Opportunities: I’ve Been Given

The 47th Week of Gratitude ~  Opportunities You’ve Been Given ~
As for my opportunities:
I’m thankful for all the open door opportunities that have been given to me.
I thank God for His Holy Spirit who leads me and grants me wisdom.

I know what I dare to believe, to do, can be challenging.  Yes, there are (and will be) fears that have held me back.  I know more opportunities will come along the journey.

What are and were some of the opportunities that I have or have done?
Here are a few opportunities I have:
To be a blessing
To be a witness for God
To be a member of a church community
To be apart of some things
To be thankful
To believe, to trust
To give and to receive daily
To vote when the time comes
To voice my opinion
To pray for people
To meet people
To be a daughter
To be a sister
To be an Auntie
To be a friend
To have the gift of life
To make choices
To imitate Jesus
To operate in the fruits of the spirit
To become what God has me to become

Memories of opportunities from yester years:
To have received an education: (School of Life continues)
To have sung in a regular church choir (1996 – 2001)
To have journeyed to Israel in Nov of 1998
To have been bride’s maid two times
To have met a Governor
To have met two actresses stars
The list goes on…

May we believe in the good of opportunites.
May God lead us in the way that He wants us to go.
May we be thankful as the open doors of opportunities come.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Advertisements
Posted in ChurchLife, Faith, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment

Technology: Then And Now

Week 46 of Gratitude ~ Technology ~

There’s so much technology.  I’m thankful that I can do what I can keep up with.  There’s something new every day. I’m amazed by what I’m learning.

Back in the days: of VCRs, the tape recorders, cassette tapes, the early cell phones, computers, lap tops. dish washer, the microwaves, I thought that these things were something. And now, how things have changed.

I’m thankful that through the years, that there are better products becoming available. And that’s more knowledge to figure out how to work. I didn’t know what download or upload was. Let alone burning a CD, cropping photos? copy and paste?

It took me a while to learn how to use a cell phone. I’m still learning how use my computer. It has taking me time. But, I’m catching on. I can order things online.

I’ve heard that we can clap our hands to make some things work. There are devices where we can speak some words and it can do some things for us. And I thought to set a timer and it will turn on a device for us was something.

We can only imagine. What more could be out there? Technology is on the loose. Who could imagine to see and talk to someone on a cell phone.  It’s like being two places at once.

May we learn to adjust to the changing technology.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Posted in Questions, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment

What Do You Do For Fun?

The 45th Week of Gratitude ~

What do you do for fun? ~
What do I do for fun?

I act silly by doing silly things; it keeps me in touch.
I tend to joke around;  and it’s all in good taste.

I view the sky and see beauty; thanking God, I can see.
I listen to any sounds, being thankful, I can hear.

I sit and wait in silence; longing to receive insight.
I wonder, Hmmm! Having fun does have a certain smell.

May we learn to have fun in our everyday life.
May we taste and see the goodness in having fun.
May the LORD bring people in our lives to have fun together.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Posted in Faith, Questions, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment

Your Favorite Holiday

The 44th Week of Gratitude ~  Your Favorite Holiday ~ And what’s my favorite holiday? I really don’t have one.  Everyday is a gift from God.  And each day is sacred.  I celebrate life and make the most of each day.

I’ve come to enter into the holiday seasons as they come. Thanksgiving is every day. And the joy of Christmas and Easter is knowing Jesus. I do enjoy the beginning of the New Year with the beauty of the Advent Season. What a sight to see the decorations leading up to through the Christmas season!

As I look back on life, I thank God for the memories. I enjoyed our Thanksgiving gatherings. I remember New Year’s Celebration, Mother’s Day , Father’s Day and The Fourth of July. Indeed, family gatherings are special.

In my early years, the whole  family would  join together.  We would have picnics, cookouts and whatsoever. We would celebrate our parents’ birthdays.  The whole family gatherings were special.

As the years came to pass, things have changed. People have gone on to be with the LORD. There were some have moved away.  We don’t get together as much. The Holidays bring good memories.

May we learn to celebrate the gift of each day.
May we enjoy doing life with Jesus and others.
May we enter into life and be who God has called us to become.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you
S.A. Blakley

Posted in Family History, Questions, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment

A Mentor / Teacher

The 43rd Week of Gratitude ~ A Mentor/ Teacher ~ I’m thankful for all the teachers and mentors who have crossed paths throughout my lifetime.  I’m thankful for their openness to share about their lives. I’m thankful for caring people.

In my upbringing, my early mentors and teachers were my close family members. As I grew in age, there came others. I don’t want mention the names of the teachers / mentors in my life. What’s important, is that I’m following Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.
Life is about Jesus. I look for the Spirit of God in people.

Indeed, The Holy Spirit is with me every moment of the day. I have His guidance. I have to learn to be in tune with Him. I’m thankful that I’ve been maturing as I’m walking and communing with God.

I’m thankful for the people God has placed in my life.
Those who I’ve been there for me and have not given up on me.
Those who have seen things in me that I did not see.
Those who have spoken words into my life when I was weary.
Those who took time with me and helped me along my journey.

I believe that everyone we meet teaches us some things.  And for those in whom I’ve listen to, those who have imparted things into my spirit; either for the good or the bad,
I’m learning  from life’s experiences. And I’ll continue to learn and be transformed on the journey of Life. I’m thankful for those who have influenced my me.

May we learn to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
May we always go to Jesus, no matter what happens.
May we learn that we’re all teaching others something.
May God use us to be teachable to share the story of Jesus.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Posted in ChurchLife, Faith, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment

Your Favorite Possession

The 42nd Week of Gratitude:  Your Favorite Possession ~ The way I come to believe and see ;  Everything I have belongs to God. What good I treasure and what good I obtain is within my heart. I’m thankful that Jesus has His claim on me. He’s mine and I’m His.

What I “have” is the stewardship over what possessions I manage.  I’m accountable for what I do, what I say and what I’m a caretaker of. And, I shouldn’t let what I have, possess me.

I know that what’s in my possession is temporal.  I’ve learned to hold things loosely.  What I manage can be taken away from me.  And I know that they could be destroyed.

Everything that I “have” is on loan.  How I received things, came from what was given to me as a gift or what I obtain through laboring and buying processes. Yes, I have to hold things loosely. Someday, I’ll have to let “them” go.

Everyday, I make choices / decisions.  I have to approach things the why I believe…through what I do in actions, words and deeds… and with this process, I have to do it throughout my lifetime.

In all, life was given to me.
I belong to God.
Yes, I’m a  steward.
I own nothing.
LORD, help me manage what I have.

May we not let what we have control over us.
May we learn to hold things loosely.
May the LORD help us manage what we have.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S. A. Blakley

P.S.
I’m thankful for Jesus, the “cross” and my family history.

Posted in Thoughts | Leave a comment

Hobbies

The 41st Week Of Gratitude ~  Hobbies ~ I’m thankful for my hobbies. I see my hobbies as things I like doing. They bring a challenge and a joy to me in doing them. And it’s interesting to look back over what I’ve collected through the years.

What do I call my Hobbies?
Collecting info for Family Research; Journaling on what I discover
Collecting small Calendars; seeing repeating calendar years.
Collecting Book markers, Cards, such as business, Special Items
Cards for Special Days: Birthdays, Christmas, Post Cards, Thank You notes, Letters etc…
Special  occasions items, Napkins, Pens, Pencils, Historical Moments
Newspapers & Magazines Articles about family & friends, Noteworthy stories
Small Crosses, small items about Christianity
Small What-Knots, knick knacks, Tokens, Game Tickets, Movie Tickets
Collecting some Souvenirs; Mile markers

22552326_10155489930095660_9005390094807091678_n (3)

May the LORD bless us to enjoy our hobbies.
May we see the beauty in what we do.
May  we believe that God will hear our hearts desires in our hobbies.
Amen!

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Posted in Family History, ReflectionsPast, Testimonies, Thoughts | Leave a comment