Every Pastor Is NOT Dishonest: get over yourself! I remember pulling into a gas station and a man trying to “holla at me” and asked for my number. I told him, “if you come to church I’ll give you my number…” He asked what church I went to and he went on tell of how he had come there before and didn’t like it. He didn’t know that the pastor was my father. He went on to explain how he didn’t like how the preacher was trying to raise money for the light bill. It bothered me so I asked, “well how else was the bill suppose to get paid? Was God suppose to send manna from on high?” He didn’t have a response. “Or maybe he should’ve paid the bill..” That bothered me, not only on a personal level but for seeing men who walk with The Lord and them being attacked constantly with this common accusation. Have they ever thought the rapper that they’re obsessed with is using their money to flash to them the chains and diamonds that their listener still can’t afford? The world is quick to attack church people and say that we are judgmental but will cast judgment on a pastor saying that they take the money from the church for their nice cars and clothes. How unfair is that? What happened to the scripture that says that the steps of a good man are order by The Lord? Or us seeking The Lord for answers and on where to go to have money for living. Every pastor is not taking your money. There are plenty of honest and godly men who are in the church; And I’ve seen one firsthand. Why can’t pastors have invested in stocks, law firms, or own other businesses? Not to brag on my father but he would have made a living with or without a church and I can tell because he worked a job, got degrees, and had a vision and a plan to get ahead in life. The proverbs 31:16-18 woman was even a working woman who could afford nice things. The description giving in this scripture let’s me know that she was an entrepreneur. She knew how to operating in the trading business. So, Because she’s a Christian is she suppose to be broke and weary? Why can’t the saints be wealthy?! Why can’t we know our God to be Jehovah Jireh?! Can He only move mountains or dry your tears?! There’s more to our God. All I’m saying is everyone is not dishonest in the church. There are many honest leaders and I think we should honor and appreciate them for not taking advantage of us.

Every Pastor Is NOT Dishonest: get over yourself!

I remember pulling into a gas station and a man trying to “holla at me” and asked for my number. I told him, “if you come to church I’ll give you my number…” He asked what church I went to and he went on tell of how he had come there before and didn’t like it. He didn’t know that the pastor was my father. He went on to explain how he didn’t like how the preacher was trying to raise money for the light bill. It bothered me so I asked, “well how else was the bill suppose to get paid? Was God suppose to send manna from on high?” He didn’t have a response. “Or maybe he should’ve paid the bill..” That bothered me, not only on a personal level but for seeing men who walk with The Lord and them being attacked constantly with this common accusation. Have they ever thought the rapper that they’re obsessed with is using their money to flash to them the chains and diamonds that their listener still can’t afford? The world is quick to attack church people and say that we are judgmental but will cast judgment on a pastor saying that they take the money from the church for their nice cars and clothes. How unfair is that? What happened to the scripture that says that the steps of a good man are order by The Lord? Or us seeking The Lord for answers and on where to go to have money for living. Every pastor is not taking your money. There are plenty of honest and godly men who are in the church; And I’ve seen one firsthand. Why can’t pastors have invested in stocks, law firms, or own other businesses? Not to brag on my father but he would have made a living with or without a church and I can tell because he worked a job, got degrees, and had a vision and a plan to get ahead in life. The proverbs 31:16-18 woman was even a working woman who could afford nice things. The description giving in this scripture let’s me know that she was an entrepreneur. She knew how to operating in the trading business. So, Because she’s a Christian is she suppose to be broke and weary? Why can’t the saints be wealthy?! Why can’t we know our God to be Jehovah Jireh?! Can He only move mountains or dry your tears?! There’s more to our God. All I’m saying is everyone is not dishonest in the church. There are many honest leaders and I think we should honor and appreciate them for not taking advantage of us.

My trust and confidence is in The Lord today. I will rest and not be busy in His presence. With Him, I am safe. I will never have a dry season. I will produce the fruits of the spirit. And those fruits may take time to develop but they will grow and be in complete form. I will stay transparent leaving no room for humbling exposure. I will humble myself and remember who my God is. I am blessed in health, good decision making, with peace if mind, and with more than enough. I’m blessed to be a blessing. Therefore, those that are around me are blessed. My cup will continue to run over; it will stay full.  So, my family and friends are blessed. Everyday I am growing in righteousness.  His love will shine through me and will change lives of people I come in contact with. My life will be a well written letter to many. I will be obedient to The Lord. I will stand strong and talk on what I believe. His promise to me I will see. I will wait patiently and not rush anything, because my trust is in The Lord. I will know the things that matter in life. I will fully understand my purpose in life, which will cause me to buy back time and not waste it. I will love hard. I will enjoy life. I will walk this journal either authority. Letting no wicked thing take control of me. I will demonstrate self control and be the ruler, with God, over my flesh. I will not be enslaved or bound by my earthly desires. I will recognize and discern what is good for me and what isn’t good for me. I will stay true to expired connections in my life and in a Christ-like manner, walk away from what is no longer for me. There is peace in understanding. I am blessed because I trust The Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen, so let it be. 

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Learning myself…don’t play me. Once you mess up my trust for you, it’s very hard for me to not second guess you going forward. I love hard and I’ll give all of me. I don’t like being played, the moment you play me I’ll always feel played and it may be because I’m choosing to stay where someone didn’t love me enough to not play me. So, in result, I’m cheating myself by sticking around. It’s nothing personal, my trust is just something precious because I give what I expect. I forgive but I’ll always have in the back of my mind, “this so and so played me…” Whether it be my homegirl or homeboy. I don’t like being played.

Learning myself…don’t play me.

Once you mess up my trust for you, it’s very hard for me to not second guess you going forward. I love hard and I’ll give all of me. I don’t like being played, the moment you play me I’ll always feel played and it may be because I’m choosing to stay where someone didn’t love me enough to not play me. So, in result, I’m cheating myself by sticking around. It’s nothing personal, my trust is just something precious because I give what I expect. I forgive but I’ll always have in the back of my mind, “this so and so played me…” Whether it be my homegirl or homeboy. I don’t like being played.

I’m come with a cost! Paid in full not a monthly lease/fee I’m a dignified woman with reasonable standards for myself and my future. Marriage is something that I’ll want very soon. Not desperate, I just want the God ordained covenant. I won’t always force timelines on someone that I’m dating but I’ll make sure me and myself are in clear agreement with them. Many women aren’t married only by their choice. Just how men have a plethora of women they can choose from, so do we have a plethora of men who are waiting to have woman of our caliber. I’m not perfect but I know what I’m worth; and this is realized with total humility. I do know that I’ll be an exceptional God-fearing wife, and mother, some day who will be willing to learn what is necessary for my husband to feel like he’s the greatest man alive. Mommy did it. So, what would I be to not follow her footsteps/example. Therefore, I’ll treat myself as that; a graceful woman. The timeline is there and I plan on being paid for and not rented. That may mean moving on or waiting to see progress with one. Everyone isn’t cut out for marriage but I know who I am and my characteristics speak loud and clear to my destiny. And I’m still cultivating and growing and I’ll plan to do the same in my future. No rush, just timelines…. Don’t be afraid to set them ladies. Learn to be a lady, make the man feel wanted. You won’t get everything right and don’t immediately feel like someone else can do it, if you love him keep working at it but if you aren’t in his plans then let it go. I’m learning a lot!

I’m come with a cost! Paid in full not a monthly lease/fee

I’m a dignified woman with reasonable standards for myself and my future. Marriage is something that I’ll want very soon. Not desperate, I just want the God ordained covenant. I won’t always force timelines on someone that I’m dating but I’ll make sure me and myself are in clear agreement with them. Many women aren’t married only by their choice. Just how men have a plethora of women they can choose from, so do we have a plethora of men who are waiting to have woman of our caliber. I’m not perfect but I know what I’m worth; and this is realized with total humility. I do know that I’ll be an exceptional God-fearing wife, and mother, some day who will be willing to learn what is necessary for my husband to feel like he’s the greatest man alive. Mommy did it. So, what would I be to not follow her footsteps/example. Therefore, I’ll treat myself as that; a graceful woman. The timeline is there and I plan on being paid for and not rented. That may mean moving on or waiting to see progress with one. Everyone isn’t cut out for marriage but I know who I am and my characteristics speak loud and clear to my destiny. And I’m still cultivating and growing and I’ll plan to do the same in my future. No rush, just timelines…. Don’t be afraid to set them ladies. Learn to be a lady, make the man feel wanted. You won’t get everything right and don’t immediately feel like someone else can do it, if you love him keep working at it but if you aren’t in his plans then let it go. I’m learning a lot!

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