Live Right

I just recently watched the very embarrassing and very public confession of a well known American athlete who finally admitted to doping after years of allegation and investigation.  While riding in the car with my mom this morning, we talked a little about this former athlete and I immediately began drawing the lesson from his mistakes to my own life.

You see, we live in a society that seems to think that doing the right thing should be easy. If doing the right thing was easy, more people would do it. If honesty and integrity were maintained without effort, more would display it. But the truth is, sometimes doing the right thing comes at a heavy price.
Sometimes it puts you on a lonely road while everyone else gets to travel in groups, with style and comfort. And more often still, righteousness sometimes looks like one missed opportunity after another.

There was an athlete (and I’m sure many more) who competed during the same time as this disgraced athlete did. I’m sure the days he trained for hours, gave up his favorite foods and spent time away from family and friends were painful. I’m sure there was a pain in his heart as this now disgraced athlete mounted the winner’s podium, waving his trophy in the air- the reward for his cheating, lies and dishonesty seemingly heaped with double honor. Somewhere, a man of integrity came in last place or maybe didn’t even place at all. Somewhere he went home to family and friends who encouraged him, telling him, “Better luck next year sweetheart! You trained hard. You did the work. One day, it’ll pay off”. I’m sure he wanted to believe them but while watching his opponent (who eventually was found to be a cheater) accept endorsement deal after endorsement deal while he struggled to pay his bills was a bit more than he could take.

Again I say…
Doing right is not always easy.

Stop expecting it to be and for GOODNESS SAKE stop raising your children to look for the easy way out.
How are we raising them to take the easy way out, you ask?
We raise them by example. How are YOU constantly faltering when the going gets tough?
How often do you murmur and complain when challenges come knocking at your door?
How often does the prosperity of the wicked make you despise your own labor, wrought in the furnaces of hard work and integrity?

Way more often than any of us care to admit.
But admit, we must.
We must all confess, just like this athlete, and tell the truth.
We must confess that yes, it is easy to do the wrong thing. The right thing is unappealing. The road looks rugged. The land looks sparse. The grass is greener on the easy side.

Here’s one thing we who believe in the Lord must reconcile today.

You’ll always find God on the “right” side of things. I don’t care how difficult your circumstances may appear, particularly after you take a stand to do things in a godly and righteous way. God is with you.
Did you hear what I just said?

GOD is with you.

As the world looks upon the shame of this athlete who spent decades beating the “system” only to be taken down by the system he so arrogantly defied, we can’t help but wonder, is it really worth it?
Is it worth it to build a house for decades out of cards?
You see, building on unrighteous deeds and wickedness makes just about as much sense as building an entire house out of cards. No matter how much time you put into building it, at the end of the day, it’s still cards.
And no matter how much time you invest in lies, unrighteousness and wickedness, it’s still wickedness.

In a day and age filled with compromise and darkness, not enough is said about righteousness and integrity.

The scriptures declare, “ He who covers his transgressions will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes his sins will obtain mercy”.  We should seek to live by this scripture found in Proverbs. There’s only so long you can cover up sin and wickedness. There’s only so long you can “get by”. But if you live righteously, honestly, and integrally, you will obtain mercy.

And not only that, you will have built a legacy that cannot be shaken and stripped from you.

Live Right.

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Sunday Sound Bite: A Pencil’s Wisdom…

One of the greatest inventions that the world has ever known (and there are many that we could list) is the #2 pencil. Pretty simple object, right? Let’s look at it a little closer.

What a genius idea it was to attach an eraser to one end of a writing device. Unlike the ink pen, there would be no need abandon the whole document and certainly, no need to start over. All one has to do is “flip the end”, use the attached eraser to erase the mistake, and continue writing.

The Grace of God is to your life what a #2 pencil is to a document.

There’s no reason to stop, even if you’ve made a mistake. Simply flip the end (repent), use your eraser (ask God for His help and accept His Grace) and continue on your journey. Sure, you may still see traces of the past on your pages. But our lives aren’t final drafts. You cannot be perfected until your story is first completed. And you cannot complete your story if you quit.

I hope you never look at a #2 pencil the same again.

What’s A Man To Do? Part 2

What Should The Women Do?
It’s unfortunate that many women do not have a man that is able or willing to take the lead in a situation like this. Sometimes your husband or boyfriend is just so frustrated that he has decided he will not engage the situation anymore or even discuss it. So, what should the women, who are often left in the aftermath, do?

Well, here’s one thing that I know. You stand a better chance of involving your husband or significant other in the discussions necessary to raise the family if you make an effort and decision to make peace between yourself and the other woman on your own. This is very hard to do. But nothing about being a family is easy. Nothing about being in a relationship is without difficulty and at many junctures, sacrifice. If you are in love with this man, then you must be willing to make sacrifices in order to move past whatever is holding you back. That may mean forgiving a “baby mama” who disrespected you numerous times, in some very egregious ways. This may take some time to do, but this is something that YOU can be working on and occupying your time with instead of worrying about your husband or his baby mamas.

The same goes for “baby mama”. You may need to forgive your “baby daddy” for his disrespect and even for the wrong he has committed against your children.
Forgiveness is not an easy process and it may take time. But you must, at some point, begin the process that will lead you to forgiving the father of your children and his significant other. No one can fault you for being hurt. But you are at fault for holding on to that hurt in the form of bitterness. If you have an issue with his current relationship, work on releasing her by forgiving her as well. Again, this is not easy to do, but just because it isn’t easy, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

You see, we are all guilty of engaging in very heated and emotional exchanges with other people that distract us from the very real need we have to deal with and get OURSELVES right. What am I saying? I’m saying that this bad blood between everyone is nothing more than a distraction that keeps you from doing the very real, very painful, but very necessary work of improving yourself.

Don’t Forget To Pray!
You’re going to need prayer in order to let go of all of the mean words and deeds done to you by all parties involved. So what are you waiting on? No girlfriend, wife, baby mama or baby daddy has to tell you to get a prayer life. That is something YOU need to do. And I’m not talking about a half hearted prayer you do right before you curse someone out. I’m talking about carving out a very specific time of each day to seek God. My time is 12 noon. For others, it may be 5am before everyone wakes up and the day is busy and in full swing. Whatever the time, SET it and stick to it. When you make God a priority in your life, I guarantee you, He’ll make your circumstances His priority. There’s no better place to find peace, joy and direction than in His presence. And guess what, just like a natural relationship, it takes time to create a spiritual relationship. But just because it takes time and doesn’t materialize instantly, doesn’t mean that it’s not taking place. I promise you, if you take 12 months to establish a very real place of prayer in your life for God, you will find that you’re not in the same place that you were mentally, emotionally or spiritually than when you first began.

Buy A Journal And Use It!
Let’s face it. Sometimes you just need to get it out. But the problem often is in where we choose to release things. Let me put it this way. The bathroom is not in the kitchen for a reason. And your venting sessions need not be everywhere either. Families take sides. Friends have problems of their own. Now that you’re establishing a prayer life, buy a journal and begin to write in those moments that you feel the urge to call up a girlfriend who will be your cheerleader when very often, you don’t need one. In 12 months, go back to your first journal entry and begin to read. One of the greatest things about journaling when you are angry, sad or depressed is that often, in hindsight, you’re able to gain perspective on those things that caused you so much grief in the past. More often than not, you’ll ask yourself, “Was I really upset over THAT?!” or better yet, “I can’t believe that was such a big deal to me!” Journaling gives you a chance to be your own critic which very often, we don’t take the time to do because we’re so busy being critical of everyone else.

Support Him!
Listen up ladies. There are plenty of men out there who may not be perfect communicators but they have stepped up to the plate and are trying their best to display a godly character in the midst of circumstances that are the result of not so godly actions. If you’ve been blessed to be in relationship or have children with such a man, please support him! Let him know that you appreciate his efforts to be in his children’s lives and to show respect to their mom. Let him know that you appreciate how he does his best to acknowledge and respect you as his wife or as his woman. Being a man is not easy. That’s why so many men won’t do it. Leaders take all the criticism and all the blame, they don’t shift it onto others. The buck stops with them. They’re supposed to make sense of things and provide direction.

Cut him some slack on the days he doesn’t come off as Prince Charming. Mamas cut the father(s) of your children some slack, particularly if they’re making a sincere effort to get it right. Never, ever, ever kick a man that’s trying. And before you kick anyone, examine your own heart and your own actions. Realize that everyone in this situation is going to have swallow their pride a time or two and bite their tongues a few hundred times. Your sacrifice is not greater than his or hers. It may seem greater to you because you’re only considering your point of view. But the reality is that it takes a lot of sacrifices to make a relationship successful.  So in those moments you want to complain to him about the burden the situation is causing you, pause. Find something positive and encouraging to say instead. This goes for both significant others and mamas. Let your words be seasoned with grace.  Even if you feel burdened, put upon or believe he needs to address an issue, do not launch an attack. Chances are, if you wait before you lash out, God will work the situation out or speak to your man’s heart and he’ll deal with it at the appropriate time. If you’re going to be with a man who has children outside of your relationship, you have to be willing to open your heart and mind to more than just the two of you. And mamas, the same goes for you also. Your man already has a family. The question before the two of you is, will you be the one who contributes to its success or will you be the one responsible for tearing it down?

Make A Decision!
Now it’s time for some tough love and honest truths. For some women, particularly those who have not married the men they are involved with, it is time for you to make a decision. You’ve prayed, cried, fussed, discussed, negotiated and compromised yourself silly. But there have been no positive changes. At this point, it’s time to look at your life and make some very tough decisions. As I said earlier, relationships take sacrifice and compromise, particularly those relationships that involve family. But if you’ve been placed on girlfriend status indefinitely, you must ask yourself if the sacrifices you’re being asked to make and endure are worthy of your current status. I do believe that wives should act like wives and girlfriends, girlfriends. Wives compromise, sacrifice and endure for the sake of the covenants they made. But shame on YOU if you’re acting like a wife without the benefit of commitment in the form of the marriage covenant. He has multiple children, multiple baby mamas, and all of them are expecting you to keep your mouth shut and be ok with the pandamonium. It’s time to make a decision and that decision may mean leaving.

For baby mama your decision could be setting new boundaries for the father of your children. It could also mean letting go of the dream of reconciling. It could mean going to family court and allowing a judge to make the rules for both of you to follow instead of continuing another year of chaos and inconsistency for your children. It could mean deciding to take ownership of your own choices and to stop subjecting your life to the whims and immaturity of others. Only you know the decisions you must make for your own situation. But if what you’re doing now aint working, you must decide what it takes to bring about the outcome that your children deserve, even if that decision means things will get a little more difficult for a season.

Who Are You Picking?
Another hard truth is that as women, we must take responsibility for the character of men we choose to date. Most of us, if we were honest, gave very little thought until it was absolutely in our face of how the dynamic of children outside of the relationship would affect us. While we invested so much time in dating and fun, we gave very little attention to observing our man and his family. How many of us really give enough space and time for true colors to be revealed before we invest all of our time, money and hearts? When dating a man who has children, you no longer have the luxury of being self centered. You are not the only game in town. He has a family that he created without you. You must realize this going in, and you must find out if he is willing and capable of leading that family with you in it.

With enough time, observation and prayer, you may find that he is capable. But likewise, you may find that the man who makes you weak in the knees has a tough time putting his foot down when it comes to boundaries with his children and their mother. Don’t waste time in the dating process worrying about butterflies in your stomach and being wined and dined. If you fall in love, you should know what you’ve actually fallen into. See the blog post, “Don’t Date- Investigate!” for more on this subject.

What’s A Man To Do?

Many of my faithful readers may be surprised, like I was, to find out which blog post in 2012 received the most views. Well, without further ado the blog post receiving the most views in 2012 was “Me, My Boyfriend And His Baby Mama“.

With over 300 views, I decided it was time to expand on some of the thoughts listed within this blog post.

Children outside of marriage is a very common phenomenon in American culture. This in no way justifies the situation, but it certainly does spotlight the need for attention, wisdom and clarity to be given to those of us who find ourselves navigating through this very tricky terrain.

At the center of all of this blended family turmoil is often a very strong but silent figure, and that is the MAN. As drama, confusion, hurt feelings and misunderstanding swirl all around like a tornado, he is relatively silent. And that is the problem.

I can tell women what to do to cope all day long, and in some cases, I will.

But let’s face it, situations like this can only be coped with if the MAN refuses to take action.

So that brings the next question…
What should the man do who finds himself in a new relationship but having children with another woman or women?

I’m going to answer this question in two ways. The first way is what the man SHOULD do. The second will be what women should do when he won’t. Fair enough? Ok, let’s get into it. *smile*

What Should The “Man” Do?
The man, the father, and the significant other of this situation should STEP UP and take the leadership role. A situation this chaotic and frustrating is screaming for a leader and is in desperate need of a hero. It’s so easy to ignore it all and let the women “duke it out”, so to speak. But who really pays the price when dad checks out of the situation both mentally and physically?

The children.

Oftentimes, men will run away from situations not because they are unloving but because they do not feel adequately equipped to handle the situation. How do you explain as a father to children that you never loved their mom and she was simply a one night stand? Or how do you explain to your current girlfriend or wife that you and your children’s mom have a very complicated relationship that you don’t know how to correct?

Wow. Tough stuff, right?
Yes it is but these are just some of the truths that men have been scared to face.
And that fear has torn families apart.

My Pastor gave us a very simple yet profound truth that I want to share with you now. He said, “When you want to do right, God will help you to do right”.

Doing the right thing isn’t easy. But it is easy to tuck tail and run, and let everyone else figure out how they will manage. That’s why so many men do it. But the Grace of God is available to us, not to help us to abandon our responsibilities but to face them.

Sometimes we forget that people (children included) really can handle the truth.

Can my children handle knowing that their mom and I won’t ever be getting back together?
Can my girlfriend or wife really handle the fact that I have mixed emotions about my past with my children’s mom?
Can we really make it past these complicated circumstances and find some sense of peace and normalcy?

These are questions that so many men can’t answer so they refuse to even attempt to deal with the matters that surround their families.

But the time is now to face the giants. God will help you do right, if you WANT to do right.
The question is, do you want to do right or do you want everything to be easy?

It’s not easy to look someone in the face and admit you are scared, confused or simply don’t know. But there is something very powerful and spiritual about a man admitting that he doesn’t have all the answers but he will STAND with his family, in the midst of it all.

I can remember as a child my family facing some very difficult circumstances. There was even one occasion where we had to live in a hotel for a while because we had no place to go. I even remember our car being repossessed. But there’s also another thing that I remember. I remember that we were together-as a family. My parents didn’t send my sister and I off to live with other relatives until they “got on their feet”. My father didn’t leave my mom and us during that time, opting rather to start over with a new family. He made some mistakes. My mom made some mistakes. But I can remember that because we walked through those dark times TOGETHER, we made it through and loved each other all the more.

You’ll be surprised at just how strong your family can be if you stand and refuse to run emotionally, mentally and physically.

They really can handle the truth.
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They really can deal with the difficulties that life brings.

But what they need from you dad is not heat, air conditioning, houses, and cars that your paycheck may or may not adequately provide for them. What they need the most from the adults in the situation is COMMITMENT.

No matter how bad it gets, how frustrated we all get and how angry we may become, we are ALL committed to this family.

Yes, I said it. Your wife, your children AND your baby mama are a FAMILY.
It’s the family YOU created. Don’t despise it.
Thank God for it and treasure it.
Find the value in it.
It may not be the perfect arrangement. But it’s what you have, it’s what you made and it’s what you have the opportunity, with the help of the Lord, to improve for the benefit of your children.

You don’t have to explain one-night-stands to small children anymore than my father had to sit my sister and I down and explain the specifics of bankruptcy and foreclosure. But what he did when those things came to our family was all the explanation we needed. He stayed and he stood.

What’s my advice to dads with multiple baby mamas and a wife or girlfriend who’s feeling neglected?
Stand.
Stop running, stop drinking, stop smoking, stop cheating and stop trying to do everything so as not to face it.
Stand up in the middle of it and LEAD.

Everyone is waiting for you to speak and to give direction.
Everyone is waiting on you to set clear boundaries.
Everyone is waiting on you to be the hero.

And they may not like everything you say when you stand and take the lead.
They don’t have to.
The bottom line is that you are now doing what God created you to do. The family will have its nucleus again- YOU.

Order won’t be restored instantly. It takes time to break up a riot and it’ll take time to bring peace between people who are used to going at each others’ throats. But you must stand and you must lead.
Peace will come if you lead everyone to peace.
Boundaries will be respected if you create and enforce them.

My brother, if you life feels like it’s full of traffic, then you’re the traffic cop.
It’s time you got in the middle of the intersection and directed that traffic. Tell people when to stop and go. Tell the children when to yield.

Lead.
Lead.
Lead.

Showing up to the battle is half the battle.

In part two, I will discuss what the women involved in this situation should do if the man won’t step up and lead. You don’t want to miss it!

What Your New Year Needs…

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It’s a brand new year, untouched, unopened. What will we do with it? What does this new year that we’ve been blessed to see need from us?
In order to answer this question, I’d like to first tell you a little story of something I recently encountered.
 
For years, I’ve thought and even said that I am not handy. In time’s past, I’ve gotten out of having to do repairs because I’m both the baby girl of my family and I’ve been able to rely on the men that I was in a relationship with to handle it. But now that I am grown and single, I’ve had to confront my limiting self assessments.

I’ve had a coffee table with two wobbly legs for at least a year now. I gave it a quick glance but since I didn’t have the necessary allen wrench to tighten the loosened screws, I assumed it was impossible to fix. But today, something welled up inside of me and simply said, “Try”. So I went to that drawer in my kitchen that’s the catch-all drawer and pulled out every tool I thought could be useful. I found a pair of needle nosed pliers and a phillips head screw driver. I tightened the loosened screws by hand as much as I could and then I used the needle nosed pliers to grip the screw and slowly, but surely turn it until is was sufficiently tightened.

No, I didn’t have the proper tools which would have completed the job more quickly. But turns out, I had everything I needed all along. I just had to take a moment, apply myself and realize that it could be done with what I had.

And that will be the story of 2013 for you.

Stop waiting for everything to fall together perfectly because it won’t.
Don’t count on having everything you need delivered to your doorstep in a nice package ready for your immediate use. It won’t happen.

Instead, resolve to look around your life and pick up what’s there.  Trust God to give you the necessary wisdom to use what you have in new, but highly effective ways.
Some people may wonder how it will work. You’ll probably wonder yourself. But the key is that no longer are we saying that it won’t work and waiting for God to change everything to our liking.
We’re going to arise in faith and believe God to take what we have and work it together for our good.
The near year brings in a wind of refreshing to all areas of our lives. Maybe you’re contemplating a career change, starting your own business, going back to school, or rededicating your life to the Lord. No matter what needs refreshing in your life, take advantage of the new year.

It is awaiting your instruction. Tell it what to do. Tell each month what you need and expect a harvest.

That’s what this new year needs from you.

Decree a thing, and it will be established for you in 2013.

“Say what you hear until you see what you said”.

Dismantled…

To take apart; disassemble; tear down.

b. To put an end to in a gradual systematic way:
2. To strip of furnishings or equipment: dismantled the house before knocking it down.
3. To strip of covering or clothing.
 
 
Riding along today, reflecting over my life along with some of its recent events. this word “dismantled” dropped into my spirit.
I do believe it was the Lord’s way of explaining to me the season that I’ve been in for the past 2 years. What do you get when you take away all those things Melissa has used to cover up pain, frustration, and insecurity? Who is she without her security blankets?
 
The last two years, I’ve been finding out.
 
Now this is by no means an easy process. It’s been downright painful at times. But I also understand that it is a necessary process. When the Lord sets about the task of rebuilding our lives, He always begins with demolition first. The old must be removed. If the structure we’ve built for ourselves is unsound, then the whole thing must be torn down and the foundation laid again.
 
Let’s face it. Most of us have been building on some pretty shabby and shaky foundations. Abuse, abandonment, low self esteem. But not only that but also pride, self reliance and co dependance…all of these things can be found in our foundations, yet we’ve attempted to build our whole lives, our careers, and our families on these shifting sands.
 
Lately I’ve been feeling “dismantled”; comforts removed, parts disconnected, open and bare. I know that God is doing a work in me, but boy does that work feel more negative than positive at times.
 
But we must all trust the process.
 
We must all understand that God doesn’t pour new wine in old wine skins so He’s not about to bring new blessings into your old mindsets, habits and belief systems.  If we want to be blessed in the way that “adds no sorrow”, we must be willing to allow God to do the work of dismantling our old systems, mentalities, and sometimes, our entire natural lives.
 
It may mean uprooting you from the place of your comfort as far as career and living arrangement is concerned. It could mean disconnecting you from relationships that were never supposed to be initiated in the first place. Whatever it is, allow God to dismantle the things that do not belong in your life. Allow Him to examine them in the Light of His Word. Trust His hands to put you back together, and this time, to do it the right way.
 
If you’re like me and you’re being dismantled, don’t lose heart. If God is dismantling you, then that means He has His hands on you. And if He has His hands on you, you’re in the best possible hands you could ever be in.

Blessed Routine…

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Today started off as any other school day. I got up with a start (because I over slept), I got school clothes ironed, I got the children up out of their beds. I made their breakfast and packed Cait’s lunch. I made sure teeth were brushed, papers signed, backpacks were packed. I laid my hands on them, covered them, covered their schools, as I’ve always done. I gave them hugs and I went to work and they went to school.

But something happened to me as I drove to the school this afternoon to pick up my son Matthew. I became overwhelmed with emotion. Pretty soon, I couldn’t hold back the tears.
My heart broke as I realized so many parents in Connecticut were just like me last week, rushing around, and sending their beloved children off to school without another thought. Then suddenly, their worlds collapsed and darkness descended upon them with a heaviness that threatened to smother them.

I’ve been strong up til today but today, I just decided to feel and to cry.
By the time I got to my daughter’s preschool, I jumped out and hugged every teacher I could. I know them well and they know me. I’m not ashamed to admit that those women at St. Andrews Child Development Center have partnered with me in raising my children. They call me if Caitlyn seems even the slightest bit different. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in my absence, they are the mothers.

I hugged them and thanked them. I told each of them that not just now but for months, I’ve been covering each of them in prayer. I thanked them for sacrificing their lives to show compassion and love to children. I told them they weren’t staff members. They were family. Mrs. Suzie, Mrs. Melissa, Mrs. Tami, Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Shannon…all of these women are an extension of my family.
I’m grateful to God for allowing my children to be a part of such great schools.
I’m grateful today to still have the routine of caring for and enjoying the love, laughs, and presence of my dear children.

It’s easy to complain when you’re running late and when someone whines, complains and spills juice for the 100th time on your couch or tan carpet. But life has a way of bringing you perspective. And for those of us who have the sobering reality of being comforters instead of mourners today, we can’t help but take a moment to say thank you Lord and nip the complaints in the bud.
Everything may not be perfect and Lord knows things aren’t always easy. But God has been so good and the real treasures in life cannot be replaced.

I love the Word of God and I love ministering to His people in a variety of ways. But at the end of the day, I’m someone’s mom. And today, more than ever, I realize how blessed I am to be able to say this.
My prayers are with the grieving families in Newtown, CT. I have no flowing words of encouragement nor great oratory masterpiece to give. I’m just a mom today. And my heart aches for the moms just like me who are in a night season of grief right now.
One of the hardest things to fathom in the night is that there is a daybreak to look forward to.
And as crazy as this may be to hear or even to believe, even in this deep darkness, the light will shine again. And I’ll pray for you when you can’t pray for yourself until that glorious day breaks for you again.
Hold on Newtown…
Hold on.

"Am I Ready For A Good Man?"


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So many women are quick to say that they desire to be in a relationship with a good man. I’ve even said so myself. However, I had to sit down and do some soul searching. I had to ask myself if I really wanted a good man.

But why would I ask myself such a question? The answer should be obvious because a good man is responsible, dependable, trustworthy;  he’s a godly man of character and integrity. Those are some of the major characteristics that can be found in a good man. Who wouldn’t want that, right?

However, when I began to look at my own past decisions and actions, I came to the conclusion that what I was saying and what I was doing weren’t lining up. I SAID I wanted a godly man, but the man I was with wasn’t saved.

I SAID I wanted a man who was trustworthy and dependable, but I was with a man who was as sneaky as they came and who loved to stay out all night long with one lame excuse after the next.

So, just like I had to keep it real with myself, I’m going to keep it real with you now.

Before you can have what it is that you say you desire, you must be willing to look at your own life and actions to see if what you say you desire and what you do are in agreement.

In order to attract good people into your life, you must first hold those values and attributes that make them “good” in high esteem. Do your friends entertain foolishness, lie, cheat and can’t be trusted? Do those you hold in close fellowship reflect godly values? How does your life and your actions reflect the values you claim to treasure the most?

You see, you cannot attract what you do not first honor.

Do you honor God?
Do you honor those who walk in integrity and good character?
Have you found godly mentors who reflect a godly pattern of relationship?
Do you invest time and resources into those things that are “good”?
Do you place high value on wisdom?

 In order to get a good man, you have value good things.

That’s why so many women (and men) end up in relationships that are the opposite of what their mouths say they want.

They end up with what they invest the most of their time, energy and resources into. They end up with the people who reflect their own values.

So that ex you continue to put down? Yea, you picked him or her and it’s time you sat down and got real about the condition of your own heart that led you to choose such a person in the first place.  The truth is, there was something in you that loved and valued something in them. And if you’re not careful, you’ll ignore the fact that you are still holding on to destructive proclivities and appetites that led you to hold on to people and things that are not for your good.

If you do not honor God in your daily living, you will gravitate to men and women who also do not honor God. You can say with your mouth all day long that you value people with such a strong relationship with God. But once you enter into relationship with them, you’ll find them boring and eventually, your eyes will wander over to the person who reflects what your truly value.

Oh, you ain’t gotta say “Amen” today church. I KNOW I’m preachin!

This is meant to be a wake-up call to woman and men who have found themselves, time after time, in relationships that went nowhere and left them feeling used and abused. The Spirit is telling you to search your own heart and stop blaming your ex’s for your own unholy desires. Blame is blinding and can keep us locked into unhealthy patterns.

 Until you change what you honor, you will not change what you attract.

Until you honor things like peace, truth, righteousness, holiness, dependability, and maturity, you will not attract those things into your life.

If all of your ex’s have been terrible, then it’s time to ask the Lord to reveal what’s inside of your heart that He can remove and cleanse. Until this happens, you’re not ready for a good man or woman.

How does your life reflect your honor, value, and appreciation for the things that make up a good man or woman?

Use your time of singleness to remove those things from your life that do not value righteousness, integrity and character. Replace those things with godly representations.

Then, you’ll be on your way to becoming ready for a good man.