Who can’t serve this kind of God?

Dan.3.28.erv Then Nebuchadnezzar said, “Praise the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Their God has sent his angel and saved his servants from the fire! These three men trusted their God and refused to obey my command. They were willing to die instead of serving or worshiping any other god.

Why do you think these three were able to withstand the fiery furnace? My mind tells me it is because they understood God’s integrity. They knew him for his word,  they trusted him without hesitation.

God is so true to his word, he made a promise to David and he said this;
Psalms .89.28-33.erv My love will protect him forever. My agreement with him will never end.   I will make his family continue forever. His kingdom will last as long as the skies.   If his descendants stop following my law and stop obeying my commands,   if they break my laws and ignore my commands,   I will punish them severely for their sins and wrongs.   But I will never take my love from him. I will never stop being loyal to him.

Wow, what kind of God is this,  he said even if they don’t serve me,  I made a promise to David so I will punish them but I will never leave them.  Could you serve this God?

Romans 8.31-35.erv So what should we say about this? If God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us. Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? Can trouble or problems or persecution separate us from his love? If we have no food or clothes or face danger or even death, will that separate us from his love?

God has shown his love,  his devotion and his commitment to his people down through the ages,  he has told us over and over that he is not a man and he can’t lie. Isaiah 55.11.erv In the same way, my words leave my mouth, and they don’t come back without results. My words make the things happen that I want to happen. They succeed in doing what I send them to do. Wow..

If God said it,  it has to come to pass.  Who can’t serve that God?

http://bible.com/406/jos.23.14.erv “It is almost time for me to die. You know and really believe that the Lord has done many great things for you. You know that the Lord your God has not failed in any of his promises. He has kept every promise that he has made to us.

I’m hooked on God, I’m convinced he is who he said he is. .💗

Sheveze

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Stop, drop and roll

rom.10.17.nkjv So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

How do you manage all the stuff you have to do? I’m sitting here thinking I need to get my health under control,  I need to eat better,  I want to keep my marriage strong,  stay in the word,  run a business. ..the list is long and growing and there never seems to be  enough hours in the day. I go to bed thinking about all the things I didn’t get done so my mind scrambles all night for a solution and I wake up tired. Am I the only one besides Joshua who needs more time?
jos.10.12.nkjv Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: “Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.” stand still time so I can get it all done. How do you stay prayed up and encouraged when life is so busy? 

I could not do it without the people in my life who pray for me, who pray with me and who encourages me along the way. You need to have people in your life who are willing to go to God for you,  who understands it’s not what you pray, it’s whenupray.

If you  are feeling overwhelmed stop, drop and roll. Stop worrying about your problems, drop to your knees and tell God what you need,  roll your butt over, get up and trust God.

Jesus saves 

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It’s always tough for me to share my personal stories because it kind of leave me open, if that make sense. But I do understand that someone can be blessed from my testimony… I debate with God A LOT, crying like wait… They don’t need to know that!!!! He win every time though!!! So here it goes.. 
2010, I was like 28, a single mother of a beautiful 4 year old. I was dating this guy off and on and we ended up pregnant. At first I was all for it. But then reality set in and I’m like I don’t want to be a single mother of 2 kids, 2 different daddies. Ain’t no guarantee this negro will be there even though he assured me he would!! I was battling. I talked to my mom and she assured me The devil can’t create life but I wasn’t really trying to hear her at that time. I made up my mind to have an abortion. 
He was so angry with me but he said he would support my decision.. So I made the appointment, he picked me up and we went. I swear it was the worst experience of my life!!! And I almost died once and I think it was worst than that I swear!!! The whole process is just awful!! You see a little counselor first to make sure you ready for the foolishness you’re about to partake in. 

Then you go in the room and they give you pain meds.. I don’t even think they give you a chance to swallow them before the dr or whatever he is come in with a vacuum and suck the life out of you!! Literally!!! It’s a pain and feeling that’s indescribable!! The rest is kind of a blur after that but I know it was the worst decision I ever made in my life!!! 

The mental prison I was in after having it I think was worst than the actual procedure. Constantly hearing the noise. Knowing I made the decision off selfishness. Knowing I didn’t allow a life to come forth.. I was feeling like I didn’t deserve anything!! 

Oh But God!!!! Fast forward to 2011 women’s retreat… We had to write on black paper everything that was weighting heavy on us. And of course I wrote the abortion on there with a couple of other things. So we all threw them in this fire pit to burn them up and to be free from the bondage those things were keeping us in. They tried everything in the world to get it to light and it wouldn’t light. So we started singing and praising God. I promise you the fire started on its own!! I’m like wait a minute!!! No seriously who lit that!!!! If I never believed in God that night I was turned into a super believer!! It’s like he was showing us that he was in control. Like ladies I got this!!! 
Jesus died on that cross for you and me!! No where does it say that certain sins are excluded. It says he DIED FOR ALL SIN!!! 

Whatever you are dealing with, don’t let it separate you from the love of God!!! I don’t know your situation but I know when I was knee deep in sin I felt unworthy and God showed up in my life… The Glory of God can handle a multitude of Sin, so please don’t let anyone make you feel like you are not worthy!! Not even yourself!!! If he can show up in my life, trust me!!! He will do the same for you!!! 
Jesus saves!!!!! 

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Is there such a thing as a legacy of drunkenness?

http://bible.com/406/eph.5.15-18.erv So be very careful how you live. Live wisely, not like fools. I mean that you should use every opportunity you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So don’t be foolish with your lives, but learn what the Lord wants you to do. Don’t be drunk with wine, which will ruin your life, but be filled with the Spirit.

I was talking to my dad the other day and we started talking about why he does not drink.  Amazingly it was the same reason that I drink sparingly, it makes us sick lol

I often hear people say that drinking is a sin, well so is eating if it is a bad habit. Anything that you make a small god in your life is a sin,  that is not what this post is about.

When I was younger we used to have so much fun playing quarter bounce.  I was the queen, I could make many shots in a row and I prided myself on my skill. But I still got drunk too, because we were all good at it,  we did it daily.  One day I realized that I hated the feeling the next day,  ugggggg you know life is crazy when you have hangover remedies.  I can remember fussing at my mother about how she allowed drugs and alcohol to ruin her life but my anger at her was not tje same for myself because I was just having fun. 

I had a revelation, she started out having fun too. My mom was a young girl looking for a way to run from her problems so she started hanging with a new crowd and having fun,  then one day it was no longer fun but a requirement. I look at my favorite uncles, aunts and cousins, they were fun to be around but they died young of  alcohol and drug related ailments .  I started counting my loved ones who were on drugs and alcohol and who were no longer with us because of it. I had one cousin die of alcohol related illness  at 28, another in her early 30’s. Both of those left small children who has had to live a lifetime without them.  I started counting the members in my immediate family who have or is suffering with addiction.
My mom’s mom, my mom, her sister, my brother most of my cousins. My dad’s side,  his mom, most of his siblings,  many of my cousins.  I started thinking,  the odds of my drinking becoming a problem were extremely high, and I don’t want that for myself so made a decision, not me. No, drinking is not a sin but it can easily become a problem in your life if you use it to escape your real life. This is a no judgement zone but I would pray that we all look at our own lives and  families to see what legacy we were left.
These post woke me up to get on the page,  not sure why but the word says obedience is better then sacrifice. Be blessed.

There are no do overs…

http://bible.com/296/php.1.20.GNB My deep desire and hope is that I shall never fail in my duty, but that at all times, and especially just now, I shall be full of courage, so that with my whole being I shall bring honour to Christ, whether I live or die.

Man if I could do some things over again I’d be good.  I know I’ve been forgiven and all that but the things I would change are not so much my mistakes, they helped shaped me. I probable wouldn’t change much in my relationships because they made them stronger or showed me they were not good for me.

I would change when I accepted Jesus, fully. I have always loved God and knew that he protected me but I fought so hard with going to church.  I did want to be judged.  Dang,  I finally admit it,  I did not want people to look at me and see how damaged I was,  how hurt and dirty I was. I took a lot of the things that had been done to me as if they were my sins. I was filthy and church people has a way of talking to you that reminds you of all the negative things you already say to yourself.  So I stayed home and I kept my daughter home with me.  But there came a day when a little church bus  pulled up to the neighborhood in Saginaw and she wanted to get on it.  I allowed my baby to get on that bus because she was seeking God and I knew she was blameless,  I knew that my sins were not hers.  (Had I applied that same  logic to myself,  I would have been on it too ). One Sunday she came home so excited to tell me that she had been baptized.  She knew who Jesus was and wanted him for herself.  I am sitting here ready to cry,  she knew who he was,  she was about 8 or 9 but she woke herself up every Sunday to go see Jesus.

Man, that is my regret,  my one do over.  I wish I had been there holding her hand,  putting on her gown and cap and walking her to meet the Lord and Saviour who had been saving my dumb butt all my life.  I could have answered her questions,  shown her how proud I was that she knew him and wanted him enough to go in that water. I let her meet Jesus without me.

Man,  if I could do it over,  I would. I would have been driving her to church myself or getting on that big old bus right with her. But there are no do overs,  just regret.

But, there is good news.  She knows Jesus for herself.

http://bible.com/111/luk.18.16.niv But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.