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He Makes It Easy

My Daddy is SO amazingly faithful!!! He is such a good, good Father and I am forever grateful!!! #MySurrender #HisWill #HisPlan #HisTiming

This was a recent status I posted on Facebook to share just how appreciative I am of my Lord, my Heavenly Father, my Daddy. Do you ever just sit back and think about ALL He has done for you. I mean ALL He has done. If not take a second and think about it now. If you can’t think of anything specific think of how He woke you up this morning, how you still have breath in your body, how you made it to work or your destination safely this morning. The list could go on and on. Now that I have you thinking, reflect over a prayer that you put up before the Lord, I mean something that you really wanted and/or needed and then think of His response to that request.

That’s what I want to focus on today. As I told you last week I have a lot up before the Lord that I want to accomplish in 2017, one of which came to pass last week!! (2017 is off to a great start! 🙂 ) This particular request I have desired for a long, long time. I mean we are talking 10+ years. I had put it on the back burner because it just never seemed like the right timing, or in all honesty I didn’t see how it could be done. I came back up recently around Christmas. I mentioned it to my husband but didn’t really press the issue because again I just didn’t see how it could be done. I decided to go about it a different way this time, I went to my Daddy with all sincerity and once again placed this desire up before Him. I would pray “Lord I don’t how or when you are going to do it but this has now moved from a want to a need. Lord we need a bigger vehicle”. It may not seem like a big task but seeing as though we are in the process of purchasing a home (it’s going to happen this year!) we really did not want to add anything else to our budget….But God!

Remember I told you this request stirred up again around Christmas. Well let’s fast forward a bit. About 2 weeks ago Hubby sent me a text about a truck and asked me if I wanted to go and see it. I’m like sure, no problem what’s the harm in looking. What happened, I fell in love with it! Again I spoke with my Daddy and said “I don’t know how or when, but Lord do it”. Long story short….HE DID IT!!! And when I tell ya’ll He did it, I mean He did it! Everything I have ever wanted in a truck He gave me just that. And the best part of all, this amazing blessing is not costing hubby and I an arm and a leg. He blessed us with this fully loaded, 4 wheel drive Suburban for less than half of the book value. Did you read that….less than half of the book value!!! When God moves, He moves and He makes the way easy!

Something that I have desired for over 10 years happened within a 3 week span of my earnest request and sincere faith. I felt like a kid in the candy store when I drove Black Beauty (yes I named her) for the first time. I wanted to scream, shout, cry, but most importantly I couldn’t stop saying thank you to my Daddy. This was all because of Him. He remembered my desire all those years ago, He heard my recent request and silent petitions that this is what I truly desired. And then He opened a mighty door and made the process so easy. It just feels my heart with so much joy to know that He cares that much about me. And I truly believe that this is only the beginning of many great things to come this year.

So as I close this post out today, I want to encourage you to continue to put your desires up before the Lord. Be up front and honest with Him, after all He knows the desires of your heart so there is no need to sugar coat anything. Once you have laid it out activate your faith like never before. Believe that if it is within His plan and His will then within His timing it will come to pass. However if it doesn’t happen when you desire, don’t fret, just trust and believe that He has something greater in store for you. Ask me how I know, because I’m a living witness. If He did it for me, surely He will do it for you!

 For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible. ~ Luke 1:37 AMP

Peace & Blessings,

 

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God’s Promise

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage. ~ M. Lamont Cooper, Sr.

What is she talking about now? Read the quote again.

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage.

This simple, yet profound, statement was given by my Pastor, named above, during our Bible Study last week. He was teaching on doubting when we ask something of God. We ask and expect God to answer within our own personal time line. Then when He does not answer or give it to us by that due date, here comes Mr. Doubt. Now read the quote again.

Never allow time to hold your heart hostage.

So what happens when we take time out of the equation? We put up our request before the Lord, leave it there with Him, and then activate our faith to believe that it will happen according to HIS timing and HIS will. It sounds good, looks easy on paper, yet it is still sometimes challenging to live out in our own reality. That’s where I am today and honestly have been off and on for the past few weeks. I know what He said, I’m holding on to the prophecy that has come forth, I see the plans in front of me, yet and still there is a little bit of doubt that has moved from the back of my mind to the front and is now trying to take over. You see it happening for someone else, you’re happy for them, praise and rejoice with them, but still sit and wonder “When will it be my turn”?

Sweet Pea and I were driving through a sun shower the other day and as we were driving along I looked up and saw one of the prettiest rainbows I’ve ever seen! I showed Sweet Pea and she was SO excited and was now looking for the rainbow with every turn that we took. We’d see it one moment, and the next it would be gone. With great anticipation Sweet Pea kept her eyes glued to the sky determined to see those pretty colors once again in the sky. We played the disappearing act with the rainbow for about 5 minutes and within that time period saw it 3 different times. As Sweet Pea named all of the colors in the rainbow, I asked her if she knew what it meant. I then explained to her that a rainbow means “God Promise” and just that quick it hit me. A feeling of reassurance…God’s Promise…

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Just because we don’t see it YET doesn’t mean that its now there. Just because we don’t feel the hand of the Lord on the situation, does not mean that He is not there working it out on our behalf. The same way that rainbow showed back up when we weren’t looking for it, is the same way God will show up in our lives. We have to hold on to our faith, we have to believe, we have to cast down thoughts and feelings of doubt, we have to speak those things that be not as though they were. If God said it, then He will do it. All we have to do is hold on to His promise, remove time out and keep time of the equation, stay out of God’s way and keep believing.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. ~ Mark 11:23 NKJV

But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. ~James 1:6 NKJV

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe,all things are possible to him who believes.~Mark 9:23 NKJV

So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”~ Matthew 17:20-21 NKJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. ~Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV

Its getting ready to happen….

Peace & Blessings,

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Have you trusted?

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Have you made a change in your life this year? Have you trusted God enough to listen, step out, and let Him lead you? In this journey of life, we enter into different phases and chapters that can bring us sadness, hurt and pain, or bring us joy, fulfillment, and abundant blessings. We don’t walk alone in our journeys, and I’m not walking alone in mine. For those that have followed my journey over the past year know that loss and grief can be hard; but how God provides for us in such ways is always a gift. From my journey (start here), He protected and guided me through the rough times and has BIRTHED great things out of it. My blessing at the end of the storm is Baby Ford arriving August 2016!

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Are we fulfilling the Laws of Christ?

Scrolling through social media I came across today’s scripture moment…

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Have you ever had someone in your life go through some tough times or difficult situations…or maybe that someone was you? Have you taken the time to pray for that someone in and through their situation? As Christians, when one suffer or hurt or grieve, we all endure the pain. We’re supposed to carry the burdens of each other. Today, I charge you with fulfilling one of Christ’ laws to carry that burden with your brother, sister, friend, or neighbor. Connect with that person and help with their load. Are you your sister and brother’s keeper?

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“In His Safety”

I extend my right arm high, attempting to adjust the air. Yes, as always I’m cold, but it is becoming a tad bit stifling in here. I am on the plane heading back to NC from NY where my childhood best friend got married and I just couldn’t miss it. I notice the other passengers around me becoming just as antsy as myself, we’ve been on this plane for an hour already waiting for clearance to take off. Finally we’re off in the air, the gentlemen beside me closes the window shade, I rest my head back and relax thinking back on the festivities of the wedding weekend. Typically, this is my time to sleep, in the past I couldn’t even stay awake for take off, but this time the excitement has me wide eyed. I hear the chime go off letting us know that we’re permitted to turn on our aircraft approved devices, so I reach for my kindle. Shortly after I find myself completely indulged in this new book I downloaded which I can’t seem to remember the title of right now. Suddenly, we start to experience a little turbulence, no big deal…..I have flown more than enough to where that doesn’t freak me out. I look toward the front of the plane to check on refreshments, I’m beyond thirsty and of course I had to throw away my bottle of water and refused to pay $4 for another. It should be about time we get some peanuts, pretzels, a soda or something. Turbulence again…………this time it lasted longer, the flight attendant is seated and buckled up, our seatbelt signs are back on. Even at this point I’m doing OKAY, it wasn’t until that God awful dip we took, that felt like the floor had been snatched away like on the tower of terror that shook me. At this time it seemed the plane had speed up and the plane was chaotic. The gentlemen beside me had opened the window shade to my left which preceded the screams of the other passengers because at this point our upper bodies hovered over our seat belts as it felt as though the plane was going down. I look around, look forward, looking for anything that says we are going to be okay to only find tears rolling down some faces, eyes clenched tight on others, hands grasps tight on the arm rest and the flight attendant buckled and on the phone. I hear my own pounding heartbeat racing along with my breaths. Is this really happening? I thought, I’m going to die, today right now, I began to pray and pled with the Lord to spare my life as well as the lives of those on this plane including the one that this accident was intended for. After what seemed like eternity the plane leveled out and the turbulence stopped. I continued to pray until we landed, no one ever came on the intercom to apologize or explain the experience. The flight attendant never picked up the phone to make an announcement to us, nothing was said. Once I felt the friction of the wheels hitting the landing strip, I was beyond relieve and GRATEFUL for an answered prayer. Many people missed their connecting flights, I battled with the decision to stay in Detroit and figure out how else to get home, or run clear across another building to get to my next departing terminal. Is this now playing Russian roulette with my life, I was sparred once, but now getting back on the plane was another story. So I called mom, how good it was to hear her voice as she prayed with me and calmed my spastic emotions over the phone through the airport as I ran to my next flight just as they were making the final call. This flight was bigger, brighter, no turbulence….and best of all I made it home. My nerves were still bad, but boy was I glad to be home, to see my family, touch my children, all of which was on the verge of being gone. Sunday, after this experience an old song was ministered and what as reminder it was straight from the Lord. This one is for you Saints, never forget it.

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Year One…

christmas-ornament-1042543_1280Hello luvs!!! I hope everyone enjoyed time with family and friends and maybe even did a little shopping over the Thanksgiving holiday. So I started my post a few weeks ago (and struggled with it ever since) when I read a blog post from another blogger who also happens to be my natural hair stylist; and it was exactly how I was feeling that day and towards others (friends/family) who i deal with on a daily basis and them interacting with me. I pray that my posts is shared with others who may be in this reality right now or can give you a glimpse of what it’s like for others walking in this journey.

This post by Iaminfectiouslyhappy.com was right on time! Thank you Kelley for sharing your transparency.

Struggling to write a blog post for today (and every other Tuesday) this is what the past 11 months have been for me and continues to be. Grieving is never an easy task, but navigate it at you own pace. It gets easier with time and that time differs from person to person.  Don’t let society or anyone else dictate when you should move on. When one is diagnosed with cancer we both are diagnosed. Living the life of a cancer patient is hard work. The endless nights of no sleep, the never-missing a scheduled dose of pain meds, comforting when there’s nothing you can physically do to help, sleeping in a hospital chair for 8 weeks, listening to monitors beep and go off 24/7, explaining things over-and-over because their sense of time is off due to a long hospital stay…and the list could continue forever, but it is absolutely depleting. Now take that, rev it up, and say goodbye all in about six months. Welcome to the life…

Our society expects us to always keep going and stay busy. Whether it’s working countless hours to provide for your home, taking care of your family, being a friend, sister, auntie, God-mother…or whatever it is that keeps you on the move. I’ve come to a point where I need to tap out…I need a minute from life to just sit still. When you stay continuously moving, you get burned out; sheer exhaustion. Work is a blur and my focus is all over the place except where it needs to be. How do you press pause on life when you depend on it so heavily? As each day goes by, I try to understand what that might look like for me. How can I live/survive, take care of my home and responsibilities; how to live in simplicity…

As I approach the end of the year, I try to stay uplifted and positive as I continue to do for others. Keeping busy helps redirect the emotions that it’s almost been a year. Some days it feels as if I’m still in the first 24 hours and others seems like an eternity ago; but I keep pressing on. As we’re in the season and spirit of giving, don’t just give tangibly. Love up on those around you, mend those broken or not talked about relationships, extend your time and energy to someone that might need it for whatever reason. We’re placed here with plan and purpose. Let’s fulfill it without regret.

I pray that everyone has a wonderfully blessed remaining 2015. I’ll see you in 2016!!!!!

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Faith Walk

I was going to go a completely different route with my post this week, but never could sit down and put the words on paper…now I know why. Something else needed to be said this week, I needed to pencil out my frustrations, start practicing what I preach so to speak, and truly take a big step in my faith walk.

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This week I was hit with a whammy of a test. I’m looking back like where did that come from? Deep breath, okay you can do this. I was just getting myself together and making adjustments as needed and then wham here comes part 2 of the test. First instinct is always to fall apart, have a woo is me moment, asking the Lord why me? Why now? You know all that I’ve been through and I just really can’t deal with this right now. Or more like I do not want to deal with this right now, not today. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm….. Mind you I said first instinct.

Now here comes Sista Emotional and she’s turning on the tears and the fear BIG TIME!!! Get it out girl and then get yourself together! Inhale…Exhale…Breath… Now is not the time to get bent all out of shape and have a pity party, now is the time to activate that faith that you speak so strongly of. Now is the time to really put your money where your mouth is. You had your moment yes, now it’s time to let that go and turn to your Father in Heaven and allow Him to strengthen you, keep you and give you the courage to press through the test.

My Pastor just spoke about drinking from your cup in his message on Sunday. In Matthew 26:42 Jesus prayed a sincere prayer “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done”. Here Jesus is speaking of his soon to be brutal death and crucifixion. He in the fleshly man did not want to go through with it, but His spirit man knew there was purpose to be fulfilled and therefore He surrendered His will to His Father’s and drank from His cup. At this moment I need to pray the same prayer. Father if this cup cannot pass from me in this season unless I drink from it, Your will be done. I made the declaration on Sunday that whatever cup was sat out before me, no matter the size, I would drink from it and surrender my will to my Father’s. I just didn’t know He was going to put me to the test so quickly lol!

Although I do not know how this situation is going to work out, I am confident in knowing that my Father has it all in control and that it is just a part of His purpose and plan for my life. And now is where I take the spot light off of me and flip it to you. I encourage you to drink from your cup, no matter what it is, trust that our Father in Heaven has poured exactly what He wanted you to have. And after you take that first sip, close your eyes, swallow, feel it flowing through your veins…now open your eyes, put a smile on your face and walk boldly in your faith, I promise you will not be disappointed.

Peace & Blessings,

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Faithful Friday

Just like the last drop of water drips off the spout of the bottle. Or like the final beam of sunlight falls under the peak of night, we often wave the flag of surrender to the tasks of life before ever really beginning them. Those Bible studies printed and started with great intention and enthusiasm that now sit incomplete; the adorable blank menu plans awaiting the fulfillment of delicious and flavorful, yet healthy meals/recipes to be written in. I could go on and on for all the great intentions I have once started but was all too quick to let fall by the wayside. Yeah, me, the planner, are you judging? (please don’t lol) See remember a few weeks ago when I was talking about how my mind can get to the point where I feel like it might explode? At times, I’m consumed with so many tasks that rather than excelling at one or two of them, I simply walk away from all of them. (I’m so so glad God doesn’t treat me like this) Some of them, for what seems to be forever and others just long enough to regroup and try back at it again later. There are moments when I feel like my best just isn’t enough, that I’ve been overlooked, that I just don’t quite make the cut. And it could be that I simply attempt to push myself beyond what is expected of me at times (I can see the hubs shaking his head, like yup). But see it comes from a place of love, a place of acceptance, a place of approval. Know what I mean? So I know that God created me for a purpose. I know He’s given me, what I think of as, limitless talents and gifts (I truly believe I can be taught to do/make/create anything and with practice perfect it). But when I stop to look around at all the unsuccessful attempts and incompleteness of tasks, I can’t help but think of how disappointed God must be with me. And then suddenly that email pops up in my inbox, or text message alert goes off and I instantly know its Him, with a simple reminder.

Now maybe my scenario isn’t quite relate-able to you, and you’re the woman that applied for a job months ago and heard nothing, or the woman whose been trying to conceive but every test result reads negative, or the woman whose afraid to be alone because the devil has held your mind captive… See no matter the scenario all remains the true that is God is FAITHFUL! You must believe what the Word says with all your heart:

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:22-23 (NKJV)

 

God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ~1 Corinthians 1:9 (AMP)

 

Yet the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen [you] and set you on a firm foundation and guard you from the evil [one]. ~2 Thessalonians 3:3 (AMP)

Because God is faithful, He will never fail you. I want to leave you with one final scripture 

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)

Have an awesome weekend ladies and remember to remain faithful.

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