Rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Sing it, dance it, let the praise ring! Jesus christ, our glorious father, who hell could not beat has won the victory. We need not be in despair, we need not feel hopeless, and we need not surrender to guilt. It’s by God’s grace that we are overcomers, that we have new life in Him, that we can come straight to Him with our worries, fears, frustrations, and grief. God’s word tells us, “by His stripes we are healed.”

Isaiah 53:5

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Healing does not only come to the physical body in sickness, but is healing of the heart, mind, emotions, and needs as well. It is easy to forget that He is God, that through the blood of His son, the only true living God, that He can and will care for every part of us. We are His children, no loving father turns His back on His child. God’s word also tells us we have the ability to come to Him, to be a part of Him, it tells us how much He loves us, if only we take on His holy name, Jesus Christ, through the spiritual death, by baptizm, and go on in life, living with and like His spirit dwells inside of us.

Acts 2:38

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Jesus longs for our happiness, He longs to give us the desires of our hearts, if only we ask and ask not amiss.

James 4:2-3

2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

A heart seeking truly after God and His righteousness seeks; honesty, for God’s will, and for their desires to glorify our Lord. Be not discouraged

Galatians 6:9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Scripture upon scripture He tells us He is with us, He tells us not to fear. God’s got this, He has you and all your troubles. So rejoice! Praise Him in the dance, praise Him in the trial, praise Him in the struggle, and praise Him for the request yet to be answered. It’s a grain the size of a mustard seed that can move a mountain, so speak to the mountain with your praise, let God lift all your heaviness off of you, and rejoice that you don’t have to do any of this alone, cause God is the almighty.

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Get ready for your breakthrough!

Listen to the breeze, Hear it calling to you? It whispers in a heavenly, small voice, I love you, I cherish you, you are mine.

If you wait, if you hold on to what little bit of faith you have left, you will feel the peace flow over you, you will see how valued you are, you will no longer wonder, but you will know, you are loved.

God created us with purpose, He created us for pleasure. God has never just sat with nothing to do upon His thrown thinking, “I will just make this soul to go suffer on earth, ’cause I have nothing better to do.” Every test, every heartbreak, every breath ’till our last has a reason, a purpose, and a work I progress. No one was created to feel hopeless, or cast aside. God made you Unique, each one of you. He tries daily to talk with us, He uses His creation to show us His love, His glory, and His never ending work in us. Sometimes we just need to stop and listen. Stop going, stop thinking, and stop trying to figure out Gods plan. We can’t tell God how long a trial is to last, or when we are ready to be tested. Be careful when you think you are strong enough to withstand the enemy, that could be the moment you are not ready. Seek God in prayer and ask Him to strengthen you, to guide you, and to walk with you every step of the way being your leader. God is not standing there waiting for you to fail, but rather waiting on you to come to Him with a broken heart, broken spiritual peaces, and your hands handing over to Him all the shattered destruction that you make your soul hold onto. We were never meant to hold onto pain by ourselves and we were never meant to climb every mountain alone. We were meant to seek after Him, to hold His hand, to talk to Him, to ask His help, and to work on building our faith back up when we start losing it. Never give up! When the time comes that you feel you can’t go on, when you start collapsing in your faith and you are tired, distraught, and feel like you just can’t hold on, hold a little tighter and prepare for your deliverance ’cause your breakthrough is just a hand above water away.

Karma doesn’t turn the other cheek.

You thought that you had me, you thought you won the game.

You thought that you could shame me, and you would hold no blame.

You tried to use your power and scare me till the end, but you see, I am a fighter and my heart was made to mend.

You tried to keep me quiet and you tried to shut me down, but my story’s far from over, all I did was fix my crown.

I got to watch you nervous and I got to see you fail, I saw you lose the battle and put yourself through hell.

I got to see the truth be told and hear them say you lied, you may be walking free right now, but you’re burning up inside.

Your pain is far from over and you’re always going to run, karma doesn’t come around just to have some fun.

You think that you’re untouchable, that hell has reached its peak, but I am here to tell you, karma doesn’t turn the other cheek.

You are enough

There are times that I feel like writing encouraging things, times I want to write something uplifting, to bring peace to the brokenhearted. Today, I am the broken. I am small, I feel weak, and almost feel as though I have stepped far back from how far I have come. The whole week has been torture, my mind has been spinning out of control, and I feel like rather than standing tall, I have been sinking. My faith has been put to the test, sleep haunts me, my dreams scare me. Wickedness has seeped in. I run from the enemy, I hide behind closed doors in my dreams, but he finds me. I have almost given up, why fight it anymore? I have always been too weak. Always too scared to speak my mind, always afraid of offending someone, and let myself be hurt and abused rather than making things right. Today I feel a rise. It was lost for a while and I felt like I lost myself to failure. Tomorrow will be another day, another trial, another moment of feeling lost, confused, hurt, and burdened. The law and time are against me, but God is for me. I lost my faith for a while, but I feel it slowly returning. Just because one little thing that feels huge has happened doesn’t mean its over, it means I can find yet another miracle, another way to praise God. I have felt neglected by God, and ashamed for feeling it. I feel worthless for not trusting Him, and fearing all week, but today, I believe He speaks to tell me, you are enough. Your failures are not held against you like marks on a slate, you just slipped, but you are climbing back up, and I’m always here to catch you if only you call my name.

God is making you a masterpiece.

masterpiece by Danny Gokey

It’s true that we all slip up sometimes. We make choices and later we realize were wrong, wish we had done things differently, or feel worthless. Our past does not define us, as long as we are sorry for it. All it takes is two little things, to ask forgiveness and to correct our behavior. Jesus gave us freedom from our past with His death on the cross, but it must be with an honest heart.

We are unique, timeless in Christ, and chosen by the one and only true living God. We are survivors, warriors, peacemakers, and sometimes healers of the heart with our words, love, and kindness.

Through life though, we hurt, even with our trust in God. Though we trust Him we may still question, why? Why is God letting this happen, why has He not brought justice, why do I feel like He has left my side, and why does He always treat me like I am stronger than what I really am?

As we go through hard times, hard lessons, and times where we didn’t fight quite like we should have, He is teaching us. He lets us see the outcome of our choices. Everything has consequences, good and bad. Not one person is immune from the turn out of a choice made. He lets us make these choices on our own because of free will, love, and to help us grow. We learn and when we face something similar in the future, we are stronger to handle it. Our soul is timeless in Christ, we will forever be happy one day with Him, but we have to learn how to grow, how to be strong against the enemy. We have to let God take us apart so He can create the warrior He wants us to be. Though things may be tough, and you feel as though you are drowning with no help from above, remember this, God is right there and if you start to go fully under, He is only an arm’s length away. We are all in His hands.

God’s Always Got This, and He can make your past beautiful.

This weekend has been rough. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling a joy in even the things of my past. Some horrible memories would be triggered and a peace would come over me. Then last week I started having some step backs in my feelings. Living in the past is dangerous. I was struggling with the thoughts of things been done to me, struggling with the places I was in, where I had faced trauma in my past. Then to top it off I got a message from someone that is somewhat involved in my past. It sent me into a mixed set of emotions. It may have made for a little bit of a rough night, but then it made me see it like this. I am still winning. I am still on top. I still have a loving God that defends me, protects me, and cherishes me. He may let me go through some rough times, but through Jesus Christ’s blood, I am redeemed, completed, loved, and He has created me to be a warrior. I may have had a rough patch in my past, I may not have stood tall when I needed to and may have got up slowly, but I got up and that is all that matters. No matter what we go through, God’s always got this. No matter how we slip, no matter how many times we almost give up, no matter how many heartbreaks, or lack of faith at moments, God is and will always be there. So, I reminded myself, this can not hurt you. your trauma, mistakes, regrets, lack of standing up for yourself and making certain things stop do not define who you are. I am made stronger and better by focussing on my future and learning from past failures and regrets. I am strong and blessed that God trusts me with His trials and in the end, I win, as long as I always rely on Jesus. His baptism of my flesh, according to

acts 2:38

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the holy ghost.

Covers me. His death on the cross tells me by His stripes I am healed. So that means my body, my heart, and my emotional pain…. All of it

Gods always got this, Gods always got us. Dare to be blessed.

You are the faceless, but who are you, really?

For most people there one day comes the question, who am I? What do I stand for? Am I good, am I bad, am I mean, or am I in between? what do people think of me and do I really even care or matter? The truth is, you do matter. To the whole world, when they look at you, they really are seeing a blank page, a person that they don’t know and can not truly see. No one knows us from the inside out and no one knows the value of our heart. Who am I, who are you? What do we have to offer to the world? We are all writing another chapter of our lives with every choice we make and every bad and good deed done. Each day gives us a new opportunity to create a better future, a better us, a better world. It’s up to you to put who you are in the eyes of what people will see you as. As you write each chapter of your life it becomes colorful, but still washed out. It shows a little more of you every day if your heart is black or beautiful. You bring good to life when you follow God and He wants you to show His love to the world, but it’s still distorted, none the less, because your life is always a work in progress.

If we live in beautiful color by choosing good choices and holiness that shines out to all. We paint beauty with applying the fruits of the spirit;

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control

Looking at ourselves daily will help us to always lean into Gods will. So, let’s look and see, how can we all paint a face into the dark shadow of the faceless, what can we do to practice the fruits of the spirit, and how can we create more joy, more peace, show more love, and create beautiful colors in a world full of gray?