Daily Devotional – 11/11/16 “It’s time!”

In November of 2009, I did something I never thought I’d do … I left the only church I’d ever known. The church I grew up in, served in, raised my family in but God said it was time to move. its-timeAnd for months I toiled with it. I talked to my, then, pastor, my husband and I prayed over and over and God still said it was time. See, God was shifting me and had I been disobedient, I would have missed it because all I knew was, I was moving from my comfortable place. But I went that Sunday and after uncle preached he opened the doors of the church. I felt myself walking down the aisle to become a member of a church I had to drive over an hour to get too. A church being led by my uncle with 30 faithful members, in a small town called Hollywood, MS. I didn’t know it then but God was removing me from my comfort zone in order to grow what He’d placed in my belly. He was getting me ready to give birth and I couldn’t do it in the old environment I was in and had I stayed I would’ve delayed God’s call on my life.

Why am I sharing this, again? It’s because somebody needs to know that God always has a purpose for the things we don’t understand. I know it may not make sense but He has His reasons. You have to trust Him enough to let go of the comfortable, move from the familiar and dwell in the painful. Stop trying to figure it out, you can’t. Stop trying to make sense of it, it doesn’t. Trust God and go. Stop holding on to what God has told you to let go of. Stop staying where God has told you to leave. Stop dwelling in the familiar simply because you’re scared of the unfamiliar. Erase those old text messages, empty your inbox of old memories, delete past mistakes and block the mess of the present. It’s almost the end of this year and you’re still in the same shape because you’re holding on to what feels good even though it ain’t done a bit of good for you. It’s time to move beloved and it’s time to let go. Will you?

“Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.” – Psalm 37:5

PS … My sister, Laquisha and I will be on WMC-TV 5 at 9AM tomorrow morning promoting our new book, The Family that Lies. If you haven’t purchased your copy, you still can by clicking HERE

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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