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Day 4: KEEP IT SWEET AND SIMPLE

September 30, 2019

The Journey of Preparation to Singleness, Marriage & Intimacy With God

 

 

 

Day 4: Keep It Sweet and Simple

 

Today at Sunday service we had all the children come to the front of the church, so that we could pray for them. There were kids of all ages, however two of them stood out to me and got my attention. One was a little boy, who had to be no more than 5 years old, and he was dancing around in circles, clapping his hands to the beat of the music. The other was a little girl who looked about 4 years old. She was swaying side to side admiring her pretty pink ruffle dress, swinging like a bell in a bell tower. 

 

I admire them because they seized the moment. They did not overthink it, they did not hesitate, they did not look to see who was watching them, or seem to care how they look to others. They were free. 

 

Today’s lesson God wants us to learn to be free in the moment, like a child. We can obtain this type of freedom in our moments, when we can keep it sweet and keep it simple. 

 

We tend to make everything complicated, adding and subtracting, overthinking and mulling, only to miss out on the right here and the right now moments.

 

When it comes to singleness, marriage and intimacy with God, keep it sweet and keep it simple. Enjoy the right now. Don’t worry about tomorrow, don’t worry about yesterday. Be fully present and engaged in what you are currently doing. This is called being mindful or mindfulness.

 

For example, when was the last time you went on a drive and admire the scenery of the landscape? Or when was the last time you ate your meal and savored every bite? Here’s one, when you are washing your hands, are you focusing on the smooth feeling of the water flowing over your hands and the sweet smell of your orange blossom soap filling the air? Or are you thinking about the bills due, the meal plan for next week, or the guy you like to call you back? 

 

When you learn to be present in the moment and keep it sweet and simple you delete the opposite, which is the sour and complicated out of you life. 

 

Here are some examples

 

Single Women

 

Sour and complicated looks like this….

 

She meets a guy she likes, she starts stalking him on all social media platforms, when she sees him in person, she is obviously vying for his attention. Soon that guy shows her attention, with a smile, a like on her social media post, or maybe even with a hug when he sees her. Soon after she is telling her girls she has met “the one” her “soulmate”. And is setting up an appointment for premarital counseling, and putting the down payment for the wedding venue. All before the first date. She doesn't stay focused in her current moments, and lives in the future within her mind on him. Sour & Complicated

 

Sweet and simple looks like this….

 

She meets a guy she likes, she connects with him on a social media platform. When she sees him in person she says “hello” and continues what she was doing prior to his arrival. Soon that guy shows her attention, with a smile, a like on her social media post, or maybe even with a hug when he sees her. She returns the smile, like and hug and returns to what she was doing prior to his arrival. She stays in her current moments, and does not live in the future within her mind concerning him. He soon reaches out to her and ask for a date. Sweet & Simple

 

Single Man

 

Sour and complicated looks like this….

 

Sees a girl he likes, he's too shy to say anything, so he doesn't. A girl that likes him is all in his face, so he gives her attention because it feels good, even though he knows he doesn't like her. Two weeks later he hears that the girl he likes started dating someone else, so he dates the girl he doesn't like, just so he won't be alone. Sour & Complicated

 

Sweet and simple looks like this….

 

Sees a girl he likes, he's too shy to say anything, so he doesn't. A girl that likes him is all in his face, he ignores her advances and looks for ways to gain the courage to approach the girl he likes. The next week he approaches her and finds out she liked him too. Sweet & Simple

 

Married Couples Intimacy with God

 

Sour and complicated looks like this….

 

When it’s time for your family prayer, you remember how Brother and Sister Cornbread prayed so elegantly at Sunday service and you both try to pray like them, but you get frustrated when you get tongue tied, can’t quote scriptures, so you start fussing with each other. The wife says to her husband, “you don't pray like Brother Cornbread”. The husband says to his wife, “you don't sing worship songs like Sister Cornbread”,  so you both stop praying all together. Sour & Complicated

 

Sweet and simple looks like this…

 

When it’s time for your family prayer, you remember how Brother and Sister Cornbread prayed so elegantly at Sunday service, so the both of you thank God for them, and you begin to talk with God from your hearts in your normal and authentic ways. Sweet & Simple

 

Let’s Bring It Home!

 

Whether your single, married, courting, engaged, or a widow, keeping it sweet and keeping it simple, will take the stress away, make you a happier person, help attract the right people in your life, and create great opportunities. 

 

You can apply the art of keeping it sweet and simple to every area of our life. Start today and see what you too can keep sweet and keep simple in order to be free.

 

#sweet&simpleforever

 

With Beautiful Love

Jacquelyn

 

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