Freedom and Frills

On this 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour, I can’t help but ponder and thank God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. Like others, we have our trials and disappointments but the good far … Continue reading

The Potter’s Hand

Hello darling!

I felt led to share this powerful video I came across today with a beautiful brief sermon included.

Let us make it our duty to be at a place where we are moldable, pliable and fit for the master’s use…We cannot afford for issues of this life to hinder us, make us feel bitter or condemned. That is just a plan of the enemy because He knows in our wholeness and surrendering to Christ he has no power, moreover every strong hold is broken and foundations of hell is shaken! Be encouraged through the truth of God’s Word my friend that time in His beautiful presence is the place to be daily so you can be that vessel He pours into to do a new and beautiful work just where He has planted you. He may not do the work you thought in the place and time you imagined but you know what, your mind-set and resolution to serve the Lord no matter what will not be shaken! Because we know He will bring to pass the desires He has laid on your heart in its suitable season and time.

I’ve posted the lyrics and worship video that sums up this marvelous message as it reminds us of a musical prayer to be formed by Jesus and  remain in the potter’s hands:

THE POTTER’S HAND

Beautiful Lord,
Wonderful Savior,
I know for sure
All of my days are
Held in Your hand,
Crafted into Your perfect plan.

You gently call me
Into Your presence,
Guiding me by
Your Holy Spirit.

Teach me dear Lord,
To live all of my life
Through Your eyes.

I’m captured by
Your holy calling,
Set me apart,
I know You’re drawing
Me to Yourself,
Lead me, Lord, I pray.

Take me, mold me,
Use me, fill me.
I give my life
To the Potter’s Hand.

Call me, guide me,
Lead me, walk beside me,
I give my life
To the Potter’s Hand.

You gently call me
Into Your presence,
Guiding me by
Your Holy Spirit.

Teach me dear Lord,
To live all of my life
Through Your eyes.

I’m captured by
Your holy calling.
Set me apart,
I know You’re
Drawing me to Yourself.
Lead me, Lord, I pray!

Take me, mold me,
Use me, fill me.
I give my life
To the Potter’s Hand.

Call me, guide me,
Lead me, walk beside me,
I give my life
To the Potter’s Hand.

Stay there, live there, thrive there…
Lovingly & prayerfully,
Stacy Zant 🙂

Jesus Be the Center~He makes all things Beautiful!

As I came to the conclusion of reading “Disciplines of the Spirit” a recommended reading by a dear professor of mine, I swiftly began to wonder what will be the next book I read to encourage spiritual growth? Then, I … Continue reading

I Love Your Presence

There’s no other place I’d rather be than in His presence! the Lord’s presence, my husband’s presence…so divine! What a joy and blessing it is to experience such love, such beautiful, wholesome love. Jesus only wants us to spend intimate time with Him, to Know Him and His Word. There’s no question as to why we go through the things we do, the tests, the trials, the relationships we experience come to make us stronger!  my have I been tested from a child growing up, I’ve learned the battles we face sometimes in our minds-are thoughts that mean to tear us down. However, through the reassurance of God’s Holy Word and His promises we can rise above and become conquerors. The Lord HAS given us the VICTORY! You and I are a walking testimony of God’s Grace and the fact that we are breathing today is evidence of his promise to keep us, take care of us (1Peter 5:7) so there is no need to worry but trust He will supply our every need (Philippians 4:19) Yesterday, all over the country the media and consumer driven outlets made the most out of a day that celebrates love. My husband and I exchanged one of our most authentic and intimate moments over a home cooked meal. In that time we exchanged verbally love notes written in our Valentine’s cards, gifts and what I imagined to be one of the best ‘candle-lit dinners’ we could have shared on that day. After all was said and done, as my husband was finishing up his meal he asked me, “Honey, where did you learn to cook like this?” my response? Over time, I’m learning…(I didn’t do much cooking as a child but I suppose it’s the Island and God in me that is making me better for my family!) my heart glows when my husband would rather choose a home-cooked meal over eating out simply because to him it’s better.

  • 2 fresh Publix Salmons-$11
  • Seasonings of all kinds meant to last for a while-$30 something
  • A pleased adoring husband and God-filled home-Priceless!

There is such peace in knowing and doing what is best during the season God has placed us! Now that I look back, it is the one-on-one presence that makes our time together so fulfilling, this is just a piece of what we enjoy when we are in the Lord’s presence….I Love, I Love, I love Your Presence, I love, I love…I love You Jesus!

Reaching & Standing Still

What a weekend! My husband fell ill and this weekend he really took the time to rest, which is VERY rare. It did him a world of good and I just did my best to take care of him. I was compelled to cook a pot of Jamaican grace chicken soup and my did it take me back! Usually, we are on go-mode all weekend long and for my love that’s not necessarily the best health wise because he already works all week long-65hours a week! I didn’t realize that’s how much the love of my life labored until he said it. How grateful us wives should be to have a husband who does everything he can to take care of our home and future children. It made me think how important it is for me to do my part to be a blessing to him and our household today and in the future! I am truly excited about all that the Lord is doing…I went to the South Medical Center today, the site of my interview for a possible service opportunity with the AmeriCorps program. As the program director stated it is “A stepping stone” to so many other opportunities but I only pray that the Lord’s PERFECT will be done. Only Jesus knows the best stepping stone during this season of my life- whether it is time to return to school full time or serve for a year in the health field. When the director asked me what I saw myself doing in five years it made me take a good look at what I envisioned realistically ( and to think my husband and others call me a dreamer, a futuristic visionary!) I see the Lord working mightily in the lives of others through my husband and I as a result of our present learning opportunities. I see us sharing the gospel together, speaking, writing and learning how we can best serve our king while here on earth. Every day (well or ill) should be treasured and I cannot say this enough-the Lord continues to amaze me just how well He orchestrates things! There is none like Him and I can’t wait to see the path He will take us as we go on this journey to find our pure holy passion! The time has come to slow down and reflect on the Lord’s path for our lives. While we are yet reaching, we have decided we will stand still!

Embracing a role of support-Health & Wellness

You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny. (Psalm 73:24 NLT)

As I continue to seek Jesus and His Word for that “pure and holy passion” He has made it clear to me there are a plethora of reasons why He has placed me on this earth. I drove my husband to his branch this morning and what an early start it was to rise early with him and then come home for a nap time. I awoke and realized I had tons of laundry to do, however it was important to take some time to get my mind in tune with what the holy spirit wanted to do this day! So, after devotion with my savior I was ready to get some work done around the home. I am enjoying this relaxed time because i have a feeling things are going to pick up tremendously again and this time I have to be mindful of all the other priorities that must remain a priority! Preparation has already begun for tomorrow’s interview and it is my goal today to have everything related to my soon to be experience and passion completed. The Lord not only has a sense of humor but He sure knows how to prepare us for a role we will have to fill in ministry and in our community! When my husband mentioned He had been to IBC Music Fest (A Music Conference I was researching) he told me he went to that conference in 2006 and I couldn’t help but voicing that “From then you had a keen interest in music and even though it was never your desire to be a worship pastor the Lord positioned you to fill that role for such a time!” Look, how our master and Jesus works! Is’t He a wonder!? I could bring that same analogy over in the support role I would have to play as he leads on his job and at church.

About a year and a half ago, I didn’t know health was going to play such a formative role in my life. I have always had a desire to help people so it was amazing to be given the opportunity  to schedule and coordinate speaking engagements in undeserved communities on behalf of a Health services client. What I didn’t know was that serving in this capacity during my earlier years of marriage would allow me to serve in a greater capacity later where Health and Wellness is concerned. I pray I will be able to further connect with health professionals who are truly making a difference in this very much needed area of expertise and I look forward to sharing snippets of the joys and perhaps disappointments, mostly joys of serving in this area where there is desperate need!