What is beauty to you?

Hey whats up everyone! How have you all been during this season of quarantine?

During this time, I’ve been thinking about what “beauty” means to me. Now traditionally when we hear the term “beauty,” we think of the whole works— makeup, lashes, skincare and of course our overall physical appearance. Now ladies, this blog is especially for you. Yes, YOU!

I guess the first question I’ve been asking myself is—when do we start believing we are beautiful?

Is it the first time someone calls us “beautiful”? Or do people constantly need to remind us?

My entire life, I’ve been struggling to grasp this concept. But the most important thing I need to remember to believe is the truth. The truth is what God says about me.

This very simple verse strengthens me in understanding beauty:

“Under His wings you will find refuge.”

— Psalm 91:1

One of the most important things I’ve come to understand is that I am constantly covered under HIS refuge. No matter what. Even now when I don’t have my nails done. When I don’t have my signature lash extensions anymore. When everything looks like the T-Rex chasing the Jeep in Jurassic Park—“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” Way too close for comfort. They’re magnified x1000!

Not gonna lie to you guys, I was the one that came up with this brilliant idea to take my lashes off. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but it’s been a serious fear for me because I would have to see myself every single day. And it’s so uncomfortable. As I write this, we are currently in day 1 of no lash extensions. On the real—I’m strugglin! I came downstairs after having them removed and every single person in my family stopped me saying “whoa you have no lashes!” I was like “ughhh come on guys!” I feel like I can’t get mad at anyone because they’re just reacting to something new. I can’t control what other people say about the way I look or how I feel when they have the right to an opinion. Girl, that’s the TRUTH! However, what I CAN change is the way that I decide to view myself. I want to see myself as being under His Refuge, carried in His arms, and bathed in His wrap around presence. Honestly there are some days I feel so incredibly beautiful and other days I don’t but the fact remains that Jesus created me in His image and my eternal journey is to believe what he says about me. That’s where beauty comes from. Ladies, I ask you this—“What does beauty mean to you?”

I’ve posed this question to a few of my friends.

My friend Siai said this:

“What is true beauty?

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male & female He created them.

Beauty exists not because of what we wear, the brand of make up we put on or the talent we have. Beauty exists because of WHO we represent- God the Creator. If you read in Genesis, you will see that after EVERY creation, God stepped back and said IT IS GOOD!

He didn’t say “let me redo that one or oops I made a mistake.” He approved of EVERYTHING&EVERYONE He made and called us GOOD!

I pray that the next time we define beauty, we would know that WE are the image of beauty because we are the image of God! May every insecurity be put on the shelf, may every negative voice of the enemy be silenced and may we find our confidence in God alone because it is HE that we represent!”

She’s the pastor of Great Life Church in LV with her husband and I love her perspective!

Also some words from my lovely friend

Jazzy. She has the most beautiful heart—here’s what she had to say:

“Beauty in my eyes is a quality that is in EVERY man & woman because of the fact of what Gods word says in Genesis 1:27, we were made in His image. It is not defined by material things or physical appearance, but it starts in your heart, mind, and spirit. It is a joyful, graceful, humble, & confident state. It is LOVE. It is God in our hearts because He is love, and by knowing our creator is knowing we are his masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10. We are all definitions of beauty. ✨”

Now for my other dear Friend some know her as Channy boo cakes from her instagram but I call her my belly laugh buddy! Here are her words here! Love her so much! Enjoy!

“Growing up, I’ve always been conditioned to believe that beauty was the way that something looked. Everything needed to appear ‘put together.’ A great outfit. Flawless skin. Healthy hair that shines in the sun. While those things are still aesthetically pleasing, how is beauty truly defined?

The biggest struggle I’ve had with beauty is viewing myself as beautiful no matter what. That struggle has mostly been with my weight. It’s something I deal with every single day. The argument that being the biggest girl in the group means I won’t get noticed by guys as anything more than ‘the cool girl’ or ‘the funny girl’ and not as a girl who’s beautiful. But you know what? I’ve come to understand that beauty is reflected in the way something shines below the surface of our skin and the way we carry ourselves. It’s displayed in the way we love. It reflects in the condition of our hearts. If Jesus lives there, what could be more beautiful?! He is the very definition of love, and beauty will shine through our hearts without us needing to put in an ounce of effort. Has it always been easy? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I still deal with arguments on the daily, but I always strive to come back to the heart of the matter—and that’s beauty.

Xoxo Channy”

What can you take away about what’s written here?

What I took away is…

God always looks at us and says “hmmm it is good” from Siai he says we are good and we are loved it’s deeper for Him then just the surface and the root to that simple fact is this he created you and he creates what is pleasing to Him!

Second take away from Jazzy is the beauty being something that comes from the inside not the outside. Having an incredible time in the presence of God and soaking there! I believe that’s what she’s been doing and I can see that’s all over her because she glows!

Third person, and third take away from Channy is this… being someone who has also struggled with my weight I heavily relied on my face being the thing that people liked. My dimple in my face my lashes and having the nice outfit even if I was bigger. What I see Is the Love of God she hears and that’s the first opinion she goes to and it’s not Cocky like yeah I’m pretty and whatever I don’t care but it’s a freedom that comes from Jesus daily and that’s what I believe Channy was talking about!

So this encouraged me and I pray and hope it encourages you too!!!!

Seeing through the right lens!

My entire life, I’ve always seen through a specific type of lens. I think many of us end up looking through whatever lens our particular season hands us. If you’re like me you, then you have the tendency to shift lenses. But seeing everything through the same narrow lens day in and day out is what can keep us fixed in the same spot for far too long! In order to grow and change we need to make adjustments to lens we’re looking through 👓! However, there is one lens we cannot ever compromise—it’s the Jesus Lens. The Jesus Lens is how The Father views us and it’s how we were created—in His likeness and image. Let me explain.

I wanna get real with you about the lens that I’ve been looking through lately. Actually, I hear so many people have the tendency to use the same one and it’s called “comparison.” A song I’ve been mediating on recently is called “Comparison Kills” and it has really been speaking to me! To be honest, I’ve been using the lens of comparison more often than I ever realized. Here’s some of the backstory on when I first realized it:

In December of last year, so many people would ask me “hey do you wanna workout.” I would quickly reply, “ahhhh nooooo that’s gonna be a hard pass!” One of my friends actually asked me why I didn’t want to work out and I got so upset! Without me even knowing it, my friend hit a soft spot simply by asking me that little three letter word that I never wanted to answer—“WHY?”

It all comes down to being stretched and feeling those growing pains. I didn’t want to reveal the true reason—that I was scared and that it was too embarrassing for me to run the risk of looking stupid in the gym because it’s unfamiliar territory for me. But this year? I knew it was something that my body needed so I started to go to the gym with my friend Jess. When we went together, I felt comfortable with her. But how many of us know that God doesn’t do “comfortable”? He wants us to grow and in order to grow, we need to step out of our comfort zone! When I made the decision to take on step, I gave the Holy Spirit permission to have His way and continue stretching me. How did He do that? By leading my boyfriend to ask me to workout with him. Oh-em-gee! Ladies, I don’t know about you, but for me—working out in front of my man is a challenge and a half! Naturally, I was like thinking “I’ll tell him yes but we really won’t be able to do it because our schedules won’t work” HAHA! Well guess what? God had something else in mind.

Something I really wanted was for my boyfriend to come with me on a trip to Bogotá, Colombia 🇨🇴 with people from our church and my family. I knew it was going to be such an incredible time for both of us spiritually and I believed it would help us to grow together. The whole time I was thinking of other areas God would allow me to grow in—not the one I’d been avoiding. 😏 Oh, man! I was just thinking like a normal girl “the boy I like is coming on this trip with me and the stretching won’t be painful we’re gonna worship Jesus and be in that place” Well, guess what one of the first things my boyfriend says to me; “Let’s workout together” 😳 Immediately I started sweating. My forehead was sweating and I was even getting that upper lip sweat—you know the kind! I was thinking “ughhhhh whyyyy!!” It’s not like there was a way to escape. I mean we wouldn’t have conflicting schedules because we were together all the time. I couldn’t be like “ummm my schedule is too packed—sorry!” Haha NOPE! Let’s just say that the lens of compassion was zoomed ALL THE WAY IN. Now my boyfriend knows his way around the gym. It’s part of his everyday routine because he’s been an athlete pretty much all his life. 😒 uhhh yeah So I was like—“this is embarrassing..”

I’m telling you this story because I thought I was so free in this area. Really, I did! I didn’t think I was comparing myself with anyone before. Needless to say, my INSECURITIES GOT MAGNIFIED in that lens! It was zoomed in x1000! But you know what? I truly believe with my whole heart ❤️ God will do that. I know for myself, it happens almost every single time! Here is something I learned—when God begins to raise the bar in your life you need to climb higher and you need to flex more muscle in order to get to where He needs you to be! If you don’t have the muscle for it then you need to build that muscle or you won’t be able to reach the bar!

Let’s take a look at what the Word says:
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
Galatians‬ ‭5:25-26‬ ‭MSG

There it is! We have chosen to live this life as disciples of Jesus. He instructs us to work out every single detail of our lives, not just some. We need to take a hard look at all areas of our lives so that we can continue to walk in this life that He has called us to! SIDENOTE: Can we take a moment to appreciate that the Bible says “work out” and “compare” in the same verse? He knew about my struggle with exercise before I even did! 😅

In order to grow we need to see where we’ve been lacking. I stopped being goal oriented person somewhere along the way. I only came to this realization when I began to look through the right lens. Now I didn’t understand this out of hurt or embarrassment. I understood because God placed some one who truly cares about me in my life to tell me the TRUTH even tho I wanted to cover my ears the whole time!

I’ve realized that I’m who needs to work a little bit harder on committing to goals. I used to be really great at achieving goals in the past, but I had gotten completely comfortable with my limits. I just decided to live in that comfort and only focus on the things I knew I was good at.

Honestly I could still do that today but this blog post is about seeing through Gods lens. Allowing Him to expose my weaknesses and knowing that’s the only way He can fill our cup! We need to continue growing and we should all want to know He’s calling us: Spirit, Soul, & Body.

The funniest thing about all of this exactly a year ago I wrote about this same thing, but was still not being a good watchman over all areas of my life. I can’t compare myself to my boyfriend, my sisters, my friends or even my past self! I mean…I have one friend who can do amazing flips 🤸🏻‍♀️ and I’m definitely not gonna compare in that area—I will stay in my lane. 😂

I truly believe God brought the right people in my life to keep me accountable and to be good watchmen with me. We aren’t called to do anything alone. In order to move forward in life we cannot ever focus on things through the lens of comparison. Instead, we need to constantly see ourselves through God’s Lens!

#BlogTakeover 🎄HOLIDAY EDITION❄️

#BlogTakeover

“Trust Me Babygirl, Your Heart Matters”

By: @ChannyBooCakes

What’s good people!? 🗣This is a public service announcement—Blog With Lexi is in full takeover mode!! It’s me, Channy Boo Cakes..poppin off your page! 😆

I want to share my heart with you guys for a minute. You see, right now in this season of my life, God has been asking me to lay my heart down at the altar. Most specifically, with regard to relationships and future husband kine tings. Have I been able to do it? 🥴PHEW! She is TRYING—trust me. But it has me put puttin’ along on the struggle bus. 🚌

Honestly, my feelings have been getting the better of me for a few weeks now. You know the kind I mean. When you see the person who you THINK makes your heart go pitter patter so you get all giddy about it and then the Holy Spirit says “PUMP YOUR BREAKS SIIIIIS!”☝🏼😌 (Yes, this is how He speaks to me and I can’t get enough of it!)

But through speaking with my gorgeously stunning powerfully anointed leader, she’s been reminding me that all God wants, is my heart. That laying it down at the alter means allowing Jesus to polish it, give it a nice shine, and wrap it up beautifully for the man that HE has for me. She reminded me of an IGTV I did about the song Hallelujah Here Below. That we are an altar of broken stones— but Jesus delights in the offering. The same morning that she reminded me of this…God gave me a rhema word from Malachi 1:11 (MSG):

“I am honored all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship me all over the world, who honor me by bringing their best to me. They’re saying it everywhere: ‘God is greater, this GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies.’”

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Wow!! How incredible. I always want to give Him my absolute BEST offering. Because He takes that offering and transforms it into something fit for His use!

Why am I sharing all of this with you? Because the Holy Spirit asked me to be transparent in the most uncomfortable way…and I cannot tell Him no. I’m also sharing to remind you of what God said to me—“Trust me, Babygirl…your heart MATTERS. This is why I’m asking you to offer it up to me..because it is the ultimate best that you have to offer.”

Me Ke Aloha,

Channy 🌺

Trust: own your season!

I know the last time I shared with you that I would give my Rhema word!

So the Rhema I received for 2018 which carried into my 2019 was Matthew 5:8

““What bliss you experience when your heart is pure! For then your eyes will open to see more and more of God.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

So as I began to deal with my heart I had a lot of good sources helping me deal with what was happening in there.

I began to understand so many things about my self image… I wasn’t seeing myself the Way God saw and has always seen me, I was seeing myself as someone who wanted it all but didn’t have anything to change. There were many insecurities seeping out of my heart ❤️ that I never wanted to see. I was being unraveled unthreaded!

God exposed me in my garden which I didn’t even know I had. He showed me in the secret place with Him that I needed to be able to go there! He so lovingly showed me truth in a blissful way yet it was so painful.

In even tough Season and just every season there are adjustments needed to be made always a lesson to be learned to grow!!! So when I was in this time and God began reveal how and where I needed to trust. It was far before I thought I needed to . It was a time I was falling yet I didn’t think I was. Right when this season began in me God sent someone to speak to me and in my own words “Get up girl I’m gonna walk you through this lovingly yet it will be painful but its okay.”

A mentor in my life Leala Lamarche  ( you may know her she’s poured out in so many lives and never asks for anything in return) sent me this message I’m only gonna share with you a portion..

but she said this :

“You’re more than qualified so be fearless in trusting God’s leading just as you have been this past year. You’ve submitted & allowed God to shape & sculpt to show the masterpiece that was always there. ” 

So there we have Trust again… this came like a beautiful word not walking blindly but trusting by faith that God had me no matter this I felt. In this season I got a “no” and I was looking for a “yes” it’s your time. The “no’s” bummed me out more than anything and yet I still wanted to use my faith to declare it would be a yes but really it wasn’t my “yes”.. your yes may not look like the package you’ve imagined but can I say to you that the “yes” will surprise you like you’ve never imagined and it will be a delighted surprise.

So I want to challenge you get a Rhema for your season.. own what he’s exposed in you and know that it’s not the end baby it’s just the beginning!

Your yes and trust that God has this set for you!

Love you friend!

Trust: part one

First the pictures then the Blog!

So then the blog…

I’m learning so much to trust

First: of all to trust Jesus with my life and everything that entails (details 😅)

Second: to trust the word he’s given me

Third: to trust even when you see the promise show it’s head! Like a little sneak peek or even if you’re amongst the promise!

Do any of You understand what I’m saying? If at any point you do.. comment below okay…

So my process: Where “trust” began from the very beginning that’s why this is a series. Because there will be many part..

So it all began in the beginning of 2019 unfolding different areas I was needing to conquer in my identity, in my security, in my spirit, in my ministry just everything.

As I was conquering I needed to stand on a Rhema word but I didn’t have one for all of this so I would just read.. then I got my Rhema from 2018 and wrote it out and God just unfolded that word for my 2019 but unraveled it a bit more for me.

““What bliss you experience when your heart is pure! For then your eyes will open to see more and more of God.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭TPT‬‬

So there was my rhema and God began talking to me about “matters of the heart” not just for a future husband or that kinda Love, but because God cares about our lives. The heart and mind work in function to your way of life! I think I did a blog that talked about the function of your heart. Anyways If I did or didn’t I’ll reiterate it here…

Some facts I got from google cause I’m no Doctor!

What is the main function of the heart?

The human heart is an organ that pumps blood throughout the body via the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. … “If [the heart] is not able to supply blood to the organs and tissues, they’ll die.”

So like the function of the heart and the simple way it can die without getting that oxygen. Jesus needed to be and needs to be my everything he needs to be my OXYGEN!

So my Rhema for 2018 needed to be carried into my 2019 because all of the areas that my heart needed revival my life needed It. So I needed

To TRUST the process JESUS has me in!

Alright that’s part one and we will continue!

We’re not done here we will be back talking more in more details! Maybe the next will be a video!

Finish with no Vacancy

Hey guys it’s lexi here.. a couple of months ago during the g12 conference hawaii I was asked a log with so many other incredible People from my church (Word of Life christian Center). Anyways I wrote this and got share it on our countdown to our conference and I’m so excited to share with you all enjoy!

Scripture: Matthew 19:14 The Passion Translation (TPT)

14 Jesus overheard them and said, “I want little children to come

to me, so never interfere with them when they want to come, for

heaven’s kingdom realm is composed of beloved ones[a] like

these! Listen to this truth: No one will enter the kingdom realm of

heaven unless he becomes like one of these!”[b]

Daily… Jesus is calling and I believe his ultimate desire is your “WANT” for Him to be greater than your NEED. God wants us to draw near. In that secret place he always finishes what he’s begun in you. It’s through your journey with Him, Jesus takes you to that deep place. Did you know there’s always more? Did you know He wants to be with you all the time? Did you know He wants you to take time out of your day and just be with Him. So go ahead and be with Jesus. He’s there with you! It’s that drawing near of a child that you can just go right there to Him! Jumping in His arms! Going back to the start is being that child again, its being right there where nothing stopped you from getting you healing… because all you wanted was your daddy. Nothing stopped your embrace, because you’re a child… so you went running to Him! It’s there in the Child like faith of running to Him we find everything we ever needed.

Something to think about:

Go ahead and be with your Jesus. Make him your favorite, because you are His. He created you in His image (Genesis 1:27). I’m reminded of my Momma sharing a story with me about me, and she said, “It was when you were 3 years old we were in a line at McDonalds. I shouted… Momma please tell that lady, “Jesus loves her.” The Holy Spirit just reminds me daily of what he wants me to do and that he never leaves me. I get to that place when I become a child in His arms!

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Declaration:

“Because I am a child of God. I can receive all he has for me and feel his warm embrace with everything I do.”

back to the Garden! Return!

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True Surrender is Death to all… where does the Best death come from? in the Garden! Where did Jesus Die? He died on the Cross of course but he broke in the Garden of Gethsemane. He’s taking us back which should’ve never left that which is the BLOOD! 

Surender is the Death 

Surrender is purity coming full circle 

Because God is constantly testing and probing the heart that this thing, this discipleship, this devotional, this time spend a way with him os coming full circle all to encompass Him or for you getting something. 

INVITE PEOPLE TO BE WITH JESUS TO LIVE AND TO DIE WITH HIM! 

 

Are you ready to die? “Follow”  this sounds a little intense but just stick with me. 

There comes a time in our Lives where the Lord wants to help equip us in so many areas in our Lives. He’s wanting to show you and me Him complete in us. 

There is a album that I meditated on when I went through a season of dying and it was the “dwell” album 

There is a part in the song that says this… take a look

“ Just like a dear thirst for the water, I will follow. Just like children dance with their father I will follow you can count on me. You take the lead I’ll stay in your shadow, I will follow”.

Obedience is to follow but the desire is there to follow. Its this place whatever you want me to do Jesus Lets go for it.

Surender is the Death.

He is Constantly speaking to us and speaking directly to our hearts about what we need to really need t adjust and usually it means this

You find Strength in your absolute brokenness. I never really understood what it really meant to die to everything meant but there is always something that the spirit of the Lord is wanting to for us to surrender. When we can come to a place of understanding what it really means to die to something then we get to flourish.

One of my Greatest Mentors Pastor Gloria Salamanca said this…

  1. I;m going to break myself
  2. I am going to Die
  3. I am going to be transformed
  4. and then I can flourish.

-Pastora Gloria Salamanca

How can we flourish is when we truly Die. When we do it ourselves man omgoodness its the best. this afternoon I’ve been just crying and crying in so many ways because this is my hearts cry that what I’m asking for would be so real for me. That I wouldn’t be crying just by my emotions but that I allow this victory to be in me even in the hardest Moments in my Life. When I choose to come full circle I can Break my greatest Jar of alabaster oil and allow my Life to speak for my Heart and purity for the King.

I want to break that down for you because something I was told recently was this by a pastor who shared this He asked His congregation … “why Did Mary break the Alabaster Jar at His (Jesus’) feet?”

I began to ponder on this question myself and the person sharing this story with me shared the answer. The answer was this: Because she by breaking it she couldn’t control where it landed or where it went. So many times we want to give brokenness piece by piece but its meant to be our entire Lives. When you are broken it doesn’t matter where you Land because all for all you belong to Jesus. The death in you in your flesh must come from your heart first and then your mind your thought Life.

I ask this bold question but are you Ready to Go back to the garden and die but to Live for Jesus? whenever you do something for the one you Love its the best brokenness. Can we all stop trying to hold ourselves together when we come before Jesus when thats the place we need to be broken so he can use us!

Psalm 51:17 The Passion Translation (TPT)

17 The fountain of your pleasure is found
in the sacrifice of my shattered heart before you.
You will not despise my tenderness
as I humbly bow down at your feet.