DIY Lemon Facial scrub

Hey guys! So as I was getting ready to give myself a facial this morning, I remembered that I had never shared my recipe as promised (if you’ve been here a while then you know that I’m all about natural beauty AND natural beauty products!). So here’s my little DIY Sugar Scrub recipe. And of course, you can always add or adjust things to your liking 🙂

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Now this recipe only call for 3 ingredients—and that’s granulated white sugar, coconut oil and some Lemon Essential oil. You can use other sugars and oils, I do. This combination just works best for my face. The point is, you need an exfoliant (to exfoliate dead surface skin cells), a moisturizer (to nourish your skin),and something special to add some cleansing and/or health benefits. Essential oils are great because they’re naturally medicinal. Plus, they have (and add!) such lovely fragrances.

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Now the measurements are also something that depends on you. I usually just mix 1 teaspoon of each (sugar and coconut oil) with a couple (literally 2!) drops of essential oil. And that’s because I make my facial scrub as needed (as a single use). Obviously, you would use more to make a batch big enough to share and/or store. Also, depending on the consistency you like, that will also determine how much of what you will add. I like my scrub to be like more of a paste. So add more sugar if you like yours drier like sand.

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Once you’ve gotten that all figured out, just mix all of your ingredients together and apply it to your (damped) face (gently massaging your face in a circular motion). Next, wash it off with cool water. Then don’t forget to apply a little extra moisturizer.That’s it! Let me know if you try it out. And feel free to share some of your own DIY recipes with me!

Much love, Brandi

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Single ladies, PUT SOME CLOTHES ON GIRL!

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A picture of me when I was a single (professing Christian) woman taking selfies after getting dressed for church one morning. I should’ve been preparing my heart for worship, not for vanity and/or seduction!

So I was just explaining to another sister in the Lord how women wearing immodest apparel effects more than just men. I was telling her how I can barely take a family trip to the grocery store because I don’t want my husband OR CHILDREN exposed to all these naked women. And this is the thing (because the world is going to do what the world does), my issue is with all these professing Christians. Especially single “Christian” women who call themselves praying for a godly man and/or marriage.

You see, if you are still walking around half naked and selfish (thinking that it’s everyone else’s problem for looking) then you are NOT in Christ and you are NOT ready to be a wife! How can you be ready for marriage when you don’t even honor or respect other people’s marriages (and families!)?

And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:12, NKJV)

And please understand that this post is not a rant because I remember being in that same self absorbed place as a single woman. I was in my own little world (totally unaware).  So even though there are a lot of whores out here, I understand that not everyone is trying to be seductive. Some are just ignorant. That’s what I was. And oh how I wish that someone would’ve told me to put some clothes on! I had no idea. I had NEVER considered the fact that I may have been offending married people (and corrupting their children!).

So this post is for those who have an ear to hear. Modesty is so much more than apparel. It’s about humility, and love for other people. It doesn’t matter how nice her body is (or how beautiful she may be!), a true woman of God will conceal what she has to if that’s what’s best for others.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4, AMP)

So don’t serve satan as a stumbling block. Consider what you’re wearing. And be honest, would you want your husband to notice another woman’s body? And I say notice (not look at) because not every man is full of lust. I can assure you that other women AND CHILDREN are noticing your nakedness as well. So humble yourself, and put some clothes on girl!

With nothing but love,

Brandi

♥♥ P.s If you really do desire a godly marriage, I want you to know that nudity repels godly men. If you’re interested, here’s a post on How To choose Modest apparel because this is also the reason why you’re feeling overlooked (or like you’re attracting the wrong men).

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Leave your husband a special love note somewhere!

Hey guys! So I really didn’t get a chance to post at all last week. My husband took a few days off and ya’ll know what that means 🙂 I really enjoyed his company but I also realized how exhausted he is. So I just want to take a few minutes to inspire all of you wives to take some time and let your husbands know how appreciated they are.

Now you can do this in many ways (preferably his favorites!) but I’m just going to share one that has been effective in my marriage. And that’s leaving random love notes. I’ve been doing this since we first got married, and I leave them everywhere from the microwave to the shower (which by the way is a great way to initiate some good GOOD lovin’!).

 

 

Now keep in mind that I’m a writer (meaning that I express my thoughts and feelings better on paper), and one of my husband’s strengths is that he is a GREAT communicator. So while my husband really gets a kick out of these notes, yours may only appreciate them in the moment. And that’s okay, you just have to make it worth his while.

For instance, the other night, I snuck outside and left a note in my husband’s car (while he was in the shower), telling him that I appreciate all of the hard work and sacrifices he makes for our family. My husband wakes up every morning at 4 o’clock, and heads out to work while the rest of us are still all warm and snuggly in the bed. Now even though I usually see him off (and talk to him the whole way there!) I thought that the note would motivate him because he’s tired and it did! It even opened up a conversation about his mornings that we may have never had. So I encourage you to start leaving your husband some special handwritten notes. And place them in places that you know he’ll stumble upon (wallets and lunch kits are a great place to start!).

Much love!

Brandi Collins

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In what other ways are you guys showing your husbands that you appreciate them?

Who This Blog is For

In one of my most recent post, I talked a little bit about casting your pearls before swine. And with much thought and consideration I thought that it would be appropriate to specify who I am blogging to (or for). Now obviously this site isn’t private so (in that sense) it’s “inviting” to the general public. But make no mistake about it, this blog is specifically for the saints!

I remember when I first started blogging. I was so discouraged because it seemed (and still seems!) like no one was reading my posts.  So naturally, I began to pray for fellowship. And I began to ask God how to get some interaction. But that was a while ago. The Lord has dealt with me, and he has given me direction for this site.

I am here to encourage my sisters (and brothers) in the Lord. I am not here to convince devils or self righteous (having their own standards of what’s right or good enough!) church people about what the bible truly teaches. Besides, there’s no use. We are living in the last (of the last!) days. There’s no getting through to those who are under a strong delusion. And I know that may sound harsh but it’s reality. Ya’ll know that there is nothing comfortable (or appealing!) about the truth to those who love lies and take pleasure in unrighteousness.

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God. Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming. This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth.” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, NLT)

You see, this blog is not for those type of people—people who are so caught up in this world that they can’t even fathom coming to repentance. I write for those of you who are truly seeking the Lord. For those of you who are proving your faith to be real by your WORKS (because faith without works is dead!).

Now I understand that the Lord is still drawing people to Himself so if you aren’t a born again believer yet that’s okay. The point is, if you have an ear to hear, then you are also welcome here.

But anyway, now that you all know who I’m talking to.. I hope that you are all standing strong in the Lord and on His word.

Much love,

Brandi Collins

A13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth_ (2)

The Best Children’s Bibles!

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So let me just start off by saying (just in case someone doesn’t know) that I am a Mama bear♥ Yes, I have FIVE kids and if the Lord is willing I would love to have many more. I know that true motherhood isn’t really valued in these last and evil days, but it is truly an honor and a blessing to be called to raise up babies in the fear and admonition of the Lord. But anyways (because that’s another post for another day), I just wanted to share what bibles I use to teach my children in addition to teaching them by being, of course.

So we use the New Living Translation (NLT) whenever we do group bible studies. And we use these New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) Adventure Bibles that I just bought for everyday reading. Now we have to be VERY careful with some translations (or paraphrases!) of the bible because many are watered down in order to be palatable for the world. But I have been reading this version lately in my own quiet time and I’m telling you that it’s legit. Its even helped inspire a few of my latest posts!

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Here’s a look inside!

Also, if you have babies and/or toddlers don’t worry, I do too. I found a “Beginner’s bible” that sticks to the scriptures. And this is something that the kids can read to each other (or you can do like I do and just read it to them in place of silly bedtime stories!).

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So I hope that you check these versions out. Let me know if you are curious about what versions I like to read and study with myself.

Much love,

Brandi Collins

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P.s I purchased these bibles from Hobby Lobby (and from Amazon) for around $10 each!

Throwing Your Pearls to Swine

So yesterday, I talked about the danger in judging others, and (briefly!) I just want to mention one more thing! As I was rereading the opening scriptures, I realized that Jesus wrapped all of that up with something very, very important. He told us to help each other as we overcome BUT DON’T cast our pearls before swine.

“Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you[hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure[used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:1-6, AMP, Yesterday’s opening scriptures)

You see it’s one thing to humbly rebuke a brother or sister in the Lord (Or even to share the good news with those who may have never heard). But it’s a whole ‘nother thing to waste our time (and to exhaust ourselves!) trying to convince those who are under a strong delusion. So I’m just going to assume that you all know what I’m saying. And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I encourage you to go back and read yesterday’s post  🙂

With nothing but love,

Brandi

♥♥ And as always, here’s a couple scriptures to consider:

(Proverbs 9:6-8, NLT) Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment. Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockersthey will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”

(Revelation 22:10-15) And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at handHe that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

 

The Danger in Judging others

 “Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly]. For just as you[hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged; and in accordance with your standard of measure[used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you. Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye,’ when there is a log in your own eye? You hypocrite (play-actor, pretender), first get the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give that which is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matthew 7:1-6, AMP)

Now let me just start off by saying that there is a difference between judging and discerning. Judging is forming an unjust opinion, or verdict concerning someone and their business (life). Judging is NOT identifying (or recognizing) who or what someone truly is or isn’t. That is discernment. And according to the bible, we have to “judge” (in that sense) people by their fruit lest we be deceived too. There are MANY false prophets and teachers and converts and Jesus’.. So we better start measuring people (including ourselves!) up to the scriptures. And if you are genuinely doing this, then you know that it’s not fun coming to a sober conclusion that someone you love (or admire) is not of God. It’s heartbreaking. Especially when they are offended by your concerns and/or reject your rebuke.

We are living in those (end!) times when people are no longer able to endure sound doctrine. These people, who don’t want to be “judged” are obviously living (and loving!) lies.

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4, NLT)

So don’t apologize for standing on the Word of God. Judging just has such a bad wrap because most people (and I’m guilty of this myself!) are going around slandering and condemning folks for sins that they themselves are still committing. And this is SO dangerous because God is no respecter of persons. Just as disgusted (or as irritated) as you are about someone else’s sin (that you’re also dealing with), God is the One who is truly offended (by BOTH of you who haven’t come to repentance!). And we who are judging hypocritically, are even worst without excuse because our attitudes toward the person (and their sin) testifies against us. It not only proves that we know what we’re both doing wrong, but it proves that we are in an even worst state than they are. Because if we actually believe that we are better off than them to condemn, then we are self righteous and blinded by our own sin. And this is exactly what Jesus was talking about in Matthew chapter 7. It’s not that we can’t acknowledge or rebuke other people’s sin (because we’re encouraged too). It’s just that we have to make sure that we’re spiritually mature and are walking upright ourselves. The whole point is to help each other out before we get judged FOR REAL by God. So, I hope that this clarifies some things. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂

Much love,

Brandi Collins

♥♥ Here’s some more scriptures to consider:

(Romans 2:1-21, NLT) You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? But because you are stubborn and refuse to turn from your sin, you are storing up terrible punishment for yourself. For a day of anger is coming, when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will judge everyone according to what they have done. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness. There will be trouble and calamity for everyone who keeps on doing what is evil—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. But there will be glory and honor and peace from God for all who do good—for the Jew first and also for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism. When the Gentiles sin, they will be destroyed, even though they never had God’s written law. And the Jews, who do have God’s law, will be judged by that law when they fail to obey it. For merely listening to the law doesn’t make us right with God. It is obeying the law that makes us right in his sight. Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone’s secret life. You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth. Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. No wonder the Scriptures say, ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’ “

(Galatians 6:1, NLT) “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

How to have peace of mind

Fortunately, this post isn’t going to be that long because (contrary to what you may have been experiencing) having peace of mind is actually quite simple. Now I just have to clarify some things, this post isn’t for those of you who are being convicted of sin or are double minded. You do not want a seared conscience (or a reprobate mind), so repent of your sins and abstain from old fleshly lusts that wage war against your souls (as told in 1 Peter, Chapter 2, verse 11). Because the flesh is the problem.  When we (who are in Christ because there is no peace outside of Jesus Christ) don’t have peace of mind, it’s because we are being carnal. The thoughts of a mind influenced by sin (because that’s what the carnal mind is—hostile and disobedient to God.) brings nothing but death. It’s the mind mastered by the Spirit that yields life AND PEACE.

Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peaceFor the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” (Romans 8:5-8, NLT)

So let us abide in the Spirit. And let us continue to wash our filthy (and faithless!) minds with the scriptures. We can not please (or serve) God being anxious, fearful and/or doubtful (Hebrews 11:6). All of these spirits are demonic and carnal. Remember that unclean spirits dwell or “make their homes” in our flesh.

So, I hope that this post encourages you to renew your mind. I love you and I am praying for you all!

Your sister, Brandi Collins

_Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace (1)

My Coming to Jesus Testimony

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I have a confession, I have never shared my testimony before. I know, and to be honest, it’s because I was ashamed of it. Compared to other testimonies I’ve heard, my life just seems so insignificant and boring. I was never addicted to drugs or lived a lavish lifestyle so I had convinced myself that my testimony wasn’t powerful because it wasn’t dramatic enough! But the devil truly is a liar. My changed life (and my changed mind!) is a witness to the power of God. So I want to share my story with you all. And I hope that it helps you get to know me a little better in order to receive the things I mention on the blog.

So I’ll just start by quickly running through my childhood. Now I wasn’t raised in church or anything like that. I would just visit churches whenever I would spend the weekend with my grandparents. Both sides of my family were (and are) professing Christians but their lives, and their hearts were (are still are) so far from God. So I had never heard the gospel, was taught the bible or was even encouraged to pray. My Mom’s side of the family was (and many still are) apart of the Eastern Orthodox church. So anything I might have learned was false doctrine anyway. My dad wasn’t apart of my life. I didn’t (and still don’t) have a relationship with him. And my mother’s grandmother helped her raise me and my younger brothers because she would work all day then  kick it in the streets all night. So I had a love hate relationship with my mother when I was younger.

IMG_20150116_192734965As a teenager, I was very promiscuous. And even though I was molested at twelve years old by my cousin’s father I don’t contribute that to that. If anything, being molested made me timid and insecure. But I had a spirit of lust since I was about 6 or 7 years old. I used to watch porn that came on tv. I didn’t really know what I was watching, I just knew that it made me want to masturbate. And that’s exactly what I would do. But like I said, I never connected being molested to my sexuality because masturbating was pleasurable and being molested wasn’t. I’m sure I got some demons from that perversion too but lust was already there laying dormant. But anyway, I lost my virginity when I was 15 to an older guy who was in his mid 20’s. From then on, I began to sleep around. In my life I’ve slept with about 20 men. I’ve had a few sexually transmitted diseases and eventually ended up in a very scary physically abusive relationship.

I was expelled from high school in the beginning of my sophomore year for beating up a girl (over a boy!) with a keychain full of pad locks. So I never even finished highschool (I got my GED later on in life when I was in my early 20’s). I spent all that extra time out of school smoking weed, drinking alcohol, sleeping around, stealing cars and partying with fake IDs.

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An old picture of me and one of my younger brothers.

I got pregnant for the first time when I was 19, and I didn’t even know who the father of my kids was (I had twins!). I had to get DNA tests done. And ended up in a toxic relationship with the father of my children. We went back and forth doing the babymama drama thing for YEARS until I began (what I thought was!) seeking the Lord. So i’ll just fast forward to that.

In 2011, after I had my daughter. me and my children’s father decided to move to Texas as if that would solve all of our problems. We thought that we just needed to uproot our little family from our hometown (I’m from the suburbs of Chicago) and move the suburbs of Houston, Texas. (Sighs) Let’s just say it didn’t work out. He had dreams of being a rapper and for the first time I was being exposed to southern religion.

 

I remember being invited to a bible study on Tuesday night and the pastor gave me a bible and that began to change my life. I started reading the old testament where I learned about God’s character and  His standards. I was so excited to learn more so eventually I joined the church. But it wasn’t long before my zeal was quenched out. The particular church that I was attending was not preaching holiness or repentance. And when I would address what I was learning from reading the bible concerning sin (or things like how the praise team was taking up the whole service when we should be listening to the message or praying!) I was shut down and considered a novice (or a baby christian). When in reality, I wasn’t even a Christian at all. I never repented of my sins or believed the gospel. The gospel wasn’t even being preached at this church. This place was full of selfish ambition and the pride of life. And that’s what I became all about. I had deceived myself into thinking that I was a born again believer when I was no different then I had always been. Now I was just going to church. I had no works to follow my faith other than lip service. My faith was DEAD. I honestly believe that God allowed me to be apart of that church just so that I could experience the current state of the “church”. Because as I kept praying and reading my bible at home. I had no peace in the relationship with my children’s father or that church. So I cut them both off. And that allowed me to begin to wholeheartedly seek the truth.

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One of our first dates!

Over the next year, I was still a wreck and of the world but I abstained from sexual relations while I was a single woman. Also, I spent all my time working (to provide for me and my children) and fasting (the best to my knowledge!). I would literally BEG God with all my heart to know Him (and for a husband!). Looking back, He responded quickly but in my despair it felt like I was waiting FOREVER!

In April of 2015 I started dating my now husband. He proposed in November of that year, and we got married the following January (2016). My husband was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He grew up in the church and was “preaching” at the church he attended. And I’m using air quotations because at that time, neither of us knew Jesus!

So anyway, after a couple months of searching for a place to worship together, we ended up just reading the bible and praying at home together. As a couple, we were wholeheartedly seeking the Lord together. As time went on, the Lord began to reveal himself (or I should say His ways) to us. We began to learn and to love (aka TO OBEY) His commandments. This is when the sanctification process began. We found ourselves coming to repentance and out from among our old friends and ungodly family members. I even left my job (right after a big promotion!) to stay home full time to care for my husband and children. Life was painfully changing drastically as we were dying to ourselves in order to be born again of the spirit. And since we still hadn’t found a place to fellowship, my husband just baptized me in the pool of our apartment complex.

IMG_20150126_120542269Shortly after my water baptism, I began to experience a lot of demonic activity. I began having frequent dreams and visions. And I started involuntarily astral projecting. It got to the point where demons would literally manifest themselves to me in broad daylight. This hindered my walk for about a year because I was TERRIFIED. I slept (if I even slept at all) with the lights on EVERY single night. It was tormenting. I was oppressed by fear, depression and anxiety. My faith was completely shaken. I found myself questioning the bible (well the “trinity” and the once saved always saved doctrines— which AREN’T even in the bible!) as I  began to fear these beings more than I feared God. At that time I also became mesmerized by the occult as I educated myself on satanism and witchcraft.  At first I was feeling all enlightened and superior then the demonic attacks got even worst.

Thank God for my husband because I was on the verge of insanity. And all along, deep down inside I just truly wanted to know and to worship God. That was the darkest point of my life. I remember calling (well yelling) out to God in desperation asking Him to just tell me the truth and who He was. I told Him that if He didn’t manifest himself to me than I was going to give up on this whole Christian thing..  And I’ll never forget. Jesus himself responded to me. He said (very calmly, which was embarrassing in the midst of my disrespectful and dramatic outburst.), “All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)

Jesus told me that he was the way to the Father. Which was so profound because all this time I had thought that he was God! Jesus is the son of God just like he, the bible and God Himself says is. Finally, the truth began to set me free. I realized that mainstream Christianity was full of false doctrines and that the bible didn’t contradict itself! Instantly I was delivered from some (not all but some) demons that were hindering me. I couldn’t believe (well obviously I did believe!) that I had just had an encounter with (and revelation of) the living Christ! And from that moment on I began to have a REAL relationship with him.

About a year later, I was sitting in my car with the windows down reading Hebrews and praying to the Father when suddenly something like the breeze (and maybe it was the breeze) compelled me to start praying in what sounded like Spanish. So I jumped out of the car (praising God in another language) and ran into the house because I didn’t know what was going to happen. Now I know that I was being filled with the holy ghost. I was instantly delivered that day from more demons and received power to overcome sin and worldliness. Today, I am still working out my salvation with fear and trembling, and I am compelled to preach the true gospel of Jesus Christ (which is to repent of your sins because the kingdom of God is at hand!). God is so faithful to save, and to reveal himself to those who diligently seek Him with ALL their heart. And Jesus is everything! He loves us SO much. He is truly all that he says he is. With my life I can testify.

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So if you have any questions or need prayer please let me know because time is running out. The King is coming! If you’ve read any of my blogs, I understand that you may have taken my tough love (and hard truths!) to be self righteousness or arrogance. But I created this blog out of love for women who are also truly seeking the Lord. You just read my story! I am NOTHING but a witness to the truth and to the power of God. So please, consider the things you read here on this blog. And more importantly, read your bible and follow the commandments of Jesus Christ. God bless you for your time♥

Your sister,

Brandi Collins

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By the way, I’m 30 years old if anyone is wondering 🙂 Also, please feel free to share your own testimonies with me in the comments! 

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Feeling defeated by your sin?

_Listen! The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call. It’s your sins that have cut you off from God. Because of your sins, he has turned away and will not listen anymore._

Happy Sabbath everyone! So this morning, as usual, I was thinking about how amazing God is. Then it dawned on me how we really don’t have any excuse to be overcome by sin. Some of us are really struggling but the truth is, there is nothing in our little lives that God can not vanquish.

If we are truly in Christ and ABIDING in His spirit, then it is His will and His power working within us.

 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

So why are we being defeated? And what kind of testimony does our lives witness to unbelievers when we are still bound by sin and can’t overcome this world? Who would believe in a god (or in the message of his son!) whose people aren’t experiencing (or benefiting from) their so called sovereignty?  You see, this is why the bible says God is mocked and blasphemed among the gentiles.

“You who call yourselves Jews are relying on God’s law, and you boast about your special relationship with him. You know what he wants; you know what is right because you have been taught his law. You are convinced that you are a guide for the blind and a light for people who are lost in darkness. You think you can instruct the ignorant and teach children the ways of God. For you are certain that God’s law gives you complete knowledge and truth.Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal? You say it is wrong to commit adultery, but do you commit adultery? You condemn idolatry, but do you use items stolen from pagan temples? You are so proud of knowing the law, but you dishonor God by breaking it. No wonder the Scriptures say, ‘The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you.’

(Romans 2:17-24, NLT)

And even though Paul was addressing Jews concerning the law, it’s the same as all of us professing Christ with our mouths when our hearts and lives are JACKED UP! And I’m not saying that we should be perfect overnight but we shouldn’t have certain issues if we have God’s power in us. There’s no excuses! We’re either lacking the faith to truly function or we have sin in our lives that we don’t want to repent of. Both are unacceptable. You can not please God (or inherit the kingdom!) without faith and sin (and worldliness!) is why Jesus came! He defeats the devil, and he overcame the world so through him we have victory. We are more than conquerors!

So the next time you find yourself thinking that your issues are too much for God, just remember who HE is and that His grace is sufficient. Also, we would do good to humble ourselves. It’s okay (and necessary!) to go back to the basics. At some point we have to examine ourselves to see if we’re truly in the faith. It’s a matter of life or death so let’s just do that today. Repent and believe the gospel.

With nothing but love,

Brandi

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Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against GodFor if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. Remember what it says: ‘Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as Israel did when they rebelled.’ ” (Hebrews 3:12-15, NLT)

30 Prayer prompts for wives

When we were just newly weds! We had NO IDEA that life as we knew it would change BE OVER! It hasn’t been easy but I thank God for quickening us. Now we BOTH love God and His ways and are born again believers.

My husband has always said that I make him feel 7ft tall 🙂 I believe that’s because in addition to building him up physically and emotionally (through healthy meals, good lovin’, honor and encouragement etc.), I also lift him up spiritually. Listen, prayer is tried and true! I’ve learned that at the end of the day, God is the only one with all the wisdom, truth and power to actually change your situations for the better.

A few years ago (when I was a newly wed), I stumbled across this 30 Day Prayer Challenge for wives and I want to share it with you in case any of you could use some prayer prompts. Now I’m not endorsing the website I got it from, I’m just sharing this specific post with you guys. As a matter a fact, I encourage you to just go through the prompts and create your own little prayer journals or something. That’s what I did.

 

Here’s a picture of my Marriage Prayer Journal. I bought a blue one (that sparkles of course!) because blue is my husband’s favorite color. Trust me, It’s the little things in life!

But anyway, here’s the link to the challenge. I pray that it blesses you and your marriages♥

With love,

Brandi Collins

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Me and Papa 🙂 If you’re interested, we also shared some things that make our marriage work!

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