There’s No Place Like Home

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Have you ever awakened with a heavy heart? Did you stay in that mood all day long? I can’t lie and say that I haven’t because I have done so for one reason or another.

Typically you will find me in a dress everyday. That’s just my style. Well, I opted to put on sweat clothes and call it a day. That was 5:30 this morning. As tired as I was, I knew that dressing to fit my current mood would likely keep me down so I changed clothes.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with sweats. I just knew that I could not allow my unforeseen emotions to take me out of character. While my outer clothes do not define me, they do help in a sense because it’s cold and I wanted to be warm and cozy. Yet I changed because I have a long day ahead of me. Being too warm makes me lazy!

I digress.

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The most important thing I could have adorned myself with this morning was a garment of praise. With that said I placed it on…….

Click. “There’s no place like home.”

The devil is a liar. He was not about to steal my joy. I choose this day to praise God no matter how I woke up feeling. I began to lift up my voice, stir up my spirit thinking on the goodness of the Lord.

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While I have enjoyed watching the classic movie The Wizard of Oz over the years, I do not need to “click my heels” together to go back home. God lives within me and in Him I can have peace and restored joy. If anything, I go to my knees in prayer.

I opened up my Bible and began to read Psalm 84. How my heart rejoiced as a smile came across my face with such delight! The passages of scripture lifted me even more.

Let us read together….

The Blessedness of Dwelling in the House of God

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young— Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! (Psalms 84:1-12 NKJV)

There truly no place like Home when God is present with you. Today I encourage you to take heart and dwell in the blessed presence of the Lord our God. In Him we are welcomed in,comforted, fill with a feast of thanksgiving from the Holy Word and graced in abundance with the pouring of the Spirit.

Fill us Lord until our cup runneth over. Let Your love and presence cover us as a sweet-smelling fragrance as we sing praises to You! Blessed be Your name in all the earth.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days. (Psalms 90:14 HCSB)

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Lift Every Voice Giving Thanks Unto the Lord!

I was glad when they said unto me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Psalms 122:1)

Joy unspeakable joy!!

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You know, it does not take for Sunday to come around for us to praise God, to have a joy come over us as we are filled in abundance with the presence of the Lord. We can achieve that all week long when we go before His presence.

This is something I like to experience everyday as much as possible. You can too.

Moments upon standing back up on my feet after my morning prayers, a smile surfaced. My heart began to melt in the love of Christ. This longing to commune with Him started dancing inside of me. Wow. “It’s not even 6am yet and I want to sing and dance! Thank you Lord! Today is going to be awesome. Yessss!”

I encourage you today to allow the Lord to minister to your heart. If a scripture or song comes over you just let it pour out and saturate you. Don’t fight it. Sing a new song unto the Lord. Thank Him for this new day you have. Think about where He has brought you from, think about the things that could have stolen your life but God blocked it. Praise Christ in all things be it good or not so good. You are alive. You are here today for a reason. God has allowed His sun to shine down on you one more day. The Word tells us: Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV)

Lift up your voice and give thanks to Jesus!

Below is a song that I would like to share with you all. It’s been around a long time and I still find myself getting goosebumps and teary-eyed as I lift up my hands and praise the Lord. He has been better to me than I have been to myself. He never turns His back on us when we choose to turn our back on Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. I am nothing without Him. I cannot take this journey in life by myself expecting to come out fine. Snares are waiting to trap us; waiting to keep us bound and hopeless. The enemy is a lie! Rebuke the lies of the adversary; the evil one and tell them to flee. Nothing is too powerful or strong that the Lord cannot set us free from. Claim freedom! Claim your liberty and sing! Tell the captives that you are free and it’s all because of Jesus!

Praise ye the Lord everyone! Praise Him for He is truly worthy of it all.

Scriptures of praise:

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.(Psalm 98:1)

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; (Psalms 96:1-4)

Sing to the Lord a new song, And His praise from the ends of the earth, You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, You coastlands and you inhabitants of them! (Isaiah 46:10)

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Arise With A New Mind And Don’t Complain

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Every day is a new day. It may not be what you want or how you make like it but it is here among the living. When I began to think on the goodness of the Lord when I arise in the mornings, I have to humble myself and praise Him who is my Everlasting Hope and Treasure.

Eyes to see, ears to hear and a body that is able can overcome any obstacles in Christ Jesus for He is our hope. Our strength for today lies within Him. He is our Refuge, our Shelter in storms and our Foundation to keep a steady mind and foot during adversities. My heart has been prayerful for you dear reader. Know that God is present and sees all things. My words seem as if they are few to me in my own mind and sight because I can pour our much more but my heart is full with eagerness, faith, hope and prayer that you will have a good report amongst yourselves as you think about just how good the Lord has been to you.

Just like the above picture I took, I see each day and moment as a bud awaiting to bloom next to the flowers that have already came forth. What I am trying to say is that reflection should take place upon the many blessings God has already given you. Life itself is one of them so that is a daily blessing. All of your good days should outweigh your bad days as the song belong states. Do not forget and become unthankful for what you already have. Difficulties will come and storms will arise but trust in the One who has already delivered you. His mercy and grace has covered a multitude and for that we ought to just say Thank You Lord for there are many souls lost and walking in darkness who have yet to realize that He is able to sustain those who call upon Him.

May your thoughts today and everyday begin to align with the God’s Word and promises. The Bible tells us: Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV)

Lyrics to I Won’t Complain :

[Verse1:]
I’ve had some good days
I’ve had some hills to climb
I’ve had some weary days
And some sleepless nights
But when I look around
And I think things over
All of my good days
Out-weigh my bad days
I won’t complain

[Verse2:]
Sometimes the clouds are low
I can hardly see the road
I ask a question, Lord
Lord, why so much pain?
But he knows what’s best for me
Although my weary eyes
They can’t see
So I’ll just say thank you Lord
I won’t complain

[Chorus:]
The Lord Has been so good to me
He’s been good to me
More than this old world or you could ever be
He’s been so good, To me
He dried all of my tears away
Turned my midnights into day
So I’ll just say thank you Lord

[Adlib:]
I’ve been lied on
But thank you Lord
I’ve been talked about
But thank you Lord
I’ve been misunderstood
But thank you Lord
You might be sick
Body reeking with pain
But thank you Lord
The bills are due
Don’t know where the money coming from
But thank you Lord
Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord

[Chorus:]
I want to thank God
Has been so good to me
He’s been good to me
More than this old world or you could ever be
He’s been so good
He’s been so good
He’s been so good
So good
So good
So good
So good
To me
He dried all of my tears away
Turned my midnight into day

[Ending:]
So I’ll just say thank you Lord,
I won’t complain

Praise Break: Jesus Is On The Mainline

I don’t know what it is about being in the kitchen during the time when I am about to fix dinner plates for the family, but random songs come into my head and I get into this PRAISE mode of singing and dancing! My poor, but patient family! They are about their business unless they are starving as they say or I call everyone to come eat!

A burst of prayer and singing led me from the kitchen to the dining room, to the foyer and eventually the computer. I tell ya, GOD IS GOOD!!

Precious Lord Take My Hand by Mahalia Jackson started me off and things took off from there. I listen to a variety of music that leads me into worship so you will see collection of different videos and scriptures over time.

Dear friends all around the world….. God loves you! Tell him all about your day. Share your life with him on a daily basis. He’s so precious! Words can never express my gratitude, my adoration, my reverence for Him being Supreme in my life. We will have those times when we just need to go into our prayer closet and spend some time with Him. And when you can’t make it there, just pause. Pause and give Him the glory, give him the praise for he is worthy of it. He is available all hours of the day. Just call Him.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul! (Psalm 116:4 NKJV)

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. (Psalm 145:18-19 NKJV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing his head with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15 NKJV)

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. (Psalm 145:21 NKJV)

Lord shine down your blessings upon the earth and shall we praise Your holy name

Feel free to share your praise break experience however you feel led! He’s more than deserving because He’s done more for us than we could ever do for ourselves.

And the Lord says: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mattthew 7:7-8 KJV)