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

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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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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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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