3:2 Puzzle pieces

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聽 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!!!!!
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3:2 (day 03)

Soooooooooooooooooo… Let me start off by saying that today has been a rollercoaster of a day. From waking up early with the strong desire to listen to worship music to some changes in plans to my emotions skyrocketing to exhaustion and ending with a bursting through the ceiling with excitement from the news I received.

Y’all my prayers are being answered all at the perfect time. God knew that I would be in this exact spot with it all and at the perfect time… BOOM He shows up and shows out!!!

Remember my word for 2018 is TRUST. That is not very easy for me to do but I know that in order for God to take me to the places that I need to be, I MUST TRUST Him at all times.

Today signifies a powerful number. 3 represents the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. And today my friend the Trinity showed out on my behalf!!! He is ALWAYS listening and provides right on time.

As I take you on this journey with me, my prayer is that God will speak to each of you in a way that you KNOW that it is Him. In this year God is raising up His children to go into enemy territory and SHINE Jesus’ light for all to see. This is my current season and I know that wherever I’m going, God has prepared them for me and He has made room for my gifts and talents.

3:2 Discussion question:
What do you see yourself doing in 2018 for the Kingdom?聽
My answer: Sharing Jesus with this world in whatever field God has me in.

‘Til next time my loves…. make sure that you are leaving your comfort zone in the past!!

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Praising God with you for all of the victories in your life!!

3:2 (day 02)

Hello my loves!!! Well let me first start off by saying today has been a bit of a blah kind of a day for me. I get in temporary moods that tend to stick around for a day or sometimes just some hours. Today was one of those days.

There are several factors that always tie into my mood changes. With that in mind, I approach my interactions with others differently because I know that the way that my attitude is set up, it won’t be in my best interest to respond according to my mood. One factor I can show you was the weather today and that it was extremely cold.

I thought to myself… If I think this is freezing oooh just wait until I move. But that got me thinking about preparation, wisdom and covering. As you can see above I did a screenshot of my current location and my future location. It didn’t stick out to me what the current temp in Houston was until I just attached it. How cool and significant that number is right now for this series.

Preparation is definitely where God is still working on me. The wisdom that I have received from others that have experienced the NY winter has provided me with the proper physical and spiritual covering.

Let me break it down in a different way. Without the wisdom and guidance from others about what I am walking into, I wouldn’t be covered at all. For example in this case, Houston and New York have two different types of winter’s. Yes they both are extremely cold right now but as you can see, our temperatures are going to rise back up by the weekend. Also the type of coat that I would wear down here on a cold winter day will not be the same type of coat that I wear up there to protect me from the freezing temperatures. I could do two things with the wisdom that was shared with me.

One: accept the wisdom and actually put it to use.

Or

Two: reject it and go off of what I feel is right.

There’s always a reason why God will cross your path with someone.

I have honestly received so much wisdom and covering today that it has caused me to get more excited.

Y’all I ain’t gone lie… Today I said I don’t know how I’m going to make it up there in this weather. And soon after that God whispered “You’ll make it because I’m already there waiting on you and I’ve provided the resources to keep you warm”.

Don’t you just love how our Daddy listens to even our most silliest things that actually come out of our mouths?!?

I will leave you with this… My word for 2018 is TRUST. I don’t know where I’m going to live, where I’ll be working, what acting and modeling gigs I will get or anything BUT I do TRUST that our Father already has it all planned out and knows when to let it all unfold. The picture below is a picture of my vision board from 2017 and as I looked at it tonight this popped out to me. I didn’t have a clue when I was making my board that the section under destination would actually be where my next destination would be. I circled it when God confirmed that that would be my next residency. Isn’t God so AMAZING?

Tomorrow I’ll share with you how He connected me with people from that area last year way before I knew I was moving. Stay tuned for this mind blowing story!!!

Discussion question for 3:2… What destination are you holding on to right now? Has God confirm that place for you or have you confirmed that place for yourself? Comment below so we can encourage one another.

‘Til next time my loves!!!!!!!

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This little light of mine….. Part III

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God鈥檚 instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you鈥攆rom nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.
1 Peter 2:9-10 MSG

I know that I have been MIA from my blog. I have been in a lot of prayer and direction for this topic. As I thought about this topic on letting your light shine, I was shown light in a different “light”.

We all naturally respond to bright lights in the same way. Here are just a few ways we may respond to the light. Our eyes hurt for a split second, we close our eyes and look the other way until it’s safe for us to look again, we get a headache and/or we have a confused look and place our arms up to block out the light etc. But our response to the light is the part that has been placed on my heart to share.

Can you figure out the direction that I’m going with this? We either embrace the light with a positive “giving yourself time/grace” to allow your eyes to adjust. Or you complain and fight the change of the levels of light to brighten your way by placing sunglasses on to keep you in the dark.

The embracing of the light allows several things to occur:
路 You see everything bright and clear.
路 Every angle is exposed.
路 Light energy is present and gives life to things to grow.

Rejection of the light allows several things to occur:
路 You are in a blind state.
路 You can’t see the whole picture or the hidden angles.
路 Nothing has room to grow and there is no energy present.

Where do you see yourself within these two scenarios? Are you embracing or rejecting the light?

You may be a tad confused or torn in between the two. Well the embracing the light has shown me several things. The first one is that like the Scripture says above in 1 Peter 2:9-10, God has chosen you to be set a part from others to walk with Him and to show the world that Jesus lives within you. The second is that your perspective on life should be a positive and empowering outlook. You don’t allow the stress of this world keep you down. You walk in the confidence and power that God has given us as Christians. The third is the darkness that Satan wants us to remain blinded by will not be exposed. So by living in the light, all of the lies, insecurities and fears etc. are replaced with the light of Christ. The final one is that when light is present then the correct energy is able to do it’s job to make sure everything that you allow the light to shine thru will grow and flourish.

When you reject the light several things occur. One being you are in a blind state which is called rejection. You are rejecting the light by choosing to remain in darkness. That can look differently in each of our lives. As God to show you if and how you reject the light. For me, when I was living in a blinded state I actually despised people that were living in the light. It was like a jealousy and bitter state of mind that consumed me because I didn’t truly understand what it meant to have the light shining through me. So I rejected those who had it shining through them. I see that from the other hand now and how I’ve been rejected or talked about because I’m letting my light shine brightly. Jesus was rejected and HE is the light. We as His followers have to be made aware of the backlash that will follow. Not everyone will appreciate your light so don’t allow that to dim your light! Keep walking with your light shining brightly. Another rejection of the light will have you only believing a portion of the picture and keeps things hidden. Those hidden things are your true identity in Christ, your purpose and your guide to thriving in this life instead of just surviving/Bible. Without the light shining on those hidden places, you will stay blinded to all of those lies that stay lurking in your life. The final rejection of the light shows that you will not have the capacity for anything to grow and energy will not flow effectively. That can look like a number of things for example rejecting of wanting community fellowship, solitude overload and blocking of growing in the God. The longer the energy is not present the more things die off in your life. Friendships die off, family relationships are broken, your spiritual life becomes dry and brittle which opens the door to Satan to come in and take over.

Think about a situation when you decided to let your light shine and when you didn’t… If you did let it shine, did you see it as one of these four perspectives? If you didn’t let your light shine was is because you wanted to stay in darkness or wasn’t aware of the great danger that darkness brings?

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We are all given the choice to let our lights shine. Are you shining brightly or living in the dark hidden places? I pray for everyone that reads my blog and that God will speak to your heart in a way that only He can! Love you all and please share this with as many people as you can.

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

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‘Tis YOUR season to be jolly…

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‘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 聽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聽 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鈥搘hich, 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 馃巹馃巹馃巹

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‘TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You can’t stop now!!!

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When God created each of us, He designed us for a purpose. Whatever that purpose is, God’s plan is to bring glory to Him and to serve others. We all have a different story which makes us each unique. Have you ever asked “Why this God?” or “Why me?” I have asked those questions quite a bit and still do at times. When you start to ask those questions, God ALWAYS shows you the answers. As I shared with you guys before, my life was turned upside down in order for my new season purpose that I was designed to live out could be fulfilled. I see how everything that I have gone through has prepared me for this season. Have you felt like giving up or when people try and knock you off track due to their own insecurities/negativity? Cling closer to God so that He can fill you back up when you start to feel empty. Not everyone will understand and appreciate your unique gifts and personalities, but remember it’s not all about them! This season of my life has been the most rewarding season because I have not only grown spiritually but I have seen God’s hand over my life. He has guided me from the path of certainties into the path of uncertainties. For that I am forever grateful. The uncertainty moments in life cause you to become stretched and growing in faith. For some that is not a desired or welcomed location but once you think about it, it is all for the best. God wants us all to grow and we can not stay in our same ol comfort zone. I encourage you to seeks Gods plan for your life and diligently work at your purpose. He does not call us to be negative, selfish with our time, stuck in our ways etc, There is someone out there that needs you to use your purpose!

Now let’s talk about when there is a rejection on our part. That’s when bitterness, complaining, negativity and jealously will start to invade your life. We should be so engaged to God’s purpose for our life that all other things should fall by the wayside. You must first and foremost LOVE GOD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART 鉂わ笍. Don’t forget to keep on your God-ggles to stay focused when people and situations try and knock you off course.

Remember to seek God in all situations and YOU CAN’T GIVE UP NOW!!!! WE NEED YOU TO STAY ON TRACK鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳鉂も潳

If I would have stayed knocked down and stuck in my Candyce ways, I would have never met all of the amazing kiddos that God has brought into my life. I have blessed them in ways that I would have never imagined in a million years and vice versa. Continue to watch God happen in your life so that you can live a thriving lifestyle!!! Love y’all 馃槝

1 Peter 4:10

Each one should use whatever gift He has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

‘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 鉂わ笍. 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聽things that are聽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聽asked Him to show me the plan/path that He designed for me, that I actually felt joy, peace and guidance like no other.聽God had to completely shake up/detour my plans聽in order to unveil the once viewed as a road block that was under construction part of my聽path/life.聽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聽you get to that聽location on your path.聽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! 馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫馃弫

Here are some steps to running a purpose driven race: 馃弮馃憻
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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