Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Enjoying the Journey


Before the weekend approaches, I learned another valuable lesson that I wanted to share.

When I write my devotionals, I typically write out everything and then go back to fix, rearrange and edit it. Many times after sending it, I realize that there were several typos and grammatical errors. I get irritated and beat myself up over it and then if someone sends me a message pointing out the errors, mainly one of them being my sixteen year old. She loves grammar so much that she is nicknamed “The Grammar Nazi.” I have learned more about grammar from my sixteen year old than I ever learned from school.

I appreciate the art of grammar and value the literary world but I also often tell her that sometimes while focusing on the imperfections you miss the message. While focusing on the flaws, you may lose appreciation of the beauty. While being so busy with details, you can become distracted and lose the lesson. While walking down a broken, dirt covered path, you forget to look up at the beautiful scenery surrounding you.

This can come in many forms.

For example, I love to be a hospitable host. When people visit, I like to have the food perfect, the atmosphere relaxed and I want them to feel welcome. Sometimes I am so busy focused on perfecting that I never really get to enjoy their company.
I have witnessed many bride- to-be’s doing the exact same thing. They get so focused on the details of the wedding planning that the engagement period is diluted into stress and worry taking focus off of the marriage. The wedding is the ceremony that is in celebration of the marriage and only lasts a few hours but the marriage is a lifetime.

So I ask you before leaving for the weekend, “What is more important- The journey or the destination?” I encourage you to enjoy your life’s journey and all of the flaws, mistakes and trials that come along with it. Embrace those that you love and enjoy their company and embrace those that challenge you as they make you stronger. The beauty of our life is that it is unpredictable, our mistakes become our lessons and we never know when it is going to end.

If you see typos in my devotionals, just laugh it off. One thing I know for sure is that my typos are there to remind me that I still have a long way to go on my journey, but I am enjoying the ride!

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:38-42

Have a blessed weekend!

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

God's Jesters




Do you sometimes find yourself in situations that you wonder how you got into them, yet again? You just wanted to have fun. The next thing you know, you woke up somewhere that you did not plan on. After the party is over, you are left with a spirit of brokeness. It overwhelms you with feelings of guilt, inadequacy, insecurity and unworthiness? You think, "How could I be so foolish?"

These are God’s jesters. They are the people who bring us our happiest memories in our lives; the life of the party that always bring jokes and fun. They make you laugh so hard that your stomach hurts with their wit, charm and sense of humor. They love to socialize and party. They are spontaneous, free-spirited and love to live life on the edge. Their downfall is that they tend to juggle with sin that sometimes lead them to make foolish decisions that bring serious repercussions. The same virtue that makes them a ball of joy is the same virtue that makes them susceptible and vulnerable to sin. Life would be boring without the jesters, wouldn’t it?

These are the fools that God so loves and are often called for a divine purpose. They have a spark and charm within that call attention to the masses because of their vibrant spirit. God calls the foolish to turn to Him to show the power of His spirit. So if you see yourself as a jester, don’t be mistaken, you have a divine calling. God calls the foolish because He wishes to transform them into the wise.

God specializes in super-natural transformation. What once was, will longer be with the power of God!

Read and meditate on the scripture below:

“Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:20-31

Have a blessed week!

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Red Pill = Truth


The concept of the "red pill" in the 1999 film “The Matrix”. A hacker named Morpheus offers a choice to the film's protagonist, Neo, to take the blue pill, where "the story ends, you wake up in your comfortable bed and believe whatever you want to believe", or to take the red pill, where "you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbithole goes." - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Working in the industry that I work in and the communities that I serve, I have seen society deteriorate at a disturbing rate that is hard to keep up with. I believe that it may be due to our “need for speed” or in other words, our desire for instant gratification. This is the world of the blue pill. It makes you comfortable and life extremely convenient but it also supresses the truth. It's a false reality.

The red pill is truth. Can you handle the truth?

We live in an age of technology and convenience. As a child, I remember when we had to get up and turn the knob on the television, turn the dial on the rotary phone and if we needed to communicate from a distance, we probably had to handwrite a letter and send it through the mail. We had to wait for a video or cassette tape to rewind in order to watch or listen to it. If we needed to do research, we actually had to go to our local library and look through the index catalogs. We would cook our food more times than not, work a paper route to get something as small as a pair of Converse and more than half of my friends came from two parent households. Today, we have remote controls, plasma T.V’s, cell phones, laptops, internet, email, iPods, fast-food, prescription drugs, Google and single parent households are the normal family structure. We even want instant salvation without picking up the cross and the burden of carrying it.

So you may be asking, “How does this relate?”

When everything is at our fingertips, some of our most precious and valued fruits of the spirit are suppressed such as patience, contentment and gratitude. Not only does it suppress those virtues, but it also breeds bad character traits such as anger, selfishness and shallow desires. If we sit in traffic too long, we scream and shout. If the internet isn’t fast enough, we get irritated. If we have marital troubles, we file for divorce, if we don’t watch our step and trip in a grocery store, we file a lawsuit.

We live in a world where everything can be upgraded and replaced. The billboards, commercials and music lyrics surround us with messages of materialism and encourages us to upgrade. If you don’t like it, upgrade. If it gets old and boring, upgrade. If it requires too much maintenance, upgrade.

Instant gratification pours over into relationships and finances. Don’t believe me?

• We have the highest Bankruptcy filings ever in U.S. history.
• We have the highest Foreclosure rate ever in U.S. history.
• We have the highest Divorce rate in U.S. history.
• Single parent household count for 40% of all families in the U.S.

In January 2009, Apple made one of the highest net profits in history. If you remember this time period, it was also a time of economic disaster. Although our neighbors, families and friends were unemployed and on the verge of homelessness, we still bought iphones and ipods. It makes me wonder where the next generation is heading. If you don’t know how to wait on anything, how will you ever learn about patience, contentment and gratitude? At the rate of the bulleted stats above, I’m afraid two parent households and personal accountability will be a thing of the past. Satan is busy at work. With the second arrival of Christ, he is attempting to fill our heads and spirits will unnecessary clutter and noise to distract us from Christ.

He will not stop until our homes are filled with materialistic designer clothing that we cannot afford yet our home and our neighbors home is in foreclosure, our children are fatherless and we care so much about instantly gratifying our desires, that we forget that we are servants of Christ.

I encourage you this week to take a look at your life. Are you content or are you always looking for the next best thing? What is more important to you? A home full of “things”or heart full of joy? Are you falling into Satan’s trap or are you following the footsteps of Christ?

Excerpts from the Matrix:


Morpheus: Let me tell you why you're here. You're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
Neo: The Matrix.
Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is?
Neo: Yes.
Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind.

“Therefore, rejecting all falsity and being done now with it, let everyone express the truth with his neighbor, for we are all parts of one body and members one of another.” Ephesians 4:25

Have a blessed week!

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Highway of Life


Last night after I left work, I was rushing to get home so that my son could get in at least one hour of swim-time before the pool closed and I was stopped three times. Once by construction, the second by a car accident and then a third by a train. My twenty-five minute commute turned into an hour. I found myself aggravated until I pulled up to the accident scene and saw that someone was hurt and the woman was standing outside of her car crying. I immediately felt guilty.

It made me think. Life is much like a highway. We all share the journey and arrive at a destination. As I sat there waiting on traffic I noticed two things:

The Drivers:

Some want to rush through traffic as fast as they can, not appreciating the sunrises or sunsets on the way. Some go too slow missing entrance and exit ramps called opportunity. Some of us drive and get aggravated at other drivers because we have somewhere to be, honking the horn, cursing and screaming making all kinds of unnecessary noise. There are those that take short cuts, cutting off people who were in the lane first, making U-turns, ignoring stop signs and red lights.

There are those who are so focused on their own journey that they ignore others attempts to pull into a lane that they having been patiently waiting for. There are those that are very generous, always allowing other to pull in front of them or stop and help someone who is stalled along side of the road.

The Signs:

The stoplights and stop signs are there to remind us that everyone gets a turn. When it’s your turn, the light will be green, when it’s not, the light will be red. Then there is the yellow light reminding you to take caution before proceeding. The stop signs tell us to stop first, look both ways, then proceed.

The highway signs are a guide telling us where to go and how to get there. Sometimes we pay attention and sometimes we ignore them but it doesn’t negate the fact that they exist. We just need to look up.

The construction and detour signs are such a pain and they are so inconvenient. Without construction, there would be no roads to drive on or bridges to cross. They exist to pave a path to our destination. Yes, they sometimes make us late to our destination, but maybe that is the plan. Maybe that construction and detour signs are there to show us another way. It may not be convenient but the path we are on is too dangerous to drive on.

The funerals, fire-truck, ambulance and police sirens. Why does it seem like whenever you are in a hurry, that you run into one? They are there coming to the rescue of someone who had a rougher road than you. They need help. While you are there complaining about those sirens, someone is facing a life and/or death situation.

The police radars and speed limit signs. It seems like they exist just to harass you but what if they were gone? You wouldn’t have anything to remind you to slow down on your journey. Going too fast can cause accidents and a lot of people can get hurt. They keep you disciplined and accountable.

Last but not least, the construction workers. It seems there is always construction but never any workers. Does that mean that they don’t exist? Of course not. Keeping the road safe for millions of drivers takes a lot of work. Maybe you can’t see them because they are ahead of you clearing the path and building a firm foundation so that you can make it to your destination safely.

I encourage you this week that when you are driving, look around at all the drivers and signs. We all share this journey and we all have destinations so be kind and patient to one another. Take a breath and if you get detoured, that just means that your ultimate construction worker, God is paving your path.

And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:19-20

Have a blessed week!

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Temptation of the Serpent


Have you ever wanted something so bad and you know isn’t good for you but it just seems so irresistible?

This is the Forbidden Fruit that surrounds us in our daily lives.

We always want what we can’t have, aren’t content or happy with what we already have and even though we know it may cost us a great deal, we take a bite anyway.

It’s so beautiful, enticing and tempting, isn’t it? It seduces you with false promises that it is far better than the dull fruit that you have been eating for so long and that once you taste it you’ll never be the same. It carries a haunting glow and sweet aroma making your mouth water and your heart race.

It can take many forms such as fame, fortune, women, men, cars, houses, affairs and careers.

The Forbidden Fruit is there to test our obedience and measures our level of contentment, loyalty, and faith in our lives. It exists to test your mind, body and spirit. It separates the strong from the weak.

Don’t be mistaken. The forbidden fruit is guarded by the serpent, not by God. God never promised that temptation would not come our way, but that he has given the ability to overcome those urges. It is up to us to use it. Temptation is not the sin, submitting to it is.

Take a look at your life. Are there people, places and things that are calling you, begging you and luring you to just come and take a bite? Have there been situations in the past where you finally took a bite and that tiny bite sent poison throughout your veins and caused you to choke to the point that you can’t breathe? That bite took everything you loved and came with a hefty price tag that you couldn’t afford. It didn’t taste as good and was not as delicious as it appeared and the satisfaction was short-lived. Now when you look back, you miss the fruit that you had been eating all along. The fruit that you had was far greater than the forbidden fruit; you just lost your appreciation for what was given freely.

I encourage you this week to take a look at your life. Appreciate all of the beautiful fruit around you. Take care of it. The more you care for the fruit in your life, the more it will flourish. If you are busy gazing at the forbidden fruit, your fruit may be spoiling.

“For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 1 Timothy 1:7

"Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Genesis 3:13

Have a blessed week!


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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Change Starts Within


Have you ever found yourself analyzing others and quickly judging them? You may not speak it but you may certainly be thinking it.

On my way to work this morning, I was running late as usual. (I’m still praying on that one!)

Of course everytime I am running late, I hit every red light on my way. As I pulled up to a red light out of the corner of my eye, I saw a woman applying makeup and texting! The first thought that came to mind was, “Couldn’t she do that at home?” Then it hit me! It was my reflection in an office building window. I felt a sudden embarrassment come over me and then it was followed by guilt. Of all the layers that God is peeling off of me day after day, I still struggle with that nasty sin called pride.

It is so easy to look at others short-comings, faults and behavior. The real revelation comes when we realize that change starts within. Self-Reflection is the harshest reality! How can you change the world if you don't change yourself first?

This week when you find your thoughts critiquing someone, imagine that person being you. In fact, pull out a mirror and look at the reflection.

“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.”

Author Unknown

“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

Have a blessed week!


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President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

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"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The High Price of Fame


I was flipping through channels and there was a show that I came across and watched called “Toddlers & Tiaras.” I was quite disturbed as I watched these little girls forced into beauty pageants undergoing hours and hours of hair, makeup and coaching by their mothers. They had hair extensions, spray on tans, false teeth to replace the missing teeth that most children proudly display, false eyelashes, nails and clothing that you would typically see on Vegas showgirls.

The mothers would either pressure the girls to be something that weren’t and the child would become upset or the mother would cater and bribe the child so that they would comply making the child spoiled with a nasty attitude. The competition is fierce and the pressure to be perfect is very apparent as you look at the child’s faces. I felt sorrow and pity as I watched the torture that they endured attempting to smile through the make-up but found it difficult. Their innocence and inner spirit was being drowned with make-up, glitz and glamour.

This reminds me of Brittany Spears and the grooming that took place when she was a child. She was thrust into the public eye as a pre-teen sexualized for fame and fortune. This was all done at the hands of those who were supposed to protect and raise her up in the way that she should go.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

She became an American sex symbol that young girls worshiped and idolized and grown men lusted after. If you follow her today, you can pretty much come to a conclusion that none of the beauty, fame nor fortune bought her love, contentment or inner peace.

In fact, many of the childhood celebrities that were thrust in the public eye while their minds and spirits were still developing have had issues with drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, broken relationships and suicide. As they rise to stardom and are idolized, they are surrounded by lights, cameras and fans and they attract people who just want them for what they can get. Then as the beauty, fame and fortune fades and dwindles, they are not accustomed to the loneliness and do not recognize their own reflection. They realize that they were just a product, a novelty for sale and no one ever really knew who they really were as a person. Do they even know who they really are?

This doesn’t just apply to celebrities. The professional sports industry is a very dark industry as well. Fame and fortune arrives with a hefty price-tag. Very few can handle the pressures that come along with it. It’s just like the old saying, “All that glitters ain’t gold!”

Parents, before you thrust your child into the entertainment industry, please think about the cost that comes along with it. What is your child’s soul worth? What is your soul worth? Scripture made it clear as it pertains to thrusting a child into darkness, sin and idolatry.

“But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6


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Have a blessed weekend!

Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

Launching Fall 2010!

"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pretty ain't so Pretty!




I often wonder why girls and young women go through life focusing so much on exterior beauty ignoring their inner beauty. They look in the mirror thinking, “I wish I was prettier.

I have never been a girl with stunning beauty nor have I been a plain Jane. I have just been pretty. In fact every challenge I have come against, people have said, “Well at least you are pretty” as though pretty got me privilege. I realized that focusing primarily on surface level is pointless. It is deceitful, creates false expectations and upsets priorities.

There is a dark side to pretty.

As a little girl, pretty got me preference but preference isn’t so precious when you are preferred by predators. Gazing at you, hovering around you like a vulture waiting to seize the perfect opportunity to devour you. Pretty made me prey.

As a pre-teen pretty came along with harassment and threats. If I spoke to a boy, girls would threaten me and call me all sorts of vulgarities even though they were unmerited. Pretty took my pure intentions of friendship and turned them into paranoia. Pretty made me prisoner.

When I gave up the only thing I ever had that made me feel of great value to a boy that told me he loved me and called me pretty, as soon as I told him I was pregnant, he found someone prettier. Pretty didn’t keep him around. The priceless gift that I gave was pitched in the trash never to be seen again. Pretty wasn’t so priceless.

As an adult, if I got a promotion, people assumed it was because I was pretty; not because I gave 110%, not because if they asked for eight hours, I gave ten; not because I worked with good cheer and an attitude of gratitude. No, it was because I was pretty. Pretty got me prejudice.

As a single mom looking for a complete family, a husband to call my own and a father figure for my children; pretty attracted those who wanted a taste of pretty. To get what they wanted but as soon as they seen that pretty came with a package of three kids, Pretty was too much pressure.

Pretty has made me too plain for the polished and too polished for the plain. I never feel welcomed by either, no matter how hard I tried to blend in, I felt like a pretender.

So before you prefer pretty, remember that pretty brings a whole lot of problems!


“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30


“Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” 1 Peter 3-4

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President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Freaks, Geeks & Weirdos – The Peculiar People




Have you ever felt like you don’t belong or that you are different from everyone else? People call you names reminding you how different you really are?

Earlier this year my son was getting ready for school and came to me saying, “Mommy, I don’t want to go today, everyone thinks I’m a freak!” Ironically, this was the morning after I read that scary book of Deuteronomy. I replied, “That’s great! Freaks are awesome!” He looked at me with a worried look as though he was questioning my sanity. I said, “Sweetheart, the Bible says that you are to be set apart from all the others, to be a peculiar people.” That means that you aren’t to be like everyone else; to be popular with everyone else to be unpopular with God. You aren’t like everyone else because God expects you to be a leader not a follower. You are kind, happy and you like to keep peace. Of course they are going to call you a freak; people criticize what they don’t understand.”

He didn’t believe me so I pulled out my Bible and showed him:

“You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people.” Deuteronomy 14:2

He read it and smiled and went his merry way to school. As he ran out the door, I yelled at him, “Don’t worry, I’m a freak too!”

If you are currently or ever have been called a freak, geek or weirdo, REJOICE! God has called you to be set apart and has great plans for you! You are a chosen one!

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9


Be blessed this week!


Your freaky, geeky and weird servant of Christ,


Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

Launching Fall 2010!

"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Defying Labels


I was coming into work early this week and a co-worker said, “Did you see the butterfly outside?” Intrigued, I went outside by our back entrance and there was the largest most beautiful insect that I had ever seen with wings that were absolutely stunning. I was in awe because as I am drawing closer to the launch of Butterfly Ministries, I am always in prayer asking God to send signs that I’m on the right path so of course, I interpreted this as confirmation that I was indeed, on the right path.

She was sitting on the concrete not moving at all but I could see why as she appeared very pregnant and ready to lay her eggs. I wasn’t going to let her sit there in her weakened state so that a bird or raccoon could come and devour her and all of the cargo that she was carrying. I came into my office and started calling the zoo and exotic animal hospitals to find out what to do because she appeared that she wasn’t from here but someplace warm.

My co-worker put her in a box and brought her to my office. Everyone was gathering to see her and taking pictures. They were amazed at this beautiful creature with a wing span of over 5 inches long. They kept saying, “What a beautiful butterfly!” Then a few others stepped in and snapped back with a snarky, “It’s not a butterfly, it’s only a moth!”

After hearing that, I was hurt. Moths were plain and only came out at night, we found her early morning and she was anything but plain. My co-worker went on google and found out that she was indeed a moth. It also said that she was very rare and after emerging from her cocoon, she doesn’t eat or leave her tree and only lives for a few days to mate, reproduce and pass on. What was amazing is that it was considered rare to see one of them and to find them in an urban community at daylight. We were blessed just by being able to be in her presence and catching a glimpse of her beauty. We found out that she needed to lay her eggs soon and it suggested that we release her in a maple tree. My co-worker and I took her out to a maple tree and put her on a branch. We looked at one another with a feeling of accomplishment and with big smiles as though we were parents saying good-bye to their child.

That experience made me think. When I heard, “It’s not a butterfly, it’s only a moth” I guess underneath, it felt like it was the enemy trying to get in my mind and spirit. I am writing a book on my transformation from caterpillar to a butterfly and preparing for the launch of Butterfly Ministries. I heard, “You’re not a butterfly, you’re only a moth!

All my life there was someone telling me what I wasn’t or couldn’t be. I was told, I’ll never be successful and that I am just another statistic. I may try to be a butterfly, but I should just face it, I'm merely a moth. Moth's live in darkness, so I should just accept my fate.

Although moths may dwell in the dark they are still attracted to light desiring something brighter than the darkness that they live in.

I guess I could relate to that moth. She was found out of her natural habitat and she was pregnant. Did she not realize the risk that she was taking to fly away while she was carrying her eggs? Maybe before she died, she wanted to fly and see the beauty of the sky and the feel the breeze and the warmth of the sunlight. Maybe she wanted a better tree for her eggs than the tree that she had. Maybe she wanted to prove that she wasn’t just a moth, some label that Science put on her, that she wanted to prove that although she may have been born a moth, she was going to transform into a butterfly.

No one ever became great by accepting man made labels. God created the species and man labeled them. Maybe moths really are butterflies.

If God created you to be a butterfly, don’t accept the label of a moth. You are a beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made butterfly.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Satan - The King of all Lies


Have you ever really felt the presence of Satan?


As a child, I remember seeing Satan as a little red man with horns carrying a pitch fork. I remember watching cartoons and when a character was faced with a tough decision, there was always the angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. When I became a Christian, I discovered exactly who Satan was and what he was after. I discovered him because he discovered me. He discovered me because I discovered Christ.

Back in the day I was no threat to him because the odds against me were in his corner but as I overcame and then gave my life to God, I tricked him. When I called God into my life, I didn’t realize that I had also called Satan. God is the leader and creator, Satan is follower and imitator. He follows God and attempts to manipulate the truth by turning them into lies.

He wanted to know who I was. He wondered, “Who does she think she is?” and he wanted to find out exactly what he could dig up and strike my most vulnerable spots as well as where I was the most insecure.

It’s a very hard feeling to describe but the best way I can is that it is as if you feel like you are being watched and studied by a dark force. Not only in a physical sense but in mind and in spirit as though my thoughts and feelings are being studied. It was evident that it was a dark force because I felt violated and threatened. I sometimes felt like my fears and memories were being downloaded like a hacker stealing my identity so that it could be used against me.

I decided that since Satan was getting into my mind, I would attempt to get into his. So I wrote the poem below thinking that two can play at this game. After writing it, it made since as to who Satan really is. Don't fret, God promises to protect us from all dark forces. God is the only one that can take on the enemy. So although, I know I'm being studied, God loves me and has my back!

"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" Romans 8:38

Warning: I encountered demonic dreams for a few days after writing this. I had to really focus on light before entering a dark place of deep thought.


Satan – The King of All Lies

From the beginning of time, I watched you, followed you and studied you.
When you were frightened of that monster under the bed, whispering horrific sounds into your ear?

The bully at school who would tell you all of the things that I wanted you to hear?

Yes, that was me…

introducing you to the spirit of fear.
luring you into a manic depressive state,
Of sorrow, anger and self-hate.
You see there's an art of seduction,
Of grooming, preparation and persuasion,
A slow downward spiral, a festering infection,
Until you to fall into a dark pit of depression
Despair and hopelessness with no direction,
until you succumb to a portal of self decay and addiction.

I am the master of deception.

Look around…
I am in the television you watch, the music that you listen to, the books that you read.
You can run but you can’t hide, or resist the ride
on my carousel of society’s captivity.
Then right when you take a vow of marriage; a covenant of fidelity,

I will strike you with a sin so hot it will set you on fire,
with the sin of aching desire…
inviting and enticing you,
disguising myself with beauty that is pleasing to the eye and pleasure to the touch,
conquering and dominating you with an insatiable appetite of lust,
consuming everything you love and destroying the foundation of trust.

The root of all evil,
corrupting the most noble of men,
Is the love of power and money, the most common of sin.
A temptation so strong with all of all of the trouble it brings…
A magnetic pull of overindulgence on material things.
Under my control, like a puppet on a string.

To keep you the far from God’s grasp,
is vanity and pride,
Humility doesn’t reside with these lingering inside.
They consume your spirit with selfish ambition;
Your goal is a high ranking status of authority and position.
Only giving to feel important or to gain recognition.
You judge others by their faults, but fail to look within.

The most powerful weapon is to convince you that the truth is a lie,
That God doesn’t exist, so when He makes His presence known,
you turn a blind eye.
You refuse to comply and continue to defy,
Your creator and His word and deny the body of Christ,
although to save your very soul,
was the reason why,
that He sacrificed
His only begotten son so that you would have everlasting life.

Who am I?
I have many names that I go by,
Lucifer, Satan, the Devil,
But you can just call me, the king of all lies.


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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Monday, May 17, 2010

A Generation in Need of a Revelation



Do you recognize truth when you hear it?

This process is called Revelation.

Revelation - the speech act of making something evident; the first step in knowing truth.

If you are anything like me, you have had the experience and/or been witness to women having to take the leadership role in families. Most of the time they don’t really have a choice.

It started with our generation. Today’s generation, My generation. The scary part is that we are raising tomorrows generation.

Many of us were raised by single mothers. Fathers are becoming absent from the home more and more. The girls learn to take the leadership role and the boys learn to depend on the woman. To make things worse, they attend daycare centers and schools where the women dominate the workforce. So now as adults, we carry it into our relationships and families. I am a single mother myself. Did it make me stronger as a person, yes. Did I grow into the woman I am because of it? Absolutely. But as for my children, I would have chosen a better path for them. "How I wish I knew then, the things I know now."

FACT: According to Families and Living Arrangements: 2006, there were 12.9 million one-parent families in 2006 — 10.4 million single-mother families and 2.5 million single-father families.

So the question is, “Can single parent households be successful in raising and developing children to become productive adults?”

Yes, Absolutely.

The problem? It is out of spiritual order.

They say that there are 2 types of people. There are leaders and there are followers.

What about the third? A team-player.

There comes a time to follow and a time to lead. But when you work as a team, don’t you find that you are more productive, get more accomplished, you are more developed and well rounded? Being on a team, you learn the importance of communication, trust, conflict resolution and sharing the burdens as well as the rewards of your labor.

As good as a mother that you may be, no matter how good you are, no matter how many football games you attend, no matter how much base you put in your voice, you will never be a man.

As good as a father that you can be, no matter how many ballets recitals, and cheerleading practices you go to, you will never be a woman.

But if you have man and a woman working together nurturing, building and growing, you pass that on and it teaches the value of balance and working as a team. Children learn healthy boundaries and set expectations. They learn how to relate and have an intellectual connection with the opposite sex.

The ways of the world and main-stream media divides us by brain-washing us to thinking we only relate on a surface level. Surface attraction, without the balance of both male/female role models just leads us to experience many unfortunate broken relationships/marriages/families. It's almost like we are pitted against one another to become enemies when we were created to be allies/partners.

"The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7

The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman, for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Genesis 2: 18-24

When God created heaven and earth, the sky and the sea, the birds and the fish, why did He go through all that trouble? For man, for woman, for family. Family was the reason we were created. So why are there so many broken families?

He created Adam from the dust on the earth. He took the woman out of Adams rib. Not to walk ahead of him or behind him; to walk beside him. We were made for each other, to compliment one another, not to compete...but to be a team.

Ladies, we say we want a real man but then try to take the lead when it comes to relationships. You know, we say we are independent, we can do anything a man can do, we don’t need a man, and when a good one comes along that actually treats us with respect and chivalry, well he's too nice. So in essence, we are pushing the men out of their spiritual order. We then waste our time with men who disrespect us, but they disrespect us because we disrespect ourselves, so then we find ourselves in this cycle.

That’s when you refer to truth – The word of God

"A virtuous woman, who can find? For she is worth far more than rubies." Proverbs 31:10

Rubies are considered priceless and precious gems. They are highly desired and they are sought after. Men in history have spent their entire lives digging for gems hoping to find one. There are many pebbles on the ground, but rubies are hard to find and a man is considered blessed when he finds one. Scripture of the Proverbs 31 woman exists to teach women how to become a gem and sets a standard for men on how to recognize one. In fact, Proverbs says she is worth far more than rubies. It means you are of great value and would be an asset to the one who found you. You are to be sought after, pursued and desired because of your virtues. You should not chase a man or have to convince him that you are of great value, it will be apparent in how you carry yourself. Proverbs clearly states that we are to work on polishing ourselves from the inside out and will shine so bright, we will set ourselves apart from all others and be found by a man that is looking for a gem. Priceless; hard to find.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord,” Ephesians 5:22

Submit - To yield or surrender (oneself) to the will or authority of another.

Why are women so afraid of this word? It is a divine word. Submission is a word that sets a whole new meaning to trust. When you submit, it means you have set your fears aside and learned to fully trust someone. Trust them with your heart and with your future. So, how do you do that? Choose him by his character. Not by his car, house, job or appearance. Not by what he says, but by what he does. Don't give all of your time to a man until he proves himself to be worthy of being trusted as a good steward with a gem. It will be easy to trust a man of good and solid character. Trusting him makes it easy to submit to him. Allow him to take his spiritual place. Don't undermine his man hood, allow and encourage him to be who God intended him to be. A man of God knows his spiritual order and it will be evident in how he carries himself, treats you and treats others so it will be easy to submit to him.

Men, you focus so much of your time trying to over-compensate for your manhood looking to conquer and dominate instead of leading. You seem to gravitate toward temptation, lust, greed, wealth and power like a fool being seduced by the glimmering of fool’s gold. It may look real, but it’s not authentic. Underneath the sparkling surface lays cold and dark coal. You say you want to lead but then make decisions that followers make. You allow women to take your place as the husband, the father, the provider and then you wonder why you become frustrated and end up in the same cycle.

That’s when you refer to Truth - The word of God

"But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he is worse than an unbeliever." 1 Timothy 5:8

Ouch!

Men are to be the providers, leaders and priests of their homes. We need our generation of men to step it up, really engulf themselves in the word of God to find out exactly what your role is and then spread that Word and minister to other young men. By becoming a follower of Christ, you learn to take the lead in relationships, family and community. Without that, you are just blind leading the blind.

Lead - To show the way to by going in advance; To guide or direct in a course

Lead does not mean to dominate or take by force. Submission isn’t gained through intimidation or arrogance. It means that your actions display your leadership, not your words.

"Men love your wives as Christ loves the church and gave himself up for her." Ephesians 5:25

Gave himself, meaning he surrendered his life for her, giving her all of him. A man that fully submits to God will have no problem finding a good woman to submit to him. If you do not surrender or place God first, a virtuous woman will have trouble trusting you. If you want to attract and keep a woman of noble character, you must be a man of noble character. It's not about your past, it's about the man that your past has molded you to become.

"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." Matthew 10:37-39

I believe this set the standard on how you should prioritize your life. If you put God first, everything will fall in its natural order. If not, things will more than likely fall apart or become unmanageable. Sadly, I have witnessed too many marriages and families fall apart because of this, including my own family.

Putting God first means that you will consult Him in all things which will make you a better spouse, parent, relative, co-worker, and friend. When things fall apart, wouldn't you rather go through a hardship with someone who is strong in their faith and secure with their identity in Christ? That will get you and them through the roughest and most trying of times. If someone will not put God first, what makes you think that they will treat you any different?

Both genders are equally to blame. We spend so much time at the gym, hair salon, nail salon, clothing stores all to work on our physical appearance. We go to doctors to get prescriptions for this and that for our health, go to psychologists for our mental health but neglect our spiritual health.

As I reflect on today’s society, it appears to me that it just doesn’t seem as innocent as it was when I was a child. And I’m sure the generation before thought the same thing. So what does that mean then? I believe it means that with each passing generation, as my friend John would say, “a snowball is now becoming an avalanche.”

There is nothing wrong with being attractive, hygienic and healthy, but when that become the primary focus on our development, that’s when it falls out of place. We must focus on our spirit and inner beauty and it will shine from the inside out. God is our primary source. Without Him, we are merely trying to over-compensate in all other areas. After our beauty, health and mind is gone, what are we left with?

To stop a generational cycle, we must recognize the truth, spread the word and take a stand! I wonder, is our generation up for the task?

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them." Romans 1:18-19

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

God is Love



Have you ever entered into a relationship where those three words, I love you are spoken and no sooner than you utter them, secrets pop out from nowhere? Do you wonder why that is?

When you use the term love you are actually calling on God.

Why?

God is love. God is truth. God is the light.

When love is spoken, the truth and the light peeks through darkness. When you open your heart and reveal that you love someone, you are calling on God without even knowing it. You don’t have to recognize or acknowledge Him for Him to exist. He just does.

For a moment, let’s forget what the television, media, jewelry commercials and Valentine’s Day advertisements say is the definition of love. To really understand love, you must go to the source.

The Word of God/The Bible

Love is

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1-3

Without love, we have nothing. If we think of love and are reminded that God is love and truth then that would imply that without God and truth, we have nothing. We can give everything we have to the poor, but if we do out of obligation or for recognition and without love, it’s pointless. Love should be our motivating factor.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 4-7

When God is invited in, of course being the truth and light, things will be revealed and your love will be tested. If someone is telling you lies, God will reveal it because you called on Him. If they are avoiding, hiding, covering up or with holding truth, that is the same as lying. Love protects, trusts and rejoices in truth, not lies.

God = Truth
Devil = Lies

Love is patient. No rushing, no guessing, no anxiety and no worries. It doesn’t seek itself, it’s wants to give, nurture and provide; not take, with hold or have ulterior motives. It does not envy or boast; always wanting to see if the grass is greener on the other side or walk around bragging with pride because you have it and others don’t. It doesn’t live in and throw up the past over and over again instilling guilt and shame, it forgives. It doesn’t take revenge or wish misery on others when wronged or hurt. Over time it heals, restores and looks forward to the future. It is not easily angered, looking for an argument or keeping one going. It doesn't compete, it compliments. It does not throw temper tantrums nor is it violent. It is not superficial or shallow, It is humble and deep. Love is sacrificial and unconditional. True love perseveres, overcoming obstacles and challenges.

“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 8-9

This means of all spiritual gifts that you may have been blessed with, are useless unless you utilize them with love, a pure heart and in good cheer.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” 10

Ok, so what if lies are uncovered and the past revealed itself. We are all sinners, right? Now what?

Love never fails. Truth never fails. When truth does reveal itself, the reaction from the offended can make the offender run from truth or hold tight to it. Truth is perfect so when it’s revealed, the imperfection starts to fade away so the offended should take a deep breath and analyze the situation and react calmly.

In the spirit, truth is the main artery to the heart. When truth is hidden, you are cutting off the blood and oxygen to the heart and it begins to weaken and then symptoms begin to appear; signs telling you that something isn’t right. When the truth is revealed, the blood rushes back to the heart and revives it. It is important to recognize the symptoms and not ignore them.

When truth is hidden it can leave permanent damage and scarring called “bitterness.” If the heart isn’t treated with patience, kindness, care and concern nursing it back to health, it will not fully heal and the problem will progressively become worse. If truth isn’t fully disclosed and only is revealed in fragments, every time the heart heals from the last attack, more lies can end up hardening the heart creating resentment. Brutal truth (light) will overpower all lies(darkness)

Attempt to think of this before you react to truth in rage. The offender will be afraid to disclose truth in the future, so it will be revealed slowly or run from it and the artery will start building up slowly deteriorating. God reveals truth, but making the offender ashamed of it will determine if you receive it all at once or in pieces. It may also make them run from truth in all other areas in their life as well.

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” 11-12

Like a child means to have not reached maturity. Spiritual maturity is something you have to diligently seek and grow into overtime. You will not change over night. You have to learn to walk a new way, talk a new way and think a new way. If someone has not matured, then when it comes to love, they will be ignorant to it. As you grow older you may look in the mirror and see a man/woman in the reflection but if you have not sought truth, wisdom and knowledge, (God) your spirit is still that of a child. As you start to seek it, it will make itself known and you will then become fully known. This gives the old saying “To know me is to love me and to love me is to know me” a whole new meaning.

Loving and praying for your enemies is also calling on God. God is truth but He is also just. If you consult God with your conflicts, He will bring justice to the situation. Attempt to leave revenge in the hands that it belongs; The Lords alone. Not only will He settle the conflict, but you will also be blessed for your obedience.

Before you tell someone that you love them, ask yourself, Am I prepared for truth to be revealed? Can I handle the truth? Am I spiritually mature or am I still that of a child? This doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships, it applies to all relationships, whether good or bad.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 13

Without love, hope and faith are lonely. They need love to survive. God is love and truth instills hope and faith. Without the clear and concise understanding of love, you cannot give it nor can you receive it and before you can give or receive it, you must seek it. Jesus, in His words said it best.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33

With love, your humble servant of Christ,

Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Loving your neighbors


Isn’t it sad that we are living in a time where neighbors can live on the same street for years but never speak a word to one another? Or a family can eat dinner every night but not speak a word? It seems we have more fellowship with our televisions, cell phones and iPods than we do with our family and neighbors. We can also work next to someone for over a year and never know anything about them.

You never know what the person next to you is going through. The woman behind you in the grocery line, the clerk at the pharmacy that you see every week, the man that you drive by standing on the bus stop carrying that same plastic bag every morning. No one speaks anymore. No one pays attention.

We all have a story. We all are children of God. Although we may appear as strangers, we all our fellow brothers and sisters.

Sometimes when I am waiting to get my oil changed or to pick up my prescriptions, I find myself pulling out my cell phone to play brick-breaker, check my email or log onto Facebook. I have had to catch myself a few times and put away the phone and look over at the person across from me. I often wonder, “What is their story?”

There are those who wear stress on their face because they are too exhausted to care or there are those that look put together, so much as though they are trying hard to cover up whatever struggle lies beneath. There is usually a very awkward silence in the atmosphere. It’s almost as if people are attempting not to speak; although if you pay close attention, they have a desperation that longs for fellowship. A simple hello or a smile during their busy day can make a huge difference. They always appear as if they are longing for something, somewhere.

I think, “Well, if they aren’t gonna speak, I will.” Then, true to my country charm, (a cute way of saying I love to talk) I’ll say something light-hearted and positive like, “I like your shirt” or “Isn’t the weather beautiful?” They usually respond and the next thing you know, you are talking about gardening or the Colts game last week. When it’s finally time to go, you are both laughing and smiling and when you get up to leave, the awkward silence is no longer present. Everyone seems to be speaking and amazingly, they have smiles on their faces and you walk in to greet your family in a better mood than you were 30 minutes ago.

Isn’t it funny how one single effort can be contagious?

Scripture speaks a great deal about feeding the hungry. It is both literal and metaphoric. There are many that are poor in spirit that are suffering from hunger pangs of a starving spirit. If you see someone hungry for fellowship, feed them! We were created in the image and likeness of God. God longs for communion and we inherited that from our father.

Even if the person rejects your invitation for fellowship, don’t lose heart. We are responsible for what we offer and the other is responsible for what they accept or deny. It is what lies on the heart that counts.

I encourage you this week to pay closer attention to your fellow brothers and sisters. Attempt to look at them through Gods eyes. Smile at everyone you come in contact with, speak to everyone that you have an opportunity to speak to. You will notice the difference in the atmosphere, your mood, others mood and most importantly, you never know who may disguised as that stranger! Don’t miss out on your blessings!

Have a blessed week!

“Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it” Hebrews 13:1-2

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25


Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

The cost of Ambition



When I look back over the years of old family photos of me and my children,
We may have been poor but we were happy until I caught a virus called ambition.
Things seemed simpler back then, but today I seem to fail, no matter how hard I try.
While on the road to give them a better life, somehow they got left behind.
I was fueled by the deep desire to overcome the odds stacked against me,
and the hurtful words that maliciously attacked me,
with three small children in tow, a better life came with a sense of urgency.
I wanted so desperately to prove that I was a good mother, contributing to society other than a number for another sad statistic,
although I had nothing;
raised by the system,
no man,
no education,
still, I remained optimistic.
I had to leave others behind and never look back, I made many tough decisions.
I grew strong in my faith, maintained an attitude of gratitude; and in my kids, I planted seeds of wisdom.
I wanted nothing more than to give them a better life, than the hard life that I had been given.
But nothing in life is free, success comes at a cost, accomplishing my dreams turned into an obsession.
The gap between those I love seem to grow wider the closer I get to my destination,
They don’t understand that all of this is for them, to redeem us all from the curse of generational oppression.
They don't know how many risks I've taken, how much I have sacrificed,
how much I gave, how much I prayed, and how many countless times that I compromised.
But God knows my heart, my purpose is clear, and has promised that He will stay right by my side.
Everyone will benefit from the point of it all one day,
and my ambition will be justified.

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

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"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Discipleship is priceless



I was writing my query to a literary agent last night and it asked about "my competition and credentials.”

That threw me off guard because anyone that spreads the gospel shouldn’t consider a fellow Christian writer as competition. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m not afraid to be transparent and speak what is on my heart. So of course I answered it honestly.

Yes, I know there are many other Christian authors and passionate ministries but I don't see it as competition, I see it as Discipleship. Partnerships are far more productive than rivalry. Discipleship unites, rivalry divides. There can never be too many Disciples of Christ. Why are all the largest banks in the world so massive and powerful? Why do they own much of the worlds wealth and have so many people working for them? They MERGE. What would happen if ministries would do the same? How many Disciples would we recruit?

As for my credentials?

I do not claim to be a pastor or the ideal Christian, whatsoever. I don't have a long blood-line of highly respected ancestors, in fact, quite the opposite. I am a sinner. I am a single mother of three and have many internal issues that I deal with. I still struggle with worrying, trust, balance and battling old scars. I catch myself being hypocritical at times and I quite often question my worthiness, especially when it comes to leading this ministry. I do not have a Masters in theology or divinity; in fact I am just now working on my Degree in Christian Ministry/Biblical Studies. I was not raised in the church; on the contrary, I fully committed my life to Christ just short of three years ago. I am not an ordained minister and have not been qualified by any church to minister to others. God is the only one that qualified me.

I do however; pray to God and ask for wisdom, guidance, discernment, patience, strength, endurance, perseverance and unwavering faith to see this through. I am also very transparent and let Him know that I know that I am not at the level that I should be, but I am so glad I'm not where I was. I beg Him to please help me with my areas of weakness and turn my issues into virtue. I do not want to fall short in His eyes but live each day to please him and to serve the purpose He has set for me.

It would be more comforting to know that I am out of the target of the enemy’s weapons, but God gave me a job to do and I will do it. I expect to run into challenges. It is a given, but I will not be shaken, I will not waver, I will not follow others.


I wish blessings to all fellow authors and ministry leaders! I pray for your success more than my own!

Discipleship priceless!

“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:1-5

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces 4 perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3

“We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.” 2 Thessalonians 3:4-5



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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Friday, April 16, 2010

Transparent Relationships


Transparent - easy to see through, understand, or recognize; without concealment; open; frank; candid

Would you say that you have transparent relationships?

Transparency is letting your guard completely down, humbling yourself and getting honest with others, yourself and most importantly, God.

Living in a world full of pride, we like to point out others sins, short-comings, habits and quirks but when it comes to our own, we hide in our closets from those that we fear may condemn, judge or reject us for own. Judgment and pride are such nasty sins to have and when they work together they are even nastier. You may judge others but justify your own behavior or maybe you justify others behavior but judge yourself harshly. This can block you from having an authentic and healthy relationship.

Transparent relationships are the deepest and most gratifying relationships to have. It’s when you confess and admit your short-comings and ask for forgiveness, support and accountability. They are real and establish a foundation of humility, hope and trust. You admit you fall short to everyone’s expectations and quite often your own. We can be own worse critics, can’t we?

When committing your life to Christ and walking that path with Him with each passing day as you draw closer to your purpose, your pride will drift away. In walking that long journey, your vulnerabilities, weaknesses and fears will be revealed and you will be tested on your level of faith.

So what do you have to lose in revealing all of your flaws to those you love? Your false, surface-level relationships. They will crack under pressure, hide from the truth and wither away.

In losing the false relationships, you gain much more. Your authentic and transparent relationships will come to the forefront and will strengthen during hardships, hold tight to faith and rejoice in truth.

No matter how much you try, we all sin and fall short in the eyes of God. We are all tempted to do wrong because it is in our nature to sin. When you deny the cross; hide from truth and authenticity, you are simply wearing a cloak of a false witness.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

“For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:23-25


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Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


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Monday, April 12, 2010

Sheild of Faith


While on your path to becoming holy, do you ever forget that you're human?

Not only do you forget, but others do too?

You think, I pray diligently, focus on God so much that there is no way I can get off track. Wrong!

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22

While you are busy struggling carrying that cross and you stumble and fall, you beat yourself up over it and feel like maybe you’re too weak but then you remember God’s promise so you get back up, pick it back up, place it on your back and continue on. Then a spectator comes along, mocking you, ridiculing you, spitting on you and your purpose and knock you right back down. Then of course while carrying the cross, the devil starts whispering lies making you feel unworthy, insecure and fearful of the path ahead.

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:24-25

That cross is so heavy isn’t it? And the road seems so very long, right?

You get so stuck on that “Deny yourself” part that you forget that you are just a simple man/woman and have feelings. Others who see that you are so busy working on moving closer to fulfilling your purpose, in their confusion as to why you are so set on what they consider a “pointless mission” they attempt to discourage you.

I know in the past few weeks I have been challenged with all of the above. It can be quite difficult to stay on that path. It is not for the weak-minded or the faint-hearted but for a noble heart with a fire in their belly and a love for God and his people.

When God calls you and gives you a purpose to fulfill, it will not be easy. In fact, when you answer that call and you start working on your purpose, you attract the enemy along with all of his bag of tricks. He will use the things closest to your heart against you to hurt you; the very thing he thinks will break you. He will reopen old wounds and pull out old fears. He will attempt to attack at every angle and when one weapon doesn’t work, he will upgrade to something stronger.

You have to remember, the more attacks that you receive, the closer you are to the purpose being fulfilled.

That’s when you have to pull out your faith and refer back to the truth. God’s word and His promise. God never breaks His promises to those who believe and trust in Him. He is the ultimate chess player and will line up everything in accordance to His perfect plan.

God is truth, the devil is a lie. God is light, the devil is darkness. God is love, the devil is hate.

“I am the way, the truth and the light.” John 14:6

As the enemy breaks out his weapons, break out your shield of faith!

“Take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16


Be blessed this week!


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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

Launching Spring 2010!

"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Attack on Families


As I reflect on today’s society, it appears to me that it just doesn’t seem as innocent as it was when I was a child. And I’m sure the generation before thought the same thing. So what does that mean then? I believe it means that with each passing generation, as my friend John would say, “a snowball is now becoming an avalanche.”

Although I grew up in turmoil, there still seemed to be some discretion in society. The marriages and families seemed to be more solid, the standard of beauty wasn’t as shallow as it was today, and there was more censorship in music, media and movies and the youth seemed to more inspired and respectful. Things were the same but it not as extreme.

I believe this may be occurring for many reasons. I think as we move closer to the second arrival of Christ, the enemy is planting seeds/parasites into as many people as he can because today’s generation are more vulnerable and have more to offer. We are the generation of awakening and change. We are a generation are called to spread the gospel planting seeds of hope, truth, wisdom and peace more than any other.

What is the best way that an enemy gains victory over his opponent? He gets in their mind. For the second wave of destruction? He takes all of his enemies that are allies and pit them against one another.

So what seeds/parasites is the enemy planting? I believe he has a weapon and strategy for each of the targeted victims. They are all different and have different vulnerabilities.

Allow me to elaborate:

Men

Pornography/Lust- The pornography business is the most profitable business in the world and the target audience is men and even some women. Pornography divides husbands from their wives and men start to lose their attraction to their spouse. It causes friction and makes them think women are objects for the purpose of fulfilling a lustful desire and it is an insatiable desire at that. It becomes worse and worse until everything they love has left and they almost find themselves in a false perverted reality. They quickly find out that due to their lustful appetite and submission to temptation, they are now all alone and they went from being the priest and leader of their household to a fool seduced by the devil himself.

Women

Beauty/Body Image- Women were created with a desire to be loved. They seek stability and security. They naturally seek to feel desirable to the opposite sex. The same holds true even in the animal kingdom. The standard of beauty today has become so distorted that it is impossible to uphold. Scripture clearly states that beauty is to flow from within but the world we live in, doesn’t follow that same standard. Instead of women focusing on their inner beauty, they have evolved into correcting their slightest flaws, so much that it has now grown to an obsession. We have almost turned ourselves into plastic dolls. Cosmetic surgery, fake hair, fake contact lenses, fake nails, fake eye-lashes, you name it. What God gave us wasn’t enough. What a perfect plan for the devil. To make women feel that they are never good enough in the eyes of man and to compete with our fellow sisters in Christ.

Children/Youth

Music/Mind Control- The devil was the “Minister of Music.” The best way to get in the mind of a child/teen is to get to them through music. Music has a way of molding and shaping our children. Be careful what you allow your children to listen to and the videos that they watch. Pay attention to the lyrics, the connotations, the symbolisms and the insinuations. Much of the music today that is very popular among the youth are very explicit and inappropriate for a young child mind that is in the midst of maturing. Believe it or not, your child’s brain and spirit is much like a computer. Every time your child watches a video or listens to a song or exposed to some experience, they are downloading information into their minds and spirits. And when it is consistent, it becomes part of who they are.

Families

Greed/Consumerism- Let’s face it. We live in a society of instant gratification. It’s is a consumer mind-set. Consume means to devour, spend and indulge. The main-stream media and technology tells us to upgrade when something better arrives. Dispose the old and welcome the new. It is the opposite of the fruits of the spirit which a few are patience, gratitude, contentment, self-control, humility. It encourages us to store up “stuff” that will rust instead of investing and giving to people. We serve God by serving others. We serve the enemy by becoming slaves of currency. I think we all know what God says about becoming slaves of money.

"No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." Luke 16:13

On top of the consumerism mind-set, technology also divides families. They spend more time on their iPods, cell phones, video games and lap-tops than they do with their families.

Don’t get me wrong, God gave us each these gifts but the very things that we were blessed with, the enemy uses it to his advantage. God wanted us to have a lustful appetite but for the purpose of loyalty in a marriage covenant. Music can be used to heal wounds, dance and for praise and worship. Beauty is intended to shine from the inside out to attract a man for, again, the ultimate purpose of marriage. God wants us to have money to provide for our families but not at the expense of causing a financial strain on your family to to you lack of self-control. Technology is a huge benefit to people and businesses alike. Our desires aren't bad, it's when we take advantage of the gift. It’s just like giving your child a cell-phone for emergency purposes and next time you check the bill, they have totally abused the privilege by going way over their minutes.

In conclusion; God created the earth for one reason.

Family

It was the reason for it all. It is what He loves above all things so it is no wonder that it’s the family unit that is under attack. We were created to be allies, not enemies. How do you reverse it? Pray, love and surround yourself with good things.

"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it" John 14:13-14

"Love covers a multitude of sins" 1 Peter 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8


Be blessed this weekend!


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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

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"Strength and honor was her clothing" Proverbs 31:25

Monday, April 5, 2010

The gift of Salvation




What is the best gift that you have ever received? A George Foreman Grill? A flat-screen T.V.? A diamond ring?

What if I told you that the best gift that you have ever received, you had before you were even born? The gift of Salvation.

Oh yes, of course with Good Friday/Resurrection Sunday/Easter weekend coming to an end, I have to post on my thoughts of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

It makes me think about his thirty-three years on this earth. Thirty-three years of miracles, wisdom, Truth, care, understanding, compassion, purpose and above all, unconditional and sacrificial love. True love. AGAPE love.

He arrived as a miracle and left as a miracle.

He came to not only teach us but lead by example as how we should handle almost every situation every type of person we come in contact with. With love. He came to fulfill a law in a land that twisted the law into what they wanted it to be. He came for the sinners, the poor, the desolate and the sick to pave a path that there is hope and He has arrived. He told timeless parables that even as two millenniums have passed, the meaning still has the power as it had as if He spoke them today.

“Everyone who hears truth hears My voice." John 18:37

When He spoke, He spoke with pure truth and wisdom. Every time I read the gospels, each of His words jump out of the page and plant a seed in my spirit. Reading the words of Jesus makes me feel pure again, restored, sanctified, and builds me up to face anything. In a world full of lies, I download truth from His words. In a society full of hate, pride, greed and fear, by reading His words, I download love, humility, contentment, and courage. His words are powerful, meaningful and each time I read them, I am filled with His healing waters and His spirit. For that, I attempt to read them often.

Another significant part of Jesus and His words is when He did not speak. When He was brought and questioned among the Pharisees. They interrogated Him yet He remained silent. They hit him, but He said nothing. He knew that you cannot reason with the unreasonable. He also knew speaking could jeopardize the fulfillment of His purpose. To endure the suffering of the cross. So He let them beat him. And when they were tired and stopped, He stood up to endure more, so they beat Him again. Although it was agony, He wanted the brutality and His suffering to be witnessed and recorded so that all would know what true, unconditional and sacrificial love is.

There is a time to speak and a time to be silent. I know I still struggle in these areas, so for that reason I just keep reading the beautiful words of Jesus until I get it right. With so much harmful information that we download in this world every single day, reading the soothing, calming and peaceful words of Jesus creates within me contentment, peace and happiness.

While thinking of Jesus and His parables, every year I notice that on Easter/Resurrection Sunday, many people attend services that haven’t all year and I can’t help be reminded of Jesus parable of the sower.

"While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown." When he said this, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'
"This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life's worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop."
Luke 8:4-15

Just like the farmer’s seed, some never make it to service for some reason or another. Then there are those that do. Some walk down the alter and give their life to Christ but then they walk out of the church doors and life distracts them from the Lord so they fall behind. Some are too afraid to walk down that alter because they either are too shy to have their vulnerabilities on display or they feel unworthy and then there are those who walk down that alter and are forever changed. God called to them and they heard the calling. Yes, they may stumble, but they get up, pick up that cross again and keep on walking with that cross on their back following Christ.

"If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-26

Following Christ is a tough job and there are not many people who are willing to endure that walk with Jesus. Jesus already knew that. He said it takes a person with a "noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." but sadly, many will not follow.

So what kind of seed are you among the crop?

If you have a change of heart and you didn’t make it to service or if you did, you didn’t walk down to the alter, it’s not too late. Tonight when you go home, close the door and confess to Jesus that you are willing to pick up that cross and follow Him and please fill you with His spirit, please fill you with strength and perseverance to see it through. Jesus is waiting. If He gave His very life without you even having to ask, how much more will He give you if you do?

Be blessed!

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Katrina Green
President
Butterfly Ministries, Inc.

Take a Stand. Spread the Word. Save the Butterflies ♥


"It is the mission of Butterfly Ministries, Inc. to empower and inspire positive transformation in girls and young women by encouraging them to take a stand against gender exploitation and to give rise to a historic revolution."

COMING SOON! Join the Butterfly Movement!

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