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Choose Your Battles Wisely

Choose Your Battles Wisely

Lesson 10: Choose Your Battles Wisely. Every battle isn't worth fighting. Sometimes people just know they can do things to get a reaction out of you. If you do have to go into Battle, choose your weapons/plan of attack wisely. Sometimes you can cause your own defeat because of the choices you make. Sometimes God just needs you to Be still while He does the fighting for you. Learn when you need to fight and when you don't.

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Don't Just Treat The Symptoms

Don't Just Treat The Symptoms

Lesson 6: You can't just treat the symptoms, you've got to treat the cause of the issue- I always thought if I could stop the tears then I would be better, but what I found was that the tears were just a symptom of all the hurt and pain that I was holding in. Once I found out what was causing the tears, the anger, and all the other symptoms I was finally able to be free! It may take some digging and dealing with some things that you tried to forget but once you deal with the cause your healing will begin to take place

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Forgive Yourself

Forgive Yourself

Lesson 7: Forgive Yourself. So many times we put our focus on forgiving others that we don't see that we need to look in the mirror and forgive ourselves. That bad decision, the missed opportunity, the guilt, the shame...whatever it is FORGIVE YOURSELF!

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Stop Settling

Stop Settling

Lesson 8: Stop Settling. I gave up on so many goals because I was scared; I didn't think I could accomplish them. "I'll just take the route that I know I will be able to get down the easiest." I wasted so much time in "relationships" I knew were going nowhere. Why? Because I was settling and in the end I was the one who ended up hurt and unhappy with my life. STOP SETTLING AND START LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST POTENTIAL

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You Can't Please Everybody

You Can't Please Everybody

Lesson 9: You can't please everybody-you're not a puppet that's on a string for the pleasure of others. You're human, you'll make mistakes. You'll make decisions that even the ones closest to you won't agree with. You won't do everything how someone else would prefer you to do it.And that's ok. If you live your life constantly conforming to everybody else's standards, wants, needs, and desires you'll never know who you truly are. Stop doing everything to make everyone else happy. You'll only end up being unhappy yourself.

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God's Timing Is Perfect

Lesson 11:  The lalst four months have been ROUGH.  I was supposed to be walking into 2015 quite differently (or so I thought).  My engagement was called off, I was in two car accidents within three weeks of each other, I was turned down for several positions I felt that I was the best candidate for.  But through it all, I learned that God's timing is PERFECT.  Everything, I've gone through was designed for a specific time and for a specific reason.  I'm looking forward to the greater that is in store for me in 2015.  Wishing you all a blessed and prosperous New Year!

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Fresh Start

Fresh Start

Lesson 12: Every day presents the opportunity for a fresh start- I set goals for myself all the time; I'm going to work out daily, read my bible daily, I'm going to eat better, I won't cuss as much. And truthfully, I fail daily. But what I've found is even if I don't make the mark today, tomorrow is a new day and I have a new opportunity to try again. Daily I'm forgiven for the things that I do. Why carry the guilt and shame from yesterday into today if you don't have to? Every day that you wake up, realize you were blessed with another opportunity for a FRESH START.

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Learn How To Get Comfortable With The Silence

Learn How To Get Comfortable With The Silence

Lesson 13: Learn how to get comfortable with Silence. We live in a time where we are always on the go, always doing something. Work, school, church, friends, kids, family all need our attention. Instagram, fb, Twitter, snapchat have become our focus.If you're not talking on the phone, you're listening to music, watching tv. And when all that stops and it's quiet you can't handle the silence. I had to learn how to put everything to the side and get comfortable with the silence. In those silent moments, I felt so much peace. In the silence I could clearly hear God speak to me. Don't fear the silent moments, embrace them.

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Don't Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Don't Stretch Yourself Too Thin

Lesson 14: Don't stretch yourself too thin, you just might break. I broke. I was doing everything for everybody but me. I was constantly on the run and neglecting the person I really needed to take care of, me. And eventually I was being pulled in every direction until I broke. I am still learning how to PRIORITIZE, how to say NO, and what I can and cannot handle so that I don't get to a breaking point again.

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Let God Be God

Let God Be God

Lesson 15: you've got to let GOD, Be GOD - someone once asked me who God was to me and my quick response was "He is the head of my life." But when I sat down and really analyzed things I wasn't allowing Him to be so. So many things haven't gone how I wanted. I don't have the job I want, I don't make what I feel like I deserve, I feel like I should be in a different place in my life. But what I had to realize is Jasmine isn't God. And when I stopped trying to control everything and let God be God things began to change. Do I have my moments where I think I can do everything on my own ? YES! But I am quickly reminded that I just have to let God be GOD!

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Pay Attention To The Signs

Pay Attention To The Signs

Lesson 16: Pay attention to the signs ↗️↘️↗️↘️- when you're driving on the highway there are multiple signs that signal that your destination is getting closer, but if you so happen to get off on the wrong exit you'll have to take a different (and sometimes longer) route to get to your where you're going. When you're driving on the highway of life, God always sends you signs but if you misinterpret the sign and try to make your own way you usually end up causing yourself more headache and heart ache and delay yourself from getting to where God was trying to take you. Pay attention to the signs but be patient and let God direct you to the final destination

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Your Strength Is Not A Curse

Your Strength Is Not A Curse

Lesson 17: Your strength is NOT a curse...I've been through a lot in my almost 26 years of life. Some things I have shared and others I have kept to myself. But with the things that people know I always hear "you're such a STRONG person" and for a while I hated to hear it. It seemed like I have been going through so much and constantly having to be strong. I asked God why did He give me so much strength to endure everything I've been through? Then I realized that my strength wasn't a curse, but it was a blessing. It's a part of my purpose. God gives His hardest battles to his STRONGEST soldiers. Be proud of the strength you possess.

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You Can't Put A Filter On Life

You Can't Put A Filter On Life

Lesson 18: You can't put a filter on life. Filters were made to change the effects on a picture.filters can take your color picture and turn it to black and white, or take your new photo and make it look old. You can bring the focus to one particular area of the picture. But life isn't a picture that you can enhance to your liking; to make it fit what you want the world to see. Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, good and bad, but it's all meant for a purpose. But if you try to cover it with a filter, you could hinder yourself from growing, learning, and healing.

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Holding It In Is Only Hurting You

Holding It In Is Only Hurting You

Lesson 19: Holding it in is only hurting you: somewhere along the lines I lost my voice. I felt like what I had to say didn't matter. So i started to hold everything in. People could read my emotions and knew I had a lot to say but I still wouldn't say anything. And what I came to realize I was only hurting myself. The other people moved on with their lives because they said what they wanted while I was left with the thoughts festering in my head. Though I still struggle with voicing how I feel at times, I've learned that speaking how I feel can actually bring more resolutions than not saying anything at all. Don't continue to hurt yourself by holding all your hurt in. 

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You've Got To Learn Who Really Supports You And Who Is Weighing You Down

You've Got To Learn Who Really Supports You And Who Is Weighing You Down

Lesson 20: You've got learn who really supports you and who is weighing you down- in this season of my life I am ridding myself of any "friendships" that aren't benefitting my life. I'd rather have the support of a few rather than to be weighed down by the pointless, meaningless friendships of many. I only need those who are there to uplift, motivate and help me and that I can do the same for.

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Failure Is Not An Option

Failure Is Not An Option

Lesson 21: failure is not an option. When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter I thought my world had come to an end. How was I going to finish school and be able to provide for her all at the same time? I thought about just giving up because society told me that I couldn't make but then I realized I couldn't give up. I had someone who needed me and needed to see that you can achieve ANYTHING you put your heart to no matter what you're facing. I may not get it how I want to the first time or the second and maybe not even the third time but I refuse to just give up. Success isn't about how quickly you get to your desired goal it's about the fact that you completed whatever you set out to achieve no matter how long it takes; no matter what or who tries to stop you. When you feel like giving up just remember all the reasons you have to keep going. Failure is NOT an option

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Stop Playing The Victim

Stop Playing The Victim

Lesson 22: Stop Playing the Victim. So many times we block our growth because we want to play the victim instead of realizing that we are a victor. The enemy doesn't want you to see that you are an overcomer, that you are a winner. He just wants you to focus on what you've lost, that you were hurt, that things didn't go your way. When you realize that even though you had to go through hell, take a few detours, lose a few relationships, be turned down for some opportunities that you thought you were qualified for and that you still made it through and you're still blessed you will stop living in defeat and begin living in victory!

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Don't Get Lost In The Lies

Don't Get Lost In The Lies

Lesson 23: Don't Get Lost in the Lies- people seem to think they know your life better than you know your own. I've heard so many false things about myself that it's ridiculous, but for a while I began to believe these lies rather to believe the truth I knew about myself. I lost myself. Mentally I was fighting the lies. Physically I was trying to fight the people who were saying these things. I no longer knew who I was. But once I realized that I didn't have to fight and that as long as I walked in truth and let my actions speak for who I was those lies didn't matter.

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Don't Make A Permanent Decision Based On Temporary Circumstances

Don't Make A Permanent Decision Based On Temporary Circumstances

Lesson 24: Don't Make a Permanent Decision Based on Temporary Circumstances: have you considered how the decisions you will make could impact others around you? Have you considered how the decisions you make will impact you for one week, one month, one year?For me I had to consider how taking my own life would impact my family, my friends, & others around me. Was it worth it to take my life because things weren't going the way I wanted them to go at that exact moment? For you could it be is/was it worth it to cuss that person out? Fight that person? Spread that rumor? When you sit back and re-evaluate whatever situation you have been facing consider if the choices you are making are necessary. Sometimes, we don't need to take any action or change the choice you are making to a more positive one.

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Tear Down The Walls

Tear Down The Walls

Lesson 25: Tear Down the Walls- somewhere along the way I developed this defense mechanism where the minute I felt like I was going to be hurt by someone I would start to build up a wall towards them. And although it is easy to put them, they're even harder to tear down. I became more and more fearful with every encounter. I'm sure along the way i blocked out harmless people just because I was scared they would hurt me. Walls block out everything that's trying to get in. Yes they block out the bad things but they also block out the good, as well. Tear down the walls, stop living in fear, and let life come as it may. You will always deal with some form of hurt but the walls will keep you blocked in and away from the blessings you are to receive if you keep them up.

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