Fullness & Vision

Finding my way on this Journey

Month: October 2014

There are only a few constants in life and one of those is that we will always have trials and tests. As I began facing a new trial last week, this song stuck with me and was a wonderful reminder of the friend that we have in God. He has called us his friends (insert scripture) and made it so that we can come to him and give him all of our cares and worries. I hope that this song will be a reminder to you also in whatever test or difficulty that you are currently facing or that may come up during the week. Remember, you are not alone!

This week’s song of the week is “No Man Is An Island” by Tenth Avenue North. Enjoy!

Lyrics:

I won’t run, I will stay
I’m not leaving you
I know there’s friction here
The struggle makes us new

I wish you never thought you had to go
Wish you never thought you had to leave
Together we can lift each other up
We can build a shelter for the weak

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
You don’t have to fight me, I am for you
We’re not meant to live this life alone

I see fear in your eyes
There’s no safety here
Oh, my friend, let me in
I will share your tears

I wish you never thought you had to go
I wish you never thought you had to leave
We can always lift each other up
We can build a shelter for the weak, come on

No man is an island, we can be found
No man is an island, let your guard down
Please don’t try to fight me, I am for you
We’re not meant to live this life alone

Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let’s reach out to something higher
Ain’t no life outside each other
We are not alone
Through trouble, rain, or fire
Let’s reach out to something higher
Eyes open to one another
We are not alone

No man is alone
Why you try to fight me
We don’t have to do it alone
We don’t have to do it alone
We don’t have to do it alone

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)

Today is Beautiful

Happy Monday everyone!

I will be starting a feature on Mondays that will help you to get your week started on a positive note and to help you to keep your mind in a positive space. Sometimes it’s difficult to change our thoughts from our current situation and to see the bigger picture or silver lining. In the feature will be a song for the week that includes the lyrics to the song as well as a video. I pray that the songs shared will encourage your heart, mind, and soul and help you to have peace.

This week’s song is “Today is Beautiful” by David Dunn.

Enjoy!

 

 

Sometimes the day won’t ever end
Sometimes you just throw up your hands
It’s the little things sometimes

Sometimes the world has just gone dark
Sometimes you’re praying for a spark
It’s the little things sometimes

But if you lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

Lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

Right now it feels so hard to breath
Right now you’re asking God why me
It’s what you can see right now

Cause right now there’s a greater truth
Right now there’s a bigger view
Than what you can see right now

But if you lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

Lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

If you see more than what’s in front of you
You might see more of heaven’s view
If you see more than what’s in front of you
You might see more of heavens view

So lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

Lift your eyes
See it in a different light
Just a cloud up in the open sky
Let the rain, fall away
Cause today is beautiful

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.

Interfaith Ministries 2013 Women's Retreat

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!

How Do You Embrace Something That You’ve Not Asked For?

Embrace Change

Yup, that’s the question. Not necessarily an everyday question, but this is a question that has been nagging at me, irritating me, & BUGGING me so, that I could not sleep well this week. I really thought it was Yahweh awaking me to pray, so I’ll turn over and start praying, talking, thinking about people, life situations, the person’s names that is in my prayer box, any and everything I could think of until I would fall asleep. BUT GUESS WHAT? I would wake up again; like what is going on?!? I wanted so badly to sleep because I had to go to work in the AM hours and I didn’t want to be tired. So, I started praying again. I think that’s what Yah is trying to tell me…well is it? So with 3 days of sleepless nights, I wanted to know what was going on. I’ve been deep in the Father’s Word here lately because I can’t be caught off guard anymore! I do not have the TIME to be off track, but evidently, somewhere along this path, I’ve swayed. “Father what is it? What are you trying to tell me? You’ve recently opened my eyes to my Gift/Calling so what more can you have for me. Am I not going about it the right way?” These are the questions that I’ve been asking myself. Due to my, Jasmyne that is, human nature, I DO NOT take change EASILY! Nope, NOT AT ALL! I may look like it on the outside, but I’m writing to be TRANSPARENT! In the inside I’m dying, my life support is about to end, and I’m about to take my last breath because change has happened! YES, really! It’s that SERIOUS! That’s exactly how I feel.

Let me give you 2 examples: I TRULY HATE my natural hair. I DO NOT like wearing it out and when I do, it has to be a wash & go because I don’t like doing ANYTHING to it. I’m not the most confident with this thin edges, 3 types of hair textured, tight-coiled mess, that will not braid like I want it to so I can ACHIEVE the better looking weaved-up style that will put my real hair to shame hairstyle that I WANT for my birthday. Y’all got that??? GOOD J Well, as you can read, I tried to do my hair last night and let us say I was in tears almost and the anger inside had taken over. I started throwing clips, tossing combs, tugging hard at my hair as if it can do anything. What can I CHANGE by doing all that? Nothing at all. (By the way, when I was younger I asked God, “Why can’t I have hair like the little white girls. They don’t have to get their hair hot combed and get burnt on the neck and ears. They don’t have to sit for a long time and get their hair braided.” I asked those questions. ) Anyhow, I Glided a few of my sisters and explained my disgust. You want to know the answer I got, “EMBRACE your natural hair”. Ugh, Honey and Taiese that was not the answer I was looking for, but what could I do. Needless to say, I have a wash & go today.

Also, this morning, I have to use 10 trip cards to get on the commuter bus every morning and because this morning I was aggravated with my hair, it slipped my mind to get another card of my dresser. Guess when I realized that? You’re correct, when I was at the mall with my car parked & the bus is to come in 6 minutes. Now, I live 8 minutes from the mall and I knew I wouldn’t have time to go back home and come back. I DO NOT WANT TO CHANGE UP AND USE MY MONEY TO GET HOME! I can use my money for FOOD! I didn’t ask for this day to start like this!!! But what can I do? Nothing? I have to embrace the fact that I have to pay with cash and it’s really going to be okay. Really Jasmyne, it’s going to be ALRIGHT.

NO! I don’t like change. Change seems to mess up everything! Everything is fine when it’s done the way I’m used to. I like working in a “habitual habit” atmosphere. LOL J I know how everything is going to go, how everything is going to pan out, & exactly how to stop conflict so there will be NO CHANGES to EMBRACE.   Yes, that’s the life I live, right? Betcha by golly wow, it’s just the opposite.

Now, back to the beginning. I haven’t been myself this week because of sleepless nights up praying, talking, & thinking. From the above stories I bet you can tell I don’t like change. HINT, HINT. It didn’t hit me until I talked to my Great-Uncle yesterday that I have to embrace the change for the job Yahweh has given me! I explained to my Great-Uncle that I do not remember asking the Father for this job. I thought my calling was helping people physically, “not the early in the morning, break my sleep, and my Spirit will not rest until you’ve blessed their soul and mines” help. Then he reminded of this tape I made when I was 7 years old. On the tape, he told me that I was “God-blessing” everyone. I wanted everyone to love the Lord like I did. I wanted to see everyone filled with the Holy Ghost. I wanted to always “pray like we did the other day”. I have a great love for people and the way I expressed it was through prayer, not always with my mouth, but sometimes through my heart, which only the Father knows what’s there. Ding, ding, ding…I could not sleep well because I didn’t EMBRACE what HE is calling me to do. So with all that has been stated, I’ve EMBRACED my calling & gift as a Prayer Warrior and Encourager! I said I was not equipped for this change to my Great-Uncle, but what can I do about it? Absolutely nothing but EMBRACE what HE has prepared already for me.

Much Love,

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

Hebrews 13:21King James Version (KJV)

21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Hebrews 13:21 New Living Translation (NLT)

21 may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen.

(This writing was orginally written on August 8, 2014.)

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