Raindrops and Thanksgiving I'm fascinated by nature and the weather. In the summer when I was a young girl I used to lay out on my front lawn and stare up at the stars at night. When there was a deep snow the entire neighborhood would spend hours outside shoveling and sledding. And on days when there was a hard rain, like yesterday, I used to go outside and stand in the rain until my grandmother hollered at me to come inside. Forced to come inside I would then sit and look at the window pane and watch the raindrops slide down the window. Have you ever watched raindrops? Little itty-bitty bits of water. They reach the surface individually but as they begin to slide down the window pane, one connects with another and another connects with another and as they do they gain momentum. And if you continue to watch, the more and more that slide down the same space travel even faster than the ones before. How similar it is with us. We are all little like the itty-bitty raindrops. We begin life traveling independent of each other but as we join together traveling down the road of life, we gain momentum. I am thankful for all of the people connecting in my life. The "Raindrops" who are traveling down the road of life with me. Some of you I know and some of you I don't but if you are reading this, you are one of those raindrops in my life and I am thankful to God for you. I pray that you all have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend enjoying the time off, having fun shopping and or spending time with friends and family. Be well and God bless you. KayD G.
I listen to an internet radio station which plays urban Christian music. There are lots of wonderful musicians, some of whom you’ve maybe never heard of; Carmen Michelle, Kevon Carter, Jessica Ready, LaCrae, Michelle Williams, Tisha Stratford and Rhema Soul.
One of my absolute favorite songs is entitled Midnight by Bryan Pound. A portion of the lyrics are, “what I’ve done is what I’ve done, what I’ve done I can’t change”. Another part of the song says, “yesterday ended at midnight, I’m moving on”.
I’ve listened to this song so many times. And it reminds me that when we ask for God’s forgiveness, he doesn’t remember our yesterday. So why should we? It’s so simple really. Relove yourself by forgiving yourself for your yesterday. Today is a new day. Doesn’t the word tell us morning by morning new mercies are shown to us by our Lord? And we must be like Him and extend that mercy to ourselves.
And just as importantly, we need to relove others. When we’ve been hurt or wronged we must remember that the greatest gift of love was God loving us when we were like filthy rags. His son died for us long before we asked for forgiveness. And truth be told, the sins we’ve committed against Him are far worse than any sin any man has committed against us.
If we are true to our flesh, this relove is quite difficult. But if we are true to our God, and our belief that He has our back and He is working everything out and He is for us, it’s really not hard at all. It’s a simple choice. It’s easier for us to relove ourselves because we tend to justify our actions and we know our true motives, right? But somehow it’s not as easy to relove others when your flesh is burning in anger and resentment and pain.
It seems so easy when we are standing in church on Sunday morning in a high place of praise singing the lyrics to songs that say things like, “cleanse me with fire”, “praise in the middle of it”, and here’s one of my favorites, “for Your glory, I will do anything”.
Trust me… I’m not telling you I’ve mastered this. But when I’m true to myself and when I’m real with my God, I realize that this burning is a part of the process He has me in. This cutting away (pruning) is somehow making me more like Him. I don’t understand it all and I don’t always like it, but I know that His ways are higher and greater than mine. I know that’s it’s in these times that my faith muscles grow and it’s in the valley that I grow stronger.
My prayer for you today is that you are quick to end your yesterday so your tomorrow can begin with a realization that if He allowed it to come your way, then it must be working for your good.
Be well friends,
Bad boys. Bad boys. Whatcha’ gonna do? Whatcha’ gonna do when they come for you?
Many of us know this as the theme song of the long running TV reality show, COPS.
Do you remember when this show first came on TV? Who knew reality TV would turn into what it is now. You can barely turn on the TV with out seeing someone’s whole life, or at least what they want you to see of it, layed out for all the world to see. A great deal of it is quite shameful actually.
As far as the bad boys, and the bad girls, of the COPS TV show, all of them are innocent until such time they may be proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately for a lot of them, if you have prior offenses, when you go before the judge, these offenses are brought before the court by the prosecution.
The law doesn’t forget.
Praise God we have grace. The love of God is long lasting. For an eternity actually. But His grace forgives and forgets. As far as the east is from the west. God will remember your sins no more.
So the next time the prosecution (the Enemy) tries to bring up your past offenses before the Judge, remember that although our Judge is just and we are no longer under the world’s law. We are under Grace. You can testify to the prosecution that your Defense Attorney, your Judge and your Jury has acquitted you of all charges. You are free!
Thanks be to God.
Be well, my friends.
I could stop right there.
Is your love based on your feelings or is your love based on a decision to follow God’s Word that says love the Lord they God with all of your heart, mind and strength and the command to love your neighbor as yourself. Is your love and what you say about yourself based on His word that you are made in His image?
Do you only love me when you like me?
This applies to your children, your spouse, your friends, your coworkers and yourself.
Remember, relove is all about living free. You can free yourself by answering this question openly and honestly.
I would love for you to share your thoughts with me. Leave me a comment and let me know how you plan to grow in this area.
Be well my friends,
Is my dream bigger than my fear or is my fear overtaking my ability to try.
Is my dream bigger than my ability to take the leap and try something new.
Sometimes you have to try new things not knowing how it’s going to work out.
Sometimes you have to open the door and not know what’s on the other side.
Sometimes you have to take the leap and have the faith that your parachute you will open.
If you never try you won’t ever see your dream become a reality.
If you never try you will never achieve your goal.
If you never try then you won’t never know if you could have done it or not.
You only fail if you fail to try.
I think you can do it today. I am for you today. I’m calling for you today to try. Take one small step towards your next goal.
Do you realize the pain, and the regret, and the disappointment you will experience if you go through your whole life and never try to make your dreams a reality? So what if you fail! So what if it doesn’t work out exactly the way you think it should work out!!
If it sounds like I’m a bit fussy today, I guess I am. Sometimes we need a little push, sometimes we need a little shove, sometimes we need a swift kick in the butt to get going.
So get going. Do it now. Get it done. You can do it! I believe in you. This is not a test of the emergency broadcast system. This is real. This is your life. You only have one chance to live it.
Do not let fear, the false evidence appearing real, that the enemy tries to present to overtake you. I am so passionate about this today. My heart is breaking for you.
Did you know that there will be tears in heaven? Those are going to be tears of regret. When we get to heaven and the Father shows us all we could have been will you feel proud of yourself or will you cry tears of regret. If only we weren’t afraid to step out and take a chance. If only we would have tried. It only takes a little extra to be above ordinary. Trying and failing is always better than not trying at all.
The last thing I want is for you to get to heaven with a parachute that never opened because you were too afraid to jump. I encourage you to take the leap.
Get It Done.
Be well my friends.
KayD G. (letting my Son-light shine)
Today is a very special day for me. At times, one I didn't think I would ever see. But I'm here and it wasn't the words of a palm reader that got me to this place. It was at the palm of my Creator and King and I praise Him for it. It was only God that saw me through to this moment in time. Oh what freedom there is in knowing that He holds my future in his hands. It had nothing to do with what's written on my palm but it's all in the hand that I choose to hold on to. My grandmother always used to say, "put your hand in God's unchanging hand". I didn't realize the magnitude of what she was saying until I began to really walk with Him. I don't know what the future holds but I know Who holds the future. Remember that one? How about that old song with these lyrics, "Put your hand in the hand of the man who stills the water. Put your hand in the hand if the Man who calms the sea." So much we could say about this Great Man who stills the water in our lives and Who calms the storms and who leads us beside still waters. Just want to honor that man today on my special day. Oh how I love him. Be well. KayD G. As always, please leave a comment and let me know about your special day let me know about how you're using this special day that God has given us to honor him.
I received this comment on my page a little while ago and I want you to read it.
It said, “I see a lot of interesting articles on your page. You have to spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of time, there is a tool that creates unique, google friendly posts in couple of seconds, just search in google…” and it went on to provide me with the website.
Just for bumps and giggles, I did a search on this particular site and one of the first things the site proclaimed was “You don’t have to lose many hours writning content on your blog, you can rewrite articles from other sites and pass copyscape test. Google will love your new unique articles and you will have unlimited content and Google friendly posts for your webpage.”
Now truly if someone saw a lot of “interesting articles” on my page, and they truly read them, they would know that I am in no way, shape or form, writing so I can have Google friendly posts on my webpage and unlimited articles while copywriting.
I am absolutely appalled.
RELOVE is about freedom. RELOVE is about the Truth. RELOVE is original and provides thought provoking content that our Creator has deposited in my spirit. I am determined to be a free flowing river, where He can deposit items into me and I can pass them along. I have vowed to Him never to be a “dead sea” or a hoarder of what He has deposited in me.
My prayer is that my reader base will increase because God has decided to use me as His vessel not because I’ve copied something someone poured their heart into (or copy something someone else copied).
How can I talk about freedom if I were to put myself in bondage by lying to my readers and passing off copywrited content as my own? I’m the real McCoy and I pray that all areas of our lives would be genuine and pure and unique.
I pray that you all are blessed today. Be well, my friends.
What in the world? What in the world? That's a loaded question. When I was in seventh or eighth grade I took a drama class. I remember because there was a girl in my class named Holly who was one of the best actress I knew. And she was so funny. The things that she said and the way she said them were just phenomenal. So today I want to visit how Holly might say these words, what in the world? What in the world is going on? What in the world is happening? What in the world are you doing? I think of these things when a parent walks into the bedroom of their pre-teen and it's an absolute mess. It's easy to say what in the world is going on? When we look at the news and we see some of the devastation or the acts of terror it's easy for us to blurt out, what in the world is happening? And just as easily said or rather asked, is the question what in the world are you doing? When you stumble upon someone and there may be standing on their head in an awkward position or trying to cook something new and the kitchen is an absolute mess. But let's take these questions from a spiritual standpoint and ask them again. What in the world is going on here? What in the world is happening? What in the world are you watching? On the one hand to hear these words it's just a simple question. But looking at it from another side, looking at it with spiritual eyes, these questions are profound. These questions are thought provoking. And these are questions that we must ask ourselves as believers in the one true and living God. We cannot stand by any longer and let our nation and our world go to hell in a handbasket because we do not do anything we just stand by and ask the questions. We must be doers. We must be doers of the word. We must be doers of something. I know the Lord hears my heart. I know the Lord hears my passion. I know the Lord hears my prayer. But he also must see me doing something. Now here's one more question that I'm sure you heard asked and now let's ask it. What in the world are you doing for heaven's sake? I can't answer that question for you. Only you can take a deep look inside yourself to ask what in this world you are doing today for the sake of heaven. What in the world are you doing right now that His kingdom will come and that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Now this time when you read ask the question read the words very slowly . What in the world am I doing for heavens sake? We want to hear him say well done, right? Then let's get to work. As always, please leave a comment to tell the world what you think is going on in this world. Or you can tell the world what you are doing to make it better. Be well, my friends. KayD G.
I love a good play on words and this is one is one of my favorites. The picture to the left is a round tuit. We’ve often heard it said, “I’ll get around to it”. Well now you have one or at least a picture of one.
So what are you going to do now? Are you still going to say, “I’ll get around to it tomorrow” or “I’ll get around to it next week” or “I’ll get around to it when I can”? Procrastination is our enemy, I’ll do it tomorrow, I’ll start it tomorrow or I’ll finish it tomorrow should no longer be in our vocabulary.
God hasn’t called me to do everything but he called me to do something. And He’s called me to do something now, not later. Windows of opportunity are opened and closed but I believe some windows of opportunity open and close but God may not lock the window. Just because something seems hard, doesn’t mean it is. It just may appear to be. Just like something may seem out of your reach, doesn’t mean it is. It just may appear to be. Just like at night when you are driving and your eyes play tricks on you. Making things seem one way but they are something completely different. Just like fear. It’s false evidence appearing real. Doesn’t mean it is real, it just seems that way for a moment.
Sometimes you just have to try. He’s called me to be a mother and a wife. He’s called me to be a servant-leader. But also He’s called me to be a doer of his word. He’s called me to lead the youth. He’s called me to be the best employee I can be. I leave what is behind and I press toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ. Just like Paul as he said on his deathbed, he fought a good fight he’s run his race. I want to be able to see my Savior smile. I want to look back over my life on my deathbed and say that I have finished the race I have completed the task that God set before me.
What is it that God has called you to? What is the task that He wants you to complete. Are you on that path? Are you on that roadway? Are you gaining the skills that you need for that task to be completed? It could be going to medical school. It could be becoming an engineer. It could be owning the gas station on the corner. It could be working at the dry cleaner. But whatever it is ,do it as working unto the Lord. And you will hear Him on that great day saying, “Well done, my child. Welcome. Come on in.”
What is is that you’ve been procrastinating about doing? What is it that you’ve put off for way too long? It could have been posting in your blog. (wonder who that could be?) It could be having that hard conversation that’s needed with a loved one. It could be as simple as getting rid of unneeded items in your house. I’m a firm believer that busy people get more done. I don’t think it’s because they are better at anything than anyone else, I just believe that busy people don’t have “round tuits” in their house or in their vocabulary.
Be well my friends.
People go to the Internet for one of two reasons:
1) To solve a problem.
Where do I find the cheapest tires for my car?
I wonder if the grocery store up the street is hiring?
How do I stop my dog from barking all night?
2) To be entertained
I want to see the latest video by that new artist.
I missed the last episode of my favorite show.
I missed the paper today and need to read the local news.
Maybe you are like me. It’s almost guaranteed that I don’t just find what I need and get off the Internet. With all of the ads and links (bells and whistles), there is a tendency to click here and there and stay longer than originally planned. Well, while I’m clicking away so is the click of the clock. Father Time has told me, “I’m not waiting for you!”
I think this is why some develop what has become known as a mid-life crisis. And maybe that’s what I’m going through now with this new passion I have for writing the book and this blog and even already starting the second book. My co-worker will tell you that even things said throughout the day at work light up in my mind as a potential blog post titles (Hey YJ!). And I think this blog post came to me because with the recent challenges and joys in my personal life, time has been ticking away and I hadn’t posted anything in a few weeks. I miss connecting with you.
As we get older, I’m sure you can definitely attest to those moments in life where you’ve looked back and wished you could get the time back or wondered what you would do if you could do it all over again.
Well I’m here to tell you, it’s never too late. As you know, this blog is all about finding your place of freedom in this world. I believe that freedom comes with being in line with God’s word and the plan He has for your life.
As I handed the manuscript for the RELOVE book over to the editor a couple of weeks ago, I looked Father Time in the face and laughed. I will not let another year go by without being published. I will not let a week go by without exercising (at least once). I will not let a day go by without telling someone in my life that I love them (and that includes my Father in heaven). I will not let a moment go by that I am anxious for anything or fearful of anything or anybody.
My prayer for you all is that you are able to look at Father Time in the face and laugh. Let him know although his clock is running, you’re runny right along side. Let him know as the old saying goes, “time waits for no one”, you can tell time that he’d better catch up with you!!! And when our time is over, the Father of all time and space will say, “Well done”.
Be well my friends,
As always, please leave a comment and let me know how this post resonated with you. And if you would be so kind, tell a friend about www.relove.me. It’s their journey to freedom too. God Bless.