Recognize God’s Grace

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends. (smile) This week, so far, has been eye opening and hectic. Have no worries, all is well, in my world. I hope, all is well in your world. (smile)

Many times, things happen and we forget to recognize God’s grace. We start asking why.

We forget how He can work all things out. Praise The Lord!

Monday, I got my first ticket. I ran a red light! (shock face)

I noticed a small gash on my right rear tire. I know nothing about cars except to gas them up, use the air conditioner and listen to music as I drive. (wink) I entertained one negative thought. (nervous smile) What if the tire blows on the way home? Those pesky thoughts, we entertain makes us loose focus and faith. Where was my faith?

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As I was driving, very nervous not to slam on the breaks as the light was changing yellow, I kept going, right through the red light. (shock face)

Thank God, no other cars were around me, except the cop behind me! (shock face) The look of horror, on my face, when he flashed the lights for me to pull over.

Believe me, I was stunned but calm with faith that God was in charge. Lights still flashing, I felt like a criminal as cars slowed to watch the festivities. (smile) It seemed forever for him to run my license and registration.

I stayed calm and polite. As I sat in my vehicle, I looked up and told The Lord, ok, I’m going to just roll with this because you are in charge.

I became numb to the reality, that yup, stuff happens. I had no reference point of experience, to help me, I’ve never been stopped before. So I spoke Romans 8:28 and said Thank you Lord. Just get me home.

Little did I know, the blessing of that ticket.

After the ticket was handed to me, He said, it was a warning and told me to read the back for instructions and get the tire fixed because it could blow. After the officer drove off, I still sat there stunned until I finally ventured home.

This morning, I go to leave and see that the tire has lost some air. Ugh! I’ll cut to the chase, I had to get four new tires because each were dry rotted! The back rear tire was not the worst one! (shock face)

Anyone of those tires could have blown.

I thanked God for keeping me safe! Here’s the blessing–that ticket brought to life the fact that my tires were bad! If I didn’t get that ticket….

God opened my eyes to that afterward. I’m still thanking and praising God for his protection and grace. (smile)

Sometimes, we don’t recognize the power of God’s grace when walking through challenges.

Blessings, my friends, as we recognize God’s grace in all things. (smile)

End of Day Blessing

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? ~ Jeremiah 32:27 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Posting late. I was off schedule all day. A beautiful Susie Larson blessing to end the day. Regardless, of where we are at this moment, be grateful of the many blessings in our life.

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Realize how much God loves us. Remember, by faith, to carry our imaginary slingshot and put on the full armour of God to defeat Goliath.

Pray because there is power in prayer.

Blessings as we keep the faith and sleep well tonight. (smile)

I Said A Prayer Today

Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
~ Matthew 18:18-20 ~

Hello friends. (smile) The power of prayer is a beautiful thing to behold. Prayers are heartfelt words to God for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, enemies, to name a few.

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Prayers give hope. Prayers give strength. Prayers give healing. Prayers give comfort. Prayers give life to dead bones walking.

Prayers are opportunities for God to provide blessings by way of breakthroughs.

Today, my friends, by faith, I’m praying for God to wrap His loving arms around us and strengthen us where we need it most.

For those who asked me to pray specific prayers, I’m praying for God to manifest healing after a serious surgery; property be sold; a job, a book deal, peaceful sleep, and courage to take that next step in rebuilding trust and reconciliation.

Thank you, Lord.

Blessings my friends as we continue to take everything to God in prayer and keep the faith in Him. (smile)

Start A Day Blessing

Today everything is possible…Yesterday is gone.
~ Author Unknown ~

Hello friends. (smile) Let us walk by faith believing God has provided everything we need to crawl, walk or run through today. Thank you, Lord. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, that we know we are loved and have His mercy and His grace to sustain us. (smile) Praise The Lord!

Courage

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.
~ David Brinkley ~

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
~ 1 Samuel 17:45 ~

Hello friends. (smile) I extend a heartfelt thank you to friends, my brothers and sisters, in Christ, who encourage me when I need it most. {{hugs}}

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We all need encouragement at times to keep moving forward. Sometimes, courage is born, out of challenging situations, by words of encouragement. Faith. Have courage by faith.

As courage grows, you’ll feel like David with a slingshot and the full presence of The Lord to defeat every Goliath. (wink)

Yesterday, my buttons were pushed early. My flesh man had enough! (shock face) I had to go outside to work on my frustration and my attitude. It’s rough when the encourager can’t encourage herself out of a box. (gritted teeth smile)

I learned yesterday that if I entertain just one negative thought, others follow, and then I get so fired up about everything else negative that it’s not pretty. (shock face)

Patience and long-suffering. I am being pruned for more spiritual fruit!

It’s a beautiful thing when God shows up. My spirit was quicken and I thought of David and Goliath. I walked back in the building armed with the whole armor of God and my imaginary slingshot! Confident in God having my back. The rest of the day was a breeze. (smile)

Thank you Lord for your mercy and your grace. (smile)

I share this to encourage someone to have courage and watch God walk you through the situation! Keep the faith. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day with confidence in God! (smile)

Be at Peace

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
~ Philippians 4:11~

Hello friends. (smile) Today, I am choosing to be content and at peace because God is in charge! I invite you to join me. (smile)

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Blessings, my friends, by faith, to be content and at peace today! (smile)

End of Day Blessing

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Sometimes, you need a safe zone to vent and just say what’s on your mind and gives thanks you survived. (wink)

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I encourage you to tell it, the good, the bad and the ugly to God. Mercy and grace.

That’s right, telling Him every frustration, every angst. It helped me realize it is, what it is and to move on. Thank you Lord! (smile)

Blessing to release it and sleep well tonight! (smile)

Change Is A Lifelong Process (Part 2)

Adversity is just change that we haven’t adapted ourselves to yet. ~ Aimee Mullins ~

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
~ Romans 12:2 ~

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Continuing thoughts on change, pull up a chair, this one has some length. (smile) A little Sunday humor!

It’s a beautiful thing to come here and share life experiences, by sowing faith, courage and encouragement. Glory to God. (smile)

I’m a humble and open vessel to The Lord. (smile) Please know and understand, I come here to share my Christian walk because He gives me courage to do so and faith that it helps someone. I sow, He waters and brings the increase. (smile)

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Change can come through so many ways-trials and tribulations, The Word of God, love, as well as, our choices.

Change can be many things depending on our attitude toward change. I am here to tell you, change is a lifelong process that begins with each of us. (shock face)

No matter, how strong we are in The Lord and the power of His might, He will continue to change us from the inside out and from glory to glory. Everyday is an opportunity to grow better than we were the day before. (smile)

Change brings testing and retesting and lots of God’s mercy and grace. (smile) Change brings adapting to anything and everything, to include X, Y and Z. Glory to God.

I’ve mention before that spiritual fruit within us is evident, as we become rooted and grounded in His Word, that our lifestyle reflects our spiritual fruit and maturity. God will prune anything within us not producing fruit. (gritted teeth smile)

Conquering our thoughts, as we grow and mature in Christ, is necessary to our continued growth.

Here’s the beauty of Romans 8:28 and the seasons of change, it will all work out. Praise The Lord. (smile)

The key is to renew the mind. Change old thought patterns, by replacing each thought, that oppress or keep the flesh man dominated over the spirit man. Patience and long-suffering are the hardest fruit to multiply without inner change.

Just when we think that we’ve got it all together, pfft, testing comes. The good news is that as we change, life and it’s testing gets easier to handle and walk right through. Praise The Lord.

Blessings, my friends, as we enjoy the change that comes our way today! Roll with it. (smile)

Appreciate

Look around you and appreciate those who care about you, be thankful they are in your life.
~ Catherine Pulsifer ~

Hello friends. (smile) Appreciate life. Appreciate family. Appreciate friends. Appreciate the positive and the negative of things and stuff, and X, Y and Z in life. Every encounter teaches us something.

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Sometimes, we neglect to appreciate the blessings in life. Have faith and appreciate God’s mercy and grace.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Friends, I appreciate each of you, more than you could possibly know. {{hugs}}

Blessings!

They Say There Is A Reason

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
~ Matthew 5:4 ~

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
~ Romans 12:15 ~

Hello friends. Everyday, that God wakes us up is a blessings. Life is precious, no matter where we are in life. This beautiful quote is in loving memory for loved ones, no longer with us.

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One of the nicest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing passed away recently and his funeral is today. He always had a smile and was kind to everyone.

Yesterday, as I was reading about his service, I thought about his wife and children, his friends and other family members and I prayed the most heartfelt and sincere prayer for them and any others I may not know about that God comfort and wrap His love around them.

Then I remembered other friends and coworkers still mourning the loss of love ones.

I was blessed to find this beautiful quote to share and I pray it brings comfort to all. Thank you Lord.

Blessings.

A Good Day

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
~ Psalm 118:24 ~

Hello friends. (smile) By faith, it’s a good day to have a good day. Sometimes, we must focus on all the positive things and people that God has put in our life. Praise The Lord. (smile)

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Sometimes, we must adjust and recognize the blessings all around us.

Sometimes, we must rejoice and be glad that God really is in control. Focus on Him and not the challenge.

Smile, it can brighten the day. Smile, it can change the environment around us.

Most of all, smile, because we’re blessed and highly favored. (smile)

So my friends, by faith, be blessed because it’s a good day to have a good day! (smile)

He Sustains Me

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
~Jeremiah 32:27~

Hello friends. (smile) Walk by faith today knowing God has equipped us with everything needed to walk through this day. Praise The Lord!

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Let’s break down our day into faith moments–knowing He will sustain us moment by moment. (smile) We have His mercy and His grace!

Have a blessed and faith sustaining day, my friends! (smile)

Free

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
~ John 8:36 ~

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
~William Faulkner ~

Hello friends. (smile) I encourage you to reset and unplug from time to time. It brings a freshness and renewal from the day-to-day challenges in life. (smile)

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Everyday, we are free to choose the mercy and grace that God provides. Yesterday, I rejoiced because I was free to enjoy a day, of my life, without the things and stuff that causes me to rush. (smile) Praise The Lord!

How about you? Do you ever feel rushed? It’s a beautiful thing to realize it will get done and the world will keep turning, if it doesn’t. It just might be late. Praise The Lord, it will get done!

How many times do we rush because we think ______________ (fill in the blank). We are free to walk by faith and remember Romans 8:28, how God can work all things out.

Praise The Lord, for those things and stuff, He has broken the bondage of and set us free.

Wahoo, I am free from rushing. (smile)

Faith, in God, compliments being free, to choose living, with His mercy and His grace in every situation. Free from worries. Free from doubts. Free from the woulda, coulda, shoulda. That’s practicing living free. (smile)

Friends, be blessed today knowing we are free indeed! (smile)

Reset

Hello friends. (smile) It’s official, I must declare Saturdays as a day to reset and unplug. (smile)

I have faith that this won’t last forever.

Thank God, I am balancing better. (smile)

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I have to tell you, courage to be different and do our own thing is truly awesome! (big smile)

Feel free to browse my website for inspiration, encouragement or a smile. (a wink and a smile)

Blessings, my friends and enjoy your day! (smile)

God’s Word

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
~ Isaiah 40:31~

Hello friends. (smile) It’s a beautiful thing to know where to find comfort in God’s Word regardless of where we are in life. (smile)

It’s a beautiful thing when God’s Word gives strength to keep moving forward.

It’s a beautiful thing to know God’s Word for ourselves.

Instead of speaking idle, faithless words, speak words that give life to our weary bones and situations. (smile) Praise The Lord!

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More Word of God scriptures for our reading pleasure:

Word of God Called:
Book of the Law – Nehemiah 8:3
Law of The Lord – Psalms 1:2
Scriptures – John 5:39
Holy Scriptures – Romans 1:2
Word of God – Hebrews 4:12
Word – James 1:21-23
Word of life – Philippians 2:16
Book – Revelation 22:19

Descriptive of:
Old Testament Law – Mark 7:13
God’s revealed plan – Romans 9:6
God’s completed revelation – Colossians 1:25-27
Christ’s message – Luke 5:1
Christian Gospel – Acts 4:31

Described as:
Pure – Psalms 19:8
Restraining – Psalms 119:11
Perfect – Psalms 19:7
Sure – Psalms 111:7, 8
Truth – Psalms 119:142, 151, 160
Enduring – Isaiah 40:8
Effectual – Isaiah 55:11
Sanctifying – Ephesians 5:26
Harmonious – Acts 15:15
Inspired – 2 Peter 1:21
Living and active – Hebrews 4:12

Compared to:
Lamp – Psalms 119:105
Fire – Jeremiah 5:14
Hammer – Jeremiah 23:29
Seed – Matthew 13:18-23
Sword – Ephesians 6:17

Agency of, to:
Heal – Psalms 107:20
Make free – John 8:32
Illuminate – Psalms 119:130
Bear witness – John 20:31
Produce faith – Romans 10:17
Make wise – 2 Timothy 3:15-17
Exhort – 2 Timothy 4:2
Rejoice the heart – Jeremiah 15:16
Create the world – Hebrews 11:3
Regenerate – James 1:18
Destroy the world – 2 Peter 3:5-7

Proper attitude toward, to:
Stand in awe – Psalms 119:161
Tremble at – Isaiah 66:2, 5
Speak faithfully – Jeremiah 23:28
Search – Acts 17:11
Speak boldly – Acts 4:29, 31
Preach – Acts 8:25
Receive – Acts 11:1
Glorify – Acts 13:48
Teach – Acts 18:11
Obey – 1 Peter 3:1
Handle accurately – 2 Timothy 2:15
Do – James 1:22, 23
Suffer for – Revelation 1:9

In the believer’s life, as:
Restraint – Psalms 119:9, 11
Guide, Psalms 119:133
Source of joy Psalms 119:47, 97, 162
Standard of conduct Titus 2:5
Source of new life – 1 Peter 1:23
Spiritual food – 1 Peter 2:2

Prohibitions concerning, not to be:
Preached in man’s wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:4, 13
Used deceitfully – 2 Corinthians 4:2
Altered – Revelation 22:18, 19

Blessings my friends as we speak God’s Word into our life and keep the faith. (smile)

Feel free to share with a friend. (smile)

Confidence

Confidence is something you create within yourself by believing in who you are.
~ Unknown Author ~

For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
~ Proverbs 3:26 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Confidence grows each time we build upon our belief in ourself. Just like faith and courage grows, the more we step out and do it, by faith. (smile)

To be honest, my confidence grows each time God nudges me outside of my comfort zone. (shock face) Praise The Lord! He has a plan for each of us.

I stand on Romans 8:28 daily because God really does work everything out. (smile) It may take time to see it but in time, we do. (a wink and a smile)

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It’s a beautiful thing to have confidence, faith and courage, along with the fruit of the spirit! (big smile) Anything is possible!

I’ve changed my (cheesy smile) to (big smile) because I can (smile) Would not want someone thinking I’m talking about cheese! (wink) Confidence to attempt humor. (smile)

As confidence grows, we should careless what X, Y or Z says, because bottom line, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (shock face) Sometimes, it’s just information.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Careless.

Confidence is the ability to be different. Confidence is the ability to believe in what you bring to the table. Confidence is trusting God every single time. (smile)

Friends, todays blessings is to walk, by faith, with confidence because we are loved and we can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Praise The Lord!

As always, you’re welcome to share your thoughts. (smile)

I Can

Hello friends. (smile) Today, let’s walk by faith with a “can do” attitude! (smile) We lost power in our neighborhood last night. (shock face) Lightening and thunder was loud.

To be in your home with no lights, at night, gets eerie for me. I talked to The Lord until I fell asleep. The power just came on this morning! Praise The Lord.

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Things and stuff can get hectic, let us keep the faith, as we speak, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” in every situation today. (smile)

Let’s roll with it because I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Blessings, my friends, to enjoy your day. (smile)

Two Cents Tuesday Challenge: “Heat”

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
~ Jeremiah 17:7-8 ~

Hello friends (smile) I am starting to love these Two Cents Tuesday Challenges. (cheesy smile) It’s fun to be creative and show our vision. Whether positive or negative, heat can affect everything; depending on your perspective. (smile)

Having faith, to trust God, in all things, will produce more spiritual fruit and growth–either positively or negatively. Depending on that mountain, remember, the one, I like to go around. (gritted teeth smile)

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It’s truly a beautiful thing to have spiritual fruit so deep within that when the heat from fiery trials come, have the faith to walk right through them. (smile)

Thank God for His mercy and His grace. I am looking forward to that day when heat temperatures won’t bother me. Wahoo, faith!

My pros and cons of heat:

Pros of heat:
Great in the winter.
Great for cooking or warming food (not that I know anything about cooking; but I can warm in the microwave) (shock face)
Great for hot water showers.

Cons of heat:
Humidity can mess up the hair. Ugh
Tempers can get short in extreme heat.
Some fabrics don’t breathe well in the heat.
Can’t leave windows in car open, critters can get in the car.
Sunburn.

For you reading pleasure, some scriptures on heat:

Heat, hot

Figurative of:
God’s wrath – Deuteronomy 9:19
Man’s anger – Deuteronomy 19:6
Determination – Genesis 31:36
Zeal – Psalm 39:3
Persecution – Matthew 13:6, 21
Heavy toll – Matthew 20:12
Real Faith – Revelation 3:15

Have a blessed day and stay cool! (smile) Feel free to add your pros and cons of heat. (smile)

A Prayer to Sleep Well Tonight

When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
~ Proverbs 3:24 ~

Hello friends (smile) I rested and slept most of the weekend. (shock face) Ever get so tired physically that sleep is all you can do to replenish the body? The weather has been so hot that it zaps the energy.

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I stayed in the comforts of my 56 degrees home and slept peacefully. (smile)

I stumbled across another powerful and specific prayer to bless us. (smile)

Blessings, my friends and sleep well tonight. (smile)

Enjoy

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
~ James 1:17 ~

Hello friends. (smile) Everyday, we have choices. Today, I encourage us to enjoy where we are, in life, because there are many who pray to be where we are.

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Enjoy the peace in life.
Enjoy those silent moments to think.
Enjoy the blessing of sleep.
Enjoy people who care.
Enjoy growing spiritually.
Enjoy living.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
~ Philippians 4:11 ~

Learning to be content until God changes our situation brings freedom and frees us from angst.

The hardest lesson, I ever learned was enjoying who I am in Christ and enjoying the God giving faith and courage to share my Christian walk with others. Praise The Lord. (smile)

I am enjoying life free from fear and judgement of others. (cheesy smile) Thank you Lord!

It’s a beautiful thing to enjoy who you are in Christ without fear or judgement of others. It’s a spiritual thing to enjoy and behold. (smile)

People will talk. Let them! (smile) People talked about Jesus.

Yes, there are times when stuff happens. Remember Romans 8:28. Nothing is wasted when God is involved.

So my friends, let us enjoy and be content where we are until God manifests the next level.

Blessings and enjoy your day! (smile)

Your thoughts are always welcome. (smile)

Blessed Thursday

Sometimes all we need is some personal space and time to release, reflect, and focus on all the amazing things that we have been blessed with in life.
~ Unknown Author ~

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Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 115:15 ~

IWSG Encouragement to Roll With It

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And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
~ Romans 8:28 ~

Hello friends (smile) My encouragement today is roll with it and do your thing and enjoy being you. (cheesy smile)

Seasons of life, ebbs and flows, experiences, all play a part in our sharing with others.

Roll with it keeps us moving forward and evolving. (smile)

So keep the faith that someday, fill in the blank __________________________ will happen! (wink and a smile)

Roll with it! (smile)

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A good friend reminded me yesterday that you can’t please everybody. With the power of prayers, from friends, I walked out of the rut and will return to doing my thing and being me. (cheesy smile)

Thanks again, my friends and Thank you Lord!

Roll with it! (smile)

We all have a style. That’s what makes us unique. We may continue to adjust our style, as it works for us. All in all, it’s our style. (smile) I like to say, if you love it, we’ll like it.

Roll with it! (smile)

Everyone needs encouragement. It helps us grow. It gives us hope. It strengthens faith. Roll with it!

By faith, have a blessed roll with it day, be encouraged to do your thing and enjoy being you! (smile)

Thank You for Your Prayers

Hello friends (smile) Thank you for your prayers! (cheesy smile) I felt them all day. (smile)

I pray that God bless you all abundantly for your prayers and words of wisdom, encouragement and kindness.

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I am truly grateful and thankful. I realize that sometimes, we must ask for help.

Praise The Lord for friends! (smile)

Blessings and slept well tonight! (smile)