It’s His!

Sipping on liquid sunshine this morning, I was reminded that God owns it all, even the cattle on the hills.

Grass, the very air we breathe, and the whole expanse of His creation was spoken into existence by His very Word!

He has no problems keeping tabs on every creature and thing, so why are you fretting my friend about that thing that has you down?

He’s not a God that cannot be touched by the feeling of your infirmities. He knows!

With one snap of His finger, things can turn around for you! He will take care of it and you!

So I leave you with these encouraging words that are painted on my coffee mug, “ALWAYS be Joyful in Hope!!!”

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Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:26

What a beautiful sight this morning! Standing at my kitchen window, waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, I see a bright red male cardinal, his female companion, and several unknown little brown birds, scratching around for breakfast.

In the background I can hear birds calling to one another. Maybe they’re happy that the rain has let up for a while.

It’s through these ‘little’ things that I take life in general for granted. I have a roof over my head out of the rain and food that I didn’t have to hunt.

Even though we have trials in our life that pelt down on us like the rain that washed the birds this morning, God is mindful of us. He has every detail planned, and we don’t have to worry.

Yes, we get sick, face things that we wish God would not let us go through, but through it all, He will give you seeds of grace to carry you through, till you get that miracle!

Even though God’s creatures are very special to Him, you have even more value than they! Enough gabbing already! I believe there is a freshly percolated cup of joe calling my name! Have a blessed day!

Meet Thumbelina

Once upon a time, a beautiful little, black-haired Princess was born into the kingdom. She was small, but she was fierce!

Many nights, she woke up all those who slept soundly in the magical castle.

As she grew, her giggles were carried upon the wind and could be heard throughout the whole kingdom.

She ran skipping and playing all day, without a care in the world, blowing bubbles, while the mystical breeze swirled her long, blonde hair behind her. By this time her hair had turned into a lovely, golden blonde.

She was given the name Angel, but she preferred the name Thumbelina much better. Whenever anyone called her by her given name, she would simply say, “Just call me Thumbelina.”

It wasn’t long till time passed, and she grew up and had her very own little Ade—“Lena.” Now, the castle is occupied by two Princess Lenas!

And so another adventure begins….

(the beginning of ) The end!

Happy Birthday our Angel Shayna —errr–Thumbelina!!! We love you!

When Prayers Avail

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

‭‭James‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Captivity is turned–double for the trouble–when we intercede for our friends. There is no greater love than this, to lay down your life for your friends.

Selflessly and consciously laying our own desires or needs aside and grabbing hold of a sister’s hand and praying for her financial blessing, not our own.

Silently whispering a prayer for that person a pew ahead who is heavy-laden in trials, even when your own storm is raging.

This is the third night in a row of me trying to shut down my brain to get some much needed sleep. And, of course, my thoughts are rattling away, just like the keytrokes of an old antique typewriter.

My mind goes back to going up for prayer in the morning service, desperately needing God to ease the sinus pressure before my head threatened to literally explode off my shoulders and launch right into orbit. Sadly returning home in the same shape I came.

Determined not to miss yet another service, so I returned again tonight. With a heart to worship, I gave God the praise due to His Name.

A sweet saint of God was letting the tears flow as her son was seeking after God in the altar. I barely felt like standing, but stood praying along with others for His salvation.

After making my way back to my pew, church over at this point, a friend asked if I was feeling any better. I looked up in surprise and realized that indeed I did!

While I was not thinking and worrying about myself, God had slipped in showing that He always hears an unselfish prayer.

Prayer is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. Showing our love for one another in fervent prayer does in fact avail much in the eyes of God.

Pray on my friend. Those prayers are not bouncing, but touching the very heart of God! And I am believing that God will continue to touch my body and give me a speedy recovery! 🙌🙏

I pray for you my friends, that God will take care of whatever is troubling you. I pray that your prayers avail much and reach the throne of God. God Bless! 👸🤴🏻

Tokens of His Love Part 2

***Before I begin the explanation of why I named this Part 2, I would like to invite you to go back and read my original blog, Tokens of His Love, to refresh your memory. I named this Part 2 of a ‘continuation of that story.’ ***

Sorry I’ve been off the grid for a while. I will explain later on in my story.

My latest Heart Token took me by surprise and brought tears to my eyes! Let me introduce you to the newest member of my family. Her name is Adelena Renae. My first grand-daughter by my oldest daughter. She has stolen our hearts for sure!

She was born with an Angel Kiss on her forehead in the shape of a heart! God never seizes to amaze me in all that He is doing and showing me. If it hasn’t sunk in by now, Jesus must really love me! He keeps sending me His Love Tokens! I am so grateful for those reminders. They keep me pressing on towards the mark!

The following is from a recent Facebook post that I shared: (I am well now, by the way!)

It’s amazing the many things we seem to take for granted on any given day. Things like good health, family, being able to go to church. We don’t realize how blessed we are till something goes awry in our lives.

I was reading a devotion about ‘diligence’ while lying in bed, running fever and in the worst pain I’ve felt in a while. It talked about being diligent in reading God’s Word.

Quoting from a few passages, {“Diligence is something that can keep us on our feet.”

It stated, “If you haven’t already, you need to realize how important diligence is. You need to face the fact that you simply can’t live a life of victory without it.

You can’t stand strong on the Word of God and not pick your Bible up during the week. Sunday morning alone isn’t going to get the job done. Yet most believers try to get by on that. That’s precisely why we have thousands of churches all over the world filled with born-again people who don’t have enough faith to blow their hats off. No diligence.

Listen, this is a daily thing. The devil’s out there 24 hours a day devising ways to make us fall. Jesus is on the throne 24 hours a day giving us power to resist him, and we need to be exercising our faith all the time.

If you’re going to stand in the days ahead, you’re going to need a lot more than Sunday school faith. You’re going to need some full-grown, mountain-moving faith, and there’s only one way to get that: by giving yourself to the Word more diligently than you ever have before.

So do it. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure; and no matter how slippery the situation gets, you won’t have to fall!”}

Amen to that!!!

I’ve always been a lover of the Word. I watched my father growing up, get the old family Bible out and read passages from it for hours on end. It’s what kept him also that last month when he simply wasn’t able to make it to church anymore.

Come what may in our lives, we must have diligence if we are gonna see our Lord face-to-face. We can’t let any thing stand in our way of making it to our Heavenly Home. There is simply nothing in this world worth losing our soul over!

I admit this has been a very stressful busy few weeks for me. I’ve missed more church than I would have cared to. Working a job, planning my daughter’s baby shower, moving stuff back to her home and helping her get the baby nursery and her home ready for a new bundle of joy, 4-hour round trips back and forth between Mississippi and Louisiana, not getting much sleep while taking care of sick grand-babies all night, while giving them doses of medicine around the clock, (all with help, I might add! Thanks Susan, Sunshine and Kylie!) all while mommy was in labor, and even after mommy got home from hospital, taking one still sick grand-baby to doctor, taking new grand-baby for first check-up, taking daughter on a two-hour-round trip to take care of business and groceries and coming home in the same night (another 2 hour trip home), and then finally falling sick myself.

I’m really not complaining. I’m simply thankful for life. I’m glad that my daughter still has a mother around who is still living and able to help. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world! I didn’t get to share in these kinds of moments with my own mother passing from cancer when I was 15.

In saying all this, diligence had a lot to do with making it through all this. Yes, I may still be flat of my back, feverish, and my back has hurt me all night long, but it’s not the end of the world. I may be down, but I’m not out! Faith still here, diligence still here! His grace is enough.

I felt I needed to share this with someone today who is going through the fight of their life! You are never alone! Yes, you may feel alone and be the only person left in your family who is still attending church. Go anyway. Don’t let the little or big things stop you.

You may be facing sickness again, wondering if you will have to have those terrible treatments all over again. We simply can’t quit, come what may. When we are weak, He is strong!

Or maybe you are wondering where the money is going to come from to pay that bill.

Put God first. Don’t lose your faith! God will always make a way!

Stay strong. Stay in the Word. Pray. Build yourself up in the Holy Ghost. Not only build yourself up, but pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Be an encourager! And most of all, be diligent.

Have a blessed day!

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Happy Birthday, Jesus—more of YOU and less of me

Thinking back to the morning’s worship service, the song, ‘More of you and LESS of me,’ still brings tears to my eyes. It’s actually the ONLY thing that I need this Christmas. (I will be happy and content with what I already have!) As we were singing this song in the choir, a feeling of humbleness came over me. I imagined the dirty stable where Joseph and Mary lay in the hay, snuggling with their newborn baby boy–My Salvation! Shepherds, wise men, Simeon, and the barn animals were witness to this miraculous birth. I could see the star as it bathed them all with it’s brilliant light, and thousands of angels dancing overhead in the heavens, rejoicing! I imagined the hurt and grief Mary must have felt all those months, knowing that most assumed her to be impure. When she layed eyes on ‘The Miracle,’ Her miracle, it was worth it all. She suffered wrongfully, but here was her reward–and our reward. Such a small gift to give to the world…Himself.

Jesus, such a big gift you have given to me! I need more, more of you, and much less–way less of me.

Enough

Growing up we didn’t have much of the finer things, and I learned what sacrifice was. Sometimes when we are given much, we don’t appreciate things.

My parents taught me that little is much. I learned it was the “little things “ that count most in our lives.

So I am wishing (and praying) all my friends and family have just enough to make them humble and appreciate the good in their lives. Things like laughter, peace, joy, a nice fire in the fireplace, togetherness with family and friends….these things can’t be bought with money, only felt from the heart—The true meaning of Christmas.

So, for the parents out there who are struggling and worrying because they don’t have the money to buy a lot of “things” for their children….give them the things that can’t be bought. Love. They are gonna be just fine!

Looking back, growing up, I can remember very few of the Christmas presents that I received. It was the “togetherness and love” that I remember the most. Teach your children that, not the love of things, and they will be just fine! And they will be the better for it! God Bless each of you this season! I pray you have “ENOUGH.”

Counting my Blessings, Naming them One by One

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I woke up today with a blessing in my heart! It was the beginning of the year in 1996. My doctor announced that I was going to have a baby, but I was also given the news that I had cervical cancer stage 3. I was given a choice. Do something now or wait till my baby girl was born and have surgery. I chose life, even though I may have lost my own. My church prayed for me. A little after Chelsea was born, I had the surgery. They were able to remove all the cancer…My baby girl turned 22 this year! So, yes I am doing like this song says, I am counting EVERY blessing, letting go and trusting when I cannot see! Hope the song blesses you. Take the time to NAME those blessings, one by one! Have a Happy Thanksgiving week!

Bravely Seated

She attends church by herself. Every Sunday morning. Every Sunday night. Every Wednesday night. With the diligence a mail carrier models, she treks through the days, and shoulders through the rain, sleet and snow, into her fierce trials and disappointments.

There was a time–previously in her fond memories–where they all stood as a family, on the old familiar pew. Together was once a feeling of familiarity and comfort. Even though her circumstances have changed, somehow she knows she isn’t truly alone.

Bravely, she takes a seat, hands clasped, fingers locked tight with her promises. “God has seen his ways, and will heal him”….”They will come again to their own border….”

And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.” Jeremiah 31:17

Seated together. Hope. Promises. God. She is not alone.

Pic credits to covenantheirs.org

Treasures of Darkness

My heart is anxious. I feel like a fish out of water. Like I’m walking in a dark place without the lights on, stumbling over objects I cannot see. I don’t know where I’m going or which direction to turn.

Is that your thoughts today, my friend? In the shadows low in the valley? In that dark place where you feel you are totally out of control. You can’t see where you are going. You jump at every noise, because your heart is gripped with fear.  Absolutely no one, wants to feel their feet crunching in the gravel here!

In this strange place, your emotions are magnified. You cry or get angry at the drop of a hat. You feel lost.

You are more vulnerable to the enemy’s deceptive devises. He slips in and plants negative thoughts. He pulls back the bow and hits the bull’s eye, attacking your mind.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ‭‭II Tim. 1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

You feel weak and discouragedweary in well-doing. The trial takes a toll on your emotions, especially, but can affect your physical health, as well. You are stressed. Oppressed. Depressed.

That is a place where suicidal thoughts are birthed. Never give in to those thoughts, NO MATTER WHAT! There is never a problem that is worth giving in to the enemy, losing your soul!

You don’t know what to do. So, WHAT DO you DO?

  1. P.U.S.H. (Pray until something happens) Talk to Him as if He were a friend, sitting next to you in a chair. Tell Him how you feel. Negative feelings and all! Your secrets are safe with Him! He understands.
  2. ABSORB yourself in the Word of God. That Word that you read will abide in you. HE is the Word, after all!
  3. Seek FELLOWSHIP. Do not isolate yourself! You have heard the old cliche before. No man is an island. You need your brother or sister in Christ. They can encourage and pick you up when you are down.
  4. FAST. Sometimes this is the only way to get a breakthrough. Flesh is stubborn and wants what it wants. Doing without the things you love, mainly food, can lead you out of that spiritual famine. Follow after the Spirit. Listen for His VOICE and leading.
  5. FIND MOTIVATION from any positive source you can find, in line with scripture. Devotions are a great place to start.
  6. BELIEVE in God’s love. Hold on to the fact that He loves you, even though He is allowing this to come upon you.
  7. HOPE in God and His Promises! He has a wonderful outcome waiting for you, at the end of this trial.
  8. KEEP YOUR FAITH! We are instructed to keep the faith, if we are to win this race.
  9. LAUGH and REJOICE. Find ways to see the humorous side of life. Watch a humorous YouTube video. Read a funny book. Watch a clean comedy video. I personally thought Mom’s Night Out was hilarious! You know what makes YOU laugh.
  10. WORSHIP and PRAISE. In the comfort of your home, you can play worshipful music and, yes, worship your God, because He loves your attention! The Bible is full of ways to worship. Psalms says to make a joyful noise. Sing along to the music, praise Him for His mighty acts! Raise your hands to Him in surrender. Cry. Your tears are worship. Tell Him how much you adore Him! When you have lost your joy, the Word says leap for it! Clap. Nothing makes God nervous! He loves for His children to spend time with Him.

God is good! This fact will always remain in every circumstance. He will bring you out of this valley. Fear not! Because He is with you!

Before you know it, you will be dancing to a new tune! Your thoughts will begin to turn around.

My heart is overjoyed! I feel at home in my skin, because Jesus abides in me! I’m walking in a new place. He is doing a new thing in me. I walk in His Light! I have a sure foundation. I am seeking first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added to me! 🙏🙌💃👏🎶👑

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:3

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