18“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
What are you holding on to? Is there something, someone, or a lifestyle that deprives you of peace but you FEEL like you can’t let it go? Are you afraid of what’s on the other side? Do you feel stuck or in too deep? Honey, you’re not the only one! Many people feel this way. I’ve felt this way before in multiple areas of my life. Sometimes we attach ourselves to dysfunction and it becomes the norm. Have you ever felt so happy that you were afraid because you felt like something had to go wrong? Thats a prime example of how we so easily accept a sad, toxic, dysfunctional lifestyle and we fight everything that doesn’t mirror that CRAP. Yeah! I said it! CRAPPPPPPP! That way of living and thinking should be completely flushed down the toilet. God doesn’t want us to live a sad life, be in relationships that beat us down and rob us of our joy or struggle in every area of our life until our last breath. But we must do our part. We have to loosen our grip on the past, in order to access the blessings that God has for us now. For years I held on to things that I knew were bad for me because I was too afraid to let go. At some point I had held on for so long that I felt like that toxicty was all that I knew and I didn’t see a way out. I’m here to tell you, that there IS a way out. Let God work in your life, all you have to do is Let Go. Don’t worry about what’s on the other side. You’ve felt the pain, ran the streets lost, been hurt, you have cried many tears of sorrow. If you have already been in the darkness, then the other side must be the light. Don’t tell yourself that you can’t change or what you can’t do. Instead, remember and profess that you CAN do ALL things through Christ! And as your life starts changing, stay far away from people that constantly remind you of the old you or your old lifestyle. The people that God place in your life will accept and encourage your growth. If someone doubts you or constantly reminds you of your shortcomings. LET THEM GO! For a long time God spoke to me through other people and even in dreams, telling me that I wouldn’t receive my blessings until I let go of some things. I knew it was true, but I didn’t want to accept it. After letting go, my life has been changing so much. Many doors wont open until you close a few. Make room in your life for the new things. Trust that the Lord will make a way.
P.S when you let go…don’t look back
Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart
Raise your hand if you love instant gratification? We often want things immediately. Have you ever asked God for something and it seemed as if he would never grant you your desires? Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. There are times when God tells us no, because he sees things that we can’t. Sometimes the things that we wanted so badly would have destroyed us or moved us away from God’s will for our lives. BUT, there are also times when were not being told no, perhaps NOT YET. Looking back, there have been so many times when I asked God for something and I didn’t get it when I asked but eventually at the perfect time I received the desires of my heart. In those moments, I was able to look back and see that God’s timing is perfect! We often want things that were not mentally, spiritually or even physically ready for. While you may feel as if you’re not being heard, you may very well be in your season of preparation. Instead of being impatient or resentful, allow God to prepare you for your blessings. Even if the answer is no, trust Him! Understand that God wants the best for you, the “no” or the “not yet” is for your protection. In the meantime put your faith in Jesus and find peace in knowing that what’s for you is for you!
Romans 8:24-25 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery
First and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2018 We’re here! I wanted to have a new post up on New Years day but I didn’t know what to write about. It finally came to me today. As were entering a new year, I feel compelled to discuss freedom. Up until late last year, I felt in bondage and “stuck” in many ways and tied to many things that I wanted to break free from. Toxic relationships, bad habits, and negative thinking to name a few. Sometimes we begin to accept these things as a normal part of our lives, but deep down inside we know something isn’t right. You can be FREE. You can start over. Even if you once were free from these things but you went back. Sing it with me.. WE FALL DOWN BUT WE GET UP! Not only is it a new year but it’s a new day! People always ask me what does the freedom tattoo on my arm mean. When I got the tattoo I wanted one of the letters to drop down into my father’s initials because while having a relationship with him throughout the years during his incarceration, I have been amazed by his mind set. For someone to be physically imprisoned, he’s very free mentally. Free in a way that many people are not. Every day you have a choice. Will you choose to be free? You don’t have to carry the labels of your past mistakes and shortcomings. What if I told you that the real you is waiting on you to release him/her? Someone very amazing with a purpose is waiting on you to break free from the guilt and shame and step into the life that God wants you to live. Even if for the past few years you broke every single new years resolution and goal.. Guess what? It’s okay! You can change this year, this minute, this hour. Baggage is heavy, the burden of guilt is heavy, carrying deadweight is heavy. DROP IT! I pray that for whoever is reading this you will be free this year from whatever has been holding you back, I pray that you will be renewed and no longer a prisoner to old ways and your past lifestyle. I pray that God removes the wrong people from your life and places the right people in your circle. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. I pray that this will be the year you will prosper and progress as you walk away from your old ways and step into purpose. In Jesus name AMEN. I love you all so much and I’m excited to be bringing in the New Year with LionHearted Angels! If you are interested in joining the movement and being apart of all the great things that we will be doing and making friends with other young people that are building a relationship with God please Go to the contact page and send your information or if you just want special prayer feel free to contact.
2 Corinthians 4:16
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
Lets talk about self love! There was a time in my life when I didn’t love myself, at that time I wasn’t aware of it but my lack of self love was projected through my actions and things that I allowed. Eventually I grew to love myself more and demand respect in many ways but often, the love that we have for ourselves is conditional. Everyone stresses how love is truly unconditional when discussing relationships but I’ve never heard anyone tell me to love MYSELF unconditionally. I recently uncovered a hidden barrier about loving myself. Due to the health issue that I have been facing, I lost a ridiculous amount of weight. I’ve always struggled with my weight throughout the years, being a naturally thin girl. It took a lot of work for me to gain a BMI that I was satisfied with. Unfortunately, it’s takes a lot of effort for me to gain weight and almost none to lose it. After losing so much weight, it was hard for me to look in the mirror at first. My clothes were no longer fitting the same, and I was honestly disgusted by what I saw. In the past when I would lose weight, I would always try to stay lowkey until I gained it back. But this time was different. I realized that if I only love myself when I look a certain way then I don’t love myself at all. God loves me no matter what I look like and I should too. I challenged myself to get dressed, put on my heels and walk with my head held high. It felt so good to reach this new level of being comfortable in my own skin. I challenge you to love yourself today regardless of whether or not you’re where you desire to be physically or financially. The outside appearance and material things are only less than half of what makes you who you are. You are defined by your character, your heart and purest intentions. Everything on this Earth is temporary, and in the blink of an eye your appearance can be altered, your finances could be lost or significant other could walk away from you. If your identity lies in these temporary things, at any given moment your identity can be lost. Will you Love yourself before you achieve the fitness goal, that dream job, or your fairy tale wedding? Don’t allow insignificant things of the world to shake you to the core or disrupt the love that you have for yourself. Instead find your identity in Christ ️
12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Don’t you hate when you call someone and they don’t answer? Even worse, when in your time of need, you call multiple people and get no answer? Sometimes not having anyone to talk to can be a blessing. When your friends couldn’t answer the phone and you felt all alone.. you probably felt like you didn’t have anyone. But the fact of the matter is, you’re never alone. There is someone that is more reliable than any friend you’ll ever have, and always available. His name is Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with calling on family and friends but truth be told, they wont always be there and even when they are, they wont always have the answers. Sometimes we forget that our friends and family are just trying to figure things out too! There’s only so much advice and words of wisdom that they can provide, not to mention availability. Were all facing tests and trials while trying to keep our heads above water in this vicious sea of life. God sometimes uses other people to speak to us but there’s nothing better than personally calling on him and having a real conversation. He has the power to not only provide comfort but also clarity! You may have your doubts, but he hears you. Just talk to him. God will never disappoint you❤️
*I wrote this entry 2 years ago
What do I want to do with my life? This is the question that many people ask me and I often ask myself. It seems like over the years my answers have changed, but one thing remains the same..and that is the importance that lies in my answer. My answer to the question has great significance but what I find more important is what I do after the question has been answered. It’s so simple to find an answer to a question. Anyone can say something that sounds good. But the real test is bringing those words to life. Honestly, at 20 years old I am realizing that I don’t have life figured out and things that I once was so sure about…almost have no meaning to me anymore. Some people have dreams as a child and that dream never changes, they stick with it. Others constantly change their minds, and then there’s the people that were never really sure and still aren’t. There’s also the large percentage of people in the world that select an occupation and follow all of the necessary steps to have a career in that line of work. Then there’s me..Lynda D’Angela. I guess you could say I’ve changed my mind a few times. But something has always remained the same. An aching in my soul to touch lives and inspire people. I desire to beat the odds and show people that no dream is too big. I once was a dreamer… I remember as a young girl I would just close my eyes and imagine how my life would be, living my dreams out. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind about achieving success. But as we get a little older and enter into our adult lives…Something happens. Suddenly, we become more aware of the harsh realities of this world and things can begin to seem completely out of our reach. Many of us fall victim to a monster known as “Fear”. We begin placing our plan B’s in order or simply giving up and going with the flow of our lives and whatever direction it goes. I was there, sometimes I have to catch myself from going back. In fact, it’s a constant battle.
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I wrote that entry and never posted it anywhere. But the only thing that matters now is the current. Although I wrote that entry 2 years ago, LionHearted Angels was placed in my heart in 2013, and the actual concept of it has been in my heart for over a decade. This is much deeper than chasing dreams and success. Were chasing God and giving him all of the glory on this journey. For so long I have felt the urgency for LionHearted Angels, but I allowed fear and doubt to stop me from starting the movement. I believe that sometimes the only thing standing in our way of living a purpose filled life is “Us”. Lately I have been forming a habit of saying aloud “God let thy will be done”. I have realized that there is no plan, greater than the plan that God has for me. I surrender to the Lord.