chicago.
Flight: Porter Airlines, 395 . 8.05 pm flight
Written: In the Air

That awkward moment when during the airport screening the officer asks you to take off your shoes before getting screened and the whole airport world gets a sneak peak to your non-matching-hole-punched socks! Lol, that is not my portion o, I just think of really random things when I'm at the airport, welcome to the Traveler wife life episode 2.

This was a refreshing trip for Mr. Punch and I, and as usual I'm never the happiest during my return trips. Spending 3 days was definitely relaxing; Friday I got in around 10 pm and after immigration and the crazy traffic at the airport, Mr. Punch and I finally arrived home at 11 pm - I can't complain though, some trips have been worse in regards to the timing. Oh how can I forget this lover man I spotted at the airport as I waited for Mr. punch to pull up over? With his rose, he waited for his love and it just warmed my heart extremely. I awwwww-ed myself away to Mr. Punch's hearing, hoping he got the hint. On the next trip we shall see if he passes or fails the test.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So You Think You Can Parallel Park???

This is the game Mr. Punch and I love to play. No kidding, some healthy competition in marriage is actually fun. For the most part this happens when we are in Chicago spending the weekend (those weekends where he is living the Traveler husband life), since I park my car on the road right in front of my current apartment. Even when he is not with me, I subconciously find myself still playing this game all by myself then whatsapp-ing him asap to tell him about my victory; in a game I played with myself. Smh
This picture brings all sorts of memories, about 3 years ago, long before I became his Mrs.
This is a typical situation;

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Traveler Wife Life: A Couple that flies Together...

Ahhhhh! I can finally blog about non-wedding related stuff and not feel like I am forcing my life down my viewers throat! While I love being a Wedding blog Editor, I think being a Blog editor comes first and that entails blogging about other things than Weddings. For the most part, that's the reason for this blog.

Some may know I'm a Traveler wife, that is, I am almost always flying since I'm currently in a long distance marriage to the who I love to call Mr. Punch on the internet. We try to see every other weekend and for the most parts, I do the flying to Toronto. This has been going on for about a year and obviously I think some of my experiences/rants are totally blog worthy. They range from totally random to totally "What the heck?" moments and the Traveler Wife Life would be addressing those and all written on the plane.

Michael Kors welcomes you to Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto
Date: October 11th 2013
Trip to: Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, Canada
Flight: Porter Airlines 392, 7.20 pm flight
Written: In the Air

Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome to my Lounge

Hey you!
Today is Canada's thanksgiving and I figured what better day to move my old blog (Preserving the Saltiness) and add a few changes than today? I present to you Gee's Lemonades; where I hang out and document life as lemonades!

Honestly this is a spot to relax, you will most likely see all sorts here; from Mr. Punch to my faith walk to my awkward dieting plans and other rants of life. Nothing too serious out here, after all I need to relax a bit.

Happy Thanksgiving! Number of things to be thankful for but staying in focus, I'd say I'm thankful for the birth of this blog; it's about time!

So here is to more relaxation and more lemonades!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pauline Prayers

A few days ago my Pastor had mentioned something about "Pauline prayers" and I got home and did some research. Apparently these are prayers of Paul (obvious much?) and they are supposed to give you an idea of how to can communicate to/with God or at least direct you till you find what works best for you.



Here are a list of these prayers take from The Choice Drive Life

Romans 1:8
First we thank You, Father, through Jesus Christ for all of these for whom we pray.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Our Daily Agege Bread - Justice and Mercy


We may lean toward justice or mercy, but Jesus keeps them in perfect balance. His death satisfies God’s need for justice and our need for mercy. - Our Daily Bread 

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Daily Agege Bread - Take advantage and Be a Blessing


Perhaps you are in your current situation to help someone, just like Esther was to help the Jews. Take advantage & Be a Blessing! - Gee | Preserving The Saltiness

No matter how good or bad your current situation is, look for ways to be a blessing to someone else. forget you for just a bit and think of your neighbor. 


Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Monday, September 23, 2013

Our Daily Agege Bread - Be Confident


For morning devotion, I usually use Our Daily Bread. I have been using that every since I was a little girl in my father's house up until now in my husband's house (well technically as a wife though not in my husband's house). I usually update faith bits from my devotion on Facebook and today's own seemed to be catchy-iest because I called it "Our Daily AGEGE Bread", lol. So I figured why not start a series on this blog and call it that? Our Daily Agege Bread would be faith bits/quotes which I feel are edifying, motivational but most of all inspired by the word of God.

For today, it is:
Regardless of what today may bring or the trouble you are now going through, don’t forget that your God is stronger than anything in your life. So, be confident! - Our Daily Bread

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Friday, September 20, 2013

God's Packaging may be Different

Many or should I say the few of you that keep up with my life know I have been in the waiting room for a while now. The waiting room can be scary, tiring and flat out depressing. In this time of waiting I have learned quite a lot but sometimes I struggle to do what I have learned and I feel that has been the ultimate challenge: being a doer, not just a hearer or "knower".

It's almost like easy-peasy Christian 101 to know that gratitude goes a long way. When you pray for so long and finally you get an answer or even when you are still in that waiting phase. Always be grateful, even if it is not for that unanswered prayer but other things in life that are in place. It's super easy to be grateful when the lines have fallen into those pleasant places, it is also easy to be bitter when they have not. But what is really strange is when you find yourself being bitter, grumbling and borderline ungrateful when your prayer has been answered. I mean, who does that?

Well, Me.

Yesterday I received an email in regards to what has been keeping me in this waiting room for over a year. But for some reason I did not smile, I did not say "thank you Lord", I quickly moved into the grumbling phase because it did not look like what I was expecting. God's packaging of this answered prayer was just different. As I went back home I chatted with my sister and grumbled some more with/to her but at the end of the conversation she said "We thank God all the same"

That may have been the moment I realized I had been ungrateful. That may have been the moment that allowed me to see that regardless of the packaging, that email was forward movement, my prayers being answered or at least God letting me know that he is in this with me. Either way, I was supposed to thank God. So I got home, asked for forgiveness, repented and started to make plans based on this email I had received. I started to play all sorts of scenarios in my head on how All things would work together for my good because I am God's personal person :)

On Facebook today I posted this: Sometimes we pray so hard for something and we have made up the way it is supposed to look upon its arrival. But when it shows up looking different, we begin to grumble. Dear Gianna, sometimes remember God's packaging may be different. Look deep enough and you will see your prayers have been answered.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I'm over at Blogs by Christian Women Today!

Talking about not covering up your dirt.
Sometimes we can feel like it's covered and does no harm to us, but on the contrary; it gives the enemy the winning hand and we are left vulnerable to his pranks.

Psalm 32: 3-5

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

Stop by the post here at Blogs by Christian Women today!
yay!!

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Thursday, August 8, 2013

This Faith Thing...Part 3 [The Invisible]

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:18

Yesterday as we spent time in worship I listened to the song the choir led us with; Tasha Cobbs break every chain. The lyrics that resonated hardly with me were she goes "I hear the chains falling" right after "There is an army rising up to break every chain". Those words made me think of the real realm which is the spiritual realm. Pretty much Tasha had moved on from what was going to happen and started declaring she already saw it. In that instance I remembered the story of Elijah and when he prophesied concerning the rain. God had told him there was going to be rain and though there was no evidence to his physical eye/ears he still was "hearing" the rain in verse 41 of  Kings 18 (NLT) "Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!” Point is, we have to see in the spiritual realm before it can be manifested in the physical.

Everything we see now has been in the spiritual before it came to the physical. With God being far ahead of us with time he deals with things that many of us have not even thought of. He had your life written out even before you were born. Point is, in his realm things are done, completed even before we conceive it. But when we do eventually get to the stage where we can fathom his works in our life, we are pretty much close but not quite there yet. To get there we have to take his word for it, let it make meaning to us; move from just words (logos) to revelation (Rhema) which is what builds up our faith then we can eventually receive.

What the Word says--> What is revealed-->What is experienced

The scripture above from 2 Corinthians 4:18 gives us an idea of the two realms; the seen and the unseen. As believers in Christ we are taught not to weigh the seen realm more than the unseen because such lifestyle is based on a no-faith living. You don't need faith to believe in the seen so if your whole live revolves around what is seen with your physical eyes, then most likely you would not be experiencing all God has in store for you because most of the time it requires faith to conceive and to receive. 

Elijah sent his servant in confidence to go look for the rain. He knew what God had said in 1 Kings 18:1(NKJV) "And it came to pass after the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year, saying: "Go, present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the earth." With that word from God, it took faith to really believe it, it took not just operating with 5 human senses but something more which is from God, it took revelation for him to get up and go and expect rain. It had not rained for 3 years and a regular person (one that allows himself to be limited by what he can only see; the seen world) would have not been able to conceive what God had said because looking around, seeing the famine, the dry land and no cloud at the moment God spoke; all just would have looked impossible. 

We don't all get "there" immediately when we start this journey of faith but I believe that weighing the spiritual realm more than physical is definitely a good start. Don't be limited by what your eyes can see, there is freedom in knowing God's realm is one where all things are possible and we should operate in that realm.

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Monday, August 5, 2013

Gee 43:1-10

It has been on my heart to share this. I believe in the past 3 years I have read Isaiah 43 but this year (using my Bible of the year plan) it became Gee 43, in other words it made sense, it was revealed, it stopped being Logos and now became Rhema!

I remember reading this in a very sleepy state but somehow I got a prompting in my heart to focus and so I did. I strongly believe the prompting was not the cold breeze that blew into my room that evening but the holy spirit. I promise you it almost felt like I was in a trance and then I began to hear my name as I read it. The next morning I woke up and went back to it, I read it and smiled...this time I wasn't sleepy, lol. Ever since then it has been on my heart to blog abut it as a reminder of this experience - a time I believe I heard God speak.

Gee 43: 1-10

But now, O [Gee], listen to the Lord who created you.
O [Gee], the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
I have called you by name; you are mine.

2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.

3 For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of [Gee], your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.

4 Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.

5 “Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
I will gather you and your children from east and west. 

6 I will say to the north and south,
‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
from the distant corners of the earth. 

7 Bring all who claim me as their God,
for I have made them for my glory.

It was I who created them.’”

8 Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf. 

9 Gather the nations together!
Assemble the peoples of the world!
Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
Who can verify that they spoke the truth?

10 “But you are my witnesses, O [Gee]” says the Lord.
“You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
there never has been, and there never will be.
Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Thursday, August 1, 2013

This faith Thing...Part 2 [Timing]

With Faith, is timing a factor? Is it just about believing (according to his will -1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence we have before Him: Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us) and then receiving instantly? Or does timing play a role where in some cases no matter how much faith a person has, if the timing is off (God's timing), the person would not receive?

Questions Questions Questions!

Lately I have had this thought heavy on my heart. Not only have I been trusting God and faithing to receive something for almost a year now, but also faith happens to be the current topic we have been on for about a month in my church. While I have learned somethings in the church series I feel something is missing. In this whole series, I have never heard anything about Time. And maybe because I have been really keeping track of my situation but I need a word to settle within me about faith and time. I always have the urge to raise up my hand during the service and ask my million questions but then I remember how awkward it would be, I mean that is a full blown service not a house fellowship. lol! 

My point is; I get the major gist of Faith being the currency in the kingdom, that means we cant receive anything without faith but my question is; Is that really all it takes? Are we really saying that; 

Faith + Request being in the will of God = Receipt? 

Or is there something else called time that makes the equation; 

Faith + Request being in the will of God + Appointed time = Receipt? 

If I had to answer that I'd be biased and say time definitely is a factor. You can't blame me, my current situation has been pending for about 11 months now and I know I have put in faith for this particular request. Really all that can calm me down is knowing that time has a role to play. But let us leave the point of me answering that question based on just how I feel right now and let's turn to the word; 

Psalm 27:14 ESV : Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV: For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
Genesis 18:14 ESV: Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.

The bolded words should give it away; There is a time so there is a "waiting". 
The question is what to do during that Wait! Okay that is not really the question because I kinda know it since I addressed it in this post but I just need this wait to be over for me, seriously! 

Brrrr! 

If God lays anything on your heart to help me with this wait..please you have the floor, do share!

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Monday, July 29, 2013

That's my Jesus!

I love when I read prophecies of Jesus before he came to the world.
It just really excites me and I think "That's my Jesus!" Here, add to that thought "Thank you Jesus for paying the price for my salvation!"- forever grateful.

Isaiah 53(NLT):

Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?

2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Giving; A journey of Obedience, Love and Blessings.

Giving...

I have this giver in my office. Like for real I need to change his name to "giver". Have you ever met those people in life who just grab every opportunity to give someone a gift? Well the giver in my office is the perfect example. He is one of the few Christians I know in my office and obviously that is what helped to foster our relationship - our Christian faith. This week was the third account he has given but the first where I really had to think and yearn to be a giver too.

I cant really go into details but it was one of those moments where receiving a gift was just so far fetched that it made I and my roommate ask "Who even thinks that far?" And that brought me to understand that with giving it is more about the heart of the person than really the gift in itself. No one has challenged me to give like this giver in my office in my whole life!

Friday, July 12, 2013

This faith Thing... Part 1

... Is a lifestyle.

"Now the just shall live by faith" Hebrews 10:38

Not something we get into today and get out of tomorrow. But something we live in the good, in the bad and the ugly times. We stay in it because it is a way of life. 

It can seem odd to live by faith in the good times because we somehow have translated faith to only when we are struggling and need results to get us out of the struggle. But if it is a lifestyle and we know life is full of ups and downs then faith can not be for only the bad (downs) times; a+b=c. 

So how do we live by faith through out life?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Who is your First Go-To Person?

God or Man?

2 Chronicles 16: 1-3 (NLT)
" In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from entering or leaving King Asa’s territory in Judah. Asa responded by removing the silver and gold from the treasuries of the Temple of the Lord and the royal palace. He sent it to King Ben-hadad of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus, along with this message: “Let there be a treaty between you and me like the one between your father and my father. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”"
...
Verse 7-9
"At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you. The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Quote Of The Day: Our Daily Bread

Not all of us are called to endure hardship to spread the gospel in distant lands. But each of us is responsible as a servant of God to share Christ with people in our sphere of influence. - Our Daily Bread

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Friday, June 28, 2013

Talent, Gift and Ministry

Original Photo from careerrocketeer.com
Thoughts for today is about having talents (gifts) and having a ministry. This morning, my husband and I had our morning devotion which was about "Denying yourself, taking up your cross...", I'd be honest that scripture rubs me the wrong way and I hope it is because I have not yet fully understood it. So as usual the hubby and I got talking and somehow we landed on the issue of "Ministry."

What is Ministry? When you hear the word "Ministry do you only think of the "5 fold Ministry?" I am of the understanding that everyone is called to Ministry but not necessarily the 5 fold Ministry. However I think I struggle with knowing what my ministry is. In my husband's best attempt to explain what the word "Ministry" means, he said, "It is what you do that DIRECTLY impacts people for Christ." Fine, there is some understanding to that but I'd confess guilt and shame started to creep in as I could not for the life of me think of anything I do (continuously) that I can say directly impacts people for Christ. Not his intention I know.

We moved on to the relationship between your Ministry and your Talent. My question is; is there even a relationship at all? Can your ministry be linked to what you are "naturally" gifted to do? I do believe the answer is a Yes because I have seen examples however I am not certain if that is the case for everyone. Of course I am a bit freaked out that I may be among the few that my ministry has no relationship with my talent...that thought is way too freaky to agree to right now! I mean how can you be called to impact lives for Christ by doing something you have no gift, passion or talent for? It just sounds like way too much hardwork to me.

So this post today is just about my thoughts, dare I say my ramblings on my "Ministry" whatever it is. I'd definitely keep it in prayers for sure because I don't think it is such a good thing to be clueless about how to impact people for Christ.

zzzzzz....I'm just exhausted and it is not even 8 am yet!

Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee
xx

Monday, April 29, 2013

It is one thing to carry doubt, it is another thing to transfer it.

Have you ever been in those situations where you feel like you have totally run out of your faith bank and one more pull would either make or break you? A lot of times I have noticed when we find ourselves in that situation we often run to people to help us out of that "faithless" situation hoping that God would use them in that time of our need. However what we need to be careful of is how thin the line is between them helping you to get back on track or pushing even further off track. When you have been a "victim" of a friend's word pushing you off track you can somehow understand how delicate it can be when the roles are switched and you are the one offering advice or encouragement to another.

Just a few days ago I was reading a verse and it stood out to me for confirmation of a message I got long time ago. However I must have forgotten to "do" the message after "hearing" the message so of course reading the scripture was a reminder for me.

Psalm 73: 13-15 (NLT)
Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
The psalmist was having one of those moments where he faces doubts of his faithful walk in God due to seeing the godless "prosper" - something we all feel at some point in our christian walk. After about 10 verses of him vocalizing his doubt to himself (and God) he pauses and explains why he did not do so to others - his neighbors  God's children, others walking in faith. Clearly he recognizes that doing that would have been wrong and he perceived it as being a traitor to them. 

Reading this verse first might not make too much sense until you read the story of the Isrealites and the 12 spies that were sent to scout the land. The story of Joshua, Caleb and the other 10 spies explains how discouragement/doubt can be transferred. The Isrealites pretty much looked up to these 12 spies to bring a report for them and whatever the report was, it was either going to "make or break" them. At the end of the day, 10 of them transferred their doubts to the Isrealites with their reports while only the 2; Joshua and Caleb gave an encouraging report. 

Numbers 13: 31-33 (NIV)
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Unfortunately the doubts must have outweighed the faith because of the way the Isrealites responded;

Numbers 14: 1-4 (NIV)
That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn't it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
The message here is to know what you are transferring. It is better to be quiet to that friend than to discourage them even though it may not be intentional. The next time you have someone in need of encouragement or upliftment, ask God for the right words to share and be led by his spirit.


Stay blessed
Preserve your Saltiness
Gee 

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Saul Syndrome; People Pleasing

Every time I read the story of Saul, I see the same thing; the very thing that drove him to losing his Kingdom. But worst of all is the fact that it is too easy to relate with what he went through, for me that just sucks! People pleasing seemed to be Saul's weakness and when such mindset is left uncontrolled we loose ourselves in the process, fall into sin and most of the time justify it. Here are three instances in which we see Saul express this;

#1. Saul sets up the burnt offering: "Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away. So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself. .... Samuel said, “What is this you have done?” Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.” 1 Samuel 13: 8-12