Oh! How Soon We Forget!

Last night while I was relaxing on my bed perusing through YT vids to review, I looked thought my recommended videos and one in particular yelled out to me. It read, “How God Gave Me My Apartment” on YT channel called Wonderful Acts. This young woman was a breath of fresh air compared to the many other “recommendations” suggested to me. As I began to listen to her story about how the Lord blessed her with a beautiful apartment, I began to tear up. I heard a whisper, “Do you remember…”  I thought about clicking out of the video in order to keep my composure. I felt like if I heard another second I would just burst into tears. Again, I heard a whisper, “Do you remember….”  I knew all too well, to whom that voice belonged! I forced myself to listen to the rest of her miraculous story of obedience, persistent prayer, and the Lord proving Himself through every step of her journey. The fact that in the end the Lord blessed with the apartment was really the cherry on top of this entire situation. The blessing was the reminder of how sweet and awesome it is to have a relationship with the Lord!

Yes! Lord I remember!  I remember when I trusted in your Word! I remember when I walked by faith and not by sight! I remember when I was willing to do the ridiculous, not to receive a blessing but so that You would be glorified! Yes, Lord I remember when I felt your Holy Spirit with me throughout the day and how I was comforted by your very presence even during my darkest hours. Yes, Lord I Remember!

How often do we get consumed with this so-called “life”, that we forget who and what keeps us whole, free, secure and LIVING!

Let us begin today with first asking the Lord to forgive us for putting things before Him. We ask Lord that you help us to recognize that although we have necessary things to accomplish each day that we never put them before our fellowship and devotion to You! Lord continue to guide and protect us in this life, as there are many distractions that end up leading us away from you. Remind us daily that we are vessels to be used by You! In Jesus’ precious, name Amen!

Until Next Time…

Bask Every Day in His Presence! Need I say more?

VMC

#Restart 2017 – Day Twenty-Two – I Digress… or Did I?

Good Twenty Second day of the Eighth month of the Year of our Lord Two Thousand and Seventeen!

Yeah, I know that was a bit much HOWEVER, that is how it is sometimes. We have to go over the top to make a point. On Day Twenty-One, whilst brainstorming how I would tie the day into Part II of Your Dreams versus God’s Plans, I decided to take a short break and watch one of the YouTube vloggers I follow. The topic in general was around making the time to do what you want to accomplish. I immediately clicked to view since I am definitely on that struggle bus. I began to listen and take mental notes on what’s being said, when the speaker mentioned something about their zodiac sign and how it correlates to their preference in how they live their life or something to that nature. Just as quickly as I had clicked to view this video, I quickly paused. I immediately had a questioning attitude. Why, you might ask? Well I am glad you asked.

The speaker is a professing Believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and what struck me is that they openly professed acceptance and consideration of the zodiac/astrology in their life choices and /or preferences. I immediately made a status comment on my social media, which said…

Hey… How you? Can I ask you something? You’re a Believer right? Ok… So explain to me your relationship with the zodiac?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a swarm of answers, however I did get one that spoke to the exact point I wanted to make – WITCHCRAFT. If we are ALL referencing and living from the same BIBLE, there are many scriptures that speak against us relying on and/or consulting those who practice such things.

Astrology – The observation of sun, moon, planets, and stars for the purpose of determining someone character traits, personality, and the course of events for the individual’s life. (Biblegateway.com)

Here some scriptures for your Berean pleasure:

Isaiah 4713; 2 Kings 17:16; Jeremiah 10:2; Amos 5:25-27.

Divination – Attempts to discover the unknown or the future by supernatural means, involving communication with the spirit world. (Biblegateway.com)

Leviticus 19:26 reads, “Ye shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall ye use enchantment [using omens or witchcraft], nor observe times [predict events by horoscope or signs and lucky days]” (KJV; [Amplified emphasis]).

Clearly as Believers when we practice such things, we invite an element into our life. When doing such things you give the enemy foothold in your life because put YOU put yourself in his sights and territory. We cannot say that we trust in the Lord with all of our heart & soul, claim that He will direct our path AND at the same time ascribe to practices that He said is directly linked to witchcraft!

Until Next Time… Please consider these words, repent and renounce those practices TODAY!

VMarie

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#Restart2017 – Day Fourteen & Fifteen – Part 1: Your Dreams vs. God’s Plans

Good Day!

The beginning of the week is usually dubbed the “maniac” part of the workweek. It is, for most of us, the start just after our 48 hour time away from our jobs. How often do we dream of never having to punch in/out, be our own boss or simply work less get paid more (or at least the same). Right? We often think this way because we have this idea that being able to do those things will require little or no effort. We imagine that our lives would be more fulfilled and/or happy, if we were able to only work a 3-Day workweek or run the show. We dream up this plan and when the opportunity comes, we take it! However, after a few months, we are just as lost and/or unmotivated as before. Unfulfilled, confused, lost and stumped as to how we got where we’ve landed.

How did you get here? Where you ask?

In a place were your “dreams” or the plans you have for your life, are not  being fulfilled or coming to past and you are basically not satisfied with what you thought you were meant to do?

Before we begin to answer that… Let’s define the word – Dream.

When we think of the word dream, we usual refer to those times when we have a series of thoughts and/or images while we are sleeping. A dream can also be related to our ambitions, goals for our life or the fantasies we create about the life we wished we had.

Now I am not here to rain on your dream parade or neither am I a “dream killer”! On the contrary, I am here to get you (and me) to thinking about those things we dream of or our ambitions. Again before you answer that very first question, answer the questions below…

  • Who is the originator of your dreams (ambitions, goals)? (Jeremiah 1:5)
  • Is your life dream, ambitions, goals sanctioned by the Lord? (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • Have you asked the Lord about them? (Proverbs 16:3)
  • Does your dream, ambitions, goals fulfill God’s ultimate plan for your life? (1 John 2:16-17)

I will leave you here on this Tuesday to mull over the previous questions. I also invite you to read and meditate over the scriptures next to each question.

Part II of Your Dreams vs. God’s Plans will be posted on Thursday!

Until The Next Time…. Live Each Day as Directed by the Lord!

VMarie

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#Restart2017 – Day TEN – Throwback Thursday

Original Post Date:  August 5, 2013 – Project: Restart 2013

What’s Your Glue Made Of?

The best made plans are bound to be interrupted, but in the midst of pauses, Imageobstacles, tribulations, holding patterns etc. will you continue to forge forward through it all?

It is important to be aware of those outside influences that tend to influence our decision making that in turn create opportunity for success or failure. More importantly are those inner struggles, that we don’t want to face or even talk about. Many times these go overlooked and are the main contributor to the things that keep us “stuck” and unable to move forward. Like glue these internal issues make it virtually impossible to move. Even when it appears we are moving we are only going around in circles. Much like a dog chasing its tail.

Before we part the matrix, we are susceptible to our spirit man being damaged. We tend to think that this only happens after we are born, while we are being raised and later in our adult life experiences. This is far from the truth. Some hurts even go from generation-to-generation and are embedded in our DNA, they are typically identified as generational curses. Fear, rejection, suicide, mental illness, cancer, even sexual perversions.

Getting out “Unstuck” is a supernatural process that needs some basic actions. Ultimately we know that to get healed and delivered from hurts that are both psycho-emotional and spiritual we must be born again. We must also know that in order to experience true deliverance we must identify the damaged areas in our lives and begin to allow the Holy Spirit to heal us from all hurt.

Keeping our heads in the sand will never give us opportunity to heal and set free. We must lift our heads up and look to the hills from where our helps comes and that help is from the LORD!

What are the things that keep you “Stuck”? I pray that the Lord will reveal those things to you and you’ll allow Him to begin that healing and deliverance process in your life!

Until Next Time…. Bask in His Presence and Be Blessed!

VMarie aka Thr33

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#Restart 2017 – Day THREE thru Day SIX

Good morning!

Here is a quick recap of the last few days.

Day THREE & FOUR

Due to my editing software disappearing after an upgrade, I am going to make an attempt to “transcribe the” video I filmed.

Our take away  was to focus our prayer in asking the Lord to provide  direction on what areas of our walk should we focus on over the next few weeks.

Here is what I will be focusing on:

  1. Things that are designed to hinder the specific direction and/or Godly purpose. Specifically focusing (tactical prayers) on those outside influences. i.e. opposing prayers, witchcraft prayers, generational curses etc.
  2. Asking for clearer direction on what to write about it in this forum.

One of the main points of the video was to express the importance of a Spiritual Reality. As Believers in Christ, we often attempt to live our lives as though there isn’t a Supernatural Reality both Good AND Evil. I am by no means trying to produce a hyper-paranoid attitude about those things however, the truth of the matter is we do wrestle NOT against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12 KJV.)  Everyday we encounter things that are beyond our physical sight and only can be ascertained by paying Spiritual attention. This unseen enemy can prod or provoke in us or use others to hinder God’s will in our life. There is a direct correlation between what is happening in the Spiritual realm and what you are seeing in your life on a daily basis. It is very important to know these things in order to know what to pray for and how to pray.  We must develop strategic or tactical prayers. Without doing so we will not be effective both in our own lives as well as in the lives of others. So let’s begin and the beginning —  In order for us to be of any use to anyone else, we must first start with ourselves. Yes?

Once again, I HAD a writing plan developed in my mind and everyday I can see how the Lord is taking control of what I am writing here.

My answer in this step is – YES LORD!

Until Next Time Please Read: Ephesians 6:10-20; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Is. 54:17; 2 Thess. 3:3; Matt. 18:18-19. There are many, many more but we will start here!

Let’s Connect! Any comments, ideas, PRAYER REQUEST, or simply to say, “Hi!”

VMarie!

#Restart2017 – Day TWO – The Beginning

Hello Everyone!

I trust that all is well and that you’ve thought about this “journey” you and I are about to embark on. I know, I know…  it seems has though you didn’t have much notice to plan. Please trust me when I say, “You already know what you need.” I believe the Lord allowed me to select the byline – ‘Every Journey Starts At The Beginning” for a reason. Before we step out to embark on anything there is always a starting point where we discover our intent or instructions for said journey however, even before that we should be empowered to “go”!

In Matthew 10 when Jesus gathered His 12 disciples, before giving them their marching orders, he empowered them.  He gave them the needed authority to accomplish the task.

I like the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation,

Summoning His 12 disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness. (Matthew 10:1, HCSB)

Please know that the Lord has left nothing to happenstance! In order to know what direction or focus we each should take on these upcoming days, we should simply submit that request to the Lord and ask for directions, instructions or a focal point(s). You cannot move without a plan or a Vision!

I would like to thank a dear friend of mind, without prodding gave me what her initial focus areas are: Prayer & Making time for the gym. I am quite sure that the Lord had been dealing with her to commit more time to both, so it worked out easily.  Perhaps it may not be that clear-cut for you. Just ask the Lord to direct you to know which areas of your walk would He want you to focus on!

Take the next 24 hours to meditate on that and I’ll see you back here on Day THREE!

Until Next Time Please Remember That – every aspect of  your life has been planned out for you by our Heavenly Father. In order to know His plans for our lives, we must first accept and submit to that thought and ask Him for guidance to know His plans from our own.

Today’s Verse:

For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 HCSB)

Let’s Connect! Any comments, ideas, or simply to say, “Hi!”

VMarie

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#Restart2017 – Day One – It’s Me… Again!

Hello! Yes, it’s me. You do remember me right? Well I remember you…. I also remember that it has been approximately 364 days since I even attempted to dust off my electronic pen and pad, so to speak and actually write something. :-/ Nevertheless, I am here and trust that you can take this moment or two to indulge me. I’ve “prepared” a video for this first day.

Today’s Verse:

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:

Proverbs 24:16a

Today’s Video:

 

Let’s Connect!

Send me your ideas, questions, or just say, “Hello!”

Until Next Time!

VMarie!

 

#Restart2016 Day TWO: Test or Testimony?

Can I be transparent?

I didn’t want to write anything today. Simply because I just don’t “feel” it. My trail… this test… the turbulent situation (you pick) definitely didn’t slow down. In fact, it morphed into another unforeseen situation, literally. So no… a part of me does not feel like penning anything.  HOWEVER, there is another part of me that strangely enough is rejoiceful and is expecting something! So of course, I am going with the latter part.

I thought for a moment to post some generic statement or something relating to – speaking to the storms in your life or looking to the hills for your help or casting down the mountain during challenging times. Staring at the screen…nothing. So I just shrugged my shoulders and decided again to make this personal.

Many times when faced with a trial(s) we focus so much on the winds, rain, thunder and lightening – ask Peter. Hey you are NOT imagining those winds and yes you did see that lightning flash!  THEY ARE REAL! Our reaction to it comes from a basic or fundamental response of our flesh which is fueled by our unbelief! We tend to run for cover in times of distress and doubt.

Today on this Tuesday I want to go with the other option. The option in the Spirit. That strange feeling that makes me say that  I should be rejoicing in this seemingly difficult situation and allow it to energize me to expect God to move on my behalf! Not for my expected end – NO! BUT for His expected end in my life!

See I can’t call it right now! No it is not the end of the world, so to speak but it sure “feels” like it.What I am experiencing is totally in direct opposition to what the Lord showed me about the matter.

With that being said, today I am going to lean on the side of my victory and my upcoming TESTIMONY! I am going to believe God’s report and not the outward circumstances!

Today I am believing that this Test is simply that — a test or pop quiz making sure that I got the material or instructions I’ve been living and studying in His Word. The outcome of this Test will ultimately Glorify God.

So I’ll ask you Test -or- Testimony? You pick…

Until Next Time… Bask In His Presence & Remain Focused and Faithful!

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#Restart2016 Day ONE

I first want to say thank you for taking the time to begin another journey with me. As always, it is my intent to utilize the next 31 days as an attempt to Restart or refocus on several different areas of my life.  First, is my daily devotion and second my writing/creative side.

I have a schedule in mind however, I am open to the Holy Spirit if He decides to do something else. For example, I planned to open up with a big video and possible give away HOWEVER, life events over the weekend prevented me from doing such. In fact, the impact over this weekend was so tough that I was reconsidering even doing the Restart this year. Before I could get a prayer out to the Lord, I heard Him say, “Why?” My response of course was, “Lord? Why what?”

“Why Quit?” was His words to me.

There is a saying the world says, “When the going gets tough the tough gets going!”

As Believers we have to stop expecting things to be easy and without a Spiritual fight! ANYTHING that we are doing to Glorify God in our Lives will ALWAYS get fought against by the enemy.

Expect It! Deal with It! & Move On!

Life is full of obstacles and things that we must go through. These things we experience comes in cycles. God’s Word puts it like this:

Ecclesiastes 3 (HCSB)

The Mystery of Time

There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:(A)
a time to give birth and a time to die;(B)
a time to plant and a time to uproot;[a]
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down and a time to build;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;(C)
a time to mourn and a time to dance;(D)
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;(E)
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;(F)
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;(G)
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.(H)

What does the worker gain from his struggles?(I) 10 I have seen the task that God has given people to keep them occupied.(J) 11 He has made everything appropriate[b] in its time.(K) He has also put eternity in their hearts,[c] but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end.(L) 12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy the[d] good life. 13 It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.(M)14 I know that all God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it.(N) God works so that people will be in awe of Him.(O) 15 Whatever is, has already been,(P) and whatever will be, already is. God repeats what has passed.

So the lesson in Day ONE – Find whatever season you are in & Keep Moving!

Don’t allow the attacks of the enemy coming through people (including yourself) or circumstances get you off focus!

#Restart2016 begins…

Until Next Time… Bask In His Presence & Remain Focused and Faithful!

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