Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

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Image result for test without a testimonyToday, I want to quote this as an encouragement for you today that when you’re going through tough times, there will always be a lesson that you can learn from in such situations. You know the popular sayings which state that:

  1. “You can’t have a Testimony without a Test”;
  2. “Where there is no Struggle, there’s no Strength;
  3. “In your Mess there is a Message”, and;
  4. “There is no Victory without a Battle”; 

These sayings all have a common meaning in that they all imply that:

“every bad situation has some good aspect to it. This proverb is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward”. –

(Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining.html)

When you go through a trial, it is easy to become cynical and pessimistic when facing various vicissitudes (ups and downs) of life. However, the only thing that you can change when facing such issues in your life is your perspective on the matter. It isn’t always easy to see a silver lining in every set-back or problem that you face; however, when you focus on the positive, you will be able to notice solutions that you never thought could be possible. All of a sudden the “impossible” becomes “possible” and this is how we overcome.

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

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You cannot avoid trials altogether in your life; however, having said that though, you can change your perspective on how you view the trials that you face. People can do scandalous things to you in order to throw you off course from doing the right thing. You may even be tempted to stray from the right path out of desperation or frustration with respect to waiting on the promises of God in your life. Do not be enticed to go through short-cuts just to obtain the things you desire in your life causing you to sear your conscience. Waiting is an attribute of the strong and the wise. Waiting on the promises of God in your life is not easy, but you will see in the long run, that it’s the best thing to cultivate in your life because once a promise is fulfilled, you’ll regard that promise with respect and value.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Image result for test without a testimonyYou have to have the faith to believe that God is able to satisfy the desires of your heart. Those that refuse to wait on God and live with the “My way or the highway” philosophy of life will always run quickly to do evil and will always land in trouble because trouble seeks a desperate heart that isn’t willing to listen to reason. This is why cultivating a patient and faithful heart takes a lot of work and perseverance.

When I look at all the things I’ve been through for the past year with being in hospital, then going through rehab therapy because of the sickness I’ve had to endure (Encephalitis), I feel like although I have been setback from progressing professionally, I believe that whatever was meant for evil in my life, God will turn it around for a good purpose. In my mess there is a message and that message is that no matter what types of things try to pull you down, always keep pressing forward towards the goal never looking back. I nearly died, but praise God, I’m still alive to testify about the Goodness and Mercy of God.

Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV) – Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Do not live a life filled with regrets. Pursue purpose, step out and be bold and courageous. God gives us second chances to change our destiny but if we succumb to setbacks or delays or discouragement, you’ll never really know what your true potential would be if you don’t press forwards towards the goal without looking back. Even in the face of rejection, change your perspective on the matter and see rejections as opportunities for a better door to open up in your life. Be positive-minded and refuse to remain defeated. I know that when I was going through rehab therapy because of my brain injury, I felt slightly irritated and discouraged that I was struggling to “remember to remember”. Losing my short-term memories and trying to regain them again requires my whole brain to rewire and remap how I recall details and to develop new methods of retaining information by daily recording my activities in a journal so that I won’t repeat a transaction or activity that I had already completed.

Image result for test without a testimonyIt’s been a hard road to recover my memories but it has also been a very humbling situation at the same time. I am thankful that I am recovering at a much faster pace than what was expected. I thank God for His healing and feel very hopeful for the future ahead of me.

Like I mentioned before in a previous post, I’ve had several near-death experiences in my life that I know that God is the One preserving my life. Just when I thought that being hit by a bus and SUV was something, I get struck by a sickness that affects my brain and my memories. In knowing this, I can’t take the time I have here on Earth for granted because you never know when you’ll breathe your last breath, so respect what it is that you have in your life with value. Do not put off saying important things that you need to tell certain people you have in your life thinking that you have “all the time in the world”, because time waits for no man/woman. Rather, take advantage of the time that you do have right now and have the courage to pursue things you never thought you could do. Take up activities you’ve been putting off for a “next time” now so that you live life with no regrets and say the things that you’ve been wanting to tell another person now rather than assume that there’ll be a “next time”. What if there never comes a “next time”?

Do not be presumptuous, rather, be deliberate and courageous. 

Live life without regrets. That is the ultimate message I have for you today. Seize the day and remember to dedicate each day to the Lord and give Him praise for being able to wake up to see a “Today”, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀


Be Like Jesus in Everything You Do!

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Image result for love isI thought I’d post a couple of songs to minister to your spirit today 😀 . The first song is by Deitrick Haddon called Be Like Jesus. I still believe that there are still some Christians out there still criticizing Deitrick for his past infidelity and are still condemning him for his past indiscretion because some people can’t seem to let the past be in the past. Don’t get me wrong in that I’m not downplaying what he did because he did hurt his wife by having an affair, but honestly, people need to look at themselves before they continue to point fingers at others who fall from temptation so easily. No one is immune to sin nor are they immune from falling into the traps of various temptations to stray from the right path. Why point at the speck in your brother or sister’s eye but can’t see the plank in your own eye? The measure people use to judge another will be used against them according to this scripture:

Matthew 7:3-5 (NKJV)

And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV)

The Greatest Gift

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13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a]but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Image result for love isLove never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Image result for love isTherefore, it is important to operate with a Spirit of Compassion and Mercy with a heart to forgive and minister people to get back on the right path. Just because you see someone fall, doesn’t mean that you have the right to laugh and poke fun at them. This is where we exercise the heart of Jesus and go to that person and pick them up off the ground when they fall. That is what LOVE is. If we claim to love one another as Christ has done for us, then we should not be hypocritical in our conduct and scoff at another’s weakness. We should rather encourage and lead people to higher ground especially when they are feeling low. Display this fruit of the Spirit in all that you do today, Amen! 🙂

The last song for today is by Joshua Rogers called So Good. I’ve never heard of this guy before but this song is off the hook. I’m pretty sure y’all will like it. It has that one-two-step feel of the beat that will make you move on your toes. I pray that these songs minister to your spirit today. God Bless You everybody! 😀

Experiencing True Joy in Your Life

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Image result for Joy of the LordToday, I want to focus on the true Joy that comes from the Lord. Sometimes, people think that they can find true joy in amassing wealth or possessions for themselves, getting a great job, being “popular”, having many so-called friends, or even by having a “significant other/spouse”. The thing is, even if someone were to be in possession of such things, it does not guarantee that the void that they feel in their heart will be easily satisfied.

Have you ever met a person that smiles with their mouth but doesn’t smile with their eyes? It’s a forced smile because when you look into their eyes, you can see that their hurting/ feeling depressed/ angry/ and/or devoid of true joy. In order to minister effectively to such a person, you have to call out what it is that you are seeing in their eyes because the eyes are the windows to the soul.

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Sometimes such people think that if they are simply surrounded by a whole bunch of people, that the pain that they feel inside of themselves will simply go away, but they don’t realize that even in the midst of a crowd, you can still feel lonely in your own pain and anguish. People cannot fill the void; however, having said that though, they can help you find what it is that you are truly looking for which is true contentment, inner peace and joy that I believe can only be found in God (Jesus Christ). If you are feeling this type of pain, have the courage to reach out to other people who can help you through whatever it is that you’re going through. Do not work in isolation, learn to reach out to others when you are feeling this way. Take some steps of courage and seek out all the help that you can get. If you are in need of prayer you can always contact me by commenting on this blog post below, however, I encourage you to seek help where ever it is that you live.

Nehemiah 8:10 [Full Chapter]

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Image result for sadnessI remember when I was going to the International School of Beijing (ISB) that the kids in that school came from well-to-do families but many of them were pretentious in terms of their characters and attitudes. Not all of them were happy and some of them felt the need to be in certain “cliques” to feel included and happy to the extent that they had to change their appearance from the way that they dressed and acted just in order to “fit in”. Even after joining some of these cliques/ popular groups, their personalities changed dramatically to become cold to those they used to once associate themselves with because now they were part of the “in-crowd” or the “cool” group of kids.

I always found it fascinating how people can change just because they have a void in their heart and they think that being with certain types of people can satisfy that void. I remember a time when some of my so-called friends left me to join these popular social circles, that they thought I would follow suit and become just like them who wanted to be in the “in-crowd”. I at that time, thankfully was saved in China, had found God at that time when all this craziness was going on and had found inner-peace to a degree that I could even hang out by myself and be satisfied being alone. I was not enticed to join a crowd of people that did things that went against my belief-system since some of these social circles did drink, do drugs, had sex etc etc etc. Why should I change myself just in order to fit in? I don’t think sooooo. Rather, it was better for me that I found inner peace by finding God at the time that I did, otherwise I could have been swept up by the current of peer-pressure had I succumbed to the negative influences that were around me at this school.

Image result for contentmentI remember playing in the playground by myself with my twin sister and I remember feeling very content with my being alone at that time. Somehow, it was refreshing in a weird way because I felt no pressure to be something or someone else, all I had to do was be myself and enjoy being myself. Eventually, people similar to me gravitated towards me and I had gained new relationships at that school that were wholesome and tended to be Christian students that shared the same belief system as I did, who no longer wanted to be a part of the so-called inner circles of mediocrity that were existent at that time. They became my close friends who didn’t succumb to peer pressure and followed me because I refused to change my standards just for the sake of popularity.

If being popular meant that I had to change my core values and shake my integrity, then I wasn’t going to take any part of that. I’d rather be incognito, going about my business solo rather than stray from the path just in order to feel “included”. This goes back to my point being that “People cannot fill the void that is in your heart”; Only Jesus can fill the void that is in your heart. It is important to have standards for yourself as a person and maintain them, otherwise you will end up being like that saying that goes: “If you don’t stand for something, then you’ll fall for anything”.

Image result for contentmentYou cannot afford to be mediocre in the choices that you make in your life concerning who you will hang out with, what activities you choose to partake in and what type of person you will choose to become. Be a person filled with integrity, be a person who has and will always uphold Godly standards of behaviour as a way of life, be a person that isn’t so easily led astray and tossed about by the current winds of peer pressure, be a person that is like a beacon of light that can guide others who are lost in the right direction.

If we are truly “Christians” as we so claim, our lives should reflect and direct others in the right direction through our conduct, speech and lifestyle. So for today, if you are feeling depressed or are somewhat feeling numb inside because you feel “lonely” or are in great emotional pain, then my suggestion to you is to seek help from people who have a strong moral compass that can guide you and/or counsel you in the right direction. Pray to God to help you fill your heart with inner joy, peace and strength and ask Him to bless you with the right people to come into your life at the right time who can strengthen your walk with God and build up your self-esteem. If you ask in prayer, God will surely answer to your need. It takes courage to reach out to someone, so do it anyway because working out your feelings in isolation won’t help you. Take a step of faith and reach out to someone that is willing to listen to your broken heart and pray to God to help you find the right people to enter into your life that can help build you and strengthen you, Amen! If you are in need of prayer, you can always contact me by commenting on my post. I pray that this post blesses your spirit today.

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer ] Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

I have a song here by Jeremy Camp called Word of Life. I pray that this song blesses your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀


Already Won!

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He deserves my highest praiseToday, I wanna post an upbeat song by yours truly, Tye Tribbett called Already Won. I just heard this song today and I just love it! No matter what circumstances you face, when you have God on your side, your battles are already won people! It’s all a matter of perspective. I know what it’s like to feel defeated, I know what it’s like to feel like you are at your lowest point, I know what it feels like to even feel like you’ve had enough and you want to throw in the towel, but despite all of these negative emotions you may feel at anytime, or any terrible experiences that you may have had to face in your life, you can fight on! You can win with God on your side. 🙂

I think ever since I was a kid, I’ve had to battle one sickness or ailment over another such as continuous nosebleeds that would make me pass out at (age 6-8), a strange form of arthritis found in my pelvis that would lead me to be unable to walk without severe excruciating pain as a kid (5 years – 8 years of age), asthma (majority of my childhood up until age 12), ulcers in my stomach that would make me puke blood (at ages 9-14), dizzy spells (ages 9-13), a Car accident involving being hit by a Bus (age 30) and then of course now it’s encephalitis – a viral infection of the brain that causes short-term memory loss (age 31-32). It’s amazing the types of things I’ve been through and this is just to list a few things that I’ve had to experience in this short lifespan, but through it all, God has been with me and I give Him the highest praise! 😀

8a3714efe3b8958bddaac6bbb91e0219--praise-the-lords-praise-godI think I mentioned in a previous post that there was a generational curse that used to operate in my family concerning a strange pattern with respect to the death of the twins on both sides of the family and seeing as how I’ve had several near death experiences in my life, you cannot view curses as something trivial and will eventually go away. That’s just pure ignorance at its finest. However, having said that though, you should never exalt a curse (or any curses for that matter) over your life from the truth of the fact that the covering of God is able to withstand any curse operating in your life through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. I’ve come close to death several times in my life that I know that I’ve got to give my God the highest praise for preserving my life. You never know when you will breathe your last breath, so it is important to cultivate a personal relationship with God right now because tomorrow is not promised to you my friends. In fact today is a gift from God so I say to you that Now is the time to give up your life to Jesus if you’ve been sitting on the fence about where you stand in Christ for so long, it’s time to jump with Jesus people! I’m not joking about this. Tomorrow is not promised so carefully consider where it is that you stand and give God praise that you saw a Today, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Romans 12:21

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

Revelation 2:7

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’

Revelation 2:11

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’

Revelation 2:17

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

Revelation 2:26

And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

Revelation 3:5

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

Patience – The Much Needed Virtue

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Image result for patienceI hope y’all are having a great day! I particularly have been going back and forth with a personal issue with respect to my medically suspended drivers license. Sometimes, when you do the right thing and some people can’t get a certain thing done right it makes you want to pull your hair out, but this is where the much needed exercise of patience is required. Right now I feel like screaming because of the back and forth of doing a simple task is making me do much leg work that could have been avoided if people had done things right the first time.

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Anyway, with anything, sometimes you just have to sit back and be patient with the delays and what have you that are thrown your way. I’m a person that loves efficiency and when I don’t see it happening, it makes me want to throw something at someone lol. Ok …well, I’m not that dramatic, but seriously, it can be annoying when you do all the right things and then there are these delays that happen that test your level of patience. The African saying that comes to mind is “A blessing delayed is not a blessing denied”. I wish I could smile at that saying, but right now, that is not what I’m feeling. I’m a wee-bit irritated about the delay due to administrative mishaps, but there comes a point where you just have to let go and just chill…because fuming won’t change the circumstances. How you perceive the situation does. So writing about this makes me feel all the more better because that’s how I let off steam by writing things down to gain some perspective over the situation.

Image result for patienceDelays can make you feel impatient, irritated and possibly cynical or passive aggressive depending on what type of person you are; however, it is during the waiting period that your character is truly tested. I look at this situation and figured that this is not worth my energy to be fuming over. There are bigger fish to fry in this life and if small things can make you angry then, where’s that practice of self-control right?

A lot of things that happen to you in life are tests. We either fail them or we pass and graduate to the next level of trials and testing. If we can’t pass the small tests, then we haven’t got the attitude to handle huge trials. I think that in all that I’ve been through, I’ve come to realize that each day is a gift from God, and time is literally in God’s hands and the energy we spend on fuming over small things, could be put to better use doing something else that is more productive and stimulating for your mind, body and soul. The exercise of positive thinking is no simple task, but once you maintain an attitude of gratitude, you’ll see things and situations in a more positive light despite the circumstances. Compare your situation to others who are far worse off than you and you’ll see things in a whole new perspective.

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It maybe raining in your life right now, but after the rain ends there’s a rainbow that comes out when the sun shines down in your life. Take each day as a gift, learn to be grateful, patient, kind to others, and thankful to God that you were able to wake up to see a “today”. I am thankful for today and hopeful for tomorrow so in all that you do, always give God the highest praise, Amen! 😀

God Bless You Everybody!

Here in the Presence

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Image result for Presence of GOdI just had to post this song by Elevation Worship called  Here in the Presence. It just sounds amazing and it talks about no longer running away but rather we should run towards God when things get hard. Whenever you’re going through something tough, sometimes we try to solve things with our own level of understanding and abilities, but the thing is, I think that is the time when we should really run to God and seek His presence with everything we’ve got, because most of our answers to most of our questions are found in God. You feel lonely, Go to God; You’re feeling tired of your life, run to God; You don’t know where you are going, seek God; You feel like you’ve got nothing left to lose, that is when you need the Lord the most. I don’t know what it is that most people are facing today, however, I still believe that God is your answer. I’ve been through a lot in my short life-span, and have witnessed how God has always been there for me through the thick and the thin. Even when you feel like you’ll lose your mind, He is the one that keeps you sane. A lot of unfair things may happen in your life, but when you run to God, when you run to Jesus, you will find inner peace knowing that He never left you nor forsook you in your times of need. He is the light that shines in all that darkness that you may experience in your life so embrace the light and let it shine through you today.

And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The next song I have for today also sounds really beautiful by Elevation Worship called Mighty Cross. I pray that this song minister’s to your spirit today. The cross of Jesus Christ will never lose it’s power over you, Amen! God Bless You Everybody! 😀

You Are Here

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I thought I’d just post two songs for today but I had to post three more for today when I listened to how great they sounded. The first song just sounds beautiful that I know it’ll minister to your spirit today. 😀

The next song is called Sweet Mystery by William McDowell feat. Nicole Binion and Jonathan McReynolds. 

The last song I’ll post is also by William McDowell feat. Charles & Taylor. I feel like worship songs bring us closer to God as we meditate on His goodness. When I think of what I’ve been through for the past year, battling sickness, I know that I wouldn’t have made it without God. He deserves all the Honor, Glory and Praise. No matter what you face today, please Remember the Name of the Lord, because He is the one that saves.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Forever Yours

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Today, I want to post this cool song by Elevation Worship  called Yours. 

The next worship song that I want to post today is by Deon Kipping, Jason Nelson and William Murphy singing Majesty. The sound of this song is just awesome that I know it’ll minister to you today.  I hope you enjoy these songs everybody! God Bless 😀

Spiritual Warfare by Jackie Hill-Perry

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Today, I want to post a video by Jackie Hill-Perry from P4CM – Passion 4 Christ Ministries who talks about Spiritual Warfare. It’s a very good sermon and I love listening to her because she has an amazing testimony about being an ex-lesbian who turned her life around and became a redeemed woman of God married to a loving man who also is from P4CM – Passion 4 Christ Ministries. I’ve met her in person and she’s just an amazing woman of God who speaks real talk through poetry and spoken word.  Even when she’s preaching she has that spoken word rhetoric in her voice. I pray that this message ministers to your spirit today. God bless you everybody! 😀

In Your Presence – Meet My Every Need

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Image result for God meet every needThere is a song I want to post today by William McDowell feat. Israel Houghton called In Your Presence. 

How many of you know that God is able to meet every need that you have in your life?

Sometimes we get disappointed when we don’t get what we want right away, but sometimes the things we “want” in life aren’t necessarily the things that we truly “need” in life.

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We have to learn to differentiate the difference between the two so that when things happen we don’t get disappointed; rather, we should become more thankful towards God for giving us what we really  need rather than receiving things on the basis of our wants. Sometimes when we obsess over the things we want, we lose sight of what’s really important and miss out on what is actually right in front of us. Don’t take for granted the things that you already have in your life, so for today, look at what you have around you and regard what it is that you do have with respect and value, because some people don’t have what you have today so why grumble over petty things that aren’t important when you have somethings to be thankful for.

Image result for God meet every needLearn to live life with a grateful heart and do not covet after what other people have. There is nothing wrong with having a desire (or desires) to have certain things that other people may possess, but don’t turn that desire into an obsession fueled by jealousy of wanting what another person possesses to make it strictly your own. Coveting after what another person has leaves such a person to be ungrateful for the things that they already are blessed with. It will leave such a person taking everything that they already do have for granted and will likely cause one to mistreat the things that they obsess over simply because they regard things and probably even people as possessions and not as things to be regarded with respect and value. Do not become such a person!

Image result for God meet every needLearn to live with a heart filled with gratitude and self-respect. Give God Thanks for everything that He gives you and cultivate a spirit filled with gratitude so that you do not become a haughty, proud, self-absorbed and a self-entitled individual. Such a person can never be grateful nor satisfied with what they have and will alway hunger and thirst for more than enough just to satisfy their own lust and greed. God did not intend for us to be this way. Rather, be filled with grace and cultivate an attitude filled with gratitude so that you don’t take what you have for granted. We need to learn that each day is a gift, so even such a thought should leave us to be humble and thankful for what the Lord has done to let us see another day, Amen! I pray that this song ministers to your spirit today. God Bless You Everybody! 😀