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

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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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