Be Radiant No Matter the Cost!

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There is a story I’ll share tonight behind these photos my husband and I passed on our walking trail last week and I this morning.

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Let’s have a talk and walk with Jesus this morning! This morning I arose with an even greater resolve to immerse myself in the Word and to learn more of what it means to be like Jesus! If our Christian walk in this world is meant to make us more like Christ, we can expect we will be rejected, misunderstood, criticized, mistreated, pushed around, all the horrible things us humans cringe from and at all cost! We, as Christians on the other hand must fight for what we believe in no matter the cost! Our advantage as a Christian is that we have hope than cannot be lost because Christ on our side! God is fighting for us! Thank you Jesus! We are made conquerors in Him!!! I am always reminded of this when I have a little walk and talk with Jesus. When I have opposition, Jesus shows me He is my defense!

I not only believe the lyrics of the song ministered by Darlene Zscech and entered as a link above, but every morning I make it a priority to read the Bible Verse of the day like so many others! I want to encourage you to make this a habit if you have not already began to do so. The YouVersion Bible Verse of the day always seems to relate to a situation I am going through or it ministers to my deepest heart desires in some way! That’s the Word of God for you, but more than that, I refuse to take a particular verse at face value on first glimpse, I must dig deeper! So I proceeded to do what is customary, read the entire chapter where that verse is taken from. Romans 8 is a powerful chapter of what life will be like in Christ as a CHRISTian! With headings like “Life Through the Spirit”, “Present Suffering and Future Glory” and “More Than Conquerors” How can you not be enthralled to read further and see what God meant for us to know through His Word.

We will delve into this together a little deeper tonight as our fast continues, and as we meet to pray about the kick-off to the Summer Reading Tour tonight by conference call. For convenience, here is our conference call line:

Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 432-1500
Participant Access Code: 1080543#

I believe, this Summer has already shaped up to be a most dynamic ministry filled summer. I love the people of God, my husband, home church, my family, those who support or do not support me because I still believe every person in and outside the body of Christ has been sent into my life for a beautiful purpose! In some way I intend to view every circumstance, even the not so pleasant ones as a means to draw me closer to Christ and His image. I love that this concept on the “Image of Christ” was brought forth a few times in the Word delivered yesterday in church.

Please read the verses with me highlighted below: (I believe this scripture speaks for itself, but every person, based on your past experiences and your present story of suffering, you’ll relate to this scripture differently with a great testimony that needs to be shared!  I’d love to hear from you!)

Present Suffering and Future Glory

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that[h] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our heartsknows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Talk to you soon! With Radiant love and prayers,

Stacy Zant 🙂

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“Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…” My friends, this is for you :)

Let me begin by singing a song so near and dear to my heart while I was still a baby girl growing up in Jamaica…”Trust in the Lord with all of thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding, in all of thine ways acknoweldge Him and He shall direct thy path.”

Are you and I in a place of complete surrender today, with a heart confident in the plans the Lord has for us and who He is? Let’s see…

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The scripture I am studying today is taken from Isaiah 26:7 and it speaks of the path of the righteous. The Lord is referred to as Just, and as such, we can trust He will take us through to the other side, even if we are experiencing the darkest of times in our life. He is able.

When the scripture says “O Just One, you make smooth the path of the righteous.” does that mean everything will come easy and our journey will always be full of sunshine? No! There will be some dark valleys, some roaring thunder, grey scattered clouds instead of the white fluffy ones along the way. However, we must stay focused on the prize and continue to trust in the Lord. (This moment’s breath prayer: Lord, help us to walk this narrow path triumpantly).

As we see in Isaiah 26, Judah at this point in time decided to sing a song of victory. They were determined to keep their mind on Christ for the battles ahead (the battle has already been won!) They know they are a chosen people as we should! I believe it is Joyce Meyer who hints at the fact that at-least half of the battle is in our minds.

If we can trust that the Lord will see us through and that if we wait upon the Lord, soon enough, we will mount up, our strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31).

No weapon formed against you will prosper. (Isaiah 54:17) He has a plan and path for you to take in your life. You will win! The Lord has designed you to be an overcomer! He has paid it all and through the grace of the Lord, we are made new. We are formed in His image & destined to be on the winning side. We must remember at all times that storms may come while we are traveling on this smooth path he has paved for us, but follow hard after righteousness. Let’s be a reflection of Him here on earth.

Isaiah is a book of wisdom isn’t it? so much so, you would think it was Proverbs 🙂 So, the whole Bible is filled with marvelous gems that today we can find through the widespread access of The Word. The scriptures take us into the mind and heart of Jesus for His people,  for us and those who have gone before us on a similar path we are now taking. There are still gems yet to be found and understood in its full essense, just as our Lord and God desires for us to know Him. Let’s continue to seek after Him.

Most importantly, let’s guard our mind this day and remember before the battle can be won, we must trust Jesus, be steadfast because “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace-in peace because they trust is you.” Isaiah 26:3 Are you praying for peace about something? Whether it is about work, home or life in general you can experience God’s sweet  and perfect peace. Since yesterday this scripture has been ringing in my mind because I too was experiencing turmoil, foremost in my mind and it almost spilled over into other facets of my life but I am reminded to trust in Him.

“Trusting Jesus is all that really matters, just believe when you call on His name.” 

Full of trust in King Jesus and lots of love for you, Stacy Zant.

Stay encouraged that you are on the right and smooth path the Lord has for you. For more encouragement, you can access an e-book copy of Radiant Pearl in Progress here. We have a contest taking place next month for those readers who leave a review on Amazon and on Radiant Pearl’s Facebook page. Winning reviews will be featured in upcoming publications and the extended-advanced printed copy of Radiant Pearl in Progress that will be made available in stores as informed by the publisher.  You are a radiant pearl in progress and I am excited to encourage you to acknowledge it and be blessed by that fact that God is still working on you, through you and around you.

A Recollection of this lovely Weekend (2nd Summer Reading Tour has begun & Sponsors/Mentors Connection Lunch)

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What a gloriously filled weekend this last weekend in June turned out to be! Well, Hello July!

When I look back on all that the Lord has done and all that He continues to do, not only in my life and my husband’s life but my dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ all around me, I can truly say we are blessed!

O.k. first thing’s first! I love organizing fellowship opportunities for my sisters and girlies to minister, be ministered to and to connect. Especially now at a time when it is so easy to idle their time away during the holiday season, I am elated this Saturday’s Summer Reading tour program turned out to be a smashing success as we volunteered, toured, ate, read aloud, learned, gathered feedback and spent time with each other. More importantly I desire to pursue my passion, God’s calling on my life and encourage  others to do the same. Most importantly, it is important to me to glorify my maker and I’m not just saying that. Let me explain this a bit further:

Just a bit over a year ago, my husband and I went on what one could call a long sabbatical from the ministry of music. Even though my heart strings and spirit longed to simply do what I was created and did for as long as I could remember, worship, give my all and be completely involved. God had other plans during this time and season of rest. I’m happy I had no other choice. If you read my previous blog posts, you’ll see just what I am talking about.

During this season of rest and being in a form of wilderness, the Lord developed other areas in my life: My prayer life, my educational pursuits in the Word of God, completing my second book, writing and copyrighting songs, building and dedicating time to quality community non-profit programming and last but surely not least, investing in my marriage and family first.

I believe we all should take the time to reflect, revise and renew ourselves in the Lord, no matter how young or old you believe you are, if you are involved in ministry. You can’t keep pouring out without taking the time to recharge and plug into the one true anointed source. I’ve learned we should be doing this daily through prayer. Remember Paul’s admonish to Pray without ceasing? (1Thessalonians 5:17)

I’m not exactly at the place I would have thought my husband and I would be. My husband’s journey and spirit of David continues to encourage me. We are all a working progress, God’s masterpiece in the making and we all have room to grow.

Most recently, we have been discussing and teaching from “Leap Over a Wall” in our church’s Fusion Young Adult Sunday School class at Solid Rock. It’s amazing to see how much we can all relate to David and learn from him. His story speaks to all of us.

Just look at all that David went through even though He was anointed, He had to go through what we would consider a long wilderness season, trials, temptations and triumphs before He was ready for his divine appointment, purpose and role as leader of a nation and king (2 Samuel 5). While He was going through his prior experience, his perspective, reaction and relationship with God determined the caliber of leader and king He would later become. Please note: He was always a leader at heart even though it was discounted from the very beginning by those around him.  I would say it was his struggles and how he stood and overcame in the midst of those struggles that made him one of the most memorable characters and kings in the Bible and I daresay even today!

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(Story behind the picture above: We were blessed to fellowship with some amazing young adults from the Pentecostals of Alexandria and some of their sweet staff last Wednesday)

We will continue our adventures in the Word of God this month in Sunday School and beyond with characters from the Bible (I can’t wait, I’m so excited, can you tell?) and this month’s book  reference is Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” What On Earth Am I Here For? Do you know your purpose, how did you come to find it? Was it on your knees in prayer or while you were serving in your local assembly, the church or in your home community?

For more encouragement, you can access an e-book copy of Radiant Pearl in Progress here. We have a contest taking place this month for those readers who leave a review on Amazon and on Radiant Pearl’s Facebook page. Winning reviews will be featured in upcoming publications and the extended-advanced printed copy of Radiant Pearl in Progress that will be made available in stores by June 2014 as informed by the publisher.  You are a radiant pearl in progress and I am excited to encourage you to acknowledge it and be blessed by that fact that God is still working on you, through you and around you.

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Spring is Here! Easter Giveaway, poll and more! :)

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Hi Radiant Readers!

It’s the first day of Spring and I am so excited about all that the Lord is going to do in our lives this new season! In the last post I highlighted a very important scripture addressing how the Lord makes everything beautiful in its time. In God’s suitable time we will become all He has destined for us to become, until then we must continue to strive, reach, learn and progress.

In the vein of reaching and further connecting with readers this new marvelous season, I’d like to take a poll and hear from you my dear community of online friends.

*First things first, Do you have a prize preference for this and future giveaways? See poll below (“Becoming Jane” Movie, Inspirational Book, Brand New Journal or clothing like the jacket in this picture)
*What would compel you to keep coming back to this blog?
*Do you have any particular interests that you would like to see discussed on these pages?

So looking forward to hearing from you!
Lots of Love & prayers,
Stacy Zant 🙂