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First off I would like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family!!!  I am SO EXCITED for 2018. Welcome back to Sweet Inspirations by Candyce ❤

WARNING ⚠⚠⚠ THIS POST WILL BE SOMEWHAT LENGTHY DUE TO THE TIME THAT I TOOK OFF FROM MY BLOG!! BUT TRUST ME IT’LL BE WORTH YOUR TIME TO READ IT ⚠⚠⚠

Now since I had to share that disclaimer…. where was I? I have missed sharing my life stories with y’all and I am super excited to share this new season with you.  So much has happened since my last post which was back in December 2016. Here’s the link If you want to go check it out to get a refresher https://sweetinspirationsbycandyce.com/2016/12/21/gifts-talents-fine-print/

If you can recall my series titled “kissing my 20’s goodbye” from 2 years ago, I brought you along on my journey to turning 30. That was such an emotionally, spiritually and growing time of my life. Here’s the link to follow my journey into 30. https://sweetinspirationsbycandyce.com/2016/01/03/kissing-my-20s-goodbye-2

As I said “HAPPY NEW YEAR” to my closest and dearest family and friends at midnight, my heart went into a state of shock. It finally hit me that I will embark upon a new journey in exactly 2 weeks from today to New York. All of emotions that you could possibly think of when you think of relocation hit me!! I was sad, excited, thrilled, nervous, afraid, insecure and full of peace all at the same time. Those are natural emotions to have when experiencing something like this. But the peace only comes if you have God along with you at all times.

I know that God is already there waiting on me because He has confirmed this time after time on so many levels and through so many people. That’s the thing about obedience, “Your YES GOD will have you out in the world looking like WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT, how’s that going work?” Trust and believe that I am a living witness to what walking on the water can do for you if you only TRUST Him.

Day 01: As I reflected over my last 7 years after graduation up until now, every single experience that I have been through has equipped me for where I am going. I am reminded of

Romans 8:28 NLT And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Even inspite of the many, many, many struggles that I’ve faced and disappointments, God’s word has never been a lie. His words are the only thing that has helped me to remain faithful to Him.

Here’s my summary of what you are to expect to read in this new series called: 3:2. I LOVE to make words and/or numbers have deeper meanings. So as I was spending some alone time with God, He dropped in my spirit to one: start blogging again and two: the significance of me turning 32. You pronounce 3:2 like a ratio 3 to 2. The 3 represents that I’ll be turning 32 in exactly 3 weeks and I’m moving to New York in 2 weeks. There are some other significant meanings to the numbers that I will post about in the future. I will be blogging my last weeks in Houston and my first week in New York. There is SO much in-store for me and I was just reminded of that today as I was encouraged and humbled as I read Deuteronomy 28:1-14. As I listened to it from my Bible app, I started to cry because I felt and heard God saying those words to me and assuring me that due to my obedience, He is going to bless me far greater than I could ever imagine.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NLT “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God”.

The faithful and consistent things that God has created me to do that I faithfully did was seen by God and will be rewarded with things (not just tangible) that I have never experienced before. Whether it be a crazy amount of peace in a completely chaotic circumstance or financially, I will KNOW that it was nobody but God blessing me with exactly what I need at the perfect time.

So please just sit back and join me on my journey 3:2 and subscribe if you haven’t already.

UNTIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!! ❤❤❤❤

Discussion question for 3:2: What do you feel holds you back from doing what God is calling you to do? LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW SO WE CAN ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER!!

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Gifts & Talents fine print 

My favorite place I go to meet God and write

Welcome back to my blog!!! I know that I haven’t posted since August. So much has occurred since then. A mixture of things have taken place from excitement, troubling and mindblowing experiences. With all of those experiences, it has matured me even more into a more intimate relationship with God.

This topic was placed on my heart ❤︎ to share with those of you that may be struggling with using your gifts & talents. A lot of times we are confused on what using our talents for God is all about. The parable about the talents was referring to money but if you read deeper God has entrusted His wealth in us by showing the world how powerful and talented He is. When God blessed you with your talents it was a gift that was given specifically to you to use for HIS glory and not only if it fit in man’s certain category, traditions, the “norm”, popularity etc. Some people are ALWAYS going to find some way to either criticize, impose their beliefs, discourage you from using your talents. Remember the only person that you answer to is God. Your unique God given talent is tailor made to you and only you. God knew that your unique gift could only reach a certain group of people. That’s why we are all different. So when people say you shouldn’t be going there, working there, doing that, living there remember that you got your YES FROM GOD!!

I will be the first to say that my talents are so unique and mindblowing that God is still revealing them to me. There are things that I had NO IDEA 💡 that I was capable of. They are all working together for God’s purpose for my life. There are places that I can only go, people that only I can reach, influence that only I can have. Same with you. Your story is so unique and life-changing to the people that need you. PLEASE don’t give up because other people don’t agree with your God given path. If I took in all of the negative advice from others, I would NOT be where I am today. I was able to discern because I know my Daddy’s voice over everyone else’s. I challenge you to learn our Daddy’s voice.

I titled this Gifts & Talents fine print because there is so much to that parable that really isn’t shared. You have to understand the meaning behind it to be able to live out the Scriptures Matthew 25:19-29.

Are your talents and gifts sitting, wasting, waiting, etc. away because you have decided to be like the one man that hid his gold? That is a very dangerous place to be. You will start to live a life that you feel is meaningless, disconnected, full of complaints, self induced tiredness/stress. When you use your talents for the glory of God, you feel empowered and filled by His spirit. Also when you fully understand that the gifts that God gave you is not only for you, it’s for other people to look at you and ask what do you have within you that is illuminating like no other.

The fine print is…includes hard work, being an outsider, misunderstood, crazy looking (not mentally), isolation, relocation, frequent attacks from the enemy, haters, criticism, tears, pain, dieing to self daily (all the time), strength, fulfillment, joy, intimate relationship with God, walking with Jesus, protection, abundant mindblowing blessings, opportunities of a lifetime and the list goes on and on.

If there is something that you have been fearful of doing because of the opinions of others… WHEN GOD GIVES YOU THE YES…NOBODY CAN SAY NO!!! Step out off the boat love and walk with Jesus on the water. Yes it will be scary but remember who’s right there infront of you. Dream Big!! If your dreams don’t scare you then they aren’t big enough!

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Here is another encouragement from John 15:4-5 where it is talking about the vine and the branches bearing fruit. This is a perfect reminder to you when the opinions of others start to come and the misunderstandings fire at you, take a look around at all of the fruit that your branches are bearing because of your obedience. Your fruit bearing is what speaks LOUDLY for you, not your verbal arguments that you engage in. Stay connected to the vine which is Jesus and everything that you grow with produce fruit 🍏🍒🍓🍌🍊🍋🍇🍈🍉🍐🍑🍍🌱. My life speaks for itself and so should yours.

‘Til next time my loves remember to use your gifts and talents right where God has you until HE moves you!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
Remember Jesus is the reason for the season Merry CHRISTmas to you and your families 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

This little light of mine….. Part II

Last night as I’m sitting at the stop light waiting for it to change, I was confused by all of the green lights that were shining when my light turned green. The confusion moment that I experienced showed me that even though light was present, it caused confusion to me because I didn’t process the timing of them being synced. At times in our lives, yes our lights are shining but they are off synced with God’s plan and purpose for us. Take time to get back in sync with God and make sure the light is shining with His control panel. I’m not saying that it’s necessarily a bad thing to have the light out of sync because it should caused you to pause and allow that conviction to do its job. Having those convictions were created to steer us back to our Father. Admit that getting out of sync with God caused you to be confused and that you are going to get back on track with him. Another thing that God revealed to me about all of those green lights that I experienced last night, was Him giving me the green light to keep going pursing my dreams and that He has already gone ahead of me to make that happen. I invite you to truly seek God’s will for your life and allow Him to speak to you. It’s all about building that intimacy with Him. His desires will become your desires if you fully let Him in. Invite Him in so He can unpack a become a permanent resident.

SPOTLIGHT VERSE:

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin 1 John1:7

Have you ever wondered why when you meet or are around someone who is full of joy, causes you to feel extremely comfortable around them and happy? That person or persons are living in the light of Christ. The “comfortable” feeling  that they are experiencing is God’s light. When I was living in darkness, I didn’t appreciate and fully understand the meaning of the light. That caused me to try and avoid the light or most times I would just tolerate it and put my shades on to block it out as long as I could. I pray that you understand what I was saying. Are you wearing your sun shades right now or in constant search of some sort of shade? I’m here to tell you that being in the presence of the light and walking in the light is the way that God created us. He created us to be dependent on it and without it, unfortunately we will never live a fruitful purposeful life that He designed us to experience. I don’t know about you, but I want to experience all of the blessings that God has for me on this earth. It’s the only way to live! So be encouraged my friend…It’s not too late to turn towards the light and take off those sun shades.

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I have the light!!!

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Both of these pictures symbolize me living in the light of God. 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞

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

 

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Kissing my 20’s Goodbye…..

Day 16: After staying up until a little after 2 AM I would say that my body is.. “trying” to get it together. I had a very uplifting time with a dear woman from my church. We talked about pretty much anything you can imagine. She gave me some amazing advice and insight about turning 30. My main take away was that God will blow your mind because He has a greater plan than we can ever imagine. My life is not what I planned on it being at this point and time but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Ok so back to this morning: I woke up about 8ish and got the idea that I would go workout sometime today. Mind you I haven’t been to a gym in probably a years time. Confession: I have a membership and I never got around to using it 😦. Sad I know and SMH at myself! But TODAY I VOWED… that will NO LONGER TAKE PLACE *STANDING IN THE MIRROR LIKE WONDER WOMAN* I am determined to get back tight and right AND stay that way. I hear all the time that your metabolism starts slowing down once you get 30 and I DO NOT want that to happen to me honey!! So here’s my before my workout picture:

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As you can probably tell… I look SUPER PUMPED about it right?!? And thinking I can bounce back quickly like I have before. Oh was I in for a rude awakening once I got to the gym. Fast forward to driving into the parking lot. So I get there and of course there are lots of people with the same mindset I have but looking WAY more tight and right than I am currently. I walked in and headed straight to the restroom to give myself a pep talk and to try and remember what each machine did without me looking like that “first time person”. I mapped out in my head my attack method and what areas I wanted to work on first. So I started with the bike. Not too bad you would say right. FIRST off I couldn’t even locate the cup/phone holder to put my phone in. I knew they had them because at my other gym it had it. So I told myself I’m NOT going to be looking and searching this machine looking like a first timer so just hold your phone. And that’s exactly what I did SMH! I did that for about 7 minutes while I looked around the gym for other machines that I wanted to do without looking like a first timer. Yes it took my 7 minutes to find my next machine. I’m blaming that one on my 30’s brain LoL! So I get to my next machine and of course the big question what’s your age? So I felt as if I was 30 thinking it was going to let me know that I’m not too far off with my heart rate since I hadn’t worked out in a very long time. OH BOY was I WRONG… HONEY that thing probably wanted to yell at me and say GET OFF BECAUSE YOUR HEART RATE IS WAY TOO HIGH OR YOU ARE NOT 30 YEARS OLD MISSY!!! It kept slowing down my pace to bring my heart rate back down to normal to the point where I thought I was crawling. That was motivation for me to keep working out so that my HR will be normal. I was so tickled at myself and I know people were looking at me (well in my mind). I started comparing myself with others in the gym which is a big no no BUT I looked at it as motivation. So as I walked out of the gym oh and I did 3 machines whoop whoop, I will be working out almost everyday now so I can keep my metabolism up and functioning properly! I tell myself I will NOT let 30 keep me down. I actually wasn’t tired afterwards so I got another grand idea of going to the grocery store. What I’m about to tell you I can not make this up, God has such a great sense of humor and mixed with my silliness it was Hilarious.

I walk into HEB without a list which is not me at all. Soooooooo… That was No No #1. I was in my workout clothes which was a tshirt and workout tights NO NO #2 for me. I had a jacket on so I thought it would help some. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that thinks this when they are in stores but… Do you feel like people are staring and or following you? Well I did but I will blame that on my No No list as stated above. I’m walking down the aisles trying to figure out what I wanted to buy when I looked back behind me at a gentleman that seemed to be following me so with my eyes big I turned around and sped off the aisle to the clear zone. I will never know if he in fact was following me but in my head HE WAS. After that I went over to the produce because everyone knows that you can’t workout and not have the right food to follow it. I located 2 gentleman in 2 different locations and who wants to be approached at the grocery store in workout clothes… NOT I!! So I did what any woman would do, avoid those areas. As I’m thinking oh good they didn’t see me… I look up and there’s one of the guys so I sped off again in the opposite direction to another part of the produce and guess what happened… The other guy comes over there so in my head I’m like OH NO I GOTTA RUN! But of course I would look like a crazy woman. I totally left the produce section to what I thought was a safe zone. Oh was I WRONG AGAIN… The first guy that I “ran” away from found me but I was trapped and couldn’t run anywhere. In my head I had the whole scene played out by him sparking up a conversation and me freezing or laughing at him. There was only so much on that aisle I could pretend to look at. So as I began to turn around I took a deep breath to prepare myself for whatever was about to happen… NOTHING HAPPENED… HE DISAPPEARED 👀!! I completely had a whole scene going on in my head and I laughed at myself😆😆😆😆. I have no idea why I thought all of that in my head but it drove me crazy but it gave me some entertainment and something to share with you guys.

My evening ended with my mother and I watching War Room and me preparing her a yummy salad that I got from my grocery store adventure.

Stay tuned… I will combine Day 15 & 14  since this was a long post
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‘TIL NEXT TIMEY LOVES!!!!!!!!

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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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‘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  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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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 ❤️. 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❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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 😘

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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Let the past be the past… Easier said than done I know!

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Hebrews 3:7-8  7 So as the Holy Spirit says: “today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness.

The key to those verses is to harden not your heart like they did previously. A lot of times we allow past hurts, disappointments and pain to creep back up in our hearts. Please be advised that when such acts occur, your heart which by the way is the center of all thoughts, emotions and actions will lead you astray from God. We start to block out what God is trying to tell us because we think we know it all or how to protect ourselves better than God can. God wants your heart to be pure and seek after him constantly. Seeking Him will eliminate those thoughts and feelings that caused you pain. The more you consult God and seek Him, the easier it will become when your emotions try to get you all out of whack. Come to Him and be open to all that He is directing/telling you to do. That includes daily in taking of the Word of God and building your prayer life which will build a stronger relationship all together!!

So like the title says let the past be the past… easier said than done, simply means to turn to God when you feel your past is trying to creep back up. He is the only one that can help you with your struggles. It is easier said than done trust me but I know that God is holding my hand every step of the way along my journey. Please grab a hold of Gods hand! TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!! GOD BLESS YOU

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