All posts by Sarah A Dickens

About Sarah A Dickens

I am the editor of Atlanta Christian Voice and a blogger. I have a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University, an M.A. in Global Studies from Liberty University. My favorite hobbies include ministering to children, ballroom dancing, flower arranging, and reading books by famous Christian authors, and blogging (specifically on this website). I LOVE to journal letters to God in my quiet times with the Lord as I sip a cup of coffee and relax at Starbucks in my free time. Feel free to contact me for story ideas for the Atlanta Christian Voice: Contact Information: P. (470) 236 8370 E: atlantachristianvoice@gmail.com

For Me and For You, in the Name of Jesus Christ

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~”I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”~John 8:12, NIV~ 

I am not anxiety. Anxiety does not define me. My relationship with God the Father defines me.

~”Cast all of your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”~1 Peter 5:7, NIV~

Yesterday, I went to a pool with my Sunday School class. It was very calming and peaceful for me as I put my feet in the pool and reflected on the goodness of God in my life. I talked with my friends, who came to this gathering at the pool, and enjoyed the time and fellowship that I spent with them. This was very therapeutic for me. 🙂

It felt freeing for me to be able to relax and enjoy myself with my Sunday School class members rather than remain in my bedroom and pity myself over things that did not matter (what others thought of me, my finances, and MAINLY my anxiety that kept me in bondage……until June 30, 2018). 🙂

You see, dear reader, anxiety is what hindered me from being able to enjoy my relationships with the Body of Christ and people that matter, such as my family. Anxiety kept me enslaved to fear, which was the root cause of my anxiety. Anxiety kept me depressed. Anxiety caused me to cry……so I chose to cry out to Jesus.

Every tear that I cried was not in vain. All of the times I stay shut in my room in prayer with Jesus mattered deeply to God. He sees, He knows, and He felt my pain. 

Jesus’ pain that He endured on the cross is my hope. Every nail that pierced straight through his hands was for the anxiety I felt. Every nail that pierced straight through his feet was to keep me from running into anxiety and into myself. The thorns on His head were meant for me to keep me from thinking untrue thoughts about myself  and to think pure thoughts instead so that I keep myself focused on the One who died for me: Jesus. This was why God sent Jesus to die for me and my anxiety. The sacrificial act of Jesus’ death on the cross was for my ultimate best. 

At the resurrection, Jesus not only overcame death and its sting: He overcame anxiety and because of this Truth, I overcame anxiety too. I nail anxiety to the cross today, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I put anxiety to death, in the Name of Jesus Christ today. Anxiety no longer has a place in my life moving forward, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Anxiety is dead, in the Name of Jesus Christ. And now, I am free because who Jesus sets free is free indeed. 🙂

~”…If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”~John 8:31-32, 36, ESV~

I am free. I am free from anxiety, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I now want to pray that Jesus will free you from anxiety too so that you too can experience the ultimate healing that is found in having a relationship with Him. Let us pray! 🙂 :

Dear God,

Thank You for the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You that it is significant in the role it played in my life and in the role that it plays in each of these readers’ lives today. Thank You that that every reader is special in the way that You created him or her. Thank You that every reader is precious to You and that he or she matters very much to You. I pray that through the power of the blood that is found in Jesus Christ that every reader will overcome anxiety today. Do not let anxiety have any place in each of these readers anymore. Do not let anxiety define how each of these readers relate to others and those who matter to them, including themselves. I pray that You will send Jesus in the Way that You sent Him to die for me to let each of these readers know that Your Son already overcame anxiety and that it is because of this Truth that anxiety is dead. I declare that anxiety no longer has a place in any of these readers anymore and that love, joy, peace, and every fruit of Your Holy Spirit will flow forth freely from each of these readers today. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you dear reader! Jesus loves you! ❤

 

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Beloved is My Name, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Rejection is pain. Rejection is painful. Rejection is a real emotion. 

It hurts to be rejected, whether it be from your best friend or a family member. All of us will experience rejection at some point in our lives (whether Christian or non-Christian). I remember when I experienced rejection from my ex-friends from college. I felt very hurt and deeply wounded. It took me one year to grieve the loss of losing my best friends not just because the pain was so deep, but because I was friends with them for five years.

Even though it hurt me to be rejected by my two ex-friends from college, this experience drew me even closer to the Lord. This is because God can use our deepest emotional wounds to draw us closer to him. So, I decided to pray to God. I asked God:

Q: Me: What is the root cause of the rejection I feel?

A: God: Fear.

After spending a lot of time with the Lord in prayer, He allowed me to identify that the root cause of the rejection that I feel is because of my fear of being rejected. You see, beloved, this is because rejected people push people away. This can happen to you without you realizing that it is happening. I even began to notice that this was a cycle that I was experiencing, particularly with my church friends and family. Because I was rejected by my ex-friends, I pushed my church friends and family away from me. Those closest to me saw that there was a problem, but I refused to acknowledge the problem.

It was then that Father God brought me to a turning point: He brought me to a point where I had no one to comfort me or to console me from the rejection that I felt. I had to bring the rejection that I felt to the feet of Jesus Christ and His cross……And surrender it all to Him.

Yes, I surrendered rejection to Him. I gave up that demonic spirit called rejection to Father God. I nailed rejection to the cross. Rejection is not the heart of Jesus Christ. I am accepted by my Heavenly Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Rejection is not my name. Beloved is my name. Cherished is my name. Adored is my name. Precious is my name because Jesus paid it all for me at the cross.

I am loved by my Abba. I am His princess by my Most High God. He accepts me into His Kingdom because He is Jehovah. Rejection is not my name because God erased that from all of me with His cleansing blood. 

~”But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”~Isaiah 53:5, .KJV~

Jesus was rejected by the world, but He gave His life for me so that I could receive approval from Him. My approval does not come from my ex-friends. My approval comes from my Most High God. He will always accept me because He already accepted me into His Kingdom 2,000 years ago at the cross.

At the cross, rejection lost its power over me. At the cross, rejection lost its sting. At the cross, rejection was nailed by the hand of God. At the cross, rejection has no place for me as God’s child. At the cross, rejection died. At the cross, Jesus triumphed over rejection and rose: victorious for me. I can now walk in victory because by His stripes, I am healed, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I am free. 

~”Where, O death, is your victory? Where O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is in the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”~1 Corinthians 15:55, NIV~

I now want to pray for the feelings of rejection that you may be feeling, dear reader. Let us pray!: 

Dear God,

Thank You that this reader made the conscious decision to open up this blog post and read it. Thank You that the reader today chose to let go of rejection and let God heal the innermost wounds that he or she is facing regarding rejection. I pray over every reader, who has experienced rejection in any way, shape, or form, and that Your healing hands will bind up the wounds that they feel. I pray that every reader will acknowledge where the rejection came from and that he or she will bring it at the foot of the cross. I declare the rejection will no longer have a place for any of these readers anymore, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I declare that by the power of Your blood that these readers are healed, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I declare now that every reader will walk in freedom and victory today, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I speak peace over each reader as he or she goes in peace today. I give you all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you, dear reader! Peace be with you!

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I am Beloved, in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

I Am Brave, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Fear.

I am fearful of many things. I tremble in fear at times. I go into my bedroom and cry over all of my fears that plague me, which in turn has had a negative effect on my self-esteem and how I see myself. Every time that I feel fear, I pray. I pray in order to fight off the fears that face me so that I have no fear of the future and whatever comes. This is because I know that whatever comes, fear will not control on my life anymore.

~”For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”~2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV~

Today, I have decided to not give into fear. I had a choice to make: I could either allow fear to control my thought patterns and how I think or I can take the thought of fear captive to the Lord and allow for Him to deal with it in the way that He wants to handle this negative emotion. Fear has run my life for far too long, pushing away my friends and family and holding me in bondage to myself and the devil.

Even though I could go back to the old way that I used to think (which were most of the times thought patterns related to fear), this would be a hindrance in my walk with Lord because it would hinder me from walking in the victory that my Father bestowed upon me, as His adopted daughter.

I am not afraid. I am unafraid. I am not frightful. I am brave. I am not fear. I am fearless, in the Name of Jesus Christ. This is because God gave me, His daughter, a spirit of power to put fear to death, unconditional love for people of all different walks of life, and a sound mind (meaning I can control the thoughts that I think and the words that I speak over my life with unshakable confidence).

This means that in this moment, I am not going back. I won’t go back. I am never ever going back because God meant for me to live out and walk out in victory all of the time. Therefore, I have no reason to surrender my life or give me up to fear. Fear has no control over my life anymore. I am brave by the power of the Holy Spirit. I am brave for Jesus Christ. I am brave by the saving grace of my Heavenly Father. I am brave, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”~John 9:62, NIV~

I thank God for freeing me today. I thank God for delivering my soul from fear. I thank God for liberating me from that controlling and demonic spirit called fear. I thank God for freeing me from the control that fear had over my life. I have a spirit of self-control, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I think brave thoughts instead of fearful thoughts as I give up fear at the feet of my King.

I don’t do fear. I don’t do fear because I am not fear. I am brave for my friends. I am brave for my family. Fear no longer controls my soul. I won’t let it dictate my life. The power of the Holy Spirit broke this thought free from me today as I took it captive to the Lord. Therefore, I am free because my Deliverer set me free from fear today, in the Name of Jesus Christ. THANK YOU JESUS! HALLELUJAH!

I now want to take the moment to pray for you, dear reader, and any thoughts of fear that you may be struggling with today. Let us pray!:

Dear God,

Thank You for every reader, who opened up this blog post and read it. Thank You that by the power of Your Holy Spirit that You healed the reader, who needed to be healed the most. Thank You for delivering that reader from fear, who needed to be experience deliverance today. I pray that every reader will share it not just because of my testimony, but because that person is convicted by the power of Your Holy Spirit for his or her friend or his or her family member to experience deliverance from fear today. May compassion for those in the world who need to experience deliverance from fear thrive in this world. May the hearts of those who see a dear loved one, who is living in fear, be broken so that he or she will know of ways that he or she can pray for victory for that loved one. May that person know that fear has no place in a child of You, O Most High God, because You drove it out of every reader already. I pray the blood of Jesus over each reader today as he or she seeks You and Your Kingdom first for deliverance from fear. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you, dear reader. Go in peace!

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I Am Not Fear. I am Brave, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

I Live Because He Lives, in the Name of Jesus Christ

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“~Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”~Proverbs 31:30, NIV~

Be still and go in peace. 

~”Go in peace.”~2 Kings 5:19, ESV~

Throughout life, I have learned many valuable life lessons. I have learned that people will disappoint you. Material things do not last. And even money cannot fill the void of the human soul, regardless of how much money that you spend or how much money that you have in your checking account.

My relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is what matters the most because He is my peace. He gives me peace in the good times. He provides me peace in the bad times. He instills within me a peace that is incomprehensible to the human mind and soul that gives me a reason to live this life. I live because He lives, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

For me, Godly peace is what allows me to forgive those that have hurt me in the past. Godly peace is what allows me to be able to look at someone in the face without harboring harsh feelings towards them. Godly peace is what gives me authority to triumph over unrest in this world. I live because of this Godly peace that I experience.

Godly peace allows me to experience all of my life to the fullest. Godly peace allows me to be able to unconditionally love————at a distance and to a person’s face. Godly peace is what overcomes doubt, fear, mental illness, and other unfounded phobias. Godly peace is still. Godly peace reigns within me.

~”Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”~Hebrews 4:1, KJV~

At 27 years old, I have gone through many valleys. I have climbed many mountaintops. I have victory every time because of the Godly peace that is still within my soul. I am not emotionally broken because of this Godly peace that is within me. I am emotionally strong and can do ALL THINGS in Christ because of this Godly peace that is within me.

~”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”~Philippians 4:13, KJV~

As I search deep within myself, I have found that this Godly peace that I feel is what surpasses my understanding of what has happened in the past. Even though I cannot change the past, I can live in the present and face the future because my heart and my mind is guarded in the peace that I experience in Christ Jesus. 

~”She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”~Proverbs 31:25, NIV~

This Godly peace is what provides me great joy too. I have Godly joy because of this Godly peace that I experience, which makes me smile every time that I contemplate how unspeakable that it is. I can close my eyes and meditate on the Truths of what the Word of God states. The Word of the Lord is Godly peace. It is Heavenly and serene. 🙂

~”Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 4:6-7, KJV~

Let us pray, dear reader:

Dear God,

Thank You that You are peace. Thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of this world and to resurrect from the grave so that people of every tribe, tongue, and nation, can experience Your peace. Allow each reader to know that he or she is loved because of this gift of peace that Your Son, Jesus gives. Allow each reader to experience Your peace as Your hand draws them close to You. May each reader see that Your peace is everlasting and is what allows them to conquer sin and death because of this peace that You provided Jesus when He went to the cross. Nail the sins of each reader to the cross so that he or she can experience Your peace today. Give each reader victory today! I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless You, dear reader! Go in peace!

 

Seek Him And His Kingdom First, in the Name of Jesus Christ

Happy Sunday Afternoon from Atlanta, GA!

I want to impart advice for you, dear reader, that I hope will help you in your walk with Christ. My hope is that you are blessed by reading this from wherever you live in this part of the world.

The first piece of advice that I have for you concerning your destiny is that not everyone can travel on the same road that Father God ordained for you. This means that not every brother or sister in Christ is meant to walk with you on the same road to your destiny.

The Lord painted a personal tapestry that is specific for you and only you to walk on. I can say this because I had an ex-friend I knew for a season in college that told me that the Lord led us to go our separate ways. While this made me very sad, angry, and a whole mixture of feelings at first, I accepted this Word that Father God gave my ex-friend later on as He showed me things concerning my destiny.

I am an editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. An assistant teacher for toddlers at a daycare. A student about to go back to Liberty University’s online Master of Arts program in Pastoral Counseling, amongst other things. I look back now and understand now why God allowed me and my ex-friend to go separate ways. She has a different destiny and I have a different destiny, as ordained by Father God. Father God had my story written already and He had a different plan for her. Period.

The second piece of advice that I want to give is that Father God already knew the plans for your life before you were born into this world. You may not know all of the plans that Father God has for you concerning your life, but Abba will show you the deeper that you choose to go into His Word. Yes, Father God will show you hidden Truth of His Word that will bring His light into your soul.

~”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.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~

~”But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, or ear heard, neither have into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.”~1 Corinthians 2:9-10, KJV~

I woke up at 4 am this morning to pray and God confirmed this Scripture to me. He showed me that He is going go deep with me, as long as I willfully (free will) choose to go deep into the hidden things of God as far as my destiny is concerned. His Spirit is moving deeply and mightily and I can say with confidence that I am ready to walk into my destiny as the Lord continues to reveal Himself to me.

The last piece of advice I have for you is that Jesus loves you. I know this sounds cliché and you have probably heard it many times in church or seen these words on billboard advertisements, but it is the Truth. Jesus loves you very much. He loves you so much that He will make sure that you are on the right road to your destiny as long as you choose to spend time with Abba Father in prayer with Him.

The more time that you commit to pray with the Father and spend intimate time with Him, the more that He will show you the deep and hidden things of His Kingdom. All that you have to do, dear reader, is to seek His Kingdom and righteousness, and all of these things concerning your destiny will be added unto you, Atlanta.

~”But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.”~Matthew 6:33, KJV~

I now want to pray for you, dear reader. Let us pray:

Dear God,

I thank You for the readers, who have opened up this blog post and are reading it. Thank You for the leading of Your Holy Spirit and for this testimony that You have put on my heart to share with them. I pray that they will be open to absolutely surrender to Your will and that as Your Holy Spirit leads that You will make each readers’ destinies known to them. I pray for peace and clarity in the lives of each reader today as Your Holy Spirit moves in the lives of each reader today. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

Have a great rest of your Sunday, dear reader. Stay blessed! 

 

Let The Little Children Come and Do Not Stop Them, in the Name of Jesus Christ

Jesus loves the little children. And this I know because the Bible tells me so.

~”But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”~Luke 18:16, NIV~ 

I currently work at a daycare in Alpharetta, GA. I am an assistant teacher for toddlers. Even though I have worked here for a short period of time so far, I know that Jesus gave me a serving heart for these children. I feed them. I change their diapers. I play with them outside. I teach them. I give them hugs and many other things as I share the love of Christ with them. And it is these things that I do with great joy in the Holy Spirit.

~”for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”~Nehemiah 8:10, ESV~

These little ones bring me tidings of great joy that cannot be replaced in the Holy Spirit. Their smiles remind me of the innocence of Jesus Christ as He can relate to these precious ones through His humility.

Jesus humbled Himself to serve children throughout the New Testament Gospels. I love the New Living Translation of the Gospel of Matthew 19:14 because the words of Jesus command us to not stop the children from coming to Him. To command us not to stop them are powerful words from my Lord and Savior.

~”But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”~Matthew 19:14, NLT~

Because Jesus said to not stop the children from coming to Him, I won’t let them stop coming to me. In fact, I want to come to me so that they can enter into Jesus Christ and His heart as a result of His love that I show them through me.

It is by the power of the Holy Spirit of God that I am able to share the love of Christ with these precious children daily. It is with His hands that I can carry out acts of service to these children as I change diapers, feed, them, and hold them in my arms. It is with these feet He anointed me with that I go to the daycare that He handpicked me to be there daily. 

I go to the daycare so that I can be Jesus to these children. Each child there are little bundles of blessings and I love them very much because of the love Christ has for me. And it is with a loving and serving heart that I go to the daycare in order to be light to them. 

Even though the task God has assigned me to be light to these children is not easy at times, I know that Jesus wants me to be here. He is preparing me for great things by being here and it is with His Truth I trust Him for it. Even the children are light to me as Jesus is using them to fill me up with His light.

I thank God that Jesus is my Savior and that by His power I can be a shining light in the daycare for these little ones. I thank God for being here so that His Holy Spirit can empty me of anything that is not of God and His Kingdom for these little ones’ sake. I thank God that Jesus is effectively using me daily. Praise Him!!

I now want to take a moment to pray for all mothers and fathers of children and children. Let us pray!:

Dear God,

Thank You for consistently using me to be a bright light in the daycare. I thank You that You are using my story to be a testimony and light for mothers and fathers of children. Thank You for every mother and father, who Your Holy Spirit has blessed with children. I pray that the ministry of every mother and father is fruitful and that it multiplies as You effectively use them to be the light of Jesus as well as His Example to their children. I pray that the children of every household follows the Example of Jesus as their parents show them the Way. I pray that all children of Your Kingdom are effectively refined, go, and grow into not just disciples, but disciple-makers of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. I pray that all families, who are reading this blog post, are touched not just because it is a sweet story. I pray that they are touched by Your Holy Spirit as You make every family household that is reading this blog post into commissioners of what You order everyone on this earth to do: to go, to baptize, and to teach Your Word to the nations. Bring the Great Commission to every nation on earth and do not stop until Your Holy Spirit says, “It is finished.” I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you! ❤

 

 

Go in Peace, in the Name of Jesus Christ

I was scrolling through my news feed on Facebook yesterday night and came across a post that broke my heart for my friend’s loss: she had two deaths of two friends that she knew in the same week.

I can only imagine the sadness that my friend feels at this time, which is why my heart goes out to her. While I did not know her friends at all, my heart grieves for my friend, which is why I want to dedicate this post to my friend, who is in the stage of grieving at this time in her life. Jesus wept, so this gives my friend permission from her Heavenly Father to grieve too, in the Name of Jesus Christ.  

~”Jesus wept.”~John 11:35, KJV~

I want to use this blog post as a way to encourage my friend and anyone, who is reading this and is going through a period of grieve and loss over a friend or family member, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I have never experienced the death of a family member or friend close to me in my life. I may not know what it is like to experience the pains of grieve or what it is like to lose a loved one, but my heart has compassion for you because Jesus has compassion of you, loved one. Jesus loves you. Jesus has a heart for you because He only wants you to draw closer to Him as you seek Him for peace and comfort that surpasses all earthly understanding.

~”Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 4:6-7, NIV~

Jesus wants you, my friend and dear reader, to seek Him. In Heaven, there will be no more tears, pain, or crying because those things will no longer be remembered. Heaven is a place of joy with many mansions that Your Heavenly Father prepared for you and especially you, dear reader. Claim this Truth as comfort for you and your loved ones, in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

~”Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.”~John 14:1-4, KJV~

As you draw nearer and nearer to Jesus in this time, I encourage you to journal any prayers or thoughts that Father God puts on your heart and mind to write. Take this time to spend with God as you seek His presence and comfort because His Heavenly peace provides all of the peace that You need. His peace is comfort. His peace is joy. His peace is the Father’s love straight from Heaven to your heart. 

Remember that Jesus loves you and wants you to experience His peace. His peace is of Heaven. His peace is so tender that when you take the time to reflect on it, dear reader, your heart and your mind become One in the Father as all of you settles in Christ Jesus.

~”…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”~John 17:21-24, ESV~

Take the time to settle in the Father’s love and peace. Remember that Jesus loves you.

I now want to pray for you, dear reader and that you will experience total peace today. Let us pray:

Dear God,

Thank You for the friendship that I have with my friend from church. I want to take a moment to pray for my friend, as she is going through a period of grieve and loss in this season of her life. Let her know that You love her as she takes the time to spend in Your presence and seek Your Kingdom. Let my friend and any reader, who is going through the grieve and loss of a loved one know that Your peace is comfort and it surpasses all understanding. Let my friend and any reader know that Your compassion is so great because Your love is great. Also, let my friend and any reader know that You are peace and love for them because You are Jehovah, a God of peace. Allow Your Holy Spirit to give glimpses of what Heaven is like for my friend and any readers so that they can claim this Truth: that You are a God of peace. Let my friend and each reader walk in Your victory today as they claim Your peace in their hearts and minds today, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you!! Go in peace.

~”Then Jesus said to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”~John 20:21, KJV~

 

 

 

I Am a Victor, in the Name of Jesus Christ

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Morning Devotional Passage

As I was eating my breakfast yesterday morning, I read a devotional from a book titled, “Lifting Your Spirit Through Truth,” by Yancey Snavely. This devotional encouraged me for many reasons, but mainly with this confirmation:

Jesus holds my future in His hands.

In the past, I used to worry a lot. In the past, I used to fret. Even though David states in Psalm 37:1, “Do not fret,” I had a tendency to fret about little things such as how I’m going to pay my bills, for instance. I stand in the confidence that Jesus holds my future in His hands for many reasons:

  1. Jesus cares deeply for me.
  2. Jesus has compassion for my sorrows.
  3. Jesus loves me: truly, madly, and deeply.

Jesus cares deeply for me. I know this to be true because I just got out of a state of homelessness and can live to talk about it. Even though I know what it is like to go hungry or not bathe for a couple of days, I trusted and clung to the Truth that is in and of God’s Word and what it stands for as it relates to my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Even though I read A LOT of Scripture when I was homeless, one Scripture stood out to me the most:

~”No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”~Isaiah 54:17, NIV~

Isaiah 54:17 stood out to me, for many reasons. The devil did not win even though he toiled and tried to pity me against Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Satan is a liar and this I know very well. Satan attempted to deceive me many times that Jesus did not care for me because if He did care about me, then He would not allow for me to walk through this valley.

This was a lie because I reached the mountaintop, the ultimate victory, at the end of this trial. I made it out of homelessness. I may be a victim, in the sight of the world, but, I am accepted as a victor in the eyes of the Lord because His Word ALWAYS STANDS and is for me. God’s Word wins every time.

Jesus has compassion for my many sorrows. I had my nights when I was in a hotel room and I cried. And cried. And I cried until I could not cry anymore. The world looks at crying as a sign of weakness, BUT Jesus sees it as a strength. This is because Jesus wept. 

~”Jesus wept.”~John 11:35, KJV~

Jesus wept for me. Not just for this corrupt and vile world and the age of which we live in. He wept for me in my broken state of mind and heart. Therefore, I have compassion for the multitudes. I have compassion for those who go through abuse, manipulated, go hungry at night, or have no where to go. I even have compassion for those who don’t have a roof over their heads because I know what that is like. Jesus suffered for me and I reached the mountaintop as a victor with many battle scars that tell the story of a broken women with a heart for Jesus. This world may be corrupt and shaken. But I AM NOT A VICTIM, as they say, BUT A VICTOR, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”~Isaiah 54:10, NIV~

Jesus loves me: truly, madly, and deeply. I know this to be so not just because His Word tells me so. I know this from my own practical experiences. His love drew me closer and closer to my Heavenly Father all while drowning out hate. His love made me strong and courageous. His love made me into a woman of great faith that will not be shaken. 

Jesus died for me. Therefore, I have a reason to fear God because Jesus proved His death for me as Truth that He is God on the cross. It is because of this love that Jesus had for me that I praise God. In the good, the bad, and the ugly, I praise God for it. And it is for this reason that I have no fear of the future because I can literally look at it and laugh at the days to come. My future is bright in the brilliance of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

~”Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”~Proverbs 31:30, NIV~

I now want to take the time to pray for you, dear reader. Let us pray!:

Dear God,

Thank You that Your Word is love. Thank You that Your Word is true, even for readers who needed to read my testimony today. Thank You that Your Hands are making and fashioning each of these readers to be of an encouragement to someone, who is going through a hard time or who needs a Sound Word to lift him or her up. Your Word is power. Your Word is love. And is gives a sound mind to each of these readers today. Lift up each reader and let him or her know that his or her future is bright and filled with brilliance that only Your Son can provide. Heal the hearts of any reader, who may be discouraged today, so that he or she can turn their hearts and minds to heaven, in Your precious Name. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you, dear reader. You are loved!!

~”He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”~Psalm 147:3, ESV~

I Can Do All Things, in the Name of Jesus Christ

This is a test….

You may be reading this and wondering what test is this that I must pass for my God? It is the test that I can do anything if I put my mind to it, in Jesus’ Name. 

~”I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”~Philippians 4:13, KJV~

For the past several weeks, I have been doubting myself. Because I have been doubting myself, I have been doubting God. Doubt is a sin that needs to be stripped away from myself in order for me to become more confident in me and the abilities that God gave me for success.

When I was working at the daycare one day, one of my co-workers challenged me. She told me that in order for me to be able to do my job well that I needed to have full confidence in myself. 

At first, I continued to doubt myself. After spending time in prayer with the Lord, His Holy Spirit allowed me to realize that doubt is not of God, but of Satan. 

That Satan is a LIAR and he will do anything or whisper the slightest lie in your ear to cause you to have doubt in yourself. That is his ultimate goal in order to cause you to fail. The truth of the Word of God says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

~”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”~John 14:6, NIV~

I had a choice to make. I could either dwell on my own doubts and fears that I could not do my job at the daycare properly or I could rebuke doubt and fear in order for the Truth of God’s Word to settle in my heart. This would also allow for me to take courage and not give into my own fears and the fear of Satan.

~”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”~2 Timothy 1:7, KJV~

What harm could Satan do to me at my job? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING because I am a child of God. I am a noble princess of the Most High. I am His prized possession, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”~1 Peter 5:7, NIV~

~”But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”~1 Peter 2:9, ESV~

By remembering these Truths of God, I gain confidence in myself as I have confidence in Christ. By remembering these truths of God, I rebuke the devil with the blood of Jesus because he is a liar. By remembering these Truths of God, I know that I can do anything if I put my heart and mind to it! 🙂

Jesus is all of the Confidence I need. He is all that I need. He is my Everything because He gives me the strength to be able to get my job done at the daycare and DO IT RIGHT!! By the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, I can do all things in Christ who gives me strength.

That devil will not and shall not cause me to doubt myself at my job because God put me there for many reasons, especially to be a nurturing and sweet spirit to the toddlers that I teach. They need me because they need me to be the love of God in Christ Jesus to them.

I now want to take the moment to pray for you, dear reader. Let us pray:

Dear God,

Thank You for washing away my doubts and fears. Thank You that the Confidence that I have in Your Son, Christ Jesus, is all that I and every reader needs. May Your light shine in the little lights of each reader today and may Your great light outshine the lies, doubts, and fears of the devil from any reader today. May each reader see that confidence in Christ is the key to success while simultaneously rebuking the lies, doubts, and fears of the devil. May each reader see that as You build up him or her that You love them and that Your love is great. Do not let that devil take over any reader and may no weapon of that devil prevail over any reader today. Protect the hearts and minds of each reader today as You let each reader know that he or she can do anything that he or she puts his or her heart and mind to if he or she trusts in You. Let the confidence of each reader soar from valleys to mountaintops today. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise as You let these little lights shine today.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

God bless you, dear reader. Have a good day and good night! 🙂

 

I Am a Woman of the King, in the Name of Jesus Christ

❤ Jesus loves me and this I know very much! ❤

How do I know that Jesus loves me, you may ask? It is because of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and because of His resurrection that He loves me so. But there is so much more to His love than I can EVER comprehend……

I know that Jesus is a God of love because His hands fashioned me and knitted me together in my mother’s womb. His hands caress me as I go to sleep at night. I was not a mistake. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise God for this amazing truth!

~”Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.”~Psalm 139:14, NLT~

~”Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”~1 John 4:7-8, ESV~

One of the reasons I am writing this blog post today is because of two sources of inspiration: my friend, Jennifer, and Pastor Anthony George at First Baptist Church of Atlanta.

Jennifer is a very dear friend of mine. I can pick up the phone, call her anytime, and she will pray with me on the spot. One day, I was very troubled. So, I decided to call Jennifer. I told her that I could not believe in the Word of God and that God would come through for me because of the emptiness and loneliness that I felt as I was going through a rough time in that season of my life.

She immediately told me to use this time to press into Father God because He is the Ultimate Source of Comfort. She told me to press so much into Him that I fall asleep in His arms that night. She even prayed with me before I got off of the phone. I slept like a baby that night. 🙂

I could feel the love of God the next day. I went to church this morning and Pastor Anthony George preached a sermon that touched my heart. He preached that God is your Designer!

I was sitting in the audience and thinking to myself, “Wow!,” because of this amazing truth. God is my Designer. Jesus was sent into the world to be the Example of Abba, the Ultimate Creator. The Holy Spirit intercedes for me, as a creation (not a mistake) from my Creator. 

~”Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God bless them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”~Genesis 1:26-28, ESV~

I knew right then, as I was listening to Pastor George preach that I was not a mistake because God wanted to make me. God wanted to fashion me in His image and likeness. God wanted to make me into me:into Sarah Alexandra Dickens, a princess and noble woman of the Most High!

I won’t forget when my Sunday School teacher, Liz, got me a birthday gift. She got for me body wash and a pair of earrings! The body wash was a mix of lavender and honey and the earrings were a pair of heart earrings. I remember what her words to me were after she gave me the body wash and earrings, “That’s Sarah!

It’s as if God knew quite well how He wanted to make me unique. How God wanted to set me apart from other women. How God wanted to make me the me that He created me to become. I am a Woman of the King, in the Name of Jesus Christ!

I know that Jesus loves me because it is because of His love that draws me close to Him. I can bask in His presence for hours at a time because His love is so compelling! It draws me straight through the Holy Spirit, into Jesus, and right into the heart of God, even as I write this blog post on this beautiful Sunday afternoon!

I thank God for creating me. That is not selfish. It is a praise for Him as I glorify God not just over all of creation, but as my Creator.

I remember when my friend Ann, from my church, told me how significant that I am that she thinks of me as she prays for me. I did not realize how dearly loved I am and she even told me that she is my mentor! 🙂

Even as this dear woman of God prays for me, I know that the Holy Spirit is constantly interceding for me because my Abba Daddy cares very much for me!

~”So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”~Romans 8:15, NLT~

The Holy Spirit fights for me. Jesus draws me into Father God and this is so that I could know the love of God. God is love! Hallelujah!

I now want to pray for you, dear reader, and that You will feel the love of God today! 🙂 :

Dear God,

Thank You that You created me and have made this blog post that I just wrote as a testimony of Your great faithfulness and love to others here and worldwide. Thank You that every reader, who has read this blog post, can see, know, and even feel that You are a Great, Great Heavenly Father, who decided to create that special boy or that precious girl in Your image and likeness and apart from other creation. May each reader know today that he or she is loved. Let he or she claim this truth: They are not a mistake and that You decided to create them as a part of Your design and plan for their lives. You knew the plans, even before each reader was born, of the future that each reader would walk into with Your hands holding them and embracing them as Your sons and daughters. Let each reader know that he or she is not forgotten and to remember Your great love for them today. Let your sons and daughters praise you for Your amazing truths and mainly for this one: that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. I give you all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!

 

God bless You dear reader! Know that you are loved and rest in Abba’s loving arms today! ❤

~”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.”~Jeremiah 29:11, NIV~