Favored Club 

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I don’t want to follow after needless things or purposes. I don’t want to be like the world, that’s not my goal. It’s no secret that I’m a little bit different {hold your laughs😉}. I can honestly say there was a time I so desperately wanted to be apart of the crowd. You know that crowd…we all have one {or two}. The fancy purse club, the hot wives club, the big house club, super skinny chick club, church leader club, to name a few. It’s ok to want to be accepted but it’s to what lengths we’ll go to is the problem. When I decided to seek God’s best for me it revealed just how lacking I was in areas I never knew and guess what…none of it could be fixed with things or titles. At times it left me the odd ball out. Even the crazy foolish one. Following Christ’s best for us will often lead us to quiet, narrow places. We might look crazy. Sound foolish. Act strangely according to the worlds view. The word says when we do this {follow Christ’s will} we are considered wise {1Corinth. 1:25}. It doesn’t matter what the crowd thinks just so long as God looks at me and is pleased. To me, that is the best club to be in…the favored club!!

You’re Covered with Grace 

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 There is grace for us who are walking by faith. We act upon what we feel is right and sometimes it doesn’t work and we either blame ourself or God. God looks at the heart and sees more than even we can. He discerns a mans ways. He is not waiting for you to fail. He knows you will. How many times does a child fall while learning to ride a bike? Is it the child’s fault for trying or the parents fault for allowing them to try. I hear the Lord saying “Our communication is being fined tuned. You are learning to walk and hear by faith and you will not get it right all of the time but don’t get stuck there. Keep going. Keep doing. Keep listening. Keep obeying. Accept my love and guidance as I steer you in the right direction. Don’t turn away from me in pride or humiliation. I am with you and for you. It is my desire for you to hear me, see me, feel me. Don’t stop seeking as I never stop pursuing you! Every step of faith you take I will allow it to work for your good if you let me.”

Morning Prayer

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Good morning friends!! 

Lord, we welcome today and ask that your presence go before us. Help us to move forward expectantly. Give us discerning hearts to know what to lay down and what to pick up. I sense that you are up to something new so prepare our hearts to receive. Give us courage to let go of the old and to make room for the new. Saturate us in your goodness. Drown out the lies, doubt, and fear with your love. Today, you are causing all things to work for our good. We are called, anointed, chosen, deeply loved, protected, and equipped by you. Help us to walk accordingly. In Jesus name…Amen! 

This is Who I am! 

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Living life afraid had been my normal. My faith in humanity and in God had been tested and hurt was inevitable. I was afraid to trust. Afraid to make decisions. Afraid to speak truth. Afraid to trust my instinct. Afraid of myself. 

My journey from fear to freedom has been one I never expected to go on. What was a horrible mess ended up being my moment of escape from this prison of fear. I had a choice. Was I willing to allow God to remove the fear {heal me} or once again, avoid it? Avoidance was so much easier and a lot less painful. Avoidance and hiding are besties. We hide to avoid whatever it is we can’t confront or deal with. Heavy stuff, I know. Truth is we don’t really know who we are without the pain. Our pain, fear, and mess is who we’ve become, but God has a different plan and identity for us. 

Are we willing to find out what they are? I was and what a journey it has been. 

I was taken to the back side of the desert, hundreds of miles from home, no friends or family, to experience God differently. It has been so painful at times I thought I would die. Sounds a little melodramatic but it’s true. Through crazy situations and circumstance I had to unlearn the old mind set and learn a new one. Ouch! Only God can cut through us and remove the old and not kill us. His steady hand preserves us in this broken, fragile, and vulnerable stage. Thank you Jesus! 

Receiving our new identity requires a trade. The old for the new. We give him all our funk {mind sets, hurts, sin, fears, hate, anger, shame, misconceptions, etc.} and he gives us a crown {Y’all know how much I love that part} that says…I am the Kings kid. I now wear a robe of righteousness that says…I am forgiven. I now walk in victory because I no longer fight alone. My feelings no longer control me, the truth does. 

This is who I am. This is who I’ve always been destined to be…a child of God who knows who she is and who her Father is. This is a constant evolving discovery that I have come to cherish. I wouldn’t change one moment {I wouldn’t want to do it over again either} because they all led me here to my true indenity…forgiven, free, brave and deeply loved, Princess Emilie! 💞 

Brave 

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To be brave is to show no fear; to be not afraid. That’s a tall order! Going beyond our feelings of the moment and stepping into the bravery we have deep inside is what God calls us to. We need to be unafraid. Unhindered. Unwilling to let our current situation define who we are. Our present and momentary affliction is just that…momentary. Today is NOT your forever. We are learning how to live for our tomorrow’s today. Don’t waste this day in fear. Grab ahold of it and allow it to work for you instead of against you. To be brave is to believe and move into the place of impossibility…in your mind. It’s starts here. You can do hard things. I can do hard things. Sometimes the hard is just believing. Breathing. Getting up and doing another day. Hoping against all odds. I challenge you to step into the atmosphere of faith, remove fear and insert trust. Our fear may feel real but it’s not our truth. The truth is we can and God will!! 

Lord, we come into agreement with your word that we are more than conquerors. You have created us in your image. You dwell on the inside of us and we have power through you. Breathe on us today the breath of life. Give us courage to believe. To be brave. To step out in faith and move in the direction of your leading. Your plans for us are good. We are yours and you take care of your own. In Jesus name…Amen 💞

Morning Prayer 

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Good morning!

I pray today brings a new stirring in our hearts; a new wind in our sails. May we be expectant of all the good the Lord has planned for us. When the arrows fly I pray we choose to stand behind the truth of Gods goodness. Lord give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive what you’re up to. Fill us with hope that believes for far more than we can ask, dream, or imagine. You are good, faithful, just, and for us. In Jesus name…Amen!

Wait For It. 

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Today we have the luxury of hindsight {understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed}. We know the story. Jesus lives {hallelujah!!} but if we look closer history shows us another angle of the story…the waiting. 

It is day two. The followers of Jesus are in mourning. Some have scattered. Some in hiding. Others in denial. Disbelief. This has really happened. Jesus is dead. Those closest to Jesus knew this had to happen. He spoke of it. The prophets foretold it. It was written. But still, the doubts, pain, loss, anger, and hopelessness lingered. The words of Jesus echoing in their minds…You will see me again. They didn’t fully understand when he said it and surely more confused now in their blurred state of mourning. Nothing made sense. Every word of Jesus and the Father was in question. Was what he said true? The Father. The prophets. The word. Was it all a lie? All they knew was there is a borrowed tomb that Jesus is in and there they were. Hurting. Wondering. Waiting. 

I don’t know about you but I have certainly been in a hurting, wondering, and waiting place. Questioning every word spoken. The written word. The prophetic word. All of it. Is it true? Because, from where I stand I just don’t understand it. Nothing is matching up yet, I wait. 

The disciples and followers of Christ seen the word come to pass and so will you and I. Jesus is alive which means…every word ever spoken out of the mouth of God is true…it will come to pass! It matters not what the current situation looks like or how impossible it may seem, the word of the Lord never fails. Those who wait on him won’t be disappointed. If you find yourself in the waiting, the process, you are in good company. Though it linger wait for it. Continue to wait with expectation that victory comes. Restoration comes. Your resurrection Sunday is coming!! 

But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!     Habakkuk 2:3 {TLB} 

Unchanging and Truly Good. 

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I am comforted with the truth that God never changes. He is not moved by society, fads, or circumstance. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. No matter what has changed in our lives we can stand behind the truth of his unchanging ways. He is faithful, merciful, and truly good. There is no error in him or his ways. Stand firm today in your faith knowing God is STILL for you despite all the changes around you!!!!

 â€œGod is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?        Numbers 23:19  

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].   James 1:17 

Thank you God that you never change. My future is secure in your constant love and consistency. Your faithfulness leads me in good paths. The plans and purposes you have for me haven’t changed because my life has. I am in good hands. I am safe. I am yours! 

Morning Blessing 

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Good morning!

I bless you today with an abundance of favor. Wisdom and discernment will be your guides as you navigate through this day. Things are coming together for your good. You are full of purpose and potential. Today will be one more step towards your dreams as God is blessing your efforts, time, and resources. I bless you with courage and strength to step forward and do hard things unafraid. Nothing will be able to separate you from the love of God!!! You are blessed to be a blessing! Have a great day in Jesus name!! 

Tonight’s Prayer 

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Father, I ask for calm and peace as I put the day behind me. Let me rest knowing you are in control of what I couldn’t do on my own. Thank you for every victory and blessing that came my way. Lord, I ask as I settle in tonight that you give me a deeper glimpse of your heart towards me. I pray that while I sleep that you would instruct me. Give me dreams and visions that will cause my faith to rise and make me brave. Please cover and protect those I love. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.