Love gave us free will, to choose to love or hate. He gave us the choice to trust him and be obedient to his Word, or to trust our feelings and take matters into our own hands. Whatever path we choose, we can be sure that his love for us is unfailing. Jesus died for us when we were his enemies. He loved us even when we didn’t have it all together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?  He never gives up on us, and his mercy is new every day! Everyday we have a choice to trust the God who created us, or to trust what feels good at the moment. There is no gray area when it comes to being a child of God. Either you belong to him, or you don’t. We all know the consequences of sin, and the final result is death, but Jesus came to reverse the curse. As believers, when we leave this life, we will pass into life everlasting. This walk isn’t forced on us, we chose faith over fear. We choose to live by what we know in our heart, mind and soul, and not what the world tells us makes sense. As for me, I’ve tried him, and I know that God is faithful. I’ve taken matters into my own hands before, and have done things outside of Gid’s will, and I screwed up every time. Thank God for his grace! I finally understand what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that his grace is sufficient! I choose to use my free will, to live for God, through Christ, simply because he’s God, and there is NO ONE, like him! His faithfulness doesn’t have anything to do with how many times I fall, and that’s what motivates me to get back up and keep pressing towards the mark, again like Paul! God’s always there for us as his children (that’s favor), and he’s promised he will always be, even until the end of the world! Now who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

There is nothing more frustrating than being locked out… Today I experienced this frustration first hand and what made it even more frustrating was that I had the key in my hand. The key had no problem sliding into the door but it was very stubborn when it came to turning and unlocking.”Lord I trust that you are going to open this door and we won’t have to call a lock smith.” We started searching for things to help us open the locked door like a credit card and I was even pondering would the bottom of my bath and body works lotion be strong enough to slide in the crack of the door and unlock it. 😑 I didn’t have much to work with in my purse. When I first got the key (about two months ago) we tested it to make sure that it would work and it was fine. My mom looked in the truck to see if there was any WD40 but it wasn’t any so…. She used the next best thing she had found in the truck…Cutter (Insect Repellent)…. 😄 Ok maybe it wasn’t the next best thing but hey we gave it a shot, or a spray! 😁 That’s right she sprayed the key that was lodged inside the door with Cutter and then with all her might she turned the key and said “You might break but I’m gonna give it all I’ve got.” And with faith and a little more effort the door was opened. 😊 This reminded me that sometimes in life you can have what YOU think is the right key (success, friends, money, material things) and that may work for you for a little while but, there comes a time in life when what we have become complacent with will no longer work for us and at that moment we will begin to search for another way of fulfillment. Something’s in life comes with keys to get you to where you need to be but most things come by faith. (Read Hebrews 11) The good news is that with Christ all things are possible. He can use anything and anybody! There will be times that you have nothing but your faith and you will have to push harder to get through life. This will make you wiser and stronger. There is an old saying that “it’s not what you know but who you know.” Do you know him? 🙂

I look forward to this day like it’s Thanksgiving! I remember as a child my parents would get me and my brothers ready for church and mom would be in the kitchen putting on dinner. She would have everything slow cooking so that by the time we came from church we would all be ready to dig in! Oh the smell of greens simmering, a pot roast slow cooking, and when we would come home she put the corn bread on. Us southerners gotta have some corn bread with our soul food just like we gotta have grits with our breakfast. We like that good food that’s going to stick to our bones and in my case… My back 😑😑😑. Then I have to work out two months to get the back fat off.. Should have put the fat back down but no, I just have to bite a piece whenever I’m making fried corn. One piece turns out to be three pieces. Oh well. I eat it happily and pay for it happily when I work out. Maybe not as happily but still… Ok I at least I crack a smile when I’m on the bench press.. I like soul food and the spirit behind it. It brings families and friends  together to laugh, reminisce and just have a good fellowship. To this day I look forward to Sunday’s. It reminds me to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and to sit back, relax, spend some quality time with those who mean the most to me while we enjoy some good Sunday dinner and wash it down with some sweet tea.

Wouldn’t it though? I could use a vacation right about now. Not just one of those getaways or even 7 day vacations either. But one of those I’ll send you a post card vacations because I don’t know when I’ll be back! Has God already pre warned you about something and told you what to hold your peace about a situation but when the time came you did what you “felt” was right at the time and not exactly what God told you? Yeah, well today that happened to me… After a frustrating day of trying to track a couple of packages that I was supposed to receive in the mail I attempted to get some answers from the local USPS Sorting Facility. Well the guy who answered my phone call was having a pretty frustrating day as well and was getting short with me and all I wanted to know was when my packages would arrive. To make a long story short he hung up in my face and immediately everything God said went out the window. 😡 I speed dailed the Sorting facility back and the guy did not answer. Lucky him… He was going to get a piece of my mind today and frustration is only the beginning of what he would have felt. Anyways I’m saying all of that to say this. He could have picked up the phone and I could have gave him the bizzness not business because he wouldn’t have benefited not one red cent off what I was going to say. But God cut that conversation short and the guy didn’t know it but it was God who stopped him from answering the phone when I called back. Ain’t God good! 😊He knows that we can be a handful at times and he gets us out of situations even when we are hard headed. I was so mad by how rude that guy was and could have made a bad decision that could delay my mail even further or even could have gotten him fired. But God always intervene in situations like this because he knows I’m a knuckle head. My prayer for today is that God forgive me for not listening to your wisdom and forgive me for acting on emotional impulses. Help me to believe that you are working everything out for my good and I don’t ever need to be anxious about anything. In Jesus name. Amen. ☺️ Scripture reading  Philippians 4:6-7