SOAP 8.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

The inspiration for this, is from my August 14th post from 2014. You can find that post linked to the one today in the link in my bio! Double the fun.

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: 1 Peter 3: 13-18 (MSG)

If with heart and soul you’re doing good, do you think you can be stopped? Even if you suffer for it, you’re still better off. Don’t give the opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy. Keep a clear conscience before God so that when people throw mud at you, none of it will stick. They’ll end up realizing that they’re the ones who need a bath. It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.

Observation: If you are doing good you can’t be stopped.

Application: If I am in the right, I am an unstoppable force. This doesn’t mean being a know-it-all, we must always remember to have courtesy for others. Jesus was the ultimate do-gooder and His righteousness still continues to be an unstoppable force in us.

Prayer: God help us to power through any difficult times because nothing will last forever. You have provided the ultimate prize – bringing us to God.

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SOAP is also posted on @jesscbnyc

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Vessels

I put this into my drafts 24 days ago. Talk about….procrastination.

Point is I had this dream I think on 7/12 or a day or two after. Meh. Sorry guys. But it happened! I swear! and I haven’t felt like I’ve had a “meaningful” dream in a long time so I thought I would document it here for my memory sake and also, maybe your enjoyment. So here we go!

I don’t really know where I was, but I was in a room and I kept feeling like something was rising up in my throat. If you’ve followed me to any degree you might already know that I’m a bit emetophobic. I have been since I was little. So I remember in my dream being quite grossed out feeling like I was going to spew. Ha. Much to my surprise though, it wasn’t going to go down (or up?) that way. When I felt the feeling of something rising up in my throat I opened my mouth to pull out some sort of black crumpled ball that was — almost sticky and pruny.

But wait there’s more.

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a small bottle.

Huh?

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a small bottle.

Ok…

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a large almost wine sized bottle.

How is that possible?

The rising feeling came again and I pulled out of my mouth a large almost wine sized bottle.

I wake up.

Now let’s just be real here. Knowing that you’re going to potentially expel your insides is pretty gross. But taking empty glass bottles out of your mouth…is like something you might see someone employed at the carnival side show do.

But what does it all mean?

The morning after I had this dream I shared it with my mom. I just felt like I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. I asked my mom to write up her thoughts again for me since I didn’t write this blog post on the day of. Here’s what she said:

PRUNE is a plum very ripened.  
You are a fruitful speaker grown under the tender care of your Jesus the Gardener & your environment good, bad even ugly have been part of the soil you were hewned? In (& of course your Mother LOL ? )
Fully ripened now plucked from GOD’s vine ready to give LOL
If the bottles were empty..GOD will fill as needed with the words/wisdom you need to reach others.  Like fine wine the best is served when Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding @ his MOTHERS request LOL
He saved the best for last especially when the world does the opposite Read the scripture about it.
So in short there were two main things I got from that at the time and then as she reminded me about her thoughts:
1. What is coming out of my mouth has been ripened to be ready
2. The bottles are empty and ready to be filled by God
The takeaways I had at the time and then again as I reminded myself of this dream was actually the story of the woman and the jars. The jars and containers were empty but the oil kept coming so she needed to keep gathering more and more vessels to hold it.
When all is said and done, this is what I can gather:
It is a ripe season, and initially my vessels were small but once time passes the vessels become larger and larger. God will fill them up.
What do you think? Comment below.

SOAP 8.4.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

The inspiration for this, is from my August 4th post from 2014. You can find that post linked to the one today in the link in my bio! Double the fun.

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3-4 (ERV)

It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful.
No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
That beauty will never disappear.
It is worth very much to God.

Observation: Inner beauty is worth more to God than outer beauty.

Application: Any time I have a bad hair day, worry about what I look like, or what others see, I can remember God sees me from the inside.

Prayer: God, help us not to think of ourselves in a shallow way when it comes to beauty. Let us focus on ways to make our inner self the most beautiful. Amen.

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SOAP is also posted on @jesscbnyc⠀

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Community Feature – restfortheweary

One of my new initiatives is to hear from my followers in a way that directly meets them on their journeys.

On Instagram I encourage you to tag your posts with #UnfilteredChristianWomen so I can see what everyone is up to and feature topics that they are currently thinking about or needing feedback on.

My goal will always be to write a blog post each month on a topic from my own heart BUT I also want to make room for another post that same month directly addressing a topic found via Instagram using the community hashtag.

This month I am featuring a post from: @restfortheweary *

“it is OKAY to ask for help when you need it, dear heart. if you’re tired, rest. if you’re hungry, eat. if you’re scared, pray. the Lord is always there.
praying for all of you who are suffering alongside me. “

So many times we can feel like being a Christian is being strong. Being a mentor to other broken people and overall simply being the strong one with unshakeable faith and optimism. But sometimes we need to remember that we were never asked to do life alone. That it’s okay to need rest or to suffer. You aren’t alone and most of the time it’s just the way of the world and not necessarily that you are doing anything to provoke it.

Comment below.

* Original post here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVa7nHiFxvm/

SOAP 7.14.17

Good morning!⠀

This morning I had my tea and am ready to dive into a SOAP for you guys.⠀

For those who don’t know, SOAP stands for:⠀

Scripture⠀
Observation⠀
Application⠀
Prayer⠀

Scripture: Psalm 3:2-6

Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.


Observation: There will always be “haters”, “naysayers” and people who don’t believe the best for you.

Application: No matter what voice you hear, trust that God’s voice has the final say. We do not have to fear even if 10,000 people try to tear us down because God is above it all.

Prayer: God, help us to hear your thundering voice louder and more clear than a 10,000 human voices. Amen.

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Waiting

I wrote an article for Imperishable Beauty about this topic here. And I still find myself in the waiting.

Maybe you find yourself here too. It could be waiting to find the right person. Waiting to get pregnant. Waiting on God to speak to you about something. Waiting for your breakthrough. In many different ways, we are all waiting on something.

For me, it’s a combination. My greatest “wait” at the moment is for a job. I am qualified for the hundred-plus positions I’ve applied for. I have been liked by the several phone interviews I’ve picked up my cell phone for. And yet you wait and wait and wait.

I don’t have a step-by-step God formula for you to follow. If I did, I wouldn’t even charge you anything to get it! Ha! But the fact remains we are all different. We respond to different things in a different way. We have different trials and hopes and likes and dislikes and I would guess what would work for me will probably not work for you.

But in the waiting. I can encourage you, maybe not in the same exact situation, that I am there too. You are not being punished by God. You are not the only one waiting for a breakthrough.

Sending you prayers of hope, and patience, and love.

xo, Jess