After last night’s post, I decided to jump in and see what that would look like living in New York. I decided to WALK to the grocery store. I have NEVER ever done that before let alone in a neighborhood that I’ve never been to in a completely different culture. The urge to speak and to smile at people is rooted SO deep in me that I honestly feel like I’m in shackles when I’m out. I wanted to smile at so many people while on my walk but was quickly reminded that people don’t do that here. That is so mysterious to me.
I got my groceries and headed back home. My walk was not even 5 minutes and when I got home, I paused to reflect on what I just experienced. I have entered into a new type of life and I don’t know how I fit in. God is definitely going to have to show me how He wants me to be. But then He reminded me that I’m not supposed to fit in. Honestly I still don’t understand what that is going to look like for me in this season. I am a very friendly person because I have the joy of Lord within me. I’m just going to leave that alone right now.
So after I ate my breakfast, I got a sudden boost of energy to organize my room and closets. I am settling in more each day. When you feel comfortable in your own home, you begin to be comfortable with your surroundings. I’m already secure in who I am in Christ so I must transfer that into every area of my life. Tonight’s post is very short I know.
I’m going to combine tomorrow and Sunday together as a post on the eve of my 32nd birthday. So I’ll check back in with y’all Sunday!!!!
3:2 Discussion question… What have you accomplished that you’ve been putting off?
‘Til next time my loves remember that when you do one thing that you were apprehensive about and when you actually do that, more than one thing will come from it. That is just the door to open up other things that needed to be done as well.
I am glad to announce that I’ve only cried one time today!! That’s a record for me LoL!! Today has been such a special day for me. It all started off at work when my work family had a breakfast celebration for me. The food was delicious and the decorations blew me away. Here are some pictures
Each week in our staff meetings, we take turns doing a devo for the group. Today was my last one. As I was thinking about what I was going to teach on, I asked God what do we all need to think about right now? So I did my devo on blind faith. I asked several questions about what does that mean to them and I asked myself the same questions. The responses were right on point and had a very interesting take.
So let me ask you what does blind faith mean to you?
My take on it is that in order for me to grow in my relationship with God, my faith has to be my foundation. When I’m called out of my comfort zone and out onto the water, I will not look at the size of the assignment but at who’s calling me to it. I will not know all of the details BUT my faith in God and the trust that I have is what’s leading me blindly to wherever God is calling me to with Him. My move to New York is definitely an example of this. He is strategically revealing bits and pieces about this new chapter. My trust and faith has been taken to another level right now and continues to grow.
I just love how God continues to remind me that I’m still on assignment here in Houston and He still has daughters that need to experience Jesus in a life changing way. Today was the perfect example of that. My bestie and I taught a class together tonight and I absolutely loved it. We feed off of each other and are very passionate about Jesus.
We only got to the third point due to some amazing conversations that were being had among us. Being obedient even when it doesn’t make sense is what God wants. I never thought in a million years that I would be teaching at this level and to this audience. So much joy and laughter filled my heart tonight.
As I was walking through the office, I walked by this picture and said “oh WOW, how timely is this”!!
In closing, during the discussion on blind faith one of the elders at my church which I call “The Don Father” answered the question by saying that sometimes we think that having blind faith while we are figuratively walking in the forest that we won’t run into any trees or trip over a log. That’s not the case, things will come up in life while we are on our faith walk. Trusting God and continuing the journey is blind faith. We open ourselves up to be extremely vulnerable when we walk blindly with God because we don’t know what situation will present itself.
3:2 Discussion questions:
- What is a situation that you can think of that has required blind faith?
- What was the outcome of it?
‘Til next time my loves, show someone that you love them!!!!!
Let me start off by saying I have been THE biggest cry baby today. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been in my current situation and how God is moving you from your familiar into the unknown. My time back in Houston has been full of mind blowing experiences.
From not having a job when I moved back to how God used me to mentor so many children and adults, has definitely played a HUGE part of why I was such a cry baby today. The start of Hey! G.I.R.L. last year has taken off at a rapid pace.
I didn’t realize how much of an impact that I was making. Today I was taken to lunch by my little mentee’s. God knew that we needed each other. Even though they are sad, upset and confused about how God calls us to do things that we don’t understand at the moment but all in due timing He will reveal it to us.
I know that my legacy will continue to illuminate in Houston as I depart to my next assignment. The evidence of God is my legacy that will be still be in place years and years from now. It is so humbling that God decided to use me to show people that He is the only way.
Be prepared for lots of pictures from some of my assignments in Houston. I am so honored and blessed to have met some amazing individuals. There’s no way that I could post all my pictures. I tried to put them in chronological order as much as I could. Enjoy and there’s 2 questions at the end.
Eduvention Mentoring and Consulting
Eduvention Mentoring and Consulting
Pathway to Hope
WHCC lead team
Love y’all so much
3:2 Discussion questions: What do you want your legacy to be? How are you working towards making that a reality?
‘Til next time my loves, put smile on someone’s face!!!!!
Tonight’s post will be shorter because I want to leave you with some questions to reevaluate some things in your life. This idea was just laid on my heart. I titled this post Paths because we are all on a path of some sort. My path does not look like yours and vice versa. A dangerous outlook is comparison. What it all boils down to is, how are we utilizing the path that God created for us? I will admit that I have compared my path with other paths that my heart desired. For example, marriage and raising a family, traveling the world and having a certain type of lifestyle just to name a few. All that did was make me depressed, stagnant in every area of life, unhappy and miserable. I had to get to the point to where I was happy and content in both the good and the bad in my life. That only took place when I shifted my view from what I didn’t have to what I actually have right in front of me and within. One of the most awkward season that I went through was the season of moving back home, not having a job for some months and trying to find my place in church and home and with friends and family. But during that long season God was pruning me and molding me for this very moment as I’m preparing for my huge move to New York!! My path is tailor made just for me and God knows exactly why He chose me to carry it out. I do not have all of the answers to most of the questions that people ask me about my move. My one and only answer is God needs me there for an assignment. I honestly don’t know what it’s going to look like or what I will be doing BUT I will continue to watch God happen.
So here’s your questions for you to reflect on:
- What are you holding onto in this season that could be holding you back from getting to God’s path for you?
- Do you wish that your path was created differently?
- In a culture that prides itself on making a lot of money, do you get caught up in that sometimes?
- If God’s path for you included the very thing that you dislike the most, how would you approach your circumstances? (What would your attitude consist of)
- Does your current path fully represent Jesus? If not then what changes can be made to your path to match THE path made by God?
‘Til next time my loves!!!!!!
Hey my loves!!!
So if you’ve been following my blog then you should be updated on what this series is all about. But if this is your first time on my site then oh honey bun WELCOME TO SWEET INSPIRATIONS BY CANDYCE. Also before you finish reading this scroll down to the first post 3:2 and catch up then jump back in to this post.
Well if you remember from yesterday’s post I talked about how God exceeded my expectations on some answered prayers.
Tonight I titled this part PUZZLE PIECES. I absolutely LOVE to put puzzles together and I’ve always loved sitting and completing them ever since a very young age.
Before I post I always ask God to reveal what I need to hit on. Have you ever thought about puzzles from a different perspective? I view my life as a giant size puzzle and I am the outside pieces. Let me break it down, the border pieces represent my purpose/calling on this Earth. Those are the given pieces that can represent things such as my general framework, human limitations, the day that you entered into the world etc. Typically border pieces are the easiest to spot out as the most obvious on where they are to go. Their role/purpose is already predetermined for them because without them there would be no closure/stopping point. I hope that you are still following me. Another observation of the border pieces is that don’t ever really show you the full picture of what the completed puzzle will look like. Ok raise your hand if you see what I’m getting at!! I know that I cannot see you raising your hand but God can and that signifies that there’s something down within you that knows that there is greatness within you and a calling that needs to come together.
I want to go into more detail about the statement that I made about the border never gives you all the details of your life and what it’s going to look like. I’m at a point now where God is adding more pieces and I can’t see what it’s looking like but I can FEEL the beauty that’s coming together. Each person that I have met up until know have played a part in putting my puzzle together. Experiences have also played a part in completing my puzzle. I want you to pause and think about all the people and experiences puzzle pieces. Do they have beautiful detailed colors that show fruit bearing experiences or are they dark that represents sin and strongholds that are keeping you stuck? The beauty about each of our puzzles, God designed it perfectly for each of us and He knows EXACTLY how many dark and colorful pieces that we will have. But oh please be encouraged, God still uses the dark pieces to complete our puzzle.
All of the people that I have strategically met from this time last year up until now was all God ordained and I’m learning that they play a part in my purpose and my move to NY. The young lady pictured below that is standing next to me is just one example of how God needed for us to cross paths and for me to remain an encouragement to each other throughout last year and continuously until He says enough.
My closing thoughts… remember that each piece has a position, a predetermined color and position, a different shape and purpose. We were all created to carry out our purpose and calling but in order to do that, you will need all the pieces placed in the correct spaces to put you together in order for you to be complete in Christ Jesus.
3:2 Discussion question #1: What colored pieces (colored or dark) do you think you have more of right now that make up your puzzle right now. (Refer back up to the illustration about the colored pieces representation).
#2 What do you think the size of your puzzle can represent?
‘Til next time my loves!!!!!
‘Tis the season to be jolly… Fa la la la la la la la la!!! Have you ever thought about what that song means? Well it hit me yesterday while listening to my pastor that speaking about the Christmas season. I thought about my life and how much it has changed within the past year. I can’t believe that it has been a year since I moved back to Houston. God has used me in ways that I would have never imagined.
A thought came to me as ’tis your season (Candyce) to be jolly. Meaning it is hard to accept the seasons of life that you’re in especially when it’s not what you imagined or planned for. But rejoicing in the current season that you are in will produce that joy that only God can give. My life is far from perfect and no where I thought I wanted to be but I thank God it’s where I need to be. He has shown me so much favor and I will be forever grateful. God has shown me that so many people need to be exposed to who He is and how He uses me and so many other wonderful Christians to share His love. Even though I will never fully grasp how deep His love is for me, I experience it and I love passing it on. I challenge you to do the same
Now it’s your turn to rejoice in your season whether it’s storming in your life or sunny skies… Learn to be content and full of joy wherever you are. This current season of Celebrating Jesus is more than enough to bring joy to your life.
Matthew 1:23AMP Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us. [Isa. 7:14.]
God is always with us even when we feel alone. Look at the positives in your life and not your mistakes. Remember mistakes are proof that you’re trying. Keep your head held high and connected to the only source of your life… GOD!!
WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎄🎄
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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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 email@example.com
Do you know what love means? ❤️
‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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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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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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