When I Look Up to The Sky

God always amazes me when He does something out of the ordinary. I received a very unexpected gift from the Lord the other day that blessed me so greatly and I thought I would share with you all about it.

My eldest son and my daughter-in-love are expecting their first baby. My son called me the other day and one of the things we were discussing were baby names. We shared various names we liked or loved with one another. We also discussed our thoughts on unique names, ones we thought were strong biblical names, and about the definition or meaning behind the name. We even talked about unusual names that we have heard parents have named their child such as Abcd!

I once again found myself apologizing to him for having named him after his father. I got pregnant with him at the age of 13 and I named him after his father in hopes that he would not be taken from me because of my age. Unfortunately his name is often mistaken for being a female’s name. In his father’s culture it can be for a male or female. From what I was told it means March the month he and his father was born in.

I went on to tell my son how I love unique names and shared a story with him about the years before I had him. At about the age of 10 I began babysitting my younger siblings as well as for others occasionally to earn some cash. I loved taking care of the little ones so I would often dream about the day I would become a mother and what I would name my children. Many times I would lay out on the grass in my front yard while staring into the clear blue skies and think that I would one day name one of my children Sky. I love the beauty of clear blue skies!

I wasn’t expecting what came next in our conversation to happen at all! After I finished telling him my story he went on to tell him how a woman had told him that in Turkish his name means Sky!!! I looked it up and sure enough there it was! I never knew! Unbelievable! My heart was so filled with joy! I couldn’t believe it!

It was over 30 years ago that I had that desire in my heart & only 3 days ago that I found out that He had already answered it. I just never knew it! God is so incredibly amazing and loving….isn’t He?!?!?

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Well, I know that when God does something like that there is even more to it! My husband and I have been trying to conceive a baby the past few months and we have been standing on several His promises within His Word. To be honest, I had become a little discouraged about it not happening just yet and God used this as a loving reminder that He knows the desires of my heart and that in His timing it shall come to pass.

Not only that but He took me to His Word by using the keyword “sky” and reminded me of one of His promises in Genesis 15:5-6: Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

I can’t help but exclaim….Oh Lord who am I that you are mindful of me? I am utterly in awe of You! I surely don’t deserve it but I gladly receive it & give You all the glory!

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I know from experience that sharing stories like this can help others recognize that God is always there working in our lives even when we don’t know it or think He is! Now I know for sure if unexpected surprises like this are taking place in my life they are happening in yours too! Please share a testimony by commenting below. You don’t know who you will bless by doing so!

~ JulieAnne ~

 

I’m Back!

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Hello my friends. I’m sorry I have not posted to my blog for a couple weeks now. I just wanted to let you know that I have not stopped blogging. I was just experiencing some pretty challenging flare-ups of fibromyalgia which made it rather difficult to concentrate, sit, or do just about anything really. But the flare-up has calmed down and God gave me an awesome word that I am putting together. It might be a little longer post than I have normally shared because of the topic and it’s a great topic too! So I am looking forward to sharing it with you as soon as I get it done. Just watch for the updates!

If you haven’t already subscribed to follow my blog, you can do so by clicking the link on the right that says “Follow Blog via Email.” That way you will get an email letting you know when I have a new posting. Thank you so very much to all those who are doing it already! I pray that my postings will encourage, bless, and inspire you in some kind of way.

Until I can get the new posting up (which I am praying will be either end of today or sometime tomorrow) feel free to go back and re-read my other postings. Maybe something new will stand out to you that you needed to be reminded of or there may be something you can share with a friend that will bless them. Something else that would really help me out as well is, if you could please let me know if the blog postings have been a blessing to you by leaving me a comment. I really appreciate all your support my friends.   

I pray that the love of Jesus overflows in your life today and always. Don’t forget my friends it’s not just about you and your needs. Someone out there that crosses your path, whether it’s a fellow believer in Jesus or someone who has yet to met Him, needs to be hugged, acknowledged, encouraged, or blessed in some way. You just might be the answer to someone’s prayer or heart calling out to God! Be a willing vessel. Yield to Him today. You will be amazed at what God can do through you, for you and in you. Just think about it! There is something exciting and exhilaratingly adventurous in being a blessing to someone when they least expect it and especially without them knowing. Just a little over a week ago I spent some time in prayer in the morning. Part of my prayer was that God would use me to be an unexpected blessing in some way to someone that day. Later that afternoon I was with my daughter getting a haircut and a young woman with her two little daughters were at the salon getting her hair done too. She sat in the chair next to me. When I was finished I moved to a chair across from there while my daughter got her haircut. The young woman was trying to get to keep her little girls still the best she could and she seemed pretty stressed. It was all over her face. Then there it was. I heard the voice. The voice of the Holy Spirit telling me to get a gift card for this young woman and pay for her haircut. I won’t lie at first I said is that me out of just wanting to do something or is that You God? I even sort of began to question Him about where the money would come from and of course I am always reminded that He is my provider. Then as clear as day God showed me a vision of me praying to Him earlier in the day about wanting to be an unexpected blessing to someone who needed to know His love. This was the person He had in mind. And wouldn’t you know, as soon as He said that she had to excuse herself from her haircut to take one of her daughters to the ladies room. I jumped up and asked if they had gift cards available and the amounts. I then grabbed my wallet and I asked what gift card designs they had. To be honest they were quite ugly, I didn’t like them at all. But then there it was! A single card hidden behind all the plain ones. It was a decorated envelope, it had an area for me to write “Jesus loves you!” and it even had a little hair clip that had some bling on it! Oh yes! Cannot go wrong with a touch of bling! So I purchase the gift card, sign it, and run over to her stylist and ask her privately to please give it to the young woman who’s hair she is cutting but not to give it to her until we left because I didn’t want her to know. The hairstylists standing around her were even blessed and encouraged by that one random act of kindness! Their faces lit up as they said “Wow, God bless you!” I know in my heart, I have absolutely no doubts that she needed to be reminded that God loves her and that she felt it that day. Carry-out-a-random-act-of-kindness-with-no-expectation-of-reward-safe-in-the-knowledge-that-one-day-someone-might-do-the-same-for-you

Now I am not saying go out there and spend all your money. But trust God to use you in various ways and trust also that if He has you use finances that He will return to you in some way.35958496995708719_6RMjQ4xn_c

Just say this prayer: Father, I yield myself as a willing vessel to be used by you to show Your love to someone, be it a need, encouragement, a hug, or a kind word. I know that I am blessed to be a blessing. Help me to be sensitive to know what to say and how to move or act in obedience to your promptings. I pray that I can impact someone’s life for the better and bring a little sunshine to someone’s dark or lowly day. I give You all the glory Lord because I understand that it You working through me, for me and in me. In Jesus name. Amen.

I would love for you to check back and share what God did through you today! Testify! God is sooooo good! Sending HUGsssss your way and reminding you that you are loved by God too! Have a fabulous day my friends!raok-logo1 

13 Going On 40

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I haven’t told too many people about this but I have been in the process of writing two books. One is about my life experiences and testimonies of my personal walk with God. The other is a mother/daughter devotional that my daughter, Julia, and I are writing together. I was talking to her friend who was visiting today about the devotional book and saying how we still need a title for it. I also discussed how I was writing a blog and another book about my life when God spoke through my daughter, Kalina confirming the title for my personal book. After we laughed for a minute I told her I loved it and that I am totally going to use it! It works so well for the book.
I attempted to blog about it but then I began really getting too much into the book. So I had to stop and start over. Without giving too much away I will share just a little about the book and I’m sure you will agree that the title, “13 Going On 40” is a great choice.
I have been through a whole lot in my life, some good and some bad. We all have a story, a testimony. This is simply a glance, an overview of mine.
I was just 13 years old when I got pregnant with my firstborn son. I’m sure you can only imagine what led to that happening and what took place after having him. Within three months I turned 14, had my son and then married his father. We had three more children, another son and two daughters together. We were married for 13 difficult and painful years. We divorced and I became a single mom at age 27. I have raised all four of my children pretty much on my own with very little to no help or support from my ex-husband. I did some things right but also made many mistakes. I look back and the only real regret I have is not raising my children to know the extravagant love and grace of the Lord from a young age. We were part of a religion for several years that did not believe or teach the grace of God (as well as many other things) and that mislead us in the teaching of the Word of God. Maybe if I had been able to teach them the true Jesus and not be scared to tell them what the Bible had to say then they wouldn’t have to struggle in some of the areas I did over the years. But we can only teach what we know and I did not know Jesus then like I do today. One of the things I was told was that I could not pray for myself and so I didn’t. I stopped praying because I was told God would not listen to my prayers because of my sins. I became so confused, angry, lost, and sick while “out in the world” for a few years separated from the Lord. I resubmitted and yielded my life to God when I was at my most broken point after watching a few nights of Joyce Meyer’s messages in middle of the night. I don’t believe I could get any more low than where I was at and I don’t ever want to be there again. I was lost and confused when God opened my eyes and heart to understand and receive HIS amazing love and grace. Oh how I thank Him for that day when I no longer believed the lies and refused to listen to them any longer. I began to call out upon the name of His Son and study the scripture for myself. My life has been such an incredible journey ever since then. God has answered every prayer I have prayed in some way or another.
One of those prayers was to remarry to man after God’s own heart. God answered that prayer three years ago when I married my best friend and awesome man of God. He has loved all of my children as his own and been a wonderful father figure to them despite never having children of his own. I credit that to God as well because my husband continually seeks God in prayer in all he does.
Fast forward a little more and here we are. It’s now 2013 and my youngest daughter is turning 18 this March. I can’t believe it! My little girl, 18! I have been a mom since I was 13 years old, just a child, and now all my children are grown. To top this all off, next month I am turning 40! Of course I will always be a mom and I still desire to have more children with my husband. We both love children and it is truly a blessing to be a parent. We are just waiting on God’s timing now.
At the same time this is also an entirely new chapter in my life & I am extremely excited about it and all that it will bring. Part of this chapter includes writing the books (as well as a song, but that’s a whole other story!). I have never done anything like this before. I did not go to high school. I did get my GED in my 30’s and have taken some college courses and Bible Ministry classes. Oh, but there is so much more. I have always said I would write a book about my life some day and that day is now here. This has been a long time dream and vision of mine and now I am working on it! I have so much to share from my heart that I hope will inspire and encourage others!
I will announce when I am finished writing the entire book and let you know when it is to be released. I am praying, God-willing, I will finish it this year. You will want to get it too because I know it will bless you to hear the whole story. There are many gaps and missing pieces here. It is a true story, my story, about overcoming trials and tribulations and experiencing victory and triumph in the Lord. It is about how He desires to hear you speak to Him and how He not only wants to answer you but will.
So what do you think my friends? Do you love the title as much as I do?
“13 Going On 40”
Life’s not ending it’s only a new beginning in an already extraordinary life.

Thank you to all who read my blog. May God Almighty show up in your life in unexpected ways and may you experience an overflow of blessings like never before. In Jesus name.

God does answers prayers!

God does answers prayers!

I have a huge testimony to share with you today to prove that prayer works!
I made it to church today despite the pain of a fibromyalgia flare-up and pain from my back injuries I been having the past few days. I got to get lots hugs which I love and even had an opportunity to bless some friends.
Well today was also the release of a young man’s first cd. His name is Tanner and he is just . I was already planning to get a couple copies for gifts. Both me & my daughter, Julia, went and bought several. We went upstairs during the service & my hubby made it from work (yeah! thank you Lord!) to join us. Toward the end of the service I felt the Holy Spirit prompting me to purchase some more of Tanner’s cds. I leaned in and told my hubby I hear God saying to get some more cds. God will provide and I have to be obedient. He agreed and then I let Julia know that after the service I needed to go down and get some more. So we made our way down and grabbed some more. When I got to the register to pay I was told because of my purchase I was going to receive a shawl. I was like what? Now my friends hear me out…. I literally was praying to be able to get a prayer shawl last week!!!!!!! I truly believe because I was obedient and because of my prayers God blessed me. Not with just anything but with a such a special gift that I have been desiring for some time but had only asked for last week. & not only that, BUT LOOK what it says on the package and where it is from!!!!!!!!!!!! I was shaking I was soooo excited!!!! GOD IS INCREDIBLY AWESOME!!!!!!!! So Thank You Tanner and DWOC bookstore!!!!! You really made my day!!!! God has already worked a miracle through you today in blessing me with a desire of my heart!!!! So I know without a doubt that you will greatly impact many around the world with your work & testimony for the glory of God!!! =)))))))
My friends you can check out Tanner’s blog @ http://www.tannerdelano.com/blog.cfm
Check it out! You will definitely be blessed!
Also, pray! What are the desires of your heart? God cares! & He is ready to answer and make them a reality if only you would ASK HIM!  How do I know? Because His word promises so!
Psalm 37:3-5 (AMP)
3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.