Calling: You Are Made on Purpose

Mark Twain once said that “ the two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why”. What is your purpose on this earth, why were you created, were you even created on purpose or was it just a mishap?

God knows exactly who you are meant to be, “ Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). You were not a mistake, but a creation made by God, he knew of your existence before the beginning of time.image describing the important of knowing the purpose of a product before creating it.

A Manufacturer’s Product

You might be saying, “ ok I know that God knew me before creating me, but what does that mean in terms of having a purpose and being called?”. If God knew that you would be born then he had a plan set for your life. A manufacturer does not create a product before deciding the purpose of the product. When creating
a product, you first set out the blueprint, the audience it will target, the purpose of the product, and then you make it. If anyone has been created on this earth, that means God, the manufacturer of mankind, has a purpose for them.

The issue is not that you don’t have a purpose, no, you have been called. The issue is that often timquestion asking the reader if they are still recognizable.es, through sin, we stray far away from our manufacturer and are unable to determine our calling and purpose. Sometimes products get so bruised up and beaten over time that you are unable to recognize what it was meant to be; we’ve all had that destroyed book, that you can no longer tell the title of. We live in a fallen world and the problems of life have a way of beating us up too, sometimes to a point where we move so off track that we become unrecognizable.

Have you ever bought an item, and instead of reading the assembly manual that comes with the item, you assemble it based on your own knowledge? I do this all the time. Eventually, what happens is that you end up building the item, let us say that it is a bookshelf. The bookshelf looks nice at first glance, yet there are some bolts you forget to secure and it is not level, so it ends up falling apart after a short amount of time. This is what happens when we mature apart from the Word, we may look like we have it together on the outside, but inside we are crumbling and eventually will break.

Living In Intimacy with God

We were not meant to live apart from our manufacturer and apart from his manual, the Word. “ If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die we belong to the Lord” (Romans 14:8). Sin is what separates us from God “ But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Our sinful nature separates us from God, but the blood of the lamb covers all sin and allows us to live intimately with God. The question we should be asking ourselves is “ am I walking with God or am I living apart from him” because if you live apart from God you will NEVER know the call upon your life.

You are a child of God made on purpose, for a purpose. “ Then God said “ Let us make man in our imagepicture encouraging reader that they have been made to succeed , after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of heaven and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” ( Genesis 1:26). You were made after the likeness of God, not to sit around but to have dominion over the earth. You were made to have success over everything you touch because your heavenly father formed you.

“ So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” ( 1 Corinthians 10:31). You have a calling over your life, and everything you do should have purpose. You might not be at the point where you are sure about your calling but you still have the ability to ask God about the purpose of different aspects of your life. God cares even about the little things. I often ask him, what is the purpose of dressing in this way, what is the purpose of this class? What is the purpose of this friendship? If you want to be a powerhouse for the Lord, you must live a life that is purposeful.

It is only through intimacy with your creator, that you will be able to determine your calling and the purpose to any life choice.

Prayer

Heavenly father, forgive me if I have sought (Insert decisions) before seeking your face. Lord, I desire to walk with your presence and not ahead of it. On this day, I will be patient enough to ask you for direction and purpose before making any decision. Lord, I desire to have a more intimate relationship with you. I am broken and the only way I will begin to be healed is through you, my creator. Lord, thank you for calling me and for placing a purpose in me even before I was born. I will keep my eyes peeled and my ears open so that I may hear and see you. Thank you for the sacrifice that you made on the cross, because of Jesus Christ my sins have washed away and I am able to walk in freedom. Lord, thank you for reminding me that no matter how I came on this earth, I have been made on purpose for a purpose. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

 

Stay blessed,

2 Crucial Practices To Complete Your Goals

I know, you have heard time and time again about everyone’s New Years resolutions, goals etc. We start the year supper excited to do everything that God has laid on our hearts, but that excitement is not enough to complete our goals. Excitement will not help you finish that paper at 2 in the morning, or continue moving forward after many closed doors.

As great as it is to set goals and make vision boards, it is absolutely useless if you will not execute these goals. None of us want to end 2018 in the same way we started it. That is not my hope for you and I. So how will we conquer these goals? I have two VERY important practices that I will share with you all that has helped me grow and achieve my plans.

1. Rest

God Rested

This may not have been what you imagined. You might be saying “ Karen, am I not suppose to be moving full force towards my goals?”, and yes you should be. Rest IS NOT a replacement for hard work. One of the purposes of man is to work. When God created Adam, He had him work! He didn’t just sit and rest all day. Furthermore, God himself worked, but He worked for six days.

The Bible tells us “ By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day, he rested from all his work” (Genesis 2:2 NIV). This verse reveals two things. 1. God finished his work  2. God rested. A lot of times, people fall into two extremes; On one end, some people only rest, they are lazy and all they do is have fun. On the other end, some people only work, and never stop. God worked hard and then rested, and that is what I am encouraging us to all do. Work hard, pursue excellence, give it your all, but also know when to take a pause.

Your Works Don’t Make You Worthy

Sometimes it is hard to stop in a world that is always going. You hop on social media and people are either talking about living leisurely for the rest of their lives or grinding hard, there is no balance. But we serve a God of balance. In your rest, God is working on your behalf, you will never lose by giving yourself a break.

I use to be one of those workaholics/busybodies. I found my worth in doing a lot, whether it be in school, ministry, work ect….My identity was attached to the services I could do on behalf of God’s name. I had to understand that my identity and worth was not attached to my works. You have been saved by grace and norestt by works. Your father in heaven doesn’t want you killing yourself by overworking, He is only asking for obedience. When it is time to work, give it your all, but when He asks you to rest, go ahead and pause.

Here are three benefits of rest in achieving your goals.

  1. Rest forces you to pause and reflect: Believe it or not, you might be moving in the opposite direction of your goals, and you can easily miss this if you don’t reflect on where you are and where you are going. Is everything you are doing truly important in achieving your goals? Are you doing everything the correct way? Are your priorities set well? Rest will allow you the time to think of all these things.
  2. It glorifies the Lord. I don’t know about you, but it is more amazing to say “ God did it” then “Karen did it”. I love situations where I can only give the glory to the Lord because it shows His children that He is REAL and AMAZING. In your rest, God will work out things that you could not have done yourself…because you are resting.
  3. It refuels you. I have seen so many people get burned out, and it is generally related to their inability to sit back and rest. Believe it or not, most things will not fall apart if you aren’t there (ouch, but it’s true). It will be ok, go ahead and rest so that you may gain the energy and passion to keep going. Honestly, it is often on my blog hiatuses that my creative juices flow the best…why? because I walk a little slower and give myself the chance to think and be filled.

 

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2. Discipline/Self Control

Discipline and self-control are certainly all traits that we want to have, but it can be a very hard practice to build. I would consider myself a disciplined person and I think most people would, however, my discipline did not grow overnight and is a result of lifelong practice. You need to challenge yourself to be disciplined every day!

Discipline helps you say no to short-term desires in order to protect your long-term plans. By saying no today, you give your future self the ability to say yes. Discipline will be critical to pursuing your goals this year and onward. You have to learn to sacrifice certain things so that you may attain what you truly want.

Think Of Your Future

Let me give you an example. Let’s say you love clothes ( like I do), but you also have a desire to grow your savings account or start investing. You would need to discipline yourself enough to say NO to buying new clothes so that you can pour more money into investing. Now, there is nothing wrong with new clothes, but it might be the wrong thing for you in this season.sacrifice

It can be extremely hard to be disciplined in a social media world where you are tempted by what you see online. It’s hard to see people jet-setting and wearing the very best styles while you are eating mac and cheese trying to pay off your credit card bills. I don’t know if that is your situation, but my prayer is that you will walk in your own lane instead of comparing it to everyone’s else. So what if everyone is doing this, that and that, it’s NOT your life right now and that is ok. Your present situation will not last. With the proper planning and discipline, you will one day be able to have those things that you desire. BUT we have to remember that there is a time and place for EVERYTHING.

Learn to think about your future and not just your present. It is very small minded to lack discipline. Think big here, your sacrifice will pay off.

 Best Life

Your very best life is not the one where you travel, don’t work or strut your stuff on Instagram ( unlike popular belief). Your very best life is the one where you obey God’s plans for your life, that will look different for each person.

My prayer today is that we would live out our very best life, the one that is pleasing to God. That we will not let comparison lead us to make bad decisions. That we would have self-control and that we would understand that our worth is not related to our work. That we would rest in God’s presence like never before and allows him to replenish us so that we may serve and live out of an overflow.

Comment below and tell me what principle you will work on in 2018, discipline or rest?

Stay blessed,

 

The Birth of Jesus: Jesus Is Accesible

 Luke 2

“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them” (verse 6-7). Jesus came to us in the most humble manner to show that He is accessible.

Humility- Jesus Is Accessible

JESUS slept in a manger; the King of kings did not come pampered or privileged, He came humbly. There were no more rooms at the inns of Bethlehem, so Mary and Joseph stayed in the outskirts of town. After Mary had Jesus, she placed Him in a manger, not some posh crib that you would expect a king to lay in.

Jesus’s appeared on earth in the lowliest of circumstances. The Lord of lords condescended to come to us; He left the perfection of heaven to come down to a place that was so far from perfect. Jesus left comfort to give the world hope, to give YOU hope.

Why was Jesus born in such circumstances? After all, He is Jesus. Jesus being born in meekness shows that He is approachable, accessible and available to ALL people in ALL circumstances. You don’t have to do too much to have access to Jesus Christ; He made himself low so that even those cast away by society could relate to him. The humble beginnings of Jesus should remind us that we will never be too dirty, broken, poor or weak to call on the name of Jesus.

Recieve Christ Because He Has Received You

Today, be reminded of the purpose of Jesus’s life. Christ came to the world and died for us so that we could live in freedom. Jesus has given you access to Him. He isn’t someone that you have to come to when you are perfect, that will never happen. Jesus lived humbly to show us how He is accessible and relatable.

The issue isn’t that Jesus is wrathful and unwilling to welcome you with open hands. The issue is that often times, we do not believe in the ministry of Jesus Christ. We must receive God because He has broken down any blockade that will stop us from feeling that He is not accessible. Your money, work, pedigree, and sin…yes even sin, cannot stop you from having a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. He is here, he is waiting for YOU to make that move. Don’t allow another year to pass without knocking on God’s door because you think that you aren’t good enough. Every aspect of your life was accounted for before the beginning of time, fall into God’s open arms.

It’s very easy to keep busy during the Holiday season; holiday parties, shopping, work projects, the list is endless.We go through the season without appreciating why it exists in the first place. Don’t spend this holiday without acknowledging Jesus Christ. Be reminded of the Lord’s ministry and how His entrance into the world changed humanity forever; Jesus Christ came down to seek you, so welcome Him. Don’t hide from His face any longer thinking that you aren’t good enough; that has never been a requirement set up by God.

Jesus Christ has opened the door to give you access to Him, now it is your turn to let Him have access to you.

Stay blessed,

 

Being Content Yet Expectant

Be Content

We are about to embark on a new year! I don’t know about you but I am excited and expectant. The Bible tells us that the best is yet to come. I believe with all faith and trust that 2018 will be the best year of our lives if we walk alongside Jesus Christ. Although it is great to be expectant, we cannot become discontent.

We can’t be so wrapped up about what will happen in the future that we lose the joy of the present. I am guilty of doing this, I allow my train of thought to run, one year, two years, five years down the line. I can lose track of today (God is working on me y’all, I like to plan too much). When we become so expectant and excited about the future…although very healthy, many of us become distracted and do not fulfill what God has called us to do today.

Yes, I know It’s practically January, but last time I checked there is still three weeks left on the calendar.  There are still some things that God wants to show you and wants you to do.

King David’s Anointing

I am reminded of David’s story in this instance. If you aren’t familiar with his story, here is a little background. David was anointed as King of Israel long before he took the position. David was even anointed when there was already a king in place, King Saul. In between the anointing and the fulfillment of that anointing, David was submitted to his father and King Saul. David was faithful in his positioning no matter what. That type of faithfulness is what we need to practice.

We have to be mindful that there are people on the other side of our obedience. There are lives to be changed even through a simple conversation with a random lady at the coffee shop. God has something for you RIGHT NOW. It is so important that we get out of the mindset of thinking that good days are only the ones ahead and not the ones right now. They say that the grass is only greener where you water it, and that is absolutely true. If you spend most of your time daydreaming of what is to come, you won’t spend the necessary time enjoying the present and learning the lessons needed for the next season. So, I hate to break it to you, but you are hindering your own growth. You walk in circles instead of dealing with the issues in your heart today. You are consumed about tomorrow but the future can worry about itself!!!

David was anointed to be king by Samuel “ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.” ( 1 Samuel 16:13). The fulfillment of this anointing did not occur soon after it. David continued to tend to his father’s sheep and even worked under King Saul…the same king he would take the place off ( my God).

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Be Faithful To Your Now

So the point is, be present. Yes, God may have shown you that you will be a CEO, but today you have been called to be the administrative assistant. Yes, you may be anointed to preach, but today you will serve your pastors and pick up their dry cleaning. I get it, sometimes it sucks to know the amazing anointing and vision God has for your life, to then open your eyes to a reality that looks nothing like it, but it’s part of the plan. The season between the anointing and fulfillment is key. I pray that God never allows us to walk out of the preparation season prematurely because those blessings would become burdens.

I am challenging you all to be expectant of the future. Yes, be expectant, the best is yet to come and the later glory of your house will be greater than the former ( Haggai 2:9). God has some amazing blessings ready to be unlocked in your life. But as we are expectant let us maintain contentment.

Let us be faithful in the now so that we can be prepared for the tomorrow. Let us be joyful and present to not miss anything. There are needs that you miss each day because you are so wrapped up with yourself and where YOU are going. Humble yourself! Your anointing does not give you the right to be prideful and disrespectful towards your present season, the people in it and the tasks that have been assigned to you. T.D Jakes once said, be faithful to the 40 and you will get the 40,000. Better yet, the word of God says “”Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 6:10.

So how do you stay content?

  1. Remind yourself constantly of what God is doing. Don’t be caught up in planning for the next day, bask in the present and the presence of God. Allow the Lord to remind you what he has done in your life and what he is doing right now. He will show you your present situation through his lens, and you will notice that it is more beautiful than you gave it credit to be.
  2. Be submissive. Yes, submission, the dreaded word. I believe that being submitted to authority is very important to pushing pride away. Respect your authority, serve them, honor them. Submit unto God and be willing to do anything that he asks of you even if that means staying put.
  3. Walk in your purpose continually. Your purpose is not just something you will do, rather something that you are to be. There is character associated with your purpose that can be used TODAY. Don’t think you have to reach a certain point to start walking in the purpose that God has set for you. Remember that David had been anointed long before he actually became King, you have been anointed even though you are waiting to see the fulfillment.
  4. Be faithful to your position. Y’all this can be hard, sometimes it hurts, and most times it takes a lot of humility. You have to remind yourself daily that you are placed where you are for a reason. You don’t have what you want for a reason and you are who you are for a reason. God has an intricate plan, and we have to trust that it is good, because he says so “ I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you” ( Jeremiah 29:11). God is only sending good things our way, so even when your present situation does not look as shiny as you want it to be, you can be content with the fact that it is still good, God is still good…in fact, he is great.

Be content, be faithful, be expectant.

Stay  blessed,

 

 

Favorite Podcasts, Books, & Videos Guide

You know what is great about being a millennial!! so many things (I think we are quite spectacular). But what I truly love is the reach that has been provided by technology. I can hear the words of some of the greatest minds while sitting in the comfort of my couch. Technology has allowed us to gain information that we would not have been able to. I believe in learning from the mistakes of others, and gaining guidance from people that have walked the path that you want to walk on…so outside of the Bible, the best resource on earth, I also gain valuable information from books, podcasts, and videos/sermons.

I believe with all my heart, that we are a generation that will create breakthrough in a way that has never been done before, but we must have passion, focus, and discipline. The resource guide below is my go-to for leadership tips, personal development, spiritual development, creative entrepreneurship, blogging and the likes. I pray that this collection of resources will bless you. I will continually add to this list as I find more resources.

Podcasts

  1.  How I Built This by NPR – Guy Raz
  2. Lead to Win- Michael Hyatt
  3. Christian Women In Bussiness- Sarah-Jane Meesonresource guide
  4. Achieve Your Goals – With Hal Elrod
  5. Catalyst Leadership Podcast – Catalyst Conference
  6. She Percolates – Jen Hatzung & Danielle Spurge
  7. Goal Digger ( The Podcast): Jenna Kutcher
  8. The Blog Millionaire: Brandon Gaille
  9. Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast: Graig Groeschel
  10. Mattie James – Mattie James
  11. Make It happen – Jen Carrington
  12. The Influencer Podcast – Julie Solomon
  13. Think And Grow Chick Podcast – Courtney Sanders
  14. The Messenger Podcast – Messenger International
  15. Conversations with John & Lisa Bevere
  16. The Dave Ramsey Show – Dave Ramsey

Books

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
  2. The Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren
  3. Financial Peace Revisited- Dave Ramsey
  4. Don’t Settle For Safe- Sarah Jakes Robert
  5. Rich Dad, Poor Dad- Robert T. Kiyosaki
  6. Soar- TD. Jakes

Videos/Sermons

  1. How To Build Your Vission From The Ground Up – TD. Jakes
  2. Relying On Your Relationships– TD. Jakes
  3. Leadership Collective 
  4. The Dave Ramsey Show – Dave Ramsey
  5. Munroe Global: Legacy Of Purpose Series

Want to be added to the list or know of a good resource? contact me at info@iamkyt.com 

Stay blessed,

 

Feeling Overlooked: The Gift Of Being Hidden

Feeling Overlooked? Hidden?

Do you ever feel like no one sees you? Like there is so much inside of you that has yet to be revealed? Do you feel like opportunities haven’t been presented to you? You find yourself being overlooked, do you feel hidden?

People can clearly see you, I am not referring to being physically hidden, but it seems that your giftings and anointing are being overlooked, it’s as if they aren’t there. Why has God downloaded all these things inside of you without providing any opportunities for it to be revealed?

I have felt hidden, I have felt overlooked. And although I am a big proponent of allowing God to unveil what is inside you, that’s it! I am a big proponent of allowing God to unveil what is inside of you in HIS timing. Let me repeat that, I am a big proponent of allowing God to unveil what is inside of you in HIS timing. You may or may not want to hear this, but it is a gift to be hidden and God may hide parts of you from the world for your own benefit.

Now I am not saying that God is keeping you to himself, and doesn’t want the world to see your light, no. We are called to be the light of the world. However, there are some giftings in you, some characteristics, some anointing that has yet to be revealed…on purpose.

Right Time, Right Place

Some of your giftings have not met the right environment or season, therefore will stay in a hiding place. In the period before the unveiling, God will prune that gifting, will build it and prepare you to reveal it in a way that will make a large impact. He is even preparing the hearts of people to receive what is inside of you. So no, being hidden is not a bad thing when it is done by God.

When you purposely seclude yourself from the world, that my friend is not healthy and that is not of God. But I think we can all identify certain gifts, projects and plans that are deep inside of us that have not come to life. This is God’s security blanket for us, it is not a curse.

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So you have applied to a million schools, have done everything on your part, but have yet to get an acceptance letter…you might be in God’s hiding place. So you’ve worked your butt off at work, you come in early and leave late, but your employer has yet to notice you…you might be in God’s hiding place. Everyone says how sweet you are, you look good, you focus your mind on Jesus, you pray for a Godly relationship, and it seems like everyone is finding a spouse except you…you might be in God’s hiding place.

Are you following? There is an appropriate time and place for everything, and that gift may not have reached its perfect time and place for ripening.

They say the right thing at the wrong time is the wrong thing. To add to that, the right thing at the wrong place is also the wrong thing. There are specific environments that are necessary to grow your gift and to accept that gift. You may not be at a place ready for your unveiling. You may not be in a season where that gifting is ripe enough to be released to the world.

Wait on the Lord and trust that He knows what He is doing.

The Lord has a plan to unfold everything He has downloaded into you. But, you have to trust that He will do so in His timing.

It is a gift to be hidden because….

      1. Being thrown into an environment prematurely can destroy you. You might think that you are ready to lead that group, take that promotion and be in that relationship…but you don’t know the full story like God does. Your life is not a television show, if you fast forward to the next scene and have issues understanding the scene, you can’t rewind to the previous scene.

          Once a season is gone, it is gone! so don’t give up the opportunity to maximize the season that you are in. You have to learn the necessary lessons and build the appropriate character before moving on, or else you will burn.

 

    2.There is a lot of growth found in the hiding place. You are able to allow God to mature you privately without scrutiny. Growing in the limelight is not easy, ask any childhood star! it is a gift to be able to make mistakes and to grow without all eyes being on you.

 

   3. It protects God’s children. Being placed in an environment prematurely is not just dangerous for you but dangerous for those that are in your sphere of influence. Imagine how destructive it could be to lead a company with little experience…imagine the effect it would have on your employees, on their families.

       Preparation is key for the sake of those you are being protected for. This life we live is not only for our sake. Being overlooked for that one job may have been a blessing! That guy that didn’t text you back… count your blessings sis!

 

   4. Jesus was hidden. We forget that the bible does not speak about a large portion of Jesus’s life. A short portion of his childhood is revealed, but we aren’t aware of his story again until he is 30. We don’t know and will never know what happened in that gap.

We can imagine that Jesus was living his life, doing his work, and being pruned to fulfill his ministry. The point is, being hidden is necessary. There is no need for the masses to know what God is doing in you…in due season it will be revealed through your fruit.

 Hear Me Roar

I think our generation has a way of wanting things quickly. As soon as God begins to teach us something, we are quick to stop learning, believing that we have all the necessary lessons. We are quick to share, to implement. We don’t always take the time for God to mature what He has started in us. It’s a move out the way, hear me roar mentality.

I don’t want you to dim down your light, no, no. no, I want you to roar, as God leads you to.  But I do want you to take a step back and appreciate the work that God is doing in you. I urge you to take a step back and reflect. Don’t move ahead of God! there are gifts in you that are not ready to be exposed. Trust in His timing. It is ok to be in God’s hiding place.

Stay blessed,

Have you ever been hidden? Do you have dreams and gifts you have yet to see? Comment below!

 

Showing Gratitude: Challenge!

“ Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I first planned to write this post, I imagined that I would write about why I was grateful, but it dawned on me that many people have difficulty with gratitude. Giving thanks and showing gratitude and praise can be difficult when we are burdened with the issues of the world.  How do you show gratitude when you feel like you have nothing to be grateful for?

The issues of life can mask the miracle workers that have been set on our path. They say that it easier to see the bad then it is to see the good…maybe that’s because of our inherent evil nature, I don’t know.

What I do know is that sometimes, when you haven’t personally seen God’s faithfulness in your life or season, you think it doesn’t exist, and you believe the lie that there is NOTHING and NO-ONE  in your life worth being thankful for, forgetting that life itself is a gift.

Praising God In The Hills & Valleys

So in this season of thanksgiving, I am encouraging you to take on a lifestyle of praise and worship to God. In good times and bad times, yell out just how good God is. Let the devil know that even as you walk through the shadow of the valley of death, you shall fear no evil because you serve a mighty God.

Talk about God like He is the most beautiful, creative, loving, strong person that you have ever met…because He is. Allow the thought of God to make you excited and filled with joy. Praise, worship, praise, worship and repeat…no intermission.

Even in the midst of tears running down my face ( not tears of joy), I have praised God and have seen His faithfulness. Never underestimate the power of worship. There is a reason why the devil tries to steal our worship; it breaks chains that hold us back. Look at Paul and Silas story for example…

“ After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.” Like Paul and Silas, your continual worship even in the hardest of time will infact breaks down barriers.” Acts 16:23-26

How To Praise

In times that you find it hard to praise God, these are the times that you should praise Him the most. Don’t wait for a feeling to start using your words to praise God. Don’t wait for another opportunity any longer.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

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Gratitude Challenge

I can find myself thanking God for things and opportunity more-so than people. In the past, I have found it difficult to show my thankfulness for the people in my life, but I realized that there is power in showing gratitude towards those around you. No matter where you may stand with a person, their placement in your life served a purpose.

God has used various people in your life to get you to where you are, and it can become easy to take them for granted. But God is in the business of people and so should you.

So as we begin this season of Thanksgiving, I have a challenge for you…. you ready!

Th Challenge runs from now until the end of November, that is exactly 25 days. I want you to praise God for one person in your life each day. Praise God for bringing the person in your life, cover them in prayer and reach out to them to thank them.

That’s 3 steps

 Praise

   Pray

   Reach Out

 PPR!

 

I have created a Gratitude challenge printable that will help you keep track of all those that you are praying for. Go ahead and download it by clicking on the “Free Resource Library” tab. Need the password? click on the subscribe button on the sidebar —> and you will be sent the password.

Let’s keep each other accountable, thumbs up or comment down below if you will join me on this Gratitude challenge. Share this challenge with your family and friends, and use #kytGratitudeChallenge on social media.

Stay blessed,