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#DailyDevotional — Asking for a friend

There is so much suicide, division, divorce, severed relationships, hurt and pain. There are strongholds gripping families like never before. Demonic spirits are smothering the sanctity of worship places. Mental illness is on the rise and it is taking over generations. And for the sake of “keeping quiet,” we are losing. There are ministry leaders on the verge of suicide, wives at their breaking point, husbands who feel as if they are drowning, daughters who are using sex and sons who use drugs and guns as an escape. There are people in pain and we can no longer sugar coat the situation.

It is time we move away from the patty cake preaching and offer the meat of God’s word. Too many Christians are dying due to being malnourished because the church is still feeding milk when their body needs meat. Even a baby gets solid food at six months yet here we are, at age 50 and barely functioning. Yes, milk is good but the protein from meat is important for building bones and muscles, repairing tissues and strengthening the blood. This is why the bible says in Hebrews 5:13-14, “For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Please understand, we have a responsibility to seek God, study and learn for ourselves but what happens when I need to be around folk who are going through what I am or when I need to be in the midst of folk who have been in my shoes without being judged? Where can I go and get help instead of being hated on because my dress looks better than hers? Where can he go and get delivered instead of being talked about because he looks feminine? Where can families go and worship without folk prying into their business? Where can she go and get help instead of being labeled a church hopper?

Beloved, I don’t know about you but I am sick of going to into a place of worship to be healed yet all I hear is “will a man rob God?” I am tired of seeing posts after posts about another person killing themselves because everybody posted “Praying for you,” but nobody actually did. I am tired of hearing the typical scriptures with a different title but same inadequate message. When will we reach that young person whose whole life is social media by way of social media? When will we get out of traditions and into scriptures? When will we stop catering to flesh and start consecrating the spirit? I’m asking for a friend!

Christian Fiction Book Event

Hey all! I know it’s been a minute since we’ve connected. I pray all has been well with you and your family while we’re still journeying through this pandemic.

Here’s something to get your mind off all the evil in the world, even temporarily.

Tonight and tomorrow (May 10th & 11th) … I’ll join Denise Cook Godfrey (live from her Facebook page) and other amazing #ChristianFictionAuthors for some good old fashion book chat. We’ll discuss, answer questions and read from our books.

There’ll be — Author Interviews, Book Readings, Book Give-aways! We are connecting Christian Fiction and Inspirational Authors with amazing Christian Book Lovers…

So, make plans to join us. Who knows, you may find your next great read.

SCHEDULE:
Monday, May 10th:
6PM -Author Lakisha Johnson, 6:30 pm Author TK Ware, 7pm Author Tanisha Stewart, 7:30 pm Author Tyora Moody

Tues May 11th
6PM Author Myra Rutledge, 6:30 Author Michelle Stimpson, 7:00 Author She Nell, 7:30 PM Author D.A. Bourne

The Love Connexion Blog

When it comes to the topic of marriage, it can be touchy because, let’s face it, not everybody receives advice well. However, my friends David and Tonya Foster offers Godly wisdom by using their experience and God’s word to help and/or counsel others.

Today, I had the pleasure of guest blogging for them on their #TheLoveConnexion blog.

Check it out on the Love Connexion site and show some love. Like, comment, share and follow.

https://theloveconnexion.wordpress.com/2021/04/05/this-isnt-your-grandparents-marriage/

Devotional — It’s the weight

Somebody else may need this reminder…

A few years ago, I was dealing with pain in my thighs and legs. Unexplained pain so, I’d been going back and forth to my primary doctor who tries this medicine and that medicine while doing blood work. Afterward, the results showed inflammation but couldn’t determine where it was coming from. He refers me to a Rheumatologist, to rule out arthritis, lupus, etc. (I’m sighing writing this because more doctors.) However, this doctor was cool and he did what was within his specialized field of study and nothing. All of my tests came back normal. Read this carefully because it’ll make sense in a minute.

ALL OF MY TESTS ARE NORMAL and he checked everything.

He said, maybe you need to have a nerve study of your legs. Did that, a year or so prior and it was normal. Anyway, I go back to my primary doctor who says … Lakisha, all of your tests are normal and there’s nothing we can find. I can do some more tests but I truly believe, you’ll see some benefit if you lose weight. Sitting in that cold room, looking in the face of a doctor I’ve seen more than I like, I was inclined to agree because I’d, also, come to the same conclusion, it’s the weight.

Why am I sharing this? For somebody who, like me, is facing some unexplained pain whether in your physical or spiritual. For somebody who can’t understand why your life is seemingly unstable and for somebody who is feeling the pressure. Beloved, it may be the weight. The weight of being immobile and unhealthy eating habits. The weight of him or her who you’ve been dragging around too long. The weight of burdens you’ve been carrying on your own. The weight of being the only provider. The weight of caring for a sick love one. The weight of a job that keeps ignoring your potential. The weight of the mantle God called you to carry. The weight of being for everybody, what nobody can be for you. Beloved, it may be time to lose the unnecessary weight.

For the bible shares in Hebrews 12:1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

Here’s how you do it. Pray, fast, want better, do better, get up, get active, get vocal and get to cutting. A dietitian will tell you to cut out bad carbs, sweets, and fats and Lakisha is advising you to lose bad carbs, fats, sweets along with the weight of bad choices, settling for anything, dealing with fickle folk, trying to be everything for everybody, ignoring your emotional needs, that job, relationship, grown children and your past. When you do that, you’ll start to see the benefit of losing the weight.

I know you’re scared …

I know you’re scared, but sometimes you have to leave what you know in order to grow.

This is for you who is about to give up because you’re tired of being denied. This is for you who is about to throw in the towel and not apply for that job. This is for you who is about to give up on moving out of town. This is for you who is about to turn down a position because it’s in another state. This is for you who is afraid to submit the resume because you think you’re too young or unqualified. This is for you who won’t go back to school because you don’t think you can afford it!

God is, at this appointed time, getting ready to shift some folk who have been behind the scene. He’s about to alter the acoustic sound of your ministry and it’s going to blow some people’s minds. He’s getting ready to elevate some folk no one has heard of. This is a season of, “where did she and where did he come from.” All you have to do is move when God says move.

Stop explaining why you quit your job, they won’t understand. Stop clarifying why you’re faithful with only 3 folk showing up for Bible study. Quit trying to get folk to understand the vision God gave you. Move! You owe nobody a reason for the anointing when they didn’t give it to you.

Trust God and move. If anyone would have told me, fifteen years ago, I’d be where I am; I wouldn’t have believed them. But when God told me to move from the only church I’d known to a church that although I knew, was out of my comfort zone; I was devastated. I had to drive 45 minutes to church to a place I didn’t know would even accept me, but I did. It wasn’t overnight because I was scared but I moved. Was it hard? God yes, but the glory I’ve received has outweighed every uncertainty. I’m not sharing this for somebody to get up and make an immediate drastic change, however, I am telling you to move when God says move.

For somebody, it will be drastic but you’ll get your deliverance. For some, it’ll be suddenly but it’ll quiet your storm. For some, it’s premeditated but it’ll relieve your pain. For some, it’ll be slow but satisfying. For some, it’s going to hurt like you wouldn’t believe, but don’t hinder it. This move, whatever it is to wherever it is; God has a purpose for it. Plus, you can’t grow in a place you’ve outgrown nor can you expand in an area with limitations. Move with God and when God says.

“The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8