Pull out the streamers! Toss the confetti! There’s a party going on. Shantel’s on the single train! Finally free.
Hey 2017. You’ve been phenomenal. You’ve been incredible. You’ve been kind.
What a blast! My 2017 has been filled with leaps, twists, and many turns. I’ve witnessed and encountered many miracles also. Join me as I share my recap!
I’ve taken leaps of faith this year from leaving my previous job to teaching again and to starting the Promise Ceremony & Conference. Nothing is impossible with God! Be brave my friends! There is nothing to fear. If God has placed something on your heart, He is sure to help deliver.
There is so much more that I could share but this sums up the heart of 2017. It has been filled with sacrifice, healing, favor, and abundant blessings. Thank you for joining me on this journey. There is much more to come. Happy New Year!
Maybe you are preparing for this holiday season. Silver bells… I’m sure some of you have already put up the Christmas tree & lights. Well, as you are preparing the house and getting the list together, I’d like to share this reminder with you.
You are not of this world.
Jesus’ trial before Caiaphas ended in the early hours of the morning. Then he was taken to the headquarters of the Roman governor. His accusers didn’t go inside because it would defile them, and they wouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the Passover. So Pilate, the governor, went out to them and asked, “What is your charge against this man?” “We wouldn’t have handed him over to you if he weren’t a criminal!” they retorted. “Then take him away and judge him by your own law,” Pilate told them. “Only the Romans are permitted to execute someone,” the Jewish leaders replied. (This fulfilled Jesus’ prediction about the way he would die. )
Then Pilate went back into his headquarters and called for Jesus to be brought to him. “Are you the king of the Jews?” he asked him. Jesus replied, “Is this your own question, or did others tell you about me?” “Am I a Jew?” Pilate retorted. “Your own people and their leading priests brought you to me for trial. Why? What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.”
John 18:28-36 NLT
When questioned by Pilate, Jesus responded that His kingdom was not of this world. He knew that others could have defended Him but He remained driven.
Imagine, being wrongfully accused by thousands and having to give a response. How would you feel and what would you do?
Jesus was sure of was His identity and the ONE who sent Him.
You are loved, treasured, and favored by God.
Because Jesus knew the Father’s love, He was able to boldly give an account of His purpose for being here.
We also must be reminded that we are here to produce good fruit and share the Good News of salvation with others.
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 NLT
Be faithful over what God has given you. Do what He has called you to do wholeheartedly.
Don’t be disheartened when people do not understand you. Do not be dismayed when they wrongly accuse you. Your heavenly Father is with you and His reward is greater.
Prayer for the day
Thank you Father for Your goodness. Thank You for Your bountiful mercy and endless love. When I am overwhelmed comfort me with Your steady hand. Remind me of your unfailing love and your kindness. When others do not understand me may I be content in Your approval.
*If you’d like to learn about Salvation, click here.
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” Psalm 100:4
As the seasons change, I am reminded of the beauty of fall. The leaves have turned this beautiful, auburn color with golden hues and hints of green. Even the air has felt more crisp and inviting. Tis the season of thanksgiving.
a capitalized :thanksgiving day
:a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
2:the act of giving thanks
:a prayer expressing gratitude
Upon swift walks to and from work, beauty has captivated me. It’s as if the earth has been trying to get my attention. Meanwhile, I have been somewhat engrossed in getting to my destination.
Children out of their seats. Running around the classroom. Laughing, shouts, and paper planes. Welcome to my Thursday morning. As I stood there raising my voice and demanding respect I began to feel overwhelmed. I had one goal at that point: Get home on my lunch break. As I whisked through the next class, I swiftly got my things together. I was almost through those doors.
When I stepped outside everything was at a stand still. There was warm air, birds chirping, a gentle blowing breeze, and colorful leaves surrounding me. I felt slightly disappointed that I considered the day to be horrible when it was actually abundant. God encouraged me to embrace the moment and to be grateful for it. I sat on a nearby bench and took it all in.
Thanksgiving is a spirit. You don’t have to wait for Turkey day to be thankful and grateful. Show gratefulness in your life today. Don’t miss another moment!
Here are some reminders:
- Embrace the beauty in each moment.
- Learn from your mistakes. Grow stronger, not bitter.
- Shift your perspective. Don’t be narrow-minded. Think of the bigger picture.
- Give thanks to God in all things.
- Stop and smell the roses (or shall I say pinecone this season?!)
“Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” Matthew 6:28-29 NLT
* Read Psalm 100 for more on thanksgiving. Peace and blessings! *
Healing takes place in the mindset of a person.
This week I share the wonderful testimonies of healing that have taken place. Steve received his sight, Arshad & Ufah were healed, and Donna received healing from chronic back and knee pain. And there are so many more!
Here are some key points from the call:
- God is so accessible to us!
- He loves you passionately! John 3:16
- God wants to use us in great and mighty ways!
- God wants us to deliberately shine our light. Shine boldly in the midst of darkness. Matthew 5:14-16
- Have great expectancy in your heart! Hebrews 11:1
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland.
Isaiah 35:4-6 NLT
If healing is something that you have been desiring to receive, ask God for it. Everything we need is available to us; we must believe in faith. He is the God of the impossible! Have a faith-filled week!