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.
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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”

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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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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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