It's a GIRL!!!! A baby girl!!! I am so very excited to meet this sweet lady in October!!
My entire pregnancy, even up to the moment that they said it was a girl, we thought it was a boy. While we both simply wanted a healthy baby our instinct was telling us boy, and BOY were we wrong!! But after months of anticipation, and what seemed like forever for the ultrasound tech to announce the gender...she finally said, it's a little girl!
I am so blessed and honored to be a mother to this beautiful girl, I look forward to raising her and teaching her to be a warrior for God. I know being a mom may come with challenges, but I am ready and excited to see what this new journey will bring.
Check out the memories of me sharing our news with our family!!! It was so much fun.
Asking for your prayers along this journey, I know that no matter what the future holds, God has got us! We can't wait to meet you baby girl!!!
Have you ever messed up so badly that you felt unusable by God? Have you even allowed your past mistakes to stop you from drawing closer to God? Well, if you have today's podcast is for you. Join us for today's episode, where as host Tamika Mahomes explores the story of Peter's post-resurrection encounter with Jesus. An encounter after he messed up so badly that he felt Jesus was done with him. As we unpack the text, of John 21:1-7 we watch how Jesus response to Peters mess, and we begin to see that although Peter messed up, Jesus still had a plan for him. Through Peters story we are reminded that even through we may have messed up and fallen short, God is not through with us yet.
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"We often do not want to admit it but our connections and our surroundings can begin to influence who truly reigns over our lives."
"Love does not have If/Then conditions."
"If people can boldly life their lives in this world, we should be able to boldly live our lives for Christ."
"There can be no progress without head-on confrontation." -Christopher Hitchens
I remember week after week showing up to my blog, typing word after word, putting all my effort in only to see NOTHING! I got no comments, no feedback, no one acknowledging that they read it. And while I put on a brave face and showed up online week after week, discouragement soon began to come over me. The discouragement turned into doubt and fear, and so I stopped blogging. I gave up on the very thing I loved to do.
Well, that was a few years ago, and as you see, I am back here today. And while my audience has grown, my perspective has changed. When I started the Flourish In Purpose blog, it was all business; then it turned into a lifestyle blog, then it finally landed to what it is today, a Christian Lifestyle brand. Why? Because for me, it is about bringing glory to God and not to people. You see, I began to tweak what I was doing to line up with who I was doing it for!
When I type these blogs, I hope that it will reach people, but that is not my expectation. I expect to do what God is calling me to do and share his word. If many people pick up, great, and if not, guess what? That is great too! Because the bottom line is that it is all about God! Each blog I type I want God to use me, each blog I type I want God to change me, and with each blog, I type I want him to shape me and make me more like him.
You see, I have learned that when you focus on your WHY your what becomes more apparent. And although I am reflecting on my blogging journey, this truly applies to anything in life. I want to encourage you to stop looking for results and start looking at WHY. Why are you doing what you are doing? What is your bottom line? Would you still do what you are doing if no one followed or supported? Because your passion is not about who supports you, but what fuels you to do it!
So today I leave you with this. What things are you passionate about, and why are you passionate about them? Is your focus people driven, or vision driven? Let's talk below!!
Hey FRIENDS!!! I need your help!! So this Sunday my husband and I are doing a special Q&A all about marriage! And guess what? It will be recorded!!! I am so excited for this one!
By no means do we think we are experts and know it all's we are just two people being used by God. We want to share our experience with you in hopes to encourage you in your singleness or even your marriage.
So if you would please, drop your questions on marriage below, or if you choose please email me at email@example.com. I can't wait to hear and answer some of your questions!!
I truly appreciate it, and thank you in advanced!!! Thanks again!! -Tamika
Hey Friends! In case you missed it, a few weeks ago, I announced I am expecting my first child in October of 2019! And as I transition into week 15, I wanted to share my very first update with you!
How Far Along?
Today, I am 15 weeks & 4 days! Almost halfway there!!
During my first 8 weeks, I had on & off cramping, headaches and a lot of gagging & coughing. But up to this point no sickness.
When I turned 8 weeks, everything began to change. I started having bad morning sickness, getting nauseous and throwing up.
I also became extremely exhausted! A whole new level of tiredness, I was napping throughout the day, and sleeping early! I even missed my alarm a few times haha!
Morning Sickness Relief?
The morning sickness which became all day sickness, hit me bad, and while everyone had their own set of sickness remedies for me, I found that nothing worked.
Thankfully I had my appointment with my doctor shortly after my sickness began.
My doctor suggested Unisom + Vitamin B6 and boy does that medicine work like a charm! But the side effect is it makes you tired! So when I took it before bed, I spent the next day fighting falling asleep.
I also found that Ginger/Peppermint Tea was extremely helpful!
I wish I could say I have been eating healthy, but the truth is I have been eating everything bad for me! Well, not everything! The crazy thing is that salads made me sick! Weird I know! I try my best to eat healthy but thinking about anything healthy made me sick! As I have transitioned to my second trimester, I am not able to begin eating differently and get back to my healthy roots!
If you know anything about me, you know that pre-pregnancy I worked out a lot! Well, when I got pregnant I spent less time at the gym, actually I didn't go at all. But what I did do was go for walks every day. So that was great exercise. Over the last few weeks, I have gone back to the gym and added my weight training back into my workout regimen, and boy do I love it! If I'm honest, getting to the gym is sometimes hard, but once I finish my workout I feel so amazing!
What I am looking forward to?
I am looking forward to finding out the sex of the baby in the next few weeks! I have been so anxious to find out since I have found out I am pregnant! So I am looking forward to that! My gut tells me its a boy, but we will see. A lot of people ask what I want; I honestly do not have a preference I truly want a healthy baby! So I will be sure to keep you all posted!
I'm curious to hear how your first trimester went? Let's chat below in the comments!
That's all for now friends, I'll be back soon with another pregnancy update!
When we first come to Christ, we are often taught of his forgiving nature. The truth is, the forgiveness that is given to us, is called to be given to others. The Bible says in Matthew 6:14-15: "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins". While the Bible calls us to forgive others, the truth is that forgiveness does not come easy. And on today's podcast, we are talking about just that. Come join your host Tamika, as she shares the beauty in forgiving others.
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"God forgives us and we also are called to forgive others"
"Holding unforgiveness towards others affects you way more than it affects the other person."
"The payment that Jesus made on the cross for your sin is far greater than anything that anyone on this earth can do to you."
"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return you will receive untold peace and happiness." -Robert Muller
As we continue to reflect and celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is one thing that we must keep forefront. We must remember that when Jesus rose from the dead, he made the IM-possible, POSSIBLE. While many people doubted, and many others questioned, Jesus came and showed not only who he was but who he would always be.
I don't know about you, but there are times in my life where I have things happening that make me think, there is no possible way out of this. My mind quickly feels with doubt, fear, and concern. Why? Because it is easier to doubt and worry than it is to trust and wait.
When you believe and wait on the Lord, you are leaning into the understanding of God, not the understanding of self. And if I can be honest, trusting and waiting is not always the easiest thing to do. But when we look at the life of Jesus, we see what trusting and waiting can produce and we see how even impossible situations can be made possible.
So today, I want to say to you, do not fear when IMPOSSIBLE is looking you in the face. Do not fear when it seems as though nothing is going to move in your favor. Instead of worrying about the what if's, get your focus on the one who can make even the most dead issues in your life, rise again. If Jesus can get back up from the grave, he can rise your situation up and move in a mighty way. Do not allow fear to hold you, don't let naysayers distract you, don't allow self-doubt to take you off course. Instead get your focus on the WAY MAKER knowing that he did it before and he can do it again.
Your situation, your problem, your current position is not over. God is still moving! He did it before, and he can do it again. He is making the impossible, possible! Don't give up & don't give in. God is with you!
What areas in your life look impossible? Let's chat and pray for one another!
Ugh! Does this keyboard still work?? HAHAHA!
Hey guys!!! It's Tamika and I am so happy to once again be back here on the blog, I know I went missing but there is a really good reason. On February 21st, 2019 I found out that my husband and I are expecting a little bundle of joy!! And boy I could not be happier!
I am just so blown away by God's goodness and faithfulness. In our journey there were times that I doubted and feared. I felt like God wasn't moving when I needed him too. But one thing that I learned is that God is faithful and his timing is so perfect! And that God truly makes no mistakes. So today, I celebrate with you my friends & family, thanking you for your patience, your support and your love. I look forward to walking this journey and sharing it here on the blog!!
And I want to always end with a word of encouragement. I do not know what you are searching for, or what you are waiting for God to do in your life, but I encourage you to take you eyes off of what you are looking for and place your focus back on God. He will never leave you, nor forsake you. He is with you in and through all things in seasons. Be encourages!
I'll talk with you friends soon,
Have you ever struggled with the perfectionist syndrome? If I can be honest, we all have! We struggle to be perfect in order to look good in front of others, but the truth is, being perfect is merely a human requirement. God never called us to be perfect, and if God does not requires perfection neither should we. We must get to a place where we stop striving to be perfect and start reaching to being more like Christ. It is in our shortcomings, it is in our realness, that we are able to relate to others. Check out todays podcast to hear more!
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"You are not perfect when your relatable, your perfect when you find your dependability on the one that is perfect."
"While God does hold me to a higher standard, he does not hold me to a standard of perfection."
"And all of us must get to the point where we understand that perfection is a human standard not a God standard."
"Dependability is about growing through your imperfections."
One of my favorite things to do is find resources as a Christian, and not just any resources, free resources. Since I have been able to find some faves, I wanted to share with you guys. I hope these resources will help equip and encourage you in living your life for Christ. Lets get started:
The YouVersion app is an app that has the Bible in over 60 different versions. This allows you to find the Bible version that is most simple for you to understand. In addition having a copy of the Bible at your fingertips there are tons of Bible plans to help encourage you to spend time in the Bible every day. I love the reminder option that will allow you to be reminded to read your Bible daily, even for the plans. And finally one of my favorite features is the verse of the day, which gives you a word of encouragement from God's word each and everyday. Click here to check out YouVersion!
#2 Memory Bible
Okay, Memory Bible has been a great tool for me. My goal for 2019 has been to memorize scriptures and this app helps me to do just that. The app gives you different options for scripture memorization as well as a reminder daily to memorize your verses. If you are looking to increase your Bible verse memorization and need help doing so, this is the app for you! Click here for the Memory Bible app!
#3 Strong Concordance (Online)
Some time ago a friend of mine gave me a huge copy of Strongs Concordance, and while I held onto it as long as I could, I ended up letting it go once I realized there was a free version online! The Strongs Concordance helps you to understand the Greek and Hebrew words and meaning for words in the Bible. It is great to know the word of God, but it is also beneficial to understand those words that you do not understand. If you are looking to know the meaning of words in the Bible, this tool is for you! To check out Strongs Concordance click here!
Well friends, that is it for Part 1, please be sure to come back next week for Part 2! Also list below any free resources that you love for growing in your relationship with Christ!!