Where Is Your Hope?

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

“Here today, gone tomorrow.” “Easy come, easy go.” “All good things must come to an end.”

The above quotes are a result of change. Everything changes except for the Lord. If we put our hope in the things that change, we will be sadly disappointed. We must keep our focus on our Heavenly Father who will NEVER change.

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Monday Night!

Keep praying for our country.

 

You’re In Good Hands

Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out). (Proverbs 19:21 amp)

I have been falling asleep much earlier this week. Yesterday, a quick blink (so I thought) while trying to think of something to write about, ended up being a six hour slumber and no blog post. LOL

 

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LOL

 

The bible verse above is one of my favorite. Of course if a seemingly good plan is interrupted, it’s natural to feel a little . . . inconvenienced. 😀 Soon after the initial shock, recognize God’s plan is ultimately the best. You’re in good hands and I don’t mean Allstate. LOL Corny, I know. 😀

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Thursday Night!!

Are you watching the Olympics? USA! USA! USA! 😀

Continue to pray for our country.

Proverbs 13:4 Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper.

The book of Proverbs hit cha right in the throat, doesn’t it? LOL

Last night I was trying to finish a chapter before going to bed. Well, I fell asleep briefly with my fingers still on the keyboard of my laptop. I woke up to a page full of M’s. LOL I’m no stranger to hard work. In fact, I’ve never gotten anything easy a day in my life. Oh wait, I went to a restaurant for lunch this past Sunday where I was blessed with a free meal. Definitely, a rare occurrence. LOL

While pursuing our goals, there are plenty of lessons we need to learn along the way. The lessons are usually hard, but worth every drop of blood, sweat, and tears that’s produced. When we get tired, we have to decide to rest, and not quit. God’s strength will get us through if we stay focused on Him. Don’t let the enemy fool you into a rut of laziness. Your hard work will eventually pay off.

 

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Hilarious!

Just blogging it out . . . OH and Happy Tuesday Night!! 😀

Are you watching the Olympics? USA! USA! USA! USA! 😀

Please don’t forget to pray for our country.

 

 

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10)

God's masterpiece

Who do you think you are? Sometimes what we think about ourselves depends on our circumstances. If we earn an ‘A’ on a test, we believe we’re smart. For me, if I can give the correct answers while watching Jeopardy, I believe I’m super smart. LOL If we make a mistake, usually, even if it’s temporary, our thoughts about ourselves are negative. People have their opinions about us as we have our opinions about people. With all those thoughts floating around, things can get pretty confusing, huh? I’d rather agree with God. We are God’s masterpiece.

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Monday Night!! 😀

Keep praying for our country!!

 

 

What’s Next, Lord?

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6,7)

I had conversations about my recent unexpected (see yesterday’s post) news with the “no matter what I’m sticking by your side” peeps in my life. The news shocked them and I believe they were a little sad. There were a lot of whaaaaats, awwwwwwws, and wows. This morning I asked myself how I was feeling about it. I can honestly say, it’s still all good. 😀 Complete peace.

I’m praying for guidance for what I should do next. I have plenty of ideas, but I’d rather get direction from the Lord.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (Psalm 32:8)

For me, it’s easy to slip into the “I gotta fix it mode”. I’m going to avoid that mode this time. I’ll take His way over my way any day. 😀

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Friday Night!!

P.S. Continue to pray for our country.

 

 

 

 

It’s All Good

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

If you know anything about the book publishing world, then you know how hard it is for a new author to get a publisher to look at their work let alone receive a contract offer. It’s a long process. In fact, I believe it took about a year for me to receive a contract for my book, Autumn Moon.

About eight months later, the contract has been canceled. Yup, you read it correctly. I received an email today at 5:47 pm from the publishing company. They’re shutting down the fiction sector due to financial reasons. The email was definitely unexpected, but I am at complete peace about everything. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking about the owner of the company. In a situation like this, it’s easy to focus on yourself. After all, I do believe a canceled literary contract would be considered disappointing in anyone’s book, right? But the publisher is losing so much more. I will continue to pray for everyone who is a part of that company including the owner/president.

I know for a fact without a shadow of a doubt, God is in control. He knows exactly what He’s doing and all I need to do is trust Him. It’s all good! 😀

We all know those people who are going to try to analyze this to figure out why this happened. Especially those who weren’t happy for me in the first place. I’m sure people will concluded I must’ve done something wrong for this to have happened. LOL The truth is, the company is having financial problems and all authors lost their contracts. That’s it. That’s all. I have to keep moving forward. I posted this yesterday. I will  . . .

never give up

Monday morning, it’s back to submitting my manuscript.

typingLOL

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Thursday Night!! 😀

P.S. Continue to pray for our country.

 

Peace & Truth

James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Yup, that’s what the bible says. LOL I know it’s true, but sometimes it takes a minute (or 55 hours) for me to remember. 😀 Today was one of those days.

hit in the headLOL

Not a bad day. Just busy and a little stressful. Nothing I haven’t experienced before. On days like today, I usually crave the four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.  😀

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Buddy, The Elf

 

When I was in college, I gave into the cravings while doing homework or studying for a test. I didn’t realize at the time I was a stress eater. Of course eating junk food doesn’t solve problems and it doesn’t reduce stress. There are many coping mechanisms for reducing stress–healthy ones, but the ultimate stress reliever for me is God’s word because it gives me peace and truth.

No matter what comes my way, I will focus on the Lord, even if it takes me a minute (or 55 hours LOL) and I will . . .

never give up

Just blogging it out . . . Oh and Happy Wednesday Night!!

P.S. Please continue praying for our country.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. (Psalm 118:8)

We mean well, but we just can’t measure up to God. 😀 Always trust Him no matter what. He’s in control and always with us.

Just blogging it out . . . OH and Happy Tuesday Night!! 😀

P.S. Keep praying!!

A is for August

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It’s back to school time for the kiddies!! 😀 No, Antoine and I don’t have any children, but I still find myself excited. LOL Of course that wasn’t always the case. I dreaded the “A” word when I was a kid. Back then, August was probably my least favorite month of the year with all of its back to school sales, introduction to the fall wardrobe, and the count down to the end of summer vacation. 😦 But there was one thing that hurt my feelings more than anything else as a kid living in the south suburbs of Chicago–that darn Bud Billiken back to school day parade. For me, the advertisements for the event was a slap in the face. LOL The promoters didn’t care when they played the commercials. They played them during the commercial breaks of Scooby-Doo, Woody Woodpecker, the Super Friends, you name it. I mean, how could they be so insensitive. It was a known fact that school usually started a week or two after the Bud Billiken Parade. No more neighborhood Hide and Seek at night, sleeping in late, barbeques, or freedom to just chill. LOL

Actually, the Bud Billiken Parade was and is pretty awesome. It’s one of the biggest parades in the United States and a very big deal to Chicago and the surrounding cities.

bud billiken

So what are your plans for the month of August? It’s production season for me and I will continue working on my books as much as I can. I’m looking forward to making a lot of progress as I continue to focus on the Lord.

Just blogging it out . . . OH and Happy Monday Night!

P.S. Remember to pray for our country. Prepare to vote and continue to depend on the Lord.