Two Choices

When life hands you two choices, and you can only pick one, which one will you choose? I choose to wipe the sweat off my face, look to the hills from whence cometh my help, and press on. All my help comes from the Lord.  

 I’m pressing on the upward way,

Newheights I’m gaining every day

But still I’m praying as I’m onward bound

Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

Love and Blessings,

Jacqueline, XOXO

God’s Grace

Hello, Beloved!  In case there is any question about the definition of Grace, the word Grace is defined by Webster as favor. It can further be described as unmerited or undeserved favor. Grace is a gift, from God. We didn’t earn it. We didn’t deserve it. All the money in the world could not pay for it. It’s free.

Grace was extended to us over 2,000 years ago, before we were even born. That’s when God sent His son, to sacrifice His life for our sins. The bible says that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  By doing so, he demonstrated the greatest act of love that the world has ever known.

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Ephesians 2:8-9 says,

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

John 3:16 says,

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

I am forever grateful and thankful to God for the gift of Grace.

I am saved, healed and delivered, because of His Grace.

My life was spared three years ago, after suffering a stroke, because of His Grace.

I am an overcomer, because of His Grace.

I am more than a conqueror, because of His Grace.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me

I once was lost but now I’m found

Was blind, but now I see.

Since God has been so gracious and forgiving to me, I can likewise, be gracious and forgiving to others. It’s a work in progress, and with God’s help, I’m looking and acting more like him everyday.

How about you?  What does Grace mean to you? Has anyone ever extended Grace to you? Or, have you ever extended Grace to someone else? Please share, in the comments section below.

Until next time,

God’s Abundant Favor

Jacqueline, XOXO

 

Just As I Am

 

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1-Just as I am, without one plea,

But that Thy blood was shed for me,

And that Thou bidd’st me come to Thee,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

2-Just as I am, and waiting not,

To rid my soul of one dark blot,

To Thee whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

3-Just as I am, tho’ tossed about,

with many a conflict, many a doubt,

Fightings within and fears without,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

4- Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;

Sight, riches, healing of the mind,

Yea, all I need in Thee to find,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

5- Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,

Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve,

Because Thou promise, I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

6- Just as I am, Thy love unknown,

Hath broken ev’ry barrier down,

Now to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,

O Lamb of God, I come! I come!

This is an old hymn that can be found in almost any hymnal. I learned it at church, when I was a young girl, about 10 years old.  That was about 50 years ago. I fell in love with it from the first time I heard it. The words seemed to express the deepest yearnings of my heart. Needless to say, I memorized all six stanzas. Fast forward many years later, I found out that this is also the song that Evangelist Billy Graham used to close his outreach crusades.

Every time I hear the lyrics, it has the same effect on me as it did the first time that I heard it. The song is about salvation and how we can come to God, just as we are; sin exposed, weaknesses revealed, uncovered, and vulnerable. He gladly welcomes us, cleanses us, saves us, and transforms us into His image. I am forever grateful for the amazing love that God has extended toward us.

Until next time,

Blessings and God’s Favor!

Jacqueline


A Letter To My Younger Self: What My Faith Has Taught Me

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I would consider it a privilege and an awesome opportunity to speak to my younger self and to share what my faith has taught me. These words of wisdom would be coming from a place of experience and life lessons. This is not based on what someone told me, but this is what I have learned for myself and what I know for sure. My letter would go like this….

Dear Jackie,

I would love to share with you a few things that my faith has taught me. My faith has taught me to trust in God with my whole heart. Don’t waver in your faith when things look bleak. Be patient and know that God is always there with you and He has promised to see you through. Trust that He will work it out in your favor and that everything is working together, for your good.

God is never too late and He is never too early, but He is always on time. Walk in Faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”  These six words will change your life forever: WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE. If you walk in faith, you can have confidence that God will do just what He said.

You don’t have to waste time sweating over the small stuff. No matter how big the problem or the situation may seem, when you place it in God’s hands, it’s all small stuff.

To walk in faith includes trusting your instincts, and following your inner voice.  Nine times out of ten, it is the Holy Spirit prompting, and guiding you. Listen carefully. He won’t steer you wrong. He has your best interest, at heart. And, He can see further than you can.

Love,

Jacqueline

I Declare: 31 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life

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I am a book lover. I love to read. After I read a book, I usually pass it on to a friend, sell it on Amazon, or donate it to the local library. I don’t usually go back to any particular book, to re-read it over and over again. However, this book, I Declare – 31 Declarations To Speak Over Your Life, by Joel Osteen, made the cut, and is one that I highly recommend.  I read this book at least once a quarter, for inspiration and as a reminder that God is not through with me yet.

I am posting the entire list of 31 declarations to speak over your life each day, from the book .  Just find the day listed below that corresponds with the date of the month, and speak that declaration out loud, and meditate on those words throughout the day.

Day 1 – I DECLARE God’s incredible blessings over my life. I will see an explosion of God’s goodness, a sudden widespread increase. I will experience the surpassing greatness of God’s favor. It will elevate me to a level higher than I ever dreamed of. Explosive blessings are coming my way. This is my declaration.

Day 2 – I DECLARE I will experience God’s faithfulness. I will not worry. I will not doubt. I will keep my trust in Him, knowing that He will not fail me. I will give birth to every promise God put in my heart and I will become everything God created me to be. This is my declaration.

Day 3 – I DECLARE I have the grace I need for today. I am full of power, strength, and determination. Nothing I face will be too much for me. I will overcome every obstacle, outlast every challenge, and come through every difficulty better off than I was before. This is my declaration.

Day 4 – I DECLARE it is not too late to accomplish everything God has placed in my heart. I have not missed my window of opportunity.  God has moments of favor in my future. He is preparing me right now because He is about to release a special grace to help me accomplish that dream. This is my time. This is my moment. I receive it today!  This is my declaration.

Day 5 – I DECLARE I am grateful for who God is in my life and for what He’s done. I will not take for granted the people, the opportunities, and the favor He has blessed me with. I will look at what is right and not what is wrong. I will thank Him for what I have and not complain about what I don’t have. I will see each day as a gift from God. My heart will overflow with praise and gratitude for all of His goodness.  This is my declaration.

Day 6 – I DECLARE a legacy of faith over my life. I declare that I will store up blessings for future generations. My life is marked by excellence and integrity. Because I’m making right choices and taking steps of faith, others will want to follow me. God’s abundance is surrounding my life today.  This is my declaration.

Day 7 – I DECLARE that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right.  This is my declaration.

Day 8 – I DECLARE God’s dream for my life is coming to pass. It will not be stopped by people, disappointments, or adversities. God has solutions to every problem I will ever face already lined up. The right people and the right breaks are in my future. I will fulfill my destiny.  This is my declaration.

Day 9 – I DECLARE unexpected blessings are coming my way. I will move forward from barely making it to having more than enough. God will open up supernatural doors for me. He will speak to the right people about me. I will see Ephesians 3:20 exceedingly, abundantly, above-and-beyond favor and increase in my life. This is my declaration.

Day 10 – I DECLARE that God will accelerate His plan for my life as I put my trust in Him. I will accomplish my dreams faster than I thought possible. It will not take years to overcome obstacles, to get out of debt, or to meet the right person. God is doing things faster than before. He will give me victory sooner than I think. He has blessings that will thrust me years ahead. This is my declaration.

Day 11 – I DECLARE Ephesians 3:20 over my life. God will do exceedingly, abundantly above all that I ask or think. Because I honor Him, His blessings will chase me down and overtake me. I will be in the right place at the right time. People will go out of their way to be good to me. I am surrounded by God’s favor.  This is my declaration.

Day 12 – I DECLARE I am special and extraordinary. I am not average! I have been custom-made. I am one of a kind. Of all the things God created, what He is most proud of is me. I am his masterpiece, His most prized possession. I will keep my head held high, knowing I am a child of the most high God, made in His very image. This is my declaration.

Day 13 – I DECLARE that God is bringing about new seasons of growth.  I will not get stagnant and hold on to the old.  I will be open to change knowing that God has something better in front of me.  New doors of opportunity, new relationships, and new levels of favor are in my future.  This is my declaration.

Day 14 – I DECLARE that I will use my words to bless people.  I will speak favor and victory over my family, friends, and loved ones.  I will help call out their seeds of greatness by telling them “I’m proud of you. I love you. You are amazing. You are talented. You are beautiful. You will do great things in life.”  This is my declaration

Day 15 – I DECLARE that I have a sound mind filled with good thoughts, not thoughts of defeat. By faith, I am well able. I am anointed. I am equipped. I am empowered. My thoughts are guided by God’s Word, every day. No obstacle can defeat me because my mind is programmed for victory. This is my declaration.

Day 16 – I DECLARE that I will live as a healer. I am sensitive to the needs of those around me. I will lift the fallen, restore the broken, and encourage the discouraged, I am full of compassion and kindness. I won’t just look for a miracle. I will become someone’s miracle by showing God’s love and mercy everywhere I go. This is my declaration.

Day 17- I DECLARE I will put actions behind my faith. I will not be passive or indifferent. I will demonstrate my faith by taking bold steps to move toward what God has put in my heart. My faith will not be hidden; it will be seen. I know when God sees my faith, He will show up and do amazing things. This is my declaration.

Day 18 – I DECLARE breakthroughs are coming in my life, sudden bursts of God’s goodness. Not a trickle. Not a stream.  But a flood of God’s power.  A flood of healing.  A flood of wisdom.  A flood of favor.  I am a breakthrough person and I choose to live breakthrough minded. I am expecting God to overwhelm me with His goodness and amaze me with His favor. This is my declaration.

Day 19 – I DECLARE there is an anointing of ease on my life. God is going before me making crooked places straight. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I will not continually struggle. What used to be difficult will not be difficult anymore. God’s favor and blessing on my life is lightening the load and taking the pressure off. This is my declaration.

Day 20 – I DECLARE that I am calm and peaceful. I will not let people or circumstances upset me. I will rise above every difficulty, knowing that God has given me the power to remain calm. I choose to live my life happy, bloom where I am planted, and let God fight my battles. This is my declaration.

Day 21 – I DECLARE God’s supernatural favor over my life. What I could not make happen on my own, God will make happen for me. Supernatural opportunities, healing, restoration, and breakthroughs are coming my way. I am getting stronger, healthier, and wiser. I will discover talent that I didn’t know I had and I will accomplish my God-given dream. This is my declaration.

Day 22 – I DECLARE I will live victoriously. I was created in the image of God. I have the DNA of a winner. I am wearing a crown of favor. Royal blood flows through my veins. I am the head, never the tail, above never beneath. I will live with purpose, passion, and praise, knowing that I was destined to live in victory. This is my declaration.

Day 23 – I DECLARE I am a people builder. I will look for opportunities to encourgae others to bring out the best in them and to help them accomplish their dreams. I will speak words of faith and victory, affirming them, approving them, letting them know they are valued. I will call out their seeds of greatness, helping them to rise higher and become all that God created them to be. This is my declaration.

Day 24 – I DECLARE I will speak only positive words of faith and victory over myself, my family, and my future. I will not use my words to describe my situation. I will use my words to change my situation. I will call in favor, good breaks, healing, and restoration. I will not talk to God about how big my problems are. I will talk to my problems about how big my God is. This is my declaration.

Day 25 – I DECLARE I will not just survive, I will thrive. I will prosper despite every difficulty that may come my way. I know every setback is a setup for a comeback. I will not get stagnant, give up on my dreams, or settle where I am. I know one touch of God’s favor can change everything. I’m ready for a year of blessings and a year of thriving. This is my declaration.

Day 26 – I DECLARE I will choose faith over fear. I will meditate on what is positive and what is good about my situation. I will use my energy, not to worry, but to believe. Fear has no part in my life. I will not dwell on negative, discouraging thoughts. My mind is set on what God says about me. I know his plan for me is for success, victory, and abundance. This is my declaration.

Day 27 – I DECLARE I am equipped for every good work God has planned for me. I am anointed and empowered by the Creator of the universe. Every bondage, every limitation, is being broken off of me. This is my time to shine. I will rise higher, overcome every obstacle, and experience victory like never before! This is my declaration.

Day 28 – I DECLARE that I will ask God for big things in my life. I will pray bold prayers and expect big and believe big. I will ask God to bring to pass those hidden dreams that are deep in my heart. If certain promises don’t look like they will happen, I will not be intimidated and give up. I will pray with boldness, expecting God to show Himself strong, knowing that nothing is too difficult for Him. This is my declaration.

Day 29 – I DECLARE God is working all things together for my good. He has a master plan for my life. There may be things i don’t understand right now but I’m not worried. I know all the pieces aren’t here yet. One day it will all come together and everything will make sense. I will see God’s amazing plan taking me places i never dreamed of. This is my declaration.

Day 30 – I DECLARE God is going before me making crooked places straight. He has already lined up the tight people, the right opportunities and solutions to problems I haven’t had. No person, no sickness, no disappointment, can stop His plan. What he promised will come to pass. This is my declaration.

Day 31 – I DECLARE everything that doesn’t line up with God’s vision for my life is subject to change. Sickness, trouble, lack, mediocrity, are not permanent. They are only temporary. I will not be moved by what I see but by what I know. I am a victor and never a victim. I will become all God has created me to be. This is my declaration.

Our words have power and this is helpful to learn how to speak life to a dead situation, to speak positive words about yourself and your circumstances, and believe that God will intervene and turn things around, in your favor.

Love and Blessings!

Jacqueline 😉