Okay everyone, I know Valentines day is next Saturday and most of the singles out there are dreading another Valentines day without someone to call their own. Well, I'm here to inform everyone that there is no longer a need to feel lonely on Valentines day or on any other day of the year for that matter.
I've been in the same shoes as everyone else out their; I still am! Come Valentines day I will not have a date or a banquet to attend with a handsome beau. Matter of fact, I will be catering and serving food at a banquet instead. I'm not here to talk bad about the fact that I wont have a beau to go with, actually I don't even mind that much. What I am here to talk about is that we should be happy in our time of singleness and not dread every single minute of it. God is allowing us to be single for a reason. He isn't holding that from you to make you mad or upset at Him. He has a perfect plan for our lives and that's what He wants us to realize. A wonderful scripture in the Bible that I love is Jeremiah 29:11(NKJV),
God doesn't want to harm us. We are children of God! He wants only whats best for us. If that means we wait and stay single for a while, than that's what we'll do. The Bible also says,
I just want to boast in the Lord for a little bit! God is a great and merciful God. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it! Last night I went to a revival at Live Oak First Assembly of God and I was ready to have some church. I struggled at the beginning of church to keep my mind focused on God. The devil kept trying to pull my mind off of worshiping. The Lord wanted me to push through and helped me to be determined to get my blessing. So, I continued to worship. The service slowed down a little bit, but I knew that there was more to come. I felt a need, a pulling of God. The evangelist, Bro. Harold Hanks, preached a mighty and convicting message. The whole time he preached I knew as soon as he gave that alter call that I needed to be the first person to respond. I cried out to God, begging and pleading that God give me a Holy Ghost boldness. That is something that I had been struggling with (I say "had" because after last night God gave me the Holy Ghost boldness that I asked for). I was one of the last ones in the alter, but I didn't care. I was determined for God to hear my prayer and to give me that boldness. Tears were streaming down my face, snot was everywhere, and I knew I looked rough, but I still didn't stop. I had to get that breakthrough. I HAD TO! God wanted me to. If I am to do the will of God in my life, I had to have the Holy Ghost boldness! It is an absolute must! Before I knew it God started moving. Instead of me pleading and begging, I was receiving! I WAS RECEIVING! God heard my prayer! He knew I had been praying and seeking! HE PROVIDED! My God provided right on time! All the sudden God gave a message in tongues and God use me to interpret the message (Interpretation was a gift I had been seeking for a very long time). I don't even know how to describe the thankfulness that filled my soul! All I could do was scream "Thank You Jesus!"
I know that last night was just the start of the rest of the week and I also know that God wants to move on more souls and bless many more! But are we willing to get on fire for God? Are we willing to come expecting and prayed up? If we want that moving of God, we have to start coming to church expecting God to move. We can't come into church with our mind on the events of the day. We are in church to worship God, not reflect on how bad our day went.
If you live around Live Oak, Florida I invite you to come join us in worshiping the Lord. Come expecting God to move. THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD! Hallelujah! I can't wait for another night of revival!! I am telling you what! Praise the Lord! Even if you can't make it, please be praying for the services.
It is a good thing to be involved with church and to have a servants mind, but we also have to remember to not get so caught up that we forget to take the time to build our personal relationship with Jesus. Sometimes it is good to just sit back and take a break from the work and relax in His presence.
Often times my family is asked if we would like to head certain activities in the church. We are willing to be used by God, we just have to be careful not to load ourselves down so much that we forget to take a step back and get fed (Fed meaning, hear God's word and be ministered to).
So, that is what we are doing this week! We are taking a little break! I am so excited to get to relax and get away. I didn't even realize that I was getting more tired than usual, until my mom mentioned that God was dealing with her heart about getting away for the weekend. When she said that I was thinking to myself, "There's too much to do!" Then I thought a little bit more about it and now I can't wait to get away. It's not some big vacation, it's just us taking some time to sit back and enjoy ourselves and enjoy the Lord.
That goes to show that God knows what we need even before we know ourselves. Be praying for us to have traveling mercies! God bless!
So, in my last post I mentioned that I was going on a short vacation. Well, I did and it was very wonderful. We relaxed and did whatever we wanted to. God blessed us with a refreshing in our bodies and in my spirit.
A very beautiful event happened to me over the weekend and I have to share it. You may not think its very special but I think so. Well, I was walking along the beach Saturday afternoon and I was talking to God. I told God, "Lord, I've never caught a starfish before and I would really love to catch one." That was my prayer. Simple, easy, nothing more to it. I was looking around at the pretty seashells that were in the sand. I saw a couple of things that I liked, but I told God, "Lord, I don't want to settle, I want to find a starfish." I kept looking around to try and find a starfish. Well, my dad walks up and we are strolling along and I just happen to look down as something washes up to the shore almost right in front of me. I couldn't believe it! It was a starfish! My heart leaped and headed back to show my mom.
On my way back I began to think, all I did was ask God for a starfish. A simple small request, yet He still heard it and He gave me what I wanted. When I made it back to my mom I started to cry. I told her the story about me praying for the starfish and He answered my prayer.
When God gave me that starfish He showed me just how much He truly cares for us. That simple little prayer was heard by my great big God. I didn't have to scream it to the top of my lungs, all I have to do was ask with my heart and He heard my request. To see that starfish wash up on the shore made me feel like there was nothing that I could ask for that He wouldn't hear.
Like I said, to everyone else it may seem like a small request and like that was something stupid to ask for, but it was something my heart desired. Through my desires being fulfilled and God giving me that small request, He has shown me that there is power in our prayers. We don't have to say some extraordinary prayer filled with big words. All we have to do is humble ourselves down and ask God with an expectant heart.
I don't know about y'all , but I know that my dad does everything within his power to take care of me and keep me safe. He cautions me about things that could happen if I do certain things and he is always giving me wisdom on how I should do things if I want to do it the right way.
Well, just like our dad on earth, our Heavenly Father wants to take care of us. He cautions us when we are falling away and He is more than happy to accept us back with open arms when we don't make the best decisions.
I know that personally, when I really need to talk to someone there is only 2 or 3 people that I can go to and share my feelings with. Even when I go to those people I still need to talk it out some more. So there is one person that I take everything to; all of my grief, my pain, my desires, and the thoughts that I absolutely can't share with anyone because they are so private. His name is Jesus. I take a couple of moments and just speak to Him from my heart. Everything that I have bottled up and hidden away, I just let it come out. Once I start telling Him everything, more stuff services up that I didn't even realized was there. Its like the flood gates of my heart open up and it pours out.
But the thing is, when I speak to Him about all the things in my life I begin to feel light hearted and like a weight is lifted off of me. I give all of my desires, everything that is hidden away, I give it to Jesus. I speak to Him and trust that He will take care of it. The Bible says
I'm sitting here at my desk at work and I feel like my heart is being pulled in ten thousand different directions. As I'm struggling to calm myself down I look up at a scripture that I printed and hung on my wall. It says,
When I got to the part that say's "Let not your heart be troubled..." in myself I was thinking, "Kelsey, why are you worrying about all this?" I had to take a moment and reread it. I feel like that was God telling me "Kelsey, darling, its okay I've got this covered. Your right in the palm of my hand." Now I just want to sit and look at that scripture. I literally feel like those words are coming straight from God's mouth to my heart.
Being human, there is a tendency for us to feel like we need to have complete control of our situations. So, when we aren't in control we feel like everything's chaotic, or at least I do. In reality, are we ever in complete control? No, God is, has been, and always will be in control. So what's the difference from every other time and now? There isn't a difference, besides the fact that we are facing a new challenge in life that we aren't quite sure about. That's why it's so important for us not to face these challenges alone. We need those people who will stand right beside us with wisdom and an encouraging word to help us trust in God and stay on the right track.
A friend gave me this scripture a minute ago and it goes great with what I'm sharing with y'all. it says,
Welp, Sunday was our last official day attending First Full Gospel Church in Lake City, FL. God has really been speaking to my families heart about stepping down from the positions we held there. No, nothing happened to make us leave, God laid it on our hearts that He wanted to start moving us out into ministry and in order for that to happen we had to be freed up from anything holding us down at one church. So, we cut loose of the ropes and strings we had and now we're waiting on God.
As far as what church we will be attending in the future, I can't give you a straight answer. All I know is that God spoke and said that He would lead us and to not even concern ourselves with where we are going cause He will tell us where He wants us to go.
As far as the Lord wanting us to step out into ministry, God has really laid it on my families heart to do street ministry. There's so many lost souls just walking around the streets with no friends or family to introduce them to Jesus. So, not only has God laid it on our hearts to do this work He has also confirmed it through a message given in Tongues and Interpretation. God spoke and told us to step out that He would supply the provisions. You know it's God when He speaks and also He has confirmed it through supplying already before we stepped out and making it a smooth transition.
Many have asked us if we are leaving for good and never coming back. Like I said before, we are going to be led by the Holy Spirit. If He leads us to never go back, so be it. We don't want to do anything that will hinder God's presence from the service or be out of His will.
The hardest thing so far for me in this big transition is the not knowing. After knowing for over 6 years every service we were going to be attending the same church for almost every service and now I have no clue.... It's kind of eerie feeling.. I can't see in the future, I definitly don't know what God knows. That's the best part though. even if I never know where I'm going to be going before I actually go, there is ALWAYS my Best Friend who does know. So really, it's not a scary feeling, i'm just not sure whats going on. The weird thing is... IM PERFECTLY FINE WITH IT! I'm thrilled! I love adventures and this is like my very own adventure. Trusting the one I love to lead me wherever He wants me to go, without having any clue. It sounds like a crazy love story! Well, it sure has to be! Cause I'm head over heals in love with HIM! If your kind of wondering who I'm talking about, I'm talking about Jesus! The only man in my life! I crack myself up sometimes y'all! I can't help it.. Oh MY!!
A topic that has really been resting on my heart lately is the topic of supernatural miracles. I am a big Sid Roth, Steve Hill, and Benny Hinn fan. They are willingly being used by God to do the miraculous! It's absolutely amazing! Thousounds get healed when they pray for them. Sometimes all they have to do is say your healed, and God heals them on the spot! I've seen many crusades on the internet where blinded eyes were opened, the deaf ears were opened, the lame were walking, and so on and so forth. When I see those things it places a hunger and excitment in me that I can barely control! My biggest desire is to be used to do those very same things.
I know for a fact that some people will probably read this and think, "God doesn't move like that anymore," or "Why would God use you?" I'll tell you why...
There you go.. That's why I know for a fact that God will use ANYONE that believes on Jesus! That was spoken right from Jesus Himself!
Don't doubt what God can do. Don't put Him in a box and tell Him what He is and isn't allowed to do. That's exactly what we're doing whenever we don't believe that God can do the miraculous!
VeggieTales Christmas CD playing, hot cocoa with mint and cream waiting to be sipped, and an expectancy for little footsteps to come running through the back door. This is definitely the kind of Thanksgiving I love to have. Yummy food has been enjoyed most of the day and now round two with my niece and nephew is about to begin. I think I'm more excited than they are. I wanted to make today special for them since they already had their Thanksgiving meal with the other side of the family. So, me and Jesus had an idea to make them a yummy delicious cup of peppermint hot cocoa. I can't wait for them to get here so we can put the cream on and dig in. I love them little ones so much. That's the same way Jesus is with us. He loves us and is excited when we spend time with Him, just enjoying His presence. Just think about how excited He must get whenever we pray for something and it is His will to give it to us. I bet He gets even more excited than I am right now. He loves us with all of His heart and He loves to see us smile. So this season, remember to spend time with the One who gives you all the blessings that you have.
Overpowering thoughts trudge through your mind. You're not sure they will ever find there way out. You try hard to get your mind on a different subject, but every time you try, the fear comes rolling back in. Opening your Bible and praying for relief, you open right to Psalm 118:6.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6 NKJV
The words run off your lips bringing comfort and hope. With eyes closed you talk to your Father, "I've been struggling so long, I feel like I've only been hitting dead ends. If I had only come to you first. I need You're help. You are Love, the perfect Lamb of God. The only one that can make me fearless."
In that moment God speaks to you. "Come a little closer, let me hold your hand. We will overcome this together. You are not alone. I will always walk beside you, no matter what the storm may be. Just come to me and lay it down at my feet. I will take you through it."