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Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

As I opened the Bible app on my phone to do my morning Bible reading, I hadn’t been particularly thinking or searching for this verse a day or two ago. Actually, to be quite honest, I haven’t been so disciplined in reading my Bible as I should.  Yet Isaiah 41:10 popped up unannounced and unasked as the Bible verse of the day.  Undoubtedly this is perhaps one of my top 10 “go to” verses in the Bible–you know the ones that you can recite in your sleep and that serve as a bedrock to any situation. How many times have I read this verse? How many times has it calmed me in times of uncertainty, fear or despair?  Yet this time, as is often the case when reading God’s word… this time it spoke to me a little differently.  In moments prior, the last three lines always anchored me—God’s strengthens me, helps me and upholds me.  But on this particular day as I read, my heart, my eyes, my entire being centered on the first two lines.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”  Over and over I read: “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

Then closing my eyes and meditating on it:  “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”

Then the revelation, peace and joy that comes with the piercing power of God’s word:  “God is with me! He is God! God is with me! He’s my God!” It was almost like I said to myself: “Girl don’t you know God is God and He’s with you? What’s wrong with you? What you worried about?”

Of course if you are a Christian you’ve heard that preached in countless sermons, taught in many bible study studies or you’ve just read it for yourself.  And of course we know in theory God is with us.  But how often  do we forget?  How common for us to know it in theory but not live as if we believe it or know it?  So frequently we don’t  live it in or day to day experience. It is so easy to give that encouraging word to someone else, but we can’t embrace it for ourselves.   And if you don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior, you may not know the beauty of God’s blessed assurance to be faithful to His people at all.

So as the last fleeting hours of 2015 pass us by and we embark on the adventure of the unknown in 2016, like me you  may be having moments of reflection, pursuing goals for the coming year, seeking strategies for the next steps and holding some apprehension about who, what, where and how to do it all.   It’s natural for these feelings to come. But the message is simple:   “Fear not, for I am with you; Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.”

Notice God didn’t say, “Fear not, I’m going to give power or make you wealthy or give you this or that.”  He simply said, “I am with you.  I am your God.”  And when we have Him, really and truly in every dimension of our lives, He is all we need.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine…..and yet still I rise!

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

 

 

 

 

 

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Sin, deliverance, grace, faith and mercy.  We throw these words around freely assuming that people understand what they mean. Yet one can’t help but think, “Do people truly understand the Gospel and its significance for their lives?”  Are people grasping the basic teachings and foundations of Christianity?  Do we truly understand what it means to be saved and have eternal life through Jesus Christ?  So in my last post I began to talk about how we in sharing our faith and even every now and again as we teach and preach from the pulpit, have to lay down the basics of Christ and Christianity for our audience.

But before I can go any further however, I think it is absolutely necessary to lay out what I consider to be some essential truths or perspectives that I personally consider PARAMOUNT in following God through Jesus Christ. I learned pretty early-on if you get a good handle of these concepts, its makes it just a little easier to develop and grow in your relationship with the Lord.  This list is by no means exhaustive and please note the disclaimer that this is my personal opinion.  I am sure others and perhaps even some of you reading right now if asked may have similar overlapping suggestions or perspectives that may be somewhat different. Either way, I pray that this list will help bring some enlightenment and understanding to someone as we aim to go back to the basics of Christianity.

Here we go…

1) You cannot follow God strictly by intellect.  Get over how brilliant you think you are.

I know….Ouch!  But yes, you are hearing right.  The truth is, you are just not that smart.  This was a difficult lesson I had to learn firsthand because of the way I am naturally wired. Listen, I’m blessed to work as a medical professional.  By nature I am analytical, detail –oriented and somewhat of a deep thinker.  Confidence, sound judgment and at times quick decisive action are just a few of the skills that I must have in my arsenal in order to care for those who walk through my office door.  All of these facets of intellect allow me to do what I do, just as it allows you to perform certain tasks using the talents and gifts you have been given.

It’s not quite so simple when it comes to the Lord. Why?  Because God is beyond human understanding.  He is an oxymoron in every way. He’s in some ways simple yet mind-blowingly complex; He is loving, gentle, compassionate and meek and at the same time frightening and terrible, especially in times of anger or quite frankly just because of His majestic power.  He can come quiet as a dove or as forceful as a raging fire storm. He knows everything about everything at all times and in all places. Sometimes He gives, sometimes He takes away. Sometimes He punishes, sometimes He pardons.  I could go on and on. My point is, you could merge together the genius of the world’s greatest minds throughout history and it would not begin to scratch the surface of God’s wisdom and knowledge.  And on top of that, He shares with us what He chooses to share.  So there are things you will learn and understand about God because He chooses to share them. And things you will not know because he hides it or alternately because our limited human minds cannot understand it.

A widely accepted basic belief that is rooted in the teachings of ancient philosophers and commonly accepted in Christianity and among many world religions today is that human beings are essentially made of 2 main parts:   the material and the immaterial or what is considered the natural (the things in the world we can detect with our human senses) and supernatural (those things in the world that are present beyond the natural senses).  That being said, there are different theories proposed to further explain the makeup of human beings with 2 such popular thoughts in Christianity being the tripartite theory and bipartite theory of humankind. Stay with me now! The tripartite theory asserts that human beings are comprised of three main parts:  body, soul and spirit.  The bipartite theory asserts that human beings are made up of two parts:  body and soul/spirit.  So in other words, although tripartite and bipartite theory share the belief that human beings are made of the body, bipartite theory sees no separation between soul and spirit.  The word soul or the word spirit are different words that can both be used to describe the same thing.[1] Tripartite theory would argue that the soul is a distinct entity and the spirit is a distinct entity.  For reasons beyond the scope of discussion for this blog post, my personal belief is in the tripartite theory of man so I will elaborate more from that perspective.  I hope you are still with me? I know some of this detailed information may seem pointless, but trust me in believing you will soon see that these points will help to bring greater insight into why following God is not strictly about intellect and reason.   Almost there!

So the body constitutes the natural or material part of us. It would include our natural senses, organs and limbs for example.  It is essentially the parts of us that can be seen, heard, touched, smelled, etc. and it is also through the natural senses that we interact with the natural world we live in.

The soul and spirit are considered to be more supernatural aspects of ourselves and the parts we know the least about. The soul is made up of the mind (intellect, reasoning and judgment), will (the power of choosing one’s own actions, conscious choice in regards to actions or thoughts, desires)[2] and emotions (feelings).  It is through the soul that we have our cravings, passions, appetite and desires for certain things.   You can now imagine why someone with a “sick” soul can make bad decisions based on irrational judgment or unhealthy emotions.

And then there is the spirit. This is perhaps the most mysterious and supernatural aspect of us that we know.  The spirit is believed to be the part of us that makes us conscious or aware of God.

It operates in ways outside of the natural world as we know it. Now am I saying we don’t use our minds in some capacity to have a relationship with God? Of course not.  You have to love and follow God with every dimension of your being:  your body, your soul and your spirit.   But the ego and pride that naturally comes with our human intellect must be buried to follow and love God. First as I keep emphasizing, your intellect is less than adequate to fully decipher the vastness of God so there is no reason to boast. Second, if you approach God with a superior know-it-all mindset, how can you ever humble yourself and give Him the reverence that He demands and the honor that He is due?

Because of sin (deeper discussion in later posts), every human being is born with what is known as an unregenerate spirit. It means by nature, humans are naturally wicked and we naturally oppose the things of God. However, when we open ourselves, surrender our will and allow God’s Spirit to have an authentic encounter with our spirit, he will give you the gift of spiritual regeneration.  In other words, God will illuminate, renew, restore and transform your spirit and cause you to gravitate to Him. And your regenerated spirit, under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit will then influence your soul and body to live a life that honors and desires God and the things of God.[3]  The deeper in relationship you get with God, the more your appetite and cravings will be for Him and what He represents. Through this ongoing transforming process, you will learn to love the Lord God with all your body, soul and spirit.  It is

especially through our spiritual connection with God, as God Himself is a Spirit that we get insight based on what God shares with us that is outside of what the mind can understand.  It is primarily by the leading of our spirit by God’s Spirit that we love Him, obey Him and love each other, even the unlovable, when it naturally doesn’t make sense and when we naturally would choose to do the opposite.  It is God’s amazing Spirit that enables us to do extraordinary things beyond our natural human ability. The concept of the spirit will come up over and over again in this Back to Basics series where I can elaborate further on this crucial part of who we are.  Furthermore, this Spirit-to spirit connection between us and our Creator is why people can still worship, have relationship and connection with God despite mental, intellectual or physical disability.  The point is not to get hung on the details but to realize that God connects with us prominently through the supernatural aspects of ourselves.  He wants to have a deep connection with you!

At the risk of becoming too long winded, I will stop here for now.  Looks like each concept will have to be its own separate post versus completing it all in one writing as I initially thought.

So remember—the mind and the intellect is a gift from God.  But make it easier on yourself and humble yourself from now. Never think you are sharp enough to outthink or fully grasp Him.  He will baffle you every time.  A mind tempered in humility is the best mind to have….and yet still I rise.

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

Bibliography

[1] Strauss, Lehman, “Man A Trinity (Body, Soul, Spirit),” published June 14, 2004, https://bible.org/seriespage/2-man-trinity-spirit-soul-body (accessed October 14, 2015).

[2] Dictionary.com, s.v. “Willl,” http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/will (accessed October 17, 2015).

[3] Strauss, Lehman  “Man A Trinity (Body, Soul, Spirit)

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As the summer is winding down and we are moving full steam to the last quarter of the year 2015, the perceptive mind will reveal that now is the time of “back to.” For many students in the United States and in other parts of the world, August and September marks the dreaded end of summer break and the time of going “back to” school; for many on holiday, now is the time of going “back to” work; even this Sunday September 20th, 2015 marks the annual return of what has been dubbed as “Back to Church Sunday,” where churches across the nation make a concerted effort to draw those who have strayed away from or who do not know about the Christian faith into their open doors.
Yet, as I took an excellent course on biblical theology over this summer with Dr. Louis A. DeCaro Jr., I was reminded that in sharing our Christian faith we have to sometimes follow this “back to” theme. We have to look back in order to continue to progress forward. We have to be intentional about going “back to the basics!” So often we teach and preach the Gospel assuming that our audience understands common Christian terms and concepts. We throw out terms like grace, deliverance and redemption freely. Do people really, especially those new or early in the Christian faith, know what they mean? Do people even know what the Gospel is? Do people understand what the term means when we say it?
It’s time to get “back to basics!”

We share the truth that Jesus died as a living sacrifice for our sins so that we would have everlasting life and be restored in right standing with God. How many truly grasp and understand this concept? Has anyone taken the time to really explain the core meaning of salvation and the magnitude of its implications? Or are people left with unanswered questions like what is sin? What do I need to be saved from? Who cares if Jesus died—doesn’t every religion lead to God?
Beloved it’s time to revert “back to basics!”

How many people attend church week after week out of duty, ritual or family tradition, but have no true understanding of what we teach? How many Christians have a robotic connection with God, just going through the motions, while lacking a richly authentic and fulfilling relationship with the Creator? How many people fall away from the Christian faith when trials come because they were never properly anchored in the first place?
People of God we must heed the call to get back to the true foundation—we must run “back to the basics!”

So often we look to the Bible as an anecdote for life’s problems, a guide book of how to live, for encouragement and hope. Sure the Bible tells of us man’s origin, what the end will look like and insight into the character and nature of God. It gives us wisdom on a vast array of subjects including relationships, morality and social justice. No one can deny that the Bible is a strategic map to living your best life, the blueprint to understanding God and His ways and is the Word and declaration of God. Yes! The Bible is and does all of these things!

But despite all of these themes, Biblical Theology emphasizes that the primary theme or core concept of the Bible is that it is God’s story of love for what He created and how from a posture of love, He intentionally worked to save His creation (yes that includes you!). The Bible is the powerful and inspiring documentation of how God simply saved. Saved intentionally, step by-and-step and with unfathomable love.

Now despite all I have said, I realize that depending on the audience it is not always necessary to explain every basic concept when preaching or teaching on a large scale. It is assumed certain concepts are understood as people are more mature Christians. Of course, it is sometimes appropriate to focus on specific themes like victory, breakthrough, hope, faith, anointing, etc. as the Holy Spirit directs us. And small groups like Bible studies and other focused meetings are designed to teach and elaborate on the basics of Christianity especially for new believers. But especially when evangelizing (sharing with others about our Christian faith) and every now and again even from the pulpit, we must take the time to teach the simple truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the story of redemption.

Journey with me over the next few posts, as the Lord leads, as I attempt to just simply share what I have learned and understand about the Gospel and God’s story of redemption (will even explain this word in later posts). I humbly don’t profess to have every answer nor am I trying to do a comprehensive teaching about Christianity. But simply based on my own experiences and the teachings that I have accepted from a variety of sources on my Christian walk, I will share what I understand at this point to be the truth…..my truth. Please feel free to comment, correct or share your own understanding and experiences as we go along. If you can bring insight into a certain topic, please share. My prayer is that someone will be drawn to Jesus Christ, others will get further understanding of who He is and we will all be reminded, even those who know Him, that God indeed loves us with an unapolegtic, everlasting love!

A firm and basic foundation will always lift you higher….and yet still I rise.
With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,
Stillirise323

Good morning friends,
This morning I was sharing this message with a friend of mine going through a difficult time where she has been mistreated and I felt led to share more globally. It is something I am sure many of you have heard before and already know. However, sometimes as we go through our difficulties, we are feeling low or people make us feel like we are less than we are, we forget and take God’s love for granted. I pray this will minister to someone and serve as a reminder to us all. You are loved!


Jeremiah 31:3 New International Version
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

Roman 8.26 NKJV
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Good morning! This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in this day! No matter what we are facing we are alive and God is for us! So we always win!

God is so amazing. The scripture is saying you don’t have to have fancy words to pray. Just talk to God sincerely. And sometimes when we are so distressed and don’t have the words, the Spirit of God that is in us will go to God on our behalf. Even when we don’t have the words to speak God understands when we groan, cry out or just send thoughts and prayers to Him in our mind. He knows our heart. And He has compassion for us. No matter what we do God loves us even in our flaws. Don’t try to compare God’s love to human love. Although it is hard not too. God loves us in a way that is hard for us to imagine.

He loves you when you do well or even when you mess us. He loves the murderer, the robber and the thief. He loves the liar, the prostitute and the con artist. He may not love our actions but He loves us. He loves us all. He just wants you to surrender to Him, let Him take control, heal you and change you for the better. So you can be the very best you can be.
Even when people don’t love you or treat you right remember God loves you! You are loved! You are His beloved! You are His daughter (or son), His princess (or prince), His masterpiece, His treasure, His joy! Receive and be healed in God’s love.

Everyday wake up, look in the mirror and say: I am God’s , masterpiece! God loves me! God loves me and I love me! I am loved!

With peace and blessings may you be restored and renewed in God’s love!

Stillirise323

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”
Philippians 1:12, NIV
It is inevitable in life to go through some tough times. As long as you draw breath, trouble in some form is a given. God never promised us an easy life. Yet, sometimes like me, you must wonder, what is the purpose.
Well, God is pretty amazing in that he is a multi-tasker. He can kill several birds with one stone, accomplish many purposes in one shot and get all the glory.

Although I admit not always pleasant to endure, your troubles and trials will make you better. If you allow them to and submit to the process, the Holy Spirit can use them to make you stronger, increase your faith and sharpen you overall. Through trials we can become more like Christ.

But beyond that, as Paul says in this scripture, your story can help advertise the Gospel and the good news of salvation (deliverance from the oppression of sin) through Jesus Christ. As God helps you endure, as you display your trust and faith in Him even in the darkest hour, as He keeps you in a state of perfect peace and as He works miracles and solutions in your favor, you will draw people to the person and glory of God.

So what are you going to do? I say this just as much for myself, as someone who sometimes has their own struggles of faith during difficult times, as I say this to you. Are you going to allow the time of trial to be a waste? Or are you going to allow God to use it to reshape you for the better and bring glory and honor to His name?

Let your test be a great testimony for the glory of God and an instrument to bring people to salvation in Jesus Christ!

And yet still I rise,

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

Stillirise323

Hello WordPress family!

For those of you who have gotten this already through Facebook, so sorry for the redundancy.  But hope it will help you to keep us on your radar!
I am so pleased to announce that I have finally given birth! Ok now that I have your attention, I didn’t literally give birth in the manner you may be thinking, not to a human child anyway. But to the baby, the ministry, the purpose that God gave me back in 2013. I am delighted to introduce to you THE REMNANT INC!
The Remnant Inc. is 501(c)3 non-profit Christian humanitarian outreach organization dedicated to helping those in need and spreading the love and gospel of Jesus Christ to all.
Back in 2013, I was led to start this task. However, the Lord in His grace and wisdom had to prepare me in different ways to handle this responsibility for the appointed season. Although there is still much to learn, the Lord by His divine providence determined that now is the time to move forward.

Now that we are here, this is where the real work begins. This baby needs your support through love, prayers, donations and even your physical presence at times to flourish, grow and achieve the purpose it was created for!
Throughout the Bible, especially in the Old Testament we get a glimpse of how God’s chosen people repeatedly rebel against Him despite His unconditional love, mercy and faithfulness. However, God always had a REMNANT, which literally is defined as a fragment or portion, of people who stayed loyal to Him and His ways. In like manner, we at The Remnant Inc. humbly hope and pray in these modern times to be the “remnant” empowered by God’s grace to do His will and accomplish the purpose He has for our lives.

Will you seek to be among the faithful “remnant” that is committed to God and His ways? Do you strive to do justice, extend mercy and walk humbly with God?
Please like our Facebook page and visit our website at www.theremnantinc.com for more information. Subscribe to get regular updates about our activities, upcoming projects and stay informed of how you can help. We cannot do this work without you! Any donation, no matter the amount, is invaluable in ministering to the people we are called to reach. We thank you in advance for all your love, encouragement and support!
May the Lord bless and keep you!
Tanesha

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Thank you so much Supriya Sandu for the beautiful logo and Taneki Dacres of the Vine Publishing Inc. for the fantastic website

waterfall-4Browsing through some old email, I came across a message I sent to some of my family on New Year’s Day– a message I had completely forgotten about.  Having re-read it and as we are all family, I felt encouraged to share with you.  Although this is a New Year’s message, as we reach the halfway mark of 2014 let us all be reminded today and everyday to make God the upmost priority in our lives.

P.s. If you are wondering about what happened to daddy, check the post: I Know It Was The Blood from December 2013. God is good! Be blessed!

On Wednesday, January 1, 2014 4:31 PM,
Hello and Happy New Year Family,
I truly wish you a year filled with health, prosperity, God’s richest blessings and every good thing from heaven above in the year 2014. We know 2013 was a bit of a trying year for most of us. It was one year ago that our beloved May May took sick and after a valiant fight, lost her life to cancer. In addition Jennifer’s mom Ms. Mavis passed. Keisha also has had an exceptionally trying year with the loss of loved ones and of course there was this unexpected close call and shocker with daddy. Thank God for His mercy for sparing daddy’s life. Through it all, God has kept us. Life is full of trials and suffering, things happen to us that don’t make sense and day to day things can get so overwhelming. Although it was so hard to lose those we love, I am writing to specifically speak to the incident with daddy and the impact it should have on our lives. God preserving Daddy’s life is undeniably due to the hand of our Lord miraculously stepping in to save him. From Mommy being home with him, to him making it to the doctor, to the doctor thinking quickly to order the echocardiogram, to the echocardiogram tech being available at the right time, halting her lunch to do the test, to the helicopter taking him immediately to the hospital, etc. etc—–everything was not done by coincidence or random chance. Everything was done under the divine guidance and specific direction of God. Sometimes God will allow close calls to happen for us to open our eyes, acknowledge Him and recognize who He is. He allows those tests for us to recognize that He has all control and we are fully dependent on Him.  All of us know God and all of us have some foundation in God. But that is not enough. God does not want a passing here and there relationship where we seek Him when something happens and barely acknowledge Him when things are good.

He wants you to surrender your life to Him, repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. He wants you to do your best to live for Him and fulfill your purpose. He wants you to represent who He is and bring other people to know Him. Essentially, He wants a full relationship. Just like you take time to develop relationships with your family, husband, friends–God wants you to take that time and effort to get to know Him. When you live for God, it doesn’t mean you will always understand what He does (His knowledge is far above human knowledge and He sees things we cannot see); doesn’t mean you won’t mess up, doesn’t mean you won’t go through difficulties and doesn’t mean you will understand all that happens in this life. But I can personally tell you the more you walk with God, the more peace you have despite difficulties, the more joy you have even when you don’t have everything you want, the more you will begin to appreciate what matters in life and will let go of the unnecessary things. He gives you just what you need even when by worldly standards it doesn’t seem enough. Also in God we have the hope by faith of living forever in heaven in complete joy and bliss–no more suffering, pain or difficulties. And finally when you walk with God and take time to really know Him, you begin to understand Him more. You begin to know His voice and you understand when He is guiding you and when it is not Him guiding you. You can’t understand and know God by natural thinking or by your physical body. Our brains alone cannot comprehend Him. You get to know and understand God best by spending time with Him and by your spirit. That instinct of feeling something is going to happen, something in your mind telling you to do something (Jamaican people love to say “mi mind tell mi seh fi do….) or go a certain direction; that unexplained gut feeling is God’s spirit communicating with your spirit and guiding you. It is a supernatural thing that can’t be explained by nature. As you spend more time with God you will begin to know when God is speaking through words, other people, a song anything. You will feel He is addressing you by and in your spirit. You really get to know Him like you would your father, friend, brother or husband. How do you grow in this? After giving your life to Christ, then you spend time with God by praying, reading the bible, going to church and letting people who God has gifted to teach about Him share their knowledge. Your spirit will begin to be more sensitive to God’s spirit and with time you want to follow God overall because you know that even though it doesn’t always make sense at first, God’s plan is the best for you.original-abstract-tree-landscape-painting--stained-glass-tree-2-amy-giacomelli

So I say all this to say, all of us, especially after witnessing what happened to daddy have to draw closer to God and truly do better and live for Him. I include myself too, because although I have been living more for God, I can always do better. I know I need to be more patient, have a better attitude at times, etc. But doing better goes for anyone–pastor, minister, anyone. We will never be perfect in this life until we go to heaven–growing in God and becoming the best person He wants you to be is a lifelong process. The goal is to everyday become more like Jesus–the only man that never sinned and walked in complete love and humility serving God and loving and serving mankind. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve and the sin of the world, we will never become like Jesus on earth. But the idea is to grow, grow and grow some more. So for those of us in the group who have already given our life to God and are actively trying to live the life, do better. For those of us who may have given our life in the past, but kind of strayed away , rededicate your life back to Christ. Stop doing those things that are not pleasing to God. For those who have never done it, why not give your life today? As we have seen over this year, tomorrow is promised to none of us. You never know when your turn is up. But when you live for God, the hope of heaven makes dealing with things a little easier and death doesn’t seem as scary; although we know in all honesty it’s not an easy thing to deal with. My prayer every day always is that those I love will go to heaven. I don’t want anyone I care for especially my family going to hell. So please, don’t take what happened for granted. And for God’s sake , don’t take God for granted if you can help it. We all do it from time to time–but let’s get better about not doing that. We can’t go back to business as usual. God only wants us to love Him and for us to accept His love because He loves us so much. Just like none of us likes rejection, God does not either. Make a decision to live fully for Him today. People may try to find fulfillment in other people, possessions, drugs, alcohol, money and a host of other things. But those things only bring temporary fulfillment. God made us so that we can only get complete fulfillment through Him. Not through children, wife, husband, money, anything. Those things can make you happy don’t get me wrong. But still there will always be that feeling that something is missing. That is because only God alone can fulfill every hole, every gap and every longing of our soul. We were created to have a relationships with Him.

So think about where you stand today and begin to take the step to surrender to God. I promise you once you do, you don’t want to turn back or even if you fall for a little while, you don’t want to stay back. You will want to live a life that honors God and you naturally begin to love the things he loves and hate the things He hates that are not good for us. He will transform your life in ways you never could imagine. Sorry this is so long but this was something I felt in my spirit to share by the Lord’s leading. Love you all so much. I really am so blessed to have such a wonderful, loving, talented and supportive group of people in my life.

May 2014 be the best year of you life!
Love you
T