Embrace the Season

Ecclesiastes 3 says there is a time and a season for everything and there is a purpose to it all. Your season may be Fall. There are a lot of changes taking place in your life. In Some areas, it’s all falling apart. In others you’re holding strong.

Perhaps you’re in a dry season. You’ve been stripped of everything you’ve worked hard for. Like winter; every area of your life seems bare, it’s going nowhere. Everything seems fruitless and pointless. What makes matters worse is when everyone around you seems to be growing and flourishing and you, you’re standing still. Like someone hit the pause button on your life.

I’ve had seasons where I thought I wouldn’t make it. Some time ago my life had just blew apart. I was on the bathroom floor crying and screaming, Why God? Why?

I heard God say, Wrong question.

 I sat up angry and confused and said, What do you mean wrong question, I’m the one doing the asking!

Then He said, It’s not why you should be asking, it’s Who! Who is in control?

That’s a good question, I thought. Who is in control? Just because I’m having the worst day of my life, it doesn’t mean that God stopped being Alpha and Omega of my life. He said He would never leave me or forsake me. As far as I know, never means never. Good or bad day, He’ll never leave my side. He doesn’t take sick days, or pop out for a lunch break. My bad day isn’t the result of God being out on vacation. So as bad as things may be, I’m not in this alone, God is with me and He can get me through this!

God is a Promise Keeper. When I got saved He made a promise to me. He said that He has a plan for me. The situations in my life may change but God’s plans for me will never change. Things may rock me, but they won’t harm me. Things may be rough right now but according to His word I will succeed, I have hope and a great future ahead of me.

I made up my mind that day. Whether it’s the worst day or the best day of my life, I’m going to hold on to God’s promise like my life depends on it. No matter how it looks, I’m going to judge Him who promised faithful and If I struggle with unbelief. He’s going to give me the encouragement I need to overcome my unbelief. I’m not alone in this I can and will lean on Him.

What did God promise you?

Your fall and winters are just seasons, they’re temporary. Some falls and winters are worse than others. Yet we are encouraged by our Father who loves us and sent His beloved Son to die for us to count it All joy!

I have to be honest with you, I don’t enjoy these seasons but I can’t deny that these were the seasons that refined me. Where faith was built up and hope renewed. I learned how to tune into God’s voice in the midst of the lies and accusations of the enemy during these seasons. It drew me closer to God and I saw a Love for me that is beyond words.

There is a purpose to your lack, droughts and afflictions. According to His promise your pain will not be in vain. I’ve come to see the low points in my life as the fertilizer that prepares me for the fruit that’s about to come. The vehicle that carries me into my Spring and Summers. You may not be in that place where you can celebrate in the midst of your trials yet, but you can have rest and peace in them knowing that God is with you and for you.

Whatever season you’re in, I want to encourage you to embrace it. While you’re in it I want you to hold on to something that’s proven and true, He Who Promised Is Faithful! Embrace the Season. 🙂

Falling In Love With Jesus

One of my favorite questions I like to ask believers is this: “Tell me about the moment you fell in love with Jesus?” I’ve heard some amazing stories that truly touched my heart. With every testimony I found myself saying, Wow! How great is our God!  The Lord just recently opened my eyes to the most fascinating part of my query. He showed me the common thread in each love story. Each person I spoke to shared that their introduction to this relationship began with them hearing about Jesus.

Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17 .

There was a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She spent all she had going to various doctors but instead of getting better she got worse. When she heard about Jesus, she sought Him out in a crowd. She thought if she could just touch the hem of His clothing she would be healed. She did and immediately her pain and bleeding stopped. See Mark 5:25-34

The woman with the issue of blood, heard about Jesus and this led not only to her healing but to  a face-to-face encounter with Him. Jesus Himself called this once bound woman and social outcast, Daughter and a woman of faith before a huge crowd. Do you see the pattern? Faith comes by hearing the word about Christ. Speech precedes hearing. You have to speak in order to be heard.

A Word that Saves

The apostles were warned not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Acts 4:18-20. Those who opposed them witnessed the power of that Name yet they commanded Peter and John not to speak it. Why does the world fear that Name being spoken? Perhaps it’s because the name of Jesus brings life, change and a freedom that cannot be manipulated or contained. Every time Peter and John testified about Jesus’ death and Resurrection, souls were saved, lives were changed, the sick miraculously healed. Ordinary men and women became extraordinary upon being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Apostles built up the kingdom of God simply by testifying to those who were before them about Jesus.

They spoke about it, wrote about it and lives were saved and forever changed because of one name….Jesus.

When you’re in love that  person becomes the center of all of your conversations because they’re inside your heart. You can’t stop thinking about them  and talking about them. You just want to share your joy with whomever is willing to listen to you. Are you in love with Jesus, the apostles certainly were. They believed so strongly in this love that they were willing to endure persecution and face death just to share that love with someone else.

As believers and ministers of Love we have an opportunity to play “cupid” in this epic love story. Just lift up the name of  Jesus into the hearing of others and He’ll do the rest. Your love mission, if you choose to accept it is this: To share the unfailing love of Jesus to every person God brings in your path.  Talk about Him, write about Him, find that moment to drop that name into someone’s hearing. You can be as creative as you want to be with it. I wore a “You Need Jesus” t-shirt and boy did that make for some interesting conversations about Jesus. 🙂 So if we are to be ministers of love, if we’re in fact in love with Him  then , what should proceed from our mouth? That word that led to our falling in love with Him. That name that is above all names, the only name that saves, sets free, builds up faith  and heals completelyJesus.

Do you remember when your first fell in love with Jesus?


We’d love to hear your story. 🙂

-A Kingdom Princess

 

 

 

 

 

No More Resolutions part deux

post-itA few years ago I told myself, “no more resolutions!” With every New Year I vowed to do more of this and less of that. You know the list. You start off really strong, by February the momentum tapers off, but its okay, you’ll make it back up next month. March arrives and your resolution is non- existent. You do the walk of resolution shame around your house as you take down all of those colorful post-it notes and pics you stuck up to keep you motivated.

So Instead of resolving to make changes in myself, I asked God to give me a revelation instead. Reveal to me Your will and heart. Teach me more about You Father. Guess what, I saw change, real change in me.

It began with me seeing Christ in the scriptures. I’m not talking about the books where He’s visible or the prophecies that announced Him. I’m not talking about the places where He’s hidden in Symbols, Snapshots and Shadows. I saw Him as Noah’s Ark, an Ark that invited me in and kept me hidden in Him in the midst of the storm.

I saw Jesus in the life of Joseph. Deeply loved by His Father, given a robe that set Him apart, betrayed by His brothers. Falsely accused and imprisoned and then promoted to the right hand of power where He was able to offer salvation to His family and the nations around Him.

I saw Him in Samson who stretched His arms wide in the midst of the enemy and accomplished more in His death than He did in His life. Then I began to see Him in my life. I had favor in areas where I shouldn’t have, confirmations in unlikely places. God would move in my forgotten prayers and unspoken prayers. Whenever I cried and said, Father help me, He’d show up in magnificent and extraordinary ways. He always went above and beyond my prayers.

The more I saw Jesus unveiled in people, symbols and shadows throughout the bible,  the more I saw the extent of His Love and the great lengths He went through just to save me. For God so loved me He gave His only beloved Son. God did all of this just for me. Seeing His Love in action transformed my heart and mind. I found myself in Him. Not broken and defeated but a conqueror made whole. Through this unveiling God taught me what it means to be an image bearer of Christ because that is who we are. The word says as Christ is so are we on this earth therefore if the Spirit of God was upon Him to proclaim liberty and set the captive free then that same Spirit is upon us and we’re called to do the very same thing.

We can take up His cross  and adopt His life because we know the end; we’ve seen the victory.This is how I view it, if trials are my prison, then I know the palace is my outcome. If death can produce more than life, then I can die to myself daily. I can put whatever is going on with me aside for a moment to tell that one God placed before me all about my Jesus and save a life. I’m in the ark of Christ, I’m safe, sound and heaven bound, even on those days  I’m not feeling it. No matter what comes our way, all things will work out for our good. We will be victorious like Christ because we are seated with Him and He sits victoriously on the right hand of the Father.

No more resolutions, let Christ be the change, let Him be revealed in you. Let your life be a snapshot of Him. With this knowledge comes a lasting transformation and a confidence about who you are and where you’re headed. Old to New. Pit to Palace. Death to Life Lived More Abundantly.

Happy New Year God’s Beloved!


 

Confidence in Christ

The Holy Spirit enlightened me recently in such a way that it’s giving me hope during one of the darkest hours of my life. You may know the story well but I want to encourage you to take a moment to hear what Christ is saying to you today.

In the book of Mark Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” So they boarded the vessel with Jesus. Some time later a vicious storm broke out over the boat. Imagine the disciples fright as the wind and waves violently tossed them about. The boat swamped with water. The thunder claps, the lightning strikes, skies so dark and cloudy you could barely see what’s in front of you.

There in the midst of it all laid Jesus, fast asleep on a cushion at the rear of the boat. They must have wondered how can anyone sleep through all of this? Fearing for their lives the disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher don’t you care if we drown?” Jesus got up and stilled the storm. Then He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (See full story Mark 4:35-41)

In all of my studies of this story the focus has always been on Jesus quieting the storm but that’s not the significant part of this story. In my recent study I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Did He not say they were going to the other side?”

Getting Through the Storm

The book of Hebrews defines faith as, “Confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.

Jesus breaks this down even further for us. He says Have faith in God; our faith in Him can move a mountain. Note that Jesus is calling us not to have faith in ourselves but Confidence in Him who can do all things. It’s Him not you moving the mountain.

Faith is Confidence in Jesus Christ being who He says He is. Confidence in Him being the Alpha and Omega of your life. That nothing in this life is beyond His knowledge, ability and reach. Confidence in Him being the promise keeper. That every word He uttered to you will be fulfilled. That He does have a plan for you one that will take you to great heights and depths in Him. A life filled with meaning and purpose. That He heard every prayer and every cry and because you are His, ALL THINGS will work out for your good. Including the things that don’t make sense to you.

Confidence in His willingness to heal you and your loved ones, grant you your heart’s desire and set you free from the things that have kept you bound. That He will protect and defend you. Still the storm, tear down walls and break chains on your behalf. Confidence in His unfailing, unconditional and unshakeable love for you. A Love that cannot lie. A love so perfect and pure that He laid His life down and shed His blood so that you may live this life and the next victorious.

I believe the Father wants to take us to a place in Him where our confidence in His love for us is so great that when trouble arises, we don’t respond in fear and doubt but in Faith. A centurion type of faith that says, Jesus, just say the word and I know it will be done!

A faith that doesn’t wake Him in the midst of a storm but grabs a pillow and rest with Him. A confidence in Christ that is not shaken when things are falling apart or moved by the fire blazing around. A faith that holds on to Him who is with you and for you and can see you through the storm. You hold on because you trust what His word says about you. Your boat may rock, it may sustain some damage but you know that He who promised is faithful and You Will make it to the other side!

Follow the Promise


What promises did He make to you? I encourage you not to give up on His promise; don’t give in to the doubt. He is faithful, willing and His word is tested and true. Jesus cannot fail you. It may feel like you’re all alone but you’re not – Christ is with you. The gifts and call of God are irrevocable. Things may look dark for you right now. It may seem like you’re not going to make it, but Jesus Christ, God’s Love made perfect, says You Are going to the other side! 🙂


-Amen

You Are God’s Heart

You Are God’s Heart

pink roseThis is Love: not that we loved God, but that He Loved Us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1john 4:9-11

You are the object of God’s Love. The one God sacrificed His ALL for. Open up your heart and your eyes to a Love that stands before you with arms open wide. God’s not looking at your past or your faults. Your degrees and accomplishments. All He sees is His Love for you. A Love that never fails, leaves, or forsake you. A Love that won’t put you to shame.

All God wants is a life with you, its evident in how He identifies Himself throughout the bible: Father, Husband, Friend. That same power that raised God’s Beloved Son from the grave, He wants to place inside of you. He wants to equip you and provide for you. He wants to be everything you want and need and more. God’s desire is to see you live a life filled with dreams fulfilled and heart’s satisfied. A life filled with peace and overwhelming joy. Strength when you feel  weak.  Fearless and confident when the world tries to break you.

The thing about God is that He doesn’t make a promise He can’t keep; better yet there is no lie in Him. God says He has a plan for you, one that will prosper you in every area of your life. No longer defeated but victorious. No longer broken but made whole. A conqueror, an overcomer, a beacon of light and hope to others. That’s His plan for you. He wants to take you to greater heights and deeper depths. A place where you’re not shaken by the issues of this world. A place above the boisterous winds and the chaotic waves of this life. He wants to give you something the world cannot give you, Peace, Rest, Hope and  a Love that never fails or wavers. God’s greatest desire is to see you win.  He wants to save you from this empty, fruitless world and bless you with life and more life.

Will you let Him? Will you give God a moment of your time; open your heart to Him for just a moment to see the Truth for yourself. One moment with God can change your life forever. You don’t have to take any man or woman’s word for it, you can find out for yourself.

My hope is that you seize that moment with God while you can. Give Him a chance to show you the depth of His Love and if He has already, take your conversation to the next level. Ask the Father to reveal to you your purpose and gift to this world. The world needs your gift, it’s waiting for it, now is the time to discover it and pursue it and remember this, if God gave it to you that means you are fully equipped to carry it out.

In Jesus name I pray that you see the Father’s Heart for you. May salvation and God’s Love be yours. Amen to the grace and glory of God.

Love,

-A Kingdom Princesspink rose

A Word From Our Father

A Word From Our Father

The cross
I did not redeem you to charge you for what I’ve done
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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1John 4:10

 I did not justify you to remind you of your guilt.

“For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 , Hebrews 10:16-18

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

I did not reconcile you to cast you out of My presence.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

REPENT, says the LORD! Change the way you think of Me.

“For God so loved the world [YOU] that He [willingly] gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16  [emphasis mine]

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ [towards you], and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:17-19 [emphasis mine]

The True Lord’s Prayer

The True Lord’s Prayer

The “Our Father Prayer” (Matthew 6:5-14 Luke 11:1-4) has traditionally been taught as the “Lord’s Prayer” but this prayer is actually the “Believer’s Prayer”. When Jesus spoke this prayer He was teaching the Believer how to pray. The True Lord’s Prayer can be found in the book of John 17:1-26. It’s a beautiful prayer one you should truly keep in your heart. Due to the length of this prayer I’ll just share with you Jesus’ personal prayer for you.

The True Lord’s Prayer 

“My prayer is not for them [Jesus’ disciples] alone.

I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message,

that all of them may be one, Father,

just as You are in Me and I am in You.

May they also be in Us

so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.  

I have given them the glory that You gave Me,

that they may be one as We are one—  

I in them and You in Me—

so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that You sent Me

and have loved them even as You have loved Me. 

“Father, I want those You have given Me

to be with Me where I am,

and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me

because You loved Me before the creation of the world. 

“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You,

I know You, and they know that You have sent Me.

I have made You known to them,

and will continue to make You known

in order that the love You have for Me

may be in them

and that I myself may be in them.”

The Lord's Prayer (1886-1896) from the series ...
The Lord’s Prayer (1886-1896) from the series The Life of Christ, Brooklyn Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Jesus’ prayer for you John 17:20-26 The True Lord’s Prayer

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” -1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Thank you Father God!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter my Mom wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not, you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story- A Letter from My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” –1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Hallelujah!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter she wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

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To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom


Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not,  you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s  handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Hope For the Future Prayer

Hope For the Future Prayer

hope is...May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13

Here’s the thing about Hope, it is the key ingredient of the substance that produces our faith; its our confidence in the unseen.

Hope is what saved us (Romans 8:24). Hope fought for us and laid its life down for us. Hope renews and strengthens us (Isaiah 40:31). Hope takes us to places we can only dream of. Hope never fails and will never put you to shame (Romans 5:5).

Did you know that our hope pleases God, He delights in those who put their hope in His unfailing love (Psalm 147:11).

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

This scripture was the seed of hope that was planted in my life and took root in my heart. It grows and blossoms everyday bearing fruits of joy, peace and love even in the midst of a storm. The funny thing is I didn’t seek this promise out, it came to me and it continues to find its way back to me in the most interesting ways especially during the hard times. There is a second part to this promise that is often overlooked. In it God says,

“You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declared the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14. Not only does God promise you a life and a  future you can look forward to He promises to be with you every step of the way. To never leave or forsake you. God is with you.

God’s promise is everything to me. It’s my lifeboat and my anchor. It’s God’s life-breathed word, His gentle embrace; it’s His perfect love for me. Lately it’s been my declaration prayer. This is what I’d like to share with you today, this is my Hope for the Future Prayer:

I know that God has a plan for me, Its not to harm me

But to help me grow and succeed in every area of my life.

Whenever doubt arises, I can call on Him. He will show me the path, He will show me His way.

God is faithful and true. God is a Promise Keeper. I’m not in this alone for He is with me.

I’m excited about His hopes and plans for me.

God’s plan gives me hope for the future.

Today, I take another step toward that future.

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