I was reading The book of Genesis-Chapter One, how God spoke into emptiness, and all things came to be. He created the light, and told the sun to guide by day, and the moon to guide by night; he spoke into darkness, and separated the waters. He created the dry places and called them lands. He then spoke, and the vegetation filled the soil of the earth, and God saw that it was good”. Even the elements answered to the call of God, and so it is with man. God is calling to the void spaces in our lives, to the emptiness. He’s wanting to fill us with good things, but are we willing to answer? God sees the good in us. He wants to call those gifts that are dead, void, and without form into existence.
If we are children of the living God, we should be hearing his voice, for he has said, “My sheep know my voice.”, but are we listening?. Whatsoever God puts into your heart to do…do it. Whatsoever gift he has given you… use it! If we will regain a sincere passion for mankind, a passion for the work of God, I believe we will began to see the miracles of God….and the blessings too.
Well I made another one. Another year that is. You see it’s my Birthday, and let’s just say I’m …..well…… I’m blah blah and feeling FABULOUS!! :0 It’s a wonderful age group to be in. At this point you give up caring what people think about you….lol! you really speak your mind, and if you are single , you’ve come to understand that doing things on your own is not so bad.
I am not certain of how I will spend this wonderful extra day God has given me, but I am certain that it will include love ones and food LOl!!! 🙂 If you haven’t figured it out by now, yes! I am a foodie. I am sure I will also buy something nice for myself, like that bike I have been talking about for two years. 🙂 God knows I need the exercise. Blahahaha, And…..well….as for the night who knows.
I can not tell a lie. I really love the the person I have become. The shy introvert I use to be is long GONE! I am glad to get rid of her! However I won’t even begin to talk about the She I have gained! I don’t like her either, but anyhow. I don’t meet any strangers and I’m not a shame of of my pass. You see….. I have learned that everyone has one.
A pass that is, and regardless of the trespasses one has committed, you can be free from the shadows that would like to keep you trapped and steal your joy! Thank you JESUS!!! So as I celebrate this extra day, I will also celebrate the freedoms I have to be me and the person I have become!! Free to be FABULOUS 🙂 Love Y’all!!
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(Genesis 31:3) And the Lord said unto Jacob, return into the land of your fathers, and to your kindred, and I will be with you. If you know the story of Esau and Jacob you will understand the fear Jacob had when God told him to return unto his father’s house. Jacob may have doubted God, but he was obedient nonetheless.
There are times when God will ask us to do things that are for our good that we do not understand. In these times it pays to be obedient and lean not to our own understanding. Surely God has a plan that will bless us, to bring us to a place of peace or elevation. God will not always reveal the script of his plans for us and if he doesn’t we know he is building our faith.
I cannot imagine how Jacob must have felt when God told him to return to the house of his father knowing that he had stolen his brother Esau’s birthright, who had threaten to kill him because of it. Jacob was afraid, so afraid that he prayed and sought the Lord to remind him of his promise to him.
As I read the passage I hear the question of God are you sure? Nevertheless in all of his fear he was obedient to the voice of God. As we walk with God our faith will encounter some of the same obstacles. There are times when God ask us to do things and we may be stagnant because it’s not comfortable, but in it lies our growth, or blessing.
Be like Jacob…..pray and ask God for grace to help you do what he is asking of you. Ask him to apply mercy as you seek to do his will along the way. If you read the story of Jacobs return you will find that God had already taken away Esau’s anger, “and Esau ran to meet him, and embrace him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him and they wept.” Genesis 33:3.
Therefore, if God is asking something of you he has already worked in your favor even though you may not see the finished script, be willing to follow through. Do not let fear keep you from following the path that God has set before you. Make yourself available to it. Amen! (Isaiah 41:10)
GOD BLESS 🙂
(c) V. Paschal 2017
When my children were smaller I enjoyed taking them to play in the park. Piedmont Park in Atlanta was our favorite place to visit. I enjoyed the inner city environment, the restaurants, the arts and entertainment, and the smooth winding walking trails, as well as huge open fields. The playground area was nice too. 🙂
I can remember when we would get to the children’s play area how they would charge towards the equipment. “No! Wait!”, I would shout in an attempt to get them to slow down until I could get closer. As soon as I got within reach they would begin to climb up to the top of the slide and come down right into my hands as I stood there at the bottom waiting from them.
It was so fun watching them gain confidence with each step they made while learning to master the equipment. As they grew older, I would sit and watch them from a distance because it allowed them the freedom they needed to play on their own.
As I was reflecting on their childhood I begin to think that this is much how God is watching us. As his children his eyes are always upon us. He is always watching. He knows when we need help and he is there as a father waiting for us to slide right into his arms. He wants to protect us from all the hurts we can potentially encounter.
So never think that God is far away from you or that he has forgotten you. You may have to take a few steps, but he is within your reach. He’s Watching…..He’s Watching us all 🙂
(Isaiah 4:16) (Psalm 34:15) (Proverbs 5:21)
GOD BLESS 🙂
(c) V. Paschal 2017
It’s great to be in love when you’re in love, but on your way to your love connection you have to date. When we are dating we put our best foot forward most of the time because we want to impress our new possible mate.
It’s amazing how we are so eagerly willing to go the extra mile just to impress that special someone. Well friend….I’ve got news for you. You don’t have to impress God. God died for you. (Matthew 27: 45-54) He loves you where you are, and there is nothing you can possibly do to earn his love.
You don’t have to put on that special dress, or wear that special suit. Many times we feel that we have to impress God. We think that if we do the right deed, or speak just the right words that God will be impressed. Well he’s not! The only way God wants us to return his love for us is by loving others., and staying true to his word. (John 14:15-31)
God knows who we are. He knows our hearts intentions, good and bad. It is because of him that we do anything that seems good in the eyes of man, not we ourselves. Our nature is sinful and there is nothing good that comes from it. (Ecclesiastes 7:20).
There are so many people who think that they can do this life on their own, and that is a lie straight from the enemy. You maybe doing fine on your own, but it is God who should get the Glory. He is the one that gives favor to man. I’m not speaking in the natural, because all those things shall pass away. (Matthew 24-35).
I count myself as favored to be chosen by God, called for his purpose, to work in his vineyard. (Timothy 1:9). We are always desiring better in our natural lives, however the true blessing is what we acquire afterwards. (Matthew 13: 44-46) God is Good! 🙂 Amen. So friend if you are seeking for someone who will love you just the way you are, for who you are, He is your perfect connection 🙂
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He amazes me, man does- with all his accomplishment he has not mastered the one that matters most. He has given name to every creature, mastered climbing the tallest mountain, survived raging seas, soared the skies, toured the ocean deep, traveled into outer space, mastered science, and with all this……..his greed will not allow him to live in harmony with his fellow man. Hmmmmmmmm??? What a SHAME! VAIN! VAIN! VAIN! Brother Solomon….
(c) V. Paschal 2017
The only thing man has ever done with his power is made a MESS, but yet he thinks he doesn’t need GOD. Hmmmmmm.
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Everybody wants to be Barbie, but I remember back in the day when they sold Raggedy Ann Dolls. She was every young girls desire. She looked much like her name. She was Raggedy. She had red matted hair, big round eyes, she was soft, and her clothes were very simple, not high fashion like Barbie.
If I would recall something attractive about her it would be her big round button eyes and warm engaging smile…..O.k…..the prison stripped red stockings she wore were cute too! Lol! 🙂 Anyway, my point is you don’t see many Raggedy Ann dolls around anymore. People have forgotten about her as she sits on antique store shelves anxious for one last reprisal on Barbie for taking her down., making her a memory of yesterdays past.
Well….here is one for you Ann, I use to be you before God came into my life. I was Raggedy and did not have much to boast about either. (Psalm 34:2) Oh….but how his amazing grace found me, changed me and made me his own. I was like the woman at the well when he came and told me everything about myself that was raggedy.(4:1-30)
That was many years and tears ago, and guess what? I still have Raggedy parts I’m working on. You see…..this journey is a continuation, nothing about it ends. There is always better. It’s much like when you learn a skill, it takes practice, but you can always be better at it. So anytime I want to see Raggedy Ann, I take a good look in the mirror, and you should too. Then go tell somebody your RAGGEDY story! 🙂 Everything about us that is righteous is as filthy rags in his presence (Isaiah 64:6) LAWD!!
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I try to stay true to myself when writing. After all I am the one who walks in the shoes I wear so it pays to be true about my journey. It is interesting how people will try to tell your story and not speak the truth about their own. Jesus said it best when the Pharisees wanted to condemn the adulterous woman. , He said unto them,” he that is without sin among you cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7).
Yeah! No further explanation. We all know what happened next, and if you don’t again you can read it here- (John 8:7). Anyway as I was saying people love the idea of telling others people’s stories, but will act as if they have never done anything that requires the blood of Jesus to cover their own faults. I admit, I’m not perfect, just forgiven friend, and you can be too. (Acts 2:38)
If we could stop trying to watch our brothers faults and get busy we would probably be a firehouse. Transparency is a better way to reach other’s. How are people suppose to know that Jesus did anything for us if we won’t tell them.
Even if you were born into the church you still have a testimony of deliverance of some sort,whether it be depression, anger, gossip, loneliness, something you can tell or share with someone else that will help them to connect to a living God! (Romans 3:23)
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms are great to help us extend ministry outside of the parameter of our neighborhoods, but what about our neighborhoods. We’ve got to stir the pot. It doesn’t matter that we’re in different locations. What matter’s is that we join hands and work together to complete the task at hand. It’s time….Amen.
(c) V. Paschal 2017