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Finding my way on this Journey

Category: Faith

Song of the Week: “The Gift” by Donald Lawrence

The gift it looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you

The systems of the world
Try to take your confidence
But these systems were designed to make you doubt what heaven sent

The systems of the world
Will try to take your confidence
But these systems were designed to make you sit down on your gift

But the gift God gave to you, give it back to Him
When He sees it operating, it’s a compliment to Him
But the gift God gave to you, give it back to Him
For the gift it will make room, position, for great men to see you

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
It looks good

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

The systems of the world
Try to take your confidence
But these systems were designed to make you doubt what heaven sent

The systems of the world
Will try to take your confidence
But these systems were designed to make you sit down on your gift

But the gift God gave to you, give it back to Him
When He sees it operating, it’s a compliment to Him
But the gift God gave to you, give it back to Him
For the gift it will make room, position, for great men to see you

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
It looks good

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

You wear it well, you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

You wear it well

It looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
It looks good

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

It looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
It looks good

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

It looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good on you
It looks good

The gift it looks good on you
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

God has graced you and you wear it well

It looks good on you
It looks good
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
It looks good on you
The gift it looks good
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well

The gift it looks good

 

Humble

Humble…what does this truly mean?  Audrey Assad’s song by the same name puts it into wonderful words that inspire me to remember that all that I go through pales in comparison to what our Savior endured.  I’ve had an emotionally and psychologically rough couple of days. Previously I had become accustomed to working with positive people who want to get the job done, but don’t stoop to the level of whispering and gossiping behind the backs of others, per se.

Sitting here, listening to the whispering and knowing that it is sometimes about me is very difficult to deal with. There’s a part of me that thinks “how can you be so vain as to think that others would spend their time talking about you?” Then there’s another part that says “don’t be weary in well-doing…surely you must be doing something right if others are talking about you…there are different ways to do everything.” Then there are times that I just don’t know what to think. I’ve been earnestly making an effort to seek after God more this week, especially to see where I am falling short. I let my issue go for the moment and it all begins to make sense as I listen to Audrey sing…

Not too proud to wear our skin
To know this weary world we’re in
Humble, humble Jesus

Not too proud to bear our sin
To feel this brokenness we’re in
Humble, humble Jesus

Surely if Christ could endure a scourging with whips, be spat upon, and receive a crown of thorns placed on his head and not retaliate because of these physical adversities, how much more are we to do the same? He also endured emotional grief having lost his friend (yet having him raised to life again), having one of his closest disciple friends to turn against him in disbelief, being betrayed by one of his close followers, having many discount his true identity, being talked about, being accused of doing what seemed wrong (to the human eye & mind)….the list goes on. As I type this, I am just overwhelmed. Yes, I’ve had to endure similar trials, of course not to the extent that Christ did, but it just increases my faith and my praise and further confirms the truth of the Word. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).” Amazing. Simply amazing and…humbling.

I thank God for this trial because I see that it is a test and I can see how far I have come from the first few times that I have had to deal with this issue. Although it bothers my flesh, I can remember to walk in humility like Christ and be the light that he so desires me to be.

Surely you have dealt with difficult trials? How did you overcome?

Happy Monday everyone! If you’ve had a trying few weeks or days or even if you need the occasional reminder, remember that God is with you and greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world! Have a great week.

 

 

Bring your tired
Bring your shame
Bring your guilt
Bring your pain
Don’t you know that’s not you’re name
You will always be much more to me

Every day I wrestle with the voices
That keep telling me I’m not right
But that’s alright

‘Cause I hear a voice and He calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
In the world
In the world
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world

Bring your doubts
Bring your fears
Bring your hurt
Bring your tears
There’ll be no condemnation here
You are holy, righteous and redeemed

Every time I fall
There’ll be those who will call me
A mistake
Well that’s ok

There’ll be days I lose the battle
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war
He’s Greater
He’s Greater

I am learning to run freely
Understanding just how He sees me
And it makes me love Him more and more
He’s Greater
He’s Greater

Deliver Me From Fear

Ok, here I go again. Transparency is the BEST teacher to those who’ve lost faith, fear the journey of life, & sin has taken over their being. People who want to be delivered will not be moved by vague testimonies that sound general; meaning like the next person’s story. They need REAL, they want TRUTH, and they deserve to SEE GOD’S FAITHFUL DELIVERANCE IN YOU & ME.

With that said, in this verse I see that David was delivered & his fears taken away. I’ve been there. Fear cultivated (to promote the growth or development of; foster) my life. Yes, Ma’am, Yes Sir! You sure did hear me correctly. I fed my fears. I fed my fears to the point of making myself sick. What can I say? I had some issues. I feared moving from family, I absolutely feared about joining a new church, I feared death, & I am still struggling with fear when it comes to trusting man & (my future) man for me with my heart to love. But I can say now, that since I have put these things in the Master’s hands, my outer view of my life has been comforting. It’s like I’m on the outside looking in on my own life & seeing how HE’S molding & shaping my being & purpose. That’s not the easy part though. The easy part is seeing the outcome. Lol. Let us be honest…..well I’m being honest!! Like I said, I still struggle with that last fear from time to time, but I know because it’s in HIS hands, I CLAIM DELIVERANCE….FREEDOM from fear! I Speak it into existence & I’ve Spoke it in the atmosphere! Amen!

Much Love,

Jasmyne J. (Jazzi J or Jazz or J or Bubbly…LOL!)

**I originally wrote this post on August 27, 2014 as I was on my way to work.  The scripture made me feel like I was in a safe place.  I pray reading the verse does the same for you.

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He Knows My Name

Happy Monday y’all! The song this week is dedicated to those who feel invisible and that they’re unnoticed by the rest of the world. Know that our Heavenly Father knows exactly who you are, what you’re going through and He knows exactly what you need. He’s been with you every step of the way and has never left you. If you’ve turned from Him, know that it’s not too late to turn back to Him and seek His face. I hope this song speaks to your heart and encourages your soul!

 

 

“He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battistelli

Spent today in a conversation
In the mirror face to face with
Somebody less than perfect
I wouldn’t choose me first if
I was looking for a champion
In fact I’d understand if
You picked everyone before me
But that’s just not my story

True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made something out of nothing, so

CHORUS
I don’t need my name in lights
I’m famous in my Father’s eyes
Make no mistake
He knows my name
I’m not living for applause
I’m already so adored
It’s all His stage
He knows my name
He knows my name

I’m not meant to just stay quiet
I’m meant to be a lion
I’ll roar beyond a song
With every moment that I’ve got

True to who You are
You saw my heart
And made something out of nothing

CHORUS

He calls me chosen
Free, forgiven
Wanted, child of the King
His forever
Held and treasured
I am loved

I don’t need my name in lights
I’m famous in my Father’s eyes

CHORUS

(The video is a live performance by the artist from the K-LOVE YouTube channel.)

Keeping Sabbath

 

Have you ever had a practice that you have done for most of your life? One that is for your benefit and brings renewal and a sense of refreshment? One that energizes you and helps you to serve  others?

I have, and I do! For me, this practice is keeping the seventh-day Sabbath. The Sabbath is a time of refreshing and spiritual renewal, a day to help us as God’s creation to reconnect with our loving Creator, to reflect and meditate on His abundant goodness. While I haven’t practiced much else in my lifetime, I strongly believe that I am doing what God has created and called me to do by observing the Sabbath.

I am looking forward to the coming Sabbath rest to reconnect with my Heavenly Father.

Do you keep the Sabbath or have a practice that helps you to rest and be refreshed? If so, please share in the comments below.

 

 

Good evening friends and family! My heart is filled with JOY and I just got my “happy” back. This past weekend I felt myself getting sad because I was not home celebrating Feast of Tabernacle with my family and home church. I know this is the season of reaping and sowing, but I found myself not feeling like I was on the reaping side……until today.

I was able to celebrate the Feast with my co-workers! They have sown into my life and became my family away from my family. I was overjoyed because they were overjoyed. I would have never thought I would feel so much love from people who’ve only met me 2 years ago. I reaped so much today and I’m very grateful for that experience.

Just when I wanted to turn back to my comfort zone, The Father is causing my seed(s) that were sown to come to fruition and I see myself blooming. I have to continually go through the Harvest season knowing that I have another season to see!

Please listen to my song of the day! Much love to you all!

Jasmyne (Jazzi, 3J, Jazz, Bubbly)

Fullness and Vision for the Journey

   

 

“Debra, you need to go on this retreat. You need it and you have prayed to find some answers to your questions.”
“I know, but what if…”, I retorted.
” No buts…you know that you feel God tugging at your heart. God wants you there at the retreat. I think you will find what you are looking for when you go!”
“Okay…I’ll sign up… Lord, if this is Your will, please meet me at this retreat. Amen.”

This is the conversation that I had with myself early last year.

Interfaith Ministries 2013 Women's RetreatI was debating about whether I should attend a multi-faith women’s retreat over a weekend in April in Houston, TX. I went with the expectation that God would meet me there because I was in need of answers to some very crucial questions that were stormimg around in my mind. I wasn’t sure at first, but then I began to feel God tugging on my heart, urging me to go. I had prayed for direction and answers about what I should do with my business and if I should even keep it at all. Life had changed drastically from what it had been just the previous year. I just needed to be with God and know that He was still there with me.

I don’t regret going.

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I arrived late Friday night as I drove in from Louisiana and the women were already making vision boards. I jumped right in and found that I was lost in thought and felt very at home. Because of my background in art, I had longed to do something creative, yet I didn’t know it. I thought about what I wanted for myself and began cutting away words and photos that captured this perfectly. It was only the beginning.

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Saturday was filled with seminars, encouraging speakers, more crafts, fellowship, dialogue, and prayers. We ended the day by doing a community “faith” walk around the labyrinth. I was brought to tears as we walked in silence, praying in gratitude and releasing all of our burdens and cares. This was one of THE most powerful moments for me. I hadn’t felt that close to God in a while.  Although we were “doing” activities throughout the day, I felt that I had truly kept the Sabbath. I had never felt that before and greatly desired more.

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As I laid in bed that evening, I began to experience the benefits that truly keeping the Sabbath can bring. God began to pour into me ideas for how I can change my blog and how one thing can lead to another. I must admit that I was dragging my feet because of fear, but I have worked through it by releasing it through prayer and fasting. God showed me that I don’t have to separate my faith from my photography because my faith inspires my photography.

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As the retreat came to a close, we shared what we gained and are taking away from our experience at the retreat. My answer was simply, ” fullness…and vision for the journey.” This summed up my whole experience that weekend, so much so that I want to remember it and live it out in my life daily.

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That’s how this site was born, “Fullness &Vision”.  It is my goal to share stories of faith, photography, encouraging quotes, scriptures, and anything else that will help you to live with fullness and vision for the journey along with me. I’ve also invited one of my best friends who is my sister and fellow missionary to join me in sharing her journey and encouraging words also, Jasmyne. I’m so glad that we have a space to share and to collaborate together about all to the glory of God.

 

Have you ever had a life-changing moment like this? Please share your experience in the comments below.  We’d love to hear your story!

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