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"My Nth Degree Confession"

Posted on December 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM Comments comments (13)
"My Nth Degree Confession"
 
 
For years I wanted to publish a Christian magazine. My magazine (wearing the same name as this website) had been ready for print for some time, however, it never came to fruition because of the publishing cost. But one December night in 2010 at 9:00 p.m., God spoke to me and provided instructions to develop a "web publication" of my magazine, "TheSingleBlessing.com".
 
Clearly, He instructed me to take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website. Not thinking that I was going against His will and instruction, I chose to utilize only a certain portion of my articles, because I wanted to salvage some for the publication of the magazine at a later time.
 
Unknowingly, I was disobedient and it was costly. However, the cost was never a realization to me because of the vast number of people from across the globe that visited the site. Honestly, I have been truly amazed by the numbers! I can only imagine the results, had I followed His instructions to the nth degree - just as Noah did.
 
He had also clearly told me that the site would be global and it immediately was and continues to be. Glory to your name Father!
 
Now, I can only apologize for not fully following God's instructions to the nth degree. In the realm of obedience, Noah is and has been one of my major guide posts. I thought that I was being much like him – carefully taking God's instructions and remaining within the guidelines that He provided for me. Thinking back to Noah, his ark worked just as God planned - perfectly, with no mishaps.
 
It was only today, as I shared with a Christian friend how the site was developed, that I realized my failure to fully follow God's instructions. As I explained the development to my friend, the words "take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website" burned my soul - - the realization was so heavy that I could no longer continue the conversation. I felt an urge to get things right and I went directly to work on correcting my mistake. My measurements were off, and my "boat" had to be restructured so that it could truly sail and not just be kept afloat.
 
As amazing as TheSingleBlessing.com has been – I am so excited to see what happens next. Father, I thank you for your "guidance and perfection" and allowing me to correct the error at hand.
 
Lesson learned: My mistake was that of selfishness - - I wanted to publish the magazine. But there was a serious conflict at hand, I couldn't operate in the will of God and abide by things of my own choosing. Unknowingly, I rode the fence – but now I no longer straddle. It feels good - - Confession is good for the soul.
 
My brothers and sisters, how often have you partially done what God expected of you? - - And yet, you expect full results from Him. Selah.
 
My Prayer
 
Lord, I ask that Your blessing remains with TheSingleBlessing.com and that you take the ministry to yet another level so that those in need of your comfort and protection will see and feel the realization of what hope in Christ really means. I pray Father, that you accept my confession of failure to follow instruction and turn it into a positive lesson for those in need of knowing how to realize the comfort of your protection. Grow me Father, guide me - - I know that you have forgiven me. With all my heart I love You and live to do what is right and good in your sight. Your provisions are astronomical – beyond my wildest dreams and I thank you Lord, thank you.  Amen.
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”

Christian Single Relationships

Posted on December 4, 2012 at 10:06 PM Comments comments (2)
 
Break The Cycle – Let It Go!
I’m not a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist, but someone has to say it – when you’re in an unhealthy relationship, let it go!
This article isn’t for everyone. I certainly applaud those of you who are in happy, healthy relationships. It’s not for the couple that just had a disagreement over whether the toilet paper roll should be placed over or under. It is meant to bring attention to those individuals – both male and female – who are caught up in situations that you “know” are not good for you and yet you hang on.
 
Questions, Questions, Questions
So what should you do? How do you let the relationship go? How do you know that you need to let it go?
Let’s tackle the obvious first – identifying that an unhealthy relationship exist.
Actually, finding the answer is quite simple. We need only to answer one question - - “Does your misery outweigh the happy times that you have together?”
To do this make two columns - - In one column list the things that make you happy in the relationship and the things that make you unhappy in the next column. Compare the two. Does your column filled with misery outweigh your happy column?  If it does, it’s time to break the cycle and let it go.
 
The Breaking Point
What is the breaking point? How far do you go before you think enough of yourself to cut the ties that make you miserable?
All too often, we allow ourselves to be caught up in relationships filled with selfishness and abuse - - the basis of which leads to an unhappy, unhealthy, one-sided affair of the heart. Out of all my years of living, I have been able to develop a few words of wisdom. One of which is – you can’t make anyone love you. No matter what you do, it does not mean that any measure of affection will be returned to you.
What causes us to stay in unhealthy relationships? Why do we hang on? Is it fear of loneliness? Many of us can’t stand to be without someone in our lives - constantly in and out of relationships – it doesn’t matter whether they are meaningful or not – you have to be with someone – anyone.
So what’s the answer? Actually, the answer lies within – you have to first love yourself. Discover who you are and what you want out of life. You have to enjoy being with “you”.
 
God Specializes
The monumental fact in this whole matter is that very few of us actually give our dating over to God. No, I don’t mean just asking Him to bring us a mate. I mean actually letting Him be in charge of your dating experiences. Trust Him. We all know that God will never make a mess of our lives. Allow Him to work on you and prepare you for the prize that He’s chosen for you. Keep in mind, that while he is preparing you for the man or woman of your dreams, He is also preparing them for you. It may seem as though it is taking forever before you are actually made ready for your mate. But, nevertheless, rest assured that when your time arrives, it will be everlasting and well worth the wait.
 

“I Heard A Sermon”

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (0)
 
I heard a sermon that I needed in the summer of 2000 - “Three Steps and You're Out”. 
 
The sermon was all about our personal ruts and how to get out of them.  The minister’s text was taken from Isaiah 43:18-21.  As he taught, he instructed the congregation to forget the former things, giving no consideration to the old things. 
 
Further, he expounded from the text, to accept the new things and above all, give God all the praise he so richly deserves.
 
The minister then provided 3 steps to aid in the climb out of our personal ruts, whatever they may be.  Step one was a known automatic for a seasoned Christian - “Put God first”.
 
Step two, another no brainer, “Lean on God”.  But the kicker included, not partially, but in every respect.  The minister profoundly stated that “God will meet you at the “Red Sea place in your life” and lead you through your hardship.  Most importantly, he will deliver you.
 
Step three definitely hit home - “Listen to the Lord”.  The problem was that I thought I was listening.  But then I discovered, how could I listen when I was constantly on the move - ALWAYS DOIN’ STUFF!  I learned that in order for me to listen, I needed to be still - - not looking at HGTV, writing business proposals or doing whatever else was a priority at the time - but sitting still, expecting a glorious answer from God, my Redeemer - the only one that will ever truly know my heart.
 
Listening to that sermon in the summer of 2000 provided another stepping stone in the journey of my Christian walk.  I thank God for the minister and for allowing him to minister to my needs.  You see, God is constantly listening to us, we only have to be quiet long enough to receive our answer.  Let all who have breath praise the Lord! 
 
 
"Narrow is the way . . . ."
 

A Few Who Love

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 3:32 PM Comments comments (2)
"A Few Who Love"
I believe that the closer the person is to you – the greater the love and possibly the hurt; the more you trust – the more you love and possibly hurt. Into your life a few will come who you can trust. Others enter through portals only to alter your path. Only a few will ever truly love you.
 
What exactly is love? Webster defines love in several aspects: An intense affection for another person based on personal or familial ties; a feeling of kindness toward others; God’s mercy and benevolence toward humans; or better yet, humankind’s devotion to or adoration of God.
 
Upon marriage, one couple quoted a scripture to me defining love that stated:
 
 
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, or loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I Corinthians 13:4-7 (New Living Translation)
 
 
Being deemed by the Word of God and reviewing Webster’s definition, love in sum is a lasting true affection of adoration and/or kindness for God, your mate or fellow man.
 
 
Personally, I believe love to be in the heart, mind and soul of a being. Love is precious – it does not hurt and you will never purposefully hurt one that you love. To love is to trust and true love is unconditional. Only a few will ever love you.
 
 
However, God’s love enables us to endure the way that we embrace the hurt we allow others to bring into our lives. Remember my brothers and sisters, the blessings of the Lord are upon you. Because of who you are, you are to lead by example and resolve to forgive those who have caused you such sorrow. Treat them with kindness – God will take care of you as well as those who have openly misled you.
 
 
My fervent prayer today is for those who are lost in selfishness, pride and greed. I pray for the realization of error and the courage to reconcile to allow spiritual order in their lives. Selah.

Happy Anniversary TSB.com

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (0)
God Continues to Bless Us -
"TheSingleBlessing.com"
 
 
One year ago on December 30th at 5:20 a.m., God blessed me with TheSingleBlessing.com website.
 
The publication of the site surpassed my expectations and quickly reached not only those in the United States, but individuals located in several countries abroad. Although I had been told that this was to be a global ministry, I never expected it to happen so quickly.
 
This year through the site I have reconnected with many of my friends, only to find them strong in the Lord. Hallelujah! I have also been given the opportunity to correspond with several readers across the country and join them in prayer of supplication - - these were opportunities that are certainly cherished and will never be forgotten.
 
The love and support of my family and so many of my sisters and brothers in Christ has been unbelievable! I thank God for each of you. I am also very proud and thankful for the caring spirit of my Pastor, Dr. LaSimba Gray, and his teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
God is truly amazing! In 2012, I look forward to the Holy Spirit leading the site into yet another year of growth and divine success. I praise God for allowing His Word to be brought forth and multiplied beyond measure. He has truly blessed and overflowed the cup of TheSingleBlessing.com and as Pastor Gray has said - - the site is now "feasting in the overflow." I will forever give God the glory, praise and honor for bringing us thus far. Thank you Lord for blessing your brain child and providing favor.
 
"TheSingleBlessing.com – Happy First Anniversary"
 
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Romans 8:14 (NIV)
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”

Will You Be Able To Vote In 2012?

Posted on December 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM Comments comments (4)
Will You Be Able To Vote In 2012?
"Be Prepared – Know Where You Stand"
 
 
On January 1, 2012, the voting laws in Tennessee will change. Several other states have adopted changes in their voting laws as well that will affect the upcoming presidential election in 2012.
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com audience in the United States is vast and reaches from coast to coast.
 
 
We urge you to please research the voting laws in your state to determine if there has been a change that will affect your voting population.
 
 
If there are changes in your voting laws, please initiate a campaign to alert others. It is incumbent that we are prepared to cast our vote in 2012.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
While many of us have some or all of the required forms of identification listed above, there is a targeted group that may not – our senior citizens and college students.
 
 
"Let’s not be complacent and
lose what we have gained."
 
 
If you need assistance researching the voting requirements for your state, please email: [email protected]
 
 
“Narrow is the way . . . .”

Promises Kept

Posted on November 12, 2011 at 2:43 AM Comments comments (2)
"Promises Kept"
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com - WashingtonIt is amazing that no matter what one might do, someone will find fault.
 
Today, November 11, 2011, on the eleventh hour of the day, the President of the United States visited Arlington National Cemetery and restated his October 21 announcement that all troops in Iraq will be coming home by the end of the year.  He further stated that we are also transitioning for the return of those troops serving in Afghanistan.
 
The response from the general population of the October announcement was complete joy!  After all, who wouldn’t want their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers or mothers to come home?
 
But once again, there was displeasure from many of our political heads of states.  Quite frankly the situation with their behavior, as in past times, was quite embarrassing.  Disrespectful remarks were made toward our President in his efforts to enhance the lives of the people of this country.
 
While many of us knew that we, as a country, weren’t exactly hugging each other and singing Kumbaya, we at least thought that the hatred wasn’t as prevalent as some of our political officials and citizens have openly shown us.
 
Where are we as a nation?  When will the circus on capital hill stop?  God is certainly watching, and I am sure, just as many of us are – shaking His head in dismay and shame.  It this America?  Why attempt to hold the United States hostage and deter progress?
 
The situation with our country brings a well known scripture to mind, Luke 12: 40-48. In this passage, Jesus reveals the parable of the unfaithful servant and warns us about preparing for His coming.  It reads:
 
You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.”
 
Peter asked, “Lord is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”
 
And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.  If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward.  I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all that he owns.  But what if the servant thinks, “My master won’t be back for a while,” and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk?  The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
 
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.  But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly.  When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.  Luke 12: 40-48, New Living Translation.
 
Selah. (Think on these things.)
 
Dr. Gina M. Stewart, the Pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, once said that “if you think that when you get to heaven, you’ll be sitting next to someone that looks just like you - - think again.”
 
I pray sincerely for the hearts of our politicians.
 
My brothers and sisters, the one thing that I do know is that what God has for you, will certainly be for you.  Man has no power to circumvent God’s holy plan.  That my friend, can be taken to any bank and you will definitely get a positive return.
 
May God continue to bless these United States of America, despite those that attempt to stand in the way of His plan.  And may He bless our President, Barak Obama.
 
Thank you Mr. President for caring and remembering your campaign promises and keeping them.
 
 
 
 
Note: The President has acknowledged that our veterans are coming home to high unemployment rates and has stated that the government is prepared to hire more veterans and called on the private sector to do the same.
 
He also directed veterans looking for jobs and other resources to a  new government website, http://www.serve.gov/vets_resources.
 

A Poem Of Comfort

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 8:52 PM Comments comments (2)
 
Comfort in His Word.
 
Comfort in His grace and mercy.
 
Comfort forever in His loving arms.
 
For the love of God is everlasting – Found in the hearts of peculiar men.
 
Will you not find peace in the Lord?
 
Will you not accept the comfort of His love?
 
How does a man find comfort, if he is not at peace with God?
 
Praise the Lord O my soul.  Yea, I will praise Him all the days of my life. Selah.
 
 
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com - Publisher
 
 
Divinely inspired to be written by the publisher
August 31, 2011  [email protected]
 

Teaching Anna The Tithing Principles

Posted on October 1, 2011 at 3:01 PM Comments comments (2)
“Return unto me and I will return unto you…”  Malachi 3:7 
 
 
TheSingleBlessing.com - Anna 2yrsLittle Anna is my first granddaughter and consistently fills my life with love and joy.  Anna and her “Mimi” (as I am called) have always had our “special time” together.  Usually, it’s cooking (Anna likes to stir) or giving ourselves manicures, shopping at Wal-Mart or attending church.
 
 
"My Little Anna"
 
Anna started to attend church with me when she was a baby.  Later on, when she started to walk, it was placed on my heart to teach her the basic principle of giving.  She quickly learned that giving was good.  Each Sunday she proudly placed her money “on the table”. 
 
As Anna approached her second birthday, the Lord placed it on my heart that she was old enough to understand the principle of tithing.  Once again, we had one of our serious talks - explaining in 2 year-old terminology giving 10% back to the Lord and the importance of placing the money in the “tall box”, instead of “on the table”.  I really didn’t expect Anna to grasp the concept of 10% (although I gave it my best shot).  However, I did expect her to understand the importance of giving a marked portion back to Him. 
 
Now, at 10 years old, Anna understands the concept of tithing and that she is being obedient to God's Word when she willingly gives her marked portion back to Him.
 
 
Anna did not know the concept of math at 2 years old – but she did grasp three important things:
 
1.     Giving is good
2.     It is important to pay your tithes
3.     And you have to put it in the tall box!
 
 
 
 
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

I Heard A Sermon -

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (2)
 "Living in the Will of God"
 
 
Sometime ago I was forwarded an e-mail from one of my daughters concerning living in God’s will.  Ironically, my Sunday School lesson was based on the same scripture, Philippians 4:12.
 
TheSingleBlessing.com - His WordThe scripture revealed that Paul, a faithful Christian, was imprisoned when he wrote this particular letter to the Church at Philippi, explaining his learned contentment to enjoy life in spite of imposed circumstances.  In Paul’s letter, he explains that he had learned how to be abased - living a simple life with simple taste - as well as living life abundantly. He further explained that through God’s instruction, he had learned how to be content in any given situation - whether he was hungry or full; whether his needs were met with his cup running over; or whether he suffered because he was without the basic necessities. 
 
In other words, Paul tells us that through God’s instruction he learned that poverty can not degrade him nor does prosperity exalt him. Living in the will of God results in contentment - -regardless of your circumstances. 
 
For most of us contentment is striving to get ahead, to succeed.  It is climbing up that never-ending ladder of success. Never-ending because you will never reach your full place of contentment or the measure of success that you have self-subscribed. 
 
I have found contentment to be learned, just as Paul states in the scripture. Like Paul, whether full or hungry, prosperous or poor, I have discovered how to conduct myself by submitting to the will of God, trusting only Him.  You see, this humble acceptance to live in His will can be entered only by growth in Christ through your life experiences.  I challenge you to trust Him, to experience your life through Him, to submit to the will of God.
 
 
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

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