Christian Life


Let your yes be yes and your no, no (Matthew 5:36-37).

Being your authentic self requires being honest with who you are on the inside. I can dress everything up on the outside, but it is worthless if my inside doesn’t match what others see. After all, I may fool people for a while, but I NEVER fool God. It’s like telling your child to clean their room and their solution is to push/pile everything into the closet – out of sight, out of mind. But the clutter is still there. `

Pleasing God must be my first priority. As I allow Him to refine (burn off) my rough edges, my character becomes stronger and my light shines a lot brighter. As my light shines brightly, others become curious and are drawn to HIM in me. May I always want to please HIM in every way, ensuring that in my lifestyle ‘yes,’ is ‘yes’ and no is no.

About Author

Karen is an Associate Pastor at CrossWord Christian Church in Moreno Valley, CA. She is also the dynamic leader of the Winsome Women's Ministry there. Karen is also a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula. In addition to walking in her purpose as a doula and encourager, she is the proud wife of Bishop L. Kirk Sykes, a beloved mother of 5, and "Mim" to six grandchildren.

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