Day 1: This is my very last day of being in my 20’s. Let me tell you how many emotions I experienced just that day alone. I started reflecting during my Daddy-Daughter time aka my quiet time with God like I normally do. But for some reason a huge feeling of gratitude and love was showered on me at once by God during this time. I could not take it all and that caused me to go into an uncontrollable crying and expression of how thankful I am to God for all of these years and all that He has done for me. My heart was so full of joy and love. All of His promises that He has promised me are being revealed and coming true. When you leave your life in God’s hands, He will never lead you astray. No my life is not perfect by any means but I stand confidently next to him and I know that He will keep all of His promises. I have to do my part and keep a relationship with Him at all times and live out my purpose.
So that day I had some sweet kiddos that I was able to speak life into lives. I just thank God for using me where I am and all that I’ve gone through to be able to show who God is to others. I encourage you to do the same, allow God to use your mess to be your message. Someone needs you!!!
My workout session was a good one, I enjoyed typing in 29 for the last time LoL!!!
THE BIG 3-0 DAY….
I woke up again very emotional and kind of worried to be honest. I spent my Daddy-Daughter time all in tears of joy. I don’t think I kept from crying longer than a minute. I was so overwhelmed by His love and from the love of others. You never know the impact you have on the people around you. But oh did I find out soon! One of my dear friends posted a video for me on FB and had me boo hooing after I thought I collected myself. God has a way of giving you what you need right when you need it or when you don’t think about it. All of the warm wishes, collages and phone calls warmed my heart. At that point I didn’t know what I was going to do other than run I few errands and get ready for a night with my girls. My dearest sister-friend that I’ve known basically my whole life, surprised me and took off from work and we spent the day together and did some shopping and chatting. I truly thank God for her and our relationship that we have that continues to grow in God. AND to top it off my dear friend that mentioned before, had lunch with us and we had a wonderful time together. I am truly blessed with some wonderful prayers answered friends. We laughed so much and shared stories and bonded together. New friendships were formed! So after we left eating, we got ready for the night. I wanted to do something different for my birthday so I decided to go to a food truck event at the race track 🏇🏇🏁🏁. I have never been to a race before and had no idea what to do! I had THE best time ever!!! We had a BLAST and shared sooooooooooo much laughter with each other and people around us.
I couldn’t ask for a better birthday night with my loves!! 🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂
On Saturday night I had a birthday dinner that was AMAZING… I feel so loved and blessed. I’m going to share some pics from my dinner. I love you all and thank you so much for joining me on my journey to 30.
I am LOVING my 30’s stay tuned there is so much more that God has instore…
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Day 4: Let me first start off by saying… God has a way of putting you where HE needs you to be and with whom HE needs you to cross paths with. Monday was such a refreshing and fun day. So exactly a year ago when I moved back to Houston, I was asked to join a mentor group for middle school aged kids. I was very reluctant to do it at first. When you have a calling on your life, God is going to place you where He needs you to be even if you aren’t open to it. That’s exactly what He did and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ MY FIVE STAR FAMILY 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. Not only do we mentor the child, we show them Christ and they get an opportunity to accept Him at a summer camp. My passion and purpose is for young girls that need guidance and godly advice. They need a positive role model in their lives and a listening ear. God designed me to be in this position to do that. I am grateful that He created others to do the same thing. Ok so back to my day, we had a coaches meeting to discuss how we can take things to a whole other level with the kiddos. Afterwards we decided to go to one of my favorite restaurants to hang out and start the week of my birthday celebration. We had a blast and new friendships were created along with the deepening of others. I am so blessed to have such selfless people that I can actually call my friends. Monday was a great day!!!!!
Day 3: The Five Star 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 kick off… Well I’m not going to lie and say that I had the best attitude going into the school. I was totally excited but I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. That happens when the enemy tries to knock you off of your purpose path. So my focus was on the wrong thing. I was caught up in numbers and why I had so many girls which again losing focus on the bigger picture. I was getting frustrated because they were talking too much not listening etc. So I said a quick prayer so I didn’t go off and say the wrong thing that would ruin my ministry. So during our group time I talked to them and stated some things I observed and what needs to change and we were good. They opened up about some things and you guys know about my sensitivity levels rising LoL, it caused me to get a little emotional because God opened my eyes to why I had so many girls and why I had these particular ones. I’m who they need to stand in the gap for them and pray for them. They need so much that only God can give. He is using me to be His vessel. I know that it is not about me. And it amazes me how my perspective has completely flipped. It’s not all about Candyce… It’s about building God’s kingdom by any means necessary. Also let me tell you how sneaky the enemy is… My plan was to go to a Bible study after I left the school. So it was much later than the time I should have left in order to be on time so I was debating if I should go or not. I’ve me learned that when I start questioning things, that’s the enemy trying to block me from hearing a word of God. So I went anyways and y’all when I tell you EVERYTHING that I had been struggling I with and needed God’s answers was talked about. I love it when God works like that because it’s like he is personally taking that moment to speak to you. My heart was full ❤️
Day 2: Giving back is what I have a passion for. So in lieu of me turning 30, I decided to get a group of friends together to go help out at the Houston Food Bank where we packed 1940 backpack buddy meals for students don’t get food over the weekend. We were able to bless them. So let me tell you about my amazing friends, they came out to help and gave their time to help feed someone else. Black is my favorite color so I asked them to wear black with me so we could stick out together LoL. We had a system going we were dancing, singing having a blast while packing food for the less fortunate families. I would recommend getting a group together and help out anyway you can. Ok here’s my sensitivity moment… They decided to show a YouTube video on the backpack buddies program. Oh boy why did they do that? They had me and a couple of my friends in my group (I’m not going to mention any names *cough cough*) all teary eyed. I’m guessing they decided to show us that so we can know the great impact that it has on the community. I just love the kids and kids are my business!! And to top it off we got sponsors from Torchy’s Taco to feed us. There was over 150 volunteers. Oh and being apart of the Houston food bank Young professionals group has helped me to stay involved. I’m on the programming committee so we plan amazing events like our Helpie hour from last night. I challenge you to get involved in your town and make an impact in the lives of others….
Day 6: Started off a little rough which I found out why later on that day. This picture is basically how I spent my whole Saturday at a Tapioca shop. My name was Kenda for the day LOL! I told her my name and I guess she couldn’t spell it but I thought that was too cute! I had a lot of work and things to catch up on. For some reason, I had been feeling less motivated. I was determined to get my fire burning again 🔥 but most importantly ask God why I was feeling this way. OHHHHHHHHH did he show me!!! I just started reading the book Fervent by Priscilla Shirer and it is definitely not a book for a person that is not willing to truly grow their prayer life with God and fight against the schemes of the enemy. So after I finished completing one assignment, I said to myself “oh it’s on sister, let’s do this”. But little did I know that it was EXACTLY the answer to my mysterious passion/drive flame potential burnout. I thought that I had a pretty strong prayer life and I still do but this book has given me more strategies to defeat those moments from the enemy that come up like losing focus and when you lose your passion.
Here is the book and I’ve been journaling for a long time so this is my newest prayer journal along with this amazing book!!! Please go get it and read if you are tired of the enemy being victorious in your life. So after reading the first chapter I realized why my motivation was dim. The attacks that the enemy has designed are so strategic and subtle and if we aren’t made aware of them, we will become defeated by the enemy. I am loving this point of my life and I am so excited about what God is bringing me into. I’m even more thrilled to able to share it with you and bring you along this journey to encourage you to make God the focus of your life.
Passion is the fuel in the engine of your purpose- Priscilla Shirer
If you have lost your excitement and drive for living out your purpose that God created you for, tap back into your main source… God!
Day 5: Family day!!! Where do I begin? Well I’ll start with understanding the true blessing that God gives us with our families. It makes my heart ❤️❤️ smile thinking about all of them. No we are not perfect by any means but love each other dearly. My brother in law was affirmed as Elder at his church and we came to support him. It is such a phenomenal feeling when you can give to others and how God equips you to be able to give without wanting anything in return. I loved being able to see all of my old church family and hugging them. Oh how I miss them and I am even more thankful to hear such encouraging words and love from them. My heart was full yesterday. As you can tell in the picture from above my niece had a volleyball tournament and they won every single game they played the whole weekend! I’m a proud auntie 🙂 of all of my babies.
Here is my big baby that is so excited to FINALLY be taller than me!! Sunday was a great day!!!
Sooooooooooooo… I decided to do something a little different with this post since starting from Day 9 to Day 7 has been so emotional on so many levels. I wanted to give some advice and what God has been revealing to me. Well as you may or may not know, I am not an emotional crying type of person and for the longest I struggled thinking that I was incapable of being truly moved by the spirit. OH BOY has it been a feeling of breakthrough after breakthrough in those areas that I have been praying for years about. When God delivers and answers those prayers… I can’t describe the feelings. Just know that those are the moments when true intimacy with God takes place. Even through the ups and downs of this week alone, I know I AM victorious with Christ. Cling tightly to His hand. Trust His plan and that has been my go to promise for this last week of my 20’s. I know that I am walking into a new season and new adventures and will not let ANYTHING stop me!!!
On a funny note… So today I had some super precious kiddos and one little girl that was a cute and innocent as she could be said “Ms. C you look like you’re 15” I said WHAT??? 15? That’s pretty young don’t ya think LoL! Then she said well how old are you and I told her I’ll be 30 next Friday and her EYES GOT SO BIG AND BRIGHT 🔆 AND SAID WOOOOOW!!! I thought that was too cute. I know I look young but geeze 15???
What do you think? 15 or nah
I know that in this current season of my life God is equipping me to do some powerful things and trust me it has not been an easy journey. I am forever thankful for those people that are in my life that support, love me, encourage and grow with me. WOW ONE MORE WEEK TO GO… WHAT SHOULD I DO EACH DAY?!? I THINK I’LL TREAT MYSELF TO SOMETHING SMALL EVERYDAY LEADING UP TO THE BIG 3-0! CAN’T WAIT
Day 13: I am very PROUD to announce… I was sleep by 11:30 the night before! And I slept through the night until 6:36 AM. I know that sounds like something mother’s of babies would say, but I felt the joy!
This is how I felt LOL!!!!
Any who…my day 13 turned into a heart breaker 💔. If you really know me, you know that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE my Houston Texans. Well unfortunately they did not show me that deep love in return yesterday when they lost to the Chiefs. I always knew that I hated losing but yesterday really hurt my heart. I thought to myself that I was just being dramatic but NO I really was frustrated and took it personal.
I know that sounds very strange but it’s a flaw of mine that was brought to the light last night by God. One of my prayers has been for God to show me those flaws in me that need adjusting. I have always hated losing ever since a child and I guess I never really thought of it like I did last night. In the midst of my frustration, I couldn’t think straight and that made me even more upset. I finally said a prayer to calm my nerves and it was almost instantly I could think clearly. It was like a conversation you have with your best friend that says “girl calm yourself down, it’s not that serious and be thankful for how far they came”. At that moment I really had to laugh at myself because I really took it serious like I was JJ Watts or an actual person that is a part of the organization. That made me think, inspite of my flaws and shortcomings, God gives me another chance and it might not be my time to “win” something great like a important football game LoL but look at what I have won and how I win with Christ by my side DAILY. AND that God is still growing me into my purpose. Maybe you are struggling with finding your purpose. Let God reveal who you are and let him fix you into the person he created you to be.
Oh and I was so frustrated last night that I was determined to go workout afterwards to blow off some steam. Well God is something else because I got home, changed quickly and zipped out the door to pull up to a CLOSED GYM! Boy I tell you… He is so funny! I could picture His face and how He was laughing at me but loving me inspite of it all! 😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆
Day 12: Oh has today been a day of challenges (not in a negative way)! It started off with me actually going to bed at… welp I can’t remember the time and waking up at 6:58 AM. I told myself to go back to sleep and wake up when my alarm went off at 8:15. Which I did for just a few minutes. So I woke up and told myself that I need to start moving because we started a new adult Bible study group rotation and I was not super thrilled about starting it (just being honest) only because I didn’t know what to expect. Boy did God blow my mind this morning in class. I was in the right class and needed to hear exactly what the teacher was teaching on. I’ll share a little bit of it with you guys. We are studying the book of Exodus and started off with Moses and talked about the start of his life. My main take away was how are you allowing the holy spirit to guide you? I did a reflection over my life and my present. I can say that I allow the Holy spirit to lead my life now more so than I have in the past. I have to get out of God’s way and allow Him to keep moving in my life. I have come to far now to turn back. THANK YOU GOD!!
Part two of my day was when I met up with my bestie/sister Moni to go to a women’s ministry kickoff program. It was so what I needed to hear at the perfect moment. We as women have such a negative outlook on other women which causes a great division among us. But it goes much deeper than the surface. We must allow God to work on our core and wear the full armor of God at all times. The enemy wants to destroy you… Don’t let it!!! 💪💪💪💪💪💪 I love talking to Moni and how we encourage each other. She is such a blessing to me and I thank God for all of my sister-friends!!❤️❤️❤️❤️
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:
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
‘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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I remember back when I would bounce back and forth between the idea of marriage and if I wanted to be or not. My indecisiveness caused more confusion and my heart to become hardened to the idea. Dating different guys only reassured my heart that I should not. Instead of using those times to prepare my heart for it, I ran from it and took it for granted. Thinking back on alot of those heartbreaking situations that I experience were due to my heart not being pure and focused on God like I should. Throughout my journey I can say that God is still working on me for the day that if it be His will, I will be married.
I know for a fact that everything that I am going and growing through is preparing me for my purpose whether it be married life or single life. Since I am in my season of singleness, it has been full of service and ministry. I thank God for using me and my gifts to serve. If marriage is in the will of God for my life, I will truly understand and appreciate the preparation and lessons that I need. I was very immature in my thinking before on the thoughts of dating and marriage and I thank God for the maturity that I have gained. Marriage is not about selfish gains and to have the perfect wedding and ring. It’s about having a ministry together and working together to help build God’s kingdom. I know for a fact that whomever I marry MUST be a strong man of God full of purpose because he will have to lead our household. My relationship with God is stronger than ever and he will need to have one stronger than mine. Encouraging each other to keep God first and work together will be the core and foundation of our lives.
Now you are probably wondering what that picture is all about. LOL Funny story, a few years ago the family joke was Candyce are you ever going to get a man? So a couple years ago on vacation we stopped in Pensacola beach and went inside a souvenir shop to get some things. So at the counter there were these little grow a boyfriend toys. I looked at it and laughed and thought well I guess this is about right LoL! Then I was told this will be as close as you will get to having a boyfriend LoL! That picture
Thinking back on my earlier single life that is the thoughts that I really held onto, I am now grateful for my singleness because I would have been a toxic person in any relationship. I had not grown or received the proper healing from my past hurts which would have destroyed them all. I thank God for placing those men in my life to help grow me up because I did meet great men. So if you are struggling with being single or if you’re in a relationship but you don’t feel like it has a ministry that can be carried out, pray to God for His will to be revealed. As Christians single or married, you are called to help build God’s Kingdom. Make sure you’re doing your part. If you notice in the title of this post I show the word growing in 3 different sizes. I showed that as my growth in thinking about God, courting and marriage! That represents how your way of thinking and actions in God should be. No matter how hard or long that you take, it will be worth it in the end. Keep GROWING, keep PRAYING, keep L♡VING and keep SEEKINGGOD’S WILL FOR YOUR LIFE! I will leave you with this scripture Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
Proverbs 16:3 NIV
TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!
○●I will add another post about relationships later●○ ☺
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.
TIL NEXT TIME MY LOVES!!!!!!!!!!!