The Stumbling Blocks

If we ask God to show us the things in our hearts that can cause us to stumble now or later in life, He’ll do it. Even for those of us who consider ourselves to be humbled, saved and filled with His Holy Spirit; We need to ask God to show us our hearts. What He reveals to us may be surprising; Or perhaps it could be something that was hidden, but now that it has been revealed we recognize it. Being aware of these “stumbling blocks” in advance, allows us the opportunity to seek change. It gives us a chance to ask God to “…create in me a clean heart…”, as King David asked. It gives us an advantaged opportunity to apply the word of God in our lives so that these things that could be obstacles are defeated. If it’s been awhile since you’ve asked God to reveal what’s in your heart, ask Him today. He is faithful to show you the condition of your heart. Plus, He’ll show you in His word how to get rid of the “stumbling blocks”. As children of God, we have benefits. Because of Jesus Christ our Savior, we can enter into the “Holy of Holies” and have direct communication with God. He will hear our prayers and He’s faithful to show us a more excellent way. So today, be bold and ask God to reveal to you the “stumbling blocks” of your hearts. If you ask Him, He is faithful to do it.

To God be the glory.

By Dianna Sensley

Fruits of Life (Inspired by Galatians 5:22-23)

Abide in me, and these things you will see.
Your Love will go deep like the ocean and sea. Your Joy will rise like the morning sun.
Burning away fog and wrongs that were done. Laughter will be a song in the courts of your home. While Peace stakes its claim in the depths of your soul.
Patience will instruct you and teach you to stand. Kindness will uphold you and lift you up by the hand.
You will see the handwriting of Goodness from beginning to end. It will follow and pursue you all the days that you live.
Faithfulness will be your clothes. Gentleness will be your robe.
Self-Control will be your guide and lead you on right roads.
Abide in me, and these things you will see. The Fruits of Life are provided by Me.

By Alphonso Sensley II

Bad Days

“The situations we sometimes see as delays, disappointments, and inconveniences: are often just characteristics and features of the road that leads us to our promise land.”

I wrote that sentence a few weeks ago and really had to remind myself about that today.

Today wasn’t a great day at work. In fact it was a bad day. You know those days where it seems like nothing goes according to plan. To top it off I was supposed to go out with friends tonight, but ended up having to work later than expected. Yeah, I had one of those days.

When we have “bad days” we often wonder what purpose they serve. How can a day when nothing goes right be a part of God’s plan? But when I think about people in the Bible like Joseph. Who had what we would characterize as many “bad days”; Even “bad years”. Yet Joseph always pressed forward and trusted that God’s promises could not be voided. What God promised will be fulfilled if we stay focused and keep our eyes on Him!

So tonight I’m thankful for God’s word that has the power to lift us up when we’re down. The power to comfort us when we are sad. And the power to change and renew our minds at any time! Tonight I’m thankful that He knows my name! Im thankful that on the good days and the bad days my steps are still ordered! I’m thankful to be His son!

By Alphonso Sensley II

#NightThoughts #TheFatherIsNear #OrderedSteps #DevineDirection

Living a Christian Life…

Living a Christian Life…
You’ll often feel like the odd one out. Good! You’re outside of the drama. You’re outside of the mess. You’re outside of the headaches & heartaches.

You’ll probably get called a square. Embrace it! You are! That’s why you don’t fit in their circle. Don’t worry, you’ll come to find there are plenty of squares just like you! LOL

You’ll sometimes feel that you’re missing out. Or That God is trying to keep fun away from you. Believe me; You’re not missing nothing! And You’re on the path towards God’s Best! There is no good thing He will withhold from you! Be patient and Keep going!

You’ll find friends. You’ll lose friends. People will come; And people will go.
Some relationships will have seasons, it’s just the way it goes. Just keep your eyes on Jesus; and you’ll never be alone.

You’ll get tired. You’ll grow weary. You won’t feel like doing what you’re supposed to. But then, you’ll remember that His grace is sufficient! You’ll remember that His strength is made perfect in your weakness! You will remember that you can do All Things Through Christ who strengthens you!

So, you’ll get up.
You’ll put on that whole armor.
In His strength; you’ll go on
You will. You can. You must continue;
Living a Christian Life.

By Alphonso Sensley II

God Is Near

Your Highness extends past the highest of heights; Yet Your arms are not shortened to guide me each night.

Your presence manifested in the future, present, and past. Standing outside of time; the universe in Your hands.

You deal with me kindly. You patiently lead. You see every struggle. You meet every need.
You bring clarity and peace, I can finally see. You’re closer to me than the air that I breathe.

By Alphonso Sensley II

I Smiled

I Smiled when I realized.
Your Hope is painted in the sunrise.
I Rejoiced when I discovered.
My Prayers never go unheard.
I Danced when I became aware.
Your Loving Kindness made me heir.
I Leapt when I heard.
The Good News of Your word.
I Sang, then I slept.
In Your presence, I’m content.
I Laughed at fears attempt.
Your Joy is always my Strength.

By Alphonso Sensley II