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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!

Finally Friday

Happy Friday! I pray your week, thus far, has been blessed and filled with God’s favor. Even if you’ve happened to face some uncertainty, sickness, denials, sin, hurt, etc,. know that God is still God. This means, He can turn things around.

I know you’re wondering why I titled this Finally Friday. Well, it’s because tonight I’ll be joining the Women’s Ministry of Cedar Christian Church for their annual Finally Friday, Code Red (Removing Every Distraction) Fellowship and I’m inviting you to be my guest.

Don’t worry, it’s happening over zoom. The time is 7 PM EST/6 PM CST. So, invite a few friends and pop in.

Details on the flier below.

They Aren’t

You’ve lost your job and no matter where you go you can’t seem to find one. You’ve put in, what seems like, 100 applications and nothing has come through. You and your family are staying with someone else and although you’re grateful for the roof, four walls, floor and amenities, there’s nothing like having your own. But what can you do? Then on top of everything, they keep making it known this isn’t your house and God, don’t you know it. Now, you’re at your wits end. Laying with your back turned from everyone, every night, so they don’t hear or see your tears. You’re beginning to believe your prayers are in vain.

They aren’t.

Bible tells us in Psalm 34:15, (Amplified Bible) “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous [those with moral courage and spiritual integrity] And His ears are open to their cry.”

Sure, maybe you haven’t been doing everything right, but God hasn’t forgotten about you. Maybe there were times you went outside of God’s will, but God hasn’t forgotten about you. Here’s what you do. Repent, turn again, try again, and ask again. This time, ask with specifics, prepare like it’s on the way and worship like it’s already been received.

This isn’t only about jobs. Apply this to relationships, businesses, goals etc. Look baby, we ain’t time to be sitting around mopping and crying. Keep putting in job applications, keep applying, keep working, keep faithing this thang and keep believing. Now isn’t the time to lose hope because where God has placed life, He’s also put hope. You simply need to tap into it.

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. – Hebrews 11:1

Stop, present tense

These lyrics dropped in my spirit …

As soon as I stop worrying
Worrying how the story ends
I let go and I let God
Let God have His way
That’s when things start happening
When I stopped looking at back then
I let go and I let God
Let God have his way

I don’t know who this is for, but let God have His way. Yes, I know you’ve prayed and it seems like the answer isn’t coming quick enough. You’ve been fasting and still no end to your storm or clarity in your situation. Been calling out to God and still unsure of your assignment. Been faithful and womb still shut. Studying God’s word and still stagnant. Waiting and it feels like it’s in vain.

Cutoff notice, no food, Christmas is coming up and no money, sickness, disease, family fighting, job treating you like they’ve lost their minds, marriage on rocky ground, kids won’t do right, friends acting like enemies, before you can grieve one death another happens and you’re trying to hold on, but losing your grip.

Baby, let God be God. See, the worst mistake you can make, at this moment, is treating God like He isn’t the one who can do what you need. Today, tonight, or in the morning (whenever you go to bed), rest like you know God got it because He does.

As soon as I stop worrying — stop is present tense. This means, at this present time. Beloved, I don’t know what you’re worried about, but stop. Stop, let go and let God, let God have His way.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” – ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Daily Devotional – 10/13/21 “Trust God with you”

There used to be a time I’d spend my lunch renewing check advances, a title loan, and juggling the remaining house bills. Afterwards, sitting in my car with no appetite because the harsh reality was, we were in over our heads and there really wasn’t much left to spare. See, we got married young and life happened fast. We bought our first house young and it was a rip off, so after ten years, we decided to give it back to the bank. Then we moved into an apartment whose rent was more than it’s worth. We were in over our heads.

Until one day, I’d had enough. I was tired of running from God and sick of being in struggle. If you’ve been following me, you know my testimony. (Read a little here.) No, I didn’t get a seven-figure job, I held the same one. Book royalties didn’t skyrocket. Truth is, I didn’t see a return on it until 2018. I didn’t hit the lottery. I came into an inheritance and God was the benefactor.

What changed?

My willingness to be obedient and trust God. Understand when I write this … Obedience doesn’t take away suffering, pain, heartache, sickness and enemies but Bible says in Isaiah 1:19-20, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

I’ve shared this again for somebody who woke up, fed up and tired because no matter what you do or how you pray, you cannot seem to make it stop. Well, what area of your life are you being disobedient in? Take a reflective look and be honest with yourself and then be willing to change. Look, I’m not saying every day since, for us, have been all great, they haven’t. There is stuff I still try to fix, but then I remind myself if God did it before, He’ll do it again.

Sure, it easy for me to say when your checking account is low, you’re between pay periods, family need to eat and you’re staring at a cut off notice. Yet, will you trust God with you, your family, your finances, and your faith? Bible tells us in Job 22:21-25, “Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Listen to his instructions and store them in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored—so clean up your life. If you give up your lust for money and throw your precious gold into the river, the Almighty himself will be your treasure. He will be your precious silver!”

 

Your girl is in a magazine!

A few months back, I had the honor of connecting with Mrs. Ann Marie Bryan who wanted to feature me, ME (queue squeals), in the premiere issue of Victorious by Design Magazine.

Can you say excited? Say it with me … EX-CIT-ED!!

That was me child because I’m simply someone who’s being intentional about her God given purpose. While I’m minding my good ole business, God is placing me on the mind of amazing women like Mrs. Ann. #workGod

I never thought I’d be a writer, shoot. I never pictured myself as a preacHER, author, blogger or anything else. Thank God, His plans for me outweighed mine.

Now, I get to meet people like you who support me release after release. (K, let me stop before I become a sobbing mess.)

Today y’all, the premiere issue of Victorious by Design is now LIVE and it’s FREE.

GET IT NOW!

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