Joy, that fruit we must pick!

Hey loves,

So I was recently studying the Fruits of the Spirit and I have decided to share a few of my notes 😊

Galatians 5:22-23 says :

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

JOY.

Joy, is a fruit of the spirit.

We often sing the song in church:

” I’ve got the joy, joy, joy down in my heart”

JOY.

‭‭Is it really down in your heart?

What is the difference between joy and happiness?

Joy comes from the Lord, happiness comes from the world.

It took me a lot of studying the Word to learn and understand that happiness is a worldly emotional mindset.

Joy is permanent, happiness is temporary.

We must learn to find joy in every situation, every season, every moment.

Serving God should not be based on temporary emotions or our state of “happiness” of what we feel like or not doing.

The more we are led by the Holy Spirit and live for Jesus…the more we seek and receive true joy.

Let’s try to sow this seed so we together can reap this fruit.

❤️

The Graced Citizen

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

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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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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