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I read a great Post this morning by Andrew Strom, which the link is below for the post!
After reading, I felt lead to share a summary of my testimony below. May it bless you.
I must testify, of a church, that is or close to what you describe. I was a bus kid to various churches growing up. However, I was in no way prepared for the church I entered as an adult. I who was starved for love, felt overwhelming love when I entered through the front door, it seemed the faces were all lite up, glowing, I felt a sense of peace. Something happened to me that day, as I hobbled on my crutches, sciatic pain from wreck, and took a seat. My entire blog comes from this one experience, an invitation. I saw a vision of “Rivers of Living Water” flow above pulpit coming down aisle, as the Pastor Willoby preached have you ever thanked God? That day I thanked God, trusted God, and that River of Living Water, flowed over me and all who stood in the aisle, I felt that translucent breathing water hit me and wash over me. I was told, I was slain in the holy spirit, which this Baptist woman had not heard of in her bus church riding days. When I opened my eyes, I not only thanked Jesus, this introvert openly praised him, and my tongue was no longer mine, as it gave utterance and I spoke in tongues. God is real. Seven days later after receiving Baptism of Holy Ghost, I was Baptized in Jesus name according to Acts 2:38. Oh, and one minor detail, it took me a week to realize, I had walked out free of crutches, left under the pew, without pain, permanent injury gone. I had been healed and didn’t even realize it, because I was too busy trying to tell everyone I knew about how God touched me, as I wasn’t the same. Blessings to you all. ❤️
The anticipation is there, that perfect hot cup of coffee, how great it would be if our coffee cups, let us know , the coffee is indeed Hot! LOL
As I look inside my cup, the brown color tells me it needs a little creamer. I’m trying “White Chocolate with Macadamia” this week. A little goes a long way, yet it is , so Good!
Then I have to decide will I add sugar too? One lump or two? LOL
Then I am ready, my first sip is divine, coffee lady, who has a sense of humor, I just love the wiggly doggie…………….
Coffee is one of my treats , I do for me, A simple act of kindness to myself, yet nothing was more fun than paying for the order behind me, in my favorite coffee drive through, it allowed me to be anonymous, giving, and joyful!
A simple Act of Kindness can indeed be a beautiful act of love, so go ahead this fall, figure out a simple inexpensive way to give and watch your joy level rise!
Coffee and Kindness! Blessings to All!
Wow! Meeting Goals! Three years ago, Beetree- Gathering bloomed into life, specifically my lifeline.
Blogging became an outlet used to express personal passions in life. Creativity flows through my veins for writing, painting, reading, photography and cooking.
To the best of my ability, I transferred pains of life to Beetree-Gathering writing in a style that I hoped could bless and benefit others in their trials.
During the creation of my blog, I suddenly lost my dad to a massive heart attack, while I was still grieving the loss of my younger adult brother and my best friend of fifteen years.
I witnessed the miracle of my mom coming back from brink of death, then living life fully, despite dementia.
One day I experienced angels visiting in my mom’s yard during a very low point being greatly encouraged.
The enemy had destroyed many relationships, I was hurt and grieving, slowly I began to experience reconciliation of important relationships that I thought were ruined. That’s God!
My health continues to blossom, I have experienced the healing of God. I feel Jesus walks my health journey with me. I don’t walk alone, Jesus has wiped my tears, been my encourager, healer, inspiration and voice convincing me to do more.
I learned how to be alone, without fear, breathing in the stillness of absolute quiet. I learned to love my quiet times as it gives me wonderful opportunities of reflection.
I learned I am not responsible for others behaviors, only mine. Change took place when I worked on me. I am not without fault, and I asked for forgiveness just as quickly as I gave forgiveness. Forgiveness is often misunderstood, as letting a person off the hook. However, for me when I gave forgiveness, most time without apologies, letting go of the trauma, betrayal, hurt or pain, actually allowed me to start healing.
Blogging changed me in many ways. I have around 250 followers, for which I’m deeply and profoundly grateful. Your stories came at divine times just when my soul needed the words to soothe me, or challenge me, or help me question my direction. I received blogger awards in disbelief, utterly surprised I had readers, followers , strangers who became friends.
Thank you to all who follow my blog, for sharing your stories and being friends to me. May God bless your blogs, increase your readership, give you all opportunities to bless your life and the lives of others. I wouldn’t be here if not for you all believing in me!
Love Always, 🍯Beetree-Gathering🐝
Feeling the Divine Presence
I reach for you knowing you are near.
I step out in Faith hoping to draw closer.
My heart is pounding.
I stand with my arms wide open.
I can fill you in my stillness.
Not a shadow, nor a face.
My fear is gone.
I feel a comfort that runs deep.
I look up and I am amazed, for coming right at me are the, Living Waters of Grace.
I am so excited, waiting, anticipating, then I feel the sweet sensations of living water flowing over me.
I stand with arms wide open.
To receive, the beautiful gift of your Holy Spirit, dwelling inside me.
Hope is all around.
I stand washed anew, Assured in my salvation, Overwhelmed in your grace.
Living water flowing over me, Washing my sin clean.
Living water setting me free;
Living water flowing over me.
Jesus is here, Jesus is here, Jesus is here!
Lift up your hands and feel living waters flowing over you and me.
Living Waters of Grace, Living Waters of Grace, Living Waters of Grace.
Lift up your hands and feel living waters flowing over you and me.
MY ARMS ARE WIDE OPEN!
Are you are waiting on the promises of God?
Rejoice and stand, your faith will sustain you, no matter how long it takes!
The devil wants us all to grow weary and tired. If the devil can get us tired, the devil will snatch your hope right out from under your feet. Before you know it, you will have quit believing on Gods promises.
Gods time isn’t our time. The mintue you stand on God’s promises and stand in faith , praying, the light begins to flicker, then burn .
Remember, no matter how long it takes “REJOICE” for God’s promises will come to pass. For Jesus is our Savior, Way-maker, Healer, Provider, Deliver, Counsel, Teacher and Friend. Oh how Jesus Loves us all! 🙌💞✝
In Matthew 7:7 (AMP),
Jesus tells us, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.”
I love being creative or innovative. My hobbies are writing, blogging, interior decorating, staging and art. Recently I got back into Art after watching an acrylic pour video using Acrylic paints. I wondered if I could be successful if I gave painting a try. I loved art when I was younger, drawing and painting. Not sure why, it just faded away. 🤷 Painting is fun because to me there are no mistakes, just keep going till you achieve what you like to create. I don’t have any certain niche, My hobby has helped my anxiety and stress levels considerably. I started by watching YouTube videos then started playing around until I learned basic techniques and in process ruined good cloths.🤪 Now I happily keep paint cloths on hand 👌. Don’t be shy give art a try. The possibilities are endless. After all if we pray about creating to our Lord who is the master creator, having created our universe, isn’t God capable of gifting us at any age? Just a thought! Now pray and Create, it will be fun!💯🌝
Prayer :God, Thank You for being my creative director. Thank You for guiding me and leading me into the divine destiny you have in store for me. It’s easy to think that I know it all, but I don’t. I don’t have all the answers, You do. More often than not, I won’t know the “how” but I know the “who” and that is You. You are the one that will strengthen and qualify me. You are the one that will fill me with ideas and creativity that the world has yet to witness. You are the one that will give me the wisdom to carry out those ideas so that they will be manifested in Your name. Lord, even when it doesn’t make sense to me, give me the confidence to trust that You know what You’re doing. Lord, please do not let fear or anxiety push me to depend on my own understanding. Lord, not only are you my creative director but you are my creative consultant. Help me to consult You before I act and lean on Your direction alone.
In Jesus Name! Amen!https://bybuku.com/my-walk/7prayers
Below are my completed projects I wanted to share, in hopes to inspire or encourage another to be creative.I hope you enjoy viewing, as it is a step out of my comfort zone . Blessings 🐝
Yesterday, I awoke , sat up with my world turning upside down. All gravity and balance was gone. When I tried to lift my head, the world spun to point I felt like I was passing out. I was helpless. Yesterday was like a bad roller coaster ride. Every-time I tried to pull forward, I was twisted and turned all around. I ended up flat on the carpeted floor the first time I tried to go toward the bathroom. Lucky for me my half bath is tiny, located under a staircase, I had no other choice but to lean into the wall, then I crawled back to my couch.
Luckily, my purse was near me, I pulled out a finger pulse/ oxygen sensor, then a thermometer , and lastly my blood sugar meter. All these gadgets, showed my vitals and blood sugar we’re normal. Maybe your wondering why I’ve kept those gadgets in my purse. Simply, since last year they became essential because of Covid Virus. There have been many times that I’ve been glad of their purchase because of my anxiety, fearing going to a hospital. I have had Vertigo once in the past and felt confident that was what I was dealing with at this time. I proceeded to lay there until 6:30 pm that night, finally got up ate a simple meal.
My vertigo reminded me that I am not in control, yet God is in full control.
Despite chaos everywhere, God is on the throne handling it all. God isnot taken by surprise.
I was reminded that when I can’t walk straight, when I am weak, God carried me through.
Being a person who endures anxiety, the last few weeks were overwhelming, with all the news reports, of Covid, Delta Variant, Afghanistan debauchery, fake news, fearmongering, and isolation took a toll on my mental health. I’m scared, worried for all humanity, feeling helpless that I can’t do anything to help, just wanting to hear good news.
Vertigo made me realize I can help and possibly inspire others by writing the good news I seek.
Good News today!
1. Our planet still functions in all it’s beauty with our Awesome Sun and Amazing Universe that was miraculously spoke into being by our creator who breathed life into us and when humanity fell short and sinned. God in his infinite love made a way for us all to have everlasting life and salvation by dying on a cross bearing the weight of the world upon himself. Rising from the dead three days later, ascending into heaven. Jesus paid the one time price for you. When you ask God into your heart and to forgive your sins, you are forgiven as far as east is to the west, your sins are remembered no more, white as snow, past , present and future. God resides in you and you are a work in progress.
2. There is a spiritually powerful weapon at your disposal. It’s called Prayer! Talk to God like you talk to your best friend. Then always give thanks to God and glorify him.
“Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Deuteronomy says of God’s army that ‘one man (could) chase a thousand, or two put ten thousand to flight’ (32:30).Bible Matthews 18:20
“There is a multiplied effect in being together before God. It was the corporate prayer of Acts 1:14 that produced the corporate power of Acts 2:42-47. Corporate prayer brings corporate power (Acts 4:14-31).”Steve Meeks
“Unity is a force. Whenever any group of people gather in one accord, nothing can be impossible with them.” “There is power in praying together.author unknown
Unity Prayer for Today.
Heavenly Father, Today I bind all prayers together for humanity and loose the prayers upon your angels to give flight to bring our words thoughts, needs before you, understanding there is power in praying together even though our needs be separate, believing in prayer of unification, that millions of angels take flight with our prayers carrying them forward to your holy throne with no hindrances from the enemy. May all our cries be heard and all our tears wiped. Lord we trust in you as your word promises you will fight for us. May your angels encamp around us, protecting us from evil, may no plague come near us, may we rejoice as you bring us out, of the fire, carrying buckets of water, spiritual living waters for others, as we rejoice in victory! In Jesus name Amen.
I have approached the age where reading glasses are a must have, when reading new novels or my messages on my cell. Early this morning, my youngest granddaughter , shyly approached my bed, “Whatcha doing Grammy?and I replied “Reading a book.”, she asked if she could get in bed with me and I said, “Yes.”
Now, this wee child began to observe me. I laughed and a few minutes later, she nestled into me and snuggled as I continued to read. I glanced down at her over the rim of my glasses and bless her heart, she was laying there with my spare blue reading glasses on her face pretending to read one of my small devotional books, copying her grandma. It touched my heart dearly!
My pastor had once preached that children are like sponges, soaking up their environments. On this night I had a living example of just that with her copying me reading.
Then there was the time I said a bad word,(yes, I am a christian and sometimes I cuss despite my best intentions) and sure enough, it got repeated by the little one.
A good example of how careful I must be as to what they are soaking up, asking is it good? Because later you do not want to ring something bad out later! It took a while to get that word out her vocabulary.
That night as my youngest granddaughter kissed me goodnight, she said”your the best Grammy in the whole world” I smiled, cause her heart was a lot like Jesus, she didn’t remember my bad word, just the good stuff.
Just a thought! Blessings!
Prayer can be powerful, and prayer is powerful whether as a single prayer by you or a group. I believe in prayer, having seen the supernatural move of God many times , for anyone to ever convince me prayer doesn’t work or that there is no God.
God is alive and well! Everyday, we have an incredible opportunity to submit ourselves before God.
Pray on the full armor of God!
The full armor of God—truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer—are the tools God has given us, through which we can be spiritually victorious, overcoming Satan’s attacks and temptations.
Ephesians 6:11-18 “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Pray for family and friends, standing in the gap, praying for others protection, safety, needs, finances, healing, restoration and salvation.
Anyone can pray, you can pray! It is a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. Everyday ask God to be your rear guard and forward guard. Welcome the Holy Spirit in your home and vehicle and workplace. The Holy Spirit is before you and behind you is the mighty Lion of Judea. If God be for you who can be against you. When you are weak, God is strong giving strength, when overwhelmed God gives rest. God is our healer, provider and restores us. God knows all our weakness, where as man judges, God sees and knows our hearts, God has wiped every tear and he truly loves us. How do I know this? It starts with one simple prayer. Say his name , “Dear Jesus” he will come running, God desires a relationship with you this very minute. Let the relationship begin……….then you will understand when I say ” Oh how he loves us” that yes, God truly does love us all!
Why Pray? to connect with the creator of the universe, to begin a beautiful relationship!
Photographs tell stories, yet most remain silently unobserved within the picture. The picture longs to speak, telling its hidden story. The little girl does not know about the gift of courage placed inside her before she was placed in her mother’s womb, which is rising to combat all that is against her.
I relate to this image because I recognize the darkness floating around the young girl; surrounding her deep thoughts while smiling outwardly. On the inside, the wait can be unbearable, her pain unnoticed, while she smiles outwardly as her stomach rumbles doubt, like waves of the ocean, the knot of fear that holds her back with chains are being pulled and twisted. Her wrists bleed to break free. A knot continues to rise in her throat to try to silence her once more.
At the exact second, she has noticed a light goes off in her, the knot of fear rips out the voice, a roar unleashing words flow from her mouth to her pen, she is silent no more.
A writer is born.
9/3/2018 DHJ beetreegathering.com
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32).
Psalm 121 asks the question, “where does my help come from?” There is chaos all around on earth! America is being shaken! Money won’t fix all your problems. Moving wont stop Covid-19, protestors, or calamity! New ideas or a political party, or who will be the next president won’t help you at the deepest levels of your life. To wear or not to wear a mask is mute. You simply need God! LOOK UP!
Because these other false gods can’t bring peace to the soul, heal you or deliver this country! You must look above the mess and focus on Jesus!
Read his word, get into a devotion plan, fasten your eyes, heart and soul on Jesus!
Pray, say his name! Jesus! Lord help us!
Where is Jesus? Jesus is right here with us in our midst, waiting to hear you call his name! Call him! You are loved far more than you know by a God who formed you in your mothers womb and knew you before you ever arrived on this planet! You are his creation! LOVED BY A MIGHTY GOD!
The psalmist in the bible then says —
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Only God !!!
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
What DOES THIS SCRIPTURE MEAN?
PSALM 121 PRAYER POINTS
1. Father i thank you for you are my ever present helper in time of need in Jesus name
2. Father, i thank you for You never sleep nor slumber over issues of my life
3. Father, because you are my shield, i shall not be afraid of the enemy in Jesus name
4. I declare that i am heavily protected by the hand of God in Jesus name
5. I declare today that i am protected from every evil attacks of the day in Jesus name
6. I declare that i am protected from every evil attack of the Night in Jesus name
7. Father, i declare that my soul is preserved in you, therefore my enemies cannot afflict me in Jesus name.
8. I release the angels of the Lord to connect me to my destiny helpers in Jesus name
9. I shall never be stranded in life in Jesus name
10. I shall never lack help in life in Jesus name
11. Every evil power, working against my prosperity, you are cancelled. voided, in the name of Jesus.
12. Every evil power, that wants to deny me of my destiny, cancelled and voided, in the name of Jesus.
13. It is written concerning me, that I will divide the spoil of my enemies with the land with the great and mighty and it shall be so, in the name of Jesus.
14. Holy Spirit, You are my chief destiny helper, connect me to my other destiny helpers, in the name of Jesus.
16. Every evil power, that wouldn’t allow me to reach my potential,cancelled and voided, in the name of Jesus.
17). Oh Lord, as you sent angel Michael to help Daniel in time of need, send your angels to send me help in Jesus name.
18). Oh Lord, I have peace of mind, because you are my helper in Jesus name. 19). Father I declare that man will not boast as the source of help in my life, you are my only helper in Jesus name.
20). Oh Lord, help me to live a godly life as I serve you.
Thank you Jesus.
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SOS – You are not Alone! God is with you and for you! Say his name -Jesus-and he will come running to you!
Praying for our beautiful country and all our beautiful human souls! God hears all our cries, I love the song below because the song is stating God see you, you arenot forgotten, never hopeless….Take a moment and listen God hears you!!🙏🏻❤️
You are not hidden
There’s never been a moment
You were forgotten
You are not hopeless
Though you have been broken
Your innocence stolenI hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOSI will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue youThere is no distance
That cannot be covered
Over and over
You’re not defenseless
I’ll be your shelter
I’ll be your armorI hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOSI will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It’s true, I will rescue youI hear…Source: LyricFind
I worship you!❤️
For you alone are worthy 🙌🏻
Thank you so much ! I am deeply honored and touched. 😉
Here are the rules/guidelines:
1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
2. Answer the questions provided.
3. Create 7 unique questions.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!
This award was created by Colton Beckwith.
Here are STU questions:
1. What is your favorite clothing to wear that unfortunately does not look good on you? (Color wise, etc) Scarf
2. Why do you blog? Why Write A Blog?
3. Mask or no mask? Don’t worry about what others think or say, please give your honest opinion and why… Mask to protect the elderly
4. What is your favorite book of all time?
5. What childhood memory bring an immediate smile to your face? My fourth birthday
6. Do you see God’s Handiwork everywhere? In people, nature and objects… most, yes
7. Which band, not singer, has influenced you the most. No bands
Here are my questions for my friends I am giving this award to:
- What is your favorite meal?
- What act of kindness brings you joy?
- Why do you blog?
- Currently, my favorite singer is Lauren Diagle- You Say, who is your favorite singer and why>
- With everything going on in America, do you watch news or shut it off?
- Have you ever dreamed of driving around the US in an RV? If , yes, where is your first stop?
- I not only blog, I cook too. Would you like to try my recipes? My Yummy Recipies
Here are the friends I am giving this award to:
To my friends: please do not feel obligated to participate. Just my little way of saying thank you and that I am thinking of you! Have a great weekend 😊
*A few of you may opt out of answering questions that could be a trigger*
Just as the stone rolled away for Jesus, God will also open the door for you!
🙏🏻❤️ Never Give Up!
I took a recent break from internet and most forms of communications this last week, specifically the news because I cannot handle the negative reports or watch what our country is falling prey too. This is not a war of politics, of the races, he said, she said, the enemy is destroying our nation through words, words of offense, words that when spoken hurt to your very soul, brother wounding brother, tearing apart friendships, devouring family relationships, splitting families apart, destroying marriages, taking your eyes off the real problem, which is simply your word, and how you will speak.Did you not know your words have the power of life and death?
I have read stories written with words about injustice, justice, lack of justice and no justice. I have seen two races throw and sling mud back and forth, stirring up the pot of civil unrest. I have seen ignorance run amok, spilling out over this nation, as a slow poisonous gas, that is slowly leaking, toxic fumes, engulfing races, and igniting flames of hatred, discord, animosity, disrespect intertwining webs of deceit, revenge and murder. These stories have made me mad to the point I am shaking in my shoes. The worst part is the men, women and children who lost their lives. I pray for their families, my heart breaks.
When will this nation learn that words are a very powerful and formidable weapon, which causes life or death? Words are power, to be used, to teach, edify, inspire, buoy up, cheer, comfort, console, embolden, hearten, reassure, please encourage a person to use their words for good, to be a building block of prosperity. When we allow words to deface, demoralize, devalue, to cause distrust, to breed hatred, to bring contempt, to pit brother against brother, and I am talking in the biblical sense, we as a nation are allowing words to destroy our children, our marriages, our families, all of our relationships, our very nation. Please stop words of destruction!
Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”Dec 15, 2014 Please read the article in its entirety below.
A very wise man once told me, if you do not want something known, do not speak it, or write it, for you surely will be exposed. This man told me to always be careful with my words. I took this to heart, I am very careful with my words, I want my words to edify, to teach, to encourage and be uplifting. I want my words to be spoken in truth, if I have a discord with someone, I will try my best to find a way to state my case, hopefully fix it and move on. I do not use, it as an opportunity to ambush, spread lies, breed contempt, or start a war. Hatred breed’s hatred and that is what the enemy wants. The enemy wants us to hate one another!
God’s words in the bible are powerful, when spoken, those words come alive, for the word of God are “Life.” God ‘s word does not change, for it is the same today, as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow.
Words have power to build, encourage, edify, and build greatness into a person, but words also have the ability to kill, steal and destroy a person. That old saying about sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you, is a lie, straight from hell.
What does the Bible say about the power of words?Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” … Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”Apr 6, 2015What did Jesus say about words?Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey–sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”Apr 6, 201
You see, you have a choice; it has to start with you. You can use words for the good of this nation and mankind or you can continue to use words to destroy.
How will you stand with the powerful words that flow from your mouth, will you speak empathy, words of compassion, words of character and integrity, words that lead to conversations, words that lead to reconciliation or will words flow from your mouth that show hate, cruelty, threats, will your words cause violence, will your words destroy families, for hate begets hate, until finally our people lay dead, children, mothers, fathers sisters, brothers and families, will your words cause their death, words can be an evil that destroys from within? Or words can be the very living water your soul needs to change!
I pray you use your powerful words for Good of all of Humanity! The choice is simply yours!
S P E A K L I F E
Warning – Graphic Content- This is my story. The current headlines are scary and frighten me to such a point , I have to shut it all down. I feel helpless. Its all out of my control. Ninety-nine percent of what I view, I don’t believe, as it rallies against common sense and logical thinking. The newscasters seem to be exaggerating story lines. I tried following podcasts from all groups to learn more about current events.
I searched myself. my thoughts, feelings and prayed. After praying I feel led to share my own personnel story now, forty years later. I can only share my story and hope it helps one person. It is time. We all are given a choice.
For those who don’t know, I am almost six feet tall, very pale, red-haired, southern woman with freckles. I have experienced prejudice reactions from other groups that resulted in bullying early on in school, based on the color of my skin, gender, weight, hair color, accent, freckles, height, breasts, hips, thighs, sound of my voice, smell of my hair. These bullying attacks came from all sides. School became a nightmare for me.
The nightmare exploded in high school, I rode a bus to and from school every day over an hour each way, on a particular day, a group of five students who had harassed me all year with fear tactics through verbal threats, chanting, name calling, mocking, facial expressions and blocking passage to exist the bus, decided to take their fun one step further.
It was the second last week of school for the year and summer vacation was ahead! There were only eight on the bus as we headed down the highway with our bus-driver (who was a student) and seven seated students. My sister and I were sitting midway on bus reading, when the other five students snuck up behind us and pulled my sister and I up out of our seats from behind! We were roughly held against our will by two girls and the boys began to rub all over our blouses feeling our breasts and despite our screams the bus driver ignored what was taking place. He kept driving, laughing and looking up in the mirror. When one of the boys tried to reach between my legs, I broke loose, reached over the seat, grabbing my big history book and fought back by whacking him up side the head into the window. I had no choice but to fight, as we were being assaulted. The bus driver still did nothing to help. Everything was a blur, thereafter as I fought to survive and help my sister. Time seemed to disappear, when would it end? Suddenly the bus came to a hard stop, all of us flung apart, we were ordered to get off, by the bus driver! My mother hearing the bus driver, looked up from her lawn seat in the yard and as I stumbled across the front of the bus, I saw “Rage” fly into my mother when she saw her children, both of us beat to a pulp. My mom flew past us onto that bus and was , surprise, blocked and manhandled by our bus driver, so my mother couldn’t get to the five who had beat us, I heard her through her screams, but couldn’t make out what she said as my ears were ringing, the last thing I witnessed was my mom slapping the bus driver(over 18) in the face and him pushing my mom backward off the bus. The bus drove off, and my mother stood up on the other side of the road, she went running after the bus or so I thought and then I realized she was using neighbors phone to call for help!
My mom came back and took us in, she asked all the hard questions no mother should ever have to ask their children. I vaguely remember a local doc coming to our home, saying my right jaw was fractured but would heal in time, right side of face swollen beyond recognition, barely able to see out my eye, bruises everywhere would also take time . My sister was in shock with many bruises. Why would our fellow students do this to us, why became our biggest question! Mom got us in shower and helped us to bed.It took several weeks for myself and my sister to heal, sadly the hidden scars stayed with me developing into anxiety. The “Why” remained unanswered.
That day I could have chosen to hate two races of men or hate men in general……or have it out for every girl who looked like the ones that helped the boys attack us. These six individuals do not define an entire races or cultures. Their criminal actions define a very bad event that took place, that was a crime against me and my sister. I chose not to hate, but to see them at their heart level. They are each responsible for their own actions, as well as the bus driver for his lack of action. One male attacker came forward and sincerely apologized to me and my sister. During the last week of school , he was attacked in the school lunch room and beat up side the head with a lead pipe by the others (his own friends) who had assaulted us. There was never any resolution. No charges.
I learned as an adult I was sexually assaulted having never heard that word in my childhood which traumatized and affected me for years.
I am confident the event caused my anxiety that I live with everyday, as I have a deep fear of being trapped , not able to escape. It also caused me to have to be in control of myself and my surroundings.
Now forty years later, I see hate running everywhere, assumptions being made, great division and many distractions.
This is the age of disillusionment and distraction! In order to find truth you will need to disconnect , find a quiet spot, turn everything off, reflect and search your own heart! Ask yourself , why you believe what you do, are the beliefs accurate or wrong?My heart says the killings have to stop! Innocent lives; babies , children and our love ones are dying! I’m crying for humanity, I’ve never seen so much pain!
Division is a tactic of old, it is the enemy trying to destroy us all ! I could have chosen to hate, discriminate or seek revenge! Instead I chose to forgive, for without forgiveness there is no reconciliation or unity.
Love covers a multitude of sin. I chose “Love”, for God first loved us! God commands us to love him with our all! Gods second greatest commandment is for us to Love one another! Sadly,there is not much of that second love going around.
“Jesus gave him a clear answer: the greatest among many things that man could do is to love. To love God wholly and totally (with one’s heart soul, and mind) and to love one’s neighbor are the greatest commandments of all. … Because God is love and that is why we are able to ❤️”
What is your choice? LOVE or HATE?
I think this song says it all, heal us, start with me!
Twenty years ago I asked my daughter “Why do you need a pet? My daughter was manipulating on every level to get a dog for her upcoming birthday. I grew up with pets and actually disliked most animals due to allergies, fleas , ticks, dog hair and accidents. I wasn’t attached to our pets growing up as they were always my mothers pets. It made me angry when I was a child, as I felt it was just one more distraction in our home, with fighting four other kids for mom’s attention. I didn’t want the responsibility!
All week long the pleas grew longer and louder and I against my better judgement relented and agreed to go to the Flea Market at the state fairgrounds and have a look, but no promises.
Arriving at the flea-market and parking was a pain in the derriere, people were ruthless and upon existing the car the heat hit me like Hades and both of us being redheads we immediately turned bright red and looked for shade. The heat was unbearable. Pulling out water bottles we re-hydrated and planned our course of where to look and get out looking as crowds and I didn’t do well together.
Lucky for us the pets were in the shaded area for potential owners to view and play with, in hopes of a sell. The puppy breeders came from three and four states away. Not to mention the puppies cost an arm and a leg. My daughter and I looked at many breeds, lucky for me I couldn’t afford any of them. My disappointed daughter and I left to get lunch, on way home, at the local favorite “Farmers Market” resturante , shortly thereafter, as I ate BBQ chicken, collards, corn on cob, my daughter sadly played in her food . My beautiful girl wanted a puppy, I told her “Come on , lets go” we drove back to fairgrounds. We raced to the shaded area , there was one breeder left, the heat had got many to leave early and as we walked up we heard foul angry words spoken sharply at the puppy as he was shoved in a cage being called worthless runt, gonna put you down, dont no one want a brown eyed dog.
I instantly cleared my throat and spoke up, “Sir, I will take that worthless dog, how much? The sharp reply was $500, I quickly calculated and knew I didn’t have enough in my checking account. I started bartering with the breeder and got him down to $200, convinced him I was saving him money by taking dog off his hands.
The breeder literally shoved the dog at me before the ink on my worthless check was dry! We ran to the car and gave the dehydrated puppy water rinsing him off, as he was panting from the heat. Both my daughter and I fell in love in an instant as the puppy gazed in our eyes.We both called out the name Dakota. I just wasn’t sure what kind of dog he was, with his big paws. The veterinarian would educate me in a few weeks. Surprise, Surprise……………..Join me for part two, to continue reading Dakota’s Story.
I’m focusing on the beauty God has placed around me! Fresh flowers out of the yard. White flowers remind me of God’s forgiveness and the Red flowers remind me of the power of the blood of Jesus! His grace is a gift! Love Sister Debra
Hello! Such a joy to receive an award last week from two fellow bloggers.
The “Kennedy Award of Excellence” was humbling and I am deeply honored!
Thanks for thinking of me!
Renee and Stu your blogs, bless many people, including myself. I pray your ministries and blogs touch many lives to come. Thanks again!
The creator of this award, Parneet SSachdev, states, “this is a registered award of excellence for blogs that through it’s writing, presentation and objectives, fosters human values; promoting intellectual, emotional and moral growth of peers.”
Here are the guidelines:
- The recipient may thank the person who has nominated her.
- The recipient should post a photo of the award on her blog in a post.
- The recipient may nominate as many blogs for this award (minimum five).
- Following questions to be answered (You can change the questions as per your wish)
Here are the questions:
1. During these difficult times, what are you doing to draw near to GOD?
Times are difficult, I like everyone am going through tough things! It has been very hard to draw near to God, prayers become whispers, or inaudible sounds or screams let loose in my pillow. I hang on to Gods promises, I trust him! Everyone says where is God, ? Well honey he is right here with us or we wouldn’t be making it through 2020!
2. How have you extended GOD’S mercy to someone recently?
Yes, I extended Mercy, recently, in an on going situation, I chose to forgive a persons many betrayl’s! None are perfect- and that includes me. We all have faults and need to show the same kind of mercy that God has shown us. Choosing to let go was very hard, saying it and doing it were two different things! Finally, I am getting much needed peace.
3. What does your heart beat for right now during this uncertain time?
My heart beats for AGAPE LOVE UNIVERSALLY! For Humanity to gasp we are the human race to become color blind, red, yellow black or white we all are precious in his sight! God loves mankind!
4. How have you been blessed by your own followers?
There have been days I needed a word of encouragement and there was just the right post, with exactly what I needed to hear or a sweet comment that made me cry! People have really blown me away with their love and prayers here! 😊
5. Out of the many many comments you have received from your followers, is there one in particular that you have cherished?
Yes, once I was compared to my favorite author. I cherish all of them as this stands out , because it gave me the confidence to write more!
I really don’t like choosing just a few, but I will, because of the rules…. every one of you I think are awesome! I hope you know that! I am enjoying the bloggers below, they are my new reads, and I love thier stories!
My questions?!? Same as Above, I really liked them.
God was listening and heard Desiree prayer, and God dispatched for one of his best angels and commanded “Because Desiree loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue her; I will protect her, for she acknowledges my name, she called me and I will send help; I will be with her in trouble, I will deliver her and honor her. “Sadly, Desiree didnot know God had sent help, she was hanging on by a thread of faith, she prayed and it remained silent.
The only thing Desiree could do to fight the depression was to physically work in the yard. Thus far it had taken a week to relocate her moms favorite bird bath and the rock border that surrounded the bird bath. Desiree knew moving it would be no easy feat, yet necessary as it was sinking slowly into the mud due to the heavy rains. Desiree’s depression was like the bird bath, she was sinking, and felt unutterably stuck. Desiree remembered a scripture and spoke it out loud, declaring “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.” The scripture when spoken out loud flowed with life like rivers of living water, crystal clear, breathing and moving through the atmosphere. The angel clapped in glee and saw a glorious beautiful day, the deepest of blue skies, warm sun shining with a soft breeze that carefully lifted Desiree hair off her face cooling her down from the heat!
The angel circled around her protectively watching over her, lest she dash her foot on a stone. If only her surroundings could magically lift the heavy weight of sadness she carried, like a two ton chain, wrapped around her shoulders from life’s hardships. The angel had been ministering to Desiree nonstop, depression had been sent as an attack of the fallen one. God had commanded the angel to protect Desiree in all her ways. God had sent the angel to deliver Desiree from the depression and intended what had been meant for harm to turn it to good as it was a part of his plan to prosper her and give her hope. The thread of Faith Desiree held onto had been knotted on the end by the Angel.
Desiree began the task of relocating her mom’s bird bath, by first pulling up the boulder rocks that were partially buried weighing from 5 to 20 pounds each! Each rock felt cemented down, heavy and sucked down into the mud, where the rocks had been located for over ten years around the base of the birdbath. Each rock she pulled up took strength, muster and determination. Desiree spoke over the stumbling rocks as she pulled each one out saying , anger be gone, sadness be gone, depression be gone, betrayal be gone, rejection be gone, lies be gone, spiritual attacks be gone, poverty be gone, heartache be gone working the rocks out of the miry clay dirt , then several days later with many broken ragged fingernails, Desiree pulled up the last rock and said attacks of the mind be gone. Desiree felt an instant peace. The angel circled rejoicing as Desiree spoke life into her circumstances. Desiree then began praying on the full armor of God, and she grew stronger. The hard work actually felt good! Then Desiree discovered the root of her problems as she pulled up the last rock, underneath laid a massive root which she pulled and it would not give. The root was strong and had been planted many years ago when she was but a small wee child. The root was harsh words spoken to her by the enemy, through her earth father, meant to destroy her, yet but for God!
Desiree understood now, her father wasn’t her enemy, the root of all evil (satan) was her enemy. Desiree got her gardening tools and she began attacking that root with all her strenght and called on God asking for help saying she was weak and laid it at his feet, letting go and drawing in strenght sent by the Holy Spirit, digging up the root, the root was her enemy, Desiree dug and cut at the root for over eight hours, with root spanning twenty feet from the bird bath, and finally she came to the end of the root and ripped it out proclaiming in Jesus name ?I am delivered and healed.” The angels heard her declaration and an angel hit a cymbal declaring a “I Got The Victory” heard all throughout heaven!
Desiree studied the bird bath which was leaning like the “Tower of Pisa” in Italy, half the pedestal was buried in the mud and the tulip basin was only a foot from the ground. Desiree decided to flip over the top water basin let all the dirty water,sludge and mud fall to the ground completely being emptied out, knowing the water basin would bear the weight of the fall. Desiree carefully lifted the tulip basin and flipped it over which allowed all the water and mud to run out, then she softly let it hit the ground. Suddenly time stood still and Desiree watched in amazement as all the filth came out of the water basin and without warning all earthly noise stopped and she heard her master and saviors voice speak to her causing her to fall to her knees, Saying ” Desiree, I allowed satan to shift you, but I prayed for you that your faith will not fail you, when you have turned back strengthen others!” Desiree weeped, in joy, her heavenly fathers voice, precious in every way , had finally arrived. God kept his promise and didn’t forsake her, God prayed for her, he had heard her prayers. At that moment Desiree rested in the shadow of the almighty as his wings wrapped around her and gave her his rest!
Spiritually Desiree blossomed into a warrior as she strategically studied how to rebuild the bird bath! Desiree spoke out loud declaring “And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” Desiree was filled with Holy Spirit and upon her declaration her words flowed like rivers of living water circling around her spiritually, physically , mentally and emotionally in the earthly realm and the heavenly realm. Desiree dug out the pedestal base of the bird bath, rolled it on its side to sit by the tulip basin. Then she began moving rocks to the new spot for the bird bath, hoping the harder surface would prevent it sinking, placing the bird bath pedestal where it wouldn’t sink in mud.
Lord behold when Desiree turned around to pick up the tulip part the water bath basin she discovered it weighed over 150 lbs. Desiree could not lift it alone. Desiree liked completing her projects once started but had to come to a halt take a break.
Three days Desiree studied the tulip basin , just as she was rebuilding the bird bath, spiritually she was rebuilding her relationship and walk with God! As night fell on the third evening Desiree studied the bird bath from the front screen door, whispering to God, help me, and suddenly she witnessed a digital line run on ground, go up the pedestal, and lean it on the biggest rock, then watched as the water basin was rolled in front, Desiree jumped for joy and ran out the door, excited beyond measure!
Desiree didn’t need her strength to lift the heavy water basin, she just needed faith! Desiree rolled the pedestal in front of the biggest rock, leaning it on the rock, then she rolled, the water basin in front , then slowly pushed upward connecting both pieces with hardly any effort. The bird bath was upright and the two pieces clicked into one. Then Desiree sat the Angel statue into the water basin standing tall and glorious, not realizing the guardian angel God had sent her was watching! Desiree glorified God giving him all the Glory, she was amazed that while rolling the pedestal she realized something incredible!
Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God, attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You; when my heart faints, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. 3 For You have been a refuge for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
Desiree could not lift that heavy tulip basin for the bird bath it weighed so much but when she leaned it against “The Rock ” The Rock is Jesus Christ the Rock of salvation. What Desiree couldn’t do it in her own strength, but when leaned it over to the Rock what happened?The Rock lifted up so what she couldn’t do in her own strength, Jesus can do in his strength, for he is the Rock! That’s two stories in one and it had Desiree jumping! Jesus would restore Desiree!
God was spiritually showing her to lean on the “Rock.” Jesus is the Rock! The rolling of the tulip water basin was a reminder that after three days Jesus rose and and only Jesus could move the stone, and an angel was left to meet the women who came to attend to the Lord. Jesus is the resurrection and life!
Desiree, wrote her story and shared it on a blog and millions read the story of her faith, trusting God. Seeds of Hope were planted, and it was like a mighty river flowed from the bird bath spiritually splitting into many rivers going all over the earth. The message was clear!
Trust God, Lean on God, Jesus is the Rock, God will not forsake us, What man cannot do , God is able, God hears our prayers, God Listens, God Speaks, and God Guides us!
The angel often meets Desiree at the Bird Bath, with the angel statue, gazing as she quietly prays, listening and waiting on the Lord! Jesus is the Rock and daily Desiree casts her burdens upon the Lord, trusting God to work out all her problems. Desiree’s angel captures her prayers and swiftly carries them to heaven!
What satan had meant for bad, God turned around and used it for good! The Rock Can Bare the Weight!
Today, I have to push myself to get out of bed. I was plagued with three different nightmares trying to sleep between 4:30 am and 9am when I awoke the first time, then 10am. Finally at noon I sat up, swinging my legs over the edge of the bed, all I had to do was put my feet on floor. It was areal struggle. Mom was up till 4:30 am, she was finally sleeping, after her sun downing had kept us awake. Then all the stuff with the quarantine is getting to me. Are you feeling discourage like me? Together as a Nation we are now in 40 days of Quarantine! Yet as an individual, I’m feeling more like at 240 days quarantine , only leaving my house three times since September. My quarantine began when my vehicle was vandalized, determined a total loss. Geico didn’t cover. Second because in Jan. I was sick with Pneumonia, took till April to recover, I’m blessed to be alive and then Covid 19 happens, and the goverment mandates we all stay home.
The difference between 40 days and 240 days is the isolation. I’m tired of streaming shows, I’m running out of things to keep me and mom busy, my heart and soul ache for my love ones who I miss dearly, I will not be with my daughter on her birthday. I miss all the excitement and personalities of my grandchildren. I crave hugs, laughter and a good family gathering. I have also been caregiving my mom, she is my best friend and I am glad we have each other in this season, she is grieving loss of her soulmate/ best friend of 57 years. I can’t imagine her pain, it is fast approaching the anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I miss gathering at my church, worshiping God.
I’m not having a pity party, I like you am living through a part of history that is frightening. Things get to you, the news is to scary to watch, your crying for all those who got sick, praying it passes by your family. Praying God have mercy on us all, I’m pleading blood of Jesus, not just for me , myself and my family , I’m crying out for the world. Our prayers need to be bold, courageous, crying out to God as we walk through this season in faith.
Today , I’m having hard time getting out of bed, it’s not my strength that propels me to sit up, for I am weak, tired, yet God says when I am weak his strength sustains me, the Holy Spirit encourages me, and as my feet hit the floor, and I go to my knees, the Lion of Judah gives me the power to roar out prayers, we all need to be roaring our prayers! God is always listening for his children’s cry’s.
Today let your feet hit the floor and roar ……God is listening and God will fight for us! Cry out, repent, get on your knees. Today the best thing I did was put my feet on the floor, God did the rest, Glory Hallelujah!
Today, I started out with good intentions. The chore list was outlined first, clean up the utility room, clean cat boxes, take out trash, second vacuum and sweep, third touch up kitchen. Only problem was nothing went according to my plan. Our overweight black lab, got territorial and when I stood in utility room, I found he left a wonderful present, he pooped in our cat boxes and then peed up and down the outside of the cat boxes mixing his pee in cat litter he had dumped out on the floor. An hour later after I cleaned up his mess, I proceed to mom’s bedroom, to find to my horror all my mom’s nice comforters are on the floor, dirty, with hairballs, cat throw up, covered in black lab hair with the big black lab rolling all over the comforters. I shew the dog away, pick up the comforters and head to laundry room, to throw in wash. I come back to mom bedroom and step in wet dog saliva slipping trying to stay upright.
While I’m getting that cleaned up, my mom thinks the cats are underfeed and opened five cans of cat food dished out on ten saucers, placed all over house. Mom then opens back door letting all pets outside, only problem is the cats are not suppose to go out, they are house cats. Thirty minutes in back yard, on a search mission, catching cats.
Usually, when I’m trying to do chores, mom gets more active, she is 77 and likes to help, but even when I give her small chores, I usually have moments like with the cat food. Mom thinks she has done these habits all her life.
Due to Hashimotos, I’m fatigued and after all the above I’m exhausted. Yet, I carry onward, I’m not a quitter, I proceed to clean kitchen. Today is trash day, so I collect all the trash, to go outside, and as I pull kitchen bag out the bag busts spewing garbage everywhere, as Im standing there looking in horror at the mess, our two cats race through kitchen and that big black lab clocks my left knee out from under me and I go down into all the trash screaming in pain while words and noises spew forth out my mouth that I despise. My language was worse than my drill Sargent dad with new recruits. 😭
I just sat on that garbage strewn floor and emotionally lost it. I truly grieved over the loss of my father who death anniversary is May 1, 2020. Then I proceeded to cry harder, hyperventilate and get my butt kicked by a bad anxiety attack sinking into a good pity party, over how I’m mostly obsolete to my siblings , I really could use their help. I don’t get breaks weeks on end, they think I get a break everyday, they truly seem to have no understanding what it is to be our moms caregiver, managing prescriptions, breathing machines, medical emergencies, doctor calls, being on call 24/7, sleep deprivation, can’t work due to my medical issues, no income, waiting on Disability hearing, my vehicle vandalized, no transportation, can’t get to my doctors, no way to provide my financial needs, and as I sat on that messy floor, I just hung my head in shame. While it is complex caring for my mom , I just feel I lack a good family support team to help out. I’m here because I love my mom, I enjoy being with her making memories, I just feel very alone without an adequate support team. I am mother’s caregiver, cook, housekeeper first, then her daughter second.
When you’re caring for a loved one, there’s nothing you won’t do (or sacrifice) to give them as much comfort and peace of mind as you can possibly provide. Often, that means you’ll skip your social obligations, wreck your diet, suffer sleep deprivation, and even risk your career, all to help a loved one through the most difficult time of their life.
Now. I had to figure out how to get up off the floor, I shamelessly slid across the floor and rolled onto the couch , not caring about garbage, I will clean it later. I’m fortunate and grateful for my time with mom. On days like this, I simply go to God and ask forgiveness, its not about me, I’m blessed above measure to have this time with my mom, I have learned so much from her, Oh how I thank God for my momma!
And yes, I love the black lab, his name is Jake!
Good Afternoon World!
What a Beautiful and Joyful day God has given us! Give all your cares to God for he has gone before you, he has already taken care of everything! Don’t worry, Be Happy!
FOR IT IS WRITTEN:
Philippians 4:19 ~ And it is he who will supply all your needs from his riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.go I will let you escape with your life.'”
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say,
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
ENJOY YOUR DAY!!!
Just had to share this awesome devotion today, as it spoke to my heart, because we moms tend to beat ourselves up over our mothering skills.
I found this on YouVersion
Breathing Eden : Conversations With God • Devotional
I WANTED TO BE A MOM. I wanted to stay home with these precious kids. I quit my job, surrendered my identity—the young, just-out-of-business-school-turned-professional. I believed my choice was narrow—just one or the other: Be a mom or work. (Are these my only choices, God?) I didn’t want to miss puddle-jumping, block-building, hand-holding, park-playing days like this one. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make that decision. I am. I just didn’t know I would struggle so much. I didn’t know this would be so hard.
I thought I would feel different, God. I thought I would do this better—that I would be more organized and wouldn’t feel so depleted all the time. I said I wanted to stay home with my babies, and I know it is so amazing that I can. But here is what is hard to admit, even to you: I don’t like it as much as I thought I would. I’m afraid I’m not good at it. I’m even less confident now that we have two.
I’m going to mess them up, God. I know I am. I lose my temper, I raise my voice. And when I am not yelling out loud, I feel like I am screaming inside. I know that’s an exaggeration. That sounds so melodramatic, “screaming inside.” But no other words feel right.
Why do I feel so trapped, so stuck? I don’t know who I am, or what I love to do, or what it is that might be fun for me anymore. I should feel parenting is so fun, so completely fulfilling. I’m sorry that, right now, I don’t, and it isn’t. I’m sorry for who I am. I’m sorry I am so far from you and don’t know how to find my way back.
Can you help me find my way back?
DAUGHTER, YOU CAN BE ANGRY. I can take it. You can be sad. I can take that too. Keep running to me when you are sad and overwhelmed, and I will give you what you need to get through a day. You think that you are camouflaged, but I see all.
You can do this, you know. You can mother him and love him, and I will help you find your way. You ask me what you love? Who you are?
Let me tell you what I see: I see you. I see you in the early mornings when the baby is crying and you rise. I see you bend to scoop him up out of his crib, hear how you sing to him. I watch how you stumble, so tired, back to a rumpled bed.
May I sing to you now? May I sing to you, my daughter who is found?
Lift up your head, my darling. Lift up your head, and see me looking at you. I have made you with beauty. I have made you with strength. I have made you with tenderness, a soft heart for me that will sustain you. I sustain you. Keep your heart soft, and I will sustain you. Keep yourself vulnerable, and I will lift you. Keep yourself close to me, and I will show you, step by step, what it is you love, what it is in you I see.
There’s a lot coming, dear one. You are both a light that shines and a warrior in my name. How this looks—your life in me—will unfold as you trust me. In you, I keep creating, dear one. I love being with you as we partner in your work, bringing what is to come.
Yes, I see you. And I want you to begin this day again, knowing I see you, knowing I know you. I dance over you. My gladness overflows.
You are my dear heart, my bright flower. I father you and I mother you. I care for you, and you rise again, letting me lead, letting me take charge, letting me be the door you walk through each day when you are lost and you are wondering how, again, you can face another day.
You don’t need to face another day alone. You can greet each day with me. You can rise with me, stay with me, listen for me. In the creak of the high chair at lunchtime. In the jingling of toys as Jonathan and Lucas laugh and cry and play. In the hush or whimpers of the night.
My strength is enough for you. My presence is with you. My Spirit is in you.
I sustain you, never leave you. There is good coming.
There is good right here.
Father, you are unashamed of me—your love is wild and perfect. I love how you have made me. I love how I don’t have to hide from you, no matter what I am feeling. You give me a voice to call out to you, and you answer. You reveal to me yourself, showing how you are present with me, how you care for me, how you hold me and never let me go. I have what it takes to love those you’ve given me to love. I have what it takes to get through this day, holding your hand. Help me to do all these things, knowing I stay with you. In your name, Jesus, Amen.
I’m just sitting here, drinking coffee, thinking about you and just hoped you took time to enjoy this beautiful glorious day outside our homes! Look at what that the Lord has given us! Such Glory on earth!
Use your day wisely, be Kind and share the Love of Jesus with everyone you come in contact with today, even the ones that make it hard to do so as they need Jesus just like all of us!
I watched a red headed wood pecker, or what looked like one in my front yard, squirrels playing, little swarms of bugs that looked like dust fairies floating in patterns and a Beautiful Blue Bird came by to sing! Way too fast for my camera phone, yet I got pics of all spring plants popping up below.
Have a great day and be blessed.
I recently had a dream appear in my news-feed on Facebook, that occurred a few years ago. I love it when memories show up, especially dreams! I had this dream in 2014. Now it is 2020, and hard times, yet it is a dream of good tidings and abundance, a reflection fro the past to give Hope for the future! Keeping a dream journal is a wonderful activity! I highly recommend it! Blessings!
Dream ~I laid down and fell into a deep sleep, when I awakened I was getting off a hand made straw mat, in a foreign land that was very green, vibrant and beautiful.
The first thing I noticed was that no one spoke my language. I was happy and smiles at everyone. I felt very calm as I began walking down this sandy road , the people were so nice greeting me and gracious!
I turned into a field that was growing an abundant crop and I started to call to this little child, who was between two and three years old, at the end of the field.
I cooed until the child came into my arms and hugged me. The child could not understand my English, so I began to speak in tongues, and the child understood me through our fathers heavenly language.
I was so happy twirling this child around. I saw all my family, my daughter, all my grandchildren and my son in law. I woke up laughing full of joy!. 🙂 This dream was unusual so I had to share!
Today I rounded up the energy to begin landscaping and cleaning our front porch and back deck! I have inside house crazies going on, and I have done several projects while quarantined. The outside was a nice change.
I worked on getting as much pollen off the front and back porches , even with a broom , there is still a fair dusting left. It rained here tonight pretty hard , I am hoping pollen will be gone soon!
I once again took pictures, don’t judge as I am still working on these projects, I have edging to do, along flower beds, painting steps, and transplanting baby plants from the back garden.
I am very as Angels showed up again, I have no other explanation for the array of colors and lights that appeared in my back yard , first, then two days later, my front yard! I believe God is hearing our prayers, and these pics give me Hope! Blessings to All! Please comment, what do the images look like in your opinion.
While taking pics today, I got a few surprises I wanted to share with all my readers! As you know I been pleading the blood and praying Psalms 91! Yaw wouldn’t even believe me if I told you the mess going on in my life, I will be OK!
God never fails us and just as he heard my prayers on my grandbabies future baptisms, he heard my cry’s when I pleaded the blood, signs are all around us , slow down and look!
Here is what my camera caught today!
Do you see in the upper right hand corner the array of colors………..
This one is floating right in front of me……..
Psalm 91:11 New International Version (NIV)11 For he will command his angels concerning youto guard you in all your ways;
I have to tell you, God just amazes me, God is definitely in the small details of our lives! The other day during prayer, I was pressed to pray over and over, I plead the blood of Jesus, over my Daughter, her husband and my four grandchildren and possible future grandchildren. My daughter isnot pregnant, nor planning to be at this time. I just believe you cover as if it were so, as if she were pregnant. I prayed for my daughter and grandchildren before they were ever born. God is a mighty answering God. I prayed for Salvation, Optimal Health, Abundance, Education, Future Friends, Saints to cross their paths, Protection & Safety, Divine Connections, To know their spiritual gifts early, know who they are in Christ, for them to have a relationship with Jesus trusting him with their lives and receive the blessings of God. There is power in the blood of Jesus! Wonderful Working Power!
While praying for my grandchildren , I specifically prayed for my two youngest that they would accept Christ, be baptized in Jesus name. My sweet grands were dedicated to the Lord as young children, they are now four and six years old and Baptism is a step they must journey to on their own, as it is a gift from the Lord.
The very next day while face-timing with my grands, my six year old first statement was “Grandma, am I baptized?” I smiled and said “No, not yet!” He proceeded to tell me he had it worked out, he would be baptized when he was seven, which is this year. I smiled again, as I felt the spirit of God around us, God was in our midst in the details, showing the promise to come, the wooing had begun long before I prayed, long before he was born, it had begun when I prayed as if it were so, pleading the blood of Jesus, the wonderful working power of Jesus. My six year old grand preceded to tell me how he remembered me carrying him to church, he said he remembers playing with his toys under the pew, and how loud the singing was, he said Grandma, I was shy and scared, but I am ready to go back to church! ” “When you come visit, or we come visit you, will you take me to church?” I instantly said “Absolutely Buddy” (nickname)!! While in the stillness of that moment, I knew promises were being answered, the future is bright, and this Covid-19, it too shall pass! The best is yet to come!
So, the rest of my post is about pleading the blood, some of my readers might ask what does that mean and why do we as Christian say ” I plead the blood of Jesus!”
“Pleading the Blood of Jesus” is actually a legal term. When a lawyer goes before a judge he is given the opportunity to plead his case. The attorney presents evidence and facts to support his case. The bible supports this in the Old Testament;
1 Samuel 24:15- May the LORD be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.”
Psalm 43:1- Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation.
Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.
When the enemy comes against us, there are many areas he attacks in:
- Satan attacks your Walk with God
- Satan attacks Faith, Hope, Love
- Satan attacks your Spiritual Life
- Satan attacks your Mind
- Satan attacks your Marriage
- Satan attacks your Children
- Satan attacks your Private Life
- Satan attacks your Health
- Satan attacks your Finances
- Satan attacks your Career
- Satan attacks your Relationships
The enemy is accusing us of sin, telling us we will always live in poverty, always have financial woes, constantly in sickness, terrible fear, constantly worried! Know your enemy he attacks us when we are:
- PERSISTENT WAYWARDNESS
- WHEN YOU BEGIN A NEW MINISTRY OR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
- WHEN YOU ARE AGITATED
- SICKNESS OR IN PAIN
- FEELING OR BEING ALONE
- FEELING LOST
The enemy four common tactics are:
How do we protect ourselves, our family and loved ones, especially those who are not saved?
First, we must remember, “GOD LOVES US!” Second, we must be, “STRONG IN THE LORD.” Third, we must remember, Resist Satan as he was “DEFEATED AT THE CROSS.” Fourth, we are fighting from “CHRIST VICTORY AT THE CROSS.”
Here is an important point, we cannot win spiritual battles in our own strength! We must draw our strength from the power base, of God himself through prayer, reading the word of God in our bibles, by spending time with God through worship or talking to him, God desires to hear from us!
Lastly, we pray before God pleading the precious blood of Jesus, the Righteous Judge, is the blood of Jesus. It changed everything. The blood of Jesus established a new and better covenant between us and a holy God (Hebrews 8:6-7, 9:11-14, 22, 12:24). The blood is our defense. It declares we are not guilty but free from all penalty of sin. The blood also gives us the authority and dominion to resist Satan and put him out of all the affairs of our lives and our families’ lives. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary, the devil has no legal right to interfere in our lives anymore. He says we’re guilty; we “plead the blood!” (James 4:7; 1 John 3:8; Luke 10:19). We have every right and provision to walk in victory through the precious blood of the Lamb.
Every day you have the right to exercise that authority by pleading what the blood of Jesus did for you at Calvary. Refuse to give the enemy even one small inch of territory. Satan is a defeated foe and through the precious blood of Jesus we are victorious!
Prayer to Plead the Blood of Jesus!
Father, I come in the name of Jesus to plead His blood on my life and on all that belongs to me, and on all over which You have made me a steward.
I plead the blood of Jesus on the portals of my mind, my body (the temple of the Holy Spirit), my emotions, and my will. I believe that I am protected by the blood of the Lamb which gives me access to the Holy of Holies.
I plead the blood on my Spouse, Marriage, my children, on my grandchildren and their children, my family and friends, on all those whom You have given me in this life.
Lord, You have said that the life of the flesh is in the blood. Thank You for this blood that has cleansed me from sin and sealed the New Covenant of which I am a partaker.
* Based on a prayer written by Joyce Meyer in The Word, the Name and the Blood (Tulsa: Harrison House, 1995).
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Father God in the name of Jesus and in the power of Your Holy Spirit, I welcome You this day. I love, worship and honor You. I thank You for being my God, my Father, my Friend and my Helper. According to Your Word, I decree, declare and plead the Blood of Jesus and draw a bloodline over myself; my spouse; my immediate family; my extended family; my spiritual family; friends and church family, Eph. 1:7; Romans 5:9; I John 1:7.
I also declare that all of us have on the Whole Armor of God and function with the fruit of the Spirit and the best gifts You have given us in Jesus’ name, Eph. 6:12-18; Ps. 91; Gal. 5:22-23; I Co. 12:7-11, 28; Ro. 12:6-15 and Eph. 4:11-12.
I further draw a bloodline over marriages and Godly families, anointed men and women of God; the Kingdom of God; Godly world leaders; America and the White House; Israel and Jerusalem; Godly judges in America; our military men and women; the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) as well as other allies with America; North Carolina (your state); the Godly homeless; the remnant of God; Christian corporations and businesses are all covered by the Blood of Jesus. I also release the peace of God in my inner man.
In the name of Jesus, I plead the Blood of Jesus over my inheritance; spiritual gifts; income; payroll; assets; investments; social security; money to pay taxes; all properties with deeds; bank and credit union accounts; library, administrative, biblical books and all resources; our personal, business and tax records; P.O. boxes; mail centers; computers; printers; all electronics devices; drives; all forms of communication: wireless, internet, WiFi, websites, emails and social media. The Blood also covers our homes; any storage; personal autos; personal and business items and equipment; furnishings for our homes and businesses in Jesus’ name.
In the name of Jesus, I rebuke and bind backlash, revenge, retaliation, retribution, slumber, transference of evil spirits and distractions sent to rob me of my time and destiny. I further rebuke, bind, block and destroy all evil assignments sent against me, my family, ministry, projects and businesses. I reverse every curse back to the sender, Prov. 26:27. I now release God’s favor, wisdom, joy, protection, guidance as I put on the Whole Armor of God daily.
I repent if I have or any family member has opened any door through disobedience, unbelief or any other sin that allowed a curse to operate, 2 Peter 3:9; 2 Cor. 7:10. In the name of Jesus, I now Break, Destroy, Disallow and Overturn any curses over my life or my family and decree the curse can no longer manifest in the name of Jesus. I now claim the protection of the Blood of Jesus and decree and declare that my family and I are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy and set free.
I thank You Father God that Jesus (Yeshua) destroyed the power of every curse and any recurring curses in my bloodline when He went to Calvary, died, defeated death and rose in three days, Heb. 12:2; Isaiah 53:1; I Cor. 15:4. So I choose not to receive or allow any curse that is sent but instead choose to enter into a new cycle of blessings released in this new season in Jesus’ name.
I Thank You for intercessors who pray on my behalf. I bind every force that would attempt to capture my destiny illegitimately. No weapon formed against me or my family (immediate, extended, spiritual or church) will prosper or prevail…. A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it shall not come near me (Isa. 54:17; Ps. 91:7; Ps. 27; Ps. 120). I release the fire of God as the enemy is cut off by the Living God, I Kings 18:38. Thank You for divine intervention for my loved ones and me.
I further rebuke, bind, block and destroy all evil assignments sent by any master spirits including, Sabotage, Azazel, Fear, Jabin, Jezebel, Ahab, Baal, Leviathan (lies, slander, gossip) Pisgah (tries to block your breakthrough), Python, Infirmity, Strife, Agitation, Rebellion, Affliction, Seducing Spirits and all other types of evil that have targeted this household and other children of God.
I thank You that my heart is pure before You. I also release prayer, praise, forgiveness, repentance, joy, intercession, giving, fasting and action on my part as I call forth the Spirit of Truth, Light, discernment of spirits, and the wisdom of God to know what to do and when to do it in Jesus’ name, Eph. 6:12; Judges 4:3; Neh. 6:1.
Father God, I also thank You for radical favor, signs and wonders, miracles and restoration in this season of transfer of wealth, unusual opportunities, healings and creative miracles.
I thank You that the angelic force of strong angels, angels of joy, healing angels, warring angels, ministering angels, restoration angels, the harvest glory angels, revelation angels, business angels, prosperity angels, turn around angels, birthing angels, property angels and others are released to assist on my behalf.
I thank You for wisdom, order, mysteries uncovered (Your plans and purpose revealed, Dt. 29:29), fresh revelation, fresh anointing and a fresh spirit of boldness in my life. I have the victory in every battle according to Your Word because of Your Spirit, Your grace, Your power, Your strategies, Your might, Your faith, Your timing, Your favor and Your Glory in Jesus’ mighty name.
Therefore, I am making a demand on and instructing my seed as well as decreeing that “The Blessing”that belongs to me come forth now, you have no choice but to come to me now. I am blessed with health, wisdom, wealth, joy, favor, good relationships in my life and family, and preserved in Jesus’ name, Amen!
My Heart is Crying, listen and believe!
Oh have you looked around
Have you heard the sound
Of Mama’s cryin’
Or do you turn away
When you see the face
Of the innocent dyin’
In these darkest days
Are you not afraid
That it’s too lateYou gotta get down on your knees, believe
Fold your hands and beg and plead
Gotta keep on praying
You gotta cry, rain tears of pain
Pound the floor and scream His name
‘Cause we’re still worth saving
Can’t go on like this and live like this
We can’t love like this
We gotta give this world back to GodHave you lost a love?
Do you feel like givin’ up?
Has your heart been broken?
Are your kids okay?
Will they come home safe?
Do you lie there hoping?
You can make a wish, you can knock on wood
Oh it won’t do no goodYou gotta get down on your knees, believe
Fold your hands and beg…
I believe God is have hearing our prayers, may you trust his timing, God will heal our land and save our planet.
God knows all our needs even before we ask. Let us ask the Lord this morning for strength, praising God we have been given this day, with breath in our bodies! We give thanks for what we have and are grateful. Is he not the Lord our God, who takes our right hand and says to us , do not fear, I will HELP you!
God says call to me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Every-time we stretch our faith God does miracles. It’s easy to have faith in light, in the darkness, we walk by faith itself.
When God is sought in desperation, he responds to soul stirring prayers. Which result in answered prayers. Does God not say; 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 a hope and a future. 💯❤️
Prayer for Today
Thank you for hearing our cries and answering our soul stirring prayers, thank you for the strength you provide to us today. God may we cast all our concerns and fears upon you, for you are able to help in our time of need …………………………………………….
“Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22. God loves us beyond our wildest imaginations. We must trust that in our muddy mess, He is in the process of showing us how to rely on Him for everything
Lord you say ” Come to me all you who are weary and I will give you rest!” Father not only do we come to you, we ask you to forgive us our sins, to enter in our homes, hearts, mind and soul, we seek refuge from you in the days ahead that you will give us shelter from the most high covering us with your wings protecting us all, pleading the precious blood of Jesus upon us all, lifting a hedge of protection over and around the human race spiritually , physically, mentally and emotionally believing God will answer our cry’s, standing in faith, holding onto Hope, believing the best is yet to come! We trust in You, In Jesus name! Amen!
WE TRUST IN YOU JESUS
When I began this post, I had been absent from my blogging for two months, due to fact I have been going through Hell.
I was very sick in month of January, lacking energy to even get out of bed, yet people seemed to still have expectations of me that I found very hard to full fill. I literally had bottomed out with no reserves left. I, an encourager, was out of encouragement for myself and others facing problems that are ongoing that are totally out of my control.
Then the World News announces the Corona Virus and presently we are all going through hell with fear of sickness, loss of jobs, limited income, rations, isolation and all the while looking at an uncertain future.
What are we to do when our world spirals out of control?
How do we pray when we’re in survival mode, or while dodging one attack after another, hardly no time to catch our breath, before the next onslaught. How many are hanging by a thread, your prayer life shaky or nonexistent. Yet prayer is our most formidable weapon!
There are going to be times in life when you must ROAR. You must reach within find your Lion’s Heart, stand in boldness be courageous and roar for HELP!! I’m ROARING “Jesus, HELP”!
AND YES, I BELIEVE JESUS WILL HELP!
Do you know what time it is?
Time is Precious…..Once used, you cant get it back.
Time is not infinite, it will end. Use your time wisely!
“Love Everyone”, even those who hurt and betray you,just pray for them.
Don’t worry about what others think of you, you only need to care what God thinks of you.
Dream your dreams and make them come true.
Be generous in love and generous in giving.
Pursue your passions, help others, try new things, taste new foods, take long strolls, enjoy God’s beauty that surrounds you daily.
Make a choice not to engage with anger, there is more strength in remaining silent and walking away.
You cannot change others , you can only change yourself.
Start a new love with Jesus!
The Word of God tells us that “the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much” (James 5:16).
Deuteronomy 32:30 gives us a glimpse of the effect that our prayers have in the spiritual realm by revealing to us that one person’s prayer has the power to put one thousand angels to flight; and two people’s prayers can put ten thousand angels to flight! Imagine that!
This revelation is powerful. If every person reading this post bind their prayers, then there is a probability that over 2,000,000 angels are in flight!💖
Imagine what a group of praying people can do binding prayers; now imagine a church full of folks; now imagine a stadium full, and then a nation full of God’s people lifting up prayers on behalf of the people. Oh my God, no enemy in hell even stands a chance of winning! The angels of God will flood the heavens, the atmosphere, and the earth- all because God’s people prayed.
Tonight I lift the world to you, praying for Hope, Faith, Love and Courage as we stand in the face of a pandemic. I pray for Peace in the Chaos, Courage in face of Fear, and I pray for Faith to get us through. I pray for revival and for salvation of lost souls, I ask for protection over family and friends, the human race, I ask for healings though out our bodies, deliverance from strongholds, for saints who lost thier way to come back home, I ask for supplies to the poor, medicine for those in need, please bless our Christian troops with necessities, strategic wisdom, praying for reinforcements, success of other missionaries, unity and harmony in the ranks, encouragement of togetherness, kindness, compassion and empathy, discernment in tough decisions, knowledge to know and discover your will, to establish a closer relationship , to know you, our God, on a more personal level, gaining understanding of the comprehension of the love of Christ. May we all be Believing and having Faith with sense of assured Hope, Strength and Endurance, that our Faith not be destroyed, yet grow in leaps and bounds, not fall into temptation. We believe you God that you would complete a good work, forgiveness of our sins, granting protection from the evil one, as we plead the blood of Christ, that in the spiritual realm Gods army establish leadership in the outposts, raising of the dead, miraculous signs, deliverance, casting out of demons, healings, healing of wounded comrades, signs and wonders, boldness in proclamation, God would direct the use of the sword, God would vindicate his people in their cause, fullness of the Holy Spirit, God would exalt his name in the world, gospel would speed ahead and be honored,and God would extend his kingdom in the world. We submit and surrender Oh Lord asking you to show mercy in your loving kindness! Son of David, have mercy on us children of the earth, In Jesus name. Amen
HOPE, Strength, Trust in trouble Times!
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I‘m standing on the shore, looking over my shoulder behind me at the chaos and destruction, feeling overwhelmed, deeply hurting, feeling pain course through out my body, My scars are there for all to see, Blood is pouring forth from my recent wounds. I cry out, I need you, please come stand with me.
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Where does my help come from?
I turn back around gazing before me at the vast beautiful site of a majestic lake that lays before me for miles, the lake is bluer than any blue I’ve ever seen, as if glowing like Hemimorphite crystals, colors dancing in the sun.I look at the water watching a canoe come before me, I slowly climb inside taking the paddle pushing away from the shore. I’m letting go.
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I take notice…
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Tonight I’m having a hard time sleeping, insomnia continues to rule and the moon is bright as I gaze out my window into beauty of the night, glowing, piercing the darkness.
I am glad for the light, I treasure it, I don’t feel as alone, the house is quiet, cats are still awake playing and old Jake, our big black lab, lays on foot of bed guarding me, keeping me safe. Mamma is still in hospital, I’m still coughing, no we don’t have Coroniavirus, but it”s out there and I’m concerned. I’m thinking about our Economy and our Nation.
I’m thinking about how people are just being so unkind to each other, to friends and family and I just I really miss “small town good folks” who know how to treat one another with respect, dignity, character and integrity!
Where have all of our manners gone, where is our moral compass, as you know, I wrote a story while back called Banging My Compass. I was talking in that story about how I lost my direction, but one thing I would like to think I have not lost is my morals and my values. My momma would tear my hind end up!! I believe in showing elders respect, I got family that calls me by my first name instead of Aunt and others who think they can dishonor me, cuss me out, sit at Sunday dinner, without an Apology! Hmmm…. Wonder if they ever read “The Help”😜, oh hush, I’m just kidding🤣, rude folks will make you crazy, if you give them half the chance. Like that old Kenny Roger’s song “The Gambler”, don’t let folks see you react to their rudeness. I choose to stand on honor, pray for them, walk away. I forgive them, I love them, but I dont have to keep company with them.
Tonight I just take all my concerns the things that are keeping me awake, this awful insomnia and I just give it over to the Lord. I just close my eyes, say my prayers and know that despite all the fear and all the things I’m hearing and seeing in the world on TV, I know that God is for us, he’s not against us. I know that God loves us, he will never forsake us and I know that God will not go back on his word. God’s word is alive, it has power, more than we know, speak it out loud, it never comes back void! There’s a prayer in Psalms that is the most beautiful prayer in the world. I asked you tonight to take time to read it and pray over your family! This prayer is powerful and it talks about how God will protect you if you put your trust in him. God will protect you and I think in this day and age we need that protection, so tonight I close my eyes saying my prayers and speak aloud Psalms 91! I put my trust in the Lord! I believe that he will protect us all and keep us and not forsake us in Jesus name. May God be with us all!