The Unexpected

My sister and I recently completed “The Unexpected” by Christine Caine bible study on the Bible app.

Let me just say, this study has changed our lives drastically. Faith without works is definitely DEAD. (James 2:17-18)

The main focus of the study is having faith during the unexpected.

Christine reminds us that what is unexpected to us, isn’t unexpected to God and therefore we should activate our faith and KEEP GOING. When unexpected things happen, we mustn’t try to take things in control.

Us trying to have control means we lack faith! Think about it, us controlling things removes God as the author and controller of our lives! That is dangerous! That removes our fear of the Lord and His plans for us. We can’t be faithful and controlling at the same time.

She teaches in the study that we need to walk by faith, run to God and not to allow fear to consume our daily lives. Also, the fact that we can’t allow daily fears to derail us from our kingdom purpose!

You see loves, in order to grow, things around us MUST change. And believe me, trials are going to come during this unexpected change BUT we know the Bible says “all things are working for our good” – Romans 8:28 …. so that means even though trials arise- All things … not some things BUT ALL things are working for our good —- with that being said we should learn to rejoice no matter what because at the end of the day our God is STILL GOOD and always working.

I definitely recommend this study on the Bible app and you should start it with a friend so you can do the “Talk it Over”.

I will end with a excerpt from the study.

(All rights reserved to Christine Caine and the Bible app)

” Our part is to exercise faith and patience. Faith is believing God, believing that God is who he says he is, and that he will do what he said he would do. Patience is our capacity to tolerate delay—our ability to wait. It’s trusting that God is good, God does good, and God knows what he is doing, no matter how long it takes—no matter what our purpose is. 

We all are called to the unexpected, and it will always take faith to see it through—but when we move forward by faith, God will always fight for us and do the miraculous. Let’s recognize what God is doing for us, the doors he’s opening for us, the steps he’s ordering for us. Let’s recognize his supernatural power at work in our lives.

He will always honor our obedience. In everything God has called me to do, the miracles happened after I stepped out in faith—after I stepped out in obedience, trusting him. “

God bless you! I’ve missed you all so much😔 My computer has been down but I will try my best to share everything from my phone for the time being ( thanks to my dear Aqua for that extra push)

lots and lots of love,

Jesus loves you! Talk to you soon 💕

The Graced Citizen

The Sunshine Bloggers Award 

I was nominated for The Sunshine Bloggers Award! How crazy exciting is that? Definitely wasn’t expecting this but I am humbled. God definitely shows up when we expect it. He is so faithful. I started this blog by faith and instruction. I seek Him for each and every post – praying its none of me but all of Him.

Thank you darling woman of God, Aqua (marredinthemastershand) for nominating me. Bless  you!

Now that I have accepted this award,I have a few questions to answer.

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Aqua’s 11 questions:

1. What Inspired you to start blogging in the first place?

I first started blogging in 2015 about beauty products and reviews. Shortly after I lost the motivation to write. Thought blogging just wasn’t my thing. One night in 2017 the Holy Spirit placed “The Graced Citizen” on my heart and told me to share some of my journal entries and also to share the gospel. The rest has been history.

2. What is something that most people would be surprised to know about you?

I hate the tv volume/ radio volume to be on an odd number. Like I just sense it!!

3. What was your childhood dream?

To become a doctor

4. When did God become real for you?

November 2016. Always been a church goer but in 2016 I had my first real encounter with the Holy Spirit

5. Christmas or Easter? and why?

Christmas. The entire family gets together. We go to church, celebrate Jesus and have a feast #yum

6. Favorite bible verse?

ahhh so many! Do I really have to choose? Psalm 46:10 for this current season.

“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”

7. Who inspires you to be a better person

My sister

8. If you could travel any place in the world. Where would you go?

Italy

9. Which miracle in the bible would you have loved to see first hand?

Tough one, but probably Jesus walking on water or raising Lazarus from the dead or feeding the 5000

10. Introvert or extrovert

INTROVERT – all day, everyday

11. Morning or night?

Morning! Wake up at that lovely 5:30am and get my day started! Night = bedtime

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11 blogs that I nominate: (no particular order)

  1. Bless the Crown
  2. Marred in the Master’s Hand   (yes,she nominated me but I have to re nominate her!)
  3. Monic the Drum Her
  4. Her Strength
  5. Becoming His Tapestry
  6. My Blessing by Grace
  7. Personal Growth Success Blog
  8. Healthy Lifestyle Mama
  9. Beauty Beyond Bones
  10. Godly Dating 101
  11. A Journey to Faith Blog

 

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To accept the Sunshine Bloggers Award, you must:

• thank the blogger who nominated you

• answer the 11 questions asked

• nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 other questions

• List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post

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11 Questions:

  1. Favourite book of the Bible? (like every time you read it you get that whole new feeling)
  2. Do you journal?
  3. What year was your first encounter of the Holy Spirit? Did you cry?
  4. Who is your favourite speaker?
  5. If you could travel to a destination, all expense paid…where would it be?
  6. What is your current read?
  7. Breakfast or Lunch?
  8. If you could meet a blogger in person, who would it be?
  9. Occupation?
  10. Favourite day of the week? and why
  11. Secret talent?

 

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oh my gosh! so much love.

aspire to inspire

lots and lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

And Can it Be?

GOOD FRIDAY….

This day is more than what the secular world has made the Easter weekend about Easter egg hunt and the fanfare.

If it wasn’t for this day, years ago in Calvary – who would we be today?

Have we truly prepared our hearts to receive the word and what God really sacrificed for us so that we have life?

I mean I don’t have any children yet, but if my son died so that we could have life – I would definitely be more proactive about what I have been called to do.

John 3:16 (NKJV) says:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Take time to reflect on the sacrifice and the unfailing, unconditional love behind the sacrifice.

I will share the words from my all – time favourite hymn:

And Can it Be

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

2

’Tis mystery all! The Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love Divine!
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.
’Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.

3

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.
’Tis mercy all, immense and free;
For, O my God, it found out me.

4

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray,
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

5

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine!
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness Divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

 

 

peace and love,

The Graced Citizen

Faith + Perseverance

At times the journey of faith can be very hard. Sometimes it’s hard for us to remember that each closed door has a reason.

Jesus closes doors in order to protect us from the things He knows we do not need. His hand is on you, always. Every test, every trial, every hurt, every disappointment- persevere because your breakthrough is closer than you think.

Keep the faith.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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