May God Bless You this Christmas

May God Bless You this Christmas

For many households this day is a morning full of joy and love. Families gather together by the tree as they exchange gifts. Floors are full of wrapping paper, and laughter fills the the air.

But for some, it is a morning of emptiness, pain or loneliness. Some are alone and have no one to celebrate with. While others are there in a room of people, but alone in their mind struggling with the pain of missing a loved one who is away or longing for someone no longer here on earth.

The very first Christmas was celebrated with worship and wonder. All who gathered celebrated in awe of the savior. Let us not forget the true reason of this day.

No matter how you are feeling, may we all be reminded that this day is reserved to remember the gift of Love God gave every single one of us: Jesus Christ.

If you are in a place of pain today, step outside of those feelings and take time to worship and get in the presence of the Lord. His love is a gift that is with each and every one of us today.

May we all center our minds and hearts around Jesus today, for it is there that we all find peace and joy.

Thinking of you all this Christmas and praying that you know just how blessed and loved you are.

Merry Christmas 🎄

May God Bless You this Christmas.

Love,

Sandy

Broken with Purpose

Broken with Purpose

This has been a trying year for me. I have experienced anger, sadness and disappointment after having people test both my character and my faith.

I created this blog to be obedient to the calling on my heart and share experiences in order to encourage others and share with them God’s unconditional love for all. I knew that sharing personal experiences would mean having to be transparent, and frankly, this meant opening myself up to negative criticism.

When you share your faith with the world there will be individuals who will criticize or judge you because they either disagree with you, dislike you, or feel that you’re not good enough to offer encouragement due to your mistakes. Read more

It’s time for Elevation

It’s time for Elevation

Growth across the world seems to be slowing down
Reality is setting in that life is not precious to all
Natural disasters pass though leaving  behind devastation
Hatred is once again spreading like a wild-fire
Minds battle spirits for the strength to endure
Darkness is a heavy cloud hovering over
Cold hearts are turning their faces as they allow evil to lead
This can’t be the future

We must stand for change against this rapid decline
A new direction is needed now
We need light to shine through this darkness
It’s time for ELEVATION

Have you ever had a day where you felt nothing could go right? Like the world is crashing down all around you? Do you look around and feel like you are surrounded by negativity?

Are you dragging yourself and just to make it through the day? Or are you feeling as though you don’t even have the strength to get yourself out of bed?

This word of encouragement is for anyone feeling this way. A message to anyone sitting in a place of silence wondering if things will start going right in life. Know that you can rid yourself of the heaviness weighing you down. We have a loving creator who longs for us to call on his name.

Anger, resentment, hatred, disgust, sadness, depression, prejudice, racism, shame, hopelessness, darkness, destruction all have NO POWER over us. We hold the power to rise above all darkness. The world around may seem full of devastation.  Your consumed with fear my brother, my sister, but don’t you dare give up! Keep pressing on because God is about new beginnings and restoration!

GOD IS BIGGER THAN YOUR SITUATION!

It is time for elevation. Time to put your hope in God’s unfailing power. Time to reignite faith. Lets lift God higher than our circumstances and trust that he will move. Even if you don’t feel as though you can move your mountain, call on God’s power to move it for you.

He is present with us in the midst of the storm. No matter what state the world is in, no matter what mistakes have been made in life – God will make the biggest mistake your greatest success.  

Take a leap of faith and allow the name above all names to lead you out of your situation.

God will elevate you to new levels when you exalt him.

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Pray, Seek God and Stay Encouraged!

Growing with you,

Sandy

Made Piece by Piece….

Made Piece by Piece….

We ALL have to start somewhere. Everything begins with a piece.  I don’t know about you, but there are many days which I feel all over the place – as if my life is an unorganized mess. That can really be overwhelming. I mean it literally feels as if my mind runs nonstop!!! Many times my mind literally jumps from one thing to another causing me to feel like I am not equipped to do anything. It is in these very moments that I need to stop, take a deep breath and slow down. Always easier said than done, but I am finding that when I take the time to be conscious of the chaos and re-center my mind, that is when I am capable of being most productive. Tackling things one at a time is the only way to truly give your all to the task at hand.

We live in a culture where we all want everything to happen immediately, especially when we are overwhelmed. But being impatient causes us to disregard the importance of the step by step process and many times is what prevents  us from finishing what we start.  Let’s think of a puzzle for example:

A puzzle consists of many different pieces which fit together to create a big picture.  Like a puzzle, we all have our own unique roles to play in life.  God created us each with a specific purpose in mind.  In a puzzle if you try to insert the wrong piece no matter how many ways you try it, it will not fit.  In life, if someone else tries to do what God created us to do, results will not be the same  – no one else will be the right fit to do what we are called to do. Read more

The Start

The Start

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There is so much about me that I could write, but first and foremost the most important thing anyone should know is that I Love God. After being part of a small group hosted my cousin on the book Fervent by Priscilla Shier, I felt the Holy Spirit tell me it was time to be obedient and to BOLDLY speak against the spirit of fear and allow God to use me.

I love to write and have gone back and forth with the idea of starting a personal blog for a while now.  During this study, God revealed to me that it was time to stop letting fear run my life and time to listen to the still small voice that has been speaking to my spirit for so long.  A fire ignited within me and I spent days thinking and compiling lists of potential blog names that represented who I am and also what I desired to share with my readers. I wanted this blog to encourage others and also help keep me accountable and encouraged as well.

Every time I thought I had the perfect name I found that the domain was either taken or the next day I changed my mind. I even went as far as to request ideas from a very close friend and also from my daughter. Fear kept trying to move in speaking lies by telling me I had nothing to say that could help others, that my past made me unqualified to be an encourager, and that my words would be rejected by others. Despite these feelings of inadequacy that were trying to control my mind, I know fear is not from God, so I stood still and waited for God to lead me. Read more