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An Overwhelming Love!

1 Peter 1:6-8 NIV… In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Had it not been for the Lord on my side…where oh where would I be!

I heard those marvelous words today…You are Cancer Free!”

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For once in my life I am at a loss for words when it comes to the goodness of my God!

I will let the WORD speak for itself today while I sit back and bask in HIS goodness!

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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The Almighty Encourager

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

In my weakest and most troubling times, God has always sent a clear direct message of comfort, encouragement and help to me. I am thankful to be loved so greatly by him. To those who know me personally, I make it a point to speak positive affirmations into my life and into the lives of others….

…but sometimes the encourager runs low on encouragement.

Sometimes my light may not shine as bright as it should, my attitude may need a tune-up, I just may need to find a quiet spot and still away for a few minutes or I may need to pull the blinds call it a day and start all over tomorrow.

I’m human and it happens.

In those times, thank goodness we have the Almighty Encourager to lift our head, our heart and our spirit. If it wasn’t for the weak moments, how would we be able to praise God so immensely in our victorious seasons!

God made it a point to send two wonderful ladies my way today to help lift my spirit and offer words of encouragement to me. I am grateful to be so loved authentically. No prerequisites required!

Make it a point to check on the people who God has given you responsibility over. God needs you to be a vehicle of encouragement to others!

Peace and Blessings

SuGa

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What’s Your Word

Psalm 119:11 NIV “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

What’s Your Word?

What’s that one word or phrase that gets you going by motivating you to live out your passion? Of course you know it’s SUGA for me. I live and breathe this acronym. When I think about the goodness of God and all that he means to me, I can’t help but write about it. Writing for God is my prayer and when I don’t write as often as I should, I feel stuck, stagnate and unproductive.

What’s Your Passion?

There are so many voids in this world that need to be filled, so many needs to be addressed and so many opportunities to be taken. As the Word says, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”  So what is it for you? What gets you going and gets you excited? What passion are your under utilizing that world is in need of. Think about it this way, you are the key to unlocking someone else’s blessing.

What’s Your Intent?

What do you intentionally set your mind to accomplish each day? Do your actions line up with you intention? For me, I am a Peace Activist and a Challenger of Conflict. I do my best to live my life by The Four Agreements ~ 1. Be Impeccable With Your Word 2. Don’t Take Anything Personally 3. Don’t Make Assumptions and 4. Always Do Your Best. Those are huge intentions and I admit that I often struggle but I make it a point to work at my intentions daily.

Since I am discussing intentions today, I wanted to share a wonderful website with you called: http://www.myintent.org This site will help you bring “your word” to life by creating a beautiful statement piece of jewelry for you to always keep your intent close to your heart and at the forefront of your thoughts.

My prayer is that you are inspired to live out your dreams and make your intentions a reality. We never know all of the things that  life holds for us but we can live out loud and enjoy the journey.

Peace and Blessings,

SuGa

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And to Him who is Able to Keep Me from Falling

Jude 1:24 NIV To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

Well, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from writing since my breast cancer diagnosis. I can honestly say that the past few months have been a heck of a roller coaster ride. I still remember the day clearly (04/22/2015) that I received the news. Although I cried and boo-hoo’d, I can’t say that the news was a complete surprise.

Women in my family have been known to live well into their 90s. I can remember growing up in a five generation family when I was a little girl. When I called “mama,” I would have about 7 loving faces looking in my direction to address my needs. Although the scope of my family has changed significantly, I can honestly say that I want a long, well-lived life. I prayed to God for longevity and I whole-heartedly believe that my early diagnosis with bc is an avenue that had to be traveled in order for me to get to that longevity destination. I’m so thankful that God knows my name, he knows the number of hairs on my head, he knows my thoughts and concerns and most importantly he is concerned about my feelings! (Praise God!)

In the last few months, I’ve had surgery, numerous tests performed and countless doctors appointments. I’ve met some really good people along this path that have held my hand and kept me grounded. My mom and my baby girl have been absolutely amazing in all of this.

To sum it all up: I’m just a women who is overjoyed by God’s love for me and I’m just thankful that God is faithful to fulfill his word in my life.

It takes me right back to SUGA ( Simply Understand God is Able) and I truly understand now more than ever that nothing is too hard for God.

Much Love,

SuGa

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God’s Hand of Blessing

Psalm 18:35 NIV You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.

I’ve often referred to the Hand of God as my hand of protection. It wasn’t until reading a recent devotional from Pastor Joel Osteen that I began to meditate on the phrase “God’s Hand of Blessing.” I’ve witnessed countless interventions in which God has protected me from dangers seen and unseen but somehow my mind always connected those valiant acts of kindness as protection instead of blessings.

Several weeks ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and much to my delight, I was diagnosed in the very early stages of development (blessing). On April 8, 2015, I had planned to spend a fun-filled spring break day with my daughter but God had other plans for me (blessing). For several weeks I had experienced a constant nudging to have a mammogram performed (blessing). I’m so thankful that I obeyed the Lord’s instructions, which led me to the local mammogram mobile unit in my community and several follow-up appointments (blessing).

I’m ecstatic over these series of events because: 1. I didn’t have an authorized referral to get a mammogram, but God saw fit to give me favor with the nurses and they granted me access to what I needed. 2. Through numerous test and observations, it was concluded that the cancerous cells were confined to one location. 3. I was able to have genetics counseling which paved the way for my daughter and future grandchildren to be aware of any threats. and 4.I’ve learned the value of true friendship. I understand now more than ever why it is important to surround yourself with wise counsel. We all need friends to laugh with but we also need those friends that will cry with us, pray with us, encourage us and hold our hand as we take a walk of faith through a stormy season.

I’m so thankful for the many blessings that God has given me by simply waving his hand in my direction! To God be the Glory!

Peace and Blessings,

SuGa

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Full of Grace

“From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”

John 1:16

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this day. Thank you for life, strength and grace today.

I thank you Lord that you are all knowing and fully capable to handle all of our needs. From the fullness of your grace we are sustained and able to keep going.

Lord today is a day unlike any other. Help us to enjoy all the beauty that it holds and to seek your face in everything that we do.

We thank you for your hand of protection that guides us along our way and for your spirit of peace that passes all of our understanding.

We thank you for the people in our lives that you have sent to encourage us and for those whom you have given us responsibility over.

Lord we celebrate you in the good times and we praise you in those things that challenge us.

Lord most of all we thank you for allowing us to experience you. You are our focus and our eyes are fixed on you.

With sincere love, we give honor, glory and praise to you.

In Jesus Name,

SuGa

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And Another Thing

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV

My earlier post listed three declarations in the scriptures to help get us through tough times in our lives. Those three declarations are: “I don’t understand, I will not forget and I will press on. Without further examination those conclusions may be a little confusing since the scriptures blatantly tell us to forget those things which are behind us.

Admitting that we don’t understand places us in a spiritually prostrate position before the Lord. We acknowledge that his plan and purpose for our life is greater than any knowledge that we may think that we have about what he is doing in our lives.

Admitting that we will not forget doesn’t mean that we will dwell on the failed outcome, it means that we accept the mistake, forget the offense but take with us the lessons that need to be learned.

And finally, when we trust God enough to press on, we put our faith into action and begin to operate under his perfect grace. Grace such as this only comes with obedience to God’s word.

I pray this message finds you in peace.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Things Remembered

Philippians 3:13-14 NKJV- Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Oftentimes we can be hard on ourselves for bad decisions that we’ve made in our past. If we’re not careful we will allow our entire life to be defined by a few bad choices that we made during a weak season in our life. Maybe it was a bad breakup or a financial investment gone wrong, or maybe something as simple as a lapse in judgment on our part. Those choices can have a profound affect on us and how we conduct our everyday life.

We view some mistakes as being more difficult to bounce back from than others. Sometimes we’re embarrassed and think how could this have happened to me and then there are those other times when we worry about what others will think of us because of our misstep.

In those times I am comforted by verses 13 and 14 in Philippians Chapter 3 because they say so eloquently say the words that I often have trouble reciting. The word makes it clear that we will make mistakes, but it’s how we bounce back after the mistake that will determine our outcome. In those two versus I found three declarations to help get me through the tough times: I don’t understand, I will not forget and I will press on.

File those missteps in your “things remembered file” and press on toward the victory in Jesus Christ. He doesn’t want us to get stuck in our past, we’ve been purposed for greater things ahead.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Different on Purpose

John 15:13 KJV: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend.

How would you spend your time if you knew someone purposely died for you? Would you live any differently? Would you make different choices? What if someone loved you so much that they willingly gave up their life so that you could live a victorious one. How would you remember them? Would you resolve to live your life by honoring them or would you chose to live on your own terms and disregard their honorable act of sacrifice.

For the millions who have accepted Christ and made the choice to devote their lives to him, let’s make it our business to live different on purpose. I know it can be easy to get caught up in the everyday messiness of the world and heaven knows that we are far from perfect people but effort goes a long way. When God created the Heavens and the Earth, he put forth the effort. When Adam and Eve found themselves unclothed in the Garden and God gave them covering, he put forth the effort. When God raised Lazarus from the dead and restored life to him, he put forth the effort. The same effort was exhibited when God gave us his only begotten son. All throughout the Bible we find God always putting forth effort on our behalf.

How are you repaying him?

When God created you, he put forth the effort so that you could fulfill a void that exists in this world. Without your time, talent and influence, there is a need that will forever be unfulfilled. What can you do to live different on purpose to ensure that God’s word is fulfilled in your life.

My different on purpose looks like this: Personally, I like to sprinkle a little SuGa into the lives of believers and seekers. Prayerfully I give myself away to be used by God. Purposely I share the message of Christ with others with the hope that they will share with someone else.

Make the effort to live different on purpose today.

Peace and Wellness,

SuGa

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Peace Begins With You

Peace Begins With You

“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18, NIV

Today’s scripture reminds us of our call to peace as declared by the Lord. With all the issues and trials that many of us face each day, it can become a tall order to live at peace with everyone.

Just thinking about this makes my stomach a bit nausea because Lord knows I’ve had my share of run-ins and bump-ups with others. At first sight this scripture can be overwhelming, but wait…. Did you notice the first four words of the scripture? “if it is possible”

Hmm, are those four words the get out of jail free card that excuses us from putting forth the effort to live in peace with everyone? Or maybe it’s an important component of a formula that we can use to help live out this declaration from God.

I believe the words if it is possible allow for a bit of self reflection for those who have been called and chosen to live the life of a peculiar people. The word does say that we’ve been set aside for a purpose.

First, we understand as a child of the Most High God, “all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.

Second, the words If it is possible allow us to evaluate our personal belief system and to challenge the way that we handle and process information. We have the opportunity to align our thoughts and actions with how the word says we should reflect the image of Christ. We can then identify opportunities for improvement and make adjustments as necessary.

My personal belief is that peace begins within each of us. If we expect to begin the process of living at peace with everyone else, we first have to be at peace with ourselves.

Third, put the formula to work!

As Far as it depends on me / If it is possible = live at peace with __________________.

We all experience some type of conflict within our personal and professional lives. If you have a desire to move beyond the strife understand that you have the power within to live at peace because all things are possible in Christ!

Take your effort, divide it by the infinite possibilities in Christ and reap the rewards of peaceful relationships in all areas of you life!

My intuitive nature reveals to me that God wants me to do everything within my power to live at peace but he doesn’t expect me to accomplish this without his help.

Peace and Wellness,
Suga