Mountain climbing

 
I’ll climb that mountain when I get there.” 

I’m sure most of you have heard this phrase before.. Lately, I’ve been hearing it more often than usual. 

Every now and then we come upon a mountain or notice one instantly pop up before us-obviously metaphorically but, they truly do feel like mountains- and we must figure out how to climb or move them. 

I mentioned before about the condition my mother found out she was in. But, in case you’re just joining me… Breast cancer was the condition. Since I last wrote about it she has undergone surgery to remove the tumor and is now in preparation to start chemo treatments. 

Questions rise up within people who happen to be around us in this season like, “How long does she have to do chemo?”  “Is she going to lose her hair?” Or “How is she doing with all of this?”  For the most part, my mother has taken it piece by piece and not worrying about the next stage until she gets there.. So have I. 

Now, the next mountain is here and it didn’t really strike me til Saturday. Like an epiphany, it wiped out the fact that this isn’t just regular shots she has to take, or pain pills.. This stuff is meant to kill cancer cells. 

Whilst in this epiphany I had two choices: I could stay in the discouraged and frightened state or I could choose to figure out what I need to get myself over this mountain. 

Sunday came along and this verse found me, “The pain you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” (Romans 8:18 paraphrased) 

Pain can’t compare to joy. 

I began to feel a certain stirring within me as if I was being clothed in mountain climbing gear on the inside. 

The promise that we would make it to not only the top of this mountain but over it, became the motivation I needed to even pursue it. 
When you know and fully believe in the joy that’s set before you and who set it for you, will allow mobility in tough seasons. 

The perfect song “I will climb” by Will Reagan and United Pursuit has been on repeat in the boom box of my mind the past three days:  

I know that I can trust you…. I lean not on my own understanding, my life is in the hands of the maker of Heaven… I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open, I will climb this mountain with my hands wide open…there’s nothing I hold onto to..” 

Hands wide open, fully embracing the process, finding the joy in it, letting every negative thing go and journeying on. Confident in the outcome, confident in the strength that has been placed within us, strapped with overflowing joy, and knowing Papa is doing something with this chapter of our story. 

Right now, you may have a mountain to climb, and standing at the bottom of it can seem intimidating. Look beyond it for a moment.. Imagine it conquered, removed, whichever but focus in on the joy that’s coming. 

You can very well do this. 

You CAN very well do this

Whether it’s grabbing hold of that mustard seed sized faith and moving the entire mountain, or being called to climb you are capable. 

It is possible to scrape a knee, to sweat, to need a break to catch your breath, but it’s even more possible to soar to the top after your first step. Peace, joy, faith, and hope will give you wings.. it ain’t red bull. πŸ‘Ž 

So open your eyes, let all the extra weight go, put a smile on, and start climbing you overcomer. Remember to take in the view from the top! 


Papa, I am well aware that you never leave, nor will you plan to in the hardest times. Thank you for being with us every step of the way. For believing in us, for cheering us on. Thank you for your unfailing love and joy. For peace of mind, and power. Mountains will not steal our trust in you nor will our joy be tormented. I fully believe you will turn this all around for the good because we love you. May we have joy, peace, faith, and hope from the beginning to the end. Thank you for what you’re doing, and what you’re going to do. 😊 in Jesus name, amen. 

Loving you, 
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

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She was fashioned

Last night I did something I normally don’t do, I watched the Oscars.

As I sat there in complete awe of the cinematic industry and the creativity these people have chosen to walk out, I couldn’t help but notice how properly dressed they were. They didn’t show up in rags or comfy lounge clothes, they wore suits and ties, gowns and jewels. All embroidered with some famous designer’s name.

Then it dawned on me…
I’m embroidered with a famous designer’s name.
I was completely fashioned by Him. Piece by piece, from eye color, hair and skin type, to personality traits and everything in between. It brought me to a place of being in awe because it hit me in a way I could understand like never before.

Can you just chew on this for a bit and imagine being FASHIONED by the greatest designer in the entire universe… It’s mind blowing isn’t it?!

In Genesis 2:21-22 it reads, “So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.”

Fashioned: planned and made or fashioned artistically.

She was FASHIONED..

When God created Adam it says He formed him. (Genesis 2:7)

Formed: having brought parts together or combine to create something.

(Now, before the guys who read this get offended by the obvious difference.. I just want to say you’re a beautiful creation too… In a different way. πŸ˜„)

Fashioned and formed are two completely different approaches to creating. And here we are..

Fashioned. Wow.

Back to the scene of me sitting in awe on my couch watching the oscars and thinking all this.. A question popped up: What am I wearing?

And no, I didn’t look down and sigh at the pajamas I happened to be wearing- at least they were matching though, that’s a rarity- it was more of a spiritual wardrobe question.

What are you wearing?

Being fashioned by Papa it would only be fitting to wear confidence, peace, kindness, love, joy, hope, bravery, boldness, and every other amazing article of His kingdom.

You know what we decide to put on internally(spiritually) will in turn manifest externally(physically/naturally)

We have to start getting dressed inside before we get too concerned with the out.

A woman with low self-esteem can put on revealing clothing and gain attention she craves to drive out this feeling, but at the end of her day she still struggles with a lack of confidence. One day, she could dress up in the most gorgeous gown.. But, if on the inside she isn’t dressed this way (securely confident and loving herself) her outside won’t matter. The feel good feeling would be temporary.

Don’t hear what I’m not saying.. I’m not saying a woman in a gorgeous gown or whatever clothing isn’t beautiful because externally we all are.. I’m just trying to show you the importance of dressing up inside.

When I was growing up I loved picking out my clothes to wear to school, picked em out the night before so I would be on time. I thought I was pretty well dressed. I continued to until the beginning of my sophomore year.
At this time I started to dress however I felt, some days I would feel good and dress the part, but most days I wore sweats a hoodie and sneakers.

I didn’t notice until this past year why that was.. I wasn’t confident. I didn’t have a reason to dress so beautifully because inside I didn’t have that on. Depression and insecurity were heavily draped over me. I only noticed this because my desire to dress differently came strong and I realized it was because of my inward wardrobe change.

-Now I wasn’t in sweats, a hoodie and sneakers this entire 10 years from 16 ok..I had my spurts of dresses in the midst of my go to t-shirt and jeans outfit. But it wasn’t a big thing to me about how I dressed or presented myself to the world.-

When I got married, this brand new confidence came over me. I was confident before and I was even content with myself and my wardrobe.. But it was so different this time. I became so passionate about clothes and fashion that I started reading fashion blogs and hit up Pinterest for ideas. πŸ˜‰

I don’t think it’s a coincidence to desire to be presented well. It’s in our DNA as women. We are His most beautiful creation. His love adorns us!

The other day a few of my friends mentioned the outfits I was wearing in regards to liking them and noticing my “style” and it was super awakening because people are indeed paying attention to what I’m wearing inside and out.

It’s not like I’ve become some super fashion model or anything either, I wasn’t in expensive name brand clothing or formal gowns. I just felt my insides provoke my out. And then others started to take notice.

What are you wearing?

What are you relaying to the world and yourself in the wardrobe of your heart?

Is it time for a heart makeover?

I believe as daughters of the most high king we should be presented as such. We should allow the clothing He has given us access to, to fill our inner closets. All the old overused clothes that may be there still from 5th grade… (Mmhmm, I know you know what I’m talking about) it’s time to throw them out.

His name is indeed embroidered on your very being, dress accordingly. 😊

Papa, I have no idea where we would be nor do I desire to imagine it without you. Thank you for fashioning us as women. The icing on the sweetest cake. Thank you for the clothes you have provided us spiritually. I pray we would begin to choose them daily. To start fresh if we must, but that there would be great consistency in it all. I pray our outward reflection would be manifested beauty from inside. Show us papa what it looks like for daughters to be draped in your amazing love and the confidence that comes with it. I pray for a crazier and bolder confidence to rise up in every single one of us right now and for wisdom on how to steward it well. I love you papa, thank you for life. In Jesus name, amen.

Now get out there sister and re-present His most profound creation.. YOU.

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

Love me, love me

Love. Happens to be the word of the month right? Isn’t it crazy though, that love usually describes a majority of things like French fries, family members, friends, our children, husbands, but rarely when love is thought about is it your own face that pops up.

We were brought up in a world that if we thought about ourselves we were considered selfish and then it would be proved in the word-bible- that self love is evil. Obviously, if you’re all about yourself and could care less about anyone else around you that’s ugly.. But, loving yourself and thinking of yourself is not evil. Or selfish.

Let’s get into this then:

Do you like yourself?
Do you love yourself?

Did you know that if you answered, “no” or “not fully” to either question it could be the root to many other problems or issues you may be facing?

Because if it isn’t rooted in love… It’s rooted in the opposite. Which is always related to fear.

Mark 12:31 gives us the second greatest commandment from Jesus himself, “love your neighbor as yourself.

This is the only place in scripture that is the closest to saying, “love yourself” and notice he didn’t even make it as a prerequisite to loving others or say these were the three greatest commandments.. He said first, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.

If we truly loved God in that way I think He believed we would be able to reflect the love He has given us and be able to love ourselves well and then in turn love our neighbors as ourselves.

I honestly don’t feel we do though. Sure we love ourselves, but it’s conditional. No mercy, grace, forgiveness, and then we end up loving people around us with this same love. When it should be at a standard that Papa loves from.

If you don’t have love how can you give it? If it’s to a certain measure it’s given at a certain measure even if you’re thinking you love greatly and you probably do, but it can be greater still.

So what is loving yourself? ask yourself to answer this from your actual reality, don’t sugar coat it with all the right things to say if that’s not how you truly feel, get vulnerable.. Just because you may know the truth doesn’t mean it has become your reality yet.

(Each one of us has a different definition of what this may look like because we are all DIFFERENT. So if you find your definition looking outcast don’t freak out.. It’s actually good to figure out what you believe and why instead of jumping on bandwagon beliefs and really have no backing to the why. Understand? 😊)

To me, it’s being thankful and appreciative of who you are, how you look and who He’s created you to be. As well as, making sure you’re taking care of you in every area.

You see love requires action here, it’s not some thing you’re trying to get. It’s an action expressed to others through your living.

Ok you’ve answered what your definition to what loving yourself is, now I want to ask:

HOW do you love yourself? What’s the normal action taken behind your definition?

I’ve taken the liberty to write down a list of a general “how to” but still yours could be more personalized according to you.. This is just a basic skeleton of how to love yourself:

* Make sure you have a solid connection with your source of love Papa..

– You were made by love, from love and for love. Spending time with Him helps you connect more to yourself because in those time He usually reveals something He loves about you and how could you not end up loving the same thing in response? The more you draw closer to Him the more transformation happens to take place (within the areas that are hard for you to accept and love about yourself)

* Take care of your body, your finances, your personal space and your time.

– eating right and exercising alone will make you love yourself because of the crazy effect eating healthy has- try it, eat something not so healthy and watch how you feel afterwards, mostly you’ll feel like a slob and contemplate if you’re good enough for whatever reason. Then try eating something fresh and healthy and afterwards you feel energized, happy and confident, it’s true.- feed yourself well.

-getting the right amount of sleep and the endorphins that get released from working out. Are equally important having same effects as good on you.

– financially stable people tend to love themselves more because they feel less stressed and pressured with bills and other financial responsibilities. I know we happen to love shopping, but let’s not allow that label of taking all of daddy’s money or our spouses to hinder our financial breakthrough or freedom in being responsible stewards with our money.

– taking care of your personal space and time is vital. If you tend to run late or are disorganized in your time you relay this sense that you aren’t worthy enough to be taken care of in these areas. When you respect your time and other people’s time and space you show yourself worthiness.

* get around loving people.

– people who will not only champion you in loving yourself but love themselves and you makes the love in the atmosphere sticky.. And it will end up all over you. Which may cause a shift in perspective of yourself.

* Do what you love.

-work takes up a big part of your day. Sometimes it may be working with others or it may be just a small office alone.. Or working from home as a housewife, babysitter or mother. If you are not loving what you constantly have in your daily routine you will have a dreadful feeling. Doing what you love or finding a way to love what you are currently maybe seasonally doing will prove yourself worthy and feeling loved once again.

* create a balance in your schedule.

-it can’t be all work and no play or all play and no work.
Which stinks cause we’d like to play all day for money but that’s not how it works ha. Even in busy schedules make time for YOU. And the things you want to pursue.

You have to take the lead in loving yourself aside from Papa. If you expect others to make you feel loved while you’re abandoning your own self.. It’ll never be enough.. Even Papa’s love. Yes that’s true. If you can’t love yourself in some level it will be harder to receive the Father’s love.

Learning to take responsibility in loving yourself, fills you up with the capacity to receive His love and in turn give it away.

A couple scriptures about how Papa loves us and sees us:

You’re the apple of his eye. Psalm 17:8 when he looks at you.. You’re all He sees.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” Song of Solomon‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬ (my all time favorite scripture) I would sit there in my moments of not being comfortable enough with loving myself and would repeat this scripture over and over and by just the third or fifth time I was in tears because it became more real to me how much papa thought I was flawless. And how much He loved me.

Suggestion: Read all of Song of Solomon. Study it because it does have interesting comparisons but, it’s insanely romantic and so beautifully written. It makes me cry because that’s how much He loves us and sees us.

To Him.. We are perfect.

I want to take a moment right now to allow some breakthrough to take place..

I want you to write down what you’re uncomfortable loving about yourself, whether it be physical, a characteristic or ANYTHING dealing with you. Write it down. Don’t be “christianically” correct either, if it’s there write it down.

Don’t move on in reading this until you’ve done so…

**breakthrough intermission**

When you’re finished read it.

Not one of you has an empty paper.. There are realities written on those pages.. Even if it’s the smallest thing.

Now, I want you to begin to pray for your ears, eyes, hearts and minds to be attentive to what Abba is saying.. And ask Him what His response is to this list of things or the one thing. Be patient, quiet your mind and listen. Begin to write His response to you on the same piece of paper.. And when you’re done save it. Re-read it. As many times as you have moments where it is a needed reminder.

We are all still growing daily. No one said we had to have it all together now. If anyone tells you they do, I’d be careful in trusting them ha. But honestly, we are well on our way. Pursue what it looks like to love you. 😊

Papa, thank you for love. For being love. You’re the greatest love we could’ve ever encountered. I pray we would come into a greater understanding and knowing about how to love ourselves to better be able to receive the love you have for us and to be able to give that love away. May your voice be the loudest one we hear. The voice of truth.. You are it all. Without you love doesn’t exist. Thank you Abba for you. In Jesus name, amen.

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

Love deeply

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner..

Isn’t it odd that Valentine’s Day is the only day of the year to where you’re obligated to love? Other than the typical “love stinks” crowd (who really don’t think such lies and are actually in need of love)

Honestly though, the whole “flowers, chocolates, promises you don’t intend to keep” bit is overrated if it isn’t love all around. Furthermore, love is way too big to be squished in a small 24hr day.

So, why then do we do the cute little cards, gifts, fancy dinners, and everything else with our husbands, boyfriends, friends, family, etc solely on this day? (If you do this more than once a year this does not apply to you..lol)

When’s the last time we loved, like I mean L O V E D deeper than the mirage of all the love money can buy?

When’s the last time you wrote a letter.. Hand written letter to someone whether it be a love letter or an encouraging reminder to a friend?

When’s the last time you paid more attention to the details of what someone’s desires were, to gift that to them on a random day and not just Valentine’s Day?

When’s the last time you actually did what you said you’d do, right when you said you’d do it for someone who asked.. Instead of putting it on the to-do list for later and wind up forgetting?

When’s the last time you loved deeply?

We as women thrive off love do we not? I mean all the small things totally matter: The encouraging words from our best friend, the fact that our spouse or bf noticed we did something different with our hair or makeup, the cute thoughtful gift that someone gave us simply because it reminded them of us, pure quality time without interruption of cell phones or whatever else, good conversation, etc.

All of that is love. But love is deeper still.

Remember that friend who may or may not have known they hurt you?

Remember that family member who said some things that weren’t the sweetest?

Remember your spouse who may have forgotten to take out the garbage again?

All these random issues and opportunities to love deeper rise up daily, but most of the time we allow ourselves to think selfishly and choose to be offended if WE aren’t the ones being loved deeply -after all “THEY did it” right? –

Trust me I am learning this along with you, but it wouldn’t leave my heart to write about today. I told the Lord I was unqualified for it, to which He replied, “Are you saying I don’t know what I’m doing?

Before I said , “that’s not what I meant..” (I mean obviously Papa doesn’t hold onto offense) I knew what He meant.. In my feeling unqualified He already knew I would feel that way and yet He still put it on my heart to write about.. And chose to champion me in an area that isn’t doctorate degree sealed.

That love is deep.

In 1 Peter 4:8 it speaks of the benefits of such love,
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

I like how it reads in the message bible,
“Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it…”

As if your life depended on it. It’s funny because our life actually does depend on love, being loved, and loving.

Without it what is life?

People constantly beg for a cure in this world, for world peace, no more hatred, no more crime, no more disconnect, etc.

Every single being living on this earth needs one vital thing above food and breath to stay alive, LOVE.

This isn’t some feel good, candy coated rainbows type of message, because when you truly love deep you notice it takes a sacrifice of some kind. Sometimes, it does hurt because love on the other end may not be going through the same filter we have, in which it couldn’t be reciprocated.. But that’s not why we love.

We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

We can’t sit here in a judge seat with the huge oversized robe and point out who is worthy of our love and who isn’t. That judge seat isn’t ours and clearly the robe isn’t either.

If we wanted people to get what they deserve (completely outside of justice-consequences do come with action/sin-) after hurting us or whatever have you… Then when we, being human, sometimes fail someone, we would get what we deserved… Or worse.. If we got what we deserved before Jesus.

If we cried out to God about the fact that so and so being undeserving of goods or love, I’m certain He isn’t agreeing with you. Possibly He would ask, “I presume then you’d like what you deserve?

Ouch. He wouldn’t be talking about a cute fluffy stuffed animal or feel good words of affirmation either.

Love isn’t selfish. (1 Corinthians 13:5)

Want a beautiful life where everyone gets along and there’s no drama or anything negative in your little corner of the world? It’s going to cost you something..

You’re going to have to be willing to love..deeply.

Ponder on it all. Write down ideas of what loving deeply may look like to Papa, better yet, ask Him what it would look like for ::insert your name here:: to love deeply -to be more personal.

We were made by love, from love, and for love. Every single one of us.

Fact: I have a reminder on my phone that goes off daily around 1pm and it asks this, “Are you loving well today?
– most days I can answer that I am, and then some days pop up where I dislike that I put that in my phone period because it’s hard in the moment. But I did it so I could challenge myself in this. I desire to leave this world with my love as my legacy. I have yet to be able to say this is me 100% of the time but my desire is there. The gentle reminder helps me a lot. If something like this would work for you.. Go for it!

Great heroines were known for their love of something.. My favorite though is Mother Teresa. She fully embodied what it looked like to love deeply. Look up some of her quotes, read a story about her life, it’s incredible. She’s my favorite because it shows me it’s possible to love that much, and has fueled my desire to go after it.

So great heroine, what’s it gonna be?

Papa, thank you for first loving us. For choosing us before the world was ever created, for the ultimate price you paid just so you could have us near. Even the sprinkle of love that we are discovering is overwhelming. I pray Papa that we would honor you in this, that we too would take after you and love deeply, courageously and furiously. Help us to know what that looks like in each of us individually, and spark the desire to do so. We love because you first loved us, may we not forget that gift. Thank you Abba, in Jesus name amen.

Loving you..deeply,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

Heaven is here now

Last Monday, we found out my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the moment, I remained “strong” and as if I was impenetrable because I wanted to be stable for her. As soon as she left, I broke down. I didn’t get it, I was upset and sad. How could my mother whom I daily pray for have such a “big” issue arise?

Tuesday-Wednesday I felt the same. Although I appeared joyful and faith filled I was aching inside.

Thursday came along and I got mad at the fact that I was downcast for too many days. I re-read scripture, I reminded myself who God was and is, what I’ve seen Him do in other people’s lives, etc. Mostly, I gave up the desire of wanting to understand why it was all happening. When I thought about it, I didn’t have to understand, it’s not why I’m here in these days anyway. As long as my reality remained as heaven’s, understanding became less needed.

Let me explain:

Heaven is here now.

No I’m not crazy, or too exhausted to think straight, this is the TRUTH.

He’s all around us, Heaven is Jesus, it’s the moments we meet..” (Heaven is here now-Jesus Culture)

That song popped up in my head out of nowhere and it hit me. My reality is heaven. My reality is Jesus. My reality is hope. My reality is life. My reality is joy. My reality is no matter what it looks like God is doing something.

My reality is heaven.. So disease, hardship, turmoil, etc. Don’t have the ability to shake my faith, they don’t have the ability to rip my focus away from my King.

Whether it’s absolutely horrible or not, I get to choose my reality. I’m not preparing for the worst to take place, I can’t sit here and allow the negative “what ifs” to peck at me, because I choose faith. And faith says, “heaven is here now”

In heaven there is no pain. There is no sickness and disease. There’s no depression, anxiety or fear.

There is health, wholeness, joy, peace and love. And if that’s true then all that can be experienced right here. Right now.

In Ephesians 2:6 it says, “and God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.”

Right now we are seated in heavenly places. Heaven is here now.

In Matthew 6:10 we learned how to pray and a piece of it went like this, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

On earth as it is in heaven.
That means whatever is going on in heaven may it be here on earth too.

You prayed for it. Heaven is here now.

What are you saying Tanisha?

Thanks for always asking.. πŸ˜‰ this is what I’m saying,

Being stuck in the reports of doctors and the foretold future with my mother’s condition isn’t my home. I see her being completely healed and sharing the incredible testimony with others releasing hope. If it’s down to the last second and she goes into surgery, I still have the reality that I live for a miracle maker and He could remove this tumor Himself.

Although I’m not in denial of the fact that cancer is a “real” thing, I’m not going to focus my attention and allow fear or anything else chime in. I know once I open my mouth and declare heavenly truths and feed my faith something shifts. Whether it is seen or not.

Because we walk by faith not by sight, right?! (2 Corinthians 5:7)

The situations that pop up and release fear and a trembling in your faith are not your reality. If you fully believe the word of God and in Jesus you get to release your reality into those moments or seasons. Holding onto truth.

Ask Papa what’s in heaven so you can pray for those things here. Allow your heart to be curious about the greater things Jesus said we would do (John 14:12)

I’m holding onto this truth.
No matter what the doctors say, or what tomorrow brings. Whether it hurts to witness my loved ones in pain or not.

Heavenly places is my reality. And it is yours too.

Don’t give up, don’t give in. He is doing something.

Papa, only you know beginning to the end. You hold each and every one of us in your hand. You hold our futures. Whatever tomorrow may bring we can rest assured that we know who holds us together. I pray that we would get a greater revelation on the reality we have been given when we came into your kingdom. I pray you would reveal the beauty of Heaven so we may declare the same here now. I pray that when the going gets tough and it becomes hard to focus on this truth that you would bring people to remind us and stand with us to hold our arms up like Aaron and Hur did for Moses. Thank you for loving us so much. To give us a new reality. Thank you that you have promised to turn around every situation for the good of those who love you. You are everything thank you Papa, in Jesus name amen.

Heaven is here now. Open those beautiful eyes heroine and experience it.

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

Girl, put your armor on

Ok my fierce warriors, today I’ll be wrapping up the mini series on the armor of God. We have seen the benefits of the sword as well as the shield.. And today we get to understand the rest of our defensive weapons:
-The helmet of salvation
-The breastplate of righteousness
-The belt of truth
-The readiness of the gospel of peace

Let’s dive in then, starting with the helmet:

“Take the helmet of salvation..” Ephesians 6:17

There’s a reason we were told to wear our helmet whenever we rode our bike or decided to rollerblade down the block when we were young.. If we didn’t and happened to fall “our brain would fall out.”

Similar to this real life image, the helmet of salvation saves us from death.

Salvation was a gift from God. It is unearned, only given. (If you are desiring to put the armor on I assume you have been given such a gift, if you haven’t all you need to do is pray to Him for it- “Father I admit I need you and can’t live this life alone, I believe in your son Jesus Christ, that He shed His blood and died for my sin, right now I thank you for this gift of salvation and confess Jesus as my Lord and savior. Thank you for loving me, in Jesus name amen!” 😊)

We don’t have to daily ask for this salvation, but we should recognize it daily. Once we accept salvation, it guarantees that we have victory in battle. Thankful to Jesus for defeating the enemy and giving us the inheritance of fighting from a place of victory rather than fighting for victory.

No one would go into battle without a helmet it would be insane to. So, when the going gets tough remember you already have the victory. πŸ’ͺ

The breastplate:

“..with the breastplate of righteousness in place,” Ephesians 6:14b

A breast plate is used in battle to protect from a direct attack on your heart. Righteousness does the same for us spiritually.

Righteousness is also something that has been inherited.
Once you accepted Jesus and had faith in Him, righteousness came. (Romans 3:22)

Our heart must be protected from things that are NOT righteous. In Proverbs 4:23 it advises, “above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Obviously without our heart we are lifeless.

We must monitor the things we allow to enter our heart, to raise them to the standard of righteousness.
For example: worrying constantly about health, finances, safety, etc. that might very well be an attack on your heart against the righteous truth in God being our healer, provider and protector.

When dealing with heart issues we have to cut them off at the source, which is normally a thought. The second a thought comes up we have to take action and take that thought captive. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Here is a clear picture on what we should be thinking,
“Finally, [brothers and] sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableβ€”if anything is excellent or praiseworthyβ€”think about such things. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8‬)

Protect your heart, put that breastplate in place.

The belt:
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,” Ephesians 6:14a

What do belts do? Hold our pants up. -Unless we buy those super tight pants that look painted on.. Which shouldn’t be bought I’m just sayin ladies. πŸ™ˆHa-

So why would we need a belt in battle? Because we don’t have time to constantly hike up our pants or risk a piece of armor falling off from having nothing to hold it up.

TRUTH is the belt that allows you to fight without being distracted by minimal things. Truth keeps the rest of the armor in place.. Without it, you have room to question your salvation, righteousness, faith etc.

The biggest distraction is when you are sideswiped and suddenly become less secure in what is true. When you trail off into uncertainty you lose stability and it is easier to take you out. Now if you’re fully secure in truth, you won’t even have to address the issue, you can remain focused on the battle.

How to put your belt on-
Read scriptures daily. Wake up with them. Post them on your mirror to notice before work, school, or the day. Then share that truth with another in need of it, sometimes when we do this we become even more convinced.

Be filled with truth. So that your day becomes a cinch. πŸ˜‰

Lastly the shoes:

“..and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭15‬ NIV)

Basically we are to have ready feet.
What’s ready feet?” I’m glad you asked 😊

To have “ready feet” simply means to be prepared, to actively be ready. To fight, to stand, to further His kingdom, to flee a place we shouldn’t be in.. Etc.

I’m a visual learner so let me put a picture on this one…
I used to box. Boxing not cardboard boxes.. And whenever I got into the ring to spar (practice fight) my feet were probably the most important thing in the ring. If they weren’t ready I could’ve lost my balance. They had to be active in order to maneuver around my opponent or to approach them. If I allowed my feet to be all loosey goosey I would’ve got knocked out by the boy with whom I was fighting… Instead of me knockin his lights out. (True story 😁πŸ’ͺ)

Point being I remained in my ready stance until the fight was over.

How to be active in your ready feet:
Be alert. Dialogue with Papa, ask what His direction is for you and your day or moment. It’s not just about battle it can be for your next destination too. No matter what, get close to Him so you know when and how to make your next move.

In boxing my coach remained outside the ring in my corner, shouting out different moves to make or what to avoid, “Don’t let your calves touch the ropes!”
“Keep your left hand up!”
“1,2 combination!” Etc.

With Papa it’s the same way, we just have to be actively ready to hear Him and willing to move.

Goodness this makes me want to get back in the ring! Haha.

Ladies I want you to know something,
You are just as spiritually powerful as a man is. We haven’t been given the “girl Holy Spirit.”
Although we may be the “easy” target on the enemy’s radar because of our vulnerability and sensitive side, does not mean we are weak and unprepared to fight! We have been chosen by Papa to live in such a time as this. Not just to nurture the babies and clean the kitchens. But to equally reign in battle to further His kingdom on this earth and see it rightfully turned over for Him.

We are Heroines. And Heroines we shall be!

Papa, I thank you for the full armor, for not counting us out as women but empowering us all the same. For choosing us and trusting us with this specific time on earth and rooting for us in it. Thank you that the victory has already been won, and for the sacrifice that it cost your son. I pray we would actively be ready and fully functioning within our armor daily, battle or not and continually learning the depths of your love for us throughout it all. In Jesus name amen!

Go get em tiger. 🐯πŸ’ͺ

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

Take up the shield

Last week I wrote about the sword of the spirit and how important it is to drench yourself in His word, The sharpest weapon we’ve been given… But what happens when the enemy strikes back?

Jesus didn’t just get tempted once in the desert; the enemy was determined to get Him to slip up.

But Jesus had FAITH. He didn’t just memorize scripture.. He had faith behind it.

Last blog was about declaring the word (drawing your sword) the sword doesn’t stand alone though, it needs the shield of faith.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16

“The flaming arrows” can be anything from despair, doubt, fear, etc
basically LIES.. the shield –FAITH– covers you and interferes with those arrows.

(I know I mentioned the sword being used for this, but the sword in general is standing firm on His word/promises for any struggle or obstacle in life whether thoughts come or not.)

Let’s dive into this faith thing:

What is it?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -” Ephesians 2:8

What does it do?

“..who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:5

The cool thing about Faith is, it isn’t just a defensive weapon used in battle..

It is fundamental in our relationship with Papa.
Although it is a gift, it still needs to be in a constant state of growth. We’ve been given a portion that must evolve, the only way we would see progression in that is by our noticeable different actions. (Like when trials come, and you start to respond with boldness in faith instead of fear,etc.)

Faith with out action is dead.

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds (actions) ? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:14-17

In a perfect world, we would always take Papa at His word and believe in His goodness 100% of the time, we wouldn’t doubt His love, or whether His promises to us are indeed truth. Sad thing is, we don’t easily believe Him.

Like I mentioned before, when we were younger we had crazy faith, we were so brave jumping from couch to couch or off the swing mid-air . Now, we seem to have deposited that faith into areas that don’t benefit us or our relationship with Papa… We believe more that bad things would happen to us than good things. We believe more in being bound by something than redeemed from it.

It’s time to see that mustard seed faith GROW. Mountains aren’t the only thing needing moving trucks.

“Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield all around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalm 3:1-3

Not just in front. Not just behind.. All around you.

He is the shield. It’s not about our strength, it’s about our ability to remain in Him, staying close and remembering the promises He made.

Take up your shield princess.
Let your faith g r o w.

Papa, thank you for knowing what we need in each of our individual bouts and walks in life. Thank you for giving us exactly what we need at the precise time it’s needed. You are such a great provider and protector. Thank you for being our shield. I pray you would help us grow our faith. I pray boldness would come over us to pray boldly and ask for opportunities to allow our faith to grow to no longer be afraid or uncomfortable with things we do not understand, but secure in with whom we stand. Thank you for your love Papa, in Jesus name amen.

You needed faith to see those unspoken prayers come to fruition.. So speak them. πŸ˜‰

Loving you,
Tanisha Poni πŸ’œ

We are SHE.