Saviela Edwards Thorne

"Love God, Live for God and Experience Life to the Fullest"

Blog: Sorry I’m not that “Perfect Christian”

We live in a society where a Christian is put on such a high pedestal that it’s impossible for them to be imperfect. Christians are expected act a certain way, to always have a smile on their face and live as if everything is always perfect. I’m sorry but I’m not “that kind of Christian”. I have bad days, I don’t always have a smile on my face or successful in “faking it to make it”. I’ve lived that lifestyle for so long that it started to tear me down. I’m not perfect nor do I pretend to be. I have issues just like the next person and sometimes I don’t “pass the test” of trials and tribulations. I get angry, I am sad at times and I am not always happy. It’s called life and that’s what I live in not an “unrealistic supernatural world” where everything is always great.

We must learn as Christians it’s ok to have our moments as long as we don’t stay in it or allow it to consume us. The sad thing is Christians are judged more by other Christians than by non Christians. A wise Christian would see another Christian who isn’t having a great day and pray. An immature Christian sees that same Christian and will say things such as “she has an attitude” or “she’s acting stank today”. We are called to build one another up, to encourage and pray for one another not criticize and condemn them. Who knows 1) what they are going through and 2) that maybe your prayer could be the one that will help them through that rough patch. But in a world where gossip is everything, it makes it harder for true Christians to live a life of imperfections without being the latest hot topic of some of these so called “Christian’s” conversations.

This is my prayer: God help us to have a heart of love and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ. To stop and ask if they are ok instead of assuming the worse and cutting them off or condemning them. Lord help us to see each other through your eyes. Love covers a multitude of sin. Love is our answer. Even in a world popular for slander and pettiness help us to stand up and against it. Help us God not to allow the devil and his devices to tear one another down but to love beyond the hate, beyond the bitterness, beyond the pettiness and the shade. Help us to be like you, Christ-like.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” – John 15:12 KJV

*New Article* 5 Ways to Let Go and Let God

If you have been struggling with a situation and can’t seem to find peace in your situation, Here are 5 Ways to Let Go and Let God:

Stop Trying to figure it out –

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.“
– Proverbs 3:5-6

This is one of the most popular and most quoted book in the Bible, however, when we find ourselves going through trying times (I will speak for myself), I tend to forget all about this scripture. The Lord tells us clearly not to lean (stand on) our own understanding.

Why? Because “…Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts, Nor are our ways His ways,”  – Isaiah 55:8 .

God knows exactly what He is doing and as Christians we should be able to trust Him no matter how grim the situation may look. Remember Lazarus was dead for days but he still arose at the voice of God. Your situation can do the same thing when you trust the hand and heart of God.

Cast it to God –

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
– 1 Peter 5:7

I have a bad habit of praying and then asking myself “what should I do”. When you are so used to being in control it’s hard to let something go. The word cast means to simply “release”. When you cast your cares, you are releasing it from your hands (your ability and strength) to God’s hands with omnipotent power.

When you understand how much God loves and cares for you, then you will have no problem letting it go because you know it’s in more than capable hands.

Click here to read more on The Praying Woman.

*New Article* 3 Ways to Keep your Enemies from Controlling your Life

“You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” – Psalms 23:5 NLT

Imagine being the guest of honor at a huge celebration. The table is filled with all your favorite types of foods and many presents just for you. Now imagine all your enemies, people who lied on you and spread hurtful rumors about you, just standing around the table watching you. How would you react? Would you start eating and enjoying the beautiful feast spread in front of you or would you not eat because your enemies are watching you hoping you choke on your food?

It sounds crazy but it’s a true reality for many people including myself. For years I allowed this mentality to stop me from enjoying the blessings of the Lord in my life. I allowed the devil to isolate me from my family and friends with the lies he continuously fed my mind. I couldn’t enjoy the beautiful, thoughtfully prepared feast the Lord placed in front of me, because I was too focused on the presence of my enemies around me.

Here are 3 ways to keep your enemies from controlling your life:

1) Pray for them.
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” – Matthew 5:44 NLT

Why did Jesus think it was so important to tell us to pray for our enemies? Because, He knows our salvation depends on it. This is a commandment from God not just a cute saying. Before we can sincerely pray for our enemies we must first forgive them. You may be thinking why would I forgive them after all they put me through? Because, Jesus Christ forgave you when you didn’t desire it.  We are instructed in Ephesians 4:32 NLT to “…be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” When you sincerely pray for someone who hates you, you are taking the emotions you may have towards them and giving it to God. The person who is persecuting you the most, is the person who needs your prayers the most.

2) Do Good and Bless Them. 

“Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.” – Romans 12:14 NLT

When I was younger, I knew this girl who absolutely hated me with a passion. Every time I tried to be nice to her, she attempted to start a fight with me. One day after my mom told me about Romans 12:14, I decided to go out and buy her something nice.   I will never forget the expression on her face when I gave it to her. All I could do was smile. Did her attitude towards me change? No, but I changed. Sometimes doing good to your enemies helps release the anger you may feel towards them. Remember God said in Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”  The Lord is letting us know not to worry about getting even and not to say or wish evil upon your enemies because He will take care of them. Our job is to pray for them. We should thank our enemies; because, the scripture says in Luke 20:43 NLT, “until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” God will cause your enemies to take you to your next level of victory.

3) Love Them.
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you.  Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” – Luke 6:27-28 NLT

Sometimes it will take every bit of the spirit of God within us to love our enemies but that’s when we know love is needed the most. Having the ability to love someone who has wronged you doesn’t show a sign of weakness but an incredible amount of strength. You’ve heard the saying, “Hurt people, hurt people.” The only thing proven to break the curse of hatred is love. Think about the last time you put a smile on God’s face by “turning the other cheek.” Maybe your co-worker said something that really ticked you off but instead of giving them a “piece of your mind”, you responded in love. You made the choice (though it was hard) to show the love of Christ. You showing them the love of God has the power to draw them to Christ and change their hearts completely.

When you pray, bless and love your enemies, your attitude will change towards them. And now when you sit at the table you will no longer allow their presence to keep you from enjoying what God placed before you.

Rest in Peace Big Bro!

My brother, Christopher Edwards Jr., passed away on Saturday February 25, 2017 due to a tragic car accident. He will always be in my heart forever!

Please watch and share his powerful message on Sacrifice that he recorded on October 2, 2016. #RIPCJLegacy 

Click here to view his obituary

Please keep us in your prayers! 💔

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4 KJV 

5 Major Signs You Are Spiritually Dehydrated

There are five major signs to warn us that we maybe spiritually dehydrated:

1) The Desire to seek counsel from those who are not saved:

We are encouraged in the word of God not to seek counsel from the ungodly as stated in Psalms 1:1, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Often times when we are being lead by our flesh (our desires) and not the spirit of God within us. We will begin to seek validation from those who are not in the will of God, causing us to avoiding wise counsel because we know it will not satisfy our desire to do what we know is against the Word of God.

2) Spiritual dryness and fruitlessness:

When our spiritual life begins to dry up, we no longer see fruit within our lives. We stop being effective in ministry and begin to shy away from the things of God. We no longer have a desire to go to church or to fellowship with the people or even pray and read the bible. When we start to notice the dryness in our spiritual life, we must look to God to replenish us. Read Ezekiel 37:1-14, God placed the power in us to live again.

3) A harden heart: 

 Everyone has experienced something bad happen to them at some point within their lives; which often times, if not careful can lead to a harden heart. Some results of a harden heart are bitterness, frustration, hateful and disconnecting ourselves from people. The Bible encourages us to “Harden not your heart…” in Psalms 95:8 KJV. God desires to remove our stony heart as stated in Ezekiel 36:26 KJV, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” If you find yourself in this situation pray that God changes your heart.

4) Sickness:

 Spiritual dehydration may come in the form of sickness and as a result, our faith may shift from believing in God’s healing power to becoming hopeless in the situation. Remember God said in His word that, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby” John 11:4 KJV. God wants to work miracles through us but we must be willing to have faith in Him and His Word.

Read more…

Click here to see the article published on the Praying Woman online magazine.

Or here to see the article posted on Virtuous Victorious & Valued online magazine (pages 42-43). 

4 Ways to Avoid Spirit of Depression 

“Our experience becomes our teacher.”

Here are 4 ways to avoid the spirit of depression:

1) Praise:

“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” – Acts 16:25

After Paul and Silas were beaten nearly to death for their faith, they begin to praise God and sing hymns while in jail. God encourages us to do the same thing, when you begin to feel the spirit of depression come over you begin to praise God! I know this sounds crazy and believe me I understand how hard it is to praise God when you feel as if your world is crashing before you but the word of God instructs us in Isaiah 61:3 to put on “…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.” For example, when you get up in the morning it takes effort to put on your clothes. Your clothes do not just automatically appear on your body. As it is naturally, so it is spiritually, it will take effort for you to praise God in the midst of a depressed state. 

2) Worship: 

“And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.” – 1 Samuel 1:19

Hannah suffered a form of depression due to the fact that she greatly desired to be a mother but she was unable to conceive because the Lord closed her womb (1 Samuel 1:5). After being teased and taunted by Peninnah, who did conceive sons, Hannah cried and stopped eating because her heart was grieved sore. She went to the temple to pour out her heart to the Lord and petition to Him to bless her with a son. After she worshipped the Lord, He blessed her with her heart’s desire and she conceived that very night. Sometimes we have to get to the point of total surrender to the Lord. We have to empty ourselves out completely to God in worship before He can fill us up with our hearts desire. Worshipping God takes us from worry and depression to peace as we place our life in His hands.

3) Forgiveness: 

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do….” – St. Luke 23:3

Read more…

Click here to read more on, The Praying

Lauren Daigle, “Light of the World” Cover

The first song I sung in front of an audience was “This little light of Mine” at the age of 4. I always loved to sing and through the years I joined choir after choir but was rarely picked to sing solos because I had a “different sound”. For many years I stopped believing in myself and in the talent the Lord blessed me with because of the opinions of others. 

I recently stepped out on faith (with the coaching of my husband) and decided I would do my first official cover to one of my favorite songs, “Light of the World” by Lauren Daigle. 

My desire is for this song to bless and encourage your heart and soul. 

Click here to listen

Happy New Year! Now is the Time to Get Rid of the Junk in Your Life

Latest Article: 5 Scriptures to Help You In Your Season of Loneliness 

There are several reasons why you may be experiencing a season of loneliness. Maybe a close loved one has died or maybe you’ve been faithfully serving the Lord and your hopes and prayers of a husband seem to go unheard by God. Maybe you’ve been trying to conceive your first child with no success.

This season is often considered one of the worst seasons in a person’s life, but in God’s eyes it’s one of the best seasons because we tend to draw closer to Him during these trying times.

Understand this… Things and people are not permanent in our lives, but our relationship with God is. We have to take this special season and develop or restore our relationship with God.

Click here to read more from the Praying Woman online magazine.

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