Grace for each other 

I’m convinced people would get along better if everyone wore a T-shirt with the following quotes.
“I don’t always say the right thing.”
“I don’t always respond the right way.”
“I get frustrated, angry, tired, sad.”
“I’m human”
We don’t stop using our phones when they get a small crack on the screen.
We don’t stop driving our cars when they get a few dents. With the inanimate objects we own, we allow room for imperfection. We expect them not to be perfect.

Yet why do we often treat people differently? When someone responds in a way we don’t like; our walls go up. When someone doesn’t say Hi to us first, we stop talking to that person… When people say the wrong thing, we are often so easily offended. We have become professional blockers. We block friendships, relationships, and ultimately the unique blessings God may be trying to get to us.
Now I understand, there is a place for not associating with certain people. And sometimes you will have to separate from people who are toxic to your life. But this shouldn’t be the norm for us. We shouldn’t be blocking everybody! Lol
 Don’t throw away all the apples because of one bad one.

Don’t let peoples humanity stop you from showing them the love of Christ. 
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Colossians‬ ‭3:12-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Reason

My worry turned to wonder. Words of life that echo in my soul like thunder.
In my weakness I’ve learned to stand. You took my hand, and called me friend.

Joy and gladness now dwell inside. While hope and peace stand at my side.

In my weariness I’ve learned to depend. Your never drying well sustains me to the end.

I walk through life with quiet confidence. I know The One who’s breath shaped continents.

I have a reason to lift my head. I look to the hills, where Your goodness knows no end. 

I have a reason to sing, a reason to leap; You are my strong tower, my soul You will keep.

You’re the reason I move. You’re the reason I breathe. You’re the reason I live. 

You’re the reason in me.
By Alphonso Sensley II

Broken Pieces 

We hide our broken pieces hoping no one will notice. Not realizing our hiding keeps us broken and hopeless. The Master reaches toward us, extending out His hand. Offering us healing, a chance to be put back together again. He heals our broken hearts, He binds up our wounds. He tells us that we’re chosen, never too broken to be used. 

I’ve learned, Don’t hide what’s broken. Don’t let pride or fear keep you broken. Let God’s light shine on it. Let His word in! If we bring Him our brokenness, He is a healer and a mender! Take it to Jesus!


Freedom’s Shore

I was lost and aimless on the seas of life.
Following a broken compass through the cloud covered nights
But Your Hope came down and spread forth my sails. Your Grace shone through and breathed wind into my soul.

It was Your Love that anchored me in the midst of the storm. It was Your Love that brought me to Freedom’s Shore.

A firm place of Freedom the waves can’t wash away. Hope for tomorrow, and Faith for today. My heart finds joy in The Safety of Your hand. My soul finds its rest on the shores Your plan. 
By Alphonso Sensley II

Always Faithful!

There are so many aspects of God’s character that amaze me. One in particular is how he speaks to us. Whether He speaks directly through His word, speaks directly to our hearts, or speaks to us using another person; He is always faithful to give us an on-time word of enlightenment, encouragement, and hope! 

I was thankful for God speaking to me this morning because I had a really slow start. After my devotion time I got ready for work and was just feeling a little tired. Not tired as in sleepy, but more tired of everything being a process. Tired of what sometimes feels like eons of preparation. I know that God has been speaking to me lately regarding my attitude surrounding this very issue. In fact, In my last post I wrote about “our journey” with God being a process. So with this in mind I said a quick prayer for God to help me adjust my attitude. 
So I went on to work and ended up having pretty productive morning! During a break I pulled out my phone. And as usual, I scrolled through my social media accounts and came across a wonderful blog post by a friend. Here is an excerpt:

We may not look like much, but God knows what we will become and loves us tenderly in every stage. He plants us strategically in a place where we will grow and flourish, no matter what season we are in. We get watered by His Word and by the Holy Spirit. We take root in Him, seeping deep and wide into God. All of this takes place underground, in the secret place. Some may not notice all the growth that is taking place, some may overlook our growth. But God is in the secret place with us. Soon enough, we spring forth. Life appears from the ground.”

-Michelle Pleitez

This unexpected post of a friend happened to be the exact word I needed to hear! It was a reminder for me to refocus and not to ever give up on this process and journey of growth! 
God truly is always faithful! 
Please follow the link below and read this great Blog post! 

The Journey

In my own life I’ve noticed that I tend to put a lot of focus on the destination. I’m always thinking about where I’m going. So much so, that sometimes I fail to really appreciate the development and preparation that takes place during the journey. The journey is what molds and prepares us for our destination. 

As I thought more about this, I thought about the story of Abraham in the bible. In Genesis 12, God tells Abraham to “Go to a land that I will show you…” God didn’t give him specifics. He simply told him to go. During Abraham’s journey, he experienced battles, famine, strife and conflict. Yet because of his obedience, because he trusted God, He also gained new identity, financial blessings, and ultimately saw God’s promises fulfilled in his life. There are few specific characteristics about Abrahams journey that stood out to me. 
The first is that Abraham remembered God at every stage of his journey. The bible tells us numerous times; that as he journeyed, Abraham built an altar to the Lord. 
“Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, I will give this land to your posterity. So Abram built an altar there to the Lord…” (‭Genesis‬ ‭12‬:‭7‬) Abraham didn’t allow himself to forget why he was doing what he was doing. He remembered and cherished the small steps, places, and moments that God spoke to him. And most importantly, he believed what God had promised.
The second point that stood out to me was how Abraham came out of the famine more blessed than he went into it. According to the scripture, almost immediately after Abraham decided to trust God, leave his home land, and embark on this journey; he encountered a severe famine. 
“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down into Egypt to live temporarily, for the famine in the land was oppressive (intense and grievous).” (Genesis 12-10)
Even in the midst of famine, Abraham didn’t second guess if he really heard from God. He didn’t pack up and move back to his home land. And because of his faith and perseverance God blessed him in the midst of the famine. Obedience pays!!
“And he (Pharaoh) treated Abram well for her sake; he acquired sheep, oxen, he-donkeys, menservants, maidservants, she-donkeys, and camels.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭12‬:‭16‬ AMP)
SO ABRAM went up out of Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the South [country of Judah, the Negeb]. Now Abram was extremely rich in livestock and in silver and in gold.”(‭Genesis‬ ‭13‬:‭1-2‬ AMP)
The final point I’d like to discuss is how Abraham became “Abraham” on this journey. Abraham started his journey when He was 75, He didn’t see God’s promise until He was 99 years old. Yet Because he listened to God, And because he was faithful to follow what God had commanded; He was given new identity on his journey. 
“And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness (right standing with God).” (‭Genesis‬ ‭15‬:‭6‬ AMP)
“Then Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, As for Me, behold, My covenant (solemn pledge) is with you, and you shall be the father of many nations. Nor shall your name any longer be Abram [high, exalted father]; but your name shall be Abraham [father of a multitude], for I have made you the father of many nations. And I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭17‬:‭3-6‬ AMP)
Abraham didn’t need all the specifics of God’s plan before he decided to be obedient to follow. He didn’t know the battles, famines, and conflicts that he would have to endure. But he trusted, relied on, and remained steadfast to what God had told him. Abrahams purpose, promise, and identity were revealed to him during his journey and because of his obedience. I guess you could say, His faith, and willingness to trust God through the journey; made him who God wanted him to be! 

By Alphonso Sensley II