A Case of the Mondays

Ya know, it’s so unfortunate Monday’s  get such a bad wrap. It’s almost as if everything is destined to go wrong on a Monday huh?

Your alarm doesn’t go off at 7am so you start your day off 30 mins behind schedule. Traffic is a mess and the D train has been stuck at Penn station for the last 12 minutes with no move insight. Finally you arrive above ground rejoicing  with 15 mins left to gleefully spare. So you pop into your usual coffee shop because who are we kidding? We already know that all work and no latte makes Jack a dull boy. But there’s a problem. Your usual barista is on vacation and the newbie behind the bar has not the slightest clue what you mean when you ask for a carmel vanilla latte with 3 shots, 2  raw, whip, and extra sauce in the cup.

“Okay so is it the vanilla cream or the vanilla flavoring you want?” she hesitantly asks.

“Umm, Im not sure because I dont work here …You do! My job is two blocks away of which I am now 3 mins past due thanks to this unfortunate interaction.”

This of course is what you want to say buuuuut you dont because you have Jesus in your life today. And like every good Jedi knows His force is strong. Particularly at this very moment seeing as while you stood sardined between two armpits on the train for 45 mins you were able to get up to date on all of your YouVersion devotionals you missed over the last 5 days. (For which you kinda should be proud of because you didnt even have to use the “catch me up” button… Hurray you)

So instead you pause, then force a hopefully convincing smile, and in a sweet voice say, “The cream is fine.”
And thats Monday.

Or is it?

Sure, some days are uppers and others are downers. The cards may land in our favor or like a vegas night we dont want to remember, leave us treking home dry. We have the power to reset our day by resetting our perspective and speaking life, positivity, peace, and prosperity into the situation.

Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. Ecclesiastes 3:1 GNT

My mother, brother, and I were running late to an event one evening and to make matters worse we were stuck behind a stalled train. With no way out on a one way street I gripped, sucked my teeth and complained. Then my mom turned to me and said,

“You dont know Tana… God could be slowing us down to save our lives from an accident up ahead.”

In that moment my mom’s perspective of the same situation, in the same car, behind the same train was utterlly and totally different than mine. I went from being frustrated and anxious to thankful and very patient.

Our perspective, when its through the eyes of positivity, goodness and Christ can take a Monday and make it feel like a Friday. Take an unpaid bill and turn it into an opportunity to grow your faith. Take the wrongdoings of another and turn it into an opportunity to demonstrate Gods love, mercy, and forgiveness. The proper perspective can even take a heartbreak or a loss and turn it into the foundation God wants to use to build something great.

Today, tomorrow, and beyond I encourage  you to change your perspective on a situation, a circumstance, or even a person that is challenging, seemingly negative, stressful, and uncomfortable. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you the spiritual eyes spiritual to see things through the eyes of faith, the eyes of positivity, but most of all, through the eyes of God.

 

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17 Things Things To Accomplish in Twenty-Seventeen

I gave up on resolutions about 20 minutes ago and decided to take this puppy in a different direction. Below I’ve listed 17 things I want to accomplish this year in 2017. If I dont get to achieve them all perfectly its the heart and effort that count. Either way there’s no pressure just goals… 

(In no particular order)

1. Join a NYC church community

2. Exercise more financial responsibility.

3. Improve my physical health through exercise and healthier eatting.

4. Waste less time. Become more productive.

5. Be honest with myself and others. (even when its hard or awkward to do so.)

6. Go the extra mile in all I do.

7. Read through the entire Bible.

8. Say yes to new opportunities more often.

9. Take a class on a subject that will sharpen my passions be it writing, photography, film, or music.

10. Rebuild/Develop old and new relationships.

11. Serve in church ministry/community.

112. Become more teachable.

13. Volunteer to serve/participate in a community organization.

14. Blog/Write more consistently. 

15. Become more of a woman of integrity.

16. Have more God time than I used to.

17. Find an opportunity to share Christ with atleast 1 person everyday.

My Top Christian Apps

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You Version Bible App (Free)

The #1 rated bible app with over a 200 Million downloads  in over 1,000 versions and supported languages it is more than just your typical bible app. YouVersion offers hundreds of reading plans and devotionals, audio bibles, videos and the ability to connect and share with friends. You can customize and personalize the app by turning scripture verses into sharable art, highlighting, bookmarks, notes, cloud sync and customizable font, text size and contrast for easy reading.

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I’ll Be honest (Free)

I’ll Be Honest provides christian videos and sermons of Tim Conway, Paul Washer and many more.  Their mission is to seek truth and honesty when it comes to what the Bible says about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how mankind can be made right with God. These teachings are very impactful with straightforward and piercing truth in every lesson. Every message challenges the listener to go deeper and deeper in God. There are several languages available, resources such as churches near you, question forum, reading plans, bible apps and an array of topics to choose from if you are looking for something specific.

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Right Now Media (Free Access with Church Subscription)

With over 10,000 bible study videos Rightnow Media is an app that provides leadership resources; bible and video studies for just about any christian book, author or topic you can think of. The subscription is purchased through your church’s administration and from there the administrators can customize what books, resources and ministries are best  suited for their congregation. With everything from Sunday school courses, home and group studies, men, women and youth groups and children’s ministries.

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Abide (Free, in app purchases)

This prayer app is a wonderful addition to my day. It provides daily scriptures (that sync with youversion), prayers and encouragement that you can even customize by topic. You can even customize each prayer with your choice of soothing background music. You can also set your app to alert you any time of day for prayer or meditation. If you decided to purchase a membership you will get additional features such as guides which contain a series of spiritual instructions, exercises, prayers and encouragement. You can start a prayer stream with customized prayers just for you and you will also receive additional background music to choose from for your moments of prayer and meditation.

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iBethel (Free)

This is the church app from Bethel Church in Redding CA. It includes many features such as Bethel.Tv where you can watch some of your favorite preachers, teachers and worship moments. You can also catch the latests podcasts and even tune in to the Bethel Church Live Stream.

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IHOPKC (Free)

This is the church app for the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Here you can browse teachings by speaker, topic or most recent. You can also check out the archives for various services and conferences and tune in to their live 24/7 Global prayer room ANYTIME no matter where you are (my favorite)

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CARM (.99cents)

     True to its name the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM is dedicated to the glory of Christ and the promotion of the defense of the Christian gospel, doctrine and theology. Have a question? Im sure CARM has an answer. They analyze religious and non-religious movements and compares them to the bible. CARM examines topics ranging from abortion to evolution all the way to universalism. Ive been an active lover and reader of their website http://www.carm.org for over 15 years now and while access to the site is free the app does cost .99cents, but trust me its worth it (technically its worth more) The app features include the ability to search the site for any and every topic, listen to the CARM radio podcast, call in to the show, send images through fan cam, submit questions, access the online store and recieve up to date information via push notifications.

InTouch Ministries (Free)

Who doesn’t love Charles Stanley? One of my favorite teachers of the word, InTouch Ministries app offers daily devotions, stream radio and television broadcasts, receive articles from the InTouch Magazine, access to the ministries radio network, blog, discipleship resources and more.

Your Move with Andy Stanley (Free)

     And speaking of Stanley, Andy Stanley’s app is pretty awesome too. The Your Move app gives you on-demand access to the full video collection of Your Move episodes. Extra features include easy share functionality, audio listening, conversation and application tools, and opportunities to further connect with Your Move with Andy Stanley.

Joyce Meyer Ministries (free)

Another favorite is Joyce Meyer. This app affords quick and easy access to latest teachings, daily devotionals, television and radio broadcast, conference dates, details and much more

OnePlace (free)

This is a Christian teaching and talk show app that gives you free access to some of the most popular christian teachings and ministries on christian radio today. You can download and save your favorites, share sermons and teachings with friends or family. View and purchase special offers from you favorite ministries, donate and even contact a specific ministry directly. A few of my favorites are Tony Evans, Greg Laurie, Rick Warren and Hank Hanegraaff (The Bible Answer Man)

myKlove (free)

This app is all about helping you grow, connect and be encouraged anytime and anywhere. This app offers so much more then just the music which you have 24/7 access to the klove radio broadcast, it also includes many resources, growth tracks and goals, daily devotions, a share wall where you can connect, pray with and encourage others and a local event finder to discover opportunities and activities near you.