Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Preparing For Surgery...



As I'm preparing to go in for surgery tomorrow, I find myself with a mix of crazy emotions. 

This isn't my first surgery, by far. Most of you know our story, and you know that when you are the momma to 18 children, but only one living, it doesn't happen without going through multiple surgeries. 

So why the anxiety!?! 

Well, this surgery is an emotional end for me and my family. Any hopes we had of having more children will be put to rest tomorrow morning. It's hard to digest.

On top of that, this time, this surgery, it's different. This time I have a little girl to think about, not just my hubby and horses. To say my mind is racing, is an understatement.  Do I have everything planned out for her over the next week? Is the laundry done? Did I get everything her and my husband need for the next week? Did I remember to add the things my parents like to eat to the shopping list? Oh my, what am I forgetting? 

This morning I woke up looking at my daughter and tears rolled down my cheek. What a blessing! I will not be sad! I have exactly what I have always prayed for. One child! 

I began to pray. "Lord, take this anxiety and fear away. I know it is not designed of you. It is an attack of the enemy." I felt a nudge that beckon me to open a text I received from our sweet Pastors wife and noticed the last three words of one of her texts.... "it is well." 
 
Peace is beautiful! Obedience is even sweeter. 

I will be a Warrior, not a worrier! I opened my Bible and began reading. I didn't even finish my prayer but giggled as I apologized to my Heavenly Father for I do that often. I'll be praying and in the middle of my prayer find myself in the midst of my Bible. He's used to it by now. (You can insert your best smiley face here...lol). 

The Bible is filled with verses that can bring peace in the middle of struggles, worries and fear. If we ask God, He promises us HIS peace "that passes understanding"! I thought I would share a few Bible verses for meditation when you feel overwhelmed (like I am this week) and maybe you do not know the next step to take. Take time to read these and meditate on them. Let them marinate into your heart. 

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Colossians‬ ‭3:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (‭‭I Peter‬ ‭5:6-7‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) 

And finally, one of my all-time favorites.... 

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

I serve the Prince of Peace. My trust is in Him. He is the one and only that extends true peace! 

I am so thankful that I serve a mighty God that loves me enough to give me peace. That leads me to verses in the Bible that comfort me in a time of need. 

The best thing you can do when you are filled with anxiety and worry is to find a quiet place to pray, read Scripture, and listen to encouraging worship music. God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace!

Whatever you're going through. Whatever pain you're in or big decision you have to make - I encourage you to find your way to your knees. There is great peace at the feet of the Master. 

I'm am not going to be posting or writing much over the next couple of days but do ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers. God has this (and it is) in the palm of His hands and I will be back in a couple of days! 

You know what to do... GO! Start your day acknowledging how awesome YOU are!! 

Don't forget to make memories and make today count! You only get one chance at today! Have a blessed day! 


Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"
#WakePraySlay 

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

If you agree please post a comment, like, or share...no need to keep this to yourself - others may need encouragement and need to read it to! 

Monday, December 11, 2017



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

Friday, December 8, 2017

He Is Able!



#TGIF! Today (and everyday) God Is First! 

For some of us, it's been a long week! There's no shame in admitting you have trials and tribulations. But just remember, no matter how much you don't understand life as it is right now; no matter how uncomfortable it may seem or how hard it gets, don't give up. If God is with you – the same God who spoke life into you, the same God who IS and knows the beginning and the end, the same God who knew you before the foundation of this world - is with you, then ask yourself who or WHAT can stand against you? 

Don't lose faith. This too shall pass. 

Just as much as I celebrate the beginning of a new week, sometimes I celebrate the ending more. 

Have an amazingly blessed day! You're worth it! #WakePraySlay #Ephesians3:20

In Christ, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"

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

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Ready For A Change?



There are certain moments in your life that will define your destiny. 

Will you be like Esther 4:16? This is a crossroads we must all face. Would Esther respond to the call of God to do something significant in history? 

This was a time when she had to make the decision to follow the purpose of God or cower in fear. The choice she would make would affect not only her life but also the lives of many others. 

Some of you are at that same crossroad. You must choose. You cannot just sit idly by and "hope for the best." You must really look at what is stopping you from making that move, or taking that first step. Then know that if it is ordained by God the Bible tells us that all things ordained by Him will bring good and fruitful results. Remember, what God ordains, He sustains. (Ephesians 1:11)

Never let fear of the unknown stop you from being all God designed you to be. He created you to be the head and not the tail. (Deuteronomy 28:13) 

My prayer: "Lord, let us all arise and be radiant with the glory of the Lord. Let your light shine through me. I want to be a beaming lighthouse of hope for so many that sit in gross darkness doubting their self-worth and existence. I pray for words of wisdom that will guide and influence many. I won't let past failures and disappointments keep me silent. I will live in expectations and not be a victim to my circumstances. I thank you in advance for all you have done and all that you are going to do. In Jesus Name,  Amen!"

Now GO! Be that awesome person God designed you to be and live out your abundant life, with FULL expectations today, trusting and believing and claiming it done in Jesus Name! 

Blessings, 
Candye~
#G18Mommy
#WakePraySlay

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

It Is Well...



He's the Lilly of the Valley. The bright and morning star. He gives us strength when we're weak and grace when we're strong. 

If you don't know who I'm referring to, his name is Jesus. 

Oh how I love to call upon the name of Jesus. 

I woke this morning singing songs of praise and thanksgiving just because He chose to open my eyes and give me a second chance today. 

I pray you have that same thanksgiving in your heart. Wake knowing He's not through with you yet! 


Have a wonderfully blessed day! 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlayπŸ™πŸ»



Friday, December 1, 2017

New Month! New Opportunity!



Hello December! I have decided this is going to be the best month of the year! How about you? 


Little tip for my upcoming entrepreneurs: 

I've been seeing a lot of posts on social media about "making it." I want to share a little secret everyone should know. 


Want to know how to get to the top? Appreciate being at the bottom. 


Every level of success brings good and bad. Learn from the bad and dwell on the good! And most importantly, review every decision with the big boss above. πŸ‘†πŸ» If He is guiding your footsteps, it's a win, win.


Begin your day in prayer and meditation, so that you can maintain a peaceful outlook and not start your day in a race. Ask the Lord for the desires of your heart and believe that he will answer.(Psalms 5:3) 


It's a beautiful journey! Enjoy the ride... Every day is a blessing — and a choice! Choose wisely.   

#WakePraySlay


Have a blessed day,

Candye~

"G18Mommy"


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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Enjoy The Journey....



In my 40+ years of life I have learned a few things.  

1) Everyone comes into your life for a reason. Maybe only for a season - but there is a purpose. Enjoy them.

2) Until you learn to love who God designed you to be - you can never truly love anyone else whole heartedly. You end up loving with expectations that will surely cause you to be let down. Enjoy being you! 

3) Repeat 2 for Forgiving Yourself! We are all human and make mistakes. Enjoy learning.

4) As for church - remember this - church is not the 4 walls in which you attend. It's the heart in which you ask and allow Jesus to reside daily. Church is where I go because I too am broken. I am a sinner that is saved by Grace and need God's love, mercy and forgiveness and spiritual guidance every second of every day! You could say it's my "well" in which I get my water to live on weekly. But there's a misperception about 'attending church;' which is a whole separate blog! 

5) Enjoy the journey....we only get one 'ride.'

Today, I want to encourage you to love those in your life. Appreciate the season you are in. You are in it for a specific purpose. Let God use you and allow Him to work through you during this time. Enjoy your journey! 

When God was preparing Esther's journey to greatness and influence, it did not happen overnight. She did not just arrive in 'that place' one day and say to the King, "Wahala! Here I am! Ready or not!" No, she endured a process. It consisted of a beautiful process that would take months before she could be in the presence of the King. (Esther 2:12 AMP)

Whatever "process" you find yourself in today, don't try to rush through it. Learn from it. Often God takes us through valleys so we can truly enjoy the view at the top. God cannot use a proud woman (or man). 

Being taken through a preparation process presses and purges out impurities of the heart and spirit, such as pride, rebellion, bitterness, anger, selfishness, so that we can be used by the Lord to fulfill our purpose. 

We cannot be a vessel for God to use us if it's full of junk. 

Enjoy your journey. This is the "dash" (in the middle) that will make the beginning and ending have purpose and meaning. 

My prayer for you today is that you will open your heart and mind and let God use you in the way that will make this world a better, brighter place and that will glorify and magnify Him. 

The world is waiting for the awesome side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given and know that you are wonderfully and beautifully made in His image!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). 

Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! 

Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

 "Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

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


If you agree please post a comment, like, or share...no need to keep this to yourself - others need to read it to! πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Have You Responded To Your Calling....?



Not my will but yours, Lord. Not my plans but yours, Lord. 

My journey is favored and blessed and I am so thankful!! Is that your response to His calling? Have you been called and are running? 

It never ceases to amaze me at the timing of God. When we run, He finds a way to stop us in our tracks. Bringing us to His calling. Don't run. He only wants to take you Higher and Deeper! 

Great is His faithfulness! 

Remember, God doesn't call the equipped. He equips those he calls! 

My prayer for you is to know that there is nothing too big my God cannot handle. 

Have an amazingly blessed day! #WakePraySlay

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Receive God’s Favor



Good morning! Time to wake and take your day by the horns! 

Today, I claim and confess the favor of God over your life. I claim victory over everything your hands touch. God ordained your life before you were formed in your mother's womb. He designed you to accomplish. 

I believe He is going to open doors and ways of access into every place you need to be to show forth His glory in your works. 

Praying blessings and favor for all you do today! #WakePraySlay

"For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield."
‭(‭Psalms‬ ‭5:12‬)

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Facing Your Jericho Wall.



Good morning! Time to rise and shine! 

I wonder, if I could see your hands, if I asked who is facing a battle? How many hands would raise? 

Truth is, I don't need to see your hands, because we are all facing a battle of some sort. Big or small. We all have them. 

I want to remind you of the 'Jericho Wall' as you go into battle on this Monday morning. Do not get discouraged. You may have to circle your wall seven times (or more) before you see movement. The key is to never give up. Keep walking. Keep moving forward. Keep believing. Keep trusting. Keep your faith. 

Regardless of what you're facing, never forget that you do not have to go it alone. 

God's word to Joshua is God's word to us: "Be strong and of good courage" (1:6). Do not heed your fear. Do not cower before your woes. Take the land God has given you to possess. Joshua did not go forth hoping to win. He went forth knowing that God had already won. 

The same can be said for you and your challenge. God did not say, "Candye, break your bad habit." He says, "Candye, I have broken the bad habits of your life. Receive the blessings of my victory!"

Remember, you are a coheir with Christ. Every attribute of Jesus is at your disposal. The question is not, will you overcome? It is when will you overcome? Life will always bring challenges. But God will always give strength to face them if you just ask. 

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (I Cor. 15:57)

I pray your Monday is full of blessings.

The world is waiting for the awesome side of you! GO! Enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has given you and know that you are wonderfully and beautifully made in His image!! Have an amazing day!! 

Remember, as I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! 

Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

"Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful."

Make memories and make today count because today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

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

If you agree please post a comment, like, or share....no need to keep this to yourself - others are facing a battle and may need to read it also. πŸ€—