Happy 2018 everyone! I feel blessed to be alive on today, January 1st 2018. January of 2017 was extremely rough. I had oral surgery, and then a week later I cut through my flexor tendon. On January 31, 2017, two days before my 21st birthday, I had surgery to repair my flexor tendon. I was out of work for 12 weeks and could not use my dominant hand at all, BUT God. I kept asking God to help me to be more patient, and that is exactly what He did, so be specific in your prayers. He took away my ability to do certain things, in order to show me that it was okay to accept help. He took away my ability to write, in order to strengthen my memory. He took away my ability to use two hands in order to remind me that I needed to slow it down. I am thankful for how 2017 started, because as I look back over the year I can see just how far I have really come.
2017 was a year of lessons, but I am confident that 2018 will be a year of blessings. God humbled me in 2017. He broke me down, but built me back up stronger than ever. He took away my temper, and gave me patience. He took away my nastiness, and gave me a heart of joy. He took away my shame, and showed me His grace. God is faithful! I know that the enemy has been busy, and I know that you want to give up but KNOW that the tide is turning. Your test is turning into your testimony. Your pain is being turned into promise. Your tears are turning into joy. How do I know? I am so glad you asked. Psalms 126:5 says, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.” Then Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and an expected end.”
Continue to P.U.S.H! Pray until something happens. Just because it did not happen in 2017, that does not mean it will not happen in 2018. Think about where you were last year at this same time. You were probably still believing God to do some things from 2016. Did He not bring it to pass? See, each year can be looked at as a prerequisite. We can call 2017 the test, but 2018 will be the testimony. I am believing God with you. Hebrews 10:36 says, “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” Continue to pray and continue to push. Be encouraged!
God does not call the qualified, but qualifies the called. Stop thinking that your past defines your future. No sin that you have committed can prevent God from using you. Once you pray and ask God for forgiveness, move on!God is not looking for those who are perfect, but those who are usable.
According to the New Living Translation, 2 Timothy 2:20-21 says, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”What does this mean? I am so glad you asked. This means that God is willing to use anyone who wants to be used. You do not have to be perfect, or pure as gold to be used God. God is not looking for superstars, but for anyone willing to be used by Him. We are all utensils, mechanisms of usage by God. He does not care if you are the newest or the oldest, but He cares that you are washed, and ready for usage.
1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” The power of Christianity is the message of Jesus Christ, not in the messenger. The Gospel is the message, and it has the power to transform life. A convict can give you a life changing message, as long as it was ordained by God. Rahab was a prostitute, but God still used her. David was a murderer, but God used Him too. Saul persecuted the Church, BUT God.
My point is this, once you come to Christ you are a new creature. Old things have past away (2 Corinthians 5:17). You do not have to worry about what sins you previously committed. They no longer matter. God needs people who are willing to be used by Him. He calls ordinary people who have real trials and tribulations. As He helps you through the tests, your testimony is formed. Then, when you see someone else going through it you can tell them about the greatness of God, and how He brought you out. Just like that, you have helped spread the message of Jesus Christ.
Satan’s job is to convince you that your past prevents you from receiving God’s grace. I am here to tell you that the devil is a liar. I do not care if you were a prostitute, a drug dealer, or even a murderer. God loves you and if you allow Him, He will use you. He will make you a great warrior for Him. Be encouraged!
Hey everyone! Just wanted to share some Christmas singing from my mom with you all. I pray that your Christmas was blessed and that these videos bless you as well. New post coming tomorrow. Be encouraged ❤️
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Christmas is my favorite time of year. It is a time of love, joy, giving, and most importantly miracles. The lights, the tinsel, and the bows are nice, but the most important part of it all is Jesus. During this Christmas season, please remember Jesus.
Often times we get so caught up in buying gifts, getting discounts, and saving money that we miss the mark. We forget to show the cashiers in the stores patience when the lines are backed up. We trample over people for discounts on Black Friday, less than 24 hours after giving God thanks for all of His blessings.
Christmas is about Christ, the ultimate gift. It is about celebrating God’s love for us by giving us the gift of Jesus. Matthew 1:21-23 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”
Often times we forget that the gifts that we are giving symbolize more than just a gift. According to Matthew 2:11 the wisemen took Jesus gifts at the time of His birth. It says,”On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” They used gifts as a way to show love and adoration for Him. The gold was given to Him to symbolize Him as a king while the frankincense was a sign that He would be worshipped. The myrrh was given because He would suffer and die. What do the gifts that you give represent? What meaning do they have? When giving gifts, you do it not because you expect something in return but because you are grateful for the role a particular person has played in your life. The wisemen gave Jesus wonderful gifts, but who knew He would give one even better? He gave His precious life to forgive us from all sins.
Imagine not having a Savior to celebrate? Personally, I do not think that I can imagine that. During this Christmas season be sure to remember Christ, God’s gift to us. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!
I trust you today and tomorrow for all that I am needful of. Lord, I trust that your promises will forever lead me down beautiful pathways of love. Lord, I pray that your spirit will guide me, each day my whole life through. For in every decision and challenge, YOUR best has been planned for me. In Jesus Name,
For years my mom and I have said this prayer. It was given to her by a friend, but we are still unsure of who wrote it. We memorized it years ago, and it has always been a prayer that we could pray together. Maybe you can also include this into your daily routine. Maybe you can pray this prayer with your friends, significant other, or family members. Change it from I to We in order to make it inclusive of all parties praying with you. I want God’s protection over my life, and I want all that He has for me. I am sure that you want the same, so I will continue to pray this prayer for you and with you.
Good Morning Lord,
Good Morning Holy Spirit. Good Morning Jesus. Thank you for new mercies. Thank you for your grace. Thank you for keeping me as I slept last night. Thank you for keeping my loved ones as well. Forgive me for all of my sins. Help me to be like you. Help me to love like you and walk like you. Lord, I invite you into my life. Have your way on this day. Help me to walk in the fruits of the spirit. Help me to be optimistic and look at every situation as an opportunity for growth. Lord, I love you and I thank you.
In Jesus Name,
Good morning! I pray that your day is blessed. I feel great today, knowing that I have a God that loves me enough to give me another shot at life today. What about you? Yesterday is gone, but today is a new day. Old things have past away, and all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).
As you embark on this new day, walk in love and forgiveness. If you had a bad day on yesterday, walk in joy today. If you allowed the devil to steal your joy on yesterday, then do not let him get away with it two days in a row. I speak joy, peace, and happiness over your life on today. Be encouraged and know that with each day comes new mercies. Move on and allow God to have His way in your life on today.
Growing pains seem to hurt the worst, but trust the process. The pain that you are feeling does not compare to the joy that’s coming (Romans 8:18).
As we grow we experience both wins and losses. We have good times, but bad times also. We cry, celebrate, and mourn as well. Ecclesiastes 3, talks about seasons and how there is a season for everything. We must trust God’s timing and believe that the seasons will change. I know that you are tired. I know that you feel like God has left your side. I know that you want to give up, but your time is coming. Do not give up! Do not be dismayed, because God is able to do all but fail.
Although you may experience the highs and lows of life, you must continue to have joy. You must continue to seek God’s will. By rejoicing during all seasons, you are able to create a smooth transition into the next. There is a season to mourn the death of loved ones, but there is also a time to celebrate their lives. There is a season to hold on, but also a time to let go. There is a time to love, and a time to give. Trust that in God’s timing all things will be made well. Even Job went through a tough season in his life. The devil literally took everything from him, but he still served God. He learned to be content no matter what the enemy threw his way. Because he continued to trust God, God gave him double for his trouble within his new season.
What season are you in? Are you in Winter where it is really cold, and you need the Lord to bring you comfort? Or are you in the Summer where things are going smooth, and life could not be much better? Are you in Fall and letting the dead things go? Or are you in Spring, and bouncing back from a few losses? Whatever season you are in, just know that you are in the right one. If you never experienced the cold of winter, then you would never be able to appreciate the excitement and joy of summer. God loves you, and He is preparing you for much more. In whichever season you find yourself in be content. One thing that I know for sure, is that seasons always change. Be encouraged!
Thank you! Thank you for all that you have done and that you are doing in my life. Thank you for who you are. Thank you for being a God of second and third chances. Thank you for loving me in spite of all of my sins and shortcomings. Thank you for being the greatest example of love.
Lord, please forgive me for all of my sins. Lord, I ask that you would help me to be the man/woman that you have called me to be. Help me to walk in the spirit. Allow me to love like you love. Allow me to forgive those who hurt me. Help me to move forward and let the past stay where it belongs. Allow me to be your hands and feet here on Earth. I pray that my light will shine wherever I go. Grant me favor with you and with men.
Then Lord, I pray that you will remove anything from me that is not of you including family, friends, addictions, and habits. Help me to look to you no matter what. Let me put all of my hope in you. Let me seek joy from you, and you only. I pray that you will bring positive people into my life. Bring supportive people into my live. Bring saved people into my life.
Lord, open up doors for me that no man can close. Orchestrate divine appointments in my life. Bless me God. Enlarge my territory, and please never take your hand from upon me. Have your way in my life Lord. Move on my behalf, and do a new work in me. I thank you and I praise you for all that you are doing, done, and yet to do.
In Jesus Name,
Happy Monday! I hope that everyone is doing well. I know that for many of us the end of the school semester is approaching. Be encouraged! As you begin to study and prepare for finals pray for wisdom. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” I did exactly what this scripture told me to do, and God heard my prayer.
Let me tell you all how good God is. Due to my work schedule I was forced into a few online courses. I really do like online classes. You can take them at your own speed and turn in your homework at just about any point in the semester. They are great, but this one class was a struggle. It was an online math course. Now, math drives me crazy. I think everyone knows that, but math online is another type of crazy. All year I was passing the homework, but the tests were pretty much a lost cause. I was stressed. I had one more test that could make or break my grade. I was even satisfied with taking a “C” at this point, and anyone who knows me knows I do not do “C’s”.
Before going into that test I prayed, and while taking the test I prayed some more. I felt so confident for the first time ever. I remembered most questions from the homework and I knew that had to be God. After finishing up the test I felt good, real good. I emailed my professor a few days later asking him if I had passed. I got a B on the test and now I have a “B-” in the class. THAT IS GOD! GOD IS FAITHFUL! I cried reading that email. Then on top of that, I do not have to take the final. God answers prayers!
Be in prayer as you are finishing up your semester. If you are struggling in a course, pray for wisdom and believe God to give it to you. I have no idea how I ended up with a “B-” in this class. I was praying that I could make it to a “C”, but God is faithful. Pray, and do your best then watch God do the rest. Be encouraged!