Where the Healing Starts

This Father’s Day, I am not spending it with my earthly father.

I have many issues in my current family that hinder me and my earthly father from having a relationship at the moment. But, I will spend Father’s Day rejoicing because of the love that my Heavenly Father shows me.

~”The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”~Jeremiah 31:3, KJV~

I always knew that God loves me. On certain days, it is hard for me to accept because I do not have a relationship with my earthly father. I will use this Father’s Day 2020 to bless my own earthly father and not curse him so that he can experience the love of Christ in and through me. It is my prayer that he will one day be saved. But, that choice is entirely up to him, as God showed me, and as a result of the work that God is doing to save my earthly father.

I love my earthly father very much. I also care about my earthly father very deeply. At the same time, I have to keep reminding myself that only God can save my earthly father through the power of His agape love. Even if I do not hear from my father this Father’s Day, I am content with it because I know that my Heavenly Father God loves me more than my earthly father loves me.

I make this statement because as fallen humans in a fallen world, we do not love others as we should in the way that Christ first loved us through His death on the cross and His resurrection. My earthly father is not perfect and neither am I and that is why all fathers on this big, green earth need Jesus this Father’s Day.

I hope to reconcile with my earthly father some day. I hope that he will forgive me of my sins just as God forgave him of his sins and I have forgiven my father for his past offenses towards me too. It is my prayer that my earthly father will see that God so loves him and desires a relationship with him. It is my prayer that my earthly father will see how much he needs Jesus because of his sin nature like I need Jesus because of my sin nature. I am in no way bashing my father because I love him very much. I am only praying for him to come to know Jesus as His Lord and Savior.

I believe that if my father chooses to reconcile with God that he will be open to reconcile with me, as his daughter. That is where true love and true forgiveness begins. This is also where the healing starts.

I choose to forgive my father this Father’s Day. I choose to love my father with the love of Christ this Father’s Day, even if it may be at a distance this season. I choose to reconcile with my father when he is ready, even if it is not on Father’s Day 2020. I will be patient and wait on God to work on my father.

I won’t give up on my father. I won’t stop praying for him or loving him. I am always there for him until that day that he is ready to speak to me again, in the Name of Jesus Christ. God bless my father this Father’s Day 2020! Amen!

 

A Renewed Sense of Hope/A Renewed Sense of Peace

As I watch the sunrise in the early morning, I think of the new hope that I have in my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,

This hope that I have is a renewed sense of hope. This hope that I have gives me a renewed sense of boldness and confidence in the King of kings and Lord of lords. This hope that I have gives me a strong sense of peace.

~”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”~2 Corinthians 5:17, English Standard Version~

As I was journaling during my quiet time in my notebook this morning, I kept hearing the Lord give me the words, “Renewed peace.” With everything going on in the world right now, we need a renewed sense of peace among the races. Jesus loves all of the races very much. Of course, all lives matter to Jesus. But, African-American lives and African lives matter to Jesus too.

I have the conviction that as racial communities in this country be the light of Jesus Christ to the African-Americans in this country and to African lives around the world that the light and love of Jesus Christ will shine through in the darkest parts of this age. This means letting go of the things that should not matter. This means letting go of hatred. This means letting go of unrest. This means letting go of name-calling, bickering, and betrayal and learning to embrace each other’s burdens, in the Name of Jesus Christ, as united peoples of this country and the world.

As racial communities learn to love one another, they are bearing each other’s burdens. They are uniting together in love through the unconditional love of Christ, which comes acceptance past the color of their skin. They are forgiving each other for past sins as they learn to see each other through the lens of Christ and not through the lens of the world.

Seeing the world through Heaven’s eyes overcomes the eyes that are of this world. It overcomes hypocrisy and the judgemental mentality that is not of Christ. This is because Christ is love.

~”For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.“~Romans 8:38-39, New International Version~

It is my prayer that all races will unite together in this cause for the love of Christ. I pray that all races will see each other past the colors of their skin and see each other as the human beings that God made them. I pray that someday, a renewed sense of peace will touch all of the human races across this country and the world. I pray that human beings will let this renewed sense of peace protrude in their lives as the light of God shines through and overcomes, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

I pray for peace. I pray for a renewed sense of hope and a renewed sense of peace for every human race today. God bless you!

 

 

Walking Out My Dream

Besides the dream of becoming a future author, I have a dream to become a future counselor.

The dream to become a counselor is a dream that God Almighty planted on the inside of me. This dream to become a counselor is really special to me because it is all a part of the great plans that Jehovah has for me to reach the lost.

~”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~

A couple of years ago, I met a friend, who I went on a missions trip to the country of Lebanon with my church. She is a counselor and I was very inspired after meeting her to become a counselor because of her character and the way that she asked deep and meaningful questions.

I prayed about this endeavor for me to become a future counselor, but the Lord led me to wait for a few years before beginning my studies with Liberty University’s online program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. This would be my third Master of Arts degree, except that it would not be a seminary-related degree.

After three years of waiting, the Lord led me to obtain a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University in the Fall 2019. The Lord led me to wait for this long because He knew that I was not ready yet to begin this career to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Now that God has allowed for me to go through many things, I am ready to study to become a counselor.

This Summer 2020 is my third semester that I am in this program to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor. The Lord has proven His faithfulness over time. A couple of months ago, I went to the Liberty University campus for my intensive class. One of the students shared with me that she believed that I would make a great counselor. Praise the Lord for giving me this confirmation through this person!

I have learned many counseling techniques, ranging from paraphrasing to scaling to challenging skills and reflection of feeling. I have also learned about many counseling theories. Out of all of the counseling theories that I have learned, I like Person-Centered Theory and Cognitive Theory the most because they give me a chance to put myself in the shoes of the future client as I work with him or her to identify the automatic thoughts, modes, and schemas of his or thinking and replace them with more rationale thinking.

I am thankful to God for getting me through this far in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Liberty University. I am set to graduate in the Spring 2022.

~”Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”~Lamentations 3:22-23, NIV~

Praise the Lord for getting me through this far in my future career in Clinical Mental Health Counseling! I cannot wait until that day that I become Sarah A Dickens, LPC!

Abiding in Prayer

When I wake up in the morning, I have a routine.

This routine that I have established has been a part of my life since quarantine began in March 2020. I wake up, I make breakfast for myself, I read a devotional book, I read a book on Christianity, and I pray. I have not broken this routine since March 2020.

~”Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”~2 Timothy 2:15, ESV~

~”Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come”~2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV~

One of the reasons that I have not broken this routine is because routines are Godly. Routines are what keep my mind focused and centered on Christ. Routines guard my heart from any form of evil. Routines center my mind on the King of kings and Lord of lords, my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer is one of the most important parts of my routine because it gives me a space to communicate with God. I pray for an hour on most days. Sometimes, I will pray for a shorter time. Other days, I will pray for almost an hour, but not quite an hour.

I like prayer because it gets me ready for the whole day. Prayer prepares me for the whole day because it is what motivates me to do homework for school (I am a Liberty University Online student studying for my Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling), go to work at my job, and succeed in all that I put my heart and my mind into for the day.

I cannot live a day without prayer. I cannot live a day without prayer because it strengthens me to continue to go on as I have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Prayer is power for me. Prayer is power indeed, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”~John 15:7, ESV~

As I abide in the Lord, I believe that God alone will answer my prayers. As I abide in the Lord, I believe that through the power of Jesus Christ that He will answer my prayers. As I abide in the Lord, I believe that my obedience to Him will pay off as I continue to pray without ceasing.

God is faithful. God has always been faithful to me. I cannot wait until that day that I am continually praising the Lord for His goodness and for His faithfulness to me in this dark age. I will praise Him, always and forever! Amen!

~”But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”~Matthew 6:6, ESV~

God will reward me in secret. God will reward me openly for continuing to pray to Him. I praise Him, day and night! Thank You Jesus! Hallelujah!

 

These Yellow Tulips

I love flowers. I love especially the tulips that God Almighty created.

A couple of days ago, I went on another walk. Oh, how I love my morning walks as they give me an opportunity to converse with the Lord!

As I went on my morning walk, I saw with my two eyes yellow tulips. These yellow tulips were very beautiful indeed! I could not help but admire these yellow tulips.

~”The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”~Song of Solomon, 2:12, ESV~

As I stare at these yellow tulips intently, I imagine myself taking a selfie with the Lord and the tulips in the picture. I get my camera from my cellphone and I take a couple of photos. God, myself, and I are in these photos. Even though I cannot see God, I know that He is there because His presence is with me wherever I go and His hand is holding me very tight, not letting go of me.

I admire these yellow tulips that the Lord God took time to create. They are so beautiful! Since they are the color yellow, they make me think of a golden crown. The Lord God has crowned me with a golden crown and I gladly receive it with joy in the Holy Spirit.

Like these tulips, I am dainty. Like these yellow tulips, I am delicate. Like these yellow tulips, I am unique, set apart from every other flower, and beautiful. I call myself a Lily of the Valley that is set apart, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.~Song of Solomon 2:1, ESV~

I call myself a Lily of the Valley because the Lord has set me apart with His two hands. I call myself a Lily of the Valley because the Lord has called me for a purpose and a destiny that is unique from everyone else’s purpose and destiny. I call myself a Lily of the Valley because the Lord loves me with an everlasting love and it is with that He makes a covenant with me for me to love Him beyond my understanding. Oh, how deeply I love God! But, oh how intimately the Lord loves me more than I could ever imagine!

I will never forget the Lord’s great love for me. I will never forget the Lord’s majestic hands that He fashioned me with in order to create me. I will never forget the Lord’s goodness and mercy that He has shown me, time and time again. How majestic is the Name of Jesus!

And it is with that I am calm in the presence of the Lord as I pick up a tulip, close my eyes, and imagine myself in His presence. What a great and beautiful moment that this is to my memory! Amen!

I pray to God that He will never forget me and always remember me by name. He is a God of promises and my WayMaker. Amen!

~”Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.~”Isaiah 49:16, KJV~

 

 

Moving Me Up

As I was walking the other day, I saw a swing on a tree.

This swing that was on the tree was just hanging there, static and not moving. It seemed very stable and yet so calm. It was as if the Holy Spirit of God wanted to push the swing as if I were on it.

~”And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”~Mark 11:22-24, ESV~

I wanted so badly to get on the swing, but I knew that it would break if I were to sit down on it and try to give myself a push. Perhaps sometime I could get on the swing and expect God to push me. Only faith can cause mountains to move. Only faith can cause this swing to move.

Faith. Even just a little faith can cause a mountain that is so big to move out of the way so that God can take me where He wants to take me. God has a purpose and a plan for my life. I cannot just remain static, like this swing.

I walked past the swing as I listened to my Christian music playlist on my phone. I continued to think about the swing. This swing did not move, yet I wanted it to move.

On another day that I walked past the swing, I noticed a father and his little girl were near the swing. The father put his little girl on the swing and he pushed her on the swing. Oh, how marvelous this sight was to me!

This sight made me think about how good my Heavenly Father is and how much like this Father that He is like in this moment that I saw with my eyes. God could push me on the swing. God can use His two hands, through the power of His Holy Spirit, and push me up, up, and up towards Heaven. I may not be a little girl anymore, but I am His princess and daughter of the King of kings and Lord of lords. I have faith that if He can move this swing, then He can move me to my next level: to my destiny.

~”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~

I have faith. I have confidence in my Lord and Savior that Jesus can move me up. I have faith the size of a mustard seed that God can move me upward to my destiny. All things are possible, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

And during that moment, I walked away from the swing, feeling deeply inspired and deeply impacted to move on: upward bound and to my destiny, as God has called me to walk on.

 

Ascending Heaven’s Heights

The sky looks bright and beautiful.

These were the words that I spoke to myself as I looked up into the sky to take a picture of the clouds and the sun surrounding the sky. The sky looked bright and beautiful as the hands of God made it look like a painting with the stroke of a paintbrush.

~”Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”~1 Thessalonians 4:17, ESV~

Looking at these clouds in the sky made me think of the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming soon. Yes. The sky looks bright and beautiful. And yes. Jesus Christ is coming back soon.

There will be a day in an unknown season to mankind when the hands of God will take away those who are born again in Christ Jesus into Heaven. Those who know Jesus will reign with Christ in Heaven someday. They will reign in Heaven, in the Name of Jesus Christ!

Jesus is my Lord. Yes, I believe that Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Yes, I believe that Jesus is my Savior. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I believe that Jesus is my King.

As long as I live on the face of the earth, I will bow to Jesus. Even during the coming of Jesus Christ, I will bow to Jesus. I will take a bow to Jesus Christ.

I take a bow to Jesus Christ because He has saved me. Jesus has saved me from the power of sin and death. Jesus has brought me into my destiny and causes for my dreams to come to pass. My dreams will come to pass in this life. Thank You Jesus!

Jesus makes the impossible possible for me because He works all things out for my good. Even as He has written my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, Jesus makes all things possible. He makes all things new.

Jesus is the Giver of my life. Jesus is the Sustainer of my life. Jesus makes all things new for me. Even during the second coming of my King, Jesus reigns and He is the Ruler of my life.

Jesus established Heaven and Earth above me. Jesus established my feet to make footprints of greatness in Heaven’s heights. Heaven is my portion. Do you receive Heaven as your portion? Do you believe that Jesus is coming back soon?

~”Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.~Matthew 26:64, ESV~

~”I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”~Isaiah 14:14, ESV~

 

Growing in Freedom

I pray. I pray almost every single day in my prayer closet.

As I pray, I let the Holy Spirit of God guide me in everything that I pray. I let the Holy Spirit of God guide me so that I know what I ought to pray, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

~”Pray without ceasing.”~1 Thessalonians 5:17, English Standard Version~

When I pray, I take deep breathes. When I pray, I breathe in and I breathe out. Then, I turn on my Christian music playlist on my phone, listen to it, and pray.

God guides me. Jesus holds me by the right hand. The Holy Spirit of God guides me on paths or righteousness for His Name’s Sake. I let Him lead me beside the quiet waters.

~”The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.“~Psalm 23:1-3, English Standard Version~

As I let the Holy Spirit of God lead me beside the quiet waters, I let Him purify me. I let God purify me as His hands cleanse me of all sins, known and unknown. Jesus is the Ultimate Restorer of my soul. Hallelujah!

In the moments that I pray, I let the peace of God fill up my heart so that I can be completely and wholeheartedly restored in Him. The Lord is my Healer. I receive healing today, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

As I put my head on the green, green grass besides the still waters, I am calm. I become calm in the presence of Almighty God. Rest is my portion. I receive rest as I enter into the arms of the King of kings and Lord of lords today!

I know that God is by my side. God is my Defender. God is my Savior. God is my Rock. God is my salvation. Amen!

It is in and through Christ that I can do all things, I believe, in the Name of Jesus Christ. As I lift up my head from rest, I begin to walk. I walk in freedom. I walk in the freedom that Jesus paid the price for to die for me. Jesus paid the ultimate price for my freedom so that I can walk in freedom, from His death on the cross, and resurrection power today.

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

I can walk in freedom today. I can walk in the crucifixion power of Jesus Christ today. I can walk in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ today. I am free. I am free indeed. Thank You Jesus! Hallelujah!

And as I begin to walk in this freedom without looking back. I do not look back as I walk, not alone, but with the King of kings and Lord of lords by my side today. Thank You Abba Father for the price that Your only begotten Son paid for me on the cross and through Your resurrection power! Amen!

A Light So Bright!

I am glorious. I am glorious, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. It is in this moment that I am glorious because I shine bright in the King of kings and Lord of lords.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”~Matthew 5:14-16, ESV~

Whenever I shine bright, I give glory to God. Whenever I shine bright, I give glory to His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Whenever I shine bright, I let the Holy Spirit of God shine down on me so that I shine brighter. I shine even brighter as a result of the light of God that is in me.

This light of God is so bright. This light of God is so bright that even others cannot outshine this beautiful light of God that is in and within me. This light of God is so bright that the devil, my enemies, and others cannot put it out, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

The light of God is so beautiful. Nothing can comprehend this light of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ. This light of God is a reflection of Heaven. This light of God reminds me of a painting with many colors in the sky: pink, purple, and yellow, which are a reflection of a sunrise and orange and yellow, which are a reflection of a sunset of King Jesus.

The sunrise and sunset in the sky remind me that Jesus is coming back soon. Jesus is coming back for me, as His daughter and cherished princess. I belong to Jesus just as Jesus belongs in my heart. He puts a golden crown on my forehead and it shines. It shines so bright! Hallelujah!

Because I am a cherished princess of the Lord, I walk on the streets paved with gold in Heaven. Because I am a cherished princess of the Lord, I spin and twirl around and around Jesus in adoration in worship. I can only imagine what worship and adoration will be like in Heaven.

~”Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”~Psalm 119:105, ESV~

I skip around in my white robe singing, “Hosanna! Hosanna!,” as I skip up and down merrily and joyfully. The light of God was my portion. The light of God is my portion. The light of God is to be my portion! Amen!

I will continue down this path of light until that day of Jesus Christ. I will let my footprints touch this path of light until that day of Jesus Christ. I will let the light of God light my path to goodness and greatness. Hallelujah and Amen!

 

Remembering Me

Yesterday, I went for a walk.

As I went for a walk, I took a picture of a beautiful purple flower. The purple flower looked majestic with its magnificent petals and lovely green stem. I continued to look at it and marvel at this magnificent creation of God!

~”I will be like the dew to Israel; he shall blossom like the lily; he shall take root like the trees of Lebanon.”~Hosea 14:5, ESV~

Whenever I look at this purple flower, I think of myself as the daughter of God that I am to the Lord. I am a child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. I am His princess. I am loved. I am everything to the Lord.

I also blossom like this purple flower in the eyes of the Lord. As I sprout like this purple flower, I grow stronger and stronger. I grow more flourished and dainty like the princess of God that I am in His sight. My flower becomes a Tree of Life. I become a Tree of Life. I am a Tree of Life.

My Tree of Life is the abundant life of Jesus Christ. My Tree of Life is full of the agape love of the Father. My Tree of Life is flourishing because the hands of God are watering it full of the nutrients of the Word of God.

~”Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”~1 Peter 2:2, NIV~

Like a newborn baby drinks milk, I am still growing in the Word of God. I am growing up and flourishing, like the purple flower, and as the Tree of Life that the Lord has called me to become. I am only becoming like Eden. I am only just becoming a Garden of Eden.

My Tree of Life that is in my Garden of Eden is being restored. My own purple flower is becoming more royal, day by day. My own purple flower is gaining authority as its portion in my Garden of Eden that the hands of my God and my Father created. My Abba Father is good. My Abba Father is so good!

My Heavenly Father remembers me, like the purple flower in this Garden of Eden, by name. I am His daughter. I am His cherished princess. I am lovely. I am altogether lovely, in the Name of Jesus Christ.

My Heavenly Father has not forgotten me because He remembers me. He will always remember me, in the Name of Jesus Christ. I am His princess and He is my King of kings and Lord of Lords. My Savior and My God. Amen!

“~Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”~2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV~