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99 Problems (Day 99 – 100 Days of Singleness)

I had 99 problems, God only had to fix 1!!! I was seeking God, yet being attacked in every area of my life. I was being criticized and put down by those I loved and respected and it seemed as if everything was going wrong. But God! Being who He is saw all of what I was facing and did not change one thing about my circumstances yet changed my entire life.

I was looking at what was happening to me and He showed me it was happening for me! (Romans 8:28) I found comfort in the word of God, knowing that no matter how bleak it seemed, it was all divinely orchestrated for the greater good. It is the plan of the enemy to keep you so preoccupied with pain that you neglect purpose. But with the love of God, you are able to maintain peace in every situation because all things may crumble but the word of The Lord stands!

So yes, out of my 99 problems… God only fixed one but it was the only one that needed fixing. Me!

Colossians 3:10-12
And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

I asked God to change the hearts of those that attacked me, He changed my heart toward them and allowed me to love them. My fight wasn’t with them but the spirit that operated in them!
– 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I prayed that He would take away the pain of my past, help me to forget it so it wouldn’t hurt anymore. He made me face it, then healed it and allowed me to use it as a testimony to help heal others!
– 18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34)

I sought Him and I found Him because I needed Him with all of me, and He filled every void with His love. I cannot brag or boast except of the love of Christ that has begun a work in me and who is faithful to complete it. (Phillipians 1:6) Every situation, every trial, every testing, has developed the gifts of he spirit within me and I count it all joy when I am torn down and my name is spat on because I am in good company. With Christ and His disciples, I endure sufferings and with them I look forward to the prize and reward of following the will of God.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭2-4‬ NASB)

Every struggle, every trial, every burden was to perfect you and push you pass your threshold. My uncle once told me, no big change ever happens until you pass your threshold and he was right!

Greater is coming!

I had 99 problems and God fixed them all by fixing one, He’s GOD like that! And yes I did mean to put GOD!!!

– Love ya!

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Sacred speech…. or secret sabotage??? ( Day 13 – 100 Days of Singleness)

I’ll let the scripture speak….

“…..For I have heard the whispering of many, “Terror on every side! Denounce him; yes, let us denounce him!” All my trusted friends, Watching for my fall, say: “Perhaps he will be deceived, so that we may prevail against him And take our revenge on him.” (Jeremiah 20:9, 10 NASB)

Meditate on this scripture and if you haven’t already, check out Fire by Michelle Williams, it’s what brought the scripture to mind.

There are many that look and you and think you are unworthy, and even you may feel that way. You’re right! You’re not worthy, none of us are but we have been redeemed and as long as we are under the covering of our savior we are a royal priesthood. Don’t let the noise in the marketplace silence you or confuse you! That’s what most people are hoping for.

Not everyone will be on your side but what does that matter? God is!

Challenge (approximately 15-20 minutes)

Repeat this prayer and remain in silence before The Lord, allow Him to reveal some things to you.

Most Holy and gracious God, creator of heaven and earth and all who inhabit it; search my heart. Bring to light everything hidden in the dark places and heal all I’ve hidden from myself, for nothing is hidden from you. Help me to examine my motives and the meditation of my heart and show me the error in my ways that I may correct them. Show me the heart of those that surround me. Give me your eyes that I may see beyond smiles and pleasantries into the heart of men, that I may know who lay in wait for my demise; that I may effectively seek your protection! Keep me in perfect peace as I keep my heart on you, make your ways plain to your servant, your lamb, your child. Open my ears that I may hear, my eyes that I may see, my spirit that I may know and my heart that I may understand. Discernment and wisdom are my prized possessions, I thank you for them now.

In the name of your precious son Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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Day 1: Clean Texting Challenge, keep it friendly! (100 days of Singleness)

Okay cut off the love songs, put the ice cream back in the freezer and DO NOT text him! He’s not the one and you know it, he wasn’t even a good one to begin with. Don’t let your loneliness commit you to another moment in a wrong relationship!

For the next 7 days we will aim to rid ourselves of every romantic attachment that God has convicted us about, no you aren’t the one that can help him get saved and no going to church every Sunday does not mean he is close. We are going to get so wrapped up in Christ and in our purpose as believers that God Himself will begin to do the process of elimination for us without all the wasted time and effort.

It’s not okay to keep someone around just to stroke your ego and there is no room for God to work in your heart and mind if it is cluttered with yesterday’s boyfriends and Mr. Maybe.

If you are taking to 100 days of Singleness challenge here are the guidelines:

No kissing

No Sexual Contact of any nature

No cuddling with the opposite sex

No massages/ back rubs

No movie nights at home alone (this puts  all previously mentioned rules are in jeopardy of being broken)

 

The reason I spelled it out is because some of us tend to put ourselves in compromising positions with the mindset that we are strong enough to withstand the temptation but it’s an unnecessary hindrance to us. We are seeking the face of God and using the next 100 days to fully come to a place where we are not only content as singles but we are completely healed of all past hurt. Only through the spirit of God can we do this.

Today’s challenge:

Clean texting – baby, babe, honey, sweety, sugar, love, bae, hun are all off limits – anything pertaining to being romantically involved with anyone God has not given His okay on!

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Aim:

To establish clear boundaries of friendship, are you down for the challenge?

To participate, simply use the hashtags:

#SOS (Stories of Singleness) to share your stories and experiences or #100DOS (100 Days Of Singleness) to show your support and/or participation

Twitter: @ProdigalRoyalty Link:  https://twitter.com/Prodigalroyalty

Instagram: Prodigalprincess_ Link:  http://instagram.com/prodigalprincess_

Facebook: Keisha McKenzie Link: https://www.facebook.com/GizmoBorn2shine

I have a terrible habit of being a bit more flirtatious than I ought to, so I am more than happy to take this challenge today with you ladies that agree to stand with me and be set apart. I am told I flirt without even knowing it so maybe, just maybe clean texting can help that a bit. I have to begin to release some people that I know will only hinder my progress spiritually, and yes it does get hard but God would not lead me to do something I cannot handle and as long as He is our strength, we can and will complete our 100 days of singleness being stronger, better and wiser than we are beginning it. I love you all, I’ll be keeping you all in prayer!

Be sure to like, comment and share so we can get as many of our sisters involved as we can… any brothers that wanna join are welcomed!

Live a little, love a lot, be a blessing!

– Keisha