Your situation is not your destiny but rather your testimony

God blessings to each of you. Thank you Lord for opening our eyes this morning.  Thank you Lord for the sweet sound of birds chirping in the background and not gunfire.  Thank you Lord for the brilliance of the sunlight in the distance and not the smoke of a bomb blast covering the sky. Thank you Lord for Your favour, mercy and grace in my life. Thank you Lord that ALL who read this post would be blessed in some way. In Jesus name, amen!

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We all have moments in our lives when we feel overwhelmed, depressed, frustrated or alone in whatever problem or challenge we may be facing known or unknown to our friends and family.  In moments such as these we need to remind ourselves of these few words, “Christ is in me. I am enough.” 

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These words have greatly blessed my life. These words imprinted on my mind and heart from a sermon Steven Furtick was giving some time last month.  It has just stayed with and in me ever since. 🙂

My words to you:

Be encouraged that your situation is not your destiny but rather your testimony!

God is in control even though the storm you’re going through feels rough.  Remember, God is the creator of ALL things.  It is the enemy’s desire to see the storm  destroy you but God will turn it around for your good. He won’t let it destroy you because it will be used to strengthen you and help you grow.

God is in control even though the enemy may have whispered in your ear, “give up, you’re never going to make it.”  The enemy is a liar.  It is not over, until God says it is. Seek God, place your trust in Him and He WILL deliver you!

If you are going to give life to something and magnify anything – let God be that thing you exalt and not your problems or your fears. When you do He WILL fight your battles.

Start thanking God for the victory over your problems. Thank God for the opportunities He is bringing your way.  Thank God for the healing He has sent to your body.  Thank God for not giving up on you. 2018 can be your year of breakthroughs if you will put your faith not in what you see with your eyes but in the God that has brought you this far and can do so much more. I don’t know about you but I declare and decree that 2018 will be better than 2017.

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I pray O Lord that this post has encouraged someone today and that it will have blessed them in some way.  God is the answer so stop worrying about the giants in your life.  Be like David and call upon God to help you bring that ‘Goliath’ in your life down.

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

Have a great weekend and remember God loves you more than you know. 🙂

Health and Wellness Fridays: The Beauty, Simplicity and Power of Giving Thanks

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Glory to God for this new day, for we have another opportunity to give thanks and to pray for those we love, who love us and who need love.

I hope that today finds you in good spirits. If you’re not,  I ask the Holy Spirit to comfort you and lift you up by the end of this post. 🙂

Many times in life, we get distracted and consumed by all the things that are not going well in our lives or our bodies.  We might find ourselves constantly complaining about all the stuff that’s not right, ignoring the stuff that is.

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I believe that on our journey to better health and wellness that it is important to give thanks in the midst of the challenges, the pain, the discomfort even the illness.  The thing is, when we focus specifically on the things that are troubling us we miss the beauty and the joy to be gained from the things that we have been blessed with.

Praise God in spite of your pain.  As I write this post, I am not free from my pain or discomfort yet. However, I refuse to allow myself to let my pain stop me from enjoying and seeing the beauty and the blessings that exist in and around my life.  By God’s grace, my faith and my prayers I will continue to trust that God WILL take all that is wrong and make it right.

So, rather than focus on what hurts, I choose to give thanks for what does not hurt and what I am able to do in spite of the discomfort. I choose to thank God for the healing He has delivered to my body. That’s right, I spoke healing into my situation and you should too – put YOUR faith to work! 😉

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Each day, I give Him thanks for life.  I thank Him for ALL that I am able to do. For I am able to walk, care for my kids, write this post, and do so much more. Giving thanks allows us to not lose sight of the other things we need to be grateful for.  Being able to get up and walk to the bathroom may seem insignificant right now but God forbid the day we can’t do it on our own we would surely miss that independence.

I’m not telling you that your pain is not real because for many it is very real.  However, what I am suggesting is that we choose to look beyond what and how we feel and give God the praise anyway; honour Him anyway; give Him the glory anyway. For ALL the good He is doing and has done in our lives. Nothing is too small to show gratitude for. Give God the praise and let your loved one know how grateful you are for them and how much they mean to you.  It feels good to make someone else feel good – that is the beauty of it.  

God is not only going to restore and bring healing to our bodies but our relationships, our finances and any other area of our lives that need it. We should never take God or the people He has placed in our lives for granted.  We should never take our lives for granted even though the challenges may seem many.  The truth is we ALL have so much to be grateful for – that is the simplicity of it.

Health and wellness therefore goes beyond just our diet, exercise and adequate sleep. It requires us to look at how much attention and weight we put on the things that hurt us and how this emphasis can negatively affect our view of all the other areas of our lives.  While we work towards a better us, we need to look past what and how we feel and be grateful for what we have no matter how chaotic and problematic our lives may seem.

There is always someone worse off that you. Trust me, you don’t want their issues nor do you want to walk a minute in their shoes.  Thank God for your life and choose to work through your pain and trials. Praise His name for the victory He is bringing your way. This is the power of it!

Have a wonderful day and an amazing weekend. 🙂

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

Impossible, I think not!

Greetings to all of you on this beautiful Thursday morning.  I trust that God has smiled on you this morning with the breath of life; giving you all that you need to not only be an overcomer but a conqueror of all the obstacles before you.

Do not be discouraged by what is before you. The God we serve is GREAT. He is MIGHTY and He can do the IMPOSSIBLE.  He is the Living GOD.  With Him in our corner, we can do the impossible. Trust in Him, believe His word, seek Him and He will show you things you could never dream.

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As you go through life, don’t focus on your problems, don’t focus on how big your challenges seem.  Instead, choose to focus on how amazing, wonderful and powerful our God is and believe that our problems are not too great for him. Faith in Jesus is ALL we need. Don’t give up on Him because He won’t give up on you.

Remember this,

To win we must first overcome.

To overcome we must learn to persevere.

To persevere we need Jesus Christ.

Because with Jesus we CAN do ALL things.

 

Have a great day. 🙂

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

You’re not alone..

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There have been times in my life when I wished and even prayed for a simple answer to some of my problems that would clearly say, “Cherylene, do this or do that.”

There were also times when I didn’t feel like I would ever find the answers or my way out of some of the situations I found myself in.

I blamed everyone and everything for what was happening around me.  The bank, my ex, my family, the economy, work and ultimately life.  I honestly believed that the universe was just ganging up me and would not give me a break. The people around me didn’t seem to be faced with as many obstacles as I was and this made me angry and even a little resentful.  It is sad to say but I was not in a good place.

Everything just seemed to be falling a part.  Whenever I thought I had finally had a breakthrough something else would happen.   I was stressed out, frustrated and angry and one day I just hit my peak.  You know, the straw that broke the camel’s back kind of scenario.   I can tell you this now but I never told anyone else. Well, now the world will know but maybe this could help someone who is where I was.

I sat in my room and just started crying and crying like never before. I’m usually someone who holds her shit together and would just keep everything inside but this time was different.  This time I cried out to God because I realized that I was really angry with myself and God for ‘allowing’ me to get where I was.

I knew I could do better and be better but I just did not know how or where to start.  I  don’t know how long I sat there crying and just asking God why this was all happening to me and why he wouldn’t help me.

Then all of a sudden I felt a sense calm and peace fill me and my room.  I then heard a voice say, “You never asked for my help. You complain and complain about your problems but you never once asked me directly for my help.”

I sat there on my bed in shock and even doubting I heard anything because there was no one else around.  I was home alone just me, myself and I and yet I felt ashamed of myself.  I kneeled down beside my bed and prayed and ask God to forgive me.  I asked for his guidance and direction in and over every aspect of my life.

Over the next few days, months and years I learnt to stop complaining about what was not right in my life and learned to give praise and thanks for what was right.  I had to trust in God’s plan for my life and demonstrate that trust through my words and actions and not stress over the stuff I did not have the details for.

My life has changed and improved more than I thought possible  thanks to the favour and mercy of God in my life.  The good news is,  I know God is not done yet.     I had to make a conscious decision to change the way I was going about life – my thinking,  the words I would speak over my situations even some of the people I surrounded myself with. It was in no way easy but I see now that it was necessary.  I took that step of faith towards a new beginning and a better, happier life and I have no regrets.

I wish I had done it sooner but I recognise now that everything had to happen the way it did for me to truly appreciate where I am today.

It’s never too late.  If you’ve been crying out to God for help and direction and have not seen improvements in your life maybe, just maybe you’re not looking close enough to the answers or signs he has given you to get you where you need to be.

God gives us signs we just need to open ourselves up to seeing and receiving them.

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You’ve made it this far. You are more blessed than you know. Just had to stop by and tell you so.  Don’t give up!

Thank you for stopping by.  Make today and the rest of the week a great one. 🙂

One Day At A Time

Pleasant Good Morning to You All,

May this morning as the warm rays of the sun gently cover your body find each of  you full of life with a sense of purpose and peace as you go through your day.  May your disruptions be few and may you always have clarity of mind and spirit to overcome any obstacle or challenge that may come your way.  In Jesus name, Amen!

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One day at a time is how we learn and grow.  This is true for all of us.  From birth straight through to our adult lives and this is not limited only to our ability to move but our intellect and spirituality as well.

The thing is, no one person has ALL of the answers and those persons who have words of wisdom to share with others would have developed them from over years of learning from their own life lessons.

Each day will bring with it opportunities for growth, understanding and challenges which ultimately add up to lessons which help shape and develop us as individuals. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right the first time or the even the second time.

When the situation seems bigger than YOURSELF and you can’t seem to find a way to overcome it. Pray for clarity of mind,  ask for God’s guidance and he WILL provide the answer.  You just have to listen not only with your ears but your eyes, heart and spirit.  Worrying and stressing about it will only cloud and block your ability to see and receive the very answers you are searching for.

So dear friends remember, take it one day at a time. Embrace each day as a potential lesson to be learnt. Be sure to apply a positive attitude as this would help to make your  journey much easier as you learn and grow along the way.

Make today a wonderful one.  Thank you for stopping by.

No Matter What!

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No matter what they SAY

No matter what they DO

Always remember you’re in control of YOU

 

No matter how COLD it gets

No matter how much the PAIN seems to get

Always remember the SUN will always set

This too shall pass dear friend so no need to fret

 

And just when you think all is LOST

You’ll feel a rupture from deep within

A strange but calming feeling

Powering you, giving you that FINAL win.

In life challenges will come at us all of the time. The challenges and obstacles are only temporary so we need to hold firm and ride them out.

It’s like the weather, we have sunny days and we have rainy days too and based on where you live you might even have a blizzard or two but at the end of it all – a rainbow emerges giving us its beautiful light and we must all agree that is a wonderful sight.

 

 

Tragedy

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In life there are going to be many things we don’t understand or like.

These events force us to ask questions like, what is the purpose of all this pain, suffering, and  loss? 

And of course, the big question of, why me?

Every setback, every obstacle, every loss and every encounter we’ve had was for a reason. Yes, it hurts and yes, some of it even gets us angry just thinking about it.

Believe it or not those events are meant to get us to a specific chapter in our lives not only for ourselves but often to someone else. Our lives are much bigger than ourselves.

Understanding and accepting that, is what gives us the clarity and ability to heal and move pass those trials into brighter and better days.

Tragedy can be tragic but out of it can come strength, healing, wisdom, purpose and growth.

You are NOT alone.  We ALL have our own internal wars going on inside.  Don’t be fooled by what you see on the outside.

We need to support and encourage each other to PUSH through the pain until we get to a point where we’re in control of our feelings and it is not the other way around.

We’re ALL in the process of finding our true ourselves but some of us don’t know it.  We have to learn to forgive and allow ourselves to emerge out of our PAST into our FUTURE.

Have a wonderful night. Thank you for stopping by.