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BE the Salt and Light

Sunshine’s Reflections

 

Good morning! I pray your week is going well.

TFTD: BE the Salt and the Light

Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Attention Christians:

Scripture tells us that you ARE the salt and light of the earth. These are spiritual characteristics of a Christian. And while being the salt and the light of the earth are in your spiritual genetic make-up, it will not be effective unless you activate those things within your life. You have to go from spiritual knowledge to actually becoming who scripture says you are.

Why are you here? To be the “seasoning” that brings out the flavors of God to the world. But what happens if you lose your saltiness? You become useless and pretty much garbage. Scripture tells us that useless salt is only good to trample underfoot. Imagine roasted potatoes hot and fresh off the stove and they look delicious, but when you taste the potato it taste bland. So you reach for the salt because your expectation is that the salt will enhance the potato and pull out all of the hidden flavors. You have that expectation because you know the purpose of the salt. Now imagine your disappointment if after you sprinkle the salt, you taste the potato again and discover the salt is old and has lost it’s saltiness. The same is true of the witness of Christians to unbelievers. Your life should be lived in such a way that you PULL out all of the God-flavors on how to live in this earth. When unbelievers see you they should have the EXPECTATION that you will enhance their situation or life, but oh if you have lost your ability to season others then you are useless.

The Word of God also tells us that you are the LIGHT of the earth. You are basically here to illuminate and bring out all of the colors of God in the world. We should not keep God a secret from others. If all of the power went out on a stormy night and you reached for a flashlight, you would expect it to illuminate the room. You wouldn’t turn the flashlight on and then put a bucket over it, right? Well the same is true for you as a Christian. You are the light of the world. You shouldn’t get saved, grow in Christ and never share His goodness with others. There are people who are living in darkness daily and you should shine the light of Christ to them in your Christian walk. You can do this by sharing your testimony, being generous with your time, talents and treasures. By opening up to others, you will prompt them to open up to God.

Today, I’m challenging you all (myself included) to go from intellectually knowing you are the salt and light to actually BEING the salt and light of the earth. You may be the only Bible someone “reads”, so live in such a way that you bring flavor and light to their life.

God bless.

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Peace be still

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good afternoon! Happy Tuesday to you all!

TFTD: Peace be still

Mark 4:39 (NKJV) 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Life is often filled with challenges. These can vary from financial, emotional, mental, physical and spiritual to name a few. If you aren’t careful the storms of life can come and sweep you off of your feet. It’s possible to walk around with everything under control and out-of-nowhere a massive storm blows in and takes your breath away. You can feel overwhelmed, afraid, stressed out and tempted to give up when this happens, BUT there is great news, GOD STILL CAN CONTROL THE STORMS.

It’s important to slow down in the midst of the storm and speak to the storm. Yes, speak to it. Did you know that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you? Did you know that the same power that positioned Jesus to command demons to flee resides in you? Did you know that the same power that allowed Jesus to speak to the storm and calm the waves is inside of you? Well it is. You have the power to declare, “Peace be still.” You have to speak over your mind to be still. You have to speak over your emotions to be still. You have to speak to your physiological make-up to be still.

When challenges rear its ugly head in your life, speak to it to calm down and more importantly speak to yourself so you don’t respond in a manner that will cause you harm. There power lives within. What do you need to speak to today? What do you need to declare “PEACE BE STILL?” I encourage you to tap into the power that God has placed within you.

God bless.

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Beauty beyond the ruins

TFTD: Beauty beyond the ruins

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

This weekend I was cleaning my kitchen and the Lord gave me a Saturday cleaning revelation that I wanted to share with my blog family.

I began sweeping our kitchen floor and realized how dirty it was around the corners. I have a Swifter jet, which I love, but I noticed some tough stains on the floor would need more attention. The Swifter was great for surface cleaning, but not deep cleaning. In the areas that had heavy traffic, I noticed deep dirt and grime. On the surface it looked like the tile was ruined. I got a Brillo pad, a bucket of hot water, liquid Lysol and a rag. I proceeded to get on my hands and knees and began scrubbing with the rag and Lysol mix. I first started in the corners that the Swifter couldn’t reach. I used the Lysol mix and rag, which worked well for the corners. I then proceeded to that tough stains. I had to pull out the Brillo pad and give it some elbow grease. The Brillo pad pulled the dirt and grime up. I then took the Lysol mix and rag and wiped up the dirt and finally went over the entire thing with the Swifter. It was then that I uncovered a beautiful tile. Floor that at the surface looked ruined was BEAUTIFUL like new.

While I was scrubbing, God reminded me that some things in our life are only surfaced cleaned (Swifter-represents self) we try to clean things, but we only clean up a few things. Some areas we can’t reach in our own strength so we ignore them. When we ignore the hard to reach areas, it allows the junk in our lives to pile up and begin to show through. Maybe our attitude changes, maybe our physical appearance begins transforming, perhaps our faith begins to decline. This unattended area in our life gives the appearance that we are ruined. Those issues that we struggle with daily leave tough stains in our life. They are so deep that we think we no longer have value. It’s not that we are ruined we just need some deep cleaning. We need to get on our hands and knees (kneel to pray) and go to God (the Brillo pad) to scrub the dirt up off of us. And because we have so much dirt in our life it will require some elbow grease. When God begins scrubbing us it will hurt and be uncomfortable, but HE is always with us. He will even send God-fearing people along side of us to help clean us up (Lysol mix and rag) they will encourage, pray, and hold us accountable. They will help reach those tough spaces we’ve ignored in our life.

We should always go to God first. Allow Him to lead us to the right people. The more we go to God the more we will begin looking and acting like Him. When we allow Him to go deep beyond the surface issues to cleanse us and allow great people to guide us along the journey, finally, when we do the surface cleaning, we will see how beautiful we are. We weren’t ruined, just hidden beneath the ruins. Only God is able to pull out our true identity. We have to go beyond the surface.

Everything He made is beautiful. Allow God to unveil who you really are.

God bless!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Available for Sale: Fit For A Purpose: A Spiritual Journey to Physical weight loss

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In order to achieve total health and wellness, it’s not enough just to have a healthy diet and proper exercise, says Nicole Ellis. She insists that physical weight loss begins with the spirit. Nicole believes we are all called for a specific purpose and need to be spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally fit to carry out our calling. This book takes a personal look at Nicole’s spiritual journey to physical weight loss while providing practical tips on how to shed weight in four areas of your life.

TESTIMONY:

God has taken me from a young lady who use to send out inspirational emails, known as the Thought for the Day (TFTD), to a blogger of “Sunshine’s Reflections“, to a business owner of Fit For A Purpose, LLC, and now to an author of not one, but two books. I give God all glory, honor and praise for doing great things in my life.

Matthew 21:22 (NKJV)22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

I stand on the Word of God and I’m a living witness, miracle and testimony that whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you WILL receive.

Visit my website and order a copy of your book today: http://www.fit4purposellc.com/?page_id=325

For an autographed copy, contact me at f4apllc@outlook.com to place an order or visit my table at the Single Roses Women’s Conference this weekend!

Single Rose ConferenceThere is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING too hard for God. If you give Him your “YES” and live your life according to His will, HE IS FAITHFUL to see you through anything.

Thank you for supporting my blog all of these years. Thank you for supporting my first book and I thank you in advance for supporting my second book.

Have a blessed day in JESUS name!

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

I’m giving up

Poetry Corner

I’m giving up

by: Nicole L. Ellis

I’m giving up!

Yes, I am.

Don’t try to persuade me to stay.

I’m giving up.

I quit!

I’ve been here too long.

I’m over it! I’m done!

I am giving up on cautious ministry.

Where I tip toe around saints in an effort not to ruffle feathers.

All at the expense of those who I’m called to minister to.

I quit!

I quit explaining why I’m CALLED to people who wouldn’t understand the call even if God tried to break it down for them Himself.

I’m over it!

I’m over pretending I’m comfortable with mediocrity in the body of Christ.

I’ve been a resident of complacency city for too long.

Fear has corrupted the mind and body.

Contaminating my will to run the race God has instructed me to run.

People have been assigned to me yet I have allowed them to become casualties of unfulfilled purpose I quit and I’m not going back to the place where I place man’s opinion higher than God’s dominion.

Throwing caution to the wind

I will serve more

I will dedicate my life to my call

I will become who God created me to be

Actively pursuing my destiny.

(C) 2016

 

 

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Give it up in order to gain more

Sunshine’s Reflections

Good morning! Happy Wednesday to you all!

TFTD: Give it up in order to gain more

Matthew 16:26 (ESV) For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

Imagine a child with a tight grip on small objects that could harm him. The child’s father says, “Give me that, open your hand.” Yet the child refuses because he fears he is going to lose what he found. He becomes consumed with the idea that his Father wants to take what belongs to him. He becomes rebellious and disobedient. His father repeats, “Give me that, open your hand.” Finally, the child opens his hand and his father scoops the small dangerous objects out and replaces it with a sweet treat.

During your life, it is important to give God all of you. Perhaps you are like the little child and you have been holding on to fleshly desires so long that you do not want to let them go. Or maybe you feel like you are losing a lot as a Christian. I want to encourage you that when you give things up for Christ you are not losing anything. When God says, “Give me that, open your hand”, He sees the dangers that are lurking ahead and wants to help you avoid them. He knows that if you let go of the small insignificant worldly things (failed relationships, unfulfilling jobs, material things, etc.) He can bless you with the meaningful spiritual things that will fill your soul.

What will it profit YOU if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

Do not maintain a tight grip on the things and people that will cause you to lose your spiritual fortune in Christ. Let go and receive the fullness of God. Greater things await if you just open your hands and give it to God.

Have a blessed day!

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Beauty Through the Thorns Women’s Conference

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Single Roses, Inc. is pleased to announce its Grand Debut Women’s Empowerment Conference: “Painted Faces: Unveil Your True Power!” 

Speakers: Dr. Angela Corprew-Boyd, Ms. Synetheia Newby and myself (Nicole Ellis).

The conference is April 16, 2016 from 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Conference registration is $25.00.

For more information contact Stacy Harden at info@singlerosesinc.org

Tickets are available to purchase online NOW at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/painted-faces-womens-empowerment-conference-tickets-22114279405

If you are in the Hampton Roads areas, you definitely want to be in the building. This will be a great gift to any woman you know. Spread the word!

#PaintedFaces #SingleRoses #GrandDebut

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Some things Require More

Sunshine’s Reflections 

TFTD: Some things require more

Mark 9:28-29 (NKJV)

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Think of the mother whose child is acting unruly in public and she gives her child a stern look and instantly they behave. Or perhaps you can imagine the supervisor who walks into the office meeting that was out-of-control and miraculously the “climate” of the room changes. Sometimes the mere presence of authority can shift things. However, there are instances in our life that require MORE.

Have you ever felt like you had everything under control and all of a sudden a monkey wrench was thrown into the mix? Have you ever thought, Why can’t I handle this situation, why can’t I cast this “demon” out?” The reason why your usual methods do not work is because SOME things only come by prayer and fasting! Much like the disciples in Mark Chapter 9, we can find ourselves confused by our inability to do what we normally are capable of doing. God reminds us through the scriptures that some things can’t be changed through the normal day-to-day activities.

Some things require a level of surrender, humility and sacrifice.

When fasting, one is denying the flesh in order to gain a deeper spiritual insight. As you grow deeper in Christ, your spiritual gifts will be enhanced, your spiritual confidence will increase and the spirit of discernment will be heightened. Your prayers will be more powerful when you fast and pray. During your life, stretch yourself to give God a little more. Give God your best sacrifice while you fast and watch Him expand your spiritual knowledge. Give God your best when you pursue your financial goals, weight loss goals, educational goals, entrepreneurial goals and so forth. Stop doing the same things over and over again expecting different results. It’s time to STRETCH!  It’s time to give MORE!

Have a wonderful day and God bless!

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Faith over fear

Sunshine’s Reflections

Fear

Good afternoon! Happy Thursday to you all!

TFTD: What are you afraid of?

2  Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Imagine a little boy who dreamed of becoming a doctor. He diligently saved lives at recess with his precious doctor’s kit he received as a birthday gift. He enjoyed putting on Band-Aids for his scraps and bruises. Every night he would visualize himself in scrubs at a top-notch hospital. The possibilities were endless in this child’s mind. His mind allowed him to drift to places beyond his present reality. Then the child begins to grow up and he is faced with the requirement of extensive schooling. It’s a minor obstacle in his mind because he always dreamed of becoming a doctor.

He continues to grow and hold onto his dream and then his parents tell him that he will never become a doctor. It cost too much and they can’t afford it. Then his friends at school tell him that it’s a waste of time and he would miss out on all of the fun. He researched some of the top ranking colleges and the SAT requirements intimated him. The cost of tuition scared him. He immediately felt a weight of anxiety hang on his shoulders. He started second guessing his dream because the perception that was now associated with becoming a doctor didn’t look so promising. What happened? Why was this young man afraid? What happened to the confident little boy who dreamt of becoming a doctor?

Fear can be defined as False Evidence Appearing Real. It is the anticipation of the possibility of something happening! THE ANTICIPATION of the POSSIBILITY…  People forfeit their dreams because they are anticipating the possibility of something bad happening. Why is the focus on something that may not even happen? Why is so much energy directed towards the anticipation of the possibility? The young boy had a dream and then he allowed what people were saying to discourage him. He allowed statistical data  and requirements to deter him. How many times have you done this? How many times have you allowed fear to choke the life out of your dream?

THE FALSE EVIDENCE consumes you to the point that you believe it’s real. You believe that you don’t have enough money to buy a house. You believe that you aren’t qualified for that job. You believe that you aren’t skilled enough to start your own business. You believe you aren’t good enough to get married. Because someone has presented FALSE EVIDENCE  you won’t even take the next step towards your dream.

I want to encourage someone today! God hasn’t given you the spirit of fear. God has given you Power, Lower, and a Sound Mind! For the one thing that is false (fear), God has given you THREE things to dominate it.

  • Power- God has given you the authority to walk with purpose and destiny. You can command your day in Jesus name and possess the land. The Word says, ANYTHING we ask, BELIEVING, we shall receive (Read Matthew 21:22).
  • Love- Since God is love, you have ACCESS to HIM. He is always with you. That’s enough right there, but God wanted to ensure that you knew you could conquer fear. I mean, He sent His Only Son to conquer death, hell and the grave, surely you can conquer FEAR with God on your side.
  • Sound Mind– God has given you the ability to exercise self-control and think reasonably. So when false evidence is presented you are able to discern the truth and more importantly control yourself from giving into the fear.

God has adequately equipped you to conquer fear. Conquer fear with faith! Faith is believing in things you can’t see. The little boy dreamt about being a doctor. His faith was HUGE when he was younger. It’s to go back and grab that child-like faith. That faith that wasn’t easily influenced by others. All you need is faith the size of a mustard seed. Each day you need to water your faith with power, love and a sound mind. Keep watering your seed until it blossoms into the manifestation of the promise given to you from God.

Questions to ponder: How long will you live in something (fear) that didn’t come from God?  Do you have more faith in what you fear than in God?

Put your faith into action and kick fear to the curb. Your dreams are waiting for you. People are waiting for you to walk in your calling. Start dreaming again and stop having nightmares.

God bless.

 

Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA

Can’t breathe: Try Spiritual CPR: Consistent in praying, Persistent in pursuing the knowledge of God, and Resistant to temptation.

Shop Til You Drop Tour! Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shop Til You Drop

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Time: 2pm-6pm

Location: Gethsemane Baptist Church

5405 Roanoke Avenue

Newport, News, VA 23605

If you are in the Hampton Roads area, you don’t want to miss this great event. Come enjoy an afternoon of shopping and fellowship. There will be over 30 vendors with some awesome raffle drawings and FREE give-a-ways!

I will have a table set-up for FIT FOR A PURPOSE, LLC. http://www.fit4purposellc.com/with my books available for sale! I’ll also be collecting #pridefulproducts, which are sanitary products that are collected for women and girls who are homeless. For every package of sanitary products you donate, you will receive extra entries for a FREE give-a-way.

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Be a friend and invite a friend and join us for an afternoon of fun! I hope to see you there! God bless!

~Nicole L. Ellis, MBA

Owner of Fit For A Purpose, LLC.