Lord of the breakthrough

TODAY’S Godly Illumination for this season of receiving wisdom, knowledge and understanding:

GOD WILL NOT FULLY BRING ME INTO SUCCESS UNTIL HE HAS PROPERLY PREPARED & RIGHTLY POSITIONED ME FOR BATTLE. #mindblowingtruth #Godgivessighttotheblind #allinduetime

Read, study and meditate on God’s fresh word of encouragement for this day, this season. We are RICH in receiving the favor of the Lord and breakthrough after breakthrough, after breakthrough. This is why it’s important for us who live a life of unbroken, undistracted , and uninterrupted worship and fellowship with God our Source for EVERYTHING to walk Intentionally in the Spirit and attitude of consistent gratitude to Him. We are absolutely NOTHING without God, the Lord of the breakthrough. So reach up to Him. Reach for Him, His love, His plans, His desires and especially His strategies for battle. There is no defeat in the life of those who make God PRIORITY #1 and who commit themselves to seeking and knowing His will, doing, honoring His will and giving HIM the credit for the Victorious WINS (great and small). THERE IS NO FAILURE IN GOD, (the Lord who bursts through). 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD!!

God PURPOSELY LED me to this place of knowing Him as my Lord of the breakthrough. I prayed for wisdom, today (as I often pray to Him to grant to me), HE INTENTIONALLY SANG THIS 🎶MELODY🎶 OVER ME. This was His answer to my request for wisdom.

He led me on a deeeeeeeep, unexpected and very mysterious search for the meaning of the lyrics to this song, “Lord of the breakthrough.”

Crazy!! As I was searching through scripture I found I have read through THIS before. It was all outlined and my thoughts had been recorded on the page where He had me to read the words David spoke of God as being “the Lord of the breakthrough.” (1 Chronicles 14:11, NLT, “God did it!” David exclaimed. “he used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named the place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).

Seeing my underlining of the scripture and MY OWN NOTES – My immediate thought was, “You mean to say, I have passed through this way, BEFORE??!!!??” (Tickled)

Embarrassingly, I had forgotten… I obviously allowed my problems (my “Valley Rephaim” – valley of troubles/giants) to be bigger than my big confidence in my BIG GOD. This is why I’ve been walking so long in defeat – I had forgotten… I did not tie this around my neck like a valuable jewel, nor hide it in my heart as a symbol and a reminder to me that I must seek God First, receive, wait for and follow His instructions on how to fight and win over my enemies ( to be USED to “burst through my enemies like a flood” vs 11, with His great power) and lastly, honor Him in giving Him the credit (the glory) for handing over the blessing of victory over my enemies to my hands. I forgot.

But God… Then God… Now God…

God NEVER forgets us nor His promised made to us and reserved for us which are perfectly set up to come to us at their special time.

God did not leave me in my mess. He showed me great mercy and He rescued me from my folly. EVERY TIME!! Without fail. That’s just His way. 😉 He gave me restoration today. 🌟🌟🌟

Though I thought I stumbled upon this by accident, I NOW KNOW BETTER… This was NO ACCIDENT. THIS WAS/IS GOD. My special set time to ask for His wisdom and receive a fresh knowledge and understanding of something that works, but I was taught wrongly to use. Breakthrough. Asking for breakthrough is not bad. It is the lack of it real meaning and use of its real purpose in and for our lives which limits us to only seek God for blessing, and a way of escape from our battles. Do you SEE, yet? Do you see where He’s taking us? It’s a place for real worshippers and spiritual warriors.

Today, I prayed for wisdom. God had the table already set. Wisdom, knowledge and understanding was His choice meal for me, today. Full knowledge and understanding of what I now need to be praying for – DIVINE BREAKTHROUGH in its proper setting for sure power, authority and victory over everything in and out of season.

In His wisdom – He (assigned for me) made a way of escape and set a place for me to refresh and to be reminded. I have passed through this place before, but this time it looks different to me, because I’m not in trouble mode, but in preparation mode. #beastmode Suiting up for battle with fresh wisdom, fresh knowledge, fresh understanding, new focus, a clear mind, a new PILOT navigating this passage way. Not my will, but THY WILL BE DONE. MY ORDERS COME FROM MY COMMANDER AND CHIEF, GOD, THE LORD OF THE BREAKTHROUGH. He holds the blueprints to all my ways, my paths, my voyages, my lessons, experiences and every place I’m to be in and all of my times. God holds it all. All of my times and encounters. My job as His strong warrior, His wise soldier is to SEEK HIM, FIRST. Then WAIT… Then execute as HE leads me. Walk away VICTORIOUS IN HIM. Giving HIM ALL THE PRAISE, GLORY AND HONOR. The end.

Why must we complicate things so?

Partly, it’s the fault of bad theology and the misleading of unrighteousness which has crept in and camouflaged itself in church “culture”. Leading us to believe THIS & THAT is God and OF God, when it’s CLEARLY NOT and causing delays in our ability to righteously and effectively overcome all obstacles through the strength of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Sometimes we say, teach and preach MANY things which are not only unbiblical, but completely ungodly. FALSE. Be it out of poor knowledge of our ministry leaders/mentors or the lack of finding out the truth of God’s Word for ourselves, we devour the lies with confidence and wonder WHY we keep coming up short, empty-handed and defeated. -Lack of real understanding of what Scripture (HOLY SPIRIT) is really teaching us. Also, we often place human focus on “blessings” instead of placing our focus on the BLESSER, which is the REAL PRIZE. Our real Treasure and Prosperity.

Interesting, huh? When Holy Spirit shows us how WE see our life with God as opposed to what God actually made it to be. This is why it’s very complimented. We pray for things when CHRIST IS THE THING/PERSON WE SHOULD BE DESIRING. His presence should be the only destination we desire to venture into, daily. But instead we pray for the money for trips and His blessings over the plans WE MAKE – APART/OUTSIDE OF HIM. Who of us deserves Him or more chances to get it right and do it all differently? None of us, but this is what He plans for us to receive once He gives us the grace to receive NEW knowledge and vision, and power to fulfill His desires for us – to properly, confidently and faithfully speak BREAKTHROUGH into every situation the Lord plans to BURST THROUGH – using imperfect us. Hallelujah!!!

The reason for this is to begin praying in the right way – not JUST for prosperity as man teaches, but for victory in Christ Jesus which is the whole purpose for God giving us His divine Word. The Bible is our only place of real instruction for HOW we are to know God, love God, follow God and live for God. Holy Spirit will give correct interpretation of what God requires and desires of us. Point is: Breakthrough in the way God gave it to me today looks completely different than how I was “taught” to ask for it, see/receive it, speak about it and bask in it. It’s not about money and material things. Those things are often the spoils left from the BATTLE. Which it is up to God to give us or for us to leave there and move on – Breakthroughs often COME WITH battles. Battles accompany BREAKTHROUGHS. This is an inevitable resolve in the spiritual world. God equips us and sends us in to BURST THROUGH… BREAK HELL WIDE OPEN – every place we step into. In the name of Jesus, His (God’s) plan is ALWAYS hand our over to us and for us to triumph well over any and everything which sets itself against us. God desires to prove Himself MIGHTY & VICTORIOUS over and over again. And guess what? It has NOTHING to do with us!! THE GLORY OF THE STORY BELONGS TO GOD, THE LORD OF THE BREAKTHROUGH. Jesus!!!! Teach this thing. We must stop seeking God for the minimum and seek Him for the Spiritual MAXIMUM. LORD USE MY LIFE!!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 This is how He needs and wants us to seek Him, daily. Stop looking at everything from a natural eye and see it all through supernatural spiritual eyes. It’s beyond US. We are in constant warfare, family and friends!!! Constant!! “WHO WILL GO FOR ME?” -Asks the Lord of the breakthrough “WHOM SHALL I SEND?” -God

Do you SEE now????

God used King David as our example of what spiritual warriors do, how spiritual warriors strategies and WIN spiritual battles – for real, for real!

Breakthrough can be confidence to stand back up after getting knocked down. Breakthrough can be a sudden shift in your thinking. Breakthrough can come in the form of you deciding to wear a new attitude and display a new change in how you decide to treat your enemy. Breakthrough is our decision to SUBMIT ourselves to God – gain leadership from Him (through seeking His wisdom, His instructions, His weapons of warfare and implementing His wait time, then executing in battle, carrying into battle the PROMISE HE’S GIVEN US TO OVERTAKE OUR ENEMIES AND LEAVE VICTORIOUSLY, IN THE BLESSED, HOLY AND MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST. The breakthrough is that because of Favor we have with our God, we as worshippers of the Lord God – WE ARE UNDEFEATED. THIS IS SPIRITUAL BREAKTHROUGH.

See Matthew 6:33, which gives us the real illustration of 1 Chronicles 14:10-11. Whew!!! God is teaching this thing, TODAY!!! Hahahahahaha!!!

We’ve NOTHING to fear. Our enemies fear the GOD IN US. HA!! Greater is He who is IN US than he who is in the world. (See 1 John 4:4) Glory to God.

Let’s not read the Bible just to be reading or to say we’ve read that/know it or only when we’re in troubled times. Let’s begin to read the Word of the Living God for wisdom, understanding on how to live and walk out our commitment to this journey. He chose us, called us by name, and we decided to follow Him. The joy of this journey is properly learning the HOW as we learn to properly know the WHO.

Ask the Lord for His wisdom reserved for you for this day and wait for it… Get ready!!! Naw! Forget about it. Nothing prepares you for what He’s got planned for you. So just wait for it…

HE’S GOING TO BLOW YOUR MIND!!!

I’m so thankful the Lord has chosen to make me a student for life. I’m so glad I do not know everything. My daughter told me today smiling with great delight that I still am a child. I loved it!! It was a great compliment to me. I am, and I will always be God’s little girl. His child. I’m glad there’s still plenty of room in me to learn new things. I do not ever want to stop learning. It’s th child-like innocence I still possess within and I’m so grateful it’s in me – to protect and to wear it, proudly. God has given me the wisdom to be like a child – to seek Him and love Him just the way I did when I first began to hear and understand the name and stories of His beloved Son, Jesus. May it remain with me, always~always.

God’s blessings.

I pray you enjoyed this and received something new and special for your journey.

We are more than conquerors, fellow warriors and worshipers of the Most High God, “the LORD of the breakthrough”). In Him, WE STAND VICTORIOUS IN ALL AND OVER ALL THINGS. GOD’S PLAN ((ALWAYS)) IS TO BREAKTHROUGH IT, BURST THROUGH, BREAK IT DOWN.

THIS BLUEPRINT IS OURS TO OWN & OPERATE IN FOREVER. #breakthroughafterbreakthrough🙃😊😁💯🌟🌟🌟 #Goddidit💪🏾 #walkinginthewordsofKingDavid #1chronicles1411 #wehavefavorwithourGod #weareforeverincovenantwiththeLordofthebreakthrough

NOW YOU KNOW…

What will you do with this refreshing knowledge?

FEAR NO MORE!!! STAND FIRM. BE CONFIDENT. BE COURAGEOUS IN WHAT YOU KNOW OF THE WORD. THE LORD YOUR GOD HAS BURST THROUGH AND HANDED YOU THE VICTORY OVER YOUR ENEMIES. HE’S GIVEN YOU THE VICTORY – SO NOW TODAY AND FOREVER YOU CAN FIGHT FOR THE SIDE OF TRUTH AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. YOU WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED. AMEN!!!

See Joshua 1:6-9, Exodus 33:15-17

Learn and speak out loud the promises God has already spoken over you and your family. #legacy

More for good encouragement-

Let’s not forget… We will need to pass through this place, again. 😊

I love you all so much! 🌹🌹🌹

Thank you for reading. (Feel free to subscribe to my blog page or to leave a comment. I’d love to hear your feedback)

DanaL.🌸

The Lord of Breakthroughs

TURNING WORRY INTO WORSHIP (WALKING OUT PSALM 137:4) By: Dana Lewis

~OUR WORSHIP OF THE LORD ALMIGHTY SPEAKS VOLUMES OF THE MAGNIFICENT GREATNESS OF OUR GOD AND THE HONOR HE IS DUE~

Worship –

It’s an opened call to every created being. IT’s innate. Every living creation on earth MUST worship. Everything which is made by the hand of God is commanded to worship and praise the Lord of Host.

Worship is open to all who desire to go deeper in God, all who desire to go higher in His instruction and commands to worship Him, open to all who desire to learn more refined and more expressive ways to honor His name in corporate and in individual prayer and worship, and it is a conscious decision all true worshippers make to remain/walk in this high call, daily – without grumbling and feelings of obligation.

WORSHIP IS OUR LIFESTYLE.

Why is WORSHIP emphasized so much in the church?

Well…

Look at it from this angle –

Now that you have made God the center of EVERYTHING do you know what He requires of you? What are you expecting of Him? When it comes to pouring out your all onto God, do you understand what is happening in both the natural and the supernatural worlds? How do YOU define worship and praise in comparison to how God defines it and desires you to present it to Him, daily from your heart of hearts? Yes, there’s a difference in how we choose to worship and how we interpret God’s instruction and command to worship. Is worship your choice to make or God’s? Hmmmph… Good question to consider.

What were you created by God to do? What do you do with the joy and song Holy Spirit spontaneously fills you up with (at the kitchen sink, in your car, at work, or as you are crossing over troubled waters? How do you press through in a pure worship manner when you’re depleted of words, reminders of how He did it before, and songs of praise and worship, and all you can feel is frustration and destitution regarding your situation? “Lord, how do we SING when we’re in a strange land?”

What IS worship? Is worship more about listening in stillness or offering up words to honor God in loud exclamations of His greatness and faithfulness toward you, -your family? Does worship really have power to change circumstances we’ve been facing for some time now? Does it really work or make it feel better when I lift my hands or bow my knees and place my face to the ground? “Lord, I see others grow emotional when You enter the atmosphere, but I don’t express my worship in that way. God, does it displease You when I pray silently on the inside and everyone is shouting out and crying out to You with loud voices? Lord, what if that’s just not the way You made me?

If I don’t cry and sense His presence like those around me, does it mean I’m doing it wrong?” Fret not. Let God give you the answers to your questions from the pages of His Holy Word.

“Does God really speak – to me?” Yes, He does, my friend. All the time. 😊 (In and out of season)

Are you ready to fully understand what God’s Word teaches His children to do DESPITE how we “feel”? Are you ready to get unhinged from your place of comfort and learn how to offer praises up to God – in spite of what your flesh wants to do?

Worship is one of God’s ~Love Languages~ Daily visitation and conversation with Him are a few others He enjoys which worship of Him moves us into as we release more and more of ourselves to Him. Release more and more from our control. He’s easy to love. He’s so easy to love. 🥰🥰🥰 What He gives you to offer back to Him is unique, because you are uniquely, fearfully and wonderfully made by God, Himself. Everything He’s blessed you with to offer back up to Him is special to Him. Believe it.

Worship sets the mood for deeper, more recognizable interaction with Him. (See Exodus 34:29-35) Yes, your personal time spent with God had both a certain shine and a rich sweet aroma which is evident in how you treat and love on others. Your biggest give away of the time you spend worshipping your Heavenly Father is evident in the mercy and compassion you show someone who can never make things right with you again or pay you back for your kind thoughtfulness. Someone who knows they deserve every bit of your hate, but instead receives love again and again from you knows it’s due to your personal time spent with your Heavenly Daddy. You look and act just like Him. Giggles…

When we freely live a life of continuous worship it transfers into everything and everyone we encounter. It also transforms everything within and around us. People can sense when we’ve been in the presence of our good, good Father. Worship blankets (covers) our closeness with Him in a most intimate way. Worship won’t allow us to forget Who God is and what He means to us. When we walk in daily worship it becomes hard to describe exactly Who we are in true covenant with. Only another obedient worshipper gets it. It’s sometimes something we cannot articulate, but we deeply desire others to experience for themselves, because WE KNOW FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE… 😊 Yeah, God LOVES you. He likes you and He simply wants to spend special moments WITH JUST YOU. He’s always interested in hearing about our day to day life and times here, but He truly enjoys it when we INTENTIONALLY come before Him undistracted, (weighed down or not), fully submerged in the Spirit of gratitude, our hands lifted up, our minds and posture in a mode He can easily gain access to every piece of us, every piece of our soul, -touch and work His thoughts into us. With our hearts still, calm, even as the storms of life are raging on around us, and ready to receive HIM – God can do His finest work in and around us. God CAN BE GOD.

Worship is a trade off, an exchange God enjoys participating in with us. All of us for ALL OF HIM. It’s sort of an unfair trade off, but thankfully, there’s no other way He’d rather have it. He’s just that way. Glory, glory to God!!!

IT’S TIME…

It’s time to unwrap the special gift of worship God placed within you and gain instruction on how to properly execute in it, how to fervently utilize It’s spiritual uses in and out of spiritual warfare, and how to remain in worship mode whether things are well with you or not. Worship is you and your heavenly Father’s ~Special Place~ Your Special Heavenly love language and besides prayer, your greatest defense against spiritual attacks. Know tat even our flesh can betray us and attack us and we must learn to call it into submission to God and direct it to what it was made to do – TO WORSHIP THE LORD.

Worship reminds us who we are and Whose we are when we forget we have value. Glory to God!! Worship is our go-to for any and all needs. Glory, glory, glory to God. Though the bills pile up high, the aches in our bodies grow stronger with movement, and the negative thoughts keep coming back, it’s good know worship doesn’t require that we have it altogether before coming before the God of our souls in gratitude. Worship to and of God is our safe place. We don’t have to have a reason to worship and praise the Lord. Knowing God for ourselves, knowing what He saved us from and preserved our lives for, and just having this open opportunity any time of the day to pour out love and adoration on Him is reason enough. Lord God, we worship You simply because of Who You ARE. You deserve all of our praise and all of our worship.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. Bless His holy name.

God be with you and dwell richly in you, I pray in Jesus’ name.

I love you! 🌹🌹🌹

Walking Out Isaiah 43:18-19 (By: Dana Lewis)

“Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?…” (Isaiah 43:18-19, ESV)

Today I shared my opinion – my answer to this question posted in one of my MS Support groups.

Take a look. Take the journey with me. Truly, a person does not have to be dealing with MS in order to have bouts with depression. Just being born makes us susceptible to occasional battles with depression. It’s called being HUMAN.

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YES!!!!!!! 😔😔😔😔

And the guilt from that just deepens the feeling of depression. I know I should be grateful and I should not look back to what was, but I feel so bad for not having the ability to control what was/is completely out of my control. Depression, weight gain, insomnia, maintaining relationships, my vision, mobility, hearing and speech challenges, I often forget this is all due to the fact that I am an MS Warrior Queen. My Gurlz help me find peace and balance in the truth that this is all due to the fact that I am battling MS, daily. If my children can have patience with me, why can’t I have patience with myself?

I often focus on everything I’ve lost and forget to count my blessings and recall to myself the things I’ve gained in my fight against MS. I forget to tell myself how strong I am. I often put myself down for having experienced such a horrible interruption to my life. How was I supposed to stop it or control it? It happened! Now I have to figure out how to still strive to be the best me I can be. #eveninthis

It’s very hard to stay strong, positive and remain as one of my very best friend to myself. I often forget to tell myself I’m STILL beautiful, brilliant, confident, bold, desirable – A TRULY ONE OF KIND – A ONE IN A MILLION ALL-TIME BEST EXPERIENCE.

I have found myself recalling my glory days in conversation with friends who knew me when…

I tend to focus on the lack – everything I’m not or I no longer am capable of doing/being due to all the changes which accompany my MS symptoms. It’s a very strange exchange.

Part of me feels guilty for not looking or feeling sicker – more MS stricken when I’m pushing and pressing my way through my day, and another part of me feels guilty for being too incapable and dependent on others. MS is NO JOKE. It truly messes with our minds, our self-esteem, our sense of worth and our ability to change our negative self-talk into more positively TRUE self-talk.

Again, very, very strange journey. One end of it I feel overqualified to meet this challenge of carrying MS well ~Living my best life well, as is~ and on the other end I feel very under qualified- seen as weak and unworthy, because I am living with MS.

Oh how I desire to feel normal, again, but honestly, did I ever really feel normal? Long before being diagnosed with MS I struggled with wanting to feel accepted, liked, loved and to know I wasn’t that much different from others. I wanted to have balance with myself and my life. I just wanted to be normal. I’ve never felt normal until MS came and interrupted my life. Honestly, this is the most “normal” I have ever felt in my life.

OUR Emotions lie and confuse us.

Strange how we can feel two ways at the very same time. So very, very strange. Smh. However, we must keep finding ways and reasons to keep getting up, keep giving thanks and to keep on the journey. Giving up is not an option. Daily choosing to stay the course is our option and our right to live our best life in peace.

This is why I choose to stay connected to some MS support groups on Facebook. It gives me great sense of peace knowing ~I’m not the only one~ going through this and that, feeling or thinking this and that, nor am I crazy for experiencing low points and changes in my mood throughout my day. I’m apart of a great community. We’re not misfits. We’re simply human and we’re our kind of beautiful. 🌸🌸🌸

We have something no other person who isn’t fighting MS has – we have the opportunity every single day to look in the mirror and remind ourselves what we GET TO DO TODAY. “Today, I GET THE PRIVILEGE OF SHOWING MS HOW STRONG I REALLY AM.”

Everyday remind MS what we get to do – I GET TO KICK MS’s ass!

I GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIMP FROM HERE TO THERE. I GET TO REST IN MY BED WHEN I FEEL TOO FATIGUED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE. I GET TO TO LISTEN TO MY BOOK AUDIBLY WHEN MY EYES ARE TOO WEAK TO READ. I GET TO CHOOSE TO NOT ANSWER CALLS DURING THE HOURS I HAVE RESERVED FOR MY QUIET TIME. TODAY, I GET TO CHOOSE TO VEER OFF MY HEALTH PLAN AND TREAT MYSELF TO THE FOOD OF MY CHOICE. I GET TO EAT AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS I DESIRE.

I GET TO CHOOSE WHEN I WANT TO WORKOUT AND HOW MUCH TIME I CHOOSE TO SPEND IN THE GYM, IN THE PARK OR ALONG THE TRAIL.

IT’S TOTALLY UP TO ME. I GET TO CHOOSE TO BE GUILT-FREE WHEN I AM NOT WORKING AT MY OPTIMUM BEST. I GET TO SAVE PART OF MY WORK LOAD FOR A LATER TIME. I GET TO TO DEPEND ON SOMEONE STRONGER THAN MYSELF. I GET TO CHOOSE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT OR NOT. I GET TO DECIDE WITH MY DOCTORS/SPECIALISTS WHICH TREATMENTS WORK BEST FOR ME. I GET TO CHOOSE WHETHER OR NOT I WANT TO PARTICIPATE OR NOT (TO DEFEND MY BELIEFS OR JUST WALK AWAY RESPECTING THE FACT THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT BELIEFS FROM MY OWN.) I GET TO CHOOSE IF I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER PERSON’S CRAZY OR NOT, ESPECIALLY DEALING WITH FAMILY AND CLOSE FRIENDS. 🤪

AND SHOULD I FALL, I GET TO PICK MYSELF RIGHT BACK UP OR RECEIVE THE HELP FROM THOSE SENT TO HELP ME STAND UP, AGAIN. EVERY SINGLE DAY I GET TO CHOOSE HOW I PLAN TO SHOW UP AND SHOULD I CHOOSE NOT TO SHOW UP AS STRONG AS I HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST THAT IS OKAY, TOO! YES!! THAT IS OKAY, TOO!

Look at ALL I get to do, MS!! ~THANK YOU, MS~ You’ve shown me how hard I am to beat. Lmbo! I’m impossible to stop, to sink and to scare MS, and you’ve found out, I was the wrong one to pick on, boo! ~YOU’RE WELCOME~ 😁

It’s such an awesome feeling sticking it to MS. Lmbo!!! Stay encouraged. Truly, we may have MS, but it will never have us. Never. The feelings of doubt, depression and so on – these too shall pass. Keep your head up, MS Warrior fam. We’re stronger than MS. 🦋🦋🦋

EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE I GET TO SHARE MY STORY OF POWER OF CHOICE, STRENGTH AND MY ABILITY TO MAKE MY LIFE COUNT IN ANY FORM I CHOOSE. EVERYDAY I GET TO WALK IT LIKE I TALK IT ~ IN THE MANNERS THAT ARE BEST FOR ME.

Despite how I feel from time to time, I have to admit I live well. I have a wonderful life.

This is why I stay ~Young & Free~ 🌟🌟🌟

I keep choosing MYSELF even over how I sometimes feel about myself and my position in life. Not even MS can change this.

(With and/or without MS)

I STILL CHOOSE ME!

Joy Thief: My Observation (John 10:10) by: Dana Lewis

John 10:10, ESV

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Satan, our enemy, is a joy thief. He likes to use people, situations we do not know much about, misunderstandings, the past, disappointments which sometimes stem from (false) expectations,feelings of hopelessness, exclusion, rejection and so-called “perfect” images posted in and throughout social media to keep us in a perpetual place of ~JOYLESSNESS~

If he can steal our joy he can get ahold of our hope and distort our desires. He can cause us to believe the lies in front of us which he’s constructed in order to keep us distracted and unwilling to seek TRUTH. Without the supernatural power of the joy of the Lord we turn to a life of faithlessness. We stop believing in the possibility that God can turn things around for us – for our greater good. We begin to slip into the traps of constant comparisons. Telling ourselves that if we were more like… had more of… and if we only were with… then we’d have… and more people would embrace us as…

Once we begin starve our spirit man of its righteous foods in order to feed our souls the (un)spiritual foods which will destroy us from within – out, it’s a downhill spiral from there for us. Everything about our ability to survive and maintain, function and cope becomes a FIGHT.

This was never God’s intent for us.

He (God) is NOT our enemy. Sin, Satan and this flesh are our enemies. When we understand what is draining us of our joy we will know the importance of guarding our joy and our peace – noticing the attacks of the enemy, his strategies and we will get stronger in our decision to refuse to follow him into those traps, again. We become stronger in heart, in mind and in our sight. We will be more intentional about our investments (our time & energy).

Understand –

Everyone gets down from time to time, but we do not have to take up residence there in the low times and areas of our lives. We can choose to vacate those spaces and periods anytime we want. Just like wallowing in our sadness is a decision we make, so is it with taking up God’s promised JOY and walking on in faith until… until something changes – something different happens for us. He gives it to us freely, His abundant joy – & it’s our responsibility to hold on to it – to use it when we face various trials and setbacks. Joy is not situational. Happiness is.

That part!

Joy is much like a surfboard – We can learn to use it to ride out the waves or we can keep it standing pretty as a show piece for others to envy. I’d rather to my board out and ride the biggest waves. 💖

Just to find out how indestructible God has made the joy within using LIFE’S TOUGHEST, HARDEST TEST.

I gotta know for myself.

Let’s go surfin’!! ☺️

Wipeouts only teach us how to ride the waves better – longer, smarter. The waves will always come – stronger, taller, faster, crashing down louder and harder. If they bring us back to shore – let’s jump right back on our boards to swim out – set our feet firmly on our boards using our core to balance us and RIIIIIIIIIIIIDE THE WAVES. Wooohooohooooooooo!!!

The joy of the Lord, the peace which Jesus speaks of in John 14 is much like our core. The more we exercise it the stronger it gets. The more UNBOTHERED we become by life’s hard hits. Troubles will always be there, fam. We can choose right now just how we plan to ride them out when they come crashing down all around us – like the waves of the sea. We choose… We can train hard and conquer the waves and enjoy this life for what it is or we can allow the ocean to take us under – drown us.

Do all that you can to stay afloat, fam. You have the Joy of the Lord right here, right now. Right here, right now. Whether life is going well for you or not, the joy of the Lord is yours to grab hold of and to cling to. God’s joy is our lifesaver. Don’t let go just because things are a bit rough for you, this season.

Let the joy of the Lord be exactly what He sent it to be –

Our STRENGTH.

You got this! 💪🏾😉

GOD TOOLS: TESTED & PROVEN (By: Dana Lewis)

I’m grateful my Gurlz keep me on my knees before Almighty God. I thank God for the fact that every waking moment (in my parenting) I NEED AND RELY SOLELY ON HIM.

I am thankful for the trials and hardships which come with consistently keeping to the course of raising godly young ladies for His glory. I’m thankful for the tears I shed sometimes due to the pain and strain parenting sometimes brings. I’m thankful for the maturing parenting brings. I’m thankful for the growth I must develop – I can’t skip a single step. Parenting is a gift of the Father, the Lord of Host. It’s a real job with benefits. We will either receive good rewards by what we instill in our children – or reap the bad consequences of our poor choices. I will never forget – I was six months pregnant with my first baby and I begrudgingly asked my mother what was the best way to ensure I am a good parent and raise my baby right? (I say ”begrudgingly”, because I was sooooo filled with pride. I did not want my mother to know I feared messing up nor did I want to let on that her parenting of my brother and I was impactful… right. She had done well, despite how I turned out. I knew… Getting her wisdom was going to save us both – my baby & I)

My mother answered so gently, “Be consistent. No matter what… Be and stay consistent. Consistency is KEY! Let your yes be yes and your no be no, because the first time you say something and do not follow-thru, you can forget about it! The rest is history! I mean it! Be consistent!!”

I’ve learned a huge lesson and fact about parenting – Children will keep us consistently ~ON OUR KNEES/FACES BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD~

Now that my Gurlz are teens – soon to be young (independent) adults I PRAY LIKE I DRINK WATER

~CONSISTENTLY~

I thank God for the humility which has developed in me from the hardships of raising independently thinking/speaking teenaged Gurlz. Listen… I PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS FOR MY POOR CHOICED WORDS, THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS MORE NOW THAN EVER!! In sincere humility, I seek forgiveness of both my Gurlz and readily admit to them my faults and shortcomings. Most importantly, I follow the lead of Holy Spirit – kneeling before the Lord, repenting, confessing, -Itemizing every thing Holy Spirit convicts my heart is/was wrong to say/do. I kneel at the feet of Jesus and speak my truth to Him – exchanging my anger, hurt, and disappointment for His promised peace and His wisdom on how to go and make things right between my children and I. I do my absolute best to get as far away from pride and “fleshiness” and to break sin and Satan’s grip on me – I SPEAK OPENLY, QUICKLY, HONESTLY OF MY MISREPRESENTATION OF THE LORD, OF MY LIFE OF WORSHIP AND MY MISREPRESENTATION OF GOD’S LOVE, FORGIVENESS AND HIS GRACE. I expose my own sinful flesh in order to receive newness of life, thinking, speaking, sounding, walking and living. The Word clearly says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 (KJV)

Check this out, too!

Galatians 5:25-26 The Message (MSG)

25-26 “Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

I love the way the MSG Bible Translation just adds that extra UMPH onto it! Yes? Yes!!

It is important to me that my Gurlz don’t just see me as an authority figure in their lives, but ALSO a fellow sister-in-Christ, just as much in need of Savior Jesus, as they are! AND EVEN MORE IN NEED…!!! Glory to God!!!

I am honored God placed in the hearts of every godly parent a knowledge of “self”. Knowledge of self-pride, self-righteousness, and self-worship. Meaning: Thinking we are better than we are – than how God sees us and what He and our children KNOW of us. I am thankful Holy Spirit does not allow godly (God-fearing) parents to get away with JACK. Yeah! Not on His watch!! Giggles…

As looooooooong as we have the responsibility of caring for, protecting, and managing the lives of His precious little children MORE, MUCH, MUCH MORE will be required of US, the parents of these very strong-willed, immature, thinking they know everything, heart crushing, sometimes disrespectful, sometimes sneaky, highly emotional, moody, argumentative, bratty, little confused, naive, wasteful, irresponsible, no-good-hearin’, wannabe grown, babies of the Lord. In many ways – we are them in the eyes of God. Giggles…

I thank God He’s never given up on me.

Nailah, Alaiyah –

For the many, many times I wanted to throw in the towel and just give up, I am THANKFUL God’s mercy said, “NO!! Stay the course, Dana. -It’s YOU, I’m after… YOU I’m growing and changing.”

Mom, thank you for your wise words, “Be consistent. Let your yes be yes and your no be no. No matter what.”

I see now the purpose for receiving the blessing of bearing children –

For God to ~GROW US UP~ #Godtools🛠 #weshallbelikeHim🌈😇🌺🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Thank you for reading and sharing in this with me.

Happy Parenting!! 😁😂😂

HE CALLS ME FRIEND By: Dana Lewis

Good Friday –

The symbol of the cross means so much to me. 😊 When I read the crucifixion of Jesus, hear the sermons of His last days here on earth leading up to His death, burial and resurrection, and learn more about actual, proven accounts and the acts of barbarism during His time – When I look upon the cross, I see my ~Friend~

I have never known this love until I learned how much Jesus sacrificed just to be my Friend.

For most of my life, I could not connect to the story of the crucifix. I could not relate to its importance until Holy Spirit answered my prayer to know my real worth to and in Jesus. Upon receiving the real spiritual gift of His sight (seeing myself as He sees me) is when I began to find connection with Him. Not long after, I could be found on my face (at the feet of Jesus) whaling in humble gratitude for the Spirit’s gift of understanding and knowledge of what Jesus purposely did for me over 2,000 years ago.

For me, in my walk with Christ, it never stops being Christmas nor Easter for me. Though I know the truth about our “man made” holidays which are to bring us into focus of the Messiah, I allow Holy Spirit to deepen their meaning in my heart. This is why I celebrate both His coming to us in the form of a baby, His 33 year long ministry (living out the will of His Father, teaching, healing, and making disciples), and the darkest day ever marked in history, to His most triumphant moment of resurrecting from the dead after He was murdered on the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb. What I have come to understand about all He went through for this world – the most powerful and most overlooked element of all of this was that HE DID IT ~ALL FOR LOVE~

When I go through each of the accounts of His life here on earth (from beginning to end) I see the image of Jesus (before coming here) walking through His kingdom, pleased by what HE KNOWS about me, my life, looking straight into my face, as He sees me from conception way into old age, He arrives here at His appointed time and He grows from infancy into a man full of wonderful things to tell me about His kingdom, His plans for me and how He will succeed in winning me back – taking me out of this world and the grips of eternal death. I see Him –

He’s looking straight into my eyes (I haven’t been thought of yet, let alone conceived)

He sees me – everything about me, my life.

He’s traveling up the road being hit, things being thrown at Him, being screamed at, spat on, knocked off balance, and as He picks up the cross to level it back onto His shoulders, He picks up every piece of my damaged life, my brokenness from my already crushed heart and every lie I’ve yet to tell, every secret I’ve yet to keep, every abusive situation I’d encounter in my lifetime, the many times I’d contemplate suicide, my many struggles with insecurities and feelings of inadequacies, my battles with self-proclaimed failures, all of my romantic breakups which would leave me feeling worthless later in my adult years, the awful arguments I’ve yet to have with anyone who’d ever profess their real love and concern for me, those who’d truly desire nothing but good for me, and those who’d never walk away from me even when I’d act out of character, the brokenness I’d endure after losing jobs, friends and opportunities to go and see the world, and every blow I’d take in stride after death has claimed the lives, the hopes and dreams of some of the most important people to me – I’ve yet to meet.

Yes, I see Jesus taking it ALL with Him – with me in mind – to gift to me a freedom I’d never fully be able to comprehend nor have the ability to explain to anyone else His reasons for ???WHY???

Why He loves me so? Why He chose me? Why He decided this way (His death, burial, and resurrection) as the most acceptable and safest passage way into life lived eternally with Him – even knowing my journey. Why He chose to forgive me knowing I would choose a life of rebellion and sin baffled me for so many years, but it was because I did not know about nor understand His grace and mercy.

Why? Why? Why? So many “why’s” I had before truly exploring into the life of Jesus, and the only explanation I have been given and have clung to ever since receiving it from His heart was this, “For a chance to know ~REAL LOVE~ and a chance to be called His ‘friend’ “. I don’t anyone realizes how real, deep and important this is to me, but THIS (being called His friend) means SOOOOOOOO MUCH to me!!!!!!

Do you know how many times a minute, a day, and a year I experience rejection from so-called people of the Lord God, and people who claim loudly to be my friend and to love me???????

I’m always let down, without fail.

NO!! I NEEDED A SAVIOR, A FRIEND LIKE JESUS Who foreknew my life path, my patterns, my not so clear thinking, my missteps and Who would be and could be the ONLY ONE interested enough in putting together the broken pieces of my heart, using the very wounds, breaks and tears, damaged areas of my mind, my distorted view of love, protection and commitment in others, the very pains and disappointments, setbacks, and the hurts I’d collect throughout the years just to build Himself a new and improved, a trustworthy, faithful, and devoted “friend”. Yes, He called me friend long before I uttered my first words. Jesus saw ME and He chose to do all of this for me.

This is why I cry and I linger at His feet, because I know today what it means to have a Friend like Jesus.

Sin was mad that Jesus STILL saw/sees and found/finds value in me. Sins job to separate us from God and to never see ourselves as He sees us, “The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”.

Satan HATES that Jesus traded all of heaven for a relationship with me. While Satan focuses on my past, my sins and every one of my poor choices, Jesus simply focuses on the gift of eternal life which He paid for with His own blood. It’s mine FOREVER!!

Yes, I do not deserve a Friend like Jesus, but this is what makes my story so unique – I didn’t choose Him, HE CHOSE ME.He chose Himself for me. He chose and secured my pathway to Him. He chose Himself as the most acceptable propitiation for my wretched, lost soul, my nearly wasted life. He forgave every one of my sins. Every one of them (past, present and future) the day He laid His life down for me. In the very moment when He prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know NOT what they do”, I received everything He had in store for me and today I can walk in confidence that I am forgiven by my Heavenly Father and have already received eternal life with Christ. So that if I fall, if I miss the mark from time to time Christ Jesus’ blood has already covered me and is forever my Friend, forever in love with me.

As He was nailed to the cross so were my sins and my old life, along with my old thought patterns and character. He chose to remove far from me every sin I’d ever commit in my lifetime LOOOOOOONG BEFORE I was ever a thought. He did it for me. Free of charge.

So my way of saying “Thank You, Lord” is by simply receiving His gift, thanking Him, reminding myself daily of what Jesus did for me, not taking the things of this fallen world too much to heart, reminding myself we’re ALL in need of a Savior. Not one of us are perfect, not one of us died for another, only Jesus died and rose again for us all (believer and unbeliever, alike) and I remind myself I have the greatest Friend of all. His loyalty, His promises and His plan of action have all been tested and proven. He is trustworthy. We are true friends – right down to the very end. No matter what happens to me in this life, I forever have eternal life with Jesus and the very moment I close my eyes and take my last breath I am assured “Today you will be with Me in paradise.”

As I now walk my road – I see Jesus. I always see Him, smiling and laughing with me and us swapping funny stories about my life. I always see His face – the look of “You got this! Keep going!!” I see Him just as He saw me when He was preparing to come here to get me – to lead me to Him. Jesus is my Reason for continuing on through. Even when it doesn’t look like much is going well for me, I choose to stay. Why? Because I don’t know any other way to demonstrate love and gratitude for Jesus doing all He did for me. His way of loving is the only love I know and desire to pour back into Him. I love Him simply because He loved me first.

This is the message of the cross for me.

“And this is LOVE”

🎶🎶 “And this is Love, not that I have first loved You

And this is Love, that You have first loved me

And You give up Your life

One perfect sacrifice

And this is Love, that You have first loved me

You did not wait for me to make myself a worthy man

You did not wait for me to make a good and righteous stand

There was nothing I could do

In sin I had died

Yet Your love conquered death and raised me to Your side

And this is Love, not that I have first loved You

And this is Love, that You have first loved me

And You give up Your life

One perfect sacrifice

And this is Love, that You have first loved me” 🎶🎶

Songwriters: KELTONIC JOHN D / NALLE EDWARD FRANKLIN