B R E A K T H R O U G H| Even When it Hurts…

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:25 read also Job 23: 8-14, Isaiah 48:10-11, John 16:33, Psalms 138:8 and 1 Peter 1:1-8. Be encouraged sis and know that whatever it is God has you in the palm of his hand. Praying for you…”

I decided to highlight this comment that Aqua shared with me under my post Great is Thy Faithfulness

Before I begin, I am writing this post in full Hallelujah praise. I am filled and encouraged. I am basically preaching to myself with this post.

The comment not only wrecked me in the moment but it elevated me because in that moment, I was holding on to a thin piece of threaded faith. I was trusting God, even though it was hurting and I was tempted to try to make things happen in my own will because I wasn’t seeing God’s promise unfold in the way and time I expected. I began to feel like a double-minded faith hypocrite!

Aqua sharing these words and verses with me encouraged me to keep the faith to hold on to God’s promises even further. It challenged me to let go of my human nature to control every situation and to activate my faith even stronger. To pray even harder. To praise consistently. Paul and Silas prayed and praised right through their trials in prison and here I am about to lose faith and just give up because things seem a little dim?!

Psalm 138:8 NLT says: 

The Lord will work out his plans for my life—
    for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.
    Don’t abandon me, for you made me.

John 16:33 NLT says:

33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.

As I read the comment over and over and OVER again – it really reminded me of the importance of Godly community and the fact that we are not on this walk alone. It reminded me how easy I had forgotten what God had already brought me through. I couldn’t worry and remember what God has done for me at the same time.

These verses were a reminder that God hears me. He hears every single prayer. He knows and sees my heart and desires of my heart.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke “what the enemy can’t destroy – he distracts”

You see, when you are so close to the edge of a breakthrough – that’s when the enemy tries to take you down. Satan only has the amount of access that I give to him. In that moment, I needed to shut the door and pray his lies out! Satan sees me on my faith walk and he is gonna try everything in his wannabe power to make me go into panic mode when I think I am about to fail. Satan would have loved me to isolate and to take my eye off the promise. He wanted me to slip into darkness. He wanted me to slip into a spirit of discouragement, discontentment and distrust. If the enemy had his way, I would worry constantly about the things of this world and to worry about the things of the world would mean that I do not trust the Lord 100%.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.

Proverbs 16:9 says:

We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps.

I serve a greater, living, mighty God- who is so faithful and ever present. He will never leave or forsake me. Mi a God Pickney! (sorry, I got a little Jamaican patios involved – translation: I am God’s child). He has called me exactly to this fork in the road and by His will, I will see the other side of the promise.

So I pray harder. Praise harder. Seek His will even harder. I will walk the rest of the day and my life through by being souled out and serving Him. No matter the circumstances. It’s a Psalm 23,27,51,62,91 or just the whole book kinda day! Armoring up!

What are you worried about today? I am guilty of this but catch yourself. Remind yourself that God is charge. Surround yourself with a Godly community.

He orders our steps and leads us on the RIGHT path His way. Stop planning without including His will.

Stop worrying.

Stop over-thinking.

Lean on Him and let Him lead you.

I am so thankful for my online community. I just love how we pray each other up, encourage and help as much as we can – even if we are millions of miles away. I feel the love

Your breakthrough is closer than you could ever imagine!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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A little Testimony

I was clearing out my hard drive and stumbled upon these two pictures. This was in 2016. I was buying my vision board to pin all of MY PLANS on it. Not once did I ask God … What plans do you have for me? How do you want to use me? Everything I went home and placed on this vision board was flesh-led instead of being spirit- led.

Back then I didn’t even think it was important to consult God before my plans. It was more of “well this is what I want so God will make it work out”. I had it all wrong.

The second I got baptized – the Holy Spirit led me to basically clear the board. EVERYTHING. I removed the year stamps on the goals eg. open my own private practice in 10 years… and placed it back on the board. This time around I trusted God with His plans and His timing – I watched my life change drastically.

I placed more bible verses to memorize, more declarations over my life and the goals became less flesh driven and more purpose – heaven driven.

My little testimony? I changed everything on that vision board February 27,2017. June 29, 2017 – I left a horrible work situation (a job god told me not to take in the first place) and was unemployed. In three short months, that “ten year practice” goal turned into an October 2017 reality.

It was only by the work of God – He opened those doors, aligned the right people, location, provided overwhelming family and friend support & the suppliers. God is truly amazing. I was mind blown at the end of the journey. I can’t wait to see what He does next. He is faithful. Trust His timing.

Will you trust His timing today?

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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Walk on Purpose

Are you obediently walking in your purpose?

Are you staying in your lane?

Are you chasing instead of resting?

Are you allowing God to open the doors instead of busting them down?

Are you allowing Him to order your steps so that your light can shine? Psalm 119:113

Job 42:2 says” I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You”

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen


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Getting Tested?

So the season of Lent is about to begin tomorrow. It marks approximately 40 days until Good Friday. We pay close attention and reflect on the crucifixion and resurrection of our Christ Jesus.

I know many of us are planning to embark on a spiritual led fast or a season of reflection and repentance.

Usually during this time, just like Jesus was – we are tested and when a test comes what is your natural response? Do you pray or give up all the faith you had?

As I prepared to write this week’s post, the Lord placed Luke 10:19 on my heart.

Luke 10: 19 NKJV says: “ Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”

Did you just read what I did in that verse??? Jesus gives me authority?? Wow, how many times have I sold for cheap that God given authority? That is like selling my birthright! How many times during the test do I just throw my hands up and give up. “Lord this is too much, why me God! Why me?”

It got me thinking about the countless times I had given up before the end of a test. It took me back to my school days, there was no way I would be sitting an exam and just give up! I would work so hard towards that A+. Failing was not an option because I knew I had a goal to achieve. I knew I wanted that Dental degree and in order to get it – I had to graduate, and in order to graduate – I had to pass every single test.


So why are we trying to skip spiritual warfare and test? Where is your faith in the middle of test/storms? I have been wasting so much time not speaking authority over each and every situation. My God- given authority. Jesus has given me the POWER.

Corinthians 10:13 says:  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God isfaithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

So, in addition to these trying times – God will never ask me or you to do something that  He does not plan on providing a map for.

Therefore the question is – how do we manage the test? Do we take out His word (the Bible) to search and seek for the clues? Are we praying asking Him for His help and guidance? Are we seeking Godly council?

You see, I think a lot of times we forget who the test is for. We try to turn things around on God, forgetting He is the author and mastermind. During a test we must learn to call on Jesus, asking him for the power he already gave us! He can’t help us unless we invite Him to.

Does it rain or snow every single day? Doesn’t the sun eventually come out? We can’t go around mistaking bad weather for a bad season. The enemy wants to plant a permanent decision of giving up in your mind – in the moment when it gets hard. But we can’t go around making decisions based on how we are feeling! We must put our feelings aside and remember during each test that everything is already prepared for you.

Romans 8:18 says: “ For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

God has His plans to reveal so let’s praise Him through every season.

Things of this world will always exist, but are they stronger than the power of our Lord and the power He has given to you?

You have the power! Embrace and use it!

Stay close to Him during the storm.

Pray. Pray. Pray.

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

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Talents for the Kingdom

I was recently asked to guest write a post on the Bible Reasons (check out the website and the IG: @biblereasons)

So when was asked, initially, in my head I was like me?!!! I think Fritz has the wrong girl. Sometimes I wonder if people even read my own blog much less. The Holy Spirit really convicted me with this because I pray daily for Him to use me. “Use me Lord according to your will and glory.” He reminded me of this prayer and also reminded me that this blog is not about me. Me writing – is not about me or my feelings, but about all of Him. 

After calming down, reading the word and prayer…. Here is the post:

(Talents for the Kingdom)


I recently started a new Bible study with the “She Reads Truth” app (FREE and it’s available on the iTunes and Google Play store) – “The Parables of Jesus”

Of course, the famous Parable of the Talents is one of the highlighted scriptures.


Matthew 25:14-30 NLT

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

After the reading, there are a series of questions basically evaluating your understanding of the scripture and what the parable means to you. Most importantly, the main question always stands: What is the main lesson in this parable? 

It got me thinking! Talk about conviction.

I thought deeply about the time I have been spending, how I have been spending it, where I have spending and who I have been spending it with. It also led me to ask myself: How much time do I spend wasting my time and talents by just sitting around waiting for something to happen or situations to change?

From my personal evaluation, here are a few points on what I have learned from this specific parable:


God helps those who help themselves.

This means we are literally a product of the work we put in. God gives us the resources and He expects us to use them wisely and to the best of our ability. Today, we live in a microwave society. We want everything to happen NOW … or God shows us a promise and we wait forever without putting in the work expecting life changes.
We should use our talents to glorify God – That’s why He gave them to us. Our time and talent are given to us to work towards God’s Kingdom AKA be good stewards. We work to serve Him. We work onto Him. We will be held accountable. We can’t be an unfaithful and lazy steward.


We have everything we already need.

As I said before God provides us with the resources and it’s up to us to seek and find them. How can we expect our talents to grow and prosper if we don’t put in the work?
Here’s an example of a routine: Seek God —>He reveals a promise —> He provides the resource —>
We get impatient —> The flesh wins —> We try to make things happen ourselves —> The original God-given resource fails because we are unfaithful with little (Luke 16:10)—> We run to God again —> He answers —> BUT THIS TIME we revisit the resource —> WE pray asking God to use us according to HIS will and how to use the resources He blessed us with —> Wait on God’s timing. I don’t know about you, but the first part of the routine is exhausting and time wasting! Isn’t it much easier to just seek God about the resources and to pray that we use them wisely according to His will? We can accomplish so much more through God’s handiwork.


Not everyone’s talent will be your talent. Stay in your talent lane! 

I can’t say this enough – your journey, is your journey. Not Erica’s, not Johnny’s and not Tiffany’s. They simply won’t be able to do everything you can do and vice versa. Some things you’re going to be better at and that’s how we all work towards building the Kingdom of God.

V15 says: “He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.”

Let that verse sink in. Did you get what I did? My understanding is that the master understood the division of portion. He knew that the servant with one talent was incapable of producing as much as the servant with the five. We all have different task in the kingdom of God. One body – different parts. Note how we have one brain but two kidneys? Or why we need a small and large intestine? One heart and two lungs? Every organ has its own function (our gifts and talents) but they all have to work together for ONE function – KEEP YOU ALIVE.

God has given me my gifts and talents and I will use them to the best of ability here on this earth so when I meet Him again, I will hear “well done”

It’s that simple.

Lots of love and blessings,
The Graced Citizen

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The Philippians 1:6 Promise

I hold very tight to this promise because I know that there is a responsibility with being chosen.

I am gonna come out on the other side because God will complete everything within me.

He will complete the work He started.

Trust the process.

Continue to sow seeds until the time of harvest.

He sees you.

Don’t get weary. Stay strong!

lots of love,

The Graced Citizen

C H A P T E R X X V I I I , My Best Year Yet.

Wow, what a year it has been! The birth of our Christ always leads me into reflection. It’s been a great year, today and right here, at the end of it we get to celebrate the greatest gift of all… Jesus. Why wait until December 31st to reflect?


I got Baptized!

I share this photo because on February 26,2017 I made the best choice ever. I made it here, to this chapter – because of Him.

Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

He planned my life. He planned my PURPOSE. He is what I live for. This is a celebration of HIS work. I can’t wait to see what else He has in store for me.

Desperation is the womb of change. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom and be at our lowest to appreciate the highs and blessings. In the midst of it all it’s important to remember that struggle is always pregnant with GLORY.

I surely experienced His glory this year. 2017 wasn’t an easy one, I lost family, friends, jobs, things, situations – but the struggles, test and trials, pruning proved to be more than worthy. God is so faithful with His promises. The reality is that true joy only comes from Him.

2 Corinthians 4:17
“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!”

Romans 8:18
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.”

2018 will be my year of Spiritual Maturity, Faith and Growth. What are you speaking over your life for the new year? Declare it today and CLAIM IT!

Thank you for another year! Thank you for the successes in the past year and the failures that showed me my weakness and drew me closer to you. I love you so much Jesus. Thanks for never giving up on me.

lots of love,