Daily Devotional – 1/14/13 “Cut the umbilical cord!”

An umbilical cord is defined as a cable, tube, or pipe attaching somebody or something to an essential supply. You know like a mother supplying the necessary nutrients to her unborn child who is in the womb or an oxygen tank to a diver. However, in this text an umbilical cord will be defined as anything that is sucking the life out of you! Let me say it again for somebody who missed it. An umbilical cord in this context simply means anything that is sucking the life out of you. See, so many times we allow people and things to attach themselves to us and before long they are sucking us dry. Your grown daughter or son has attached themselves to your checking account and now you can’t make ends meet because you’re supporting them and their household yet you won’t cut them off. Your job has attached itself to you and you can barely stay woke long enough to hear about the kids day at school but you won’t cut them off. That no good man or woman has attached themselves to you and now you can’t even hang out with your friends without them calling or texting every 2 minutes yet you won’t cut them off. That drug addiction has attached itself to your veins and it’s ruining your life yet you won’t cut it off. That bottle of alcohol has attached itself to your lips and it’s turning your world upside down yet you won’t cut it off. Facebook and social networking has attached itself to your life and now you can’t move without posting where you are, what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with yet you won’t cut it off. Baby, you need to cut the umbilical cord before it drains the little life you have left. Yea, those so-called friends who only call when they need a ride somewhere needs to be cut off. That boo who only shows up between December 28 and February 13 long enough to get your income tax but is gone before Valentine’s Day needs to be cut off. That family member who only calls to keep up mess between you and other family members need to be cut off. That church member who calls and starts with, “Child did you hear …” needs to be cut off. All the things and folks who you know are sucking the necessary nutrients from you that you need to survive needs to be cut off because they are the thing that’s blocking your blessing. Yea, God can’t even drop a blessing in your lap because they are always sitting in it. God is trying to send you somewhere to get your blessing but you’re too busy taking folks along with who keeps getting what is meant for you. It’s time now that you cut off what is hindering your progress. If it’s bills, addiction, stress, back stabbing friends, worldly mess, other folks problems, etc., cut it off. You know that you stood on 12/31 declaring your resolutions to God and you’ve yet to keep your promise but Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, “When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him.” You still have time to get it right because you’re living and reading this. The time it takes to do it depends on you so why don’t you start now by cutting off that umbilical cord!

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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