Gratitude #96

29 Jan

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face to you and give you peace. -Numbers 6: 24-26

Hello everyone! Welcome to my Gratitude Blog! So glad to have you take this time to visit my blog on today! This blog post is so warm and sweet to me because it’s about blessings.

Have you ever thought about what it means when you say, “God bless you” to someone? In the scripture it says, “The Lord bless you and keep you”, make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn His face to you and give you peace. I was thinking, What do I mean when I say, “God bless you” to someone? Am I saying, “Lord bless this person, and keep them? Give them peace?” That’s only one prayer blessing for when I say “God bless you”. But there’s so many more, and it’s according to what God gives me concerning that person.

There are so many reasons to bless those around you, loved ones, strangers, anyone. To say, “God bless you”, is for everybody, because I desire to see everyone blessed.

I have on my heart some of the reasons why I say,”God bless you,” and what in my heart I mean when I say it.

I say God bless you because God’s blessing will look amazing on you. I believe there is a glow that’s comes on you when the blessings of the Lord is on you. I believe it’s the Holy Ghost on the inside of us that just will change the way we look, and our stance.

I say God Bless you because God’s blessing will bring you joy, and when you have joy it will bring others joy.

I say God bless you because when you are blessed by God you can walk in the full manifestation of your calling.

I say God bless you because when you have God’s blessings, it blesses your family and those that are connected to you.

I say God bless you because I love you and I desire to see you blessed and happy.

I say God bless you because life is so much better when you walk in the richness of God’s blessings and the anointing.

I say God bless you because I want you to have the peace that comes with receiving God’s blessings.

I say God bless you because God’s blessing can make you powerful in your spirit.

I say God bless you because we all need God’s blessings on us daily.

I say God bless you because God’s blessing will remove anything that is hindering your walk with Him.

I say God bless you because God’s blessings will catapult you into your purpose and destiny.

I say God bless you because God’s blessing will help you to walk in Victory, to see the Vision, and be Vivacious.

I say God bless you because God’s blessing will give you a heart of love, gratitude and hope.

I say God bless you because I love you with the love of the Lord and want to see you blessed, winning in every area of your life.

I say God bless you because when you walk in God’s blessings, it will bring you into alignment with God, and when you are in alignment, every area of your life will began to be blessed.

I say God bless you because God’s blessings will make you free.

So these are just some of the reasons of why I say, “God bless you”. I desire to see God’s blessings on the people around me or those that I may come in contact with. What are some of the reasons you say, “God bless you”? What does it mean to you? Do you just say it casually, or do you not say it at all? Give me some feedback, I would love to hear your responses.

God bless you all who are reading this blog right now. May the spirit of the Lord rest upon your hearts and minds. May joy and peace be your portion on today an everyday.πŸ’•

Gratitude #95

25 Jan

Victorious: The overcoming of an enemy or antagonist. Achievement of mastery, or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties. A sense of fulfillment; you use victorious to describe someone who has won a victory in a struggle, war or competition. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Vivacious: A lively and spirited person. A vivacious person is described as animated, active, alert, cheerful, and high-spirited. To describe someone, usually a woman as vivacious, you mean that they are full of life, exciting and attractive. -Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Visionary: Someone or something that thinks about the future or advancements in a creative and imaginative way. A person who is ahead of their time, and who has a powerful plan for change in the future. -Your Dictionary

Hello everyone! Welcome to my Gratitude Blog! I pray that you are all well! You guys know what, lately I have been hearing a lot of people saying how long of a month January is, how it’s such a dragged out month. Now, this is something that I also heard a lot as a kid. I use to think that it was just something that older people would say. Now, I am hearing it from people of all ages. I feel like the days are really flying by, to me the month went pretty fast. When I think about it, it’s January, it’s 31 days, I don’t recall them saying the other months with 31 days are too long.

Here’s the thing, when there is already a thought on how something is too long, too this, or too that , a spirit of irritation, frustration or even depression will come over you, along with a bunch of negative ungrateful thoughts. I come to tell you no, the only thing this month is, is Victorious! This month is set in a Vision for our future, and we are moving through this month and every month with a spirit of Victory, Vivaciousness, and Vision!

I have been so grateful, as I always am, for the voice of God, even when it’s in soft whispers. Don’t get distracted, has been my message from the Lord. Things have been coming at me so hard this month. But, you see this month here, January, it’s the kick off month. In this month we are kicking off our Victorious year! This month we are walking as visionary’s, we are thinking about the future. There is a blueprint that God has laid before us, and it’s a powerful plan for 2020!

We must be Vivacious, even if we feel weary in this so called long month. Stay prayerful, be lively, be high-spirited, active, alert, cheerful, and happy. Women of God, be full of life, full of Christ, attractive and exciting. Let’s walk out who we are called to be!

I am Victorious because God has given me the Victory over every situation in my life! I will overcome every plot, plan, trick, lie and scheme of the enemy!

I am Vivacious in my spirit, because God has called me lively, high-spirited, cheerful, active and alert! Be alert! Don’t get distracted! I will stay Vivacious in my stance!

I am a Visionary! I see beyond where I am, the word of God is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I will go forward with faith and 20/20 spiritual vision. I will use wisdom, I will pray, and the word of God will propel me forward into what He has for me!

I encourage you to practice my three V’s as I call them. Have a Victorious mind knowing the battle is already won! God gave the blue print for this season and We Win! Be Vivacious in your stance! Stand tall in beauty and strength, knowing that our spirit man is a giant! Be lively and excited for what God has put in you! Tell yourself how Vivacious you are! And most importantly keep the Vision before you, see it, talk about and walk it out!

My three V’s have set the stage for my 2020! I am Victorious because Jesus Christ is the head of my life and in Him I win! I know that the battle is already won!πŸ’–πŸ’•πŸ’–

Gratitude #94

21 Jan

Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. -Proverbs 12:25

Hello and welcome to my gratitude blog! My good word for you today is 15 Minutes to 24 hours.

As I go through my day you guys, I have been very focused and determined to guard my peace and my joy. Remember, 2020 is about vision. In having a vision, that means that I have a vision for my future, my vision includes, using wisdom, and planning my future. For me part of using wisdom for my future is guarding my peace and my joy. I can tell you for certain that guarding your peace and joy can come with some challenges, but it’s necessary in moving forward with the vision that God has for your life. My word to you today is 15 minutes to 24 hours.

I’m grateful that I have been able to maintain my peace and my joy in spite of what’s going on around me. I find that the more I speak about 15 minutes to 24 hours, the more the heat gets turned up in my life. The 15 minutes to 24 hours came to me towards the end of last year. I had a trial that came in my life that really shook me and my family. As I was going through that situation God put in my spirit 15 minutes to 24 hours. It stayed with me, and I couldn’t understand why I continued to hear 15 minutes, 24 hours. One day I got my answer, God said, “no longer will you carry anything in your spirit longer than 15 minutes to 24 hours.”

This was so powerful to me, considering that I was the person to carry things in my heart. I would try to understand a situation, figure it out, wonder what I did wrong. I would harbor shame and guilt, and I just would not let a situation go. I was doing a lot of emotional damage to myself.

What happens with carrying emotional draining situations around, is that I would be dealing with one situation, and the devil would bring another situation. So, I would have a new situation that I have to analyze over, worry about, or be angry about, whatever the case maybe, along with the other situation that I never let go of. It becomes a cycle, now I am weighed down by a bunch of confusion in my life. I can’t think, I can’t focus, which began to mess with my daily life and relationships. God says, “no more.”

I am grateful because my life has changed. It is now 15 minutes to 24 hours, that’s all I can give any situation that tries to come and disturb my peace or joy. Whether the situation has been worked out or not, it’s done for me in 15 minutes to 24 hours. What does that mean exactly? It means that I am going to pray about it, and whether it gets talked about, resolved or not, that situation has been handed over to God and is no longer a part of my thought process. It has been released. My heart, mind and spirit are free. As the scripture says, So if the Son shall therefore make you free, ye shall be free indeed -John 8:36. Within 15 minutes to 24 hours I am free from any situation that is trying to steal my peace or joy.

The scripture says, anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. We can no longer allow ourselves to be weighed down with the cares of the world, with situations that we are not meant to carry. God wants us to cast our cares onto Him, scripture says so. He gave me my word, and it has helped me to maintain my peace. I challenge you to try it, 15 minutes to 24 hours! Watch how God changes your life! πŸ’–

Gratitude #93

12 Jan

And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.- Habakkuk 2:2KJV

Hey Guys welcome to my Gratitude blog! I pray that as this 2020 year has gotten underway that everyone has been blessed, as well as moving into all the promises that the Lord has given you for this year. I know I certainly have!

I am grateful that I was able to get my vision board created for 2020! It’s so cute! I love my vision board because it holds all of my goals, my visions, and things that God has promised me on it. It’s right there on my wall for me to view everyday, as much as I want. At this point it is engraved on my heart. This board keeps me focused, it gives me an excitement for my future. You know what else, everyone that I know that has created a vision board has always had at least one thing for sure come to pass. Talk about the power of manifestation! How awesome is that! Let me tell you, the way my board is set up, when that one thing comes to pass I am winning!( Notice I said when and not if, my words have power. I am not living in the realm of if on anything)!

The scripture certainly tells us to write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it Habakkuk 2:2. The Lord also instructed Moses to write, in Exodus 17:14, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder.” So you see our vision boards are our scrolls, our reminders, to write those visions, those desires of our heart, to remind us, to build our faith for the things that we are believing God for in our lives. My vision board is my visual affirmation that I look at daily, and I thank God for bringing everything thing that I put on that board to pass.

As I look so proudly at my vision board, I realize that this vision board, with all of it’s beautiful pictures, and scribbles from me on it, holds all the hopes, promises and a growing faith for what God will do with these visions. I must remember that it is all in His timing. I will certainly do my part, as God would have me to do, and I will have a praise in my heart as I wait, and I will rejoice for it all coming to past.

I would encourage you, if you haven’t already, to create that vision board. If you don’t want to go as big as doing a big board, then write it down. Write it down and make it plain! Keep it close to your heart. Remind God of the desires of your heart and trust Him to bring it to pass. I believe and have been taught that when the house gets blessed, it trickles down to those that are connected. So shall it be for those who are waiting for the blessings to flow from the visions that are in their hearts, and from the promises of God. Bless yourself as well as your house!

For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. -Habakkuk 2:3KJV

Create that Vision for 2020 and watch how God moves on your behalf!

Wait on the Lord with JoyπŸ’•πŸ’–

Gratitude #92

5 Jan

Affirmation: A positive statement that describes a desired situation or goal. These positive statements are repeated often, in order to get them impressed on the subconscious mind. -Wikipedia

Happy New Year! I am so late with posting my New Year blog post. Well not really late I suppose, considering that I have to blog when it is pressed upon my heart to speak on what God gives me. I do have a lot of things in my heart that are pressing upon me to blog about, so there are many more blogs to come for 2020. It’s going to be fun! I’m excited!

As 2019 came to end I began thinking of all the promises 2020 would bring with it. I am grateful for the hope and gratitude that the promises of God brings. Those promises stir me up and excite my spirit. Those promises have brought that 2020 vision with it! Crystal clear vision in 2020! I like that!

I haven’t done a New Year’s resolution, I don’t do those anymore, I have come to believe that all through the year I should try to set goals, be the best me that I can be, and press forward. I feel like there should just be a now spirit. Like, now faith. Why wait for the new year, do it Now! As I was thinking on things that would keep me going and keep me strong in every area of my life, I was reminded of my Apostle.

There was a time a few years ago that I went through a very rough patch in my life. My Apostle who is also my Spiritual Mother came to visit me along with my now Pastor, Pastor Rudy Lewis Jr. The visit of course blessed me, it blessed me at a time when I felt as though I couldn’t make it. (One day I will give my testimony on how the lowest point in my life was also the greatest point in my life). During the visit, my Apostle wrote down a list of biblical affirmations for me. I keep these affirmations close to my heart and I remind myself of them daily, because they strengthen me, they remind me of who I am in Christ and that the enemy cannot have me, nor touch me.

Since 2020 is just getting started I wanted to share those affirmations with you guys, in hopes that it would bless you the way that it still does for me today. Along the way I also added to the list, and you can do the same. These are your affirmations of what God gives to you, concerning who you are to Him. Don’t you just love the Lord, He is so awesome!

So here are my Affirmations that I was blessed with by my Apostle:

I am a believer and not a doubter

I am joint heirs with Jesus Christ seateth in heavenly places

I am a new creature in Christ

I was born with a purpose

I give an it shall be given unto me good measure pressed down shaken together and runneth over

I am chosen of God

Every need that I have shall be met in the name of Jesus

I shall live and not die and declare the works of the Lord

I am anointed and appointed

I can lay hands on the sick and they shall recover

I shall walk in destiny and fulfill my calling in Jesus name

I have the peace of God on the inside of me

I faith in God

I have the love of God on the inside of me

I pray these scriptorial affirmations will bless you as you start off your 2020, as much as they have blessed me.

I declare and decree Victory in our lives this year! 2020 shall be a year of change and growth in our walk with the Lord! New weaponry to beat back all the old lies and tricks of the enemy! Let’s walk in the Victory that will surely be our portion this year!

Be blessed an encouraged! In Jesus NameπŸ’•

Gratitude #91

25 Dec

Dear Lord, forgive my doubt and fear. Strengthen my faith to trust You without question-no matter what comes next. -My prayer

I think we would all like to have the perfect story where we are raised in the right home with the right family. We marry, have the perfect children, live in the right house in the right town, drive the right cars and have the right job. That was me, that’s the vision that I once had for my life. To be really honest and transparent that’s how I still try to make it. Is it called ‘ideal’ the ideal life?

What it really is, is an unrealistic life. I try to understand why, why do we pretend? Is it so terrible to take off the masks? To show our hurts, true hearts, faults and failures. We are so quick to say God knows my heart, but do we know our hearts? Do we know what’s leading and driving us to do the things that we are doing? Do we know why we desire the so called ‘ideal life’? When all God is asking for from us is, to seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.

There are so many tests and trials in this life that we live. I don’t think that they are suppose to be despised. Trials hurt, they have caused me to question myself, as well as God. Everything seems unfair and so not ideal. Things can be just not right, not pretty, it’s never what I would have thought would be my story. It’s just not my ‘ideal life’.

I’m grateful, because never would I have thought that I would make it through many of the things that I have been through. The trauma, the stress of it all. The pressure and the tears, I made it, I have my battle scars with beauty in my stance and my walk. Graceful in every step, God in my heart, mind and spirit, telling me that I am with you, I have called you, and I have equipped you for every battle. You with go through with a stance of victory, you will go through with the anointing, you will go through this with Me. That is the ‘ideal life’ that I have called for you my daughter.

God says, “To be grateful for everything, sometimes it can feel like you are being split into pieces, but I am making you over. There is a rebuilding, you will bend but not break. I have my hands on you. I love you with an ever lasting love and I will show myself mighty through you.”

There is no ideal life, for me there is only a life in Christ. Through everything He is always there and I just love Him, and I am so grateful that He showed me what living truly is. To God be the GloryπŸ’–

Gratitude #89

1 Dec

Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. -Matthew 19:6

Hey Guys! Happy Gratitude #89! So grateful for today and everyday! It’s the holidays and what a blessed 2019 we have had! I am excited and in anticipation of what 2020 is bringing for us all. I am determined to finish this year strong. Time with family, and friends this year has truly been a blessing from God.

I found myself in awe of my mom this year. I could like think of a few people who have made a tremendous impact on my life this year, but my mom has made the biggest impact to me. I must say how proud I am of my mother, and how strong she is to me.

My mom went through hip-replacement surgery on September 19th of this year, and already she is on the move. She is on fire, when I say on fire, I mean on fire for the Lord, on fire in prayer, and on fire in getting her life back. The zeal and joy for life that is there is so inspiring as well as contagious, it makes me have that same fire for life.

My mom has been talking lately about going out more, just really wanting to make the most of life, by meeting new people, traveling, more ministry work and dating. Yes, dating! The thing is that she hasn’t even had to look or be introduced to anyone, suitors (I like that term), have been approaching her. Whether it be at the grocery store, the bus driver to her doctor appointments, or through a photo that someone has seen of her, they are checking my mom out. I actually think it’s pretty cool!

This blog post was on my mind, because my mom had asked me what did I think about her dating, and I honestly didn’t have a thought about it. It has never come up, nor entered my mind because my mom has been single for so long. However, now that I see that God is up to something, and she has asked me on four different occasions about what I thought about it, I figured I should really give this some honest thought.

One of the things I think about, is that as I am getting older I realize that we all want companionship. God is for marriage. So why shouldn’t my mom, or anyone else for that matter have the beautiful union of marriage and love in their lives. The thing that I have come to understand is that marriage is not about me, and just finding someone I love and saying,”Yep he’s the one, let’s get married.” I understand now through teaching that marriage is a covenant, representing God’s love. It’s between God, a man and a woman. Marriage is like God’s blessing to us. It’s really not about how fine the man or woman is, or how good we are treated. It’s about ministry. What does God have planned for us to do together in the kingdom of God to bring Glory and Honor to Him through this marriage. The marriage is about so much more than just us, and loving on one another. There is a work a work to do in the beautiful union of marriage.

Now I am not an expert by no means on marriage. However, I have been praying, listening in church, and watching my married brothers and sisters in Christ. So that when I think about myself, my mom, or any other woman wanting to start dating, or hoping to be married, it seems to me that prayer for our mates, is so key to being in alignment with the partner that God has for us. In the case of my mom, I can say that she has been about her business for the Lord, she has not spent her days waiting or looking for a husband. She has been about her Father’s business. As I too have learned to do.

When the time comes for my mom to marry, I will stand in gratitude to God because I know that when the man of God finds my mom, he will indeed be finding his good thing.