Reflections is a space where we reflect on the things that God has brought us through, and to be prepared for where He is going to take us in our lives.
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This is where I reflect on things that God has done for me.
REFLECTIONS OF THIS YEAR
As I look back over the months of this year, since March, things has been totally different. Who would have known that something like this was going to happen to us? When 2020 came in, I felt like things were going to get better for the world that we live in, but to no avail, here we are in the situation living like we are living. This has not been good for us as a nation. COVID-19 has changed the way we live and do things. It is not fair that we have to suffer like this, not knowing if the people we are around are carrying it or not. Wearing masks is good, but people are still getting it and dieing from it.
So, what do we do about it? Should we still be upset? The answer is yes. Yes we should be upset because children can no longer go to school and be safe around their friends and teachers. How can we even be safe around our families when we go and visit with them? Nothing is safe anymore. There are percautions that we have to take just to be safe. There are still limits on certain things in certain stores, there are still scetions in stores that are empty of merchandise. What are we going to do now that it is getting worse than what it was in the beginning?
All I know is that there should be a cure for it so there will not be so many people losing their lives because of this deadly virus. We cannot give up on praying for a cure. I know that the medical industries are doing all that they can to find a cure for this, and coming up with a vaccine for this so people can get treated for this.
Everyday I think about children and the elderly that have suffered with this virus. I think about these that are being born in this world that so not know what is going on yet. We can still pray to God to work a miracle in this world to just take it away for good…forever even. He does have the power to do that. I believe He will in His own time. We must never give up hope.
I believe that one day this will all be a distant memory. It will be something that we will talk about to our grandchildren. It will be something they will ask us questions about that we will have to answer, just like 9-11. These are memories that we will always remember.
I believe that God is trying to get our attention through all of this. I believe that He wants everyone to turn to Him and repent before Jesus comes back. With the way things are going on in this world, He could come back at anytime, but the question is this, will we be ready? Will we all be ready to stand before Him on the day of judgement?
If there has ever been a time to get right with God it is now. If you were to leave this earth, are you for certain that your soul will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus, or spend eternity in total darkness and eternal damnation? It does not matter what you have done, it does not matter where you have been, all that matters is where your soul will spend eternity. Surrender your life to Jesus, it will be the best and most greatest decision you could ever make in your life. Ask Him to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior today. He can and will change your life for the better.
I know for myself what He can do, I have seen Him do it in my own life, and in the lives of people that I know personally. Do it while the blood is still running warm in your veins, because when it runs cold it will be to late. I just want you to know that Jesus loves you. He laid down His life for every human being on this earth now, and for those that are coming even after this generation is long gone. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you have been walking with Jesus for a very long time, you can rededicate your life to Him. The angels in heaven sing over us when we choose to follow Jesus.
Do not be deceived by the things of this world, this world is passing away, but God’s Word and His statutes will stand forever. You can trust God when you cannot trust anyone else. He will never leave you nor forsake you. The love that He has for His children will never end. It is deeper than any ocean and sea. His love is the greatest love. He is the Great I AM !
It gives my heart great joy to share my faith with you all. I just want everyone to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. All praises be to God and to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was and is and is to come. World without end Amen.
REFLECTION, DEVASTATION, AND ANGER
AS I THINK ABOUT ALL OF THE THINGS I HAVE BEEN THROUGH FOR THE PAST THREE DAYS, I AM FULL OF DEVASTATION, AND ANGER! I NEVER THOUGHT THAT I WOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN MY WHOLE LIFE!
I REALLY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO PROCESS ALL OF THIS, MY FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IS FULL OF IT! I CANNOT THINK STRAIGHT, I DON’T SLEEP GOOD, AND MY STOMACH IS IN KNOTS. WELL, I HOPE SOME LIGHT CAN BE SHED ON IT ALL.
As I reflect on all of this, I know that God wants me to try to find hope in it all, but it is hard to, so I will let Him figure that out for me. I just want all of it resolved. I know for certain that God is going to get the glory from all of this, and it will be all over.
No one seems to understand the magnitude of how I am feeling about all of this. I have never experienced anything like this before, and it is devastating to my soul, and my mind. Frustrated for three days is not good. My anxieties are flaring up, and when that happens I shut down.
Well, I just pray for a miracle for myself so my joy will be restored.
HE WAS RIGHT ON TIME
Today went better than I expected. God showed up and showed out! I received everything that was owed to me. God turned this thing around for me, and I was able to do a lot more than I expected. Although it was cloudy and misty rain was falling, it was still beautiful through my eyes. Today I am happy, and I hope to always be happy. In the beginning of it all, I could not see a way to see the positive side of things. I was so frustrated that I forgot about the spiritual warfare that is going on around us every day.
When I reflect on all of the things that God has done for me, it makes what I was going through small and menial. When I reflect on where He has brought me from, and how He has blessed me all of my life, it makes me love Him more and more. He has taken away my tears and given me beauty for ashes.
He will give me sweet rest and beautiful dreams. Now I can focus on getting back in school and continuing my education. I can get back to doing the things I love most. Well, I have had a long day, and I am going to enjoy the rest of it.
As I ponder my mind in my thoughts I don’t know what this year is going to have in store for me. All I feel right now is emotional. Hidden tears fall when I am alone, but my heart melts within me. I feel afraid of the unknown, uncertain of how things are going to be this year, and I don’t know what to expect. Whatever happens, will happen, and life goes on.
I never thought things would turn out this way. I never thought I would be worried about what the next day is going to be like. The world has gone through so much. Life as we knew it will never be the same regardless of how we wear masks and social distance. Who knows the duration of time this will last? Who knows how many lives will be lost or spared because of this? Who knows when the numbers will drop instead of rising?
Whatever happens this new year God knows best. We just have to accept it and know that He is in control. Still, we must not lose faith. We must reflect on the good things that He has made possible in all of our lives.
Here we are again in a new year not knowing what it is going to bring. Although history has been made, we still have to keep on abiding by the precautions that has been set before us.
Hope is what we have to keep us going and to not give up on the things that we believe in. Yes, we have and still are going through a lot with what is going on. Since January 6th, emotions are still raw because of what happened, but in due time things will get better. We just have to come together as One Nation Under God and pray for healing, not only for the nation, but also for each other, and most of all for our President and Vice President and their staff to make the right decisions for America.
Let us all hope in God and know that He has it all in His hands.
“When reflecting back over our lives, we should remember where our blessings come from.”Mrs. Shaunelius L.Sterns
BACK IN THE SWING OF THINGS
As I look back over the months when I was not able to work due to my accident, I had time to think about all of the blessings that God has given to me. I greived because of what happened to me on my job, but He made me see that He was there with me all of the time, and that I was not alone.
Now that I am getting back in the swing of things, my life feels better, but I know it is going to take a while for me to adjust to working again. It is going to take me one day at a time to feel like I still belong there. I don’t know, but I felt like I was just starting for the first time relearning everything. I can’t let my emotions get the better of me though. As long as I stay focused on what I want to do at my job, I will be alright. I feel like I have grown in some way, but I just cannot put my finger on it. I feel like my eyes have opened up to see things differently. For the most part, I know that I do not want to always want to be a housekeeper. I want to learn the business side of it all, and just maybe one day own my own hotel with my name on it. All I know is that I am glad I can still have my job and make money eventhough I can only work three hours right now; I know in time that will change. I can see that there are new faces working in housekeeping, so I know there is going to be a spot up front for me. I will just do what I was doing today and still learn the front at the same time.
Well, this is a new beginning for me this year. I get to start over and learn new things. If this is where I am to be for now I am going to do my very best every day. I know that there is more for me in my life. I am thankful that God has given me the ability to work again.
WHEN REFLECTIONS, AND REFLECTING BRINGS TEARS
Sometimes when reflecting back over our lives we remember things that brought us sorrow. It is not that we want to remember those things they are just there. We try to forget those times. We try to move past them. We even try not to think about those times, but yet and still they flood our mind like a rushing wind waiting to escape through the branches of the trees that sway from side to side. We get by ourselves and tears start to stream down our face like a river that runs deep into another. Why can’t there just be good times? Why can’t there be things that we can do to erase the bad memories that hold reflections in our heart? Why does reflections and reflecting bring tears?
It could be that we are holding on to the past that hurt us. It could be words that was spoken to us that broke our heart. It could be because of something that we wanted and could not obtain it. It could be a many number of things, but will we ever really let it go? Will we continue to hold on to it? Let us try to let it go so when we are reflecting back over our lives we can have good memories to think about, and those old memories that hurt us will not be there for us to reflect on.
HOW TO DEAL WITH DEVASTATION.
This month has started out wrong in a way, but on the other hand it has turned out good. Stress has overwhelmed my heart more in the past few weeks than ever before. I have shed so many tears until my eyes can’t shed anymore at this point. I have prayed more, and stood on God’s promises that He has for me and my family. It has felt like the whole world has just crashed on my shoulders and I can’t do anything about it. I just live in the moment and put everything in God’s hands so He can deal with it.
All I know is that I am not going to worry about anything anymore. I have been truly blessed with something that I never thought I would have in my life. I am going to hold on to it for as long as I can, I just pray God will give me the strength to do all of the things that I want to do moving forward. No more struggling, no more starting at the bottom of the barrel just barely getting by.
I know that there are more blessings to come for me, and I am going to enjoy every one. I know where my help comes from; my help comes from the Lord, the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
When You Think Things Are Alright
When we come to a place in our lives that we do not understand, and just when you think things are alright, they turn for the worse. Nothing in our lives will ever be perfect, and there is nothing we can do about it no matter how hard we try. Life is a mystery, and it is what we make it. As we live from day to day there is always something going on around us. How do we understand things that we do not understand? How do we make since of it? What can we do about it? We do nothing, and we do not try to.
We continue to live our lives, we move on to another day that has been given to us. We cannot dwell on things that we cannot change. We learn new things, do new things, and we are content until the next thing happens that we do not understand.
THE SECOND DAY BACK 3/30/21 TUESDAY
As I look back over the months of not being able to fully work like I wanted to, my life seemed like it was going nowhere. I felt like I was always going to be stuck not being able to work like I wanted to, but all of that has changed now. I have gone back to work full-time. I feel good about myself again, and good hard work is good for me, because I am getting myself back into shape. As I reflect on today, I can truly see that God has been with me through it all; He has never left me alone. Even when I could not feel His presence, He was with me. I have always appreciated the things that He does for me. I would not be here today if it were not for Him. He has changed me in so many ways. I am more positive, I have more hope for my future, and I am not afraid to do new things that I want to do in my life.
Let us not forget where we have come from in our lives. We never know when we just may have to reflect back on where God has brought us from. When we do look back to where God has brought us from, it makes us appreciate where we are. It makes us appreciate the little things. It is surely a blessing to be on this side of heaven. I thank God for everyday He has given to me. Everyday may not be perfect, but I am alive, I have my being, I am healthy, and I have my family. I just know that things will be alright. I will not worry about what I cannot change, but I do know who can change all things. With that being said, I hope that next year will be better, toodles.
Whenever I started writing, I wanted to keep things fresh and I feel like I have accimplished that. I try my best to add things for everyone to enjoy reading. I try to post pretty pictures for all to enjoy, and I even add my list of writings on some of the things I write so that everyone can have their chance to read my articles.
Lately I have been getting lots of feedback from those who read my articles, and scriptures. Just so long as I know I am reaching people warms my heart. I could not do what I do if it were not for my Heavenly Father who adores me. So with that being said, I am happy and full of joy. Until next time, toodles🎧
HOW TIME FLIES
As I look back over my life, I remember when my children were born. I remember all of the times when I would stay up with them when they had a tummy ache, or when they had a bad dream, or when they just could not sleep. Now they are grown and I miss those times when I had them with me. It is funny how time flies. The years come and go so fast. I tried to make as many memories as I could. I wanted to have something to hold on to for always. My fourth child has turned twenty years old today. We talk a lot, but it is not like it was when he was little. I miss my children being here with me. I don’t know what made me think they were never going to leave home. I always saw them staying with me forever; I guess it was foolish for me to think such a thing. It feels funny being empty nesters.
Whenever I go into their rooms, I think about how we would laugh and talk for hours, how we would have Bible Study, how we would go places together, but it is just memories now. I look at their school pictures and the pictures we took together all of the time, sometimes I cry because I miss them. I miss seeing their faces, hearing them laugh, us all eating together. The holidays have not been the same. Everything is so messed up now. I just hope that they never forget the memories we made. I suppose in due time things will get better for us all. Until then we can communicate through social media and by calling one another. 08/16/2021, Monday morning @ 3:52
Whenever I look up at the night sky, I wonder just how many stars there are up there. I know they could never be counted. I wonder what it would be like if I could touch one. I wonder what it would be like if I could make words with them, and other designs in the sky with them. It is funny how you can see the moon in the daytime, but not the stars, nevertheless, they are there. I could only imagine traveling on a spaceship to see them, that would be so fascinating to experience.
As I reflect on my life and how it was in the beginning, I can see that I have come a long way since we moved here. I have had experiences I never thought I would have, both good and bad. It took a long time to get settled in a new city. It took a while to get comfortable living here, but now it is as if I have lived here all of my life. I hate the fact that I have had a hard time keeping a job due to illnesses that almost took my life. One thing for sure is this, I am more confident in myself. My self-esteem has gotten adequate. I remain positive even though I go through a lot. Procrastination is my downfall. I have to learn to use my time wisely and do things right then instead of waiting.
I know I am not perfect by any means, but I am working on it; especially my anger. I run on a very short fuse. My patience is not what it used to be when I was younger. My days and nights are completely different to the point that sometimes I wake up mad and depressed. I have become very edgy and I just do not care about what I say. I call things like I see it, and will not apologize for the truth. I guess I am tired of holding in what I feel. Everything has come to a breaking point.
All in all, I must say that I am a work in progress. I live one day at a time, and I try to be happy even when I am feeling sad. Depression takes a toll on me sometimes, and when it does I cannot control it. I can’t make it go away. There have been times when I just cry all day and night. There are times when I will not feel like talking. There are times when I just can not sleep. I know that I am a great person to be around, but whenever I am in my mood, I cannot tolerate being around anyone, and I just do not want anyone around me. I just want to be left alone until it passes.
I will just have to learn how to deal with it in a way that I can still be productive because it is ruining my life, not only that but my marriage too. I just want to be normal like I was when I was a kid. I want to be happy with myself and in my marriage. I do know what my triggers are that set me off, but there’s no getting away from it no matter how hard I try. I pray God will help me and heal me so I can live a full happy life. 08/24/2021 Tuesday@4:41 A.M.
REFLECTING ON YESTERDAY , AUGUST 29, 2021 SUNDAY
Yesterday was a day of quietness for me. I really did not watch television that much, but I spent most of my time writing in my journal, and doing my Bible Studies. I was very emotional as I thought about everything that is going on in the world, and because of the things I do not understand that keeps on happening. As I reflect on the things I read, God’s Word encouraged me. I know that trouble does not last always, and that trials come to make one strong. As I think about today, even though the sun has not risen, things are going to be different; this may be my last post for a good while, but I am counting on God to come through for me. He has never failed me, and He never will. Thinking back to Friday, my heart breaks because of the bad news I received. I know God will work it out. Even though things are going to change for a while, I will not lose hope, and I will not give up on my dreams.
When Things Happen
As I look back over this year, I remember where I was when nine eleven happened. I remember it just as if it happened yesterday. When things happen that are out of our control, we don’t know what to do. We just think about what could do if we had the power and the means to do it. We often wonder why things happen. Things are not always meant for us to know, but what we do know is that God is in control of everything.
When things happen, we just have to continue to have faith in God. We cannot give up on what we believe. We can’t let problems shake our faith.
WALKING BY FAITH
This year has brought me nothing but obstacles to get over, nothing but heartache, and headaches. I at least thought it would be better than last year, but not likely. I have had to strengthen my faith and walk in it. Every day has been different; just one thing after the other. There has not been any relief this year for us. I just pray that God will turn this around before the year is out. I cannot go another minute feeling like things aren’t going to get better. I know for sure that my faith is being tested. I feel like I don’t have any strength left to stand. I am tired and drained. It doesn’t even seem like my vitamins are working as they should. I pray God will make all of these troubles go away. I know He is working it all out in the background. We may not see it, but He is. That is certainly something I will have to hold on to and never forget it. We all will have to walk by faith, and not by sight.
THINKING AND REFLECTING
Today is one of those days where I just want to think about my future. I am thinking about how I want the coming year to be more productive for me. I want to have a clearer focus on what I want to do with my writing, and my podcasting. I want to have new content that everyone will enjoy…something fun to make people laugh out loud. Even though my shows are what they are, I want to make them better. I want to broaden my audience and captivate my listeners and followers along the way. I just want to do something different. I am really thinking about doing something on YouTube. Maybe it will drive people to my sites, and drive them to listen to my shows. The holidays are just around the corner. I was thinking about looking up some Thanksgiving videos, and Christmas videos and music to make the season bright. I was also thinking about starting an exercise regimen for myself so I can lose some weight. For sure I will not have as many sweets as usual on the holidays.
Reflecting back when my children were growing up, those were the best times of my life. I enjoyed seeing them do new things, learn new things, and grow from year to year. Now that they are grown and on their own they are doing good for themselves. I have always wanted the very best for my children. Time goes on. We get older and become more wiser in our thinking, but nothing can take away our memories that we make in our life. I hope and pray that they will be there for me in my old age. I hope and pray they will not abandon me. The reason I say this is because some children do not want to take care of their parents when they reach old age. So, reflecting further down the road of my life makes me happy, because I don’t have to worry about being forgotten about when I am old. All of my children are a blessing to me. I love each and everyone of them. Today has been beautiful. A little squirrel came up on my porch and peeped through my glass door, sat on my porch and ate, and then scurried away. He went under our car, went out and sat in the street, and scurried away. That has never happened before. It was the cutest thing that has happened. It made me smile. It is awesome how God used that little squirrel to bring a smile to my face. He is so good! There is no one like Him! One day I hope I will be allowed to pet and feed one, maybe even have one as a pet. Well, now that today has come to an end, I am looking forward to a brighter tomorrow.
Next-To-the-Last-Month: November 2021
As we all know this year has flown by with all of the chaos and good things it brought with it. Now that it is November, it is feeling a lot like Winter, but it is Fall though…go figure. Now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner it is time to pull our the recipe books to see what will be prepared for this upcoming special event. Not only that, it is also time to prepare for Winter which is already creeping her way in…I always reference seasons to females, why that is I will never know.
As I reflect back over this year, there has been more tragedy than anything else. From COVID-19 to the DELTA VARIANT, THERE HAS BEEN DEATH AFTER DEATH. If it were not for God, I just do not know if we could have made it through all of this.
There has been good days too. We have come so far as a nation of people as far as going through all of this together. I for one have never seen so much encouragement, and positivity before. We have followed all of the rules that were set in place for us to keep us protected, and we are still following the rules.
Some people often say that rules are made to be broken, but I beg to differ…rules are made to be followed, they are set in place for a reason; They are there for our own good…for our protection…not to harm us in any kind of way.
Now, let us prepare to celebrate by giving thanks to God for all He has given us, for all He has done for us, for all He is doing for us, and for all He is going to do for us. Let us thank Him for every blessing, and most of all, let us thank Him for sending His one and only Son into this world to die for our sins. What a glorious blessing. What would we do without Him? Where would we be even now? Until next time, God bless everyone.
Today is beautiful. The sun is shining bright, and breakfast was delicious. Silently reflecting about the things that has taken place this year makes me hope for the coming year to be better. I was reading some of my recent posts, and as I was reading, I began to think about how far I have come. I was thinking about how I started out with zero followers, and now I have many. I am very happy that God has blessed me to have people to share His Word with all around the world. I am thankful and blessed. They do not know how much I appreciate them for following me and supporting me for all of these years. I am thankful for all of the new people who ft follow me too. I can imaging how it will be next year this time, or maybe even before. God has been so good to me. I can’t wait to see where He is going to take me in the coming year. All I do know is that everything will be alright…matter of fact it is already alright. I will remain positive. I will not worry. It is in God’s hands. I will not elaborate on the subject, but God knows just what I am talking about. I thank Him in advance and give Him all glory, honor, and praise in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.
I pray all of my children will thank God for every blessing He has given them. I pray that they all will be successful in all that they strive for in their life.
The leaves are swaying on their branches leaving a cool breeze behind. As the days are longer now, there’s more time to get things done. There is more time to think, meditate, write, and pray. God has everything in His hands. He is in control.
Another Year Ending 2021
Here we are yet again getting ready to close out another year with a new virus, Omicron wreaking havoc on the planet earth. Lives have already been taken because of it, but we are still facing COVID-19, and the Delt Variant, and COVID 20, what is this world coming to? Now there is an antivirus pill coming out next month for those who test positive for the viruses should they become sick. Who would have thought we would still be facing this pandemic? There are still those who will not get vaccinated to protect themselves from this virus! What are they thinking! This is nothing to be playing around with. I wish that I could make people understand how very important this is, but I guess some just does not care about their life.
Well, it is up to them if they choose life or not, but we only get one life, why risk it by playing with fire? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Stay blessed and stay safe.
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 3:30 PM
Having a Breath of Fresh Air
Today is a very beautiful sunny day! I decided to come outside and have a breath of fresh air and enjoy the sounds around me. It has actually been a good while since I have sat outside. My allergies sometimes prevents me from coming outside because of the pollen that irritates my sinuses. Looking back over the years, nothing has really changed out here. Even though it looks the way it does, it is beautiful to me. It is very warm today. I thought it was still cold even if the sun is shining like it normally is. It’s so warm I can smell the heat as if I were ironing. I put on my scarf and long socks and footies to keep my feet warm because they are forever cold. I don’t know why that is though. I would like to walk to the park, but my back is hurting a little today, maybe it will be better tomorrow. I hear the birds chirping and singing their songs of spring, and it is pretty. There are a family of different birds that lives in my bush, I enjoy seeing them playing from one branch to the other. I always enjoy seeing the animals play and appreciate what God has created. A pretty red Cardinal just landed on a tree branch singing his sweet song. I see a squirrel in the far distance playing on a tree limb, and another one sitting on a branch eating. There’s so much sound outside in nature, one must be quiet in order to hear it and enjoy it. I am thinking about the days of long ago when there were not any music to listen to, unless it was played by someone who knew how to play an instrument, or someone sang songs that they had learned, or wrote themselves. If it weren’t for that, they would have had to enjoy the sounds of nature around them. The sounds of nature’s beautiful and stress free. There is a little squirrel sitting on a branch looking at me and watching every move I make. This is very funny to me. I guess it is wondering who I am because it has never saw me before. It has scurried away now. I suppose it just wanted to see if I would harm him or her. That is something I would never do because I love animals. Well, I guess I will go in now. I have enjoyed the time I have spent outside. Until next time, enjoy the sunshine.🦋🌞 ©2022
We all want God to smile on us. We all want God to give us peace, but by faith in Him, we know that He wants to grant us this, and He will. We all want this for our friends, family, and for all of God’s children. I really do like this verse from Numbers 6:24-26 God is so good to us, better than we could ever be to ourselves. Let His love shine in you and through you. 🦋🌞 ©2022