God's Blessings: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
Updated: Aug 3
Years ago, when I was on the road traveling for my job, I had an opportunity to stay with some people of a different faith. The owner, a lady, had two female roommates. They were of the same faith. At that time, I wasn't practicing my faith, but I interacted with them consistently. I was a regular traveler to the DC area. I would be assigned there for months at a time. I was on the road so much that I gave up my apartment, put all my belongings in storage, and left my car at a friend's house. The homeowner and her roommates lived upstairs, and I had a bedroom, bathroom, and sitting area with a tv in the basement. It was cheap, clean, and private, the people were great, and it wasn't far from work.
At this time, I was in my early 30s and had experienced a little bit of life, so when one young lady who was in her early 20s said she was getting married to an older man who she hadn't met. I said, huh? I was confused about her decision, but she was just overjoyed. I couldn’t help but think, wow, I pray this works. When she showed me a picture, I noticed the man was already going bald! There was so much I could have said but, I didn't.
The other young lady was friendly but not as outgoing. We would speak when we saw each other, but I was told she was going through some things. So, if she wanted to talk, I would, otherwise, I would speak and keep it moving. The owner of the house was great. She was into genealogy, and I had always wanted to research my family tree. So, we would go to the archives in DC on the weekends and search for my family. One time we flew to Florida together for a weekend to research in Tallahassee since my family was from Florida. Being on the road, giving up my apartment, and staying with strangers allowed me to pay off all my student loans. Reflecting on this experience made me think of all the wonderful opportunities God has blessed me with and how he's been with me all throughout my life.
Have a love for God’s people. ”And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:39
Respecting people’s space. “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” Colossians 4:6
Seeing God’s blessings. “Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 115:15
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" and "Blinded By Sight: The Heart Matters" both available now.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4