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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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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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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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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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Heartbeat

Psalm 126:5 NIV – Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest. The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed, will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.

God has promised to replace our tears with joy and our weeping with singing. Our job is to remain loyal in our obligations. Whatever responsibilities that God has entrusted to us, may we run our race whole-heartedly and never give in to weariness.

Trust and believe that God appreciates our willingness to complete those small tasks. Your current assignment may seem insignificant, but in due time, God will multiply your efforts and your faith will produce a harvest.

It may be rough going for you at the moment and you may feel like your current assignment is lasting a long time, but never has God forsaken those who love him! In fact, the word says that your name is written in the palm of his hand! We are reassured by God’s word that we are the apple of his eye and I firmly believe that he is concerned about every aspect of our lives.

Do you remember in the book of Genesis when God came down from Heaven to see about Adam and he asked that one simple question, “Where are you?”

Answer God and let him know where you are today. Make a decision to dedicate every waking moment of your day to God and watch him move in your life. Whatever concerns you, concerns God.

Personal Reflection:

During my quiet time, when all is still and my mind isn’t racing, I love to sit and listen to the sound of my heart beat… “thump thump”, “thump thump”, “thump thump”. Those thumps are soon replaced with the phrase…”go God”, “go God”, “go God”

Each time I repeat this phrase I am humbled because God loves me so much and I am reminded by every heartbeat that God is always with me, he is always in control and I am reassured in the fact that everything that I am and will ever be is all because of his love for me.

I pray that you find encouragement in each heartbeat.

Much Love,

SuGa
    

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Self Control

Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

As children of the Most High God, we belong to a royal priesthood. When you get a taste of royalty it’s easy to want what you want when you want it. Often it becomes hard to wait for things to happen on your behalf or wait for that next turn around blessing to appear.

Philippians 4:6 illustrates a simple blueprint on how we can maintain our self-control about a situation. We have to remain calm, submit to the Lord in prayer, formally submit our request to God and then Thank him in advance for how he chooses to act on our behalf.

The key to maintaining self-control is to understand that nothing is about us and everything is about the will of God being fulfilled.

Whenever we find ourselves feeling anxious, remember that God is well able to provide for all of our needs.

Much Love,

SuGa

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#IfTheySpeakForMe

Remember to get out and vote on Tuesday, November 4th! Let your voice be heard or be prepared to let others speak for you!

Click the link below to watch a video illustration of what it means to allow others to speak on your behalf.

If They Speak For Me

#IfTheySpeakForMe will the issues that are important to me be addressed?

 

Blessings,

SuGa