We are on the brink of an INCREDIBLE year! I can feel it in my bones…lol.. Anywho, I decided to do a bit of written reflection before proceeding into the new year. If I have not learned anything from my present career position, I’ve learned the power of “reflection” in order to grow as a human and spiritual being. So, heregoes….voila…magic…lol…ok, just kidding I had a moment. Let me get right into it.
2011 in review. Hmm…I would have to use the words pain, discovery, revelation, and movement. This year has been an indescribable year. I don’t even have the mental stamina to pour out this year’s events in this post. Nevertheless, I have been broken down to my core, rebuilt, and broken down periodically over the months. No, I am not reducing this year to a bowl of pain. Yet, I must say there is something incredible that comes out of a woman or an individual period, in terms of a painful experience. I mean take a look at this blog. This blog was conceived in my pain.
I must say, I am so thankful for my experiences this year. Truly, God has blessed me with a testimony that I would have never imagined. The beauty of it, is that all the while, He was standing beside me holding my hand and guiding me on His path. One thing that I have come to understand this year, is that my life is not really “my life.” It’s His life that He is blessing me with the opportunity to live through in order to bring glory to His name.
Over the past twelve months, God has removed the scales from my eyes to show me who I’ve allowed this world to turn me into. He’s shown me how ignorant I was to myself and given me many out-of-body experiences to show me my character in various situations. I’ll be the first to admit that I am nowhere near perfect and He is still working with me on these very issues. His word tells me that He has begun a good work in me and He will bring it to full completion. I am so faithful about this!
To round out this post and this year, I ‘ll share with you an excerpt from a document I created last week to help me with my personal reflection and “Declare and Decree” for 2012.
1. I will seek His Kingdom and righteousness first.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
Steps: My purpose for living is to please the King daily, not for Him to please me.
Put God first in my life.(Acknowledge Him, praise Him, talk to Him and ask Him for help and guidance.) I will fill my thoughts with His desires and promote the interests of His Kingdom. I will take His character for my pattern. I will serve and obey Him in everything.
I pray your new year be filled with plenty of joy, love, peace, patience, good will, truth, development, earnest, and discovery. May we present and represent Our Father in all that we do! In Jesus sweet name I pray, Amen.
YAYYYY!!! It’s a celebration!! Today is our Father’s birthday and I am beyond ecstatic!! This morning, I woke up with a praise on my lips and joy in my heart. Happy Birthdaaaaayyyyy Jesus!!! There was something different about my prayer this morning that filled me with an incredible solitude and graciousness. It felt like He opened my mind to truth and allowed me to see Him as He truly is. Many times I become so suffocated by my flesh and this world that sadly, I lose sight of who He truly is. Lord, thank you for vision and not just sight.
Yesterday, I grew baffled about what I should give Jesus for His birthday until I stumbled across some guidance. The ultimate package that I want to give Him is HUGE!!My prayer is that He guides me in delivering His gift in the most meaningful and manageable way possible. So, here it goes: unconditional love, unwavering faith, and persistent optimism. Something that I felt weighing heavy on my spirit this morning is the difference between sight and vision. Many of us are given the gift of “sight” in the natural world, yet few of us take advantage of the gift of “vision” that Our Father has given us. Hebrews 11:1 says, ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Therefore, to use your faith you cannot employ your sense of “sight.”
My peace lies in the fact that it doesn’t matter what my situation looks like. The only thing that matters is Jesus is my Father and for that I am eternally grateful. The only reason I exist is because of Him and for Him. Thank you Jesus for using me to illustrate your glory. I am humbled and extremely thankful for the opportunity.
Lord, I thank you for humbling me to understand that this season and even my very life has nothing to do with me, but everything to do with you. As I sit here and ponder what in tarnation I can give the man, my King, my Lord, my Savior, my Father as a gift for sacrificing His life to give me eternal life, I become perplexed. I have nothing that could EVER repay you for losing YOUR life to give me mine. I pray to become more and more like you in character everyday. I pray to have a heart who’s DNA is an exact replica of yours. I pray for the strength to lose myself just as you gave up everything for me. Lord, I know you know my heart and that I struggle not to sin and not to fall short each day, yet I thank you for your amazing grace to begin anew each moment and each day. Now Lord fill all of your children with your peace, patience, love, and humility to honor you on this exceptional day of your birth. I love you Lord with all of my heart, mind, and soul. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
P.S. Remember, it doesn’t matter what it “looks like.” God is still God.
I initially was strongly opposed to writing this post, partly because my eyes are burning from lack of sleep and for some reason I’m striving to adjust to a time zone that actually isn’t too far removed from my own. Go figure..lol. Needless to say, I am 6 days into my Christmas vacation from my job and boy am I ecstatic! Lawd knows, when ya work hard, ya need a break! Anywho, I am a scrambled medley of emotions and thoughts right now and have been for the past 6 days. Where do I begin with this post?? I honestly have no idea, so I am going to attempt to make this as coherent as I possibly can as I wax in and out of slumber..lol.
This morning, I woke up early to pray and meditate. I’ll admit, I allowed my travels to set me back with intimate talks with my Heavenly Father. That is a serious no no! I proceeded to get up this morning, eyes burning and everything to share an intimate prayer with my Father. How refreshing He is!! Disclaimer- This message is neither here nor there…and by that I mean I may appear to be all over the place.
I’ve been pondering quite a bit about a personal lifestyle change for me in the year 2012. I feel like this year is going to be an incredible one with plenty of changes and I really want to prime myself for that. I’m like a boxer training for a fight; I’m in the strategy development phase of my life. I haven’t quite figured out what my major lifestyle change will be as of yet and I plan to pray earnestly for God’s guidance regarding this. Hmmm..could it be as simple as a hair color change, a new nutrition plan, the tackling of a marathon, a serious fast, and the beat goes on… I’m not quite sure myself.
What I do know is change is coming and it is inevitable. The one thing that God promises us that won’t change is change itself. Things will always change. I pray for the strength to pray without ceasing regarding this and to seek wisdom to be obedient. Lord you know me best. Have your glorious way in this place. I love you! Amen.
Great morning family! I am so elated to be on a holiday break and to have the opportunity to post this morning. This morning, while laying in bed, I couldn’t help but to open my mouth and praise God for all He has done, is doing, and will do! Truly, I am blessed beyond belief!! I assure you, that comment is nothing short of an understatement! Even though I am not physically with my family and loved ones this holiday season, I am still incredibly blessed because they are only a phone call, text, e-mail, or Facebook message away. Have you ever tried to count your blessings? I mean really break them down to the core and count them? I guarantee that your counting would never stop.
I gave thanks this morning for having and knowing my Heavenly Father. I gave thanks for being able to genuflect and praise Him worthy. Thanks for his unconditional love in spite of ALL of my many sins and flaws, thanks for sanity of mind, thanks for a mind and heart of humility to pray and give thanks, thanks for my warm home, shower, and bed, thanks for His guidance, thanks for my career, thanks for family and friends who love me and care for me deeply, thanks for transportation, thanks for excellent health, thanks for being able, thanks for a spirit to pray…and the beat goes on. I believe there is not enough time in creation for me to give thanks for all the fabulous Lord has bestowed upon me.
Sometimes, we have a tendency as human beings to look to the material things as our sole blessings. I challenge you to dig deeper, and really realize that which you have been blessed with over and over. Forgiveness in itself takes the cake for me. When I tell you I mess up daily….ouuu weeee….if it wasn’t for His name JESUS, I’d be a goner by now. So even though this world can commercialize the holidays and boil them down to greens, honey smoked ham, sweet potatoes, and Black Friday, remember this is our time to humble ourselves and exclaim our gratitude for Him being the great I AM. Doesn’t that fact just overwhelm you with joy, peace, and comfort?
Compartes el amor,
Dun..dun..dun…….I’m bacccckk!! LOL..What’s a Saturday mornin’ without some good ole’ blogging therapy? This morning I was doing my scripture reading in 1 Chronicles and I was touched by two particular areas of scripture. The first scripture comforted me like a warm bottle pacifies a newborn baby. Take a minute to check out 1 Chronicles 28:9:
9 “And Solomon, my son, learn to know the God of your ancestors intimately. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and knows every plan and thought.
I love this scripture! Isn’t it so comforting to know that GOD is omniscient and knows every nitty gritty detail of every human being’s heart, thoughts, and plans? Praise Him worthy! A lot has changed in my life since I last posted on this blog. (Perhaps I’ll divulge these details in a post soon.) God is showing and teaching me some things that I formerly tried to do in my own strength. When I put my trust in Him and His words, that is when peace prevails. Oh how this scripture is reassuring me.
The second scripture that hit me was 1 Chronicles 29:10-19. This scripture is actually David’s prayer to God regarding his praise for God and his son Solomon. Truly, this must be the epitome of a humble prayer. Every word is incredible to me. I pray to be as wise, humble, and aware as David was when he spoke this prayer. I suggest meditating on this scripture and analyzing what God is truly saying in it. Talk about refreshing!
“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[i] may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name! 14 But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us! 15 We are here for only a moment, visitors and strangers in the land as our ancestors were before us. Our days on earth are like a passing shadow, gone so soon without a trace.
16 “O Lord our God, even this material we have gathered to build a Temple to honor your holy name comes from you! It all belongs to you! 17 I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. You know I have done all this with good motives, and I have watched your people offer their gifts willingly and joyously.
18 “O Lord, the God of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, make your people always want to obey you. See to it that their love for you never changes. 19Give my son Solomon the wholehearted desire to obey all your commands, laws, and decrees, and to do everything necessary to build this Temple, for which I have made these preparations.”
20 Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.”
Humility is pricele$$.
If you haven’t noticed yet, there are a lot of things going on over in these parts..LOL. This too shall pass and there will be some insightful posts to come. It’s just a matter of me getting a moment to actually piece them down on my keyboard. Until then, this is an interesting graphic I found today. I believe the obvious effect it’s supposed to have is to make you count your blessings. Although I did give thanks for my blessings, I couldn’t help but to be moved to a sense of urgency regarding how God can use me to ensure that others are able to respond to these quotes with a smile. Just because “we” feel as though we’ve arrived doesn’t mean we have.