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Gratitude prelude

It’s October 1st! That means a lot for me. The seasons have changed…even in Houston! (Where we can normally wear shorts on Christmas) It is also the month of my birthday. I share this month with my father, cousin, and a host of friends! This SEASON brings gratitude to a summit. It’s in that vein that I share the following:

We worry about not being able to bring gifts to people on occasion. About not being in position to show outward affection toward our kin and friends. Most of the time we forget that it’s not the amount but the thought that counts. Now, that can seem cliche’ and obsolete, but BEAR WITH ME! (Yes, bear-Grrr!) How many times are we invited to share moments with people,and we don’t show up. We leave the biggest obligation to “other people”. That echoes out into the universe and of the 50 people invited, five show up. How do you think the honoree feels? I’ve experiences this countless times (personally and professionally). Your presence matters. Seriously!

Have you ever said thank you (thank you Tracie Jae for placing this on my heart) unexpectedly? Try it! Find someone to thank, genuinely. It’s for them…but it’s really for YOU! It feels amazing to be a positive catalyst in someone’s life!

As I walk into birthday week, as a blogger, I say thank you to everyone for reading, liking, and sharing my words! It means the world to me that you would share some time with me.

Gratitude Day, GO!

Ivy Out!

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He’s good like that

Good morning!

I was reading Psalms chapter 19 this morning and marveling at God’s design.

Architects spend years in school learning new technology and software so they can create masterpieces. In Ancient times, with no computers, Egyptians and Greeks built cities that still stand. But GOD handcrafted this world in which we live. He placed the marvels of space. He positioned water and land. He created man and formed woman and gave us assignments.

How excellent is design? Isn’t it comforting knowing that the one who is in control, is the original designer?
Psalms 19:14 calls God our Rock and Redeemer. Our fortress and strength! How excellent to be able to depend on God!

If the value of purses, shoes, art, and homes are more valuable when it’s proclaimed a designer original…should not we value our lives in this manner?

Ivy out

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The Sure Thing

There are days when we make choices that add hurdles to our journey. Right, We, not the enemy, not God, us. Our choosing things contrary to our purpose adds frustration, stagnation, and disappointment. Jer. 29:11 reminds us that The Lord has plans for our good! Plans for us to prosper…to an EXPECTED END!

What’s going on in our lives is not a surprise to the Father. He forgives! It’s not a permanent thing with God. We can change our course of choices, by deciding to!

When we look in the mirror, we need to ask God to show us who He sees. When we walk in His will for our lives, though the path isn’t perfectly strait, we save ourselves the “extra” that comes with poor choices.

I’ve been reading a truth lately: avoiding “it” doesn’t make it go away. Acknowledge and heal fam.

Ivy Out

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Honest. Lady. Servant.

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