Daily Devotional – 10/14/14 “God chose, I accepted!”

I never imagined my life would be like this but all I keep hearing in my spirit is Jeremiah 29:11, “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.” Or shall I say I never imagined my life would be aligned to ministry. Yes, I knew I was a child of God; I was raised in the church and we were taught (then) the meaning of God because (then and now) I have grandma who still hums about God’s amazing grace and don’t mind stopping to tell you about it when she catches you looking at her. She’ll say, “That’s just that good ole amazing grace baby, it’ll keep you when nothing or no one else will.” Then I had granddaddy who reminded me that you pray on your knees, when he kneeled every night beside his bed to pray until he couldn’t do it anymore. Then we have momma who took us to church with her, whether we wanted to go or not, because nobody stayed at home on Sunday morning. Then when you got to church you had ushers who didn’t mind putting you in your place if you got out of line, mothers who didn’t mind chastising you if you were disrespectful (with respect), church members who didn’t mind putting in the time to make sure you learned in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Youth in Action for Christ, Youth Church, visiting nursing homes during the holidays, singing Christmas carols and making baskets, a Pastor who took the time to teach and preach while learning the names of his members and deacons and trustees who actually cared about the growth of the church and not the bank account. So, yes I knew I was a child of God because I was reared to know the Lord but I never, ever imagined that my life would be set up to walk into ministry. Oh, but here I am. God chose, I accepted and I don’t take the acceptance of this calling lightly because Matthew 22:14 reminds me that, “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

I told you back on 8/26/14 that God had a new position for me that He was remodeling me for and on 8/29/14 I accepted (truly accepted) my calling into ministry. Won’t it all work out if you allow God to do it? I told you then that I didn’t understand what He was about to take me through but I was allowing Him to do the work and I asked you to pardon my dust, didn’t I? Didn’t I ask you to excuse the noise while the work was being done? Well baby … Here I am! I am not complete but I am open for business and I am better than I was before. Yes ma’am, yes sir; you can see the restored product because although the potter isn’t completely done, He’s made me almost like new. I don’t have any of the old blemishes I once had. The broken pieces that you once saw have been replaced. The cracks, gone! My color has been restored and I now shine brighter than ever. I now longer rock when I stand because my foundation is solid and I’ve found a new home. Oh, don’t mind me if I shout because I won’t shatter. Don’t mind me if I get my praise on because I won’t break in pieces; He’s made able to withstand! Oh, I can’t even begin to tell you how I feel about this. It’s a new phase of my journey and I am excited about it. Pray for me!

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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