In the Spirit

The Lord is setting you up to take the shot! The #NBAFinals tho! By Sherry Thorpe

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Whoa Kevin! First let’s just have a moment of silence for this game being it was so exciting and stressful to the Nations lol.

Towards the end of the game Kevin comes down the court with one determined motive, get the ball in the net. Successfully shooting a 3 his head is still in the game and back to defense he went! No time for celebration. Bringing the GS back to the lead he knew the game wasn’t over because the TIME WASNT OUT!

The clock is still running!

I enjoy watching basketball because it excites me to watch good players give it all that they have to come out with a W!

I wanted to take the time to remind you that you are still in the game of “Life”. And the Lord is either trying to get your attention so He can train you or He is training you to win. Kevin says while being interviewed after the game, “I been working on that shot my whole life”. The opportunity was placed in front of him and he knew exactly what to do to get the ball to successfully sink in to the hole! #AllNet #Whoosh Uno, dos, très points please! Good job Kevin👍🏾👍🏾

Right now you are in training (or can be in training) to be stragically placed to put the team back on the winning side. Where ever you are, the Coach Lord is setting you up to WIN if you are IN Him! The bible says “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8

Seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.. (Matt 5:33while you are doing your earthly work the Lord is preparing you to step out on faith and take that 3 point shot you’ve been practicing for YOUR WHOLE LIFE. The opportunities are endless in God’s Kingdom and He is (or wants to) prepare you to WIN in Him. Thank you Coach Lord for preparing us!

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In the Spirit

Lord, send me I’ll go-where ever you want me to go!

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Ruth 1:16

Dear Church,

Send me I’ll go! Who is hype about going where the Lord is calling them? YOU?!

What if the Lord called you to clean toilets?

” Oh no He would never call me to do that?” Or would He?

Shout out to those that accept the calling to preach to the masses and shout out to those that move to Haiti in that hot sun, managing a bakery, and encouraging the Haitian people.

Shout out to being called to being a supervisor in a call center and having the opportunity to speak Christ to people and be an example.

Shout out to the professor/teacher at the College encouraging others to pursue education and setting a fine example of following Christ.

Shout out to the Mother of 4 who manages a full time job and caring for her family all the while giving God His personal time.

Shout out to the college student who just graduated college and had ceized the opportunity to dispense Christ to others.

YOU have been called and chosen and stragically placed RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!

You’ve been appointed to carry out the gospel of Jesus RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. Don’t wait for the platform it may never come!❤️

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In the Spirit

I’ve been REBORN and now I have 2 Dads! Who is Sherry Thorpe?

Allow me to (re)introduce myself!

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Photo Cred: Andrew Garcia

I’m sitting here listening to “Wonder” by Bethel Music and Amanda Cook and I love the lyrics.

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“May we never lose our wonder”, “You are beautiful in all your ways” she spontaneously sings “You fascinate me”

This is our Lord and I charge YOU to never lose your wonder! He is simply marvelous. This is the person who chooses to live in you. The Lord says, “Here I am, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” – Rev 3:20 The Lord desires to dine with YOU! The King of kings and the Lord of lords wants to dine with you. The creator of the entire universe patiently waits to dine with you. 

Allow me to reintroduce myself to any of you who might’ve known the old Sherry. My name is still Sherry Thorpe however I am a NEW CREATION, constantly being transformed in Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I am truly In Love. Lol get it God is Love (1 John:48) so I’m in Love #Literally❤️

I was supposed to be telling you who I am but clearly the Lord wanted me to talk about Him lol. The above paragraphs were a complete freestyle lol Thank You Jesus! He amazes me.

Who I am is who I am to God.

I’m a daughter of a king with a great deal of sisters and brothers stragically placed all over the World. We are working together to build God’s Church!

That’s my value, that’s my worth. I’m still learning this. I haven’t grasped this totally because God is endless the more I learn about Him, the more I learn about myself, it’s actually quite wonderful. I was seeking God (after I was saved) and found Him and myself. “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matt 6:33

Check out how I experience God as my Father by clicking this link: Have you experienced God as your Father?

My hobbies: I like to watch tv/movies, listen to music, travel, learn and teach, and converse aka conversate about God. #ImSimpleAndILikeIt Oh yea and I like to laugh A LOT. 😂❤️😂

Y’all I promise you I’m a regular person who feels like I’m an alien in a foreign country #ThisIsOurTemporaryHome!

I hope you enjoyed a small (re)introduction to me. So now you know “Who is Sherry?” I’m still growing in Christ so stay tuned to witness how the Lord continues to transform me!

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In the Spirit

Morning Devo- Have you experienced God as your Father? #RIPUnclePhil ❤️

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Growing up in the USA is different. Did you know it’s still a foreign idea to be raised in a single parent home?

That was the norm to me, most of my friends grew up in a single parent home, with either their Mom/Dad/Grandmom/Big Sibling being the primary or only care giver. It’s a different world that you experience when being raised in a single parent home.

A few things that I’ve notice is that mostly men teach by doing and letting their child experience life by being adventures and exploring on their own. Woman (for the most part) give ALOT of warnings and explanations to why they give warnings. “Don’t touch that because it’s hot and it will burn you,” a mom might say to a child who has a desire to a touch  a stove top. A father might just watch his child touch it and wait for their reaction. A lot of men and women teach differently.

Well my Dad taught by leading by example. My Dad to my knowledge and what I saw is that he did his very best to lead me in the right direction. I grew up in a very diverse neighborhood in Irving, Texas, USA. I mean it’s a huge melting pot here so many different nationalities it’s such a beautiful thing to witness and experience so many cultures in one city! I was not taught anything negative about a different person because of their belief or skin color by my Dad. #Awesome

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I watched my Dad make friends with anyone he came into contact with. My Dad does NOT meet strangers and that’s one of the many things I love about him. Growing up in our home, I never went hungry, I always had clothes, shoes on my feet, and food on the table. My Dad gave me exactly what I needed when it came to shelter and material things. Despite me being ungrateful and crazy disrespectful (I was definitely worse than the prodigal son but thank the Lord for His blood) growing up my Dad never abandoned me.

When I offered my life to the Lord for the second time at the age of 21 it was easy for me to see God as a Father-figure because that’s something I did not lack growing up. Because I actually had a great Dad, it made it easier to know that God, “would never leave me nor forsake me” like His word says in Hebrews 13:5.

When the Bible says,  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”  – Matt 6:25 I trust the Lord enough to not worry and plus a witness of God in the Bible states that “I have never seen the righteous of his children begging for bread” – Psalm 37:25

It was easy for me to trust the Lord in a lot of areas of my life because my Dad showed me a father’s love in a superb way. So if God is Father of my father (My Dad is a believer too) wouldn’t He do exceedingly, above anything that we could ever imagine?- Ephesians 3:20

Now maybe you didn’t grow up the way I did. Maybe you had a lot of suffering or little suffering. Maybe you didn’t have a Dad growing up so you don’t know what a good Dad looks like. You can have a good Dad today (sorry my Dad is taken and I’m not sharing lol) But God our Father has his arms wide open ready to start or rekindle His relationship with you. He is waiting for you. He wants you to be His. He wants you to call Him Daddy, Father, and ABBA!

God is not like a human, His words are truth and He is 100 percent faithful. He never breaks His promises. This is my experience! 7 years saved and the Lord has never left me and BELIEVE ME I’m not perfect. No demon in hell can separate you from our Father’s love! Romans 8:38-39

I hope and pray that you open yourself to God and experience His magnificent love in an extraordinary way.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog.

How have you experienced God as your Father?

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In the Spirit

Morning Devo- Loyalty – I will never leave you…- God

“Tell me who you loyal to
Is it money? it is fame? Is it weed? Is it drink?”-  Kendrick Lamar

#Loyalty – a strong feeling of support or allegiance.

I pledge allegiance to…?

Wow Kendrick Lamar’s loyalty song itches the mind and raises the question “Who are YOU loyal to? It compels you to think and answer the question, who are you loyal to?

If I can’t be authentic then I can’t be me. The only one I try to practice loyalty to is Christ. My friends, my family I try to be in Christ so Christ can do what he needs to do in their lives. I try to practice being good to people but loyal I don’t think that is something I can do for them. And I’m not saying that just because I can’t be loyal to humans that I practice being disloyal. It’s just that, that’s a huge burden to be loyal to all my friends and family members but kind and nice and doing my best is something I can offer to humans. But Loyalty is not something I can offer.

 

But God…

He is COMPLETELY loyal to making EACH person become who they need to be in Christ. His focus never changes. We are always on his mind. The Lord is consistently loyal to loving us.

The problem I see is that we are more loyal to things/ people; And Jesus sometimes gets last place in our life even though we claim that He gets first place.

Come to church– nah I’m too tired. #LoyalToSleep

Read the bible– Nah this new series is on tv and I must catch up on all 30 episodes #LoyalToTechnology

Spend time with God– Nah gotta smoke this blunt that’s how I rest #LoyalToPleasure

Sing to God– Nah I’m in traffic, headed to work. I don’t have time for that #LoyalToThisWorld

This is a no judgement zone here because if there is anyway to weigh a sinner I would definitely be close to the biggest. However I (and God) want(s) us all to see ourselves for what we are and see God for who He is.

Paul’s warning: “Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” -Romans 12:13

When you was at the bottom, He was there. When you were at the top, He was there. In your mother’s womb He was there. When you fail, He is there. In jail, He was there. At work, He is there. No one is more loyal to YOU than Him.

Loyalty, loyalty, loyalty!

I will never leave you nor forsake you“- God Hebrews 13:5 #ThisIsTruth
I said, tell me who you loyal to
Is it anybody that you would lie for?
Anybody you would slide for?
Anybody you would die for?
That’s what God for – Kendrick Lamar❤️

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

While we were jacked up we were constantly on God’s mind, He was loyal to us even when we were jacked up.  #MyHero

If you find yourself being loyal to anyone/anything other than God and you want to change that, you can just tell God. “Lord, I want to be loyal to you, Can you help me? Help me put you first?! Please forgive me for putting you last and not first Lord?!”

#WatchHimComeThrough

He will forgive you and remember your sins no more – Hebrews 8:12 #HeForgivesHeForgets👍🏾👍🏾

Would you live for God?

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Travel

Morning Devo- Do you think it’s ok to call a person a dog?

Do y’all think it’s ok to refer to a person as a dog?

No? Yes? Depends?

Well what if you’re God, like then would it be ok?

Check out where Jesus referred to a woman as a dog in the Bible:

Matthew 15:22-28

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

Canaanite woman: “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.”

Jesus did not answer a word.

So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”

24 Jesus answered: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

25 Canaanite Woman: “Lord, help me!”

26 Jesus replied: “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.”

28 Then Jesus answered: “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Now PLEASE don’t think I’m trying to disrespect Jesus, because I love Him, but that was rude. Lol He referred to that woman as a dog. Now which one of y’all can do that and have the person still ask again for what she needs?

I admire her persistency and ability to humble herself and lower herself to the level of a dog, agree with Jesus, and not take offense. #BeHumble

And the Lord blessed her by answering her request to get her daughter healed and commended her on her faith! #ThisIsOurLord #FirstThingsFirst

I also appreciated how the Lord was so available to this “dog”. Like the woman just called out to Him. Not only was He available to the “dog” but He answered her request.

Well the great thing about being a Christian today is that we have that same access to Jesus today. Actually we have a better access because  He lives inside of His believers.

If you are not a believer and want to become one the Bible says that “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Romans 10:13 The beginning to salvation is to accept the Lord and one way to do that is to call/say Lord Jesus. If you have any questions ask some local believers or drop a comment.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it and seized the opportunity to talk to Jesus.

What did you get from the Bible passage? 

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Travel

Viva la Mexico en Cancun

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Well Cancun was a breathe of fresh air.

Between having multiple clear water beaches to choose from and great tacos what more could a woman like me ask for?

Flights: I flew United (no I was not removed from the plane) however I did volunteer my seat so I could get a free flight voucher in an amount up to $200 for a future date. The plane was not that full so I was able to get on the flight. I paid $124 one way to Cancun and $25 for a checked bag (flying with a carry on $0.00 will work just fine, I had a huge suitcase because I was traveling to Belize from Cancun by bus)

Cancun International Airport: Uber is not allowed to come into the Airport’s property however Uber did not let us know this. The airport representative let us know. You can use one of the taxis or rent a car from the airport or of course use a shuttle if you are staying in one of those beautiful Cancun resorts.

Transportation: Taxis are pretty easy to use just brush up on your espanol because not every taxi driver knows English or even a little English. The bus transportation system runs 24 hours a day

Pillow Time: This was my first time using Air BNB and I wasn’t disappointed. I paid $14/night  for a one bedroom studio apartment. It was small but just the right size for me. I met some girls who used AIR BNB and stayed in a lovely condo for $56/night and it had an juccuzzi on the roof. Both places were extremely clean. If you choose to use Air BNB for a future travel date feel free to click here to create an account and receive $40 off any stay $75.00 or more (this must be the first time you create the account with Air BNB by using my link in order to get the discount).

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$56/ per room- Some travel mates stayed at this condo

Here is the picture of the Studio where I stayed:

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This studio was like a small hotel room. $14/night for the entire apartment. Cable, wifi, clean up included in cost

Food: I ate a lot of tacos, beans and rice lol. Go figure! Food is super cheap in Cancun. Try some of the more authentic Mom and Pop places for really good Mexican food.

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Currency: The currency exchange rate can change based off of where you exchange your money. For example I saw the exchange rate at a bank for 18 pesos to 1 USD and then somewhere else it was 17 pesos to 1 USD. So just be aware, also you can download this app XE Currency so you can keep up with different currency exchange rates. This app actually helped me because some of the Mexicans we encountered tried to rip us off when we paid with US dollars, the change that was provided in pesos was off by a lot. I strongly encourage you to pay in pesos or download the app if paying in USD to ensure you get the correct change.

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Tours: I did 2 snorkeling tours, visited Tulum and Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen. I purchased a waterproof case for my iPhone and I could take pictures and videos underwater.

Isla Mujeres (Island of women) is a beautiful Island. The water was nice and chilly for the hot summer days. We did a snorkeling tour from this island for $25 USD and it included lunch. The tour guides sell tours on the island so just negotiate the price if you feel it’s too high. There is plenty for you to do to stay occupied on this island. I took a short ferry boat ride from Cancun to the island for $19 usd or $300 pesos.

Ventura Park: This is a water park that has a couple of water slides, zip lining, roller coaster ride, food included, and dolphin adventures (for an extra cost). I paid 24/pp for this park and it was worth it. I paid $11 for a tube and $10 for a locker for my personal items.  Ventura Park web page

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Here are a few sites that helped me plan my to do wish list:

Ferries transportation schedule and prices
click here

Bus schedule click here

dolphin swim and ride click here

Ventura Park in Cancun click here

Cancun tours click here

Beaches and this blog has more travel activies, top golf places, top tours and much more click here

Well that’s it for my Cancun adventure. I hope my post was helpful and I would like to thank you for taking out the time to read my blog.

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Hawaii, Travel, United States

The Island of Aloha aka Hawaii

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Wakiki Beach

Honolulu is truly a beautiful paradise! I will definitely try to go there at least once a year!

The plane ride from Dallas was 8 hours, this was my first flight over 6 hours. Hawaii has it all from beaches to hiking, volcanoes, great food, and a Walmart lol.

A few interesting facts about Hawaii:

  1. Hawaii has many islands (over 100) and 8 main islands-  Niʻihau, Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Island of Hawaiʻi aka Big Island
  2. Honolulu is the capitol of HI and its located on O’ahu island. IMG_1897
  3. Hawaii is the only US state that is not located in the Americas and is located in Oceania.
  4. ALOHA means hello and if you extend the oooo it means I love you for example Alooooooooooha❤️
  5. Moana is from there lol

Flight- Depending on where you are flying from it may be a long flight so be sure to stay hydrated being the the air is thinner in the skies! The flight attendants came around twice with drinks and each time I would ask for a cup of ice water and a separate cup of ice. I would suck on the ice to keep me hydrated.

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Jetlag– Jetlag is a sleep disorder one might get due to traveling from one time zone to the next. Umm however I never adjusted to Hawaii’s time zone which was 5 hours before Dallas, TX, USA😂. I would be up at 5 O’clock in the morning planning my day and in bed by 8pm lol.

Transportation– Honolulu has a very cconsistent bus system so I did not rent a car. If you ride the bus ask for a transfer ticket, the ticket allows an extra trip on the bus as long as it is with the time frame on the ticket ( I believe it’s 2 or maybe 4 hours)

Pillowtime: I stayed in a hostel in Wakiki (the tourist part of the city) for about $35/night. The Hostel was called Wakiki Beach hostel click here. It literally took me 2 minutes to walk to the beach! I stayed in a mixed dorm with men and woman (no children were allowed in my dorm). The dorm had a shared refrigerator, stove, microwave and 3 separate locker to store your things. This hostel served breakfast (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches) lol yummy! And yes I ate it. There were a few commotions in our dorm with one of our dorm mates he was high on drugs. Also the hostel next to us a couple got into a heated argument. This experience was definitely different then my first hostel experience which was really peaceful. Despite the negativity I would still stay there again. Also room service came by and cleaned the bathroom.

Tours- I was visiting Hawaii for a Church conference so the tour was already planned  with a believer who happened to be a tour guide. The tour I chose was the island tour. It consist of hopping in and out of the van while driving around the entire island (which can literally be done in one day). The full day tour cost $95 includes hotel/hostel pick up, lunch/snacks were provided, visit to a macadamia nut farm, Doles’s pineapple plantation, 2 beaches and a tour around O’ahu island!

Here are some photos from the tour:

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The first day I toured with the Church group and the second day I toured the city by myself. I visted Pearl Harbor traveling there by bus and went to Wakiki Beach (2 min from the hostel).

Pearl Harbor Historic sites- The museum did not have a main entrance fee. There is an entrance fee if you would like to go on one of the ships (Maybe it was ship/boat? Not sure). However you can save your money and do a free tour and take a short boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial.

Wakiki Beach is a tourist beach and it was extremely packed with people. The North Shore beach is better if you want to avoid the crowds.

Food: The funny thing about me going to the Dole’s plantation is that I did not eat/taste one pineapple, I know shameful lol. I did however travel to a shrimp plantation and the shrimp was so good, fresh, and tasty. The farm is called Fumis shrimp farm.

Thank you so much for taking the time read my blog. I hope you enjoyed it.

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