Try God

Try God

I’ve rewrote this so many times lol. This year so far has been one of the hardest years for me. Depression was added to my life. Which was not a help at all obviously. I had a hard time making friends at school and my grades were never what I wanted them to be. And I dealt with issues from my past that I should’ve let go many, many years ago.

But I couldn’t understand them, so I was still hanging onto them, trying to figure them out. But all along they were hurting me. I went to the places that I knew I would be, I guess, accepted and understood. Home and church. But as it turned out, it was neither of those places.

I thought people were gonna be there for me when they saw me at my lowest. They weren’t. They were only there when they needed something from me. But as soon as I was struggling and trying to find help, there was none. This took a HUGE toll on me and everyone saw it. But it felt like no one was trying to understand. I caused a lot of chaos in my family. I was literally at rock bottom.

I felt like I had no one because they would tell me that they were there for me, but the actions that were shown spoke a totally different message. I didn’t know where to turn. So I remember my mom saying, when it felt like there was no hope, “turn to God.” So I did, and I figured out that He took everything away from me because I was depending on people and things to SO much. But I never once went to Him and depended on Him.

So this summer, I am doing just that. Depending on Him. And there has never been a better decision I’ve made than this. I was raised in the church and I drifted off into the secular world. But He pulled me back because He has a greater purpose for my life. People don’t understand it. But it’s not for you to understand.

I’m so grateful that He cared enough to snatch me back. He gave me a second chance. This is my story. Yeah there’s more… But I’m just here to say that if you feel like you’re hitting rock bottom and there’s nothing there… He’s there. So try Him. ❤

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Why I Love The Word No

Why I Love The Word No

Since I was a little boy, I always heard the word yes. I was the only child, and the baby on both sides of my family at the time, so I was spoiled by everybody, literally. But I remember one specific time I asked for something and my mom told me “no.” No! The word was like a jab in the stomach, it was a very baffled moment. Hearing a word I’m not used to, and having to accept it. And as I got older, I heard it more and more. When wanting to go to certain schools, I heard “no.” Applying for jobs, I heard “no.” Going to auditions, I heard “no.” Hearing the word so much, life became very challenging. I didn’t want to ask people for anything, I didn’t want sign up for anything because I was too afraid of hearing the word ‘no.’ But then I realized, why be afraid of the word when I can use it to benefit me. No! I won’t give up. No! I won’t give in. No! I won’t stop trying. No! I won’t break down. It made so much sense now… The word can be so powerful to use. No! I won’t do drugs. No! I won’t drink alcohol. See, the moment I used the word for my benefit, the better I’ve been. So now every time I hear the word ‘no,’ I get excited because now I have another opportunity to prove that I have what it takes. I have the motivation to rise above the challenge and overcome it. See when you hear the word ‘no,’ just know that God has something greater for you. Trust me, I am a living testimony of it. Of all the no’s I heard, God has blessed me. I have a job, college auditions, I’ve been performing and so much more. So thank you to everyone who told me ‘no.’ Without you, I wouldn’t be the God fearing man that I am today.

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Being Bold In Your Skin

Being Bold In Your Skin

The Journey Of A New Me…

Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:30-31 NASB

Lately, I have been struggling with my weight. I’ve been told that I am overweight my entire life but I’ve learned to deal with it. What I hadn’t learned is how to change it. Since about a month ago, I’ve been trying to change my diet and everything that I could. Now, I know there are people out there who have the same problem. People like us need a little motivation to help us lose the weight and I believe that I have the motivation needed to help me succeed and help others in the process also. My hope and prayer is that all of the overweight people out there can change and become healthy and fit.

Here’s what I learned from all of this…

One thing that you must do in order to lose the weight is to prepare yourself. Preparation is everything. Make sure that you’re ready to take on this big milestone in your life. Have your mind, body, and spirit ready. Make sure that God is by your side. You wouldn’t do this without the man upstairs, right? And make sure that you have the right motivation and support to back you up.

The second thing is to TAKE EVERYTHING SLOW. Take baby steps in what you do. Start off changing your diet slowly. Take out those Oreos and switch them out with an apple. Change the portions of your meal. All those SMALL things can make a HUGE difference.

Third, make sure that you exercise. Now, not everybody likes to do physical activities, but it’ll really help in the short and long run. Start off with a walk around the corner. Then progress into something bigger, like a jog around your school track. Bigger is better, but just start where you are.

The last thing and most important thing is to remember that you need God. He will always be by your side. Make sure that you trust Him and you know that you know that He has your back, always. I’m currently in the process of losing weight and God has been in my corner the whole time. He won’t let you down. God knows what you’re going through and He wants to be your main support. God will NEVER let you down.

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Lessons 2014 Taught Me

Lessons 2014 Taught Me

By Tiana Whitely

Life has an interesting way of teaching you things. 2014 was a year full of lessons for me. As I graduated high school, prepared for college, and experienced living in another state, I was overwhelmed with how life, and for a lack of better words, “lectures it’s lesson plan.” What do I mean by that? Life has a way of teaching without words. Your experiences are filled with lessons, but you can only catch it if you pay attention.

The latter end of my high school experience brought me Lesson #1: Hard Work.

I thought that my last semester of senior year would be a breeze. I was in for a rude awakening. Creating a senior research project was the hardest task throughout my high school curriculum, and to think it was an open ended project. This was the final task needed in order to complete my credits. I worked harder than I ever have in order to finish my final stretch of high school with a bang. Sometimes as humans, we get complacent toward the end of a thing. I wasn’t given that opportunity… If I wanted that diploma, I had to push through to get it.

Preparing for college brought me Lesson #2: Resources Are Your Friend.

You never really understand what you need or don’t have until it is time to leave for college. Between applying for scholarships, working to save money, and actually buying all the necessities, learning how to navigate on my own; resources become your best friend. The gift card that you didn’t use for Christmas… The small graduation monies… People willing to help out… It all becomes useful and important. The smallest resource can help in a big way. You just have to take the step to utilize what is available to you.

Living on my own taught me Lesson #3: Responsibility.

Responsibility in high school is baby work compared to college. Mom and dad are no longer there to take care of you. You have to make decisions based upon what’s best for you, not what’s fun or entertaining. Some weekends, you can’t go out. The pair of shoes you wanted will have to wait because you need to buy food. Sometimes when you need people the most, they disappear. At that point, you learn to invent what you don’t have, make decisions without helpful advice, and make your own solutions. This is a time when you step out of adolescence and truly become independent.

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Tiana Whitely
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3/18 Scripture & Prayer Focus


Today’s Scripture: But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭26‬ KJV

Prayer Focus: God, help me to think big! In You there are no limitations. Help me to remember that in You I am limitless!

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3/17 Scripture & Prayer Focus


Today’s Scripture: But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. Matthew‬ ‭13‬:‭21‬ NLT

Prayer Focus: Lord, You are my foundation… Because of You, I am strong enough to stand against my obstacles. Nothing will separate me from Your love.

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3/16 Scripture & Prayer Focus


Today’s Scripture: If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. – James 3:13 NLT

Prayer Focus: Lord help me to become living proof that your Word works in our favor. Allow my life to be the greatest sermon ever heard. Let the world see You when they look at me.

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4 Lessons I Learned In 2014

4 Lessons I Learned In 2014

Congratulations! It’s 2015. You’re probably wondering why I said congratulations… The things you’re about to walk into, accomplish, start, and do… You’ll need someone to say congratulations and that they are proud of you. Because everyone won’t. 2015 is the year of Divine Opportunity. It’s the year connections will fall into your lap. It’s the year that those dreams you think about all day, but you think you can’t accomplish because you’re too young, will start coming into fruition.

I learned so much in 2014, from relationships to friendships to business. It was a year of successes and growth, but also one of hurt and lessons learned. Here are a few pointers:

1. BE YOU! It’s so easy to play the comparison game with those around us and even those who we see on social networks. Their social network is their highlight reel. You will only see the amazing parts of their lives. You won’t see the nights they stayed on their knees for hours crying because they were being attacked by friends, family, and foes. You won’t see the lonely nights because their “bae” is acting up, you just see their cute pictures on Instagram with the matching outfits. So live and enjoy YOUR life. It’s okay to admire, but don’t try to live their life. Because who will live yours? The purpose that God has placed inside of you is just waiting to be birthed — so when are you going to push out that purpose baby!

2. Everyone won’t support you. Sometimes the people that you think will come thru and support you — won’t. People will say they are coming to your events, make excuses, not support your blog, not support your speaking, and ultimately not support your dreams. But it’s okay. What and who God has for you — is all for you. Don’t even be mad. It’s not that they aren’t good people, they just aren’t meant for this season of your life. Accept that, don’t be mad, just be thankful for what God revealed.

3. Every guy or girl you meet will not be the one. Relationships will either end in marriage or a breakup. Get to know people for who they are. And with that, be observant. Often times we become angry and shocked because we ignored the warning signs early. We ignored the controlling things they did like trying to tell us what to wear and where not to go. We ignored the fact that they don’t love God or want to go to church. Believe them when they portray it the first time. Don’t get too attached too soon. It’s okay to take it slow.

4. Get into your Word. The Bible is your manual. If you take the time to really read it, I promise you that you will see how it correlates to your life. Get the right version for you. Whether it’s KJV, the Message, or New Living Translation. Perhaps even a study Bible that will allow you to really divulge into the Word on a more relatable level. Listen to worship music, pray daily, do whatever you need to in order to get closer to Him. He wants your WHOLE heart—not just two hours with you on Sunday morning or Wednesdays nights for Bible Study. He wants to be your everything, you just have to let Him in.

I’m praying that 2015 will be a year of total success for you. You may see friends walk away, but you’ll see new people come in. You may see things change, but change can be good. This year, I’m praying that you “know yourself, know your worth.” That you don’t settle, even when you’re lonely. That you dream beyond the limits people place for you. I’m praying that you seek Him harder than you seek anything else. And that you exceed beyond your expectations.

I love you and so does He,

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