Relentless Love in a Fleshly World

When God asked me to start writing this blog almost 2 years ago; I was very hesitant. Afraid to share the deepest and darkest truths of my life, but trusting God I proceeded. This wasn’t something I wanted to do, but God needed me to do so that not only would I heal, but help others. Believe me reliving secrets that I had chosen to forget not only hurt me but gets me lots of stares and talking behind my back. This bothered me at first but then I realized that being obedient to God was more important and I was receiving healing.

Through it all I finally realized I am more than what the world says I am, more than my past, more than just that shy-scared little girl, more than my bad choices, and more than who I had settled to be. My past doesn’t’ define who I am! However, the enemy will continually try to place you in the past by any means he can. His schemes are unrelenting but with God all things are possible; even standing for what is right when it means standing alone.

One thing for sure is that Gods love is relentless! He never leaves us or forsakes us; even when it feels like He has. I remind myself often that it’s when the teacher is silent that I am being tested. One awesome thing about test is when we pass one; we can move onto the next and not repeat that one again. Strength has definitely come from obedience and although I don’t understand this world sometimes, God carries me through always!

When I said the enemy will remind us of our past; here is an example:

I was recently asked out by someone who I had seen but I didn’t know him. At first he was saying all the right things through messages but after just 2 conversations by phone and carefully paying attention to the words (the fruit) that came out of his mouth, I realized that perhaps this nice Christian man wasn’t walking with God as close as I desire. I have asked God to guide me in dating for I don’t want to date just anyone. I don’t know about men but for a woman, heart connections are made when they start spending time with a man. And I don’t want heart connections made that are not of God. I want to save my heart for my husband; therefore I have to ask the Holy Spirit for direction for I want to make right choices. Sometimes our fleshly nature wants to fight but thank God I listened this time.

***Galatians 5:17(NIV) For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Being upfront and honest I told this man that my walk with God is the most important relationship that I will ever have. Then I proceeded to tell him that I don’t drink, don’t’ smoke, don’t spend nights, and that I don’t lay down and snuggle or have sex until I am married to the man. His response was “I hope you understand. I want someone affectionate like me.!” Well I got my answer and I completely understand. He was more interested in my body than my heart! Thank God I was obedient and bold enough to stand up for what is right!

Truth is I am very affectionate person but will only be that affectionate with my husband. Now the old me made lots of bad choices and snuggled just a little too quickly; but praise God I am not who I use to be!  At that moment is when I realized that this man was either a trap of the enemy to set me up for failure or a test from God on obedience. However my love for God is greater than the desires of my flesh. Oh how I long for a husband but I want the right one (the man God has hand picked for me). As of now my one true love is God and as I dance with Him, he will allow the right one to cut in at the right time.

***Romans 8:5(NIV)Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

***1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

As painstakingly tough as it may be to do the right thing, it is so worth it in the end. For settling for Mr. or Mrs. Wrong only brings heartache and boy do I know all about that! And when loneliness strikes us and the desire hits to have a person in the natural to love and hold us we might be apt to settle. But don’t! If physical is all we or they desire then that is exactly what will have to keep your relationship together; that is not true love. At my older age I have realized that what feels good right now may not make you feel good later. I want someone who loves me for my heart and not my body. We must control our flesh or it will control us and put us on a spiritual, physical, emotional and mental path of destruction.

***James 4:7 (NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

***Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Ladies and gentlemen guard your heart above all else, for out of it flows life! Be watchful and ask God to guide you for the enemy seeks to kill, steal and destroy. Everyone who asks you out may not be good for you – test the spirits and be upfront. If you have a personal relationship with God then honor Him as your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Pray and ask God to prepare you and your future spouse for one another. Until then dance with God for He is our one true love that will never leave us. Wait for the one that loves you too much to disrespect you and your body, wait for the one who loves God first and more than he/she will ever love you. Wait for the one who will pray with and for you; wait for the one who leads you closer to God! It is so worth the wait to have the marriage you have dreamed of and a marriage made in Heaven!

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

Much Love to You All!

Your Waiting Sister in Christ,

Donna

 

***Galatians 5:22-26

***John 10:10

***1 John 4:1-6

***Deuteronomy 5:33

Growing Pains

A long read but well worth it!

Growing up can be difficult with many harsh lessons along the way especially if we don’t listen to our parents for they try to teach us. The same can happen as an adult when we grow and mature in Christ. Developing that deep relationship with God takes you places you never dreamed and will open your eyes to the ugly truths we dare to face or even want to admit. Our Heavenly Father loves us even as He is correcting us; however we must be teachable and willing to receive the correction. And believe me; this can be very painful! Some of those harsh truths about ourselves are hard to swallow. But when God calls you out on it; you know you better listen.

One of Samantha’s friends is planning to get married and Samantha is to be in the wedding. Therefore all of the young ladies that are in the wedding are to meet in a city about 3 hours from here to try on dresses. This day just happens to be on the same weekend of our ladies conference at church. So when she told me about this; immediately I said, “That’s the conference weekend we can’t go! Aren’t you suppose to dance? Isn’t there another weekend you all can do this?” Little did I realize that my not so baby girl was planning to spend the night there and mama wasn’t wanted on this trip.

You see she has never driven any long distance alone so I assumed that I was going to go with her. Afraid to let her go alone and drive this distance it was hard for this single mama bear to swallow. It’s tough when your baby doesn’t need or want you for everything anymore, especially when you have been the only constant in her life and she in yours. Little did I know, but we both had some growing up going on and God was about to get me straight.

     ***Philippians 4:13 (NKJV) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Panic mode hit after I realized Samantha didn’t want me to go. She’s grown up and ready to spread her wings and fly, but gosh it hurt! All I could think of was she’s never driven this far before and that drive alone wasn’t good for her. I guess I was really trying to wiggle my way into this trip. I was upset with her and afraid at the same time over this. But after telling her I would feel better if a friend at least rode with her; she got a female friend to go and my precious daughter has already booked their room. Wow, she has really grown up and it seems like over night!

     ***Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes  to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

     ***Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

A few weeks ago as I was sitting in a church service, before I knew Samantha’s friend was going with her, God spanked me good fashioned. It was a time of correction for me! I was thinking about this entire ordeal and was upset with her over it. But being mama bear I was mostly afraid something would happen if she went alone. Everything popped into my head from someone kidnapping her, to the car breaking down, to her getting lost, in a wreck or worse! Panic and fear had set in! But that Sunday morning in church God spoke to me and said, “Why do you not trust me?” “How do you expect to teach others to trust me when you don’t even trust me to take care of Samantha?” WOW!!  Just WOW!!  Talking about a revelation! That hit me like a ton of bricks!

I thought about what God said to me and He then reminded me that He gave His only Son for me. And that I don’t truly trust Him, if I can’t trust Him with my most prized earthly gift. After all, He gave me this precious gift and He has always taken care of us. He also reminded me that I pray for the safety of others all the time and that I can do the same for her. After reflecting on what God had said I had to repent to our Father and I had to ask Samantha to forgive me. Growing pains hurt but God is molding me as I grow in my relationship with Him.

All of this took place before summer break from school started; I got busy and didn’t think about it again until this past Sunday. As I was getting ready for church; God reminded me once again of this revelation of not trusting Him to protect Samantha. I tell her all the time that ALL things are possible to those who believe. And you know what, if I truly believe this then I should have no problem believing Gods got her and will protect her. After all she is His and He loves her more than me. So next weekend my not so little girl will take her first of many trips without her mama and guess what, she will be just fine! Gods got her and she is graced with divine favor and protection for she is a precious jewel in His eyes.

     ***Matthew 21:22 (NKJV) And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

     ***Matthew 19:26 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Growing pains hurt but they are much needed for us to mature as adults and as Gods Chosen Vessels. We are called so we must be willing to receive correction when and where it is needed. Sometimes we are blinded and can’t see those ugly truths about ourselves; and as painful as it was to face; I thank God that He called me out to correct me! My prayer is that He continues to mold me and shape me by calling me out on any other ugly truths that I am blinded to!

     ***1 John 2:3-6(KJV) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

    ***Romans 8:32 (AMP) He who did not spare {even} His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?

     ***Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

It’s hard to face the ugly truth about ourselves; but it is much needed for us and those around us for correction to be done. It’s impossible to teach what you aren’t living! May God guide you and bless you as you grow and mature. Mama’s and Daddy’s our baby girls and boys grow up and we must be willing to let go. God gave them to us to train them up to send them out, not to hold them in bondage and never let them go. They can’t make a life of their own and see how far they can fly if we don’t cut the strings. God has great plans for their lives and as tough as it is to see our babies leave the nest, if we hold too tight we might loose them forever. Let go and trust God for He will never fail us! His Word never returns void as He is faithful and His promises are always true!

I share all of this and my previous post with you because God ask me to. And in obedience my prayer is that it helps someone in their life and their walk with God. If just one soul can be saved then all the ugly stares and snickers behind my back will be so worth it all. I do it all for my Father to let you know that He can change a person & a life! If you need a change in your life today, ask Him to come into it and be Lord! I promise, it’s the best decision you will ever make!!

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To God Be All the Glory!

Much Love,

Donna

Swimming Gracefully Through the Storms

I have never learned to swim; however before I was pregnant with Samantha her daddy tried to teach me. But after she was born I never attempted again for the fear of my head being under water. Life is much like this; we try something and if it don’t work then we become fearful and never attempt it again or perhaps we are just fearful of our head being under water and decide it’s much easier to bail out than to stick it out. Some good examples of this might be a marriage, a new relationship, singing in public, etc… I am guilty of all three and so much more!

The past few weeks have been filled with many challenges; not only physically but spiritually. It was raining on Monday afternoon as I was driving to see my parents. Just down the road is a pond where one beautiful duck was swimming all alone through the pouring rain. Right then it was as if God spoke to my heart and said “As the ducks swim in the rain ever so gracefully; that is what you are to do too.” I then realized that the storms raging in my own life don’t have to control me; but God has given me the ability to be in control when everything is out of control!

When the storms of life are pounding on us we are to be just as graceful as the ducks and swim through regardless of how hard it may get, as we trust in our Heavenly Father. This often seems like more than we can do. Just like that duck, at times we may feel we are all alone but God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. And He promises to give us peace if we submit to Him and give Him our burdens. God is a gentleman and will not simply take your burdens; he doesn’t intrude or push himself on you. However, He will carry the load if we will only hand it over.

We were never created to deal with stuff of this world. But Adam and Eve allowed stuff to enter into a perfect world; thus separating us from God. But Jesus was born into the world, died and arose on the third day (Resurrection Day) so that we have a way to be reconnected to God our Father, while the Holy Spirit guides and comforts us. It’s a choice to deal with stuff on our own; we have someone to handle it for us if we will only surrender! However, most of us are stubborn and think we can do this thing called life on own on! I am here to declare, that I can’t and I need God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in every moment for eternity!

Life can be full of many different challenges at home with our spouse, our kids, our parents, our friends, etc… and the challenges within the work place dealing with work issues and with coworkers; sometimes it’s just overwhelming! Stuff (issues) can arise any and everywhere but we can swim gracefully through the storms by pressing into God or we can bail out (failing again) we can react as the rest of the world with outburst of words or walking away from a marriage (failing again) or we can be fearful and just not try (thus loosing out on what could be the greatest blessing coming our way).

 Sometimes we may just have to have our head submerged under that water as we swim through these storms. And we mustn’t be afraid to try because our lifeguard walks on water and he will surely not let us drown. He wants to bless us with the best; but we have to trust the process. Every storm we face is part of the process of growth and maturity in Christ. We have two options; pass or fail. If we fail the test we will have to repeat it; but if we pass He is rejoicing over us and promotion comes. God can’t bless us with greater until we are spiritually mature enough to handle it!

Keep swimming through the storms for they don’t last forever. The secret is to give the storm to God and just trust the process. I don’t know about you but I am tired of failing and it’s time I learn to swim gracefully with God!

To God be the Honor, Glory & Praise!

All My Love,

Donna

 

***James 1:2-4 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

***1 Peter 1:6-9 (NIV) In all this you greatly rejoice, through now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith – of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

*** James 1:12 (KJV) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

***Genesis 2:18, 21- 22(NIV) 18:The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  ……21So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

***1 Corinthians 7:28 (NIV) But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this.

What Seeds Are We Harvesting?

When planting a garden we choose what we would like to grow and harvest. What if we just picked up any old seed and threw it out into the yard to see what would come up? Well that is what we are doing when we stray away from the word of God and speak words of doubt, negativity, destruction and death. Out of every word spoken we will either speak life or death.

When our words are not faith filled and we speak out of anger or caught up in the generational curses that were passed down and we accept it as what is; then it’s like a garden mixture with weeds all in the mix. Our bad attitude and words are those weeds and these tend to choke the life out of anything trying to live.  When this happens we get trapped into thinking this is the way it is and we seem to think there is no way out. That is when we have to remember to whom we belong. And remember that He has given us the power to be free from all chains of bondage. We do not have to settle for poverty, divorce, depression, anger, sickness, lack in any area of our lives for this is not the will of God. He has given us dominion over ALL things! But we must choose to speak life over our situations, our life, our marriage, our family, our health, etc. Call those things that aren’t as if they are!  See it in the spiritual realm for that’s what gives birth in the natural… that’s what FAITH can do!

***Genesis 1:26 (KJV) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

*** Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

*** Romans 4:17 (KJV) As it is written, I have made thee a Father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

Sitting at my kitchen table Friday morning, drinking coffee and overlooking my vegetable garden through the windows of my back doors. I was reminded that we reap what we sow; not only that, but how we tend to what is sown effects the outcome. Our children are effected and taught by the seeds that we plant such as our attitude, actions, reactions, words of condemnation, hate, bitterness, anger, rage, depression, drug use, alcohol use, physical abuse, how we treat others including our pastor, how we treat our spouse and our parents, what we watch on TV, what we read, and the music we listen to, etc. Our kids are watching us and do as we do, not as we say. But who are we to demand that they do different than us? What are we doing to make sure that their lives turn out for the better? What are we doing to lead them closer to God? Or are we leading them straight to hell?

Children learn by example and what we have to remember is that those precious young children look up to us and in thinking this is how it is suppose to be; copy what we do. Kids are taught and what we show them is what they learn. They will copy what we do and say. And the way that we behave will affect them. If we behave and speak words of life then our children can grow up in a healthy and happy way. But if we speak and act negatively they may act out negatively, be fearful, depressed, anxious, defiant, and or aggressive. Everything we do and say will affect them one way or another.

When Samantha was a little girl and unable to learn well; I didn’t understand why she couldn’t get it. The words I used and the way that I spoke to her made her feel terrible about herself. I wasn’t living for God back then but still I should have known better! However, the words I used were seeds that I was speaking over her life. My attitude, actions, and reactions towards her were seeds that harvested a field of insecurity and doubt with feelings of unworthiness that I had planted into her little mind. She felt like she was stupid, unlovable and would never accomplish a thing in her life. Sad part is a few teachers made her feel this way too. But I was her mom; the only person she had at home and I failed her for many years! But God made a way! However before God made a way; I led her straight to an emotional and physiological death; to the place where she felt ugly, unworthy of love and had actually believed that negative responses were normal in love and it was ok to accept such in her own personal relationships. It’s taken years to change her thinking and God has moved mightily in her life and in mine. I’m not perfect by no means and the old self tries to rear it’s ugly head sometimes, but I have to daily remind myself that my flesh is under my feet and I don’t live that way anymore.

***Proverbs 18:21(KJV) Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

***Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

*** Hebrews 11:3 (KJV) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Now after sharing this ugly part of my life and being ever so real with you think about your life. Are you acting in a way that leads your seed (your children, grandchildren) to an eternal life or a life of death on earth and for eternity? How are we leading by example? What are we going to harvest? What seeds have been sown? What do you want for you, your children and your children’s children? Look at your heart for everything you do flows from it.

Change is possible for everyone. God is the great physician that heals everything. If you don’t know him today as your personal Savior; that is the place to start to change your life and the life of your future seed.  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart to be Lord of your life. If you have accepted Him and just need to ask for forgiveness and help in any area of your life, just call out to Him! Repent = ask for forgiveness and turn from your wicked ways. God is full of love, mercy and grace and wants a personal relationship with you. Have faith in the unseen for the rewards are eternal! Choice to speak words of life from this day forward and never turn back. There is nothing in Egypt worth loosing your life! 

*** Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Today, if you you don’t know God as your personal Savior and would like me to pray with you; please write in the comments section and I will get back with you. Your comments are safe; no one can see them unless I allow them to be posted. And I promise I will not allow personal comments to be posted. God wants to invite you into His kingdom today, He loves you and is awaiting for you to invite Him in!

To God Be ALL the Glory!

May Gods presence prevail in you today!

Much Love to You All,

Donna

Warnings In The Word

They say patience is a virtue and God is working on this with me. We live in a society of now; everyone wants everything right now. But as I walk in my relationship with God, submitting myself to Him, I am learning to be patient. I realized that being in a hurry all of the time we are more apt to miss the mark and the wonderful opportunities that God is wanting to bless us with. As a teenager I just wanted to date, fall in love, get grown, get married and live happily ever after. My rush and impatience (not waiting on God but running from Him) led me down a dark and lonely road! 

***James 1:4 (KJV) But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Monday as I was laying on the beach I just happened to look up and see the keep off Dunes $500 fine sign. God let me know that this is a warning sign as it is red and white. He also reminded me that His words are written in red and that just like that sign if we fail to obey there is a fine to pay. His Word (Holy Bible) contains warnings, guidance and information but it is up to us to choose for we are given free will.

Spring break is upon us and what was to be a relaxing day at the beach on Monday started out with what seemed like everything going wrong, only to see that it was part of Gods plan. Samantha and I left home later than planned, ran a couple of errands and then we hit road construction in several different places. In one place we had to wait what seemed like forever and as bad as I hate to admit it, I could feel my patience wearing thin. Once they finally let us drive, I could hear the tar debris hitting Samantha’s car as we drove. I knew that it had most likely put blemishes on the car. However before we had reached this particular location; we had already gone through two places where there was rocky gravel and potholes. I was hoping that we were through with all of the road construction. But as I drove God started revealing to me why we have to go through the things that we do sometimes. 

Continuing to drive we ran into more construction where D.O.T. was working and I was beginning to think we were never going to make it to the beach. However this time we didn’t have to wait very long. And it was at this point that God really started speaking to me. He let me know that when we have roadblocks or setbacks in our life that’s when he’s doing construction on us. And as I sat in traffic with my patience wearing thin; God was working on me. As I felt that irritation arise I immediately asked Him to forgive me and He reminded me that I must be patient and that this set back was for my own protection. 

Thinking about what God had said; I then thought about how the car had been blemished from the tar but it will still get me to where I want to go. Then I thought about how my life has been and how sometimes I am not sure if I can really be used to further God’s Kingdom. But He reminded me that even with blemishes; for example my impatience, I can still keep moving forward as I had repented of that deed. It doesn’t matter what we look like on the outside or where we came from; it’s our heart that matters. We just have to submit ourselves to Him and be obedient. Just like all of the road signs that are put out for construction, speed limit, yield, etc. we have a road map (The Bible) and it is filled with many different signs – information, warnings, regulatory and guidance. 

Road construction signs are everywhere when D.O.T. or the cable company are out working. As inconvenient as it may seem even when we are stuck in traffic, God can use these times to speak to us, to mold us and prepare us for what is to come. God used something as simple as road construction traffic to let me see that He is working on me, protecting me by changing me from the inside out to prepare me for the future.

When we feel like we are reaching a dead-end or perhaps feel that Satan is throwing something our way it’s easy to blame it on satan and give him the credit. But just perhaps it is God testing us to help us grow; to see where we are and to see where we need to be. God let me know that even though I have bumps, bruises and blemishes along the way he’s been molding me into the woman of God that he created me to be.

***Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.

***Proverbs 3:12 (NIV)because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.

Regardless of what we face; we must remember to continue praising God through the storms. It’s through those storms that he is strengthening us to get us where we need to be in our walk. Learning by trials and tribulation we see our strengths and weaknesses thus knowing what needs work. None of us are perfect and we won’t be until we reach Heaven. In the meantime the Word of God (Holy Bible) is the road map to our eternal home; although there is only one way to reach Heaven and that is through Jesus with the completed work upon the cross.

***James 1:12 (NIV)Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

The sign posted on the beach lets us know that there is a fine to pay for not obeying the law. And so do all the other signs along the way such as road construction ahead, one lane ahead, men working, etc.. As followers of  Christ we are ongoing construction sites and we must be patient as God is constructing us. It’s a learning process…it takes us a while sometimes and he uses different means to teach us. So next time you are stuck in traffic or get delayed just remember to be patient and let God protect and prepare you for your destiny. Don’t be in such a rush that you end up on a dark and lonely road; thus paying for it in the end.

***Isaiah 30:18 (ESV) Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of Justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.

May the blessings of God continue to pour out upon you and your house!

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much Love,

Donna

 

Little Foxes Spoil the Vines but You Can Arise and Shine

 This morning started out in such a foul way. Everything was just so off and the enemy took it and ran with it. To the point that I almost skipped church because of everything that took place. I shared on Facebook that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. And the things that happened this morning were such small things but I acted in such an ungodly way that I was then embarrassed and ashamed. And at that point I didn’t feel worthy to sit in Gods house today. It is so hard to forgive yourself when you have acted in just a childish and ungodly fashion.

….Solomon 2:15 (NIV) Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Feeling unworthy to be in Gods house; I had to remember I am His house as the Holy Spirit lives in me. However, the enemy was screaming at me; it’s then a battlefield of the mind , that I have done it now because a true child of God wouldn’t have lost it thus, yelling at their child over dishes and a shirt! But as I said it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. Was it all worth loosing my joy??!!  NO!!! These minor details are two things that drive me nuts. Did I handle it correctly; NO! Did I learn a lesson; YES! 

A very smart man said this week that when we miss up, write it down and the lesson  learned  and use it to help us grow. So this is exactly what I am doing but glorifying God in all of it. Just after asking Samantha for forgiveness; apologizing to Khloe for being rude in front of  her and after asking forgiveness from God, I wrote a post. In the Proverbs 27 Women Sharpening Women group{God asked me to create for Him 2 weeks ago}I shared the following message:

“When the enemy comes at you and you lose it. Then you get in your prayer closet where you ask God to forgive you and to give you a Word this morning!”

“Ladies, I’m just being real this morning. Sometimes it’s just the little things in life that throws us out of sorts. God is working on me to handle those small things in a different way, in a Godly way. I even said I wasn’t going to church this morning because of little things that had happened. But I know it was a trick of the enemy to try to keep me away today. So I prayed, ask God to forgive me and I’m getting ready for church!”  ……. The picture with this blog is the message I received when I opened my Bible…Arise, shine;  For  your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

I didn’t feel worthy enough to be with God’s people today but that is exactly what the enemy wanted. He was trying his best to keep me separated, in condemnation, depressed and at a loss of joy. You see if the enemy can keep us apart from others and make us feel unworthy; then its hard to praise God, pray or even read the Word. Thus destroying us and keeping us from infecting others with the glorious gospel.

 However, our God is greater and in the end I went to church and was suppose to be there. Was it hard it praise God? YES it was but I remembered what I have learned over the years… when you don’t feel like doing it, do it anyway. For when you are able to praise God when don’t feel like it, it makes satan mad and God is rejoicing because we are going against our flesh. Because trust me although God had forgiven me the enemy was still there trying to remind me of how I had acted this morning; thus making it difficult to raise my hands to God and praise Him! But the message was right on time! And the lessons I learned this morning at home and in church is one I will not forget! Lesson Learned… it’s time I arise and shine!

The message was about being commissioned  for God. I have a mission, a mandate, a message and have been sealed with a promise. I am more than what I have become! It’s so easy to get discouraged and to give up! We have a job to do for God and our ministry starts in us and then in our home. We are to live the Word in front of our children and spouse if we are blessed to have them!

Some of us have believed the lies of the enemy that we are of no effect and do not have a purpose. But I have learned that we each have a purpose on this earth for the Kingdom of God. We must first surrender. He sees us, His children righteous, holy and blameless; as satan is trying to deceive us. God has formed, fashioned and equipped me for such a time as this! No matter how much I have blown it, this does not stop my commission! I am to take the gospel to the world. Pastor Jim said “Everybody can touch somebody and the first one is at home!  We are teaching one to reach many!”

Oh just so you know how God works!…… the enemy may have thought that my post this morning would shown people that I am weak; but I had two sisters write me on the post. The first one said “As Pastor Arnold use to say, FIDO.. Forget it Drive On! “ I so needed to hear this and will remember this from now on because as a Child of God; I am not perfect and will miss the mark again. But I will remember the lessons learned today! The second Sister really needed my post today as she said the following: “Thank you, Donna! I needed that this morning. I’m tired after a busy few day of  travel and wedding celebration! I’m fighting the seasonal crud! I’m coming up with excuses to stay comfy in my sweats on the couch. Thank you – I’m heading to church to worship our wonderful God. “

Being so transparent and sharing my morning with my Proverbs 27 Sisters; God took something bad and used it for His Glory! My second sister went to church to hear the word of God and to be with her brother and sisters in Christ. If she had stayed home; she would have missed out on what God had for her. And I too; if I had stayed home I would have missed out on what God had for me today!

 I told Samantha that “The little foxes that spoil the vines” means that I have to learn to deal with those little things in a Godly way so that I am ready to receive the gift God has for me. God has a husband chosen for me; this I know! But, what good will it be if he and I get together and I am still not handling things as I should. With three divorces behind me; I do not want another divorce! I want a marriage that honors the Father and it be used to minister to the world and  to our children that marriage is good!

My first place of ministry is in my home; if I can’t minister to my husband and children; then I most defiantly can’t minister to the world. God has just given me revelation as I am sitting here writing! Praise God!!  …….The valuable vineyard can be destroyed by the little foxes (my attitude, actions, reactions, how I handle things). I must catch the foxes that spoil the vines; in other words I must take preventative measures to prevent any harm to come to our love and our marriage. By this, I must press in to God and seek Him and learn to trust Him and not act in the flesh! I must overcome my fleshly desires to act or react in an ungodly way! God wants to bless me with my forever earthly husband and best friend; however I must be ready to receive this beautiful gift He has for me!

…Judges 15:4(NIV) So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails.

…Psalm 63:10 (AMP)They shall be given over to the power of  the sword: They shall be a portion for foxes.

…Ezekiel 13:4(KJV) O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Solomon 2:14 – 15(NIV) My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Lessons learned …. I love it when God gives me revelation knowledge. He is waiting on me!

So whatever you are going through today, trust God! As I am asking Him to deliver me from such actions and attitudes that are unpleasing to Him; think for a moment. Is there anything that needs improvement in your life? What is holding back the promises? What foxes are spoiling your vineyard? It’s our time to arise and shine…. Catch those foxes before they catch you! Let’s stop allowing satan to steal our promises of God!

 

To God Be All the Glory & Honor!

Much Love,

Donna

Miracles in the Midst of Trials

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes and as I sit and write tonight my mind is racing with thoughts. I have seen the move of God in mighty ways within the past couple of months. Bad things happen and we don’t know why. But one thing for sure is that God will always make something good out of every bad situation. It may not feel like it at that particular moment; but in the end we see what God can do. I say everyday now; “Father show me your glory”!

***Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Many of you know that my precious momma was diagnosed with cancer last September. But what you don’t know is that her only living brother was diagnosed with cancer approximately one month after her surgery. By the time we found out about him; Momma and I had gone through many conversations about why she possibly had to go through this. I was constantly reminding her that God has her in the palm of His hand and that she is possibly going to have to help someone else who was going to have to go through cancer. Upon finding out about my Uncle Robert she told me “I now know why I am  having to go through all of this surgery and chemo…I have to help him”.

In the beginning, when she found out about her cancer; she wanted no part of surgery, chemo or nothing! It was one of the most difficult times we have had to experience as a family. Feeling absolutely helpless but yet wanting to help. The only thing I could do was pray with and for her and for our family. Many emotions came rushing in like a flood for all of us. And for me, I felt at times as if I was the pillar; the strong one to hold it all together in front of my momma but I fell completely apart on the way home every time. Many nights I laid in bed and cried out to God!  I knew that He had her and that there had to be a reason for everything that was happening; but for a few months it was hard to swallow.

As difficult as the journey has been both emotionally and physically for a while; I have realized that God is in control. And He took a bad situation and created good from it. My momma and I are now close again and we talk every day; sometimes twice a day. Our family has become closer and momma has found a new strength within herself. She is a true champion and warrior and I admire her strength and courage. But this story doesn’t end with this.

As momma’s chemo started back in December; I learned that a dear brother at church had cancer. Then my pastors son, then a church sisters mom, etc… the list kept growing. I had been going to intercessory prayer because I know the importance of praying and interceding for others. Lives and situations can change with just one prayer but every week we added to our list. God is faithful and He hears and answers our prayers!

You see in praying for others; I asked God to use me. I said “send me I will go” well in doing so one Sunday morning God told me to go pray for my brother who had cancer. Pastor Joyce was praying with him and God told me to go pray too. I didn’t want to go up because I hate being seen and I knew too that the service was Facebook Live. Being hesitant, God reminded me of what I had told him. So I went and prayed and another brother came up behind me and the three of us prayed for our brother. Something happened that morning at the alter. There was a peace that fell and all four of us felt it! Our Brother received his healing at that alter that morning! When he went in for surgery; the mass was gone. Praise God! He was healed!!

Fast forward a sister in the church was healed from thyroid cancer and her 5 year old daughter healed from five auto immune diseases. Pastors son healed from cancer. Someone very special to me was given a bad report of cancerous cells but she came to church and we had a healing evangelist pray with her and he told her not to worry; she would get a good report. Praise God, she did! The biopsy showed no sign of cancer, they said it wasn’t like what the previous test had shown. Then a brother at church was told by his sister one weekend that she had cancer and was given nine months to live. The next Wednesday night he shared with the church what he had been told and he stood in for his sister as the elders prayed for her. That Friday he received a telephone call from his sister and the final report from the test showed no signs of cancer! Healed in Jesus Name!

God is no respecter of persons as two of the healed had not been attending church. He loves us all and He uses these miracles to show himself real to unbelievers to allow them to believe. I have read several Facebook post about several other healings from cancer within the family of friends. He is just a way maker!!!

I know we all ask, why do bad things have to happen! And I have heard many say why does God do this to us but what I will tell you is God doesn’t cause these things to happen. But just as Job in the Bible went through so much trial… satan put it on him and yes God allowed it with conditions. Remember satan only wants to kill, steal and destroy us. He wants us to give up and die. However warriors don’t quit!

The testing of faith refines us, proves to satan and to the world who we are, to bless us, and to help us grow.  Just within the past few days, God has given me revelation on the fact that we must have storms in our life to help us grow. In growing we learn to persevere and are able to help others who are going through.

***1 Peter 4:12-13(NIV) Dear friends do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

***Isaiah 41:10 –So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

***Philippians 4:19(NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Just remember when the storms come don’t panic, seek the Lord for guidance in prayer and in His Word, keep praising and worshipping, be around prayer warriors, keep an attitude of gratitude, encourage yourself, don’t give up on life, take care of yourself, and trust God, no matter what!.  The storms come to bring the rain so that we may grow! It’s how we decide to handle the storm that determines the harvest!

God is still in the miracle making business. Bad things may happen but He is always with us and something good will come from it. In the movie “I Can Only Imagine” Bart found his calling from much pain and suffering. Will you dare to trust Him? Our choices determine our outcome! Keep praying and Trusting!

***Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

Much Love To You All,

Donna

 

On the Outside Looking In

The world is made up of many souls and each one is precious and loved by our Father. If only we showed that same love towards one another. Our place of worship is a hospital for the broken; not a social club for the saints. I say this because I very well know that we have a tendency to gravitate towards those that we know in our little clicks. And this very thing was recently brought to my attention.

No church is perfect; everyone is at different levels and stages of their walk with Christ. It takes all of us working together to help one another in our walk. Everyone is gifted with certain talents to contribute. Just like our physical bodies it takes many members to make a whole body and each member plays an important role. But sometimes we tend to stay in our safe place with those who are more like us. However, God desires us to step out of our comfort zones and be extraordinary while reaching the lost, the broken and bruised.

I recently had to ask for forgiveness and repent for I would never intentionally do any wrong to anyone.  But this got me to thinking very deeply and praying that we; including myself, must make a conscious effort to be more observant of others. Visitors must feel welcome when they enter our church (place of worship) or they will not desire to return. We as Christians are to display the love of Christ to everyone regardless of age, sex, race, looks, etc.; not just a select few. God doesn’t just love a select few and Jesus died for everyone!

 In a post on Facebook last week I was reminded that we have failed. I know as Christians we aren’t perfect; however we must be more conscious of the precious souls that enter our sanctuary, our work place, our home, etc. People are watching to see the real deal. If a visitor comes to our place of worship regardless of where we attend and they aren’t even acknowledged or greeted by anyone, then why would they desire to come back?

The broken are looking for hope and to see if there is even the slightest possibility of something different than what they are living. And some are just needing something and not quite sure what it may be. But coming into Gods presence is an awesome start to finding their way. I know that having a personal relationship with God is all we need. But if what our visitors see inside the church is the same as in the world; then they may feel hopeless.

We as Christians (Disciples of Christ) are to display the light of God everywhere we are, inside and outside of the place of worship for we are the church. Church is not confined inside the walls of a building. Are we being welcoming and loving? Is Gods light shining? Are we being true examples of Christ to win souls for His kingdom?

I have been that person who felt unwelcome, unacknowledged or overly acknowledged by stares due to perhaps the way I was dressed or because I was new. Walking into a church where you don’t know anyone is scary. And when you walk in with jeans, raggedy or even revealing clothing and everyone else dressed in Sunday best makes you feel a little uncomfortable and just plain out of place. If just one person will genuinely say “I am so glad you joined us today, please come back again” it could make such a huge difference. For some souls it could be the first time they have ever stepped foot inside of a church or place of worship. Don’t we want them to come back? We are to win souls for Gods kingdom and if we don’t make them feel welcome, we inadvertently may cause them to not return and will be held accountable.

When a person enters our sanctuary and is willing to listen to the Word of God; as they take it in; it is food for the soul. His manifest presence comes when we come together corporately to praise and worship. This creates an atmosphere where God can move and anything is possible and the lost can be saved, healing takes place, and the prodigals come home. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Romans 10:17 NIV) Opportunity for change in lives begins when we hear Gods Word. We want everyone in the presence of our Father. 

****Deutoronmy 31:12-13 (NIV) “Assemble the people men, women and children, and the foreigners residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law. Their children, who do not know this law, must hear it and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.”

I know not everyone is the same and there are true Disciples of Christ that love people right where they are. And although we may not all have it all together; there is genuine love within my church (place of worship) and in others too. I have learned from my Dad in the faith that it doesn’t matter what a person wears to church just as long as they will walk through the doors; that gives God the opportunity to knock on their heart. If they will answer then God can give them life and life more abundantly. 

We must welcome with open arms everyone just as God always welcomes us and without judgement. Love people where they are, not for whom we want them to be; but love them too much to leave them there!

On the outside looking in, what do you see? Are you loving strangers? Are you welcoming visitors? If a homeless person came in and sat beside you wearing raggedy and dirty clothes and they were smelly what would you do? It’s a heart condition! Remember Jesus died for everyone! How does the outside see you?

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much Love to You All,

Donna

 

 

 

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. 

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

Cites Used:

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

Rekindling the Fire

I pray that as I write and being totally transparent that the Holy Spirit moves mightily in your life. Just know that regardless of how those around you appear to have all it all together; many of us just hide the chaos. We each have our own battles or demons to fight; however different they may be; you my friend are not alone.  

I am a note taker in church and as I sit today and read over some notes, I realize that my flame has become low. Since August when school started back; in one way or another I have been so busy that writing and studying became an if I find time kinda thing even after getting up early every morning to read. August and September are always extremely busy at school but normally things mellow out after our fall festival. However this year has been totally different.

In the beginning of October we discovered that my precious Mother had breast cancer. With surgery and chemotherapy entering our lives; it’s been a little busy for me working, taking care of my home and daughter, trying to help take care of my parents and taking care of my own health issues. My plate is definitely full! As you can see I am human, I am not perfect. And although I love God with everything I have within me; I fail Him daily. As I sat and read over my notes this morning, God gave me the thought “Rekindling the Fire”. I have been praying to be able to write and to know what He wanted me to share. Today I got the answer. And the story goes like this……

I love bonfires on a chilly night; roasting marshmallows and being warmed by the fire. But in order to keep warm, you must continue putting wood on the fire. Without more wood or logs added the fire dims thus eventually leaving only a smoky memory until it’s completely out. The same goes for our walk with God. To stay hot for God we must spend intimate time with Him by studying his word and being constant in prayer. This in turn is like the bonfire; as we study we are adding a log to the fire. If we fail to spend time with God our fire grows dim and our lives become smoky (cloudy, foggy). Get the picture?

Human nature (our fleshly side) we sometimes get so busy and preoccupied with things of the world that if we aren’t careful we fail to spend our much needed time with God. Just going to church doesn’t cut it, we must engage in the relationship! The only way to know someone is by spending time with them and learning everything we possibly can about them. When school started back I was extremely busy; but what I failed to remember is that without God I wouldn’t have a job. He placed me there and in order for me to do what He has called me to do; I must stay connected to the vine. I can’t produce Godly fruit if the vine dies! Satan uses anything to keep us preoccupied so that we can’t add another log to the fire; he wants our fire for God to go out completely!

When we allow things of the world to become our main focus; then we ever so gently are pulling away from our relationship with God. Our flesh is weak; therefore, it’s a daily battle of the spirits within us and we must choose. The song “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns came to mind while writing this today. The song states that people never crumble in a day, it’s a slow fade…thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away. This is what happens when we choose to not pray, to not read and study the Word. When we continue to put it off until tonight because we are tired or have something else we want to do then it turns into tomorrow, and so forth. It’s such a slow fade, a trick of  satan to get us distracted from doing the very thing that will sustain us in life in order for us to accomplish all that God created us to do!

***Romans 12:11-13 -not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

I was busy but I should never be too busy for God! I did read and I prayed but not to the extent that I had the past year when I was writing this blog weekly and the blog for Emerge Ministries. I have learned that without engaging myself in my relationship with God; then I most definitely am not in a good place. Just today, I realized that the pain in my body, sleepless nights, one battle after another and the anger that I expressed today are the result of my own slow fade as this has happened over a period of time; not overnight. God will never leave us; however we are so guilty of leaving Him! The only way to stop satan from killing, stealing and destroying is to fight him on our knees and with Gods Word!

If you aren’t where you need to be in your relationship with our Father or if you have experienced a slow fade by the choices you have made, I urge you to first repent. Then ask Him to rekindle that fire that once ever so burned brightly. No one is perfect; we all mess up but just because we miss the mark doesn’t mean we have to stay there. Throw those logs on the fire and be blazing for God for we have much work to do!

***1 Thessalonians 5:16- 22 –Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

***Matthew 19:16-22

In closing, I want to share this info I found online at: DMCA,2017 ViralBeliever, 9 Blazing Hot Methods To Remain on Fire For God, (Author: Duke Taber).. https://www.viralbeliever.com/bible-studies/9-methods-on-fire-for-god/

  1. Feed the flames with the Word of God
  2. Stoke the furnace with prayer
  3. Worship the Lord with extravagance
  4. Allow the Holy Spirit to move
  5. Do a spring cleaning of your heart
  6. Bring your flame closer to other flames
  7. Start making your fire useful
  8. Find a personal firebrand
  9. Spread the flame

As we enter into 2018, my prayer for you is that you become everything that God created you to be. May your fire for God burn brighter than ever before, may doors be opened, may doors be closed, may opportunity chase you down, may divine favor, wisdom and knowledge grace you, and may you be made healthy and whole, may all your needs be met, and may you be able to meet the needs of others out of the abundance that God graces you with. In Jesus Name I ask, Amen!

To God be all the glory, honor & praise!

Remember God Loves You & So Do I!

Much Love Always,

Donna

Metamorphosis

Christmas is approaching and I am thinking about the birth of Jesus. But as I think about his birth, his life, his death and his resurrection, figuratively speaking he went through a form of metamorphosis. And as Christians living for our Father in Heaven; we too must go through a complete transformation like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. One definition of metamorphosis is a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means. Jesus was born of a virgin and died a painful death on the cross because he loved us. He arose on the third day and then we received our comforter the Holy Spirit who lives and dwells within us, the children of God.

Christmas gifts this year I have been making baskets with lights. But I’ve been putting butterflies in the baskets. Butterflies are such a beautiful creation with such a sweet free spirit. And to me they represent the deep change that a person goes through after one has surrendered to God. This relationship with our Father should be such a transformation that it’s like the metamorphosis of a butterfly. Deep and intimate; our change is from the inside out. It’s not simply doing good or improving our behavior but a genuine transformation as we take Christ in as our spiritual food and drink.   

***2 Corinthians 5:17 -Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

When I Google the word butterfly; I found that butterflies are a deep and powerful representation of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of Resurrection. Around the world people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope and life. In my research I discovered that in the original Greek language of the New Testament, the word used for transformation is metamorphosis.

***2 Corinthians 3:18 –But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

***Romans 12:2 – And do not be fashioned according to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and well pleasing and perfect.

Gods beautiful butterflies go through 4 stages in their life. From an egg that is laid on a leaf to hatching into a caterpillar. In the caterpillar stage it eats the leaf from which it was hatched and continues feeding on the host plant for growth. Once the caterpillar is fully grown it then attaches itself to a safe place so it can begin the pupa stage (chrysalis or cocoon). It’s at this point that metamorphosis takes place changing the caterpillar into an adult butterfly. Once it emerges from the pupa stage it has four colorful wings and six legs but the wings are soft and crumpled. It is here that the butterfly pumps blood into its wings allowing them to dry and harden so it can fly.

Our Christian walk is much like the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. We too must go through stages in our growth with God. Our first stage after we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior we are fragile needing protection and nourishment for growth. The second stage like the caterpillar we hatch out but we are slowly moving and always eating. It is here that we get rid of old habits, friends, etc. that hinder our growth. The third stage is when God fills us with his love, grace, comfort and strength as we shed our old ways. It’s here that we need to be ready to hear what God has for us and prepare to do his work. The fourth stage is when we must realize our true potential and capabilities and know who we are in Christ and walk in the calling He has on our life. As God guides us we must be always feeding on His word and sharing the gospel with everyone!

As we go about this Christmas reflecting on the life of Jesus; let’s reflect on our on life. Have we truly experienced metamorphosis in our life or are we still in waiting to be hatched or perhaps hiding in the cocoon!? God is a gentleman and will never force himself on us. However, we determine our own growth. What are we waiting for? Let’s mature and fly!

Accepting Christ as your Savior and having that intimate relationship with Him is life changing. Just a life changing as the butterfly life…. From an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful soaring butterfly!

To God Be the Glory, Honor and Praise!

Merry Christmas!!

Love You Everyone,

Donna

Singles Holiday Can Be More Than Lonely & Depressed

Hello my friends I’m sorry I haven’t written lately, but within the past two months it feels like my life has been turned upside down. I’ve had to come to the realization that things in life don’t always go as we planned and that healing doesn’t always come as we had planned. But God is still God, and he is in control and he’s got this!  

The holidays are here! Thanksgiving was just a few days ago and Christmas is just around the corner. This is a festive fun- filled time of the year; however for many it is a time of sadness, grief and loneliness. You see as the holidays approach us, there are many couples and families getting together for parties or social events. But there are many who are alone and may never be invited to such festive gatherings.

I know for me this time of the year brings back memories of when I was married or at least in a relationship. More so than any other time; during the holidays my heart longs to belong. It is during this time of the year that we have to be careful, for if we focus on what use to be and/or isolate ourselves; then we can easily drift into a state of severe depression. Been there and done that!

Spending time with love ones means more than any monetary gift; as money can not buy love! But many people may not have this opportunity or feel they don’t belong. With this being said, I’ve always dreamed of having a large home to open it up to those who need a family or a place where they belong. Even so that God gave me a vision and I have drawn it out and named it for just the time as He so chooses! But for now, God placed on my heart to invite single females to my small humble home every month for a potluck, conversation and a movie. Our first gathering was small but we had fun and December will be for single males and females  so we can have a Christmas party and a bonfire.

My heart is to help those; who like myself just need friends to do things with and to feel a sense of belonging.  If I were in the world still; then I would have all kinds of people to hang out with. But I am no longer in the world for I have been chosen and set apart by God. I want to live a life pleasing to God and be an example of a Godly woman for my daughter and others.

***Deuteronomy 14:2 “for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.”

***Deuteronomy 31:6”Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

***Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

I realize that some of my friends worked Thanksgiving day to keep their minds busy because they didn’t want to spend Thanksgiving without their spouse and children. This totally breaks my heart to know they were hurting inside and depressed. In my past I suffered from severe depression and anxiety and during the holidays it was the worst.

Being lonely and depressed is not the only thing that hurts during the holidays. So many people put such emphasis on what they get during Christmas that they forget to be thankful for the person who loves them and the heart in which it was given. Just like the widow in the Bible that gave her last mite; she gave with all her heart! That my friend is what counts, not the gift itself. A true gift is having the opportunity to share time with those you love; for this is priceless! We are never promised another tomorrow so be thankful for today! 

***Luke 21:1-4

***Mark 12:41-44

As the weeks pass before Christmas; take time to notice those around  you. Encourage someone, invite them in for coffee, dinner, to church or perhaps to a Christmas play or program. This is the season for us to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas. Step outside of your comfort zone and do something for another, but please don’t let it stop after the holidays. Not everyone has family or loved ones nearby and even if they do; the widow, the widower and the single person may still feel alone. Please craddle them in your prayers.

To my single friends, I encourage you to reach out to other singles in your church. Unite and become an army seeking God together while fulfilling the call that God has placed on you. Pastor Jim always says if you have a heartbeat then you have a purpose! It may be uncomfortable and most likely it will be as you step out into your calling. But stay focused on God and you will get through this holiday season and every season without depression overtaking you. 

Remember, we are never alone even when we feel like we are. God promised that he would never leave us or forsake us, so He is always with us! 

To God be all the glory, honor and praise!

Much love to you all!

Donna