I love this beautiful door, color and all the leaves around it. It reminds me of the multiple shut and open doors I encountered and the lessons learned. “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” Revelations 3:8. Are you disappointed because a door has closed in your life? Did you expect something to come to pass only to discover that it didn’t, and now you’re feeling let down? Is there more work to be done everywhere you look? But yet it seems like you are accomplishing nothing. “When will things work out for me?” you ask yourself during a low moment of the day. Discouraged, disheartened and stuck in a rut, it is sometimes tough to see beyond the closed door. Waiting for God to move mightily in your life is difficult, especially when your desires have not yet been met. It is tempting to give up at the first, second or even the third closed door. But God expects us to persevere until the right open door is made known to us. So, “Do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.” (Hebrews 10:35) A closed door doesn’t mean that it’s over for you. Contrarily, it means that God is getting you ready for something bigger, better, and far greater than before. You have come too far to back down and quit. For God is saying to you today, “Don’t let closed doors bother you. Keep on moving forward. Where you are now is only temporary, it is not where you are going to remain.” God is giving you all that you need to accomplish His best plan for your life. God will use everything that you’ve gone through to move you closer to His good plan. Just as God used Goliath to strengthen David, He will use your closed doors to strengthen and advance you. Thus, have faith and trust God, for He is at work in the lives of His people. No matter what you are facing, don’t give up. Try again, reach higher, think bigger, pray bolder. I remember 5 years ago walking in a dark season of my life followed my a job lost among other heartaches and pain but end the end God blessed me with something better. ” Just because one door closed doesn’t mean God doesn’t have another one open. Stop weeping over what God has rejected. – Bishop Jakes. God is in the business of opening and shutting doors. Pray that He will make His will clear for you, too. – Flore 🌷💕🌿
🌿💕🌷||Joy Stealers|| 🌷💕🌿
Sometimes it can be difficult to feel happy when there are people out there who are actively trying to prevent that from happening. Sometimes, in order to stop you from achieving your aims, they try to hem you in with negativity. They might even end up getting downright mean. Some of you reading this might be able to relate in situations where you are constantly have to protect your joy and peace if not you are going to give in or say something you going to regret. The enemy knows our weaknesses so he will try us. I love this quote by Joyce Meyers: Watch out for the joy-stealers: gossip, criticism, complaining, faultfinding, and a negative, judgmental attitude. I say ” Run for your life! Hang up that phone! Pray for them.”
It could be a so called friend (more likely, a frenemy) jealous of your recent success and trying to detract from your achievement. It could be frustrated friends and family undermining you, whether they realize it or not, because you’re not following their idea of what your life plan should be or maybe they are jealous of you. The bad news is that some people will sometimes try to bring you down on purpose. The good news is they don’t have to succeed. Just because you are a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean that you are a doormat for people to walk over. You can be kind but also assertive. Don’t let people make you think that you are anything other than amazing. Don’t let insecure people who may be jealous of you make you think that your dreams or successes are dumb. They are dumb for gaslighting you. Gaslighting is an emotional warfare technique whereby someone tries to make you feel worthless by talking your successes into failures. Stand up to it. God created you with purpose inside of you. Don’t be distracted by people who is trying to bring you down. The enemy is working diligently to steal your joy. Sometimes people have issues with you who’ve done nothing wrong to only because someone else got them on their camp to believe on their plots, manipulation and confusion they themselves created against you. Finally, as hard as it may be…pray for them. Pray for God to build their confidence up so they no longer feel the need to tear others down to make themselves feel better.
Satan is out to steal your joy. His ministry is to steal, to kill and to destroy (Jn 10:10). He knows that if he can steal your joy, he can keep your properties. This is why he will do anything to frustrate you and everything that has to do with you. He wants you to be sorrowful so that you block the avenues to fruitfulness. The devil knows that when you are fruitful his kingdom will be more in a mess. Hence he will use whatever it takes to stop you. Do you know that the devil can use your colleague, coworker, husband, wife or friend to offend you and make you think that they are the ones who have offended you? His primary purpose is to cause you pain whilst hiding behind them. The devil disguises and manifest in so many ways to deceive man so that man will turn around to blame God.
You see satan knows that if he can succeed in deceiving you, you may doubt God and miss your blessings that will ultimately make you more sad and bitter. Bitterness can never produce fruitfulness. Whatever you are trusting God for that is yet to manifest is not enough reason to be sorrowful. Know that God is who He says He is and would do what He says He will do. God cannot lie. His word is settled in heaven. If you are yet to receive the solution does not mean that God has not done it or is not going to do it. God is ever faithful. God is more concern about you receiving the blessings than you are. Instead of being sad check your life. If you are convinced that you are right with God then just hold on because God is always right on time. He is never late. Stir up your confidence in God. He won’t disappoint you. Has God ever done something for you before? If your answer is yes, do you think that He has changed? Mal. 3:6, says, “for I the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed”. God cannot change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What He did for you yesterday He can do much more today and tomorrow. Believe Him. He said if it was not so He would have told you so (Jn. 14:2). The devil wants you to believe that God is not worth it or trustworthy. But then we know that the devil is a liar. He has no truth in him. Thus he is called the father of all liars (Jn. 8:44). You see, God did not save you to leave you at the mercies of the enemy or of this world. The fact that you are a Christian does not mean that you might not suffer things like sickness, loss of job, disappointments etc. But in all of the challenges, God has made provisions for us to overcome whatever the world can throw at you. it may be true that you may not know what tomorrow holds but if God is your God, He knows what tomorrow holds for you and knows how to bring it to pass in your life. Don’t be afraid of tomorrow because of yesterday’s mistakes or failures. God says “remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing now it shall spring forth, shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” Isa. 43:18-19. Beloved, know that your tomorrow shall be greater than where you are right now. Stop worrying. Worrying has never solved any challenge in life rather it makes things worse. Know of a surety that God is working things out behind the scene. Know also, that the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former. Hold on and wait for God’s end. It is always glorious. No wonder the bible says “weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning”. Rejoice child of God because your victory is assured in Christ. Apostle Paul, said, rejoice, again I say rejoice. Make up your mind that the devil will not rob you of your joy. Gird your loins with the truth (Word of God). Don’t allow satan to deceive you and rob you of your joy because if he succeeds, he can defeat you and rob you of your blessings. Satan’s mightiest weapon is deception. His only hope of winning is to get you to quit and rob you of your joy. The only way he can take anything from you is by deceiving you into handing it over to him. Stop believing in his lies and start walking in the word of God that has made you an overcomer and more than conqueror. Receive grace to remain joyful and RISE. 💕🌷🌿
“Take a seat please in the lobby area and we will call you when your car is ready” the lady at the counter told me with not so much as a glance in my direction. She busied herself and nonchalantly worked her way through a small stack of papers in front of her. I was just the norm for her, another customer waiting on my car’s oil change. I selected a seat in the lobby area as I surveyed the other patrons in the room. Each one was so capably manipulating either a smart phone, iPad, or lap top computer of some type, completely oblivious of their surroundings. Not one person looked up to say hello, acknowledge me, or anyone else in that room. As I sat I was lulled by the rhythmic text clicking sounds and the faint tapping of keyboard keys while I sipped my lukewarm coffee from a styrofoam cup.
As I sat in this room that had been kidnapped by technology I felt an overwhelming sadness. What has happened to good old-fashioned communication, friendly conversation and exchanging pleasantries? Where is the good will of days gone by? When was the last time we met someone new or took an interest in someone’s life? Why does actually having a real conversation have to be a thing of the past? Why must we be so busy staring into the glass screens of electronic gadgets that we cannot even utter a “hello” or inquire how someone is?
Are we so numb these days that we do not even care about others or has society made it completely acceptable to just keep to ourselves and mind our own business?
I struggle with accepting the culture of ignoring a simple ” good morning or good afternoon” people passing by you all the time at places like church not only they will not look your way and will not answer you either. I choose to believe it’s not of God and this practice should not be in the body of Christ. If we are going to pick and choose who we love and accept how are we going to reach our neighbors.
We as Christians are called to be an example in this world where outreach is a thing of the past. We are called to break through the barriers of computer screens and be a voice … a real human voice that can be a light of compassion and a word of encouragement that is so scarce today.
We are to be bold for The Lord and bring the good news of salvation. We are to be His mouth piece on earth and an example of His Goodness.
Acts 28:31 says that we should be proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
The Bible tells us that as Christians we are to be a mirror image of God , that we should be a reflection of his joy, peace, and love everywhere we go. We may be the only chance that person seated near us will ever get to hear about how much God loves them.
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Cor 3:18
We should never miss an opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus. Go Into all the world the Bible says! We as Christians often think that this refers to the missionaries preaching in remote parts of the world and ministering to those in the secluded far corners of the earth.
While that is extremely important, the man seated next to us in a lobby a few weeks ago is every bit as important to God. It’s no accident that we are seated near a certain person on a particular day. We all have divine appointments set up in advance by God.
Our world needs some bold believers to stand up! Political correctness and the fear of offending has caused many to lose their boldness. But boldness that is brought on by the Holy Spirit has the power to change the confused, and lost world that we live in! The early believers faced a ton of persecution and opposition. They prayed for boldness and the Holy Spirit filled them and empowered them to be able to preach boldly and see many miracles. We know the truth and are saved because others have been bold to preach and share the truth.
I would encourage you today to read the entire chapter of Acts 4. As you read it take note of all the times the word “boldness” is used and what the outcome of the “boldness” was. If you aren’t naturally a bold person that’s ok! When I think of people who are bold I think of people who are very outgoing, assertive, outspoken, not afraid of taking risks, people who jump out of planes just for the fun of it. That is not my natural tendency, and for many of you it’s not yours either! We know that we can pray a prayer like the believers did in Acts 4:29 and that God will empower us to be bold! “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.” — (Acts 4:29)
I challenge you and myself to live in boldness for God. Before leaving our houses, let’s ask Him to put someone in our paths today that needs to hear an encouraging word of hope. Be a blessing where ever we go and we will be the ones who are blessed.
🌿🌿🌷💕||Talents ||💕🌷🌿 🌿__________________________________________________
If you think your talents are simply for you to make a lot of money, retire, and die, you’ve missed the point of your life. God gave you talents to benefit others, not yourself. And God gave other people talents that benefit you.
We’re all a part of the body of Christ, and each part matters. There are no insignificant people in the family of God. You are shaped to serve God, and He is testing you to see how you are going to use the talents He gave you.
Whether you are a teacher, musician, artist, a cook or whatever you do, God gave you those abilities to serve others. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. When God made you, he made an investment in you, and he expects a return on that investment.
Are you using what He’s given you for the benefit of others to make the world a better place? Or are you just using those talents to benefit yourself?
When God gives you a talent, he expects you to use it. If you use your talents wisely, God will give you more.
Dear Lord, help me to be good stewards of all you have placed under my processions including all the gifts talents you gave me. Help me to be bold for you and not to let fear overtake my life. Amen!
GRACE…such an amazing word. Didn’t understand the depth of this word better yet its true meaning of grace until about 5 years ago [in the mist of trials & uncertainty] I was at a terrible place and I needed God’s Grace to shine on my circumstances and I needed to apply His Grace in myself. While Chloë Grace was a well planned pregnancy but there were many challenges, spiritual warfares going against our home and our marriage. While I was excited about answered prayers but my faith was challenged. I needed God’s grace and peace. As I was looking for the perfect name for our princess so I began to study the word GRACE so we ended up Including Grace as part of her name. It’s for by Grace that we are saved. Grace is God’s unmerited favor. That is, grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve. God’s grace is made perfect in our weakness. Another way to look at this word is to give Grace to ourselves.
If you’re afraid of something today, there’s a kind of grace for you. If you feel guilty, broken or like damaged goods, there’s a kind of grace available to get you through this moment and beyond to help you rise above it – it’s an infinite supply.
If you need it, grace applies it. If you break it, grace fixes it. If you lose it, grace finds it. If you spoil it, grace restores it. When you’re dirty, grace cleans you. When you’re down low, grace picks you up. When you’re hurt, grace comforts.
Grace is a situational shape-shifter. It will go where you go. What’s your need? What’s your opportunity? What do you have facing you? God will adapt his grace to suit your need.
The amazing thing about it is that, with all of the different circumstances, all the different situations of all the different people of all the ages of time, grace never runs out and grace can always adapt to any situation.
So often we try to be perfect and to hold ourselves to a standard of perfection and that is unrealistic. We all need God’s grace and we need to give ourselves a little more Grace. I love this WORD so much because it is such a great reminder! Every time my little Chloë Grace hugs and kisses me I am reminded of God’s amazing Grace! I will continue to lavish in His Grace as she celebrates her 5th Birthday next Month! His Grace is more than enough! ❤✨💫
|| Through God’s Eyes||
“….In the shadow of your wings I take refuge.” — Psalm 57:1
This psalm was written during one of the times that David was fleeing from King Saul as he was attempting to kill David. This psalm opens with something of a contradiction. David had done nothing to deserve King Saul’s hatred. Saul was after David because he knew that David had been chosen by God to be the next king of Israel.
David cries out to God for His mercy. When we ask God for mercy we are asking Him not to give us what we deserve. By all appearances David deserved God’s protection.
What David is expressing here is important for us all to understand and it will help us to face the difficult circumstances of our lives. We deserve all the bad things that will happen to us in our lives. We tend to think of ourselves as ‘good people’ and therefore not deserving of punishment. We recognize that we are not perfect and do fall short of the perfection of God but we are not so bad as to deserve punishment.
David knew he was not perfect and that bad things were coming into his life for reasons that might relate to his own weaknesses. Rather than blaming his circumstances on the situations that he was facing, he went to God and asked for mercy. This is the perfect way to respond to the difficult things of life. Rather than trying to understand why these things are going on, simply humble yourself before God and ask for His mercy in your life.
David goes on to claim God as his place of refuge and strength. David, the slayer of Goliath, was going to hide under God’s wings rather than fight this circumstance. David, the future warrior-king of Israel, was going to wait out this storm in God’s presence. We spend too much time in the violent storm rather than in the calming presence of God. God will let us fight and struggle if we choose to, or we can run to him and seek refuge and peace in him. If David was willing to do this, so should we. 》Tag someone who encourages you!!
|| Redeemed by His Love ||
As the redeemed, we experience a lifelong journey of being transformed into His image. As redeemed women we grow in the grace of Christ, and He calls us to extend grace to others.
Redemption is a biblical word that means “a purchase” or a “ransom.” Historically, redemption was used in reference to the purchase of a slave’s freedom. A slave was “redeemed” when the price was paid for his freedom. God spoke of Israel’s deliverance from slavery in Egypt in this way: “I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment” (Exodus 6:6). The use of redemption in the New Testament includes this same idea. Every person is a slave to sin; only through the price Jesus paid on the cross can a sinful person be redeemed from sin and death.
Likewise, the Christian has a new identity in Christ. No longer is the Christian a captive to sin and death. Instead, they have become a citizen of God’s kingdom and He has a new name. Christians now live in anticipation of our eternal home with our Heavenly Father. I’m so thankful for that incredible Redeeming Love and that Jesus paid the price for our sins.