Blast From the Past (NOT A VIDEO!)

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Welcome back!! Today I will discuss how I choose to deal with my “blast from the past”. I know you are wondering what exactly she is talking about. Well, we all have been through many different situations and struggles. And if you are like me, much time has elapsed and you assumed that all of your feelings and thoughts towards that situation or person were over. Then suddenly “BOOM”, you see them at the store and you make eye contact….NOOOOOOO….now what? Or you past behavioral issues have resurfaced when encountered with a not so friendly situation….now what? Well tune in and take notes, I have a few steps that will help you!lonely-1402407

When faced with A “Blast from the Past

1.)    Breathe. DO NOT become overwhelmed with the thoughts of what people may think or say about your past, present or future. God is in absolute control of your life. Everything that you have been through and currently going through is building you for your future. All things are working for YOUR GOOD! Romans 8:28image

2.)    Remind yourself of who you are TODAY!  DO NOT allow yourself to feel like you are still bond to that old lifestyle or relationship. DO NOT allow guilt and shame to weigh you down. It’s okay to look back on past experiences as a point of reference of the great work of the Lord and his presence in your life but don’t live there.


3.)    Pray. Immediately pray when you begin to feel like you are not good enough. Pray when the thoughts in your mind tell you I should go back to that old and former relationship, friends, or lifestyle. When you pray you will receive power through the Holy Spirit to keep you because through pray you acknowledge that you need the help of the Almighty in your life. When you are weak he makes you strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11

4.)    Live. The one thing that the adversary desires is to kill the hopes and purpose that the Lord has placed in us. So don’t allow anything to stop you from living in Christ Jesus. I know this is a hard task because we battle against many different forms of temptation and pressure in today’s society. But I encourage you to continue in the truth and liberty that he has given YOU.



The Newness of Life

Hi All,

I pray that each of you walk in the newness of life.  No matter what the enemy may tell you remember you are a new creature through Christ (2 Cori.5:17). Why not walk in the newness of life knowing that the old habits and old ways of life for you are dead.

Same temptations +new you =a new result.


Love always,


Rachael Woods


Hi Yall,

I know it has been awhile since I have posted on my blog my deepest apologies. During this period time and energy are very very precious and very little, LOL. I have posted a short video of encouragement below. I hope that it encourages someone to trust the Lords plan for your life.

Overcoming Disappoitment

Every time I experience disappointments, I feel extremely overwhelmed by a range of emotions. And more times than not, I tend to withdraw myself from others. Even though I tell myself I will never feel this way again, the acknowledgement that disappointments come and go is very important. I have learned to accept and understand that it is a part of life. It tends to rip me to pieces and question myself, but I found a few key things that help me deal with disappointments. In no particular order, I have listed them and perhaps you can try them as well.

  1. Learn to Trust/ Believe in God’s Plan. We have to trust and believe that God’s timing is perfect and that he is in absolute control. He is working out a plan that is bigger than you and I. We have to trust that this thing had to happen to us in order to strengthen us. Everything we have been through has been used to build our faith and to position us for the great accomplishment. Remember Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Therefore trusting his plan should be made easier.
Joy. Trusting God’s Plan.
  1. Pray. When dealing with disappointment we may find ourselves overwhelmed with different emotions. In those moments it is hard to focus our hearts and minds. However, we must never lose focus in knowing that there is a supreme power that rules in our lives. Leading and guiding our every footstep. Why consult the guidance of others, who may have life experiences, but ultimately cannot guide our life. Therefore, we must remember to always pray. He knows our heart and thoughts. He understands. The father has sent back the comforter to lead and guide us.


  1. Let It Out. We often find ourselves, during moments of hurt and pain, attempting to smile to mask the pain. We don’t want others to see our pain. However, it is okay to grieve and cry. Grieving is part of the healing process. The reality is, we all grieve in different ways. Some people may experience signs of physical transformations, while others may simply cry. Note that crying is not a sign of weakness, but a release of emotional, mental, or physical frustration. The reality is, in going through this process, you have to learn to be patient with yourself. You may wake up weeks from now grieving about the same disappointment, but it is okay. You need to release the emotions in a non-toxic manner. Don’t ignore the pain because it will just resurface in the most unexpected time. Instead, actively deal with the pain. And don’t beat yourself up because you didn’t realize you weren’t over the hurt yet. I have struggled with this on numerous occasions too. Acknowledge the hurt, retrospectively consider the situation, and move forward. Don’t get stuck in the “should’ve, could’ve, or would’ve” of the situation.
  1. Listen and Wait. After praying and grieving comes the hardest part of all, listen and wait. One of the symptoms of grief is dealing with fear. Fear will cause us to make decisions that are not always structurally sound or best for us. So in those moments we must remember to listen for that “incline” of what our next step should be. In the process of listening, you will probably have to wait. Wait for the perfect job to open up or for your financial situation to turn around. Most often, we are not able to run away from our problems.


Despite how you may feel today, or even tomorrow, know that it will get better. Everything that happens in our lives happens for a reason. According to Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”. If your love is in the Lord Almighty, know that ALL things, not some or a few, but ALL things are working together for a purpose. Walk in confidence and know that it is working towards your bright future. All the hurt, pain, and shame will reveal the glory of the Lord in your life and his purpose for you.

Love Always,

Rachael Woods

Get Over Rejection


This a topic that I know all to well that rejection really hurts, but the reality that it could cause more psychological damage than emotional damage is mind blowing. Here are some behavior patterns that are often associated with rejection because it has various effects on our emotions, thinking, and behavior.


Rejection does not respond to reason. When you have been emotionally wounded by a person(s) or situation, reason goes out the window quickly. Consequently, people often say things or do things that they later regret. In the heat of the moment you no longer care about others emotions or well-being. You go into, what I define as, “survival of the fittest” mode. You become so consumed with your feelings and thoughts that everyone is shut out. This is why it is suggested that before reacting to situations you take time to “cool down”. You don’t want to live a life of regret, hurting those who you really care about with the words you say; or even worse, by taking someone’s life.

We can relive and re-experience the pain. If you try to recall a time you felt emotional inadequacy, your mind will be flooded with many of the same feelings you had at the time. The experience of rejection can easily haunt you because we are social butterflies. We lend our lives to interactions with our environment, which consist of hundreds of people on a weekly basis. You don’t forget the embarrassing moment when you weren’t chosen to play on the team, etc. The only way to deal with feelings of rejection is to practice forgiveness.

Rejection destabilizes our “Need to Belong”. If you are like me, you feel a need to belong to a group. Through many experiences I have found that this need decreases dramatically after rejection. This, in some ways, adds to the sting of rejection because you have now rejected the idea that you can be accepted in a group of people: self-esteem significantly decreases. Romantic or “friendship” rejection tends to leave us feeling inadequate and blaming ourselves for the rejection. This type of rejection usually stems from the lack of chemistry between the person(s), lifestyle differences, or wanting different things at different times. However, I found that connecting with those who love me, or reaching out to my closest friends, holds much more value and helps to soothe emotional pain after a rejection. Most importantly, seeking encouragement through the word of God is most beneficial.



Rejection creates surges of anger and aggression. Just when you think you are over the sting of rejection, you wake up one morning infuriated and ready to crush anyone that attempts to say anything constructive to you. When this happens, usually there is a trigger for the anger. Maybe a text or message from the person(s), you see a social media post, or even hear a famous line that the person(s) quoted often. Either way, you cannot afford to sit and harness the anger because it only causes destruction.

Limitless Freedom

Like I said earlier, we have to practice forgiveness if we desire to deal with issues of the heart and mind.  Live a limitless and free life!


Rachael Woods

No “Hang-Ups”


Take a few moments, inhaling and exhaling. As you sit in silence, tell me, what is that thought gnawing at you? In those moments of silence we tend to discover many different aspects about ourselves. From learning about our hopes and desires, to learning our strengths and weaknesses. Today I want to focus on that negative thought, or situation, that has held you back long enough. I know you’re thinking, I am so over it and I don’t even care about that anymore. Beloved, please be honest with yourself, for it is the only way you can grow and move on. Know your weakness, or distraction, so you can strategically move past “the hang-up”. I can personally testify, I have allowed many things in my life, mostly frequently the feeling of betrayal, to “hang me up”. Let’s take a few moments and discuss the betrayal of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In Matthew 26:14-16 we find that Judas agrees to betray Jesus:

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Judas was a disciple of the Lord. But yet Judas agrees to betray him for money.

47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.

50 Jesus replied “Do what you came for, friend.”

We know that the Lord Jesus Christ had the power to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and allow the lame to walk. Do you not think that he could have easily overcome Judas and the crowd of armed men? He chooses to surrender so that we might have the keys to eternal life. His surrender was not a sign of weakness, but a sure sign of strength. He accomplished what he set out to do, which was to fulfill the redemption plan of mankind. I wonder where we would be today if Jesus was “hung up” on the betrayal instead of staying focused on the goal.

…Out with the Old in with the New…

It is time to let go of the weight and stop replaying, over and over again, the betrayal of the loved one. Forgive for he has forgiven you. The truth is we all make mistakes. And you, the accuser or accused, cannot stay in that place. Do not allow bitterness, malice, or angry to dictate your future. He has a plan for you and it doesn’t consist of you whaling in self-pity and hurt. Get over the hang up, not for them, but for you to truly be free. What great example Jesus set for us. Remember he is our example, he is the Golden Standard.

It saddens me to think that for so long I allowed the adversary to steal my joy and hope for a bright future: simply because I didn’t forgive. I didn’t forgive them and I didn’t forgive myself. I couldn’t let go of the hurt and embarrassment of being rejected. I stayed hung up on the disappointments for way too long, which held me back from walking in my purpose. So, I stand with you today and proclaim:

You will no longer be the same after reading this post. You will no longer hold on to the pain, shame, and embarrassment of your past hurts and disappointments. You recognize that your hope is in Christ and not in man. You will walk with confidence proclaiming the things of the kingdom. You have spiritual, emotional, and physical health and wealth.

I love you so much!!

Rachael Woods




The “Golden Standard”

Hi All,

You think that you are worthless! You think because you’re not a millionaire, you’re not successful! You think because you lack a higher level of education, you know nothing! Perhaps it’s time you change your perspective. Who created this standard? Majority of the standards we have were shaped and molded by the world that surrounds us. But it is time that you take a step back and think about the people and things that you have allowed to influence your lifestyle. I think it is a beautiful thing to set goals and accomplish goals but only if your purpose is not being fulfilled through and with the help of the Lord our Savior you are have a life full of voids.

Matthew 6:19-21 reminds us “Do not lay up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”


Once you know your purpose in Christ Jesus everything you do will be to give him glory. Our mission is to be used as an instrument of the Almighty that souls will be delivered and set free. We should always be pointing people in the direction of Our Savior. The way you walk, talk and live should be a life that glorifies the Savior. Jesus Christ is the “Golden Standard”. Understand what I am saying, it is neither wrong nor evil to poses monies and other forms of earthly riches. But the scripture states this… “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs”… 1 Timothy 6:10. It simply warns us, that money can be the root of other kinds of evils. Riches can cause us to forget God and to live a life trusting in our earthly riches. He provided you all the means that you need to live from day to day, you are not only blessed but rich through him and by him. Why cause yourself mental or emotional distress because your focus is on riches instead of fulfilling your purpose her on Earth. Matthew 6:33(KJV) states… “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” All these things pertains to things in this life according to his divine will, he will bestow to you riches and glory. But your focus must be on the Father’s business (Luke 2:49).

The Lord did not live a life that was lavish nor high minded. He understood his purpose, to fulfill the redemption plan. To die upon the cross that we would be set free, no longer a slave to sin, but joint heirs with Christ. We are not called to judge, for the Lord will pass judgment when he returns but we are called to LOVE. We are to love God above all and to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we were able to walk in love as he walked in love it will be easy to fulfil the scripture. Like you, I know that this is a very hard mission, but this charge becomes so much easier when we recognize that God the Father loves us despite our sinful nature.


John 3:16-18…”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

This is the reason we must continue to strive to love perfectly in all that we do. When misunderstood and when abused by our closest friends and family we must strive to live and love as Christ. He is our example, of how to pray, maintain pure thoughts and aligning our earthly lives with the will of spiritual Father. Your life will change dramatically when you place you expectation in standards of Godly living (“golden standard”) vs the standards of this carnal world.

Love Always,