Adventures in Homeownership!

We’ve only been living in our new home for 5 months, and the joy that it has brought us already is so astounding!! Here are a few of our portraits in and around our new home. We feel so blessed and thank the Lord very often for this gift of homeownership!

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I just adore my sons Daniel O’Brien and Gabriel Elijah. Seeing them every day run around our home, wrestling, running up and down the stairs, climbing on furniture, leaving their sticky hands on the walls, all of it just makes me so joyful (even the aftermath!). I love seeing them happy and thriving, thanks again Jesus.

I love how my husband comes home every day and takes care of the grounds and the grass. He turns his sprinklers on every week to make sure that his grass is thriving. He also takes pride in taking care of our new rose bushes in the front of our home, as well as taking care of a Peace Lilly plant that his sister gave us for our housewarming. He has also adopted a baby tree and repotted her in our backyard. Whoever would have thought that a big burly man such as Daniel would have such a green thumb and a love for even the littlest of nature.

You said that if we are FAITHFUL over a FeW things, HALLELUJAH, that YOU would MAKE us RULER over many! Glory.

Whitney Wilson

POEM: Woman

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I was speechless when I read this. And, I got chills too. The Lord is good and a very wise God.

WOMAN.

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…

An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”

The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”

She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,”
She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”.

THE ANGEL was impressed” Just two hands…..impossible!

And this is the standard model?”

The Angel came closer and touched the woman”
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome”.

“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate”.

The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…

“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel…..
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…

This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvellous”.

Lord said.”Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.

Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”

The Angel asked: So she is a perfect being?
The lord replied: No. She has just one drawback
“She often forgets what she is worth”.

Send it to all the women u respect ….👍

And to all men who respect women 👍👍

W O M A N:
● changes her name.
● changes her home.
● leaves her family.
● moves in with you.
● builds a home with you.
● gets pregnant for you.
● pregnancy changes her body.
● she gets fat.
● almost gives up in the labour room due to the unbearable pain of child birth..
● even the kids she delivers bear your name..

Till the day she dies.. everything she does… cooking, cleaning your house, taking care of your parents, bringing up your children, earning, advising you, ensuring you can be relaxed, maintaining all family relations, everything that benefit you.. sometimes at the cost of her own health, hobbies and beauty.

So who is really doing whom a favour?

Dear men, appreciate the women in your lives always, because it is not easy to be a woman.

*Being a woman is priceless*

Happy women’s week!

Pass this to every woman in your contact to make her feel proud of herself.
Rock the world ladies!
A salute to ladies!

WOMAN MEANS:-
W – WONDERFUL MOTHER.
O – OUTSTANDING FRIEND.
M – MARVELLOUS DAUGHTER.
A – ADORABLE SISTER.
N – NICEST GIFT TO MEN FROM GOD.

I respect women.

We Are New Homeowners!

I feel like praising GOD! For, HE is GOOOOOD to me! He loves me with an unconditional love, and He rains (reigns) down His glorious presence on me!

My husband and I recently purchased a BRAND NEW HOME! After 5 years of marriage, THIS WAS THE BEST ANNIVERSARY GIFT THAT A WOMAN COULD ASK FOR! I feel like shouting because the Lord is faithful. He said in His word that if we are faithful over a few things, that he would make us ruler over MANY things!

Welcome HOME, Wilson’s!

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Our home is on 0.29 acres of 1 lot in the countryside of Winterville; it has 2,648 square feet of brand new construction! We spent 1-year planning and preparing, 2 months of paperwork and 6 hours in time spent closing at the law office!

God gave us a field for Daniel and Gabriel to run in, AMAZING neighbors whom we’ve already met and support from MANY family and friends! We spent a lifetime of praying and have 1 God who is in the midst of it all!! The Lord is good! Daniel and I are ready to make our house a HOME!

I can envision so many family dinners here, many breakfasts in bed with our hotel-style bedding and decor, many mornings at the bar area sipping hot coffee, and MANY evenings on the patio enjoying the warm summer air!!

Keep us in your prayers and we will do the same for you.

Bless you Jesus, for I am GLAD!

Whitney Wilson

Turn Down the Sound

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Dear One,

Sometimes, you have to turn down the sounds to hear the voice of the Lord. Turn it way down. Not just noises, not just chatter – but sound.

Turn it down to where it is silent. Even the music–turn down the music.

To everything there is a season. A time to dance and a time to laugh (see Ecclesiastes 3:4) – a time to speak, and a time to keep silence (see Ecclesiastes 3:7). Amen, “to keep silence” means rightfully – to observe (to keep), to ALLOW (consent to) silence. Selah.

As men and women of God, we have to allow silence to have its pure course in our lives. Silence keeps our conscience’s pure and silence allows us to hear God’s voice more sweetly. Make room for His beautiful spirit by clearing your mind from unnecessary sounds, while you seek His guidance.

Today I turn down the sounds of my natural reality and in my busy work life, to hear from God.

I need a move of God. He has given me His comforting touch, as well as His comforting Word. Now, I just want to hear more of His Holy Spirit whisper ever-so gently in my ear.

But, to do that and to sweetly enjoy communing with His spirit – you must turn down the sound. I find that when I do this, I am able to be used more completely by Him. I am able to allow Him to lead me more clearly.

Prayer: Lord, keep us today and always in our holy and righteous walk with You. Help us to turn down the sound in order to commune with your gentle Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Whitney

Thrive | II Corinthians 4

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My Lord has encouraged my soul on this morning. I adore my Savior, He is amazing at knowing my every need. Before I call, my Lord answers. Everything that the Holy Spirit has brought to the forefront of my mind, speaking to me, whispering gently;… and all of the scriptures, blogs and tweets that I have been reading just today alone… have referenced “abiding in Jesus.” That “He is the VINE, the True Vine.”

The music, songs and anthems on the radio have said: To “THRIVE” in Jesus; “be rooted,” and to “remain whole.” …To “keep the faith” and to “renew your mind.” Thus, the song on the radio goes on to say: “It’s time for us to more than just survive. We were made to thrive.” The “Made to Thrive” photo illustration above even shows a glimmer and a shadow of a tree’s branches and its vines. Amen. With this, we know now that we were made to thrive and further, to flourish; to have an abundant life (John 10:10a) and to be deeply connected to Jesus, our sole source (OUR SOUL’S SOURCE).

God comforts by not only showing us something once, but over, and over, more and more. Constantly reinforcing that relationship we have in Him. It’s like a conversation. He speaks one thing to your spirit, then you see the words somewhere; or you see the scripture confirmation. Hallelujah. And then, Jesus will comfort you with more and more, and more things that He speaks to your spirit; or shows you in the flesh — right in front of your eyes.

To illustrate and share what the Lord has done for me: this morning I read II Corinthians 4 (see below verses). –> Then, the word “Thrive” came to mind (which is a song that I hear every day on the radio). –> Next, I Googled the phrase “Made to Thrive” since this related directly to the Christian song that is popular right now and contained the same word that the Lord brought to my spirit. –> When I Googled this phrase, an image popped up with a Christian blog post linked to it. –> I clicked the blog post, and there… the exact chapter that the Lord led me to this morning while I was reading my bible at work: “II Corinthians 4” staring right at me.

GLORY! IT WAS AMAZING TO SAY THE LEAST! AMAZING!! God saw my need and brought me to the place in His word that I needed to be in that very moment. His spirit comforts me with something similar to: “Here beloved. Here is what I need you to see today. This is the sustenance that I have for your soul this morning. Read my word and be made whole; be made stronger.”

Renew your “inward man” (your spirit) every day. We need to DO THIS to remain, and WE NEED THIS TO THRIVE. Hallelujah.

So, how do you renew your spirit? How do you renew your mind? You simply open your Bible and sup with His holy word. You feed on it like your life depends on it – which it does. God’s scriptures are more fulfilling than any earthly food you could ever eat. It is more satisfying that any honeycomb you will ever taste. And, that is real.

What if we supped with Jesus and His word every day? Every single day of our lives? Our souls would be lifted out of darkness, the very countenance of our faces would shine. Our spirits would be lifted from the pits of solemnity and our outward lives would become transformed as a result of renewing our “inward man.” Our dry places would turn into visions of hope and rays of glory.

II Corinthians 4, King James Version (KJV)

Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.

13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 

 

Take-Away Encouraging Scriptures, Moments and Key Life Phrases:

  • John 16:13 a, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth,”
  • “We Were MADE to THRIVE” (reference John 15:5, John 10:10). “Thrive” – on its most basic level means “To Flourish, be prosperous, be nimble.”
  • II Corinthians 4:16a, “the inward man is renewed day by day.” Amen, we must be renewed in Jesus’ strength day by day. Every day of our lives we need to spend time with Him for our spiritual strength and everlasting, non-perishing sustenance.

See also: Proverbs 20:27Proverbs 18:14Ephesians 3:16.

Be made stronger in the Lord.

Whitney Wilson

Hope Anchors the Soul

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An anchor is something that is dropped into the ocean to dock a boat or a ship; to keep it sturdy, in place and still.

When the wave of life’s problems and issues come crashing in, we have a hope which is found in Jesus, anchoring the very depths of our souls.

Hebrews 6:19 says, “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”

Sometimes our souls rage and run freely with emotions that are purely based upon hidden feelings, circumstances and situations, oftentimes caused by the ones the closest to us, including our spouses. Those emotions often contain undealt with and hidden desire, envy, hurt, and pain all of which are outwardly manifested in our behavior toward one another.

When we turn away from one another by doing or saying hurtful things and allowing ugly things to come out of our mouths, we shamelessly feel as though we have freed ourselves from a situation that has made us feel bound. But, not so. These emotions must be dealt with and tamed. Untamed emotions can cause our hearts to run sinfully wild and free.

In Jesus, our hearts CAN become comforted and steady; our souls can be still and tamed. When our souls are on one accord with our spouse and when we are tamed with hope during stressful situations, our strength is made full. Our hope becomes sure (anchored) and sustained.

Strive for that persistent hope that keeps you anchored in your walks with Jesus. In Jesus our hearts and our souls must be anchored in order to maintain stability in this life.

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Old Hymnal: “If you soul is not anchored in Jesus, you will SURELY drift away.”

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Dear Jesus, restore us to one accord in our minds and in our marriages. Let Your glorious steadfast hope be an anchor for our souls. Lead and guide our emotions in our marriage, friendships, with our families, co-workers and simply in this life.

Let our SOULS be anchored in You, Jesus, with an unwavering hope. Calm the raging seas of our hearts and keep us in Your sweet, sweet presence. Abide in us Jesus and do a good work in our lives.

Keep us anchored in You so that we drift not away with the cares and lure of this life. In You, hope for tomorrow is found, and in Your mighty shelter are we calmed from our fears, doubts and unbelief. Blanket us with Your holy hope that anchors the soul.

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Gracefully His,

Whitney Wilson

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He That Dwelleth

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Sometimes it can be hard to see God in the mundane. Life can get downright monotonous at times. But, it is in those moments when we are truly able to see Jesus. In those moments we realize that His presence never left us, but is always there with us. It is in those quiet moments where we remember our calling, who we are, and why He placed us here on this earth.

Those quiet moments were meant for you and Jesus.

Sometimes we don’t have the resources to run to our prayer rooms, our prayer closets or in the bathroom to breathe in Jesus—sometimes we have to do it right there at our desks, in the grocery store while picking up dinner for the night, or yet while we are scrubbing those dishes in the kitchen.

Psalm 91:1 says “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

When you dwell in the Lord’s presence, you are dwelling with the Lord’s presence. You will find that He is always with you. You will find that He is with you, in the midst of it all. He is the One who keeps you calm when others expect you to be enraged. He’s the one who causes confusion to cease when you seek His face. He is the One who encompasses your very being. Abide, and Dwell in Jesus today. Find Him in your every day, and then in your every moment.

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Dwell here, Jesus. Dwell here in our every moment, our every day. Let us abide under Your holy shadow, Your sweet shelter of covering. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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“The Anthem” by Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Ministry of Worship

“Amazing” by Central Worship Band

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His Beloved,

Whitney Wilson

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You are Enough for Jesus; Jesus is Enough

Today, something so beautiful crossed my daily Instagram scroll. It was a post by Rachel Allene, with the following photo and caption:

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“You are enough. Regardless of external opinions or comments. Regardless of how much work you accomplish today. It doesn’t matter how many clients you have. Or many friends like your photo. Just you is enough! It’s so hard to remember this in a world inundated with social media and curated images, but I’m here to remind and support you. Tag three friends who need to hear this today. Hugs!”

Ephesians 4:2-3 nudges us with the following passage: “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Galatians 5:22-23 reminds us, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

People are fragile, and we need Jesus. We need Jesus to keep us on track, to validate us and to realize our worth in Him. The Internet boasts of things that we could never capably feel adequate enough to surmount to. “Curated” simply means that these things are professionally styled and arranged to achieve a certain look and reach certain audiences.

Instagram images are oftentimes gorgeous, seamless and “perfect” in every sense of the word. With the right filters, fonts, angles, lighting, dimensions. Can we ever truly live up to that? That stylized perfection? If we are not formally studying design, how can we? Exactly– we can’t. So why stress yourself out over it? Why drool over everything that you see? It only makes you want to have that, which can turn into coveting.

We are not to covet things and we are not to desire greatly to please our flesh by wanting the things of others. Everybody is facing something that we know nothing about. Perhaps they are struggling with this very thing of covetousness, want, jealousy. Perhaps they are looking outward instead of inward, out instead of up.

Let us be sovereign in how we treat one another and with constant meekness and gentleness. Some people struggle with this daily, myself included sometimes. But, when I reach those moments I come to my senses, put down the phone and realize that Jesus is enough. Jesus is enough for me.

God’s Beloved~ xo,

Whitney Wilson

Good, Good Father

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On this cold and icy morning, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness and that He. Is. Good. He is good when we are not good to Him, He is good when we are in our selfish own ways, and He is good when we are not faithful. Lord, help us to realize your faithfulness to us and that we need You. There is a glorious song that rings in my heart daily – It’s called “Good, Good Father” by Casting Crowns. Chris Tomlin has a psalm for it too. I have recently discovered a new group whom I am fond of who sings this hymn and who just recently followed me on Twitter. “Housefires” is a group who promotes the true gospel and a spirit-filled life through song.

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Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think You’re like but I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night.

You tell me that You’re pleased and that I’m never alone.

You’re a Good, Good Father, It’s who You are, It’s who you are, It’s who You are and I’m loved by You.

It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am.

I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wide.

But I know we’re all searching for answers only You provide.

‘Cause You know just what we need before we say a word.

You’re a Good, Good Father. It’s who You are, It’s who You are, It’s who You are and I’m loved by You. It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am.

You are perfect in all of Your ways, You are perfect in all of Your ways, You are perfect in all of Your ways to us.

Oh it’s Love so undeniable I, I can hardly speak.

Peace so Unexplainable I, I can hardly think.

As You call me deeper still as You call me deeper still as You call me deeper still into love.

You’re a Good, Good Father It’s who You are, It’s who You are, It’s who you are and I’m loved by You It’s who I am, It’s who I am, It’s who I am You’re a Good, Good Father It’s who You are.

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Today Lord, help us to give our worship to You. Let this song permeate our every being. Let this song be the anthem of our hearts – hearts filled with gratitude and thankfulness unto You.

May we meditate on Your precepts and seek Your will for our lives. Help us to know that You. Are. Good. And, that You are GOD.

In spite of it all. In spite of anything that we may be going through and in spite of any doubt that tries to creep in. Touch everyone reading this today, Jesus that their hearts may feel Your call.

Guide us in our finances, our families, our friendships and our marriages. Cover us in Your holy blood. Let us see Your salvation. Thank You for being a holy and Good, Good Father.

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Whitney Wilson

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