Daily Devotional – 9/9/11 “A woman’s worth”

Just because no one says you’re pretty does that mean you’re not? Just because no one says you look nice does it mean you don’t? Just because no one says you’re talented does it mean you’re not? Stop waiting on FOLK to assess your value. Don’t you look in the mirror for yourself? Don’t you trust in the gifts God has given? If no one ever says/show they love you, God does! Isn’t that enough? Value yourself!

In the bible, Proverbs 31: 10-31 speaks about the value, worth & characteristics of a wife; but not just a wife but a woman.  Verse 10 states; Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies (some interpretations say diamonds).  However, this is simply saying your worth is priceless.  Why do you give it away so cheap or sometimes for free?  Don’t you value yourself? 

You, yes you, find a man (because you can’t wait for God to send him) that treats you any kind of way.  He treats his friends better than the one that he has married, he doesn’t answer when you call and can’t be depended on if you needed him.  Yet verse 11 says, The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.” This means he trust her with his whole heart, he will never spitefully do her wrong, and because of this she will do good by him all her life.  Isn’t this the way things should be between a husband/wife; boyfriend/girlfriend?

A real woman, one who values her worth, puts God first, takes care of her husband, children and house.  She is quick to stand by her man even if the decision he made falls through, she is there being his only support.  She stays up late washing & ironing, preparing lunches, getting the kids backpacks together, thinking about breakfast for the next morning, what bills have to be paid on Friday, how much money she will have left for groceries and the deadline she has at work.   For Proverbs 14:1 states; “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”

Build up what is yours!  Stop allowing mess to rule your house! Stop gossiping, lying, backbiting, judging & criticizing others.   You wonder why your marriage is shaky it’s because of the “friends” you’ve shared all your secrets with.  You’re so busy telling them everything that you don’t even realize they are praying for what you’ve got.  By the time you realize it, it’s too late.  Be slow to talk but quick to listen, (James 1:19), cause the signs are there.  Can’t anybody tell you how to run your house but YOU! Even those that have been through something similar to your situation, they haven’t been through yours.  You are worthy of all God has promised, but first you have to believe in you.  Start with you and the rest will follow. 

Prayer for today: Heavenly Father, I thank you today for all that you’ve done.  I know that you have made me in your image, so I am asking you now to forgive me for not valuing my self-worth.  God I know that you’ve equipped me with the things that I need to endure the hardships of this world and today I choose ME!  God bless my home, keep my mind, & search my heart & if there is anything there that should not be, please take it away.  I am worthy God because you made me.  I will put my trust in you.  God, guide my footsteps so that I may walk in your way.  Guide my tongue so that I may talk like you.  Guide my heart so that I may love like you.  I am worthy God! Amen

Daily Devotional – 9/8/11 “The Potter”

When a potter is making pottery, he or she uses clay on a wheel that is shaped into all different types of designs, shapes and sizes.  Most times, not even a skilled potter can get it right the first time, so when they make a mistake they take the SAME clay, start over and reshape.  After, sometimes, numerous tries the final peace of pottery is then created.  It is then placed into a high-temperature, heating source that seals the clay into its shape & gives it it’s strength, thus creating the masterpiece that has been created by the Potter’s hand.

Isn’t God that way?  He is the potter isn’t he?  He has sculpted you into the masterpiece that you are.  Sometimes, it takes numerous tries to get you right but he said, that’s ok for even the righteous man fall 7 times and be raised (Proverbs 24:16).  He even puts you in high temperature situations (storms, trials, tribulations, and heartache, and grief, struggles) in order to seal you and make you strong enough to endure.  He has made your skin tough enough to handle being lied on, talked about, name being drug through the mud, folk wishing bad on your life & even speaking death in certain situations.  He made you with tough skin so when folk try to walk all over you; you’d be able to take it without wavering.  He made you tough so that your skin could handle the tears that will be shed and the scars that you’ll get from being stabbed in the back.  He made your shoulders strong in order to carry the weight of the world on them without falling over.  He made your legs and arms strong in order to carry those that may need your help.  He made your feet strong to stand in the face of adversity & still march on.  He even made your knees strong enough to endure a satisfying prayer life,  for the times you’ll need them.

So why are you trying to conform to the world that is against you? For the bible states in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  Think for yourself! Be yourself! For God, the potter, has made YOU in HIS image (Genesis 1:27). 

POTTERPressing Out Things That Evil Reared! Let go of those things holding you back.  Let go & let God!

Daily Devotional – 9/7/11 “You asked, didn’t you?”

You ask God to bind your enemies and then you get mad when so-called friends aren’t around anymore.  You ask God for an increase in money & then complain when overtime is offered.  You ask for a car because you’re tired of asking for a ride and/or walking & then complain about the gas prices.   You asked for a mate & then complain because they call too much.  You ask God for healing and then complain about the medicine you got to take.  You ask God for guidance and then second guess the path that he sets before you.  You ask God for a sign and then ignore it.   You ask God to open doors for you and then you’re too scared to walk through them.  You ask God to move your mountain/obstacle that’s in your way and you’re still turning back to it.  You ask God for help and then you still worry!

Baby, make up your mind, even God is confused!  Either let God do it or stop worrying him.  There is no need for the both of you to work on it.  I know the saying is 2 heads are better than one, but not in this case! God doesn’t need your help, just your praise & thanks! 

He got his part covered, work on yours!!

Daily Devotional – 9/6/11 “Gee-sus!”

Jesus is the name you call when your life is going good.  When all your bills are paid you say Thank you Jesus! When your family & friends are acting right, you say Jesus I love you.  When you got money in the bank, gas in the car, kids getting good grades, husband/wife is loving – you say Jesus I thank you.  When there is no ache in your body, you stand in church whispering Jesus. 

But oh, when all hell breaks loose in your house & God has to bring you back down a notch; you fall on your face screaming Gee-sus, Lord I need you! When there is no food, no gas money, no friends around to call; you stand at the altar on Sunday hollering Gee-sus, Lord have mercy!  When you’ve drank too much and don’t know how you made it home, you cry Gee-sus if you just let me make it through I’ll never drink like that again!  When sickness comes, it’s Gee-sus!  When death hits your family, it’s Gee-sus!  When husband stops coming home; wife won’t act right; it’s Gee-sus!  When job is gone and trouble seems never ending, it’s Gee-sus!  When you’ve tried it all on your own & it’s no longer working, it’s Gee-sus!  When your umbrella can no longer hold off the rain of your storm, it’s Gee-sus!  When you’re drinking tears for water, it’s Gee-sus!  When you pace the floor at night, it’s Gee-sus!

Chile, Jesus isn’t concerned about how you call as long as you do! But you’ve got to call him in the good that way he’ll know your voice when you are calling him in the bad!  Gee-sus or Jesus! Just call him & he’ll show up & show out every time!

Daily Devotional – 9/5/11 “Hold on!”

You study your bible but it seems like you can’t hear God’s voice. You go to church every Sunday but it seems like the more right you do the more wrong shows up. You go to bible study & prayer meeting, but it seems like your prayers are not being heard. You’re doing the best you can but at every turn your crying is outweighing your laughing, heartache is overshadowing your happiness, pity is replacing your praising & strife is taking over where shouting once reigned.

You’re trying to reach for Heaven but Hell is on your back! So what do you? Do you leave God’s word because the world seems better? Do you back slide because the temptations you’re facing are too hard to ignore?

I’m here to tell you to hold on! Even though your rope may be breaking, find strength to reach beyond that break! Put your feet on the side of the cliff that you’re hanging over and push yourself up. Even though you maybe tired and sweat is dripping from your brow, hold on! But, If you’re at a point where you can’t hold on, let go with the faith that you’ll land safely where God has prepared for you. If your job is stressing you out, move! If your bills outweigh your money, downsize! If your kids aren’t acting right, parent them! If folk are talking about you, so what! They talked about Jesus but he still endured & died in order for us to be free. If there’s anything that holds you down, release it! If you’re in an abusive relationship, get out!

Don’t think that God will maintain the mess you’re in. It’s time now for you to get YOU right. Can’t nobody do you like Jesus but can’t nobody answer to Jesus for you but you. God does hear & answer prayers but he has to also know your voice. Talk to him consistently! Believe in what you’re asking for and know that it’s already done.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people who are called by MY name should humble themselves, pray & seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from Heaven, will forgive their sins and heal their lands.