The Beauty of Thanksgiving

As I was reading through Ephesians 5 this morning, this verse jumped out at me:

“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I had to stop and pause. I reread. I broke it down. And this is what the Lord allowed me to see. While He showed me what I’m about to share with you, He revealed myself to me and what I need to do.

1. Let all obscene behavior, foolish talk, and coarse joking go.

Why? Because these things aren’t the character of God. When we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we put on His character. The old me/you passed away. So we no longer live according to our flesh, but the Spirit.

2. Don’t hang around those who act and talk in such a way.

Why? Because 1 Corinthians 15:33 tells us that bad company corrupts good character. So if we am hanging with someone who practice these things, they will contaminate our character. Our Spirit, if not strong enough, will be contaminated too.

3. Partake in the beauty of Thanksgiving.

Why? Thanksgiving sets an atmosphere of praise. When we are thanking God, we are thinking on everything He has done for us. In return, we offer praises to Him. We are putting a smile on His face by partaking in the beauty of Thanksgiving. Since we are choosing to eliminate the things that don’t please Him (obscenity, foolish talk, and coarse joking) and act out the things that do (thanksgiving), we are living a thriving life and on the road of righteousness. And this road leads to Heaven.


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Can you live pure?

Today, in this day and time, is it possible to live pure? Sure it is. Will it be easy? No. Sometimes it will be a challenge. It will seem like 20 people will choose to go left and you will be the only person going right. When this happens, you’ll have to make a decision to walk the path your heart is set to follow and not switch directions (conform) because those 20 people went left. You must stand strong on the Word of God and know that you were called according to His purpose. You must not waiver and keep your eyes pressed on the mark set for the high calling. You must have a made up mind to live a life that is sanctified, holy, and honorable. You must be on a mission to hear Jesus say, “Enter in.”


1 Thessalonians 4

Romans 12:2

Romans 8:28

Philippians 3:14

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What will you do? It’s your choice. 

Can I be honest? Today was a day I had to choose to hold on to Jesus. Yes, choose. We have a choice to trust God and His word or not trust.  When we trust, we wholeheartedly believe that God sees us and hears us when we make our request known to Him. Our choice to trust Him in the midst of the storm builds endurance and faith. When we choose not to trust, our storm seems to be a bit longer. Why? Because we now have taken our focus off of the King and placed our vision on what is going on. Instead of worshipping, we whine and complain. We look at other people’s lives and compare. When we get out of the posture of worship, our problems aggressively pounce on us leaving us feeling defeated, worried, stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed. But when we stay in the posture of prayer and worship, we are renewed. We are given peace, joy, and endurance to keep us going. We are now depending on God and His infinite power to see us where we are and save us as His Word says He does. When we worship, it shifts our lives and causes it to align with Christ. Our worship produces change. Our worship keeps us sane. Our worship draws us closer to our Creator. When we are this close to Him, we have no choice but to focus on Him and His greatness. Our problems can’t live in His presence. 
So while you wait on the Lord, I encourage you to be of good courage and keep walking with the Lord. He is making a way for you even now. Trust Him and believe that He will come through. When He does, it’ll be right on time. Don’t give up. Don’t complain. Don’t compare. His glory will be shown. Remember, His thoughts and ways are above ours. We may not understand the delay, but we understand that God has our best interest at heart. He loves us. Don’t be weary in well doing. Trust God. ❤️

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“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This Thing Called Religion 

The only life that I want to live is a life that’s pleasing to Christ.One filled with malice, maliousiness, twofaceness, and hate just isn’t right. The life that I live on social media must match my reality. That’s important to me. Some say, Jess you take this thing to seriously. No, I act like this “thing” is important to me. I rather be known as the prayerful, loving, Jesus giving girl. Then the one that cursed someone without a care. Maybe if enough of us took this “thing” a little more seriously, the hurt and lost would be more willing to listen. But right now, all they see is the church being the world’s equal. Instead of the church without a spot or a wrinkle.
Give Jesus. The people need Him. 

God has the juice 

Quick story…
My 2 year old niece stayed the night with me. Like most toddlers, she took over the bed and invaded my space. lol. I slid her over to her side multiple times. But the last time I moved her little body, she opened her pretty eyes to look for me. She stretched out her hand and moved back over towards me. What I then realized was that she didn’t just accidentally wander to my side, it was more than that. She wanted to be held. She wanted to be close. Maybe she just wanted to feel loved? Maybe she felt protected? Whatever she longed for, she knew that I had it.  
Long story short….GOD HAS WHAT YOU NEED!
I began to think, how often does God try to get our attention? How much would He love for us to just stop what we are doing and reach out to Him? Run to Him? Love on Him? Cry out to Him? Worship Him?  
HE HAS WHAT WE NEED.
Get into His presence.  

Worship. 

Pray. 

Fast. 

Cry out. 

Read the Bible.  
Peace and Blessings.

I’ll forever Claim That You’re Still Good

Dear heavenly Father,
I come before You interceding for Your people. Someone is going through. Someone is having a hard time. Someone is down. But I come before You, God knowing that nothing that we face, is too big for You. Nothing that we face is too hard for You to fix. Nothing that has happened or is happening is news to You. You hold our world in Your hands. You know our endings from our beginning. You are a good Father. Help us to look beyond our fears, hiccups, and pain and push to give You the praise in the midst of it. Help us to worship from a deeper place. Help us to honor You with the fruit of our lips. Help us to hold on to Your word knowing that it won’t return void. Many things will change in this world, but one thing is guaranteed, You will remain the same. No matter what is going on, You remain good. No matter how we feel, You remain good. No matter the test, You remain good. In lack, You’re good. In sickness, You’re good. In sadness, You’re good. In the midst of the storm, You’re good. You’re good when all is going well and we will claim the same when we hit a trial. Lord, how mighty are You. Your thoughts and ways are higher than ours. Give us the patience that we need for you to complete a perfect work in us. Give us the joy that will be our strength. Give us the endurance to remain in the race. Give us the peace that will surpass all understanding. Give us Your Word, for it is true and dependable. We will forever give You the praise and the glory. In Jesus Name. Amen. 

Faith-A Road Worth Walking

I remember all to clearly. The day that I was diagnosed with high blood pressure was the day my life changed for the better. Better?! Yes, better and you’ll see why in a moment. 
Before I was diagnosed, I dealt with headaches, migraines, and dizziness. I was sleepy all of time. I was nauseous. And my entire body just seemed out of whack. All of this came to mind as I sat in the hospital. Hours before my visit to the ER, I left church feeling dizzy, nauseated, and faint. I had no idea what was going on. A nurse that happened to go to the church took my blood pressure and told me that it was very high and that I should go to the hospital. At that time, I lived in NY. I was in the city at the moment and did not want to visit the ER there. So my friend drove us home to Westchester and I went to the hospital there. The doctor confirmed what the nurse told me, I had high blood pressure. He advised me to see my doctor. I went for a follow up visit with my primary care physician and she wrote me a script for meds to control my pressure. At the time, I really didn’t think anything of it. I actually accepted this and thought, “well if this is what I have to do, I’ll do it.” 
Let’s pause for a moment and look at what was just written, “I accepted it.” I had no idea how much I was hurting myself by accepting these words. I had no clue at the time that I had the authority to speak to my body nor did I grasp the real meaning of faith and what it could do for my life. Accepting the words of the report I received canceled the word of God. It caused me to remain stuck and therefore affected my walk with Christ. For the Bible says, “without faith it’s impossible to please God.” Impossible. I wasn’t pleasing God at all. 
Ok, let’s resume. I started to take the meds. I didn’t feel any better though. Mind you, this part of my life was very tense. I was living an unhealthy lifestyle both mentally and physically. My diet was terrible. I was always stressed. I didnt workout. Well…to sum it all up, I didn’t like life. I didn’t want to live. (that’s another story for another time). 
Fast forward 7 years or so…April 2017. This was the month that I decided that I was going to come off of this medication. I really just woke up one day and decided to trust God to do it for me. Not only did I want to trust Him, I was now living a much MUCH healthier lifestyle than I was in NY. So now I had to see my dr because I wanted to do it the right way. I told her my plan, that my diet was healthier, and my workout schedule. She gave me the ok and suggested how to come off. Then she proceeded to say, ” don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work. This is hereditary so It may not.” I rejected her words. I know she had to advise me as my doctor, but I refused to accept that this would be my reality. I refused to allow anyone to limit God…including me. 
Let me say this. Since I made the choice to accept God word for my life and was healed, I have ran into a few people with illnesses. Some were Christian’s, some weren’t. They felt that they HAD to have whatever they did because it was hereditary. They accepted that they had to live with the illness forever because Aunt Sue and grandfather BoBo suffered with the same. NO!!!!!! I am a living witness that God heals. If you just believe, Amy is possible! But my point is, God used my testimony of healing to witness to them. This is the coolest part to me. For me to tell of Gods faithfulness and promises is a delight. Bringing Him glory is my main focus. 
Ok, now that I had a plan, my journey could begin! I was on 2 meds and I just KNEW I would be off of them in a month. My mind was made up. My faith was up. I was prepared to tackle this illness and give it my all. My doctor recommended halving the meds along with healthy eating and exercise. The first week was a breeze. Normal readings all week. Week 2, the same. “Oh I have this in the bag for sure. Thank You Jesus. ” Week 3/4 a little unstable, but nothing to worry about. Week 5, high. 
Week 5 took me for a loop a little. But I knew that the medication had to fully get out of my system. So I won’t sweat it. It will come down for sure. And you know what, it did. Aye!! (this is when I did my happy dance.) 
I don’t get comfortable though. I am prepared to do whatever it takes to keep a normal reading. Even if this means cutting out foods I love and going to the gym allllll of my life. I’m ready. 
So here I am celebrating success, Normal readings, and of course my God! 
Then…BOOM!!! My pressure started to raise again. It started to increase the beginning of the week and gradually got higher. Let pause here for a moment. Think about it… here I am putting my faith out there AND doing my part and you mean to tell me my pressure is going to raise like it’s doing. I mean it had gotten up to 149/105 one day. I was frustrated and emotional. But I had to make a choice. No matter what, I was not going to let my faith in God waver. I was not going to take another pill. I was not going to throw a pity party. But I decided to pray and praise my way through this. He even called me to fast. Because we know that “these things only come out by prayer and fasting.” My confidence in Jesus is real and I made up in my mind that I was going to trust Him and believe Him for complete healing. 
This choice allowed my faith to grow. It pushed me towards Christ instead of away. It caused me to speak His word more. It increased my prayer time. It allowed me to become dependent on Him. It caused me to work for what I wanted. I was prepared to stay in His face until this good work that He started in me was made complete. 
Did anyone catch that? James 1:2-4 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This situation propelled me into the presence of God and taught me how to believe, patience, perseverance, trust, and wisdom. It gave me a “I will bless the Lord with all my heart” attitude. It drove me to my knees. It allowed me to see me and just how much self discipline I had and how much more was needed. Most of all, it gave all glory to God. I spoke about Him. I posted about Him. I shared of His greatness. I made His name great. So I choose to believe in His word because it is true. 
Now can you see why I said my life became better because of this? Yes? Ok, good! 
Can I ask you something? What are you believing God for? If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t give up. God honors His word. Speak His word, trust Him, and let Him be God. Be sure not to complain. Complaining prolongs the blessing. Instead of complaining, praise. I guarantee God will honor the good attitude verses the moaning and groaning. Be of good cheer. God sees you and He is going to work it out for you. God thinks you’re worth the promise. Hold on to His word!! 

It’s Friday night and I feel alright!! 

Hello beautiful people!! I hope we can all say that today was indeed a great day! 

I have missed you all! I missed writing.  I missed sharing. I miss interacting. So I looked at my schedule and thought of a plan. This plan is to post at least once a week. The post will be up every Friday by midnight. I set this goal to help me get back into the swing of things. Truth be told I have a bunch of things that I wrote, but haven’t shared for one reason or another. The main reason being timing. Im all about sharing at the perfect time. 

This Friday, May 12, 2017, Will start the party. Look for a fresh post every Friday thereafter. I have a few ideas rolling around in this head. So who knows what the topic of the day will be. But I can say that I have a whole lot to share. So stay tuned! Be blessed! 
Remember… “you don’t have any problems. All you need is faith in God.” 

I see Me.

*looks in mirror*

Lord, what do you see?

I see Me. My work. My hand. My time well spent. I see your future. I see the pain. But don’t worry, it’s not in vain. I see greatness. Your life is a testimony. A story of how you overcame. You stuck with me through the pain and the heartache. You knew I’d make a way. So I gave you a new day. New mercies. Miracles. A new outlook. You had enough faith to see past your lows. You knew I was working on your behalf, so everything was good. Can I say, that I am pleased? Yes, I am very proud. You allowed me to be God. I am very proud. For this I will reward you openly. Your enemies will see my glory. No longer will you cry tears of sadness. Your heart won’t ache. I put my stamp of approval on you. I don’t make mistakes. please know That I put My good foot forward when creating you. I designed you so uniquely. An image of Me. So don’t be bothered if your misunderstood. I didn’t want you to feel comfortable. So many are compromising, but not you. I knew you wouldn’t. This is why I see remarkable. No matter what, keep that smile. It’s going to be seen and brighten many days. People will be encouraged just by one at look you. I gave you those eyes, so bright and bold. See those people hiding behind the masks they put up. Know that they are hurting and need more of Me. Give them that love thats unconditional. Let them know that I can heal their heart, like I healed yours. I know their very core. So stay deeply rooted in Me. Soon the word will get why I see what I see. I see Me.

Supply

Lord supply.

Supply my need.

I don’t have have just one.

More like a ton.

I have the need to healed.

The need to be free.

I have the need of a higher self esteem.

The need of your presence.

The need of Your Spirit.

It’s more than the love from people.

It’s more like humbleness.

I need actually a double dose of that.

Because when they don’t call my name to recognize me for all I’ve done good, I’m ready to get hood.

Lord I need more of You in order to make it through.

I can’t fight this war in the natural.

I need Your expertise.

Lord it’s me.

Singing.

Worshipping.

Trying to Do everything right.

Its Your son. Your daughter.

Answer me please.

Lift this heavy burden.

I don’t want to feel this way.

The struggle.

The lonliness.

I need a new day.

Cause it will bring about new mercies, right?

It will bring with it joy.

I would like to smile from my heart again.

I forgot what that feels like.

Lately All of my smiles come attached with a “like.”

I wanna be set free from this marriage to society.

I tried to play by their rules, but I can’t win.

They set me up.

They sold me on a dream.

Keeping up with the next person wasn’t easy.

It was draining. Temporary. And left me poor.

The need for more kept boxes at my door.

I didn’t order clothes and jewelery online.

I actually ordered likes, compliments and envy.

Once the pics were released in media, people would want to be me.

Not knowing that my reality isn’t very glamorous.

So Lord, I tried everything in this world to feel the void. 

I sought after it all, but Your love.

All I need is You.

Im ready for more.

Send an outpouring  of Your Spirit.

I give up my will for Yours.

Supply.