Daily Devotional – 10/31/12 “Just a thought!”

Yea, I know that today is set aside to celebrate Halloween but while you’re dressing up and getting the kids prepared to trick or treat, you really should stop to Hallow Him. You know the Him I am referring too, right? Well, hallow is defined as to make somebody or something holy or to have great respect or reverence for somebody or something. See, while you are carving your pumpkins, why don’t you reshape your attitude? While you are setting out the bowl of candy, why don’t you set a better example for the folks who look up to you by studying God’s word? While you gathering all the kid’s candy to pick out your favorites, why don’t you gather them together for prayer every now and then? No, I don’t have a problem with Halloween or any other Holiday because they aren’t the issue but the issue really is the amount of time you devote to getting prepared and the amount of money you spend on candy and costumes and then on Sunday, you won’t even get out bed to go and worship with anybody. All I am saying is, while you’re enjoying this Halloween, Hallow God sometimes. (I’m just saying!)

I just thought I’d share that with you this morning. But any who! …

There is a prayer line called, “Prayer with the Girls”, that is held EVERY morning at 6:30AM and when I tell you it has been a blessing to my life; that would be an understatement. See, sometimes even I have a bad day, a moment of weakness to kick in, a time when my storm is raging like a hurricane, when the enemy tries to flood my mind with worry and even times when family don’t act right but who encourages the encourager? How can I look discouraged when you are coming to me for encouragement? How can I look raggedy and tore up when you’re coming to me for hope in your dying situation? How can I tell you to keep going if I keep stopping? How can I lift you up if I’m farther down than you? Well, baby I just stopped by to tell you that I SHALL NOT be defeated in this battle because it’s not mine to fight. Yea, God has given me a gift that has manifested itself into a ministry (a devotional, encouraging, teaching, sharing, believing and receiving ministry) and I will not be defeated simply because the enemy is trying to get me to quit. No ma’am! No sir. This is what I accepted when I accepted the gift that God blessed me with. When He told me to tell you to hold on, I accepted it. When He told me to tell you that your trouble won’t last, I accepted it. When He told me to pray for you, I accepted it. When He tells me to keep going even though I don’t know where I am going, I accept it. When He tells me to reach out and get it even though I don’t see anything, I accept it. Yes, I accept this calling that God has placed over my life; the calling to be your encourager, your walking diary when you need to talk, your friend when you don’t want to be alone, your shoulder when your tears won’t stop, your mattress when you need to use my lap to lay across, your leaning post when the world is trying to beat you down and your midnight prayer partner when I am whispering your name to God without you even asking. So, I won’t grow weary in my doing. I won’t give up or give in. I won’t waver when the enemy punches seem to knock the wind out of me but I shall continue on. I have some strong encouraging folk in my corner, so I will be just fine!

Morning Prayer with the Girls, Conference Call – 312.340.6650 Access Code #2492681
Every Morning at 6:30 sharp! You will be blessed…

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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