A Prayer for Today

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Father in Heaven

Today I choose to release everything
that has tried to hold me back. I release
the past; I release bitterness: I release failures
and missed opportunities. Instead I embrace
your grace and power to boldly move forward
into the blessing you have for me…

In Jesus’ Name

AMEN .

Does God help those who help themselves?

I was drawn back to the post again and again as I ( for one) am in constant conflict between what I have been taught growing up in my birth family, societal misnomers, my own personal beliefs, hardships of late , and biblical teachings. I can’t tell you how many times I sat down to try to make sense of these contradictions. And they have been on my mind a lot lately. ๐Ÿ™‚ GREAT POST!

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America. The land of opportunity. A refuge for the persecuted, the downtrodden, the sick and poor. The Colossus, a sonnet inscribed in the Statue of Liberty exemplifies our nations foundation with itโ€™s closing:

โ€œKeep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!โ€ cries she
With silent lips. โ€œGive me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!โ€

โ€“ Emma Lazarus

We tell our children that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. We glorify the Cinderella story in which one pulls himself up by his bootstraps and makes his own place in the world. My grandfather told my dad as he started his first job, โ€œKeep your back bent and your head down and everything will be fineโ€. Work hard. You will beโ€ฆ

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Cultivation in Progress …

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Yesterday, I became totally convinced of God’s grace in my life although I did have more than just an inkling before . And it came in the form of a $7 donation. Yes, that’s right! And I am truly humbled by the gesture! Thank you.

No $7 isn’t the cure-all for my worldly financial woes, but better yet, PROOF that my God is there, working through others to provide for us as our daily struggle to get from one day to the next continues…

That $7, is exactly, almost to the penny, what we needed to get through yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am just amazed to the point of being speechless. That’s why I didn’t update yesterday. I spent ALOT of time basking in this realization that God is there, has always been there, and will always be there for me , regardless of my flaws, shortcoming and missteps in this life.

Today, I woke as I do most days, before dawn. Again penniless. My eyes popped open and I pivoted to sit straight up on the side of my bed before my feet even hit the floor and I found myself praising God for yesterday’s provision instead of crying to Him about another day OF needs not met .

I have been working on this. Practicing the art of praying for a while now.

I found myself thinking about how much easier the prayer thing was getting. How often I find myself throughout the day, saying ‘Thank you Lord.’ for all these little blessings, even those blessings that I don’t initially see as a blessing.

No, this is not some “POOF” DIVINE epiphany or intervention really. It’s all happened quite subtly. I believe that HE has been working on me for a long time. I also believe that I have had to work on myself. And finally, I believe that all that hard work and preparation is finally beginning to pay off and I don’t mean monetarily.

Mind you, He’s not finished with me and I have a long ways to go, but my excitement comes from getting to the point where I can feel the changes going on within myself.

‘Practice makes Perfect’ they say and some habits are VERY hard to break but as the old habits fall by the way side, new habits are forming. One is that I find myself more steadfast in my faith, regardless of what this life throws at me . Another, is that with each layer of pride I shed, the more open and grateful I am in receiving.

Thank YOU God for all of this.

And thank you all who have joined me in this process. Some of you, and you know who are, I truly believe are God-Sent to guide me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a Blessed Weekend Everyone !

God Sees the BIGGER picture …

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AMEN! ๐Ÿ™‚ No, I don’t have all the answers yet, ( in life or in my present circumstance ) all I can do is step out in the day-to-day and do the VERY BEST I can and with faith that it will all work out.

Yes, GOD SEES the BIGGER picture so thankfully for me, I don’t always have to. ๐Ÿ™‚

And it appears that the blinder I get, the more I see. Make sense?

God Bless Yall!