Fall Favorite (Yummy)-Stuffed Cabbage

Hello Readers!

Today I am sharing a family favorite called “Stuffed Cabbage!”

Now before you turn your nose, I want to advocate, that I have a very picky adult niece, who will not eat cabbage.

One day she walked into my home and smelt the aroma of an unfamiliar dish and I sweet talked her into trying my cabbage dish!

My niece was in love with this new dish and devoured every bite! She even took home leftovers for her family!

INGREDIENTS FOR GROCERY LIST

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (use a lean cut)
  • 1/2 lb Ground Italian Sweet Basil Pork
  • 1 Cup Cooked  Rice (I use Minute Rice in box)
  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Onion, diced very small
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • Cheese (Optional, your choice)
  • 2 tbsp.extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large can Hunts Crushed tomato sauce
  • 1 small can Hunts tomato paste

INSTRUCTIONS TO PREPARE DISH

*Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

*FOR THE FILLING:

  1. Boil water in small pot and cook rice until done.
  2. In a large deep skillet (or large pot) over medium heat, heat oil. Add chopped onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Stir in Hunts crushed tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, along with Hunts tomato paste and garlic, then cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, black pepper, thyme, rosemary (all spices, amount is up to you, I just sprinkle). 
  3. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
  4. In a large bowel add cooked rice, raw hamburger, raw Italian sausage, bread crumbs, Add garlic powder, oregano, Italian seasoning, black pepper, thyme, rosemary (all spices ,amount is up to you ,I just sprinkle). 
  5. Add1 cup of tomato sauce, using a spoon stir together.
  6. Shredded Cheese (Optional, your choice of flavor, Colby, Swiss, Mozzarella)
  7. Meat filling is now ready to go in cabbage leaves.

*FOR THE CABBAGE:

  1. Clean and wash the cabbage. Cut out the white core of the cabbage head.
  2. Cut and separate outer leaves of the cabbage head.
  3. Wash thoroughly the leaves under running water. Set aside on paper towels.
  4.  Bring large pot water to boiling, carefully drop cabbage leaves and let them boil for 5-7 minutes, turning over occasionally. 
  5. When you cannot remove any more leaves, cut remaining cabbage into chunks, wash set aside.
  6. Remove cooked outer leaves as they soften with a pair of tongs. Lay aside cabbage leaves on covered counter for meat filling, once cool enough to handle, You should end up with 10-14 leaves depending on size of the cabbage.
  7. Add cut up chunks of cabbage to boiling water and let cook 5-7 minutes
  8. Prepare a 9 x 13 baking dish by putting a few cabbage leaves (broken or whole) on the bottom and layer with a little sauce.  Set aside.
  9. Using a paring knife, cut out the hard triangular rib from each cabbage leaf. Place about ⅓ cup filling into one end of each leaf, then roll up, tucking in the sides as you roll. Place rolls seam side-down on top of sauce in baking dish. Spoon remaining sauce on top of cabbage rolls then cover dish with foil. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes, until rice and meat are cooked through.
  10. Serve.

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I woke up this morning……

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Thursday Worship

The Potter’s Hands!

I recently began to realize that I was not living my life and somewhere along the way, I had lost myself, along with my dreams and hopes flowing through the motions of day to day living.

A person can come to this place after suffering many trails and heartache, I lived that pain every day calling it the walking wounded. You are basically in shock lacking emotions.

When my marriage abruptly ended and I closed up my heart I put my trust in the Lord. I went through my separation and even though I know am free to marry biblically, it did not lessen my suffering.

Then came another storm, my existing relationships of the ones I loved, family and friends began to fall apart. Indescribable heartache, what in the world was I doing wrong. I examined myself and I prayed and fasted. I got no answers.

Then came another storm, I lost my career, my home, my belongings, and eventually my home church, which was the glue holding me together. I felt my heart wither away, I had thoughts of shaving my head and ripping my cloths. My heartache enclosed around me, I felt abandoned and very much alone. Depression slowly laid over me, weighing me down, I was grieving, I never want to feel depression like that again.

Through out my adult life, no one has ever taken care of me, even when I was married, I was alone and if I was sick, I was on my own.

In recent years, due to the recession, loss of income, I was suddenly dependent on others to help me. I was ashamed and humbled as I bounced from one relative to the next, not always being welcomed.

I tried to get back on my feet, becoming discouraged at the lack of employment, struggling just to have gas for an interview, not knowing if I would make it back home. Struggling to get medical and dental care, and pay for my prescriptions. Struggling and desperate to make it to church.

Church was my life line, if I could just get to church, I knew I would make it. Then came the days when I could not get there……. You get so tired of asking for help, then you have the ones who condemn you and think you have committed some horrible sin. That was the knife in the wound.

I saw that I was a woman in a mid-life spiritual crisis who needed to find her heart and protect it. The truth is I have been through terrible battles that left me scarred, mad and afraid. These battles I have lived through broke me into tiny pieces. I share my scars with you, because they are the ashes of my beauty of who I am becoming in Jesus and he knows exactly who I am in him.

I never turned my back on God, I sought him with every ounce of my fiber, at times barely able to whisper his name. I held onto his promises for they are truth and I kept my eyes on him. I took it all to his feet, all my sins, my problems, my heartache and I gave every single broken piece to him, and then I just let go.

Jesus is the sweetest name I know, my best friend, who broke me on the potter’s wheel, then began to mold and shape me into a vessel of his usefulness and then he carefully put me back together.

The wheel is the Holy Spirit in our lives which helps us to build and maintain our relationship with the Father. He brings needed repairs to us, he is our helper and our comforter and the more we depend on him, the better vessel we become in the hands of the potter. I can do nothing without the Holy Spirit in me. I need him every single day.

The Lord then scoops up the moistened clay with His mighty hand and places you on the Potter’s wheel. You hear His promise: “I have measured you; …So today, give all your pieces to Jesus, for who else but the potter can put you back together.

Blessings!

A Chance to Testify!Sharing: A TIDAL WAVE of “CHANGE” in THE CHURCH by Andrew Strom!

I read a great Post this morning by Andrew Strom, which the link is below for the post!

A TIDAL WAVE of “CHANGE” in THE CHURCH by Andrew Strom

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. ❤️

I am a “Cracked Pot”

I am a “Cracked Pot”! I was crafted by a Master Potter, formed by his hands. My choices and mistakes in “Life” lead to my pot getting cracked and being broken. Negative things leaked out. I walked in fear. I thought I was worthless.

The master just simply picked me up and put me back together, yet I was different. I had visible cracks, scars that ran deep, no one wanted me with my  many scars and cracks.

When everyone else rejected me, the thing that is immeasurable, is that God wanted me, with all the scars and cracks. God wanted all of me. I surrendered giving my life to him. I continued walking forward even when I was tired and many times ready to give up. Everywhere I walked along leaking out my cracks, I was not perfect, making more mistakes along the way, yet somehow good things started to leak out, living water began to leak out of the cracks as I walk in brokenness on my path of healing offering kindness, prayer, encouragement, love, hope and faith for others.

I am a beautiful pot, that is imperfect, that has the potential to offer through my brokenness life giving waters to others in the form of Hope.

God didn’t see a worthless pot, he saw a jar that would carry living waters to others who were broken. Today I want you to know you are worthy to God, immeasurable, valued and oh how he loves you, cracks, scars and all. You are his masterpiece.

I hope you let that sink into your heart.

Coffee & Laughter

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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

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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!

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Then I have to decide will I add sugar too? One lump or two? LOL

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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!

Wild Heart of the Ocean – Living Water

Wild Heart, of the ocean, that is I.

Please let me be clear, my ocean is spiritual, not an ocean on the earth. Please understand I have been in the desert many years. My mind, soul, spirit and body are parched, gritty, my human body craves water, to flourish my seeds of faith.

Not earthly water, I seek Rivers of Living Water .Where forth are you Living Water? I desire “Living Water,” crystal clear , breathing “Living Water!”Does this water not nourish the bodies and souls of human kind? Did this water not first flow out of the Garden of Eden? (Genesis 2:10} God is the fountain from which living water flows { Jeremiah 2:13) slow like honey, calling my name, the wilderness desert broke me, yet my faith remained, by a seed holding onto God’s promises.

I can’t speak, my throat feels strangled, with my heart breaking into tiny pieces. I lay on the ground, sand blown in my mouth , whirlwinds all around.

Suddenly, a vision appeared in my mind of a beautiful blue ocean, as I squinted into the sunlight, I gazed upon a man walking toward me in a flowing white robe with sandals on his feet, eyes full of compassion, he reached me squatting down on the blue ocean, as he held forth his right hand, reaching down to pull me out of the desert pit, saving me.

I grasped his hand becoming a “Free-bird” loving the wind, soaring on its heights. red glorious hair flowing in beautiful cascades up and down, with my friend the wind (Holy Spirit).

Ocean lies beneath, reflecting my image, ocean and the wind fill up my beauty inside.

Yes, I am Beautiful. God’s creation, uniquely made, apart of the universe, a plan in God’s Tapestry.

Deeply loved.

My heart was breaking, I am on a quest to heal, I must make peace with my past in order to arrive in my future.

The Lord will help me on this journey, my tears flow to the great deep blue ocean and I allowed all my sorrows to fill the ocean one tear drop at a time, dropping like little boats, releasing all my pain. I forgave myself first, then forgiving all who had hurt me deeply. I prayed forgiveness for anyone I had knowingly or unknowingly hurt in my past. I surrendered all control.

I prayed for the deep, yet terrified to even say it. Entering the deep means submission, letting go, giving absolute trust to God. I prayed for courage, I need to be brave and face all my fears surrendering them to God. Jesus promises to never leave us, The devil made it appear in the desert I was isolated, alone, pouring out hardship, loss, depression, betrayal , sickness; stripping my soul bare. That devil had his mouth open ready to devour, eat me up!

I stand still, listening to the roar of the waves, which sounds like the roar of our Savior, Jesus, Lion of Judah.

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I stand at the water, it is my choice, gazing out upon waves, admiring as they come forth to the shore, cresting breaking eventually foaming at my feet.

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I let go of his hand, as I step into the blue water, watching as the water is pulled back, then the water rushes over my feet, circles of sand and sea foam around my ankles.

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I breath deeply determined to resolve my past issues, I resolve to heal, I welcome the waves of the ocean as the waves wash over me. I surrendered as I dive headfirst into the blue ocean depths, living water all around , nourishing, healing restoring me spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.

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Jesus Christ is the rock, fountain of living water which flows from heaven to nourish all those who seek him. The drink of spiritual water in Isaiah 43:20 states ” I give water in the wilderness and in the desert, to my people.”

John 7: 37-39 states:

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those [a]believing in Him would receive; for the [b]Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Today I share this story to let you know personally, no matter your situation, God loves you unconditionally, waiting for you to call him in the desert. How do you call him in the midst of your trial, the desert, when dehydrated, thirsting and in need of living water?

It is simple; one word, more powerful; beyond our knowledge on this side of heaven. There is power in his name!

Call on J E S U S and cry out for living water! Jesus never left you, Jesus carried you, ministered to you in your darkest hours. Jesus is the Living Water the fountain that flows from heaven nourishing all people and nations.

God Bless and Amen!

Wild Heart of the Ocean belonging to Jesus!

Heavenly Father we cry out to you; “J E S U S,” our Lord and Savior! Lord, we are a thirsty world of people, hear our prayer for Living Water to flow from Heaven’s throne, healing us spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Lord we thirst for you and your nourishing Holy Spirit, asking for life giving fruit from Tree of Life, asking your Holy Spirit to go forth worldwide to nourish all nations and people, may “Rivers of Living Water” flow all over this precious planet and the human race bringing forth reconciliation, peace and harmony over you beautiful creation of the universe.

In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

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Waiting on God’s Promises!

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.”

Creative Innovation 🖌️🎨🖼️👩‍🎨

Hello,

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!

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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 🐝

Mom’s Sunflower
Farm Harvest
Uniqueness
Heart Tree
Ocean King
Saved
After the Storm
Mermaid Ocean
Roar
Water Flowers
Deep
Golden Beauty
Dream State
🌅Koi Pond
🐳Sea Flowers🐳
🌀Blue Flowers🌀
🐠Calm💦
❤️Wild Heart ❤️

Vertigo An Answer To A Prayer!

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.

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Unity Prayer for Today.

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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. 

Persecution : Lord Make a Way! 🙏

Dear God,

I just want to thank you for everything that you are doing for our loved ones, family, friends and acquaintances.

Lord, you know already how overwhelmed our world is at moment. You, Lord are the only good news I know that I can spread that is absolute truth. The events challenging this world and relationships causing divisions is a lie of old to separate us as humanity. The enemy is working to isolate and destroy believers to make us feel all alone and defeated. God I am grateful for your word and the saints who spread the good news of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, Healer, Redeemer, Way-maker, Provider, Protector, Bread of Life, Counselor, Advocate, Teacher, High Priest, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God you are glorious and our creator, Lord we edify and lift you above all creation.

I thank you God for the hidden strength and courage you continue to give the world.

If we run off course looking for quick fixes. Lord you just show mercy and forgive us steering your people back on course, you do not turn away from us, instead you embrace your people. your love fills us and may we hear your whispers once more infusing us the will to carry through.

God, you remind us of your love and in that LOVE is rest from the Storm, I can always trust in you.

O Lord, May we keep moving forward because we know that you will never let us go. Your Love is forever steadfast when it feels like our hearts are breaking into a thousand pieces. I cry out for all who are being persecuted in this world, Lord please wipe thier tears, and make a way where there doesn’t seem to be a way. Blind the enemy, placing warrior angels around all who are in the path of evil. Father we cry out believing you to protect spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Pleading the precious blood of the lamb over ever soul.

May we continue to trust in you, O Lord, and never think otherwise. May the hearts of our families and generations to come always find refuge in you, O God.

In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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Encourage Yourself🤩

Encouragement. When all hell is breaking loose and life is tough, you must reach deep inside and encourage yourself!

Encourage yourself with positive affirmations, scripture, music, memories.

God has a plan, this too shall pass.

Start proclaiming:
Affirmations:


Jesus loves me! ✝💞


Daughter or Son of a King.👑


Saved & Redeemed. ✝


I am strong.💪


I will succeed.👑 🎓


I am beautiful.👸


I am a Warrior ♌


I am Loved.💞


I am not forsaken!🙋


I have Excellent Health

I will recover my health with no lasting side effects.

I am the head and not the tail.

I am worthy.

I have hope.

I & my family, will have long lives👵

God will fight for me (us)

God has plans to prosper🐮🐮🐮


I am Happy😀


I am Courageous👮

Angels minister & protect us.👼


My (Our) Best is yet to come👏💯💐🤗🙏🙌

Scripture:
John 3:3
Matthew 6: 25-33
John 14:21
Romans 5:10
John 15:8
Colossians 1:29
Ephesians 2:9-10
Mark 5:34
Jeremiah 33:3
Isaiah 40:31
Luke 24:36
John 15:10
Philippians 4:19
Psalm 46:1
Isaiah 40:29
Psalms 91
Matthew 10:39
Isaiah 26:3
1 John 2:27

Thirst No More

Only Jesus can satisfy you and fill your soul with his living waters of grace.

Only Jesus, can quench your spiritual thirst.

Only Jesus can fill you up spiritually with rivers of living water.

Jesus is the source of the word, which is the water of Christ, that quenches all thirst, filling you to the brim of satisfaction.

When you are filled in Christ, you no longer look to man-made temporary satisfaction as Christ has set you free and you shall thirst no more. By : DHJ

My Little Light is Going to Shine!

There is Power in Your Testimony!

My Testimony
My Little Light is Going to Shine!


It was on a cold day in November 2003, under the anointed preaching of Pastor Willouby, whose sermon was titled “Have you ever thanked God?” when a Southern Baptist woman was slain in the spirit, while visiting the UPCI in Raleigh, NC. Now don’t worry she wasn’t dead, as a matter of fact God was doing a work in her as she lay on the carpet.

I can only attest to this because the woman is me. I clearly remember the sermon, and Pastor Willouby asking “Have you ever thanked God?” That question just got a hold of me, I had to stop and really think. Had I ever thanked Jesus for all he had done for me? I began to slide down the pew, as people stood up to go in the aisle to what they were calling an alter call. I was terrified, I couldn’t imagine standing up in front of all these people. I was shaking, and trying very hard not to cry. My crutches were under the pew and I slid them as I slid down the pew. The crutches were to help me walk without falling as I had permanent sciatic nerve damage from a recent automobile wreck. I was scared to go into the aisle, so I prayed and stuck my big toe into the aisle, and said “Thank you Jesus! The next thing I knew I was standing up in that aisle, and as I gazed up to the alter, above that Pastor’s head I saw translucent clear water flow down like a river and divide going down over each and every person in that aisle before me. I knew that the people in front of me were getting a blessing and I was going to get mine too, I was so excited I looked up and that beautiful water hit me and I was slain in the spirit, How long I was there on the floor I honestly do not know, yet when I opened my eyes I sat up and I asked” What in the world was that?” A woman standing above me shouted “That’s Jesus!” I looked up at her and said “Whatever that is, I won’t some more of it! That lady said “Honey you stand up right here and we’ll pray you through, so you get the Holy Ghost!” I jumped up and this shy woman, me, began to praise God with all her might, and I felt the spirit of God as it came down, and my mouth was no longer my own, and I began to speak in a language I had never spoken. I was later told I had spoken in tongues, by a woman that was there and that I had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit . My life has never been the same.

I left a different person than what I had been when I entered church earlier that morning. I was so on fire for God, my own mama could not shut me up. I was like a 220 light bulb that glowed brightly. I just had to tell anyone and everyone, about what Jesus has done for me. Seven days later on Pearl Harbor day, I was baptized in Jesus name!!!! My family thought I was crazy, and I lost some friends. The funniest experience was that it took me two weeks to realize I had left my crutches under the pew. I never went back for them. God had healed me.

After my profound experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit, I wrote a poem about the “Rivers of Living Water,” it was my first inspired writing. I have been writing blogs and articles when led or inspired for twelve years. During this time came the first storm, the second storm, the third storm, and they kept coming, it was relentless. During the storms I was rejected, abandoned, persecuted, lost and at times alone, I was betrayed and falsely called backslidden. Twelve years of storms, and yes, my 220 light bulb diminished, yet I couldn’t stop telling people about Jesus Christ, even when I no longer had a way to church. I needed the word of God, desperate for some “Living Water”, my voice still worked and I used it to tell my testimony. Never doubt there is power in your testimony. I learned to count it all joy and “Yes, Thank Jesus.”

Now I understand my journey a little better, the enemy was trying to take away the Holy Ghost in me, by snuffing out my light, with one storm after another. Tonight, I stand, as I draw a line in the sand, completely around me and my family, pleading the blood of Jesus. I give God all the praise and glory, for he never left me, nor did he ever forsake me, and I claim in Jesus name that my little light is going to shine.

I challenge you, if your light has diminished, if your light is flickering, draw a line around you and your loved ones, family and friends. Give God the glory, praise him for it all, giving “Thanks” in all circumstances. Wait and watch, your little light will glow once more!!!! Blessings!

Heavenly Father, as we gather in your midst we cry out,” thank you!”

Lord we thank you in advance, for drawing a Holy line of protection around us all, protecting us spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. Pleading the Holy Blood of our Lord and Savior as a blanket, covering each of us from crown of our heads to the souls of our feet, thanking you in advance for fighting for us, being our forward and rear guard. thank you God for providing all our needs in mighty name of Jesus! Amen

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Why Pray

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!

How the Littlest Angel Turned Sobbing to Joy!

Re-blog of Christmas past story I wrote, may the story encourage, bring forth hope! Our answers are just a prayer away!

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The Lord God Almighty stood before his angels, looking intently at the human race. God’s voice roared announcing to his Warrior Angels he had a very important mission for them, that they were to descend upon the earth and find all the prayers of his faithful servants, who praised and worshipped him in the Christmas Season, his earthly birthday.

The angels that will live forever passed the powers as they parted allowing them to go down to earth in a spiraling mass of anticipation, seeking beloved saints, who had stayed the course and remained faithful. When the last and littlest angel passed the powers they turned and closed up the realm of heaven.

“Yonah” which means, “Dove” was the littlest angel of the masses who quickly flew to catch up with his fellow warrior angles, His heart-shaped face, was in deep concentration encased with reddish hair, and deep soulful blue eyes. Yonah was breathtakingly beyond beautiful, a creature blessed by God, for what he lacked in size he had in strength and heart. He paused in his descent, and hovered with the light fluttering of his wings, he looked in all directions and noticed how still and quiet it was, something was not right. With that thought he folded his wings inward and dove, he had to find her, maybe she was still praying, for he knew he could detect the weakest of prayers. Down he went.

Cindy was winding down and watching the six o clock news, her coffee had grown cold, oh, why in the world did she turn that dang TV on, there was never any good news unless you counted the weather report, and all it showed was a forecast of possible snow and ice. Her thoughts drifted to the last few years, she could not remember the last time she had felt joy, she remembered her episodes of sobbing and feeling of hopelessness, after her husband walked out and abandoned her, the rug being pulled out from under her when housing market started to falter and her boss laid her off, then the economy crashed and the bottom fell out, her savings went to help her daughter finish school and to help her with attorney fees in a heated custody battle over her granddaughter, now she was in her second extension of lay off, she had lost her home, had to give away all her belongings, her car engine blew, and she only had five weeks of unemployment left. During all this time she had been sick with a thyroid issue, she gained over fifty pounds, three fourths of her hair fell out, she had a cyst in her breast, severe acid re flux, she went from the person she recognized to looking like a stranger, then came the allergic reactions, inability to breath, then her doctor let her go as a patient, saying she was too difficult to treat, she could no longer focus, or keep her thoughts straight, she kept writing notes to herself so she would not forget what she needed to do or what she had said to someone in conversation, her family relationships became strained, her friends walked away without even looking back. Job-hunting was hopeless; she did not even have a college degree. There were no jobs to compete for, in one year she had, one interview. Sadly she had fallen away from her church family, not by her choice, it just happened slowly like her thyroid disease, at first she felt nothing unusual, then she was hit with a powerful punch, that near bought knocked her off her feet. It wasn’t just one thing but an accumulation of many things, hurtful things, things she did not know how to talk about, how to express, like a vine twisting up her body sucking the life out of her little by little, her family’s lack of understanding and indifference, having to go to the hospital alone, time after time, scarred out of her wits, barely able to breath, excruciating chest pains, inability to sleep, and the pain in her muscles that hurt her to her core daily. She felt betrayed, and buried so far into the pit of despair she did not know how to climb out. No one from her church had ever called her, instead, they just talked about her, called her backslidden, made fun of her weight, and snickered about her, and who she was before she found Christ. Jesus had wiped her sins clean, but her fellow man continued to judge her, and as hard as she tried to be a part of the church family, she was rejected and persecuted time after time. They were so worried about her outward appearance they never stopped to look at her inward appearance and the change God was doing in her life. That was when she began to visit other churches, looking for a family to accept her and love her. She let go of her family church, yet she remained faithful in prayer and her love for God.

The Spirit of Torment keep circling Cindy, giggling in evil ragged laughs, it was working, he just about had her where he wanted her if only he could break her will to pray, then she was his. No Matter how he tormented her, he could not touch her family as she prayed daily the word of God to cover them, it was just a matter of time, she would break, and in arid anticipation he rubbed his long bony fingers together, when all of a sudden he noticed, a gleam of light approaching, and he swiftly hid and was angered to see “Yonah” approaching, one of God’s Warrior Angels. The Spirit of Torment snorted in disgust, warrior indeed, besides Gabriel, he looked like a child, even though he was fully formed. Yonah was actually encouraging good thoughts to Cindy, what was he doing, he was ruining all his hard work, noooooooo, Cindy was getting on the floor, he and Yonah both heard her knees crackle and crunch, as her weight bore down, she bent over and put both hands out to lower herself to the ground, and promptly fell, pushed more like it, flat on her face.

Cindy laid on the floor, sobbing, in disparity, all she can mutter is one word. “Jesus”! Yonah continues to encourage her, and The Spirit of Torment becomes enraged.

Her sobbing turns to wailing and in the midst of her wailing “The Holy Spirit of God” moves in to intercede, and her tongue starts to flow in the heavenly language, she pours out her soul, slamming her fist from time to time “God, please do not forsake us, forgive us, Lord!” As the prayer pours forth from her mouth, Yonah snatches up the words and races toward heaven with her prayer in his hands, with The Spirit of Torment, hot on his trail. The Spirit of Torment pulls out his bow and aims and let’s go with his arrow racing through the air, piercing Yonah, who cries out and begins to fall, and The Spirit of Torment races past him, to help in the battle ahead.

Yonah examines his wound as he hides in the clouds, and decides to head home, the Master is waiting, and he does not want to disappoint the Lord. With grit and determination he heads to the heavenly realm and what he sees, is beyond his wildest perception, there are no Powers guarding the realm of heaven, and fearfully he approaches and looks up over the edge, and before him as far as his eyes can see is a great battle. Blue realms turning gray to black, between the Lords angels and the Angels who deserted God and now sided with the Destroyer. The battle is fierce, sword clashes against sword, shields are drawn, and held high to protect, and in the middle is a dragon called Legion, who is churning out battle orders harshly and has eight voices talking at once. Yonah begins to doubt himself, he is a warrior angel who is scared to go in battle, and in order to reach the Lord he must go through the battlefield, oh, where and how can he get his strength and a plan. Then he remembers Cindy, she is the answer, so he heads back to earth, and the demon is gone, thinking he has won, Cindy is laying on the ground spent exhausted and worn out, she says, God, you promised to never leave us, you promised in your word you would fight for us, and have mercy upon us, Lord, I have faith in your, Lord please defend us, and she continues to sob, God, I am here use me Lord, what can I do , I am nothing , one person, and Yonah smiles and slowly allows

Cindy to feel his pain, torment, and the heat of the battle, with an unexpected fierceness of rage, Cindy slams her fist into the ground and screams “NO MORE”, and the Holy Spirit of God begins to intercede, and Cindy rages into speaking in tongues, battling for what she knows not…….. Cindy prays as if her life depended on it. She pressed forward, and unseen to Cindy, Yonah, began to glow with a bright stars brilliance, and his wings surged with strength, and power filled his limbs and a sword dropped into his hand, and Yonah raced back to the realm of heaven and in the first blow the littlest warrior angel destroyed half of Satan’s army, as Yonah fluttered above the battle field, he dove to strike his next blow and the defected angels and demons fled, and Yonah was face to face, with Legion, and all eight of his voices ragged blasphemies at him , and with one swift blow, with the word of God, his sword, Yonah took off his head and the voices spoke no more, and the powers returned to the realm. Yonah swiftly gathered all the prayers that were dropped during battle and along with Cindy’s prayer ascended to heaven to the Throne and bowed at the Lord’s feet and presented all the prayers of the saints on Christmas Eve. The Lord God Almighty smiled and hugged the littlest angel saying “Job well done”! God then turned as the angels rejoiced and opened up the heavens and poured forth his blessings unto his children. Peace returned to the earth, at the same time it flooded Cindy where she laid, and she began to sing and rejoice in the Lord! Cindy stood and dusted herself off; her sobbing had been replaced with joy and she began to dance before the Lord!

In the year to come God ordered restoration to his faithful saints, with blessings beyond measure! As a child of God Cindy hardly understood all that had transpired, what gained the victory was allowing herself to be used, pressing forward and having faith and trusting the Lord even when she didn’t understand, what was important was she remembered to leave herself open to God’s calling.

The End!

Dear God,

At times I am amazed at the love you have for us, thank you for sending your son, so that we might be saved. Thank you for your priceless gift of love. Lord, we ask you to move through our great nation, a nation which was built “In God we trust”, on a solid rock foundation. Lord, our rock has been shaken as we as a nation moved away from thy precepts, forgive us, Lord. Lord, we bow to you in humility, and humbleness, we call on your holy name we pray and ask for your forgiveness and ask that this would be a new era that would heal our land and once more make us into a proud Godly nation united under you, our Lord and Savior. We ask and seek your presence in our government, our homes, our schools, our workplaces, our judicial system, our healthcare, and for the one true God to be present in our churches. Wake us up and stir us up Lord to do your calling and your will, give us insight, wisdom, to be spiritual leaders, and guidance to succeed. As in Joel 2:12- we are coming to you Lord with all our heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with morning, until every hindrance is removed and fellowship is restored. In 2 Chronicles 7:14- If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.

My father, let those who are tired come to you, the lost, the brokenhearted, the despondent, and the hopeless. I have heard it said that you love these people and you walk among them and save those who are crushed in spirit. I pray God for our protection, our family and our friends and our church, and these individuals that I lift up to you. I pray Psalms 91 and I plead your blood over them. I pray that you heal them and bind up their wounds. They cannot hear, they cannot see, they cannot speak, and they are blind, deaf and ignorant of your truth. I stand humbly before you God and ask you to open their ears, their minds, and their eyes. Some call them the scum of society, worthless, scavengers, unclean, and not savable. I see them as future saints adorned in crowns of beauty, gladness, and garments of praise. Lord, I know your truth is for every man, woman, and child. I pray for warrior angels commanded by you Lord, to set a hedge of protection around them, to guard them, so that when your vessels of saints come in contact with them and speak your truth and salvation the light in your vessels will not be your saints they see, it will be you, their Redeemer, their Savior, whose words will turn the lost to being found and the despondent to having hope, and the hopeless to be full of joy, all to be planted in faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with assurance of salvation. Save them, God, our doors are open, and we welcome them into your house.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

🩸Christmas Prayer🩸

Christmas Prayer
My father let those who are sick, come to you, heal their bodies with no lasting effects, woo the lost, the brokenhearted, the despondent, bind up their wounds and release great joy. I have heard it said that you love us all, good and bad, you walk among us and save those who are crushed in spirit. I pray for salvation for all humans , for protection over our families , friends, , and strangers, these individuals that I lift up to you believing you will not forsake us. I pray psalms 91 pleading your blood over them. I stand humbly before you God and ask you to open their ears, their minds, and their eyes. I see them as future saints adorned in crowns of beauty, gladness and garments of praise. Lord I know your truth is for every man, woman, and child. I pray for warrior angels commanded by you Lord, to set a hedge of protection around them, to guard them, so that when your vessels of saints come in contact with them and speak your truth and salvation, the light in your vessels will not be your saints they see, it will be you, their Redeemer, their Savior, JESUS, whose words will turn the lost to being found and the despondent to having hope, and the hopeless to be full of joy, all to be planted in faith of our Lord Jesus Christ with assurance of salvation. Save them God, our doors are open, and we welcome them into your house.
In Jesus Name, Amen! 🩸❤️💯

Suicide Prevention

You are Loved ……..

Suicide Lifeline: If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time of day or night or chat online.

Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

Please don’t give up! You are going to make it! You are Loved by God! It’s one call that can change your life!

❤️Believe❤️
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Great Love

Beautiful Hearts 💞

Elizabeth H., Helen H. Ina B., Annie S., Betty M.!💞

My Mom, Aunts, and Grandmothers, “Five” women who forever encouraged and built me up as a child!

Each woman wrapped me in love, said this season shall pass, these kindhearted women had great influence on my life!

These women loved me unconditionally, with agape love, leaving no doubt they all loved me❤️!

Tears gently wiped from my face held in their warm embraces, over the old farmhouse table, scattered with coffee cups, glazed donuts.

Kindhearted women hold my secrets, visions, and plans as their love helped to create them! The best gift each of them gave me was how to be a kindhearted woman!

A woman who searches for peace, tranquility, understanding, and yes agape love!❤️

Agape love only comes from Jesus, flowing from heaven through messengers here on earth, showing us how to forgive wrongs, forgive one another, and find peace!

These five women were divinely placed in my life by God, and I am forever grateful for these five beautiful Hearts! I love you all!

Each of these women has my full respect!

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

“A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth” (Proverbs 11:16).

The Story in the Picture

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.

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The Story in the Picture

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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…

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Whether a Storm of Nature; or a Storm of Crisis; or a Storm of Life; Rejoicing is a Choice

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I wrote this a few years ago, but it apply’s Today as we wait in this storm , we wait for it to pass, as we watch what it brings our way. Don’t wait in fear! Instead, let’s rejoice!! For God gave us this day and I am thankful! I choose to rejoice as this storm hits, I rejoice I have breath in my body, I rejoice God provides my needs, I rejoice God covers us with his wings, I rejoice I am a child of God, I rejoice I am blessed, coming in and going out, I rejoice I am a survivor, I rejoice I am blessed with wonderful grandchildren, I rejoice God gave me my beautiful daughter, a prayer answered, and a wonderful son in law, I rejoice I have sweet sisters and a kind brother. I rejoice I made it to church three weeks in a row. I rejoice that I have House of God to go too. I Speak Life, Excellent Health and Prosperity into each life over us all ! I have Faith and I Believe,! God can do it,! Just Believe!

Words by Clayton Jennings on who Jesus is……

Beautiful descriptions of Jesus by Clayton Jennings!

He’s more than you could ever need

He’s more than the eye could see

I don’t deserve His love, but He’s always been there for me

You see, Jesus met me when I was at my lowest

And if you don’t know Jesus, know this:

He’s the greatest example of

Generosity this world of greed has ever seen

And when Jesus hit the scene, He changed the scenery

And met diversity with serenity

If you’re looking for peace, He offers plenty

Jesus was, and Jesus will forever be King

And when the Angels sing,

They sing of the grace that was displayed for sinners like me

I can’t explain Him, and I can’t describe Him

Because if I could He wouldn’t be Jesus

Because you can’t explain eternity

And you can’t comprehend the galaxies

But it was the loving hands of Jesus, who spun them into existence

And created man, knowing He would go to the cross to pay our sentence

There was a certificate of judgement with a period after the sentence

And we were sentenced to death long before He said, “It is finished”

He’s a father to the orphan, a shelter for the homeless

A hiding place for the abused and an anchor for our storms

He stormed the gates of hell and came out on top

And the power of His gospel cannot be stopped

Even when the world tries… and they try a lot

He trade places with Barabbas and became a catalyst

Of missions across the world covering every portion of the atlas

If you’re in need of rest, I know of a mattress

If you don’t know Jesus, your future is tragic

But He’d gladly embrace tragedy so we

Could live in His presence of majesty

His presence is presents

And it’s His presence that presents

Preciousness to a world of peasants

He’s far from pretentious, but still loves those who are

He’s a light of the world that hung on the stars

He brings the dead to life, but delivers life to the dead

He took a crown of thorns on His head

So we can put crowns at His feet

And I can’t wait until the day I get to kiss His feet that were

Nailed to the cross for me, and for you,

And for every other person around the world

He loves the world and I love His word

Because His word became flesh

And in His flesh, He demonstrated the word to the world

He’s an example to every boy and every girl

He’s a lover of black people; He’s a lover of white people

He’s a lover of the un-churched and the assembly under the steeple

He doesn’t see the believer’s failures;

But still takes time to celebrate their faithfulness

It’s His spirit that enables us

And gives us boldness, even when the world labels us

And if you wanna label me

Please call me a “Jesus Freak”

If that freaks you out, good

Because it’s better to be good with God

Than to fight being misunderstood

By a world that could never understand

So let it be understood that I don’t worship man

I worship Jesus

And although He doesn’t need us

He still sees us, and pleads with us

To run to the cross where He bled for us

His heart bleeds for us; His heart grieves for us

But still graciously grants us a pardon for our treason in a season

Where the world tries to explain away

The work of the spirit with human reasoning

And here’s the reason why they can’t:

Because His spirit is like the wind, and the wind cannot be seen

But loved is he who believes without seeing the unseen

I’m telling you, Jesus is something

He’s something more; He’s something great

And if you wanna know Him, you don’t have to wait

He stands at the narrow path with a key to the gate

And all you have to do is reach out and embrace His grace

I don’t care who is president, I have a King who is always present

I don’t care who hosts musicals, celebrities;

The voice of the Lord will always be the sweetest melody

I don’t care who owns the riches of the globe;

My Jesus has more wealth with more ruby on His robe

I don’t care who’s the strongest or the fastest;

Nothing matches the creator of the

Universe and His immortal, infinite status

I don’t care about religious leaders who died and stay dead

I worship the One who conquered death, and wears a crown on His head

His name is Jesus, and I’m telling you He’s something

He was faithful yesterday, He’s faithful today

I can feel His presence whenever I pray

And when the time comes for me to fade away

I would remember the day I heard Him say,

“My name is Jesus.”Source: MusixmatchSongwriters: Clayton Jennings

Prayer Over Our Nation and President!

Heavenly Father I pray from the least to the great that today COVID is cancelled, voided and nullified! That all would be healed in Jesus name through wonderful working power of the blood from Calvary!

Lord God we cry out as a nation humbling seeking you for healing in our bodies, souls and mind! Cancel the great deceptions that are at work or the works of the enemy, sending forth a legend of warrior angels to stand guard over our President, his family, our nation and all of America’s people, in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

May we rise as a unified nation respecting and honoring all diversity and diversified cultures, to not make America Great , but to show the world why “America is Great, ” built on love, compassion, empathy and understanding!

As Americans we shall soar like eagles in our freedom, coming together like we did after 9/11. I plead repentance for our great nation and cry out for “Mercy” from God!

May we all seek God and pray!

I am proud to be an American and to call Mr. Trump my President!

I pray God send forth healing from throne of heaven to cascade down over our heads penetrating to soles of our feet, healing us from inside and outside! Praying divine healing comes swiftly with no lasting effects! During the transitions of our bodies healing, may healing flow over our nation, from the East to West, then North to South standing as “The Greatest Nation” on this planet!

America is where the” American Dream” is “Thriving” as we unite to eradicate issues like homelessness, addiction, affordable housing, healthcare, jobs, food safety, farming, homeland security, education and the military!

Giving gratitude for allowing all voices to be heard and resolutions brought forth with compassion.

Every story and voice matters!

We declare and decree it is so in mighty name of Jesus! Amen

FRIDAY PRAYER

Father God, we humbly come before You and we seek Your face, Lord God. Lord we praise You and thank You for all that You have done in our lives and all that You are doing and will do in our lives, in Jesus Name. Thank You, Lord God for Your mercy and grace; thank You for the forgiveness of sins and most of all, thank You, Lord God for Your love that You have lavished up us. Father God, thank You for Your Word and for the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct our foot steps, in Jesus Name.

Lord, you alone are worthy to be praised; we worship You with all our hearts, minds, lives, and our strength. We humble ourselves before You, Lord God; we know that we are unable to do anything apart from You, O God. You know what we need and how to provide for each of us. O God, we lift up holy hands without doubting and we sing out Holy, holy, holy are You Lord God Almighty. You alone are worthy; You alone are in control. We completely and totally surrender our lives, hearts, minds, desires; we give it all to You, O God. We humbly submit ourselves.

Thank You, Lord God, for the many areas that are breaking forth into revival; our hearts and souls cry out, REVIVE US, O LORD!!! Lord God, thank You for restoring broken and dying marriages, healing the sick, restoring the lives that have been shattered, mending the broken hearts.

Lord God, thank You for bringing families back together and wrapping them in Your complete love, in Jesus Name. Thank You, Lord God for the jobs that You are preparing for Your people; the open doors of opportunity to be a witness to those that are bound in darkness. Thank You for the opportunity to speak life, truth and love into the lives of so many that are hurting and bound up in darkness. There is so much to be so thankful for and we praise YOU, Lord God. Thank You for the valleys and for the storms; for if we never had a problem, we would not know what You can do; through it all, we praise You and give You all the glory. We place our faith in you alone!

Lord God, create within us all a pure heart and renew a right spirit within us all, in Jesus Name. Forgive us for giving into the lies and deceptions of the enemy; forgive us for entertaining thoughts that are lies and deceptive. Forgive us for becoming lukewarm and apathetic, in Jesus Name. Forgive us for losing focus on what we need to be about, and for allowing the ways of this world to be distracting. Forgive us for giving into our weakness and for falling into temptation; forgive us for comprising in areas of our lives. Lord God, forgive us for our sins, in Jesus Name. Lord God, you called us to come out from among them, not to join them and be apart of this wickedness. Lord God, release Your holy fire upon us all and burn away all that is not of You, Lord God. Purge and cleanse us all of all this lawlessness, impurities; let us be vessels of holiness and purity, a true reflection of You, Lord God. Let us be conduits and containers that carries Your Holy Fire everywhere; being a constant reflection of You to a world that is dark and cold. You said we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth. It is only through You, O God can we be that true light and salt. It is only when we surrender completely and totally to You, we are transformed to being the light and salt. Let us not move ahead of You, nor lag behind You, let us walk with You in complete obedience to Your Word, Lord God. Let us not look to the right or to the left, let our eyes only be on You. Let us not entertain our minds or thoughts with ideas or thoughts that are contrary to the Word of God. Your word says to think on things that are pure, lovely, and wholesome, of good report. We renounce every thought, every idea that presents itself against the Word of God, right now in Jesus Name. We rebuke the lies and deception of the enemy and command our ears to become deaf to the lies and deception of the enemy, in Jesus Name. Let us pay no attention nor thought to his lies and deception. We renounce the power of sin and command it to leave right now, in Jesus Name. We take authority over every unclean spirit and command it to leave our homes, families, friends, our church, our workplace, communities, neighborhoods, cities, and our NATION, right now in Jesus Name.

We bind up the works of darkness and of wickedness and we command it to go back to the pit of hell right now. You foul spirits, we give you notice right now, you are evicted from our lives, our families, our friends, our homes, our workplace, our neighborhoods, our communities, our cities, our NATION, in Jesus Name. We plead the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST over the door posts of our hearts, minds, and souls, over our lives, homes, families, friends, church, neighborhood, community, city, and our NATION, in Jesus Name.

Lord God, forgive those that have done us wrong and that have violated our trust, in Jesus Name. Heal the open wounds that have been left behind and heal the disappointments that we have experienced, in Jesus Name.

Release the Fire of God upon us and let us be completely and totally ablaze with Your Holy Fire, in Jesus Name. Let our lives be a constant reflection of Your Fire, in Jesus Name. Let us be ministers of Your Holy Fire; let the flames of revival flow through our lips as we speak Your Word, O God. Protect us with a wall of Fire that quenches and burns up all the traps of the enemy; disarming him from any further onslaughts, in Jesus Name. Let us put on the full armor of God daily before we start our day, in Jesus Name. Help us to use the armor as You have destined us to use it; help us to fight powerful and victoriously and fiercely, in Jesus Name.

Let us rise up and be bold, courageous, and mighty like a lion because if You go before us, than whom shall we fear; if our God be with us, who dare be against us!!! No weapon formed against us shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against us shall be condemned, in Jesus Name. Nothing the enemy throws at us will be effective because we are more than conquerors through Christ; we have already overcome the onslaught of the enemy because the Spirit of the Lord is alive within us, in Jesus Name.

The train of Lord’s robe fills the temple with glory; there is no room for nothing else. O God, put within us all a heart of a warrior, a heart of a champion, a heart of a LION that is fearless and bold, in Jesus Name.

When we have done all that we know to do; O God, help us to STAND, for we know you fight for us and will never forsake us, in Jesus Name. amen amen amen!

Plant Your Seeds, They Will Grow!

Our job is to plant and water the seeds!

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God makes them grow!

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Galatians 6:9  

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Good bye Anger, Bitterness and Rage!

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).

 

 

 

 

NEED HELP? LOOK UP

 

 

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 !!!

 

Psalm 121

A song of ascents.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
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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Rescue

 

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 stolen
I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS
I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It’s true, I will rescue you
There is no distance
That cannot be covered
Over and over
You’re not defenseless
I’ll be your shelter
I’ll be your armor
I hear you whisper underneath your breath
I hear your SOS, your SOS
I 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 you
I hear…
Source: LyricFind

Helping Hand – Do Something

Reach Down with the right hand of “Love” and pull your brethren, brother or sister out of the pit, for you are to Love them as I have Loved you!❤️🙏🏻

 

 

Worship

I worship you!❤️

For you alone are worthy 🙌🏻

Outstanding Blogger Award

The Outstanding Blogger Award 2020

My fellow blogger and  friend  STU has nominated me for The Outstanding Blogger Award😊

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?

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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:

  1. What is your favorite meal?
  2. What act of kindness brings you joy?
  3. Why do you blog?
  4. Currently, my favorite singer is Lauren Diagle- You Say, who is your favorite singer and why>
  5. With everything going on in America, do you watch news or shut it off?
  6. Have you ever dreamed of driving around the US in an RV? If , yes, where is your first stop?
  7. 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:

Jerome

Big Sky Buckeye

WCR

Tammy

Pene

John

 

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*

 

Quarantine Life – A Little Humor!

We all need humor and I totally missed this video in April! It definitely brought a smile to my face! I hope it brings  a smile to you also!  Without further ado ……

Matthew West- Quarantine Life

https://youtu.be/pyuaDo1eLEI

The Stone Rolled Away

Just as the stone rolled away for Jesus, God will also open the door for you!

🙏🏻❤️ Never Give Up!

 

WORDS HAVE POWER

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.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-power-of-spoken-words_b_6324786

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.

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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.

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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, 2015
 
What 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

LOVE IS THE ANSWER

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!

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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!

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Dakota

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.

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Why Write A Blog?

Why do I write a blog? Writing is a way to express myself, when no one is listening to my words. A freedom that has literally saved me from myself. The last two years of writing was to encourage , pray for others and to share a love of cooking with do it yourself projects. At the beginning of my blog I grew frustrated, due to low followers, likes and comments. I wanted my blog to be successful. Numbers matter! Right?  Jealousy slowly set in of other bloggers and their blog success, my blog just lagged behind leaving me  wondering what I was doing wrong. Blogging was great for me, it is kind of like self-therapy, it helps me to go through and process things I am trying to understand about life.  On hindsight, I’ve learned my voice has power, my voice can roar, my voice can be very broken and my voice can tell many stories in years to come. Yet my voice can’t help me get over my fear of really writing and being rejected. I consider myself a “Truth”  writer, I put my voice in a box and followed what I thought the rules were so as not to offend or cross boundaries. I haven’t written much lately. I’m reflecting looking back in order to go forward. I came to the serious conclusion that I would rather draw in one reader with my words. One million followers would be awesome, yet that one person I am trying to reach is awesome too and priceless. My goal going forward is to reach  one person that needs an encouraging word, uplifting, a good recipe to change things up or  a creative project. Welcome to my Blog!!

God’s Beauty

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

 

THE KENNEDY AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

 

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!

Please give my friends a visit! STU and Rene/ Heart Tokens  

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!

dellartista

bigskybuckeye

Villagetalk

 

My questions?!? Same as Above, I really liked them.

The Rock Can Bare the Weight!

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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 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! 

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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!

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What satan had meant for bad, God turned around and used it for good! The Rock Can Bare the Weight!

 

I Had To Just Put My Feet On The Floor!

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!

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Almost a Dog Story!

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.

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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.  😭

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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!

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Dont Worry Be Happy!

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.'”

Matthew 6:27
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:28
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.

Matthew 6:31
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 10:19
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,

Luke 10:41
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,

Luke 12:11
“When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say,

Luke 12:22
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.

Philippians 4:6
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!!!

Calling All Moms!

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

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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.

Pray: 

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.

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Friday Thoughts!

Hello Readers!

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.

NEED HELP

We are all going through a whirlwind. Many people have felt the last year was the hardest, as we all faced things in our lifetime never before experienced! Spiritual warfare has been relentless, multiply hits on our faith leaving us spiritually near depletion, feeling negatively lead to just give up. You have to fight, Giving up isnt the answer!  Fight and hold on, help is coming!

I know Jesus is with us, for he promised to never leave or forsake us.

You need to dig in your heels, tie a knot at the end of your rope and  hang on for dear life………………………………………………..Keep praying. Payer is powerful!

Pray for God to direct our feet, may the Holy Spirit go before us and be our rear guard, forward and side guards, plead the blood of Jesus, reciting prayers for protections (Psalms 91) over all your family and extended family, friends , state, nation and the world. Lift up prayers for healing  of Covid 19, simply asking for help and trust help will come.

I know help is a hard thing to find, let alone see, here is where we walk by faith.

Two days ago, I felt the direction of my feet being lead in little steps, I ask God to keep me on his path. The hardest thing I had to admit to myself was to verbally state in prayer “God, I feel helpless.” God is listening. God knows my heart. God knows your too. I bind my prayers with your prayers, believing angels are surrounding us andministering to us, in these hard times.

 

Aren’t we all in a pit? None of us caused Covid 19,  we are quarantined, social distancing, home bound, and we want it to end. We want normal back. Yet I have to ask what is normal?  I dont want normal back, we need radical change, revival, a good ole out pouring of the Holy Spirit! What is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit?

Answer-The outpouring of the Holy Spirit—the pouring out of God’s Spirit to fill and indwell people—was prophesied in the Old Testament and fulfilled at Pentecost (Acts 2). This event was predicted in the Old Testament: in Isaiah 44:3 God said to Israel, “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” The Holy Spirit is pictured as the “water of life” that saves and blesses a dying people. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quoted another prophecy as being fulfilled: “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. . . . And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Joel 2:28–29, 32).

Jesus had promised to send His disciples the Holy Spirit (John 14:15–17). The Spirit “lives with you and will be in you,” Jesus said (John 14:17). This was a prophecy of the indwelling of the Spirit, another distinctive of the church age. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 marked the fulfillment of Jesus’ words, too, as the Holy Spirit came upon all believers in a powerful, visible (and audible) way. Luke records the event: “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them” (Acts 2:2–4). Immediately, the Spirit-filled believers went into the streets of Jerusalem and preached Christ. Three thousand people were saved and baptized that day; the church had begun (verse 41).

Maybe revival and an outpouring starts with us just helping each other, by showing kindness, compassion, empathy and Love! Love covers a multitude of sin.

God is reminding me of a word he gave me when I first came to church!

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As believers we have to pull our brothers and sisters up without judging, showing Love, reach down and pull them out. Why are we not pulling our brothers and sisters out??? It may not be sin that put them there , but an actual TRAP!! Get them out!! isnot Covid 19 a trap, that has put us all in a pit? Lets help one another and allow God to be God!

Matthew 12:11 states:He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? or Luke 14:5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”

Following those scriptures, I found the following words on Faith Life sermons, that read : A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out.
A SUBJECTIVE person came along and said: “I FEEL for you, down there.”
An OBJECTIVE person came along and said:” It’s logical that someone would fall, down there.”
A CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST came along: “You only THINK that you are in a pit.”
A PHARISEE said: “Only BAD people fall into a pit.”
A MATHEMATICIAN calculated HOW he fell into the pit.
A NEWS REPORTER wanted the exclusive story on his pit.
A FUNDAMENTALIST said: “You DESERVE your pit.”
CONFUCIUS said; “If you would have listened to me, you would not be in that pit.”
BUDDHA said: “Your pit is only a state of mind.”
A REALIST said: “That’s a PIT.”
A SCIENTIST calculated the pressure necessary (lbs./sq.in.) to get him out of the pit.
A GEOLOGIST told him to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.
The COUNTY INSPECTOR asked if he had a permit to dig a pit.
The COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR came along and figured the taxes he owed on the pit.
A PROFESSOR gave him a lecture on: “The Elementary Principles of the Pit.”
A HEALTH AND WEALTH PREACHER said: “Just CONFESS that you’re not in a pit.”
An OPTIMIST said: “Things COULD be worse.”
A PESSIMIST said: “Things WILL get worse!!”

JESUS, seeing the man, reached down with the right hand of love and LIFTED HIM OUT of the pit. Hallelujah Glory to God!

Jesus had “OBSERVED” all who walked past the man in the pit, Jesus listened to all the excuses given not to help the man in the pit! 

Jesus simply walked over and he extended his right hand to the man in the pit, then pulled the man out of the pit!

Trust God he will pull you out of the pit!

The pit is not always about the person stuck in the pit, humans are quick to judge, yet maybe a time of observation, for the Lord to observe how you and I chose to react to the situation, and whether we will help that person or each other!

The eyes of God are upon you………………………..

Will you help?

That knowledge ought to have you running and praising God!

Be alert, God will led you where to help, for we are all a part of the body of Christ and our gifts and talents are uniquely different! Be alert! May we glorify God by going about and doing his business to help as instructed.

The real call to action when disaster strikes is to pray, trust God, and continue to be kind.