May Day

Hello loves,

It’s a new month. Just want to encourage you all to keep pressing forward and to keep your eyes on Jesus. He has your life in His hands.

He will give you the desires of your heart.

Don’t rush ahead of Him and don’t mourn what didn’t work out for the past 4 months ( you still have 8 to go!) Trust His timing and the order of His plans. Embrace the shifting seasons and the changes you’ve noticed about yourself as you grow in Christ. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

If you try to do everything in your own will, you’ll be exhausted! Trust me, I know sometimes it’s easier said than done but it’s so so worth it.

Won’t you trust Him today?

I want us to take the time and write down all the blessings we have received so far and to just give thanks. There is so much to be grateful for!

PS. It’s a new season and I’m thinking of starting a YouTube channel! Will let you guys be the first to know when it’s up.

lots of love and Happy May!

The Graced Citizen

Hello Tuesday!

Hey loves!

Just a reminder:

Any day you don’t start your day in the name of Jesus – you start your day in the flesh – and the flesh is a dangerous/ weak weapon to bring to the battle.

Ephesians 6: 11-12 says:

11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Every time the devil hears praise he is afraid.

Praise the Lord!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

My Silent Season

Hey loves!

I feel like I haven’t truly written to you in a while. I am not going to make an excuse but as I aim for transparency – I have felt a little burdened with life. I guess you could say I have just been putting the best out but still giving God the highest praises, every second of the day.

During my devotions one night, I really asked God – “Daddy why would you position me into something I am just not qualified for? You’ve brought me here and now you’re silent! Am I doing the right things? Why won’t You speak to me? I’m tired and I’m out of ideas”

After crying out to Him that night, the Holy Spirit instructed me to “Be Still”

Psalm 46:10 says:  “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Like, I HAVE been still though Jesus.

I honestly felt drained, devotion has become a routine – but I knew I had to keep talking to Him. I knew I was stronger than the struggle.

John 10:10 says: “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life”

The enemy would have loved if I had stopped praising Jesus. The more I got on my knees and into the Word, the more I learned – just because God is silent, does not mean that He isn’t working.

Romans 8:28 says: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them”

I now believe silent seasons are so important. They really test your faith and build complete endurance for the season to follow.

Just a few weeks ago you would have heard me say:  “God when is it going to be my time? Daddy Jesus, make this happen now or how much longer God? I am ready for my breakthrough. Don’t you see I have been faithful and praying? Are you hearing me God?”

Then a whisper came: But Dayna…..God is always speaking.

So what needed to change? My attitude, heart, thoughts and my speech.

I had to change my tone. Now it’s: “God, I trust you – You brought me to this so I know you’ve blessed me and called me to a purpose. You have promised me Eph 3:20. You’ve made me the head and not the tail. You are working. I know these season is temporary and for a reason. I am still your willing vessel Lord, use me. If you need me to go through this season for 50 more years, I am your faithful servant”

You see, my loves – God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. He doesn’t ask for a resume or a degree. He just ask for you to say “yes”. Some days that ‘yes’ will be easy and some days that ‘yes’ will be hard.

God qualifies you, not the world and other people’s opinions. That includes your boss, family, friends and church congregation. The primary relationship is between you and God. You should take instruction from the Holy Spirit. If He called you to it! Trust the call and the process – because He WILL take you through it.

Jesus meets you when you step out on faith.

Some of us want to see the fruit without the wait and the work.

The book of James says: “faith without work is dead.”

God will never call you to something that you already qualify for . How will the His glory be revealed if we do everything in our own might?

Moses spent 40 years in the desert – had his staff all along – couldn’t do anything with it until he chose to release it. We have to stop trying to do things in own strength. That saying “let go and let God” speaks volumes.

You see, God always gives us the choice. The choice to accept Him, the choice to follow Him and the choice to tell about His wonders.

So if we don’t release what we are carrying- how do you expect Him to bring you to what He has called you to?

You have authority by God – Luke 10:19

We must surrender our situations to God, when we surrender we have power through God over it.

Your past doesn’t disqualify you from God’s grace. Your past doesn’t disqualify you from God’s promise. Our Father will never ever ask you to surrender something if what he was going to give back wasn’t much greater!

The enemy only has the amount of access that you give to him. So lets slam that door shut on him and not let him control your mind. Praise God and speak life into each and every situation.

2 Thess 3:3 says:  “The Lord is faithful . He will establish you and guard you.”

God is faithful. Take time to be still and listen. When you’re weary – call on Him, lean on Him and trust Him today. 

(Credit @seekproverbness on Instagram for this quote)

lots and lots and lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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Know that You are Made Whole

It’s hard to remain confident and assured as a Godly woman in today’s self-deprecating world. It’s easy for women to think they don’t look the part, act the part, speak the part or just “fit” in. Being a woman is my greatest blessing. The call on a woman’s life is much greater than we could ever imagine. There is beauty knowing that we were created when God saw Adam had a need.

We were created whole – without a need. God made us whole. Our success, individuality, self-awareness, self-love can’t be bought, borrowed, defined or found in needing someone or things. It requires us to redefine success on our own terms, God’s term – not the world’s standards.

Stop seeking acceptance from the world and seek it from our Creator who saw the need for our purpose.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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P.S. Please check out where I originally made this post on International Women’s Day as a guest on sweet blogger  The Daring Daughter