Stop Holding Yourself Back- Give God Permission to Work in Your Life Today

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Beautiful Good Morning to each and every one of you! I thank God that I am able to come to you this morning to share this message that I have on my heart.

Let’s start with the facts.

  1. God loves us more than we could ever know.
  2. God wants only the best for us.
  3. God has equipped us with certain talents and abilities that are unique to us.
  4. God wants us to prosper on earth.
  5. God wants us to live happy, stress free lives.
  6. God is a forgiving and merciful Father.
  7. God is our Heavenly Father.  Although our earthly Fathers may have abandoned us we are not orphans.  Where our earthly Fathers have fallen short, God will not.
  8. God wants to help us in every area of our lives – relationships, finances, health, etc.
  9. God will not intervene in our lives if we don’t ask Him to.
  10. We can grow closer to God through living a prayerful life and reading His Word.

God is ALL of the above and so much more. 

However, in order for God to work and manifest in our lives the way He wants to we MUST pray not sometimes or just when we desperately need something but every day.  We need to praise His name daily because He has been more than good to us.  He is working behind the scenes but if we want Him to really show up in our lives we have to do the work. 

I’m seeing more and more that the more time I put into knowing God and seeking His Word the more He guides me to where I need to be and what I need to do. I have started to put my faith to work not only with the words that come out of my mouth but asking God to get my mind and heart in agreement.

God needs US to give Him permission and authority to work in and through us for the glory of His Kingdom here on earth.

God is not a pushy God.  Even with ALL of His power and might He wants us to willingly and freely choose Him.  When we do that, the whole game changes.  We start transforming and developing into the individuals we are destined to become but only if we submit unto God’s will not our own.

If you are tired of going around in circles, tired of failing under your own strength, tired of not having enough or not being enough.  God has asked me to tell you, it’s okay to let go and give him the authority and permission to move and improve your life today.

Trust in Him, Trust in His Word and He will take us to new heights. Let us take the limits off God and allow Him to move in and through us.

2018 is the beginning of a better, stronger, wiser and more prosperous You. Embrace, declare and receive that with me today.

Thank Lord for using me to get this message out.  May this be a blessing to all those who read and believe this.  May their lives not remain the same as You begin to work on their behalf as soon as they ask and believe.  In Jesus name, I pray and give thanks. Amen!

Nothing without God

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Heavenly Father thank you for this new day that allows us to say, Thank You!

Thank you for the strength to persevere when we are weak.

Thank you for the courage to face our fears when all we may want to do sometimes is run away.

Thank you for your understanding that opens up our mind, our eyes, our hearts and spirits.

Thank you for your forgiveness because it shows us your mercy.

Thank you for your Word because it is food to our soul.

Thank you for your son Jesus Christ because He made the ultimate sacrifice when He chose to die so we could have life.

Thank you for your protection because without YOU we would surely perish.

Thank you for your favour in every aspect of our lives because it opens doors that NO man can shut.

Thank you for our families because we were not meant to go through life alone.

Thank you for good health and on the days when we don’t feel 100%, we will thank you anyway and trust that our healing is on the way.

Thank you for the being the Light in the darkness guiding and directing our steps.

Thank you for being the provider that You are. That all we have to do is ask and put our trust in You and ALL of our cares, concerns and burdens will be taken care of.

Thank you that you are a God of purpose and as your children we also have a purpose.

Thank you that even in our weak moments all we have to do is call Your name and we will be strengthened.

Thank you for blessing us with gifts and talents not for our own amusement but for them to be a blessing to others.

Thank you for giving us peace of mind and spirit that we can seek and hear You more clearly as we walk through this journey called life.

Thank you for never leaving us for even in our stubbornness you are near.

Thank for loving us even in our imperfections because You know how great, special and amazing we are even when we can’t see it ourselves.

God, You continue to show us Your mercy and favour in our lives.  “Thank you” just does not seem sufficient so we will praise you everyday so we never forget where our peace, protection and prosperity comes from.

We understand that with every victory we receive in Your name that the challenges would become greater but we choose to praise your name even more because no challenge we could ever face is greater than YOU – so we know that our victory would be great also.

Thank you in advance for the victories and breakthroughs we will experience in Jesus name, Amen!

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a blessed week.

Music Reflection Mondays: Trust God

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Thank you Lord for this new day and help us to make the most of it. Show us that you are always with us as we continue to build and strengthen our relationship with you.  May every single person that read and visit this blog be blessed.

Let us use this Music Reflection Monday to experience and enjoy how light our burdens can become if we just trust in God to see us through. There are so many songs out there that it is impossible for me to list them all in this post but may the Holy Spirit guide us to what we need in our spirit and lives.  Here are some songs I felt compelled to share today.  Feel free to share some of your favourites below.

May 2018 be the breakthrough year we’ve been praying for – for our health, for our families, for our finances, for our businesses, for our healing spiritually, mentally and physically.

So stop running, stop denying, stop doing things your way and failing, stop worrying, stop fighting and let go and give God permission to improve and repair every aspect of your life.  I have and I’m not going back to the way things used to be. We don’t have to do it alone.  We have help and He is waiting for us to ask Him.

Believe with me and receive these blessings as we trust and praise God daily for them in advance and He will deliver us. 🙂

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Farewell and Thank You 2017

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Today is the 31st of December, officially the last day of 2017 and I just wanted to give thanks for the ALL that I endured, learned and achieved over the last few months.

2017 without a doubt had its challenging moments for the majority of the year right up to June to be exact.  However, I refused to lose faith and hope and believed with all my being that things just had to get better.

Giving up was just not an option I could afford. My efforts to improve my situation just seemed to never be enough so I turned to God.  I got to a point where I believed only a miracle could resolve all of my problems.  I prayed and prayed and declared over my life that this year was going to be the beginning of a new chapter, a better and brighter chapter of my life and ALL that was holding me back would be no more.

And you know what, God delivered me and my family from the constraints, obstacles and limitations that seemed to plague us for years.  He gave us a clean and fresh slate. No we didn’t win the lottery but honestly I prayed that we would but God had different  plans for us.  I’m just as satisfied with the alternative.

2017 has given me so much to be grateful for.

  1. I started my very own blog on January 31st 2017 titled livingvsexisting.com.  This has given me much joy and greater purpose in my life.
  2. God created a way out of financial debt when I could not see any.   With God nothing is impossible.  No problem is too big or too small for Him. Trust me. 🙂
  3. God through his grace has blessed my family with a new vehicle.
  4. God brought me to this blogging community and gifted me with the pleasure of meeting and learning from some very amazing, talented and special people who I would probably not have met if I had not taken that step on January 31st 2017 to join.
  5. God has blessed my family with so much this year after years and years of obstacles, challenges and limitations that at some points I thought he had forgotten about us.  I realize now that he needed us to endure and work through the pain and not lose faith and hope.  He was testing our commitment to the process and ultimately to Him.
  6. The strength and power that comes from having a strong support system encouraging and cheering for your success.  My family has definitely been that force in my life and for them I am forever grateful.
  7. God’s protection throughout the year not only over myself but each and every member of my family and our dwellings.  His precious blood, favour and mercy has kept the enemy at bay and we are truly grateful for this.
  8. The woman who I am becoming. 🙂
  9. My writing skills and material has improved and grown so much in this time.
  10. The wisdom and knowledge that I have acquired that has helped to not only improve my life but the lives of those who read my posts.
  11. The support and encouragement I have received from this blogging community as well as other supporters of my blog.  I am genuinely thankful for each of you. May God continue to bless you all.
  12. Seeing God’s favour at work in my life.

You see my friends no matter how challenging 2017 was I’ve learnt that we have to trust in the bigger picture.  The challenging moments are meant to prepare us for what is to come.  You need to persevere!  Sometimes in order to do that we need to look past the difficulty and look towards a brighter and better future. Don’t see yourself as stuck but rather as passing through.

As we leave 2017 behind let us leave the negative experiences behind choosing to take with us the lessons learnt along the way and the happy moments we’ve had.

May 2018 be everything God wants for you and more. God has not forgotten about you.  Trust in Him and He WILL see you through.

Have a wonderful day. Happy New Year in advance from my family to yours.

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Healing Starts With US

We’ve all experienced emotional, psychological or physical hurt at some point in our lives.  They all hurt. However for me, the most painful of them ALL was not the physical hurt.  You see, the physical hurt eventually heals it’s the memory of it that is harder to forget.

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The emotional and psychological hurts STAY with us for as long as we WISH to carry them around.  They dance around our minds and torment us every chance we LET  them.  They STIFLE our happiness and we allow them to negatively impact our relationships.  They create within us feelings of unworthiness, anger, resentment, sadness and depression.

These hurts don’t just go away on their own.  If they did, we would be a happier society.  I can definitely tell you that wishing them away, ignoring them or even medicating to repress them won’t help.  Although they may appear to be lying dormant inside of us  they are quietly eating away at us – constantly weakening our core and feeding us LIES about ourselves.

The sad thing is, we actually believe those lies making them our truths although FALSE we make them real and this is what eats at us. This is what creates the INTERNAL CONFLICT and disconnect within our very being.

How do we break free and allow ourselves to heal from those experiences?

  1. Ask God for the STRENGTH to see this process through.
  2. Pray for the COURAGE to face your fears, hurts and pains.
  3. Forgive OURSELVES.
  4. Dig deeper and FORGIVE the people who help get us in this mess in the first place.
  5. Have POSITIVE talks with ourselves about ourselves.
  6. STOP holding on to the memories of the moments that have negatively affected us.  Write ALL of them down on a piece of paper and then burn it.  Choosing both in your mind and heart to let the flames free you and release you from that prison those memories have kept you in for so long.
  7. OPEN our hearts and minds to positive experiences, people and thoughts.
  8. START believing and discovering some POSITIVE truths about yourself.  I AM  worthy.  I AM talented.  I AM creative.  I AM one of a kind.  I AM one of God’s gifts to the earth.
  9. SEARCH within yourself for your STRENGTHS and BOLDLY and PROUDLY  acknowledge them.  If you are lost for words, ask people close to you what some of your strengths are.
  10. LOOK into your mirror and REFUSE to continue accepting the LIES you’ve been told about yourself.   “You are not a failure.”  ” You are not a waste of time.”  “You are not a mistake.”
  11. STOP trying to run from yourself.  We do this by ignoring the issues and trying to drown ourselves with denial.  We’ve been running long enough.  It’s time to face the music and take CONTROL of our lives.
  12. UNDERSTANDING and PATIENCE. We need to understand that healing is a process and won’t happen overnight. So let’s be patient with ourselves as we work towards the breakthrough we’ve been searching for.

So dear friends and faithful readers, remember healing is not automatic but is in fact a process that we MUST initiate and FOLLOW THROUGH with if we are to achieve the FREEDOM so many of us long for.  The ultimate healing we can receive would come from within bringing – peace of mind, body and spirit.

Thank you for stopping by. Best wishes to you all.

Let’s clear the air

Daily Prompt: Trace

Gone without a trace

It hurts how much I miss your face

You’ve left your mark on my heart

Although we are apart

I can still feel the spark

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Your warm embrace

Your gentle touch and

Sense of humour

I miss so much

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Even with all the joy and the laughter

I can’t pretend your silence doesn’t matter

The words you don’t say

Won’t make the hurts go away

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You are very dear to me

I hope deep down this truth you’ll see

That the walls you’ve built

I can’t even cross them with a stilt

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I have no intention to scream and shout

Because even through your sorrow

I cannot blindly follow

For my heart, I did not borrow.

 

 

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Breakthrough

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Can you feel the tightness in your chest?

It’s so intense it won’t let you rest

The hurt, the pain, the guilt and shame

Enough to drive anyone in insane

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You’ve been through a lot

Most of your life a melting pot

With different contributors along the way

You believed most of what they had to say

And now your happiness seems to just fade away

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Today is a new day and you’ll listen to what I have to say

This type of existence is diminishing your significance

That self-defeating attitude is drying up your gratitude

Blindly you from the truths you seek

That deep down you are FAR from weak

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Sure things have been rough

But you have survived them

Because you are TOUGH

It’s time for you to transition

So break free from this self-imposed prison

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With this new-found clarity

May you finally have prosperity

Happiness was never an illusion

You just lost sight of it in the confusion

So is today your breakthrough?

We won’t know until you walk through.

By: Cherylene Nicholas

 

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