2017 – My Year in Review

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!

While meditating I was inspired to write down this scripture as a beautiful reminder in my life.
One of my favorite scriptures!
I loved assisting the children in this art activity!
I discovered several years ago that taking photography is one of my passions.
Mom has quite the eye herself!

Sis and I enjoyed Lunch with Laquisha!
Cue the queen 2017!
Dance Party!
This year’s first #LoveSession was themed Purpose. And how fitting it was!
I loved the energy in the building. Little did I know it would become my church home.
Holy Host sent up the praises as I watched in amazement.
Smiles before leading a discussion board.
God had already put on my heart to sing “Even When It Hurts” by Hillsong.
I recall sharing the good news and walking by faith on those early morning bus rides!
Great book. You should check it out.
Withlove is such a wonderful organization and I am glad to have served the homeless with them.

Soon this would become my family!
Cheers to starting the prayer call series this year. It has been a wonderful endeavor.
I was invited to play with Holy Host one Sunday and the rest is history!
Shine the light for all to see!
It has been a pleasure meeting Jeremy and partnering with CYA Baltimore.
Just girls discovering how to impact the world!
The man with the plan. David Warren of withLove!
You ever witnessed love and endurance? That’s what I witnessed at my grandparents’ 60 anniversary party.

Cheers to over 100 followers on Facebook. Follow @ShantelGraces08
This year I’ve witnessed a man receive his sight, pain leave a woman’s back, and more! God shown himself to be the God of miracles!
Love fellowshipping with my sisters.
Write the vision. Make it plain.
Thus the Promise Ceremony and Conference was born!
What a blessing it has been to teach and share my story.
We are free to worship! This event was a huge success! So many youth and young adults recomitted themselves to Christ!

Each one, reach one! Empower the youth. Show them their greatness.

Tori’s been chillaxing for most of the year!

One post that pushed me into greater!
Let your light so shine!
Art teacher life. Cultivate and inspire!
Great things happen when youth with a mission connect!
Healing and deliverance taking place in the city!
Thankful to serve under their leadership.

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!

Wash me

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23 KJV

Lately, I have been having close encounters with God in my car, bathroom,  hallway, and kitchen. God has been pressing my spirit in ways I have never felt before.  At first, I was afraid to worship God in these “uncommon” settings. Growing up in a house of unorthodox believers we knew that church was the main place to worship God. My idea of church was certainly a building where people came together to sing, pray, shout, and cry. But then God started giving my mother an urge to worship around the house.

I’ll never forget the days when I would come home to find my mother on the kitchen floor weeping and thanking the Lord for all He had done. Or the times when she’d be cleaning the floors and break out shouting “Hallelujah” and praise dancing. As a young teenager I’d stand or sit quietly saying within myself “Thank you Lord. Thank you Jesus.” I always wondered how she felt being in such deep worship. Or how was the inward experience because the outward sometimes seemed as if she would jump right out of her skin!

Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name.” But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not hold back.  Jeremiah 20:9 KJV

When I prayed one day for the Holy Spirit to fill me with His presence I had no idea that His “fire” would transform my life. All I knew is that I wanted that intimate experience my mother kept having and I wanted to feel that peace.

Throughout the bible Jesus talks about “living water”. He mentioned that His well would never run dry and no man would thirst again with His living water.

It’s time for a purge. The Lord wants to wash you and the Holy Spirit wants to fill you with His fire.  Don’t hold back.  Don’t resist.  Let the Lord have His way in you. You will never be the same.

Pray this prayer:
Dear Lord,
You are the living well. Your water never runs dry.  You are the peace that I have been longing for. Fill me Holy Spirit because I desire to be changed by you. I can’t make it on my own. I fail if I don’t have you. Transform my mind and my life. Please forgive me for all the wrong I’ve done. I know that you love me because you died for me. Thank you for hearing my prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.