Help! I’m losing control…

Dear Beloved,

Hope this brief missive finds you well.  It’s been a rainy day here in Houston, TX but nevertheless all is well.  Please keep us all in your prayers.  I wanted to say hello and just encourage us all to keep moving forward.  We can either lay down in our own misery, or keep pressing forward in the new grace and mercy that God gifts us with each and every day.

Sometimes things may happen that’s beyond our control.  I believe this is when God wants to see how much we really trust Him to take care of any pit, problem, or circumstance that we may face.  In my opinion, trials and tribulations bring about a wave of humility, coupled with total dependence on Him for His perfect will to be done in our lives and those we love.

So friends, whatever you are facing in the moment never forget to strengthen yourself in prayer, praise, and only believe that God’s word has the final authority in your life.  With all that being said, God reminds us in (Psalm 46:10, KJV) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  Friends, we must remember that God alone is Sovereign and He always has our best interest in mind.  I love how He gently reminds us of His divinity, and how His unconditional love never runs out.  The next time we feel like we are losing control, pause, pray, and praise.  Until we meet again…I love you to life!

xoxo,

Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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What’s in your playlist?

Dear Beloved,

Hope your day is going well. At this moment, may I ask what are you thinking about or what have you been thinking about?  Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to keep your thought process in line with what God commands?  With social media, and technology advancing, the noise levels in our mind space is now at an all-time high.  In the midst of everything, and everyone vying for our attention, the question of the day is, where is the balance?  Think about this for a moment.

Our thought process is very important. How do we bridge the gap between what we think and how our thoughts lead to actions? Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5, KJV). The life that you and I are living are the direct results of what we have said, thought, or done.  Beloved, we must be careful, of what we think, feel, and speak.  What if God exposed every thought that ran across your mind?  Picture a small screen, above your head and each thought that you think would appear.  How many people would truly know how you feel about them? What would those thoughts reveal?

There’s always room for a fresh start, right? Today and moving forward, let’s aim to practice discipline, and self-control with what we think, feel, and speak. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8, KJV). Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21, KJV).  Until we meet again, I love you to life!

Xoxo,

Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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Service: Privilege or Obligation?

Dear Beloved,

How art thou?  I hope and pray that thou art well!  It would seem obvious for me to write about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, right?  The Holy Spirit is leading yours truly in a different direction and I have no choice but to be okay with that.  Here’s a quick word of advice: you don’t have to wait until the church doors swing open this weekend to either give your life to Christ, or reconcile with Him if you have lost your way as a Christian.  At any moment and time, you can simply confess, believe, and repent, (turn away from sin)…That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9, KJV).  Stay tuned, I’ll break that down real soon. 🙂

Life has a way of pulling us in every direction.  If we’re not careful, we can lose our way in our daily routine.  Have you considered that each and every thing that you and I do are opportunities to serve God? As you can clearly see, God is everywhere at the same time, and worthy to serve in more than just the four walls of a church.  Consider this:  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men (Colossians 3:23, KJV).  The main idea here is to serve, honor, and aim to please God, not men.  In those moments of rushing to cross off the many things we feel we need to accomplish, remember to pause, breathe, and thank God for all He has done and what He’s yet going to do.  Beloved, before we start to complain about our laundry list, remember that your service to God is a privilege, not an obligation.  Until we meet again… I love you to life!

xoxo,

Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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Come on…you’re not that grand!

Dear Beloved,

Hope all is well.  Please see below for a small Public Service Announcement from yours truly.  I hope this blesses you like it blessed me.

We shouldn’t throw stones and shade at other people because they don’t measure up to our own “sick” righteous standards (Not in the Holy Bible). You know those secret idols that we set up for ourselves, thinking that we’re “right” and just as wrong as two left shoes? Thank God that He’s loving and doesn’t expose our (hidden) sins, as we deserve.  Instead, He consistently wraps us in his loving arms of mercy and grace.

We should adhere and follow His lead.  It’s no secret that Jesus was the only clear picture of perfection that has ever walked this Earth.  Let’s face it, we’re all human and flawed, but that’s no excuse to mistreat others.  God’s most prize possession-are PEOPLE!  Let’s be careful on how we handle each other, for we shall reap whatever we sow, good or bad.

Mercy and grace is what we seek from Jesus on a daily basis.  We should mind our own business, pray, and genuinely love people according to (1 Corinthians 13). The next order of business would be to ask God for forgiveness, and deliver us all from being arrogant and self-righteous. Deception is real.  Until we meet again…I love you to life!  Thanks for all of your support and hanging out me with at “The Warrior’s Corner”.  Spread the love and share this article with at least one person you love.

xoxo,

Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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It’s always a blessing for me to bring you content with substance!  Nothing like service with a smile.

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Thorns…that make you say OUCH!

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Hope all is well. I had something planned for us to discuss today, but the Lord is leading me a in a different direction.  Sometimes one of the hardest lessons in life is not to repeat cycles of insanity.  If we’re caught off guard its then and only then that we fall prey to the devil’s same old tricks.  Let that marinate for a few seconds and I bet you can think of a few scenarios even in your own life.  Have you thought of any thorn (s) that you wish would just go away? Bishop T.D. Jakes, said this recently: “God is not going to remove the thorn, He’s going to show you that it will not stop you, it’s going to make you stronger (2016).”

The uncompromising Apostle Paul wrote this: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:7-9, KJV). 

Beloved, the question for the day is: What are your thorn (s)?  Could it be physical, emotional, or spiritual? God loves us all unconditionally, and because of that He will allow unforeseen events to occur in order to keep us basking in a state of humility.  Check out verse 9 (a), And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. What I love about God is that He’s literal.  He’s not fake, fickle, phony, or one to try and figure out.  The good news is this:  No matter what your thorn (s)/weaknesses may be, humility will drive us to our knees to pray and cause us to remember that we need God to accomplish His purpose and plan for our life.  Allow His grace and His perfect strength to stretch and rest in your weaknesses, now and forevermore.  Until we meet again, I love you to life!

Xoxo,

Mrs. Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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Greetings and Happy New You!

Greetings Beloved,

I bid you peace, favor, joy, and most of all love in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  It’s the 11th day of 2016!  How’s it going so far?  Hope all is well with each and everyone of you.  I was thinking of my fellow beloved and had to get on here and say HELLO!  I’m interested to see what you would like to experience/see more of on this blog/website.  So don’t be shy.  Thanks for your patience and continued support.  Please do me a favor comment below or send me an email at candace.stevens@talithacumi3.com.

Now that’s out of the way… :).  I’m in great anticipation for what this new year has to offer.  What about you?  Have you resolved to lose weight, feel great, and be an overall better you?  Beware of unforeseen twists, turns, and the possibility of things not working out as you have planned.  When this happens, steady yourself and make the necessary adjustments accordingly.  Remember that nothing takes God by surprise.  He’s so good that He has strategically set you up for success-no matter what!  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8, NIV).

Personally, I have jumped off the bandwagon of creating resolutions.  One thing I have learned is that self-reliance, and trusting in my own limited abilities is a real way to fail every time!  Sometimes we can become full of pride and forget that we need Jesus all day every day.  We must remember to practice and remain in humility.  So with that being said, I encourage us all to truly make Jesus the Lord of every aspect of our lives and watch His perfect plan for us manifest in this new year!  Cheers to a New You Warrior! Ready. Set. Grow.

xoxo,

Candace A. Stevens, The Risen Warrior

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Tis the Season to Always Share Jesus

Dear Beloved,

Hope all is well.  If you’re a child of the most High God, it’s our duty and obligation to share Jesus every opportunity we have.  People are going through a lot these days and it’s up to us as Christians to live a godly life so that God may be exalted.  A simple smile, hug, or a reminder that Jesus loves them can change their outlook on life or even their day.  Mahatma Ghandi said it best, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Do people at your place of business or your job know that you are a believer in Jesus Christ?  Have you taken the time to demonstrate his love to those who really need it?  My friends, it’s easy to become wrapped up in the hype of the holiday season or even your own pit, problem, or circumstances.  The moment you are tempted to moan, groan, or complain about your own situation, remember those who are truly in need.

Don’t allow this to be the only time of the year to spread love and good cheer. Let’s strive to practice goodwill to ourselves and others on a daily basis.  In the busyness of life, we must take time to quiet your mind, body, heart, soul and spirit.  Allow God to fill you with so much of His love, that it just overflows into the lives of others.  Don’t forget to share Jesus for He’s so worthy to bring honor to His name.  Until we meet again warrior…I love you to life!

xoxo,

Candace A. Stevens,  The Risen Warrior

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P.S. Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth (3 John 1:2)

 

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