Sunday, September 23, 2012


Philippians 4:19
"my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus"

when i finally surrendered myself TOTALLY in prayer...i mean, when i was willing to lose EVERYTHING for Christ's sake, He came through for me.  He met my needs! 

God may i NEVER grow weak in THANKING YOU!

 i TRUSTED, You provided in Your PERFECT TIMING. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

i DID IT! through Christ who STRENGTHENED me!!

Philippians 4:13

"i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"

WHO? could not LOVE this??  i think TODAY is my favorite or favourite day of 40 DAYS IN THE WORD so far...i'm stoked!!  long story short, AND please quote me on this..."GOD DOES GIVE YOU STRENGTH".  end of story!!  You CAN do ALL things with HIS help! 

  • seek HIM
  • allow HIM
  • trust HIM
HE will meet you where you are!  He is waiting!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Philippians 2:13 - 4:5

i need to look to God EVERYDAY for strength.  He is working in ME!  He has brought me here.  He saw me through.  He has not stopped working.  i want to please Him.  i want others to know Him, through me, by me, because of me.  God give me strength.

precious Father, THANK YOU for Your strength and desire to do what is right.  You gave me HOPE.  You brought me through.  i will not stop doing for You and Your cause.

i will take what i have learned from my trials and grow and strengthen in Him.  For His glory.  for it is because of my past that i am who i am today.  i am a better person because of what i have gone through. 

Lord, You suffered so much for me.  i need to suffer for You.  help me everyday to press on for You.  for it's by my being weak that You make me strong.

i love YOU!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

when people look at me, what do they see?

Philippians 1:27 - 2:2

no matter what i go through in my life, i need to let people see Jesus!  i need to BLEED JESUS!  when i am put to the fire, i need for people to know that He will see me through.  He is how i got here.  He is who put me here! i am not suffering by mistake.   let me see suffering as an honoring.  God doesn't allow everyone to suffer. 

verse 27
"whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ"


verse 29
"for unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake"

i must not only believe in Him, and on His promises...BUT, i am given the "opportunity" to suffer.

what will i do with this opportunity?

verse 10 - 11
"that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth"

"and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father"

i love these two verses!!  REVERENCE! 



Monday, September 17, 2012

"pardon my progress; or MESS, God is still at work in my life"

40 days in the Word...week one

shall we say, let's kill two birds with one stone?  well, actually that sounds like a david thing, as i don't kill birds, he does...what i mean is this...the taylor family started a bible study group while we partake in 40 days in the Word...AND if i WRITE about what i study then i can kill two birds with one stone, so to speak, and i'll never give up a chance to WRITE!!..HERE GOES...

MY take on Philippians 1:1 - 1:26

"pardon my progress; or MESS, God is still at work in my life"

well, this week started with the book of Philippians and oh my gosh, just look what paul did in prison...can i not make a stand for Christ in my life, through my life, through my challenges, in my challenges, in spite of my challenges??  i think so...  i can't help but think where paul is and how the book begins with "GRACE BE UNTO YOU", (I LOVE LOVE LOVE TO ENCOURAGE!!)  and "PEACE".  GRACE AND PEACE..yes, thank you!!  God pours GRACE in the midst of our trials as if from a huge pitcher, right over our heads!  feel it?  right now? verse 3,  "i THANK my God upon every remembrance of you".  how often are WE thankful?  do we forget to BE thankful?  LIVE thankful?  LIVE THANKFULLY?  now, those were questions, ready for the statements?  THANKFUL.  BE THANKFUL.  LIVE THANKFUL.  LIVE THANKFULLY.  period!!  end of story!  not really, cause i'm still typing and i'm not done.  THANKFULLY, just as verse 6 states, "being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.", HE'S NOT DONE EITHER!!  with YOU, with ME!  i LOVE that i'm not done!!  i'm just getting started!! 

i truly BELIEVE, that just like paul, WE ARE WHERE WE ARE FOR A REASON.  ALLOW GOD TO WORK IN YOUR LIFE!  paul advanced the Gospel, in spite of his circumstances, CAN WE?  WE SHOULD!  so many of the verses speak of REJOICING and JOY!  i love those two words.    verse 20 speaks of BOLDNESS, not being ashamed of Christ being MAGNIFIED in us!  yes YOU!  AND ME!  let's LIVE our lives with BOLDNESS for Christ's sake.   verse 21 "for to me to LIVE is Christ, and to die is GAIN."  LIVING FOR CHRIST!  it will change your life!!  LET'S START NOW!!!

i love you all!

Monday, May 28, 2012

just a little WaLk in the PaRk...

 this morning i shared my walk in the park with the most PRECIOUS man!  he appeared to be in his upper 80's and from my years of experience of my granny batting alzheimers, i would bet the farm that he suffered from it as well. 
when i first came upon him, our eyes connected and i offered a friendly, "good morning!", he smiled ear to ear that i had spoken to him and he replied back with "good morning!" as well.  i walked past as his shuffling steps were much slower than mine and his smile lingered within me even as i had made a lap and was approaching him again.  this time, upon our eyes meeting he responded, "good morning!", as if we had never met.  immediately my heart sank and i became consumed with memories of similarities of my granny.  i continued my next lap telling myself that he did recognize me and that he just wanted to speak first this time, until i came upon him one more time....our eyes met and he responded with confidence in his heartfelt greeting, "GOOD MORNING!", my response with tears falling from my chin, "GOOD MORNING!".  i continued past wiping tears that were now flooding down my face, knowing for sure that he had either previously been given a diagnosis of alzheimer's or it would definitely be in his future.  never-the-less...I WAS THE LUCKY ONE that had met him in the park and had never been so glad that i had offered that initial, "good morning!" to him.  i continued walking hoping that i had made him as happy as he had made me.   while i know HE MAY NEVER REMEMBER THAT GIRL IN THE PARK, i will NEVER FORGET HIM!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

mercy vs grace

once again, i am so humbled by His grace! can't tell you how many days that has happened in this new life. on many occassions i have sat, or laid in bed pondering over the difference in "mercy and grace". often times i think people mistakedly use them interchangeably, as did i. the longer this remains in the forefront of my mind i believe that i finally get it. God has and is continually showing me the difference in my real life.

take for instance the past few years that were woven with pain, sadness and countless tears....

can't tell you how many prayers i prayed for God to provide His healing or provide me a way to my heart's safety. did i believe that would happen? not TRULY for many years! i kept getting in the way of His blessing, HIS ANSWERED PRAYER! His MERCY! once i truly believed, i mean TRULY believed...(got face down and butt up), HE answered my prayer! and, that story of HIS GREAT BLESSING will indeed be another writing when i have more time to give it the amount of words that it deserves!

however, it was His MERCY that provided a way to my heart's safety! His MERCY is what allows us to escape, be provided for, succeed! His GRACE is where the BLESSINGS come! so many times in my life i have MERCIFULLY been provided for. God shown His MERCY on my mother and at the same time He was there for her children. every time my mother was absent from my life...HE never left me! He was there molding me into who i am today. (the person i am so much that He has provided me the talent to put this into words.) that's where His GRACE comes in! as far back as i can remember, He has POURED HIS GRACE ON ME! when the dark veil of my mother's drugs and alcohol covered us in darkness, His MERCY allowed us girls to "unwrap" the darkness, the sin, the filth, the shame and begin again, walking with Him in His grace! my sister and i frequently and intentionally tell people it is His "grace" that has been poured on our heads to have allowed us to have survived, prevail into the women we are today. well, as i write this i am understanding that it wasn't His "grace", but His MERCY that allowed us to survive and it is His GRACE that we continue to live in so wonderfully!

this is where last night comes into i sat and watched generations play, laugh and LOVE! i was a part of that. so GRACIOUSLY a part of that! i have always been a "simple" girl, loving the simple things in life! the things you can't buy, but have a worth beyond belief! enter one special lady who gripped my heart and reminded me so much of my mam maw. when i saw this jewel i realized God had sprinkled these women all over to provide His blessings in so many deserving places. my mam maw was a true woman of God who touched so many lives during hers. God provided me precious times with her growing up and all along He was instilling in me some of her wonderful qualities. God used this special woman last night as not only a reminder to me of those wonderful qualities that have been passed down through the generations, but as a reminder of His goodness to us!!

i am so magnificently GRATEFUL for who He has provided, how he has provided and that He continues to provide for me and Taylor! some mornings, this one included i open my eyes and sometimes say outloud, "is this my life?" with tears streaming down my face, i answer myself! let me be the first to tell you i have had His grace POURED on me, but right now IT IS RAINING GRACE! it is everywhere i look, everywhere i go, everywhere i breath!

now, anyone who knows me, KNOWS that i am scooping up the grace, puting it in bottles and buckets as fast as i can for those who i might encounter who need some as well! that's just who i am!! p.s....I LOVE THAT!!! my GRACE just called and i'm about to get ready for the day and it's blessings.

today we will celebrate a very special blessing who is turning two. thank you God for allowing me to be a part of his life and belly laughs. may today be a true blessing to many, a raining of Your grace. today will be a day where no umbrella is needed...let me dance in the rain!!!!