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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Flowers Now

I was scrolling through my phone and my finger miraculously landed on this picture. I know I probably posted a few weeks ago on Thanksgiving a snippet of the things I was thankful for. Well, three of them are right here in this picture.

You see my Daddy was my best friend (outside of Jesus) before I got married. He made sure my hair was done, took me to visit the college I attended, he visited me while I was in school. I remember crying the first time he and my baby brother pulled off campus the first day they moved me into my dorm room. Even when he would visit, I still shed tears at times, not because I didn't like school, but I missed my family, too. Once you get married, you and your spouse become one. So about 15 years ago, my husband became my best friend.

Every since I was a little girl, Daddy just knew when something was wrong with me, he could sense it in my voice. When I was selected as star student, my senior year in high school, I chose my star teacher to be my Daddy. Although my Dad never taught me formally in any of my classes, he taught for over 30 years and had a slew of students. However, he and my mom were my first teachers at home. So, he was my star teacher.

The picture below was from a couple of years ago when we (my husband, my son, and myself) packed up one Sunday morning to surprise Daddy on Father's Day by worshiping with him. He was so surprised and felt so glad we had come to worship with him. Well, I once had a teacher (Mrs. Cain) who said "give me my flowers while I'm living". That has stuck with me for over 20 years.

Fast forward 2 1/2 years later to today, my Daddy's health has declined from what it was in this picture and although roles have changed, I'm prayerful that God still performs miracles and that he will continue to send His angels to fill in the gaps to help me and my family care for Daddy. Miracles happen everyday. I'm still thankful in the midst of this change.

My prayer is that you and I will continue to give flowers now. "Flowers now" are those acts of kindness that can be done now to meet a need. Whether it's a hug, prayer, call, visit, helping relieve someone from caring for children, a loved one, or even feeding the homeless or providing a safe haven for the helpless. This World becomes better by doing!

Love you Daddy ~Nannie/LaKenyaπŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Freedom in the Sacrifice

Jesus sacrificed His life so that we could LIVE. Live in freedom and walk in His glory here on earth. God sent His Son to pay the price for our sins. The shedding of His blood made us free and wiped our slate clean. He declares in 1John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

The Sacrifice
John 3:16-17 proclaims,
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Therefore, we should walk in victory and know that we are purified. This gift should make us want to know Jesus more, imulate Jesus, walk and talk like Jesus. Why is it that we don't walk in the victory that we have been given? There could be various reasons, one may be that we simply don't know that we have the victory. Reading the Word of God and letting those words sink down into our souls until they actually become flesh, is a way we can know that we are who God said we are and who He sacrificed His only son to save. We are to spread His word to every ear that has an ear to listen and impact this world in so many ways that are pleasing to God's sight. 

In Freedom,