Monday, October 31, 2016

Turning Back the Hands of Time

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)

AUTUMN, and with the beautifully colored falling leaves, also comes setting back the hands on the clock for just one more hour of time to gain. Think about that for a moment.  Wouldn't it be nice if we could just go back in time ourselves to certain times in our lives that we would want to re-live once again?  To be with our loved ones who have passed just one more time to share a story, or follow their every word of a story they may have told, or would have liked to tell?  Ah, memories - those sweet "Rocking Chair" memories; that is what I like to refer them to. Some are good, some are bad, but they are memories just the same, etched in our minds and hearts forever.

Then again, for some of us we may like to change some of the times we may have gone through. I know I would.  I don't believe that anyone has a life full of everything good and positive.  We all will have trials and tribulations to go through while experiencing life here on earth, but all of us have a different journey, and every life matters.  I believe we are here for a purpose, and eventually the puzzle pieces of our lives begin to fit together.

For every action, there is a reaction; but, God is the all-knowing and His plan is the one we need to have faith in, believing, he wants the best for everyone!  I doubt there is anyone that wouldn’t love to relive a moment in time, but trust that everything happens for a reason – even when we can’t figure the reason out.  And until the clocks strikes 12 and our time on earth is done, we must trust in His Will and His timing, for we will understand one day!

On a personal note, today is my father's birthday and he would have been 74 years old.  He died when he was only 59 from Cancer.  It's hard to believe how time goes so fast.  If only I could have that one last bear hug of his!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

You Sow What You Reap

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Everyone’s heard the saying, “treat others the way you want to be treated” ever since we were little children.  Yet, we find ourselves faced with frustration when people react in a negative manner or respond so rudely that it leaves us speechless or biting our tongue so we don’t respond the same way.  Sometimes, that frustration gets the better of us and we may react the same way despite our attempts to remain respectful, and then the cycle continues until someone humbly steps down.  Be that person to step down; be the bigger person; be the person God made you to be.

By treating others with respect, we will gain their respect.  When we treat others the way we wish to be treated, they will treat us with respect in return.  When we treat our spouse with love and respect, our children see that and they will grow up to treat their spouse with love and respect.  When our children see how we treat our ailing parents with love, kindness, and tenderness, even when our parents may be unaware and not in control of their actions, our children will look to us with respect.  They will remember how we interacted with our parents when they are faced with caring for theirs. 

The same goes true when we don’t treat each other with respect.  Those children, who were mistreated, may grow up mistreating others.  If you are one of those children, don’t look at that as your excuse when you fail.  Break the chain and be the bigger person.  Set the example you would have wanted set for you!  Change comes from within and only we can change, and by changing ourselves we will be changing so much more through the chain of respect and giving to others!  By doing so, we will be rewarded.  We will reap an abundance of favor from God.

 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give us. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6: 9-10)

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Respect Yourself First

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139: 13-14)

This subject can get pretty deep, but the best place to start is to start deep within ourselves.  If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we respect others?  We need to be at peace with ourselves so that our light can shine brightly to others.  We are God’s creation and every one of us are beautiful in His eyes and have special talents that we should be proud of.  If we are struggling with loving ourselves the way we are, or respecting ourselves for whom we are, then we need to start asking God to help us change our ways.  Change comes from within.  Take time to reflect on who you are and what you want to be.

Remember the Serenity prayer and ask God to grant you the serenity to accept the things you cannot change: Courage to change the things you can: and the wisdom to know the difference. 

When you can respect yourself, you will feel confident, walk prouder, and be at peace with everything you do.  This in turn will shine out unto others that you interact with.  It is important to remember though, that your integrity and honorable ways are just as important as your confidence and pride; don’t deceive yourselves.  The Bible teaches in 1 Corinthians 3: 16-17, we are a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells within us.  If we destroy the temple of God, God will destroy him.  The temple of God is holy, and that is what we are. Therefore, look within and ask for His assistance; be still and listen for His quiet voice, and follow His lead.  Remain true to yourself, and treat others as you wish to be treated!

“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” (Galatians 6:3-5)

Friday, October 28, 2016

How Full Is Your Bucket

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.”
(Matthew 5:8)

Have you heard the term “are you a bucket filler, or dipper?”  The theory goes that each one of us has an invisible bucket.  We are constantly filling it or it is being emptied depending on what other people say or do to us.  When our buckets are full, we feel great!  When they are empty, we feel terrible.  In Colossians 3:12-13, God talks about his chosen people, being holy and dearly loved, he tells us we need to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, greatness, and patience.  He goes on to say that we need to bear with each other and forgive; forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Now think back to that bucket.  Every time you show compassion, kindness, greatness; all those things that make you feel good, you are filling that person’s bucket.  In return, you are filling your own bucket at the same time because now you too feel good!  Though, every time you are being deceitful, nasty, condescending, hateful; all those negative things, you are dipping into that person’s bucket while at the same time dipping into your own bucket.  Remember that time when you hurt someone’s feelings not realizing what you had said, until they get that look on their face and you think, “I never should have said that.”  It makes you feel terrible; therefore, your bucket gets emptier and emptier. 

A full bucket gives everyone a positive outlook and a sense of renewed energy; the energy that just radiates love and compassion for others.  But an empty bucket drains us of our self-worth, energy, and overall outlook on life.  Now the choice is ours to make; do we want to be a bucket filler or a dipper?  This decision will ultimately affect your happiness, health, relationships, and most of all your relationship with God.  The more Godly-like we are, the closer we get to God.  The closer we get to God, the more He draws us in.  The more we do for Him, the more He does for us; ‘we are the pure in heart’, so let’s work together and overfill all of our buckets! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

When You Feel Alone

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”” (Hebrews 13: 5-6)

There are times in life when everyone is going to feel alone.  We could be standing in the middle of a room filled with hundreds of people and still feel very much alone.  At times like this, we must remember that God is with us, He will never leave us, and He will give us the courage and strength we need to stand alone.  If you are looking for love and comfort in a time of need, look to God or your loved ones for support.  God can embrace you and fill your heart with love and joy, even when your family may be miles away.  If you are looking for the right words to say in a crowd of strangers, ask God to give you the words to say and the courage to step out of your comfort zone and say them.  If you are dealing with hardship, ask God to provide your needs and have faith that He will provide.  If you are dealing with a loss and grief, ask God for strength and courage to accept His plan even though it is not yours. 

We need to ask, and we need to have faith that He will deliver.  Until He does, we need to be happy with where we are and with what we do have because we are where we are for a reason.  That reason may be to grow spiritually, become a stronger person, a wiser person for learning from the experience, and a person with endurance for living through the experience.  Our wants, desires, dreams, and prayers may not be answered within our timetable, and the end result, may not be what we had in mind, but when we trust in God, He will bring the right circumstances our way, the right people will enter our lives, or we may be separated from the wrong people in our lives.  Regardless, in the end, we will be better off than we once were and we will be stronger knowing that we were able to stand on our own; because, with God on our side we cannot go wrong, for He will get us through it all.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Life With Balance


“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We’ve talked about this verse before as it relates to a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time uproot, but I’d like to reflect on this with a different perspective.   In today’s world and generation, we are so preoccupied with everything that is going on in life that we seem to get lost up in our own little worlds.  We may become stressed out and anxious because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.  We are constantly running and working to do everything ourselves.  We have to take care of the kids, clean the house, cut the grass, buy the food, carpool the kids, walk the dog; the list could go on and on, yet we always find time to surf the internet, facebook, twitter, snapchat, instagram, texting.  Just like we make time for those things, we need to make time for ourselves and time with God.  We also need to have fun.  If we don’t find time to enjoy ourselves, life will get stale, partners will become withdrawn, patience will be tested, compassion begins to slip away, and then love and repect will come into play when we are not happy.

By bringing some balance to our lives and starting our day with God, by asking for His guidance and gifts of patience, compassion, kindness, joy, happiness, etc., we can begin to live a life focused on Him and in return we will receive those gifts.  The closer we get with God, the more he draws us in and the more we do for Him, the more He does for us!  He will make a way for you to recognize the steps that need to be taken so that we do not falter and become stronger and more caring individuals.  With that we must become happy with ourselves as well and becoming closer to God will make us happy; it is unavoidable.  Though, there are many other things that make us happy.  Take a second to think about that; what makes you happy?  Is it date night with your spouse, a family outing, a night out with friends, a weekend getaway, going to Bingo, playing golf, watching a movie, or just some alone time by yourself to read, write, take a walk and talk with God.  Whatever makes you happy, you need to make time for that and make it a priority.  Treat ourselves and each other with love and respect always and think about what makes you happy and your partner.  Sometimes, it may take you out of your comfort zone, but the reward is great! 

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Follow Your Heart

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34)

Sometimes it can be so easy to talk yourself out of something, to over analyze, and convince yourself there is a better way or another alternative to consider.  I was always told to trust my first instinct, and there are so many times during my life that I wished I had listened to that piece of advice.  Now I’ve come to realize that that piece of advice was actually the Holy Spirit trying to warn me and lead me the right way.  You see God already knows what’s good for us and knows every mistake we are going to make.  Through the Holy Spirit, He is giving us guidance to make the right decisions, and He is giving us creative ideas that will take us on the journey of working towards our dreams and aspirations.  God wants us to prosper in everything we do.  He wants us to live a life filled with abundance. 

Don’t fight the devil trying to talk you out of something.  Live life to fullest, and dare to dream big!  Find the positive in everything, because there is always something to be positive about – even in the darkest hours.  If nothing else, be positive for the opportunity to become a stronger person for enduring the toughest of times you will be faced with.  The only choice we have is to be strong!  So hold on to your hopes and dreams and follow your heart wherever you go; God will embrace you with His, and the Holy Spirit will lead you to your treasure!

“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love  into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” (Romans 5:5)

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Season and Time for Everything

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate, and a time for war and a time for peace.”
(Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)

In this passage, the Teacher is saying that there is a time for everything and a season for everything.  Though some of his examples may seem to contradict our faith and be considered evil actions; taking everything into consideration, there may come a time to kill when defending your country in a time of war.  There may also be a time to mourn, and a time to dance, but you wouldn’t want to dance at a funeral.  For everything there is a season, and with every season it too shall pass. 

So when you are in the season of turmoil, hold on tight and be strong, because a new season is coming and that season will be good!  You may be suffering right now, but you will get better.  You may be grieving now, but joy will come again and so will laughter.  Don’t hold on to yesterday, because tomorrow is a new day; a day to move forward and put the past behind you one day at a time.  The memories of those bad seasons will never go away, but the lessons learned and the strength you will have gained will allow you to endure the next season a little easier knowing that it will not last!  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Everyone is Dealing With Something

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever
grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
(Colossians 3:12-13)

Everyone has a story to tell! Every one of us, at times, must deal with something in our lives that bring us stress, anxiety, hurt, guilt, or sadness. Before we judge anyone, we have to stop ourselves and remember that everyone has a story and everyone is struggling with something.  Sometimes, it may be a little issue, but some days it may be too much for them to handle and they are withdrawn and distracted.  It could be so easy for us to react and judge them for their response, or lack of response.  So, we must resist and treat everyone with kindness and compassion at all times because we have no idea what they may be going through at the time.  How bad would you feel if that person just got laid off from work; lost a loved one; was just informed they had cancer, or was just served divorce papers?  The list could go on and on. 

Many of us keep our feelings bottled up until they can’t take it any longer.  That stress finally finds a way to be revealed, it could just be a smirk of a look towards someone, a hateful glance, a stern voice, or a snide remark.  We as Christians need to be stronger and help hold them up by being patient and understanding.  Support them through their bad times and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Treat each other with respect, and an abundance of kindness. 

I’m sure we would rather respond to them in an arrogant way, “Have a nice day!” with a roll of the eyes, and a tilt of the head.   But, just imagine the impact it would have if you said with a loving smile and compassion in your voice, “I sure hope you have a nice day and things gets better for you” and simply walk away. I bet you leave them speechless and reconsidering how they respond the next time. This simple act of kindness should leave you feeling at peace knowing you did not judge; you showed compassion; allowed them to hopefully recognize their actions; and probably, impacted their day for the better! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Signs From God

“Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.”
(Isaiah 8:1)

As an Author of the Book, “Signs from God”, I’ve heard some pretty amazing stories of how God provides us with signs, and leads us down the right path to living out His will for us and helping us to accomplish our dreams.  God loves us.  We are His children, and he wants the best for us.  Some of us need to recognize His signs as affirmation that we are doing the right thing, and for those who truly believe and follow His lead, the more and more we recognize His signs.  Signs come in many different forms.  They may be directly from God, the Holy Spirit, or a loved one that has already gone home to live with the Lord.  These signs may be so obvious to you, but unrecognized to someone else because it only has meaning for you!  Our loved ones may come to us in a vivid dream so real you knew it was them and it was real. Perhaps it’s a butterfly, a heart shaped cloud, a feather, a penny or dime, whatever the sign is for you.  Take heart in knowing it was meant for you and that all is well when we believe! 

The other day, I prayed for wisdom and His direction to help me and guide me in learning how to market my book, “Signs from God”, in a way that will allow us me to fulfill His plan.  I know without a reasonable doubt that it was His plan and His doing all along that resulted in “Signs from God” being published.  Immediately after I prayed, and I mean immediately after that prayer, he led me to a website that was offering an Author Retreat on branding and marketing your book.  I couldn’t believe it!  It just leaves me speechless sometimes at just how good God is!  Keep your eyes open to the signs and you too will recognize His greatness is all that you do!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Holy Spirit WIthin Us

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. 
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. 
But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”
(John 14: 15-17)

Someone recently asked me, “How do you know when the Holy Spirit is speaking to you?  Do you actually ‘hear’ His voice?  How do know the difference between your thought and His?  How does He work in our lives?”  These are very good questions.  I’d love to hear your thoughts! 
My immediate response to the question of how do know when the Holy Spirit is talking to you, is that the voice is more of a message you hear deep within.  Initially, you might think it’s your thought.  

As believers in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit was given to us and resides in us.  Through the Holy Spirit, we are guided to take the right path, to say the right things, to be Godly in all we do.  The closer we become to God, the more you will recognize the Holy Spirit working within you.  As you react to that small voice within and then act on His plan for you, the more He works within you.   He removes us from sin as he guides us every day. 

In John 16:7-8, Jesus refers to the Spirit as a “Counselor” who will guide those who believe in him from all sin, righteousness and judgment.  As believers, and Christians, we want to please God and in return He gives us comfort with love, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness.  God’s mission for us is to inspire others and lead them to Him by believing in His Son, Jesus Christ, who died for all of our sins so that we can be free from sin.

You will know you are being led by the Spirit by the fruit of your actions.  Do you feel that comfort, joy, peace, patience, endurance, kindness, faithfulness, and gentleness?  Sometimes that voice in your head will be so relentless that you know without a shadow of doubt that it is the Holy Spirit talking to you.  You can’t get that thought out of your head and when you do what He is telling you to do, the outcome will be amazing – better than you ever anticipated!  God is so good.  Be still, listen, and follow.  The best is yet to come!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

God Will Give You Rest

 “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. 
Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. 
I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. 
This yoke is easy to bear, and this burden is light.” 
(Matthew 11:28-30)

The Lord says to us in many different ways that He will fight for us, and that we only need to be still in His presence.  Turn your burdens over to God and then take a slow, deep, calming breathe and you will feel His presence within your soul.  A great feeling of peace will replace the heavy burdens you were feeling.  The more you experience anxiety and stress in your everyday life, that’s when you need to spend more time with God.  Set aside a quiet place just for you and God to have time together every day!  The more you seek Him, the closer He draws you toward Him, and you will begin to recognize the gifts He is glorifying you with.  Those gifts will grow in abundance as you hold Him close in your heart throughout your day every day!

I can honestly say this has been true for me.  Since my heart attack back in April, I have been talking with Him more and more every day.  Every day I grow closer to Him.  He has answered my prayers.  He is making me a stronger person.  I’m a person who now has confidence and knows how to control difficult situations that I may be faced with.  The biggest thing I have learned is that we cannot change anyone.  No matter how much we try, or how much we love them or they love us.  God wants us to change.  Change the way we see things.  Change the way we react and handle difficult situations.  Giving our burdens to God, trusting that He will fight for us, believing that what we have asked for will be ours is the key.  And, then, taking it a step further and looking within ourselves for how we can change our ways to be more Godly, will bring us the peace, joy, happiness, prosperity and the abundant life God has planned for us.  There isn’t a better feeling than being filled with the love of God, our Heavenly Father, who wants nothing but the best for all of us!

Monday, October 17, 2016


"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?'"
(John 11:25-26)

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  This is such a painful topic and I’ve given it a lot of thought, a lot of reflection, and a lot of prayer this year.  This tragedy affected my family and it has been a very difficult time for everyone, but mostly for the parents of this adorable baby girl who was taken way too early.  What do you say to someone who has lost a child?  It’s an unbearable heartache that no one should endure.  The loss of anyone is difficult, but a child is excruciating. There really are no words, so all we can do is remind you to hold onto your faith and look to God for support and know that He will get us through these difficult times.

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
(Isaiah 41:10)

You are not alone in your suffering and grief; Jesus died from much suffering so that He can bring us peace through His Holy Spirit.  Put your faith and trust in God, and know that He will never abandon you.  Lean not on our own understanding, and rejoice knowing that one day you will hold that precious child in your arms again.  God will give you the strength you need to endure and He will make you a much stronger person.  Keep your hearts open to receiving His undying love for you!  Remember He is our Heavenly Father and just like us, we want the best for our children.  If for some reason we cannot have them, rejoice because they are in God’s loving arms and those loved ones that are already with Him! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lean Not On Your Own Understanding

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

It’s so hard for us to be happy when we can’t have what we want.  If you were to truly stop and think about it though, there are so many people that don’t even have what we do have and yet we aren’t grateful for that.  There are things in life that we may ask for, hope for, dream about, and even pray for. Some of those things may or may never happen.  Then again, it may come much later than we had ever expected.  Perhaps, we are given something else in its place to make way for what is yet to come! 

It wasn’t long ago when my husband and I were looking for some property and day dreaming with some friends about buying land next to each other for our retirement and investment.  We made a pretty bold prayer, and we were all pretty confident that it would come to pass.  In the end, it was not God’s plan; at least not yet!  What He did give us was the knowledge and understanding of our next step towards that dream.  We came to the conclusion that it was not a wise decision based on the financial hardship it would put us in.  Instead God led us down the path of refinancing our home at a better interest rate and a shorter term.  He also led us to investigating ways to practically become debt free in a much shorter time frame than we had imagined; which, will allow us the ability to afford our dream retirement home when the right time does come!  In God’s time!  Not ours!  For this, we are grateful for what we have, and the gifts He is giving us, and our faith remains intact for what is yet to come!
You see, our understanding is not the same as God’s all-knowing sovereignty.  He knew everything we were going to face in this life before we were even born.  He knew every wrong road we were going to take before we took it.  He knows the plans He has for us and it will not happen until it is in His timing.  Therefore, we have to have faith and believe that even during the storms life throws our way, we will get through and in the end we will be stronger for it.  Even when we take the wrong turn, God is there to lead us down the right path again.  It may be a detour, but eventually we will get there and we will have endured what we thought we couldn’t.  Keep that in mind the next time you don’t get what you want, but keep the faith and be grateful for what we do have!  Most of all, be thankful for the opportunities to grow that God gives us so that we can become stronger, and we will endure the next storm a little easier!

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, 
for we know that they help us develop endurance. (Romans 5:3)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Where there is Hope, there is Faith

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” 
(Romans 15:13)

There is so much to be hopeful for.  We must never give up on our faith and trust that He has a plan for our good.  Believing in Him is what gets us through every day.  While it may not happen on our time table, it will happen the way it was meant to.  Be hopeful and believe....You will get well. You will sell that house. You will kick that habit.  You will love again. You will find a new home.  You will get promoted. You will get pregnant. You will have a healthy baby. You will find what you are looking for. It may not be what you originally thought, and it may not happen when you thought, but when it does, it will be better than you thought! 

Wherever you are in life's roller coaster ride,
Remember...God is for you, and by your side.
When He must, He will carry you through the tide.
Welcome Him in your heart with arms open wide.
Trust Him for He will lead the way for us to abide.
With our head held high, we will feel such pride. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

In The Name Of Jesus Christ

"Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, 
that the Father may be glorified in the Son." 
(John 14:13)

Have you ever had a nightmare so bad before, and you knew it was a dream, but you couldn't wake yourself up?  This happened to me the other morning.  My husband left for work early, and I had fallen back to sleep.  When I did, I had the pillow over my head and in my dream I was being sucked into the mattress and couldn't breathe.  It was so scary and I knew I was moaning out loud, but couldn't stop the dream.  I kept telling myself, "it's just a dream.  Wake up!" 

That wasn't working and the dream was getting worse and worse, and I remember thinking in my dream, "Tom isn't even here to wake me up!"

It was then, that in my dream I threw my arms out and screamed, "In the name of Jesus Christ, let this be done!"  Then, it was done!  Just like that!  The dream ended.  I felt at peace and was able to go back to sleep just like that!  What I couldn’t control, I gave to God with all my heart; He took control, and it was done!

We need to start being bold. Pray big, and remember to ask for what you want in the name of Jesus Christ.  As we pray in His name, have faith that He will provide at the right time.  After all, He wants us to prosper and to live an abundant life.  We are His children; and like our own children, we want the best for them!  Sometimes, we as parents no better and have to say no.  We also have to realize that God knows what is best for us and we have to have faith in that and His timing.  For only God knows the plans He has for us!

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, 
believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)