Weekly Devotion: Everything Has Its Time!

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Earlier this week, I picked up some books from an organization. While there, I briefly chatted with the employee helping me.

She mentioned that she loved the organization and how amazing the people are, but it was time for her to move on to something new. I found her response interesting because when I love something, it is hard for me to move on.

Sometimes because of sentimental reasons, fear of the unknown, or false loyalties, we stay in a place, in a relationship, on a job, etc., longer than needed. We have to know when it is time to move on.

This employee wasn’t leaving because things were bad, but because there was something better for her waiting on the other side.

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Alexander Graham Bell

Do not allow anything to keep you in a “good” situation, when God has a “best” situation for you.


But forget ALL that— it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

I don’t know about you, but I know God is about to do something new in my life. In order to do it, there are some door knobs I am holding to that I have to let go of.

He’s not doing something new because of the new year, but because it’s my season and it’s my time. For many of you, it is YOUR season too! It’s YOUR time! (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

I look forward to seeing the things that He revealed to me, manifest here on this earth.

Let go of fear, false loyalties, sentimental reasons, or whatever it is, TRUST GOD and WALK INTO YOUR SEASON! IT’S TIME!

“I believe we’re in a time when God’s gonna bless the saints.
Those who have stayed, those who have prayed. He’s gonna fulfill the promise He made. For I heard the Spirit say, It’s your time.
The wait is over, walk into your season” Donald Lawrence

Have a blessed day and an awesome week!

‪~Keishawna

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Weekly Devotion: When You Don’t Know What To Do – Surrender

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Most of 2015, there was a specific thing my husband and I prayed for. We spoke it, and believed God would do it in 2016. Well, it happened, BUT it does not look anything like we imagined.

I think God has a sense of humor because He gave us what we wanted, or so we thought. We didn’t count the cost of what it would mean for this thing to happen. We didn’t think through what our life would look like if it happened.
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Weekly Devotion: The JOY of the Lord

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“The JOY of the Lord is your strength”

Recently a friend shared with me a personal challenge she’s facing. I reminded her that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). In this case, he was stealing her joy. So much so she wasn’t the wife, mother, friend, etc., those around her needed.

It is so easy to allow the cares of this world (problems in our family, layoffs at work, a fued with friends, health problems, diminishing finances, conflict with a spouse, disobedient children, etc.) to drain the joy, peace and life out of us.

CHOOSE this week to not allow anything or anyone to steal, kill, or destroy your JOY. I said choose because it really is a choice.
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THANK YOU!

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And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.

There are minutes left in 2015 where I am. I didn’t want the year to end without taking the time to thank each of you who follows and visits The Jolly Moments. Your comments, text, emails, etc., are so encouraging.

Believe it or not, before I release posts, I pray that it reaches those who need it. My prayer truly is that whoever comes across a post on this blog, or something I share on my blog’s social media accounts, is challenged, encouraged, inspired or changed.
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How To Maintain Peace When Dealing With Difficult People: Part One – Do All YOU Can Do

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 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

There have only been a few people in my lifetime, I felt I could do without. I quoted Romans 12:18 as my justification to not deal with them. I told the Lord, “you said IF it be possible, and with this person it’s just not possible“.

It wasn’t until today that I realized I skipped over, whether intentionally or unintentionally, a critical piece of that scripture – as much as lieth in YOU!

Another translation reads, Do all that YOU can to live in peace with everyone. Another version reads, If it is possible, as much as depends on YOU, live peaceably with all men.
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The Things We Take For Granted

ThingsWeTakeForGrantedRecently, an elderly relative unexpectedly move in with my family. Initially, I thought him living with us was for him. After all, he requires a lot of our time, attention and care. However, I am starting to realize that God interrupted our life, not so much for him, but for us.

Now that we have a guest with limited mobility, we spend a lot more time at home. The one thing we miss the most is going out to eat at restaurants. It was one of our favorite things to do as a family.

This weekend, we all pouted about not being able to go anywhere. When our guest and I were alone, he said something that made me think.

I know y’all like to eat out and I want to go. I just want to be able to hold a spoon by myself, so people don’t laugh at me. When I can do that, I’ll go.

His words hit me hard. I know he struggles with holding a spoon, fork, etc., but never did I think how that would make him feel to struggle in public. Something as simple as holding a spoon or fork, we don’t think twice about. We just do it. However, what if we couldn’t.

I encourage you today to stop and thank God, for those simple things you can do. Those things that are so second nature, that you never saw them as a blessing.

Things like holding your own spoon, bathing yourself, dressing yourself, holding your baby or grandchild, putting on your shoes, combing your hair, holding a pen, signing your name, etc. Those things may mean nothing to you, but I promise you they mean the world to those who can’t.

I feel so blessed today! Remember, count your blessings, not your problems!

Have a blessed day!

‪~Keishawna
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Take the Limits Off…

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When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do. Charles M. Schwab

Sometimes where we are in life is a direct result of what we spoke, declared, and believed over our life.

It doesn’t matter if every person you know has failed at a particular thing, it doesn’t mean you will fail.
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It’s A Matter of Trust!

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TRUST in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Proverbs 3:5

When most people drive across a bridge, they do so without thinking about whether or not the bridge will support them. They just intuitively trust that it will.
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Things Are Not Always as They Appear

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Just remember that sometimes, the way you think about a person isn’t the way they actually are. John Green

Just as you cannot always judge a book by its cover, you cannot always judge a person by his cover!

When I met my husband, his cover was beat up and bruised by life. Since I initially had no love interest in him, we became friends. As I opened the cover and turned the pages of his life, I knew I would become a part of his story.
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Life Is Like a Rollercoaster: Two Reasons You Should Not Worry

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Life is a roller coaster. You can either scream every time you hit a bump, or you can throw your hands up and enjoy the ride.
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In September, I screamed EVERY time I hit a bump. At the end of EVERY situation, I screamed for nothing because EVERY time it worked out.

God didn’t promise me my life would be trouble free. He did promise me two things.

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