Plans

All week I have been planning. Planning for my move, planning for school to start, and planning for all that I need to get ready for in the weeks to come. While I was taking a break in between tasks, a thought came to me. “We make plans and God laughs”. I remember hearing a minister say that somewhere. But I began to focus on that idea. When we, as humans, make a plan, God laughs at us. As if to say, “You really think it’s that easy?” “Do you really think you can simply plan out the next month of your life and everything will turn out exactly as you expected it to?” This also got me to thinking: how have my plans just in the last month worked out for me? How many curve-balls have been thrown my way? The answer: a lot. I planned to make a certain amount of money last month and even wrote down how much I would need for bills, food, gas, savings, tithes, and various expenses. Now, I can picture God shaking his head and laughing. Because he knew that I would only make half of that amount because he knew that we would be slow for a week and a half straight at work. And that definitely took me for a loop.

Now, I’m not saying that it’s not good to plan things. Plans are good to have because they help give you drive and a goal to reach. Without goals, I find myself simply going through the motions. It’s important to have plans, but I find that it’s even more important not to depend on those plans. Once we start to depend on those plans and have the expectation of a specific outcome, we begin to see every other outcome as a shortcoming or a failure. But they’re really just your reality. We have to learn how to take the reality of our situation and make the most of it instead of clinging on to the expectations of a perfect circumstance.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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Do Not Conform

Good morning My Lovely Family,
I pray this day finds you doing well! I saw we have a few members agreeing to the fast. Someone mentioned the Daniel fast. Was it Cortni or Chelsi? Would you explain the Daniel fast for us please.
Today I would like to remind us that it is easy to conform to this world’s way of living, even while going to church. The word states that the enemy of our souls is out to remove the word from our hearts. I want us to meditate on this thought, am I feeding on the word of God, also am I guarding my heart by the Spirit of God? By this I mean, am I sensitive (by the Holy Spirit) to what or who I allow to enter my heart?
Our hearts are very important to how we live. Jesus stated that out of the heart are the issues of our lives! I know what is in my heart by listening to what comes out of my mouth and how I live each day!
Have a blessed day Family, you are LOVED!

-Dad

Daniel Fast Food List

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

all info from http://danielfast.wordpress.com/daniel-fast-food-list/

Re-Post

I’m reposting what Dad said on FB today so that we can do a test run of commenting on a post, testing out notifications, and what not.

Good morning Family. Hope your week is going well. Are you blessed?? If you’re blessed and you know it, shout it out, I’m blessed!!!!
I don’t know about you all but I was blessed Sunday when I attended the Father’s house Sunday with Stephen and Valerie. During the praise service, it was a live concert with the Father as the Honored Guest! I danced and sung that I almost lost my voice. My shirt was almost drench. Stephen whispered into my ear this is one of the few things black people does well. My interpretation, I’m liking this Dad! The word was encouraging to rise and be what God has called you to be, stop looking at your past, it doesn’t defines who you are in Christ!

Thought for today. We are at a place where many do not know what the word of God has to say about our lives! Why? How did the children of Israel get to the point where they did not know what God word said? Read Nehemiah the 8th and 9th chapter.

Be blessed and remember to pause long enough to meditate on the word of God!

I’ve seen the prayer requests and lets all lift up one another before the Lord. I want you to be considering and preparing ourselves for a time of fasting. A family fast before the Lord! Get Ready, get ready, we won’t be held down, we won’t be defeated! We will arise and do the will of the Lord for generations to generations until the coming of the Lord! We shall declare the righteous of the Lord!!!

Welcome!

Hi family!! 

As everyone joins this blog, we should use this as our virtual family diary of sorts. Post anything you want to talk about or share, or comment on what others have posted. 

-Chelsi