Would a parent forsake his/her child?

This year 2018, has started out very busy for me, with a lot of doctor’s appointments for my daughter and myself. I felt that I was consumed with going to the doctors, but thanks to God, we are doing well.

Life continues to be hectic, but I refuse to give up, because my family and I belong to God. He knows the end from the beginning and He knows your destiny as well as mine, so I take comfort in knowing and believing that.  God is no respecter of persons; what He has done for you, He will do for me. We are important to God and his love for us is infinite.

I want to encourage you if you are experiencing the storms of life as I am, not to give up, but to hold on to God’s unchanging hands, for what you are experiencing is just a test and you will come out as good gold. God will not leave or forsake you or me, (Joshua 1:5) for we are His children. Would a parent forsake his/her child? In today’s world we are bombarded with evil and so the question to ask ourselves is: “Should a parent forsake his/her child?

 

 

Trust God When You Cannot Trace Him

This is a familiar phrase that my prayer partner would remind me of, as she prayed for me. This means that we should not try to figure out what God is doing in our lives but instead, we should trust God during the process.

We should trust God because God is the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2). He is the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 22:13), the Beginning and the End and knows what each person’s purpose is. God is who opens doors that no man can shut (Rev 3:8). He has numbered the hairs on your head ( Matt 10:30) and knows everything about you and me. Where can you and I go from God’s spirit (Psa 139:7), the Psalmist asks, for nothing is hidden from him. If you and I sin, He knows about it; He knows about our rebellious acts and helps to rid us of these sins.

God allows us to go through challenging times to humble us, to change some aspect of our lives and to bring us to himself. When you are being tested, trust God; don’t try to trace Him or understand where He is going with your lives. Trusting God is the Key to living a life of faith.

 

 

 

 

Christmas Message

THE GIFT OF LOVE-JESUS’ BIRTH

Hello everyone and welcome to another Christmas celebration where family and friends come together not only to share gifts, but to show love for one another. On this day, we commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, God’s gift to us.

GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN           

The all-knowing and mighty God (Psalm 139:1-4; Isaiah 9:6) allowed his Son, Jesus Christ, the miracle of love, to be born of Mary, a peasant girl who gave birth to him in a manger (Luke 2:4-7). Jesus came into this world to live among people like you and me and to identify with our pain and grief. God’s plan was to redeem the world from sin and death by sacrificing his only Son, Jesus, who died on the cross and was resurrected on the third day; and is now seated on the right hand of the Father, forever making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).

HOW TO OBTAIN THE GIFTS OF SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE

When you confess and repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God forgives you of your current and past sins; you are restored to a rightful relationship with Him through his Son Jesus Christ, regardless of the nature of your sin; and you receive the gift of salvation and eternal life (1 John 1:9).

MY PRAYER FOR YOU

Let me pray for you. Father, I come to you on behalf of this man, this woman, this boy or girl and I ask you to look down with your heart of compassion and help them as they go through the trials of life. Take them out of the miry clay and put their feet on solid ground dear Father in the name of Jesus. Renew their hearts so they can live again, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

  YOUR PRAYERTO RECEIVE THE GIFTS OF SALVATION AND ETERNAL LIFE

Lord, God of the Universe,

Creator of Everything

I come to you in Desperation,

Desiring to have an intimate relationship with You

And to Invite Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior.

I confess and repent of my sins

And ask for your forgiveness.

I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,

The One Who died on the Cross and rose again,

Paying the penalty for my sins,

So I could have salvation and eternal life.

I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

(Prayer taken from Prayer and Meditation Finding Comfort, Hope and Purpose in the Midst of Your Storm, By Joan M. Blake Copyright 2017)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

The Insignificant Bell

You are probably wondering from where did I obtain this title? As an exercise during a women’s retreat, each person was asked to choose something from the table that had  meaning to her. I chose a tiny insignificant bell.

That bell may be different to other bells by size, weight and color but the similarity was that it could do something; it had sound. That reminds us that although we are all different and may feel that our impact in God’s kingdom is insignificant, God does not look at us in that way. God has given each of us many gifts and God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor 1:27). Regardless of who you are, where you have been, how you feel, God has positioned you on this earth to do exploits for Him (Dan 11:32).

Begin to ring your bell regardless of how insignificant your bell may seem.  Effect change in the lives of others by showing love, compassion and  encouragement. God delights in using you as his insignificant bell and He gets the glory out of your life.

May God Bless you

Joan M. Blake

 

 

Easter, A Season to Rise up

Christians celebrate Easter by attending church services. Easter day is known as Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday by some.

We celebrate Easter Sunday because God showed His love towards us by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, Our Savior, who knew no sin, to die in our place. Jesus rose again, and now, advocates for us before the Father. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, and when we confess and repent of our sin, God is faithful and forgives us from all our faults (1 John 1:9). Do we understand God’s gift of love?

His love is a gift because we could never earn his love. It is by grace that we are saved (Eph 2:8); we have been bought with a price (1 Co 6:20). When we understand the true meaning of God’s gift of love, we will rise up from our feelings of sadness, loneliness, fear, and hopelessness and receive the gift of love that God so earnestly wants us to receive. Most of all, we will refuse to live in the past, and instead, embrace the hope and future that God has prepared for us before the foundation of the world (Jer 29:11).

May God richly bless you this Easter season.

Joan M. Blake

Learn three Reasons why You Should Rise up

I want to define what I think Rise up means and why you should rise up.

Rise up, for me, is taking a close look at yourself: what you have done in the past, where you are currently and establishing goals for your future.

If you are in an abusive relationship, for example, you should first, rise up to the reality of the situation and do something about it. You should seek out a counselor, with or without your partner, someone you can trust.

Secondly, if the situation becomes unbearable, you need to seek another level of care where you can be safe. You may need to move from your premises and get legal protection.

Thirdly, do not submit to a feeling of loneliness. Remember, you are not alone, for God is always with you. You are God’s and He is yours. Your strength and courage come from Him (Joshua 1:9).This is the time to pray as never before. Join a support group where you can share and obtain support from others who are going through similar struggles.

If you will like to get more tips on how you should rise up, read my book, Rise up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God. Log on here to obtain your copy.

Life-the Reason for the Season

According to John’s Gospel, Jesus is the Word who came into the world and dwelt among us. Because Jesus was the light that brought life (John 1:1-4)  and freedom to us, we need not settle for a life of bondage.

Instead, we should experience a life filled with the fruit of the Spirit, which includes love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Gal 5:22). When we release the fruit of the Spirit, we experience newness of life.

During this Season, let us renew our minds and imitate Christ by living a life of peace, by loving others and by our acts of kindness. Only then, we can say:” It is with joy that we celebrate the birth of Jesus and that He is the reason for the season.”

May you have a wonderful season of blessings, as you interact with family and friends.

In Christ,
Joan M. Blake