Alternate Routes Are Sometimes Blessings

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Yesterday, on the way to an important meeting, I missed my exit. I was upset because my GPS previously indicated I would be ten minutes late. Now, I had to take an alternate route to get to my destination. I just knew I would now arrive even later.

After my initial whining and “why, God?”, I looked at my GPS and realized the alternate route put me on course to arrive ON TIME.

LESSON OF THE DAY: What you think is a missed opportunity, a delay, a wrong turn, a bad decision, etc., may actually be a blessing in disguise. Don’t be so quick to throw up your hands and count yourself out. TRUST that God has a plan and will work the situation out for your good (Romans 8:28)! When you get off track, He knows how to reroute you to your destination!

Have a blessed day and an awesome week!

‪~Keishawna

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The Power of Words

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Normally, I am a woman of many words. However, here lately in one particular area of my life, I have been unusually silent.

I truly believe that our WORDS have power! Our words can either BUILD UP our lives and those around us, or TEAR DOWN our lives and those around us. It’s a choice. Choose wisely!
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The Blessing in God Wrecking Your Plans

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In January, I wrote a post called Everything Has Its Time. If you haven’t read it, click here to do so. After that post, God closed one door in my life and opened a new one. I was beyond excited!

However, for some reason (false loyalty, pride, fear, etc.), I kept my hand on the doorknob of the closed door as I walked through this new door. I tried to stay committed to something that God clearly removed me from.
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When Chaos Feels Like Peace

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“Whatever you’re doing inside of me, it feels like chaos but somehow there’s peace”

Sanctus Real

If a principal, boss, doctor, etc., has ever called you to his or her office, you know the agonizing feeling of waiting to hear what he or she has to say.

Some of us are sitting in the lobby area of God’s office waiting for Him to call us in and tell us the outcome of a situation, the next steps to take, or the reasons behind our current circumstance.

As we wait, all the unknowns, what ifs and possible outcomes (whether good or bad) race through our minds.
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A Psalm Moment: A Prayer for Guidance, Deliverance and Forgiveness

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I came across Psalm 25 during a recent bible study. So many parts of it ministered to my soul.

One thing I know for sure is when you are dealing with issues of life, you will never go wrong when you pray and confess God’s word over your life.

I pray that as you read this Psalm, parts of it becomes real to you. I pray it gives you a restored sense of peace and hope that God loves YOU! God will deliver you out of your troubles when you TRUST Him. God will forgive your sins when you CONFESS to Him. God will guide you when you ASK and are willing to OBEY.

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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.
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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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