In the presence of God!

1 John 1:9 But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us.We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all wrong things we have done.

Confessing your sins is the only way that you will be in fellowship with God. When you approach God, you have to be clean from sins. Asking for forgiveness and confessing your sins gives you a pure heart and that’s what God wants from us. Repent of those sins and ask God to remove them from your life. God will give you the strength to do that and to recognize them as soon as it happens in order to give it to God. The desire to get rid of those strongholds in your life must come from a place of wanting to be pure and a spirit of wanting to be all that God has created you to be. He will guide you IF you allow Him to. Once those strongholds are broken, you will be able to see God CLEARLY!

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

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I’m going to make an example out of you!

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I know that you have probably heard that ever so haunting phrase “I’m going to make an example out of you”. For a lot of us, that phrase carried a fearful and demeaning tone/message that was associated with it. Whenever you got in trouble or did something that another person that was in authority disagreed with, they felt that a punishment should follow. That punishment would show other people not to make the same mistake or to not disobey their authority. Either way you look at it, there was something to learn.

The Scripture 1 Timothy 4: 11-14 MSG

11-14 Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use.

So back to the title. In this sense of “making” an example out of you, God wants to use all of us as examples to this world to show how GREAT & LOVING & ALL POWERFUL He is. So when things occur in our lives no matter what age you are, be certain that He wants to use you as the perfect example of how God forgives and redeems us from our past. Being the perfect example is simply being who God created you to be. No matter what mess ups you have committed, God uses our MESS ups to be apart of our great MESSAGE. So do not be ashamed of them because we are redeemed!!

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

Photo credits: CANDYCE D. I TOOK THAT PICTURE A FEW WEEKS AGO OUTSIDE AT THE MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE.

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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!

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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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Grabbing the hand of Jesus

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I wrote this post last night and sent it out to my message receiving crew and it was such a joyful feeling when I recieved several messages stating:

“I really needed that!” “Amen” “I was just praying and I really needed that”

Let me tell you how God is… If you don’t have a relationship with Him, please get one because He will lead and direct your life to where all you have to do is sit back and kick your feet up👣! I know God is leading my life and I’m being obedient simply by those responses from my crew.I am no where near them and have no idea what’s going on in their lives. But God does and he will use you as a vessel, if you let Him! Let God use you so He can get all of the GLORY 🙌

Mark 4:39 NIV

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU RESPOND WHEN STORMS COME IN YOUR LIFE. DO YOU START TO PANIC IMMEDIATELY? DO YOU GO DIRECTLY TO GOD FOR STRENGTH? OR DO YOU TELL GOD TO REMOVE IT RIGHT AWAY? DO SOME SELF REFLECTING AND PRAY 🙏 FOR STRENGTH TO GO THROUGH IT WITH HIM! THERE ARE REASONS FOR STORMS IN OUR LIVES, MAKE SURE YOU GET THE MESSAGE!

HAVE A BLESSED DAY!!

‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stay in the will of God

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Romans 8:26-28 are the perfect explanations on what being filled with the Holy Spirit looks like. Even when we don’t know what to say, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf. Meaning all of the feelings and hurts that we experience are interpreted to God and in return God grants us His comfort and unfailing love. Have you ever been so hurt and let down that it hurt you to your core? Personal experiences like that were hard to go through all on my own. I remember one particular situation that I faced, I was so full of emotions and didn’t know how to express my feelings, I said a quick prayer “Jesus I need you” and it was like a sense of so much comfort and love that calmed my tears and hurt in the very moment. That was the Holy Spirit working on my behalf to stay close to God during my darkest and lowest times.

When you are in sync with the Spirit, you have to be in fellowship (confessed sins) I John 1:9. Honestly if you ask me having the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) apart of your life is the best feeling ever!! They all work as one and the purpose is to carry out the will of God. What do you think the will of God is? Think about that for a few minutes and are you living it out?

Being in the will of God: this is just a very short list of what being in the will of God looks like

  • Produces peace even when the world/man says you should be doing more or something else with your time.
  • Shows the world that anything is possible through Christ.
  • Provides a comfort that no man could ever provide
  • Fills voids that no man can fill.
  • Creates a way out of no way.
  • Blesses your life and protects you from the enemy.
  • Allows you to experience the joy only God can give.
  • Guides you while walking in your purpose on Earth
  • ETERNAL LIFE WITH HIM

Be encouraged and stay in His will for your life so that you can experience God on a whole other level! Trust me when I tell you that NOTHING and I repeat NOTHING is worth jeopardizing walking in your purpose. So whatever sin(s) is/are holding you back, get healing from God. God did not send His son to be used for our continual sins that we don’t want to give up. He sent him to help us get right and He does not grant us grace so that we can continue to enjoy our sins. At some point there has to be a feeling of remorse for walking wayward. I know that it will take some time but start by crying out to God to help break those stronghold chains that are holding you up from growing spiritually and walking in your purpose.

I am very passionate about God and helping others grow in Him! I am nowhere near perfect by any means and I am still growing. I have experienced deliverance from strongholds so I know that it is possible and I encourage you to reach out to our Father for help. LOVE YOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUU
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TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!

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Do you know the importance of your life seasons?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

I love how the KJV states a time for every purpose. I’ve learned within the past year and some months, that my purpose is far more greater than I could ever imagine in a million years. Which means my seasons of life that I have gone through and are currently going through are preparing me for my purpose. I know that it has been a mystery full of confusion and aggravation to most that have been affected by my purpose journey. But I’m here to tell you that no matter what it looks like to others because trust me when I tell you that they will have their opinions on what you “should” do. Make sure that you listen to the voice of God! Learning to accept the season that you’re in is a key to peace of mind and growth. At times you may be tempted to compare your season to someone else. All that will do is cause you to delay your growth, cause envy, confusion, self-pity etc. Use the season wisely. The season that I’m in currently is being used for more outreach for Gods Kingdom like mentoring kids, helping families with adopted children with troubled backgrounds, teaching children at church, leading a divorce care 4 kids ministry, blogging, Academic Director for our company Eduvention mentoring and consulting, LLC and being available to help as many people as I can while being back in Houston (just to name a few).

If I had tried to “fix” my previous season to my liking and comfort zone, NONE of this would be taking place right now. It all takes place when you open your heart to God and ask for Him to reveal His plan/purpose for your life. You MUST grab to His hand TIGHTLY because it will be full of the uncertainties and weakest points of your life. Cling tightly for the ride!!! God will remove you from situations that aren’t bearing fruit in your life. He loves us sooooooooooooooooo much, I don’t think there are enough o’s that I could type that will begin to describe our Father’s love for us.

Looking at the picture above, I did it like that because when you take a picture you are capturing the very moment that is taking place. When you look back on pictures, those memories and feelings come back from that exact moment that you were there. The different seasons in the picture represents your life story and when it all comes together to the picture that you take today! Embrace your different seasons and look how they have changed and formed you into who you are today. Oh  and don’t forget… Every great and most memorable masterpiece (meal) required multiple seasonings and different amounts. Some are beautiful to look at, some are very plain, some are sweet, some are rocky and salty, some are spicy just to name a few and those can represent our different seasons in our lives. So don’t forget that they will make a purposeful masterpiece that God will be very pleased with.

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

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Are you listening to your Shepherd?

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Psalm 23 The Good Shepherd

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord  forever.
Psalm 23:1-6 NIV

In what way did you insert yourself into that passage of scriptures? Did it comfort you and reassure you on some things?

I thought about all of those times that I wanted to go my own way and guide myself or allow others to, into what I thought was the right path. Whether it was myself or others that led me down that path, the Good Shepherd was still there using his call to guide me back to him. Sometimes I heard his voice and sometimes I didn’t. I was so deaf at one point in my life to his voice that thinking back on it now scares me. If you aren’t hearing Jesus’ voice right now, pray that God reveals to you what is deafening you to his voice. I had a long list of deafening sins. Open your heart ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ to him and listen to his call. That will direct your life and will eliminate all of the stress, drama, confusion and many other issues.

Don’t remain a lost sheep any longer!! Get back in the herd of other sheep so that you can be led by the one and only GOOD SHEPHERD 🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑🐑 HE KNOWS THE BEST PATHWAYS FOR OUR LIVES!!!

TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!

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