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!
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,
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!!
...and why you should too!
In 2016, I went on a journey, a journey to read the entire Bible through in a year. I fought and fought to do it, yes I love God, yes I love his word, but I found myself set in my ways. I was a New Testament type of gal...I was a deep devotional/study type of gal...so in my mind I was okay. And while I studied certain books time after time, I never could say I had read through the entire Bible. Crazy right?
So on January 1st, 2016 I set out on a venture to spend the next 365 days reading the Bible. I journey through from Genesis to Revelation, with a daily passage from Psalm (thanks to the YouVersion app). I found myself reading stories I never knew existed in the Bible, I found myself getting answers to questions I had always wondered about, but most of all I found myself drawing closer to Christ.
If I can be honest, reading the Bible is tough, it's not always easy to understand, it presents a lot of questions and the stories at times may not make sense. But the truth is when we read those stories, and we venture to go deeper we begin to lean not unto our understanding, but the understanding of God. There are so many things that reading through the Bible can teach, but it is in vain if you are not getting closer to the Lord in the process.
Each day I read the Bible, I wanted to learn more, I wanted to understand more, and I found the best way to do that is simple, read the Bible. Yes, there are books out there, there are commentaries and sermons, but the best way to draw closer to God and to understand his word is to seek him.
James 4:8a says: Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you...". When we seek Gods face through prayer and reading his word, he will reveal himself to us. Reading the Bible in 2016, showed me that, and it can do the same for you. If you want to be closer to someone, you spend time with them; God is the same way.
I believe that we can get closer to God. It does matter how long you've known God; we always need more! So today, I want to encourage you to read through the entire Bible. I want to invite you to draw closer to God this year. We spend time drawing close to things and people on this earth, let us in 2019 draw closer to the one who matters, the one who leads, guides and makes our paths straight!
Have you read the entire Bible? Do you make it a practice annually? What has reading the Bible taught you? Let's chat below!!
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine" John 10:14 (KJV).
One of the things that we as humans tend to do, is hide our emotions. In hiding our emotions we never expose who we truly are. The thing about God is that he not only sees who we are, but he knows us at our core. And even though he knows us and all our flaws and screw ups, he still love us. Isn't that amazing?
God loves us so much that he came in the flesh as a sacrifice and laid down his life for our sins. You see, that is what the good shepherd does. Prior to this point of the text, the Bible talks about hirelings, those who are get paid to tend to the sheep. The thing about hirelings is they had no vested interest in the sheep. Since there was no attachment to the sheep, when thieves and robbers came, hirelings would not stick around to save the sheep, the would run. So when we get to verse 14, Jesus distinguishes himself as a good shepherd, one that will risk it all for his sheep.
When it comes down to it, I do not know too many people that would willing lay their life down for you, even when you've messed up and done them wrong. The Lord, Jesus Christ, made a choice to lay down his life before you messed up, before you strayed away, and before you knew who he was, that is how much he loves you!
Lets talk...How have you seen God as the Good Shepherd in your life?
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
Happy New Year everyone, welcome to the first blog of 2019! Ah! Don't you love a new year? The new year often gives us new opportunities to make significant changes in our lives. So today let's talk a little about that opportunity.
The thing we must understand about opportunity is that it is nothing more than an idea when you do not feed it, and allow it to grow into something more. Think about the people who set a resolution to lose weight; you can't lose weight if you leave it as an idea. You have to put in the work; you have to go to the gym, you have to change your eating, you have to be better.
When we read the scripture in Isaiah, God is telling Israel, I want to do something new inside of you, but you have to change. Letting God do something new in us requires that we let go of our past. We have to get rid of our past ways of thinking and move forward into what he has for us. The thing I love about this passage is that although God told them to forget their past, he also said take a moment and reflect on what I brought you out of. In other words yes it is okay to reflect on your past for a moment, but do not stay there.
Much like the children of Israel, I believe that in 2019 God wants to do some new things in us, but we have to let him. Our old mindset can't go into the new territory For us to move forward we have to let go of the things holding us hostage.
We all have a past, we all have a yesterday, but we can not allow our yesterday to keep you from a beautiful tomorrow. God does not require you to map your tomorrow out, all he asks you to do is trust in him. So can we let go and trust him today? I know it might not seem easy, it might not always make sense, but when you let go and truly trust the plans God has for you, I believe that greater is coming.
Let's talk, what new things is God trying to do in you in 2019? I encourage you not to miss it! Let's stop focusing on the place that held us captive and let's move forward in 2019!
It's here, it's here, it's here! It's my baby's first birthday. Happy Birthday to the Flourish In Purpose blog! I can not believe that it is here! It has been such an amazing, self-reflecting journey that has been nothing short of amazing!
As I reflect on what starting this blog has taught me, the biggest thing it has taught me was change! When I started my blog, it was strictly a business based blog. At the time I was finding a strong interest in learning about business, I originally wanted to share what I was learning and help others. Along that journey I began to have an urge to share more lifestyle based content. So I began to share business and lifestyle content. In June 2018, I felt a tug on my heart to share Christian based content. Christ is the core of who I am and what I do!
Through out all of those changes, I have learned that it is important to stay true to what your passion is and not the passion of other people. While business always interested me, it is not my passion, Christ is. So that brings me to where I am here and now. Flourish In Purpose is changing, yes CHANGING.
The Flourish In Purpose brand will remain, but I am going to share what I am truly passionate about at my core, and that is Christ. Starting 2019, I will no longer be sharing business based content, this blog will exclusively be Christian/Lifestyle based, and boy am I excited. If you have been around for the last month for the #Prayermas series, you have already started to see the beginning of these changes. This journey of blogging has taught me that when you stay true to who you are that will reflect to your audience, providing you a better way to connect with your readers/listeners.
My prayer is that throughout the changes, you are inspired. I am so excited for this journey. My readers are the most important part of this blog, so I would like your feedback. Comment below what Christian/Lifestyle based content you want to learn about. I look forward to blogging more Christ centered content. Friends, we are going on this journey together.
The world of blogging is one of the most amazing things that I have ventured into and I am so thankful for the things that I have learned and for having the courage to go on this new journey together.
Well guys, I will see you next year haha! I am so excited for what's next! Stay tuned for what is to come.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Today Lord, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the Christmas season and what it represents, the birth of your son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate this holiday season, never allow us to forget what it is about, Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 is a reminder that you are the everlasting God. Lord God allow your eternal spirit to rule and abide in the hearts of this generation today. I pray that your love pours out and that your people know they are never alone.
Lord your word also reminds us that you are the prince of peace. I ask that you be peace in this season. Protect the hearts and minds of those who are facing loneliness in this holiday season. Many have lost loved ones and are hurt and confused. Lord, I pray that your peace will pour out and that they will feel your stillness even in the midst of sorrow. Please comfort the hurting and lost heart in this holiday season.
Lord finally, I ask that this holiday season brings reconnections. Allow us to reconnect with family and reconnect with friends. Allow hurting relationships to be mended and allow love to abound. Let our hearts also to be reconnected with you. Let this time be a time that we reflect on your goodness, your faithfulness and find joy in knowing that you sent your son for us. Let this holiday season be one of love, happiness and joy. Let your light to shine! Amen.