Whats your BIG ASK? Or do you have one?

Matthew 7:7-8

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds, and to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.  

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 Nadine is a woman of prayer!  As a matter of fact, Nadine can instruct you on how to go to God in prayer, and teach you how to write a prayer for your marriage, your children and anything else that needs prayer.

These prayers were always formulated with scripture being the foundation, but when it came to the big ask; Nadine shied away from that.  Some may say Nadine’s prayers were powerful, but safe.  In her head, Nadine knew what she needed, but she kind of thought, “Ok, God knows what I need so no need to bother Him during my prayer time with my personal needs.  I need to pray for all of this other stuff; my husband, my children, my parents, the people at my church, etc. etc. etc.  I’ll be humble and only ask for wisdom to lead God’s people and the words that’s needed to pray for God’s people.”

 In her quest to stay on top of prayer, Nadine started reading a New York Times Best Seller book called “The Circle Maker”.  This is a book by Mark Batterson on prayer.  In chapter 2 of this really good book were these words:

 “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers.  God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers.  He is offended by anything less.  If your prayers aren’t impossible for you, they are insulting to God. Why?  Because they don’t require divine intervention.  But ask God to part the Red Sea, or make the sun stand still or float an iron ax head, and God is moved to omnipotent action. There is nothing that God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams.”

 This statement in this very good book changed the trajectory of Nadine’s prayer life. As much as Nadine knew about prayer, she hadn’t thought enough of her God to ask Him for what He already desired for her life in the first place- in prayer.

 I would say to everyone who is reading this, ask God for the smallest minute thing that you need, the great big thing that you need, AND everything in between.  He is the reason that you have a want, a desire and a dream in the first place.

Without you knowing or feeling it, the Holy Spirit has planted many desires deep inside of you.  They all are a part of your destiny, purpose, plan and journey.  Each one of them will surface in God’s own time, when He knows you are ready.

 Guys, If you have not guessed by now, this lady Nadine is me.  I am Ingrid Nadine Pickett and I am a prayer warrior. 

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I will pray for you, but I have learned to also pray for me.  I am asking my Father God for some audacious things, and I am so glad to know that it’s because of Him that I do, and it’s because of Him that every prayer will manifest Live and in Living Color in His perfect time.

 What are you asking God for people?  I challenge you to make your ask bigger, bigger and bigger.  God can handle it.  

 

xo ingrid

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All day, Ery day!

Question for you!

Are you a believer that believes, but never speaks to the God that you believe in? Or better yet, are you a believer that can quote scripture, but never hear from the writer of that scripture?

Upon waking up I reached for my phone to read the book that my mentor assigned me to read, Chase the Lion. The book is sensational.  While reading I heard the Lord say, “Ingrid.  Don’t forget to talk to me today.  I have some special things to say!” I immediately stopped reading that book and got my journal.  I filled up a couple of pages of instruction and wisdom from the Father that morning!  It was so good, and I’m glad God interrupted my reading so that I could spend time with Him!  That will never happen again.

What do you do when you get up first thing in the morning?

Do you read the bible?

Do you read and then pray?

Or do you pray and then read?

Do you listen to praise and worship music?

Do you listen to a podcast or sermon?

Do you read an inspirational book?

All of these options are good, but none of it means anything without hearing from God.

Check it out.  While I’m reading “Chase the Lion”, I am greatly inspired by what the author is saying, but Mark Batterson is not God!  His really good book does not, and cannot take the place of hearing Gods voice.  His book is really, really empowering, and I am really seeing my life with a greater perspective because of it, but I cannot let it take the place of my intimate time with the Lord.  I cannot give Mark all of my undivided attention in my intimate time, and ignore God.  I have to put God first!  I do have a strategy to get all of my reading in and it is to read in the morning during my devotion time (after I speak to God), and read at night before I go to bed.

Let me be honest with you guys. Right now my life seems so foreign to me (in a good way).  Everything around me feels so unfamiliar.

I must hear from God RIGHT NOW.

I’m having to trust God for everything at a whole new level. I am not making a move until I hear from Him. It’s not in my own thinking and strength that I want to do my life; that does not work well for me. It’s by Gods Spirit that I will do live.  (will or do)

Zach 4:6b

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

I need to hear from JESUS. PERIOD.COM

Y’all should hear me first thing in the morning and all day long seeking Gods will. Not only am I seeking Him for my life, but also for the lives of my husband, my children, my church family, and also stuff as small as which way to go when I am driving.

What I am doing is training myself to hear from the Lord in this place that I am in right now. I cannot depend on how I heard Him a few months ago. It’s a whole new ball game going on, and I need to know the strategy for this new game from the creator of the game.

Isaiah 43:18-19

I have some disciplines that I am conquering that I was not ready to even look at a few months ago. One of those things is going to the gym everyday!

I’ve made new decisions that I was not mature enough to make a year ago. God is going to help me with it all because I am acknowledging Him in all my ways so the He can direct my path.  Friends, I admonish you to do the same!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Now, don’t get me wrong. It still feels really weird. And I’m not getting it all right. Sometimes, I make a decision and realize it’s not quite correct, so I humbly say, “God I need your help”. Or I make a decision and then I hear God say, no, do this instead of that.

The bible says that the Holy Spirit teaches us all things, and shows us things to come.

John 14:26

Why would I ignore that?! Nope. I’m not going to be able to do that.

What about you?

Are you seeking God for everything, a few things, or nothing?

Do not do life without the Author of Life.

Let God talk to you ery day, all day please.  He really can help you do you better than you can!

Love you.

Mean it!

 

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Stuck on Stupid

Walking on the treadmill at speed 3.5 and on a 6.0 incline, with my music blasting in my ear; I was feeling pretty good. The song that was playing in my ear was “You deserve it” by J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise! I have been working out a week and a half after being in the bed for three weeks.

Wooooohoooooo!

I finally felt like I have gotten my groove back. I’m feeling more knowledgeable and accomplished. I use to walk with no incline at speed 3.0 until my good trainer told me I was not burning much, if any calories. So, I felt like I’m really doing something walking on an incline and all! Not to mention my very good strength training that comes after the mile walk!

In a Great mood!

I began to really feel that song in my soul, and began to thank God and really worship Him. Now mind you I was in the gym with this man on the right of me walking, and a woman on the left on the elliptical. I wanted to raise my hands and sing to the top of my lungs, “YOU DESERVE IT, YOU DESERVE ITTTTTTT!! But I did not do that and freak out those people next to me on both sides. So I just sang real loud inside of me.  LOL!

And then I heard these words from this strong voice:

“Do you really believe that I deserve your worship, and your praise”.

Before I could answer that voice continued

“Today I am breaking the ceiling off from above your head that has kept you from fully trusting, and having crazy Faith in me no matter what happens or comes your way. That’s who you are Ingrid, and I am going to make sure that girl comes back, and exceeds what she could ever imagine!

Of course I really don’t like disappointing God. That is not an option for me, so I began to repent and really thank the Lord for speaking to me so that I can grow, and go beyond where I currently find my self.

No more stuck on stupid

You see, there has been a few years in my past, of a series of some funky ups and downs that has slowly worn away at me. That wearing away caused a bit of doubt, worry, complaining etc., to creep in. This type of behavior is not typically what I do.

Sometimes, situations that are traumatic, and/or dramatic can come at you and hit you hard, and cause you to allow yourself to agree with the trauma and or drama. Life is consistently happening, it’s up to us on how we respond.

Actually we can respond with the word of the Lord, or we can react in our own way.

The later is not the move. This is exactly how I got:

STUCK ON STUPID

I knew that there needed to be a major change in me so I began to do the work. The Intentional work that I talked about in my last blog post:

1:  21 Day Detox by Dr. Caroline Leaf

2:  40 Day word Fast by Tim Cameron

3:  Chase the Lion book by Mark Batterson

Often times we don’t have the balls to say out loud:

*I NEED TO CHANGE MY MINDSET

*I HAVE SOME ISSUES IN MY LIFE

*GOD NEEDS TO HELP ME.

Especially being a Pastor.  Pastor or not, I know what’s up, when there is something up.

As a human being, I refuse to remain the same.

What about you?

Are there some issues that you have not said out loud?

Well do not hesitate. Lets get to it!  God is waiting for your confession!

Let Him help you to change!

Let Him speak to you, and let Him break the STUPID ceiling from over your head so that you can grow, and go to the awesome place in life that He wants you to get to.

So as far as being stuck on Stupid:

TIMES UP BOO

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Big Booty, Big Belly Girl

Big Booty, Big Belly Girl

 is how I have defined my identity for years. Starting at age 40, my body seemed to grow, and I was not disciplined enough to do something about this growth. I complained about it silently, and out loud. I would work out from time to time, tried several different eating strategies, and even contemplated liposuction on my belly. I actually still do (hehehehe). The rest of me I love!! I promise.   It’s just seeing myself as BIG booty, BIG Belly Girl is what consumes my mind the rest of the time.

In my last blog, I spoke to you all about how I went through a couple of months of discovery. A really huge part of what I discovered was how I had a negative perspective of MYSELF. SMH!

That mess had to, and has to change.

 Doing the intense work of self-discovery is a decision that I put before God.

I literally said, “God, this fog, and negative thinking sucks, and I need you to help me to come out of it, plus show me how to not have a repeat”.

 For months I felt that I really needed to have a weekly phone call with my mentor, instead of making that a priority, I continued on with my busy life.

Well, I want to tell you; not prioritizing weekly time with my mentor did not work well for me. Yes I have the Lord, and yes I have my husband, but there is a plan that God has for all of us, and that is to always, have a mentor to do life with. Jesus did not so life by Himself, being the second person to the trilogy, what makes us think that we can do life without it a coach.

So, my mentor has oversight into my life which means she see’s stuff about me that I do not see, or helps me get passed what I do see about myself that needs to change, but seem to be stuck in trying to change.

The last trip we had lots of time together just me and her. During that time she made me confront the big booty, big belly girl.

She also helped me realize where she came from. Why I choose to look at myself negatively, instead of loving every bit of my fine curvy body.

*WORKING OUT HELPS –

*EATING DIFFERENTLY HELPS,

but nothing beats me deciding to love me, and me deciding to get down and dirty with the toxic mess that I have made with my thoughts.

1:  Dr. Caroline Leaf is my girl. Y’all should check her out!I have signed up to do her 21-day detox. In this detox I tackle the negative, toxic thoughts. Dr Caroline has a very cool way of teaching how to do that.

2:  I also am doing the 40 day word fast (Tim Cameron) which is helping me with negative, sarcastic, judgmental words that I say not only about myself, but with everything, and everybody else in my life.

Guys, It’s a daily part of my life now. I’m leveling up!!

The big booty, big belly girl is slowly dying.

I got goals, and big plans for this girl, Ingrid Pickett.

I tell her everyday:

You were created perfectly in the image of God

You were created for Gods good pleasure

You are really Dope

You are created from love to love

You are more than a conqueror

 The beautification is happening y’all. Daily affirmations really work when I work it.

Stay tuned next week for the continuation of project:

THE DEATH OF THE BIG BOOTY, BIG BELLY GIRL

  Dare to change ladies. Take the time to confront the stuff that causes you not to be who God has said that you are. It’s a big deal to be His girl, and not a woman of your own toxic mess.

What toxic thoughts are trying to invade your very existence?

What thoughts need to die that live in your head?

 Get to it girls!  Discover who you are in the word of God, and affirm that daily.

No more negative words or toxic thoughts about your self.

 My new phrases of wisdom are;

*You are who you say you are.

*What you put in, is what will come out.

 Proverbs 18: 21 –  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. [1]

 Well, ok, they are new phrases, but these two phrases have taken on a whole new meaning for me. Adopt them, it will do the same for you.

 NOW.  TAKE THAT BIG BOOTY, BIG BELLY GIRL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Pr 18:21). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

Out with old, and in with the new!

Guys,

I’m really excited about my life right now!  I spent the last quarter of 2017, in an intentional mode of

Discovery, Reflection and Decision,

Which have led me to a leveling up in action towards my life path.

I was in this funky fog that I could feel, but did not understand. As a response to what I was feeling, I kind of shut down many of the projects that I was involved in, and decided on dedicating the end of the year to really asking God to help me understand what was wrong with me.  During this time, I also had a visit with my mentor, and she helped with the reveal of what was wrong.  My mentor and God are my go too’s!

Boy, did He hear me, and began to show me so much that I cannot even begin to explain in this blog. As a result, I was surely feeling and seeing a difference in me by the ending of the year. I could feel a clearing in my thoughts, and in my body for the better.

Oh, and I forgot to add that in October I began working out with a personal trainer.

Let me tell you something, the scripture,

“All things work together for good,” (Romans 8:28)

That thing was working itself out in my life. The decision of working out consistently with a trainer, the intentional focus on getting myself out of this fog, and stepping my game up to better my life was working together for my good.  It’s been amazing!

I would admonish you all to do an intentional, ongoing asking of God to show you His plan for your life, and to also show you the hindrances in your life that are causing distractions from your progress. The distractions come to get you off track of the path and purpose that God has created for you. I believe that sharing my little struggle in the fog may keep those who will pay attention away from foggy times.

Even though I have done ongoing self-assessments, know it has to be an ongoing work, and I know that God will see me through it, the outcome of these times never fail to amaze me.

I realized last week how clear my thoughts were now that I have done this work of self-reflection.

Let me tell you guys what I discovered:

*I needed to love all of me, my belly, booty and all.

*I needed to take away all negative speech about or against who I am.

*My focus has to be defined with clarity on a daily basis

*Allow my husband to help me with eating discipline (most of the time)

*Delegate more of my work duties (Wooohooo. No one can be 100% accurate when one is trying to do everything)

So

I say all of this in hopes of helping others. At this moment there may be someone thinking or even saying, “What the heck is going on with me?” This blog will help you get to the bottom of it.

I have had an upswing in coaching clients within the last month.

This is how I know that women are really attempting to get to what it is that God created them to do, and to uncover the hindrances that are seemingly keeping them stuck.

In my next blog, I will share what I am doing to keep me on point through this new me in this New Year.  I am really excited, and I love leveling up!!

Love you guys!!  Ill be back next week this time!!

 

Ingrid

My household prayer

Here it is, as promised!  My household prayer!

This prayer was probably written 15 years ago!  I prayed it everyday for probably 5 years, and then off and on as lead by the Lord after that.  I have not actually read it in it’s entirety in several years, but upon reading it just now, I will be taking parts of it and praying it until…

I know it will help you in writing your household prayer!

Let me know if you need any help!

I’m her for you!!

Have fun writing a powerful, purposeful, prayer that will yield a great harvest in your marriage, and home.

Love you,

Ingrid

 

Prayer for my household

Lord I thank you that your perfect will is being done in this house

Therefore there is no more toiling with any of us

Wealth and riches are in this house forever because we handle all of our business affairs with discretion

Psalm 112:3, 5

I thank you Lord that my husband loves me like Christ loves the church, and he leads us with the wisdom from God only.  Give him the unction to be mentored Lord, and any spirit of pride I pull down in the name of Jesus.  Give him peace deep within, so that he can walk with confidence, boldness, humility and might.  Open up his heart that he may go from glory to glory.  He is open to what you have for him, and he will not reject anything from you.  Thank you for his heart of flesh, and love and patience in the name of Jesus.

My husband is a man of great faith, He has the revelation that God is limitless, he leads by the spirit of God only, He is soaring as an eagle, he is a king, and I see him as a king.

 

I pray that my children are disciples (taught by the Lord and obedient to His will), and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of my children  Isa 54:13

We shall take the lead of the Holy Spirit and train our children up in the way that they shall go in their giftings, and show them the way of the Lord, so they will never depart from it, in Jesus name Proverbs 22:6

Our children are Jesus sheep and they hear, hearken, and know His voice, and they follow Him, in Jesus name John 10:27

They are powerful successful children of light.  I thank you for there spouses.  They are also powerful and successful and they are people that love You Lord and that are prosperous in all of there ways…  They are free and delivered from the snares of the enemy in Jesus name.  My children shall reap every benefit of the Lord and will walk in Gods perfect timing for their lives.  In Jesus name. My children shall receive a full ride all exspence paid college tuition, in Jesus name. My children will save their selves for marriage, they will remain pure virgins until the day of there marriage union. In the name of Jesus. My children shall live long and not die early untimely deaths, In Jesus name.

 

We walk by faith and not by sight or appearance, and we only speak the truth of the word in this house.  We do not judge by what we see or hear.  We only move by the spirit and the word.

The blood of Jesus is applied to every area of our lives.

I am anxious about nothing, but everything I take to you in prayer, and am not guided by my emotions, only by the spirit of God, and the peace that passes all understanding

keeps my heart and mind so that I will only think on that which is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and what is of a good report  Phil 4:6-8

Order our steps today Holy Spirit

Lead and guide us into nothing but truth John16:13

Let love abound in our hearts by the move of the Holy Spirit in this house in the name of Jesus Romans 5:5

Because we dwell in the secret place we are stable and fixed and no foe can withstand the power of the most high God.  Lord you are our refuge and our fortress we lean on, rely on and we confidently trust you.

You have delivered us from the enemy who seeks to devour us and from any deadly disease.  I thank you that your truth and faithfulness are our protection.  We are not afraid of any plot, plan or scheme of the enemy because you will show us his plan that is against us.  Sudden or accidental death will not come near us.  No evil, no plague nor calamity will come near us.  Your angels Lord have special charge over us so that we will not dash our foot against any stone.  Thank you for setting the _________family on high because we know and understand and have personal knowledge of you.  When we call upon you, you answer, and you are with us in any trouble, and you deliver and honor us.  With long life shall you satisfy us and show us salvation.  Psalm 91

In the name of Jesus  

 Amen

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Prayer Strategy part 1(#Lovefirst wives club)

 

Hey there,

I am writing as promised to give you guys my notes for the #LoveFirst wives club prayer strategy FB live video that I did on Saturday morning for wives and wives to be. If you missed it, go check it out please.

First things first.

It is very important for every wife to know the purpose of her creation. In Genesis 2:18 – 20, God tells us that He created Eve

to be Adams help meet, which translates to us. We were created to be a suitable companion to our husbands, to walk beside him, to have his back, and to pray him to and through life! With all of that being said, please go to God on exactly what this means for your marriage.

 

I can tell you what it does not mean:

*You are not your husband’s mama, so please do not take on her role.

*Your way of doing things is not necessarily the right way of doing things.

*You must realize that there is always another perspective.

*His brain is different from your brain.

*He is not your enemy.

 

Yes, we may see things before our husbands do.  Yes, we may be able to multi task, but I believe that God created us this way to help.  To be able to fill in where our husbands may be lacking.

 On Saturday, I gave three key scriptures that have lots of instruction for us as wives. There is also instruction for husbands, but right now, lets only focus on our instruction. When it’s time to pray, then we will use his instruction!

Genesis 2:18-20

Ephesians 5:21-33

1 Peter 3:1-6

 1: Pray for yourself!  I believe we as wives wear so many hats, and our hearts often move towards others first, especially our husbands, and children, hopefully in that order.  With that being said, please remember to start out praying for yourself. The scripture that I use to pray for myself is Psalm 139: 23-24. This scripture basically tells God,  “I give you permission to tell me what is in me that needs to be removed”, and it is giving God permission to set you on His path for you.

 

2: Pray with a clear-cut goal.  As a couple, the two of you should be pulling and pushing in life with the same passion toward the same goals. It should not be, “Well, I think what my husband is thinking is wrong, and/or, he is going about that all wrong.” If this is your stance pray psalm 139:23-24 right now! (lol)

 

3: Pray with a burning desire.  The example was Hannah in 1 Samuel 1:1-18.  In this scripture it says that the Lord closed Hannah’s womb.  I believe sometimes the Lord will allow pain in our lives to develop strength, and faith in Him.

Never be ashamed of the desire in your heart that you have not seen yet. 

 

4: Pray until you have assurance.  Do not talk until you have assurance. In other words, don’t nag ladies. It’s nothing worse than a nagging wife trying to force your husband into doing something.  My mentor always told me that God speaks louder to Todd than I do. 

We as women can talk to much. Shhhhhhhhhhhh!

Proverbs 21:19 says:

It is better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.

BAM!

Assurance comes from the word of God. Pray Gods word.

When I searched the scripture on what my marriage should look like, I believed God’s word. I was fully persuaded that my husband loved me like Christ loved the church, and he loved me as he loved himself. I believed it, and spoke it out of my mouth in prayer every day without fail.

 Which brings me to point 5.

 

5: Speak it into existence. Do not be afraid to speak into existence what you do not see. (Romans 4:17) Also, have the courage to have the hard conversations. When we are silent, it is as we are consenting. Go to God when you feel as if there is something to be talked about, go to your husband when God says it’s cool to, and go with the right attitude.

 Ladies, here are a few other tips from the video!

*In your marriage, always go to love first. To me going to #LOVEFIRST is equal to Proverbs 15:1 which says:

A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers fly.

*Have patience, which is making a decision to go at God’s pace and not at your own. Going at Gods pace means that you are not pushing your own.

*Ask God who He created your husband to be, and submit to your man according to that.

I believe these tips are important to put in place before the prayer strategy is actually put in place.  I believe that this information makes for a great foundation of prayer.

First things first!!

 

Get ready people!  Next week we will go further on this subject of prayer strategy.  The Lord has already given me great stuff to share!!

See you in the #Lovefirst wives club.

Do me a favor guys, invite every wife that you know to the club on our private FB page.

 

Thanks ladies. Have a great week!

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No matter what, you are Dope!

Hello Friends,

Please understand something!  Your life is important, and you were created for a purpose! It doesn’t matter What your life feels like or looks like presently, it. What matters is what you know deep in your heart.  What matters is that idea that you have heard from the Lord.  What matters is, He has given you everything that you need to do the dang thing.  My friend, you were created to make a difference!

Think about it!  He would not have put the word in your ear, or the thought in your heart, if He had not already set every thing in order for you.

Sometimes, life and the pursuit of it get a little tough.  That’s ok.  Give yourself permission to be resilient. Confront every adverse situation with your Faith, (not fear) to kick down every wall of adversity, or the thought that it’s just too hard. Never let the idea of something being “too hard”, keep you from moving forward!

Keep saying to yourself “I can do whatever I set my mind, and my hands to do! I can do this!!”

I have done the following things to stay on course:

1:  I’ve sought out a mentor in the area in which I am pursuing.

2:  I’ve sought out an accountability partner to keep me on track.

3:  I ask God for wisdom every morning for the day’s tasks.

4:  I greet fear with Faith every time it appears

5:  I keep moving no matter what

I want you to know something guys. I don’t know how to do most of the things that God tells me to do. What I happens is, once I agree with Him about what ever it is, He Miraculously places what I need to take the first step in my life in some form or fashion.

So, get up, level up, go with the move of God, and bang it out to the best of your ability, then let God do the rest!

No matter what, YOU ARE DOPE, and you make a difference.

Xoxo

Ingrid

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**I challenge you to be Grateful

Hello Friends

 

I have a challenge for you!

I sense that the climate of America is changing for the better. If you do not sense that, it’s ok, I have something for you to do to change that. If you do sense that positive change, good for you. I want YOU to be able to level up in your positivity.  The truth is, joy, and positivity comes from within. Your truth, your perspective on life can be negative or positive,  It’s all up to you.  You can decide to focus on what ever you want to focus on.

Did you know that we become a slave to our thoughts, good, or bad.

I believe that is why the Lord said in Philippians 4:8

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Understand my dear friends if you continue to fix your thoughts on CNN, MSNBC, etc, those are the facts that will consume your thoughts. There is nothing wrong with being aware of what’s going on in the world, but what does your awareness force you to focus on?

Personally, I leave all of the goings on’s in the world to God. Nothing takes Him by surprise! I choose to live my life listening to the voice of the Lord so that He can tell me how to pray for our country, and our world, instead of fixating on constant negativity.

  • I believe that we as believers have a duty to show the world the joy of the Lord, which is what strengthens us.
  • I believe that we as believers look and listen more to what’s going on around us than we do to God’s voice.
  • I believe that purposefully focusing on what we are grateful for will help us have a paradigm shift in our thought life.
  • I believe that changing our thought life will change our prayer life.
  • Changing our prayer life is essential to helping God do what He wants to do in the earth through us, His body.

 

The truth is, we are His body, shouldn’t we do what He wants us to do?

I am saying all of this to PROPOSE A CHALLENGE FOR YOU ALL

For the next 21 days, I propose that we all:

 

Get up in the morning and listen to God for at least 5 minutes.

Write in your journal every morning after listening to the Lord what 5 things that you are grateful for.

Also, pay attention to your thoughts.

Every time you think something negative, say out loud something that you are grateful for.

Throughout this 21-day period, continuously tell everyone around you, what you are grateful for concerning them you.

As I am typing, I am thinking about the places that I need to improve on my gratitude and more ways to share my gratefulness.

I am so excited for this guys!!

We are going to change our thought life, what we focus on, and those around us, one grateful act at a time!

LET’S DO THIS!!!

I will be posting on Snapchat, IG, and FB every day to keep you reminded. Also for those who don’t have social media, I will send you an email via this blog with the same reminders.

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Thanks for joining me.

XOXO

Ingrid

 

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**Parents of middle school aged girls**

Did you know these facts?

  • Over 80% of ten year old girls are afraid of being fat.
  • By middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body, and body satisfaction hits rock bottom between the ages of 12 and 15.
  • Girl’s self-esteem plummets at age 12 and does not improve until 20, unhappiness attributed to changes in body shape, as “females first experience a decline in self esteem between the ages of 12 and 13, a time when most females have entered puberty.”1

There are many consequences that occur in young girls, because of the esteem issues that they are subject to in middle school. Consequences such as1:

 

  • Eating disorders
  • Early Onset of Sexual Activity
  • Obesity

 

I remember when my daughter, Darrian, was in middle school. This vivacious elementary aged little girl had suddenly become a cranky middle school aged girl that was seldom happy. At the time, I did not know all that was going on in her little brain and emotions. Now that she is 23 years old, she talks to me about all that she was feeling.

I’m so glad to have fostered this new relationship with my daughter, and because of the desire the Lord has put on my heart to help middle school-aged girls, I am so excited to announce the official opening of the application process for the first annual:

#LOVEFIRST GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CAMP

The camp will take place July 24 – 28 from 8:30-5:30 @ 7323 Steel Mill Rd, Springfield VA. We want to help solve the great self-esteem puzzle by assisting parents in raising empowered young girls that know who they are in Christ, and to lead them in honing in on their unique gifts and talents that make them who they are, and shed light on their individual beauty. If you are interested in participating in this amazing camp, email me @ lovefirstmarriagemovement@gmail.com, and I will get the application out to you ASAP!

For you parents that are currently figuring out your daughter’s schedule for the week of July 24 – 28, mark the LOVE FIRST GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CAMP on your calendars.

Your daughter has an appointment with her destiny. I look forward to talking with you soon! If you do not have a middle school aged daughter, please share this information with all of your friends that do. Limited space is available, so contact us today and we will get your daughter registered!!

 

 

To pre-register call Ingrid @ 703-209-9311 or Kim @703-727-5200

The camp will take place July 24th – 28th

Lovefirstgirlmarriagemovement@gmail.com

 

Love ya,

XOXO,

Ingrid