Psalm 27:5, My resting place🌹🌹🌹

We create our place of peace by what we allow and don’t allow, and center our thoughts on and don’t. Hallelujah! Joy and pain are part of life.

~SMILE ANYWAY~

SHINE BIG. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Enjoying this lovely, gentle, cleansing rain. Grateful to have life and to be able to see and feel the rain. God is with me/us. #eveninthis🌹

Joyfully, collecting some BEAUTIFUL GEMS, this morning which I will be reposting so others can use to create their own peaceful places around them.

Words are so powerful, to me. I need words the way I need water and oxygen. They lead me to real LIGHT. 🌟🌟🌟

I must say –

All in all I AM LOVING THIS JOURNEY. Good, bad and ugly ~IT’S A VERY WONDERFUL LIFE~ 😁🌟🌟🌟

Psalm 27:5 (KJV)

“For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” #mycurrentsituationandmood #thankfulforthehardships #gratefultotheLord #HehidesmeinHistabernacle #Heismysafeplace

Singing:

🎶🎶🎶 This world sometimes seems cruel and cold

And pain doth pierce my very soul

But there’s a place, a secret place

A place where I can go, ohh

A place of peace, where love abides

Where justice reigns and God resides

There is a place, a secret place

A place where I can go

For You shall hide me in Your tabernacle

From the rain and storm

And even when my enemies pursue me

You’ll keep me safe from harm

And when my heart is filled with pain

No peace it seems I’ll find again

I find that place a secret place

A place where I can go

For You shall hide me in Your tabernacle

From the rain and storm

And even when my enemies pursue me

You’ll keep me safe from harm

There is safety, in Your tabernacle

There is protection, in Your tabernacle

There is security, in Your tabernacle

There is sanctuary, in Your tabernacle

Lord take me, to Your tabernacle

I wanna go, to Your tabernacle

Lord take me, to Your tabernacle

Lord there You’ll reign, hide me safely in Your dwelling place

There is a place a secret place

A place where I can go, ooh a secret place

A dwelling place, I wanna go, I wanna go”🎶🎶🎶 (“A Secret Place”, Karen Clark-Sheard)

Connect with the truth

In this season I’m learning of the greatness I possess within through my falls and failures. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher – a better life. NO ONE sees you like God sees you. NO ONE will nor can invest in you better and more than you will ever invest in yourself. Let denial of access granted to you, the lack of their belief in you, and their desire to hold you back FUEL AND EMPOWER you. You just keep preparing.

Point of it all: the first real connection you must make is the connection with yourself. When relationships and commitments fall through there is a factual disconnection within yourself which you choose not to see.

Our first right connection is with the Lord God, our Creator, then with ourselves, then our purpose, then others and lastly, our callings.

We find out what we are created for through learning the needs of others and asking the Lord to empower us to meet their needs. We must STOP praying only for ourselves, seeking good only for ourselves and leaving others behind. It short changes us on so many levels.

Our survival and longevity (our legacy) relies on how well we sacrifice for others. Putting others first and desiring to see them MOVE UP is a win for us. Selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy, and the lack of belief in the “unassuming” is death to our dreams. Trust.

True Connection has divine order. When it’s all out of order, life is chaotic, relationships grow complicated, our dreams seem unreachable and intangible and our focus becomes “I, I, I…” God does His best to warn us of the dangerous storms we are headed in through the fact that we are flowing in a sense of artificiality and in an imbalance and disharmony.

Yes, my friend, herein lies the proof. When there is evidence of chaos there is evidence of an inner disconnection from your REAL SOURCE, your true Navigator and your true self. We immediately begin to jump into survival mode – we connect to any and everything/one God Never intended for us – our lives. But He allows for this to grow us and balance us out. He allows it because it will most definitely lead us to the right people/places/purposes at the right time for all of the right reasons.

Don’t beat yourself down anymore. Learn from it ALL (good and bad).

Believe…

Believe that everything, everything,everything BRINGS YOU TO YOUR RIGHT FIT – YOUR RIGHT CONNECT. #allinduetime❤️❤️❤️

Embrace…

Change for the BETTER is coming. You’re in preparation.🌹🌹🌹#overcomer😉 #bloopersandblunderscounttoo🌟❤️😎💋 #trustonlyGod

Great Leaders Are Forever Students

Luke 6:40 (NIV)

The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

The moment I recognized, accepted, embraced and understood who the natural born leader, ~DANA LEWIS~ IS

-I learned of my great passion for learning. Mind blowing.

Proverbs 9:9 (NIV)

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.

Great Leaders are (forever) humble students who teach, inspire, and encourage others the art of staying hungry for knowledge. They feed those with a desire to know the things they’ve already acquired. They’ve obtained the gems of a prosperous life and at every chance they receive they honor those who taught them by teaching others the secret of obtaining wealth and how to manage it.

This minor act of kindness is one of the things which keeps me young, focused, ambitious and very successful.

Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

My fellow leaders:

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER stop learning. Stop open like a beautiful blossom which open to the rainfall. Never be close your mind or yourself to acquiring something new and to some degree a bit out of your reach. Enjoy the chase. #knowledgeispower (Remember: it cannot be taken from you)

Lead with your kindness. Lead with your experiences (good and bad). Lead for the love and joy and bettering the lives of others. Lead without personal agenda, envy, the evil desire to hold another back or the goal to profit off of the ignorance of others.

Lead with the fear of God, lead with the heart of giving back, generously, and lead with the spirit of humility. Never think you’ve arrived or that you’re above others.

Things change – DAILY. Always check your spirit and your reason for why you commit to what you decide to involve yourself in. Know yourself. Know your own motives. #thefirstshallbelastandthelastshallbefirst

ALWAYS~ALWAYS LEARN WITH THE PASSION AND HUNGER TO TEACH AND MAKE SOMEONE AS GOOD AS YOU ARE (IN THIS) OR BETTER. 😁

YES!!!

This is how my well stays full. Don’t let your well run dry by saving everything you’ve acquired and keeping it all to yourself. This leads to undue stagnation. Flow with it.

#wakandaforever🙅🏾‍♀️

REMEMBER ME AS I LIVED 😁

~SHINE LIGHT~ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Believe it or not, I think about death, all day, everyday, but not in the way most people think about it. I truly believe when I’m called home to be with my Lord and Savior, my light will grow bigger, stronger here than when I walked the earth. I SMILE SO BIG when I think about all the smiles that will go up for me when people who knew me mention my name and all of my funny ways and attributes. I live like a ‘Goofy Lucy’ and so I know that in death most will be able to get past their grief and break out into a HUGE LAUGH when reminded of something goofy I did or said. Mooooore than anything I want the people I know, love, appreciate and admire to remember how easy it is/was for me to love and support them in everything they set out to accomplish in this life.

By nature: I CAN AND DO SUPPORT ANY AND EVERYONE WHO IS STRIVING HARD TO WIN IN THIS LIFE. It’s easy for me to do this because I know the damage hate, envy and jealousy can do to our lives – our souls. I have learned from being both hateful and hated on. Winners celebrate other winners. So everyday – all day, I thank God for giving me the calling of being an ‘Encourager.’ Encouragers are very, very unique people. The call to encourage others often means WE will not be supported, loved, given the same opportunities as others and/or our feelings ever considered. Yes, we hurt just like anyone else, but IT NEVER CHANGES US. HALLELUJAH!!! JESUS LOVES US!! He sees us, He knows us and He smiles on us.

The goal in doing for others is simple: I WANT TO MAKE HIM SMILE, EVERYDAY. I stopped living for ‘just’ myself years ago. I LIVE BECAUSE HE LIVES IN ME. I know how precious life is. Because of the time I have here on earth I live to make the lives of others more pleasant. If I can cheer up someone, remind them they are thought of, and encourage them to get back up and in the game then I have sealed my peace in death by fulfilling my calling in this life. Know WHY you are living and what/who you are living for. Then you will have peace in both life and in death. “Here’s my worship, take joy in it. Make it your dwelling place. I want to put a smile on Your face. I present my heart to You. I present my life to You.” Glory to God. 😁🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

I do not fear death, for I know I will live with Christ Jesus, my Lord. He raised me for such a time as this. Jesus saved my life and gave me this light to pass on to others.

I will be remembered in death as I was seen in life. ~Others-Centered~

Ashe, Ashe.

CHRIST IS MY ALL!

#itstheGodinme

I live a fantastic life. My legacy will be great. I will be remembered for how I carried my cross, for how I treated others and how I made people feel when they were with me. This is most humbling.

~IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE~ 🌹🌹🌹

How will you chooseto be remembered? 😉

ROAR

WHAT MS???

#givingupisnotanoptionforme #tryme #watchmewinthis #mydrugofchoice😏

MY SUPER POWER: EVERYDAY, I BATTLE 🧡👊🏾🧡 MS 🧡👊🏾🧡 AND I OVERCOME LIKE A CHAMPION IN EVERY CHALLENGE I’M GIVEN TO FACE.

MS = ~MY 💪🏾 STRENGTH~

What’s your super power? 😉 Everday, remind yourself who YOU ARE.

I AM AN 🧡OVERCOMER🧡 #eveninthis

#iamdanalewismua💋💄💅🏾💃🏾🎶😎 #imalwayswinning😉🌹👊🏾😘🌟🌟🌟

Diagnosed: 2015 and still going Strong. By God’s all-sufficient grace. Glory to God!!

2 Corinthians 12:8-10, ESV

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

CHALLENGES COME TO MAKE US STRONG.

LET THEM CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

THEY CHANGE YOU FOR THE BETTER. I’M A BELIEVER AND A WITNESS. THIS IS WHAT I KNOW AND WHAT I LIVE.

KEEP A COURAGEOUS HEART AND A BRAVE SPIRIT. NEVER BACK DOWN FROM A CHALLENGE GOD HAS ALREADY EQUIPPED YOU FOR AND HAS ASSURED YOU THAT YOU WIN IT ALL! BE AND STAT FOREVER ENCOURAGED. IN THE NAME OF JESUS –

YOU GOT THIS! 😁👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

🎶🎶 TRIALS COME THAT THEY MAY MAKE YOU STRONG 🎶🎶

ROAR BECAUSE YOU OVERCOME THEM ALL. #nomatterwhat #comewhatmay

Grace Enough

In our moments of weakness, openly noticeable imperfections and in our mistakes, God shows Himself FULL OF WISDOM, MERCIFUL, STRONG, MIGHTY, ABLE AND WILLING. Most importantly, He shows Himself personable, compassionate, understanding, trustworthy, faithful and forgiving. Which is what the human spirit always needs. No matter the task, the pitfalls or challenges, His grace is ENOUGH for us. NOTHING’S TOO HARD FOR OUR GOD.

“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin…” (Exodus34:6,7)

Favor of the Lord does not change, does not fail us nor does it go to another. God patiently leads us in the right direction until we SEE…

‘Grace enough’ does the Lord God offer to all who call on His name. In the very moment we go in search of Him – He makes Himself known to us. Knowing our need of Him, He will not withhold anything good from those of us who return in humility, confess our sins to Him, acknowledge our weaknesses and inadequacies apart from Him, and (daily) surrender our lives – our entire beings to Him. Humble yourself before the Lord Almighty God and SEE your deliverance today.

LIFT UP YOUR HEAD! LOOK UP! SEE YOUR SALVATION IS HERE.

🎶🎶🎶 “Whatever you want and need lift your hands receive, He’s here right now” 🎶🎶🎶

READ THESE VERSES FOR MORE ENCOURAGEMENT. GOD IS NOT BLIND TO YOUR CASE. ASK… SEEK… KNOCK… KEEP SEEKING HIM.

Know His love, His grace and His Power. #eveninthis

Stay until it changes for you (no matter what “IT” is) God’s grace is sufficient for you, my dear friend.

2 Corinthians 12:9

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness ” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

2 Corinthians 3:5

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,

2 Corinthians 12:10

Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong

Ephesians 3:16

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man

2 Peter 1:3

seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

The Stony Pathway

~The Stony Pathway~ By: Dana Lewis @iamdanalewis

Which way are we really headed?

Looking at this picture of stones – what do you see? Sure! It’s beautiful, but look deeper, closer. Do you SEE? We walk on the very stones we (intentionally) pick up and use to throw at others with the thought and hope of hurting them into “change”. We try and change people so WE can be comfortable with them being in our midst.

My perspective of this picture of a pathway laid with stones: Truly, these are the stones which were once thrown at us – we walk this path in betterment, with continued feelings of inadequacy, in anger for how we were mistreated and misunderstood in the past. This pathway of stones maps out our lack in a true sense of our wonderfulness, our beauty and our uniqueness. At some point we thought we were meant to be more. With every pursuit, “they” hurled their stones at us, quieting us, stripping us of our power, weakening our imagination, teaching us to despise our awesomeness and constantly holding up to us the image of the person “they” see – worthless, a useless good for nothing, and completely invaluable.

Bring it into the light – These stones are the very stones someone through at them. They were never able to figure out how to get off of or avoid this stony pathway so they stayed – repeating… throwing stones with intentions of inflicting pain. In anger, jealousy and hatred toward anyone who rises up to escape and follow a different path, they ask, “Where do you think you’re going, worthless fool?” People say they have good intentions but look around those intentions you find a mound of pain and hurt – a pathway of stones which they either secretly walk on or don’t actually realize they are walking on and leading others to walk on by casting the same stones which were casts at them.

Now do you SEE?? #hurtpeoplehurtpeople😔😢

Be careful in judging another person’s pathway. You maybe being used by the enemy as a roadblock while you think you’re being “used of God” to serve others and set people free. Ask on occasions those you’ve conversed with how they REALLY FELT after being in your presence? You’ll be very surprised by what you discover about yourself through the truth of someone else’s experience with you. In the midst of hurting others – YOU HURT AND BETRAYED THE HEART OF GOD.

Don’t be sooooooo sure of yourself you miss seeing your truth. You miss your opportunity for God to miraculously do a new thing inside of you and along your pathway. God can turn those stones into gems, easily, but He won’t force the changes on you. You must see your flaws and ask Him to do a new work in your heart. “Lord, give me a clean heart that I may serve You and others, right.” Understand: All while you were thinking high a mighty of yourself, thinking you were encouraging… you were REALLY casting the first stone – then stone after stone, after stone until you laid a stony foundation for the people you presumed you were helping. Stony pathways are unstable foundation. More fall and hurt themselves than walk confidently toward their new land. Smh. Careful. Careful. 😔

Lead others toward stable, higher ground by your kindness, compassion, understanding, and your generosity. We say with our mouths we love… we support… we honor…, but our actions speak hatred, anger, bitterness, and brokenness within.

Tearing down another is not constructive building, it’s destructive and almost unrepairable.

Be careful about the messages your intentions are really saying and meaning.

GOD SEES ALL. GOD KNOWS ALL. GOD HEARS ALL (even your silent thoughts).

Choose your pathways, WISELY.

WE CHOOSE… #judgenotlestyebejudged🐍

DON’T THROW STONES.

Yes, you hurt me deeply.

I forgive you. I love you still – in spite of your flaws. Forgive… ~LOVE ANYWAY~ None of us are perfect. No not one.

Lord, make us all into peacemakers. We want to make You ~SMILE~ #itsallaboutJesusourLordandSavior❤️ #idenymyflesh