Repost: When Your Blessings Have Stains

One day a man who had been walking, catching rides and using Uber to go to work every day was given a car by a family member. He was so thankful. All he had to do was have a few things fixed. As he drove it home, he stopped to get gas and the car wouldn’t start. Wow! He had to have the car towed to the shop. After they fixed it, as he drove it home he let the window down and it wouldn’t come back up. He said, “Are you serious!!!!”

As he drove back to the shop so they could fix the window he noticed stains on the seats.


He said, “Why does everything I get have to be STAINED!!!”


He then immediately remembered that he had transportation to work, the store or to take his lady friend out on a date. He also remembered the fact that the price he paid for the repairs was still better than having a car payment for years. He immediately thanked God and asked him to forgive him for so quickly allowing frustration to take away the excitement of his blessing.

So many times God will bless us and if it’s not exactly the way we wanted it or comes with some imperfections, inconveniences or responsibilities, we can find ourselves with an unthankful attitude.

The bible reminds us that every gift God gives is perfect…

James 1:17 (NKJV)

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

The next time you begin to see stains on your blessings, remember that every gift from God is perfect.

Any stains we see are on our eyes and not the blessing.

Originally written by Minister Aldtric Johnson M.A

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Reasons Why Closed Doors Are Blessings In Disguise

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

1. They are tools of fate forcing you to change your direction and find other doors. It’s the hands of God guiding you to another direction that’s better for you.

2. They teach you how to let go and accept that certain things might be taken away from you no matter how much you wanted them and there will be nothing you can do about it.

3. They teach you that banging on closed doors and knocking on them will not open them and will only hurt your hands.

4. They humble you because they make you realize that no matter how old you are, you still don’t know what’s best for you.

5. They give you peace of mind because you begin to understand that you cannot go back and force things to be as they once were.

6. They remind you of the other closed doors that led to nowhere; how you finally realized that they closed for a reason and how thankful you are now that they have closed.

7. They force you to step out of your comfort zone and try all your keys on different doors until one of them opens.

8. They teach you how to walk away when you discover that you deserve so much more than staring at a closed door.

9. They give you a chance to move forward when you refuse to. They’re powerful reminders of how life works sometimes; it could close doors you wanted to keep open and open doors you wanted to close. You will learn that doors don’t care about what you want.

10. They will teach you that some doors hide a lot of dark secrets behind them; secrets that could’ve destroyed you if you kept them open. They are examples of how things can look pretty on the outside and ugly on the inside.

11. They show you what doors to avoid in the future and what doors to open wider.

12. They guide you to the right ones. The ones that will keep you safe and the ones that will not lock you out.

Happy Birthday Folake

Growing up in the same church was not a mistake. You have treated me and everyone with the respect and love you show. When you got married, I was kinda sad and happy because a big part of my life is leaving to start her own. But I got to realize you are always remembered in my heart.

I wish you the best life got to offer to you, God’s blessings will never depart from you all through the days of your life.

Enjoy Grace!!!

7 Things Tragedies Are Trying To Teach You

“Tragedy is more important than love. Out of all human events, it is tragedy alone that brings people out of their own petty desires and into awareness of other humans’ suffering. Tragedy occurs in human lives so that we will learn to reach out and comfort others” — C. S. Lewis

1. Life is unpredictable. No matter how much you plan your life or how much you know about it, you will always be faced with situations you didn’t prepare for or things you thought will never happen to you until it hits close to home and then you’re forced to
change — which is the biggest lesson of all.
2. Don’t take time for granted. Sometimes you postpone important things because you think you have all the time in the world, but life runs faster than you think and in a moment everything can change and you will always regret the things you waited to do or the words you waited to say — unfortunately life doesn’t go by your timing.
3. Appreciate the people in your life. Appreciate your family, your friends and your loved ones because tragedies happen in a flash and you’re left with the memories you have with these people. It’s easier to know that you’ve given them the love and appreciation they deserved instead of regretting the way you treated them.
4. They open your eyes to your blessings. When you learn about tragedies happening to the closest people to you, you start counting your blessings and you become more grateful for the simple things in your life.
5. They help you find your purpose in life. Or help you question your purpose until you find it. They shake up your thoughts and feelings and make you wonder about your life and your goals — forcing you to pursue a more meaningful life.
6. They help you find your inner strength. You think you can’t handle certain tragedies but when they actually happen, you find the strength within you to endure the pain and find the light in tragedy — the s ilver lining and the power you need to move on from such troubling times.
7. They bring you out of your shell. Out of your meaningless complaints, out of your unnecessary grudges or out of your own head and your own ego . It humbles you because you realize that there are bigger things to worry about and that tragedies can happen to you too.

And sometimes tragedies inspire you to help others, share stories and put those tragedies to good use. Because when the pain subsides, you look back and find the valuable lessons you took from these tragedies and how they somehow made you a wiser person.

Credit to Rania Naim

God With Us

The man whispered, “God, speak to me”
And a meadowlark sang.
But, the man did not hear.

So the man yelled, “God, speak to me”
And the thunder rolled across the sky.

But, the man did not listen. The man looked around and said,
“God let me see you.”
And a star shined brightly.
But the man did not see.

And, the man shouted, “God show me a miracle.”
And, a life was born.
But, the man did not notice.

So, the man cried out in despair, “Touch me God, and let me know you are here.”
Whereupon, God reached down and touched the man.
But, the man brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

I found this to be a great reminder that God is always around us in the little and simple things that we take for granted even in our electronic age, so I would like to add one more:

The man cried, “God, I need your help!”
And an e-mail arrived reaching out with good news and encouragement.
But, the man deleted it and continued crying…

Don’t miss out on a blessing because it isn’t packaged the way that you expect.

Last Weekend Of 2017

How are you celebrating the last weekend of 2017? I don’t know about you but am so filled with joy and excitement, because I get to see all of you walk into 2018 with great expectations and breakthrough in Jesus name.

So how are you preparing to leave every disappointments, anxiety, worry, and fear? Use this medium to keep dancing and thanking the Lord for a successful year been alive and not dead. When I look back I have no regrets but to keep thanking God for His Grace and mercy. I don’t deserve anything from Him but still blessed me in all measures. 

Am so thankful Lord for the gift of life, family, friends, love, a new job, and a new location. If you feel you don’t have the cause to praise and thank Him, visit the hospitals and see how people are suffering, even some begging to die because they can’t stand the pain.

2018 is a great year for all of us. All we need will be granted into us in Jesus name.. Be expectant to receive from God.

Have a blessed weekend !!!

Testimony: It’s Okay, I’m Here

I met Him in the tiniest room there was in this small white church that I had never attended before until that weekend. As I closed my eyes to pray with faith for the first time, I didn’t feel like I was in that small room anymore. I was consumed and surrounded by God’s presence, amazing grace, forgiveness and unconditional love. I felt like I was talking to Him face to face; that I was before His throne in heaven. I felt protected and safe. I had never felt that unexplainable feeling before at that moment until then. I knew He was listening and I could feel the party that was going on in heaven as I accepted and made Jesus the Lord and Savior of my life! This happened for me at a purity weekend in late May of 2008. I walked out of those church doors that weekend with weights of burdens, worry, fear, and doubt lifted and I was changed from the inside out! But before this weekend ever happened life wasn’t so easy and I was in the search for healing, love, meaning — in search of something bigger. I was in search of God.

I never really grew up in a Christian home, even though my family always believed that there was a God but didn’t live for Him. I would jump back and forth, living with my mom and dad at times, and then my aunt and uncle up until I was nine. As I jumped from home to home, I began being sexually abused by more than one person and physically abused by my dad. At nine I went to live with my aunt and uncle permanently. My aunt taught me how to pray and I am so thankful for all my aunt and uncle have done and continue to do. But somehow I felt like it wasn’t enough and I got stubborn and rebellious at the age of thirteen and went back to live with my mom (by this time my mom and dad were split up and about to get divorced). I then began to question if there really was a God.

It wasn’t easy going back and living with my mom. She drank a lot and hardly was home. When I lived with her I really couldn’t call the many places we lived home. We lived in motel and hotel rooms and various other places that we kept getting kicked out of, and finally she has kept and is living in a trailer that they can call home now. But at the time I had to take care of my younger sister and brother and learned to do the basic stuff like cooking, cleaning, etc., on my own. I grew up poor. I had no running water growing up. My family and I would carry jugs of water back from the run off. We had no heat except the heat from the woodstove we owned. But this was the poorest I have ever been. Sometimes we hardly had any food and I saw my younger sister and brother beg for food. Furthermore, at this time in my life, I met my best friend. She had great faith in Jesus. You could tell she loved Him and her family and she lived for Him. She wouldn’t push her faith on me, but she would invite me to go to church – to church activities – and was excited and ready to answer the many questions I would ask about Christianity. My best friend and the horrifying experiences from my past drew me closer to Jesus and helped me to make Him my hero and king.

At purity weekend the messages about sexual purity, how special and unique my body is, and how much I am worth really brought out what was hiding deep inside of me for many years. I finally understood why with the sexual abuse, why I was created the way I was, and learned that my virginity that I had been struggling to save, and could have been forced to give away was not only special to me but to Jesus and my future husband. I didn’t feel like I was worth much due to the abuse I had experienced, and the way I had to live, but I learned that I was worth more than I felt because of Jesus’ sacrifice. A week before purity weekend I had had phone sex with a guy in my grade and as I sat there in that church listening to the women speaker, I felt a very deep guilt, the worst guilt I have ever felt before. I knew what I needed to do, so I ran to one of the girl leaders and confessed what I did and how I felt, I couldn’t hold back the tears… I was convicted as the Holy Spirit worked inside of me for the first time. She took me to a small room and helped me to confess what I did to Jesus, helped me to ask for His forgiveness and accept that He died for me, then defeated death itself and then we asked Him to help me live for Him and I thanked Jesus.

For about a month after I had said that prayer and made Jesus the Lord and Savior of my life, I was filled with the Holy Spirit and excitement. Nothing could take my new faith away and I liked the knowledge and feeling of having a savior. I was filled to the top with everything I needed. I felt completed. Despite all these great feelings, that didn’t change the home life I went back to, my old habits, my selfish ways, or how my family decided to live.

Jesus has taken me in, adopted me and cleaned me up, but is still always doing the work He does of cleaning me up, teaching me, putting me through trials, struggles and things to make me cling to Him and grow into someone like who Jesus was and is. It wasn’t easy and still isn’t easy giving up everything for Jesus and learning to obey Him and not ignore Him in every area of life. In the beginning of my faith I remember it being very hard for me to continue to build and grow this relationship with somebody I couldn’t see or hear with my physical eyes and ears. I learned then to have faith in the smallest of things and to trust God even when I doubted or wasn’t thinking clearly. I also was struggling to understand the grace and forgiveness of Jesus and dealing with a habitual sin. Then an amazing thing happened as I prayed about this struggle and sin… God gave me this vision – like a daydream sort of – and it helped me to understand what really happened at the cross.

This is what happened in my daydream: I find myself in the crowd watching Jesus carry His cross to the Crucifixion ground (Skull Hill). He is all bloody and pain is written on His face. He can hardly stand up. He looks at me and I want to go tell him, “I’m sorry,” but my feet won’t move. My mind then takes me to the foot of the cross. I’m there alone and I’m praying. I hear a deep, soothing, calm voice. I look up and am staring into Jesus’ fiery orange eyes. He says to me, “It’s OK, I’m here.” Then there is complete silence and I’m showered in protection. I fall into His mighty arms and am loved. That’s not the only things that God has showed me and taught me though.

For the past two years I have battled depression, suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempts, and cutting. I have become closer to Jesus, learned to trust Him with the little faith I did have, that grew and grew during these times of depression. He has set me free from the suicidal thoughts, wanting to commit suicide/need to give up completely and cutting. I thank Him every day for letting me survive those times that I was so close to death. I learned to turn to Him and use the weapons He has given me to fight many temptations like cutting. Likewise, throughout these three years that I have been a Christian, I have learned so much about who I was and am growing into being. I continue to learn more about Jesus and what He has done for me everyday too. I see progress most of the time in my attitude, behavior, and thoughts. I see change sometimes in myself because of the work of the Holy Spirit, and then other times I get stuck and need to figure out what is holding me back from moving forward. I am very thankful for the family of God that I do have and the support, guidance, advice and help they have shown me. I am learning, and growing into living everyday for my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I hope and pray that my lifestyle and daily habits honor glorify and make our God smile!

Jesus Did It!!!