The Origins Story

Every Story Has A Beginning. Do You Know Yours?

“Once upon a time…” if you have ever dreamed of being a princess in a fairytale, then your own story might have had this famous opening line. The opening line and origins story is the starting point of every great fairytale. The Origins gives a brief yet descriptive history of events that set the stage for all of the adventures about to unfold.

The Origins of every story also hold secret clues and hidden mysteries for those who are truly seeking adventure.

When I started my own journey, I spent a lot of time working on my opening lines. I wasted precious energy trying to find a starting point, when exactly did MY fairytale start? “Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of…”, “There lived a beautiful Princess named…” I grappled and struggled with the origins of my story.

The reason I struggled with the beginning lines is because I was trying to write my own story; I didn’t know I was already a part of something much greater. A story with an origin better then anything I could dream up or create on my own.

You see, I had already heard the origins story many times throughout my life. Some call it the story of Creation. I heard it in church, I heard it from my parents, I read it in the Bible. I believed it was truth but it took many years for me to fully and completely understand how the Creation story impacts my  present life  in a very real and powerful way.

You might have heard the Origins story I am about to share at some point in your life, so today I’m asking you to listen with new ears. As you read each word ask God for a clear understanding of your Role in the adventure. Ask God to give you new eyes to see the hidden mysteries of creation in the same way we can see the magic in fairytales.

Are you sitting on the edge of your seat? Are you ready for the epic beginnings of Your story? Are you ready to leave behind science and any former teaching, everything you know and understand of this life for the Truth?

I am going to share with you the inconceivable and extraordinary account of how we landed in the most enchanted Kindgom we call Earth. I’ll also introduce you to the Most High God and King, our Creater, and Author of the Fairytale experience we generally call Life.

The Beginning:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters (Genesis 1:1-2).

Stop right here. I want you to close your eyes for a moment. What do you see? Complete darkness, nothingness, there is only God.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day (Genesis 1:3-5).

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day (Genesis 1:6-8).

Now take a moment to really look at the beautifully painted tapestry that we call sky. Can you even look into the bright light of the sun for too long without shading your eyes from its powerful rays? 

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:9-10).

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Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day (Genesis 1:11-13).

The Land Produced Vegetation

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night (Genesis 1:14-16).

He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day (1:16-19).

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day (Genesis 1:20-23).

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:24-25).

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:26-27).

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so (Genesis 1:28-30).

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).

In just six days, all of the mysteries of the earth were created, the seasons were put into motion, and the first man and woman were established as rulers over all the land and wildlife.

The Origins Story sets the stage for the beginning of Our Fairytale Life on this earth. The story sheds light on the question of who our Creator and King is. It explains a huge part of our purpose. We are to rule over land.

It is no wonder fairytales often incorporate the astounding mysteries of nature such as enchanted forests, and talking animals. Our oneness with the universe is the beginning of everything, and the heart of a True Princess is always attuned to the miraculous world around her.

A Princess can feel with every fiber of her being that creation is alive and she is fully aware of the power of God which is constantly on display in the universe.

This week, I want to challenge you to take some time out each day and pause to discover, appreciate, and bask in this beautiful and enchanted world we live in. An enchanted Kindgom designed specifically for our personal enjoyment in the Fairytale of Life.

Find a place in nature uniquely your own. Find a tree, a flower, a park or fountain that you can visit frequently. Make the place a commemorative landmark in the beginning of this journey. Say a prayer and Thank God for all that He made. Tell Him you Believe and ask Him to open your eyes to see His creation in a new light and prepare to be amazed!

Remember You are a True Princess, a daughter of the King of Light. You were put on this earth to Shine.

Do Fairytales Exist In Real Life?

The Secret Attitude To Becoming A True Princess.

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Have you ever imagined what your life would be like if you lived in a Fairytale?

What role would you play? Would you have a sidekick, talking animal friends, or a fairy godmother? Where would your fairytale take place? Who would be the villain? Would you seek out more adventure, mystery, or romance as the storyline?

I use to think that Fairytales only exist in storybooks, and the opportunities to be Princess for a day were few and far between! After all, how often do we get the chance to parade around in ballgowns, and wear tiaras, and glass slippers? A girl has to wait for prom, her wedding day, or possibly those early days in a budding romance to feel the magic and beauty of a Fairytale, right?!

In Real-Life, we go through the motions, almost as if on autopilot. Wake up, coffee, shower, school or work, more coffee, hour upon hour in front of a computer screen, solving problems, traffic jams, dinner, chores, exercise or tv time, go to sleep and REPEAT!

Eventually, our mini escape into someone else’s life through tv and social media, our joy in taking long sips of soda or coffee, and a gossip session with friends or coworkers become the highlights of our existence as we plod through daily routines.

But that is NOT the life we were created for. We were created for So Much More! Which is why, no matter how hard we try to drown it out with activities that keep us busy, we can’t ignore the still small voice inside that is calling us to a bigger adventure.

What is your Favorite Fairytale?

My favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast. Maybe because it was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater on the big screen? Maybe it was eaisier for me to finally identify with Disney’s first brunette princess, finally a heroine with my hair color! Or maybe it was because, for the first time in my life, I started to see the REAL ELEMENTS of what makes a fairytale a fairytale.

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It’s not the ballgowns, the tiaras, the glass slippers, and carriage ride, all of which usually last less then 2 minutes in the movies. That’s right, it’s not the glam we are attracted to. It’s the back-story, and heart behind every Princess that makes us believe there might be more to this life than we presently see.

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It’s the story of women who refuse to give up on thier goals regardless of all the obstacles they face in life. The story of women who know deep in thier hearts the world has more adventure, mystery, and romance and those women aren’t afraid to take a risk to experience it. It is the story of women who are kindhearted, yet determined to believe in thier dreams.

You see Belle, in all her beauty, still felt odd. Her backstory might be relatable to some of you reading this. She lived on the outskirts of town, she was being raised by a single dad who was a total engineer nerd, and she was made fun of for taking more interest in books then looks. Let’s face it, she was different. Her beliefs in the enchanted worlds she read about were ridiculed.

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Belle went through the daily routines and she was pressured day after day to conform. She was offered the chance to fit in, just as we are offered many chances in this world to conform to the expectations of society. But she held firm to her beliefs. She refused to fake happiness in order to fit in with the crowd pleasers. She was confident enough in her identity to follow her heart into the biggest adventure of her life, even when her leap of faith made her appear crazy to the world of conformity.

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In order to live in a fairytale, we must be willing to be different. We must be willing to stand out. We must change the way we think and view the world we live in.

I know what you are thinking, “Cute concept, but I can’t leave my picket white fence of safety, to follow my heart into the woods where you claim I will discover an enchanted castle which will open the door to happily ever after!”

Or Can You?

Belle’s adventure began long before she discovered a castle in the woods, met the Beast, and broke the evil spell casting shadows over the Kingdom. Her adventure began the day she made the decision to follow her heart, instead of the crowd and Believe in something she couldn’t see.

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And that is the Very First Step, to creating a REAL-LIFE Fairytale.

BELIEVING.

If you are willing to believe, and to open up your heart and mind to the teachings in the ultimate book of miracles and mystery, The Bible, then you can unlock the door between you and your real-life fairytale.

This isn’t an adventure for the faint of heart, the call to step into the Kingdom of Light will not come without challenges and setbacks, they are a part of every great fairytale after all.

But I will be with you every step of the way. If you are ready for this adventure sign up for post notifications. Next week I’ll introduce you to the Orgins Story. Your Fairytale Awaits!

Choosing the Perfect Nickname

Choosing the Perfect Nickname to Increase Love and Connection. 💞

Love is a beautiful feeling that creates a powerful connection. Love is feeling that can’t be manufactured and sold on a shelf. It is a feeling that is rare and precious. A feeling that scientists and researchers cannot even explain to its fullest extent. A feeling people search for thier whole lives. And a feeling worth fighting for once you have found it.

The experience of falling in love is paramount in every great fairytale, and the primary reason for our very existence on this earth.

God, the Father and King of Light, designed us for love. He designed us to receive love and give love in a secret exchange that represents the most intimate connection between two beings.

Living in a fairytale means waking up every single morning with a smile, a giggle, and a heart bursting with the magical feeling of knowing we are loved, cherished, and adored.

Nicknames, or petnames are just one special part of a loving relationship that helps with the expression of deeper feelings of love and the excitement that it creates.

Finding a special name for someone you care about can strengthen the bond of love. It adds to the adventure of love and can be a fun way to connect just like a smile, an inside joke, or a secret.

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Names of endearment can be affectionate, creative, or playful. They can describe a character trait, an inside joke, or a special memory.

Some nicknames that are common in romantic relationships are names like:

1. Cutiepie
2. Babe
3. Prince Charming
4. My Heart
5. Honey
6. Sweetie
7. Pooh Bear
8. Doll Face
9. Darling
10. Bright Eyes

Maybe you currently have a nickname for your best friend, or your boyfriend? Maybe your parents or siblings have a playful name for you as a symbol of endearment? If you don’t have a special code name, that is about to change.

Our Father, the King has many names of endearment for his children. If Princess isn’t enough, He also refers to His children as… 

The apple of his eye. (Psalm 17:8)

Beloved (Romans 1:7)

His Chosen (Psalm 105:43)

And My Personal Favorite…

Beautiful One (Song of Solomon 2:10)

Just to name A Few!

There are also many special names that describe God’s character and who He is to us in our relationship with Him.

I’ve created a list of more personal names for God which help to strengthen the bond of love. Names of endearment will take you even deeper into your relationship so that you can experience more of His love, and affection; you can feel cherished and adored as the beautiful Princess He created you to be.

Names for God, our Father:

1. My Shield (Psalm 144:2)
2. Provider (Genesis 22:14)
3. Resting Place (Jeremiah 50:6)
4. My Strength (Psalm 43:2)
5. Deliverer (Psalm 70:5)
6. Comforter (Roman’s 15:5)
7. King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15)
8. My Rock (Psalm 28:1)

Who is God to you today? Tell Him with a descriptive name.

Wednesday in the Word: Where is God in the midst of a Pandemic?

With the number of new Coronavirus cases increasing daily all over the country, and world, you might be wondering where is God in the middle of this pandemic???

The media is spreading fear like wildfire, as Scientists, Health Officials, and Governments scramble to contain the spread of the virus, find a cure, and offer up protection to everyone at risk.

Wash your hands, where a mask, cover your coughs, sanitize, and for goodness sake, stay home if you are sick!! All are great suggestions, based on science, of how to stay safe when disease is prowling through the night.

God’s Word also offers us many promises of protection! A few years ago I stumbled across Psalm 91 when my daughter was struggling with anxiety of seeing her friends become sick at school. I chose to make it my prayer for my family. And today for Wednesday in the Word, I want to share it with you.

Psalm 91
You who sit in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe.”

That’s right — he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards, his huge outstretched arms protect you — under them you are perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm.

Fear nothing — not wild wolves in the night, nor flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon.

Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will ever graze you. You’ll stand untouched,  watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.

Yes, because God is your refuge, the High God your very own home. Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door.

He ordered his angel’s to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.

If you hold onto me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know amd trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”

This scripture is absolutely amazing. I’m speechless everytime I read it as I try to comprehend how many times God has protected me that I am not even aware of?! Psalm 91 is God’s promise to us from His Word. He gives promises of protection against all kinds of evils including pandemics! If we will only get to know Him.

The first line in the passage above says to declare that “God is our refuge”, and put our full trust in Him that we are safe. Sometimes it can be difficult to trust in a God we can’t see. I can see that hand sanitizer kills 99.99% of gems. I can see from history that quarantine stops the spread of plague. But I can’t see God. I can’t see the angel’s He has commanded to protect me.

This is where faith comes in. Faith is the belief in things that cannot be seen.

Now is the time for faith. It is time to study the promises in God’s Word and claim them for ourselves, our families, our friends, our co-workers and our nation.

Where is God in the midst of a pandemic? He is in heaven, waiting for His children to call to Him, to put thier trust in Him and to seek Him out. If you want to take action today, you can pray the scriptures in Psalm 91 and claim God’s promise of protection!

You Have A Special Destiny

Spiritual Truth for Living:

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. ~Ephesians 1:11-12

Guess what? You were created with a very specific purpose and mission for the LORD. The scripture says we were “predestined” which means God had plans for you, and me before we even arrived on this planet.

The problem is that many of us don’t realize we were designed for a specific calling. And if we don’t have an understanding of our identity, who it is we belong to, and the purpose we were created for then we waste countless hours striving to be like someone or something we’re not.

WHO AM I?

Who am I? Have you ever ask yourself that question? Do you like the answer?

I recently watched Disney’s newest rendition of my favorite childhood movie, Aladdin. Aladdin, a poor “street rat” seems content with his identity up until he meets a beautiful Princess. At which point he starts to question his identity, and his value.

He spends all of his energy trying to change who he is to win the heart of his beloved princess. He enlists the help of a genie in a magic lamp, and his only two companions, a magic carpet, and his monkey.

However, he quickly realizes all of his striving to be someone and something he is not, only creates more problems.

In the end, he wins the heart of the Princess by being himself. The “street rat” defeats the evil Jafar and saves the Kingdom using his street smarts, his courage, and his determination.

God wants us to have a clear vision for our life. He wants us to be confident in our identity so that we don’t fall into the trap of trying to be something we weren’t created to be. He wants to reveal to us our special gifts and talents so when the time comes to save the Kingdom we are ready and confident.

If you are struggling to find your specific talents, you can pray with me today; ask God to reveal them to you.

Lord God,

I come before You today, and ask that You would reveal to me what the gifts and talents are that you have placed in me. As I grow in my gifting, I ask that you would continue to lead me and guide me in the way I should go. Enable me to use my gifts for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Times of Testing

Spiritual Truth for Living:
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.
~Job 23:10

As a mother, I have always had a strong desire to provide my children with the best education available. I want my kids to be curious about the world God created and to have every opportunity to learn new things.

Why do I want the Best Education for my Children?

I believe if my children grow up in the right learning environment, they will have a better chance at navigating various situations later on. With the right skill set, it will be eaisier to make wise choices even when I am not around to guide them. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

How do I know if my children are actually learning and retaining knowledge? How do I know that when faced with difficult and complex problems they will have the proper reasoning skills? I will know through times of testing.

Testing begins at a very young age, and becomes an integral part of continuing education throughout life. Even as adults, we still have to take tests to prove our skills and expertise in different areas.

The Bible tells us that God also tests us. Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind.”

Over the past several months, my daughter has been diligently studying and preparing to take a tedious test called the SSAT.

The test is a requirement for independent private schools not just across the country, but across the World. Students are tested in the subjects of Reading, Math, and Vocabulary.

The reward for months of studying will hopefully be a great test score! A test score that will be crucial when choosing between students competing for a limited number of spots, in some of the most prestigious schools around the world.

In the same way there are rewards for academic tests, God also has rewards for times of testing. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the LORD has promised to those who love Him.”

God is not only testing those who choose to serve and love Him. Psalm 11:5 tells us, “The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked…” He is watching from Heaven. He knows the true motivation of the heart.

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If we are growing in our knowledge and understanding of Christ, there is no doubt we will be tested on this earth. Our goal, as Christians is to be prepared for those tests, and to say with confidence, “Prove me, Oh LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2).

Testing is For Our Good!!

Know that times of testing from our heavenly Father are for our good. He wants the very best for us. Job 23:10 says, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.”

God wants us to be refined and perfected in our faith, and our walk with Him. He gives us tools, in His Word, so we can prepare for the tests and trials we face in this life, and come out as Victors. So study hard, sharpen your pencils, and be ready to pass whatever tests may come.

A Generous God

Spiritual Truth for Living:

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. ~2 Corinthians 9:8

As the holiday season comes to a close, I cannot help but think how blessed I am. There has been an abundance of sweet treats, toys, clothing, and other fun gifts that have been exchanged over the season.

It’s very easy at this time of year to become satisfied and content with all God has given. You may be thinking, “Well, I’m very blessed. I have a warm house, and good food to eat. I have money to pay my bills, my family is well clothed and happy.” All those thoughts are good, but it is still not God’s best.

What is God’s Absolute Best?

God is a God of abundance! John 10:10 says, “… I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” God doesn’t just want us to have enough for our own needs, or the needs of our immediate family members. He wants us to have so much that we can be a blessing to others as well.

That is the God we serve. A God of abundance, who gives freely that we might also be givers of the good things He brings into our lives.

If you are not sure how to be a blessing or what you have to give, ask God to show you.

Ask God to show you other people in your life that you can be a blessing to. Reach out and help those around you and watch the ways in which God will continue to increase and bless you.