As we prepare to celebrate the King of Kings, remember that you are a Queen. ❤️
Giving with a willing heart is what pleases God. Your word is everything, so it’s important to be honest. Love should never be based on conditions, but on the fact that we serve an unconditional loving God. Use wisdom is trusting those around you, but don’t be afraid to trust. Smile 100 times more than you frown because there’s always a reason to do so. Don’t be afraid to shed a few tears as well because it truly cleanses the soul. Forgive people even without an apology. Laugh until your body aches and you can hardly breathe! Pray without ceasing and watch miracles happen. Succeed with humility, knowing that your head can never be higher than . Fail without shame recognizing that success can easily be on the other side of that. Never stop growing since you aren’t limited by the sky. Choose happiness, and most importantly, choose to LIVE!
Give. Speak. Love. Trust. Smile. Cry. Forgive. Laugh. Pray. Succeed. Fail. Grow. Live. ️
I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m a forever female living in a hookup culture. As a woman of God who has saved myself for marriage, there are a lot of reasons why dating is interesting for me. There’s no shortage of men who pursue, but there’s a shortage of men who prepare.
Being with a true woman of God means first being a true man of God. It means being ready to set aside childish ways in order to properly lead that woman and any potential children all the days of your life. That means being a provider who can take good care of himself before bringing anyone else into the picture. It also means being honest and committed to the things of God. Too often I hear women tell me how they thought they’d met the right guy, but he eventually pulled back because he wasn’t quite ready yet.
So, to my fellas: Don’t chase what you aren’t prepared to catch. If you’re not ready, don’t play. Just stay away. Let God work on you until you’re in a place that you can walk in your full potential. Anything less isn’t fair to you or your future wife.
Choosing to simply be yourself is a lost art these days. In a world of reality TV and social media influence, it’s hard to tell one person apart from the next. Individuality has been replaced with conformity. People are so afraid of being rejected by man that they forget they’ve already been accepted by God. It’s important that we understand the power in being who He created us to be. Every piece of our personality was crafted by the intentional design of our Creator.
I could probably talk for days. I am usually the most dressed up person in the room. I own more pink than should be allowed by law. I love the ballet and symphony. I secretly listen to Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. I believe in fairytale love. I’m such a giver but often forget to give enough to myself. I like wearing onesie pajamas. I talk to God all day to the point that people think I’m taking to myself. I watch the same old movies and TV shows repeatedly. I’m a news geek. I prefer Netflix over nightclubs. I am often called “granny” by people around my age. I am certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, but I am unapologetically London Gabrielle Brown…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
On October 25, 2014, I lost my auntie Crystal and experienced loss like I never had before. I felt the lowest I’ve ever felt, and I cried the hardest I’ve ever cried. This was after weeks of praying the most I’ve ever prayed and believing more than I’ve ever believed for a miracle. When that didn’t happen, I found myself asking God, “Why?”
Today, I’ve turned that weakness into strength. After many sleepless nights and what seemed like a never ending heartbreak, I realized that she’s in the safest place she could ever be. That helped me shift my thoughts to why she lived instead of focusing on why she died. My auntie was a true angel on earth. Her life was one that had a lasting, personal impact on everyone she touched. She did all she could to help any and everyone around her who was in need, even perfect strangers. She walked in her purpose and lived a life that was intentional. She was never afraid to try something new or go after what God put on her heart to do. Most of all, she loved her family and treated her friends as though their blood ran through her veins.
So, as I begin this journey of truly pursuing my purpose, it’s important to note that she is the reason I am pushing past my fears to walk in the fullness of my future. She taught me that we can’t take anything or anyone for granted. I love harder, work harder and live fuller because of her. She’s my heroine. She’s my angel. And she will forever and always be my reason.
Rest in paradise, auntie.
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