Grace With Yourself

“God is within her, she will not fail.” Psalm 46:5

This is for every woman God has made in his image.

She is…… good enough

She is…… beautiful

She is…… creative

She is…… adventurous

She is…… messy

She is…… funny

She is…… transparent

She is…… honest, forgiving and loves deeply.

She is…… pure, noble, warm and kind.

She is…… empathetic for others

She is…… compassionate

She is…….vulnerable

She is…….filled with immeasurable riches..

She is…….perfectly imperfect.

God’s Grace is all around us.

Zephaniah writes, He celebrates and sings because of you, and He will refresh your life with His love. Ephesians 1:11 TLB

Penned 6/24/2022 Crystal Y Gregory photographed 2013

My lovely daughter, my oldest granddaughter and I on her sweet 1st birthday.❤️🌹 God blessed us lovingly with trio birthdays: the 20th, 21st and 22nd.

Living In Grace

“I believe that we, as women, move away from cliques as we mature in Christ. We direct our focus and pursue to be authentic and intentional to build purposeful, like-minded relationships. All while celebrating our individuality in uniqueness, grace and beautifully present in community.”

Penned 6/23/2022 Crystal Y. Gregory.
photographed from my home

She is clothed with strength and dignity…….,.”
Proverbs 31:25a

My Integrity Color Wheel

❤️My daughter, my son and I (2003)❤️

I was born to bee, through and through.
Softly attained humility, love, Joy, patience, self-control, kindness, faithfulness and gentleness;
Adorned in ivory white pearls and pink as I grew.

Strengthened by His miracle, healing color red, The Almighty Physician promises are true and He always renews. Touch of class, garland and ivory white became she, whom is I; His warrior, I won, to bee well too.

The beauty and Grace of purple, a sweet aroma and mystery clue.

Decorated in yellow and orange; My granted courtship is long overdue.

Green afforded me the wisdom in pro pur (proper) moral character and authentic life. Crowned Proverbs 31 and Titus 2 woman breakthrough.

Black and white, both biblically and worldly; she is.

Tried and true.

Crystal Y. Gregory
Copyright – Penned 1/29/2022

Proverbs 3:5-6
Phil 4:8
Galatians 5:22-23

My integrity color wheel formed in my hard work and rises in blessing and honor for me and my generations to come. #AMothersLove #GrandmaMimisProtection # #PurposeDrivenLife. #AccountingWisdom. #MyLegacy

Cultivate HOPE Journal

“One with great faith, stirs up Hope”
by: crystalyvonnee (2020)

11/28/2020 – Day 1 : 2020 has been a very different kind of year for everyone.  But, God is still our El-Olam “Everlasting God.”   I am certain most of us have found ourselves in the past year (or maybe even years) reflecting on our personal journeys; while cultivating hope.  As a faith and hope investigator,  it is not by happenstance that I am closing 2020 with my “Cultivate HOPE Journal.”  It allows a glimpse on a different and new normal that 2020 brought us; yet,  here we became even stronger in our faith and hope.  I pray it will encourage you to press on as we remember Jesus is our only Hope.   Love God.  Love People.  Love You.  God Bless You, My Friend    

11/29/2020 – Day 2 of 30 days of HOPE: Spread a little more Christmas *JOY* Give a gift of HOPE this Christmas and all the New Year Through 💝

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NIV

11/30/2020 – Day 3 : In constancy, bringing the good news in the gift of HOPE; where there is confidence, joy, peace and freedom. Encourage, challenge and remind others of the true meaning of hope and expectation in the birth of our Savior! Christ is our only hope. God all things are possible.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

12/1/2020 – Day 4 : HOPE is essential to life and is a beautiful reminder after this difficult year. As 2020 is near to close, may we be reminded of those who suffered with grief or sorrow, most of us experienced a lot of stretching, maybe even welcomed or learned a little more flexibility and then there are some that discovered hidden gifts. Let us rejoice! For our Father is abounding in steadfast love for you, that never ceases.

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV

12/2/2020 – Day 5 : #hopeunwrapped HOPE unwrapped plays a mighty role in a personal life, and can be a precious advantage to our outlook; if we let it. Hope is our drive to thrive, stirring the soul and truly enables our lives to keep going. Our immeasurable and unstoppable hope is our drive for that desired change to bring forth. We can always strive to do our best.  Leave the rest to our Founder of Hope, He is our Ultimate Hope Maker God really does keep His promises.

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

12/3/2020 – Day 6 : Attainable HOPE is applicable to every circumstance; let it be a part of your very being. The true light that will guide you with the how-to in the pathway through, past and the “how-to” avoid and/or turn away from any darkness. Stay on that course God designed for us to walk on, with Him. On it, you will embrace and live out His promise of hope. Attainable HOPE takes discipline, focus, determination, root, and flight to live your best life in Him, for His Glory. It will enable you to see, envision and push through for a better tomorrow, by beginning with a better today. Hope makes everything attainable. ❣#hopeInflight

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 ESV

12/4/2020 – Day 7 : HOPE opens our eyes to both mistakes and challenges. Be a HOPE model by committing your life to living in and with the HOPE approach in every facet of life. Hope transcends from any and all fear, loss, disappointment, despair, guilt, misery, anger, shame, pain and the SPECIAL hope we have in Jesus even transcends death. #believeitandreceiveit

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 ESV

12/5/2020 – Day 8 : HOPE is contagious. Be a HOPE witness!!~! Accessible hope, is also derived from an absolute bond between you, Father God and your faith! God keeps His promises. Be overwhelmed with gratitude and the goodness of God!~! ❣️#PromiseKeeper

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” I Peter 1:8 NIV

12/6/2020 – Day 9 : H.O.P.E.***Hold Onto Psalter Encouragement – Helping Other People Envision – Hold on, Pain Ends – Helping Other People Enthusiastically – Hold on, Peace Exists – Honesty, Openness, Patience, Effort – Have Only Positive Expectations – Helping Other People Everywhere. Except for my created acronym first on the list, All the others found on “what does hope stand for” and you can find SO many more that HOPE stands for.🎁

“The Lord protects and defends me; I trust in him. He gives me help and makes me glad; I praise him with joyful songs.” Psalm 28:7 ESV

12/7/2020 – Day 10 : #hopewonder Immovable our hope remains and exemplifies the magnitude of that HOPE and promise. You can decide to choose to let the world define you OR you can live out the HOPE and the expectations.

#immovablehope  One living in honest faith, stirs up hope.

“No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope.” Acts 2:26 NIV

12/8/2020 – Day 11 : #GodofConstancy Be mindful of the HOPE constantly available and His presence. It is a gift in which you have been given unlimited access too. Will you accept it today? Be mindful of your own personal journey. {But} share this in such a way that it is only considerate and helpful; all while emitting enrichment of how you come to have that hope. Magnify that HOPE with others! Our hope is in the love, life and assurance of Christ. God keeps His promises.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 ESV

12/9/2020 – Day 12 : The Lens of HOPE. You have the ability to see past and look through life’s uncertainties or perplexities. It’s your exclusive journey and emotional connection that is necessary to achieve your best life and well being. It can be an astonishing relationship with the Lord. Keep your lens one-way directional toward that narrow beam that will only aim high and wide to the superlative Mountain of Hope that only He can provide. Seek and I promise you will find HOPE and look forward to the kingdom of God. #gospelglasses God Keeps His Promises.”

Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:18

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 ESV

12/10/2020 – Day 13 : #HelmetofHope. With great proclivity and harmonious aptitude, receive and double that portion of HOPE today!~! Thank you Lord!~!

”And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.. “ – Job 11:18 ESV

The resolute optimism keeps you within the spirit of hope. How do you develop into being resolute? Aspiration to inspiration can lead others to the salvation of hope admiration; and a happy happy heart!!~! Spring forth, fill up and live out that King-Size hope at all times!~!

“And you will feel secure, because there is hope. The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

12/11/2020 – Day 14 : #HopeCanvas. The Author of Life’s Artistry, from the very beginning……. He created. This is our Father’s World. In it is His creation and we are amongst a world full of beautiful gifts and talents; which are all God’s blessings in creative illustrations and for His divine purposes. Consider in all you do, to let God work through you and stretch the canvas with HOPE so that you may share that HOPE in Christ with the world. What medium do you choose for expression? Pray that God’s Palpable Presence is in Our Midst. “Be Thou My Vision” on white canvas, sketch and stretch through pen and paint; this evident, tangible and palpable HOPE. Allow God to work through you, by the work of His Hand. #SkyHarbor The Master Artist is a #promisekeeper

“LOVE NEVER gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT

12/12/2020 – Day 15 : HOPE reintroduces the good, as friends share one another’s joys and burdens; in truth and in love.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:12-13 NIV

12/13/2020 – Day 16 : HOPE is resourceful and inexhaustible! Draw abundantly and in constancy from the springing wells from the fountain of hope. God faithfully keeps his promises.💝

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain” Hebrews 6:19 NIV

Receive the new and living way He opened for us through the triumphant curtain of Hope!~! Delight in grand, boundless, infinite and immeasurable hope.

HOPE floats in our exuberant praise and jubilancy!~!

12/14/2020 – Day 17 : #HopeAdvocate

The confidence is knowing you can know and live out the gift of hope, that Christ provides for us. Be the light and share your hope found. Encourage someone how-to live out and handle well, in every circumstance. Stay in HOPE, as you enter into God’s grace to press forward. Hope is having faith and continuing in faith. #OnTimeGod


“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

12/15/2020 – Day 18 : Pass on the gift of HOPE. On Repeat. Encourage, challenge and remind us of the real meaning of this season of hope and expectation.

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “ Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

12/16/2020 – Day 19 : HOPE links your past and present to the future. This most read book in the world will provide you the missing links in the greatest story ever told. #hopeunfolds

“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 ESV

12/17/2020 – Day 20 : #amerryheart Fleece Navidad!! 🐑 Wishing ewes (lambs, rams and all our fams, too) all the joy, love, peace, hope, prosperity, light and laughter our hearts can hold this Christmas!!~! ❣️

“A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Proverbs 17:22a NIV

12/18/2020 – Day 21 : #reliablehope It is impossible for God to lie. He is the ultimate reliable, authentic, good, unfailing, trustworthy source of hope and love. Biblical hope is the assurance and confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

“and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5 ESV

12/19/2020 – Day 22 : May God shine our light with glowing zeal! Jesus is the reason for the season. May He fill our hearts from above; illuminated by His Great Love.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful..” Hebrews 10:23 NIV

12/20/2020 – Day 23 :

12/20/2020 – Day 23 : Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

Our God is love, hope, peace, happiness and joy this Christmas and all the year through! Let God’s Love shine right where we are. Jesus is the light of the world. Let the passion of hope be the fire that lights our way; and the peace and calmness of our hearts. #hopeemanates

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.” Luke 2:8 NIV

12/21/2020 – Day 24 : #HopeEmerges The sacrifice from heaven, sleeping in straw. Hope came wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in a manger; to save us from the fall. Our hope of all tomorrows. Where do you put your hope?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

12/22/2020 – Day 25 : Cause HOPE to germinate. #HomeOfHopeBiblical HOPE is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 NIV

Keep calm, jingle bells all the way…..📬📯

12/23/2020 – Day 26 : #HopeWowFactor It bubbles up from the heart!~!HOPE believes you will get through it. Hope makes all things attainable and sprout up. HOPE is the assurance to come……

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16

12/24/2020 – Day 27 : HOPE remembers the times you made it through. Hope teams with faith and believes in the impossible.

God keeps His promises ❣️

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, , 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power………..” I Peter 1:3-5a

12/25/2020 – Day 28 : The HOPE of the world has come and IS alive!~! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!~! Happy Birthday Jesus.

The Promised One. The Hero of my story and your story.

Jesus, Our Hope ~ I Timothy 1:1 The Blessed Hope ~ Titus 2:13

Jesus not only came to bring hope. He is our hope.

You have to have HOPE in something….To keep your HOPE alive❣️

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11 ESV

12/26/2020 – Day 29 : #blessedhope   Christ in us is the hope of our future glory.

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”   Romans 5:2 ESV

12/27/2020 – Day 30 – We can go into 2021 giving God all glory in all things. As we gently embark on 2021, let us be mindful in remembrance of Who we serve. Such a beautiful, merciful and gracious God. Please know in your heart, God does keep His promises. We can rest on that Promise. 

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”   Numbers 6:24-26 ESV

Crystal Y. Gregory ~ Started Penning 11/ 28/2020  ;  Completed  12/05/2020

Edited throughout the month of December

In The Midst of Adversity

My Investigative Reporting ……Adversity……
One of the greatest spiritual, mental, emotional and physical attributes you can attain is how to process and respond in the midst of any adversity.
We will all face some type of adversity (ies) in our journey in this earthly life. 
Adversity, equips a person, living in Christ. ( List is not all inclusive, can add many more..)
#1.  Adversity enables one to have “unwearied” patience 
2). Deepens one’s unshakeable faith
3). Unwavering courage
4). Perseverance
5). Enhances one’s ability to still love & smile in the midst🥰
But he said to me, “My Grace is sufficient for you…..”. II Corinthians 12:7a
(Excerpts from Dr Charles Stanley, “In The Midst of Adversity” sermon series, that I found to be true in my own life)
(Photo captured by me and in my home 7.2020)

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Leaf pictures:  Faith, Serenity, Simplify and Believe 🥰🦉🤓🙏🏻🥰

God Is Faithful

So this happened this evening. Thank you LORD for a God-send. I had a serious flat and pulled over into a parking spot. Sat and prayed a minute. Then scheduled my tow.

A gentleman pulled up and asked me if I needed help. I hesitated, as I would. And told him I scheduled a tow. He offered again. And so here came my confirmation and so I obeyed. He offered his spare, as we both had the same “Hyundai” car family.

I said sir. thank you thank you. I actually have a spare on a rim in my garage and I only live right down the road. He offered to run me home, grabbed my spare and went back to my stranded car.

This gentlemen was kind, helpful and completely fixed my car and I was able to drive home. We talked about our faith and serving, as he did the repair. I don’t know who you are sir, but “thank you for showing up” when I needed help.

This gentlemen, did I mention he was a chaplain and a potter, he said. I pray God blesses you.

“Thank you for showing up” as a brother-in-Christ; and reminding me how God orchestrated at such a time as that.

“Thank you for showing up.”

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Abounds

My Investigative Reporting …..Abounds…..

Often times throughout one’s life there certainly has a been a moment or two, honestly, where we just don’t feel like we measured up. Measure up? Yes, in what the world projects on how we should be or where we should be. (Friends, don’t listen to those lies) They don’t know your personal story in truth, they don’t know all that molded you (I.e. personal trials, struggles as well as joy and happy times) and most importantly, they don’t know the depth of your heart. But, the one thing as a Christian we can be sure of, is the love of our Savior at all times and the Unlimited Grace that abounds us.

The term “abundant life” comes from the Bible verse John 10:10b, “I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. “Abundant life” refers to life in its abounding fullness of joy and strength for mind, body, and soul.” ❣️For which I am ever so grateful.

Nothing can separate a Christian from the love of God that is in Christ.

“Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 8:39).

(We all serve especially during holidays❤️But, I choose this picture because of the (over 300+++) pies in abundance to feed others that just overwhelms my heart. The “abundance” of food it takes to feed at holidays and the “abundance” of workers that God alone provides.❣️ #Abundance. #JOY)   (Penned by my 6/30/20)img_3753

Grace Speaks

My Investigative Reporting …..
…….Grace Speaks……

“May we never forget how far we have come. Keep going there is more for us to do and more for you. God has a wonderful plan and surprises along your journey. There is more to our individual story or we wouldn’t still be here.” (Grace Speaks)

If you are ever in a specific moment, where you feel like something in your journey is too much, then take time. Take that necessary time to reset and rest, enjoy a healthy day for you. It might look different for you onto the next person. Take your “rest / reset” in your life. It might be a vacation for some, a new eating way, adding exercise in your day, snuggling up to a good book, prioritizing your days; whatever works in your life. Remember, it’s your personalized journey; ordained by God. He knows your heart. There is freedom in knowing that. Love Him and be the “best you” that you can be for Him. As He loves us “unconditionally” and “completely.”

“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love,” 1 John 4:16. ESV

(Photo taken by me and in my home.  Penned by me 6/30/20)

 

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Being Aunthentic

My Investigative Reporting…….

Being Authentic

God, my Jehovah-Rapha, (which means our Healer): You brought me out of darkness into the light and purified my heart, mind, body and soul; SOooo many many years ago now. I love my Bible.

In-love verses that explicitly tell me HOW I am to live, no questions and no what-ifs, ands / or buts. IT is laid out in red and black on white pages. I have been through too much, not to worship You in every part of my being. This conversion has come with a lot of persecution from every angle at times. But, I keep pressing on, am grateful and forever thankful for His rescue. I will continue to praise Him all of my days❣️

“Rules for Holy Living”
Colossians 3
#GoesLikeThis

Listen to the incredible song, “Graves to Gardens.”  .Nearly 20 years ago I started planting gardens of every part of my yard that I could. (Knowing, however, since I was 8 yoa that God was calling me, but no guidance to seek or grow in Him. True story and why Children’s Ministries are so important to me today)

This desire brought Him forward and real in my life for many years now. I know why I was planting those gardens every where I could find sensible space, back then.💞

This picture of me is in front of Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Mo taken by a friend (LU is where my son graduated from in 2012)032a28a0-004f-4fde-ace7-b729be905a41

The Practice of Training

My Investigative Reporting   ……..Teach……..

May we know that by the practice of learning, diligent training, seeking wisdom and discernment; that He uses it to raise us up to help others.  May the LORD use all that He teaches us, and through our own trials and tribulations and learning from Jesus, our ultimate Teacher; that we would rise up to each occasion.    Be the best for God where ever He would have us.  Walk humbly with our God, we can not do any of this in our strength.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”  Phillipians 4:13PIANOTeach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.”     Psalm 86:11