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Give Thanks

happy-turkey-day_give-thanksAh, the wonderful time of Thanksgiving. Sitting around the table with family and friends. Enjoying each other’s company filled with happiness and laughter. And, we certainly can’t forget about all the turkey, trimmings and pumpkin pie. What a glorious day to enjoy each year. The wonderful aromas filling the air.

But, have you ever taken a moment to look at the word, Thanksgiving. Do you realize that it can be broken down into two words? THANKS and GIVING!

When I think of Thanksgiving…sure, I remember all the wonderful memories of the years gone by. Cooking in the kitchen, enjoying the laughter, and watching football on TV. It is an amazing time for all to be had.

Have you ever realized that it could and should be a daily occurrence? Every time we wake up, we should THANK THE LORD for a new day. We should be thankful and grateful for the amazing day He has in store for us. It doesn’t matter what our circumstances look like at the moment. He has the answers and His ways are far beyond ours…so, we should be thankful that He will provide, heal, strengthen, and guide our steps.

We should also wake up each morning and be on the lookout of GIVING to someone in need. Giving is not just financial. You can GIVE a smile. You can GIVE time. You can GIVE kindness. You can GIVE a helping hand. There are so many ways to GIVE to our fellow man without breaking the bank. We just need to keep our eyes open and be ready to move when God shows us the way. It can be something as small as opening a door for someone. The key here is not to miss a moment; for giving is a beautiful way of living. You never know what that person is going through and you just might be God’s answer to them.

Let’s take a quick glance at what the Bible says about “Thanksgiving”:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18  “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
  • Psalm 107:1 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!”
  • Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
  • Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

See, every day is filled with opportunity. It can be filled with anger and depression or it can be filled with love and laughter. We all have a choice to make every time we wake up in the morning. So, from now on, how will you treat Thanksgiving? For me and my house, I will serve the Lord and continuously be thankful in all things and give wherever He leads me.


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Embrace The Silence

stuckHave you ever had times in your life where God seems to be silent or your life seems to be stagnant or in a holding pattern? We all go through times in our lives where there seems to be more closed doors then opened ones. So what do you do when those times seem to happen more often or seems to keep you in a stagnant position for a long period of time?

During difficult and stagnant times, it is a great idea to remember where God has brought you from and the things that He has done for you in the past. When you take time to contemplate and think on things He has delivered or protected you from, you will be keeping your mind stayed on Him. He is the one that will bring things to pass in His perfect timing. We may want things to happen right now but God sees the end from the beginning and just might be protecting you from something you’re not even aware of yet.

So when you find yourself in a transitional period in life, remember your past and the amazing ways God has already delivered you. Remain faithful to what God has called you to do. Whatever He started He will finish in your life. Continue to pray earnestly and feed your soul with His amazing promises. His word will not return void and nothing will hinder your progress. He will make a way when you don’t see one. He will provide abundance when your checkbook shows a negative balance. He will open the doors that you need to walk through. Just be patient on His timing and continue to praise His name because He is worthy to be praised.


Don’t give in to the negativity or stress of the moment. Continue to walk boldly to the throne room of God and He will make things happen in His perfect timing. Thank Him for His protection, provision, healing and being the one true God who knows exactly what you need and when. Hold on and let God be God. He loves you too much to leave you where you are currently and when you least expect, He will touch your life and it will be far greater than you could have ever imagined. Just don’t let go of Him, for He will make a way when you don’t see it! (Isaiah 43:19) 


Satan is a liar and has already been defeated. No matter how long it takes, God will see to it YOU WIN!


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Are You Skimming?

jugglingTake a moment to think about your typical day. What do you spend your time on? Are you running all day long? Are you stressed out just trying to make through the day?

Today’s society is running every which way, just trying to make ends meet. Yet, it seems like we all have time to watch television, play on the computer, be glued to video games or watch our cell phones, twitter accounts, snapchat or facebook for 24 hours a day to make sure we don’t miss something that someone is doing.

These days it seems like there’s an app for everything. People like to take selfies or tweet about every moment of every day; feeling like they are a part of something big. But what does it really accomplish? Do you truly feel satisfied or are you just going around in circles until the next app hits the market?

We all have experienced times in our lives where you question your life’s worth? You question what does our lives really stand for? You question if you are truly making a difference. You question what your true destiny is. You question if this is all there is. You question the trials of life. You question the “what ifs”.

Every single one of us has a true purpose in life. Yet in the Bible, God makes it very clear that very few find their true destiny. But why is that? We all want to grow and succeed, so why is it that so many come up short and not live in their true calling?

“My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

skimmingOne of the biggest reasons…we tend to skim the surface of the Bible but don’t really dig deep to have a true and real experience with God. Now, don’t go shaking your head at me. Sure, there are alot of us who can quote scripture or explain who Jesus is. But head knowledge is not the same as heart knowledge. Heart knowledge is the very thing we all need in order to walk in God’s destiny for our lives. Heart knowledge is when you are spending real time with God, allowing Him to bring to life the very purpose He has for you. It’s allowing Him to speak through His word into your Holy Spirit. It’s allowing Him to guide your steps without all the distractions or concerns of this world. It’s allowing Him to birth the very, real purpose He has for you that you have prayed and hoped for.

God is searching for real relationships. He doesn’t want you to be filled with head knowledge just to quote scripture. No, He wants you filled with heart knowledge to walk out your destiny. The only true way of finding out what He really wants for your life is by spending time with Him. Don’t just skim the surface. Start today to dive into the word, allowing God to wake up the passion for your true calling. He will make it very clear if you’ll stop the distractions and get to know Him in a real way. God doesn’t want us running to and fro; “trying” to make a difference. NO…He wants us to spend real time in a real way with Him.

If you are willing to get rid of life’s distractions and truly spend time with Him…He will guide your footsteps, help you accomplish much more than ever expected and you will find yourself having more time to complete your daily tasks. He is the creator of time. So there is absolutely no reason not to give Him your time. The more you dig into a deeper relationship, the more He can put all the pieces together to help you fulfill your destiny. It will be your ultimate purpose coming to life. And with that, you will find that you are filled with much more happiness, joy, peace, financial prosperity, and knowing beyond a shadow of any doubt, that you are exactly where you are meant to be!


So…stop skimming today and ditch the distractions.

As you do, you’re life will become clearer than ever before. God bless!



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Clear The Clutter

stressed_outOver the past decade relationships and families have really suffered. Technology has become such a huge part of our daily lives and we simply think we can’t live without it. Televisions, DVR’s, Facebook, Twitter, email, selfies, chat rooms and cell phones have all become second nature. You hear stories about people breaking up through instant messaging, you see commercials with families texting each other at the kitchen table; the madness of it all is quite overwhelming. So how in the world are you to keep first things first and determine what truly is a priority and what is just cluttering your life?

Hey, I’ll be the first one to say…technology can be fantastic. I use it everyday myself. But, the world we are living in is draining us dry. People are so eager to post a selfie or tell us everything going on in their lives via Facebook or Twitter; you have to stop and wonder how in the world does anybody get anything accomplished anymore?

Heck, there was a time in my life where I wore two cell phones, a pager and a laptop everywhere I went. I was always on call. The stress and pressure of it completely drained me. Even with all the technology, I always felt like I got nothing accomplished. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom without carrying one of my phones with me. I honestly felt like I was going to miss something. Does that sound like you?

What I did next might not be for you but I had a choice to make. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t worldly. It wasn’t popular. But I knew that I had to do something drastic to break the cycle and clear the clutter in my life. I dumped my cell phone. I stopped carrying my laptop. I stopped checking Facebook, Twitter, and emails every day. I decided to take my life back.

The most important thing we can do is clear the clutter from our daily lives and determine what is important. For me…I wanted closer relationships where I could actually have real conversations not just an LOL tweet. I wanted people to know that I really cared about them and what was going on in their lives; but in a real, meaningful way…spending quality time with them. I wanted to hear God’s voice clearer and know His direction for my life, so I started devoting my first few minutes to Him every single morning.

Was it easy to make the change? Absolutely not. Was it worth it? Absolutely, 100% Yes!

Taking Charde - stressed-out

It wasn’t until I made these drastic changes that God started using me. It wasn’t until I made a choice to spend the first few minutes of every morning with Him that He decided to take me on an amazing journey.

Technology is great but I had to make a conscience decision and effort not to allow it to be first in my life. Once I did that, things started changing. I noticed that I was sleeping better. Waking up with energy to burn. I wasn’t so stressed. I could remain calm under pressure. And I was able to get much more accomplished in 24 hours than ever possible.

I’ve never been happier and God has used me in ways I’ve never dreamed of. His dreams for me are so incredible that I don’t want to miss a single moment. But not only that, I have true relationships with people I love. I can honestly say that God has made a major impact in my life. Not just with Him but in everything that is truly important to me.

So why don’t you clear the clutter and start putting Him first in your life. You don’t have to do anything drastic like I did. Every morning when you wake up take a moment to say Thank you Lord, I’m in your hands and this day is going to be awesome. Start giving yourself a nightly break. Set a time where all the electronics are shut down and spend that time with people you love or reading your Bible or taking a walk around the block or volunteering as a family.

Just by taking these small measures could begin your amazing journey too. What comes next is worth much more and the rewards are far greater than you could ever imagine. Peace, joy, happiness and contentment are within your grasp! Don’t miss your moment…take that first step today!

Referenced Scriptures

Matthew 6:31-33: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Matthew 6:19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Proverbs 16:3: “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”

Matthew 6:24: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Note: you can replace the word “money” and enter “technology”, “addictions” or anything else that has a hold on you.)

John 3:30: “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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Run Your Race

sadnessHow many of us feel like the picture to the left? Depressed, sad, alone, frustrated, stressed, worried or even all of the above. It is so easy to allow our feelings to get the best of us. Sometimes things come at us so quickly that we don’t have enough time to take a breath.

That’s when it’s imperative that you stop and take a moment to assess what’s happening. Satan knows that his time is running out. And for believers, we have a difficult and rough road ahead. Satan is going to throw everything he can in order to get us off track. Satan loves to bring persecution, trouble, trials, and opposition into our lives. As a believer, God told us that we would have trouble just like Jesus did. However, we are also told that we are to put on the full armor of God!

The Bible is like a treasure chest filled with promises, hope, love, guidance, truth, direction and peace. One of the best quotes from the Bible is:

Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable…(2 Timothy 3:16)

Armed with such a statement from God, you can confidently know that everything you read in the Bible is true. When you open the treasures of the Bible, God, Himself tells us that whatever He starts…He’ll finish. We are also told that we’ll never be alone, we are healed by His stripes, Jesus is closer to us than a brother, that He gives us the power to get wealth and of course the list just goes on and on.

We need to be armed with God’s Word like never before. If we are going to win our race, we need to open our Bibles today and fill ourselves with His word. God will make sure to give you the revelation and direction you need in order to make it through your trial, but we must be willing to spend the time to really get to know Him. Not an “on-the-surface” kind of knowing Him but a deep-rooted realtionship that even when the whirlwinds are swirling around us we remain rooted in His truth.

God is good and there is absolutely nothing…and I do mean nothing…that is too hard for Him to handle. Fill yourself with His word. Get to know Him. Ask Him to have a real relationship with you. Because when you do, I can promise that absolutely nothing can stand in your way. You are victorious in Christ. It is because of Him and His amazing Grace that you will be more than a conqueror through Christ.

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