May 10, 2022
Post written by: Monique Threadgill "Girl On A Mission Blog" I remember a few years ago, I didn’t know who I was or why I was here. I often compared myself to others, especially on social media. It seemed like a lot of the women I would see on Instagram or Facebook had their lives altogether, figured out, and walked in purpose. Some of these women had talent, skills, and creativity. Some others had thousands of followers just by posting an outfit of the day picture. Before I came fully into Christ, I started wondering “how can I get like them”. I had put my worth and value in earthly things, not in things above. Later on in life I realized, I don’t need to get like them. The only thing I needed to do was get in the presence of Him to truly understand who I am. On the surface, I have flaws (lazy eye, knock knees, crooked smile, etc.) that people can see. I have a speech that is not always crisp and clear. I have hair that is naturally nappy. And yet...this is how God meant to create me, imperfectly perfect in His image. One day it hit me. I knew who I was. The daughter of the Most High God. When I put my identity and value in Christ, I started realizing that I can just be myself in His presence and still be accepted. From knowing that God has accepted me and loves me unconditionally, I started accepting myself. I started doing videos despite my fear of not saying everything clear and correct. I had to just have faith and say what the Holy Spirit had for me to say. I am very open about my faith and don’t care what others think of me. I am here to serve God, so when fear creeps in, I just do it afraid. Eventually, the spirit of courage overcomes the spirit of fear. Sisters and brothers in Christ, when you walk in the revelation of being daughters and sons of the Most High, you will gain a confidence that this world cannot take away. That is called God Confidence. Just be authentically you. Real, Raw, and Relatable in your journey as a follower of Christ. For those that have yet to meet Jesus, just come as you are. If there is anything bad in there, He will create in you a clean heart. He will mold you, shift you and place you exactly where you need to be. We Are Here to Serve and Worship the Lord There are different ways to worship. Singing, praying, praising, serving, reading the Bible and simply sitting at the feet of Jesus basking in all of His serenity and glory are some of the ways to worship. Thing is, worship is more than these things. What is worship? According to Oxford Dictionary, worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. In our case, the Most High God. To me, worship is an eternal thing. A heart thing. A spirit thing. Worship is important to me because I feel a closeness with God. There was this one day that I was at home listening to Christian music when all of sudden, I felt the Holy Spirit. I wailed out crying and thanking Him for who He is. Just knowing who God is and knowing He is right with me at all times have had a great impact on my relationship with Him. Worship creates a close bond between God and I. When I feel that bond slipping, I already know that distractions are keeping me from being in the presence of God. That is how I know that worship is more than those things I listed. At times, I would pray, read the Bible, and serve, and didn’t feel the Spirit. Why? Because my mind was on things seen and not on things unseen. “But the time is coming and is already here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John: 4:23-24 NLT Love and Blessings, Monique ST
Jan 05, 2022
Niashia McClary’s Story: Hey y'all my name is Niashia McClary. My motto of this past year has been: to just keep going. In 2021 I personally had one of the hardest years of my life. I was battling physical health issues that didn't look to good. Literally on my death bed. I also was battling physical symptoms of anxiety on top of that and depression. Whewww! Y'all it was so rough to say the least! As I was crying & praying to God to save me or take me. I legit was over it & literally told God to do whatever was in his will for my life. I was no longer scared I simply wanted the pain to end. So if that meant me leaving earth I was legit down for it. It sounds crazy right? Yes but it was that deep for me. It wasnt until one Sunday morning when I watched a sermon and talked about moving forward & just keep pushing. As I was watching the sermon I declared that I would just keep pushing & going until my healing and breakthrough came. It took about 8-10 months for my physical health to come back together. Yet I'm still only about 85 % back normal. But I thank God for it. As my physical health got better the anxiety and depression and suicidal thoughts subsided. But I had hit rock bottom I mean in and out the hospital sometimes for my physical health and sometimes for wanting to unalive myself. Through everything I went through I realize that by me continuing to keep going and pushing I realized my purpose. I realized that my life had meaning. My life did a whole 360 y'all!! I wasn't even expecting it. I took time off from college during the hard times. But now I'm back in college, own apartment, own car, and excited for what the new year has to bring. All in all trust the process and keep pushing❤️ God is amazing through it all! I thank him for his grace & for saving my life.
Dec 01, 2021
GIRL, WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? by Dominique Brantley That question used to be as cringy as nails on a chalkboard, to me. I never liked hearing someone ask a person that is going through something, what was wrong with them. Obviously, it is something, if you can tell by a look that they are not the same. But you know what, LIFE HAPPENS to the best of us and we are HUMAN and ARE NOT exempt from error or valleys in our lives. We have all been through something that we have felt was sent to destroy us. Therefore, many of us may have stories filled with broken pieces, terrible choices, and ugly truths. Oh, but God had other plans. You see, we can also say those stories have plot twists and are also filled with major comebacks, peace, favor and grace, if we are here today to speak on it. Listen…..That ugly part of your story, that you may feel like hiding and are unsure about letting others know because you are embarrassed, is going to be the most powerful part of your testimony and how you overcame what you went through may be someone else’s survival guide. God allows us to go through things so that we may help others, once we have passed through. Luke 21:13 “It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.” There was a point in my life when I was at my lowest and didn’t even realise it, but I knew that I was down and that I wasn’t myself. I kept putting on a fake smile and doing my normal day to day, because I didn’t want to talk about it or answer to anyone; only to realise I wasn’t helping myself by hiding. I couldn’t heal because I kept pretending I wasn’t hurt. I started talking and being more vocal about what I had gone through, and I found out that a close friend of mine was going down that same dark road, that I had traveled.Hearing what I went through and what helped me and didn’t help me, gave her hope and allowed her to prepare her mind for the fight. Now I can boldly tell people, “I am not ashamed of anything that I have gone through. It might be tea to you but it's a testimony to me. I am not ashamed nor am I hiding anything that I have gone through, that may be able to save someone else or give them hope. My test will always be my testimony. There is nothing compared to the truth and the goodness and mercy of God’s grace and favor in our lives, where he can take that mess and turn it into a message. So run tell that!...and tell them that if they are going to tell your story, make sure that they get the facts straight! 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your heart revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” YOUR STORY is the key that may be able to unlock someone else’s prison. YOUR TESTIMONY may just be the closest thing to a Bible that some will get. Understand the power of YOUR TESTIMONY! 1 Peter 2:21 “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”