Being thankful is something that I wanted to write about today since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Sometimes we take for granted how important being thankful really is. We should not only be thankful for the big things in our life but the little things as well. Through the years, I’ve learned to be thankful for strange things, which to the average person might sound silly. For example, recently my purse was stolen, actually purses were stolen. Well I’m thankful! Not of course that my purses were stolen, but I’m thankful because that was the only thing that came of it. I lost some material possessions, but that’s it! I’m thankful that I wasn’t hurt and that I didn’t come in contact with the person or people who took it. Therefore it wasn’t a robbery situation. I’m very grateful for that. (Through this I’ve also learned to be more careful and alert.) The enemy comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. So who knows what Satan planned to have done to me, but I can truly say that I believe God protected me from the worse that could have happened. So once again, I’m very thankful for that!
Another thing that I’d like to talk about when it comes to being thankful is being thankful for what we have now. In today’s society, we are always trying to improve and go to the next level, while there is certainly nothing wrong with that, let’s not forget God now is this season and appreciate Him for what He’s already done. For example, our product line of Christian Emblems and Christian License Plates have made its way on the shelf of retail businesses/shops in about 9 states/countries. Would we like for that number to be increased exponentially? Of course! But am I proud and thankful for those opportunities? As one of my patient’s would say, “You better know it!” I’ve learned to be thankful in the season that I’m in and govern it accordingly. That’s the only way God will be able to bless us with more; He has to know that He can trust us with less. If you are thankful for the things He’s given you now and praise Him for it and take great care of it, I can imagine Him saying, “Wow! Look at my child, diligent and grateful with just the smallest of what I have for them, oh how I can’t wait to see how they will be pleased with this mighty thing I have for them.” Just imagine a teenager. You give her a purse, a twenty dollar purse, just as a trial basis to see how she would take care of it before buying her a much more expensive, name brand purse. If she laid the purse around everywhere, kept it dirty, and always lost it, how likely would you be to buy her a hundred and fifty dollar purse. Chances are you wouldn’t because you would see it as a waste of money or a bad investment. That’s just how God looks at us and how we treat the blessings He’s already given us. So let’s be thankful and grateful for where we are and for what we have right now! Here are some of my favorite “thankful” bible verses that are great mediation tools and great ways to show God just how thankful we are…
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:20)
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:13)
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Not trusting your circumstances but relying on faith is the key to opening the blessed doors of God, for the full intent of His promises. In Mathew 7:7 it states “ask and it will be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you.” We have to learn to take our problems to God and to not rely on ourselves to fix any problems or circumstances that we may face. That’s where prayer comes in.
Prayer is so important because it opens and strengthens the bond that we have with our savior; it lets him know that we dedicate ourselves to Him because we trust Him and for that God is truly happy. Next is reading the bible.
Reading the word is also an important tool that we have to not only build our faith but to build up the Holy Spirit within us. As our pastor always, when pressure is applied whatever is in you will come out. For example, if you have a balloon filled with juice when pressure is applied, juice is going to come out. The same principal applies to our inner spirit. If we have the Word of God in us, when we face challenges the Word of God is going to come out. The Word is what we have to stand on when satan attacks us and there is no better way to receive the word than to study, comprehend, meditate, and confess the words in the Bible.
Last, but not least when we have our Word deeply rooted in us and we are standing on it through confessions, doubt is being eliminated, faith is on the scene and the door (that He speaks about in Matthew 7:7) is being knocked on and based on God’s promises, if we knock the doors shall be opened!!
These are a great tools to start building an everlasting relationship with our God because Satan is always in action to kill, steal, and destroy and if he’s putting in so much effort to doom us, then shouldn’t we put in equal effort to show God that we love him? Think about it…
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This year’s conference theme was FREE TO BE ME. We had a great time celebrating the Lord and each other through prayer, praise and worship. We learned how to be confident in ourselves, our abilities, and our purpose. The conference began with a typical Tuesday morning prayer call for the first session, that turned out to be not so typical! But when the Holy Spirit takes over, you just have to follow. Many people were delivered from ailments, hurts, and pains both physically and emotionally. At this point, it was only about 11 o’clock! We shared testimonies and praise reports that really served to help other women build their faith in God’s promises. We then had a great catered lunch. After that, we had breakout sessions in small groups that really allowed us to dig deep into what confidence really is and how to exude it. Next, we received an awesome lesson on how to “soak” with the Lord from Mary Beacham, and we were even able to try it out! It was AWESOME! After a dinner break, our ears were mesmerized by the beautiful sounds of Netra Young. Then we were graced with the presence of Malinda White, a dynamic speaker, who really showed us all how to “BE FREE INDEED.” This session was open to men as well and they really took advantage of the opportunity to be blessed. After another electrifying, spirit-filled prayer session, where God really showed up and out, we were able to fellowship with each other which was a great ending to a miraculous day. This conference was definitely one that no one could afford to miss and changed the lives of all that attended!!!
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Now Introducing the beautiful, remarkable Blessed Is She Ladies that made this amazing conference possible through the grace of GOD (left to right) … Glinda Mauldin, (Owner of A by G Designs) Warnicia Johnson, Rachel Fornest, Jeanine Williams, Janell Grimes (founder of BIS), Tanecia Mitchell, Soheila McKay, and Shayla Hughes(founder of BIS.)
I have neglected to write as much as I really want to because I’ve struggled with deciding what makes a good blog, what angle should I approach, and if it should be strictly business or personal or both. That type of confusion will just kept me in the the same spot… No blogs! 🙂 So today I’ve decided to act on the fact that I have the mind of Christ and what ever I write trust that it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. I have invited the Holy Spirit to use me to say what He wants.
Therefore here goes….
I’d like to address FEAR. This ugly, four letter, f word is the quickest way to defeat yourself and lead you to cutting yourself short when it comes to living life to your fullest potential and tackling things that may not the be the easiest. Fear is satan’s way to hold us back from being all that we can be and doing all that we can do. Think back to how many times you’ve really wanted to do something great but fear held you back. Fear didn’t come from God. He is against fear! “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 with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NIV So the next time you really want to do a good and positive thing of course :), and fear is creeping in ask yourself where is this coming from… “For God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT Then repeat these two verses and mediate on it. Speak it until you really feel it. Our words are so powerful that all we have to do is speak it and it shall come to past. So let’s practice “I am NOT afraid, because God is with me!” Great job!!! Do this as much as you need to even when you don’t need it; because if you’ve already put your angels to work in this area, when fear does try to show it’s ugly head, they are already ready to help you fight! For ways to display the positive words you speak over your life, check out this page: http://www.anointedbygrace.com/photo-gallery
Such a great explanation of God’s perfect love for us!!
When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
Relate: My dad used to have a quote he like to pull out all the time: “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” Chew on that for a bit. The most important thing we can do is make sure that the things that are most important remain at the forefront of our lives. That’s my explanation… but he said it better.
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