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My Unexpected Morning Message

As usual, I woke up at 5:00am this morning to walk my dog outside.

As I am standing in the abyss of the cool morning nature, I start to take in the still silence that the early atmosphere provides.

 

Staring deep into the glistening stars above.

They seem to be so far; yet they are closer than the natural eye realize.

 

Afterwards, I always go back to sleep for an extra hour to get one last chance of rest before my day truly gears up.

 

Suddenly, I pop up at 7am sharp.

 

It came around a lot sooner than anticipated. I started to run around my apartment like a mad woman, trying to get ready for work as soon as I could. Lol

 

In the middle of me scrambling around, something led me to start digging in some old mail that I had for some time now.
As I continued to dig, I noticed that I had an envelope from the Joyce Meyer Ministry waiting to be opened.

 I opened it and this personally written letter read:

Alyssa, Your gift will help save and change lives. On behalf of Dave and Joyce, God bless you.” Dated November 11th, 2016.

 

This message was unexpected to say the least, but yet it gave me the exact amount of motivation I needed this morning. It truly lifted my spirits.

Why did I wait so long to open it?

I am not sure.

I tend to do that a lot with my mail. (except bills) lol

 

THIS time, this unexpected envelope was perfectly ordained for me to see it today. I was already intending to post something to reflect my original writings about spiritual gifts; which started the very beginnings of this here blog.

 

If you guys have time today, check out my backstory here: The Ascender’s Backstory

 

I will say, it is truly interesting. Later this week, I will start to individually post a series of five posts from my old writings. I want my newly followed readers to see my beginning formations and why I was called to be on WordPress in the first place.

 

If anything, I pray that all of you have a wonderful Wednesday!

  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Expect to see miracles to be performed in your life.
  • Ask and it SHALL be given to you. 
  • Continue to withhold FAITH + GREAT expectation, because anything is truly possible with God.

 

If only you knew!

Love,

Alyssa

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The Right Time To Walk Away

Question of the day: “When is the right time to walk away?

I have been dabbling on this question for months regarding my current job. Not only has there been mental challenges but spiritual challenges as well during my time of being at this company. I am a very level headed individual who evaluates all variables of the situation and analyzes each one before I make any moves.

 

 

My first impression of the company was very eye opening. It is a small business that had a total of 8 employees when I started last August. As a back story, I took a year off from working to get more involved in the community and to take initiative on prepping to become a full time missionary.

 

 

I had no idea that there was a raging atheist who belittles all human beings that crossed her path, waiting for me as I arrived. What made matters worse, was that the CEO(s) were very much aware of it and thought (still think) it is okay to have someone like that work for them. The same day I walked in that place and ever since; I was ritually told if I wore a “Jesus Loves Me” t-shirt or disclosed anything about Christ, that it would be offensive to “others”.

 

I didn’t even ask about the religious “rules” and “do not’s” of the company. The vile words that were being spilled upon me were extremely inappropriate and were personally offensive to me. In the same day, I witnessed this dehumanizing person talk down to a younger gentleman telling him that he was retarded, stupid, no good and was basically useless; not only in the job environment but in life altogether. This was not only daily, or weekly, but full time… non-stop. I’ve even witnessed her saying that she understands why parents drown their children. The list of the disgusting things that have been said could go on for days.

 

I got home that night wondering, “God, what did I get myself into? What type of company am I working for?


I know most corporations have the rule of “no religion in the workplace”. Mind you, this business is a “mom and pop” business. The CEO’s are a married couple who are in their 40s’; who also told me that they grew up in the church. When it comes to small businesses as such, they have the power to make their own rules and violations.

 

 

But for some reason if I ever wore a “I (no reference to you) am loved by Christ” shirt/pendant/etc… it would be “offensive”. There was only ONE person who openly disclosed how much they hated my Lord and Savior. This person kept mentioning how a shirt or any Christian paraphernalia would be offensive to her, but never considered that the vile things she said offended others as well. (double standards)

What is also crazIER about the situation is, this said person talks about going to church every other Sunday with her boyfriend. So you can tolerate hearing about Jesus at church but having a shirt that says “He loves ME” offends you?

WOW!

 

There is a lot more that has happened over the year that I have been apart of this business. I have witnessed the worst turnover rate ever while working here. The previous people that have left, personally contacted me after the fact, mentioning that they left because of this said person. Over 15 people have left within 6 months of this year. 9 of them were for the same position. That should say A LOT.

 

You guys… the moral of this post is I became so worn out. Day in and day out, my spirit was being “masked” while being in the office. My energy was depleted. I was becoming someone that God did not make me to be. I let people say horrible things about everything that I stand for. I have never been in a corporation that did not have a legit HR. HR is around for matters just like these and worse.

 

 

Over this year, I have personally sat my boss aside letting her know the damage it was doing to me and her company. Each time, my boss told me that she would do something about it and never did. One of the times, she even said that she heard me being verbally abused but did not want to “step on anyone’s toes”.
I know that there are many times that God keeps us somewhere for a reason. If it is to be a witness to someone or be a light altogether… it is for a purpose. I was learning to endure hardship… taking many mental notes. After constantly praying, listening and meditating… I knew it was officially the right time to walk away. I have learned all that I could from this place. Staying any longer would not be healthy. It is like being in an abusive relationship for so long, where you start to believe the lies that “it is all you are worth”.

 

 

WELP, yesterday I put my two weeks notice in!! I already feel so much better and relieved. I have enough money saved to cover months ahead for rent. I thank God for the courage to finally break loose. Hallelujah! 


Walking in Wonderland 

My name is Alyssa,not Alice, but at times I sure do feel like I’m chasing a rabbit down a hole at times. Nature is very compelling to me. I find nature to be tremendously relaxing. It’s amazing how the birds of the air have no worries in the world and yet, God still cares for them throughout the seasons. They fly graceful throughout the air and the anointing that God provides. Last year, when God was revealing so much to me, foolishly, I envied those birds. They always look so free and careless about what other people are doing around them.

I too wanted to be free, closing my eyes while soaring up to the high heavens. Oh! What a feeling that would be.

During that time, and even now, the Lord reminded me that he came down here to earth over 2,000 years ago for a reason. To set us free from the world and everything in it.

SIN!

My flesh tends to forget the deep meaning of the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us. While walking in Wonderland, Jesus always comes along. You know the saying “I’ll go wherever the wind takes me?” Well, I literally grab my DSLR camera go wherever the Holy Spirit leads me. Most times, it leads to a calm body of water. Since I live in Dallas, that’s usually a lake (unfortunately, there are no oceans near Dallas *sad face*)

For a while, I challenged myself with the “Disciple Challenge”. It was something that I made up & named myself. I would write some encouraging words of wisdom on a card and explain how much Jesus loves all of us.

While walking in Wonderland, I would pray to God to lead me to someone who was in dire need of help. If that meant, they were financially in trouble, needing hope to make it day to day, or struggling to find a sturdy shelter over their heads. Whatever the case was, I asked God to help me be a blessing to anyone that I could. I have found myself even running to give someone, ANYONE, a card! haha

When the Pentecost came about and the Holy Spirit drenched itself over the disciples, they instantly felt the power and need to go spread the gospel upon the nations. BUT first, they went into their own backyards to spread the news.

That story inspires me very much to do the best that I can do lend a hand and spread the good news of the Lord here in Texas.

Do you ever find yourself Walking in Wonderland? Walking without a sole purpose but then finding it eventually?

 

God IS My Anchor 

 

 Anchored in Goodness

“You may have heard it before: life is hard; God is good. This statement is far more than a cliché: it’s a strong and solid theological truth. Some incredibly smart people have wrestled with such questions as, “if God is good, then why does this happen? Why is injustice allowed, and why can life be so hard?” Those really smart people concluded that life is hard AND God is good. One doesn’t cancel out the other. They call it “theodicy.”
Most people assume that because life is hard, God must not be good—but that’s not the case. It’s not an either/or scenario.

A few years ago, I decided that even when I couldn’t answer the “why?” part of that statement (“If God is good, then why ____?”), I decided that I would eliminate the “if.” In other words, I choose to believe that God is good . . . no matter what.
You can anchor yourself in God’s goodness too. Start watching for the goodness of God despite the circumstances. Maybe the door gets closed on one opportunity, but maybe God has something better in store that we have to walk through a different door in order to access it.

This has happened so many times in my own life that now I expect it. When something doesn’t go my way, I remind myself of God’s track record and I start watching for the next opportunity that will uncover God’s ultimate plan through the process.Being anchored in the goodness of God isn’t always going to be a rational thing. It’s a stubborn, unrelenting determination not to let the hardships of life downsize the bigness of God.

Think about it: What are ways you can remind yourself to watch for God’s goodness despite the circumstances?
PRAY: God, thank you for helping me get anchored in your goodness. Give me strength today to stop wondering and start watching for your favor in every situation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

My personal response to the “Think About It” question: I never knew at 23 years old, I would’ve been a store manager at two clothing stores; then promoted (by God) to work at a multi-billion dollar trucking company. I never knew that after a year and a half of working at the trucking company, I would be unemployed for a few months. Even though I did not expect all of that to happen, the Lord already knew it was going to happen. Now that I am still unemployed I have anchored myself in God’s rest. He has blessed me to still be financially stable for everything I possess. As it is coming close for my unemployment funds to run out, I refuse to get stressed over life’s situations. As I think about my past history, I surely can testify that God has always made a way out of no way. And you know what? He will do it again. His goodness and grace is everlasting. No matter what happens in my life on earth, Heaven is the reason I rejoice daily!

What would you answer to the “Think About It” question?? I would love to hear some feedback from my lovely family in Christ! Thanks for reading! Stay Blessed.

 

Better Than 40 Years

One morning, my sister Alex and I woke up and decided to walk around the area I lived in. Not too far from my place, there’s a pier to the lake. The pier so happens to be at the end of this long road. We decided to walk down that road instead of driving. I assumed that it wouldn’t be so bad since it looks pretty close when I look outside my balcony. Come to find out, the road was MUCH longer than we could have ever assumed. We did not bring any water, towels or cups of ice along with us. We were shy of half way down the road. I wanted to turn around, but my younger sister wanted the walk to be worth the while. So we kept trekking along. I asked God to dispatch hard winds in the hot atmosphere to help disregard the heat. He did just that! (Not too hard but just enough to cool us off) We finally made it to the pier after 30 minutes. Dirt completely covered my sandals and toes. My back was full of dripping, sticky sweat. We gazed at the shores of the lake and rested until we gained strength to continue our walk back.

As we headed down the long road again, we could not shake off how tired and thirsty we were. I soon felt distraught. As much as I wanted to give up and simply not continue… I knew we had no other choice. It helped knowing that God was right there with us. Finally, after two good hours, we made it back to my apartment. What kept me going was remembering how the Israelites had to make an 11 day journey from Egypt to the promise land… but ended up walking in circles for 40 years instead. I knew where our destiny was and how it would NOT take us 40 years to get there. THAT was my motivation to get back.

MOTIVATION from God is a life essential. When we’re weary, Jesus is the one who will get us through. This whole journey was surely one interesting experience. After we finished the extreme walk, I was grateful to God for giving me strength to get up the 3 flights of stairs. Alex and I decided to take a dip in the apartment pool to soothe us. Once we stepped in the cool water, it felt absolutely incredible!! To be able to soak & swim in an abundance amount of refreshing water is truly indescribable after a torturous walk as such. My goodness! It felt like a great accomplishment that he brought me to. I floated my body on the water. Facing upward at the blue sky, along with the abundant of grace in it as well. It was genuinely a beautiful sight. I could not express the words I felt. I can definitely say, I am happy it wasn’t dragged out to 40 long years down the road.I will need the Lord’s help and strength for eternity. Without his help, I am nothing.

What I know is, the younger generation of the Israelites eventually got to see the promise that God ensured them. No matter what, we must keep in mind victory is God’s!!! One who is with him will overcome many battles. God said himself that he sent them into the wilderness to humble them. As well as to prove to them to trust God with all of their hearts. The following scriptures I will list demonstrates how God observes you through your struggles.

 “ 1) ALL THE commandments which I command you this day you shall be watchful to do, that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2) And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and to prove you, to know what was in your [mind and] heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

3) And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. 4) Your clothing did not become old upon you nor did your feet swell these forty years.

5) Know also in your [minds and] hearts that, as a man disciplines and instructs his son, so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you. 6) So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him. [Prov. 8:13.]

7) For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8) A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey;

9) A land in which you shall eat food without shortage and lack nothing in it; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10)When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for all the good land which He has given you. 11) Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His precepts, and His statutes which I command you today,”

‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:1-11‬ ‭(AMP‬)

Thanks for reading!! Stay encouraged my friends. Your journey may seem long but it is better than 40 years! God has not forgotten you! Have a wonderful day. God Bless!!

Let Your Light Shine

During April 2015, My good friend (Caitlin) texted me on the way to work asking if I still could see angels & mentioned how curious she was to hear about what I have witnessed. She was curious of the exposing miracles that God was showing me. I told her “Yes, I do see them every day and everywhere I go. No matter what, they are with me! Including in the office at work.” She stressed how she would love to have solo time with me to talk about what is going on in my life. After work, Caitlin and I walked to our cars. We started to discuss work, as well as, life itself! At that point, we merged into the topic of spirituality. She asked me to point out the angels in the sky at that time. I proceeded to do so. It was very cloudy. You could see shadows of the ships in the clouds. I explained to her how they watch over everyone of us, not solely believers. On the contrary, the number of angels that watch over his chosen and obedient people is massive. It could easily be thousands of angels for just one person. While the angels graceful sat within the clouds, Caitlin and I ended up talking for hours.

I wanted to go into further detail over dinner or somewhere more relaxing. Caitlin is such a unique person. She is extremely sarcastic but sweet at the same time. I have not met anyone like her. She has expressed to me her reasoning for not attending church. She believes that many people at the church are hypocrites. I can testify that many people who attend church can be hypocrites. They often brag about attending church but fail to live the Christ-like way during the rest of the week. Knowing the history that she has had with religious folk, I try my best to be the greatest example of what a true believer is like. At the time I prayed every single day that the light of Christ would shine through me and catch her eye. As time went on, we never got to sit down to discuss ways of the Lord like we intended. Although, she mentioned various times how she would be willing to go to Christ after watching me be the person that I have become. NO, I am not perfect but she has seen the kindness that I share towards strangers & enemies.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 (NIV)

God knows one day I will sit down with her and describe the love that God has for her. She is a child of God, regardless if she realizes it. He created her out of love, just as he created all of us. She has been a good friend to me over the two years that I have known her. Very soon, I will show her my gratitude. It is more blessed to give than receive. 🙂

Responsibilities of Being the Bigger Person

Have you ever worked extremely hard on something hoping and wishing that it would eventually level you up in your career? Have you ever had a job that witnessed your hard work but rarely promoted you?

Well, I know how you feel. Last year on April 25th, 2015, I got news that I would be losing an account that I worked all year to make successful. Unfortunately, my  head managers at my job didn’t even consider my opinion about the ordeal. It was a slap in my face! It was so disrespectful. It made me feel like I did not matter. I am used to managing a whole retail store on my own. Every day in retail, they will wrap you in on the daily change and how much income the store needs to make that day. By Con-way not letting me know about the new change, in my eyes it was very unprofessional. I could’ve quit on the spot after hearing the news… but I did not. Lord knows how desperately I wanted to.

I expressed my feelings to them once they officially told me the news. Along with the account that I lost, the company also decided to change the structure of our working environment. We used to be a team and help the brokers book their loads (shipments) around the nation. Now we were going to be assigned to ONE or a few brokers and cannot help anyone else in the office. Our money would not be coming from the profit of the whole company but solely from the profit our assigned broker was making. I was assigned with someone who excessively bullied me on the daily basis. He would talk down to me and make it seem as if I was there to serve only him.

If anything was going wrong, he would say “I am paying YOU to do your job, now do it“. After I complained about all of the new changes, the managers offered to switch me and my good friend (Caitlin’s) group to make me happier. I stood up and told them not to make the switch since Caitlin is a hard worker. She deserved the new group of brokers that she got. I am not going to be a “diva” about it. It would just be a challenge on myself to stick it through with the group I received the 1st time. I wanted to constantly question the change, I still do. It was more than likely a sign that I would not be at that job too much longer.

God reminded me what we know of the world will change sooner than later. Although, I worked my butt off, God is setting me up for his mission that he has appointed me to help with. I knew that I would eventually have to go out into the world and confess/testify to the visions that I have seen by Jesus Christ himself. I will have to travel various amounts of cities and countries. The things that we think that matter most, do not matter at all. I originally wanted to become a CEO of a business. I believe we will not have 50 plus years to focus on things that are truly temporary. I will take delight in traveling around and spreading the gospel to the Lord’s lost sheep. When this life is all said and done… can you say you made a difference some how?

We come across strangers everyday. Start walking out in kindness, love, respect, and compassion. Surely people will see the Lord’s light shine within you. 🙂 Go get ’em!!

Don’t Be An Average Believer

Around mid-march of 2015 (as I stated a previous post) I got into a car wreck not long before. At this time I had to still find a replacement for my car. My dad and “step-mom” came over to my apartment to give me the keys to my rental car. Of course, when they got there, my dad’s wife wanted to talk to me about getting another car.

She scolded me of why I should not get a brand new car. She tried comparing my future life to her faults of the past. She constantly stated her sentences speaking in the first person stance of: “I did this and I went through that… which led me to..”.

I analyzed and realized none of her sentences started with “GOD GOT ME THROUGH..” Which is very interesting to me because none of us can see the next day after next without God. We cannot speak with out God. We cannot walk without God’s help. We cannot BREATHE without God. We are nothing without God. God is the Alpha (beginning) and the Omega (the end).

She questioned my job security saying “Well, Jesus said All things are possible” and my earthly father was in the back nodding his head in agreement.

She was using the word of God in a certain way that does not fit. Pure mockery of God’s word. The bible says “All things are possible through CHRIST who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:13)  It describes how to pertain all of God’s amazing goodness… through Jesus. That verse has nothing but positivity all around. It is not to meant to be used as a negative way.

I repeated back to them.. and ended up raising my voice a little bit.

YES!!! God says that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens me! He does not mean the negative. He is clearly talking about the greatness that his grace provides. God did not let me wreck my car for no reason. There is good coming out of the situation. God never sets you up to fail! You need to realize the power in one word that consist of five letters: FAITH! Once you realize the strength that word has, every negative situation is out of play. No matter what… GOD will see you through!

It amazed me to see older adults have such little faith in the Lord. The ones who boast about going to church more than once a week are the same ones who lack spiritual strength. Not saying every believer is like this, but some of them are. They get caught up in the material and physical part of the ministry. Helping out in the church only for self-gain and glory. We tend to forget the real meaning of Christianity and bring the worldly attributes into the church.

We all know of the saying “The older the wiser”. That saying is not necessarily true. One could be reaching the age of 100 years old and still be living the life of a fool. Constantly living their life how they think it should be and not what GOD intended it to be. A lot of older people like to disregard what younger people have to say.

Once you become new in Christ, he describes the experience as “becoming a child” in him. Children have to learn how to talk, walk, and act in a good manner. This is the same with Christ. We must know how to have the demeanor of him. We need to learn how to give him the glory for our success and realize he is still in control when we fail.

Having faith and fully trusting that the Lord will work everything out for your good is a key factor. The direction of your life here on earth depends on it. He tells us to cast our anxieties and worries onto him. (1 Peter 5:7) Why do you think that is?

Trusting him shows the Lord that we know he is for us and not AGAINST us. He already  knows he can work everything out with a blink of an eye. HE’S GOD! He just wants US to realize how great his authority is and implement that knowledge into our lives.

I am not here to judge anyone or look down on others. There are certain people that will cross paths with us & we can learn from their ways of life. Coming across my earthly father and step mother was a lesson for myself. Love is correcting those who are doing wrong. I don’t like seeing people living blindly especially my loved ones. Living such a lifestyle is dangerous to our spiritual well being. Correct those you love so they can pertain to more on this earth.

Yes, heaven will be more than what we can ever dream of but many fail to realize how great our lives can be on this earth. Few corrections can make such a difference.

 

 

 

 

Another Day of Grace

 (Side note: If you have no been reading my previous post, you may want to for the backstory)

In early March of 2015, I woke up that morning ready for another day of the office life ahead of me. There was nothing different about that day other than the fact that it was extremely foggy outside. I got out of bed at 6:50am. Lord knows, I had to be at work by 8am. I took my dog outside then got fully dressed and prepped for work. Around 7:30am, I ran downstairs to get into my car. Although I did not work that far from my apartment, I wanted to make sure I would make it there on time. I remember distinctly letting the windows down and turning on the defrosters on due to the thick fog. It was in fact so thick that morning, it looked like I was on the movie “the Mist”.

I begun to leave my apartment complex parking lot. Before going out into the street, looked right and then I looked left. Finally went out into the street and *BAM* *POW*… SAY WHAAAAAT?!?

Suddenly, I collided into an object… SMASH!! Right before my eyes this huge light came about, due to the heavy impact. It felt like a dream, a movie, everything besides reality. In the amount of seconds, I could have truly died. Great part about it, it was not my time to leave this earth yet. God has much more in store for me. It was nothing but the grace of God that kept me safe!! Thank you Jesus!!!!

The guy that I got into the wreck was the sweetest guy ever!!! He gave me a hug and said he was glad that we were alive. He told me to shake it off and that he understood. I had my co-worker and good friend, Caitlin, to come meet me to check out the scene for me. She told our boss what happened and she was able to check it out for herself. She was in awe just as much as I was. I will never forget how she said I looked like a “baby doe” shaking and wide-eyed from the incident. She is not much of a believer in God at the moment, but even herself, she said I was blessed to get into a wreck with someone so nice and caring.

God’s favor extends to his children like no other. I do not know where that young man is today but I would tell him thank you again for being such a gift from God. His kindness made me feel much more relieved.

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