Co-Signer! Not Needed.

How many times have we looked over our lives and find situations that are unchangeable.  Maybe so bad that we dare not entertain the idea of attempting to make them better.  ‘Cause if left as is, maybe no one will notice how horrible they are?  Or maybe through the superpower of ignorance…..it’ll disappear?

The bible story of Daniel explains how-as unfortunate circumstances arise, Satan attempts to CO-SIGN on those circumstances, to guarantee your situation will not change!  Daniel a servant of God, made a decision to go against the status quo and serve the one and only true God.  In doing so, he was thrown into a lion’s den never to be seen again!  Daniel 6:16-17; So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed.

Bam!  Daniel is a goner!  Not only was a heavy stone placed as a barrier, but the King and the nobles, co-signed on Daniel’s situation, to guarantee it would not change.  But a loving God had a different plan for Daniel.  No matter what others did to ensure his demise…God wouldn’t allow anyone to co-sign on his fate. Daniel 6:22; My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in His sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, your Majesty. (NIV)

Even when the world has co-signed on your situation, saying that it will not change, have the faith of Daniel, knowing that God can change any situation.  Bad credit, death, personal hurt, financial distress, hopelessness, depression, self loathing, greed, despair, pride, anything that seems insurmountable…..GOD CAN RESCUE YOU FROM THE MOUTH OF THE LION.  As a matter of fact, he has already done so through the blood of Jesus.  Jesus died for us so that in any situation, His selfless act of love can redeem us for sin.  So there’s no need for a co-signer!  We’ve got this!

❤ bbprep

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A Tweak or Two will Do

Adjusting to fit in is common.  A tweak here or there to even the playing field doesn’t hurt right?  But what if those tweaks change who we are?  Little by little, those adjustments can change the landscape of our lives.  At first glance, our reflection looks the same, but after further review, standing before you is someone you don’t even know.  How did I get here?  What did I do? Over time “tweaking’ compromises who we are.  I recently read  “When we compromise, the effectiveness of God’s power is diminished”-(InTouch Magazine, July 2015)  Whoa!  So I have control over the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit?  If not used properly, the effectiveness is lessened?  Luke 10:19 says….19 Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you!(Amplified Bible) So yes, through the Holy Spirit, God has given us control, the ability to activate His power in everyday life.  When activated we are representing Him and His loving power.  So standing firm on who we are and what we believe pushes the cause!  Tweaking only allows Satan to get a greater hold on this world and chokes out the Light we are called to be.

Stand firm my friends.  Ask for daily Godly wisdom to navigate your life.  Only the hand of God can truly TWEAK who we are.  Leave that changing up to Him.

❤ bbprep

5 things every “Back-to-Schooler” should know!

GRRR!  It’s that time already! Some of us are scrambling for back to school items..hitting the Target Dollar Spot at pivotal restocking times to feed our stationery obsession.   Some of us have already made that transition from summer to school, right now as we speak.  Eventually as summer fades, fall will enter and kid free days will be endless…well until fall break!?!  But as our back-to-schoolers get hyped about going back, there’s 5 simple things they gotta know-

1.-School’s not that serious! Wait mom……before you stone me, deep breaths! Yeah its important, but not that serious. Students-don’t get overwhelmed with all the assignments, projects, gossip, trends, blah, blah, blah.  Take it in small chunks, plan your days, be consistent, and expect to be successful.  Trust me, I’m a teacher, it works.

2.-Having a boyfriend or girlfriend during the school year is a great idea! Again parents hear me out!  Positive relationships during our formative years lay the ground work for our future.  Going “steady” at the appropriate age and time can add value and provide avenues for personal growth.  Students-we are giving you an opportunity to make healthy decisions during this process…if we see that you’re not…you’re done!

3.-Social Media A Must!-If any parents are still listening….allow your student to snap chat, instagram, periscope, face-time. etc.  We live in a technology driven society and not being tech savvy now-a-days is a disservice.  But parents you must monitor the usage and set ground rules and cut off times for social media.  In my house, the dinner table is a tech-free zone, and all devices are off, shut down, and in a central location by 8pm.  Parents be firm, consistent, and let your student know that if they violate the terms……they loose the device.

4.-Be Sure to Study Last Minute-I know I’ve lost all of you on this one!  But studys show that students who study right before bed time and the morning of the test do better!  So cram on!  Well….don’t try to cram the entire chapter into one night of studying!  That never works!

5.-Always Pray-Hey I know school life can be difficult and uninspiring- thats all the more reason to speak to God about it.  He knows everything about you and can help in all situations, if you pray and invite him into your life, He will show up on your behalf.  With out a doubt…I promise He’ll be there.

So Happy Back to School Yall!

❤ bbprep

Photo Challenge! Say Cheese……..

Ok Mom! Let’s be real…back to school season is OUR holiday.

Share how you get your kiddos ready, prepared, and out the door, by posting photos each day, on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM or BLOG!

AUGUST BACK 2 SCHOOL PHOTO CHALLENGE, beginning August 1st
Hosted by @bbprep

POST YOUR PHOTOS UNDER #B2SHoliday
01 End of Summer Hang-out
02 Happy Friendship Day
03 New School Year Bucket List/Goals (parent and/or student)
04 DIY Back To School Project
05 Student Supplies List
06 Back To School Shopping Selfie
07 What Are You Doing Now? Kid FREE Day!
08 My Favorite Teacher is….Top 5 qualities
09 Book Lover’s Day….upcoming reading list/fav books
10 Planner/Agenda Snapshot
11 B2S Must Have..Technology
12 My Favorite Subject….besides RECESS
13 Organization..Tricks, Tools, & Trends
14 Post a written note to your student of support/well wishes for the new year
15 B2S Must Have…..Jeans
16 Study Area/ Desk Snapshot
17 B2S Must Haves…..pens/pencils
18 Locker Décor
19 Inspiration
20 Throwback Thursday-Retro Back to School Pic
21 B2S Must Haves…..Tanks & T’s
22 School Spirit…team/sports/colors
23 Afterschool Hang-out
24 What’s In Your Bag? School Essentials
25 B2S Must Haves….Shoes/Sneakers
26 What’s In Your Lunch Box?
27 Night Before 1st Day Routine/Prep
28 First Day Breakfast
29 OOTD-1st Day of School
30 School Schedule
31 Celebration!
**BONUS-1ST DAY SELFIE**

Wow Wednesday-“Let’s Pray!”

Prayer? communicating with God.

Why pray? communicating with God, our Father, through the name of Jesus, using scripture, is THE most powerful tool we have against the satan.

Should I pray? yes.

How? by simply speaking your heart to God.  Simply communicating to Him desires, fears, hopes, needs, passions, for you and for others.  Prayer isn’t just a time for us to dump on God, but a time to be intimate with Him, a moment to be open, honest, and transparent…after all, He already knows.

Is there a guide for prayer?-Matthew 6:7-13

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Can you pray with me? sure!

Let’s pray

Father, in the name of Jesus.  Today was a good day.  Even if it wasn’t, we still proclaim that it WAS a good day, because you made it!  Lord, we are soooo thankful for your son Jesus, that came to earth to teach us more about you, and to die for our sins.  Because of that, we are saved from the death of sin!  We are set free!  Never to die the death of sin.  Father, we pray blessings over our neighbors, our friends, our enemies, our government, our family, and ourselves.  We open our hearts to be the people you want us to be.  We trust your plan, your direction for our life.  We aren’t smart enough,or brave enough, to do anything on our own.  We invite you to take a permanent place in our lives.  For we know without you, we WILL NOT survive.  Thank you for being who you are.  We love you, honor you, and magnify your name.

Amen.

bbprep ❤

Without Change there’d be no Butterflies……..

We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament.  Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil.  It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God.  As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father.  Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who?  The Job Lesson is really meant for whom?  For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes?  Why does God  allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?

I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory!  Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through.  Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused.  And thank God for his refusal.  His refusal led to our deliverance.  We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.

So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God.  God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.

Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.

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WoW Wednesday- Fill me up

Food!  Who doesn’t like to eat food?  Well I’m sure some people may have food struggles but I’m a foodie!  I’m the type that takes pleasure in eating not preparing.  Cooking doesn’t bring me joy until the end when it’s time to eat.  Being a Southerner, comfort food and down home cooking is how we get down everyday!  I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal.  But mostly potatoes!  I can eat some form of potato everyday-french fries, hash browns, mashed, baked, scalloped, souffle’ its heaven.  Then when we add the cheese, the sour cream, the ranch dressing, the bacon, the butter……I mean come on, it’s HEAVEN. I just sit there and act like I have no control over my hand and allow it to shovel that yummy-ness into my mouth until I’m full!  It’s bad…I know!  But what if we did that with the Father?  What if we sat down and gave him full control of our lives and allowed Him to shovel His goodness inside of us..what would happen?  Does He even desire to do that? He does!  Psalm 81:10-New Living Translation-For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things! UmmmK.  Being a food freak-when I first read that scripture I thought about food…”open your mouth wide and I will feel it with good things”, screams food to me.  But once I got past the flesh, I realized that God wants to fill us with his goodness.  He wants to physically feed us of course, but more importantly He wants to satisfy us spiritually.  And He wants to do it to the fullest!  Open your mouth wide He says!  Because what He has for us is so great and mighty, you gotta be ready to receive it!  Also at the beginning of the passage, He reminds us that He is the God that rescued His people from Egypt.  So that tells me that He is reminding us of who He is.  No problem, trial, bill, or desperate situation can negate who God is!  Hallelujah!  He has always been bigger than our situations, its up to us to remember!
So for this Women of Wisdom Wednesday, get full!  Don’t cut back the word of God, take a full plate and dine on its goodness.  Open your mouth wide, and fill it with good things.

-bbprep ❤