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The Ascender's Touch

Hope For the Best, Expect the Excellent! Providing Newfound Hope One Day At A Time. ❤️

With Your Heart, Soul, and Mind ❤️ 

In all that we do; the Lord tells us to love Him with all of our hearts, souls, and minds. Which is said to be the greatest commandment of all. Second greatest that follows is to love our neighbors as we love yourselves. (Matthew 22:37)





As the hours, days and years slip by… We naturally slip into the deep abyss of the world. We stumble upon treacherous road blocks and wall of distractions that sometimes lead us on a “detour”. Coming across…seeking to break through onto the other side of our destiny. Little do we know, those very detours actually take part of molding our character into the wiser being that God wants us to be. 

We learn from those mistakes, lessons, and heartbreaks. It never feels good during the storm but on the other side….God’s radiant sun is still shining. His glissening Holy Spirit shimmers throughout the whole earth (and far beyond), failing to skip a beat. Faithfully looking after us even when we fail to look/seek Him. Knowing such greatness is around, I , myself have to refocus daily. Sitting still and remembering that our God is a MIGHTY God! 

Whatever is troubling you today, let The Lord handle it for you. There is nothing that God cannot fix. We just have to:

  1. continue to stay focused on the joy that the Holy Spirit graciously provides. 
  2. Work on our patience
  3. Be faithful in prayer through it all. (Romans 12:12) ❤️

During the crucial moments of my day, I think about the BLISSFUL moment when we as a family (God’s children) will enter the pearly gates of Heaven. Into the open arms of our Lord and Savior. Surrounded by His splendor and love.

This world will be no more. All of the excruciating memories containing the misfortunes and pains that the fleshly world provides; will be a demolished.

  • Keep a smile on your face. 
  • Pray for those around you. 
  • LOVE those around you.

You never know what they are facing as well. 

Keep your heart, mind and soul focused on the Lord. It WILL work out for your good! 
– Alyssa ❤️

SMILE! It’s The Least You Can Do!

Everyone knows how to smile. It’s one of the greatest gifts God has given us. A smile makes people feel good, and people look so beautiful when they smile. When the joy in your life is obvious, it rubs off on others. But when you keep God’s joy locked inside you and don’t allow it to show on your face, you’re depriving those around you of a pleasant and refreshing experience.

 

Most people really don’t understand how expressing joy will change their circumstances and, perhaps, the lives of others. Living your life with the joy of the Lord will chase off negative, depressing circumstances. And when we have His joy deep down inside of us, we can’t help but put it on display by smiling!

 

One act of kindness that delights the Holy Spirit is being kind to our enemies. It actually confuses them on the fact that you are going out of your way to be nice to them even when they know they do not deserve it. The Lord tells us to love and bless our enemies. Which we all know, requires Holy strength to do. To actually perform this act sounds easier than it is, but it pleases God to the highest extent.

” 38 You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well; …” Matthew 5: 38-40

I never would have thought that smiling was such a serious matter, but God has shown me how revolutionary a simple smile can be. Expressing joy through the calm delight of smiling brings good things into your own life and shares the joy and light of the Lord with others, so smile! It is the least you can do. (and it’s FREE 🙂 )

I pray that my readers have a wonderful Thursday.

Stay content.

Endure.

You are an OVERCOMER!!

Devotional: God Can Use Cracked Pots

I pray that this word uplifts you in the best way! Have a fabulous day everyone. We are getting there!! 🎉

My devotional reading of the morning is an excerpt from a Joyce Meyer devotional:
“God doesn’t require us to be perfect, He made us, and He knows we’re human and will make mistakes. Our job is to get up every day and do our best to use the keys He has provided for us. And when we fail, we must get right with God, receive His forgiveness and go on.

Many people feel that God can’t use them because they’re not perfect, but this is a lie. God (the Potter) uses cracked pots (that’s us) to do His work. As Christians, we are containers that God wants to fill with His goodness and light. Then we’re to carry that goodness and light to a dark world, sharing it with people everywhere we go.

Don’t be afraid of your flaws; acknowledge them and allow God to use you anyway. Quit worrying about what you’re not and give God what you are.

As a cracked pot, you can accomplish wonderful things. You can make somebody happy. You can encourage, edify and exhort those around you. You can use your gifts and talents to serve God.”

Prayer Starter: “God, I may be a ‘cracked pot,’ but You are the Potter and You can use me for Your purposes despite my flaws. Fill me with Your goodness and light so that I can carry it into the world around me.

Try It Tuesday: Get Creative!

In my latest post, I mentioned myself being bugged down by work and society in general. This morning, I am going to challenge myself to get my creative juices flowing and make something out of today … Literally! Lol 

Whether it’s a pencil sketch or simply producing a song about the Lord on GarageBand. Either one tends to put me in a blissful mood. ☺️
My latest artistic craze has been mastering  chalkboard paint!! 😊🎨💕✨ THANKS TO PINTEREST!!! 

It is something I have always wanted to try out for myself. Pinterest has countless amounts of awesome DIY (do it yourself) projects. If you’re like me, one who rather make something myself instead of paying $40+ dollars for it ; you will love PINTEREST!

This project was extremely simple and affordable! The 12 pack of mason jars were $6 at Walmart. The chalkboard paint was about $3 per can. I used something I didn’t mind getting messy (an old shower curtain) as an underlining. 


*NOTE: it is best not to use the spray paint indoors , the smell is extremely strong. I advise doing this in an open area, such as your backyard or the park. 

I layered each bottle with about two coats. They dried fairly even. 

After about 20 mins, they were all finished. As soon as I got home I broke the chalk out! 


WALAH!!! 😊

I challenge my readers as well to be creative today! If you can’t think of anything, give this project a shot! Its super fun!!!

Have a great Tuesday! 😊

Positive Reinforcement: It’s Temporary!!


Lately I have been in a slight slump.😞 We all need a “pick me up” every now and then, so I’m simply writing this post to uplift myself and others!

My mind has been swirling around endless thoughts about WORK, THE WAYS OF THE WORLD, & my surrounding TROUBLES

The tortuous roads of life will continue to tire us down to the fair dust that we are rooted from; if we don’t refocus our mind and energy towards the Lord utilizing all that the Holy Spirit has to offer us. 

There are times where I rather kick and scream… Protesting my whole way to work. Constantly focused on the wrong things which instantly leads to the wrong attitude for the rest of the day. 

I have a difficult time working in a corporation that does not involve in lending a hand to others in need of help. I often think “Does working here help the Kingdom in any way? & Why am I here when I could be traveling and helping the unfortunate?

God reminds me that He will never give us more than we can handle. He surely has me where I am for a reason, but it is only temporary.
If we are going through something, best believe that he will provide everything we need to get by. It isn’t “easy smeezy” nor is it fun. Yet, tribulations seem to refine/mold us into better beings. 

At the end, as we leave the inner claws of the storm you’ll see how God wanted us to develop true character, as well as, steadfast faith from it all.


Once this storm passes, I truly want to look back and be proud of how I handled the situation. I don’t want to murmur and complain the whole time but to obtain break through while having a righteous attitude. 

The Lord has given me a missionary’s spirit. I am positive that I will be able to partake in my true calling in due time. 

Day 1 of 5 of the work week is over with. Let’s see how the rest of the week will be! I like to write scriptures and words of hope on sticky notes to post on my bathroom mirror. It is something I see throughout my day and it helps me to stay positive. I proclaim greatness, you should too! 

I will be reminding myself all week that:

THIS WORLD,

MY JOB,

MY TROUBLES


….. ALL OF THEM ARE TEMPORARY



If any of my readers are seeming to stubble along the road as well, keep your head up! Read some devotionals. You are not alone, we will all get through the storm with the gracious help of Jesus. 
Hang in there!!! 

Love, 

Alyssa ❤️

Don’t Worry, God’s Got It!

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” MATTHEW 6:34 AMP

                   *Takes a deep breathe*

Question is: Do you trust God enough to let him take care of your worries?

 He has woken us up into a brand new day, that is filled with new grace and new mercy. I dare you to EXPECT great things to happen to you and your family today! The Lord has instructed us not to worry about the coming days and what they hold. Lets focus on today! 

Happy Friday everyone. 😊

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My Journey as an Inspired Artist :) 

When I created this blog, I did it due to the Lord calling me into a whole new life / new journey. Which brought along new talents, visions/dreams and gifts altogether. Including my blog name: The Ascender’s Touch. (Back story post link here: ) Looking back, it’s been a complete two years of this journey and my love for drawing has developed so much. I used to doodle when I was younger but ever since this newfound gift from the Holy Spirit, He has taught me how to grow as an artist.

I used to rush to my sketch pad and start drawing as the Lord revealed more to me each day. 24 hours / 7 days a week. Day or night; the Lord never failed to stop showing me his wonders that are invisible to the natural and naked human eye.

There’s one catch that is completely obvious but WEIRDLY enough hard to accept; is the fact that God is a WAY better artist than I am. lol

I foolishly got frustrated at one point in time, thinking “I might as well not draw anything that the Lord has shown because it would not mask the same beauty“. I, oh so, desperately wanted to reflect God’s artwork on paper to give examples to demonstrate such greatness to fellow believers and non-believers as well.

At the same time, when this all began I was not working full time. (I MISS IT haha). I had so much free time on my hands to express myself through drawing, writing, singing… etc.

Now that I do work back in corporate america nothing sounds better to me than talking to the Lord and drawing after a long, stressful day of work. It continues to give me a newfound joy that is abundantly refreshing!

My current project is this Galaxy Princess;  I started working on her just for fun because it’s a drawing that my soul has been wanting to do for so long. It isn’t from a dream but yet, I feel so connected to it.

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I never knew how much time you have to dedicate to detail and shade!! It literally takes HOURS, mixed in with a ton of hand strength. haha! I am not completely finished but she is surely coming together!

Any artist that is looking at this post:

I COMMEND YOU AND YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! KEEP LEARNING AND KEEP GROWING!!

 

Thursday Devotional: “Wait with Patience” by Joyce Meyer

Good Morning fellow readers!

Friday is only one day away, BUT I surely need a “pick me up” to get me through this day that is laid out in front of me.

Reading a daily devotional helps me tremendously. It gives me a certain topic/scripture to meditate on during work, during lunch and even after work. The one for today is an excerpt by Joyce Meyer about waiting with patience. Patience is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit and without a doubt, I ask the Lord for more of it each day. As the pressures of life continue to build, so should our patience with God and his will for our lives.

Take a look and have a wonderful day everyone!

 

Many people want change, but they don’t want to go through the waiting process. But the truth is, waiting is a given, we are going to wait. The question is, are we going to wait the wrong or right way? If we wait the wrong way, we’ll be miserable; but if we decide to wait God’s way, we can become patient and actually enjoy the wait.

It takes practice, but as we let God help us in each situation, we develop patience, which is one of the most important Christian virtues. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit. It’s developed only under trial, so we must not run from difficult situations.

As we develop patience, the Bible says we finally feel completely satisfied, lacking nothing. Even our relationship with God involves progressive changes. We learn to trust Him in a deeper way by going through many experiences that require us to wait longer than we’d like.

Trust me, the waiting may be hard, but it will make you stronger. The benefits that patience brings are certainly worth any uncomfortable wait!

Prayer Starter: God, I want to change and grow deeper in my relationship with You. I understand that this means developing patience, but I know that I will grow stronger as You develop patience in me.”

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Word of The Day

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!!! 

Today is St. Patrick’s Day ☘️ and I am not sure what the true meaning of this holiday is. I do like green and I am always known for my love of “flamboyant” colors🌈🎨✨. A lot of people take part of this day to drink, spend time with friends/family, attend cookouts ; and of course, more partying! I do not know much about the Irish culture but we all have heard the tales about “leprechauns” and random pots of gold hidden at the bottom of rainbows. When bills and due dates are coming up, finding random pots of gold sounds pretty nice. lol I don’t believe in leprechauns but I do believe in the One who has all power and who is rich, in more ways than one.

Rich in life

Rich in grace/favor

Rich enough to give His only begotten son so that we may have eternal life with him.

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s day? If so, what is your favorite /activity to partake in? 😊  All in all, I pray that your day is filled with an abundance of anointing (not leprechaun magic) and grace from the Lord. ✨

Today’s word of the day from the bible app is:
As for God, His way is blameless. The word of the LORD is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless]; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” PSALM 18:30 AMP

Whatever you are facing today, let God be your refuge! Enjoy your Friday loves!!

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