The world premiere of your story!!

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How many of you have ever been apart of a play or a movie? In order for you to get into character, you had to prepare and maybe get some background knowledge about your character in order to become your new character. A lot of times it’s harder to relate with some characters than others. This ties into singing as well. Learning new songs or genres can be a bit challenging at first. The more you practice and study the material, it becomes like second nature. You can apply that to anything in your life because we are all faced with challenges and areas of growth.

As Christians, we are called live a life that should be a witness to others. Whether you think your life is worth sharing or not, our lives should be the greatest testimony of all times. If you think about where you have come from to this very moment, God has done some tremendous work in your life. If you are thinking “my life is a hot mess right now”, please don’t blame God as the cause of it all. However you choose to look at it, it is all for a greater purpose that God wants you to add to your testimony.

As 2015 comes to a roaring end… step out on your stage/set and show your world premiere of your life. I have invited you all to my World Premiere this year to the Life of CANDYCE D. I pray that you have been blessed in ways that I will never know. Most importantly I encourage you to keep working on your life story starring YOU!!! God isn’t finished working on us and has the perfect Love story written for each of us. I am full of joy just thinking about what God has in store for each of us.

In closing, my eyes are filling with tears just seeing how God has guided me to this very moment and answered my deep prayers about spreading His word to other countries.  My blog has been read in almost 30 different countries, 1,000’s+ of views and visitors just in the span of 6 months. I never imagined that happening. God had a greater plan than I did and had the perfect plan.

Jeremiah 29:11 MSG

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

I have never read the Message translation of this verse and I absolutely love it! I have prayed for everyone of you that are reading my blog before I thought of Sweet inspirations by CANDYCE!!! Keep God first and you will NEVER fail. If your 2015 wasn’t what you thought it should be, reflect and see where you can add more Jesus. Your riches and “luck” may not increase but I guarantee if you change your outlook on your situation, God will do the rest. It’s a team effort. GOOOOOOOOOO TEAM!!!! (I apologize my cheerleader came out LOL)

I L❤VE Y’ALL and may you have a BLESSED & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!🎆🎇🎉🎉🎆🎇🎉🎉🎆🎇🎉🎉🎆🎇🎉🎉🎆🎇🎉🎉

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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The race is on! Round & Around we go!

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Philippians 3:13-14

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

This would be a great soul searching point to figure out what you are chasing after. Take some time to consult God to show you your heart ❤️. This will show you what you are truly chasing after in your life.

I will tell you that it’s not an easy pill to swallow IF what you’re chasing after things that are not in God’s will for your life. He will show you that your path is not the designed path that He created you to walk on. Trust me I have been on a path of obtaining everything that I wanted and thought would make me live a successful fulfilled life. Which left little room for God which was when I needed Him to come in a fix the hot mess of my life that I was creating. It wasn’t until I asked Him to show me the plan/path that He designed for me, that I actually felt joy, peace and guidance like no other. God had to completely shake up/detour my plans in order to unveil the once viewed as a road block that was under construction part of my path/life. View it as a new road that is new and less traveled with a mixture of beautiful scenery with some mysterious destinations that will become unveiled once you get to that location on your path. If you find yourself chasing after a career, a spouse, letters behind your name, fame, money etc. and you do not have God anywhere or He’s a very small part of your race, make Him first. I’m not saying that having all of those things is against God’s plan but if you didn’t seek Him first then it will all be in vain. Rememeber the Scripture that says only what we do for Christ will last. Those good works that were done out of self gratification and to show off for others will do us no good in heaven. It’s all about lining our priorities up with God’s priorities and not our own. He will show you your purpose IF you seek Him.

So I ask what are you chasing after in your life? The race was on the second you came into this world. We are all running our own race on different paths that hopefully ultimately lead to the greatest finish line of all times. I say hopefully because I pray that you all have accepted Christ as your personal savior so that you can cross that great finish line into eternity! 🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁🏁

Here are some steps to running a purpose driven race: 🏃👟
1. Seek God first in everything you do at all times Matthew 6:33
2. Pray/talk to God as often as you talk to someone that is close to you.
3. Build your relationship with Him.
4. Ask yourself if what you are chasing after will be a testimony to others to show how wonderful God is.
5. Understand that you will be uncomfortable and there will be a lot of stretching you as a person to become who God created you to be.
6. Stay encouraged through the disappointments.
7. Remind yourself that you will only be on this side of heaven for a short time and only what you do for Christ will last. Heaven is full of blessings and rewards for the faithful believers.

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Are you wearing GOD-GGLES?

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Have you ever wondered how it really looks to show love to others? Over the past few years I have discovered how to love everyone like God commands us to. Trust me when I tell you that it is not an easy task. When you look at them through the eyes of God, your whole outlook changes. That is when the compassion steps in and softening of  your heart steps in. Again this is no easy task that you can do on your own, keep God on your mind and practice showing this love to the world. ❤️🌍🌎❤️

Helpful tools and benefits to help with wearing your God-ggles:
1. Remember the love that God has for you.

2. Recall the non loving things that you have done and said to people. Remember how they still love you inspite of your faults.

3. Your outlook on life will be a much lighter and cheerful one.

4. Fun to be around due to your loving nature.

5. Patience level will increase.

6. Discernment will be sole dictator of your existence due to the wisdom that you gain from God.

7. You will truly understand God’s love and be able to show it.

8. You will be able to spot distractions and be able to fight temptations.

These are just some benefits to wearing your God-ggles. You will have better than 20/20 vision!!!

Don’t leave home without your God-ggles each day 👓 🏠 you need them to go along with your full armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against [a]flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 [b]in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 [c]With all prayer and petition [d]pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, [e]be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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THE. Best. Artist. EVER

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I LOVE seeing the sun peeking through the clouds

Taken while flying to Boston for vacation last year

Taken while flying to Boston for vacation last year

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The beautiful clear water at Pensacola Beach, Florida.

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South Shore Harbour Resort League City, Texas

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This was taken by one of the daughters of my dear sister from Church on Monday evening!

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I took this on my way to El Paso, Texas

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Taken Tuesday evening! I was captured by the beautiful colors in the sky. No filter!!!

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El Paso, Texas

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El Paso, Texas

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Landing in Boston

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One of my favorite sea creatures from the New England Aquarium. A polka dot sting ray

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Beautiful fish with vibrant colors

I took all of these pictures but one. God is by far hands down THE BEST ARTIST/CREATOR OF ALL TIMES! I enjoy taking pictures and capturing the beauty that’s all around me!!!! I pray that you take time to thank God for His beautiful artwork.

Psalm 147:8 Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow upon the mountains.

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Where is the source of your it is well statement?

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Some of the struggles that I face as a blogger who’s mission is to share the word of God, is allowing the spirit to guide me with the topics/post that are needed to help others. I have experiences in each of my post and that’s why I make sure I listen to God and how to bring it to you. This past week has been a struggle for me write one that because I truly allow God to lead my blog and that includes waiting on Him to share His wisdom with me in order to break it down to you. In between my post I ask God to reveal what my next post should be and I study the Bible and spend a lot of time with Him. Quite a bit of different topics crossed my mind but nothing pricked my heart like this topic. I’m not sure about you guys but whenever you try and share God’s word, the enemy tries to feed you distractions that are meant to block what is truly needed. When experiencing the closeness to God, that will allow you to hear His voice and trust only what He is saying to you. That is the source of my blog!

In my family I have challenged some (including myself) to really search our hearts and line it up with our speech/actions. For me the real results actually reaffirmed me and the path that I am on NOW. Years ago (not too long ago) my heart and actions were actually on complete opposite sides of each other. My heart was not right which led to a lot of my actions that went against the Word of God. I did not truly understand how much God loved me and what that actually looked like. The feeling that God punishes every time you mess up and no good things will happen when you do those things basically calling you a failure is what I held onto. I didn’t understand that in the midst of your sin, God’s love will never fail and because He loves you… He will never leave you. The enemy wants to keep your sinful identity and call you by your sin which makes you feel like you’re a failure and not worthy of Our Father’s Love. I fell victim to that lie for the longest time and I know that a lot of you are struggling with that as well. Don’t allow others to tell you that God can’t love you because you did XYZ. We all have a redemption story and it is worth sharing to help someone that is truly struggling with guilt, shame, pride and/or depression etc.

It. Is. Well. When you say that where does your confidence if any come from? Does it come from the security of your job making a certain amount of money? Does it come from just repeating it because you love to sing that beautiful song? Does it come from someone else telling you that everything is taken care of? Does it come from just reading it somewhere and able to recite it? OR does it come from in your heart of hearts that God has given you the confidence through Him that reassures you that in the midst of your trials and tribulations that IT. IS. WELL? Does it come from knowing truly what the L❤️VE actually looks and feels like in your life? Living it out and not just SAYING those “Jesus” phrases because that is what Christians should do. That mentality is very dangerous and before you know it, you are blinded by yourself and not understanding the whole word of God. That makes for a surface type of relationship with God which really means no relationship if you are honest with yourself. That ties back into your heart and what you believe about God’s love. That song is actually one of my favorite hymnals to sing and to be transparent and honest with you guys, all of those above questions about what the it is well statement means was my way of thinking and no thought or feelings of God’s love and security in Him was present. I praise God for the transformation of my way of thinking that flows from my heart and the identity and true love that I know exist. So in the midst of your test and trials, is your heart at peace knowing that God’s love for you will never fail? Believing that He has your back and that you can look your trial in the face and with the confidence of God and say IT.IS.WELL!!!

Do a heart ❤️ check and allow God to show you the true source of your IT IS WELL with my soul statement. IS IT FLOWING FROM YOUR HEART OR AN OUTSIDE SOURCE?

I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT YOUR INTERPRETATION OF THE PICTURE IS VIA TEXT, EMAIL OR COMMENTING BELOW!!!       Sweetinspirationsbycandyce@gmail.com

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you want the real deal or a knockoff?

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🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪🚪 Settling for imitations of love are like all of these closed doors. You are dancing in the hallways of “bliss” & “happiness” only to realize that you don’t have the right key 🔑 to open any of those doors. All of those doors represent something different in each of our lives. For example, one door could represent a relationship that you have invested so much time and wasted energy that functions outside of the will of God. Another door could be a job that you have but it’s not stretching or growing you into your purpose. Or a door that was closed by God in order to protect you from what you thought you wanted. Whatever these closed doors represent to you is something that you are going to have to take to God in prayer and ask him to show you why they are closed.

When we settle for knock offs, we are telling God that we don’t deserve His best for us and that we are ok with whatever comes our way. If it doesn’t line up with God’s word then it is an imitation and we should have no part of that. Knowing your true worth and value has nothing to do with monetary values and materialistic views, it comes from knowing that Jesus died to save us from these knock offs that fill our hearts with lies.

Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Lies that say you should do whatever you can while you can, you’re only young for a short while so do it, this person really loves you so accept it and love them back even if they are living contrary to God, your biological clock is ticking so hurry up and get a man/woman no matter what his/her view point is of God etc. And the list goes on and on of these imitations. So I’m asking you, do you know what true love is and what does that look like in your life? You have to be careful with those knock offs because they not only will lead to those closed doors everytime but heartache, stress, possible drugs and emptiness just to name a few. Trying to use those knock offs as the real deal will only lead to mediocrity and disappointments. There’s no way the hallway  “bliss” dance will ever supply you with the REAL love that God has for you.

His love will unlock those doors and will never be a knock off! I have been a victim of accepting the knock offs and dancing in the “blissful” hallway thinking that I was really enjoying life and “making things happen”. I had to learn what God’s love really meant and how that looked in my life. Accepting His real love will change your whole approach on life (relationships, attitudes, how you treat people, walking in your purpose, experience joy, eternal gain and kingdom building etc.) Walking through those doors will take you to another level in experiencing God’s love. He will never stop loving us no matter what BUT to understand and feel His love requires the imitations to be thrown out. When you love someone or something you naturally give your best and do not want to mess anything up. Give God your best and share His love to others so they can stop accepting the knock offs.

If you have any comments or questions please leave them in the comments or you can email me at sweetinspirationsbycandyce@gmail.com

Do you know what love means? ❤️

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mushroom production time 🍄🍄🍄

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Those individuals that really know me, know that I am allergic to mushrooms aka fungi. So this post is rather interesting and I thought about this yesterday after seeing some small mushrooms sprouting in the front yard. If you know the science and significance of these fungi, you can begin to see where I’m going with this.

In our lives there’s a lot of things that are happening on the inside of us that no one can see at first. That’s the “birthing” phase of something great that God has planted inside of us to show the world. 🌍 The more we water and fertilize our life with God, the more our lives/inside will begin to produce mushrooms. Mushrooms are products of a healthy fertile soil and perfect environment. Are you producing any mushrooms 🍄🍄? Look for those areas of growth and transformation and those my friend are your MUSHROOMS!!!!

Some examples of evidence of mushrooms:
*better attitude
*grateful attitude
*witnessing to others
*blessings and Gods favor
*new positions and promotions
*joy in the midst of a storm

Keep producing them and showing them to the world so that man will glorify our Father in heaven. The perfect Scripture that ties in with this is Matthew 5:16 NIV

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Mushrooms need the perfect amount of light in order to grow. We are Christians use our light source which is Jesus to glorify God. So continue to work on your soil so that you can produce more of those intriguing mushrooms!!! If you aren’t producing mushrooms, try fertilizing your soul with the perfect amount of Son light and picking those choking weeds aka sinful lifestyles out.

So I guess I’m not allergic to this type of mushroom LOL!

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!

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Do you see it? Take a closer look…

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Do others people see it in me? 🙈🙉
Do I see something different in myself? 👀
Am I allowing God to be the head of my life?

Well these are some questions that you should ask yourself when you start to question how far you have come on your journey with God. The IT that I am referring to is change in you that has taken place because you are allowing God to shine through your life. At times we get down on ourselves because we start to feel like we aren’t growing at a certain pace that we “feel” that we should be keeping with. I encourage you to stop ✋, take a deep breath and exhale those feelings. Those are those subtle attack 👊 methods that the enemy will make you believe. You will start to feel like you are going backwards instead of forward, you will be reminded of your past mistakes, you will start to compare yourself to others around you and look at their life, things will trigger old habits and thoughts that once kept you captive to your sin. Please be clear that these will come up when you are trying to grow. The enemy is not going to attack and fight if there’s no real competition to keep God’s Kingdom growing instead of his.

My dear brothers and sisters please look to God and be reminded of your journey thus far. Look at the change that has taken place whether it has brought you closer to God or sin has continued to keep you in bondage. Always look at the positive first and use that to motivate you to keep growing spiritually. Our sin should not keep us from reaching the full potential that God has placed in us. Take my word for it, it’s not worth it! We are all sinners BUT sin should not control our lives. Encourage others to see the positive change in their lives as well because we are called to be the light of the world! Sin = darkness

Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It’s time to reclaim your thrones

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I will be honest, the thought of me ever being married use to scare me because I didn’t truly understand it and appreciate why God created it. Seeing so many different marriages around me break apart from an early age, left a bad taste in my mouth. Not knowing at the time what was going on inside of me, created the mindset of never let that happen to you Candyce and protect your heart. Which is exactly how I approached dating, I had no idea how to explain my actions of pushing guys away, filling those voids and not being vulnerable. I thought it was normal and ok because it was protecting me from what I didn’t want to happen. It’s ok to protect yourself right?!? Like I said in my other post, I met some amazing men but I was not in the right mindset that I should have been in to make it really work and vice versa. I’ve dated guys that were pretty much like-minded in that area which I now understand why we connected. We connected because our brokenness brought us together which created an unhealthy situation. Lots of lessons learned in that area.

It’s so funny how you never see these type of things during the areas of your life, but when you look back… all you can say is WOW THANK YOU GOD FOR THE MATURITY THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN ME!

I never viewed myself as a queen like royalty even though I was crowned Homecoming and Prom Queen. God was trying to remind me and show me how full of Royalty that I was and am. I was so blinded by that at the time and never truly understood the meaning behind being a King and a Queen. What are your thoughts on what a King and Queen is when it comes to how you act? The definition for King & Queen:

King a boy or man who is highly respected and very successful or popular.

Queen a person or a thing personified as a woman considered the best or most important of her kind.

Now lets tie those definitions back into God’s view of His children. We are all royalty because we belong to the Almighty God and Ruler. When we act less than our royalty ability to keep the Kingdom growing, we are showing the world that being a part of THE Royalty Family isn’t that great and worth living as Kings and Queens.

There’s two approaches/outlooks to this topic that came to me:

1. As singles we are called to be a part of the building up of God’s Kingdom just like married couples. We are still Kings and Queens. Our unity is not as one like it is when couples are married, but we are still royalty and are valued. Now, if it’s God’s will for you to become married you two should have the same thoughts and act as Kings and Queens do. This is the time to live out that you belong to THE KING OF KINGS and understand that He has a special purpose for you. You should become the ruler of your heart, body, words, mind and actions etc. with the power of God. That is why we are called Kings and Queens and we should rely on the KING OF KINGS to help us do that and serving only God!

2. When Kings and Queens are married their ruling should be full of purpose and God centered. It’s the unity that God designed so that His Kingdom could grow and reach more. He left specific instructions for marriage and families. As Kings and Queens united in marriage, the focus should be on serving each other and God. When you come together on one accord the power of God is stronger. He designed marriage to be a beautiful thing and we should appreciate and follow His instructions.

*I’m not saying singles can’t have a strong power* Once we come together on one accord, there is so much power that comes from God. We all have the Royalty blood flowing through our bodies but we have to choose to reclaim our thrones by living like it.

I wanted to share how my heart had to be changed in order to fully understand how I am supposed to act as Queen Candyce. I had to go through necessary experiences to reclaim my throne. I challenge you to reflect on your life and present to see if you are living like Royalty whether single or married!!! God has transformed my heart on the idea of marriage and the importance of having a purposeful marriage that includes an incomplete Kingdom Man & Woman that know that God is the center of our lives, and that working together is the only way God’s plan will be executed!!! But most importantly that my shift off of self and onto only God had to take place.My healing process was tailored made for me and has given me so much contentment in my circumstances. Every step in your healing process is vital to the plan and next phase that God has for you. I will be in prayer for you in this area whether you’re married or single, that you seek God first and that He is the very center of your life so that your ministry (your walk/life as a Christian with the Holy Spirit) will grow.

TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!

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When Sunday comes!!!!!

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There’s a gospel song that came to my mind called When Sunday comes . That song talks about how Jesus rose on the 3rd day with all power in His hands. No this isn’t a post about Easter Sunday, just incase you were wondering LoL.
Answer these few questions:

1. How do you feel physically, spiritually and emotionally on Sundays?
2. Do you have the same excited feeling on Sundays as you do on other days of the week?
3. What significance do you think Sundays play in your life?
4. Does Sunday have a special place in your heart?

Those are some questions that I want you to be honest with yourself so that you will start to understand the significance of Sundays.

Now back to the title of the song When Sunday comes ,that was such a powerful day that spoke volumes about the power of God. Jesus was sent to save mankind from sin and to make more disciples. So when that Sunday came, it caused such an uproar and feelings of comfort for those who already followed him. I said all of that and asked those questions to help you reexamine your life as a believer and disciple. Do you get that same feeling of excitement and power when you arise everyday about God’s glory? Do you treat each day as a powerful gift that God has blessed you with? Do you take time to read His word and apply it to your life so that you will live a glorious life? Are you growing through your tough times and being challenged by what you are reading in the bible? There will never be any real growth if you aren’t challenged and learning more. I encourage you to grow your faith and if you have backed away from God, I pray that you go back to church to be among other believers. He created church buildings for a reason and they are there to gather along with other Christians that are on the same journey that you are on to help encourage you. Don’t forget that you are the church and are called to assemble with other like minded believers.

Sunday is a GLORIOUS day… we will have another “Sunday” when Jesus returns and that my friends will be GLORIOUS!!! View everyday as that Glorious Sunday when Christ arose. What a marvelous and powerful message day that was!!!!

TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!

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