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Week of 11/13/2011
 
GOD IS NEVER WRONG
 
A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances, said: My king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect, no mistakes!

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty losing a finger.

Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman said
"Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger."

The slave replied:
"My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows "why" of all these things. What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!"

Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.

Later, he left for another hunt and was captured by savages who made human sacrifices.

In the altar, ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages found that the victim had not one of his fingers, so he was released. According to them, it was not so complete to be offered to the gods.

Upon his return to the palace, he authorized the release of his slave that he received very affectionately.

"My dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?"

"My King, if I had gone with you in this hunt, I would have been sacrificed for you, because I have no missing finger,therefore, remember everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong."

Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.

Every morning, offer your day to God, don't be in a rush.

Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!

You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because he never makes mistakes.......

The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. He is the way of all those who trust in Him, as he says in 2 Samuel 22: 31

God is never wrong

 
Author-Anonymous
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
 
Week of 9/25/2011
 
GROWING STRONGER THROUGH CHANGE
 
The one thing we can count on in life is change. We try to resist it, but it says, "Ready or not, here I come." In order to grow stronger through change we must: (1) Give up. Don't be an escape artist, or try to avoid the stress that accompanies change. There is no escape; change is inevitable. Stop regarding it as an enemy and make it your friend. Only when you decide to ride the horse in the direction it's going, will you get to where you need to be. (2) Wise up. When we're hit with sudden change, our "fight or flight" instincts aren't very good at handling it. But there's a solution. By entrusting our lives fully into GOD's care and asking for His wisdom, "he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into...change" (Romans 2:4). GOD loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. (3) Toughen up. Somebody quipped, "If it weren't for stress, I'd have no energy at all." Stop and take inventory. Are you making it harder on yourself than it needs to be? Are you speaking faith or fear? Are you convincing yourself you can't handle the changes? Are you ready to give up without even trying, or trusting GOD? If you're struggling to make sense of the situation you're in, read these words: "Under the pressure of change, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed" (James 1:3-4).
"If nothing's changing, nothing's changing."
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
Week of 9/11/2011
 
SINGLES
 
Singles need 3 things: (1) Acceptance. "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." But what if you can't find "a good thing"? By placing all our emphasis on marriage and family, the church can make singles feel like "a fifth wheel". "GOD places the lonely in families" (Psalms 68:6). So let's include them, motivate them and make them feel right at home. (2) Healing. People who have been through divorce have been through hell, and they don't need to be treated like second-class citizens. Regardless of who's guilty or who's innocent, hearts need to be mended and lives need to be reclaimed. We're in the oil and wine business. The Good Samaritan poured oil, which speaks of spiritual empowerment, and wine, which speaks of joy, into the dying man's wounds. And Jesus said that we are to "Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37). (3) Hope. GOD "brought Eve to Adam" (Genesis 2:22-23). Let's encourage our singles not to be driven by loneliness and unmet needs, but to be led by GOD. If you are single, here is a prayer: "Lord, reassure me that I'm believing according to Your will. Teach me the difference between what I must pursue and what I must wait on You for. You are never late. In these days of waiting, keep me strong in faith. Don't let me stop short of my blessing. Remind me that I must not throw away my confidence for it will be richly rewarded. In Christ's name. Amen."
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
Week of 7/31/2011
 
CLOSING THE DOOR THE RIGHT WAY
 
In life, relationships come to an end. How you handle such moments can influence and shape your future. You can't enter the next season of your life properly if you don't exit this one right. So: (1) Close the door with grace. You may need to walk back through it some day. (2) Close the door with forgiveness. Resentment will poison your attitude and your memories and destroy you from within. Leave the judging to GOD; He knows both sides. (3) Close the door with your promises fulfilled. At great personal cost, Jephthah said: "I have made a vow to the Lord that I cannot break" (Judges 11:35). Your character is on the line here; whatever the price tag, keep your word, because GOD is listening when you give it! (4) Close the door with courage. It's not easy to face tomorrow when you feel alone, but remember, you are not alone. Jesus said: "I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world" (Matthew 28:20). (5) Close the door in GOD's timing. Grieve your losses, but don't get stuck in the past. King Saul represented the past but David represented the future. When GOD rejected Saul because he had displeased Him, GOD said to the prophet Samuel: "How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him...go; I am sending you to see Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king from among his sons" (1 Samuel 16:1). Endings bring new beginnings. It's okay to acknowledge the past and learn from it, but when GOD shuts the door it's time to move into the future He's prepared for you.
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
Week of 7/17/2011
 
GOD SAYS, "WAIT"
 
What should you do when doors you thought GOD had opened suddenly slam shut? Now you're thinking, "Lord, I did all the right things. How come this is happening?" Be at peace, GOD is still directing your steps. When your hopes seem crushed and your plans altered, rely on His wisdom and unfailing love. GOD has already planned your life from beginning to end, so trust Him to work things out for your good (Isaiah 46:10-11). If you give it a little more time, your pain will turn to praise as you realize that He just closed a lesser door to open a greater one. Timing is so important! As you begin to understand GOD's timing you'll be better able to cooperate with Him. When you don't know, learn to wait with confidence on the One who does. The problem most of us have is that we tend to attempt to take the lead role in our relationship with GOD and it doesn't work. GOD has that role, and He won't give it to us! He gives instructions and we are supposed to follow, even when we don't like or understand the way He takes us. "Why does it take GOD so long to do things?" you ask. Because unanswered questions create trust. When you don't know, you have to trust the One who does, and that keeps you growing in faith. GOD has a definite plan and time, and while He is getting you ready He keeps you in His waiting room. If that's where you are today, remember, it's only as you reach new levels of maturity that GOD releases new levels of blessings into your life.
"Your steps.......are ordered by the Lord." (Psalms 37:23)
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
Week of 6/26/2011
 
YOUR BEST DAYS ARE STILL AHEAD
 
Learn to build your life around your person, not your role, otherwise when your role changes you'll lose your sense of worth.  Being a good mother is a noble calling.  It's also a self-sacrificing job.  But when your children leave home and those demands are over, it's easy to feel like Naomi.  Her name meant "my joy".  But after her two sons died she changed her name to Mara, which means "bitterness".  Don't allow changing times to change who you are, or to make you stop dreaming and give up hope.  God still had a lot for Naomi to do.  In the future she would mentor Ruth, who would give birth to a son who was destined to grow up and become part of the lineage of King David and our blessed Lord.  What an honor!  When your role changes, remember that your life's not over.  See your own worth as a person, discover your next assignment, gather up your assets and keep on living and giving.  Don't develop a "Mara mentality".  She allowed herself to become cynical when her circumstances changed; don't let that happen to you!  Discouragement often comes when we feel like we've seen it all, heard it all, done it all, and most of it was bad.  No matter how old you are, you can never say you've seen it all.  God can do "exceedingly abundantly above all that you ask or think"(Eph 3:20).  You don't know what God will do with your life before it's over, but He has a way of saving the best for last.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
KayDray
Week of 3/27/2011
 
NEVER ALONE
 
Have you ever been alone-really alone?  Many people can answer yes because they feel that way every day. I'm not referring to people who live in a remote cabin on a mountaintop far from civilization.  I'm talking about those who feel alone in a crowded mall, or in a church full of people.  I'm referring to people who simply cannot find anyone to connect with.  Perhaps they are new to a community. Maybe they have lost a spouse.  It could be that they simply feel alone because they think of themselves as different, unusual, and left out of normal communication with others. 
Have you ever been alone, really alone?  If so, there's good news.  If you have invited Christ into your life as Savior and Lord, you're never alone.  You have His constant presence.  Here is His promise: "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).  And from God the Father: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).  Recognize with the psalmist that there's no place you can go where God is not with you (Psalm 139:7).
Sure, we all need flesh-and-blood companions, but let's not overlook the reality of the Lord's presence.  We can depend on it.  With Him by our side, we're never alone.
On life's pathway I am never lonely,
My Lord is with me, my Lord divine;
Ever present guide I trust Him only,
No longer lonely, for He is mine. - Harkness
God's presence with us is one of His greatest gifts to us.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 3/6/2011
 
NO MORE PITY PARTIES
 
*This prayer is from Kyeisha Tolbert, 1st Lady of PMBC*
Dear Heavenly Father: we come right now God adoring just who You are. You are awesome! God You are mighty! God You are strong! God You can do all things! Lord we come confessing that we have not taken advantage of opportunities that YOU have presented due to fear or lack of self esteem. We have downed ourselves thinking we weren't qualified or educated enough or good enough or smart enough or even deserving. We are sorry for comparing ourselves to others. We are sorry for not seeing what You see in us. We are sorry for allowing doubt to cancel our faith. But now God we come thanking You for a new day! We thank You that You take pleasure in our success and prosperity. Lord help us not to get caught up in tangible things or even get so caught up on climbing the corporate ladder but let us desire to have success in YOU and everything else will fall into place. Help us to seek first the Kingdom of God! Help us to see that we are more than conquerors! Help us to see that No GOOD thing will You withhold from those who walk upright. Right now Lord we ask that You release confidence in us! We ask that You help us to turn procrastination into production! We ask that You turn prep time into promotion! Help us Lord to stop looking for accolades and start looking to be held accountable! Help us Lord to look for Your presence in every situation. Help us Lord to not ask for things that are not lining up with Your will. And Lord when we ask, seek and knock, we thank You in advance for answering, responding and opening! Our mood is even changing right now because You are calling to our remembrance that there are some projects we left unfinished, some I's that need to be dotted and some T's that need to be crossed! Thank you God for victory over holding ourselves back! We will no longer blame others for what WE didn't do!  NO more condemnation of ourselves!Thank You Jesus for increase and an abundant life in YOU! Thank for for sustaining us! Thank you for providing for us! But we hear you clearly pointing to Your Word that says Faith with out WORKS is dead! We pray with success and strategy on our minds in Jesus Name...AMEN!
"The Lord... has pleasure in [our] prosperity." - Psalm 35:27 NKJV
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 2/13/2011
 
Emotional Lock Down
 
Greetings my Sangriaville sisters.  This is the weekend of love, affectionetly known as "Valentine's Day".  However, some of us are still on emotional lock down from things past like; heartbreaks, divorce, the longing for old loves (some of which we should be rejoicing that they are no longer in our lives), unforgiving hearts, our need to control, bouts of low self-esteem and hardened hearts, leaving us unable to give or receive love and affection.This is known as the Jericho Syndrome. 
The Bible says: "Jericho was tightly shut up...No one went out and no one came in."(Joshua 6:1)
When you are on emotional lock down, you are afraid to reach out or let anybody in.  You've built a wall so you can't be hurt again.  Look out ladies, that wall can imprison you, and everybody else in your life.
Oh sure, you can get married in Jericho, say the vows, wear the dress, exchange the rings, go on the honeymoon, and still have the walls up.  We say things like, "if he leaves, I'm ready.  I've got a bank account I didn't tell him about.  I have a back up plan if this doesn't work out."  Jesus said, "that a man is joined to his wife".  How can he be joined if we can't be reached because of a wall of bitterness, fear and distrust?  Love always looks for the best.(1Corinthians 13:4-8)
Love does not work when we live by the "look for the best but expect the worst", philosophy.
It's time for an exorcism!!!!!!  Drive out the ghosts of yesterday if you're to have any hope of a real future with love.  Forgiving, when you've been deeply hurt, is one of the hardest things you'll ever do, but you must forgive, and keep forgiving until the resentment no longer controls you.  Jesus said that we should forgive our brethren "seventy times seven". (Matthew 18:21-22)
Stop rehearsing your past and give it to the Lord.  HE is the wall-toppling, communication-restoring, esteem-building healer of broken hearts and relationships.  If you let HIM, HE will help you to live and love again.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 1/9/11
 
Are You Anchored for 2011?
 
Happy New Year my Sangriaville Sisters!!!!!!!!  I pray that all of you had a wonderful holiday season.
The Lord has blessed us with another year of life.  He has carried us and helped us make it through 2010.
With that being said, I pray that the situations and storms that we went through last year will be faith builders for 2011.
When I woke up this morning, I thought about my former Pastor, Dr. Troy Allen.  During fellowship time, he used to sing a song about being glad to be in service one more time.  There was one particular verse that always stood out to me.  It says, "There's a storm cloud over the ocean and it's moving this ole way.  If your soul's not anchored in Jesus, you will surely drift away." 
You see being a Christian doesn't mean that there won't be storms, but if we have faith and trust in the Lord to bring us through, we don't have to worry about drifting away. Jesus has the power to not only calm the storms, but He can also calm us during the storms (Matthew 14:24-32).  You know how it goes ladies.  We are either coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or about to go through a storm.
GET ANCHORED!!!!!!!!!!!
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 12/19/10
 
Praise GOD for Small Churches With Big Spirit-Filled Services
 
Good Afternoon my Sangriaville sisters.  This is truly a day that the Lord has made and I pray that all of you are rejoicing in it.  No matter what's going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful about. 
I had the most uplifting day at a small church in Hamtramak, by the name of, Thankful Missionary Baptist.  Thankful is the church that my sister moved her membership to after getting married a few months ago, so that she could worship with her husband.  It's a very small church, but every time that I visit, I feel the presence of the Lord.  Today's service was so good to my spirit for a few reasons. (1) My sister did her first solo with her new church choir.  It was a song titled, "Step Aside".  The main point to the song was that we must learn to get out of the way and let GOD do what he's going to do and to trust HIM in the process.  It was wonderful!!!!! (2) There's a trustee at the church that's just outwardly full of joy and it reflects all over his face.  He is always welcoming and greeting people with a big, bright, cheerful smile.  (3)  One of the deacons stood up today and talked about being in a secure, spiritual space with his faith to the point where no matter what's going on, he is very comfortable knowing that GOD is in control.  As he spoke, my cup ran over because I totally understood what he was saying.  The happiest day of my life came 2 days after yet another medical diagnosis that required yet another surgery a few years ago.  I was at home and suddenly realized that I hadn't flinched, cried, or went into whoa-is-me mode about the information that I'd received from the Dr. just 2 days prior.  I was almost worried about not being worried.  I then begin to smile, rejoice, and thank GOD when I realized what was going on.  My life's situations and talks with the Lord had finally matured me to the point of total trust in HIM.  Learning to truly trust in the Lord over powers any situation.  It is truly a great feeling.  (4) The Pastor just showed out with his sermon today.  Pastor Hubbert's sermon was about the very same thing, trusting the almighty GOD to see us through.  Oh how the Lord was in that church today.  Every time that I have visited Thankful Missionary Baptist, I have left feeling uplifted and filled with the Holy Spirit.  That's what it's all about, having a good time in the name of the Lord.  Again, it's a small congregation, but those folks have a giant, spirit-filled service.  I was a little late today so I missed one of my favorite parts of their service.  That is the Praise and Worship led by First Lady Hubbert.  That woman knows how to usher in the Holy Spirit with song.  She has a very powerful voice. 
 The members of Thankful are very warm toward their visitors and aren't concerned with what you look like, what you have on, or what you drive.  As long as you are there to join in the magnifying of the Lord, they are happy to have you.  So today I simply want to say thank you to Pastor and First Lady Hubbert, and the members of Thankful for a wonderful service of praising GOD today.
Lastly, as we enter into the Christmas holiday, please remember the reason for the season (Isaiah 9:6).
Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 12/12/2010
 
A Little Give-And-Take
 
Before discussing what a healthy compromise is, let's be clear about what it's not.  It's not giving up what you believe, or who you are, or accepting second best because you're impatient or afraid of criticism.  Healthy compromise is about learning to negotiate a win-win for both sides.  It's tempting to dismiss somebody as being wrong and see only our own viewpoint.  That's when it's crucial to relinquish your pride, step outside of the role you're playing, try to become the other person and ask yourself, "Can I see their point of view?  Can I appreciate why they might feel as they do?  Can I help them to better understand where I'm coming from?"  The stronger we are in personality and views, the more we risk alienating the very people we need by being inflexible and unwilling to hear them out.  That can cost us dearly.  Because David listened to Abigail's plea for mercy, he avoided falling into the trap of his own anger and killing her husband who had treated him badly.  Paul was uncompromising on the truth, but he changed his mind about John Mark and gave him a second chance at ministry.  Here are two Scriptures we need to think about when we're hard-headed: (1) "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another"(Romans 12:10).  (2) "Be at peace among yourselves......comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.....always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all"(1Thessalonians 5:13-15).  Amazing isn't it?  All you need is a little give-and-take.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 11/14/10
 
This week's devotional is near and dear to my heart.  Having been unemployed for an entire year as of the 17th, I have personally experienced compassion, as well as, the lack of compassion from loved ones. 
One sure way to select your audience in the theater of life is to evaluate who's there for you during trying times and who's not.
 
Showing Compassion
 
A central theme in the Bible is showing compassion.  Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well: keep warm and well fed," but does nothing...what good is it....faith....if it is not accompanied by action, is dead (James 2:15).  Certain types of people seem less likely to show compassion than others, like: (1) The visionary type who refuses to interrupt their schedule.  (2) The diligent type whose work ethic gets distorted into thinking, "I worked hard for what I've got; so should you." (3) The judgemental type who assumes the misfortune of others is always a result of reaping what they've sown.  (4) The insecure type who feels that by giving to others, their own needs will go unmet. (5) The scriptually unenlightened type who doesn't understand that GOD has promised to reward compassion; "Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor! The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble...protects them and keeps them alive...gives them prosperity...and rescues them from their enemies...nurses them when they are sick and restores them to health" (Psalms 41:1-3).  Jesus said: "Whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).  Mother Teresa said, "If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish motives; be kind anyway.  The good you do today, most people will forget; do good anyway.  Give the world the best you've got and it may never be enough; give your best anyway.  In the final analysis it's between you and GOD; it was never between you and them anyway."
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 10/31/10
 
Time Out
 
If you keep treating your work better than you treat yourself, there's a good chance you won't be around to finish it.  If you want to have the greatest impact when you do work, learn to take "time out".  How is it that the mighty fall?  Because they don't understand the importance of rest!  In the book of Genesis we read: "GOD ended His work...and He rested."  GOD rested, why don't we?  For two reasons.
(1) We strive for goals GOD never gave us.  Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:30).  When something is constantly too hard or too heavy, you need to ask yourself, "Did GOD really call me to do this?"  The will of GOD will stretch your faith to new limits and your talent to new levels, but it won't destroy your health, your peace of mind or your family.  (2) We lose perspective.  Our priorities get out of line.  We say, "I'm doing this for my family."  Has it ever occurred to you that given the choice your family would rather have more of you and less of other things?  But we don't give them that option, do we?  Personal empowerment begins when you recognize that you've had enough, take control of what happens and when it happens in your life.  If you feel guilty about taking a break, you need to change your thinking.  The Psalmist writes: "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures......He restoreth my soul" (Psalms 23:2-3).  Spiritual, physical and emotional restoration begin with rest.  So learn to take "time out" without feeling lazy, irresponsible or unproductive.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 9/26/2010
 
Know Your Life's Vision
Nobody can give you a vision for your life, but here's how to find yours: (1) Look within you.  What moves you, what are you excited about?  (2) Look behind you.  What has life taught you?  Experience provides us with the wisdom needed to fulfill our destiny.  What does your past tell you about your future? (3) Look around you.  GOD never calls us alone.  Moses needed seventy elders.  Jesus picked twelve desciples.  Paul spoke of those who worked with him.  Fulfilling your destiny requires having the right people in you life. (4) Look ahead of you.  Helen Keller said, "The only thing that's worse  than being blind, is having sight but no vision."  What do you see through the eye of faith?  (5) Look beside you.  What resources are available to you, like books, CD's, conferences and mentors?  If your vision is not bigger than you, it's not of GOD.  And the greater it is, the more resources it will require.  (6) Look above you.  Jeremiah writes, "They see a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord"(Jeremiah 23:16).  We are called according to His purpose(Romans 8:28), not according to the need, or the fact that the door is open, or that our talent will be appreciated and well rewarded.  Your vision must fulfill your GOD-ordained destiny, nothing else.  So, do you need to recognize your vision, resurrect your vision, or refocus on your vision?  Whichever it is, get busy!!
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
 KayDray
Week of 9/19/2010
My Sisters in Christ
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST LET’S PRAY TOGETHER AND LIFT EACH OTHER UP IN LIFE. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST LET’S STOP GOSSIPING ABOUT AND ENVYING ONE ANOTHER, BECAUSE WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL IN THE EYES OF THE LORD IF NONE OTHER. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST STOP FRETTING ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE AND HAVE NOT, INSTEAD ALWAYS BE MINDFUL TO GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST LET GOD FILL YOUR HEARTS AND COMFORT YOU WHEN YOU’RE LONELY, BECAUSE TRUE JOY AND LOVE COMES FROM HIM AND HIM ONLY. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST WE MUST NEVER LOSE OUR FAITH AND LOOK TO THE WORLD AND ALL OF ITS LUSTS, INSTEAD WE MUST REMEMBER GOD’S WORDS AND ALL OF HIS PROMISES, AND LEARN IN HIM TO TRUST. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST DO ALL YOU CAN TO STOMP THE DEVIL AND LIVE RIGHT, SO THAT THE LORD SMILES ON YOU WITH PURE DELIGHT. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD AND PLEASE THE LORD, FOR AT THE END OF THIS EARTHLY LIFE, HE HAS FOR US WONDERFUL REWARDS. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST COMMIT YOURSELVES UNTO THE LORD, STUDY AND SHARE HIS WORDS. 
COMMIT NOT ONLY BY JOINING A CHURCH, BUT ALSO BY GETTING INVOLVED IN CHURCH MINISTRIES AND DOING GOD’S WORK. 
MY SISTERS IN CHRIST BEFORE YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AT NIGHT TO GO TO BED, BEND YOUR KNEES AND BOW YOUR HEADS. 
GIVE THANKS FOR YET ANOTHER DAY OF BLESSINGS THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN YOU, AND PRAY FOR STRENGTH IN THE STORMS THAT YOU MIGHT BE GOING THROUGH. 
REMEMBER MY SISTERS IN CHRIST THAT GOD ONLY WANTS US TO HAVE AND TO BE OUR BEST, NOW MY SISTERS, SAY YOUR AMENS AND GET YOUR REST.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 8/15/2010
Restoration
  As a child, I read a poem that said "If you love someone, let them go.  If they come back, they are yours.  If they don't, they never were."  Now as a child, my first and only thought was why on earth would you let someone go that you loved.  Well, I'm very happy to report that I finally got my answer on yesterday, when my sister and brother-in-law reunited in marriage after 12 years of divorce.  That answer turned out to be that even though our love may be strong for someone, our timing and emotional maturity may not be present.  Letting someone that you love go, gives that person an opportunity to mature, learn about themselves, learn to love themselves (so that they can love you), and most of all, it gives the loved one time to not only get to know the Lord, but to build a personal relationship with Him.  It is only after all of this has taken place, that true, agape love can manifest itself, allowing restoration.  So on today, I thank my Lord and Saviour for answering my question through the reunion of my sister, Antrese and brother-in-law, Ernest.  I ask all of you to pray with us that this reunion will not be in vain, but a loving testimony to GOD's power of restoration.  Psalms 23:3 and Joel 2:25-26
Antrese and Ernest, may the Lord bless your reunion and guide your marriage with His love.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 7/4/2010
Affirmations for the Independent Woman
I will thank GOD everyday for our risen Saviour.
I will not dwell on my mistakes, but I will learn from them.
I am a doer and refuse to procrastinate.
I will honor and respect myself and will demand others to follow suit.
I will live my life to the fullest, every single day.
I will make and take time for myself everyday.  I am worth it.
I will respect and support a true man of GOD.
I will plan for my success everyday!
I will not limit myself or sell myself short.
I love and accept myself exactly as I am.
I am patient, trusting GOD's plan for my life.
I choose to forgive those who have hurt or disappointed me. (difficult, but a must)
I am not a quitter.  I'm in it to win it.
"You can always quit.  But if you're not going to quit, play.  You got to make up in your own mind....If you're going to play, play all the way."  Nikki Giovanni - Poet
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 6/20/2010
Spiritual Tidbits
The will of GOD will never take you where the grace of GOD will not protect you.
Sometimes rejection is direction.
Pray away your insecurities so that you can focus on your possibilities.
Forgive someone today so that the Father can fogive you.
Move out of your own way.
Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Be as holy outside of church as you are in church.
Abide in GOD's love.
Our sufficiency is from GOD.  Not man.
There is always something to be thankful for!!!!!!!!!!!
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 6/13/2010
I had lunch with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago.  We got into a conversation about people saying the most damaging things to one another, without realizing, or even thinking about what they are doing.  We shared some things that have been said to us, as well as others.  When I read my former Pastor's devotional the other day, it was titled, "Mind Your Mouth".  I must share this devotional with you all.
Mind Your Mouth
Oh, it's just a bunch of meaningless words.  No big deal!  Wrong!  Our words are a big deal and they do mean a lot.  "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  For out of abundance of the heart his mouth speaks"(Luke 6:45).  Your words have either a negative or positive impact.  They can wound people to the core.  "There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword" (Proverbs 12:18).  They can break down a person's spirit, stripping them of the courage for living.  "Perverseness in it [the tongue] breaks the spirit" (Proverbs 15:4).  Carelessly spoken words between people can destroy relationships.  "The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor" (Proverbs 11:9).  Emotional, and possibly even physical death, can result from words.  "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs 18:21).  Consider the positives.  Your words can spark life into a relationship.  "A soothing tongue is a tree of life" (Proverbs 15:4).  The right words can help heal a wounded relationship.  "Pleasant words are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones" (Proverbs 16:24).  Well-chosen words can help us to understand each other.  "Sweetness of the lips increases learning" (Proverbs 16:21).  Words spoken at the right time can bring us closer together.  "The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl" (Proverbs 25:11).  WHAT YOU SAY MATTERS, SO MIND YOUR MOUTH!!! 
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 5/23/2010
Comfort In Troubled Times
When your world is suddenly turned upside down, remember, God's plans for your life haven't been canceled!  When you feel trapped with no way out, here are some things to remember: (1) Look for the river. "There is a river whose streams make glad" (Ps 46:4).  In Old Testament symbolism, rivers represent God's supply for your every need.  When every human source of supply seems to have dried up, don't fear, look for the river. (2) Look for the city.  God has planted His "city...the holy place where the Most High dwells", right in the middle of your circumstances.  God's city, the symbol of His presence and power, guarantees He's still in control and that He will restore peace and order to your trouble world.  (3) Look for the signs of God's presence.  "God will help you at the break of day" (Ps 46:5).  Daybreak, a symbol of new beginnings, gives you confidence that beyond this time of trouble and testing, a new day is at hand.  "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning" (La 3:23).  (4) Look at God's track record.  "Come...see the works of the Lord" (Ps 46:8).  Reviewing the record of His mighty acts builds your faith and reminds you that He is the "same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb 13:8).  If He took care of you then, He will take care of you now.  (5) Look to God and be at peace.  Based on the tested and proven foundation of His power and faithfulness, you can live by the Scripture, "Be still, and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10).
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 5/16/2010
Shout: then the wall.........will fall down - Joshua 6:5
 
Are you fighting a battle you're afraid you won't win?  Who are you depending on: GOD or yourself?  When faced with the combined armies of Ammon, Moad, and Mount Seir, GOD told His people Israel, "The battle is not yourss, but GOD's" (2Ch 20:15).  And GOD's never lost a battle yet!  He told Joshua, "I have delivered Jericho into your hands" (Jos 6:2).  Notice, He didn't say, "I will deliver" or "I might deliver."  No, He said, "I have delivered Jericho into your hands!"  Israel already had the victory, now they were being called to act on it.  But the question remained, how?  GOD's answer was "Shout."  Joshua told the Israelites, "When you hear....the trumpets...give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and [you] will go...straight in" (Jos 6:5).  Now no rational person would expect a shout, no matter how loud, to bring down the walls of a big city.  But this was no ordinary shout;  it was a shout of FAITH based on a promise GOD had made.  Even though victory looked impossible, when Israel shouted GOD responded by bringing down the walls and opening the doors to the Promised Land. 
 
When you're looking for an open door and all you can see is a brick wall, the last thing you feel like doing is shouting "VICTORY", right?  But you need to do it regardless, because: (1) the shout of PRAISE leads to victory; (2) it puts your FAITH on record; (3) it confounds the enemy and robs him of two of his greatest weapons: doubt and discouragement; (4) obedience, even when you don't understand, always brings results.  SO SHOUT--FOR THE VICTORY IS YOURS!!!!
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 5/9/2010
 
May GOD Bless You All on Mother's Day
Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you.  Don't neglect your mother's teachings. (Proverbs 1:8)
Happy Mother's Day to all of the woman that have changed hearts, minds, and spirits simply by caring for others over the years.
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart, Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 5/2/2010
 
Everyone Can't Be In The Front Row
Life is a theater. Invite your audience carefully. Not everyone is healthy
enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your
life that need to be loved from a distance.
It is amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize,
your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not going anywhere
relationships or friendships. Observe the relationships around you.  Pay
attention.
Which ones lift and which ones lean?  Which ones encourage and which ones
discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people do you feel better or worse?  Which ones
always have drama, or really don't understand, know or appreciate you?
The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth
around you, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in
the front row, and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
You cannot change the people around you. However, you can change the people that you
are around. 
 "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change
it, change your attitude.  Don't complain."
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and
 your heart Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
Week of 4/25/2010
Greetings My Sangriaville Sisters!!!!  This week's debut devotional was inspired by the grab bag question that I pulled at our last Sangriaville gathering.  When I sat down last Sunday to answer the question, I began to have church, all by myself, at my dining room table.  I was so full with thanks and praises to the Lord because HE heard my cry.  I am forever grateful for HIS love, grace and most of all HIS mercy. 
I pray that this debut devotional, which is really more of a personal testimony, glorifies my Lord and Saviour.
I would also like to sincerely thank my Sangriaville sisters, Alfreda and Denise, for allowing me to share.
Also, I'm very open to any comments, dialogue, and especially, Biblical corrections.  I'm not a minister.  I'm simply a woman that's striving to have a growing relationship with the Lord.
 
HOW HAVE YOU OBTAINED HAPPINESS?
1. I finally realized that I am the only person responsible for my happiness.  It's no one else's duty to make me happy. Depending and trusting in GOD, not people, brings happiness.  I no longer try to plead with people when they want to leave.  I simply let them go.  (1 John 2:19, Psalm 118:8) 
2. I have also learned to be content in whatever situation that I'm in; rather I have an abundance, or a little, I am thankful for it because I could easily have nothing at all. (Philippians 4:10-12, Proverbs 11:28) 
3. Lastly, after having 3 surgeries in the last 4 years, I am truly grateful for life period.  Everyday that the Lord decides to open my eyes and I mentally know that I am awake, and know where/who I am, it's a great day!!!!!!  Whatever happens after that moment, be it good, or bad, I feel very blessed that I'm here to experience it. That alone makes me very happy!!!!! (Isaiah 55:12, Psalm 144:15, Psalm 118:5-6 & 14-21, Psalm 119:25-29)
Summary -  I've found true happiness in GOD.  Through reading his word daily.  This has been and will continue to be instrumental in getting over a variety of issues that I'd been living under for many years.  I've truly learned to trust GOD, even when I don't understand (which is quite a bit-lol) and that's given me a sense of true joy, happiness, and most of all, peace. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Proverbs 16:20, John 7:37-38, 1 Peter 5:6-10, John 14:27, Philippians 4:7)
 
May GOD guide your moods, your thoughts, your tongue, your conscience, and your heart Christianly and safely throughout this upcoming week.
 
With Love and Prayers,
Katrina L. Drayton (KayDray)
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