I Can Overcome Hills and Mountains

Over the hills and mountains, I climb,
Persevering to see my Savior and to draw close to Him.
Sometimes I slip, sometimes I fall,
But He is always faithful to pick me up.

He provides the hills and the mountains as challenges
To show me how excellent He has been to me.
He has shown me daily that the mountains I can overcome,
And the valleys I can be lifted from.

This poem was taken from Prayer and Meditation: Finding Comfort, Hope, and Purpose in the Midst of Your Storm by Author Joan M. Blake Copyright 2011 all rights reserved. Published by Key to Life Publishing Company.

Prayer to Know and Walk with Purpose

God had a plan for you before the foundation of the world. That plan was made exclusively for you to walk in. Sometimes, struggles come to deter us from walking in God’s divine plan. Please read the following prayer and answer the question: “What is holding you from attaining your purpose?”

To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under
the heaven(Eccl 3:1kjv)

Creator of all things
And Master of everything,
I have been wandering for a long time,
Not knowing my purpose in this life.
I rebuke distractions that come my way,
In the name of Jesus.
I am determined to seek Your face, God,
To know my purpose,
And to walk in my destiny.
I pray that you will teach me
To submit to Your authority
And to walk with purpose,
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer was taken from Prayer and Meditation: Finding Comfort, Hope, and Purpose in the Midst of Your Storm, by Joan M. Blake copyright 2011 key to Life Publishing Company, Boston MA.

Living as a servant of God

Living as a servant of Christ.

Good morning friends: My name is Joan M. Blake and today, I will be presenting the final message of a series of six messages taken from the book of Galatians.

In our previous podcast, I discussed how to live as children of promise, and today, I will be discussing how to live as a servant of Christ. Apostle Paul summed it well when he said: “Carry each other’s burdens” and in this way, we   fulfill the law of Christ.” We should not think we are better than anyone else,  ignore someone who is in pain, hungry, or lost.”Don’t become weary in doing good, for we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

For twenty years, I have been caring for my daughter with mental challenges and I realize that it is God who has given me strength and joy in the midst of my struggles. I will carry on as long as God wants me to. I will not doubt God’s ability to heal her. He healed the woman with the issue of blood, He healed the blind, the lame, the leper, the demon possessed and the crippled, He can and will heal my daughter. I refuse to give up.


Do you have a situation similar to mine where healing has not taken place in your loved one’s life or did you or your loved one obtained your healing? Explain.


Living as Children of Promise

Good morning friends: My name is Joan M. Blake and today, I will be presenting the fifth in a series of six messages taken from the book of Galatians.

In our previous podcast, I discussed how to live in freedom, and today, I will be discussing why we are the children of  promise. Apostle Paul reminded us that Isaac, Abraham’s son, was born according to promise and through the faith of Abraham. We are God’s  sons and daughters through faith in Christ. If we belong to Christ, we are Abraham’s seed; we are no longer slaves but joint heirs with Christ and have the Spirit of Christ in our hearts. Gal 3:29; 4:6-7. What that means for us is, that we are in the world, but not of the world. We are guided by the Spirit living in us.

Are you living as a son or daughter of promise?  Are you picking up your cross and following Christ?  Are you giving God all your problems knowing that He will take care of your burdens? Are you standing on his promises? What He did for Sarah, Abraham’s wife who had a child late in life, He would do for you? Is anything too hard for God? What issues do you face that have kept you doubting the promises of God?

Living in Freedom


Good morning friends: My name is Joan M. Blake and today, I will be presenting the fourth in a series of six messages taken from the book of Galatians.

In our previous podcast, I discussed how to live with assurance, and today, I will be discussing how to live in freedom. Apostle Paul was teaching the Galatian Church that circumcision was not necessary for they had already received the grace or freedom  in Christ, with faith operating through love (Gal 5:6). He explained, however, that they should not abuse the freedom in Christ by sinning. Additionally, every person should not tear down each other, but instead, should show faithfulness to God by reaching out to others with love, kindness and gentleness. Loving our neighbor as ourselves is fulfilling the whole law (Gal 5:14). Whatever we do, we should do it in love. The next time you are interacting with someone, exercise your freedom in Christ by thinking about how you should deal with that person. Think about how you will like to be treated and do likewise.

May God bless you.

Living by Faith

Good afternoon friends: My name is Joan M. Blake and today, I will be presenting the second of a series of six messages taken from the book of Galatians.

In our previous podcast, I discussed how to abide by the spirit. Today I am going to discuss living by faith and what it means to take up our crosses and follow Christ. Following Christ is never easy especially for those of us who are dealing with troubling life-issues. But in our difficult experiences, God is doing something unique in our lives. He is using our troubles to develop our perseverance and character (Rom 5:3-4). Moreover, we can entrust our problems to our Lord Jesus Christ who is our burden-bearer (Matt 11:28-30), the One who gives us hope.

The Bible states that hope does not disappoint us because of the love that is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom 5:5). When we confess our sins, accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives and believe that He died on the cross and rose again for our justification, we receive salvation and eternal life. The Holy Spirit dwells in us and we become the family of God living a life of faith.

Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1 NASB). You and I believe the things God has promised although we cannot see them. God expects us to exercise faith for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a re-warder of those who seek Him (Heb 11:6). Just as Abraham believed in God, and received the promises, through faith, and it was counted to Him as righteousness (Gal 3:6), we who believe, have that right relationship with God and will receive the blessings of Abraham through faith in Christ (Gal 3:14).  While our life-issues are troubling, exercising  faith will produce peace, as we look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2), who knows the beginning and the ending and has a plan for each of our lives (Jer 29:11).   





Life by the Spirit

Good afternoon friends: My name is Joan M. Blake and today, I will be presenting the first of a series of six messages taken from the book of Galatians and entitled: Life by the Spirit.

We live in an evil world and we face so many perils both near and far. We live in the world but we do not have to be a part of the world. We will do well to live by the Spirit, the Spirit who dwells in us.

Living by the Spirit means that we can have peace in the midst of chaos. The Lord himself said in John 14:27 NIV: “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We can have joy in the midst of sorrow, because according to Neh 8:10, the joy of the Lord is our strength.

When we live by the spirit, we abide by the spirit and do what is pleasing to God, because God is ours and we are His. We renounce hate, jealousy, immorality and all the acts of evil, as mentioned in Gal 5:19-21. Instead, we abide in Christ by partaking of the fruit of the spirit found in Gal 5:22. These include, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. When we bless others with these fruits, they learn the value that these fruits bring and God gets the glory. Let us be encouraged to love and be kind to others, even when we find ourselves in difficult situations. God has done it for us; we can do it for others.

Again, this is Joan M. Blake author, speaker and spiritual-life coach. Thank you for listening to this message. If you will like to purchase books including my newest release, “Rise up,” feel free to log on to my website at www.keytolifepublishingcompany.com. If you will like prayer and will like to book me as a speaker or a spiritual-life coach, please email me at admin@keytolifepublishingcompany.com. Until we meet again. May God bless and keep you.




Rise Up


Are you feeling lost, confused, lonely, broken, and can’t seem to find your way out of the struggles of life? You have come to the right place.  I am Joan M. Blake, author, speaker, and spiritual-life coach and I have written a book entitled, Rise Up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God.

Rise up can be used for personal devotions as well as for group study; it is filled with examples of biblical and every-day stories that you can identify with and which show God’s abundant provisions. You would acquire tools to help you on your life-journey; you would receive peace and joy as you understand who you are in Christ; you would be able to maintain freedom at every level of your life and rise  from situations that hinder you from moving forward.

For example, in chapter 3, which is entitled, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,”  hear what the Lord Jesus is saying to you and me today: You are tried by fire, the same way that gold is tried (1 Peter 1:7); A servant is not greater than his Lord (John 13:16); If I have gone through trials, you will too (John 15:20); I died and rose again so that you might have life and have it abundantly( John 10:10 KJV); “Be of good cheer;  I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


Again, I am Joan M. Blake. Thank you for listening to this podcast.

To purchase Rise Up: How to Overcome Your Battles Utilizing Faith and Belief in God, go to www.keytolifepublishingcompany.com

Email me at admin@keytolifepublishingcompany.com if you are in need of a speaker, spiritual life coaching or prayer. I look forward to working with you. 

Until we meet again,

May God bless and keep you.











Your Release Depends on What You Release


Holy Tabernacle Church, located at 70 Washington Street in Dorchester, MA, under the leadership of Bishop Arthur Jack, held its 43rd convocation from Monday August 4th to Sunday August 10, 2015. Guest preachers who came from various states, ministered each night, including Bishop Christopher Douglas of Gate Church International Ministry, located in Trinidad and Tobago as well as our own local Pastor, Pastor Kathleen Verna of CrossTown Church International.

Pastor Kathleen Verna was the Keynote speaker at the women’s seminar on Wednesday August 6, 2015,  during which she spoke on how to break from captivity. I was present on Thursday night when she preached on releasing oneself. Her message which was based on Matthew 16:18-20 and Revelation 3: 7-13, and entitled Your Release Depends On What You Release, was powerful and relevant. I have summarized key points of her message below.

Pastor Verna helped us to understand that we are kingdom agents to whom God has “entrusted” the mysteries of the kingdom. As Kingdom agents, we need to “access the keys to the realm of the supernatural; for example, in education and social-justice systems we need to understand our positions as “ambassadors and governors” here on earth. Keys are instruments of release, so agents with access can open and shut doors.

To move in this realm of the supernatural, we must “change our mindsets” and make the decision to go higher in God. No longer can we be caught up in “small-mindedness” such as competing for titles in the church or having “unresolved hurts” which lead to un-forgiveness; but we must release these things so we can be committed to an Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent God. Matthew 18:18 tells us that whatsoever is bound on earth is bound in heaven and whatsoever is loose on earth is loosed in heaven. We need to believe this and other scriptures, “speak authoritatively to the issues” that keep us bound, and “expect to see these strongholds broken.”

We are like the church in Philadelphia in Revelation 3 that had little strength. God did not forget them and has not forgotten us. God uses “the least” of us, those who are lost in the wave of greatness, those who have not used their gifts because they feel “insignificant” or feel that their gifts do not count compared to others and those who have been “overlooked” but have not lost the faith, but kept on praying, believing, standing on God’s grace, refusing to give up even in their weariness and in the face of trials. God delights in the small things; He is looking at those with weaknesses, those who have been enlisted in His army as “committed soldiers, who are considered dogs, those who have not been seen, but whom he has chosen to move to the forefront.”

In order to be chosen to move to the forefront, one must follow God’s pattern or “order” while being God’s trusted steward. “Stewardship is ownership that is entrusted to an individual” not for one’s ambition or for “advancing one’s agenda. It is authority or right to access.” Every steward must understand God’s ownership and sovereignty and must not be plagued by ego-looking at all his/her accomplishments, but should understand that without God, he/she would not have accomplished anything. Every steward must know his/her particular standing or position and must be willing to be “mentored, raised or apprenticed” at specific times or seasons until the appropriate time when God chooses to promote him/her.

“Trust God. He will raise those he wants to raise and put down those he wishes to put down.” Rev. Verna explained that, “Stewardship comes with the Lord’s responsibility; releasing is up to us.” We can release the power of God in someone else’s life by cutting through the darkness that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. God is calling you to action. Are you a key holder? See yourself as an Ambassador or Governor.

This message was given by Rev. Kathleen Verna and summarized by Joan M. Blake (Author)

Pastors Ronald and Kathleen Verna are Senior Pastors at CrossTown Church International  and are PureSpring Global Commission, Co-Founders

Church office: 33 Lenox Street, Bos MA 02118; Ph. 617-427-5700

PSGC office: 500 Victory Road, Quincy, MA 02171; Ph.617-691-2515

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 Your Release Depends on What You Release

Your Release Depends on What You Release