Something You Look Forward To: God’s Gift Of Each Present Day

The 33rd Week of  Gratitude: Something You Look Forward To ~

Everyday is a gift from God. It’s a present that is given to us to receive.  What we do with our gift is up to us. May we use our gift wisely.

As each day comes, its a fresh new start from what was laid to rest the night before. It’s a new beginning. We should invest in our today, while we are still in today’s present.

What I’m looking forward to:
God’s revealing Himself to us.
… awakening to the gift of everyday presence of God.
…being with family and friends
…coming to Jesus ~ receiving communion
…the weekly gathering with the church
…finding new clues on my family history.
…being with God as I rest, relax and reflect on the day.

I’m looking foward and awaiting to line up with the Solar Eclipse 2017.
This event is on Monday, August 21, 2017,  begininng at 11:40 am cst.
The Total Eclipse begins at 1:06 to 1:08 and 38 seconds.
The conclusion of the event ends around 2:34 pm cst.

May we always be looking for something in our everyday life.
May we enter into what’s ahead of us in the day that we are in.
May we flow with things when things don’t go our way.
Amen.

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

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A City I Visited ~

 The 32nd Week of Graditude~ A City I Visited ~ I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to journey to Israel.  I’m thankful for all the wonderful memories of a life time. I had no fear as I was in Israel.

I’m thankful for the cities that I have visited over my lifetime. I enjoyed visiting Yankton, S D,  Chicago, Il, Canton, MO, St. Paul, MN, St. Louis, MO, St. Joseph, IA, Sioux City, IA,  , Elwood, KS, Troy, KS,  Kansas City, KS, Omaha , NE, Kansas City, MO, Cincinnati OH, Tel Aviv, Israel, Capharnaum , Caesarea, Jerusalem, Israel, Atlanta, GA, and the list goes on…

And I so longed to visit Jerusalem in 1997.  The dream came to pass on Thursday, Nov 19, 1998. I was there until Nov 25, 1998.  It was a journey of a lifetime. I may look like a tourist in the photo but, I was exploring and discovering things on my pilgrims journey.

I have great memories of being in Jerusalem. The moments we arrived to the City, My first Supper and Last Supper, The night walk to Calvary’s Hill, the walk to the Old City, The Great Wall, The Temple Mount, The Garden Tomb, the list goes on.

I cried the moments as the bus was going up to Jerusalem. I couldn’t control myself. I cried all the way to the hotel. I was seeing my dream came true. And throughout my stay, I enjoyed Jerusalem.

I’m truly thankful that the door was open for me in 1998.  I took the opportunity.  I had the peace that I need to go then. Thank You, Jesus!

As I reflect back over the last night that I was in Jerusalem on Nov 25, 1998, I sensed that it was my last Supper in Jerusalem. There was something I felt. I cried in my bed the night that we were going head back  home to the US.  I stayed up the whole journey home.

The year 2018 will be the 20th anniversary since my journey of a lifetime. A group from the church is going. I was asked by some friends if I was going.  I said “No”.  But, I will be praying for them.

I had longed to return to Jerusalem since 1998. But, the longing has eased through the years. There was a part of me wants to return. But, I have no peace to follow through in returning. I will always have memories of my journey.

May we enjoy the journey to where we are headed.
May we celebrate our mile markers.
May we see the beauty that surrounds us on our journey.
Amen.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
SA.Blakley

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Core Value

The 31st Week of gratitude ~ I’m thankful that God has a hold on me.  I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit is leading me into the truth. ~

My core value has been in a process of what I’m believing. Where did it all start? With what my parents taught me while I was growing up. And what others have spoken into my life.

I was taught to be respectful and to be kind to others.  I heard about Jesus as long as I can remember.  I ask myself,  What do I believe? How do I know what is the truth?

What I believe, comes from how I’m becoming in Jesus. I do the best that I can with what I have. Or with what others have given to me. I don’t mean to harm anybody.  Nor want to do evil.

I believe in Jesus, the Son of God. I became a Christian when I was a teenager.  I didn’t attend church gatherings on a regular basis until Sept 12, 1993. I continue on the journey with Jesus. I gather weekly with the church.

There were things that I believed when I was younger. As I grew, I have a different knowing than what I taught I knew when I was younger. I know that even now, what I believe will change as I journey through life. I’m thankful that I’m maturing in life.

There is one thing, I believe that will never change. God loves me and He will never leave me or forsake me. I can’t do nothing without Jesus. I believe in Him.

May the LORD guide us into believing the truth in Him.
May we continue on life’s journey growing and changing.
May we become what God is leading us to become.
Amen!

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

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Your Current Age: I am the age, I am

The 30th Week of Gratitude: Your Current Age ~

I thank God for how I’m aging.  And whatever my current age is, I am the age, I am. People say that I don’t look my age.  It’s in my genes.

I read somewhere that “Age is like art”. Indeed, we should wear our age the best way we know how. I want to dress nice. And I don’t want to dress inappropriate.

While, I was growing up, my mother taught me to dress nice.  When I was about 30 1/2,  I started to attend church and I started to dress up more. I learned how to dress from my church life experiences.

Through the years, I  adapted a dress code. It’s the manner in how I present myself. I do wear a little make up. I don’t dye my hair.  Yes, when we are out in public, we shouldn’t advertise as we’re in a fashion show.

I choose not to dress in the latest styles or trends. I have learn to use what I have. I like what I like. There are people who compliment me on how I present myself. We all are the representative of God to the world.

Some thoughts
How we present ourselves to others states something. We can either look older than we are. Or look younger than we appear.  What’s in our hearts will reflect how we appear outwardly.

May we adjust to how we are aging and act our age.
May we wear our age the best way we know how.
May the LORD help us through the aging process.
Amen.

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

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Your Favorite Memory: One of Mine Is, While I Was Reading The Bible

The 29th Week  of Gratitude: Your Favorite Memory ~

I’ve been thinking about my good memories.  Oh! How beautiful! As I reflected back, I can see the hand of God touching me on my journey. I’m thankful for  those encounters I have with God. Thank You, Lord Jesus!

 One of my favorite  memories:
I remember when I was wanting to go to Israel.  I thought about it and thought about it and even spoke to God about it. My mind was on the going journey to Israel.  My sister had gone in November of 1996 with the church. I prayed for them that year.

I’ve been attending church for five years.  In 1997,  I attended a women’s meeting at church.  The guest speaker was walking around and was prophesying  over some of us. She spoke to me.  She asked me, if I had a passport. I said, I didn’t.  She suggested that I get one.

As time went on, there were ladies asking me if I got my passport. And if I was I saving up money to go to Israel. This could be why I had a desire to go. I had a longing to go to Israel. It was on my mind so much.

On April 7, 1997, I felt that the Holy Spirit was leading me to read the Book of Romans. I started that night.  I couldn’t read it all. But, the next morning I pick up to where I left off. I was up to chapter 14. I read this on my 35th birthday.

As I was reading about Paul going to Spain, I told God that I wanted to go to Israel. I continue to read.  And these 5 words that catch my attention  from Romans 14:25  ….but, now I am going to Jerusalem … those words came alive to me.  They weren’t just words on the page. My spirit knew something that my mind could comprehend.

I felt the joy of the LORD upon me. I believe that God wanted to see the words. I was so amazed. I WAS GOING TO ISRAEL!  I kept this to myself for about a few months. Every thing had to fall into place. It had to be a miracle to make this all happen.  I wanted to prepare myself for the journey.

While I was preparing to go to Israel in November of 1998, I had to make up my mind for sure that I was going in 1997.  I got a word from God. And I wasn’t going to let go.

I asked people what I needed to do? And what I need to take? There would be a lot of walking. I had to learn to eat other foods. I never been on an airplane. I have never been out the country.

I had a lot of conformation that I was headed to Israel.  I had my mother’s blessings. I found a letter holder with the name Jerusalem on both sides. I saw a license plate with IZREAL about a few days before I was to leave.

Yes, I was headed to Israel in 1998. It wasn’t until about 24 hours before I was to board the plane that I realized that I was actuallyy going.  There was someone trying to talk me out of going.  I told that person that it was my time to go.

I did make the journey.  It was 18 month in the  making from the time I read those 5 words in Romans 14::25. And it came to pass. Thank You, Jesus!!  I had a wonderful adventure in the Holy Land. I will share more on my journey and Jerusalem in another blog.

“But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. ”
Romans 14:25 (NKJV)

May we thank God for memories that He plants in our hearts.
May we enjoy the journey the best way we know how.
Amen.

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

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My Book Of Remembrance: 18 Years

 

 And counting…

It’s been 18 years since I begin my Book Of Remembrance on July 17, 1999. I got this idea from watching  a message by Joyce Meyer. It’s a record of some of the good things that God has done in my life.

From time to time, I review what I’ve written. God has done many great things in my life. I’m thankful for my book of remembrance. There are times, I laugh when I read it.  I even misplaced my booklet and forgot to write something down.

However, through the years, I have made a note to record things about my life.  I did go back and filled in the missing days and times. I’m doing my best to record daily.

I think is a good practice to reflect over what I’ve written. I search for my special days. I have come across things that I forgotten about. I’m thankful for my journey with Jesus.

I’ve seen some things that has surprised me. I can’t read my own handwriting. LoL.  But, I see that God’s goodness and mercy is following me all the days of my life.

May we learn to record the goodness of God and reflect back on them.
May we have a book of remembrance to leave as a legacy.
Amen!

I’m on My Journey Of Transformation: I  will continue to record in my Book Of Remembrance: I’ m at 18 Years and counting.  My first Book Of Remembrance goes to December 2017.  I have to start a new one on January 1, 2018. LORD knows how long that book will be.

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

Oh, LORD,  I’m so thankful for all  that You have done and continue to do in my  life and  others.  Thank You!  Thank You! THANK YOU! Amen.

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.”  Malachi 3:16

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Your Past: Its In The Past ~ Learn From It

The 28th Week  of Gratitude ~  Your Past ~

I ‘m thankful that the LORD has been with me throughout my journey. I’ve been thinking about where I’ve come from and to where I am right now. I see that I have made some progress. But, I have much more ways to go.

Yes! We all have a past. We are reminded of it from time to time. We can remember the best of times and the worst of times. We had to meet challenges. We had to adjust to them.

I’ve been reflecting back on some of my back stories from what I could remember – 1967, 1968 – 1975, 1976 – 1981, 1982 – 1988, 1989 – 1992, 1993 – 2000, 2001 – 2007, 2008 – 2016. And now, 2017.   Oh, the memories.  My past is behind me. I’ve learned from my past. And I continue to learn from my life’s happenings.

I was thinking, what was my past life-like? LORD, have mercy. I was living in sin (and I still am).  In my early shy life,  I was soft-spoken. I wasn’t outgoing. I knew that I was a sinner. And I knew that I needed more to life than what I thought. I need to repent daily and turn to Jesus for help.

In my weakness, I thank God for granting me strength. I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned to count them as experiences. I have had my share of disappointments. I’m thankful that God was there to see me through.

I shouldn’t have any regrets on what I did or didn’t do. I made those chooses. Indeed, I learned the hard way and suffered the consequences. I’m thankful that I’ve overcome some of those challenges. And I have more issues to press on through.

I’m thankful that God is making me into whom He has called me to become. I want to be more Christ like.  I’m on the journey of spiritual transformation. I believe that I’m being changed every day by the grace of God.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14

May we be thankful that Jesus is on the journey with us.
May His Holy Spirit be our guiding Light.
May we learn to celebrate our process.
Amen!

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

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