Encircled In His Love

God lets us know in the most unique ways that He is all around us and has us wrapped in His arms. We only need to slow down to see it. Just recently on the Martin Luther King holiday; Samantha and I spent the day with my precious mother. Since mama was to have chemo two days later; we decided to go out to eat lunch at the Pizza Village. I knew that mama would eat good. And I wanted her to do so before her next chemo because she doesn’t eat well for about a week after her treatments.

That weekend at her request; I had made her some peanut butter balls; however in the rush to get out the door that morning I left them home. Knowing that I had to run to Richlands to get them we decided we were going to take her coins that she had been collecting for a number of years to the local Food Lion to cash it in at the coin counting machine. So after a wonderful and fun lunch we headed to Richlands.

We reached the Food Lion and walked over to the coin machine. We had 3 containers of coins and the coin money was kind of nasty. Samantha started the counting process but when it got to the last container she stepped away for a few minutes. So I started pouring the change from the last container into the tray. However, when I was about half way of that container I noticed something extremely shiny in the tray that wasn’t a coin. When I reached down to pick it up it was a ring. This ring was exceptionally clean and shiny. It looked like a million tiny sparkly diamonds all around the band. I just handed it to mama and asked her why was her ring in the coin can. She didn’t know how it got there and said she don’t remember ever seeing it before. But something caught her eye and she asked me what was on the ring. So I took it back from her and was amazed at how clean it was to be in the middle of all the crud that was on that old money. But when I looked ever so closely I saw on the band the word “JESUS” not  just once, but 3 times it was on it. And another thing about the ring was it had a band around the band that encircled the ring and it twisted around. Immediately God spoke to my spirit. I told Mama that God is telling her to fear not; He has her wrapped in His arms and that everything is going to be ok. I knew right then that God placed that ring there for her to assure her she was going to come out victorious through this battle.

I felt tears in my eyes and relief in my heart at the thought that came to me. God was saying it was not only for her but as a reminder for me too. And that every concern that weighed heavily on my heart was taken care of by Jesus when He died on that old rugged cross. The circling of the band with Jesus on it represents the Holy Spirit that is with us every moment.  And the shiniest of that silver ring in the center of all that filthy money; represents how God can take us in the middle of all our dirty filthy mess and clean us up. He has everything that we need and is ever present with us; we only need to slow down, fear not, trust in Him and let Him work on us as we draw closer to Him. It doesn’t matter how filthy of a mess we are in, He can and will clean us up so that we come out sparking just as that ring. But we have to invite Him into our lives.

I encourage you today, slow down and just look at the beauty that God has blessed us with of live, family, love, nature, etc. He is always showing He is around, we need  only to recognize it. We seem to take things for granted way too much. Let go of anger and unforgiveness and just love people. He can make our crooked paths straight and take bad and create good from it. Tomorrow isn’t promised but God does promise to be with us in our every tomorrows.

If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior take the time right now repent of your sins and ask Him into your life. If you would like to contact me for me to pray with you; please write me below and I will contact you.

 My heart is for every person to know God and to know that if their life is in turmoil there is hope, joy, peace and rest in the arms of our Savior! God heals broken hearts, mends relationships, and heals physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Change is possible for He has changed me and my life! He is all I need!

***Romans 8:28 (MEV) We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

***Isaiah 45:7(MEV) I form the light and create darkness; I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much Love to you Everyone!

Donna

PS: God has impressed upon my heart to have a monthly gathering in my home for Single Sisters (unmarried, divorced and separated women).We fellowship, have food, watch a movie, discuss things of concern, pray together, etc…If you are interested or know someone who just needs friends please contact me below. 

The Storms Coming

I pray that you all realize how difficult it is to be real with you and tell you about my ugliness. But God has let me know that through it all; many lives will be changed and that is why He asked me to start writing in the beginning. It is all for His Glory; it is nothing that I have done for I am so unworthy, but He loves me! 

It is simply amazing how God tries to get our attention and tell us to prepare for storms; whether they are physical or spiritual. But unfortunately, in our busyness we fail to take even 10% each day and devote to God. There is fullness of joy and calmness in the presence of the Lord. But in order to experience this and to finish strong we have to start with a strong foundation. And to have this we must be grounded in the Word. The enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy and will do anything to knock us off our foundation; especially when he knows that God has a huge plan to use us for His kingdom.

Driving to work last Tuesday I was praying and asking God to please watch over us as the forecast was for ice and snow to hit our area on Wednesday. I was worried about my heater going out in my home because it had a hard time with the temps being so low the night before. The temperature was dropping as my unit ran; it was just simply too cold. I have gas logs but I was wondering how long my 100 lbs. LP bottle would last if the power were to go out. Millions of thoughts were invading my mind, but when I arrived at school it was cloudy and very cold. It was a bone chilling 15 degrees and it felt like 7 degrees. But as I walked up the breezeway, after praying at the flag pole; I heard a bird. It appeared to be extremely happy as it was singing. I thought wow, if that little bird can be this happy with it being this cold outside then we too should be happy through all of our trials.

God provides for the birds regardless of the weather and He will always provide for us. All of our needs will be met! But we become fleshly and fail to remember this, like I did. God was letting me know that He had this and that I had no need to worry. My heater had an extremely hard time keeping up but thanks to God and a small electric heater along with the unit; and using my gas logs part of the time, we have made it through. He kept our electricity on!  Praise Him forever more!

Being so focused on the physical storm I was blind sided of the spiritual storm that was headed my way. And it’s the small foxes that spoil the vines! What I should have taken as a wonderful opportunity to dig deeper into Gods Word, in prayer, to write or even just have fun with my daughter turned into cabin fever and everything getting on my nerves. I was off of my daily routine of praying first, then getting into the Word, etc.. Not spending that time with God first thing in the morning was a devastating choice.

God tells us to be angry but sin not! (Ephesians 4:26 – 32) In my transparency I have to admit I lost my cool!  I know you are thinking but she says she’s a Christian and she lost her cool? But Christians are suppose to be perfect!  Well I am here to tell you, we aren’t! Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we do not sin! There was only one perfect one and He died on the cross for you and me and His name is Jesus!

I lost my cool because I let my guard down and wasn’t in prayer or in the Word as I needed to be. Pastor Jim constantly tells us how vital it is to stay in the Word and in prayer, this is our lifeline. See God uses the Word and the preacher to tell us to get prepared for the storms in life, for they will come. We are to not only be hearers of the Word, but we are to be doers of it! However, within our fleshly self; we stay so occupied with the things of the world that we put God on a back burner. In my last post I stated that my flame for God had become low because I had not been spending time with God as I should. Being preoccupied by sickness in the family, work, etc..Well that slow fade will put you in a place where it’s hard to climb back up. And believe me trials will come whether it be a test to determine where we are in our walk or an attack from satan. Either way if you are not on your game, your feet will get knocked out from under you.

We like things neat and orderly in our home, but last week I had a hard time dealing with things being moved from where I put them or at least where I thought I had. I lost my cool with my kid thus blaming her for things she didn’t do but I thought she had. And after I did I was so angry with myself for doing so. Thoughts came rushing through that I can’t live this way being ill with her and angry. I have to be totally honest, thoughts came that she would be better off without me and I told her so. However, she wrapped her arms around me as I cried and she prayed over me. I once again, asked for forgiveness from her and God. I couldn’t believe that this had once again returned; but as I calmed down and thought about things, not spending quality time with God means I can’t become like Him. Living as the world lives; then I become as the world and give satan a foothold.

At 3:00 a.m., God woke me and I reached over for my phone to see the time. However, I looked into Facebook for a minute and what I saw was one of my boys threatening suicide. I knew right then that God woke me to reach out to him. I have since realized that the enemy was invading my thoughts earlier that day because he doesn’t want me to help others who are going through what I have overcome! I just have to keep satan under my feet and remind him that I have overcome the desire to take my life! We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!

In a church service on July 10, 2016 Kelly stated that there is a purpose for what we go through and that we shall come out better on the other side. Our perspective will be our prison or our passport! He said the devil doesn’t’ attack apathetic people; meaning those who are not doing anything to get close to God. My desire is to be close to God but I lost track of my way when I put the things of the world first. I have to remember who I am and to whom I belong. God asked me to start writing this blog for Him as a ministry to help others. Satan has tried everything possible to stop me from writing; even to the point of getting me side-tracked with many things when worry fell onto me about writing elsewhere. Pastor Jim stated in his message yesterday that if it is of God, then there is no pressure but if it seems overbearing; then we are not letting God do it. Mr. Joey said once that we can have good ideas; just the wrong timing. And believe me; I know this all too well as my thinking gets me into a lot of trouble! But God !!

This physical ice and snow storm that we have had is extremely cold; but I tell you our walk with God can become colder when we sin and do not deal with it, neglecting the Holy Spirit and the things of God such as prayer, the Word, church, etc.. One good thing about all of this is that you can’t grow too cold unless you tell God you are not returning! He is constantly and gently calling us to return home, trying to reach us before the storms of life consume us. Not once last Tuesday did I think about God trying to warn me of the spiritual storm that I was going to face because I was so focused on the natural. But it is in the supernatural realm that we must stand and be ready for battle, for satan is forevermore lurking around trying to throw us out of the game. 1 Peter 5:8 (MSG) says: “Keep a cool head. Stay alert, the devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ –eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, He does.”

Learning is a process and building a strong foundation in Christ will be time consuming and yes, we have to be different as God has called us to be so (Romans 12:2)   I don’t know about you but I want to be completely obedient to Our Father regardless the cost because I want to see lives changed, addictions broken off, families and marriages restored and the prodigals to come home.  Even if it means giving up my desires and dreams to do the work of my Father; then so be it for He knows better than I!

 My prayer is that many of you will see you are not alone. I have heard so many say they don’t want to step foot into a church because the Christians of the church are living their life the same as the world. They see no difference in the churched and the unchurched! And this should not be so! Regardless of what you see; seek a relationship with God. For we work out our own salvation, we aren’t to follow another person but to follow God! The walk with God is not an easy road; but so well worth it….eternity is an extremely long time! We can have peace, joy and love like we have never experienced; but there is a price to pay. Remember satan is only attacking because we are valuable to God. Thieves don’t break into empty houses!

Although I have had many trials in my life; I brought most of it on myself with my decisions that I made without asking God first. I can’t stress the importance of a personal relationship with the Trinity (God the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit). When I ran from God; my life became more devastating to a point that I no longer wanted to live. Satan would love nothing more than to put me there again; but God has another plan for my life!

***Isaiah 59:19

***Luke 6:46

So in closing, God wants us to remember just as the birds sing during those cold dark times; that is how we too get through the dark frigid storms in the supernatural realm. Use what is loose to shake off the shackles of what is bound. Our praise will break our chains, just like Paul and Silas; praying and singing hymns to God will shake the foundations of the prison that overtakes us and our chains will be broken! (Acts 16:16-40) He is so worthy to be praised.

If you are looking for a miracle; look in the mirror! You were created for greatness; never settle for less than Gods best! Praise your way through the storms and never compare yourself to another, as each persons walk is just that..their own. Keep digging into the fullness of God and all that He has for you. Don’t get side-tracked by the things of this world for they are temporary! Remember you are so loved!

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

I love you, believe in you and call you blessed in Jesus Name!

Much Love to You,

Donna

Salt & Light in a World of Desire

Lately I have been thinking about life and how it seems the world accepts ungodly behavior and passes it off as godly. And we are teaching all of this to our children! I too was so guilty of this in my past. But praise God I am not who I use to be and we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. I have committed my share of sins and I am not perfect by no means; but as I grow in my walk with God I am learning every day. My desire is to please God with all that I am and not this world or anyone in it. As I write this post; please know that I am not passing judgment; however God commands me to share His Word and I will be obedient.

Last week a friend of mine asked me a question and at that time I had forgotten about a word from God that was given to me in September 2016. My friend said in a text “You want a man, can’t find one, asked God, He told you to calm down and wait. Stop trying to do it on your own. Am I right?” My response was “Actually I am not looking, but I have asked God and I know when the time is right then he will find me. The word given to me on September 9, 2016 was:”I have your mate, stop looking. He will appear out of nowhere and you will know without a shadow of a doubt he’s the one. He will treat you like the princess you are. And you will have to pinch yourself to see if it’s real because he will treat you so well”. So I have to change my response to my friend and say, yes, God has told me to stop. For as we see when I go searching; I end up with a mess!

Man was formed from dirt (Genesis 2:7) but God took time to design woman and with a purpose (Genesis 2:22). We ladies were created to be a helper to man. In Genesis 2:18 it states, The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him.” Eve was formed to complete Adam and she was made uniquely suited to his needs.  Woman was made from the man, for the man, and given as Gods gift to man.  (Corinthians 11:8-9) Ladies, we were formed uniquely for the man that God has chosen; thus being submissive unto him and our second purpose is to be a mother (Genesis 1:28). Proverbs 31 describes the perfect woman. Although these are not our only jobs as women; but being a wife and mother are our primary purposes for being created.

Ladies, it is biblical that the man finds us; we aren’t suppose to be out searching and chasing after a man. Proverbs 18:22 states, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. Right here we cheat our husband out of a blessing if we go finding him or perhaps we find the wrong one! Look at it this way; if you are his rib don’t you think he can find you!?? See this is something that I have had to learn myself, because I never understood the biblical principles behind a marriage until after three divorces and writing this blog for God. As Christians we are commissioned by God to be the salt and light in this earth. Salt represents a life living through God’s Wisdom vs. living in the world and salt is vital and valuable (Matthew 5:13-14) because with the lack of salt we loose life. God looks at our lives not our lip service and we are to live by faith, not by sight. We are to be a clean vessel (2 Timothy 2:14-25) and although in this world; we are to not be of it. So ladies, stop looking for a man and allow God to move in your life. And remember we are teaching the younger girls by the way we live our life and everything that we do.

***Hebrews 11:1-6

When we become so occupied trying to find a man; we loose the connection of the most precious man ever, our Heavenly Father! And whatever or whomever we put before God; He will take it. I know that even after I accepted Christ as my Savior in January 2008 I still had a lot to learn. With my marriage being on the rocks and my life falling apart, I left in November 2010 to live where I am now. I had hoped that things would eventually work out; but they never did. And just before I got my divorce; a friend of mine set me up with a man. I know now that it was wrong for in Gods eyes for I was still married. Needless to say, I fell into sexual sin and had put him before God and the relationship didn’t last. However, during this time of dating him I did get my divorce and then I was searching for something that no person could give me. Pastor Jim always tells us that hope in people will always disappoint us because people will let us down, but God never will. Sin is anything that we put above God. We search for someone or something to fill voids but only our Heavenly Father can do that.

Ladies, just like most earthly Fathers delight in giving to his children, our Heavenly Father delights in giving us the things we desire – but not all of them (Psalm 37:4-5). God desires to give us what is best for us. There are times when we desire something that we think is good for us; but God sees it would ultimately not be. He knows who and what we need and he knows who or what would be a hindrance. So when we pray for something we want; let us remember that some of the things we desire may not be good for us; we will have to wait. Let us not be in such a rush for what we want that we mess up the work of God. We must be patient. Everything is in Gods timing; not ours. It’s when we take things into our own hands and put God on the back burner that things will go array. God wants the best for us, his children. So remember we curse ourselves if we don’t obey God and honor Him first. And if God is truly first in our life; everything will fall into place. He watches over us and keeps us from harm (Psalm 121:7-8) and as we honor Him first, He honors us with provision and protection.

With three divorces; the devil has tried to tell me that I will never marry again. But I know that to not be true for God has shown me several times in different ways and I have seen my husband and myself standing before the church getting married. Also, on September 18, 2016 it came to me “When you do first things first and be obedient; I will send your husband.” (Matthew 6:33 {NIV} But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.) I will occupy the very place the devil is trying to keep me out of by being obedient, speaking Gods Word and keeping my faith!

***Hebrews 10:35-38

Keep the faith, trust God and if you haven’t accepted Christ as your Savior ask Him today to be the Lord of you life. Repent of your sins and receive eternal life. Trust me; this is one relationship you don’t want to miss out on! And if you have accepted Christ my dear single ladies; keep Him first in your life. I promise  you will not regret it! God will send your Boaz and he will see you working in His field.

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

XOXOXO,

Donna

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Taken from Erin Davis’ blog post “Why Were Women Created Anyway?” Used with permission from www.LiesYoungWomenBelieve