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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

β€” Oscar Wilde.

God created each one of us in His image and likeness. We were all handmade by God for a specific purpose. As we allow God to take us through our “beautification” process we are transformed into His beautiful masterpiece. Just like a work of art our uniqueness, flaws, and blemishes make us authentic, telling the story of our process. This blog is designed to celebrate the beauty of walking in the attributes of our creator. My prayer is that you are encouraged to let God’s grace, love, and mercy shine through you also! By the way I am also a fashion & beauty lover so there will be posts/sections dedicated on here to natural GLAM as well!

~Glam Ch!c Boutique NOW Open~ http://www.hpcd3glam.com ❀️😁

↬XOXOXO β₯ K.Joi β™₯

Blessed to BE a Blessing

β€œAs each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
‭‭I Peter‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
-Author Robert Byrne

Greetings in Grace King’s πŸ‘‘ Kid’s ,

So lately I’ve been pondering on the gifts of God. He daily Loads us with benefits (psalms 68:18-19)! Each day we wake up is a gift of God whether we realize it or not, God has given us another day to come to Him and receive the blessings of that day. David said bless the Lord oh my soul and forget not His benefitsπŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½, going on to list forgiveness, salvation, love and kindness as a few (psalm 103). God wants us to know and remember all that He is and All that He’s done, so that we can have hope, peace, and joy as we walk with Him. We can rest assured knowing that He is all we need and is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6).

These are all gifts given to us by God to increase us. God has also given each of us various/diverse gifts(treasures) that are hidden within us. The enemy works overtime to convince us otherwise (steal, kill, destroy) so that we don’t function by design and advance. He’ll present us with all kinds of evidence to distract us and take us of course, using things like fear, doubt, and opposition to take us off the path. BUT God inside you is greater, KEEP RUNNING. The bible states my people perish due to a lack of knowledge. It also says to not be ignorant of the enemies devices and to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Since the beginning the enemy’s been telling lies and taking lives(naturally & spiritually).

This is why my friend it’s so important for us to draw near unto God. So that He can reveal Himself to us and give us wisdom to defeat (the already defeated) enemy of our soul and walk in victory. Which takes me back to the gifts! Before we came into the world God already knew everything He was going to put within us. He told Jeremiah in the bible He called him before was even formed. He said we have everything we need to live a good and Godly life. Through the greatest blessing of all, His son Jesus, we are now able to live an ABUNDANT life. Thank God for Jesus!!!

What an Extravagant LOVE ❀️ God has given to us. We Are BLESSED! So many blessings we often overlook from the breath in our lungs to the many treasures hidden within us! I l like what my Pastor once said He hides treasures for us not from us. Life is literally designed to be like one big treasure hunt! Seek and You Will Find! Seek what/who you may ask….GOD! As with any journey we face obstacles but we can and will overcome with His help.

I don’t know if you’re anything like me but I ask a lot of questions (as my husband often says πŸ˜‚). And one question I’m sure everyone on Earth has wondered is, why am I here? Well I’m glad you asked. You are blessed to be a blessing (*see scripture at top). First and foremost we were created to bless God, and next to be blessed and to bless others. All those gifts we talked about above are for that sole(soul) purpose. The bible says it something like this Love God with EVERYTHING and others as yourself. My friend when we give our life to God and let Him lead us there are no limits!!!!

As I minister to you I am reminded myself to take the limits off of what God can and will do in our lives. And to use the treasure in me to enrich not only my life but others as well! This is our (abundant) portion in this life. I can only imagine what’s to come.

Eternal Blessings…Grace Love And Mercy XOXO 😘

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Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. ✞ Psalm 34:19 Image via dreamstime © Artist: Vetre Antanaviciute

Greetings, Grace & Glory King’s Kids, πŸ‘ΈπŸ½πŸ€΄πŸ½πŸ‘ΈπŸΌπŸ€΄πŸΌπŸ€΄πŸΎπŸ‘ΈπŸΎ

Happy New Year πŸŽ‰, Black History MonthπŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦, and soon to be LπŸ’—Ve Day (3 of my fav’s). I’m learning that no matter what season you may find yourself in there is always a reaSON to rejoice! The Apostle Paul in the bible said it like this; I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:12-13 TPT).

Beginning around the holiday season in November continuing throughout the winter months many people suffer with episodes/bouts of depression. According to the ADAA 40 million adults in the US alone suffer from some form of anxiety disorder. Which although saddening it wasn’t very surprising seeing as how we live in the age and culture of moving fast….can’t be last type mentality. But what i’ve come to find out my friend is that there is a higher way. Praise God (LoL Literally) !!! πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Disclaimer Alert ⚠️ There is no biblical escape clause that grants us a free pass against suffering. In fact there are many scripture that confirm that as a believer (or not) we will suffer but there are also scriptures that tell us how to and why we endure suffering. It’s important that we hold on and press into God so that it produces a greater glory/light in us, instead of running away and doing things that take us out of Gods will/desire for us.

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace (who imparts His blessing and favor), who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be]

1 Peter 5:10 AMP

The best part about suffering with and/or for God is that it’s not without purpose and He brings us out if we let Him lead us. In my last post I mentioned that when we humble ourselves God grants us grace(devine ❀️ influence and power to beπŸ’₯) FYI also in 1 Peter 5 (great read)! In order to grow through suffering vs just continuing to go through we need God to give us a grace and wisdom to overcome. These gifts and many more are given free to us because Jesus payed the price, yet being a disciple does have a cost (obedience to His word, will and way). Nevertheless, IT’S WORTH IT (Fruit&Favor vs Sin & Shame)!!

😍 Mentioning Fruit and Favor I Am so excited because starting this month I will be seeking, studying, and sharing on the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galations 5. The Devine 9 😍❣️{side note}

One of my favorite verses is 2 Chronicles 7:14 it’s one of those everyday any situation type scriptures that I like to keep close. If my people who are called by my name would Humble themselves and Pray, Seek my FACE (not hand), turn from their wicked ways πŸ˜– (repent), then He will hear from heaven and heal the land. God took Israel through the wilderness to humble them and its no different today! God delights in brokeness, us yielding ourselves to Him more and more. Sometimes we can be so focused on what we want we forget to consider what Father wants from us. πŸ˜”

Each day lets endeavor together to turn to God, seek Him whole heartedly, and yield to His guiding. He has given us all that we need in order to have Life and Godliness. Apart from God we merely exist and go through the motions (up, down, in, out). With God we press onward and grow through our journey with the expectation of the Joy on the other side (on earth & in heaven) as we enter into His presence.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18 NKJV

Grace Love And Mercy Completely Hidden In Christ! Xoxo πŸ₯°

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Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and BE clothed with humility, for β€œGod resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due timecasting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7 *************************************************************************

Greetings Fellow Kings Kids,

What a Blessing, Privilege, and Honor to be called a Son or Daughter! During my time with the Lord this morning He brought me back to a topic and verse I had planned to write about a while ago but never felt like the time was right. Then I came across a song on YouTube called Humility by one of my favorite worship teams UPPERROOM and it blessed my soul. I will post it at the end so that you can check it out, you won’t be disappointed! The song, a series of conversations, and world events confirmed that this was indeed a relevant NOW word for where we are as a whole!

As I was looking at the title of this post and the scripture above certain words stood out as if they jumped off the page. The first one being IF. When I looked up the definition of IF I found; (introducing a conditional clause) on the condition or supposition that; in the event that. We often quote that scripture if God be for us who could be against us when we find ourselves faced with some form of opposition that’s meant to stop us from going forward BUT what if God is the one opposing us? Let me take a moment to clarify that God is and always will be GOOD, JUST, LOVING, and UNCHANGING! HE IS the only constant in an ever changing world. Nevertheless, there are times when God may resist us when we are unwilling to YIELD to HIS word, will, and way.

There are multiple instances in the bible where we see this. When God gives us an instruction it’ s to our benefit and never to hurt or harm us. His plans for us are GREAT! He knows what we need and how every one will come to pass. In His infinite knowledge (knowing everything) He allows us to experience certain things in order to draw us nearer and see HIM clearer. I’m reminded of the disciple turned apostle Peter who rejected Jesus’s words when He told them He was going to die and be brought back (Matthew 16: 21-28). Jesus responded Get Behind me Satan. At that moment Peter was more concerned with his way than God’s.

There are times in life where God will allow us to experience things that bring us to our knees, cause pain, and even suffering for a greater purpose and to BREAK our will. It’s not that He withholds everything from as some form of punishment, but their is just a certain posture that causes us to receive his desires for us. The bible says to not despise Humble beginnings. These moments of humbling keep us from being lifted up in pride which destroys. Our daily time in prayer and the word with God is a form of us humbling and yielding ourselves to our Father. This posture says to the Father I NEED YOU DAILY TO LEAD ME!

God knows our heart, the “good”, bad, and the ugly. Although we would all love to believe we have “good” hearts the word says our hearts are wicked and deceitful, WHO could know it? This is why We need to come before God Daily to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit. We’re ALL a mess in our flesh (Fearful, Anxious, Proud, Selfish, Jealous, Ungrateful and Sin-FULL) apart from HIM! Even in all that He still loves us so much that He desires to be with us and has provided a way of escape from ourselves IN HIM! PRAISE THE LORD!!!! IF we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Oh Give Thanks unto the Lord For He is Good AND His Mercy Endures Forever! During this time/season where we gather in thanksgiving, let’s remind ourselves that we ought to BE THANKFUL to God! In God’s MERCY He doesn’t give us what we really deserve (unfavorable judgment) and in His GRACE & LOVE He gives us what we don’t (FAVOR, Blessings). And in knowing this lets abandon our will and way to His!

Grace Love And Mercy , XOXOXO

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Hiii Kings Kids πŸ‘Έ πŸ‘ΈπŸ½πŸ€΄πŸ»πŸ€΄πŸΎ Blessings Multiplied To You

NOW God has offered to us the same promise of entering into his realm of resting in confident faith.✞✞ So we must be extremely careful to ensure that we embrace the fullness of that promise and not fail to experience it. Hebrews 4:1 TPT

So we have a little over 3 months left of 2020 and what a year it’s been.!? Praying God’s peace and prosperity to you in a time where fear and famine has been sweeping the land. One day in my quiet time I heard the word PANDEMONIUM, meaning wild and noisy disorder or confusion; uproar. The definition so perfectly described our current world situation. Nevertheless BE encouraged GOD IS faithful and ALL His promises are yes and amen (it is done)!

Have you ever experienced a moment or moments in your life where things where so crazy that it felt like you were in a movie? If you have you know exactly what I mean and if you haven’t… that day is coming. The Bible tells us we will have troubles on earth 🌏 but it also says that it will get better. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸ½ Even when better days doesn’t seem true, IT IS! And when it seems that way we have to seek comfort in our Father, His Son, and Spirit.

Remember suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-4). After we suffer a while God establishes, strengthens, and settles us (1 Peter 5:10). IDK about you but the a while part, at times can be wearisome! During those times I search out and remind myself of God’s promises for my life. God already has ALL the answers, we just have to seek them.

It is truly a day to day (moment to moment) process, and the more time we spend with God, meditating on His word, the less complicated it becomes. That place of TRUST and OBEDIENCE is what the scripture above in Hebrews calls the realm of rest. And oh my friend what a beautiful place it is when we take our eyes πŸ‘€ off us and put them on God! It’s not always easy but by Gods grace it’s reachable. This is why the word calls it the good fight of faith.

Unfortunately many times we fail to enter into rest because of fear/doubt, unbelief, and the cares of this life. However, this doesn’t have to be our reality TODAY friend. Jesus died so that we could live a faith-rest life. When we lose our life (aka trust and obey Yahweh) we gain new life but when we hold on to our life we Lose. Whatever we face He ALWAYS is The (ONLY) WAY, LIFE, and TRUTH.

Grace Love and Mercy, XOXOXO K.Joi

God’s Plan

β€œCommit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

For the month of August God placed it on my heart to journey through the book of proverbs. One of the first things I try to be mindful of before posting, speaking, and/or acting is to ask God what would He like me to do or say. There are times when it’s clear to me what He’s speaking and other times when it’s as if I hear nothing. Lol I’m sure everyone can testify of moments where it really wasn’t clear what God was saying or that it seems as if He is silent. Learning to hear and distinguish the voice of God is truly a process.

I’m learning that God speaks to us in different ways and also gives us confirmation that it’s Him. The more we become familiar with the Father’s voice the more easily we are able to recognize when He is speaking. Prayer/consecration, the word of God, and Godly teachers/counsel strengthen our ability to hear more clearly. One way of knowing it’s God is He will send confirmation and it ALWAYS aligns with His word! God will never speak anything that goes against His word. This is why it’s so important for us to spend time reading and learning the bible. It makes us less likely to be led in the wrong direction.

God has so many good things stored up for each of us! The blessing of the LORD makesΒ oneΒ rich, And He adds no sorrow with it (proverbs 10:22). He daily thinks thoughts toward us of good to give us hope and a future. It’s the enemies job to try to convince us to believe otherwise with his tricks, schemes, and lies. The less time we spend taking in God’s thoughts the more open we are to the enemies and our own. But God’s thoughts and ours are different, His are higher, and the enemy is a liar!!!!!!! One of my favorite scriptures Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, Lean not unto your own understanding, acknowledge Him in ALL your ways and He will direct your path.

His wisdom is infinite (without limits)! He knows and see’s EVERYTHING, much more than we can. In fact He foreknew us before we were even formed in our mothers womb. Even then He had a plan and purpose already set for us. As long as we stay the course, seek, and live according to His way there is no way we can lose! At times it may be difficult but God gives us supernatural power (like a super hero) to succeed and mighty weapons to fight the battles we face. All we have to do is receive and obey His instructions.

Just like a piece of coal goes through a process to become a diamond, the Father takes us through a transformation process to advance our lives. When we love God and are called by Him we can rejoice in the fact that no matter what we go(grow) through it’s going to work together for good. He is the Author and Finisher of our Faith!!!!!!

XOXO , GLAM Chic inc.

β™‘β™‘β™‘Grace. Love. And Mercy β™‘β™‘β™‘

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When one teaches, two learn.’ –Robert Heinlein

A Special Thanks β™₯β™₯β™₯

This will be my 10th year as a teacher! I have worked with Infants all the way through 8th grade. It has been one of the most rewarding occupations I could have ever been chosen for! It can be a challenge at times but the joy far outweighs the struggle!

Much Love to Teachers, Principals, Students, School Staff!

YOU ROCK!

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Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrew 4:16

Dearly Beloved, God is Faithful!

When looking up the word faithful it listed these words loyal, constant, true to the facts or the original. He is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. There is nothing more comforting than to know that no matter what may change God will FOREVER remain the same. Let’s face it there are so many things around us that are falling apart, we are truly living in uncertain, unseen, chaotic times. But God is a very present help in the time of need and in the time of trouble.

In biblical times there were mass wars, killings and violence, sickness/plagues (that took the lives of many), and times of famine; much of what we are seeing today. During these times the people in desperation would turn towards God and cry out for help and God would respond.

Even in my personal life I have seen God’s hand rescue me during the most difficult times of my life, from sickness, financial struggles, to dealing with the heartache of broken relationships and life’s disappointments. God allows these things to happen that we would turn to Him to reveal Himself as the answer. His goodness and His mercy endures forever. All we have to do is come to Him as children would to a Father.

When asking God what He wanted me to write about after 3 months of not writing I heard the word Mercy. Even with this worldwide pandemic we’re facing this word has been on my heart quite a bit. I couldn’t help but smile when I looked up the definition of mercy in my bible dictionary app. It means kindness or good towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with the desire to help them, compassion. If we know it or not we NEED God ALWAYS. God desires to show us mercy (kindness, goodness, help).

His Mercy allows us to continue on each day, although we don’t deserve it. No matter where we find ourselves God is able, willing, and desiring for us to return to His goodness. In fact He suffered and died for it, He took the weight of everything we face in this life on Him to rescue us from it and cause us to Rise (just like He did). I pray that God would breath LIFE into everything that seems to be falling apart in and around you/us today! In the Name of Jesus!

Grace Love and Mercy! Completely Hidden In Christ

β™₯β™₯β™₯XOXOXO β™₯β™₯β™₯

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✢Receiving the gift of God’s grace to keep giving when you want to give in…✢

image Copyright Β© Carmi Grau

Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man have received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

1 Peter 4:9-10

Praying that you & yours overflow with God’s Grace, Love, and Mercy this Holyday season and forevermore! X0X0 πŸ’‹ K.Joi ❣️

With it being this time of year where we celebrate and give thanks for the many blessings that He has given us, God laid it on my heart to do a post about giving. The bible says that God loves a cheerful giver, but let’s just be honest there are times when giving can be very difficult. There are times when things require more time, resources, and/or energy than we expected, with seemingly no return but in those times we have to remember His Grace is sufficient.

One of my favorite books of the bible is Ecclesiastes, it’s filled with simple life altering wisdom. In the 7th chapter verse 14 it says in the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider. There are days/times/seasons where things flow smoothly, on the contrary there are days quite the opposite. The word consider comes from the hebrew ra’ah meaning to see, look, inspect, to have vision. In unpleasant times perspective is everything. I often ask God to give me eyes to see what He desires me to see beyond my current struggle and the faith to grow through it, and He always does.

One definition of grace is God’s power that influences our hearts to be able to do things we can’t and wouldn’t do in our own strength. The word says that God gives grace to the humble. The more we acknowledge our need for Him and in that need seek after Him, He gives us more grace. When we do this it says God you know more, I let go and give this to you, teach me what’s right. The giving of ourselves to God is the best gift exchange EVER!

“This walk is a day to day thing so we never get to a place where God isn’t growing us. “ We should ever be learning.

Grace also means rewards, gifts, and favor. God blesses us that we would in turn be a blessing to others. When we give it shows that we trust and know God is our source. This is important to keep in our foresight during times of struggle where we feel forgotten or that our labor in love is in vain. And in times where we feel drained we can always go to God for Him to pour out what we need.

We are living during a time where being self focused is often celebrated but God teaches just the opposite. What i’ve come to find is when I make God and service my priority He takes care of me, and it benefits everyone. It truly is more blessed to give than to receive. God increases those that make giving a lifestyle. Don’t believe fear and lack that tells us we won’t have enough or that our giving is vain. We can trust obeying God in our giving.

Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye give it shall be given to you. If it’s something you feel that you lack, give it. I realized that many times the struggles that I faced give me a greater understanding for those dealing with similar things. Hence the saying your misery is often your ministry. God will give you a grace in that area which will increase you and others.

I want to end with encouragement. Know that God makes ALL things work together for Good for them that love Him and called according to His purpose. You may not see it now but one day you will look back and understand why God took you the way that He did. His ways are Higher! PEACE LOVE JOY β™‘