Daily Devotional – 7/25/18 “My NOW is sacred!”

My “NOW” is sacred. I shared this the other day but I felt the need to say it again for somebody else. See, for some of you, the pain you’re feeling is because you have allowed some folk access to your NOW who has no right to be there. Folk who don’t like you but you keep calling and inviting. Folk who really don’t fool with you but you keep paying their way in. Folk who are praying and fasting for your demise but you call them each time you’re depressed. Can’t figure out why your marriage is in turmoil, can’t seem to get your finances in order, can’t make rhyme or reason as to why you can’t get the job and you can’t find sleep during the day or night? Check the people in your NOW! Understand me … this isn’t something that happened overnight, I learned the hard way. After failed attempts to get people to support me, I stopped trying. After worrying about how folk would receive this heel wearing preacher, I stopped worrying. I stopped giving any and everybody access to my now. And get this though, the majority of everything I post on Facebook and Instagram is public yet I’ll still decline some friend requests. Why? It’s simple really. We don’t have to be connected in order for you to see me working. (That will preach!)

Beloved, my NOW is sacred and this means, everybody isn’t privy to be in my space. This doesn’t make me conceited neither do I think I am better than anybody else. In fact, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. As a matter of record, I’m still the same chick that will rock an $8 dress from Family Dollar. I’m still the same chick who will feed those who are hungry. I’m still the same chick who will give, if you ask. I’m still the same chick who will pray for you. I’m still the same chick God saved, one Friday night while at revival and answered God’s call one Thursday in the bathroom stall at work. I’m still that chick however my NOW is sacred. This means I don’t eat with just anybody because your table manners may not match mine. I don’t church with everybody because our perspective of God may be different. I don’t answer every invitation because that meeting might not be for me. I don’t even party with everybody because you might tell how many times I stepped on the dance floor. I’m protective of my NOW because I realize everybody who smiles at me may not be good to or for me. I’m defensive of my NOW because I don’t need no dark spirits penetrating my home. And I’m unapologetic about my NOW because you weren’t there THEN and this means I don’t owe you an explanation. My NOW is sacred. What about yours? “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. – Proverbs 13:20”

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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