Greetings All. I created this blog to show the many facets of me. I love Jesus with all my heart, so I will be sharing my faith. I have other loves and ideas that I will share too. Stay tuned:-) Thanks for stopping by, may you be blessed.
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Ok, so it has been a ridiculously, inexcusably long time since I've last blogged. I just may say this same exact thing in every post? I don't know....But, it's true! As we all know, life can be extremely hectic with work, school, maintaining, breathing....All that good stuff LOL. I celebrated my birthday in April and had a wonderful time(I'll post pics), plus work, and spending time with friends( my best friend will be moving to another country in two weeks )😒I've had the mind to blog on a few occasions since my last post, but I didn't want to just blog for the sake of blogging( which may be exactly what I'm doing now....or is it?).
At the present moment I have a slight headache( no fun), but thanking God anyhow for life,health, and contentment. One thing that I learn more and more each day is that it takes proactive measures to feel content. Everybody truly is looking for something and it takes more than to say, "I want to be happy" to be truly happy. Sure, there is tremendous power in words. Affirmations can do wonders for our mindset, which in turn can transform our actions, which in turn can affect our circumstances. We have to combine each of those measures and not depend entirely on just one.
(I ended up going to sleep for the night and the slight headache is gone! Feeling refreshed!)
Lately, with the seeking out of God's purpose and will for my life, I've found myself feeling overwhelmed( hence the title). So many choices, options, decisions....At other times, not enough choices, options, or decisions. Can you relate? I'm most certain many can. So what do you do when you're feeling overwhelmed? As cliche´ as it sounds, prayer is the most helpful for me and usually one of the first things I'll do.
There is something therapeutic about spilling your emotions. What better way to spill them than to pour out your heart to God? I know many of us may have feelings of inadequacy or even embarrassment and shame, but God is ALWAYS waiting on us to come to him. He's the first and truest confidant we've ever had and whether we know it or not, his love for us goes far beyond what we can ever think or imagine.
Then, there is always friends and family. My best friends are very dear to me and have offered great advice and comfort in times of need. My family is the rock that keeps me grounded. Not everyone has these type of ppl in their lives. If you can find one person whom you trust to advise and comfort you, that is awesome. It doesn't always take tons of ppl, as the old saying goes, quality over quantity.
Other helpful outlets include indulging in hobbies you enjoy! If you like to dance, go dance! Sing,write, exercise, skate, swim, laugh, love....Live! We don't have to sit around being overwhelmed and frustrated. Use the time you have wisely....Time flies. No one wants to look back and realize they wasted time worrying about things that were beyond their control. The things you can control....change them! Improve yourself. Maximize your potential. I'll be all about the living-life-to-the-fullest and to my father's glory life. Let's do it together ☺ The Girls and I @ Karaoke for My Birthday
It has been quite the minute since I've last blogged. I can't lie and say that I have not thought about it, but a lot has been going on....on top of my lack of the needed "push" to blog. We are now in the second month of 2013! The year already seems to be zooming by. That never ceases to amaze me. I can remember being a kid and hearing older people talk about how time flies. The older I become, I realize they were not lying! I love and appreciate every day that God has blessed me with and my looking @ how time flies is a mere reflection of my gratitude for the gift of life.
So much has occurred this year already. I've gone through many transitions and received many revelations. One of the most important things that has continuously been confirmed this year is that we must seek and pursue our purpose. I'm sure many people hear the idea of purpose and destiny being thrown around so often that it has become cliche, but I can assure you that this is one of the most profound things that we can focus our attention on....in life! As crazy as this gigantic world may seem, we were all born with many gifts and talents.These gifts are God-given, and are meant to be offered as a blessing to God,others,as well as ourselves. It saddens me when I think of the millions of people that are living their day to day lives not doing what they were created for.
1 Peter 4:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,as faithfulstewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Now let me clear up, your purpose may not be some world famous, attention-getting thing that gets recognition from around the world. Fame is not what it is all about. If your walking in purpose grants you recognition, that fine, but make sure ALL glory goes to GOD(don't allow your GOD-given abilities cause you to turn your back on the very one who blessed you with them). You may have been created to be a blessing to a small circle, but when you're doing whatever it is that you're meant to do, there is no greater feeling.
I'm still living and learning, but more and more each day I can sense the clarity in knowing God's will for my life. Prayer is the most crucial thing in this process; as we make our thoughts and requests known to God, he reveals his desire for our lives....as long as we have a willing heart and open ears to hear and receive him. I'm grateful that I don't have to figure everything out on my own. That would be a complete and total mess! No matter how grounded, intelligent, creative or whatever I may be, I'll never be able to see the big picture....God does. As I submit my will to his, I will continue to pray and seek his direction and love.
Wow, I cant believe how fast the much anticipated "2012" is passing by! I promise you, it seems like yesterday the year just began. So much has happened this year. I've definitely seen highs and lows, but most importantly.....growth.
I've shared a few devotionals from Joyce Meyer's book Love Out Loud this year, and I'd love to share another. Purpose and destiny have been heavy on my heart for a while now. I believe that God is trying to put things in perspective, with HIM being on the forefront. The world is in such disarray that often times, God is placed on the back-burner. When things go wrong, we often lean to our own understanding, and in turn make matters worse.....when we can give it to God and allow him to fight our battles.
Exodus 14: 13-14 Moses answered the people, " Do not be afraid, Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will FIGHT for you; you only need to be STILL. "
There are many biblical assurances confirming that God will take care of what we cannot. It has been heavy on my heart to share with as many as I can that God is still in control. No matter what our circumstances look like, or what society says, God has the final say. Every day should be a day that we seek his will for our lives. Today in church, the Pastor talked about "Survival Instincts." He stated that our basic human instinct is to seek comfort as opposed to trials and tribulations. When a situation arises that takes us out of our comfort zones, our initial reaction is "I don't want this." While only natural to feel this way, sometimes we have to be taken out of our comfortable zones in order to move to the next level or wherever it is that we are supposed to be. The outcome will be much more impactful than the process it took to get there.
Getting back to today's devotional, Joyce Meyer discusses what she calls the "Failure Syndrome." This concept deals with something that many of us battle. Many can relate to feelings of inadequacy on some level. In order to be great, to be what God has called us to be in Christ, we must shake all feelings of doubt. It all comes down to the fact that God has equipped us all to do what he's made us to do. I can go on and on lol, here is an excerpt from the devotional that I found to be a blessing along with today's message:
"The devil knows that someone without confidence will never step out to do anything edifying for the Kingdom of God. He does not want you to fulfill God's plan for your life. He can make you believe that you are incapable, and then you won't even try to accomplish anything worthwhile. Even if you do make an effort, your fear of failure will seal your defeat, which you probably expected from the beginning because of your lack of confidence. This is what is often referred to as "The Failure Syndrome."
God wants you to know that the devil is already a defeated foe. Jesus triumphed over him on the cross and made a public display of his disgrace in the spirit realm. Jesus' victory means that you can get rid of the failure syndrome. His ability to bring his will to pass in your life is determined by your faith in him and in his word. That is reason for confidence!"
Make up in your mind today, right now, that you will no longer be held back by doubt and fear. Be great, live a life pleasing to God by doing ALL you can, whenever you can. We are all meant to shine, as Marianne Williamson stated in her "Our Deepest Fear" quote( one of my ALL time favorites!), "OUr deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure." Allow the gifts that God has blessed you with, and the light you have in Christ to shine as bright as possible.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
" I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength."
Today's message in church was about desperation. Many of us have felt desperate about one thing or another in life, but the one thing we should seek in desperation.....many of us stray from. If you haven't guessed yet, I'm speaking about God. You've probably heard the saying "desperate times,calls for desperate measures" right? If you haven't, it basically expresses the notion that a desperate individual will do anything it takes to rectify their circumstances.
Why don't we think of placing it in God's hands first? No matter how tough the situation may be, it can never stand a match with the Lord. However, we choose to beat around the bush in attempts to solve our own problems. Our efforts may work from time to time, but ultimately we come out on the losing end of us vs. our problems. Its time to get desperate and seek the face of the creator.
One of the best biblical examples of someone who got desperate before God was none other than David. If anyone has seen their fair share of tribulations, David is among them. As he faced life threatening situations, he called on the Lord in the face of his enemies. Throughout the book of Psalms, his vulnerability is on full display. We see King David begging the Lord to deliver him from the hands of those who sought to take his life. And, over and over again, we see David give praises to his almighty father as he raises his mighty hand to save him!
1 Samuel 17:37 The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the LORD be with you."
Lately, I have been all too familiar with desperation....I have felt that crying out to my heavenly father is all that I can do. Even with my blessings, there are times when I feel desperate. Like David, and the many other biblical examples, God has ALWAYS come through for me. Maybe not in the way that I planned or expected, but he comes through nonetheless.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
It's okay to be desperate. We've all been there. Use times of desperation to call out to God and allow him to prove his power in your life. Your desperation is his opportunity to manifest his glory =)
Hey everyone! I realize I have not made a post @ all for the month of July! There has been a lot going on, basically me trying to take care of business while enjoying my summer. I was blessed to be able to do some traveling this summer. So far, I've gone to Florida, Tennessee, and Maryland. I would have loved to do even more traveling since it had been a while since I had taken a trip, but I'm grateful for the going where I went. Traveling, to me, is therapeutic. Getting away from our typical,everyday scenery does wonders for our state of mind. We're often able to release stress and unwind while on vacation, even if the trip is for a short time.
Getting away from my everyday routine was awesome, but I must say I enjoyed being able to spend time with family. I was able to see my twin brother in Tennessee as well as 2 of my brothers, 2 of my cousins, and my baby niece in MD. I also was able to get in a pool after what seemed like decades of not getting in a pool. lol. It was fun....relaxing.....and much needed. I thank God for bringing us safely to and from our destinations, and for the opportunity to get away.
I don't have any trips planned for the rest of the summer, but the upcoming Month is filled with Birthdays! I hope you all have been enjoying your summer. God bless!
Even Jesus needed time to get away ;-) The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.”For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.( Mark 6:30)
Pics from my trip to MD :-) Peace and Blessings, Dany
My nephew was blessed to be able to graduate this past weekend from High School! I'm so proud of him, he's isn't far from me in age, and it has been a pleasure watching him grow into such a handsome and intelligent young man. Go CJ, reach the stars!