The Sweet Stuff Ministry

Monday, April 29, 2013


 

Psalm 139:23  “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”

        It is finally Spring!!!  Time for Spring cleaning, dealing with clutter, getting rid of things that we do not need or use or that no longer fit us.  When I clean out a drawer or closet, I take all the contents out, examine each one and evaluate each to see if I need it, will use it or if it is broken or worn out.         It is amazing at how quickly a garbage bag will fill up with broken or worn out items.  This is a good time to Spring clean our hearts to see if we need to rid of any emotions or attitudes that are ungodly.   First, ask God to search your heart and be ready for his revelations.  There are no surprises in our hearts for God, he already knows what is in there.  Asking Him is a plea and acknowledgment that we are ready to deal with the contents.  As He reveals the contents to you, write down all things in your heart, the positive as well as the negative.  Sort and get rid of all negative, anxious thoughts and attitudes that are no longer needed.   Bury all anger and injustices.  Rid of the desire for vengeance.  Enjoy The Sweet Stuff that God has for you.  Rinse and repeat, just like the shampoo bottle suggests!!!!     

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Maintaining daily peace.

James 4:7-8     Submit yourselves, then to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you.


      Maintaining daily peace requires submission of yourself and all the turmoil in your life to God.  On a daily basis we must humble ourselves before God and let him handle the turmoil.    Satan likes to "mess in our peace". 

Verse 7 tells us to resist the devil.  What does this look like in our quest for daily inner peace?  It looks like this: 
         1. When you get up and negative thoughts or memories come into your mind, refuse to dwell on these (no wallowing; no ruminating).  Immediately begin to list at least 3 positive thoughts or memories, otherwise the devil has a good start at ruining your day. 
         2.  No reading negative things on social media--there is a delete button for your convenience. Turn that television off or better yet, disconnect it.  Most things on tv are sad, negative or contain fear inducing material.  
         3.  Hang around with positive and encouraging people.  If you feel that you do not know any of these folks, pray and God will send some your way.  
         4.  This is last, however it is MOST important.  PRAY, PRAY AND PRAY.  Prayer is how you give it all to God and how peace is found. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Philippians 4:7 And the peace that transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

       I lost my peace in a battle with bitterness; a battle that lasted nearly 6 years (that story is a month's worth of posts in itself; a story that is addressed at my women's conferences). I did not lose the peace that comes from my salvation, but I lost my daily peace. Th...e sense of peace that allows us to have joy, a positive outlook and the peace that allows us to taste "The Sweet Stuff" in our lives. My peace has been restored. I praise God for that!!! The events that led to my bitterness are still in my mind, I still see some of the folks that played a part in the events, however, in my heart I have that peace that passes all understanding, a peculiar peace that sustains me even when the world around me is in turmoil. All of us are offered the same peace. God desires for you to have that peculiar peace even in times of trials and tribulations. Allow Him to comfort you with that peace and enjoy your "Sweet Stuff".

Friday, April 19, 2013


Ephesians 4:31  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander along with every form of malice.    

  Today I will focus on the first two words in the verse; "Get rid".  After my first presentation on bitterness, I received questions from ladies seeking how to begin the process of getting rid of bitterness and letting go of hurts.  
     Getting rid of bitternss and unforgiveness is not always easy, it does not always feel good and it does not always happen quickly.  As a matter of fact, it is a taming and training of our flesh (more on that later).  The FIRST step to getting rid of bitterness, unforgiveness and all forms of malice is obedience.  Submission to God requires obedience, period.  It is not about what we feel like doing because the flesh part of us would never "feel" like forgiving.   We tend to want to wallow.  To be led by the Holy Spirit, and not by our flesh, obedience trumps feelings--ALWAYS!  "Get rid" is a command and as we learned in elementary English class, the subject is you understood.  No diagramming required in this lesson.  LOL


I invite each of you do visit my Facebook page:  The Sweet Stuff and click on LIKE for daily notifications.  The page is dedicated to dealing with bitterness and forgiveness.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Moving Forward

Philippians 3:13-14    .....Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 Have you ever noticed that toddlers spend a large amount of time walking forward and looking behind them. I'm not sure why, but it is something that I noticed with my children. I would always tell them to watch where they were going and not where they had been. 

The same can be said of all of us. Do we walk forward with our bodies yet constantly look at where we have been? Do we spend time looking into our pasts at regrets, disappointments, hurts and, oh yeah, those "coulda, woulda, shouldas"? 

It is time to walk forward and look forward. We will see our futures better if we look ahead and hold on to God's promise to prosper us and bring us hope. His promises do not fail us!  He has forgotten what was in our past and he is looking ahead to our future.       #TSS