Direction (noun): The course that must be taken in order to reach a destination.
Twice a year I sit down and ask myself “Am I going in the direction of my dreams, or am I allowing God to lead me in the direction of HIS?” I normally ask myself this question at the beginning of the year (while writing out my goals), and during the halfway mark (to make sure that I am still taking the correct course of action.) However, this year I realize that I’ve asked myself this question many times throughout the year. It’s as if I refuse to miss the mark or allow myself to get in the way of HIS moves in my life.
This past Saturday, I was sitting on the train heading to the city to meet up with my girls for our weekly cell group meeting (bible study.) I was preparing for the meeting and looking over past notes and bible scriptures to make sure my lesson was ready. While doing so an older woman sitting next to me noticed that I was reading the bible and tapped me on the shoulder. She apologized and admitted that she had been ease-dropping on my studies but wanted to let me know that she loved seeing young people reading the Bible. She went on to tell me that she had been reading her Bible earlier and that she felt that what she read needed to be shared with me. She began to recite Proverbs 3:5 and said that she felt that I specifically needed to hear that scripture for something that I needed in my life. A few seconds later the train stopped at Marcy Avenue, she told me goodbye and exited the train. It wasn’t until later that day that I would understand why I needed this message and how it would help so many others.
When I arrived in the city to teach my lesson, I had a vision. It basically showed me that this year so many people (myself included!) are being stretched and taken to higher levels. Through this stretching period God is asking more of us to do things that we normally wouldn’t do. Instead of giving up because we think we are not capable, or that it is too overwhelming, He’s asking us to trust him and that through him it is possible. He doesn’t want us to lean unto our own understanding, but to instead push past our doubts and fears and follow the direction HE is leading in our lives! 🙂
“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in the kingdom.” -Matthew 18:3-4 NKJV
For the past two weeks I feel that I have been receiving the same message from God and it’s as if He not only wants me to receive and act on the message, but to share it with others. He has made this clear by continually blasting the words in my mind! What is this message you ask?: “Go back to the basics and re-kindle your fire!”
I have several nieces and nephews…five to be exact. Because their ages varies, it causes the smaller kids to look up to the older kids. Little did I know but doing the opposite (us learning from the smaller kids) is exactly what we all need in order to walk into our promises!
The characteristics of a child are simple: eager & curious, absorbs information like a sponge, mimic the actions of others, naturally inviting & loving (regardless of race or sex), and FEARLESS! As an aunt (or parent) sometimes these characteristics can be a blessing and not so much, but in your relationship with God they are a blessing! If we take these traits and apply them to the way we learn from God and how to love others, we would find ourselves in a deeper relationship with God, and much higher level in our passion.
Having childlike faith or a child’s characteristics is not something that can happen overnight. It takes patience and perseverance! HOWEVER, when your efforts turn into a habit you will be used by God like never before AND doors will open in your life that no man can close! 🙂
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For the past week and half, I have been waking up at 5am to spend time with God. I did not plan that hour of the morning but I kept waking up early and not able to go back to sleep. It wasn’t until the second day that I asked God “Why can’t I sleep?!”, to which he replied ” I just want to spend time with you during this hour.” It was a bit of a challenge waking up that early in the mornings, but what caught my attention about God’s request was that He specifically asked me to go to my rooftop during my time with him.
I’ve chosen my rooftop as a place to spend time with God in the past and on occasion, I would wake up around 6:15am to watch the sunrise while reading my bible. However, it wasn’t a daily habit, it was only done during the sunrise time, never before and rarely after. On the third morning of waking up at 5am I noticed that it was very dark outside so I told God that I would spend time with him in my room rather than the rooftop. I complained that it was too dark outside and there was no way that I could see to read my Bible. I also said that it was a little too chilly outside for my liking. Once I went to my room and opened my bible to continue my reading, I turned to 1 Samuel 9:22; within the first four verses I found myself at a lost for words. In the scripture it states that before Saul became king he was asked to go to a higher level with Samuel to have dinner. Once there, Samuel gave Saul a meal that had been specifically set apart for him, it could not be eaten by anyone else and could only be brought out by the cooks once Saul arrived to the table.
It was at that moment I realized why God had asked me to go to the rooftop. It wasn’t so I would be cold or struggle to read my Bible while I was there. It was because He was trying to give me something that couldn’t be given at my current level. I needed to go higher (both spiritually and physically) in order to receive it.
What breakthrough have you been believing God for? What promise has God given you that you have yet to see come to pass? Many of things that we are praying for have already been set aside specifically for us, God is just asking us to go higher in Him in order to receive it.
In a effort to help you (myself included) go higher in God, I have started the #GOHIGHERCHALLENGE! This challenge is a 21-day mission that starts today, Monday August 21st (sorry for the late notice!) and ends Sunday, September 10th! You are free to join at any time. During this challenge you will wake up at 5am daily (or whatever time during the morning that is a sacrifice to you) and read your bible, pray, and meditate on how to apply what you read to your life. I am providing morning wake up calls at 5am via Instagram Live. We will have a morning prayer and I will give everyone a scripture for the day to study during your time with God (if you need direction on where to start!)! So if you are not currently following me then head to @chrissyjoystyle now! If you miss the 5am wake-up call at any time during the challenge, I will post the video recording from the call on my Facebook Fan Page: Chrissy Joy Style for you to see and reference at anytime! Feel free to email me anytime ChrissyJoyStyle@gmail.com during the challenge for questions, encouragements, or suggestions! LETS GO HIGHER TOGETHER ! 🙂
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This past weekend has been one of the most amazing and inspiring weekends for me in a LONG TIME! There were so many small and large details that contributed to its overall success that I naturally had to share it with ya’ll to give you the same encouragement that it gave me! 🙂
It started with a bi-annual three-day retreat that my church (The Rock Churches) puts together every year called “The Encounter.” In summary, it is a retreat in which men and women come together to have a experience with God, address and conquer past issues/pain, and grow a closer relationship with Him. I have been going to this retreat for about four years, however this year was VERY different. The first day we learned about Jesus and the cross, including what each nail that he took meant for our healing both physically and spiritually. The second day, we learned about self-esteem (viewing yourself the way God views you), conquering forgiveness and overcoming spiritual attacks. Both of these days were equally amazing and gave me with so much guidance! However, the third day was what brought it all home and put the icing on the cake! I was able to witness one of my sisters (in Christ), Martina Calcagno, get ordained as a pastor and given leadership over our European church locations! 🙂 She moved to New York for dance and started coming to our church about three years ago. After attending the church for about six months she was determined to start/open a location in her home country of Italy! Not only did she start a church, she opened THREE LOCATIONS in Italy (all three are growing and flourishing daily!)
Martina is a young woman in her mid-twenties who’s a part of a traveling ballet dance company. She made time in her busy schedule to teach weekly bible studies to her family, and because of the continual growth the bible study became a church service. She eventually returned to her country to lead the service as she continued to start bible studies in other parts of Italy. They all yielded the same results! Her story and journey to becoming an ordained pastor is one that I have been fortunate to witness up-close and I could not be more inspired and motivated!
This weekend was an awesome lesson that no matter how busy your schedule may seem or how many excuses you may use as to why you aren’t walking in your full potential, YOU CAN DO IT! You don’t need more time, you just need to MAKE the time to do it! There are no acceptable excuses because God is with you and will always guide you into your victory! Our lives and everything that happens within them are not a surprise to God, he knows our capabilities and our weaknesses. If you trust in him he will lead you into a life that you couldn’t have imagined; a life that accomplishes goals, breaks barriers and lifts you to new heights!
Pictured below is Martina Calcagno at the Ordination Ceremony! She is the ray of sunshine sitting down with a huge smile on her face (per usual!)
At the beginning of this year I re-launched my YouTube Channel! 🙂 There are many features that will be apart of this channel including beauty & hair tutorials, style videos, uplifting testimonies of faith and best of all, Center Stage!
Center Stage is a feature on the Chrissy Joy Style Channel in which I interview various men and women within the fashion & entertainment industry that have uplifting and inspiring testimonies of how they got to where they are at the pinnacle of their career. I believe that everyone has a story of perseverance, faith and hard work that allows them to succeed in their career and my goal is to share their story with YOU to keep you going and working toward the beautiful calling that God has over your life! 🙂
Todays Center Stage feature is on designer, boutique owner, and style philosopher, Jerome LaMaar! From becoming the Creative Director of Baby Phat before the age of 20, to showcasing his collections at New York Fashion Week, and dressing the likes of Beyoncé & Mariah Carey (to name a few). Jerome has paved his own lane in the fashion industry and done so with style and gratitude! Check out his story below and take a tour of his South Bronx gallotique, 9JBX!
Let me know your thoughts on Jerome’s story and if inspired you in any way! 🙂