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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! I have been gone TOO LONG! Didn’t I say I wouldn’t disappear again? Sorry. I can’t even explain why I stopped blogging, except to say it was a combination of things. Some things you just can’t put into words. Hope I’m over it, whatever it was. This is a NEW YEAR and I’m ready for a fresh start. Should I introduce myself again? Hi! God is great and greatly to be praised!

No, I didn’t write a book since the last post. That would have been an excellent excuse to be gone THREE MONTHS! Glad no one was holding their breath waiting on me to come back.

Just read all the previous posts to see what I was talking about before. Wow! I should be ashamed of myself for stopping the flow.  God continued to be in the blessing business while I was moping about not getting this job or that job.
Broke a seven-year CD to continue paying the bills. You do what you have to do.

God has never stopped blessing my family and me.

  • In November, I forgot to move the car for the street sweeper and didn’t get a ticket.
  • My mother is in good health and in her right mind at 77. Hallelujah! Her aunt and her best friend have dementia. On my father’s side, I have an aunt and uncle with dementia. It’s sad when you forget to cook, eat, bathe, take medicine,  lose track of time, think dead relatives are still alive, hear voices all day long, hallucinate and are dependent on others to take care of you. The mind is a terrible thing to lose! Lord have mercy! Keep my mind!
  • Worked on a month-long December project with a consultant. That was a blessing.
  • Still have a LINK card and can get groceries each month with it. It is good until March. The fridge and the cupboards are full, and would be full even if I didn’t have a LINK. That’s an extra blessing.
  • The last church outreach was going into a laundromat and choosing someone to wash their clothes. We were given a roll of quarters to do that. It’s a blessing to be a blessing.
  • Grateful for a home with heat and a car with gas. I don’t take that for granted.
  • My Pastor preached The Seven Deadly Sins Series in November. I am a sinner saved by God’s Grace and Mercy. December he preached the Birthing A Promise Series. You can stream our Sunday services at 9:30am, 11:30am or 1:30pm at http://www.newlifesoutheast.org (CST). Stream Thursday Bible Study at 6:45pm (CST) and 4am Prayer every second and fourth Tuesday at 4am (CST). God is awesome. I promise you, you will be blessed if you tap into our services. The website is http://www.newlifesoutheast.org
  • The German Christkindlmarket was in Chicago 11/26-12/24. I made weekly trips downtown after church to get all the dark chocolate pineapple they had made up. It’s an annual guilty pleasure. I bought more this year than ever before.  It probably shows on my hips and thighs.
  • Got my mother out of the house a few times to go eat or to see a movie. It’s hard to get her out. I’m the same way – a homebody.
  • End of November, there were a lot of tornadoes in Illinois. There was flooding and traffic lights went out. We had a windstorm in Chicago that messed up the roof. Shingles buckled and blew away. Called a guy I knew and got it fixed the next day for $100. Hallelujah!
  • I attend a prayer group for women the first Saturday of every month. They prayed for all of the unemployed women there and declared we would have a job this time next month. I claimed it.
  • December I took a much-needed break from Facebook. It’s time consuming and I needed a breakthrough before the end of the month, like a job.
  • In November, I called a guy I knew from my old church because I had a  question about my insurance policy. I just happened to mention to him that I hadn’t worked in 2.5 years. He was shocked. He said maybe he could help me with a part-time job. He told me to send my resume. He’s had a large insurance business for 40 years. He called me a month later in December and said he wanted to talk.  We had an interview Friday, December 13th. He said he couldn’t pay me what I was used to making, but he would give me an Admin/Office Support position starting January 6, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 9am to 4pm. Praise God!
    It’s less than 30 minutes from home and I’ve known him and his wife forever from my old church. We were in the choir together! It pays to be nice to people. You never know how they will help you down the road. God worked that thing out! I give HIM the glory, honor and praise because I had been sinking in and out of depression for a while. God has brought me through countless things before. How could I ever doubt that He wouldn’t come through with a job, which I needed so bad! He’s an on time God! It’s a very nice, clean office building with less than ten people. Glory to God!
  • I didn’t win the MegaMillions, but am rich in God’s love, Spirit and His Word. What more is needed? I’m already a winner!
  • I entered a contest someone with a blog had to win a Kindle Fire even though I already have a 10 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Would you believe not even thirty minutes later, my new dentist office called to say I won their referral drawing (I’d referred my mother who had a lot of work done). Guess what the prize was? An iPad Mini! There was also headphones, a mug, tea and pens in the basket. What a blessing! I tried to give it to my mother, but it was wireless only and she thought it too much trouble to get her house wired for wireless internet. Oh well. She kept the mug, tea and the pens. LOL!
  • Super blessed by my mother and brother for Christmas. I thank God for them.

Well, I tried to get you caught up on what’s been happening since I left. God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Testimonies Never Expire. Tell somebody, somewhere how good God has been to you. The Lord loves to hear your praise just like you love to hear praise. Show Him some love! He’s worthy of praise 24/7, 365 days a year. Every day is a day of Thanksgiving!

Share Your Testimony

Today’s Sunday sermon said a lot about sharing your testimony. I didn’t type up all of my notes, but summarized it to share:
Recap of the sermon: Contagious Blessings – September 1, 2013.
The series this month is Contagious. When the fire of God hits you or a place, it’s contagious and you can’t keep it to yourself. You have to tell what God has done for you.
We are in desperate situations and have to watch our back. We need God like never before.
You were rejected and had issues. It’s a blessing to be rejected. You don’t want to be in messy cliques anyway. You need to be around people on one accord. It’s not about I or me, but we.
This is a year of options. Don’t get comfortable being in the state you’re in. You want to feel God wherever you are. It’s a 911 situation! Your praise will clear the way for you. Send your Sunday praise into every day of next week. Look with your spiritual eyes and see things already looking better. Look for things to overturn in twenty four hours. We need a miracle!
You’ve been RELOCATED mentally and spiritually and relocated away from people. You’re not where you used to be and things don’t get to you the way it used to. You’ve been exposed to better and have gone from religion to relationship. You have a new zip code in the spirit realm. You’ve been elevated!
You’ve been REFRESHED. You got your strength back. You smile because you have joy. You think about God’s goodness and have peace. You’re happy, single and have peace of mind because you’ve been with Jesus.
You have RICHES. You’ve got food, a place to stay, your bills are paid, tuition is paid, you’ve got a car, etc. Be glad for what you have.
You have OVERFLOW and multiple streams of income. God’s been good to you! Hold on to what He’s given you and praise Him for what you’ve got coming. Your better days are ahead of you! Praise God!
Tell your testimony. Testify so everyone will know how you’ve been blessed. You can only give what you have. There are all types of people in the church. Don’t hide where you came from. Release what you have. You may not have money, but you have a prayer life. You may not have a position, but you have joy.
God has delivered you from some stuff. Help someone else. There are some still in it and there are those who have been brought out of it. The same God that helped you, can help them. You have no idea what others have gone through. Don’t worry about what people say. Release your testimony. How is it contagious? It spreads from the contact of getting it off of you and putting it on someone else.
Be delivered and set free. Release the Name of Jesus. If it worked for you, it can work for someone else. Pray for someone else. Feed someone else. God only asks for what you have. You can only release what you have. Bless somebody and share your testimony. If you keep it to yourself, you’re not right. Bring people to church with you so they can get Contagious Blessings. There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus.
Today’s Scriptures: The Condition: Read 2 Kings 6:25 (TLB). Read Ezekiel 21:27a (KJV). The Decision: Read 2 Kings 7:4,9 (NIV). Read: Acts 3:4-8 (NIV).