Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me…
1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how
• He gave me a house I couldn't afford
• Healed two of my children
• Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no
2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story.
3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos.
4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose.
5. I am addicted to prayer.
6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect.
7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line.
8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one.
9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8).
10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things.
11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30.
12. I love to experiment in the kitchen.
13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.)
14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me.
15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise.
16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite.
17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't.
18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google.
19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus.
Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!
I have learned that I need to stop saying that I do not have enough time in a day to accomplish all my tasks. The question is not whether I have enough time, instead, I should ask what I am doing with the time I have? If my priorities are misguided and I haven’t sought God for my daily agenda, then yes, I will come to the end of the day lamenting about how I didn’t have enough time. Most of us are overwhelmed and always feel hurried because we put more on our to do list than we should. We were not created to do it all. We can also be on the opposite end of the spectrum and become poor steward of our time. God admonishes us to not be idle. Instead of TELLING God what I am going to do each day, I am learning to pause and ASK Him what I should be doing. Whenever I take this approach, my days are a lot more productive because I have allowed my daily steps to be ordered by God.
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Have you noticed that it can be difficult to concentrate and be productive if your house isn’t clean? For today’s lesson, I have learned that cleaning my house is important. A clean and organized home helps to improve my mood. I understand that we have different seasons of life and things may not always look the way we want it to. I get it, I encourage you to not get discouraged but do what you can. There are 8 of us that live in our house and I sometimes wonder how on earth someone with such a tiny body can make a tornado of a mess. Even though my house is not always picture perfect, I have learned that I must make it a priority to try to keep things in order. I try to be mindful of how much time I WASTE on my phone or being idle. I may not be able to keep the entire house looking sparkling clean each day, but I try to be intentional with the little things such as daily making my bed and doing some laundry each day. God is a God of order and I realize that He is also concerned about the ways in which I keep my surroundings. I want to honor Him in all I do, nothing is off limit. I would love to hear from you, what are some things you do to maintain a tidy home? Do you struggle in this area?
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
I have been known to have sweet teeth. Yes, you read that correctly, I did not say teeth, not tooth. I had a serious addiction to sugar and was convicted about it on more than one occasion. In the past, when I was overwhelmed, I would run to get something sweet before I would go and pray. Sugar had become an idol, it often took the place of God in my life.
God made it plain to me a few years ago that I was to eliminate sugar from my diet. When I acted like I didn’t understand what He was saying, He made it CRYSTAL CLEAR TO ME. I started having ailments in my body whenever I ate processed sugar. I wasn’t too fond of being bloated, feeling dizzy, having cramped and swollen joints so I decided it was time to obey. I am so grateful because I have been able to find thesetwo natural alternatives to replace processed sugars.
The lesson I have learned for today is that my diet does matter. When I eat like I should, I have clarity of thought and more energy and I am better prepared to fulfill my purpose. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I have to treat it as such. God is concerned about us holistically so what we put on our plates matter. I want to encourage you to not only ask God about your gifts and purpose but to also ask Him what you should eat. When He responds, I encourage you to obey because what you eat does matter.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
3 John 1:2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
Don’t kid yourself, your choice of entertainment matters. God tells us to have times of refreshing. However, we must be careful that the entertainment we feed ourselves during those times don’t become counterproductive and leave us “burdened” instead of refreshed.
I have learned that even though I am “good and grown” I must still be mindful of the kind of entertainment I feed my spirit. I can’t be naïve and think that it doesn’t matter because it does. The enemy has an agenda and a lot of the stuff that is labeled as entertainment is contrary to the word of God. Sometimes we are struggling in certain areas and it’s because we have opened the door to the enemy through the things we watch and listen to. We can also greatly compromise our ability to operate in our gifts because of our choice of entertainment. All areas of our lives but be submitted to the Holy Spirit, and that includes our choice of entertainment. Is choosing the right entertainment an area of struggle for you? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Psalm 101: 3-4 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.
People will offend us. That is a byproduct of living in a fallen world. However, I have a choice in how I will to respond to the offense.
For today’s lesson, I have learned that I must choose to release offenses. Holding on to them and refusing to forgive can create sickness in our bodies and spirit. Furthermore, God makes it clear that if we do not forgive others, we ourselves will not be forgiven. Here is the truth of the matter, we all stand in the need of forgiveness…ALL OF US! We shouldn’t be hypocrites and ask of the Lord the very thing we withhold from others.
I know firsthand how difficult it can be to release an offense and forgive. I have spent a lot of time in prayer asking the Lord to heal wounds that were caused by an offense and to help me to choose to forgive. On some occasions, I had to pray more than once because the wound went deep. I am not proud to admit it but sometimes after praying, I would then go and share the offense with someone else. I felt justified. That was extremely counterproductive. The constant rehearsing of an offense was a great way to undo my prayers.
God has provided a blueprint in His word on how we are to handle offenses. No amount of “justified” anger is worth my soul. I have made it a habit to continuously pray and ask the Lord to make the choice to release offenses. How about you? Is it difficult for you to forgive others and release the offense? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Mathew 6:14-15“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15 But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
I have learned to redefine success and ditch what the world told me. This lesson has really hit home for me the last few years. I reflect on my life and it did not go as planned. It would be easy for me to say it hasn’t been successful. However, that’s just not the truth. My life is successful because I am doing what God has called me to do. That’s as simple as it gets for a definition, but it can be a challenge to live out. Truth is, when you say yes to God, that yes leads you to carrying your cross.
That yes leads you to a place of death
Death to self
Death to your own agenda
Death to things you could have done that would have caused the world to applaud you and call you successful.
I also realize if I am not careful, I can abort what God has told me to do if it doesn’t become a “success” in my prescribed time frame. If I don’t guard my heart, the response of others can make me second guess if I am truly successful.
I have been a stay at home mom for the last 14 years. My duties can be summed up to tending to my husband, children, and house. Nothing glamorous about that. However, I have had to remind myself to keep my eyes on Jesus and look to Him to define true success. How about you? Are you struggling with this truth? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Isaiah 55: 8-9 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.