The event on February 26th was amazing! Not only did I sell my book but I was able to share my ministry, my passion, and my story with hundreds of people. I also made some very valuable connections and I was deeply inspired by all of the creative talent in the room. God reminds us to shine our light where ever we may go. I am so thankful that I am able to take advantage of opportunities to shine my light. God has blessed me tremendously to do what I LOVE. I am so blessed and I know that it is a privilege and I do NOT take it for granted.
God sent three separate messengers to me at this event and it was EVERYTHING I needed and MORE. Each person had the SAME message... "Keep doing what you are doing. You are helping people, even if you can't see it." They used the same words, they looked me directly in my eyes and held me close. They had a very important message for me and I received it wholeheartedly. I know that God is blessing me and my family for a purpose. My husband and I have very service oriented gifts. We love to help people and we are blessed through the love we show to others. If a part of the message I received is also for those who subscribe to my blog or read my posts, I say "LIVE YOUR PURPOSE."
I think this is the most confusing, yet intriguing quote from the Bible. The message is sharp and poignant as Isaiah discusses the year of God's favor on his people. He lists a set of opposites, and promises that God will make a trade with us for a more positive thing in place of a negative thing. The most stunning part about the passage is the trade of beauty for ashes. In the Bible we often saw ashes represent mourning and grief. A person in mourning would sit in ashes and tear their clothes to show stages of grief. But what would happen if we gave our ashes to God? The pain, the sickness, the anger, the frustration. If we killed everything negative and decided not to mourn about it but rather to rejoice in the promises of God, we could let beauty from God rain down on us. What will God give for our ashes? Beauty. The most beautiful thing God has given for our ashes is His son, Jesus Christ. Dedicate some time to get to know him. Kneel at the cross and learn his word. Precept upon precept, He is calling you closer. Take Him at His word. Give Him your ashes.
I love you, but GOD loves you more.
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In the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers we see where jealousy wrecked havoc on a large family. Because of jealousy, Joseph's brothers treated him horribly and ultimately sold him into slavery. Joseph had a very difficult time in his own home. His brothers, who could have easily been his closest friends and confidants, were actually his enemies. They intended to harm him. How sad, when the very people you poured energy and love into, turn away from you and wish you harm? Jealousy is like a rotten apple and it's venom can poison an entire batch of good apples. I can go on and on about how the Bible speaks against jealousy. God repeatedly reminds us to love our neighbors. He implores with us to rejoice when our brother rejoiced and mourn with the depressed. However, this post is actually not about jealousy, it's about God getting the victory! Joseph reminded his brothers that their plans failed because of God. The very thing they thought would break him down, built him up! God's plans are greater. His path is straighter even with enemies on your trail. Trust the process. Devote to him daily to be unwaivering.
Alicia D McKay
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