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Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel because so many bad things were happening to you? Have these trials hijacked your happiness?

In her newest book, Thank You For The Ice Cream, Mari Benning talks about the harsh reality that she had to deal with in order to live an authentically happy life. Although being an outgoing, funny, lovable, inspiring and entertaining person there was something below the surface causing her anger, resentment, battles of depression and unhappiness, which she hid from people for years.

  • Thank You For The Ice Cream, is bursting with inspiration and power-packed revelations birthed from a deep soul-searching encounter that will shift your world and revolutionize your thinking and way of living
  • You’ll be captivated by the authors’ transparency as she shares personal heart-wrenching stories along with embarrassing, and comical accounts of how she was able to break free of the invisible chains that held her captive and how she found her joy while in the midst of confusion.
  • Mari Benning shares what most women think about but are too ashamed to admit.  Thank You for the Ice Cream will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

If you’re ready to take back your happiness, you need this book!

Yours Truly,

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“Knowledge is potential power. It becomes power only when it is organized into definite plans of action and directed to a definite end.” -Napoleon Hill

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Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel because so many bad things were happening to you? Have these trials hijacked your happiness?

In her newest book, Thank You For The Ice Cream, Mari Benning talks about the harsh reality that she had to deal with in order to live an authentically happy life. Although being an outgoing, funny, lovable, inspiring and entertaining person there was something below the surface causing her anger, resentment, battles of depression and unhappiness, which she hid from people for years.

  • Thank You For The Ice Cream, is bursting with inspiration and power-packed revelations birthed from a deep soul-searching encounter that will shift your world and revolutionize your thinking and way of living
  • You’ll be captivated by the authors’ transparency as she shares personal heart-wrenching stories along with embarrassing, and comical accounts of how she was able to break free of the invisible chains that held her captive and how she found her joy while in the midst of confusion.
  • Mari Benning shares what most women think about but are too ashamed to admit.  Thank You for the Ice Cream will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

If you’re ready to take back your happiness, you need this book!

Never before has anyone exposed the vices many don’t have the courage to speak about. Can you afford not to buy this book?  It’s time reach your desired destiny and be genuinely HAPPY!

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Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel because so many bad things were happening to you? Have these trials hijacked your happiness?

In her newest book, Thank You For The Ice Cream, Mari Benning talks about the harsh reality that she had to deal with in order to live an authentically happy life. Although being an outgoing, funny, lovable, inspiring and entertaining person there was something below the surface causing her anger, resentment, battles of depression and unhappiness, which she hid from people for years.

  • Thank You For The Ice Cream, is bursting with inspiration and power-packed revelations birthed from a deep soul-searching encounter that will shift your world and revolutionize your thinking and way of living
  • You’ll be captivated by the authors’ transparency as she shares personal heart-wrenching stories along with embarrassing, and comical accounts of how she was able to break free of the invisible chains that held her captive and how she found her joy while in the midst of confusion.
  • Mari Benning shares what most women think about but are too ashamed to admit.  Thank You for the Ice Cream will keep you engaged from beginning to end.

If you’re ready to take back your happiness, you need this book!

Never before has anyone exposed the vices many don’t have the courage to speak about. Can you afford not to buy this book?  It’s time reach your desired destiny and be genuinely HAPPY!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR FREE COPY!

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I am so #Happy and #Grateful for the opportunity to share this book with you!

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If you already Pre-Ordered your copy from Barnes & Nobles then your book will be heading your way shortly!

  • I’m giving away a FREE $25 ICE CREAM gift card to a thankful Book Order recipient.*

  • If you’ve already ordered your copy, whether it was the eBook or the Paperback,

    1. Tag me in a snapshot of your order confirmation,

    2. Add hashtag: #thku4book

    3. And I will place your name in a drawing for a free delicious ice cream gift card!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! 

Winner will be able to choose from one of the vendors below; Menchie’s or Ben & Jerry’s! Look forward to sharing my ice cream with you! Free Drawing will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th! 

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*Gift card giveaway does not apply towards free copies of Thank You For the Ice Cream book orders or free book downloads. Only verified purchases of $.99+ qualify. 

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A Rejected Heart…

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I believe rejection is the culprit in a lot of issues we deal with today.

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It is a root of envy, murder, anger, mental health challenges, depression, suicide, the drug epidemic, oppression and the like.  I used music, relationships and drugs as an outlet to try and cope with rejection.  For some, it seemed to work for a while; for others, not so much.  I was part of the “not so much” group.  From my birth, a spirit of rejection attached itself to me which caused me to spend the rest of my days trying to fit in and prove my worth to society.  I survived abortion but I didn’t overcome rejection.

I can remember my parents sending me to visit my grandmother in Puerto Rico at the age of twelve.  I was so excited to go and experience the country my family came from.  (I was oblivious to the fact it is part of the USA.  Well, I hated my history teacher, what can I say?)  While there, I enjoyed the culture, the music, the food and the people.  The majority spoke Spanish and I spoke Spanglish.  A little bit of Spanish and lots of English.  My grandmother introduced me to the neighborhood friends and we played together almost every day, unless I was with my grandmother.  I’ll never forget the day when one of the little girls from the hood, jealous because her little boyfriend supposedly had a crush on me, told me that I didn’t belong there.  She made it known to all the kids in the neighborhood that I was not a true Puerto Rican, but rather a “Gringa.”  A what?!  Gringa is a term used in Latin America to refer to a female American girl or one of British descent.  “She had some nerve,” I thought to myself.  My neighborhood back then would’ve considered her the Gringa, seeing as she had lighter skin than me, blue eyes and blonde hair.

What others are saying;

Motivational…Moving…Sincere…Timely. These are the words that come to mind when I think about this book. “Thank You for the Ice Cream” takes a seemingly simple lesson, being grateful, and makes it applicable to almost everyone. The challenges that the author shares are similar to my own, so I made a personal connection. However, she allows thankfulness and gratefulness to replace negative thoughts and emotions. It has inspired me to be the best version of myself. This is a “must read” for anyone who needs believe in themselves and hope for a better tomorrow.  -Nicole Hylton

I cried so hard that day because I felt the sting of rejection from my own kind, or at least those with whom I thought I had something in common.  Being at a pivotal age in middle school, this crushed my world.  I began to have a chip on my shoulder whenever people would call me “White girl” or “Jungle Fever.”  I began to resent my own skin color.  I was determined to prove my Latin heritage, or at least to try.

As a teenager, I found myself struggling to find my sphere of influence.  But I wasn’t White enough to be accepted by my Caucasian friends, I wasn’t Black enough to hang out with my African American friends, and according to the kids in Puerto Rico, I wasn’t Latina enough either.  I second-guessed my significance.  Who am I?

My boy crushes who rejected me made me angry and insecure.  What was wrong with me?  Was I not good enough?  I vowed when I entered highschool things would be different and I wouldn’t let anyone else hurt me again.  In highschool, I flipped the script.  Instead of being the pushover, I was the one doing the pushing.  I not only became a bully, I started pushing boundaries I shouldn’t have.  Instead of getting rejected, I was the one stamping rejection on their hearts.  My grades started off great but soon tumbled along with my identity.  I had taken lots of mental notes in elementary school and I used them to mold my new image for highschool and get revenge.  I hid my pain behind a façade of comedy and a bubbly personality.

This hiding had my personality split in two.  I would be one way at school and another way at home.  I was good at living in two worlds at the same time, but let me tell you, it caught up with me.  I got lost in between them and found myself slipping into a world I didn’t like and becoming someone I didn’t know.  I became very needy and dependent on another’s opinion of me.  My mother used to yell at me and say I didn’t need friends, and I would disagree.  Again, I asked the question, “What was wrong with me?”  I was looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places.

We all experience rejections, but some are able to handle it better than others. The level of rejection and its proximity to your heart will also influence your response.  Based on your environment or how you were raised, your ability to overcome these challenges will differ.  A confident adult in a controlled environment will be able to handle rejection better than someone who is neither. 

This is not a “get out of jail free” card.  It doesn’t give us an excuse to stay timid, angry, envious, and insecure because of how we were raised, or to blame our failures on circumstances beyond our control.  When you know better, you do better.  As God told Cain, you can overcome it.  You still have the ability to change.  That’s why I love reading self-help books.  When you stop learning, you stop growing, and when you stop growing, you start dying.  You should always be in a mindset to learn.

How do you do overcome rejection? Read more in my book…

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take a moment to comment below and share what you are thankful for…

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There are moments when we are taught lessons that interrupt our direction in life, for good or for bad. Either way, the incident leaves a scar. For me, a scar symbolizes a victory, because if your scar had never healed, you would not be here today. I share some of my scars with you in hopes that you will learn from my experiences, or at least gather some insight to help you make it through your own. This book was inspired from a life lesson I was trying to teach my daughter, but as it turned out, I was the one being schooled.
I had it in my mind to do something nice for my daughters because they had done well on their report cards. Since my oldest daughter needed a skirt for a field trip, I figured I’d take advantage of the opportunity. I took both girls, including my little one, along with me to go shopping.
We searched up and down that store for a skirt that my 13-year-old would actually like and want to wear. If you have teenage girls, you already know the dilemma I was facing. Selah. After about twenty minutes, I found a skirt and asked my daughter to try it on to see if she’d like it. She argued with me for about five minutes about trying it on because she didn’t like the way it looked on the hanger. Now my back was starting to cave in, so I told her (through the grinding of my teeth) to try it on anyway because she might like the way it fit. Who doesn’t love a pencil skirt?! Of course, she loved it.
On the way to the cashier, she decided she needed a jacket now, too. She was pushing me to the limit—and when I say “me,” I mean “my budget.” We found a cute red jacket. Then my little one decided she was in love with this see-through backpack. I asked her how much, then I calculated the cost of what my bill would be, including what my other daughter had already picked up.
I was thinking, “Woah, I’m way over my budget. My husband’s going to kill me.” But in the back of my mind I was telling myself, “They earned it and they deserve it.” So after I told her no the first time, I changed my mind and told her, “Go ahead and get the backpack, but if you want ice cream, this is going to cut into the ice cream cost.”
I had promised them something special and I was thinking ice cream was the cheapest thing I could get away with right then, but now she wanted this backpack on top of my older daughter’s items. So I was feeling a little concerned. While in the checkout line, I asked myself where I could get cheap ice cream so I could at least still give them a treat. Where else? McDonald’s … duh. But of course, my girls are too sophisticated for a simple McDonald’s ice cream.

As we pulled up to the drive-thru, my little one caught a huge attitude about how she doesn’t want this kind of ice cream! I began to reiterate that she had just left the store with a cute outfit and she should be grateful that she still getting ice cream, considering it was way over budget. She began to tear up. I told her how disappointed I was that she was acting that way, and that she wasn’t being grateful for the experience and appreciative of having ice cream. I wanted to yell at her, but I’ve been really trying to tone my attitude down and control my emotions. Which is another lesson I’m trying to teach my kids by MY example … not always successfully. Meanwhile, my oldest daughter sat in the back seat, not saying a word.
I told my little one how extremely close I was to returning the outfit I’d just bought her and not buying any ice cream at all. But I didn’t do it. I was already in the drive thru, which doesn’t mean a thing really; I could easily drive right past the window and order nothing! I’ve done it before. Parents, please tell me you understand and that I’m not the only one. Can I tell you, I was fire-hot inside because I could not believe how ungrateful she was acting! Well, after a few minutes my daughter finally apologized for her actions and her bad attitude. She said she was happy and thankful for the ice cream. She dried up her tears and happily licked away at the M&M sprinkles. Did I mention how upset I was about her lack of gratitude? Yes, I think I did.

Fast forward to the next morning. I’m in the shower speaking my daily affirmations, getting ready for my day, wanting to have that power-start morning, yet dreading to go to work, when I hear a voice tell me, “The same lesson you were trying to teach your daughter last night, I’m trying to teach you.”

“Wow!” I thought to myself. “I am acting as ungrateful about my life as she was about the ice cream.”

I immediately replied, “Thank you for the ice cream, Lord. Forgive me for being ungrateful. Forgive me for not being thankful for what you’ve given me and what you’ve done for me. Forgive me for being short-sighted and not grateful for what you have planned for my future.”

My whole mindset shifted that day. Even the confessions that were coming out of my mouth were altered. I started thanking God for everything under the Sun. I mean, I was laying it on Him! I was thanking Him for waking me up that morning, I was thanking Him for my children, thanking Him for my husband, thanking Him for my job, thanking Him for my car, thanking Him for where I lived, for the bed I slept in, for the hair on my head, for the use of my limbs, etc., etc., etc. I thanked Him so much that day because I realized that I had been holding myself back from all the good that God had reserved for me.
However, I knew there was more to this story than what He spoke to me that morning. So of course, I asked. I knew my lesson was not over that quickly. I also knew that God was being gentle with me, using just that one statement. Before I get to describing the shift this made in my life, I have to finish explaining the damaging effects of my grumbling. And for that I would have to take you all the way to the beginning, but I don’t really have the time. So I will share some of the events that triggered the grumblings.

God will never perform a major surgery on our heart without getting our consent first. He gives us a tug and hope that we respond fully to complete the process. Allow Him to gently redeem you from yourself. I promise you’ll benefit from the process. ❤

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I believed the lie about my identity and worth…

I once heard Joyce Meyer say, “You can either get bitter or better, but you can’t be both.”

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Before I got better, I was definitely getting bitter. I was becoming a hard to bear person; I had mental affliction and became very needy. My husband could not do enough! I became insecure, which put a strain on our marriage. I was making him feel as though he was doing something wrong.

Where was this coming from? I’ll tell you where. It came from me believing that my identity and worth was determined by my career or the accomplishments under my belt. I gave in to the lie that if I wasn’t working or didn’t carry a “title,” I was a nobody. I believed I was insignificant and had nothing to offer.

When I was a stay-at-home mom, aka domestic engineer, people would ask me, “What do you do for a living?” I would choke up every time trying to think of a great comeback to counteract the stigma in the minds of others and prove that what I was doing was significant and meaningful. But how was I going to prove that when I wasn’t even completely sold on the calling for myself? If you’re not a believer in the idea, no one else will be either.

People perceived me the way I perceived myself. I did not place value on being a stay-at-home mom at that time. I would see other women with successful careers and businesses and envy them, wishing that was me. In the middle of my wishing, I was hit with all the regrets of the things I could’ve, should’ve and would’ve done. I would meditate on what my life looked like if…. I entertained the thought, “If I could start over, what would I have done differently?” I had too many regrets from my past that were destroying my present and my future.

“Don’t be trapped by the regret of the past or the routine of the present. So busy with the routine of the present that we don’t give much thought to designing the future.” – Jim Rohn

I didn’t acknowledge the fact that my children were one of my greatest assets and largest investments outside of my husband. I used to say things like, “If I had no kids, I would have finished school or had a better career or been more successful.” These are seeds of resentment and their roots embedded themselves deep into my soul. Every trial thereafter watered that seed until it grew into a large oak tree. Those branches reached to my mind, my will and my heart. This tree shaded everything, and the roots were choking out all the good in my life. I was living in the shadow of the tree of envy, resentment and shame. I lived in darkness; rarely did I step into the sun. This affected my relationship with my husband and my children.

I looked at my children as a burden instead of what they really were: a treasure, an inheritance from God. My only regret now would be that I wish I had placed more value on them instead of looking for outside investments like money, titles and things. Because of the depression that grasped me, I had lots of gloomy days that caused me to miss many important details in between. I thought I was doing the right thing for my children by trying to find ways to generate income so I could continue to be a stay at home mom. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but my motive was to feel important and wanted instead of adding to the household income. I was hustling hard and chasing the dream, but I was leaving my kids behind. I used them as an excuse for my motivation when my true reason was the quest for self-worth, which can only be found within.

Jesus asked a question He knew the answer to: “What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul? Or what will one give in exchange for his life?” I say, What profits it a parent to gain success by the world’s standards at the expense of your own flesh and blood? Parents who take the time to invest in their children see the fruit of their labor. I’m not saying that God won’t cause our children to be successful, because He will. What I’m saying is to not continue in that same deranged mindset, but shift your thinking today to do better tomorrow.

In short, I want all women who sacrifice their dreams, visions and goals for the investment into their family for a season is to be honored and quite an accomplishment. Know that your labor is NOT in vain and you will reap a harvest of the precious seeds you have sown. Also note that God can pick up where you left off as if no time had lapsed. He is a redeemer of the time we believe has been lost. And who knows, you may get a witty idea or invention that can allow you to generate income while you’re tending your first ministry.

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Take the time to write down something you are thankful for…

I Want Some New Candy!

When the times get rough…

I could use some grace.

I used to dread having to go to work every day particularly when Sunday night rolled around. I had such anxiety thinking about it. I had lost my joy for the workplace because I was eyeing up a new candy store. You know the glamorous job, the one that pays more and looks like everything you want. This unsatisfied desire caused me to lose interest in what I was currently doing.

But…

Is it really what I want or have I chewed the flavor out of my gum? Have you ever felt this way?

I would ask myself, “Is it the career you need or is it the position, the wealth and the influence that attracts you?” What’s the real reason behind that desire? I needed to check my motive.

For a long time, I had the jump spirit. What I mean by that is, every time I would start a job I would get tired of it and want to change or move. I am always looking to grow, looking for promotion and so I was easily bored when there seemed to be no opportunity for an increase.

I Need A Change of View!

I was never the one to be satisfied with doing the same thing over and over I’ve always had a desire for more. Now I had never tied these longings to my purpose I just thought it was normal to feel that way until I looked around and saw people working the same job, the same position for years and getting a 2% raise every year and be okay with that. This was not my dream. Even though I didn’t finish college, I did not let that stop me. I just switched jobs to the highest bidder.

Now when you are young and naive, you don’t know how to harness that energy unless you have a great mentor. I wasted my energy on following after positions instead of my purpose. I was told your prosperity lies in finding your purpose. So as an adult after jumping several ships, I thought it’s really time to settle in one of these ships but which one? I was tired of looking and feeling unstable.

Time to Settle Down

As I grew in Christ I heard a message of grace. Grace that helps you endure when you are under pressure. Well, I was under pressure, the pressure to sell, the pressure to perform, the pressure to be satisfied with the status quo, pressured to love what I do, the pressure to meet deadlines and pressured to follow people who were not ready to be followed. Rather who I did NOT want to follow, and for many reasons.

But of course, through my thankful journey, I have come to shake up my gifts and release my powers through thankfulness, prayer, and self-development. I knew that I needed to analyze my roots in order to change my fruit so I can be genuinely happy with who Mari is. And that my hopping was not a bad thing, I was just searching for THE thing. The thing God had saved for me. My candy that would never lose its flavor. Jesus said to drink from the fountain that never runs dry, so I took him up on that offer and drank up!

It’s all about the way you look at things.

It was not easy to say I was thankful for a job that I did not love but at the same time, it was not hard to bear. I just needed to change my perspective of and appreciate the time I was there and see it more as an assignment. This gave me a purpose. Like Jesus, I imagined saying to my coworkers and clients, “if you only knew who I was, you would ask me for a drink of water.”

The Lord instructed me that until I was satisfied with what I was doing he was not going to move me. There is a lesson for me to learn here. Allow God to teach you, he’s the best! So I followed suit and began to thank him for my job and I asked for the grace to be content while doing it, like Paul was content.

Grace has many definitions, to be used for all occasions. So below I give you some definitions and examples of how I applied them in my life.

1. It is the unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification;
  • This grace was given to me when I accepted Christ, although I was a hot mess God still chose to extend favor.
2. a virtue coming from God.
  • True power to keep you!
3: approval, favor, mercy, pardon, priviledge. No need for explanation.
4. disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency: a temporary exemption.
  • God extended his loving kindness to me.
5. to confer dignity or honor on. 🔥🔥
6. ease and suppleness of movement or bearing.
  • I started to be relieved of the pressures of the job causing me to find purpose and squeeze joy out of my time there.
7. Reprieve; to give relief or deliverance to for a time.
  • I know that my steps are ordered by the Lord so while I am there I will make the most of it, learn as much as I can and minister to those he ordained for me to reach.
8. a short prayer at a meal asking a blessing or giving thanks.
  • Freely we’ve received of His grace, so freely we must give. Be thankful most importantly to the one who extends the grace.
9. the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful.
  • Enough said! ❤❤

Tell me…What are you #thankful for?

New Relationships ❤

I had an interesting conversation with a client yesterday that turned into what seemed like a fireside chat between two close friends catching up on stories.

It was beautiful! I was quite taken back by the experience because of course we’ve been engrained with the thoughts that relationships take time to build and gain trust. But this was beyond the norm.We started off with business first of course but then we were best friends discovering how much we had in common. Then the flood gates opened and she began sharing her private journey with me, of how her husband had passed away from cancer just five short months from that day. I told her how amazing she looked and that she did not look like what she had been through. She immediately reflected the credit to her heavenly father. I agreed with her statement and begin to tell her how I admired her stance and her continued love and commitment to God despite her tragedy.Unfortunately we all do not go through tragedy well, and sometimes people blame God for their misfortune but not her. She had no understanding of why but I’m sure she questioned it. Yet she still held on to her faith for dear life. She sat at my desk and cried, as she reiterated over and over again how grateful she was to have met me and believed without a doubt that she was meant to meet me. We both acknowledged the presence of God we felt. While sitting there at my desk she pointed to the goosebumps on her arm. I nodded, that I did too, and smiled.”This is crazy”, I told to her. Tears began to well up, as I expressed my gratefulness to have met her. God always sends encouragement when we are in the trenches of indecisiveness and not sure what step to take next. It was as if we had known each other for years and I felt a love for her I couldn’t explain. This may sound strange but it was like she was a long lost sister I had just reunited with.But this wasn’t the first encounter, this had to have been the fifth one in a two week time span, all occurring while at work. It was as if God had dispatched Angel’s to minister to me. Each new encounter was getting closer and closer just like when a woman is getting ready to give birth, the closer the contractions are, the closer to the moment of delivery we are.I remember for my second son, I wanted to be at home as long as I could so that I wouldn’t have to be in the hospital too early and be uncomfortable. I’d rather wait it out until it was close to D-day. Since it was the 2nd child I thought I’m fine. I waited at home until my contractions were two to three minutes apart. Once they hit that target I told my husband it’s time to go to the hospital. He decides to drive me to the doctors office and I didn’t realize it until we were almost there and asked where he was going. He says, “to the doctors office”.”NOOO”, I shouted we have to go to the hospital, he’s coming. At this point the contractions are getting more intense. So intense that my water broke while sitting in the seat. Mind you, it was my friends car, she let us borrow it because our car was on the fritz. You can imagine how embarrassed I was. We get to the hospital and two hours later our second son was born.I say this to say the contractions are a sure sign of delivery. And for me these beautiful encounters were critical to me not giving up. I kind of felt like Abraham, when God kept reminding him he was going to have a son even in his old age. We need to be reminded who we are and what Gods promises for our lives are and be assured that his words never expire or lose efficacy. They still carry weight whether you are 10 years old of 80. Gods word still stands if you believe!I am so #happy and #grateful for these encounters that build faith, hope and #love. They remind me of Gods faithfulness inspite of my unfaithfulness. The signs shall follow those that believe, if you ask you will receive, if you seek, you will find, if you knock, the door will be opened unto you. Get to A.S.K.ing!

What are you #Thankful for?

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