It Is Well

Is it “Well” with your soul? Sunday afternoon my mom called me and there was a tragic accident in Guyana that included extended family being taken from this earth far too soon! It was shocking, it was devastating and as the details poured in—it was gruesome! Later as I processed the incident, questions rolled through my mind about what those dear ones must’ve experienced or what were their thoughts or did they sense something was off that day? Did they meet previous family members in heaven? Who greeted them at the pearly gates? But what about those that are left to find peace here in on earth? What about those that are still processing trying to figure out the whys in a world that isn’t always fair?
We may never understand why things happen the way it does in this world, but one thing that we can rely on and that is God is in control! 

To all my family that I can’t give a hug to today but is grieving, questioning, needs His peace, I encourage you to trust the simple fact—God is in control! It is well! Love you💞

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When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul

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Know Who You Belong To?

You are the child of the Most High; You are highly favored and You are meant to live life in complete abundance—there is freedom in Him! Start today off knowing who you belong to in the Kingdom!🌟

How Grateful Are You?

Let’s count our blessings? What are you most grateful for? Do you know that the more grateful you are the happier you are? Focus on the negative and it’s simple–you feel sad/tired/drained! 

So count your blessings–name them one by one! Write them down; say it outloud–and you will see how good the Lord has been to you! 

I will start–I am grateful for my family, I’m grateful for a husband that supports me and encourages me to be the very best version of me; I’m grateful for my three little girls that we were blessed with; I’m grateful for the opportunities I get to minister and encourage other people;  I am grateful that God is the center of my family’s life and He is leading our way! 

I know I can keep going on and on…but it’s really quite easy–just start small and you will see the day will get brighter as you focus on the goodness in your life! 

Now your turn…

One day at a Time

I don’t know about you BUT choosing to walk through one day at a time is enough for me! I have enough in ONE day to keep me busy–when tomorrow comes with its challenges or not–Lord give me strength for that day! 💞

Rejoice!

So up bright and early this morning!!!

Last night, Dan and I organized “us.” I set everything out: made the girls lunches, they set out their uniforms, I knew exactly what I had to wear, book bags perfectly placed, Dan and I already planned for who was dropping off which girl, got our calendar up and organized for the month–I even had time to sit and just be! I was ready for today!!!

Then–the littlest decided to wake up and come in to our room this morning. Boom a change in the set schedule! Here we go–15 minutes before the alarm clock goes off— my feet hit the ground and it’s time to choose  how my day was going to play out. From the tears of crying about her socks, to brushing her teeth–I have to say outloud in my head today, “I will rejoice in this day!”  

It may not be exactly what we planned and our schedules definitely get out of whack sometimes but choose to rejoice! Let’s be honest guys, this morning could have definitely gone a very different way of me panicking, yelling, rushing down the road but by simply choosing to rejoice in this day and choosing peace, I even found time to write this blog to encourage others. Make it a great day friends–Rejoice!

Be filled…

This morning I woke up with this song in my heart –whatever you may be going through–Jesus is there, let Him know U need Him! Be blessed, Be filled with peace, Be filled with Hope❤️

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Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest

Without You I fall apart

You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are

And where You are, Lord, I am free

Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

To teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way

When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You

Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You

Every hour I need You

My one defense, my righteousness

Oh God, how I need You

(Matt Maher)

Our Present Help


How many times do we pray asking the Lord to remove this problem or that problem? I know I do! We tend to think oh if we didn’t have this or that–life would be so much easier. But when I read the quote above, I thought, “wow, so true!” We don’t need the problem in our life to be removed every time–sometimes those same problems that bring us stress, grief or seems like the end of the world are meant to teach us something–help us grow or even somehow minister to others! 

Now I know it’s never easy as that but it is simple as that! We just tend to complicate the process instead of allowing Him to do what He does. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our ever present help in times of trouble.” Hang on to those words today! Let Him help you find a way through your struggles victoriously! 

Trust…

This is so true for Daniel and I, especially as we approach our 2 year mark of stepping out of the boat–our comfort zone! God has seen us through SO much in the past 2 years and we stand so much stronger in Him! We both can attest to “He never leaves you and never forsakes you.” There is always a Bigger Plan–trust Him!

Timing is Everything

There is a time for everything-a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to rejoice, a time to press forward and a time to be still.  The list can go on and on.  During these times, I encourage you to rest assured that the Lord is still in control.  We may not see the big picture but He does.  We may not know the end result, but He does.

In His perfect time, all things are made beautiful!

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Our Love Story

Dan and I both grew up in the same church but somehow we always seem to miss each other–when he was in the youth group, I wasn’t; when I got to youth group, he was off to college; when he came back, I set out for college!  But little did we know that God had a plan for us.  Skip a few years and our paths finally crossed.

It was the Spring of 1998 and God was working on us, individually.  Dan and a couple of friends went to a church service during the month of April in Pensacola, Florida.  Would you believe that he was praying for his wife?  His prayer was simple–whatever she was going through that the Lord would help her.  He didn’t know at the time that simple prayer, was removing a mountain in my life and preparing my heart to meet him, all while I was away at school in Pennsylvania. This night was our game changer and we didn’t even know it yet!  But God had a plan.

A month later, I came home for the summer and I remember my mom saying to me there was this really great guy that I should meet and how sweet he is and kind and the list went on and on…But how many girls out there really want to hear their mom say, “hey you need to meet this guy because your dad and I really like him?” That was already a non-starter!

A few weeks later, I actually joined the worship team that he lead at our home church and was part of the back up singers. Little did I know this was where the “magic” would take place.  I started to notice how he treated other people, how he encouraged others, I saw his heart that was always ready to give, I saw just how much Jesus meant to him–to me that was the icing on the cake! Even still, I thought–“he was definitely not meant for me”–he was four years older, he already graduated from college and into his career–I was now starting out; he was into working out–let’s just say I simply wasn’t at the time; and for crying out loud, this guy didn’t even listen to hip hop or R&B (that has definitely changed since), so c’mon?

A lot of times we often run from the things we need most in life, don’t we?

Let me say this, Dan and I did meet a few of the “wrong” people before we found each other–It didn’t just happen by the snap of our fingers either.  But I encourage you to stay focused.  Know your worth.  Know what you want in a relationship.  Don’t settle. Trust and pray for that person that will come alongside you to help you not bring you down.  Be proud of who you want to do life with. Think about what will my love story sound like when I tell my kids?

Dan did officially ask me out by the end of that summer and I did actually say yes.  I figured I would stop running from what I already knew in my heart was meant to be. He already was filled with all the characteristics that I always dreamed of to find in a husband and I was already filled with what Dan needed his wife to be. I wish I could share with you all every detail of that evening and every detail of our life together since but we have now been married 16 1/2 years and have 3 beautiful little girls.  As we walk through life together I am so thankful that God had that perfect plan for us.  We definitely love each other more every day that goes by, need each other, support each other, compliment each other’s strengths/weaknesses and most importantly for me–I am still very fascinated by his love for Jesus. 💕

(story written by the wife, I’m sure the husband has a different tale to tell)

 

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