So Long for Now… :(

Dear Friends, 

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this first Sunday of the month. It came to mind a couple of days ago that I should take a break from posting on this blog. I didn’t make a definite decision until I prayed this morning to God for guidance and felt in my spirit that this is the right decision. Therefore, after this post today, I will be talking a break from posting and encouraging you guys twice a month. 

This saddens me a little but I know I’m making the right decision. Personally, I’m making some changes and it would be best that I stop writing to get myself together. How can I encourage you guys when I’m not really encouraging myself? I don’t want to be a hypocrite! I would rather stop writing for now to strength my relationship with the LORD and comeback renewed to do a better job at encouraging you.

So maybe today you came back to this blog to be encouraged… instead you found that I’m talking a break. I want you to still be encouraged. Whatever you are going through, God is always faithful and You will get though it! God knows it, I know it, but YOU HAVE TO KNOW IT!!

Know that this isn’t goodbye forever, just a so long for now! I’m writing this because I just didn’t want to stop and someone comes to this blog and think I’ve stop writing and encouraging. I haven’t! Just a break to refresh and get to a better place with God and myself. So until this intermission is over, Keep God First, Pray About Everything, & Be Encouraged! Remember, Jesus is With You! Remember  to SMILE!! GOD LOVE YOU1GUYS and so do I! 🙂

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

Many Blessing, DLaShawn

 

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GOSPEL ENCOURAGEMENT MUSIC SPOTLIGHT!! #1

Dear Friends,

Good Evening, Lovelies!!  I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday and are highly blessed!! A few moments ago I had an idea to start a new segment on this blog. It will be called Gospel Encouragement Music Spotlight. I will post a video of a song from a gospel artist to spotlight their music but also to encourage you guys out there!! I hope you guys enjoy it!!

This first Gospel Encouragement Music Spotlight is James Fortune & FIYA – Hold On (feat. Monica & Fred Hammond) (MUSIC VIDEO) (You can click on the link or look at the video below!) This song was in my spirit when I sat down to write so I thought maybe God wants to bless someone with it!

As you listen to this song, I want to encourage you guys to hold on and keep going! God is STILL on the Most High Thrown and STILL In Charge!! Don’t let your circumstances get you down! Place your eyes on the sky from with cometh your Help (Psalm 121:1)! God may not be there when you want Him but He’s always on time and He will NEVER let you fall from His Holy, Faithful, and Good Hands!! God the Father Loves You Dearly! Believe it!  Enjoy  the Gospel Encouragement! Until Next time Keep God first, Pray About everything, Laugh Out Loud, and Hold on!! God Bless!! Be Blessed!! Jesus Loves You!! SMILE! 🙂

It’s BOOK REVIEW Time!! :)

Dear Friends,

As always I hope you are doing well on this Sunday afternoon. Today, it’s time for another Book Review! Today I will be reviewing Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, & Whole by Victoria Osteen.

This is my first time reading a  book by Victoria Osteen. And may I add, this is probably my favorite of all the Christian/ Inspirational books I have read thus far. This book is absolutely PHENOMENAL!! I know I always say I loved the book, and that’s true, but I LOVE this book!!  It has helped me in more ways  than one and I learned a whole lot!

This book is about 221 pages– so it’s about moderate length. It’s a really easy read. It has 11 chapters on how to love your life.

  1. Understanding Your Influence
  2. Living with Confidence
  3. Embracing What’s Important
  4. Keeping the Right Perspective
  5. Making the Most of What You Have
  6. Recovering Lost Opportunities
  7. Overcoming Offenses
  8. Enjoying Rich Relationships
  9. Discovering What Others Need
  10. Being a People Builder
  11. Receiving Love

In each of these chapters Victoria Osteen gives insight to why each one is important and then tells you how to accomplish every one of them in your life  so you can Love Your Life and live a  Happy,  Healthy, & Whole life! She gives good tips that are powerful in your life and really works. This book really made me realize a lot of things in my life and about my life. But it also helped me with overcoming it which is why I really loved this book. It changed my perspective on a number of things. It has really been a blessing that God is using in my life as a tool in helping me to know Him better and get me to my God-given destiny! I thank God for this book!

I thought her book, writing style, and message would be the same as Joel Osteen! But it’s not! Victoria has her own unique writing style. Even though, the format is a lot like Joel Osteen’s. However, Victoria had an originality about her work. She is her own individual in how she bring across what she wants to say and what the Spirit is causing her to say. She has shared so much of her wisdom in this book to help us. And I’m thankful for the chance to read this book!

I want to encourage you all, if you haven’t read this book, go out and get it. Read this book, Enjoy it, and let God manifest His power through it in your life to help you like He has for me! Thank You, Jesus!! I promise this book will be a blessing to you or any one you know. It will help you advance to the next step in life and your relationship with God, as well as others, and to Love Your Life and Lead a Happy, Healthy, & Whole Life! Until Next Time, Keep God First, Pray about Everything, & Read this Book!! God Bless!! Stay Blessed!! SMILE– God Loves You! & Remember because of your faith in Christ, You are acceptable in God’s sight (Romans 5:1-11)!!  🙂 ❤

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

Many Blessings, DLaShawn

Easter 2013 :)

Dear Friends,

Happy Palm Sunday! I hope your guys are doing well and are blessed this Palm Sunday!! Well, since Easter is coming up next weekend, I thought I’ll do a post on the gift of Jesus and His precious sacrifice to the world!

Just this morning, I read Galatians 3 and was reminded why Jesus is so significant in God expressing His Love for us. 

I’m sure all of us at one time or another in our lives were extra careful and tried to obey every commandment of the Law. Some of us may still do. However, I’m sure we are also all aware that when Christ come, His death and resurrection freed us from the Law being in charge of us (Galatians 3:25). He reconciled us as God friends and now through Him, Jesus Christ, we can all receive eternal life just by mere belief in Him! Isn’t that amazing?!

Why is it then that we tried to obey every commandment of the Law to gain God’s approval when it is through faith that God is pleased with us? Whether it was the sense of not really understanding what Christ’ sacrifice meant or trying to earn something we can never earn, God’s grace and love… we must remind ourselves that “Those who depend on obeying the Law live under a curse… (Galatians 3:10)”. It’s a curse because who can really obey the entirety of the Law when we are mere human beings and are not perfect? No one. It’s a curse because now we have the resurrection of Christ who God lifted us up with Christ and freed us from bondage which is the Law. A curse because whoever tries to be saved through the Law and not faith, only sets themselves up for failure and rejects God’s gift of grace! 

The scripture says, “Now, it is clear that no one is put right with God by means of law, because the scripture says ‘Only the person who is put right with God through faith shall live’ “. When I read this verse, I’m reminded that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life & that no one goes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). I’m reminded that God loves us so much and wanted to bring us back to Him so much that He gave His Only Son for us– a people who didn’t deserve it! I’m reminded that Christ loves us so much that He gave His life for us willingly, a people who hated him and who were sinners, at the risk that  maybe we would never love Him. What Truer Friend, What Love!

As Easter Sunday  comes up this week, I’m reminded and want to remind you that the Law only tears us down but Christ Builds Us Up! I want to remind you that Christ didn’t die for nothing (Galatians 2:21). I’m not saying that the Law is to be ignored by any means!! In fact, we should all be aware of it and try our best to obey it.  It’s there to convict us and let us know when wrongdoing has been committed, a warning that let’s us know we need to repent before the LORD! But know that Christ died and God rose Him for us– we can now ask for forgiveness when we make a mistake and ask for His guidance and strength to do better! God did that for us through Christ because of Love!! Thank You, FATHER! And Thank You, LORD Jesus for taking our many sins upon your body and caring so much to reconcile us back to Our Father, the LORD God! The Law is also there to remind us of why Christ sacrifice for us is so significant of God’s love for us, why Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and why Easter is bigger than painted eggs and white furry bunnies! 

Easter is the time to consciously remember that, “But before the time for faith came, the Law kept us all locked up as prisoners until this coming faith should be revealed. And so the Law was in charge of us until Christ came, in order that we might then be put right with God through faith. Now that the time for faith is here, the Law is no longer in charge of us (Galatians 3:23-25)”.

“It is through faith that all of you are God’s children in union with Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26)”. Knowing this, this Easter let us all Praise God for the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let of Glorify God for His free Gift of Grace and give Honor to the LORD Jesus for His Sacrifice that saved wretches like us!!

Happy Easter!! I hope all of you enjoy it with humble heartfelt gratitude!!  Until Next Time, Keep God first, Pray about everything, and Thank Jesus for paying the price to be  and being your LORD & SAVIOR!! And if you haven’t accepted him as your Lord and Savior, PLEASE DO! Best decision you will EVER make!! God Bless!! Jesus Loves You!! SMILE big!! 😀

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

Many Blessings, DLaShawn

IS THERE ANYONE LISTENING?!?…

Hello Friends,

Good Morning! I hope you all enjoyed your week and are doing will and are highly favored. Today, I just want to help encourage someone today who have been going through a certain situation and feels like God isn’t listening to your prayers! I’m sure we all have times like these which bring me to this post. This morning, I feel like God put a few nuggets of encouragement inside of me to help, not only you, but myself as well.  So, let’s begin!

Psalm 69:1-3; Today’s English Version

1 Save me, O God! The water is up to my neck;

2 I am sinking in deep mud, and there is no solid ground; I am out in deep water, and the waves are about to drown me.

3 I am worn out from calling for help, and my throat is aching. I have strained my eyes, looking for your help.

I am sure we all can relate to these three verses. I am sure there have all been times in our life where we pray and pray for help and there seems to be nothing, no answer or help. We begin to think and question ourselves is God listening? Or we begin to ask ourselves when will this circumstance end and God will come to my rescue?  We are soon threaten with the notion of giving up and letting weariness over take us… but before we do that– lets jump ahead in Psalm 69.

Psalm 69:13

But as for me, I will pray to you, LORD;

answer me, God, at a time you choose.

Answer me because of your great love,

because you keep your promise to save.

The psalmist encourages me when he says, ” I will pray to you, LORD; answer me, God, at a time you choose.” It encourages me because of the psalmist strength. Even though he’s worn out from calling for help, like most of us can relate, he still continues to pray to the LORD. Somewhere deep inside he knows God is listening, and He IS!!  We have to remind ourselves that God is just what this Psalm says; He is of Great Love and He does promises to save. We have to remember that God timing is perfect and He does everything for a reason. Our job is to let go and allow God to answer us, at the time that He chooses!

Deuteronomy 8:2-3; NIV

2 Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

I can attest to the fact that God gives you everything you need just when you need it. It was just this morning, that I was feeling the same feeling that the Psalmist of Psalm 69 was feeling but God spoke to me through His Word. For the first time I used stood these two verses. 

Now, I know that when we go through things, when it feels like no way out, when it feels as if God isn’t listening– He is just testing us, our heart. He wants to promote us but before a promotion comes a test. A test of obedience, a test of humbling, a test to see how much we can handle and how much we will still trust Him even when were down to out last oz. of strength.

And for the first time this morning, thanks to the LORD opening my eyes, I know what, ” man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” means. This means that everything that comes out of the LORD’s mouth is true and we need to push ourselves to trust Him and His Word. It means that although food is due to stain us physically, nothing matters. If we aren’t getting feed spiritual food, we aren’t any good to anyone even if we are filled physically. By eating God words, taking them in and believing on them, we are getting the food we need to keep going on inside through trails which is something physical food can’t do– no matter how much we might want it to! 

I want to encourage you guys today and attest to you guys that God is always on time. Most importantly, God is faithful. He never lies, He ALWAYS keeps His promises. In times where you feel He isn’t listening, be reassured that He is, He is only testing your heart to promote you, and He will come to your aid when He sees fit. Don’t worry, I don’t think it will be forty years of testing consistently like He tested the people of Israel!  See, compared to them, our test should be a breeze! Although, only God alone knows how long your testing will take. But don’t lose hope. Don’t give up. God is listening and your prayers are already answered! Until next time, Keep God first, Pray about everything, and Know that God is listening & your help is coming. Believe in His Word ALWAYS and Promises! God Bless! Be Blessed! Jesus is ALWAYS with you! & Don’t forget to SMILE! 😀

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

Many Blessings, DLaShawn

Follow Your Dreams!!… :)

Dear Friends, 

I hope all of you are doing well and having a great day! Today’s post I feel the need to speak on dreams and following them! So no longer beating around the bush, let’s get to it!

Recently, God has given me the strength to do something I was afraid of doing! I Thank Him for doing that! Because we all may know that fear that rise up inside of us when we are about to start out on an endeavor that we really want to do. Sometimes that fear is so strong that it paralyzes us. And shortly  we find ourselves making excuses. We tell ourselves , “well, maybe tomorrow or the next week.” But how many of us can testify that tomorrow can turn into next month or next year quickly? Or sadly, sometime we give up all together. Foolishly, we believe the enemy when he says that it’s just isn’t for us or that we don’t have what it takes, or maybe God never wanted you to do it in the first place. But the Devil is a LIAR!

It’s so frightening to think that fear is such a powerful thing and most of us may not realize or want to admit it but IT IS. Fear is a powerful thing. But God the Father, the creator of EVERYTHING, DIDN’T make you with a spirit of fear. He made us all WITH a spirit of power, love, and of a sound mind. Everything we ever need to accomplish a dream is right here inside of us– All we have to do is dig it up!

I once heard that God place dreams in our heart for a reason. The Bible tells us in Proverbs to “Lift our heads up in honest confidence”. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from going after your dream and seeing God bring it to past!  If it’s a God-given dream, He placed it there for a reason! Go get it! Don’t be like me, don’t waste time and energy thinking about what if’s and wondering if God really has this for you to do. If everything is falling in to place, trust that God will never take you anywhere that He can’t keep you! We are all meant to soar! Don’t let the quote, “The graveyard is the richest place in the world because it’s filled of unaccomplished dreams” be true for you! No! Go get yours right now! Believe and Trust that God the Father is behind you or rather, IN FRONT OF YOU! And no matter how impossible a dream may look, know that if God is for you,  no one can dear be against you. Know that God has unlimited resources and nothing can stop you when it is God’s will you are doing!

I encourage all of you, any of you, who are fearful of the unknown to reach deep down inside yourself and grab a hold of those  seeds of greatness and destiny that God place in you before you was ever born, let them come to harvest, and use them to skip into your promiseland with joy. Remember, if God gave me the strength to accomplish one of my dreams, He can & will do the same for you! Things in life are scary. But with God there’s not need to be afraid. A pastor once said, “Fear eliminates God out of the picture”. Know that God is in your picture. Joshua 1:9, God say ” ‘Remember that I have commanded you be determined and confident! Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the LORD your God, AM WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO’ “. Know that God will ALWAYS BE in your picture. Don’t allow Almighty God to be eliminated out of your picture because you WILL NEVER be eliminated out of His (Romans 8:38-39)! Ask God to help you accomplish your dreams and His will for your life… even if you have to do it afraid!

Until next time, Keep God First, Pray About Everything, & Go after Your Dreams! You have seed of Greatness inside of you, Find them and Use them to your full advantage! Stay Blessed, God Bless!! Just Smile!! 🙂

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

-Many Blessing, Dlashawn

A DAY OF LOVE?…

Hello Friends,

Good Morning! I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!! For today’s topic, although Valentines Day has passed for the year, I still wanted to speak on the topic of love.

As everyone knows, Valentine’s Day is the day to express your love with those around you. Although, this love is usually emphasized as a romantical love, I want to focus on loving others in general.

Before Jesus died and was resurrected from the dead for our sins, He told His disciplines, “To love one another. As He has loved them, so they must loved one another (John 13:34 )”. Although, in this instance, He may have been speaking to His disciplines, I believe Jesus was talking to all of us; instructing us to love others as He loves us. How many of us really do that on a daily basic?

God loves us so much He sent His one and only Son to die for us so we can receive eternal life (John 3:16)!! Jesus Christ loves us so much that while we was still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)!! What LOVE!! I’m not here to judge anyone, but few of us love in the way we was instructed, as Jesus loves us. I’ll be the first one to confess my sins and admit that I don’t, not all the time.

I once heard some say that everyday they ask God to help them to love everyone everyday as much as they can. They even admitted that they don’t. But what sets them apart is the fact that they openly confessed it and did the one thing that all of us should do, ask God to help them to love as they should, as He does!

Sometimes, I’m not sure if it’s possible to love in the capacity that God the Father or Jesus Christ the Son Loves. Sometimes I fill like it’s just human nature to be selfish and to love only where we gain from it when that love is outside of dear family and friends. But I know in the deepest crevices of my heart, and  I feel God has revealed to me , that it is! It’s possible to love as He does, as He wants us too! But how doe we get to that point? To love everyone unconditionally? To not judge and love everyone how they come to you? The answer is simple. First, we ask God to teach us how to love ourselves as He loves us! Then, we ask God to teach us how to love others as He does!

It’s true when the Bible tells us that “apart from JESUS we can do nothing.” (John 15)  See, we can not do this own our own. We all need help. So I want to encourage you, more so challenge you, today to get down on your knees, myself included, and ask God to show you how He loves unconditionally and then to teach you how to love yourself and others as He will have you to bring Glory to Him. See, it doesn’t matter what going on in our lives, we all have something to share. And that something is love. To love is a choice and also an action word, no matter how little or much we have, we all have the pricelessness of love to give. And sometimes, most of the times, that’s all a person needs! Until next time, Keep God First, Pray about Everything, & Love Hard the right way, UNCONDITIONALLY! Keep Going, Keep Your Head Up, & Remember this is life, SMILE Through It!! God Bless!! 🙂

God is Love,

O, LORD! My Strength!

-Many Blessings, DLaShawn