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December 2017

‘Tis The Season To Give Back

Happy Tuesday Readers!! 😃

I am mind-blown that Christmas weekend is almost here!! I know everyone is caught up on figuring out what gifts to give to their family and friends. Let me tell you, I haven’t even gone Christmas shopping yet. But it’s ok! I have some time right? 😆I usually end up handcrafting items for my family/friends to show my appreciation for them.

The older I become, the less fascinated I become with the world’s idea about Christmas. From tv commercials, ads, magazines, & online shopping; we constantly have advertisements from society telling us that Christmas isn’t great if you don’t have materialistic items to go along with it.

What I do want to focus on during this time of the year is the fact that our Lord and Savior was born into this world over 2,000 years ago. Leaving Heaven, leaving PARADISE and all the Grand things above… out of love. ❤️

Out.

Of.

LOVE.❤️

Can you imagine sacrificing your life when you did no wrong for those who curse you? Knowing that there will be people who will not accept you even after the fact?

Let that sink in.

December 25th reflects truth of how Jesus gave us the GREATEST gift of all. Providing a way for us to inherit eternal life. He already paid the price. He only wants us to simply accept Him for who He is. The only begotten son of God. Who died and rose again. The One who overcame & LIVES.

I’m dedicating this holiday season to give back to others. Whether that involves volunteering with local non-profit organizations or giving to strangers that I see on the street.

I used to pray before giving to those that I came across on the streets. Praying that I be led to the people who truly needed inspiration and encouragement that day. As the Holy Spirit directed, I followed.

During the Holidays, you may find more people panhandling more than usual. Yes, some of them can be scammers. At the end of the day, as long as your intentions are pure… what can you do?🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️


If you don’t feel comfortable giving anyone money, feel free to create a care package that include necessities that all could use. Such as:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Water
  • Crackers
  • Socks
  • Gloves
  • Snacks
  • Ham/Cheese Sandwich
  • A personal written card of inspiration from you to them.

You’d be surprised how that could make someone’s day!

One of the ways I have chosen to give back to the community is by donating money to this Jamaican summer camp for children. One of my oldest and dearest friends is hosting this event next August.

Below is an excerpt from their donation website:

“We are launching a literacy and research summer camp program to empower community through education and self-care practices. Our goal is to serve 25 children and young adults ages (7-21). The literacy program will last four hours a day for two weeks in August. Our plan is to use technology to test, evaluate, and build children and adult literacy skills to help reach their full academic potential. Students will also be exposed to resource classes and mentoring sessions as a part of the summer camps rigorous curriculum.

This program gives students a safe environment to learn in small groups and gain support through team building and resource activities. Supporting this project helps students prepare for their upcoming school year, taking the burden off families who may not be able to afford summer enrichment. We are here to serve children and adults during the summer time when school is closed and many children are without programs for enrichment.  Our plan is to keep our students focused and engage their minds in positive activities for positive growth. We want all of our students to reach their highest potential.

Jamaica is a beautiful country with rich resources all around but the people are underserved when it comes to educational and financial support which causes children to miss out on school and educational opportunities. Local authorities are greedy and they exploit the country to support themselves therefore leaving the youth in bad predicaments. Being in an impoverished environment can take away from the child succeeding due to the stresses of day to day survival. With globalization happening around the world and improvement of technology, we together can fight literacy and liberate our people. Literacy goes beyond the meaning of the ability to read and write. It opens the doors to many opportunities and empowers us with knowledge.”

When it comes to children in 3rd world countries, my heart ACHES for them. Literally aches. I pray for them daily (even for children who are going without in our own backyard). This campaign is going to help shape the lives of the children who attend the camp.

Knowing that my divine purpose here on earth is to be a full time missionary, I am planning to spend time in Jamaica next summer to participate in this program; as well as, kick off my very own event for children in Jamaica.

If you would like to read more or donate to the cause, feel free to visit the page here. 😃🇯🇲❤️ God bless!!!!

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Verse of the Day : Romans 5: V. 3-4

Today’s verse of the day via bible app is Romans 5:3-4. I initially read this during the midnight hour last night and will continue to actively meditate on this verse thought my day.

There’s so much truth to it! I love it. Though we go through certain tribulations, we must continue to rejoice… expecting greatness by the second. We serve a Mighty Great God! Take out time of your day to give thanks unto The Lord. Here is another day that was not promised. I hope all of my readers have an amazing Wednesday. We’re almost through the work week. Stay encouraged!! 😃❤️

And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation].”

‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Meant for Evil but Turned Out for Their Good!

Two weekends ago, I was led to go about the remaining week by participating in an “no social mediafast (no Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat). I never include WordPress because the community is different than my other social outlets. There are times, like others; where I get way too involved on my phone. As the internet has progressed, it can be a great tool but also toxic at the same time.

I’m sure most of us end up spending our days doing things that we could do without. Such as overly online shopping, always checking on the latest celebrity news.. etc. Constantly clouding our minds up with ways of the world. Swirling in the depths of worldly consuming.

When I get called to do a fast, I always participate in daily communion with The Lord. Heavily meditating on His word. While steadily praying a particular list of prayers. Each day and each night.

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3 years ago, when I was lead to do this. I asked The Lord to grant me the gift to dream/visions such of:

  • The truth of what is currently going on in my life and this world.
  • Kindly reveal what is to come of my life and this world as well.

So as I asked, I received.

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During last week of the fast, I sought out to ask the same list of prayers with a few more added onto it.

  • Help me Lord to love others as you do.
  • Lord, continue to strengthen me through this tribulation.
  • I pray that I cross paths with others who love you Lord.
  • Befriend those who are believers, who are artists and passionate about their calling. Inspiring me more ways than one. ❤️

Early last week, I distinctly remember being actively involved in a dream that involved an terror attack in NYC. I was in this huge glass building that was right next to Central Park while something horrific was going on in the city. Pedestrians fleeing in fear. Possible mass shooting?

Although I have never been in person before, Central Park has this rustic, gritty fence lined around that is undeniably it’s trademark.

When you normally have a dream, it’s more than likely in first person (like you’re living it out). While I was in first person… I had no idea that I was in a particular city. It looked like I was in some random ginormous/sophisticated building. 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏽‍♀️

It wasn’t until I was given the final third person view, that I knew it took place in NYC. The Lord made sure I made note of the unforgettable park in the middle of it all.

As I woke up, I began to rebuke what I have seen. Praying that the enemy would be stopped within its tracks. I wasn’t sure what to do with the information but to tell my support system (my family) and continue to rebuke such an action from taking place. My family continued to do the same as well.

Yesterday, my older sister messaged me with some news that put me into a solemn shocked state.

I received a text from her stating that there was an attack within New York City. An attack that included a bomb that was intended to go off in one of the subway’s in the city.

Instead of the bomb going off as the attacker’s planned, it malfunctioned and prematurely went off upon the suspect. Leaving this cowardly suspect alive to be within custody of the NYC police which will follow with indictment.

My jaw instantly dropped in shock. Yet, I was enormously relieved that:

  1. The attack was not a mass shooting like I suspected from my dream.
  2. What the DEVIL MEANT FOR HARM, ENDING UP TURNING FOR THE GOOD of those who were in the surrounding areas. 👏🏾

The natural thought came to mind, “was that pure coincidence?No. I do not believe in coincidences. Timing is everything and everything happens for a reason.

I give thanks to God for being sovereign, constantly protecting everyone; even if they realize it or not. It was also a lesson/reminder for myself to never doubt the power of prayer. Prayer holds more spiritual significance beyond our fleshly understanding.

Thankfully there are other believers as well who constantly pray that the devil’s wicked plans to be diminished and destroyed on the daily basis. Whatever is heavy on your heart and spirit… meditate to seek the reasoning of why. Never know what The Lord may want you to do.

Goodnight everyone!

Love,

Alyssa ( The Ascender) ❤️

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