It is a New Year……..

I came across Word Press and realized that I have not written on my site in quite some time! Life has happened, Covid is still running crazy after two years and things just keep moving on! I am excited to say that I am back on my blog. My inspiration this year outside of family, teaching, genealogy and now crafting. I think I have been in the house for too long! I am planning on starting my book reviews again and product reviews to share with you all! Thank you for continuing to read my blog!

You Really Can Do the Daniel Plan Detox!

Daniel Plan Detox

The purpose of the detox is that you stop eating anything that could potentially trigger health issues. Even if you think you don’t have a problem, you might see a big difference when you do without them. Most people say, “I didn’t know I was feeling so bad until I started feeling so good!”

What you will eat:

  • Eat real fresh, whole food
  • Follow the Daniel Plan detox meal plan chart, or create your own from the real food ingredients.

What you will let go of:

  • Stimulants and sedatives: alcohol, caffeine, etc
  • Processed or fast food (get rid of any additives or chemicals.
  • Artificial sweeteners of ALL kinds
  • Any sugar in any form (page 108 in book)
  • All Dairy (milk, yogurt, butter, cheese) 100 % not even a crumb

How do I do the Daniel Plan detox?

It is easier to do with a group or with friends. You will be enjoying a variety of whole fresh foods and stop inflammatory or toxic foods. Your body will have a chance to heal, reboot, and reset, allowing you to notice for the first time how good you can really feel.

If you are on caffeine, you can slowly cut down by half over the course of a week before you do the detox to minimize the withdrawal headaches. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water a day, this is critical.

It is important to get plenty of sleep, start gentle exercises such as a 30 minute walk a day. Try to cut down on over scheduling and your unnecessary activities, we have the tendency to run, run, and run.

After a few days of dairy or gluten (wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelt, kamut) do you notice that you have less congestion, bloating, joint pain, sluggish, tired, brain fog, headaches, or stomach problems? Many people have low grade food sensitivities, and these are two common inflammatory foods.

Make sure you take the toxicity and symptom screening questionnaire on page 296 in the Daniel Plan- 40 days to a Healthier Life book.

The 10 day meal menu and the grocery list of the foods needed for the detox are on page 300 and 301 in the book.

All Credit goes to the author of the book The Daniel Plan- 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman.

 

What is This Thing Called Grief?

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“Grief is not what you expect, and its reality, is not something you could ever imagine.”  Judy Brizendine

“Grief is a demanding, confusing detour in life’s journey, but it is not the final destination. Your road does not end there. You are not alone, God loves you more than you can possibly imagine, and He’s looking for you, even if you’re not yet trying to find Him.”

“Journaling helps release everything bottled up tightly inside you. Sometimes talking about personal feelings is difficult, so writing helps you process these painful emotions and advances your healing.”

The best way out is always through~ Robert Frost.

“Unexpected death, instantly my entire world- and the way I related to it changed. Only those who have experienced the devastating loss of someone extremely close will understand. Only those who have faced first hand, the unbelievable depths of grief have the capacity to understand. And until my grief experience, I did not understand either. Incomprehensible, indescribable grief. Thus began an inescapable journey-one I did not expect nor certainly want. Yet this unwelcome journey has been a life-changing experience of wide-spread proportions- with changes that are still happening today, more than thirteen years later.”

“In spite of everything, I can tell you with absolute certainty there is hope, even during the darkest, seemingly most hopeless times of grief. I can tell you with confidence, that in time, your life can be rich, satisfying, and fulfilling in new ways because of your grief experience- if you allow it to be so. The choice is yours.

Grief is a process. It takes time, Remember; hope is still alive, even if you can’t see it yet. The only way to healing, is to go through the grief stages, you cannot avoid them, go around them, delay them, for if you do, and it will be sitting there waiting for you! It is unavoidable, but once you do, there is light on the other side. You do not have to do it alone there is always a person you come in contact with who has been through the same thing, that is how God works, yours never alone, and He is always there! (2 Corinthians 1;3-6)

What does Grief Look Like?

GRIEF– In the Beginning

  • an overwhelming, indescribable pain
  • all consuming
  • shocking and numbing to our senses
  • aloneness
  • a multitude of tangled emotions
  • an altered reality
  • heavy and exhausting
  • a total upheaval
  • an inward-focused look

GRIEF , as it Progresses is……

  • a disorderly process
  • a journey through unknown territory
  • unpredictable tears
  • ocean waves that crash suddenly upon us
  • an intense emotional pain and sadness
  • moments of sharp, unexpected anger
  • living life on “auto-pilot”
  • at times, completely draining- physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • intermingled with fear, anxiety, and confusion
  • realization of shattered dreams

You may also experience…

  • hollowness
  • detachment, disconnection
  • a state of lost security and instability
  • difficulty concentrating, and making decisions
  • overly sensitive feelings
  • physical discomfort- tightness in chest, rapid heartbeat or skipped beats, sleep changes, changes in eating habits, nausea, and hyperactivity or complete exhaustion.

Along with grief comes…

  • the need to talk
  • the need to be heard
  • the need to know someone cares (really cares)

 

GRIEF- later on (could be years after the loss) may show up as…..

  • tears, especially when triggered by reminders
  • changes in feelings, thoughts and attitudes- “new perspectives”
  • changed identity and new roles
  • an ongoing, lengthy recovery that lasts much longer than we wish or think.
  • A re-mapping of life- a need to form new routines, interests, or relationships
  • A progression of letting go or “release”.
  • A new “normal” (whatever that is for you)

 

 

And then, perhaps…..

  • Refocused thinking and planning
  • A new examination of life, priorities, and faith
  • A greater awareness of other’s needs and hurts
  • A heightened sense of time’s finite nature
  • Renewal within yourself (if you choose)
  • New dreams for the future

 

GRIEF- possibilities, even later in the process, may include…

  • A desire to help others
  • A compassion for others
  • A greater comprehension of love
  • Personal growth
  • A stronger faith and desire to know God on a much deeper level.

“Grief is like a foreign language when we first confront it: awkward, unfamiliar, unwieldy, and overwhelming.”

“Making sense of the chaos of grief is a process of your own design carried out on your own timetable, along with certain people you choose to let you travel your path to healing. Take one step at a time, you’re so much stronger than you think. You can do this, and it is worth the price. Realize, no one can do it for you.”

You may also feel like you are all alone, but God promises you, He will NOT leave you! He is in control, and HE has good plans in store for you. Trust His Words, and hold tightly to His Promises!

I know what I am doing, I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG)

All Credit goes to the author of the book listed below, Judy Brizendine could not have written it more beautifully, so all credit goes to her.  If she had written an article, I would have simply re-blogged the article.

Brizendine, Judy, “Stunned by Grief- Remapping your Life When Loss Changes Everything.”  Bennett Knepp Publishing, 2011.   Isbn: 978-0-9831688-1-2

 

 

What Are Your Priorities?

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One of the most important things in my life is my marriage. It is also the one that is most neglected. It is usually when times are bad, that I look at it through clear lenses. Why do I wait until there is a problem, to analyze something that is so important, and should be nurtured every day? Why do I give my best to the world, and the least to my love? Is he not my best friend? Is he not the one given to me in marriage as my soul mate? Often times, I can analyze my “state of marriage”, by looking at my “state of self.”

If one is neglectful of their own self, spiritually, emotionally, and physically, referring to taking care of one’s whole being, then how is it expected that they can nurture others? Can I give to someone else, what I myself am lacking? This is the time that a person must go back to the beginning to see how they were created and what God says in this matter. If I know more about God, then I learn more about myself. The key is not “me” but knowing and understanding Him! Much is learned about the person, environment in which we permeate in, the people around us when we understand what God’s original plans were for man, and the world as a whole.

God knew that there would be times of tribulation and times of trials. It is what we do during the dark, lonely times that if yielded properly to God, can be a time of tremendous growth. I don’t have words to say, I have already said them all. All the things I thought I knew are reflected back to me like the retina of the eye. My words came back empty, void, without meaning, and most importantly without feeling, for the person that I had spoken them to did not reciprocate back to me, what I thought I was trying to convey. Oh, we hear the ugly words, and take them to our heart. The ugliness saturates our pores like a virus. What do you do after the ruin is the key? How do you rebuild the trust, respect for one another after the battle?  You turn to God, the source that should have been on your heart in the beginning. You pick up your broken clay vessels and bring them to God, like a toddler brings to his mother. You look to God for the Promise that only He can give, not the person that you put those unrealistic expectations on in the first place, the ones that were never capable or created, to fulfill in the first place.

Life is a circle, we start in one place at birth naked with fists clenched, going through life, living, learning, and loving, but in the end we go back to the same place we started, naked and with our fists clenched again.  We can also do that with our relationships, we can start at the beginning, revolving with time, hoping to grow, nurture, love, and share life with your soul mate, and in the end know that what we did here on Earth was pleasing to God, and your mate. The second option is to go through life with chaos, madness, strife, alone, and then look back and say “What did I do with my life?” Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

Prayers During Spiritual Warfare!

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Prayer and confession of the Word are two of the most powerful weapons we have. You will see a great release of God’s power when they are combined.

The Lord taught me the importance of praying the Word to overcome spiritual resistance to the plan of God for my life. The Word of God inspires us to pray. It is through faith and promises we inherit the promises. (Hebrew 6:12)

We are told to pray with all kinds of prayers. (Eph 6:8)

Prayer is one of the ways we release the will of God upon the Earth. We must study the Word of God in order to know the will of God. This is why prayer and the Word must be combined.

We should pray with understanding. ( 1 Cor. 14:15). Understanding the will of God helps us pray correctly. The Word of God is the will of God.

We are not to be unwise, but understanding of what the will of the Lord is. (Eph 5:17).

Prayer also helps us walk perfectly and completely in all the will of God. (Col. 4:12)

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. (Prov 18:21).  Right words are forcible (Job 6; 25)

The words we speak are spirit and life. (John 6:63). We need to articulate the thoughts of God by praying and confessing His Word. (Isa. 55:8).

God’s Word released through our tongue will cause His Power to manifest in our lives.

The thoughts of God are peace and prosperity. (Jer. 29:11)

Jesus taught us that our faith is released through our Words. (Mark 11:23). Our faith filled words can move mountains.

Our faith is a key to seeing miracles and breakthrough on a consistent basis. Whatever we ask in prayer, believing, we will received. (Matt 21:22)

The Word is near us (Rom 10:8). The Word is in our mouth and heart. This is the Word of Faith. The mouth and the heart are connected. We speak from the abundance of the heart. The Word of God in our heart will come through our mouth. Faith in the heart will be released through our mouth. God watches over His Word to perform it. (Jer 1:12)

We are encouraged to call upon the Lord. He has promised to show us great and mighty things. (Jer. 33:3). The Lord delights in our prayers. He delights in answering them. Before we call, He will answer. (Isa 65:24). The Lord’s ears are open upon the prayers of a righteous. (1 Pet 3:12)

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16). We are told to pray without ceasing. (1 Thes. 5:17)

He is near to all who call upon Him. (Ps. 145:19) God will not turn away your prayer. (Ps. 66:20)

We have been given the keys of the Kingdom. (Matt. 16:19). This gives us authority to bind and loose. Bind means to restrict, stop or hinder.  Loose means to untie, unbind, unlock, liberate, release.

Keys represent the authority to lock (bind) or unlock (loose). Prayer and confession are two of the ways we use this authority.

We can bind the works of darkness. This will help in area of deliverance. Believers must know and operate with authority. Jesus gave His disciples power and authority over all devils. (Matt 10:1). Use by prayer and confession. Jesus promised that nothing would hurt us, (Luke 10:19).

Bind the works of darkness which include sickness, disease, hurt, witchcraft, poverty, death, destruction, confusion, defeat and discouragement.  We can loose others by prayers. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. We can loose ourselves and others from  many things by  using our authority through prayer and confession.

Satan has been defeated through the cross. Principalities and powers have been spoiled. (Col 2:15). The saints have possessed the kingdom. (Dan 7:18). This means we have authority with the King to advance the reign of Christ over the nations.

We must take the sword of the Spirit and pray with all prayer. (Eph. 6:12-18)..

Section 4: Destroying the Enemy’s Forces.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)

Satan’s kingdom consists of principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places. There are different kinds of demons and different levels of wickedness. We can destroy the wicked early (Ps. 101:8).

We can destroy them that hate us. (Ps. 18:40).

Satan is rendered helpless when his forces are destroyed. We have authority to bind the strongman and strip him of his armour.

Israel was sent into Canaan to destroy different nations, which are pictures of kingdoms that possessed the land. Each kingdom represented a different type of stronghold God wanted His people to destroy.

Demons are represented by different creatures. The diversity in the animal kingdom is a picture of the diversity in the kingdom of darkness. The Bible talks about serpents, scorpions, lions, jackals, bulls, foxes, owls, sea serpents, flies, and dogs. These represent different kinds of evil spirits that operate to destroy mankind. They are invisible to the natural eye.  They are just as real, as natural creatures.

We must remember there are more of us, than of them. The forces of light are far superior to the forces of darkness. Jesus is the Lord of the Armies. The armies of heaven are fighting with the armies of Earth. Releasing the angelic armies of heaven is an important strategy in warfare.

We can destroy and rout the forces of darkness in the heavens, the earth, the sea, and under the earth. These forces can operate through people, governments, economic systems, educational systems, and different structures set up by men. They can operate from different locations and in different territories.

The idols that men worship are made in the image of men, four-footed beasts, birds, and creeping things. Behind these idols are demons. These are evil spirits the manifest in the natural through idols. They are both male and female.  Jezebel is an example.

Section 5: Experiencing Deliverance and Release

Israel experienced much deliverance in its history. The nation of Israel began with a mighty deliverance, David the king who called upon the Lord received many deliverances. He called upon the Lord and was heard. (Ps. 34:4)

God answers the cries of his people. God’s deliverance is always a sign of his Grace and Mercy.

One of the greatest revelations is the revelations of is the revelation of self-deliverance. We can loose ourselves from any control in darkness. (Isa. 52:2).

We can exercise power and authority for our own lives. Jesus told us to cast out the beam from our own eye. (Luke 6:42). The term cast out is the same word used in reference to casting out demons. (ekballo).

Confess the Word over your life. Pray strong prayers that rout the enemy. Do not allow self pity to hold you back. Stir yourself up in prayer. This is the key to overcoming life.

Those who experienced deliverance either came or were brought to Jesus. Someone had to take the initiative. It begins with a decision. You must open your mouth. Your deliverance is as close as your mouth.

Deliverance is the children’s bread. Every child of God has a right to enjoy the benefits of deliverance. Deliverance brings freedom and joy. Thousands have been set free from demons through authoritative prayer. Deliverance is a miracle ministry. You will see multiplied miracles through warfare prayer.

Your words and prayers have tremendous power to destroy the works of darkness.

You have the authority to bind and loose (Matt 18:18).

The works of darkness encompass sin, iniquity, perversion, sickness, death, destruction, curses, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, poverty, lack, strife, lust, pride, rebellion, fear, torment, and confusion.  We have legal authority to put a stop to these things in our lives, and in the lives of those we minister too.

People need to  be loosed from curses, evil inheritance, familiar spirits, sin, guilt, shame, condemnation, control, domination, manipulation, intimidation, mind control, religious control, sickness, disease, deception, false teaching , sin, habits, worldliness, carnality, demons, tradition, ungodly soul ties, ungodly pledges, ungodly vows, spoken words, hexes, vexes, jinxes, trauma, and cults. WE have the legal authority in the name of Jesus to loose ourselves and others to whom we minister from these destroying influences.

 

Living life With Joy, It Can Happen- Day 2

Words often take on new meaning when you experience them personally first hand. What I am referring to is the difference between being happy and having joy. I always thought of them as the same, a temporary emotion or feeling that often changes with our circumstances. I guess that is why I never could truly experience either one of them on a consistent basis. Let’s be real here, being happy and having true joy can be very difficult if your preconceived notions of the meaning of either word do not line up with your life experiences. For this article, I am going to talk about joy. In the process of finding joy on a consistent basis, I wanted to get a true understanding of what the word even meant.  Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defined joy as “the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires (delight)   the expression or exhibition of such emotion :  (gaiety a state of happiness or felicity (bliss)  a source or cause of delight . I don’t know about you, but if I were really sold on the notion of the word joy based on the meanings above, it would still sound temporary, and superficial. I guess I wanted more, and knew with God I could expect to experience Joy on a much deeper, satisfactory level.

I love how Kay Warren defined Joy in her book, Choose Joy: Because Happiness isn’t Enough when she wrote that Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”

I love that, it means so much more to me emotionally. It doesn’t say that everything is always going to be good, or pleasant in my life, it means to me that no matter what, God loves me, and is in total control of all situations. That the Faith I have in God in knowing that He Is, who He says He Is! The words “quiet confidence” to me means peace, safety, hope and strength. The most important part is when she says “the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”  The key word is choice, and I choose God, I choose to love Him, and I choose to trust Him!

Can I be honest and vulnerable with you? It has taken me a long time to get to this point in my life. It has never been this peaceful, and I like many others use to tie my “emotions and experiences” in defining my level of joy. That is a scary notion to have, because experiences are often summed up with unreliable and inconsistent emotions. There was a time in my life after my younger brother passed away, that joy was a thing of the past. I was very angry with God, and turned away from Him. In my infinite wisdom maybe I thought I was trying to get back at God for taking someone so treasured by me, I do not know, It does not make a lot of logical sense, that I know. Thank goodness that God is so patient, and kind, and unconditional in His love for all of us, for I would have really been in a permanent mess! The reason I mention that experience is a few months ago, I attended the funeral of my brother-in-law, and it was during one of the saddest moments, that the most amazing opportunity to glorify and worship God in the midst of pain is almost unexplainable!

So to help others in their journey of obtaining joy, I will leave the wisest words, Scripture

Proverbs 10:28 The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

1 Thessalonians 2:17-20  But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face, because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy.

1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

2 John 1:12 Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

Romans 15:13  Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This was taken from a great article that I will attach so that you can read more on joy.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-joy-20-uplifting-scripture-quotes/#ixzz378Piuu60

In conclusion, my favorite verse on Joy is found in  James 1:2-4

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Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

May you find the peace and joy that you are looking for!

Transformation to living a Life of Joy~ Day 1

Change is not easy! Making the verbal commitment to change your actions and behavior is the easy part, walking it out is the hardest part. Reading the Word yesterday gave me a sense of peace, but it seems as soon as I put the Good Book down, life hit me square in the face. I know that initially Satan makes it really difficult for a person to walk out their intentions. One of my biggest obstacles is not only dealing with myself, but dealing with other people and their emotions and hang ups. I realize that just because I want to change, doesn’t mean that those around me will do the same. I know that I cannot let other people and their influence choose my joy level, but still, somehow that is what seems to happy.

It’s not just the big things in life that throw a person, I believe it can also be the little daily trials that occur, day after day. Comparing it to a block of ice and a chisel, Satan just continuously taps on the ice, until there is a crack, which gets bigger and bigger eventually causing  brokenness.. It is the same thing in my life. I must learn to rely on God and not my emotions, seeking him for comfort and fulfillment. We are all full of sin, expecting another person to bring fulfillment and happiness in my life is absurd. They just are not able to fulfill all the needs that I have, and expecting them to, not only sets them up for failure, but brings more destruction into our lives.

So for today, I am going to dive further into the Word, looking up Scripture on Joy, fulfillment, contentment, peace, love and happiness. That should keep me busy for a while.

 

 

Living a Life of Joy!

I started my day with my normal thought patterns on my life, my loved ones, the way I view the world, it was the same “stinkin thinkin” that keeps me “in a box.” I thought about how the people around me are getting older, and how time is always moving, things that I simply cannot control, but always managed to make me sad. I thought about an author Kay Warren, and the book that she wrote a few years ago, “Choose Joy.” In this book, she emphasized that although we cannot control our surroundings and the things in it, we can control how much joy we have in our lives. I thought about that, choosing joy! It came to me, that my relationship with God, and actually putting my trust in Him, is the surest and quickest way to obtaining joy in my life. I can’t control circumstances, or people in my life. We all must make a conscious decision, and effort to maintain relationships, love, and live life.

We are all given a certain time frame to live on Earth, and that this world is truly temporary. We have a whole other life full of joy and love awaiting us on day, trying to hold on to something in this world, and the things in it, including people is crazy! We were never suppose to be permanent residents here, and truly, if you think about it, in a world this ugly, who would want to be? I can spend my time, trying to slow down the process of life, and the people in it, or embrace the time, days, and moments we are giving, and maximize the joy that it can bring. I choose life! I choose to love those around me, while they are around me, and to enjoy the adventures and opportunities that God gives me with each passing day!

I took a picture of myself this morning, to put a date and time stamp on the changes that will occur in my life. In the process of the journey of seeking a positive transformation of Joy and love, that comes from God, I plan to share my experiences with others! What do I truly expect to happen? First, I will seek God and His will for my life! The surest and most practical way to do that, will begin with His Word, His Promises, daily!!! I love that! I love that word Promise! I love the fact that God is there, and loves me unconditionally, no matter what! I love the fact that He says in His Word, that If I seek Him, I will find Him!

I love that He is there open arms, and that there is nothing that will ever change that! I love that He tells us in the Bible, If we desire knowledge, that all we have to do is ask for it! (James 1:5). The Bible is so full of answers, every question that you will ever have in life, is answered in that book! Reading James has helped me understand that true wisdom only comes from God. Wisdom is the “ability to see the world through the eyes of God.” I love this verse, “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13). What does all this mean? It means that if I seek wisdom from God, He will give it to me. Having wisdom that comes from Him is pure, it brings peace, love, gentleness, and the ability to give to others. It means that the inner peace and love that I have inside will radiate out to others, sharing His love and gift of life with others.
What is the first step to this transformation? James tells me right there in the Bible, James 4:7-10, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash you hands you sinners, purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. (repent).Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor.”   What does this passage mean?   Give your heart, life, and soul back to God. Truly repent, and ask for forgiveness in a way that is not fake, or shallow in thought. Give him your life, to live through him, for Him, and In Him!

What I love about God is this, I can give him all my “negative’s” and trade them in for His goodness! In Faith, and that is the key, Faith meaning, no matter what, trusting Him, knowing that He is in control, and will do in love for me, what He wills!

In retrospect, I choose Joy! I choose God’s love~ I will take every trial and trouble, and look for the good in it. I will use them as they come, as an opportunity to help others, to bring joy, and compassion and love to others!

Are you with me? Are you ready for this journey? I would love to hear from you, share your thoughts via the comment section, and or contact me!

Peace!

Are You Desiring More?

I am on a spiritual journey right now with the goal of falling deeper in love with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am excited, and can physically, spiritually, and emotionally see the changes going on in my life and in my surroundings. I know that it is a lifelong journey, but like any trip I am happy for it to finally be underway! It kind of reminds me of when my family and I take a Cruise. We count down the days till the trip, are so excited to finally get on the boat and enjoy the moment. the only difference between the journey I am on now, is that unlike a cruise vacation, this one will never end!

A few weeks ago in my small group that I am leading we talked about the difference of having knowledge and having wisdom. Wisdom allows you to view things from the same perspective of Christ. You model to see all people, and situations through the eyes of Christ.  Most importantly, you initiate your response to be one that Christ too would have done. As a result of praying for wisdom,  I am starting to see things in a completely different way, and study Scripture that I never knew existed.  I have an appetite for learning more about His Word, and desiring a closer relationship with  Jesus, it feels like such a high (natural). The warm physical feeling you have inside your body that makes you look and feel like you are glowing!

I have been really diving into Scripture on the Holy Spirit! I have learned so much, and all kinds of doors of opportunities have been opening in my life, a direct result of the Word and the Work of the Holy Spirit. It is my deepest desire to positively affect other people, and by example, bring others who are lost to Christ. In Church today it was said that to draw people to Christ, you must be a good encourage. Jesus had an amazing ability to encourage other people for He was so full of compassion and love. They say to be a good leader, you must be a good delegater. I think if we changed the focus from delegation to building and encouraging one another, there really would be no need to delegate things to others, for the sheer desire to please one another in love, this  would almost eliminate this need. We as a society need to get to the concepts of what true service is to one another, using Jesus as an ideal role model.

 

How about you? What do you want in your life? How will you reach your goal? I encourage you to reach and put your own plan of action into place. Write out your Godly goals and objectives and see what you come up with.

 

 

 

Seeking Jesus

Have you ever wanted to feel the presence of God so bad, that you were willing to seek him right exactly where you were at the time? Whether it be sitting in a peaceful chair, or walking down a city street, you just had to feel his presence right then and there! Sometimes in those moments, I seek the more inner quiet space within my own soul to wait for Him to appear. I have been in the building with those bright florescent lights and closed my eyes looking up to the ceiling, feeling the warmth of the lights on my face, imaging that warmth, is the warmth and glow of Jesus and His love for me. It is a very peaceful time, almost as if you are sitting outside looking up feeling the warmth of the sunshine on your face, a very tranquil moment.  I desire those moments, and find myself spending more time seeking Him out. I realize that it is not necessary for me to have to find some abandoned quiet room to talk to God. He will meet me right where I am at, doing exactly what I am doing at the time.

 Looking back on my childhood, I realized that I have always felt that where ever I was, I was a visitor. It is no one in particulars fault, I am not blaming anyone, and maybe it was something inside of me that never felt settled.  I know it had to have been me making myself feel this way, because the people in my life always tried to make me feel like I belonged.  I remember growing up my dad would tell me that there is nobody in life that will love you more than your family. I guess after my parents divorced, and our family split up, that statement brought confusion as to what my reality appeared to be versus what I was told. My thinking remained that families are a temporary arrangement in time, ever changing with the status of your marital status.  I understand the concept of unconditional love, my grandparents always told me that they loved me no matter what, I believed that with every human capability that statement is true. I also have learned that My Father, in Heaven truly loves His children unconditionally. In the past, I have to be honest; I struggled with what having a relationship with the Heavenly Father truly consists of. I understand with my limited understanding, what my ideology of relationship defined is, but I am learning that it is a deep, tangible, liberating relationship that changes with time, and maturity. The concept of loving God and being in love with God is more profound.

 

Sometimes I find it difficult to be in relationship with Jesus when I can’t see Him, and cannot audibly hear him. It is during those times that I realize I am not spending enough time in the Word. Once I jump back into the pages of the Bible, I feel his presence again; it is a daily thing for me.