Gifts & Talents fine print 

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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 🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

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Get rid of those weeds!

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Jesus is speaking in John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit- fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

In order to be fruitful like God call us to be, we must get rid of those strongholds of sin so that God can use us. God and sin will never dwell in the same place. The only way for those strongholds to loosen its grip from you is to draw closer to GOD. Apply His word and stay in prayer. Switch your focus from self to God and I guarantee that you will start to experience God on a whole new level. Getting rid of those weeds means getting rid of those sins that are choking you and preventing you from producing healthy produce.

Watch GOD happen throughout this day!!! TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES…

God uses plain ordinary people to do extraordinary things!!!

wpid-1438642937078.jpgQuick question… Do you feel like you aren’t worthy or important enough to be used by God? Whatever your answer is please know that God can and will use anyone. He handpicked us all before the world was created to carry out His plan. Please be advised that God does not work on our time, He will make sure that you are fully equipped with whatever you need to be able to walk in your purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I know personally that when I am going through my prep phase, I am a complete hott mess. By a hott mess I mean… I don’t look like “Candyce”, I am soft-spoken, calm, slow to speak, patient and full of worry. Those are what I call my self-destruction traits because I look perfectly relaxed and prepared on the outside but inside my heart I am ready to explode.

One of my prep phases was one of my lowest points in my life. Disappointment after disappointment seemed as if it should have been my middle name because of how often it was happening and how I held onto that as my new identity. Later realizing that those disappointments were a setup for my purpose and His plan for my life, allowed me to experience actually walking in God’s purpose for my life. If you are doubting God, let me be the one to tell you DON’T GIVE UP ON HIM!!! He will never give up on you.

I will say that walking in your purpose, things will start happening and you will not understand why or how they occurred. Just know that God has paved the way for you and will open doors that no man can shut. He will make sure that you are fully prepared for your purpose and He will make sure that you are doing your part by getting prepared as well. If you need some preparation tips here are some:
•Pray daily
•Study and read the Bible
•Apply all of the scriptures that you are reading
•Read devotionals
•Attend church & Bible Study groups regularly
•Take your mask off (true self)
•Open your full ♡ to God
•Get an accountability partner that can help you stay on track
•Enjoy God’s creations
•No worrying

Throughout my transition period aka prep phase, God was working on me to prepare me for this point of my life. He allowed me to be able to work with twice as many kids as I was before which now makes sense to why I left one position to work in another position. It will sound and look completely crazy to others because God did not give them the eyes (brain power)to fathom your purpose so beware of criticism, laughter, lack of support and ridicule. It will come especially when you are doing work for God’s kingdom! Keep your head up my loves, God has your back! TO BE CONTINUED….TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!

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Who is this Candyce person?

Sweet Inspirations by Candyce

This is Me!!!!

Hey y’all heeeyyyyyyy! I know that I’m not the only person that knew that they were DEFINITELY different than others throughout their lives. Not a necessarily weirdo different but a special different that you really couldn’t explain or describe. The stories or moments I can recall, have definitely affirmed my uniqueness at a very young age. I can remember back from learning how to spell my first and middle name that I was not a “normal” child LOL! It wasn’t until I would say 2013 that I began to really come into my TRUE identity which explained my “different” title. Throughout my childhood, I was very well known and liked by many. I was this funny, caring, opinionated ball of spunk and energy. I didn’t really know too many other people with my personality which caused me to start to hide it and become embarrassed. In high school I was the JV and Varsity cheer captain, VP of Senior Women club, Homecoming and Prom Queen and extremely involved in school activities. I would say that those were the years that God really started showing me how different I was. On the back of my letterman I had my first name Candyce and underneath I had “Yes! I’m different”. And the going response was YES YOU ARE! Now, to some I was very weird and annoying or perceived as being fake because “no one has this much energy and smiles all the time“. Comments like that didn’t use to bother me in HS as much as they did once I got to college.

I wanted to “create” this new Candyce that doesn’t seem so “perfect and Ms. goodie goodie” which caused me to lose sight of who I was in God’s eyes! I would pick and choose when I wanted to bring the original “C.D” aka my first and middle initial out and with who I thought could handle me. I met a lot of people and began to find myself revisiting my original “C.D” ways then pulling back once I realized what was happening. So I became very active on campus but this time it was different. Yes I was still a fun, happy, smiley person but  I became an extremely guarded person as a result of the recreation process. For years I just kept her hidden which I’m sure you know what happens when you start hiding things… Things become buried deeper and deeper and you forget where they are or it takes forever and a day to “clean” it up etc. My walk with God became very surface like at times, which really shocked me because I grew up having a relationship with God which I thought was very strong. But that shows the more you hide, the more blinded you become. I could go on and on and on about the different things that I have gone through that brought me to this very moment. I wanted to give you a quick glance of who I am. So the purpose of this blog is to share God’s word with you mixed with Candyce 4.0 (new and improved). You will get to know that loving, funny, outgoing and opinionated Candyce very well, but most importantly… You will know GOD better! Whoop whoop *INSERT YOUR FAVORITE DANCE MOVE* I’m SOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED TO SHARE MY DEVOTIONALS AND WORDS FROM GOD. One part of my purpose is helping anyone that I can, that brings so much joy and contentment to me that only God can bring. Hope you share this with your peeps… TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!