Gratitude #145

12 May

Hello hello my Gratitude Family and Friends! It has been such long time since my last blog post! I thank you for stopping by to have a read on all things gratitude. Gratitude is still, and always will be the heart of who I am, and I am so happy to be here to blog all about it.

Guys I am grateful for all that God is doing. During my time away so much has happened. I think my last blog was maybe the beginning of April. I remember cramming for my life insurance exam and feeling determined to pass. Needless to say I did pass! To God be all the Glory! I was and still am so excited. The feeling of completion, and growth and thankfulness all wrapped up in one is like the best thing ever! I was told the hardest part is over and everything else would be a breeze. If only…

The warfare that I felt was like heavy. I remember last month was a month of trust, trusting God. I remember doing a blog about trusting God. I had it all typed out, but when I was ready to post it, I lost it. I thought I saved it, I didn’t. I closed my computer and it was gone. I figured it really wasn’t a big deal, I would just re-type it and post it. I never got around to retyping it. However, I was steadfast in my faith guys, like I trust God. I felt like there wasn’t anything that I couldn’t do or handle. Remember the hard part was over. I knew there were things that I would have to juggle, with my new license and training, still working my day job, and blogging, and all that comes with day to day life. It’s something about when you say, “I trust God.” Remember our words carry weight. For me, when I said it, I got a chance to really, really find out what was in my heart and what trusting God really means. I found out that I wasn’t as strong and trusting as I thought.

Needless to say I went through some tough trials. I got sick with what I am sure was Covid, and felt crummy with that for way too long. I went through a crisis in my family, and I feel like I absolutely folded and allowed the enemy to kick my butt. I remember thinking about the blog post, “Did I really trust God?” At that time it was more mouth service than heart. I had no fight in me, I felt all was lost. God was with me, and I felt Him. However, I barely could pray. I can remember being in the shower and crying, and God asking me did I trust Him? No response came from me only tears. God said, “Your children are my children, you cannot love them more than me. Can you take care of them better than me?” I remember thinking, but they are my children, and then, I really don’t trust God.

I came out of that test feeling like I punked out. The enemy came for my word, I had said and did a whole blog about trusting God. Now it did not get published, but at the time, I meant it in my heart. An you know what, I can admit that my trusting Him, was not, and is not, where it needs to be. I am learning to trust Him. It’s my truth, and I own it.

Nope, I do not, I repeat, I do not have it all together, this walk of trusting God completely is a day to day walk. It is a conversation with Him, kinda minute to minute sometimes for me, because negative thoughts come, which require trust in God. It is also prayer and fasting for me. I have to ask God to help me to stop being so controlling. He is bigger than me, and can fight better than me. Lol, literally I am asking God to teach me how to war in the spirit. I know that I don’t want to punk out again, and I don’t have to. I can stand and fight in this spiritual battle for myself, and family with God. I am not alone, He is my strength and power, 2 Samuel 22:33. Lesson I learned, fight in prayer, praise and worship no matter how hard I am hurting.

I am grateful that today, my Gratitude Family and Friends, that I am in training as a licensed insurance agent, and a financial needs analyst. God blessed me with a wonderful trainer, under a wonderful company. I have won a Fast Start s award, as well as the Spirit Award. God is amazing. I feel better in the natural and spiritual. I went on a much needed vacation to Houston, Texas with my girls, for my daughter’s 30th birthday. I have started writing a new book, which I pray to finish real soon. There has been some rough terrain, and there will be more up hill battles, but I really have to trust that the Lord is by my side. He has seen me through many battles, and has blessed my family with new blessings, grace and mercy everyday. I am grateful.

I thank you my Gratitude Family and Friends for following me, reading my blogs and commenting with encouraging words. This walk is not always easy but with a true heart for the Lord we all can do it. Also, if you don’t have a tribe or know your tribe, find them, get with them. Many blessing to my tribe and family who prayed us through. I love you! Let’s stay encouraged, and pray for one another. Blessings unto you all.

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Gratitude #144

5 Apr

Mary Magdalene went and said to the followers, “I saw the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her. John 20:18 NCV

Welcome my Gratitude Family and Friends! Thank you for stopping by to have a read of my blog on all things gratitude. Guys this blog was suppose to go out yesterday, so forgive me for getting it out late. Yesterday was such a blessed day with family and friends. I had a blessed Resurrection Sunday. I don’t know about you but I am grateful that He indeed rose on the third day so that I may live!

I am so grateful that Jesus lives in me. He lives, that part right there has stuck with me, death couldn’t hold Him. As I read up on the resurrection, I am in awe of Mary Magdalene, and how she went to the tomb to find it empty, went to tell the disciples, the disciples saw that Jesus was not there and left. Mary stays and is crying, she looks into the empty tomb sees the two angels and turns to see Jesus.

Mary Magdalene was in despair, thinking that Jesus’s body had been moved from the tomb. He was no longer there, who moved Him? Where is He, she wondered. In her despair she looks into the tomb to see two angels sitting where Jesus had been, “Why are you crying?” they asked. Mary told them that they had taken Jesus away, and she didn’t know where they had taken Him. No sooner had Mary said this, she turned and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Him. Jesus also asked her, Why are you crying, and who are you looking for? Mary thought Jesus was the gardener, and asked did he take Jesus away. She said to him that if he had moved him, where was he, and that she would go and get him. Jesus said to her “Mary”, and she knew at that moment that Jesus was speaking.

Jesus also went to the brothers and breathed on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Thomas, who was one of the twelve, was not with them at the time that Jesus appeared to them. When he heard that Jesus was there, he did not believe it. Thomas stated that he would not believe it until he saw the nail marks in his hands, and put his finger where the nails were, and put his hand into his side. A week later, Jesus appeared again, and Thomas was in attendance. Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand here in my side. Stop being an unbeliever and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus told him, You believe because you see me. Those who believe without seeing me will be truly happy.”

This account of the resurrection of Jesus is powerful to me. I have read this maybe a dozen times and I take so much away from it. Jesus died for me that I may have eternal life. He knew what I would do in my life, He knew that I would sin and make mistakes, yet He loved me enough to be crucified. Thomas had seen Jesus, walked with Him, and in his mind, if he did not see Him in the flesh then He was never there. Jesus told Thomas to stop being and unbeliever and believe. I, much like Thomas also wants proof that Jesus is going to help, that Jesus is with me, that He will fix my problems. Why doubt like Thomas, Jesus says to stop being an unbeliever and believe. Jesus doesn’t have to continue to prove Himself to me, He says those who believe without seeing me will be truly happy. My happiness, my blessings, is in my belief!

Mary Magdalene seeing the empty tomb, being in despair, thinking that Jesus had been taken away, crying and very upset, resembles me in troubling times. I feel like where is He, why isn’t He answering this prayer, I am worried and in despair. I am waiting for Him to show up, asking others for help, questioning Jesus’s timing, wondering why He isn’t in the same place like He was before when I needed Him. All the time Jesus is there, saying, “Why are you crying, and who are you looking for, because I am right here. I am with you. I am with you always, I will never leave you nor forsake you. You will find me when you search for me with your whole heart.” Jesus must have been puzzled with Mary, the same way that He must get puzzled with us, when we worry, have doubts, and just don’t believe. He left us with the comforter, the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts. He is here, no need to search for Him. We will not find Him in a bottle, not in marijuana, not from that friend who we love to go to tell our troubles to, no we will find Him when pray, talk to him search for him with our whole hearts. Talk to the Lord, I promise He will answer, if we will just believe that He is there.

I am grateful that I was able to get this blog out, because I feel so many things about the resurrection. Jesus died so that we would not have to feel so many of the things that we feel. Sometimes trying to put my thoughts into writing can be challenging, but here it is. The bottom line is Jesus is always with us, He rose, the grave could not keep Him. He left us with the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to look for Him, He is always there. We don’t have to search for Him by talking to anyone else, talk to Him, He is with us. Don’t look for answers in a bottle, pills or a friend, talk to Jesus He is there. He says that if we believe without seeing Him we will be truly happy, get happy my Gratitude Family and Friends and believe in Jesus Christ who died so that we may live.

I thank you my Gratitude Friends and Family for taking the time to read my blog on today. This account of the resurrection is one that I love, because I know how much Jesus truly loves me. Now as I stated in my last blog, I want showcase our awesome women in business. Here are my three picks for today!

My three for today are:

Color Me Mink: Armani Covington is the CEO of Color Me Mink. At Color Me Mink you can purchase colored extensions, wigs, as well as hair accessories. There are a lot of cute accessories, like scrunchies, hats and headbands. Visit the site at http://www.colormemink.com; also on Instagram @ colormeminkllc Color Me Mink also has a Buy Now Pay Later Plan.

DaWanna Fedora Collection: DaWanna Coleman is the CEO of DaWanna Fedora Collection. If you are one that has a love for fedora hats then you will love DaWanna’s Fedora Collection. This beautiful fedora collection comes in over 23 fabulous colors. They are beautiful, and they sell out fast, so visit DaWanna Coleman on Facebook for your purchasing inquiries.

Sondays Clothing: Ebony Ethridge is the CEO of the Sonday’s clothing brand. This is one of my favorite line of clothing brands. The Humble Wear Brand is so cute! I have tons of pieces, and I love it because there is active wear, college hoodies, as well as dresses, skirts and blazers. Humble Wear is soft, comfortable, and comes in an array of different styles. You can shop the Humble Wear line on Instagram @ makesondayshappen, you will see some of the items and you can send a DM for further inquiries.

Thank you guys for following my blog and reading on all things gratitude. I love you all with the love of the Lord. Be blessed. You can follow me on Facebook at Kaylynn Ellis and on Instagram at keisha_kaylyn.

Gratitude #143

23 Mar

When women come together, support each other, raise each other up. That’s when the magic happens.

Hello hello my Gratitude Friends and Family. Happy Spring! Yes, spring is here and I could not be more excited. I am so grateful for the warm weather, and the freshness that is in the air. I love the blossoming that spring brings. Spring just says new! New doors, new beginnings, new season, it’s a time to launch! I thank you for taking the time to read my blog on all things gratitude. It is still National Women’s Month, and I intend to acknowledge it and celebrate it till the end of this month! And as much as can thereafter, simply because as women we rock!

I am so excited and grateful for National Women’s Month because I see so many awesome women doing some amazing things as entrepreneurs. I am so grateful for my own daughter’s, who are young women, operating in business, while still working their 9 to 5 jobs, and balancing motherhood. I said to my one daughter that if I didn’t know her, I would want to know her. I feel that way about so many of our young people who are going forth as entrepreneurs. They are so intelligent and smart, and are so much more than I was at that age. I am so grateful for my children’s business mindsets, because the road as a single mother was never easy, and so many times I felt as though I had failed my children, but God was there to be my help and to guide me and them, and keep them on their purposed path.

The drive and knowledge of our young women in business and so many different areas overall amazes me. The mindset to create wealth and to change the trajectory of their bloodline blesses me. They are catalyst without fear, they are bold, and ready.There’s no age that is too young or too old to get started in business, I encourage you to just do it. My mom is getting started in her candy business, my granddaughter’s are getting started in the fashion business.

I am very proud of the women in my family getting started in business, but it’s the women overall for me. It’s the support of each other that blesses me. It is celebrating how we are creating our own wealth and independence. We have become the movers and the shakers as they say. We are ambassadors for one another’s businesses. We are the Brand. We are posting each other’s businesses, in a show of support. I just love it!

When women come together miraculous things happen! We crush the assignment of the enemy, where the plan was to keep us divided. We crush jealousy and envy, we create a sense of loyalty, and protectiveness of our sister-ship. We grow in confidence and love for one another and ourselves. When women come together it builds our self-esteem, it matures us and creates stronger women that are coming up behind us. We can have a society of strong courageous women as long as we stick together.

It’s a love walk, we must have a heart to love ourselves, our daughters, our granddaughters, or goddaughters, our friends daughters, all the women around us. I believe in this season we are called out to be more than we ever were. It is no longer just a saying to love your sister, lift her up, it is now a movement. We can change a lot of things in society and our bloodlines if we just answer the call to love the women that are around us.

I would like to support all the women that have a business on my blog page. So for the rest of this month, and probably beyond that, I will be posting businesses on my blog. You can follow me on Instagram at keisha_kaylyn, and on Facebook at Kaylynn Ellis. You can leave your business name in the comments or email me at keisha_ellis@rocketmail.com Let’s get those business out there! I am asking God to send businesses from all over the world!

My Gratitude family and friends I appreciate you more than you could ever know, and I thank God for you all. Thank you for supporting me as a blogger. Now let me see some businesses!

I will start with my business which is Mint to Be, a Peppermint Essential Oil line. There is three different peppermint scents:

Minty Mint- Which is a very strong mint scented oil.

Sweet Like Candy- A peppermint oil that smells like peppermint candy

Mystical Mint- It is a very bold scent with the blend of peppermint and rosemary oil.

For information on any of my Mint to Be products you can reach me through email, Instagram, or Facebook.

Gratitude #142

13 Mar

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Who run the world? Girls – Beyonce

Hello my Gratitude family and friends. Welcome to my Gratitude Blog. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and have a read on all things gratitude. Let me start by saying, “I am always so very proud and grateful to be a woman.” This month as we celebrate women all across the world for National Women’s Month, I am in awe of the strength, beauty, intelligence, and anointing that is not only on the Women in my tribe, but women around the world.

I am convinced when God created Eve, He really knew what He was doing. As the daughter’s of Eve we are exceptional. We are amazing in so many ways. God created Eve as a help mate, a companion for Adam, but she was so much more. I feel Eve kind of gets a raw deal, she’s basically known for being tricked by the serpent and biting the apple. She went against God, and convinced her husband to have a bite too. Eve is so much more than a woman who bit an apple, or who was tricked by Satan. She had an assignment to give birth, to birth powerful men and women of God. Much like me, Eve made a mistake. Much like me, she disobeyed God, she thought she knew what she was doing and messed up. However, for all that I have done, and been through, through all my disobedience, God still has an assignment for me, and has things for me to birth forth. Eve’s story didn’t end at the apple, and my story doesn’t end with any mistake that I have made or will make. I come from a very powerful woman of God who was used by God in spite of her mistake. Yes the game changed, and Adam and Eve were kicked out the Garden of Eden, but Eve’s assignment did not change. The game may change for us, but the assignment is still there.

From the beginning of time we have been leaders, clever minded, anointed and courageous women. I think of Miriam the Prophetess. She was a Prophetess, and a leader. She was used by God in so many ways, even as a child. Miriam watched as Pharaoh’s daughter discovered her baby brother Moses. She was clever enough to intervene and ask if Pharaoh’s daughter would like a Hebrew nurse to nurse the baby. Miriam also lead the Israelite women in song and dance, in worshiping God when they crossed the Red Sea. Miriam the Prophetess was a leader and a bold woman of God.

Deborah was our very first woman judge, the judge of Israel. Deborah was also a prophetess, and a heroine in the Old Testament. Deborah was instrumental in the battle that lead to the victory that took place over Sisera. Deborah’s prophecy, was that a man would not receive the honor for the Lord’s victory of Sisera, but that the victory would be at the hands of a woman. Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite took out Sisera with a hammer and a peg. Powerful woman of God, she had no fear! What’s wrong with us ladies, these women moved when God said to move without fear. They were courageous and strong. Queen Esther demonstrated courage and saved an entire nation. Queen Esther believed in God and sought Him in fasting and prayer. She went to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords before she went to the King of the land.

I certainly cannot forget Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary was favored by God, she conceived through the Holy Spirit, Mary accepted the call, what courage that took. Mary trusted God’s will for her life, she answered the call in spite of anything that it may have cost her, she trusted God. Jesus was her son, to see Him at the cross, the pain she must have felt. Mary was a servant, she trusted God, and she was a great part of God’s plan. As women we possess a strength like nothing else. We are powerful.

I am grateful for our legacy of women in the bible. I am grateful for today’s women who are paving the way for so many. We have our first female vice president, Madame Vice President Kamala Harris is the first African American, first Asian American vice president. She is to be celebrated, women we are to be celebrated. Whether society likes it or not, we are breaking barriers. Can you see the first female president? I can.

I salute the women in ministry who have broken religious barriers as Apostles, Pastors, Evangelists, and Prophetesses of God. Women who are doing God’s work in spite of any religious or demonic opposition. Women of God who answer the call with a love for God, a servant’s heart, and a desire to get the assignment done, all to the Glory of God.

There are so many women in my tribe that I salute, and I am so extremely proud to know, and those that I don’t know, I see you and I am so inspired and grateful for you. Women have a way of getting up even when they have been knocked down 99 times. It’s that one hundredth time, that makes all the difference in our lives. I can say it because I have lived it, don’t stop getting up. Women we are never to be counted out, our legacy is one of strength, one of courage, and great leadership. Stand tall and know that there is no devil in hell that can hold you down woman of God.

Ladies we truly run the world! I celebrate you, our Apostles, Pastors, First Ladies, business owners, entrepreneurs, homemakers, authors, athletes, actresses, wives, single mothers, daughters, doctors, poets, congress women, judges, librarians, teachers, and fashion designers.Women, I love you, I appreciate our sisterhood, and our legacy. I am every woman, and so are you! I pray we will continue to shine, and be all that God created us to be. We rock! Happy National Women’s Month.

I thank you for supporting my blog. I love you my Gratitude Family and Friends. You can follow me on Instagram at keisha_kaylyn and on Facebook at Kaylynn Ellis.

You can find the story of Eve in Genesis chapters 2 & 3; For Miriam the Prophetess the story can be found in Exodus 2:4-8 & Exodus 15:20-21; the story of Deborah the judge can be found in Judges chapter 4 & 5; You can read about Queen Esther in the book of Esther; Mary the Mother of Jesus is found in Luke 1: 26-38.

Gratitude #141

27 Feb

It’s reigning season for your destiny. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. I have learned when I was comfortable, I was in my flesh! When I became uncomfortable, I was in the will of the Lord. – Personally Personal- Ebony Ethridge

Hello My Gratitude Friends and Family! Welcome to my blog on all things gratitude! I believe that gratitude is just one of the keys to unlock the door to so many blessings in our lives. I thank you for stopping by and having a read, as we get Personally Personal with author Prophetess Ebony Ethridge. I am so excited!

I had the pleasure on last weekend to interview my sister in the Lord, Prophetess Ebony Ethridge, about her very powerful book, Personally Personal. I remember getting this book and reading it on the way to Cedar Point, on my birthday. By the time we arrived to Cedar Point I had almost finished her book. I completed the book the very next day. I was in awe of her story, and she literally holds nothing back. Prophetess talks about answering the Lord’s call, being rejected, and being homeless and so much more. It is raw, and it is her truth. And all while you are reading this book, you will find yourself laughing here and there. Yes, Prophetess Ebony has a sense of humor, and it is so very present in this book.

Once I read the book I had so many question for Prophetess. First, I couldn’t believe how much I could relate to her story. I am so thankful to her for taking the time to do a Facetime call with me, to talk about the book in depth. We laughed a lot during this interview, I promise you she is one funny lady. There were tears of course, when you talk with Prophetess Ebony, anyone who knows her, knows that her thankfulness to God, her humility, and gratefulness is always present in her tears.

I went in with my questions ready, I was very prepared. However, as many of you know, when the Holy Ghost is in it, there is no set plan. The Lord had his way and the outcome was more than I could have asked for. There was complete candidness from her, just like in the book. I was blessed by every word she spoke.

One of my first questions was, how hard was it for her to tell her story? Prophetess Ebony stated that it was a matter of obedience, which she says is what she walks in 24/7, obedience. Did she want to write the book? No. “I didn’t want to write the book, or to tell my story. I wanted to keep it hidden,” she explains. All the while God was pressing upon her to write the book. God told her, “Somebody needs to hear your story.” While writing the book, Prophetess Ebony explains how she would pray for people, prophecy to them and minister all while in an Uber. Prophetess had legal battles going on while writing her book. All during the process of writing her book the storm was raging through evictions, homelessness, and co-workers who laughed at her situation. God continued to speak to her and instruct her, and she continued to press forward.

It’s one thing to read a book, but it is something to be with the author, and to see their raw emotions, as they tell their story. There is nothing like it. I am grateful that I got the opportunity to hear her talk about how God gave her the strength to go forth everyday, in spite of, at times having to walk miles to and from work. Imagine having your vehicles repossessed, staying in a motel, you feel like your life is falling apart, and all the while God says, “No more murmuring and complaining.”

Prophetess Ebony states that she was a complainer. She was one that would complain about everything, until she just had to trust God through the process. She found to complain would put her in the process longer. Until she got the lesson the cycle would continue, and she was not to compromise anymore. No longer was it her way, but God’s way. God sent miracle money, when she had none. He made a way out of noway many days, so long as she did not complain and she stayed in His will.

One of my favorite quotes in the book is, “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” Prophetess Ebony explains that, “If you are doing something for God you have to be humble. Anything that you are doing for God, you will be uncomfortable. You have to kill the flesh, you have to die to yourself. If it is easy, and you are comfortable in it then it is not God, it is the flesh.” Prophetess lets us know that the anointing costs, you cannot serve two masters according to Matthew 6:24. She talks about having to die to the flesh, and being taught of the Lord.

There is hurt from childhood and not having her mother’s love, and being abused. She was also never acknowledge by her father. I asked Prophetess if she was able to establish a relationship with her mother before she died. Sadly, she was not able to have a relationship with her. She talks about having looked for love in all the wrong places, until she found it in the Lord. She was a version of the woman with the issue of blood. Prophetess Ebony explains how the woman with the issue of blood went to many physicians, and she herself went to men, drugs, and friends. Until she established a true relationship with the heavenly Father, that’s when she was made whole. She told me that, “Going behind the veil is real, worshiping and crying out is real because it takes so much to break ungodly soul ties and generational curses.”

I can tell you that she is a beautiful woman of God, who is walking in her purpose. She is passionate about God, her obedience to Him, and her determination to hold on to the promise. I can go on and on about this book, from her being disappointed in love, to being let down in ministry, there is so much. I came out of the interview with a great feeling of love for my Sister, and a thankfulness and a deeper love for God for His faithfulness to us.

I also love the passage in the book that says, “There’s something about faith to ward off depression.” I felt the truth in that for real. It was her faith and obedience in the Lord that brought her to WPKM, and that helped her to establish her fabulous clothing line, Make Sondays Happen. I am wearing my Humble Wear as I write this blog. It is so soft and comfy you guys, you have to indulge in her active wear, you will love it I promise!

Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Prophetess Ebony wears her crown, her prophetic mantle, and the Glory of the Lord as one who picked up the cross and walked according to God’s instructions. It wasn’t easy but she did it, and the promises of the Lord are here for her and her family, and I see greater blessings coming.

If you have read this book then you understand how encouraging it is, and how raw it is. If you have not I would encourage you to purchase it, and dive right in. It is not a cinderella story by any means. It is one of truth, and as Prophetess says in the book, “It is my truths, my secrets, and my story.” I feel like she is so courageous to share her story. God is always with us, and Prophetess reminds us to just trust the process because God will never leave us nor forsake us.

I thank you my Gratitude Friends and Family for continuing to read my blog. I love and appreciate you all. God bless you.

You can purchase Personally Personal or Make Sondays Happen Humble Wear clothing apparel by contacting Prophetess Ebony through her email at mysondays.apparel@gmail.com

Gratitude #140

18 Feb

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? -Psalm 42:1-2

Hello my Gratitude Friends and Family! I pray you all are doing well. We are currently in the middle of February, gosh, time is really moving fast. I thank you for taking the time on today to read my blog on all things gratitude, hope and faith.

I was thinking about the challenge that I put up in a blog post, I believe it was Gratitude #136, it wasn’t too long ago. The blog post was about not using negative words and no negative thoughts. I learned that the words that I use, and even the way that I speak is so very important. It’s like you don’t have to talk just to saying something. It’s okay to be quiet. That changed my conversations completely. I began to feel as though the me that didn’t mind being carnal minded, was warring with the me that was having a mind of Christ so to speak. You know, the, “what would Jesus do or say moment”. There was a war going on because carnal minded me wanted to complain or whine about something, even speak on things that I maybe had no business speaking or even thinking on. There was a war going on y’all, and it made me moody, and sad, and confused. I was being stretched. Stretching hurts, but it strengthens, it presses on you, you’re being broken, but yet restored. I am in awe of this process, because hey Lord, all I wanted to do was speak more positive words in my life.

At the Behind the Veil Women’s conference at WPKM, I found that I went into a deeper worship. I received clarity, I could hear and feel deeper. I now worship and pray in a way that I meet God. What I have found is that as I choose to speak life, as I choose to worship, God softens those rough edges. The stretching isn’t so painful. He has shown me that in prayer, true prayer, He will make the stretching easier. He will make my love walk easier. In worship, the tears flow, but now they flow in a joyful, relieved way. Relieved that I have finally gotten to this place of pure worship.

I am grateful for a dream that I had where I was walking with the Lord, like we were walking and talking. Best dream ever! Then I had a nightmare, whew a skeleton like witch, something is mad, lol. I understand the scripture better now, I long to be close to Him, I have thirst for God. My spirit cannot dry out, I need His living water. The word, worship, prayer, it feeds the empty places. Worship isn’t something that has a particular pattern, it’s not a 1, 2, step like this, for me, it was just me sitting at my desk, with a simple prayer that grew deeper, and the desire to go further in that prayer did not stop. I couldn’t have stopped even if I wanted to because I liked where I was at. Guys I might just be ready for midnight prayer, some of you understand what I am saying. I am being stretched, lol.

The hour has come for true worship. Our Father is seeking a true worship, those that hunger and thirst after Him, you can find Him if you seek Him with your whole heart. Worship is our place of peace. Worship is where no negativity can go. Worship is where you are renewed and restored from the weariness and cares that are in the carnal states of our minds.

I pray that the no negative words or thoughts challenge was a success for you, or maybe you are still in it as I am, and if so that is wonderful go at your own pace. I am praying that we all will be changed through prayer, worship and speaking life.

I love you my Gratitude Friends and Family be blessed and encouraged. You can follow me on Instagram @keisha_kaylyn and on Facebook Kaylynn Ellis

Gratitude #139

5 Feb

Kingdom Blessing my Gratitude Friends and Family! How are you all doing? I thank you for taking the time to read my blog on all things gratitude.

I am grateful on today for how God will remind me of His goodness. Today I was thinking, and these are just random thoughts. I don’t know why, but there they were. Why is it that when something happens, let’s say a problem develops, why is it that we worry first? Why is that our first reaction? It may also be anger, frustration, or dread, or a feeling of hopelessness. Now, the fact that I had this thought is interesting to me because I feel pretty good, I’m in a good space right now, so why this thought. I believe there is something for me to get out of this blog post. Jesus commands us not to worry, do not be worried about this life, in Matthew 6:25. Yet, our first response can be to worry. I say let’s shift the way we think, and allow God to be God. We must know that He has us, rejoice in the fact that we can take the matter to God in prayer. Pray, thank God for the answer, and leave the matter in His hands.

My other thought, yep another one. I did some thinking today. When we receive a blessing from the Lord, we are happy about it, and it works in our favor in so many ways. The blessing is all that we had been hoping for, God answered the prayer. It is a good thing until someone puts something negative into our ears about the blessing. Or, if they are not reacting the way we think they should about the blessing, why do we start to doubt if the blessing was that big. Soon the joy of that blessing lessens, and we began to not appreciate what God has done for us. The value, which is our thankfulness and love, depreciates. We sabotage the blessing, or abort the mission all together because the enemy lies about the quality and richness of the blessing we received. I just wonder why?

I come to tell you that everything that God is doing and has done is a great blessing no matter how it comes to you, how long it took to get to you, or what anyone has to say concerning your blessing. We war for the blessing, we war for the anointing, and we are so thankful when we receive it. Don’t buy into the lie that it is not a precious gift from God.

I no longer wonder why me God, I just thank Him. God is a mighty wonder sometimes, so great in His blessings to us. Life in Christ is always worth celebrating, no matter the road you have been down to get here, you are here now. We are worthy of every gift God gives us, and salvation is the greatest of them all.

I promise, I do know who else this is for, because I know it’s for me first, but the gift of salvation is the most precious thing in your life right now. You are chosen by the King of Kings, and the Lord of all Lords. There isn’t anything small about this gift, there isn’t anything small about God. No matter what anyone says, go forward with the zeal of being set free from bondage. Accept this gift and brag on it and celebrate it. Nothing that God blesses us with is ever meaningless, there is always a purpose. Shift your mindset, shut the door to the voice of the enemy and just receive God’s gift to you!

I love you guys and thanks for reading. God bless you and be encouraged on today. You are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram @keisha_kaylyn and Facebook at Kaylynn Ellis

Gratitude #138

1 Feb

New Month, New Beginning, New Mindset, New Focus, New Start, New Intentions, New Results! – @girlofambition

Welcome February! Welcome my Gratitude Friends and Family! Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog on all things gratitude. I am so filled with the feeling of growth on today, like things are sprouting up. February isn’t the month for spring, but my spirit says, “spring forth.”

I woke up this morning in great expectation. I realized that it’s a new month, which means a new beginning. I spoke with my daughter’s and we each stated what our new goals were for this month. It’s a time to reflect, maybe everything that you wanted for last month didn’t come through, don’t get discouraged. Look at what you can do this month to get it accomplished. I believe it if doesn’t work one way, seek a new strategy, and go for it again.

For me guys, I don’t like to get to ahead of myself. I know that you are suppose to have like the long term goals and short term goals. Let me tell you, if I did my goals, let’s say I set my yearly plan, my 6 month plan, my 3 month plan and then my monthly plan. I would not look at the yearly plan to often, or the six month plan, and I would maybe peek at the 3 month plan. I”m a person that doesn’t like to get too ahead of myself. I start to feel overwhelmed, like how am I going to do this? I get the feeling like it’s too much, when really it’s not, I just have to take it one step at a time. So I write it and only peek at it, not focus on it. I am a more day to day, month to month kind of girl. Also, doing a month to month, all the while peeking at those long term goals, makes happy. I like to check some goals off of my list right now, I can’t wait for later. Still practicing patience, all the while loving the instant gratification that monthly goals give me. How do you like to plan your goals?

However you choose to reach your goals and move forward, is totally up to you, just do something. If it’s even week to week, that’s something. You’re also doing something that works for you. There are really no rules, just plan and move into action. Remember, days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months into years. I promise if you just start you will see that mountain move, that deal signed, and that business flourishing. Just go for it!

Today is February 1st and things are springing up. You planted some seeds on some business plans? I declare and decree the deal is being done, this month. You’ve been sowing for that increase in your finances, I declare and decree the increase is springing forth this month. Yes, things are springing forth even though it’s February.

My Gratitude Friends and Family let’s continue to knock our goals out one at a time, or many at a time. Just remember it’s your pace, your blessing. I promise as long as you have God with you, you will accomplish it all.

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Gratitude #136

25 Jan

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21-NLT

Hello my Gratitude Family and Friends! Today is going to be a great day! I speak that because it will be! So will everyday going forth. We are now in the no negative words, or thoughts, change your life challenge. There are so many challenges out there, I figured why not create one myself. So here we go! As always you guys thanks for reading my blog on all things gratitude.

Let me tell you, I am grateful for this challenge because it will really change your life! There are times when I get so into my day to day routines that I may murmur or say something negative about my current situation, or something that I saw on television, or worst my body. I hate when I say anything negative about my body the most, it’s like the worst thing to do, but I do it. It is in those moments that I will catch the thought, and realize, oh gosh, I didn’t mean that, and I will ask for forgiveness. Negative words or thoughts are horrible, because they can stop something good that was going to happen in your life, from happening. Just as speaking positive affirmations and believing God for something can manifest wonderful blessings into our lives. Our words literally have the ability to bring forth a blessing, or bring forth a curse.

I remember doing this challenge with my niece, she was younger at the time, and it was for 30 days. I remember her saying how difficult it was to not say anything negative. At the time I was in total agreement with her, it was really difficult. Since that time I have gotten pretty good at keeping the negative thoughts at bay. However, as of late I have found myself thinking or saying things that are associated with negative thoughts and words. When I saw this meme on Instagram, (which is where I get most of my thought provoking quotes), I felt that God was talking to me.

I have realized that the company I keep, and the conversations that I am around play a big part in the words that I speak, and my attitude toward situations. I promise you, if you are around a negative person all day, or a person who complains all the time, watch how your mindset and conversation will become just like theirs. We must watch the company we keep, and what is being said around us.

My thumb-nail said a 24 hour challenge, but I am taking it to a 30 day no negative word challenge. It is said that it takes 21 days to create a habit, well 30 should definitely seal the deal. Negative thought shut it down, replace it with a good thought. Negative word spoken, cancel it in the name of Jesus and speak life instead. Soon it will be a no-brainer, your thoughts will change, and so will the words that you speak. Also, don’t be surprised if the company that you keep changes as well.

If you are like me, and sometimes those negative words, or thoughts come up, ask the Lord to help you. We eat the fruit of our tongue, bitter or sweet. Choose wisely.

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Gratitude #135

24 Jan

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. – Theodore Roosevelt

Hello my Gratitude Friends and Family! Happy Sunday to all of you! I thank you for taking the time to stop by and have a read of my blog on all things gratitude.

I am so grateful on today for all that God is doing for me in this season. January has come and yielded some awesome rewards, and also really flew by. I have been working on somethings, and I look at how fast the days are going by, and it feels as though I am in a race against time. I want everything done like yesterday. I want the results from the promises that God gave me like right now. Often times, wanting instant gratification can make me feel as though what I am doing is just too hard. It’s too much, the thought to give up is ever present, the promise is too big. I am reminded in those moments to choose my hard.

I started working out at home guys, it is hard. My body aches, and I have to change my diet. Hard, hard, hard, but what is my alternative? To gain more weight, be out of shape, and develop health issues. No way, I choose to be sore, and healthy and to feel good about me. I choose the good hard. I am working more on my entrepreneurial goals. It’s hard, there’s a lot to learn, it is difficult at times, a little scary and hard work. What is my alternative? Well, I can continue to be stuck in a job that will not give me financial freedom, that takes up a lot of my time, and is draining me daily. I choose the hard that will bring me a better way of life, self-gratification, and growth. Hard, yes, but the reward is amazing. I am choosing my hard. Following Christ, and choosing to live for Him may not always be easy, there is a lot to give up. You loose some friends and relationships, there is a lot of trusting in God that comes with this walk. I have to replace my mindset for His. It’s hard, but what is the alternative, for me I believe death. That’s not going to happen, so I choose the hard that will bring me eternal life. The hard where I am living out my God-given purpose.

Please know there are two roads, I know what it’s like to walk the hard road that only brings with it sadness, lack, frustration, and the feeling of being lost. That hard road that has no rewards only regrets. These days as I face the hard road of putting myself out there, to accomplish dreams, build businesses, grow spiritually, and change the trajectory of my bloodline. I realize that it is scary hard, but it is so gratifying. This hard road makes you smile. This hard road has God in it. It’s blessed.

I love the quote above by Theodore Roosevelt, “It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Guys we have to try, when we fail to do the hard things in life, we not only disobey God, but we fail to live out our God-given purpose. We must challenge and stretch ourselves, by doing something different.

Our best life is not on easy street, I feel like it’s on the road that has all the little rocks in it, and I have on stiletto heels. It is rocky, I feel as if I am going to fall, and my feet hurt. However, at the end of this rocky hard road, I have all the promises that God has for me. I also have the joy of knowing I accomplished my God given purpose.

My Gratitude Friends and Family in order to grow in Christ and in life, we have to do the hard things. Prayer can be hard, but just do it. Starting that new business maybe hard but just do it. Believing in yourself, that you can do all the things that Christ has called you to do, maybe hard, but just do it anyway. Start today by choosing your hard. Pick wisely.

I love you all thanks for reading! God bless you!