Because of Who HE is

My Prayer:

May this beautiful Wednesday find you covered by the mercy and grace of God. May your day be filled with blessings and favour everywhere you go.  Thank you heavenly Father for all You have done for us yesterday, all You will do for us today and tomorrow. 

May Your praise forever be in our mouths. As we seek You, let us discover Your love, wisdom, understanding, strength, healing and favour in our lives. May Your protection covers us and our families. May my brothers and sisters in Christ who need You find You. In Jesus name, we pray. Amen!

Here are some questions I’ve found myself and others asking:

  1. Why am I so happy?
  2. Why am I so grateful?
  3. Why am I so thankful?
  4. Why am I no longer stuck in my old ways?
  5. Why am I so different?
  6. Why is healing taking place in my mind, body and spirit?
  7. Why is there a sense of peace within me that was not there before?
  8. Why does worry and fear no longer hold me prisoner?
  9. Why am I no longer lost?
  10. Why do I cry tears of joy?

 

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Here are my answers:

  1. It is because of who Jesus Christ is!
  2. It is because He FIRST loved me. 
  3. It is because God has been, continues to be and will remain GOOD to me.
  4. It is because of His MERCY and AMAZING GRACE.
  5. It is because I now know WHO I AM in His eyes.
  6. It is because I SEE myself the way He sees me.
  7. It is because His Word has given LIFE, MEANING and PURPOSE to my spirit and soul.
  8. It is because His love is everlasting.
  9. It is because I believe Jesus Christ is MY Lord and Saviour.
  10. It is because this MIGHTY being chose to love me.
  11. It is because He truly cares about me and I know it.
  12. It is because it pleases Him when I try to BE better than I was.
  13. It is because He healed my brokenness.
  14. It is because He has given me another chance to DO and BE better.
  15. It is because walking in Him and with Him brings life and not death.
  16. It is because pleasing Him is more rewarding and beneficial that trying to please man.
  17. It is because He is the shining light in the midst of the darkness.
  18. It is because He restored what was lost and freed me from my prison.
  19. It is because He and I are now one. 
  20. It is because He is Lord, Our God and I love Him!

Am I worthy of His blessing, love, mercy, favour and grace? No, but He loves and embraces me anyway.  That is good enough for me!

It is His undying love for me that has brought me home to Him.  It is His love and care for me that has me here today. It is because of His love for me that I now want to love and embrace ALL He has in store for me. It is His love for me that causes me to WORSHIP and PRAISE His name the way I do now. For it is because of His love that WE all can now have ETERNAL life, if we want it.

Thank you Jesus for being who YOU are!  I love, adore and worship You without fear.

Lord, You have moved heaven and earth to get me to this place and I will forever be grateful.  Your sacrifice on Calvary Hill would leave me forever singing Your praise.

Dear friends, this is why I now write the way I do now.  It is this understanding and knowledge that has ignited within me a need to do more with my life, my family and my blog.  The great thing is, God truly loves ALL of us.  He calls out to US everyday but unfortunately, not all of us heed His call.

I have chosen to heed the voice of my Father and came home to Him. I magnify Him because He is WORTHY.  Without His grace and mercy I would not be here.

Seek Him and embrace Him the way He has always embraced you.

As you go forth today, remember ALL He has done for you and sincerely thank Him.

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

 

Happy One Year Anniversary

Heavenly Father on this beautiful Wednesday morning I want to give You praise for bringing Living vs Existing to this significant milestone. Today as I celebrate my one year anniversary, I will continue to put my trust in YOU for the direction of this blog and my life. I ask You Father, to continue to bless me, my blog, its readers and subscribers so that we are blessed by each posts in some way. I surrender myself  to YOUR influence. 

May Living vs Existing continue to bring enlightenment, encouragement, understanding, joy and hope to all who visit. I leave the success of this blog in Your hands.  All the favour and growth it receives is because of You so thank you. In Jesus name, I pray and give thanks. Amen!

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A special thank you to ALL of my readers and subscribers who continue to visit, support and give encouragement.  You are ALL greatly appreciated and I am blessed to be included in your lives. May we be blessed as we continue to support and lift each other up. 🙂

As we move into the uncertainty of 2018 and beyond, the only thing we can be certain of is that God is GOD today, tomorrow and forever.  He wants us close to Him.  He wants us to know His love is NOT like earthly fickle love.  He wants to rescue us from all the heartache and pain.  He wants us to walk in His favour and confidence sure of WHO He is and who we ARE not who we were.  The only voice to trust is HIS.

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

This day is a great one so go out and enjoy it. 🙂

 

 

 

 

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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Be Happy, Get Happy

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Be happy, get happy

Right now in this moment,

Right where you are

I dare you!

Near or far shine bright

Like the star that you ARE!!!

 

Be happy, get happy

Because it may be your last chance

When you walk out that door

You don’t know how your day will go

Those who love you, may never know

 

Be happy, get happy

Laugh, love, explore, feel the warmth of the earth at your core

Understand, appreciate, be grateful and don’t deviate

Are you really still sitting there thinking twice?

After all this is your life

Get up! Be happy, get happy

 

Sure life is not perfect, that does not mean we’re not worth it

It’s the imperfection of life that drives us to want MORE for ourselves and others

It’s the imperfection that keeps us exploring, inventing, dreaming and pursuing bigger

and brighter things.

 

Some questions we may be fortunate to answer

Others we may need to leave for another

Don’t sweat the small the stuff

Life is just too short to be spent in constant worry

Be happy, get happy.

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Make a conscious effort to make each day a great one.  We may not have control over every aspect of our lives but we DO have control over MOST of it.  So make the MOST out of what you have! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

 

The Thirst for Life

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Some of us thirst for knowledge, love, happiness, companionship and understanding.

However, no matter how hard some of us try we can’t help but feel unfulfilled or lacking.

How do we overcome that feeling of frustration and loneliness?

   1.  Seek knowledge and wisdom as this would help widen our perspective.

2.  Be purposeful in creating our own happy moments. This would help encourage us to
live our lives to the fullest and would attract positive people and energies to us.

  3. Develop our understanding as this would foster within us greater patience and
compassion.

 4. Cherish your life and the lives of those around you. Express this through your                     gratitude of both the big and small either in words and or by your actions

5. Get excited about the victory you WILL have over the obstacles in your life.

As you go about your day remember, be thirsty – not just for water to nourish your body but quench that thirst for life, knowledge, happiness and understanding.

Cherish the people who you hold close to your heart and be mindful that they probably thirst for something too.

To be truly happy in this life we need to understand our thirst and find healthy non-destructive ways of quenching it.

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day. 🙂

 

 

 

Grateful

Good Morning and pleasant Monday greetings to you all.

I am sorry for my inactivity over the last few days but around this time of the year for my family and I it gets intensely hectic as we typically host our Annual Christmas Extravaganza.

I am pleased to report that the event was a success and just keeps getting better and better every year!  Our supporters left happy and satisfied not only with their food and products but with the high quality of service they received.  This made us so happy.  A tremendous amount of work and time goes into the planning, decorating and cooking so it is always good to see and hear their satisfaction and appreciation for all we do.

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We are very grateful for their continued support and we know that the first-time supporters would definitely be back next year.  God has been and continues to be good to us and we just want to say, THANK YOU Lord for ALL you do, have done and will do in our lives as well as the lives of the people we are fortunate to be a part of.

This event would not be the success that it is without the amazing team we have. I am and will always be grateful for my family.  I pray and ask God to continue to bless, protect and guide each and every one of us in all that we do.

Have a wonderful day everyone and remember to be grateful for everything you have no matter how little or insignificant you may think it is.  To someone less fortunate your blessing is a big deal and would make a big difference in his or her life.

Music Reflection Mondays #21 – New Relationships

Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!  I trust that you had a pleasant day and if it didn’t start that way – you can still determine how it will end. 🙂

Tonight, I’m looking at new relationships. New relationships have that newness to them that just leave us so carefree, anxious and excited to see and be around that special someone. We can’t help but smile and enjoy each moment we’re in their company leaving us on a high that we never want to end.

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I remember the long talks on the telephone that we never wanted to end.  When we were in each other’s presence the connection was so much more than the physical.  Just being in each other’s company was just all we wanted to do.  The only destination was wherever they are.  The more time you spend with them the more you want to spend.  The more time spent getting to know them is the more you wanted to be apart of their life and they yours.   That relationship made you feel love like no other relationship did.

Starving from Hailee Steinfeld and Symphony from Clean Bandit featuring Zara Larsson are two beautiful songs that just takes you back.  We go through life and relationships thinking that the last relationship was the best life could ever get and then one day when we’re not looking and least expect it – life adds a new piece to the puzzle and changes your life forever. 🙂

I’ve learnt over the years that as one door closes another one opens.  We must not be afraid to walk through, take a deep slow breath and with our eyes wide open and our senses fully alert take life one day at a time.  We need to allow ourselves to open up to the possibility of receiving love and it would find us no matter where we are.  So as Demi Lovato put it, feel free to Give Your Heart A Break  . 🙂

Have a wonderful night and an amazing week.  Thank you for stopping by.