You Were Meant to Stand Out

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Why do so many of us compare ourselves to others? This world puts so much focus on the outer man and looking “perfect”. Why do we allow media to set the standard of what real beauty is? If you look at these models that you see on the cover of magazines, I can guarantee they are photoshopped to be flawless. What is so bad is that so many young girls look at these magazines and media and feel like they have to look a certain way or be a certain size to be beautiful. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with looking your best and taking care of your body. We should all do that, but we shouldn’t compare ourselves to anyone. What might work for one person, may not work for someone else.
Let me tell you that it took me years to learn to accept myself. I will never be a size 2 because my bone structure won’t allow it and I’m fine with that. So many of us women have a hard time accepting and loving ourselves. We look at the “perfect” images wherever we go and if we allow ourselves to start comparing, we will feel so bad about ourselves. I struggled for years with my self esteem and really thought I was ugly and fat. I never felt like I fit in anywhere and thought there was something wrong with me. It wasn’t until I allowed God in completely that He was able to heal me and set me free from my mess. I had to learn what He says about me in His word and believe it.
You see, we are all meant to be different. If we all looked the same and acted the same, this world would be boring. There’s a reason you and I are different. We need to embrace that and learn to love ourselves for who we are. God made us to be unique and He uses us in our uniqueness. It is so liberating when you learn to walk in that and to be happy with who He made you. No one can be a better you , than YOU! Never let anyone make you feel like there is something wrong with you because you don’t fit in their box. The only one who should be changing us is our Creator. He makes us better and better. A lot of people look at me funny because I have some tattoos and I am a bit different. I know it takes some church people who have been stuck in old ways a bit to embrace me and I’m okay with that. I know who I am and I know that My Father uses me just the way I am. I say this to encourage you to be yourself and embrace your differences. God needs us all with our differences because there is a variety of people who He needs to reach and we are His hands and feet on this earth. You can reach people that I won’t be able to and vice versa. Not everyone will set foot in a church building but we can reach others in our everyday life as we are free being all that our Father has made us to be and we allow His love to shine brightly through us. You are beautiful just the way you are. Never let anyone make you feel otherwise, not just because I say it,  but more importantly because your Heavenly Father says so.
Psalm 139:14 – I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..
~ Dez
#truthtalk

Truth Talk with Dez

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Why do so many of us compare ourselves to others? This world puts so much focus on the outer man and looking “perfect”. Why do we allow media to set the standard of what real beauty is? If you look at these models that you see on the cover of magazines, I can guarantee they are photoshopped to be flawless. What is so bad is that so many young girls look at these magazines and media and feel like they have to look a certain way or be a certain size to be beautiful. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with looking your best and taking care of your body. We should all do that, but we shouldn’t compare ourselves to anyone. What might work for one person, may not work for someone else.
Let me tell you that it took me years to learn to accept myself…

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You Were Meant To Stand Out

stand out
Why do so many of us compare ourselves to others? This world puts so much focus on the outer man and looking “perfect”. Why do we allow media to set the standard of what real beauty is? If you look at these models that you see on the cover of magazines, I can guarantee they are photoshopped to be flawless. What is so bad is that so many young girls look at these magazines and media and feel like they have to look a certain way or be a certain size to be beautiful. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with looking your best and taking care of your body. We should all do that, but we shouldn’t compare ourselves to anyone. What might work for one person, may not work for someone else.
Let me tell you that it took me years to learn to accept myself. I will never be a size 2 because my bone structure won’t allow it and I’m fine with that. So many of us women have a hard time accepting and loving ourselves. We look at the “perfect” images wherever we go and if we allow ourselves to start comparing, we will feel so bad about ourselves. I struggled for years with my self esteem and really thought I was ugly and fat. I never felt like I fit in anywhere and thought there was something wrong with me. It wasn’t until I allowed God in completely that He was able to heal me and set me free from my mess. I had to learn what He says about me in His word and believe it.
You see, we are all meant to be different. If we all looked the same and acted the same, this world would be boring. There’s a reason you and I are different. We need to embrace that and learn to love ourselves for who we are.
  God made us to be unique and He uses us in our uniqueness. It is so liberating when you learn to walk in that and to be happy with who He made you. No one can be a better you , than YOU! Never let anyone make you feel like there is something wrong with you because you don’t fit in their box. The only one who should be changing us is our Creator. He makes us better and better.
   A lot of people look at me funny because I have some tattoos and I am a bit different. I know it takes some old fashioned people who have been stuck in their ways a bit to embrace me and I’m okay with that. I know who I am and I know that My Father uses me just the way I am. I say this to encourage you to be yourself and embrace your differences. God needs us all with our differences because there is a variety of people who He needs to reach and we are His hands and feet on this earth. You can reach people that I won’t be able to and vice versa. Not everyone will set foot in a church building but we can reach others in our everyday life as we are free being all that our Father has made us to be and we allow His love to shine brightly through us. You are beautiful just the way you are. Never let anyone make you feel otherwise, not just because I say it,  but more importantly because your Heavenly Father says so.
Psalm 139:14 – I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..
~ Dez
#truthtalk

What Lies Are You Believing

Truth Talk with Dez

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I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image
of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9,10)

Our lives are shaped by the things we believe, by the thoughts we accept and allow to become our truth. If we stop and really think about our thoughts about ourselves and our lives in general, we may be surprised by the lies we believe. Are there certain issues you have struggled to overcome? How do you see yourself? Do you struggle with being consistent or with finishing things you start?

Stop and think about what goes through your mind. If you struggle with any of these things, your thoughts probably go something like this, “I will never be able to lose weight. I am just not a disciplined person. I’m too afraid. I can’t do anything right. I’m so…

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We Are Wonder Women 


To all my sisters,
   Those that know me, know that I absolutely LOVE Wonder Woman. I have since I was a little girl. I often say that I am Wonder Woman. Some people might think that I am cocky but that’s not it. You see, there was a time when I didn’t see much in myself and I believed the enemy’s lies that tried to make me believe that I was ugly, weak, insignificant and that I had no value or purpose. I lived that way for years and was living a defeated life. 

 As I learned my identity in Christ and grew in my relationship with Him, He started to reveal what He has put in me. You see, He has put gifts and treasure within each of us and those things will be revealed as we draw closer to Him. His Spirit dwells on the inside of us so He has given us all that we need to overcome.

  There are so many of God’s daughters who walk around with their head hung low, with low self esteem and no confidence. There are so many with rejection issues who are looking for significance or value in people, jobs, money or things. 

  You have to know that you are so precious, so valuable and so loved by One who loves you more than any person can. God gave his only Son who was perfectly innocent to die so you could be free. If you are a mother, do you know anyone who you would sacrifice your child for? I know I can’t think of anyone. But God did this for you and me. What an amazing love. He accepts you just as you are and loves you just as you are. We are all imperfect people in need of a perfect Savior. 

  There are so many things that I love about Wonder Woman. She is fearless and so courageous. She is confident and knows who she is. She isn’t afraid to fight an enemy that is bigger than her or appears stronger because she knows the power she has. This is how us women are meant to be. 

  I know what it’s like to live bound by fear and I determined myself a long time ago to be free of fear. It has been a long journey, but I am a different woman than I was all those years ago. God has taught me how to face fear and overcome it. It is a process but as you lean on Him and allow Him to lead you, you can be free and you can be fearless, courageous and confident. I truly believe that there is a Wonder Woman on the inside of every woman and it is time to realize it and discover the hidden treasures that our Father has put on the inside of you. You are more powerful than you know. This is why the enemy tries to keep us bound by lies, fear and insecurity. He knows that when we know who we are and more importantly WHOSE we are, we are a threat to him and he will have no power over us. So ladies, I encourage you to rise up and be all that your Father has made you to be and watch what He will do through you. 
“Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

‭‭Esther‬ ‭4:14‬b ‭NLT‬‬
~ Dez

A Diamond in the Making

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    No matter who you are, no matter how young or old, you are going to go through things in this life. But what we have to remember is that everything we go through, even the things that are painful, have a purpose and give us opportunity to grow and learn.

   If you look at how a diamond is formed, it takes place way below the earth’s surface. They form under extreme temperatures and pressures and take a long time to form. When it is revealed, you see it in it’s glory, but you don’t get to see the process it went through to become the final product. This is what is happening in each of us as we walk this walk and allow our Father to mold and make us. As we face the ugly things within us, surrender and allow the Lord to heal us and set us free, we are slowly being shaped and formed.  Every trial, every pain, every hurt, all of it God is using to make us into a beautiful masterpiece so in His due time He can put us on display for His glory.

  Sometimes we question God when we go through something extremely hard but we have to remember that He sees all, past, present and future. We have a limited view. It may not make sense to us at the moment but if we hold on and allow the Lord to work in us, we will look back one day and it will make sense, but even if it doesn’t this is where trust comes in. Just as a little girl trusts her daddy to catch her when she jumps into the pool, this is how our Father wants us to trust Him.

   I can say for myself as I look back on my life that some of the hardest moments of my life when I thought I would not make it through, my Father was there through it all and He carried me when I didn’t have the strength to put one foot in front of the other. These moments built strength and character and brought me closer to the Lord. As hard as those moments were, I don’t have regrets and I am thankful because I would not be who I am today if I had not gone through the things I have been through.

   I have always pictured this walk as a path that we each have to walk and yours is different than mine. No one’s is greater than anyone else’s but we are all going to the same place if we are walking with God. On this journey we will encounter many things, some great and some not so great but if we hold onto our Father’s hand, He will never lead us the wrong way and He will walk us through it all. He will help us over every mountain and through every valley. He will see you safely through every fire and every storm. Just hold onto His hand and never let go. He’s got you.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 NASB

~ Dez

What Will He Say to You?

Truth Talk with Dez

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    I believe there are going to be a lot of surprises when we get to heaven one day. There is a saying that Joyce Meyer has that says, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.” The first time I heard this it made me chuckle, but then I thought about it and I realized how sad it is that there are people out there who really believe that church attendance or participation will somehow earn them points or a special ticket to heaven. If only it were so easy. Sadly, people who think this way are stuck in religion that will never save them. It may give them a good image or make them “look” like a good Christian but it cannot change them or save their soul. You see, when we focus on our works…

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Seasons

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   Every season has a purpose and prepares for the next season. You may find yourself in a season of sowing or a season of reaping. If you your children are very small, that is a season for you or maybe your children have all moved out. Maybe you are in a season of preparation and it almost feels like you are in school, learning what is necessary for the next season. There are many seasons in this life.

 We have all been through many seasons, some easier than others. Each season was necessary to bring us to where we are now. If you allow Him to, God will use every moment and every season to mold you and to make you more like Him. We all know that there are some seasons we want to rush or that we wish were over, especially if we tend to be impatient.

   What we have to do, wherever we find ourselves at the moment, is to stay focused on the purpose of this current season and what God wants to do right now in you. Resist the temptation to look at others and wish you were in the season they are in. Yes, celebrate with those around you but be careful not to envy. You have no idea what they have been through to get to the place they are at. God has a path set out for each of us. You are not meant to walk another person’s path, only your own.

   I, myself have been in a season of preparation. It has not been easy and there are times when I feel impatient and I am tempted to move ahead of God but I know that it won’t work and I will fall flat on my face. (I have learned this one from experience). I am learning in this season to wait on God and while I am waiting I am learning to allow Him to do whatever He needs to in my life, no matter how uncomfortable. I am learning to be completely yielded. I am seeing a lot and being obedient as He leads and I know that I will move into the next season and be ready when the time comes. We never want to jump ahead before our time.

   I picture this life like a giant puzzle. As we move through life, God gives us the puzzle pieces we need at the moment but he cannot reveal the whole puzzle yet. If he were to show us the entire picture, we would not be able to handle it and we probably wouldn’t want to go through everything that we would see. The Lord graces us for every season as we walk with Him. Some moments may seem impossible, but He is always with us even if we don’t feel like He is. Those are the moments where we learn to trust Him most and when He is closest. As the saying goes, “The teacher is silent during the test.” When a season you are in feels long, it is easy to become frustrated. We are human and we will go through these emotions. Learn to lay it down before your Father. Determine yourself everyday to stay in the moment. See what your Father would have you learn today. He is working things out in you that you can’t see and He has an amazing way of taking everything in life and turning it around for our good. We may not always see it at the moment but one day when you look back, you will see it.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1

~ Dez

What If You Knew That This Day Was Your Last?

One Minute to 12 oclock

 

How differently would you live your life if you knew that today was your last day to live? So many of us can get distracted with things that,  if we really weigh them out, are not all that important. How differently would you treat those around you? Would you reach out to someone who you haven’t seen in years? Would you forgive someone who has wronged you? How would you spend your time?

Each one of us is going to face the end of our time on earth one day. If you are a believer and you know anything about bible prophecy, you know that the rapture can happen at any time. What if you knew that the rapture was going to happen tomorrow? Would it make you check yourself? Would you finally look at those around you who need Jesus and would you tell them about Him so that they too could be saved? Would you tell your loved ones how much you care? Would you tell those friends you have that aren’t saved about Jesus?

I know it sounds extreme, but in reality, we never know how much time we have left. I’m sure that many of those who have gone before us thought they had more time. Our time on this earth really is short compared to eternity. Make sure that you are living life on purpose and not just for yourself. Look around you. See people who are in need and those who are lost. Reach out and be Jesus’ hands and feet on this earth as we should be.      If you knew this was your last day, would you be ready? Jesus died for each of us. He was perfectly innocent but He carried our sins on the cross and took our place. He died so that we could live forever with Him one day. Being saved has nothing to do with your church attendance or any of the good things you have done. What it boils down to is this. Have you asked Him to be your Lord and Savior? Have you surrendered your life to Him and let Him into your heart? So many people think that they have to meet some standard before they can come to Jesus. This is so far from the truth. He wants you just as you are, mess and all. He will work out the rest. Are you ready?
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. – Matthew 11:28

~ Dez