I pray that these blog entries encourage, inspire, and exhort you to be all that God has purposed. You are the apple of His eye; fearfully and wonderfully made!
|Posted on August 9, 2015 at 3:00 AM||comments (0)|
You may be facing problems today that seem to have no solutions. You may be caught in what seem like impossible situations or circumstances. In fact, they can be impossible to man, but not to our God. He has the ability to do what no one else can. He can change those things. All He needs is for you to allow Him a way into your life by making contact with Him every day. Invite Him into every situation, every problem. He’ll give you a way out of those impossible circumstances. He’ll help you solve those problems. Problems are just opportunities for God to manifest Himself in your situation, and more importantly, in your life. So give it to Him. His way of handling things are so much better than ours.
|Posted on February 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
There’s a scripture in the Bible where the Apostle Paul tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”(Philippians 4:8). What we keep our focus on is so important; for what we focus on usually tends to sway our decisions and our actions.
God wants us to focus on the good things He has for us, which are far greater than what we see around us. Unfortunately, too many of us give up when we experience tough times. We stop focusing on what’s going well in our lives, and begin placing emphasis on what’s going wrong. Next, we start limiting our expectations, and pretty soon, we stop expecting anything good to happen at all.
The truth of the matter is that hardships and trials will come, but how we face them is makes the difference. We should see these times as opportunities for us to go higher in the things of God. He allows our faith to be stretched in ways that are sometimes uncomfortable. Rest assure, whatever struggles we’re going through, no matter how large or small…they are subject to change. We simply must have the fortitude to decide where our focus lies. Are we going to look at our situations and circumstances with our natural eyes and mindset, or are we going to see things through the spiritual lenses that God gave us? Are we going to falter? Or will we remain steadfast, knowing that God has our back?
Whatever our lot is in life right now, we must decide to focus on God’s word. He said that He would never leave nor forsake us. Focus on His promises, for they are sure. Focus on the fact that no matter what it looks like, God is working behind the scenes on our behalves.
|Posted on November 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments (1)|
The other day, there was a new substitute teacher in our building. In case you didn't know, I am a teacher by profession. This substitute, or "sub" as we so affectionately call them, stated, "Oh you are the teacher of the year. I recognize you from the school website." Now, in all honesty, I look nothing like the picture on the school website. Different hair color, different hairstyle, etc., but yet he recognized me. I must admit it felt good that he recognized me, in fact this was not the first time that this had happened. This time, however, got me to thinking. It's nice to be recognized by others for your accomplishments and contributions, but it's even more powerful to be recognized as a child of God.
What is it that others see when they look at me? What is it that others see when they look at you? Great questions, right? The Bible tells us in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
It's nice to be recognized, but when people see me, I want them to see the Jesus in me. We are called to be witnesses, to be salt and light in this earth realm. It is my desire that people will see me, and want the joy that I have, the peace that I have, the hope that I have...that all comes from having Christ Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I want them to ask, "What must I do to be saved?" I want them to recognize the Jesus in me and want that same Jesus who died for me, and rose again. I want them to want that same Jesus who sits at the throne of God interceding on my behalf. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
What do others see when they look at you?
|Posted on April 3, 2014 at 4:55 PM||comments (0)|
The Bible assures us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind. Living in fear is not what the Lord intends for our lives. In fact, to operate in fear is to not operate in faith; and without faith, it’s impossible to please The Almighty.
In this season, God is manifesting Himself greatly through the promises that He has given those who trust and have faith in His word. The problem, however, is that some of us will not receive these promises because we have allowed fear to keep us from being in our proper position. My word for you today; this is not the time to be scared.
The evil one has tripped you up long enough. He has the believer thinking that what once was affects what now is. Don’t allow past hurts, let downs, or disappointments keep you from your appointed place of destiny. God has already aligned things in your favor; He’s just waiting for you to get in alignment to receive them.
Perhaps it was a failed business venture, a job you didn’t get, disappointing news, or maybe even a failed marriage. Whatever it was, do not be afraid to keep moving forward. Disappointments will come, but it’s up to you to decide on whether or not you will be discouraged about them. Why not take the disappointments and failures, or even the past hurts, and use them as catalysts? Why not see all of these scenarios as opportunities for God to manifest His power. This also serves as a chance to see that what you’ve been through, or what you’re experiencing, is just a pit stop to where God is taking you.
Things may look bleak, but rejoice; it’s the breaking of a new day, a new season, a new era in your life. Now is not the time to allow past hiccups to scare you into not moving into your wealthy place. This year has been declared as the year of double, but you must be in position to receive. Line up, and get what God has for you! Now is not the time to be scared!
|Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
As a society, somewhere in the midst of teaching confidence and self-esteem we seemed to lose one of our greatest virtues; humility. Jesus lived on this earth with a humble spirit, and He taught that we should demonstrate humility as well. In God’s eyes, those who become like children are honored, as it states in Matthew 18:4, and those who want to be first must be last(Mark 9:35), and the greatest leader is the one who can serve(Matthew 23:11). In heaven, meekness and humility are attributes of greatness, but somehow we seem to have lost that.
The world tells you, “Just do you!” or “It’s okay to be selfish.” Don’t get me wrong, we must feel good about ourselves and even love ourselves, but it’s a thin line between that and just downright arrogance. The “me, me, me, and I, I, I”, syndrome is what led to Lucifer’s downfall. He was so consumed in pride that he forgot about his purpose. My words for you today; don’t be found guilty of the same.
Jesus promises that those who humble themselves will be exalted. Promotion comes from the Lord. There’s no need to fabricate, pontificate, or toot your own horn. When you are being obedient and doing what God has called you to do, your gifts as He said will make room for you. Doors will open without you forcing your way through them.
Finally, the more we recognize that we can do nothing of significance apart from God; we will have started on our journey to humility. When we follow His plans instead of our own, we will not get caught in pride, and God is glorified in our lives. In a world full of mentors, protégés, coverings, and the like; Jesus offers to be our Master Teacher so that we can learn godly lessons of humility and meekness. Won’t you allow him to teach you?
|Posted on December 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Why is that we spend so much time worrying about what others think of us? We wonder about what they will say about our straight or kinky hair, about our weight, or about our looks. We worry about what they will say concerning our clothes. We try desperately to impress them with the car we drive, or the house in which we in. My question is who are we really living for? What are we trying to prove? The fact of the matter is that we spend too much time worrying about what others think of us, when our primary focus should lie in what our Heavenly Father thinks of us.
You’ve heard the old saying, “people don’t have a heaven or hell to put you in.” Simply put, they don’t hold the key to your future, your destiny or your purpose. With this being said, why give them that kind of power over you? As I write this, I’m reminded of the song, “I Have Decided to Make Jesus My Choice.” You see, the day I made that decision, it no longer mattered what people said or thought of me. Too many years have been wasted on that vain assignment. I stopped being a people pleaser, and became a God-pleaser. The more I learned about God and His promises for me, the less concerned I became regarding what others said or thought of me.
Now, don’t get me wrong, because I am a child of The Most High God, I always want to represent my Daddy in a manner that He would be most proud. He does tell us to let our light so shine...The difference however, is that He is the only judge and/or jury I will need to answer to.
Face it, when you stop beating yourself up about what other people think; you can begin to walk in true happiness; the kind that only comes from God, and if he’s okay with you; then you should be okay with you.
|Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
If there’s one thing I’ve discovered with being a full-time pastor, wife, mom, teacher, author, entrepreneuer, is that it is so easy to want to give up when you get tired or weary. Sometimes our to-do list seems insurmountable, and we think how can we possibly do everything that’s required? My answer to this; grace! Yes, God has given us the grace to handle everything we need to stay the course. As it pertains to our Christian walk, throwing in the towel is just not an option. Think about it, in just the New Testament alone we see such action words like, run, seize, contend, fight, and labor. None of these suggest giving up. Instead, they admonish us to go further.
“Give me a reason to not give up!” This seems to be the deep cry of many fleeting hearts today, but rest assure, God’s plans for you does not include you quitting. And guess what? He knew that times would come where you would get tired. II Peter 1:3 reminds us that God has given us everything we need pertaining to life and godliness, and this includes, strength, endurance, patience, and even rest.
I will admit, I’ve felt like giving up, perhaps we all have at one point or another, but when you get to that point, just be honest with the Father. Although, He is all-knowing, admit this to Him anyway. God has promised strength when we need it. Colossians 1:11-12, encourages us in the following manner: “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” That’s right, God constantly reminds us in His Word that He is concerned about us, and will reward us for hanging in there and fighting the good fight of faith, as the Apostle Paul admonishes.
The seasoned saints sang a song called, “We’ve Come This Far by Faith, leaning on the Lord. Trusting in His holy word, He’s never failed me yet…Oh,oh,oh..can’t give up now, we’ve come this far by faith.” Although I was just a child when I first heard this song, its words still resonate within my spirit whenever I’m feeling tired, or weary. Another song that I’ve adopted as my own personal anthem is “He’s Able” by Deitrick Haddon. I love this song because it reminds me to not give up on God, because He wont’t give up on me…He’s able. Just saying those words makes me want to shout! Glory!
I know sometimes it gets hard, and it seems like we can hardly can get our bearings, but God has promised never to leave nor forsake us. With Him on our side, we don’t have time to think about throwing in the towel, calling it quits. As another great songwriter once said, “this is not the time for giving up…this is not the place where you should be…” All of God’s promises are yes and amen! I don’t know about you, but I want each and every one of them that pertains to me. If I give up, I won’t see them. If I call it quits, I’ll never experience them. If I just lay down and die, I won’t get to my “there place.” I want everything God has in store for me. Don’t you?
With that being said, giving up is not an option for me, nor is it an option for you!
|Posted on October 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM||comments (0)|
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the biblical story in I Samuel regarding a young lad by the name of David. David had been anointed as child to be king, but this would not occur for years to come. There would be several things that he had to face. He would go through a process, or preparation period, if you will. As we read about the many exploits of the young David, the Bible talks about one in particular that involved the Philistine army, who had gathered for war against the people of Israel.
For forty days, one of the Philistine giants named Goliath, who just happened to be over nine feet tall, would come out and taunt the Israelites to fight. He wanted to know who was man enough to go against him. Saul, who was king during this time, along with his entire army was afraid of Goliath. Well, the story goes on to tell us that the fearless lad, David, decided to stand up to humongous bully. Saul initially doubted David's ability to complete this task, but David was adamant that he was more than qualified. So, now a hopeful Saul decided he would give David his armor, but it was not a comfortable fit for him. Instead, David opted to only take a sling and five smooth stones. That's all he had to go up against this Philistine. That's all he had in the natural!
When Goliath saw David, he made the same mistake that the enemy often does with God's anointed ones. He underestimated what David had on the inside. He mocked and laughed, but David didn't back down; in fact, he ran toward the giant. He advanced toward this bully in the name of The Lord. David was able to slay Goliath with the sling shot and a rock that landed slap, dab in the middle of his forehead. Glory! David didn't have cannons, he didn't have knives, or any other such weaponry. What he did have, however, was The Lord God, Almighty.
What am I getting at here? Many times we think we need to have so many things under our belt in order to complete a task for God. We think we must have degrees, money, special skills, or training; when all we really need is the power of God to intervene. We often think we don't have enough, when all we need is the LITTLE that we have. David, with his sling and rocks illustrates that little really does become much when placed in the Master's hand. All you need to do is be obedient and allow God to use what you have in your arsenal. God wants someone who is willing. Isaiah 1:19 reminds us that if we be willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land.
The Word of God reveals several instances where God took little and performed miraculous feats. Look at the widow who only had a pot of oil and was indebted to her creditors. What about the widow at Zarephath who along with her son, was going to eat her little cake and die? Then what about one of the greatest feats, where the lad gave his little lunch of two fish and five loaves? In each case, the individual gave to The Lord, what they had in their possession. When we give The Lord what we have, God is able to do more than if we try and go it alone. It's not about how much we have, or how great it is. The question is are we willing to give it to The Lord and allow Him to use it.
We know how all these stories end. The Israelites slew the remaining Philistines. The widow sold countless vessels of oil, paid her creditors, and ate for many days. The Widow Zarephath and her son also lived and ate many days. And our course, a multitude of hungry souls were fed because of one lad's obedience. Although each individual had different items in their possessions, they all had something in common. They were willing to allow The Lord to use it.
What is it that you have in your possession? What have you been holding on to because you think it's inadequate, or not enough? Well, I'm telling you today that if you give it to God and allow Him to use it; you too, like those in the bible, will see great feats in your life. When God calls you to do something, stop making excuses and just give it to Him. Use what you've got, and watch God move!
|Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Did you know that listening is a vital part of hearing? I know, you're probably asking, "Aren't the two the same?" No, they are not. Hearing is the process of receiving the sounds we hear; while listening is actually something that you deliberately choose to do. Choosing to listen will enable you to receive information, not quite the same as hearing. So many times during prayer, we are so busy telling God our petitions and requests, which we fail to listen to His voice and receive instruction. We tell God what we want, sometimes we thank Him first for who He is; and then we rattle off our list to Him, get off of our knees and go our merry way. It's like the person who asks a question, but never allows you to answer. We never gave God the chance to speak to us regarding our requests or petition, thereby missing out. Then, we wonder why our prayer is not coming into fruition.
God wants to reveal many things to us, but we must not be to busy, or so unwilling, that we are unable to listen to what He is saying. If we want to receive all that He has for us, it is important that we have a listening attitude. God wants to speak to us on a regular basis; therefore we must be willing to listen at all times. When we keep a listening attitude for the voice of God, we will not be fooled by the voice of satan. Many don't think about it, but the enemy can speak in a small voice that whispers in your hear as well. He will often tell you things that sound good, but if you maintain constant fellowship with the Father, and have an attitude that's willing to listen, you'll know who's speaking to you. Jesus said in John 10, His sheep know His voice, and a stranger's they will not follow.
Don't miss out on what God has for you because you are too busy. Ask Him to help you develop and maintain an attitude to truly listen for His voice. This may take some time, but don't give up. He's faithful. Soon you will do more than just hear a voice, but you will listen and hearken to a voice, His voice. With a listening attitude for the things of God, you will witness and experience all that God has for you.
Keeping a listening attitude can pay off greatly for you.
|Posted on September 24, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (4)|
One of the most natural things we do in life is talk. In fact, long before most of us were aware of what we were doing, we were learning to talk. We started forming our first words while we were yet babies, and as we grew older our vocabulary begin to expand. While talking seems to be a most natural thing, it yet has supernatural capabilities. The Bible tells us that the words we speak either bring about curses or blessings, and you and I have the power to choose which we will speak.
We were created in the very image of God, which means that our words, just like His have the creative and supernatural ability to change things. The words that come out of our mouths can cause change in the atmosphere in which we live. We set the course of our future by the words we speak. Our health, our circumstances, our wealth, our situations are framed by what we say. In Matthew 12:37, Jesus tells us that by our words we shall be justified and by our words, we shall be condemned.
Every word we speak out of our mouths should be words that build up and not tear down, words that encourage and not dishearten. Concerning our situations, our words should only agree with the word of God. We cannot allow negative thoughts to have a voice in our situations; for if we give them credence, they begin to take root and change the course from what we were meant to follow.
It’s so easy to allow things to cause us to speak negatively, but we must remember who we are and to whom we belong. We are fearfully and wonderfully made creatures of The Most High. He has given us power, authority, and the creative ability to set the atmosphere of any arena. So how about it, what will you choose to speak today? Consider this: Ephesians 4:29, states, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” So stop what you are doing right now, take an inventory check. Ask yourself if the words you have spoken up until this very moment have been words of life or detrimental words. It’s not too late to turn things around. Don’t let your tongue talk you out of all that God has in store for you. Speak life!