January 10 2023

The hype surrounding a new year can be pretty overwhelming, but as someone has correctly said, “Only the calendar has changed, everything remains the same.”

It may be kind of cool if our fears, our mistakes, financial problems, etc were wiped clean at the beginning of a new year. Then maybe it will be worth all the hype.

The real hype of seeing a new year is the joy it brings for you to work harder at accomplishing your goals. There are 365 days to celebrate every win, no matter how small they may be.

The fact that God allowed you to see a new year means that He still believes in you. Sometimes it’s the small steps that gets us closer to the big wins.

Attitudes are contagious, keep it positive and be the wind beneath someone else’s wings. Let someone say to you that they didn’t give up because of you.

Make your goals worth waking up to every morning. Do your best and let God do the rest. God’s grace isn’t dependent on who opens which door for you.

Rule #1 – Put God first. Rule #2 Put God first then watch God super exceeds your greatest expectations. Prayer is powerful. Prayer can become a habit.

One thing I know – God always works the details out. Be anxious about nothing. Don’t lose hope. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.

When things don’t make sense that’s when God steps in and you are going to shout, “God you did it!” Stay encouraged. God never gives you a dream where faith is not the main ingredient.

Prayer Time: Father, our job is to take care of what we can do as you always do whatever we cannot do. Thank you for the miracles with our names on it. In Jesus Name. Amen.

No one determines your wins. Only God does.

January 8 2023

Emotional Healing

Emotional healing is recovering from emotional hurt, betrayal, abandonment, rejection, and pain. Healing from anything takes time.

Some days you feel strong, other days there are those triggers that make the wheels in our heads feel stuck. It’s a journey with no specific arrival time.

You have to sit on the faith train and convince your mind to let things go as you pass certain stops.
Why? Until you heal the wounded parts of you, you will keep fixing them with things that are more harmful to your growth.

This is your year to be healed emotionally and nobody is coming to do it for you. This is going to be your personal assignment.

At the end of 2023 there will be no more blaming people or the past for what happened to you. You are not stuck. Just decide you are not going to stay where you are.

Emotional healing starts with the person in the mirror and not the person who makes you feel bitter and angry. You cannot control anyone but yourself and the way you choose to respond.

Start with yourself and work with yourself. Complaining is hard work and it’s draining. Complaining years are over.

You will become like the people you spend the most time with. You don’t need sympathy. You need to surround yourself with people who teaches you how to choose your battles wisely.

Finally, prayer works best for emotional healing. Vent safely in your quiet place in your home. Be honest and real with God. You can’t surprise Him with your thoughts or feelings. You will know when you are ready to let go and move on.

Look for a Psalm that expresses your feelings and make it your personal prayer. Your blessing is guaranteed as you walk in obedience.

Prayer Time: Father, give us strength for today that’s all we need. We will not worry about tomorrow because tomorrow is in your hand. We keep our eyes on you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

We are not meant to stay wounded. Jesus does heal the broken-hearted.

Thinking out Loud 🤔

Life doesn’t get better by chance. It gets better by change. Out with the old. In with the new you.

It’s a full time job taking care of yourself but it’s going to be worth it. To move forward you must prepare to leave some things behind. Anything or anyone you lose in the process of self-improvement was never meant to stay.

Stop overreacting to people’s behaviour. Respect your feelings and stop being overly dramatic about issues outside of your control. It’s a full time job just taking care of your mental and emotional health.

Stop laughing at anything that’s hurting and rubbing you wrong. Discreetly set up boundaries where you decide what is allowed and what isn’t allowed in your life. Make a commitment to be nicer to yourself.

You don’t need to have a million friends. Just a handful that makes you feel like you’re not alone and more like teammates. Build dreams and not egos.

Don’t let loyalty keep you sitting at the same table where common sense should have made you give up your seat. You only live once, and there are absolutely no good reasons to live it like a caged bird.

Maybe 2022 you didn’t feel like you accomplished anything significant, tell God what you need, and thank Him for what He has done. If you keep telling the same sad story, you will keep repeating the same sad life. Take a deep breath and remember there’s someone out there right now who is taking their last breath.

Your healing is ongoing. It doesn’t have to look pretty or graceful now, but you must keep going as long as you have breath in your body.

Finally, when God gives you a new beginning it means the last thing that happened to you was the end. Stop wishing it never ended. Don’t close the book, just turn the page.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

Knowing Jesus

You can know ABOUT Jesus … but yet not KNOW Him in a personal way until you spend quality time getting to know Him.

In case you didn’t know:

Jesus identifies with the outcast, socially displaced person, and sinners. The religious leaders were very condescending to Jesus because He sat down to eat with the outcasts of society. They said, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Jesus identifies with a widow who only child had died. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ Jesus cured many who had diseases, illnesses and evil spirits, and the spiritually blind received their sight.

  1. Your future doesn’t rest in the hands of humans as good and kind as they may be to you. Your future rests in the hands of God.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭146‬:‭3‬-‭4‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

  1. When people try to put you down, God will raise you up. When they withhold from you, He will supply all your needs.

“The Lord God is our protector and glorious king. He blesses us with kindness and honor. The Lord freely gives every good thing to those who do what is right.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭84‬:‭11‬ ‭ERV‬‬

  1. God’s correction is not His rejection. He’s a loving father who protects His children from future mistake.

“My son, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects the one he loves, just as a father corrects a child he cares about.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬-‭12‬ ‭ERV‬‬

‭‭In closing: I pray you receive God’s richest blessings this Christmas as you get to know Jesus, and not allow your religious beliefs to deter you from living your best life here and hereafter.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like CHRISTMAS 🔔

What CHRISTMAS is:

There’s no other holiday quite like it. It’s is a time for giving and forgiving. It’s a time to unite and reunite. It’s a time to be grateful and to bring happiness to all.

Christmas is a reminder that God sent His only Son to become the Savior of the world with one message – “FEAR NOT. I bring you great JOY which will be to ALL people.”

Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there’s room for Jesus.

What Christmas is NOT:

It’s NOT getting overwhelmed by the shopping, wrapping, and busywork that accompany the holiday.
It’s not about getting a loan from the bank to put oneself in more debt. It’s not meant to be a stressful time.

Christ came to earth in the HUMBLEST way being born in a stable. Have FAITH. God is always with you. Have HOPE. God’s love surrounds you. Have PEACE. God has a plan for you. Have JOY. God will see you through.

Let’s put CHRIST back into CHRISTMAS

⭐️

Oh It’s Christmas – ⭐️

Facts of the greatest story ever told.

Mary a young virgin was told by an angel that she will give birth to the Messiah and His name will be called Jesus.

Today, we still refer to Him as the “Wonderful Counselor,” “The Mighty God,” “The Everlasting Father,” and “The Prince of Peace.”

We will never know the exact time, day of the week, or even the year the Messiah Jesus was born, but one thing we cannot deny is that He was born with a Divine purpose. Every birth deserves a celebration…and I’m here for it.

The Three Kings bought Him gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts. And as for me … Well, I gave Him my heart. Falling in love with Jesus remains the best decision I have ever made and the rest is MY STORY.

Prayer Time:
Lord, in a season when every heart should be happy and light, many are struggling with the heaviness of life. Problems that steal the joy right out of the Christmas spirit.

Crazy weather, disaster, and unimaginable fears have gripped hearts, robbing them of what really matters. Thank you for being the Prince of Peace that brings perfect peace in the midst of chaos that surpasses our understanding.

May that inner voice whisper to us, “Be NOT afraid!” In Jesus Name, Amen

In closing: We all need a Physician to heal us mentally, physically, and emotionally.

It does not matter what race Jesus is … or what day He was born etc … all I know is, we all need Jesus the Physician, the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of peace to be present in our homes, hearts, and as we go to and fro throughout the world.

⭐️

Thursday Morning Conversation with June Doyle

God’s willing hopefully we will be leaving 2022 pregnant with our due date set in 30 days. Adulting means it’s time for a reflection.

Time of Reflections: Not all our family and friends made it to see today. We pushed through the pain of loss and grief hoping that time will heal our pain. This year was difficult for everyone but whatever came our way … we managed to keep it together.

Questions to Ponder: What has life taught you, and what adjustments are you willing to make with a new year untouched by human hands? No mistakes yet. No regrets yet.

We may not always be able to choose what challenges we may face in 2023, but based on the reflections of last year’s experiences … what lessons were learned and how would you respond knowing what you know now?

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? Are you listening to your heart? Deep inside, are you ready to give up the things that are weighing you down?

Be confident of this one thing – The Lord your God goes before you into 2023, and He does not grow tired or weary, and will give you strength when you get weary and weak. The Bible says, ‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:26, 28-31 NIVUK

Faith in God is like the muscles in our bodies, if we don’t use it, we will lose it. Faith must be tested to grow. Take heart. Whatever lies ahead, be confident that they are divine opportunities to strengthen your confidence in God.

It’s okay to tell God about your anxious thoughts. But at the end of the day, you say, ‘Father, I look to you.’ In quietness and confidence will be your strength.

God will do things in you and for you that you never thought was possible. You don’t need to have all the information about 2023, you just have to trust that God is going before you, with you and will stay with you to the end.

WEDNESDAY Morning Conversation with June Doyle

It can be frustrating when you see other people doing well while you’re struggling to make ends meet. What do you do when there’s nothing left to do?

Let me share with you my mother’s faith story through my eyes. My parents were married and together they had 11 children, however, it was my mom who left a lasting impression on our lives with her unshakable faith. She was a strong woman who didn’t bow to the pressure easily because she believed God will always be there to help her.

Everyone knows that raising 11 children in the early 40’s and late 50’s was no easy task, but I never once heard my mom complain about how difficult life was. She divided her love among 11 children and each child had all her love.

Her mustard seed of faith kept us alive, fed, healthy, happy and properly clothed. Every morning she gathered her children around her feet, read the Bible, then each one had a turn to pray before our day got started.

My mom’s running mate was God. I never saw my mom hold her head down in defeat. Instead, her voice could be heard throughout the house singing the old hymns as she stirred the pots minus meat during the week 🤷🏽‍♀️. Only on Sundays, the meat miraculously appeared on the plates 😂

My mom raised strong, well-rounded children, and did everything to make sure we grew up into good human beings. Even if she was fighting her own battles and exhausted both mentally and physically, nothing stopped her from finding the strength to do whatever needed to be done for her children.

My takeaway: When the world is complaining about the economy, don’t join the chorus. Instead, have crazy faith and make God your running mate, and don’t forget to keep your praises up 🎶

Don’t send your children out into the world unprepared. Send them out with your love, your prayers, and the assurance that you will always be there when they need you.

Strong mothers raise strong children.