FAITH is like a muscle

Thank you Lord for this new day.  Thank you for another opportunity to share, encourage and enlighten someone today.  Help me deliver this message in a way that reaches the person or people You need it to reach.  May it bless me and ALL who read it. In Jesus name, amen!

What is faith?

Faith is a gift from God.  It is that unseen feeling that can be classified as trust or confidence that allows the impossible to become possible.  Faith forces you to look beyond your circumstance and into your possibility.

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Is faith just for a chosen few?

No! In the Bible (Romans 12:3) to be exact, it is written, “God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”    You see, according to the Word, we’ve ALL been given faith as a gift from God.  However, although we all have faith not all of us choose to activate it.

How do we activate and strengthen our faith?

Here are some tips on how to activate and strengthen our faith:

1. We activate our faith through prayer.

2. We activate our faith by reading the Word daily.

3. We activate our faith through worship.

4. We activate our faith when we refuse to be guided and locked into our own understanding.

5. We activate our faith by looking not at our circumstances but to God.

6. We activate our faith by speaking positivity into a negative situation.

6. We activate our faith when we let go of our fears.

7. We activate our faith when we place our trust in God.

8. We activate our faith when we don’t limit or base our victory solely on what our eyes can see or what we hear with our ears.

9. We activate our faith by believing in God’s ability and His word with all our hearts and minds that He can do ALL for us that we cannot do for ourselves.

10. We activate our faith by starving our doubts.

11. We activate our faith by not allowing negative people to influence our thoughts.

12. We activate our faith by just believing.

I heard a pastor on television this morning say, “Faith is like a muscle.”  I agree totally with him on that statement, the reality is, if we don’t use or strengthen our muscles they won’t work the way they’re supposed to.  It’s the same principle with our faith, if we don’t exercise it or use it we won’t strengthen it or develop it.

In the bible, it is also written, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 12:20) NKJV

If we desire great faith and things in our lives to change or improve then we need to activate our faith, develop our faith and sustain our faith.   We have to do the work!  We have to believe and trust God like never before.  We have to read the Word and ask God to guide us and strengthen us.

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As you go out into the world, what are you going to challenging your faith for today?  Healing for your mind, body and spirit; restoration of your finances; healing for a loved one; promotion on the job; maybe it’s employment; or a home. Whatever the desire is on your heart use your faith to bring it to reality.

Activate your faith muscle, feed it and nurture it and it will take you to a whole other level in your life. 🙂

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

Be blessed.

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.

 

Hope in a Hopeless Situation

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What is hopelessness?

Hopelessness is that feeling deep down on the inside that tells you:

  • Don’t bother trying anymore!
  • What’s the point anyway!
  • It’s over!
  • You’re all alone!
  • No one cares!
  • Give up!
  • You’re done!

Hopelessness looks at the situations we’ve failed to get ourselves out of and convinces us it is over.  My friends, when we go through life without the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He represents and how much He loves us, it is easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness.

The truth is, even in what may seem like a hopeless situation with Jesus Christ on our side, there is always the possibility of a favourable outcome.  With Jesus, there is always hope, because there is:

  • No situation too difficult for Him. 
  • No problem too big for Him. 
  • No such thing as impossible for Jesus Christ.

No matter how hopeless your situation may appear today, I want you to know that Jesus wants to help.  He wants to deliver you out of it.   He wants to show up in your life and do great things. Through Jesus, there is deliverance for all those who believe and trust in Him.

The facts:

  1. No matter where we are in our lives right now, Jesus Christ will meet us right where we are to take us where we’re meant to be.
  2. He loves us even though some of us don’t know Him.  His love for us is so great that He came to this world, to die for our sins and rose again so that we can have life and not death. This is true love.
  3. We have a choice to make, life or death?  Once we choose Jesus, we will not only have life but we will have it more abundantly.
  4. We must ask God to forgive our sins and surrender who we were. Choosing to walk in the truth of who we have become as we are now one with Him.

In closing, I leave you with this, hopelessness is a symptom of a deficiency in Jesus Christ.  The only way to cure hopelessness is through reading the word of God daily; meditating in it and applying it to our lives. Believing in it more than what is before your everyday senses of sight, hearing and touch.

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Don’t walk around anymore embracing the lie that hopelessness teaches us instead let us choose to embrace and hold on tightly to : truth, hope and love, that is, Jesus Christ.

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

Have a great day and be blessed. 🙂

Health and Wellness Fridays: Benefits of Forgiveness

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Today we’re going to be looking at the health and wellness benefits of forgiveness.

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What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness, is the action or process of verbally and emotionally releasing yourself or someone from a wrong that was committed.  It compels us to ‘let go’ of what was and make a conscious decision to move forward.

Why is forgiveness important?

Let’s look at this from a biblical standpoint.  Here are two verses that stress the importance of forgiveness:

  • Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord has forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
  • For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins.  (Matthew 6: 14-15)

 

What can unforgiveness lead to?

From personal experience, unforgiveness can eat you up from the inside out. It can also promote the following side effects:

  • Feelings of anger and agitation especially whenever the guilty party is in your presence.
  • Have you in a state of emotional bitterness.
  • Leave you feeling upset with the world.
  • Steals your joy and your ability to truly enjoy your life.
  • Increase blood pressure.
  • Increase stress levels.
  • Puts a strain on your heart and mind.
  • Shorten your life span. The constant stressing out  and anger has the potential to trigger other aliments in your body which can make you sick.

 

Some benefits of forgiveness include:

The truth is, the act that brought us to this place of unforgiveness was terrible and unfortunate.  However, the place of existence that it keeps us in if we let it, is much worse.

The message today, is to start the healing process within yourself – no amount of veggie smoothies or lemon water can remove the bitterness trapped in our hearts.  If true health and wellness is what you’re looking for – start from within that secret place.

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Once you have done this difficult and yet so simple act, I believe your life will improve. Your health would improve along with the other areas of your life that unforgiveness has placed a barrier of progress on.

My prayer:

Thank you heavenly Father for Your forgiveness and mercy towards our transgressions against You and our fellow man.  Thank you for loving us through our stubbornness and ignorance.  Thank you that we have life today and another opportunity to make things right within ourselves, the person who may have hurt us and the persons whom we may have hurt along the way.  I trust that as we choose to forgive and let go of ALL the hurt and pain that we held close to our hearts that we will see and feel Your healing touch in our mind, body and spirit. We receive this victory over unforgiveness. In Jesus name, amen!

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

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Let Us Just Be

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Let’s strive to be WHO we are meant to be and make no apologies for it.

Let’s embrace the possibilities and disregard the negativity that may try to discourage us.

Let’s explore the unknown and give life to the notion that we might be the missing link to so many problems and issues in the world but we have to be willing and bold.

Let’s be grateful for our blessings for without them we could not have made it this far.

Let’s seize opportunities for they are stepping stones to new chapters in our lives.

Let us help when and wherever we can because it is the right thing to do even though we may not always get a “Thank You”.

Let us empower ourselves to be the heroes the world so desperately needs us to be – as you do you and I do me.

Let us support and encourage each other because we ALL can use a cheerleader from time to time. 🙂  Pushing us along the way to persevere another day.

Let us remember to live, love, laugh and forgive along the way. These simple acts may help extend our lives each day.

Let us never forget to pray as this for me is the only way, to start and end each day.

Lastly, let us just be and as you work on YOU and I work on ME together we’ll be growing independently. Learning as we go along the way to appreciate and value every single day.

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

Have a wonderful weekend.

Happy Birthday Marc!

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Marc is my eldest son.  He celebrated his birthday today.  He has been blessed to turn 12 years old today.  How quickly our babies grow before our eyes.

He was greeted with the happy birthday song in bed and then we showered him with hugs and kisses.  I prayed over his life asking God to continue to bless, guide and protect him.

Later in the day we took the rest of the family and went to Ruby Tuesday for lunch.  We decided to go to Fun Station which is a gaming facility where we all enjoyed playing games, driving bumper cars, collecting tickets and eventually traded them in for our prizes which equated to 1 Stuffed Peppa Pig, candy, 1 jump rope and some whistles. 🙂

We got back home and enjoyed some cake and ice cream.  All in all, I am happy to say that Marc had a wonderful day and that was the MOST important thing.

Marc my love, may you be blessed to see many, many more birthdays filled with love, laughter and good times.

Lots of love mummy 🙂

Cheers to US in 2018!

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Happy January 1st to each of you!

Thank you Lord for bringing each of us into this new chapter of our lives.

Unfortunately, some of our loved ones did not make the transition with us but they are NOT forgotten and the memories and love we have for them will keep them alive in us forever.

With this new day, I can’t help but feel like the refresh and reset buttons on my life have been pressed giving me that renewed feeling.  I went outside and took a few deep breaths appreciating all the beauty that is around me and just had to give God praise.

It was that beauty and sense of peace that prompted these reminders I would like to share with you for the New Year.

As we wake up each day let us never forget that:

  • Each day brings with it an opportunity for GROWTH and LEARNING
  • Each day will have lessons to be TAUGHT and lessons to be LEARNT. 
  • Each day gives us a chance to BE better towards not only others but towards OURSELVES.
  • To be GRATEFUL for each day we are blessed to see, touch and love those we hold dear to us. 
  • Our TIME and LIFE are PRECIOUS and we should make the most of each day. 
  • Lastly, with the POWER of our faith, thoughts, words and actions we CAN achieve ALL that we set my minds to this year and beyond. 

May 2018 not only meet our expectations but exceed them.  Taking each of us into bigger and brighter futures than we never even dreamed possible. 

As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.