Thursday, December 31, 2015

Breaking Strongholds

I started the morning off with prayer, reading God's Word, and more prayer.  I do this because I know that I need guidance and protection throughout the day.  The reading was from Zechariah 9-12.
Breaking strongholds. According to what I just read, strongholds go up, but God will destroy their power and take them away. Keep praying. Not only will he bring down whatever is keeping you held down, he will guard you and protect you and you will never have to worry about it again because he said Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch. The enemy is a defeated foe.

Celestine A. Gatley 
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Life's Purpose

I am sitting on my bed thinking about my life's purpose.  For some people, it is something that is never realized.  I don't plan to be one of those people.  I have been praying quite often asking God to answer this question for me.  Well, I am pretty sure that he did.  I, like so many others ignored the small voice of God.  If you are close to God, you will get more than a small voice.  I get huge heart-felt convictions in my spirit when I am going in the wrong direction, saying something I shouldn't be saying, or even doing something that opposes the will of God.  This is not something that just happened overnight. 

With that said, I look back over my life and look at all of the trials, tribulations, and victories that brought me to this place.  I have come to realize that all of those things happened on purpose.  God has a plan for my life.  It is up to me to follow his plan, rather than follow my own plan.  Following his plan leads to happiness, joy, peace, and love. 

I have come to realize that my true purpose is to help other people find the same freedom that I enjoy.  It is a good feeling to be set free from bondage.  It is a great feeling to experience the fruit of the spirit.  There are so many people that suffer with oppression.  Living with sickness.  Feeling hopeless and depressed.  I am not saying that all days are perfect.  There are challenging days, but I can rest in knowing that I have a comforter that is always with me.  One day the Holy Spirit told me that I was experiencing certain things in my life because I was not totally trusting God with everything.  Sometimes we have a tendency to hold on to some things and let others go.  Well, I learned the hard way to let go and let God do the work because he doesn't need my help or my suggestions.  He is God all by himself.

Because of my purpose, I share the truth with others as much as possible in some type of way.  My designs have a positive and uplifting feel because sometimes the little things can make a huge difference in someone's life. 


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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Designs December 29. 2015

Everyday is a blessing just because we are alive.  Anything else can be added to that.  I have enjoyed my new adventure of design.  I know that I still have a lot to learn.  All of my designs are positive and will hopefully bring someone joy.

These are my latest designs.  All designs may be purchased online at the Good and Perfect Gift Shop



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Celestine A. Gatley 
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Relationships Never Go Away

Relationships are unavoidable regardless of the connection.  There are a ton of ways that people can be connected.  Some are connected by marriage and blood.  Others are connected by acquaintance. The list goes on and on.  One thing for sure, everybody has one. 

Relationships should be nourished like a delicate flower.  I know we don't go around thinking about growing meaningful relationships with others.  I have heard so many people say that they don't need anybody but God.  Well, the fact of the matter is, you need people even if you have God.  God uses people to bless others. 

I say all of this to say that you never know when you are speaking to someone that may help you later.  It has happened to me on countless occasions.  You just never know.  Always follow the rule of thumb - be kind to others at all times.  You know the saying, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.  If you opt to say nothing, then smile and nod.  That will suffice. 



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Positive Thinking: Change for the Better

My thought for the day is: As a man thinks, so is he. With that said I think I am blessed and highly favored.  Today is a good day.  It is amazing how our thoughts can take control of us.  For instance, if you for some reason you think you are ugly, then you will be ugly.  Everybody will see you as an ugly person.  You will not have any confidence.  You will wallow in sorrow and self pity.  When you look in the mirror, you will see an ugly person.
Change your thinking.  What if one day you looked in the mirror everyday and told yourself that you are beautiful.  Because your perception of yourself changes, the way you carry yourself changes.  The world will begin to look at you in a different way.  Some may even tell you that something is different about you.
Well, what if you take that philosophy and applied it to every area of your life.  Suddenly things start to change.  You start to look different, act different, dress different.  Good things start to happen to you more often.  Before long, you start to expect good things to happen.  Self-confidence increase.  Next thing you know, you think you can do anything.  All because you changed your thinking. 
Think positive thoughts about yourself and find something positive about your situation and other people.  Watch how fast things turn around for you.  Yes, you could do it by yourself.  The only problem with that is...you will be faced with negative thoughts, situations, and people that don't have the faith that you have.
There is always a solution.  Pray.  Prayer can change any situation.  All things are possible through Christ.  If you find that you keep getting in the same situations that keep you bound by depression, sickness, and loss, try prayer.  It works.  I promise.
Prayer Still Works






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Monday, December 28, 2015

New Designs for You December 28, 2015

I am excited to share my designs with you!  I hope that you will enjoy and be blessed by them.  All designs can be purchased on hundreds of items at my online shop - Every Good and Perfect Gift.

My goal is to bring a positive twist to all of the hurt and disappointment in this world.  I hope that my work will bring someone joy.  There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a gift.  I do it all of the time.  Nobody can love you better than you can love yourself.  You have to first love yourself before you can truly love anyone else.  Don't underestimate the power of love.  You will be amazed at how things can turn around for you when you least expect it.  When you change your perception of the way things look, you change the way you deal with situations.  Take a look and enjoy.  I would love to hear from you.  Connect with me on Facebook.

Love Hate Relationship



Marriage Still Works

Standing Strong for Marriage

Divorce Sucks

Marriage Past Present Future

Merry Christmas

Prayer Still Works








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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Last Sunday - Blessed

As I sit and reflect on the year, I can truly say that I am grateful that I am so blessed.  No, things have not always been great or perfect.  I can say that things always seemed to work out in my favor whether I agreed or disagreed.  I am truly blessed.  It wouldn't be right for me to focus on my blessings without being able to say that I was blessed to be a blessing to someone else. 

I have managed to build some great relationships and connect with some very strong people.  Just another blessing.  When I look at my health, I can say that I am in better condition than I was this time last year.  Yes, another blessing.  All of my children are well.  I can't truly say that they all are all in their right minds because they are young adults and a teenager.  One in particular has fallen off of his rocker unofficially, but trust me, a mother knows.  But still blessed. 

When I look at my relationship with my husband, I can say that it is better than it was last year.  I am blessed that he is still able to think of me as his friend.  You know men are from another planet...Mars I think.  It is something about that species called man.   We won't go into that...another story all in itself.  But I can say that I am blessed to be able to understand him and accept him for who he is when I don't have a clue why.  Another blessing.

I am blessed to have two wonderful parents and a grandmother that love me dearly.  I learned at an early age that life is not all about money.  It is about the little things that others do for you to let you know that they love you.  I am so glad because I am the woman that I have grown to be because of them.  I am so thankful and grateful for them.  Another Blessing. 

Finances, well most of us suffer with the burden of bills.  I am not stressed out about it.  I know that it won't always be that way.  I know my blessing is on the way.  It doesn't matter what it looks like.  I know God has it under control.  Another blessing in the making.

I am not stressed out.  I am not worrying.  I am not sleeping in a grave somewhere.  I am not broke, busted, and disgusted.  I don't have to fight my own battles because I have a Savior that does that for me.  When I have a need, it gets fulfilled.  So the best thing I can say is that I am truly blessed.  I don't know what tomorrow will bring, but I know that right now, at this moment, I can take comfort in knowing that things will be better in the future than they are right now.  I am Blessed.

It is good to know that His Blessings are new every morning.  Regardless of the past and present, I know that tomorrow starts a new day.  A new blessing is on the way beginning at 12:00 a.m. daily.  I am also blessed to be a member of a wonderfully faith and spirit filled church.  Yes, if you have not put it together by now, I am a Christian above all.  To God I give the Glory.  His mercy endures forever.







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