Friday, January 19, 2018

Where Is Your Focus?



Our thoughts and our focus determine what actions we will take. When we treasure something, we invest time and energy into it. Our material possessions, our careers, our education, and our relationships all have the capability to become earthly treasures which can easily take captive of our hearts and minds. The more we exalt earthly treasures and belongings, the more our hearts and minds will be consumed with worry about losing them. The remedy is to grab hold of and cling to those things that the Lord values. When we seek the things of the Lord, our hearts will change to be more like His. Only then will the things we value begin to change as well. 

As we close this week out, I want you to really take some time and meditate on what or whom do you treasure and rejoice? What priority does the Lord and His Word have in your life? Then let's chat about it next week. 

Speaking of chatting... I'm tossing around the idea of starting some video trainings. Maybe some vlogs or Zoom trainings. Message me if you'd be interested in attending and joining in. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Remember to focus on the good today! You are better than you think and you have so much more ahead of you than what is behind you. 

Take time to read Psalms 119 this morning and refocus and concentrate on Him today. 

My prayer this morning:  
Father God, I surrender to You all that is mine to you today to use in any way that will best serve the purpose You have for me. Remind me that Your treasures of irrevocable salvation, irreversible forgiveness, unconditional love, power of prayer, unshakable faith, and my eternal hope of heaven should always outweigh my visible earthly possessions and obsessions. Help me to make Your priorities and Your Word my main priority. Help me to love the things and people You love and to treasure the things that You treasure. And, Lord, I pray a special covering over every person reading this right now. Lord, I pray your blessings, healings and restoration over them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's challenge — Be a blessing. It's so much better to give than receive. The joy of being a blessing is indescribable! #GrowTheGood

Have a wonderfully blessed day and weekend! 

Love,
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fear is Not From God — How To Overcome Your Fear





Fear can have a tight hold on us, and it can keep us from really experiencing all that God has in store for us. 
I want you to really understand that fear is not from God, but you should have a reverent fear of the Lord in the sense that you are in awe of him. There is also the fear that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. That kind of fear is a warning, telling you to avoid danger. That's not what I am talking about. 
The kind of fear I am talking about is fear the enemy sends our way. Once we let that kind of fear take root, it can become the default mode in which we operate. My fears have caused me to parent from a place of fear more than once, miss out on keen opportunities in my career; and most recently,  the disruption in a calling on my life from the Lord. That is scary! With God, I have been working to overcome these — and you can overcome your fears too. 
Fear is one of THE MOST powerful weapons the enemy tries to use against us, but with faith we can overcome fear. 
When you raise your shield of faith, you can extinguish the flaming arrows the enemy sends your way. There may be times when you feel you need help holding up your shield of faith. If you find yourself in a place where you feel too worn out to fight, you can ask others to pray with you and for you. Don't ever think you are weak because you ask for prayer. It has taken a lot for me to learn this; and, honestly, I still struggle with it from time to time. However, calling in reinforcements that can raise their shields of faith around you is a strategic move. A good soldier never goes into battle alone, and you don't have to either. When the arrows come flying at you, raise your shield and call in reinforcements. Stand STRONG with your feet FIRMLY planted on the Word of God, and you will extinguish the flaming arrows of the enemy. 
Today my prayer for you is taken from Deuteronomy 31:6. Just as Moses was turning over the reigns to Joshua as the new leader, He encouraged him and the people. Don't you think Joshua was scared and fearful? I'm sure I would have been.  But just as Moses told him to "be strong and of good courage," I encourage you also. 
My Prayer: Lord, your Word tells us to be strong and of good courage. I need you to give me that strength and courage. I need you to give the person reading this that courage and strength . I no longer want to be afraid, and Lord, I believe you are the one who goes with me. I believe you will not leave me or forsake me. I give you my fear, Lord, because with you, I do not need to fear. Thank you, God, for being here for me always. Amen. 
Don't let your fears stop you. There is so much more God has in store for you, waiting just on the other side of your fears. Go open the door and get what He's designed just for you. 

Today's challenge.... Be a blessing! It's so much better to give than to receive. 

Love, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for my pain.




Thank you, Lord, for my pain. 

Yes, you read that right. And, yes, you read that and probably took a double-take and thought "she's a little crazy." (giggle) Well, I won't deny a little 'crazy.' But, read on... I promise, you'll understand. 

Yesterday evening I posted a "frustrated post" on Facebook venting about the level of pain I'm still in 5 weeks post-surgery. I admit, I do have a severe case of cabin fever after being inside these 4-walls for 5 weeks (exactly today). Most have to be careful for 8 weeks post-op but there are very few cases like mine. I love always being in that "exception" pool! (insert your biggest, cheesiest smile here!) 

God woke me this morning (very early... 3'ish) and beckoned me to my knees and I am so thankful that He loves me enough to wake me and teach me. 

After praying and some silence listening with Him, I began to understand that there IS joy in my pain. The alternative is it could always be much worse!  

Truth is, we all have pains and issues we deal with. But never forget what the Bible tells us in James 1:2-8 to "count it all joy when you fall into various trials....it produces patience." WOW! I love how much He loves me! How He uses my shortcoming so others can prosper and learn with me. We serve such a gracious and merciful God! 

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." (James‬ ‭1:2-3‬)

Whatever you're going through, rest assured that it is for a purpose and just a season. I am actually excited to see what and where this leads me to next. God has never failed me yet and I expect BIG MIRACLES and a GREAT TESTIMONY when I'm through this. And mark my word, I will get through this - just as you will. 

Today's challenge....Be a blessing! 

Love,
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

What Are You Plugged Into?


In this age of technology, I find myself having to make room in my carry-on bag, purse or my luggage for all my chargers. I have two phone chargers: one for the car and one for the wall outlet. My computer and charger take up space, but how could I even think of traveling without them? 

My family was in for the weekend and I got to thinking about the number of chargers they each carried on the trip. Then I thought about the number of chargers my little family of 3 carries on each trip we take. It got me to thinking about how much importance we put on being "plugged in" and "fully charged" when it comes to our electronics. 

Heaven forbid we should let our batteries die. Thankfully, all the devices have a warning on them to tell us we are running on empty. I plug each device in each night before I go to bed so they are fully charged and ready to go in the morning. 

Wouldn't it be great if people made it as much of a priority to recharge their souls—by plugging into God's Word, prayer, and church—as they do to recharge their electronics? 

Often, we go through our days looking like we have it together on the outside, yet on the inside we are running on empty. It is as if our souls are flashing the red warning light, trying to tell us that we are running on empty but we neglect to find our chargers until something major happens (and our device shuts down). I wish I could understand why we are so quick to keep all our devices charged while we move through life on empty. Just opening a Bible, plugging into God, is a surefire way to recharge us. 

Just as we have to rely on our chargers to keep our favorite electronic gadgets running, we need to be relying on God, his Word, and Prayer to keep our souls fully charged. 

What are you plugging into? Is it really working for you, or are you just going through the motions, the bare minimum, so you don't completely shut down? Are you running on empty while your phone is fully charged? 

Today, I challenge you to stop and make some time to plug into God with prayer and spend some time in your Bible. Then, find time to pray. As with the other days, I am giving you a scripture to look at but I want you to pray your own words today, not mine. Let your time with God recharge you. Turn on some praise and worship music and give God praise. After-all, if you're reading this, clearly He's not finished with you yet. Get yourself recharged like you make it a point to charge your phone. Make it a point to recharge yourself daily by plugging into God.

"He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength." (Isaiah‬ ‭40:29‬)

Have an amazingly blessed day & stay warm! 

Blessings, 

Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Monday, January 15, 2018

You Are More Than the Choices That You Make

Love spending time with my Lord every morning.  It truly gets my feet planted on solid ground and kickstarts my day. 

I have a couple of go-to devotions that I absolutely love and this mornings was just too good not to share. 

Often people allow the choices they make to define how they see themselves. They see a big scarlet letter, a label that can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Those unhealthy labels are lies the enemy wants us to never let go of. 

Because of God's love, we are remade and are no longer labeled by our past mistakes. With God, we can find our true identity. I have seen women move from lives of sorrow to lives of joy when they opened their hearts to receive his love and forgiveness. In him, they were truly remade. They tossed away any labels the enemy had them believing and raised their eyes to the Lord for a true picture of who they are! 

Scripture has a lot to say about who we are in Christ, and when we dig in to find the truth we can expose the lies we have believed about who we are. By looking to God and to scripture you will find that God's love is enormous and that you can find your identity in him and not in your mistakes. 

God created you and has a plan for you. You need to understand that, no matter what lies you have believed, God sees you as his beloved daughter. And, when you allow God to erase the lies you carry from your past, you will begin to see yourself as he sees you: without blame. 

Lord, please help the woman who is reading this to see how beautiful she is in your eyes. May she know that the lies the enemy has fed her and the labels he has tried to place on her are not true. The truth lies in how you see her. In your eyes, God, she is your masterpiece. Amen.

Now, take a few moments to read the three scriptures linked to this devotion and let the truth of them take root in your heart. Next, say your own prayer asking God help you see yourself as he sees you. It doesn't need to be long or fancy. God is concerned about the heart behind the words, not how fancy they are. 

"But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)," (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:4-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

"just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love," (Ephesians‬ ‭1:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Have a blessed day and week!! 

Candye~
"G18Mommy"
"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stop Blaming Yourself...

  

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents, but that the works of God might be revealed in Him."

That was so confusing for me to digest. So never be afraid to ask questions. After all, this question from the disciples set me free! 

The idea of having a child with any complications was overwhelming enough, but giving birth to a deceased child was unbearable, and it was followed by waves of guilt. I knew my past, and I knew I wasn't perfect so I quickly took the blame. Blame and guilt are from the devil, but he loves to heap these on people when they're going through difficult times. I was really convinced without a doubt that I was to blame for my baby Bridgette's diagnosis and ultimately her death. 

When it came down to it, I felt like a lesser person to begin with so it wasn't difficult to believe this had happened to me instead of all the great people I knew. I felt this was payment for all the sins I'd ever committed. For not having enough "faith." This guilt and blame increased until I was thoroughly convinced that I was to pay for all my sins. 

Yet, one day the Lord brought this Scripture before my eyes: "You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free". I started searching God's Word and asking Him what He thought. Thank God, He began to answer me. 

I will never forget the day I came across this Scripture in John 9 where the disciples were questioning who has caused the man to be born blind - he or his parents. Jesus blew them all away with one word. Jesus said, "Neither!"

Praise God! The chains of guilts that had held me captive for years fell off instantly in a moment of truth. The truth totally set me free. 

There are about 4.6 millions children in our country with some kind of disability and more then 50 million people with disabilities. All of these families need to know the truth so that they can also be set free from their guilt. I am committed to spreading the truth to everyone I can. 

If this is you, then be encouraged knowing that it's not your fault. You are not paying for your sins through the loss of a child, or any other horrible thing you can muster up and imagine. 

Jesus loves you and he is using your story to touch millions, just as he is with ours. Our precious Bridgette toughed hundreds of thousands of people in her short time with us. And, now our amazing Alexis continues to touch others as well. I pray for her ministry and future husband now. Yes, I know she's just five (and a half), but the Bible tells us to pray for their futures now. 

"And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him." (‭John‬ ‭9:2-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

Don't be ashamed of yourself or your story. Your past (experiences) is going to be a blessing to someone. So tell your story! Let Jesus work through you. Our greatest testimonies come from our most horrific tests. You never know who you may help, or save. 



You know what to do! GO! Be that amazing person God designed you to be! Remember, when you are a blessing is when you receive a blessing! 

In Christ, 

Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Run Your Race & Receive Your Blessing!


This is the year to stop letting what's behind you — or before you — keep you from discovering what's within you.

It doesn't matter what you've experienced in the past, what you fear in the future, or even what you're facing today.

In the midst of a bad medical diagnosis...
In the middle of a broken relationship...
In the fight against addiction...

From this moment forward, you can take your focus off what you feel and lift your eyes to a place of future victory.

This is your year to win the race! But you must get off the couch to do it!  

God has something BIG in store for you this year! 

You know what to do! GO! Be that amazing person God designed you to be! Remember, when you are a blessing is when you receive a blessing! 

Have an amazingly blessed day! 

Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Prayers Count!



Why should we pray? 


God already knows our hearts. He already knows our desires. So why pray? We could easily say it is because the Bible commands it. Paul goes as far as to say, "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17)—that is reason enough. 


But let's explore a few other reasons for why we should pray.


We pray because we love.


We pray out of gratitude.


We pray because we want to know God more fully.


We pray to know our own hearts more fully.


We pray to be conformed to His Image.


We pray to acknowledge our dependence upon Him.


We pray to receive from Him.


We pray because God chooses to use means.


We pray that God might receive glory.


Prayer is a gift from a heavenly Father, who loves to hear from His children. There are countless reasons to pray. Let's be a people of prayer. Never will one minute in prayer closets be a minute wasted or later regretted.


I prayed this morning that each person reading this would receive abundant blessings! 


GO! Be the amazing person God designed you to be!! Have a wonderful day! 


#WakePraySlay  


Blessings, 

Candye~


"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Your Abilities are God’s Map for Your Life



Once upon a time, there were some animals that wanted to start a school for animals. They decided the courses would include running, climbing, swimming, and flying. Then they decided that all of the animals should take all of the courses. 

That's where the problem started. The duck was better than his teacher at swimming, but he only made passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. So they made him drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his webbed feet to be badly worn, and his grade dropped to average in swimming. But everybody felt less threatened and more comfortable with that — except the duck. 

The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but because of so much make-up work in swimming, he caught pneumonia and had to drop out of school. The squirrel showed outstanding ability in climbing, but he was extremely frustrated in flying class because the teacher insisted that he start from the ground up rather than the treetop down. He developed Charlie horses from over-extension, so he only got a "C" in climbing and a "D" in running. The eagle was the problem student and was disciplined for being a nonconformist. For instance, in climbing class, he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but he insisted on flying to get there. Finally, because he refused to participate in swimming class, he was expelled. 

The point is that God has designed specific animals to excel in specific areas, and he doesn't expect them to do all the other things. When you expect everybody to fit in the same mold, all you're going to get is frustration, discouragement, mediocrity, and failure. A duck is made to be a duck and not something else. 

And you were made to be you. God has given you unique abilities, and he wants you to use them the way he intended. 

Your abilities are the map to God's will for your life. It points the direction. When you know what you're good at, then you can know what God wants you to do with your life. 

The Bible says in Hebrews 13:21, "May he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him" (NLT). 

Blessings, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

(This devotional shared from © 2014 by Rick Warren.)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Are You Ready For A More Abundant Life?


Are you ready to wake up for your life and not just to your life?

You don't have to be a morning person to start each new day off amazing. The kicker to maximizing your mornings is to wake each day first and foremost with a grateful heart. 

God woke you this morning for a reason. Don't waste a single precious moment complaining. Remember, there is power in the tongue. Start with lifting yourself and being grateful for another opportunity today. 

You have a mission and purpose or your little eyes would not have been opened. God tells us in His Word that the tongue has incredible power. We can use our tongue to bring blessings and life or curses and death. 

The saying "sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me" is simply not true. Our tongues can be the most difficult thing to control and leave us with great regret if we use our words to hurt. There is hope! 

The Bible tells us that with the help of the Holy Spirit we can have power and control over our tongue.  

I challenge you to give it a try and let me know how it goes! 

Now, GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! #WakePraySlay

Blessings, 
Candye
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

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