Overwhelmed. #poetry #gratefulness #reflection

I’m loving all that You’re doing
And how my heart smiles upon my face
I’m loving all that You’re brewing
With gladness, I receive this cup by faith

I’m grateful for that which I do not know
I’m trusting Your guidance in every step
I’m grateful for this opportunity to grow
And have comfort in knowing that even Jesus, wept

I’m loving me, because I’m loving You
And this couldn’t be a better time
To pour into new wine skins
Incredible new wine

When I look into the mirror
I see You
And I’m baffled that it’s the truth
My gosh, You’re really in there shining out
You’re really my Boaz
I’m really Your Ruth

This love cannot be written
And I lack the words to fully express
I’m overwhelmed by Your sweet kindness
I’m overwhelmed by Your caress

This is what healing looks like
This is what redemption does
It takes your mess and cleans it up
It embraces
It persists
It loves

I call for a recount of God’s goodness!
I call for rejoicing for what’s to come!
I sing Hallelujah for His faithfulness!
Sing Hallelujah, everyone!

© 2017 • Chan’tel Nikole Grayson

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4 cents & counting… #Gratefulness #Overflow

We Americans often fail to realize, and simply take for granted the fact that we have more than enough. We as people, really. If you are an American (born and raised in America), then you are rich in more ways than one. If you’ve ever traveled to another country, you will know. You will see. And, you may even be told. This indeed is a superficial country, and I would like to say that I am in no way shape, or, form a representation at the slightest of that, but I’m sure that I am.

Today I bought lunch. I normally take my lunch to work, but today I ate out because I didn’t have time to pack anything. You know how it goes, I didn’t really wanna spend money (been spending a lot lately argh) but Chan’tel skipping a meal is not an option. Chan’tel skipping a snack is not an option haha. While trying to decide what to get, I seen Chili’s and remembered my supervisor had given me a gift card to Chili’s last week as a little reward for some top notch customer service. Nice, right? Indeed grateful for the little things. The Lord definitely rewards his people when we work for Him. He appoints people to bless us. People who have no idea why. Ha, I think he even appoints people to like us! People who have no idea why.

So I placed my to-go order at Chili’s, paid with my gift card and the cashier informed me that I had $.04 left as a balance. I chuckled to myself and thought…what am I gonna do with that? Then I thought (not immediately) just a second ago (hence the blog – I’m a reflector if you haven’t learned by now)…I thought wow Lord, check you out! More than enough. Jehovah Jireh at his finest. It’s such a blessing to be taken care of. It was like He was like “See, Princess?…I gotchu!” and he soooo does.

I know 4 cents isn’t a lot here, but it is in another country, and nonetheless a blessing to have more than enough in any form. When the Lord blesses me with an income with some extra zeros on the end shoot, you may be jumping up and down with a grateful heart to be given the opportunity to be a recipient of 4% LOL.

I had a Pastor that once said when you need a blessing from the Lord, sow a seed in the form of the blessing you desire [and go hard or go home].

[Remember] this: he who sows sparingly and grudgingly will also reap sparingly and grudgingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to someone] will also reap generously and with blessings. – 2 Corinth. 9:6

Give it to get it, whatever it is, however scary it is. When the Lord says something, believe Him.
I so believe and have found that giving principle to be true. Of course, like all matters, the involvement of the heart is crucial and can change whether or not you get that beautiful smile from God. Don’t be playin’ games, or as my lover would say, “I don’t want no mess” lol.

I personally use a Jewish tithing system (haven’t always). Was excited for the knowledge of it when I found out about it and it indeed has been powerful, and I’m blessed in it. Do you. Do what you can, and don’t doubt that you can. Test the Lord in it. He challenges you. (Malachi 3:10).

There’s nothing wrong with wanting more, and the Lord wants us to have more. So, exercising my faith I’ll boldly say I dunno about ya’ll, but I’m 4 cents & counting… 🙂