Straight Talk Thursdays – God I’m Not Good Enough

Have you ever felt like you were not good enough for the purpose that God has called you for? Ever felt like your past or present state has somehow disqualified you from what God has told you to do? In this Straight Talk Thurs video I want to encourage you that you are not too inadequate for the purpose that God has called you for no matter where you have been or what you have done. It took me three years to start this blog because I felt the exact same way. God also showed me that there were other people in the bible who also felt like they weren’t good enough and we can all learn from their story what God thinks about that.  I hope this video encourages you.

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Gigi Jones

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Encourage Yourself

I was sitting in the hospital over the weekend due to having suicidal thoughts wondering why I was here again. I had just been admitted back in October of 2015 and put on medication, and after only 3 weeks I had come off the medication and had been handling my thoughts and emotions very well considering I was pregnant. Yet here I was again in the hospital seeking to be put back on my medication.

Needless to say I felt like a failure.

I felt inadequate as a wife because I was having a hard time handling life’s circumstances and stressors, I felt inadequate as a mother because I wanted to kill myself with my precious baby girl inside of me at 7 months pregnant, and I felt inadequate as a Christian because I had been neglecting my relationship with God.

As I sat in the hospital contemplating these things, my husband encouraged me to read my bible. He knew that I had been neglecting my relationship with God lately and that I needed some re-direction so he told me to read Ephesians 4 and that we would discuss it later. The verse that really jumped out at me and really encouraged me in that moment was Ephesians 4:29. Continue reading

A Prayer For When The Road Gets Rough

I wrote out this prayer as a prayer of encouragement for myself during a time when I felt weary. I felt like I couldn’t wait any longer for the promises of God and I just wanted to give up.  Instead of throwing in the towel, I decided to use my sword, which is the word of God to defeat the enemy and his attack on my mind.

It does not matter what you may be going through, maybe you’re waiting for a promise from God and it seems like it’s never going to come, or maybe just everyday life may be getting harder and harder. Where ever you are in life, this prayer is a good prayer of declaration using the word of God to speak over your life and into your spirit. Even if you don’t feel different after saying this prayer, just remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17). Just reading the word of God to yourself is strengthening your faith whether you feel like it is or not. I pray that this prayer is a blessing to you like it continues to be for me. Continue reading

Straight Talk Thursdays – A Message To My Single Self

Welcome to another Straight Talk Thursday video!! In this video I talk about 6 things I wish I would have taken to heart while I was single before getting married. When I was single I was so focused on my desire to be married that I didn’t fully allow myself to enjoy or be content in my singleness. If I could go back in time and give myself a talk, these are the things I would say to me. Enjoy!

*This video was posted on YouTube Thursday April 17th.

Givin’ It To You Straight,

Gigi Jones

Straight Talk Thursdays – Mental Illness In The Church

I have started a YouTube series called Straight Talk Thursdays where I will be discussing various topics that I have on my heart or that the Lord places on my heart to speak about. In today’s video, which was posted on YouTube April 7th, I talk about how mental illness is commonly looked at within the church, my personal struggle with anxiety and depression, and how God used medication as a tool in my deliverance. I also make a reference in my video to an article written about Tasha Cobbs where she talks about her personal struggle with depression and how the church needs to open up more about this particular issue.

To view that article on Tasha Cobb’s interview click the link below.

Gospel Singer Tasha Cobbs Opens Up About Living With Depression

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Givin’ It To You Straight,

Gigi Jones

God, You Owe Me Something.

Have you ever felt like God owed you something for doing the right thing, or living the right way? I know I can’t be the only one who has felt this way before.  Today I want to write about a personal experience that I’ve had about how sometimes as Christians, if we’re not careful, we can begin to feel like we deserve certain things or that God owes us certain things for “good behavior.”

Now, this may not be the case with everyone, but that was the case with me and boy did God slap me with his word to get me together. The area I struggled with was marriage. I felt like I deserved a good husband and that I deserved to be married and not have to wait because I had stayed a virgin. Continue reading

Living In The Land Of Guilt

I was listening to Songza one day, a song app much like Pandora except better, when No Condemnation by Anthony Evans came on. The song didn’t really grab my attention initially. I was more so passively listening to it as I was preparing my things to leave from work.  It wasn’t until the voice of a woman delivering a short message came on that this song had my full attention.  She said,

“One of the main ways that the enemy will paralyze, and disable, and disarm the people of God is to put a burden of guilt and shame on them, but the weight of our sin it’s no longer ours to bear. Our savior took it all, he paid the full price on Calvary and the enemy knows that if you ever really grab ahold of that truth, you’ll really be victorious.  And here’s the truth, there is therefore now no condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus.  So be free my friend, be free.” Continue reading

Allow The Holy Ghost To Do His Job

Throughout my walk with Christ I have noticed that one of the issues we have sometimes is wanting to force the image of Christ on to others, or wanting to force them into doing the right thing. I myself have been guilty as charged.

As soon as someone comes to Christ we want to change how they dress, how they carry themselves, and what they do and that is not our place.

Sometimes it’s done with good intentions because we care about the person and want to see them do the right thing. Other times it’s done from a place of religiousness, thinking that unless a person changes on the outside than they’re not changed on the inside. Continue reading

Freedom From What’s Known – Going From Known Bondage to Unknown Freedom

The difference between known bondage and unknown freedom is the difference between being comfortable where you are because it’s familiar and moving forward into unknown territory where there’s freedom. How many times have we as women chosen to stay in something that we really didn’t want to stay in because it was comfortable, or because we knew what we would get instead of moving forward into the unknown where there was freedom? Continue reading

Being Disciplined By God

Do you remember when you were younger and got spankings? Boy do I remember, my mother did not play. I HATED getting spankings and I would always silently say to myself, if that woman (yes she was “that woman” not my mother when I was being disciplined) loved me she would not spank me.

Sounds like something you may have said?

Even if you didn’t get spankings I’m sure you got disciplined by your parents some kind of way and shared the same sentiment. I remember I couldn’t wait until I became an adult so that I could do what I wanted to do and I wouldn’t have to go through being disciplined by my parents anymore.  When I became a Christian I got a rude awakening. Continue reading