All Things are Possible to Those who Believe

In the weeks to come, I am going to keep you posted on what is taking place with our daughter Jo-an. I am thrilled to see how far she has come. God gives me the strength to care for her and the faith to expect great things. With Him, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).

Yesterday, my assistant Ali and I took Jo-an for her voice lesson. Remember the angel that I met at Staples? Well, she is amazing at what she does.  Vic plays the piano, plays  other instruments and teaches voice lessons. It was wonderful to hear  Jo-an sing “Amazing Grace.”

This song reminds me that it is by God’s grace that you and I are saved, through faith(Eph 2:8-10). God knew that we needed a Savior, His Son Jesus, to die on the cross to pay our sin debt in full. Grace is a gift from God; it is God’s unconditional love for us-His unmerited favor given to us not because we are deserving of it or because of works we have done.We have been justified by faith and have peace with God and now, we have access to God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1-2).

Since we have this access, why are we living below our blessings? Have you been praying for healing for your loved one like I have, or been praying to receive something from the Lord? Apply your faith. Keep believing; keep expecting. The Bible says: Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened to you (Matt7:7). Remember, all things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23).

 

God Sent an Angel to Help My Daughter

About two months ago, I ran into a special lady at Staples store who owns a music school. She explained what the school was all about and we exchanged numbers. Within a month or so, I was calling this angel after deciding that Jo-an will attend her school on Saturdays. At the same time, I had an assistant working with me who will help me to make this possible.

We got lost trying to find the place and arrived there late for our first class, which was free. The owner, who I will refer to as Vic, gave me the paperwork to fill out. On the first class, I was reassured that my daughter Jo-an will be successful because  of Vic’s mannerism, her encouragement, her laughter, her joy and her motivation.Vic was created by God to be a giver, to create in others what God had created in her. She has talent and she knows how to impart it.

This speaks to the fact that everyone can learn when he/she is given the chance to do so and is connected to the right person.  When you and I are faced with the overwhelming tasks of dealing with our special-needs loved one, we must continue to seek help, find an outlet, one that will benefit our son and daughter. Pray and believe  that God will send someone to assist you. God is faithful; He sent an angel to help my daughter.

 

How to Increase Confidence in Difficult Situations

It is so interesting that life goes on regardless of our situations. It has been two decades since our daughter, Jo-an, faced special challenges. Everyone I have spoken to, has asked me about her mental condition. I do not know how a mental state begins but I know that God does not want me to dwell on the unknown. We must look to the future because God has promised a future for each of us.

Whether you are a special-need person or someone who has experienced emotional pain, God can fix it because He knows all about you and He knows where it hurts the most.

My daughter Jo-an is doing quite well. When she gets dressed in the morning, I help her with her makeup and her outfits so she understands the importance of feeling good about herself.  This helps to improve self-esteem, confidence, and self-worthiness. I have seen what a big difference this has made on her life. I also believe in a great diet of chicken or fish with vegetables, a great smoothie to give her strength, and great supplements such as B vitamins and fish oil.

Whatever you do for your special-need loved one, make him/her feel confident and worthy of your love. God loves all of us, so we must extend that love to our loved one.

Trust God Regardless of the Situation You are in

Today, I promise to take our daughter to Church, but the way things are going, it doesn’t seem that I will accomplish this. The enemy is adamant that he wants to keep her in this mental state, but God wants to  set her free.

The state that she is in does not indicate that she will ever be set free. She is not focused on the things of God and she does not always obey instructions. She remains dedicated to the voice in her head. However, I am not concentrating on what I see but what I believe. We must trust God regardless of the situation we are in. Faith is hoping to receive what you have not seen {Hebrews 11:1).

Encourage Your loved One

My daughter is doing so much better now. I tell her how well she is doing and how much God loves her. When she repeats, ” Am I okay?” I help her understand how important it is to feel confident because God never leaves or forsakes us. He is forever walking with us and helping us through many life issues, even her issues.

For those who are also care-givers, I suggest that you reach out to your loved ones with love. Wouldn’t Jesus do just that? Yes, give a hug, speak a word of encouragement to your son or daughter and say a prayer of healing over them as no situation is too hard for God.

If anyone would like to give encouragement, please comment on this post.

My Journey helping my daughter

My journey helping my daughter began when my daughter was a baby but I do not want to go back that far. When she was thirteen and a half, she became mentally ill and was  diagnosed with Schizophrenia. That was the most difficult part of my journey as a mother.  My life was turned upside down as I became her advocate coordinating all aspects of her care. I found comfort in knowing that God was at my side regardless of the difficulties I faced. Know that in the midst of difficult life-issues, God will give you strength and hope. Everything that we do for God will last; we must endure to the end.

Do you have someone who you are caring for? What can you tell us about your journey with your loved one?

 

When it seems that nothing is going right, know that God is orchestrating your steps

This past week I was extremely busy; I felt like I was riding on skates non-stop. Sitting in the beauty parlor and  having my beautician take care of me was soothing and relaxing. Knowing that when I left there, that I would be having lunch with a dear friend, was comforting; she traveled more than two hours just to meet with me. God has a way of  turning things around when we need it.

Our meeting was a God-moment and I will always remember it. We shared and laughed together and spoke about our difficult journeys. What I learned from our meeting was that we all experience trying times that make us feel empty, and that cause us to feel that nothing is going right. But even at our lowest points, God is orchestrating our steps. When you experience low points, I want to encourage you to put the following into practice:

  1. Pray unceasingly, and have a spirit of thanksgiving regardless of how you feel. The prayer of a righteous one avails much and you must thank God because this is his will regarding you (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
  2. Study the word of God and put on the full armour of God when you face tribulations (2 Timothy 2:15; Ephesians 6:11).
  3. Trust God in everything (Proverbs 3:5-6); he knows your beginning and your ending and he will see you through, for He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9). He will never leave or forsake you (Deut 31:6).
  4. Have faith and allow God to orchestrate your steps so you will have good success (Psalm 37:23).

Saints, regardless of where we find ourselves, God has us in the palm of His hand, for we are his children (1 John 3:2).

In Christ,

Joan M. Blake

 

Learn four ways to brace yourself and overcome the storms of Life

For the past few weeks, we have seen and heard of the massive devastation that hurricanes Harvey and Irma have done in the Caribbean, and now, Hurricane Irma has moved to Florida, particularly moving to the Florida Keys and major areas in Florida. The storm comes with excessive rain which leads to flooding and winds that result in trees, debris, houses, cars, boats being thrown around. Residents have prepared for the storm, boarding up their homes and businesses and seeking shelters where they can be safe. But what is worst, is the aftermath of the storm; when people return to their homes and find out they have lost everything and find it difficult to pick up the pieces of their lives.

Characteristics of a physical or an emotional storm:

  1. You want to seek shelter from the storm
  2. You experience devastating effects from the storm
  3. You have loss on the aftermath of a storm
  4. You must pick up the pieces of your life after the storm.

Ways to brace yourself and overcome a physical storm or the storms of life:

1. Whether you have been through a divorce, a death of a loved one, caring for a loved one, you have been through a storm or still going through a storm, and people do not understand why you are overwhelmed. But the Almighty God is your shelter (Ps 91:1); He knows your pain, your weakness, and you can turn to Him to help you through your difficult times.

2. Unless you have gone through divorce, separation, the death of a loved one, the caring of a loved one, you do not know what your brother or sister is going through. He/she may feel the devastating effects of  a storm and may feel lonely, exhausted, guilty but in turning to the Lord, he/she can receive strength and peace (Ps 46:1; Phil 4:7).

3. You may feel an emotional loss on the divorce from a spouse or the death of a loved one but God promises that you are not alone and that He will never leave or forsake you (Deut 31:6).
4. You may feel overwhelmed picking up the pieces of your life, but, by turning to the living God, you will be renewed; because God makes all things new again (Isaiah 43:19).

When You Are in Doubt, Seek God, and Trust Him

Friends,

I have come to a time in my life where I must seek God and trust Him.  Sometimes, we need God to shape our lives and tell us what our next step is. We need to stop, look, listen and obey Him, so we can be assured that we are on the right road and will not have to turn around or go off-course. When God has directed us, or we have been put in a situation that we simply do not understand, we should not doubt God, just trust Him.

We remember in Genesis 37, the fate of Joseph, one of Jacob’s son, who Jacob favored; and the older brothers envied him and later sold him to the Ishmaelites, who in turn sold Joseph to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. God blessed Joseph to a high position, but Potiphar’s wife was attracted to Joseph and when she could not get her way, she lied about Joseph and Joseph was put in prison.

While in prison, Joseph interpreted dreams for the chief butler and the baker. The chief butler remembered Joseph two years later when Pharaoh had a dream and no one could interpret it. God used Joseph not only to interpret the dream about the seven year famine that Egypt was going to experience, but also to be Governor  in charge of storing the food. He was instrumental in providing for the people of Israel during the famine.

God knows everything about us and He is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). We should feel confident and not be worried when we go through trials. God’s plans will come to fruition (Jer 29:11). When we are in doubt, we must seek God and trust Him.

In Christ,

Joan M. Blake

Wait until Your Change Comes

Hello friends:

I want to encourage everyone who is going through a test in his/her life, to trust God. He does not lie (Numb 23:19). Wait on him regardless of how long it takes, for God is faithful (Deut 7:9). He promises never to leave or forsake you (Deut 31:8). Wait until your change comes.God has given me patience to wait on Him and I am so grateful that I have come to this point.

Now, I want to encourage you not to give up. God loves you and me and in the process of our difficulties, He is doing a makeover. Even when our problems are still unsolved, He is drawing us to himself, building our character, our faith, our patience, our love for one another and producing the fruit of the Spirit  (Gal 5:22-23) in our lives.

May God be praised.

In His Service,
Joan M. Blake