Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to each of you, whether you are a mother, an aunt, a cousin, or a grandmother. The role of a mother is by far the greatest task that you have undertaken, and I want to applaud all of you today.

God has honored you in offering you this task of motherhood. Motherhood began when you looked at your baby for the first time and you could not believe that God chose you to bring this child to life. When you look at how far you have come, you know that you were not alone, for God was with you in times of difficulty, in sickness, in tragedy, and in times of joy. God has seen your faithfulness and the love that you have poured out to your children, even during difficult situations.

I  salute you mothers for  not only being there for your children, but for your kindness, your wisdom, your strength, and perseverance in holding your entire family together. You are indeed a Proverb 31 woman. “Your children arise and call you blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).

May God continue to bless you.

Joan M. Blake (Author)

He Touched Me

Have you ever felt the hand of God touching your life? If you answered yes, I totally agree with you. If your answer is no, I will have to disagree with you and will explain in the next five paragraphs what I mean.

God has touched you today. You are not alone. By His grace you are living. He is the one who orchestrated your life and had a plan for you before you were born and carried you while you were still in your mother’s womb.

God has given you an offer of forgiveness when you confess and repent of your sins and accept His Son, Jesus, as your personal Savior and Lord. This same Jesus, God sent to die and take your place so you can be saved from the wrath to come. By His grace you have been saved, not of your own doing, because this is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8). Without Jesus’ death and resurrection, you would not be able to stand before God because of your sin. God has touched you and continues to give you a chance.

 Jesus stands on the door, knocks, and waits for you to open it (Revelation 3:20). His constant knocking on the door of your heart is an indication that he is touching you. If you respond and open the door, He promises to come in and sup with you. Just picture Jesus sitting with you around your kitchen table and listening as you tell him everything that is on your heart. He does not judge you but forgives you and gives you a new start. He touches you with His love.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and have neglected to walk with God, and/or as a result of the Coronavirus, you have lost your job or your business and cannot pay your bills and feel that God has forgotten you, I want to encourage you to stand on God’s promises. Remember, that God promises to make a way for you regardless of what you are experiencing (Isaiah 43). God is not a man that He would lie; what He has promised He would bring to pass (Numbers 23:19).

Make one step today and reach out to God who is waiting to touch you with his love and comfort. May you surrender your life to Jesus today. He waits for you. May God continue to bless you in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Joan M. Blake (Author)

Hope in God

During this Coronavirus pandemic, no one has control, except God. The scientists and medical experts tell us that a vaccine could be made in eighteen months or more but it has to go through three or more phases before it can be approved by the FDA. They are also telling us that they are considering taking plasma from people who have had the virus to use on those who have the symptoms with the intention of providing a cure for them.

My dear friends, we have come to a broad road that leads to destruction. God is calling us to stay on the narrow road that leads to life, for only a few that find it (Matt.7:14). God is also calling us to trust Him totally regardless of how things look or regardless of the outcomes. Trusting God is leaning on His everlasting arms when nothing works and when we can’t see the road ahead.

He is our hiding place and will preserve us from trouble and guide us in the way we should go (Ps. 32:7-8). Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in His mercy (Psalm 33:18).#hopeinGod.

Come as You Are

Growing up in Trinidad, I knew the importance of Easter Sunday. My mother was a seamstress and made us the most beautiful dresses for Easter. From the kitchen, I could smell the aroma from the various breads and food my mother prepared, which included our own home-grown turkey or duck. When we came to America, my siblings and I continued this tradition with our own families.

We invited our sons and daughter, their spouses and grandchildren to our homes for Easter Sunday meal, which took place after our church services. We were present at Church early because the Church would be packed with current members and people who came for the first time. Everyone came to the Church dressed in their Sunday best on Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday as it is sometimes called.

Resurrection Sunday is extremely important because it commemorates the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God’s Son, who came so we can have life and have it more abundantly. His death was significant, because He bore the sins of humanity, for without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). Now, having repented of our sins, having accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and washed with the blood of the Lamb, we have obtained our freedom to come before God as we are.

What does that mean for all of us who will be at home on Easter Sunday because of the Coronavirus Pandemic?

  • We need to understand the seriousness of this pandemic and that thousands of people have died, and that remaining at home will help to stop the spread of the virus.
  • We have access to God regardless of how we feel, where we are, or how we look. We may feel sad, afraid, weakened, abandoned, depressed, overwhelmed, or unloved, but God loves us and invites us to his throne just as we are, and from any area of our homes. Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
  • Similarly, we can come as we are to give God praise, to worship Him, to repent of our wrongdoings, to ask for His forgiveness, to thank Him for His faithfulness, His kindness, His love, and His protection.

May God bless you continually.

Joan M. Blake

God is with You

What are you experiencing?

Are you experiencing difficult times? Your loved one may be sick with a serious condition; you may have lost a son or daughter to violence; you may be caring for a child or an adult with special-needs; your friend may be at the point of dying; you may be homeless and lonely or may be so depressed that you feel like giving up. Wait! I am here to tell you that you have hope, because God knows all about you; He is interested in you; and He is with you.

God knows all about you.

God knew all about you and had a unique plan and purpose for you before time began. He made you in His own image and knitted you in your mother’s womb even before you were born. God knew that sin separated you and me from him and that the only way to reinstate that relationship that He so desperately needed, was for God to send his Son, Jesus, to save you and me from sin. Mary, a Virgin, who was engaged to Joseph was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and gave birth to Jesus in a stable at Bethlehem, because there was no room for him in the inn (Luke 2:4-7). Jesus, who proceeded from God, was without spot or blemish, became your sacrifice and mine— our justification, paying the price for our sins (Luke 1:77), so we can repent of our sins, accept him as Lord and Savior and present ourselves blameless before God.

God is interested in you.

God is interested in you. He wants you to involve him in all areas of your life whether you are going through joys or sorrows. Your involvement can include worshiping, praying, talking to God and getting to know Him. God wants to guide and lead you in the way you should go.

God is with you.

Finally, God is with you in your most difficult times. He promises never to leave or forsake you (Deut. 31:6). He is compassionate and faithful; He is the same God who hears your prayers (Psalm 34:17), forgives, heals (Psalm 103:3), delivers and provides for you (Psalm 91:15; Psalm 68:10). During difficult times, God will give you strength, confidence, courage, and the peace that you need. Remember, you have the gifts of Almighty God himself, His Holy Spirit who lives in you to guide and keep you, and His Son, Jesus Christ, who God sent to be the Savior of the world.

Have a wonderful holiday and may God bless and keep you.

Joan M. Blake (Author)

How to Experience Peace and Strength during Your Troubles

Troubles come in many different ways. They may come from a family member’s illness, your own illness, a relationship you may have, the death of a loved one, trouble in your business or workplace or your son or daughter’s difficulties. Regardless of the trouble you are facing and the intensity of it, you must be aware by now that troubles do not always go away, and if they do, they may not go away when you want them to. The question to answer is, “What do you do in the meantime”?

The answer to this question depends on the nature of your trouble. For the sake of this article, I will be dealing with a family member’s illness and hope that many of you can identify with what I am experiencing and share your own stories. I have been dealing with my special-needs daughter and her situation for a very long time, and at times, I become weary and wonder when I will get a relief to go on a long vacation. There are many questions I ask myself, but what I do in the meantime is essential. I go to God in prayer, read his word, thank Him for giving me life, while staying busy and active by exercising to decrease my stress level, writing to help others, and eating healthy foods to improve my overall health.

What are you doing in the meantime? Are you feeling overwhelmed, depressed, sad, and lonely from the aftermath of your troubles? God, in his word, says that his grace is sufficient for you, for His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Co.12:9). He is your burden bearer (Matt.11:30), and the lifter of your head (Psalm 3:3). There is nothing you can do in your own strength, only in God’s. When you believe you can do everything in your own strength without the help of God, you may feel the heaviness, and you may blame yourself for your failure. When you release the burden to God by depending totally on Him, by doing your best, while taking care of yourself, God will take care of you. You will experience peace and strength as never before. May God bless you.

Joan M. Blake (author)

How Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Brought Freedom for Us All

Do you know that you and I are free from the burdens that others place on us or the burdens we place on ourselves? We are free from our current and past issues that have held us captive (Gal 5:1). We obtained our freedom because Jesus suffered and died in our place, rose triumphantly from the grave on the third day, and is seated on the right hand of the Father interceding for us all (Rom 8:34). Scripture states that God will bring with Jesus those of us who have died in the faith (1 Thess 4:14).

Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (1 Tim 6:15); He is the head of all principality and power (Col 2:10), and just as He died in our place, He has stood in our place to be our burden bearer and to be our overcomer (John 16:33). May we cherish and relish Easter Sunday, a reminder of Jesus’ resurrection, where He was victorious over death.

Learn Four steps that Will Improve Your Daily Life

   In my busy schedule, I manage to do these four steps to improve my daily life.

1.     Meditate. Begin your day with prayer, reading of the word, and meditating on the Lord. Jesus is the light of the world and those who follow Him will not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life (John 8:12). Understand that you can do all things in Christ who strengthens you (Phil 4:13). Regardless of your current or past life-issues, you have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Co 15:57; 2 Co 2:14).

2.    Establish a time line for your daily activities by recording them in a daily planner. Here you will record your appointments, meditating times, exercise times and the many things you plan to do. List only what you believe you can accomplish daily.

3.   Exercise. If you chose to walk outdoors, stretch at home or exercise at the gym, you will find that exercising will cause you to increase strength and improve your health and happiness. I enjoy the gym because I like talking to people there and talking for me, is therapeutic.

4.   Drink a Smoothie. I start my day with making and drinking an eight- ounce glass of  delicious smoothie. There are various ingredients people may put into their smoothies, but I like to include berries, apples, greens, nuts, carrots and other ingredients. You may want to speak to your health-care professional if you are allergic to nuts or if you need to curtail sugar in your diet.

Please send comments. I will appreciate them.

Joan M. Blake

 

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By Joan M. Blake

As parents of special-need children/adults, we face continual life-issues which do not go away. What do we do? Where do we go from here?

1. We should pray and find solutions to our problems.

2. We should continue doing exciting things for God

3. We should reach out to others who are going through similar challenges

  1. We should pray and find solutions to our problems. Before finding solutions to our problems, we must face our challenges with love and  patience. We must remember that these children/adults are ours, and that God gave them to us. We must pray and put our situations in God’s hands. At best, we  should find solutions to the various problems we face, by considering the severity of the issues our children/adults face and by determining what we need to do to help them. Do we need to consider in-home care, and if so, for how many hours during the day? Should we consider a day program or other alternatives if available, so that we could have time to attend work or have time during the day?
  2. We should continue doing exciting things for God in addition to  praying and trusting Him. Do you have a prayer partner? Do you know people who need prayer? Do you call others during the week to encourage them?  As caretakers, we get so busy with our own issues, that we forget that people need people
  3. We should reach out to others who are going through similar challenges. When we do so, we operate as a team; we gain ideas from one another; we get encouraged and feel better about ourselves. Please join me as we purpose to become a support group of encouragement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Four Ways to Brace Yourselves From the Storms of Life.

In the past years, we have seen and heard of the massive devastation that hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other hurricanes have caused in the Caribbean and how hurricanes have affected areas in Florida and other states. Excessive rain led to flooding and winds that resulted in trees, debris, houses, cars, boats being thrown around. Residents have had to prepare for the storms by boarding up their homes and businesses, and seeking safety in shelters. But the worst was, the aftermath of the storms, when people returned to their homes and found  that they had lost everything and had difficulty picking up the pieces of their lives.  Although Massachusetts’ residents were not hit as hard from these storms, my husband and I got a taste of what an aftermath of a storm was. In 2018, my car was totaled when our tree fell on it and my husband’s car needed repairs. The following is a discussion of how physical and emotional storms have similar characteristics and the four ways that you can brace yourselves from the storms of life.

Characteristics of a physical or an emotional storm:

  1. You want to seek shelter from the storm
  2. Every storm has devastating effects
  3. There is lost from the aftermath of a storm
  4. You must pick up the pieces of your life after the storm.

Ways to brace yourself from the Storms of life

  1. Whether you have been through a divorce, a death of a loved one or still caring for a loved one, you have been through emotional storms or still going through a storm, and people do not understand why you are overwhelmed with life. 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. The person who is not going through divorce, separation, the death of a loved one or  the caring of a loved one, has no idea what you are going through. You feel the devastating effects of your storm and may feel lonely, exhausted or guilty, but in turning to the Lord, you can receive strength and peace (Ps 46:1; Phil 4:7).
  3. You may feel emotionally lost by your divorce from a spouse or the death of a loved one, but God promises that He will never leave or forsake you (Deut 31:6). You may be tired from caring for a loved one, but God reminds you not to be weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap if you do not lose heart (Gal 6:9).
  4. You may feel overwhelmed by picking up the pieces of your life, but by turning to the living God, you will be renewed; because God makes all things new (Isaiah 43:19).