Daily Devotional – 8/22/17 “Spiritual side chick!”

I have a confession to make, I am sometimes a “spiritual side chick.” Yes, you read that right, I am a certified spiritual side chick being just like Aaron and Hur, standing on the side lines being that chick who will willing hold up the arms of the leader. This doesn’t diminish my anointing, it does not take away the purpose of my position neither does it strip me of my blessings; it simply means I am capable of being where I am needed. See, somebody is getting weary because you are trying to find your place. Somebody is about to give up because you’ve been waiting on elevation and it has yet to show up. Somebody is at their wit’s end trying to figure out why you will not be promoted or why you haven’t been invited to sit at the table. Well beloved, sometimes your place isn’t to stand on the hill, sometimes your job isn’t to lead the people and sometimes your responsibility isn’t to be the one in charge. Just maybe this is your season to be on the side of the leader. Sometimes you may have to, “Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you (Isaiah 35:3-4).

In Exodus 17, when the Israelites find themselves fighting the Amalekites who struck Israel in a blind attack, Moses says to Joshua to take some men and fight because “Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand (Exodus 17:9).” However, Moses finds that standing with his arms outstretched, for a period of time can becoming tiring. Yet Moses knew as long as his arms were lifted, Israel would prevail but if he dropped them, Israel would lose. Oh but then, something happened. The bible says in Exodus 17:12, “When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up–one on one side, one on the other–so that his hands remained steady till sunset.” Aaron and Hur willing took their place beside Moses. They did not try to take Moses’ place, they stood beside him holding up his arms. And because they did, the bible says in Exodus 17:13, “As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.” Sometimes, my place is on the side and if that means praying for my sister as she prepares to open her school, I will do it. If that means carrying my uncle’s bible while he pastors, I will do it. If that means fasting for you, I will do it. If it means getting up early to war on your behalf, I will gladly do it. This is why I can confess that I am sometimes a spiritual side chick and proud of it.

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.

2 thoughts on “Daily Devotional – 8/22/17 “Spiritual side chick!”

  1. Kisha, thank you so much for this beautiful devotion. Here is my story & how it helped me. Last year I went on a mission trip to Leeds Alabama, to the well house. The well house is a human trafficking rescue house. We had a great time & planned on going again. Before I went I told the leader of the group that I had a physical ailment that would require me to stop several times for the restroom on the trip driving down and even offered to secure my own hotel room because of my frequency of getting up during the night to go to the restroom. She said she wouldnt mind to stop for the restroom and insisted that I share a room with her and her daughter at the hotel. This year I contacted her the first part of June to check to see when the trip might be because I had not heard from her & was really excited to be able to go again. She told me it was in two weeks & said if I wanted to go let her know. I ask her if she had several going this year because I thought maybe she had several new people and wanted to allow as many people to help with this as possible. She texted me that it was the “same group” as last year. It was the same group minus me. I texted her back and said I guess I must have overlooked the email she may have sent out telling when the trip would be. She never really answered me on that. To make a long story short I felt like my physical ailment was the reason she did not invite me to go on the trip. In my flesh my feelings were hurt. In my spirit I realized if God really wanted me on that trip nothing could have stopped me from going. So I texted her and told her I would be unable to go this year and would be praying for the trip. When they returned I texted her and ask how the trip went told her I have been praying for them. I had let this go. & was at peace. When I read your devotion yesterday it really struck me that maybe at this point in time I was to be a “chick on the side”. I wasn’t to go into the field to help with the human trafficking efforts, I was to be a prayer warrior for them. Thank you so much for this it made me actually feel victorious & like I was making a difference in the human trafficking rescue & care efforts. It made me to think that was how God has chosen to use me at this time. On a side note, my ailment is interstitial cystitis & hunner ulcers in my bladder. God has so far chosen not to heal me. Like Paul said “my strength is sufficient for thee for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”
    Thank you Kisha!
    Oma Farmer

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